Congrats pouring in
By JANELLE DE SOUZA Monday, June 10 2013
CONGRATULATIONS continue to pour in locally for Miss Scotland 2013, Jamey Bowers, who has Trinidadian roots and who will represent Scotland in the Miss World Beauty Pageant on September 28 at the Sentul International Convention Centre in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Bowers, won the crown and prize of £10,000 in Glasgow on May 29. Bowers, 24, will today travel to Spain for her first official photo shoot as Miss Scotland. She yesterday told Newsday she is very excited about it.
“The entire experience has been really good. Everyone in Trinidad and Tobago has been really supportive and excited about my wining,” Bowers said. “The news seems to have spread like wildfire. Even people who I know but haven’t been in contact with for years have reached out to me to tell me congratulations.”
Bowers is the daughter of Trinidadian biochemist Paula Bowers and retired chef from Edinburgh, Scotland, Gordon Bowers. She often travelled between Trinidad and Scotland but eventually settled in Scotland at the age of nine. However, she would frequently visit Trinidad and for the past two years, played mas for Carnival. She has even starred in advertisements for White Oak Rum.
As a child, Bowers lived in Diamond Vale and attended school at the Diamond Vale Government Primary School. She said Wendy Fitzwilliam’s beauty and elegance inspired her to be a beauty queen when Fitzwilliam won the Miss Universe competition in 1999 and subsequently visited the school when she was a student.
“I am very proud of Jamey and honoured by her admiration,” Fitzwilliam told Newsday via email. “Just before she competed in the finals of Miss Scotland, I sent a text to wish her well, be true to herself and most importantly, enjoy the show.”
Fitzwilliam went on to say that Bowers was at the top of her game, and that her warmth and openness would continue to set her apart. Fitzwilliam also sent best wishes to Bowers at Miss World 2013.
In a previous interview with Bowers, she noted that she intends to wear a costume from Tribe’s mas band 2012 presentation, Fiji, during a photo shoot with The Scottish Sun newspaper, which also sponsored the competition. On the newspaper’s website, Bowers posed in the costume individually as well as with Sun Reporter Matt Bendoris at the Glasgow Botanical Gardens.
Managing director, bandleader and co-founder of Tribe, Dean Ackin, told Newsday he was aware that Bowers had played with the band for the past two years, but did not know her personally. Ackin congratulated Bowers and said he was happy that she wore the costume as the exposure was good, not only for Tribe, but for the country as well.
Bowers noted a representative from Tribe contacted and praised her when he saw the photographs from the Sun shoot using the band’s costume. “Hopefully I’ll be coming back to Trinidad and Tobago in the next few months to do a photoshoot for a local company. Also, The Scottish Sun wants me to write a tourist piece on TT so I’m very pleased about that,” said Bowers.
However, even if those plans fall through, Bowers assured that she would definitely be back for Carnival in 2014. “I’ve only played mas twice and both times with Tribe. I’ve definitely caught the Carnival bug and I intend to play mas again next year,” she said.
TRINI BEAUTY: Miss Scotland 2013, Jamey Bowers, whose mother is Trinidad-born biochemist Paula Bowers.
WELL DONE: Jamey Bowers, right, is seen being congratulated by a female relative when she was crowned Miss Scotland 2013 and who will now represent that country at the Miss World Beauty Pageant in September.