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DAVANDRA BABB,

Added 29 September 2019

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Miss Universe Barbados 2019 Che Amor Greenidge. (Picture by Krystal Hoyte.)

Che Amor Greenidge believes in finishing whatever she starts. She also believes in working hard towards whatever you want to achieve in life.

That attitude has no doubt led her to achieving the title of Miss World Barbados 2019.

Before Che Amor was part of the Miss World Barbados pageant, she was involved in the Miss Universe Barbados pageant and placed in the top five. But she did so on crutches.

“September 2017 I got into a car accident and I broke my foot, that’s how I ended up finishing the Miss Universe pageant on crutches. I have a very hard-working spirit. I like to finish what I start. I decided crutches or not, I’m going to finish it because I like to practice what I preach, so that was really important for me to demonstrate that and I’m really happy that I did because at the front of the audience was a paraplegic man in his power chair and when he saw me come on that stage in crutches his eyes just popped open and he gave me all the rest of energy I needed. It was so exhausting doing the pageant on crutches the entire night for Miss Universe. He was really inspirational for me,” Che Amor recalled.

She added, “After doing the first pageant on crutches and seeing the overwhelming response was so humbling for me. People seeing a girl on crutches in a swimsuit on stage that was pretty crazy. It was really encouraging for me to put myself out there and know that what I’m doing can really inspire people and not to just stay behind the scenes all the time but to share it with others.”

From that experience, Che Amor developed a passion for the disabled community and set out to be a voice for them.

“After that I just reached out to the disabled community in Barbados and while doing so I realised that I could communicate with every other person with a disability except the deaf. Something about that just seemed so wrong and I was really committed to being able to communicate with them, so I started doing sign language and now I’m at the intermediate level. I’m really excited to be fluent, to be sharing this journey with them. I feel like they’re just as much a part of this journey as I am and my family, friends and everyone else,” Che Amor explained.

The 26-year-old said participating in the Miss World Barbados was a no-brainer for her after that. (DB)

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