On Tuesday morning, the chosen Trinidad and Tobago representative for the 2017 edition of the Miss Universe competition, set to take place in Las Vegas, received an email indicating that she had been disqualified by the local arm of the franchise, for breach of contract. Problem is, there was no indication of what aspect of the contract she had breached.
Yvette Clarke was crowned earlier this month in a pretty low key competition hosted at the Cascadia Hotel in Trinidad. There seemed to have been some hiccups thereafter, leading to the young woman- an entrepreneur, making all effort to acquire sponsorship to assist with offsetting costs affiliated with the competition. As she put it, she was given nothing except a black dress, by franchise holder, Jenny Douglas, before being told that she was permitted to find her own sponsors. Clarke reached out to Fay Ann Lyons -Alvarez, the Soca artiste and owner of MIME Limited. Lyons-Alvarez and her team decided to assist with everything, bringing the young woman into their camp and outfitting her with the necessary tools to ensure that she would have a fighting chance at the November competition. Lyons-Alvarez said airline tickets were organized as initially assured, however as the team became further involved, the desire to garner the support of others within their network, brought with it, an inclination to see what stipulations were presented to Clarke in her contract, prior to reaching out to sponsors. The drama then began unfolding. In the end, even after receiving tremendous public support from a number of local and international celebrities, including Trinidad James and actor, Romany Malco, the young woman was left distraught on Tuesday morning.
The legality surrounding the decision to disqualify Clarke is something that is now being investigated by Lyons-Alvarez and her legal team. Douglas has since indicated that the second runner up in the competition, Martrecia Alleyne, will now represent this country.