Marvo Manning: More Than a Bajan Beauty
Marvo Manning was born on May 1st, 1938 and was educated at Queens College. She became the island’s first beauty queen, when she won the Jaycees Carnival Queen Crown in 1964. Building on the success of that beauty competition, she took up a role as trainer for contestants in the Independence Queen Shows for several years after its inception. Three years after winning the Jaycees Carnival Queen Crown, she started and became the dean of the charm and social awareness and character building courses of the Bristol Rangers Club. Manning did a lot of work in the media industry, as she was the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) first female announcer and also worked with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Speaking of her transition to CBC after leaving her role at the Scotia Bank, Manning notes that she had to set a standard for herself there (at CBC). The importance of setting standards for self is something she communicates to young girls during her lectures, as she was also a part time lecturer in customer service, telephone etiquette and personal development with BIMAP.
Manning was also a popular actress in Barbados, featuring in a number of local productions including “Pampalam” and “Dumplings in de Stew”, gaining many awards along the way during her professional career. As a result of her stellar work in broadcasting and her contribution to the arts, she was awarded the Barbados Service Star in 1988. In 2004, she received the National Initiative For Service Excellence (NISE) award and in 2008, she was presented with the first Loyal Daughter Award by the producers of the annual mother’s day extravaganza in Barbados, “Mum, Thus One’s For You”. Thus, due to her all round contributions to various industries in Barbados, it is evident that Marvo Manning was more than just a Bajan beauty.
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