Antiguan is the first runner-up in the Ms. UWI Mona Pageant


Desire Markhan of Antigua was one of 10 contestants vying for the title of Miss UWI Mona in Jamaica over the weekend.

She came close to taking home the title with a 1st runner-up position.

Desire says her inspiration to join the show came from her encounter with locals in Jamaica and how they view the smaller islands.

“I wanted to join the pageant because I meet some Jamaican who showed you how they feel about other Caribbean islands.”

“I watched the pageant last year and there was a Trinidadian girl who got bashed on social media. I was made to understand that it was really hard her on the night”

Desire was grateful for the support from her fellow Antiguans who are also students in Jamaica who came out and support her on the night.

When asked about the night in question, Desire shared a horrible experience she had during the show.

“The night was terrible due to a bad knee and because of the practice and preparation for the pageant, my knee began to act up,”

She says when she was named the first runner up, she felt overwhelmed but it was the Antiguan flag and cheering on of Antiguans that finally hit home for her.

“While taking her first walk as the 1st runner up, Desire says she looked into the audience and saw a flag and the Antiguan cheer on and everything was worth it”

Desire is a law student at the Mona Campus. She took the prizes for Best In Evening Wear, Best Talent and Best Smile.

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  1. C-O-N-G-R-A-T-U-L-A-T-I-O-N-S!!!!!! You represented well and you definitely possess the motivation, drive, and stamina to endure challenges. This mindset will serve you well in all facets of life. Wishing you much continued success and blessings.

  2. Congratulations Desiree. One of the first students I ever taught when I stepped into the 3rd grade classroom at the Mary E Pigott Primary School back in 2006. Always was a shining light. continue to shine bright like a Diamond. I am so proud!!

  3. To whom much is given much is expected…….continue to excel….your national youth theatre family salutes you

  4. Best in 3 categories and still only rewarded with a 1st runner-up position? I wonder how many “best” categories the winner copped; or what did our representative do that was so awful that she fell from grace. Something not right!

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