Earlyca Frederick has added another crown to her collection. Earlyca walked away with the Miss Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (O.E.C.S.) title in Dominica on Friday, November 1, and Saint Lucians couldn’t be happier. It’s a big victory for the island, and no doubt, for Earlyca too. Find out more about her journey in the interview below.
How would you describe your experience?
I’d say that my experience was different in that I was contesting in a country I had never been to, whose culture I’d never been exposed to and a new crop of contestants with various cultures that I embraced. However, I was pleasantly surprised to know that we share so much in common as it related to culture, especially in comparison to Dominica, for example,(their creole heritage) and sometimes I felt right at home.
Did you think that you’d emerge victorious?
You just never know before the results. Anything can happen. The most you can do is evaluate your efforts on the night—not in comparison to anyone else though—because in the rush of the hours there really isn’t any time to study anyone else’s performance. When I did know was after the runner ups had been called, knowing that I had been quite consistent from the inception.
What was the most challenging part of your journey?
This time around, balancing work and pageantry was no fun thing. After teaching my little ones I had to source energy I really didn’t have for long rehearsals and gym. You could well imagine that my eating habits changed dramatically and I lost weight too. Sometimes it took a toll on my body and I’d get sick but did what I had to: I got right back up and had tunnel vision. Besides I genuinely enjoy pageantry despite the headaches.
Which segment was your favourite and why?
Usually my favourite segment is swimwear. This time around that changed. My Creative National Wear was immaculate! It represented everything that I was – a proud St. Lucian, country girl, showing off our colours and highlighting the craft from no other place but Choiseul. I was happy to portray it also since a lot of hardwork went into designing and executing the garment. A big thank you therefore to my chaperone Curtney Tisson, Miss Eliz and Audrey and Dominican family for bringing the concept to life and executing a winning wear. I can’t be more proud of them.
What do you love most about being on stage?
The stage for me is where ‘Makeba’, my alter ego (which happens to be my middle name also) comes alive. This girl is untamed, fierce, and free. It’s where she’s able to forget the world and let loose.
How many pageants have you participated in?
To date, I can reflect on eight experiences in the pageant arena; this win is my fifth since preschool. My titles include Miss Reunion Preschool, Miss Choiseul Secondary 2013, Miss Vieux Fort Comprehensive 2016, Miss Saint Lucia 2018 and now the reigning Miss O.E.C.S. Other titles include first runner up Jaycees International Queen Show 2019, first runner up Miss Independence 2018 and 2nd runner up in the Choiseul Catholic teenage pageant.
What’s next for you?
I am passionate about the youth and advocating. It is my wish to pursue that law degree still. For now, I will continue to work in my community to help curb the social ills that plague the youth of Choiseul.
About Miss O.E.C.S.
“The pageant after 19 years, was finally revamped and hosted again. This year it was hosted under the theme: harmonization and integration through pageantry. The last to have won was Miss Dominica. It will be an annual event included in the Independence calendar of activities for the sister island – Dominica.”