Sacha Cosmetics founder, Kama Maharaj made a bold prediction about the upcoming International Miss Universe Pageant last Friday during the pre-launch event held to celebrate the brand’s entry into Panama and the week-long visit of Miss Panama Universe 2014, Yomatzy Hazlewood De La Rosa. Speaking to the assembly in the Jade Room at the Hyatt Regency, Maharaj predicted that the pageant was ripe for another “African delegate to win this year”.
“We have two excellent representatives at the pageant this year in Miss Trinidad and Tobago and Miss Panama and I’m predicting that one of these two will be crowned Miss Universe 2014,” Maharaj said.
Maharaj was the feature speaker at the event, which also included engaging presentations from Tourism Minister, Gerald Hadeed, president of the Miss Panama Organization, Marisela Moreno and recently crowned winner and Sacha Cosmetics endorsee, De La Rosa. Reminding the gathering of Sasha’s contributions to the industry over time, Maharaj also ignited local enthusiasm for the renowned beauty contest with his own prophesy.
“Since Mpule Kwelagobe in 1999 – that’s fifteen years – there has not been another black Miss Universe. These things are cycles, so the Miss Universe pageant is ripe for an Africa delegate to win this year. There are going to be about 20 African delegates in the pageant and I want to assure you that any delegate with exotic skin earing Sacha is going to stand out from the rest,” Maharaj said.
Founded in 1979 by Maharaj and his wife, Kamla in their garage, Sacha Cosmetics is dedicated to developing “natural-looking foundations that blend seamlessly on different skin tones” with a special focus on the darker shades found throughout the Caribbean region. The brand is currently sold worldwide in various retail and specialty stores and has served as the official cosmetics line of the Miss Universe, Miss USA, Miss Bahamas, Miss Jamaica, Miss Panama and many other special events around the globe.
The assembly erupted in laughter and smiles as De La Rosa expressed her pleasure with the Sacha Cosmetics line and even referred to its founders as “family.” “When I found that the foundation made me look like natural, I said finally – I have something for my face that doesn’t make me look too light or too dark – and that’s the reason I was so happy using it. I feel like – as Marisela said a short while ago – that you are not only our sponsors, but I’m part of your family and my last name will be Maharaj now,” De La Rosa said.
Also attending the event were Port of Spain mayor, Alderman Raymond Tim Kee, acting mayor of San Fernando, Junia Regrello, as well as local fashion designers and icons, Meiling, Heather Jones, Christopher Nathan and Richard Young, in addition to a number of popular make-up artists, hairstylists and the winners of other international and local beauty pageants including Miss World 1986, Giselle La Ronde-West, former Miss Trinidad and Tobago World, Sarah Jane Waddell, former Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe, Athaliah Samuel and reigning Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe, Jevon King.