Belikin, the Beer of Belize, held its 2013 Calendar launch on Saturday, October 20th at the Princess Hotel & Casino Poolside in Belize City. Being featured in the calendar is an opportunity coveted by many aspiring models across the country and abroad. This year, 22 year old Rosie Syme and 27 year old Annie Urbina, both from San Pedro were featured, with one of them being awarded the surprise and honor of being the cover girl on the 2013 Belikin calendar.
The San Pedro Sun caught up with both young women to chat about their experience and their thoughts on being featured in the very popular calendar.
Annie Urbina was featured on the cover this year. This fact took her by surprise at the launch. “I didn’t know until the night that I got there. Miss Shelly had emailed me and asked me if I was going to attend and I told her yes. And she was like, ‘I’m glad that you’re going to attend because we have a surprise for you.’ But it never really crossed my mind that maybe I would have made the cover. But when I arrived there and I saw it, it was quite exciting because I didn’t expect it. I was already just excited to be IN the calendar.”
So, what kind of girl does it take to make the cover of the Belikin Calendar? Let’s ask Annie. “I’m just a normal girl. I like to do what every other girl likes to do. I enjoy fashion, my main interest is makeup. I like doing art with makeup and pretty much everything that other girls like to do as well. I have done a little bit of modeling in the past in Orange Walk, doing a few fashion shows for a designer named Aldo Briceño. I’d say I’ve done about three or four of them. But that was quite a long time ago.”
Rosie Syme has been living in San Pedro since she was two years old and according to her, the calendar just ‘sort of happened’. “This was certainly not something that I was expecting. Basically they called me last minute and asked if I would be willing to do it and I said yes. The entire experience was really fun.
I did two different photo shoots. The first one was at Goff’s Key. We went out there from the morning and I got home around six o’clock in the evening. We were there all day and just basically enjoyed the island until around 4:30pm when we had about a half an hour photo shoot and that was that – it was really fun. The second photo shoot was also great. That was at Shark Ray Ally. Seeing myself in the calendar, well let’s just say I was really excited. I was very happy with the final outcome. I think that all of the photos ended up coming out great. I really like the feeling of the calendar now – it’s a lot more my style – which is beautiful and a bit more ‘classy’ – it’s still sexy but it’s not too over the top.”