Miss Independence 2020

Laborie’s done it again! 19-year-old Akia Chiquot has secured another crown for the community, following in the footsteps of Wenia Verneuil, who won last year’s National Carnival Queen Pageant.

Akia, also Miss Laborie Independence 2019, was crowned at the National Cultural Centre on Saturday February 15, one week after the Mr. Independence Pageant.

Agnita Paul (Miss Micoud), Ashelle Evans (Miss Anse La Raye), Candise Jean (Miss Castries Central), Dermisha Theodore (Miss Choiseul), Elodie Octave (Miss Gros Islet), Nadege McLauren (Miss Castries South), Necoll Herelle (Miss Soufriere) and Rochè St. Cyr (Miss Canaries) were fierce competitors. It was clear that all contestants were well-prepared and some attendees concluded that judges would have a hard time picking a winner.

A riveting opening number kicked things off and added even more excitement to an already lively atmosphere; contestants graced the stage with bright smiles, hoping to capture the hearts of the judges. They appeared in a number of other segments including highly anticipated segments like Talent, Swimwear, Evening Wear and Interview.

Breathtaking outfits and toned bodies, coupled with confidence and talent made it worth the watch; it certainly was a night to remember.

The talent segment was jam-packed with drama and excitement. Attendees enjoyed comedy, songs and more in this segment, but the comedy, without a doubt, was their favourite. They roared with laughter and cheered as the girls delivered 5 star performances.

In the end, ‘Laborians’ left with never-ending smiles on their faces—according to one, “Laborie girls must shine!” And for them, Akia certainly did.

“This pageant has afforded me the opportunity to discover my hidden talents and helped refine them through intense training,” the new queen said in an online interview with YO!

“One challenge I encountered in the initial stages was commuting from Laborie to Castries for rehearsals. However, I was able to make arrangements with my relatives to be in Castries for an extended period of time,” she added.

“I believe that pageantry is a platform anyone can use in order to holistically develop themselves. Pageantry provided me with authentic experiences that I learned and grew from. Moreover, pageantry allowed me to expand my networking circle and allowed me to meet amazing individuals involved in theatre arts. What I love most about pageantry is walking in heels because when I do, it makes me come alive and brings out a different side of me,” she said in closing.

Best Promotional Speech: Necoll Herelle (Miss Soufriere)
Best in Swimwear: Rochè St. Cyr (Miss Canaries)
Best Talent: Akia Chiquot (Miss Laborie)
Best in Evening Wear: Ashelle Evans (Miss Anse La Raye)
Best Interview: Akia Chiquot (Miss Laborie)
Miss Congeniality: Ashelle Evans (Miss Anse La Raye)
Miss Photogenic: Agnita Paul (Miss Micoud)

3rd runner up: Dermisha Theodore (Miss Choiseul)
2nd runner up: Nadege McLauren (Miss Castries South),
1st runner up: Rochè St. Cyr (Miss Canaries)
Miss Independence: Akia Chiquot (Miss Laborie)

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