Miss Universe Trinidad and Tobago in a mess
UNIVERSE 2005 PHOTO GALLERY OF CONTESTANTS!
Dethroned Miss T&T Cheryl Ankrah fights battle in court as
benefactor turns bane
BY A CORRESPONDENT
March 18, 2005:
lies the head that wears the crown of Miss Universe Trinidad
and Tobago. For, Miss Cheryl Ankrah, who was elevated to the
prized post was stripped of the title by the same instituion
that anointed her. Now, the matter is in court. Order, order!!
The Miss Universe Trinidad and Tobago contest is organised by
peter Elias and associates, which crowned her as Miss Universe
Trinidad and Tobago on August 22, 2004. But subsequently, the
company said that the beauty queen was not sticking to her
commitments or maintaining her body properly. The company sent
Cheryl Ankrah several warning letters and finally decided to
hold another pageant to select the candidate for the Miss
Universe 2005 to be held in May 30 in Bangkok. When she came
to know of it, Ankrah moved the High Court and obtained an
injunction preventing the company from going ahead. Since the
candidate for Miss Universe has to be finalised by April,
Peter Elias, understandably, is having a heartburn.
A fitness consultant has informed the local court that Cheryl
Ankrah is not fit enough to appear for the Miss Universe 2005
competition. They fear that she will not even figure in the
Top 30 at the Bangkok event. The affidavit said that Ankrah
did not have the body of someone who could successfully
Peter Elias, who holds several beauty pageant franchises, had
told her earlier that given the way she looked, he did not
think she could not figure in the top 30 at the Miss Universe
Cheryl Ankrah has accepted the charge, but she has put the
blame on Peter Elias himself, saying she did not get the
correct guidance and goals from her management team and the
Cheryl's attorney Gouveia produced in court emails showing
that the tension started barely one month after Ankrah was
crowned last year. According to the messages, Elias started
complaining that he was not informed about Ankrah's fitness
level regularly and that she had been skipping several
training sessions and company appointments.
Despite efforts to get a clear outline of Elias' expectations
and what goals she had to meet, nothing was supplied to her,
Cheryl's attorney claimed.
Instead, Gouveia said, Elias told Ankrah in September 2004
that he was concentrating his efforts on preparing another
queen for the Miss World Pageant in November and that he would
start the "Cheryl campaign" after that.
Elias sent a series of complaints that her "development was
not up to mark", and Ankrah's response was that she was doing
the best she could.
On December 22, 2004, Elias and a director of his company
Adrian Raymond, served her with a letter informing her that
they were considering dethroning her for several reasons,
including her fitness level, failure to attend classes,
failure to report to them weekly, and a poor attitude to
Ankrah claimes she has a right not to be deprived of the
opportunity of representing the country. "The court must
decide whether a greater injustice would befall the plaintiff
(Ankrah) by discharging the injunction (preventing Elias from
choosing a replacement queen) or to the defendant," she told
The matter is still in court. And time is running out for
Ankrah, Peter Elias -- and if he wins the case -- the next T&T
beauty who will be going to Bangkok. Watch this space.
BY A CORRESPONDENT