This year’s National Carnival Queen Pageant was arguably one of the best in years. And I think almost everyone who attended the event can attest to that. The event took place on Saturday July 2, at the National Cultural Centre and as always, it was a full house.
The girls were stunning—absolutely breathtaking! And the minute the event commenced, audience members knew they were in for the real deal. The girls graced the stage for the first time that night in an opening number/introduction segment. This was followed by theCostume, Swimwear, Talent and Evening Wear/Interview segments.The consistency was impressive!Almost, if not all contestants, impressed in every single area.
The costume segment was arresting. The costumes were colourful, told a story and displayed great creativity by skilled local designers. One thing’s for sure: 758 has a lot to offer!
The swimwear segment was a fun and flirty segment where the mostly leggy contestants modelled swimwear made by local business Rafferty Intimates. And to turn things up was popular DJ Hyper D who provided sweet island beats.
The competition only got better after that, showing once again that this year’s show was one for the books.
The talent segment was rich and it seemed like it would be a tough decision to pick a favourite. But things changed when contestant number eight, Miss Super J/IGA, Shartoya Jn. Baptiste graced the stage. The contestant performed a powerful dance piece where she depicted the effects of global warming.
Things slowed down in the evening wear segment. The girls sauntered on stage in elegant gowns followed by the interview segment, perhaps the most nerve-wracking segment of all. But this year, there was a twist: the contestants answered the same question; host Shane Ross informed the audience that all contestants wore sound proof headphones in an isolated area, that way, all answers would be unique.
Unlike previous years, there were no long intervals. The show ran along quickly and smoothly and results were provided shortly after the interview. Out of the eight contestants who participated that night, four took the envied spots. And after the event, the highlight of the night for one contestant perhaps, was a proposal: Anna-Kim Williams, Miss Saint Lucia Tourist Board received a marriage proposal backstage from her boyfriend after the event had ended.
“Are you engaged?” I asked as she was exiting the building.
“I think so!” she said,visibly shocked whilst wearing her new ring.
“What a way to end the night!” I said.
“I know, right!” she said, with a huge smile.
Below are the full results of the show.
Miss Photogenic: Tyler Theophane, Miss Financial Investment & Consultancy Services Ltd. (FICS).
Miss Congeniality: Shartoya Jn. Baptiste, Miss Super J/IGA
Best Swimwear: Tyler Theophane, Miss FICS.
Best in Costume: Tyler Theophane, Miss FICS.
Most Outstanding Talent: Shartoya Jn. Baptiste, Miss Super J/IGA
Best Evening Wear: Anna-Kim Williams, Miss Saint Lucia Tourist Board.
Best Interview: Shartoya Jn. Baptiste, Miss Super J/IGA
3rd Runner Up-KaysiaVerneuil, Miss Digicel.
2nd Runner Up-Racquel John, Miss St. Lucia Zouks.
1st Runner Up-Shartoya Jn. Baptiste, Miss Super J/IGA.
Carnival Queen: Tyler Theophane, Miss FICS.