Marvo Man­ning More Than a Bajan Beauty

Marvo Man­ning: More Than a Bajan Beauty

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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.

©Arti­cle of Caribbean Dreams Mag­a­zine
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