Diversity Takes Center Stage as USC Crowns Ms. World
Audience members get a taste of different cultures, one unique food was an Indian Jelly Bean
Ms. World competitor Crystal Mcray answers a question leaving a lasting impression to the audience
By: Michelle Burroughs
A parade of flags through the crowd kicked off the 15th annual World Night Monday evening.
It's the largest cultural event at USC that represents every region in the country through music, dance, and food.
Dance performers from several different cultural clubs at USC took the stage, dancing native dances of Africa, China, South America, just to name a few.
The food seemed to be the most popular part of the night. Free food was given to everyone as they walked in so everyone gets a taste of different cultures.
One USC student was giving out a very unique dessert that was bright red in color and has a hard stringy appearance. Raul explained how it is extremely popular in his native country.
"This is a jelly bean from India, it is a very delicious food back in India," Raul said.
The main focus of the night was the USC Mr. and Ms. World pageant where the top ten danced, answered questions, and showed off their native dress to the voting audience.
Crystal Mcray was one competitor in the Ms. World pageant. Originally from Guyana, a sovereign state on the northern coast of South America, Mcray showed off her native dress to the audience.
"Every color has a different meaning. One means people, one means one-nation," Mcray said while explaining the colors of her country.
When Mcray took the stage to answer her question, provided by the host of the event, she left the crowd with a lasting impression.
"I'm part of a family that truly bleeds garnet and black," Mcray said at the end of her answer.
The audience began cheering the Gamecock chant to show their support for Mcray and the country where she was born.
Mcray was crowned Ms. World by the online votes that the audience text in throughout the evening.
"I'm just so prideful of my family and my family in Guyana," Mcray expressed after winning the competition.
To end the night in celebration members of the audience and performers throughout the night joined together singing and playing a big game of limbo. Everyone really celebrated the culture and diversity of the USC campus.