The reign of a new Queen of Gros Islet has begun with Niecer Suffren beating her four counterparts Wellina Lawrence, Jannae Leon, Kea Mathurin, Tori St. Croix and gracefully laying claim to the throne. The Queen of Gros Islet pageant, the brain child of Janice Dupal founder of Lady J Pageants has long been the home for pageant development and grooming. It’s no secret that the majority of ladies who have blossomed under the tutelage of Lady J (pageant coach/franchise holder of regional & international pageants/radio personality/ former entertainment director/consultant) find immense success in the world of pageantry.
Niecer, Miss Sandals Resorts Int’l, has had a good start. The activities coordinator, set decorator, performer and social communicator at the world renowned Sandals Grande exuded consistency throughout the competition impressing the judging panel which included Kwency Griffith (Superman HD), KaziaAurelien, Lovely St Aime Joseph, Erene Charlemagne, Demedrius Charles, Jade Brown And Linda Charles Ambrose from the opening number up until the interview (a known nerve racking segment).
The new Queen revealed that on the night, although she was nervous because she would never underestimate anyone she was competing against, she was relaxed and focused on delivering a great performance, much to the surprise of her chaperone. “It was easy to feel nervous especially when you’re going up against four intelligent and talented young ladies”. “I was nervous on the inside but it didn’t show on the outside”, she told us.
She confessed that she enjoys putting smiles on the faces of everyone she comes into contact with and looks forward to that part of her job the most. “When I get on property, the first thing I do is put a smile on everyone’s faces.”
Her sunshine smile matched with a confident personality paid huge dividends on the night of August 26, 2018 at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort & Spa. Niecerwon several awards on the night including Miss Photogenic, Best Promotional Speech, Best in Swimwear, Best in Costume, Best Performing Talent (for which there was a monetary prize), and $16,000.00 Scholarship to Monroe College St. Lucia Campus and $1500.00 cash.
Lady J Pageants has a knack for finding diamonds in the rough and although Neicer is no novice to the world of pageantry she saw the opportunity at being part of the Fabulous Five (the successful ladies vying for the Queen of Gros Islet crown) as one she couldn’t pass up on. She admits that her journey was filled with compromise as she had to cope with a demanding schedule; however, she didn’t allow outside pressures to deter her from achieving her goal.
“Through it all I am thankful as I learned a lot on my way to pageant night,” a satisfied Niecer said. An avid lover of the Arts, she summarized that the reason she was able to balance work, the pageants and everything else was simply because of her passion for the industry.
With her newly acquired title and under the guidance of Lady J (who along with her daughter Consuelo, she couldn’t thank enough during the interview), Niecer revealed how eager she was to work with community based programs, especially those that focused heavily on the Arts. She is looking forward to visiting our schools to promote and unearth the islands creative geniuses.
QUEEN OF GROS ISLET PAGEANT 2018 AWARDS & CROWNING
**MISS POPULARITY ONLINE – MISS SHOE REHAB.
**MISS AMIETY – MISS SHOE REHAB
**MISS PHOTOGENIC – MISS SANDALS RESORTS INT’L..
**BEST PROMOTIONAL SPEECH – MISS SANDALS RESORTS INT’L.
**BEST IN SWIMWEAR – MISS SANDALS RESORTS INT’L.
**BEST IN COSTUME – MISS SANDALS RESORTS INT’L.
**BEST PERFORMING TALENT – MISS SANDALS RESORTS INT’L.
**BEST INTERVIEW – MISS DILLY’S SUPERMARKET.
2nd RUNNER-UP – MISS SHOE REHAB
1st RUNNER-UP – MISS TOMTY NORTHERN TOOL RENTALS LIMITED.
WINNER – 2018 QUEEN OF GROS ISLET – MISS SANDALS RESORTS INT’L – NIECER SUFFREN