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Nadia Holmes is 2017 Banks Calendar Girl
December 9, 2016
“THE PEOPLE” HAVE spoken and Nadia Holmes is the 2017 Banks Calendar Girl.
The 23 year old beauty beat out nine other contestants to emerge the Ambassador for the ‘Beer of Barbados.’
Describing her win as “surreal,” the aspiring actress said it proved a challenging task amassing the votes needed to clinch the coveted title and the ten thousand dollar prize. Barbadians however showered Nadia with support by voting thousands of times on Banks Beer’s Facebook Page and website. Nadia went head to head with runner up Akela Rollins in a keenly contested finish. Overall, the competition garnered over fifty thousand votes.
“Honestly, I think I’m still in shock. I was getting nervous as the votes were quite close but was able to rally my network of friends from the University of the West Indies and the Barbados Community College and they did not disappoint,” she said.
She also shared her thoughts on the competition as a whole.
“The Banks Calendar Girl Competition is not just about a face on a calendar or a nice body but I want people to see that this is a girl who also has dreams and aspirations and winning the competition provides a platform for achieving some of them.”
For the first time since the competition’s inception, Banks (Barbados) Breweries Ltd. invited Barbadians to choose who they wished to see grace one of the most anticipated calendars on the island. According to Banks’ Category Manager Charles Walcott, the decision augured well both for the brand and the contestants.
“Nadia clearly is the people’s choice. We made the brave decision to encourage the public of Barbados to choose their Calendar Girl; we thought it best for them to say who they wish to see in their favorite shops and establishments every day for the next year. I wish to congratulate Nadia on a job well done and I am confident that she will be a fantastic Ambassador.”
With the competition behind her, the Theatre Arts graduate has even more work ahead and first on her agenda is choosing a recipient for Banks’ benevolence. The stunning beauty has the daunting task of choosing one charity from a field of ten. The charity of Nadia’s choice will receive a boost towards their cause with a financial injection of $5000.
The Banks Calendar Girl competition has been staged since 1995.
CAP. 1: The newly crowned 2017 Banks Calendar Girl Nadia Holmes.