NEGRIL, Westmoreland — Petricia Dias, from Beaches Sandy Bay housekeeping department, was crowned Miss Beaches Sandy Bay 2012 at the resort's talent and awareness pageant held recently at the hotel.
The 24- year-old Dias who was an overwhelming crowd favourite, walked away with prizes valued at over $400,000 which included a weekend for a family of three to any Beaches Resort of her choice; a Blackberry Bold valued nearly $55,000 and $20,000 in cash.
Simone Nelson and Onecia Rowe were first and second runners-up, respectively.
Nelson won a weekend for two at any Beaches Resort of her choice plus $10,000 in cash; while Rowe walked away with a Day Pass for a family of four to any Beaches Resort in Jamaica, in addition to a complimentary massage, courtesy of the Red Lane Spa.
Dias who shed tears of joy after being announced the winner by emcee Weston Haughton, said she did not expect to win the coveted prize.
" Oh I am overjoyed. I was so surprised. I know I had a lot of fans in the crowd and they are the ones who kept me going because when I go out and hear them I tried not to let them down, especially my brother and cousin," she explained.
From the moment the curtains were raised and Dias, who wore the sash "Miss Island Routes", led the eight other contestants on-stage, dancing to Beyonce's "Who Run The World", it was clear that she was the contestant to beat. The males in the audience, especially, screamed their approval for the "fluffy diva".
She was consistently impressive as she strut her stuff in the competitive talent section during which time she was clad in school uniform, as she went through a drama piece depicting a pregnant school girl.
Sporting a broad smile for the most part of the night, Dias also copped the sectional prize for the best smile, as well as the prize for selling the most tickets for the pageant.
Meanwhile, Nelson was adjudged the most talented, while Tashwick Sanchez was named the most aware contestant.
The panel of judges included Director Business, Process and Administration, Sandals Resorts International Wayne Cummings, Amina Blackwood Meeks, writer/educator and businesswoman Cecile Levee.