Meet Athaliah Samuel.
Look at her, in possession of both the body and defining features of a veritable runway model. Is she not a striking, unusual beauty? Does she not have the most unblemished skin and deep, searching eyes, the likes of which belong only to great women such as Iman, Nina Simone or Cher?
I look at Athaliah and I see - first and foremost - a remarkably beautiful young lady. One who carries herself with a measure of grace and dignity, irregardless* of the fact that she hails from a part of Trinidad & Tobago commonly associated with criminals, reprobates, incorrigibles, and ne'er-do-gooders. An area that, according to the many nationals who railed against her selection as the representative for the upcoming Miss World 2012 competition, is also associated with "ugly ghetto people."
You see, Athaliah Samuel, she of the impossibly pronounced cheekbones that a plastic-surgery acolyte would pay top dollar to replicate, hails from the dreaded, oft-maligned foothills of Laventille. In a society where sociocultural markers ultimately decide one's fate, this is the absolute kiss of death...