Competing For Miss World Crown
Arti Cameron, a 2008 La- Guardia Community College graduate who went on to become a pre-med student, is representing Guyana in the Miss World 2012 Competition.
The beauty pageant is currently underway; the final night of the pageant takes place on Saturday, Aug. 18 in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China.
The 23-year-old contestant, who is planning on pursuing her childhood dream of becoming a medical doctor, began her journey when she enrolled at LaGuardia as a liberal arts and science major. There, the honors student not only excelled in her science and mathematics courses, but she won a college-wide speech competition and published literary works in the college’s magazine, Literary LaGuardia.
She was also the president of the Psychology Club and an elected member of the Student Advisory Council.
“LaGuardia offered the diversity and nurturing support I needed when I had just moved to the U.S. It was just the right place for a young girl with big dreams,” said Cameron.
Upon receiving her associate degree in mathematics and science with honors, she transferred to Hunter College where she graduated, also with honors, in 2011 with a bachelor’s in biology and a minor in chemistry. While working toward her degree, Cameron also volunteered at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
She is now preparing to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and plans on applying to medical schools in the United States.
“I see myself practicing medicine and traveling to some of the most vulnerable parts of the world to volunteer my services and better the lives of others,” said Cameron.
Since her crowning as Miss Guyana, Cameron has made significant humanitarian contributions. She is supporting the Ruimveldt Children’s Aid Centre in Guyana by serving as the official patron. She has also volunteered for Now AfriCAN, an organization dedicated to helping children in post-war situations in Africa. She plans on using her fame to draw attention to such efforts as these.
Cameron was born in Guyana but spent her childhood living between Jamaica and Guyana before migrating to the United States. She believes that there is a great need for Guyanese living in the diaspora to promote a positive image of her homeland. For this reason, she sought to represent her native country at the competition. If Cameron wins, she will become Guyana’s first Miss World winner.
The theme of this year’s Miss World competition is “Beauty with a Purpose,” and its goal is to teach contestants real life skills to make a lasting contribution to the lives of the sick and disadvantaged.
The 2012 Miss World competition will be televised internationally on the E! Entertainment Network. To follow and vote for Arti during the competition, visit the official competition Facebook page and her official Fan Facebook page.