Wednesday, 29 May 2013
My name is Aishira Cicilia. I recently returned from the Netherlands to my beautiful island, St. Maarten. Law graduate, Policy worker, born Bachanalist (loves carnival :D), with talent and passion for pageantry that has grown over the years and someone who loves to get involved in community activities.
Hmm.. Loyal, passionate and open minded.
3)Do you think you’re a true representation of a today's woman if yes no why?
I believe women can and should run the world! (haha) I believe today’s women uses her talents, knowledge and experience to empower herself and the people around her. I try my best to be that kind of woman.
Hmmm, oddly enough Fashion police, I really just go with how I’m feeling. I don’t put too much thought into fashion, but I do like unique things. The European style has rubbed off on me quite a bit I must say. And I love fashion jewelry! lol
5)Tell us all about the pageants you have participated in?
Teen carnival queen 2003à Queen.
Antillean queen 2003à Queen
Senior carnival queen 2004àQueen and I won my very first car!!
Jaycees Caribbean pageant in Antigua 2004à I placed 3rd runner up.
Miss Sunset Bikini contest 2010à ‘Queen’ and I won my second car!
Rotterdam Summer Carnival Queen in the Netherlandsà 2nd runner up.
In every segment I try to bring out my personality the best I can, find a balance between entertainment and the message I want to convey and practice, practice practice. Oh and I have a dream team behind me, they have thought me all the tricks in the trade.
7)If you was giving 2 tickets to fly anywhere in the world where would you fly to and why?
I would definitely take a flight to visit OPRAH while she is having Maya Angelou, Tyler Perry and Beyonce over. Because if you want to talk about today’s women and movers in the world, those are the people! Secondly I’ll take a much anticipated trip to England! Unfortunately I did not get to visit England while living in the Netherlands, but I’d want Fashion police to take me to the hot stops and shops ;)
I would wear one of my aunt Sheila Sorton’s designs. She is hands down St.Maarten’s best eveningwear designer. Always a couple years ahead when it comes to her designs!
9)How did you use to prepare for your past pageants?
First think about what I want to do/portray. Then sit with my dream team and then we work our magic (question 6). I have to big up my dream team, each has contributed to one of more of my pageants and help form the woman I am today. My aunt Sheila Sorton, Bevil Byam, Garfield Young, Glenis Thomas, my grandma and family and friends for being my best critics and supporters.
When contestants come out of character. You can’t suddenly become a professional dancer or musician after a few weeks of serious training. Use your natural talents. Another thing you can immediately tell Is when they haven’t seriously put thought and practice into their segments.
Or when they enter the pageant for other reasons then inner self-enrichment, those are the ones that get demotivated and give up quickly.
Fashion Police News Blog is great! I enjoy reading the interviews of fellow St. Maarteners and other interesting people in the industry.
13)If you had the power to change the pageant world what would you change and why?
The fact that the pageant world seems to be a reflection of the fashion industry when it comes to height and fashion. Pageants should be more about substance!
14)What have you learnt from competing in all these pageants?
WOW so many things! That women are beautiful, talented and patriotic, especially on the inside. Most importantly for me, these pageants have brought me out of my shell, I’ve learnt that I have something to say and people listen when I speak.
15)Our question to you is why is it that when our local queens go out to represent the island 97%of the time they don't place nor win what do you think we can do to improve on this?
It’s a combination of financing, support and the candidate herself. My dynamic team (Lysette, Fabiana and Melisa ) together with the St.Maarten Carnival Foundation hope to make a change in that. I see a few crowns in our future!!
16)Who are your 4 best friends you would ride and die for?
We have grown to be more like soul sisters! These 4 ladies have my back no matter what and I learn from their strength, motivation, determination, failure, success and the way they carry it all with class. Everonique, Nerissa, Wilmina and Nadine absolutely love them!
Soca and dancehall! Did I tell you I’m a bachanalist?! hahaha
18)What are 4 things men do that makes you mad?
Not contribute in the upbringing of their kids. Being lazy, unambitious, lies and cheat.
I really tune out after I hear: hey gyal, psst or come hear nuh.. I don’t wait for the line lol.
20)If the Fashion Police was to have dinner at your home what would you prepare them?
I would cook my favorite porkchop! Anyway you like it!
That I’m basically ‘living’ out of my suitcases. Waiting for my boxes to arrive any day now LOL.
22)What advice do you have for young ladies looking to enter pageants?
Having done pageants, being a chaperon and now co-pageant coordinator I see how ladies grow from the experience. If you are thinking about it, do it! It’s hardwork but I promise win or lose it’s worth it in the end.
If I’m not dancing, I’m playing football, involved in a pageant somehow, reading a book or watching one of my favorite TV shows.
24)Who are your role models and why?
My grandma, mom, best friends. I admire and look up to different women for different things.