|Ms Luciana Raspail contestant #1 in the Carnival Ms Mature Pageant To Be Held On April 22nd 2014 At The Festival Village On St Maarten|
Thursday, 20 February 2014
1) Please tell us who you are and what you do for those not familiar with you?
Born and raised on the northern side of the island, I am a very energetic and outgoing 29 years old. I am part of the dynamic team of the Chamber of Commerce on the French Side where I handle the general secretariat. With a love for Carnival since a young child I am the General Secretary and the Assistant of the Pageant coordinator of the Carnival committee on the French Side. Also very involved in our community, I am the Secretary of the Rotaract Club Saint-Martin Nord.
2) What 3 words best describe you as a person?
Most of my friends describe me as a generous, passionate and a very cheerful person.
I would describe my fashion sense to be very eclectic and versatile, I am very open to all types of style but always try to give a classy signature.
4) What made you decide to compete in Ms Mature Carnival Pageant 2014?
With my commitment to Carnival, I have been following this pageant ever since and when I saw they brought it back to the scene 2 years ago I was very excited. I am no stranger to pageants (captured my first crown in 1998), and with the motivation of friends and family I decided to sign up and take part of the fun this year.
It is difficult to predict the results of a competition seeing that decision lies in the hands of others... But I am confident and believe that I have what it takes to walk away with the crown J .
6) Tell us some more about this pageant....Ms Mature
Ms mature is a Carnival pageant for women aged from 28 years and up. It is a public forum where they get the opportunity to showcase their talent, creativity, intelligence, voice their opinion and experience another type of fun during the Carnival season. It is the most local awaited show for the season, as everyone is excited to see what will be brought to stage.
I would definitely be a Stella Mc Cartney design, because she has a very sharp signature style to which she adds a touch of sexy “feminity” but yet very elegant.
8) If you was given 1 ticket to fly anywhere in the Caribbean where would you go and why?
It would definitely be St Lucia, I was there on a cruise last October and I just loved it. But the time I spent was just too short for me to really indulge and take advantage. The island is very tropical and has an unsurpassed beauty; it is the proof of the beautiful wonders of Mother Nature.
I would prepare : As an appetizer Toast covered with foie gras and oignon Jelly (delicious), for the main course a flank steak with its creamy mushroom sauce and roasted potatoes, and if you have room remain I would grace your tasting buds with my Flan au coco (Custard coconut tart).
10) What do you think of the Fashion Police News Blog?
I find it is a very good platform where you get all the latest fashion updates, the IN’s , the OUT’s and a lots of good tips. It allows you to be on point when stepping out ;).
Well, I am not the type to be stigmatizing professions to a particular gender, so if the men also have the competence to teach women to walk then I find that is also great (most of the time they are even better at it then us J).
12) Where do you see yourself in 8 years time?
I see myself CEO of my own family J and to the peak of my involvement in our community.
The pageant world today is at its greatest, when you look around the world. Locally, I would just want to bring forth the benefits of such an experience to all those who are hesitating or belittling on pageants today.
14) What would you say is your best assets?
Although I have a very limited circle of close friends whom I cherish very very much, my 2 sisters /Annie, Antoinette remains my ride or dies.
16) Tell us a bit about who your chaperone is?
She is Amazing…..I have known her for a while and this Pageant brought us even closer. She holds several pageant titles and has been the chaperones of several girls on the island. I salute her for all the great work she has been put in so far with me and the motivational drive she gives me at every practice.
(Laughs) My friends call me Miss Can’t Hear A Song, as I would be moving to any type of music, anywhere, anytime….I just love music.
Life experience - The girl is still out there setting her goals, looking for new challenges and looking for her path while the woman is fully complete with her life experience and is already at her stage of accomplishments.
You can expect the very best of me that night, I will be bringing it. So be on the lookout for your contestant #1 on Tuesday April 22nd 2014 in the Festival Village.
I enjoy spending quality time with my loved ones and exploring this beautiful island of ours as my busy schedule do not allow me to socialize much….so when I do get the chance, I grasp it.
21) If the Fashion Police was to be a fly on your bedroom wall what would they be shocked to see?
They would be shocked to see that I have little Sponge bob and Minions items, their so cuteJ.
I would advise them to get fully prepared and not to overlook all the preparation leading up to the show, because it requires a very important personal input. Go out do your best and most of all, have fun!
I am inviting you all to visit our beautiful island Sunshine City Sometime and if you can during the Carnival season, where you will be able to experience the biggest Cultural event on the island.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
|Sexy Ms Tamara Leonard|
1. Please tell us who you are and what you do for those not familiar with you?
“My name is Tamara Leonard, born on October 15, 1974, mother to one daughter Daricia Arrindell. Miami Dade College & DeVry University Alumni. President of the Board of Directors of St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry. I am a committed business woman, motivated, driven and a loyal friend. I am The General Manager of Leonard Enterprise, specialized in waste management. The Director of Dartam N.V. specialized in staffing and HR consultancy. The brains behind St. Maarten Superhost which is a customer service training program to improve the quality of service in St. Maarten. I am an adjunct instructor at University of St. Martin and a proud Elite VIP Member of The National Association of Professional Women.”
“God fearing, Selfless and Ambitious”
“Edgy, Classy and Vibrant. Depends on the occasion, time and place. I can go from one extreme to the next - everything including plain Jane.”
4. What perfume are you wearing as we speak?
“Mont Blanc – Legend”
5. Tell us all about yourself as a person?
“Hmmm, when I look in the mirror the reflection I see is a lady most days. A woman with a passion for whatever she does. A mother who will, by all means necessary, teach, mold and prepare my daughter for whatever life throws at her and to be the best at whatever she does. I see a human who has made some mistakes in life and has grown from every wrong decision. I see a forgiving heart. I see a person not afraid to admit that I do not know everything, and will be in learning mode until I die. A sincerely apologetic being for any hurt cause and will, without hesitation approach in person via e-mail, text or a phone call to make it known that I was wrong and sincerely apologize. I am someone who loves to laugh and I love laughter, high spirited and energetic. I see flaws, so I am always working on areas where there is room for self-improvement which is a part of my every day life. I see a strong, driven business woman. An individual, who loves the Lord, loves to praise the Lord and strives hard to do what my Jesus would do in the midst of difficult decisions.”
6. If you were to walk the ‘red carpet.’ which designer would you wear and why?
“In speaking of Red Carpet, I think Grammy’s, MTV Awards etc. If I had the opportunity to walk the Red Carpet today, as much as I would like to wear a high-end designer piece who celebrities wear from the US or any other part of world, I would proudly go the extra mile to walk in something designed by a St. Maarten designer to give them and my gem of an island called St. Maarten exposure.”
7. If you were given one ticket to fly anywhere in the Caribbean, where would you go and why?
“I'm not big on Caribbean islands, but there is something about St. Lucia, namely Sandals, that I would like to experience.”
8. What music would have you running to the dance floor?
“Ritmo Combina, a mixture of native African and European elements played in the Dutch Caribbean. It the music you hear from bands such as Control Band, Cache Royale, Claudius Philips and Dreams.”
9. Who are your four best friends you would ride and die for?
“If I put four names here, it will put me in about four decades worth of trouble. I love all my friends.”
10. If you had the power to change a few things about St Maarten, what would you change and why?
“The thought pattern of our people as it pertains to their sense of entitlement, the way they elect individuals to be the decision makers of our country, their sensitivity to our country’s economy and the importance of education, training and development. You see, thoughts become things and if we can get them to be, think and act with a more positive attitude, we will move mountains!”
11. What are four things you see women doing that make you mad?
“Let’s see, we are all human, men and women alike. From time to time, we will make each other mad. To single out a gender, in my opinion is judgmental. What upsets me is the making of conscious decisions that results unplanned pregnancies or other permanent consequences. It upsets me that there are people of both genders who think that physical, mental and verbal abuse is tolerable.”
12. What do you think of the Fashion Police News Blog?
“I think Mr Fierce is one of the most free-spirited, ambitious, local talented with a passion for fashion ever since I met him. This is some 20 years ago. I am proud of his accomplishments, including the fashion blog and will support him however I can.”
13. What do you think of men who teach women to walk?
“It takes a hell of a man to be in tuned with his femininity so much so that he is able to guide and coach a woman into bringing out the best of hers.”
14. What would you say is your best assets and why?
“Because I am able to acknowledge that I was created in the image and likeness of God, as well as knowing and believing that greater is He within me than he of this world; I can with that say I have many great assets. My ability to be as comfortable and proud of whom I am as a person, flaws and all, is one of many assets that I am proud of. Acknowledging and always remembering from whence I came, knowing where I am, what I want and where I want to go is another shaping tool that’s worth more than gold. Knowing to make use of learning from every mistake through the history I created has only mold, shaped and equipped me with the strength and lessons to further live by. As I strive, I use every opportunity to educate every individual I encounter as it is my responsibility to be my brother’s keeper even if this means exposing my ugliest moments. Once that will save someone else’s future, that’s another asset I am grateful for. My joy for sharing as a way of showing I care proves me generous in the eyes of God who in turn continues to bless me whilst enlarging my territory and then starts the cycle again.”
15. If the Fashion Police was to have dinner at your home, what dish would you prepare them?
“A peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I’m sure he would like to escape the world of the proper diet.”
16. When not working, what do you love doing?
“I love singing so you can find this karaoke junky wherever there is a karaoke machine!”
17. What advice do you have for others looking to walk into your footsteps?
“Prepare to cry a lot, pray a lot and stand strong! It is not as sweet or easy as I make it look. Do not try to win them all, just focus on outlasting them.”
“Pageants have taught me a bunch. One of the main things was to truly appreciate the joy of winning, I had to experience losing. I entered seven pageants; won the first six and lost the last one. All I will say here is I never went back! Pageantry is a responsibility. If you are not serious or strong enough to know that you have to represent that crown for a year: Leave it Alone. There were some negative aspects, but I prefer focus in the positive. I will tell you this: entering a pageant and winning a pageant are two different things. By winning, I mean the crown. It has the ability to change your personality, so be careful ladies.”
“Haha. Preparing to take a shot at earning the confidence of country St Maarten to elect me the next Prime Minister.”
“My parents Esther Ingrid Halley and Reginald Elias Leonard.
My mother - the disciplinarian and law enforcer of my childhood. “No” was her favorite answer to almost any question (or so it seemed) even before you asked sometimes. What I didn’t see then was that she was busy instilling and planting good seeds of wisdom, moral, principal and order, while forming the foundation of my thoughts and sense of responsibility and accountability of growing up to be a grounded and ambitious individual. Oh, she didn’t spare the rod either as she was sure not to spoil me, and that I literally felt. Prayer played a major role as she taught us to kneel and not how we lay in bed these days to pray. Stick to it, regardless how hard it gets for your word is bond and all you have, so quitting is not an option and completion is a part of our responsibility. Carry yourself neatly and keep a clean house. It took a while, but to God be the glory, I finally got this quality on lock!
My earthly father (my hero) was my everything as ‘yes’ was, is and will continue to be the answer to anything pertaining to me. Apple of his eye, according to me, he won’t admit it, but even the blind can see that reality. A proud daddy’s girl, I will always be. My gratitude for his contributions to my education and business endeavors is greater than any other achievement.
I am proud to say that my sister and I have retired both of our parents. We are allowing them to individually enjoy the rest of their youth with a relaxed, comfortable and worry-free mentality. The Bible commands that you honor your mother and father. This commandment, regardless the trials, we will be sure to keep!”
“Couple pieces of Real Estate.”
“Beauty is pride-less, truthfulness, sincerity, honesty, ability to be consistent with giving as much as you enjoy taking. Blessing others and sharing accomplishments. Beauty for me isn't skin deep. It is the purity and intentions of one’s heart and soul.”
“As stated before we are all humans and from time to time we will make each other mad.”
“Yes. Live, Love, Laugh and appreciate your ‘haves’ in life. Worry, stress and fight less. The best way to evaluate what situation to go contrary to is by realizing if it won’t matter in five years, it doesn’t matter now. Always remember that the Race is not always won by the Swift or the Battle by the Strong, the Wise sometimes misses the Lesson and the Wealthy sometimes go Hungry.
~Time and Chance happen to US all~
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Ms Carnival Senior Queen Contestant Ms Kenecia David Speaks To The Fashion Police In London Town...!!!!
Please tell us who you are and what you do for those not familiar with you?
I’m a very outspoken 19 year old who has been raised on the beautiful island of St.Maarten. I love traveling, baking, shopping, watching TV shows and spending time with my friends and family. I enjoying trying new things and challenging myself to do better and be better at everything.
2) What 3 words best describe you as a person?
I would say that I am enthusiastic, practical and devoted person.
3) Describe your fashion sense?
I think that my fashion sense is classic with a hint of bombshell. I am fine with wearing jeans and a simple shirt, but I pair them with eye-catching accessories and shoes.
4) What made you decide to enter the Carnival Senior Queen Pageant 2014?
I believe that your life is made up all the challenges and triumphs that you have experienced throughout your lifetime. Without new experiences you cannot grow. I decided that this Carnival Senior Queen Pageant is a way for me to experience something new; not only as a learning experience, but also as a way to help me grow as a person.
5) Do you think you will win if yes/no why?
I definitely think that I stand a chance of winning because I am a beautiful, intelligent and hardworking individual. However, it is a competition and you can never predict who will win or not.
6) If you was to walk the red carpet which designer would you wear and why?
I think it would be Giorgio Armani because his clothing is simple but at the same time he uses accessories that stand out. That’s kind of how my style is.
7) If you was given 1 ticket to fly anywhere in the Caribbean where would you go and why?
I would go to St. Lucia because I’ve heard so many good things and I would like to experience the island for myself.
8) What perfume are you wearing as we speak?
9) Who are your 4 best friends you would ride and die for?
I have a small circle of friends who are aware of whom they are, however no one is dying for anyone lol
10) What music would have you running to the dance floor to shake your booty?
I find this question kind of funny because I am not really the dancing kind of person. However, I do enjoy listening to dance hall, rap and variety of other genres.
11) When free what do you enjoy doing?
When I’m free I enjoy watching TV shows, lots of TV shows such as; Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries , Scandal, Originals…etc. I could go on but the list is just too long
12) What would you say is your best assets?
I don’t think that I have one best asset however I think my smile is my most important asset simply because it changes my entire appearance.
13) What is 1 thing you just cannot leave home without?
I cannot leave home without a handbag. Whether it is a clutch or messenger bag; I think it’s absolutely necessary to have a handbag at all times or else my outfit isn't complete.
14) What can people expect from you on this big pageant night?
This is completely different side of me for everyone to see especially those that know me. So everyone should really be prepared for the unexpected because this is Kenecia like you've never seen her before.
15) What advice do you have for others looking to participate in pageants?
Anyone who is planning to participate in pageants should really be prepared for a lot of hard work. This is not something that is really easy. There is a lot of work and planning that goes into every little detail. If you’re shy, like I am, take the risk because this could be the thing that will break you out of your shell. Just try it out, you have nothing to lose only something to gain.
16) What do you think of the Fashion Police News Blog?
This blog is a very good idea especially for people who are looking to find out more about fashion and what Mr.Fierce has been up to. I also think that it’s a very informative, especially with these interviews. It gives readers more insight into what to expect from each contestant just in case they were undecided.
17) What do you think of men who teaches women to walk?
I am of the belief that if you are passionate about something, and you are providing a service to individuals, your sex should not be a determining factor.
18) If you had the power to change the pageant world what would you change?
I think that the pageant world is really focused on beauty and maybe they should include a more intellectual aspect into it.
19) If you was to prepare dinner for the Fashion Police at your home what dish would you prepare?
I do cook, but I love restaurant quality food even more, especially sushi. So I would probably order in sushi from Bamboo Bernies or Sushiitto.
20) Tell us more about yourself as a person?
I like to think that I am very funny and honest. I love baking, especially cupcakes. I think I’m obsessed with cupcakes. I don’t like big groups of friends that’s why I have a very small circle. I enjoy volunteer work that is why I am a member of the Red Cross Youth Chapter. I graduated from the St.Dominic High School in 2011 from there I got an International Baccalaureate Diploma in 2013. I plan on starting college in August, 2014.
21) Why should you be crowned Carnival Senior Queen 2014?
I believe that whoever is crowned Queen should be someone that is not only beautiful but also well rounded. I do believe that I am a well-rounded person and will represent St.Maarten to best of my abilities.
22) Describe what real beauty is?
Beauty is not in appearance. I believe true beauty lies within a person; a kind, giving and selfless personality that shows way past your physical beauty
23) If you was to win this crown what would this mean to you?
It would mean the world to me. It would give me the courage to try all the new things that I want to do and have a positive outlook on life. It would also give others; who want to participate next year but may have doubts because they are shy , hope to do so because they too may win.
24) Any last words for our many blog readers around the world?
Those of you that are on the island be sure to come out to the Festival Village on April 23rd,2014 to support me in this year’s Senior Carnival Queen Pageant. For those of you that are not on the island be sure to visit if you still can if not, join us next year.