Even in the midst of challenging times, Jeanine Brandt is working to make a difference.
The 25-year-old is Miss World Trinidad and Tobago 2021, having been crowned several months ago, on the night of January 31st.
A lot has changed in T&T since then, but Ms. Brandt is determined to make this country proud, and to help those in need in communities across the country.
Hailing from La Romain, she is a professional makeup artist with a background in business management.
Using her knowledge of business, she went on to turn her hobby and love of makeup into a business: Divine Beauty by Jeanine Brandt.
Representing T&T at Miss World is a dream come true for her, as she fondly recalls following this country’s past queens on the international stage:
“I would get so excited in front of the TV to support our girl. To me they were all so beautiful and were full of goodness, kindness and purpose! It is such an honour to be an ambassador for our sweet T&T and I’m truly grateful for this opportunity.”
BEAUTY WITH A PURPOSE
A major aspect of her preparation for Miss World 2021 is the iconic Beauty With A Purpose project.
Established in 1972, this segment involves the undertaking of social projects by each delegate in her home country, and has raised over half a billion US dollars for charity over the years.
Since 2005, the winner of this segment automatically makes the quarter finals of the competition.
Ms. Brandt’s project is the Brandt Beauty Foundation, which started with 15 girls in her community and has since expanded.
The aim is to empower them on several fronts.
Though her work with the Foundation, Ms. Brandt met a family grapping with poverty.
With her project gaining momentum, she has since launched “A Journey of 1,965 Square Miles” a name intended to reflect the square footage of Trinidad and Tobago.
Her outreach began in La Romain, and has since expanded to Rio Claro, Chaguanas, Tunapuna, Sangre Grande, Arima, Port of Spain and Pt. Fortin.
She has been reaching out to and working with the various MPs and Mayors in a bid to roll-out workshops and other initiatives for girls in these areas.
The effort however does not stop there.
Ms. Brandt also wants to help address other pressing issues facing women and girls in T&T.
Her other initiatives include a facility to house and empower abused women and their families, and dealing with the taboo topic of period poverty.
In addition to these initiatives, Ms. Brandt is busy preparing for the competition which begins on November 21st and culminates on December 16th in Puerto Rico.
There’s a lot of other events involved, and the support of her fellow Trinbagonians will go a long way!
As for showcasing T&T to the world, there is one particular aspect she hopes to share.
She is a self described “callaloo” native and is especially proud of this country’s diversity.
To keep up with Ms. Brandt’s Miss World journey and to learn more about supporting her bid, you can follow her on social media: