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  • January22nd

    Grooming Commences for the new face of the Turks and Caicos, TCI Top Model 2013!‏

    PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands; Monday, January 21st 2013 – After an extensive search covering the length and breathe of the Turks & Caicos Islands, training workshops are to commence this week for the selected few, where one young lady will emerge the new Face of the Turks & Caicos, TCI Top Model 2013.

    Courtney Robinson and Michelle Swann meets with model hopefuls

    Over the last two weeks, organizers of the 2013 TCI Top Model Contest & Fashion Extravaganza hosted contestants, models and fashion designers searches in both the nation’s capital, Grand Turk and Providenciales. The searches unearth an impressive array of beautiful young ladies and equally attractive males, along with a jewelry design team excitedly waiting to showcase to the world what they have on offer.

    “In just a matter of weeks, the fashion landscape will change owing to our fourth installment – Royele Couture: LUXE. Of the persons that applied online or we met at the searches, we have short listed them from 53 to 26 potential candidates to be groomed for the events, with 10 young ladies eventually moving on to compete in the 2013 TCI Top Model Contest,” said Courtney Robinson, Director of Production.

    “All the models were desirous for this opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to walk in the most heavily anticipated event that kick-starts show season and to meet with fashion modeling agencies from New York, the door that truly opens them to the fashion world. We saw not only persons who were taller, sleeker and fitter, but also knowledgeable about this creative industry. Importantly, they were keen to get started,” said Robinson.

    The Search saw the application of jewelry design team Pyro, which are looking to become one of the leading accessory providers in the Turks and Caicos. The Pyro team comes out of the Youth Entrepreneurship Programme and TCI Top Model Organizers are always excited to work with the youth in our community.

    “These young persons wowed us with their craftsmanship, creativity, style and presentation,” said Michelle Swann, Head of Fashion and Personal Development. “We were thoroughly impressed and will be working diligently with them arm-in-arm to assist with their design elements, promotions and marketing collateral through the TCI Top Model Contest events.”

    In the run up to the event, all talent will attend workshops on ‘the fashion industry,’ ‘personality & self-esteem,’ ‘presentation skills,’ ‘networking & interviewing skills,’ ‘branding & being a spokesperson,’ ‘fitness & healthy eating,’ ‘life in the media’ and ‘being an ambassador.’ This, along with runway training and doing photo-shoots.

    The workshops are fundamentally important, as it will give these young persons the tools they will need for this industry and meeting new people who can, and will make a difference in their lives. This training will go a long way whether they stay in fashion or wherever life takes them.

    It is the hope of the TCI Top Model Contest Organising Committee that those in the public rally behind this initiative, and persons in the business community help support this most rewarding and ambitious endeavour; as in doing so, everyone becomes apart of helping deserving individuals realize their fashion and creative dreams.

    The 2013 TCI Top Model Contest & Fashion Extravaganza will take place at The Williams Auditorium in Provoidenciales on Saturday, May 4th, 2013.

  • August6th

    Washanda: TCI’s it Girl to the Fashion World

    PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands, Monday, August 6th, 2012 – Turks & Caicos Islands ‘It Girl’ to the fashion world – Washanda Registre – returns home following a successful trip to New York City. With her Wilhelmina Models portfolio folder in hand, Washanda excitedly awaits a quick return to the Big Apple this autumn!

    Wilhelmina Models requested Washanda, the 2012 TCI Top Model Contest winner – to the fashion capital of America, to meet with their various boards and divisions; that, along with having scheduled appointments with potential clients, casting directors and test photo shoots to promote her career as a Wilhelmina model. At Wilhelmina, Washanda will be promoted on their ‘new faces’, ‘women’s’ and ‘runway’ divisions – giving her the widest possible opportunity to spread her wings and soar!

    “Being in New York was super exciting. I am ever so grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity to travel there, meet with Wilhelmina Models’ representatives, stay at the models’ apartment, go on castings, meet working models and do a photoshoot with a top photographer. Everything went well and everyone was so nice and welcoming. I am so happy I can burst,” said a joyful Washanda.

    “Just being there – the lights, the colours, the sounds, the smells of New York City; the people rushing about – nothing no one says to you can really prepare you for it – you just have get there. It all moves so fast! And, of course the food, the entertainment and shopping. I can surely get used to this lifestyle,” said the bubbly 5’10” Turks & Caicos Islands beauty, adding: “Modeling is truly something that I know I can do and excel in. I want this more than anything else.”

    While she lived Soho, Washanda also had a mini tour of the city in between appointments: Times Square, Ground Zero, South Street Sea Port, The Empire State Building/Heralds Square, Battery Park, Union Square, Harlem and a visit to Jamaica, Queens – not to mention seeing Zarkana by Cirque du Soliel at Radio City Music Hall.

    She also did a photo shoot with Maxim Repin, a noted Russian fashion photographer who has shot for L’Officiel, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, GQ, InStyle, Jalouse and many other stellar fashion magazines and top modeling agencies. The resulting photographs were amazing and Washanda surely will have some great images to assist in launching her international modeling career.

    While in the Turks & Caicos for a few short weeks, Wilhelmina is making ready for Washanda’s return this Fall. Then, she will be in the Big Apple for six to eight weeks to meet with more clients, casting directors, and do photo-shoots to further develop, promote and push her – as Wilhelmina Models knows that Washanda Registre is a star in the making who will put herself and by in large Turks & Caicos Islands on the fashion map!

    Accompanying the TCI Top Model to New York were Charmaine Clarke, her chaperone and Courtney Robinson, TCI Top Model’s Executive Producer.

  • July30th

    Latoya Pinder Wins the Inaugural Miss Body Beautiful TCI Pageant

    PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands; Monday, 30 July 2012 – Latoya Pinder wins the inaugural Miss Body Beautiful TCI pageant – witnessed by a capacity crowd that was live! The 25-year-old Bahamian national captured the crown over the weekend, which took place at The Williams Auditorium in Downtown Providenicales that saw ten (10) young ladies of diversity compete for the coveted title. However, Miss Pinder, with her confident demeanor, dazzling smile, standout physique and captivating stage presentation – bested them all.

    “I am truly ecstatic that I won. I prepared myself, took on board the advice and coaching provided, and went out on that stage with the knowledge that I was the winner. And with my faith and belief that I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me – I felt self assured that the crown was mine,” said a beaming Latoya of her win.

    Not only did Latoya, a mother of one – won the pageant, but she also successful at winning the ‘Facebook Like Me’ award with 386 votes. Owning to this, Radio Turks & Caicos (RTC) has invited Latoya to do spot show – live on air.

    The Miss Body Beautiful TCI Pageant is one that aspires women to appreciate the beauty of whom they are inside and out. As a fitness and personal growth competition, the show is geared towards empowering women to have a positive image of self, that they can accept their bodies as they are – thereby showcasing it in its entire splendor. The pageant was open to ladies 18 years of age and older, with no restriction on height, body shape, marital status or nationality. Through the event, contestants gained from the exposure and the experience, which will do well for their personal growth, development and potential modeling career.

    The pageant saw the contestants compete for a LIME advertising campaign, cellular phones with service plans, resort stays, cash and numerous fabulous prizes. What is more, in the run up to the event, all contestants had the opportunity to get as fit as they possibly could with complementary training courtesy of Rock It Hot Fitness Studio. Additionally, they partook in workshops on ‘The Ultimate You! Living to Love Yourself’ hosted by Mrs Tremainne Swann-Harvey, ‘Fitness and Healthy Eating’ conducted by Miss Straudy Lightbourne – along with stage presentation by Courtney Robinson, the event’s Executive Producer.

    There were three disciplines of competition before the contestants were whittled down to the top five. Namely: introduction, swimwear and fantasy wear. During each segment, they were judged on their confidence, personality, performance and overall stage presentation.

    As pageant of diversity, so too were the judges. Head judge was Wenieka Ewing, Miss Turks & Caicos Universe 2004/5 who represented the Turks and Caicos Islands at the 2005 Miss Universe Pageant held in Bangkok Thailand where she won the Ministry of Tourism and Sports Award for her national costume which she designed; that, along with placing third runner’s up at the 2005 Miss Caribbean World Pageant in Tortola, BVI – winning Miss Intellect.

    The remaining judges included Kazz Forbes, noted Photographer and Fashion Designer for Saint George Fashion House; Mrs Delleriece Hall, Vice President of Corporate Sales, LIME Telecommunications; John Wright, Proprietor – Wrightfully Fit Fitness Center; and Mrs Constance Lighbourne-Cousins, the first Miss Turks & Caicos (1979) to represent the Turks & Caicos at the Miss Universe Pageant in Seoul, Korea in 1980.

    After the cut, making the top five were Shamarah Rigby, Janice Bernadin, Straudia Forbes, Sarantina Phlintrophe and Latoya Pinder. However, to garner a winner, the five remaining ladies had to answer the surprise question of the night: “Why do you think your body is beautiful?” This pushed the ante up a notch, as it formed the true indication of who the winner may be.

    Scores generated from the question & answer segment combined with the contestants’ previous scores revealed that Latoya Pinder was the won Miss Body Beautiful TCI 2012. Janice Bernadin was named First Runner’s Up, with Straudia Forbes placing second.

    The pageant featured the re-launching of Black Out, Turks & Caicos’s premier recording artists and international act. Its members, Orane Peanknock, Romaine “Trigga App” Pinnock, Eustace “E-Swann” Swann and Twiston “Twis-Flo” Florbes took to the stage twice – giving the audience a showcase they wont soon forget. Also giving a standout performance was DMV with lead signer Donessia Gardiner accompanied by backing dancers Vanessa Hall and Jelicia Skippings entertaining like none other. Audley “Illegal Poet” Astwood said two of his highly acclaimed poems. To cap things off, Dion Pratt Jnr took to the stage with two fabulous dance routines that had the audience on their feet as the young ballet and jazz dancer pumped up the volume.

    The inaugural Miss Body Beautiful TCI Pageant surely surpassed the hype and gave the audience a lot more than they bargained for. The show returns next year with an additional component – “Mr Best Body”. The dual event will take place at the end of June 2013! This double header will not be one to miss!

  • July9th

    Guyanese Crowned Miss United Nations 2012

    Twenty-two-old Soyini Fraser, a final-year theology student at the Life Christian University, was in the wee hours of Sunday crowned Miss United Nations 2012, outshining 17 other finalists at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming Lounge, Miami, Florida.

    After three days of intense preliminary competitions, a confident Fraser walked the catwalk with grace, poise, and charm – captivating the judges’ hearts.
    A stunned Fraser could not have contained her reaction when she was bestowed with the title and burst into tears. As she took her first walk as Miss UN 2012, the audience cheered with appreciation.

    She was later applauded by the panel of judges who have a vast knowledge of pageantry, designing, and chorography.

    “I am shocked and elated at this time… I cannot say how appreciative I am to the people who have made me their representative to this pageant and more so, the generous people who have contributed to making my dreams a reality,” the newly-crowned queen said.

    She is expected to leave Miami today for New York City and will return to Guyana later in the week. Among the prizes she has won are cash prizes, trips to Jamaica and Africa, and beauty hampers.

    The journey to the crown was not a walk on the beach, as there was rather intense competition during the pageant. Fraser on Thursday evening worked the stage with her well-executed talent piece, in which her experience as a dancer attached to the Classique Dance Company was evident.

    On Friday, there were the hectic photo shoots which saw all the delegates showcasing their national costumes, evening gowns, sports wear and high fashion outfits. Later on Friday, the contestants were grilled in a “cold room” for the interview segment which replaced the intelligence segment that was supposed to be done on the night of the pageant. Fraser again was one of the judges’ favourites.

    For the sports wear segment, she was clad in yellow short pants and a black jersey with her hair firmly intact, definitely sending a message to the judges. Her national costume depicted Guyana’s rich flora and fauna and its diverse population. Her high fashion outfit was an all-black body-hugging dress with a matching hat. The outfit was designed by Guyanese designer Mwanza Glen.

    Her evening gown was a yellow, shimmery closely fitted sheath, which was designed by another Guyanese designer, Roger Gary.

    Caribbean triumph

    The first runner-up was Miss Trinidad and Tobago Shelissa Gomes and in the second runner-up spot was Miss Dominican Republic.

    Miss Guadeloupe Elody Pradel was sashed Miss Congeniality; Miss Australia Melissa Utvich was adjudged Miss Photogenic, while Miss Romania Delia Duca was given the title of Miss Supermodel. Miss Taiwan and Mr Mexico copped the prize for best national costume.

    In the Miss Teen category, Miss United States Marie Alvarez was crowned queen. Miss El Salvado Martha Aguirre copped the second place, and Miss Peru Christina Silva Santisteban was awarded the third spot.

    In the Mrs UN category, the crown was awarded to Mrs Cuba Tania Gonzalez-Teran, with Mrs United States Erin J Morgart was first runner-up and Mrs Venezuela Ivonne Lopez secured the third runner-up position.

    For the Ms UN, the only country that contested this category was the United States, with Monica R Tapia-Mularski. This is a new category which gives young women who are divorced the opportunity to express their confidence and self-esteem on the catwalk.

    In the Mr United Nations category, Rudi Strydom of South Africa outshone his rivals to cop the title, while Mr Venezuela Junior Antonio Rosales Rivas came in second and Mr Mexico copped the third spot.

    Mr Bahamas Marcos Ambrister walked away with the title of Mr Teen United Nations followed by Erick Trujillo, and Gustavo Rivas of Mexico respectively.
    Meanwhile, despite a late start on Saturday evening, the audience was thrilled by the dazzling displays by the outstanding delegates.


    The night got underway with the contestants doing an open dance sequence after which they introduced themselves to the audience and the judges.
    This was followed by the sports wear segement which saw each delegate showcasing their physique and energetic vibes.

    After the sports wear, the delegates retuned with their high fashion outfits that definitely added some spice to the evening. The delegates moved to the music, as they displayed their pieces with energy and confidence.

    Next on stage were the national costumes which brought roars and cheers from the audience. From their reaction, they loved every piece. The night did not only belong to the ladies, as the men left some of the women in the audience spellbound and speechless.

    The evening wear competition saw some sophisticated designs. The delegates used the catwalk with grace, poise and attitude. The ladies’ shimmering outfits illuminated the walls as they took to the stage. They were glamorous and full of glitz. The men in their three-piece suits were also intriguing to look upon.
    After the competition, the judges took a few minutes to deliberate on the scores and returned with the results.

    A huge contingent from the twin-island republic waved their national colours as their beauty made her way to the stage for the announcement of the results. They had done so throughout the competition.

    Revealing the results was the hostess, television personality and Miami radio announcer Nathalie Pozo. As the winners were announced, they were either sashed or crowned by Miss Jamaica Universe 2011, Shakira Martin. The panel of judges included Grant Harrington and Diana Julio.

    Rebublished from Guyana Times

  • June26th

    A Bevy of Beauties Turn out to Register for Miss Body Beautiful TCI

    PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands; Monday, June 25th, 2012 – A bevy of beauties turned out on Saturday, June 23rd – to register for the inaugural Miss Body Beautiful TCI Pageant. Not only were the ladies beautiful, they were tall, incredibly fit, intelligent and charming to boot.

    As a pageant of diversity, organizers were hopeful that there would be a few ‘plus size’, ‘petite’ and ‘fitness’ enthusiasts as contenders for Miss Body Beautiful TCI. The pageant, which recognizes that beauty, health and strength come in all ages and sizes – is open to women 18 years of age and older, has no restriction on height, body shape, marital status or nationality.

    “We were quite pleased with the turn out and online submissions. The ladies that registered in person were overly excited, rearing to go and bursting with ideas on what they will do and wear on stage. This is a wonderful opportunity for them and we’re confident that the judges will have their work cut out for them as they will surely impress,” said Courtney Robinson, Executive Producer.

    In an effort to attract a more diverse line-up for the pageant, organizers will be accepting applications until Saturday, June 30th. Women that are interested in competing are invited to send an email to [email protected] to request a registration form. On completion, the form must be returned along with a few photographs, which need not be professionally taken.

    The Miss Body Beautiful TCI Pageant will see contestants of diversity compete for a LIME advertising campaign, cellular phones with service plans, cash and fabulous prizes. What is more, in the run up to the event, all contestants will have the opportunity to get as fit as they possibly can with complementary training courtesy of Rock It Hot Fitness Studio located in Regent Village, Providenciales. Additionally, they will partake in workshops on ‘Fitness and Healthy Eating’, ‘The Ultimate You! Living to Love Yourself’ and ‘Stage Presentation.’

    The Miss Body Beautiful TCI Pageant will take place on Saturday, July 28th at The William’s Auditorium, South Dock Rd, Providenciales. There will be performances by today’s leading singers, rappers, dancers and other headliners! Advanced ticket purchase: General admission $40.00 and VIP $65.00; with $10.00 added to the cost at the door.