WANTS TO BE AN AMBASSADOR: Avionne Mark's page on the Miss Universe website.

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Vote online for Avionne Mark, Miss T&T Universe

By Wayne Bowman  

Online voting is underway for the Miss Universe Pageant and Miss Trinidad and Tobago Avionne Mark is looking for the votes of Trinidadians and Tobagonians here and around the world.

The winner of the online voting segment secures a place in the semi-final round of the competition.

Voting ends on December 18, the day before the pageant is held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Each person can vote up to ten times per day, per account/valid e-mail address by logging on to www.missuniverse.com.

Anyone living in, or a legal resident of the home countries of the 2012 Miss Universe contestants can cast their votes for the Miss Universe contestant of their choice.

To vote online, however, you must be 16 years of age or older.

Mark, who is from Champs Fleurs, is in Los Angeles, California, seeing after final preparations before heading over to Las Vegas where she will spend several days alongside the participants from other countries engaged in a number of activities leading up to the show on December 19.

There will also be several rounds of judging during these days.

Her biography as featured on the Miss Universe website reads: "Avionne Mark was always a tomboy growing up, playing in the streets of her hometown of Champs Fleurs. She has a keen interest in youth development and tourism policy changes.

Avionne's hobbies range from hiking and going to the beach to writing poetry and makeup artistry. Her career ambition has always been to one day become a tourism ambassador, and now gets to serve that role as a result of winning her title."

The quote attributed to her on the site states, "The opportunity of representing my country on an international scale has always been a dream of mine...I am confident and unwavering that this is where I should be."

She is also quoted as saying that her grandmother is her greatest influence and that she and her mother walk into rooms backwards after midnight because of a belief in superstition.

Mark won the Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe Pageant in October.

The local franchise for the competition is now owned by Dean Ackin of the Tribe Mas Band.

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