Interview with Miss Caribbean UK 2014

Keeleigh GriffithBy Maureen Smith
5th December 2014

What is your name?
Keeleigh Griffith.

Where were you born?
North London.

What is your family connection to the Caribbean?
My grandparents are Barbadians.

Have you ever visited Barbados?
Many times.

What are your views of the island?
Beautiful! I’ve been going there with my grandparents since I was three years old and love the island.

Are you working or studying at the moment?
I work as an Administration Officer at a university and am also taking a degree course in International Business Management.

What prompted you to enter the Miss Caribbean UK 2014 pageant?
I am proud of my heritage and culture so the competition appealed to me.  I am also at a stage in my life where I believe in myself and as this was the first ever Miss Caribbean UK thought why not just do it.

Was this your first beauty pageant?
Yes, it was.  I have watched them on TV but have never, ever entered one before.

What does your family think about you winning the pageant?
My family are so proud of me.  My Mum is over the moon and my Granddad is overjoyed.  I am very close to my Granddad so to see his face on the night made me glad that I had entered the competition.  He hasn’t stopped smiling.

Who accompanied you to the pageant?
My Mum and my Granddad.

Do you intend to enter future pageants?
After doing this pageant, I don’t see why not. I didn’t think that I would be able to do it and now that I know what it is all about, I would love the opportunity to do it again.

What are your three main ambitions for the next few years?
I would like to set up a community organisation to provide training opportunities to youngsters to help them gain employment.  I would also like to provide a place for young people to go where they won’t be harassed and can be safe.  Another ambition of mine is to one day own a successful business in Barbados.

Who has had the greatest influence in your life to date?
My Mum and my grandparents.  They have made me the person that I am today by guiding and helping me to understand that I need to be confident, knowledgeable, dedicated, driven and ambitious in order to get on and be successful in my life.  They taught me that there is nothing that I cannot do once I put my mind and heart to it.

Have you any advice for other young people who have dreams?
I would say don’t stop until you get there.  Never, ever, ever, ever give up.  Any young person who wants to follow their dreams shouldn’t let anyone get in their way, try to put them down or discourage them.

Is there anything else you would like to say about Miss Caribbean UK 2014?
I would like to thank Mr Agye France for the beautiful evening dress – an amazing creation!  I would also like to thank the choreographer, Mr Reuben P Joseph, who is a unique and artistic individual.  And last but not least, I would like to thank and praise Jacqui and Clayton Brown, the organisers, for pulling off such a spectacular event that gave young Caribbean women a platform to help us boost our confidence.

Do you have a final word for the benefit of readers?
I would simply say follow your dreams.

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