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POSH FASHION 8 Why June Ambrose Gives Us Life 10 Eclectik Kouture 12 Work it: Exciting Office Wear Trends of 2019 …
POSH BEAUTY 15 Amazing Caribbean-Own Hair and Beauty Products Made with Mango, Papaya, and Coconut 17 Must have Beauty Tools and Accessories 18 12 Must Have Palettes for Vacation Travel 19 10 Products that Will Help Fix Your Hyperpigmentation 20 MUA Akeema Crabbe Dishes on Colour vs Nudes
POSH FEATURES 22 POSHgirl POWER Brunch Weekend Experience: 2019 Class of Speakers 40 The Caribbean’s Most Sexy + Fit Celebrity Moms
POSH LIFESTYLE 42 Inclusive Education: Educating for Independence 44 Caribbean Women of Influence 46 7 Tips on Setting + Pursuing Your Bold Goals for the Year 48 POSHgirl Cocktails 52 The Digital Boss Babe 54 Women to Watch 56 Meet Anaya + Santia Dean of Duet Studios 58 Meet Architect Lavida Liburd 60 How Being a Caribbean Mom Made Me a Better Entrepreneur 61 Business Listing [NEW] 64 Interview with Ms. Christie Barber
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Janette N. Brin Publisher and Founding Editor Photographed by Kevon Richardson Location: Tortola, BVI
Hey #POSHgirls 4 Reasons Why We Could All Use a Business Bestie Firstly, we’ve made it to our 4th Annual Caribbean POSHgirl POWER Brunch and words cannot express my heartfelt joy and deepest appreciation to all who took part in the movement. Thank you to all our speakers for very selflessly taking the time to share knowledge and our sponsors for so generously supporting the movement. Collectively, along with all of you this amazing event has been made possible. As many of us “womentrepreneurs” do – I have endured many setbacks, difficulties, and surely have had many great learning moments. Since 2005, these experiences continue to motivate me; hence, the POSH brand has evolved into a lifestyle brand – but not any lifestyle brand. Caribbean POSH is a lifestyle brand dedicated to the empowerment of Caribbean Women. A movement that is so important to our community for the simple fact that we are stronger together. So here are my 4 reasons why we could all use a business bestie:
Now collaborating isn’t always easy but with the right people over time it can be truly rewarding.
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1. Working in teams is not just for athletes or employees. As entrepreneurs, we can all use a helping hand. Sometimes the struggle is real, especially when you are just starting out or when life throws you a few unfortunate setbacks. It is at that crucial time when those who have perhaps made it over the hump or simply have a specific skill set that would marry well with what the other is trying to do. Think of it like a team of super heroes. Your powers combined is just nothing short of amazing. 2. Collaborating totally propels our ability to learn and learn some more. Truly one great way to identify with your better self is when your open to learning. 3. As women we tend to carry a lot on our shoulders, hence we are often call Superwomen. Let us face it though even super heroes get a little burnt out and reinforcement can come in handy. Let us say you are working on a project and making mistakes or forgetting things. It would be so ideal to have someone who gets it to just have your back and aid you to nail the deal. 4. As an entrepreneur when your able to network with other like-minded individuals you achieve a great sense of self awareness. It could actually be a stress release when you do not have to worry about being perfect all the time. We all have strengths and weaknesses and working together can often turn weaknesses into strengths and strengths into opportunities.
Currently on a natural hair journey and in between PROTECTIVE STYLES, I’ve been obsessing over my hair lately. These product picks have me achieving healthy growth plus hair not only smells good but is also nice and soft at the touch. 5
1. CURLS Blueberry + Coconut Hair Milk. 2. Aunt Jackie’s Half & Half Hydrating Silkening Hair Milk. 3. Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shinge Shampoo. 4. Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie. 5. Sageroots Charcoal Detox Face Mask –[ Had to through in the Detox Face Mask since hair wash day must include an awesome facial as well].
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Call her a fashionable phenom, style icon, and trendsetter, and you won’t be too far off the mark. June Marie, better known as June Ambrose is a self-taught stylist, creative director, costume designer, author, businesswoman, #Rockmom, and social media influencer of repute – is also Antiguan by the way!
With her infectious energy and impeccable style, the celebrity stylist has built a brand that has become synonymous with a level of class and success that few in the fashion industry can compete with. And with close to 1.5 million followers across her multiple social media platforms, June’s influential momentum isn’t stopping soon.
She has styled more than 200 music videos and multiple world tours, and among her seemingly inexhaustible list of clients include famous artists, divas and Hollywood A-listers such as Jay-Z, Will Smith, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Missy Elliot, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Zoe Saldana, Kerry Washington, Garcelle Beauvais, Gabrielle Union, and Ciara.
Born in 1972 in Antigua, June quit her job at an investment company where she worked for a few years before she decided to chase her passion. In 1990, she landed an internship at Uptown/MCA Records, where she began her career in styling.
June was motivated to share her wealth of knowledge as a celebrity stylist in a book which she released in 2006. The book “Effortless Style” is a go-to style guide for everyone who wants to look good regardless of body type or budget.
And now, with a career that spans over two decades, June has left an indelible mark as a style architect who has been able to revolutionize hip-hop music, lifestyle, design, publishing, and social media. According to The Coveteur, June is the “heart and soul of the fashion styling world.”
In 2013, following her collaboration with Selima Optique on two lines of sunglasses, June delved into the footwear industry by launching her signature shoe collection for Home Shopping Network. She has also featured on shows including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Today Show,” MTV, “The View,” and “Extreme Makeover.”
caret-left As an influencer and inspirational figure, June uses her social media platforms, notably Instagram, to motivate her social media community (aka her #Juniverse) – majorly composed of women, to look good while chasing their passion. Her influence doesn’t just end in fashion and style. She also has interests in the food and fitness sectors. With her coined hashtags #RockMomChronicles and #WellnessWeekend, June shows her followers how she juggles her everyday tasks as a businesswoman, wife, and mother of two while keeping fit with regular visits to the gym. She also shares posts of food recipes and videos of her whipping up delicious meals on her IGTV.
In her posts, she shares some of the beauty products she uses on her face and skin to keep it healthy. Some of them include her body wash (Pacha Soap with clarifying charcoal), anti-aging body balm by Osea, Glycelene, and scented moisturizing coconut oil by 365. Another product she uses in her skin regimen includes her face wash/body polish by Intelligent Nutrients. Apart from using external beauty treatments, she also recommends other health tips like taking your vitamins regularly, and drinking lots of water. caret-left According to June, some of the makeup products she can’t do without include Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl (because it also doubles as a lipstick), Anastasia of Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Caramel (because eyebrows create the perfect frame for your face), and Lancome Hypnose Waterproof Mascara (for luscious lashes that last all night long). Other products she swears by are Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #9 and #10 (for the most luxuriously natural skin), Nars Orgasm Blush (for high cheekbones that shine) and Tom Ford Foundation Stick in Chestnut (for the most natural contour).
And when it comes to cooking on the #juniverse, she’s proudly vegan, and most of the meal recipes she shares online are always vegan-friendly. Whether it’s vegan fried rice or vegetable coconut curry stew, they are all simple meals with high nutritional value. Her step-by-step video demonstration of her preparing mouth-watering dishes is a sight to behold, and she gets her many followers drooling every time there’s a food post.
June is a perfect example of someone who has against all the odds succeeded at what she loves doing. Her passion, charisma, grace, and positive outlook have made her stand out among the rest as a style icon to reckon with. Over the years, she has remained faithful to her passion and her dogma of making her next moment even grander than the last
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caret-left The 47-year old mom also shares some videos of her being goofy with her kids, Chance (17) and Summer (14). She’s particularly fond of her daughter, Summer, and the pair make an adorable sight when they are at their many fun interactions, either dancing or singing or doing both.
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Meet Cherisa Samuels – entrepreneur, mother, survivor and dreamer. The proud owner of Rissa’s Eclectik Kouture, this St. Lucian designer’s fashiontale is fairytale-esque. Her dream began with the making of bags, evolved into a clothing line, and later a brand. Casts in a world which is often hostile to budding entrepreneurs, this single mother epitomizes resilience. Years ago, after a brief visit to Kenya, Cherisa was wooed by African textiles. “I feel in love with the vibrant colours and everything the African prints represent,” she says. That love became and remains the foundation for Rissa’s Eclectik Kouture. Years later, she maintains, “The print speaks to me … it takes me and my creativity to whole other level”. This speech between artist and textile has led to great successes; showings at Barbados Fashion Week, participation at Guyana Fashion Week, fashion shows and charity events in St. Lucia and features in local and regional newspapers and magazines. The business proudly boasts of local, regional and international clientele with customers as far as Germany, Italy and Paris. But the rise of Rissa’s Eclectik Kouture was not merely about love. It is a story about courtship, dreams, loss, death, resilience and recovery. CARIBBEAN POSH
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Cherisa Samuels was unknown on the fashion landscape five years ago – having no impressive fashion feats on a dossier. With no background in sewing or technical training, she describes her journey to success as the “hardest”. “I wanted too much too fast,” she says referring to her quest to attain recognition for her work. “I had to juggle keeping up with demands of my growing clientele. I tried hiring people. I was taken advantage of. I was robbed. I felt lost and I wasn’t sure how to continue”. In spite of her experience with entrepreneurial calamity, Samuels held on to her dream and this resilience would pay off. Rissa’s Eclectik Kouture would become affectionately known as “Rissi Kouture” and clientele with varying backgrounds and nationalities would seek the ostentatious style of her brand. Her daring designs, flowing silhouette and sophisticated, African mélange spoke to customers and they began responding.
But there are some moments that life rarely prepares us for; we do not perceive that our hearts will be further broken in the midst of hurting. One year after an emotionally-charged divorce, Cherisa’s son died. Losing a child hammered her and she mourned him like only mothers mourn. “I buried him and two weeks later, my mother died and that was my bottom line”. With the loss of a family, son and mother, Cherisa struggled to keep herself and her brand afloat. She closed the business for
Today Cherisa, who once had a shop at the JQ Shopping Mall (St. Lucia), has vacated that spot. She has now renovated one of her bedrooms into her showroom. When asked about the reason for moving her business from one of the island’s main touristic hubs to her home, her response was simple but profound, “There is a child who needs her mommy and being a single parent is hard”. Essentially, to balance her success, business demands and motherhood, Samuels has decided to work from home. With a buzzing Instagram page, Samuels markets and sells her brand. Today, she is in the process of hiring seamstresses as she hopes to broaden the reach of her brand. So, what advice does this business woman and mother leave for dreamers? “Every experience is a learning one. It took me some time to be likable” she says. There will be challenges and some will hurt but you learn from your hurt and successes. “You will hear “nos” …I heard “nos” from boutiques at hotels where I tried to sell my clothes”. Such hindrances never deterred this determined artist. In fact, she concludes that rejections propelled her to open her shop. She continues, “Do everything humanly possible to make it happen …You have to want it, you have to listen to that voice inside of you that will encourage you to get up and keep going”. Cherisa jokes that at one time the balance on her bank account was $11.56. She was a “broke but successful designer”. The lesson in that – she concludes that “If you measure your success by how much money you make then you will be disappointed”. To all the dreaming entrepreneurs waiting to be awoken, challenge yourself to birth your dream. Life may strike you hard but trend forward; manage your family, spiritual and business life and success will come if you remain resilient.
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But life is not all sparkle and bliss and Samuels who had become the heart of the business would suffer a devastating blow – divorce. “I went through a divorce and that broke me,” she says. “I was left penniless and homeless by choice. I chose my peace of mind over money”. With the loss of one love and increasing overwhelming emotions, Samuels’ brokenness would evolve into an unwavering longing to surmount her hurt. Her work was crippled for some time but her love for African fashion, “the boldness about it” and the way it “demands the attention of those around you” would not die. “I bounced back from the divorce,” she says.
some time to deal with the conflicting emotions round about her. “I prayed a lot. I could not have done all of this without the love of God”. Rissi’s Kouture remained alive because of the “loyalty of every customer”.
Let’s face it: the days of traditional office wear are long behind us. As workplaces themselves have become more collaborative, open and friendly since the turn of the century, the dynamic of dressing for work has changed too. Many women used to stick with greyscale skirt suits, white button down blouses and the occasional solid-hued dress in a conservative cut for the office. In the contemporary office the dress code is no longer so staunch, and creativity in workwear has bloomed in the decades since. Trends in workwear have become increasingly prevalent over time, and we’re here to chronicle some of the latest and greatest looks for the office.
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Animal prints have been trending for the last year or so in casual wear, but they’re now having an office-appropriate makeover. Leopard print is leading the way, done in slinky, silky silhouettes that can be paired with more traditional pieces to create a look that is pulled-together and polished but fierce in the truest sense of the word. Also making an appearance this season are tiger and zebra prints. If you’re not quite feeling up for a safari, a number of animal-print inspired patterns are becoming popular as well, like the polka-dot leopard print hybrid on Colombian blogger Tiffany Diana’s asymmetric midi (by WhoWhatWear for Target). If it’s still too much VaVaVoom for your workplace, you can always tone it down with a black blazer.
Bold, colorful suits have been on the market for decades now and have been readily embraced by many powerful women. However, the colorful suit of 2019 is revamped with even brighter colorways, imaginative details and hip tailoring details that make this staple feel fresh. Trouser ankles should be tapered and cropped or Flared with a capital F, buttons should be chunky and funky. All colors are good colors, but particularly popular for this trend are bright green, sunflower yellow, and fushia. We love this layered look for a colder climate, but to rock this trend in warmer weather choose a suit in a breathable material and layer with a sleeveless blouse or printed tee.
The words “jumpsuit” and “office” might not sound like they belong together, but the new generation of tailored, trendy jumpsuits available now may change your mind. Some rules to play by; a simpler silhouette is easier to pull off in a workplace, and while you don’t want to go too tight a cinched waist is an easy way to look polished. Choose a fun allover print like this H&M number worn by Grasie Mercedes (a Dominican-American actress and influencer), or tone down the action with a solid hue. Add slingbacks and some classic earrings to up the elegance, or do loafers and a low-bun for a casual office look.
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Western boots aren’t just for ranch work anymore. This popular style of shoe has taken the fashion industry by storm, and it’s only a matter of time before they pop up on the most stylish feet in the office. Try them with a silk bias cut midi skirt for a look that’s more ladylike than cattle farmer. Top with a tucked-in tee and an oversized blazer to add some dimension. Western style boots are available in a broad range of styles and colors; for the office we’d recommend sticking to solid colors with subtle embroidery details. The classic cowboy boot heel form is so comfortable and flattering, these will become your new go-to shoes for work days and weekends alike. Photo by Kyrzayda Rodriguez @kyrzayda_
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The classic shirtdress gets a remake for 2019. The freshest tailoring details on this wardrobe staple are reminiscent of Prairie-style collared day-dresses, but are modernized with a higher hem, a fitted waist and slightly baggy sleeves. We’re particularly smitten with the mustard-yellow hue of this dress from Zara on Kyrzayda Rodriguez, but you can never go wrong with classic white. BCBG did a particularly fresh take this season with a flowing but figure-hugging high-low, and J-Crew has a full color range of modern shirt dresses in a particularly dreamy cotton poplin fabric. Grab a structured handbag and some statement earrings and you have an officeready look in seconds.
Caribbean women love looking good. They take good care of their clothes, shoes, nails, and most importantly, their hair. Caribbean women pay a great deal of attention to their natural hair and flawless skin. Being a region famous for its sunny climes, many Caribbean women opt for natural and organic beauty products that can provide anti-aging benefits and keep them safe from the harmful effects of the sun. Caribbean people have always incorporated “green” into their everyday lives. For example, healing salves, before the introduction of processed inorganic substances, were believed to have been made up of herbs, snake venom, turmeric, hardi, and chadon beni (bandaniya). These organic substances were used to cure fevers, coughs, and colds. Caribbean women have always used goat’s milk as a natural remedy for eczema, acne, psoriasis, and other skin ailments. Now, this organic movement has also begun to take a foothold in the hair and beauty products being made by Caribbean brands for Caribbean women. Most of these brands use natural herbs, plants, and fruits like Mango, Papaya, and even Coconut found in the Caribbean to make organic cosmetic products like body soaps, sprays, lotions, butters, and lotions as well as shampoos, hair moisturizers, conditioners, and much more. These natural fruits are readily accessible, and their increased demand is great for the local economy to thrive while providing health and beauty products to its teeming populace. Some of the popular Caribbean beauty brands include Kreyol Essence, Itiba beauty, Sage Roots, and Cher-Mère, to mention a few.
KREYOL ESSENCE Kreyol Essence is one of the emerging hair care brands with its roots proudly Caribbean. Established in 2013 by Yve-Car Momperousse and partner Stephan JeanBaptiste – both of Haitian descent – the company uses the castor oil plant and other cash crops purchased from local Haitian farmers to produce a variety of hair, skin, and body products which are specially formulated for those with dry hair and skin. Kreyol Essence’s signature products are the Haitian Black Castor Oil Hair Essentials Trio which includes Shampoo, Conditioner, and Rosemary Peppermint guaranteed to stimulate the growth of longer, thicker hair, as well as help fade stretch marks naturally.
Another Caribbean-owned beauty brand is Itiba Beauty. The company whose name means “Mother Earth” is dedicated to using only crops, herbs, and plants to produce natural products that can cleanse and beautify the skin. Itiba incorporates avocado, shea butter, aloe vera, cornmeal, coconut, papaya, to create a variety of skin-loving products like their hair and body serums, as well as their lotions. Some of their soaps which are always in high demand all year round include the Papaya Body Soap, Mango Body Soap, and the Kaya Body Soap. Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp2MggdhKyz/
SAGE ROOTS Sage Roots is a beauty company from Tortola of the British Virgin Islands. The company, launched in 2012, uses locally sourced products to make hair and skin products as well as other handmade accessories. Their products are made for women with sensitive skins, and even babies too, while focusing heavily on using organic ingredients that have not been exposed to pesticides or other harmful chemicals.
CHER-MÈRE Cher-Mère – a company by Trinidad and Tobago’s very own Cheryl Bowles – deals with natural herbal products which they have used to produce over forty products for skin, hair, and body needs. The founder Bowles, who also doubles as a biochemist includes coconut water, sorrel, bois bandé, and shea butter (all sourced locally) in her Cher Mere products. The company also has a spa extension located in Trinidad and Canada which offers services such as facials, body therapies, waxing, and massages. Some of Cher Mere’s popular products include Anti-Aging Night Cream, Bazodee Moisturizing Body Lotion, and Doux Doux body butter. Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bu4RboJlMGv/
Why are fruits like coconut, mango, and papaya in such high-demand by these companies to create their formulations? According to researchers, mangoes have high amounts of Vitamin C, which helps to keep the skin looking young and fresh. Also, Coconuts are essential in keeping the skin hydrated, healthier, and more vibrant. Apart from these benefits, coconuts also play a significant role in cleansing and softening the skin. Its powerful anti-fungal nutrients make it useful in clearing eczema and other skin irritations. Papaya helps remove dead skin cells and rejuvenates the skin to help it maintain its youthful look. Mangoes, Coconuts, and Papaya contribute immense benefits for the hair. Coconut oil helps the hair improve its natural sheen as well as enhance its beauty and vibrancy. Mangoes, on the other hand, contain vitamin E, which helps with scalp
circulation and encourages hair growth. Papaya promotes hair growth, controls dandruff, and acts as a natural conditioner, making the hair smoother, softer, and fuller. Regardless of which brand you choose, you can be sure that you’re dealing with 100 percent natural products. These products are guaranteed to exclude harsh chemicals or synthetic ingredients which might irritate your sensitive skin or cause adverse reactions. However, before you use these products, ensure you go through the ingredients used in them to avoid the possibilities of an allergic reaction. Part of the beauty secrets of Caribbean women’s luxuriant hair and glowing skin is evident from their dependence of Caribbean plants and fruits as essential ingredients of their locally made hair and beauty products.
by BRANDY GOMEZ-DUPLESSIS | CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST, BEAUTY EXPERT & INFLUENCER
Being that I’m a Beauty Expert, I’m always looking for new beauty tools & accessories to pamper myself. Here are my favorite new items this spring & summer. 1. Jillian Dempsey Gold Sculpting Bar 2. Impressions Vanity Touch Pro Lead Makeup Mirror with Bluetooth & USB Charger 3. Blinged Brushes 12-piece Bring On The BLING 4. NuFace NuBody Skin Toning Device Kit 5. GHD PLATINUM+ BLACK STYLER 6. Java Skincare Eye Illuminating Serum 7. Myhsmooth Gs-2w-wt Wide Tooth Wood Handmade Natural Green Sandalwood 8. Breedlove Beauty Tahitian Coconut Scrub 9. Entitled Beauty Spotlight Highlighter 10. Bay Comfort 5-Pack Microfiber Facial Towels
by BRANDY GOMEZ-DUPLESSIS | CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST, BEAUTY EXPERT & INFLUENCER
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When traveling, the last thing you want to worry about is not having enough makeup selections to choose. It’s easier and smarter to travel with makeup palettes. Here are 12 must have makeup palettes you should have in your suitcase. EYESHADOW 1. Black Up Flash Color Palette 2. KKW Beauty Classic Palette 3. Viseart Eyeshadow & Eyebrow Palette CARIBBEAN POSH
CONTOUR 4. SEPHORA COLLECTION Contour Palette 5. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Contour Powder Kit tan to deep
HIGHLIGHTER 6. HUDA BEAUTY 3D Highlighter Palette Bronze Sands 7. HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Edit – Unlocked LIPSTICK 8. L’OREAL Paris COLOUR RICHE La Palette Lip 9. SMASHBOX Be Legendary Pucker Up Lipstick Palette
CORRECTOR 10. VISEART Corrector, Contour, Camouflage HD Palette BLUSH 11. NYX Sweet Cheeks Blush Palette 12. Elf Blush Palette Dark
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by BRANDY GOMEZ-DUPLESSIS | CELEBRITY MAKEUP ARTIST, BEAUTY EXPERT & INFLUENCER 1. Ambi Fade Cream 2. Biodara Cell Refresh Face Serum 3. Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum 4. Drunk Elephant Vitamin C Firma Day Serum 5. GoPure Vitamin C Serum 6. Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution 7. Ole Henriksen Truth Serum 8. Peter Thomas Roth Potent C Power Serum 9. Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Gel 10. Sunday Riley Good Genes
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Colour is in this SPRING. Whether itâ€™s a glossy berry or a matte tangerine, fashion sets has really been on top of their lip game. As we know it, nude lipstick and barely-there shades of gloss have been the mass trend for years, but this spring here is 5 amazing lip colours that will pair well with springâ€™s known pastel trend ohh soo fabulously! CARIBBEAN POSH
Akeema Crabbe of AkayC Makeup Artistry is a professional make-up artist and brow specialist, personal stylist, and faith based image strategist based in the British Virgin Islands. Follow on IG @ms.akc and Facebook @akeema.crabbe
A powerful classic red lip is a must this spring, so don’t put away your red lippies just yet. This highly pigmented matte lip velvet by Sacha Cosmetics in “Pass the money” and Ruby Woo by MAC are all-time favorites. Whether worn alone or paired with soft beat, a red lip is simply perfection.
If you are looking to brighten up your lips this spring, try a bright orange like Fenty Beauty’s Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Saw-C - exotic tangerine which is gorgeous on, no matter your skin complexion.
Next up is this Fairy Dust Lip Lustre Gloss by Ashunta Sheriffe Beauty in the shade “Flashy. Although very subtle in colour, it delivers a whole lot a shimmer making your lips lush, full and juicy looking, perfect to amp up those barelythere makeup looks.
This spring expect to see a bit of everything. As we have officially transition from fall into to spring, we haven’t totally gotten rid of that sultry feel that falls brings. This bold deep purple like that of Fenty Beauty’s Stunna Lip Paint in Undefeated is definitely here to stay.
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As you know it, there is no spring trend without that perfect nude. Whether it be pinky nude or peachy nude, it’s just one lip colour that we can’t live without. Because there’s no one size fits all in nude lip colour. You can definitely find a shade suitable for every complexion from the Lip Bar Nude Collection.
2019 THE WEEKEND EXPERIENCE Every year we wish to demonstrate growth in the movement, this our 4th Annual Caribbean POSHgirl POWER Brunch needs to truly leave you feeling renewed and empowered. This is why we decided on the theme “Collaboration vs. Competition”. Let’s face it every poshgirl could use a business bestie or two. A three-day course of networking, learning, socializing, and celebrating through style, beauty, and business. POSHgirls are set to take over one of the BVI’s poshest night spots the Coconut Lounge inside Tortola Prier Park on May 10th, the luxurious Scrub Island Resort on May 11th, with the finale at a jewel of the BVI, Long Bay Beach, Beef Island on May 12th. We are so excited to collaborate with yet another dynamic class or speakers. And we can’t thank our sponsors enough for believing in the movement. While we are sure to learn many new things, most importantly let’s discover the power of collaboration.
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NAOMI COWAN Singer & songwriter Naomi Cowan; is no
stranger to the world of music and entertainment. Raised under the mentorship of her parents; impresario Tommy Cowan, OD (reggae music producer, songwriter & former road manager for Bob Marley) & international reggae vocalist Dr. Carlene Davis- Cowan, OD. Naomi has worked as a vocalist, songwriter, television presenter & media professional both behind the scenes & in the spotlight since she was a child. Her transition into full-time music came into being after her first release ‘Naked’, a soul-baring acoustic pop song that lets audiences into her journey. In 2017, Naomi relocated to Kingston, Jamaica from Toronto Canada to spend time developing her sound in reggae music. Her Sept 2017 reggae release; ’Things You Say You Love' features Canadian musician Mark Pelli from the reggae-pop group 'Magic!'. Her current single 'Paradise Plum' has now cemented Naomi's position in the market. Her unique vocal tone and stellar live performance abilities have opened the way for her to stand amongst the greats. Notable moments include her performance on the 2018 Reggae Sumfest stage, collaborating with UK-based Fashion brand Coconautical on a Topshop promotion, she is now a 2019 Brand Ambassador for Bob Marley’s 74th Earthstrong Celebrations, and she has performed on events in Trinidad, Miami, Toronto, New York & across the island of Jamaica as a result of her music. Naomi’s passion for philanthropy can be seen through her work with youth over the years in both Toronto & Jamaica. She is currently a speaker on the We Inspire Girls to be Strong Women tour, an island-wide initiative endorsed by the Ministry of Education where women empower high school girls through events and small group talks to maximize their true potential.
K ARLYN PERCIL CERTIFIED EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE, NEURO-SUCCESS & HABITS COACH + MINDSET MENTOR
Karlyn Percil Certified Emotional Intelligence, Neuro-Success & Habits Coach + Mindset Mentor Karlyn Percil is the Founder of SisterTalk Group - a certified Neuro- Success & Emotional Intelligence Coach, Elephant Storyteller & Mindset Mentor. A former Bay Street leader, who worked in the Technology and Operations field for over 23 years.
• To eradicate all harassment by 2025 - a new imitative called NotHere25 • To bridge the gender parity gap, strengthen the community of sisterhood & to educate, empower & support ambitious women through their various lifestyle & leadership transitions. • Increasing access to mentorship for 1 million women of color by 2025. Karlyn has appeared on OWN TV & Oprah’s Lifeclass numerous times, featured on CNN Money, the Globe & Mail's Report on Business & was named as one of the top 150 Black Women To Watch In Canada. She is a Guest expert on Cityline, North America's longest running daytime show for women. Her 2019 Success Planner will be launching soon at www.karlynpercil.com
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Karlyn, an immigrant from St.Lucia, has been a Toronto native since 2003, battled workplace stress, anxiety, depression, adult bullying and more and now passionately helps her clients transform their lives, amplify their leadership brand and voice and find their happy at work using the power of neuroscience, emotional intelligence & positive psychology – best practices she has outlined in her sold-out life planner, called the Success Planner. After 23 years on Bay Street, Karlyn has now taken the leap info Full-Time Entreperneurship.
Karlyn’s mission is 3 fold:
ORAN C. ROEBUCK Ms. Oran C. Roebuck is the Senior Vice President and Region Manager, of Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Region. In this capacity, Ms. Roebuck has oversight responsibility for the Bank’s Virgin Islands portfolio, to include all commercial credit, consumer credit, administration and retail operations in both the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. Ms. Roebuck has worked with Popular for over 18 years, and has also served the Bank as Human Resources Manager, the Region Operations Manager and Region Manager for Operations & Administration; she manages an asset portfolio of approximately $1 Billion. Banco Popular Virgin Islands is a division of Banco Popular de Puerto Rico, the main subsidiary of Popular Inc, which is the largest Hispanic owned bank and the 40th largest bank by asset within the United States. Ms. Roebuck graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Labor Relations and obtained her Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the University of the Virgin Islands. Prior to her employment with Popular, Oran was the Chief Labor Negotiator for the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands, from 1995 to 1998. She is distinguished as the youngest person appointed to the Governor’s Cabinet, having received confirmation by the Senate in this role at the age of twenty-six. Oran has also worked with the Department of Human Services and the Department of Labor, serving over 10 years within the Virgin Islands Government. Under Oran’s leadership, Popular expanded its retail services to Fredriksted, St. Croix and Cruz Bay St. John. She has also been key in strengthening the Bank’s partnership with the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority to increase financing opportunities for moderate income homeowners, and the Small Business Administration, Emerging Leaders Program. Oran is passionate and committed to providing sound financial options to foster economic development and investment in the Virgin Islands.
Ms. Roebuck is also deeply passionate about serving her community. She is the President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Mu Gamma Omega Chapter and Treasurer of the Virgin Islands Bankers Association. However, her biggest reward comes from serving the youth of our community; Oran is an Assistant Scout Master with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 7227, President of the St. Croix Junior Bowlers Federation and Vice-President of Junior Achievement Virgin Islands. Oran also serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of the Virgin Islands. She resides on St. Croix with her two children, Kyora and Nbiko.
HON. SHARIE DE CASTRO
Honourable Sharie de Castro, a graduate of Texas Christian University, obtained a Bachelors of Arts Degree in English with a minor in Educational Studies. After university, Sharie taught English and Literature at the Elmore Stoutt High School. As an educator, Sharie realized students were reading well below average. Having a desire to solve this problem, Write to Read was born. Now CEO of her own business, she is on a mission to advance literacy and to make reading a national priority.
Known to many in the Virgin Islands as “The Watchman,” Sharie de Castro possesses unique word usage and a skillful command of the English Language. She is a Poet, a Powerful Orator Expressing Truth. This is evident in her dynamic collection of poetry. Sharie has represented the BVI locally, regionally and internationally as Miss British Virgin Islands 2012, Miss Caribbean World 2013, BVI representative at the 2013 Miss Universe Finals, in Moscow Russia, to name a few. Sharie was a member of the National Youth Policy Committee established to finalize The Virgin Islands National Youth
Policy and Strategic Framework. In 2017, she was awarded as one of the top 30 youth entrepreneurs under the age of 30 in the region to be the face of youth development and entrepreneurship in the OECS. In 2018, Sharie envisioned and founded a youth organization, IMPACT – Individuals Making Positive Authentic Change Together. Following the unprecedented trio of disasters in 2017, Sharie was appointed as a Member of the Board of the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency, which was set up to implement the Government’s Recovery to Development Plan. After a successful candidacy in the February 2019 general elections, Sharie was elected to the Fourth House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands as a Territorial At-Large Member and the Junior Minister of Trade and Economic Development at the age of 28. She remains committed to doing her part to champion the platform of Education, Innovation, Sustainable Development and Youth Empowerment. Her life’s goal is simple yet profound: Honourable de Castro aims to make a difference.
ALEXANDRA DURANTE Alexandra Durante was born in the US Virgin Islands but has lived in the British Virgin Islands for over 20 years. After her studies in Canada, Alex decided to follow the steps of her Salt Island Ancestors and to start EC Soap Co., a locally manufactured bath and body company that focuses on sustainable amenities for charter boats, hotels, and villas.
Alex’s brand highlights include Business of the Month, Business of the Year, Most Innovative Business, and Bizpitch 3rd place winner. The driven entrepreneur also had the opportunity to promoter her brand at the 2018 Emmy Awards, she was a guest speaker at Biz Chicks, and has taught entrepreneurship to locals through the Saira Hospitality Course. Alex has helped and encouraged the growth of small businesses
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The company’s goal is to create pleasant smelling products with vibrant colors while still being environmentally friendly. Everything is handcrafted in the British Virgin Islands, where her and her staff celebrate the use of raw materials from local farmers, Salt Island Salt Harvesters, Eastern Caribbean Farmers and more.
among young entrepreneurs around the territory. She is the founder and spearhead behind the BVI’s biggest annual Christmas charity, Tree of Hands, which rallies to collect thousands of Christmas Gifts for underprivileged children in the Virgin Islands.
K. DENAYE HINDS LEED AP, BD+C DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY / GREEN MATTERS / MIAMI
As head of OBMI’s Green Matters Studio, Denaye leads the firm’s sustainability initiatives. With her extensive experience in sustainable infrastructure, training and regulations for international standards and systems, and tourism operations, she is responsible for building and leading design and planning sustainability policy and projects. Denaye has extensive experience in sustainability planning at the destination, and operations, levels, working with governments to produce sustainability plans for tourism. She has provided guidance and developed plans to ensure the longevity of industries, with the goal of improving and implementing sustainable development. Presently, Denaye is the Chairwoman and Technical Director of Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism, she also sits on the Board of the Center for Responsible Travel, working to ensure a positive sustainable tourism impact and provide proper resources for the region
PROJECTS Destination Creation Bermuda National Tourism Plan Bermuda St. Lucia Benchmarking and Competitive Tourism Assessment - IDB & Government of St. Lucia St. Lucia Environmental Management Certification Systems Study,
Galley Bay Antigua
AFFILIATIONS / CERTIFICATIONS LEED Accredited Professional Building Design and
Palm Island The Grenadines
Construction (LEED AP, BD+C)
Embrace Resort Bahamas
Green Globe Accredited Auditor
El Dorado & Azul Resorts by Karisma Mexico
Green Certified PACE Consultant
Verandah - Antigua St. James Club Antigua
Pan Pacific Green Globe Audit Seattle, WA Rosewood Tucker’s Point Bermuda
Stakeholder Group CARICOM
Rockhouse Hotel Jamaica
Machebo Beach Aruba
Tryall Club Jamaica
Fond Doux Estate St. Lucia
Spice Island Resort Grenada
Blue Horizon’s Garden Resort Grenada
Mount Cinnamon Grenada
Bucuti & Tara Suites Resort Aruba
EDUCATION Florida International University Miami, FL Masters of Construction Management Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University Tallahassee, FL Bachelors of Civil & Environmental Engineering LANGUAGES English Fluent
SHAINA M. SMITH
After eight years in the Public Service, she took a leap of faith and started the management consultancy Smith & Associates, Inc. where she is consults for small businesses and offers proj-
ect management services. She has worked on the new Peebles Hospital and Nurse Iris O’Neal Medical Centre, two of the largest healthcare facilities in the Virgin Islands. Shaina is a patriot at heart and has served her community in leadership positions in the VI Powerboat Association, VI Civil Service Association and the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association. She produces and hosts the local TV program The Vigilate Dialogues Amidst a dynamic schedule, Shaina stays centred by her Christian beliefs and worships at the New Life Baptist Church. She enjoys sailing, swimming at our beautiful VI beaches, spending time with family and reading a good book.
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Ms. Shaina M. Smith is a woman of purpose who believes to whom much is given much is required and her life’s journey has followed this mantra. Shaina pursued engineering in college and worked in the Ministry of Finance as a project manager upon her return from college in 2003 and has enjoyed contributing to the Virgin Islands’ development on several major capital projects such as the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College Learning Resource Centre and Customs Automated Processing System. She also did strategic planning and managed the Project Support Services Unit in the Ministry.
LEONA FRETT CO-OWNER, 5 GIRLS LTD.
Leona Frett - George is a dynamic entrepreneur and integrated marketing strategist with over 15 years of experience, leading brands, building relationships and developing savvy and performance driven campaigns for her clients. Leona’s expertise includes branding, marketing/digital strategy, research and diverse/multi-cultural consumer segments. Leona’s experience spans across several industries: retail, financial services, technology, pharma, beauty and entertainment. Leona’s clients include leading boutique and global agencies and brands such as The White House Office of Drug Control Policy, Sprite, American Express, Verizon, United States Census, Prudential, Walmart, Kroger and Clorox. As an entrepreneur, Leona has extended her capacity to maximize revenues for her retail business and fellow entrepreneurs and small business clients. She consults and facilitates business workshops om branding, social media, marketing and research. Leona has earned 3 degrees from New York University including a M.S. in Integrated Marketing. She is Google certified and holds other business training certificates. She’s married, lives in Tortola and New York. Leona loves entertaining, interior design, traveling and experiencing different cultures.
TRICIA HOMER DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS COMMUNICATION, LECTURER ROBERT H. SMITH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND HTTPS://WWW. RHSMITH.UMD.EDU/DIRECTORY/TRICIA-HOMER COFOUNDER, HGVENTURE HTTP://WWW.HGVENTURE.COM/
Tricia is Director of Business Communication, Master’s Programs and full-time Lecturer at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland where she teaches Business Communication. At HGVenture, a leadership and management consulting firm she co-founded, Tricia draws from a multifaceted background in marketing, the performing arts, and community engagement to enhance the skills of individuals and teams. She designs and facilitates workshops and dialogues on gender, race, immigration, and LGBT inclusion for corporate and nonprofit audiences and provides targeted communication and leadership coaching.
She earned her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and holds an M.A. in Education from University of Maryland Baltimore County. She was recognized by the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund as at top 40 under 40 change-maker in the county, and was named Miss Congeniality at the 2005 Miss Universe Pageant where she represented the US Virgin Islands.
MICHELLE FRANCHESK A MORELAND E-COMMERCE RETAIL ENTREPRENEUR BUSINESS & CREDIT COACH AGE 33 BACHELOR’S DEGREE
Summer of 2013, a young female, US born but raised from infancy in the US Virgin Islands, Michelle Francheska Moreland created the ‘All Favored’ Virgin Islands Signature Jewelry Collection and more jewelry designs catering to other Caribbean Islands under her company’s name Caribbean Local Fashion.
From the start, Michelle’s has always been her own inspiration. She’s dreamed and imagined things on a daily basis, but there was that one time, she stopped waiting to see someone else do what she’s dreamed of just did it herself. With just a background in Business Management, no history in the Jewelry Industry, Michelle had to put her heart and soul into research, put it all into action, and that was where she began to succeed.
Michelle’s unexpected success and demand for her product has made things shift in her way of what was then a ‘simple living’. She has had a few things thrown her way that could have caused any weak person to stumble, but she knew this was her calling and there was a greater power working in her favor. She says that her greatest obstacle is her “DO IT YOURSELF” Mentality. While many have team members of their own to handle different departments, Michelle has decided to handle all of her Marketing/Advertising, Website Building, Manufacturing, Public Relations, Planning, Finances, Taxes, Corporate Partnerships and Human Resources all on her own while being a full time mom, all for the sake of get-
ting it done the way she wants it done. She admits it has worn her out on many occasions. Her father Milton F. Moreland Sr. (Now Laid To Rest) always told her these words: “Be Wise As A Serpent and Humble As A Dove”. This is what she has instilled in her spirit and is the answer to how she overcomes it all. She has found efficient ways to manage her time while making much needed time for herself. She has also learned to remain focused despite the many distractions that come along. Michelle hopes to inspire young entrepreneurs through Speaking Engagements in the near future and through her Coaching Business By Francheska.
Caribbean Women in Design
ANDREA WILSON Founder, chief designer and 2016 Branson Centre Entrepreneur Andrea Wilson launched Absolutely Unique Virgin Islands, an online apparel company in 2015. The store sells trendy and unique beachwear and accessories that promote the beautiful Virgin Islands. A mother of two amazing boys - fourteen-year-old Andre and three-year-old Alexander - Andrea is a graphic artist with over twenty years’ experience. She has worked on projects in the Virgin Islands, United Kingdom and Africa and her homeland Guyana, designing major campaigns for clients including Green Mango Media.
Collection” was created and the mosaic print of stunning landscape became her signature. In October 2016, America’s Next Top Model Naima Mora signed on as the face of the swimwear line designed for men, women (including plus sizes) and children. The collection is tailored to meet the specific needs of our clientele, from the avid
Over the last few years, she has added photography and television production to her creative portfolio. She is the producer behind the documentary NOEL LLOYD: A PATRIOTIC MAN, a film about the life of the late Virgin Islands’ political activist. Currently she is producing the documentary – Hanged: The Arthur Hodge Story which is based on life of Arthur William Hodge, the only British plantation owner to be executed for killing an enslaved African in 1811.
It’s fun, fresh and unique. “What I have discovered since launching the collection in 2016 is that tourists love our pieces because it is chic wearable souvenirs, while Virgin Islanders show territory pride by wearing our collection - contestants of the Miss British Virgin Islands Universe Pageant proudly wore our pieces at the July 2017 pageant. Every piece in this collection tells the story of the Virgin Islands, every design is part of a road map of this beautiful island territory. “I have spent the last two years building a Virgin Islands swimwear brand that stands out and is associated with quality.”
surfer and fun-loving teenager to the mum who loves sailing and fashionista on the go. Andrea’s designs marry comfort, style and colour/print. “While sketching, I though of how different my family and friends are when choosing a swimsuit, what they look for when buying beachwear and I took those pointers and created pieces to match different body types - from our figure flattering one-piece to bold mix and match two-piece swimwear, ranging from small to xlarge.” The line stands out in the market place because each piece is associated with an island and truly captures the essence of
The Islander Swim Collection is fast becoming the number one swimwear company in the territory, with pieces in stores on Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Norman Island, thousands of loyal online followers and customers in the United States, Caribbean, South America and Europe. Presently, Andrea is working on designs for her Purpose Swimwear Collection which will be made with recycled plastic material, promoting her “Save The Ocean” line which was launched at the 2017 Summer Sizzle BVI and preparing to launch her fun and stylish Kids Islander Beachwear Collection and later this year and expanding the brand throughout the Caribbean. “My aim is to keep creating unique designs that appeal to our growing and diverse clientele, while building a Virgin Islands brand that is globally recognised for originality and quality.”
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Next on her bucket list was Fashion Design. Andrea felt that because she was already a Graphic Designer it was just another natural progression into the Fashion World. But she needed it to be unique! She needed her signature prints to be original. Concidentally, she had just returned from a sailing trip around the Virgin Islands while shooting for The Miss Tourism BVI Pageant Reality Series. Her 64GB SD card was filled with amazing photos of Sandy Cay, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, etc. She thought of how she can add her own creative flair to the promotion of the Virgin Islands by using original prints of amazing scenes from around the territory. And this is how “The Islander Swim
the Virgin Islands. The Anegada Bliss swim top or the Road Town Hype bikini bottom. Our Virgin Gorda Surf ’s Up swim trunks and Jost Van Dyke Pirate rash guard are sleek, a comfortable fit for men small to xlarge.
Caribbean Women in Design
SAMANTHA BLACK Samantha Black, the Designer of SammyB, graduated from the prestigious Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 2005 with a BFA in fashion design. Samantha has interned for Michael Kors, Jill Stuart and the late Alexander McQueen in his London design studio. The designer takes bits and pieces of inspiration from everywhere and everything as well as the designers she’s been able to work for. She then combines that with her own personal style, personality and flavor, there by producing her women’s Ready to Wear line SammyB. Her goal is to compliment those with style and to enhance the style of others. With a wide range of looks and separate’s she hopes to appeal to the masses, but mainly females like herself, Tomboys in Pumps! SammyB a “It girls” favorite, worn by Beyonce, Kehlani, Yara Shahidi H.E.R, Chloe+Halle, Ashanti and more. Sammy B is for the rule breakers, the risk takers, and the go-getters. It is for those who are looking to make their own mark. It is for the playful and the adventuros. Sammyb believes there is no right way or wrong way. There is no mold to fit, or form to follow. Rather, there is your way. In 2013 Samantha appeared on Lifetime TV as a contestant on Project Runway Season 11 and showed her fall/winter collection at Lincoln Center. In 20142015 Samantha again appeared on Lifetime TV as a contestant on Project Runway All-stars season 4. Samantha currently works fulltime on her clothing line and is based in Los Angeles, Ca.
WEBSITE: SAMMYBDESIGNS.COM INSTAGRAM: SAMANTHABLACKNYC / @SAMMYBDESIGNSNY EMAIL: SAMANTHA@SAMMYBDESIGNS.COM
Caribbean Women in Design
KRISTIN FRAZER Kristin Frazer is the founder and design director of Trèfle, Inc. Born from a rich inheritance of fabric and fashion, Trèfle designsembodies the boldness of artistry that is present in the culture of the Virgin Islands.
lia, to collaborating with US based company Otterbox in creating her own line of fashion symmetry series phone cases in 2017 and 2018, Kristin continues to excel in showcasing Trèfle and the Britsh Virgin Islands through her product.
After receiving her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Marketing and interning for Carolina Herera and BCBG MaxAzria in the spring of 2006, Kristin returned home and as a next generation seastress herself, she entered a new world of fashion, and in 2008, launched Trèfle; a swim and resortwear company focused on men, women and children. Now far from an experimenting artist, Trèfle has become the home of the Virgin Islands’ most characteristic fashion choices.
Now in its 10th year, Trèfle has grown with far more love and appreciation for its territory and in early 2018, the charitable arm of Trèfle was launched as the 284 Foundation; a British Virgin Islands (BVI) based nonprofit organization whose mission is tosupport creative arts education opportunities for young people in the BVI.
Catering to a wide variety of ages and body types, the striking lines of Trèfle are a hit with consumers both local and international. Even the likes of cultural phenomenon Beyoncé Knowles, Blue Ivy and Chrisette Michele have chosen to step outin Trèfle’s playfully chic prints. Kristin has also been featured in multiple local, regional and international radio and televisioninterviews along with magazines like Essence, Marie Claire, Martha Stewart and much more.
Being the official designer for the opening ceremony of the BVI’s delegation at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil and the 2017 Commonwealth games in Austra-
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Trèfle has established a standard of international calibre right here in Nature’s Little Secrets and with the launch of her Homecollection through the original print designs that she now currently offers, Kristin continues to be an ambassador through her love for fashion and the arts and embraces her roots by continuing to give back to her community through her mentorship program.
Caribbean Women in Design
NANDI FLAX Nandi Flax, a 29 year old fashion designer turned stylist and personal shopper hails from the island of Virgin Gorda, BVI. Specializing in transforming closets to meet the unique needs of her clients. Nandi’s new venture, “Style Guide’s Pantry” will allow her talents to reach a wider customer base, spreading nothing but good fashion manners in every closet she touches. Living by the quote “Dressing is a form of good manners” by Tom Ford.
Caribbean Women in Design
MARKITA TURBULLSMITH Markita Turnbull-Smith is the head designer and owner of the clothing brand, Menen I Designs. Established in 2007 in the British Virgin Islands with a keen love for crocheting garments and accessories, Menen I Designs was inspired by the Ethiopian Queen Empress Menen Asfaw. After the creative juices started flowing from crocheting, Markita decided to expand her love for the fashion Industry. As a result she became a self-taught fashion designer absorbing every minute of every detail of fabrics, patterns and every information about the fashion industry she could access.
Currently, Menen I Designs is under heavy tutelage from Sage of Black Sage Management to ensure more creative avenues are taken for her in the Global Market. Despite numerous features Menen I Designs is constantly evolving as a brand in the contemporary Fashion Industry.
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Despite occasionally designing men clothing, we are mostly a clothing brand that accentuates and complements women beauty. Over years Menen I Designs exclusive customised pieces have graced numerous runways and catwalks across the British Virgin Islands and regionally. Leading Markita to win the first Fashionlinkvi Expo Competition, an annual fashion event in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. From there her pieces were, featured in the October 2013 Issue of POSE Magazine in New York and (3 times featured) Caribbean POSH Magazine 2015; 2016 and 2017.Menen-I-Designs has also graced the covers of Melange’ Travel Magazine October-December 2016 issue, which highlighted some of the brands jaw dropping attire. Markita considers herself blessed with the opportunity to also showcase her work at the 2014 BVI Summer Sizzle in the BVI, BVI Exquisite Boat Show, and Anguilla Fashion Expo 2016 and 2018. She also got the opportunity to design and make a piece for Empress Jeanelle a regionally known TV Personality as she hosted the 2016 Miss BVI Pageant. Additionally, Markita had the privilege to work with and design a piece for plus size model/ Oprah Winfrey’s Model Double Ms. Tricia Campbell for the Caribbean Posh Power Brunch 2017 and was featured in the fashion Issue of Caribbean POSH Magazine 2017.
To most people, the phrase “Most Sexy” doesn’t go with moms, but looking at some of these sexy Caribbean moms is enough to erase that stereotype quickly. These moms have created new life and have also bounced back to their prime shapes thus creating unforgettable stage performances and red-carpet moments worthy of their status as celebrity moms. They are always at their “beach-best” all the time, sporting gorgeous bikinis sometimes and even sexy carnival costumes. Below are four of our favorite scorchinghot Caribbean entertainers who also double as moms.
CARET-RIGHT FAY-ANN LYONS
Fondly called the Lyon Empress, Mane the Matriarch, or the Silver Surfer, Fay Ann Lyons is a Trinidadian soca recording artist, singer, performer, and songwriter. The 38-year-old singer is married to fellow recording artist and ragga soca lyricist Bunji Garlin. The pair married five years after they welcomed their first daughter, Syri in 2009. Fay Ann Lyons is a multiple award winner and record-breaker, and among her many accolades include three-time Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Road March champion, the first female youngest solo artist to win the Carnival Road March crown multiple times. Fay Ann continues to thrill fans with her performance at musical events both home and abroad with the most notable being Coachella (2015), Washington DC (2017), and BET X Live (2018). And when she’s not on the stage performing, Fay Ann regularly dishes out some hot pictures which never fail to show off her sexy figure to her over 186k Instagram followers.
CARET-LEFT DESTRA GARCIA Fondly called the “Queen of Bacchanal” by her many fans for her passion for singing, her infusion of soca and punk rock, and her fiery live performances, Destra Garcia is a Trinidadian singer, songwriter, dancer, and businesswoman. The 41-year-old single mother of one got her musical roots from her grandfather, the late Frankie Garcia, an island jazz musician. She came into prominence following the release of her debut album Red, White, Black which had her hit duet “It’s Carnival” with fellow Soca artist Machel Montano – a song which became a hit at the Trinidad and Tobago carnival that year. Destra is famous for her radical clothing choices which include revealing outfits such as tight, spandex short pants, and low-cut bra tops, which she uses to captivate audiences during her live performances. Many of her teeming fans not only hail her performances but also express admiration for her physique, especially her abs and curves. On her social media, especially Instagram, Destra shares posts of her mostly clad in bikinis and other revealing outfits to her over 305k followers.
CARET-LEFT JODI STEWART HENRIGUES
Jamaican dancehall singer Sean Paul is known for his musical prowess and his preference for stunning beauties in his videos. However, not many people know that his wife Jodi Stewart Henrigues is even hotter than most video vixens. The couple tied the knot in 2012 after a decade long relationship, and at the beginning of 2017, they had their first child together. Jodi Stewart is a popular Jamaican TV host who has been rocking the airwaves for some time now. Other than this, the mother of one was also a VJ on a reggae TV at one point before becoming a model for men’s magazines and appearing in scores of music videos herself. Nowadays, Jodi is into more of fashion, and she is a reputable costume designer. Her pieces are viewed by her over 37k Instagram followers composed mostly of sexy women like her. Based on most of the photos Jodi shares of her revealing and skimpy costumes – mostly bikinis, it is hard to believe that the curvaceous model is a mother with such a hot bod on display. Jodi doesn’t joke with her fitness and still maintains a very healthy look even after the delivery of her son, Levi.
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Born on 11 April 1985, Patrice Roberts is a Trinidadian soca singer and songwriter who has been active in the music scene since 1994. She became famous in 2005 after the success of her hit collaboration “The Islands” alongside recording artiste Bunji Garlin. The song witnessed massive airplay and was also used in promotional commercials by her country’s Ministry of Tourism. Patrice is a mother of one, and her daughter’s name is Lily. She celebrated her daughter’s first birthday by releasing the song “Diamond in My Heart” for her. Nevertheless, the Soca songstress’ Instagram page is a sight to behold as she constantly churns hot and sexy posts of her while performing on stage. The 33-year old celebrity pays great attention to her physique – maintaining her solid core and alluring curves, and without knowing beforehand, one wouldn’t think she’s a mother of one./ Her music prowess talent has afforded her with numerous chances to travel extensively throughout the Caribbean, The USA, and Europe, with many more opportunities still presenting themselves.
CARET-RIGHT PATRICE ROBERTS
by ALICIA VALASSE-POLIUS
Decades ago, declarations which sought to establish the rights of all men chiefly in matters of religion, education and occupation were enacted after enlightened periods of human history. The document titled â€œThe Rights of the Childâ€? is one such instrument. It outlines privileges reserved for children around the world. One of the most discussed is the right to education. This right is further captured in constitutions worldwide. Whereas the right is reserved for all children, educators in the Special Education Sphere have, for some time, lamented that the privilege appears to be chiefly reserved for children without disabilities. They argue that the presence of stair-filled walkways, grill-covered drains and constricted hallways and bathroom spaces indicate that these spaces were retrofitted for individuals who possess no disability. Further, the aura of disability-phobia which often grips individuals at our educational institutions hinders the embracement of inclusive education. Will the embracement of inclusive education by all stakeholders signal a move to educate the populace to be independent thinkers and contributors? Would a rejection of such a concept suggests a partial embracement of the right to education? Caribbean Posh met with St. Lucian Educational Psychologist Antonia Joseph who possesses an undeniable passion for the realization for inclusive education. As a proponent, Joseph is resolute that education for all begins when a society can adequately provide suitable accommodation for all citizens.
Today, the principal of Dunnattor School (St. Lucia), Joseph once worked as a special educator at the Autism Unit at this institution which advocates for “inclusion in society” to “improve quality of life”. She is also a founding member of the (now dormant) Autism Society of St. Lucia. In speaking of inclusive education, Joseph says, “Education should be about bridging the gap their disabilities create to level out that playing field” – a field which has undoubtedly placed huddles in the way of special learners. The “bridging” of this policy and environmental gap “gives them an opportunity to grow. It’s their right. It’s the right to be an independent adult,” she continues. Many in the education sphere would concur with these sentiments but have our actions proven that we understand and appreciate the adversities encountered by individuals with disabilities? If we truly do, would it not be reasonable to conclude that there would be a deliberate effort by policymakers to create or renovate physical spaces which accommodate all individuals? In our appreciation, wouldn’t our embracement of the “no child left behind” concept propel us to evolve in our thinking and treatment of those who are different from us…yet special in extraordinary ways?
Implementing inclusive education will be challenging but structures can exist to assist all stakeholders. For the general populace, there is a need to educate; to change the mindset of individuals who hold on to views which suggest that individuals with disabilities should be deprived of their right to education. There is a need to teach our people that individuals may be different but they remain human. Hence, they hurt like we hurt. In our schools, teachers require continuous professional development which speaks to the communication with persons with disabilities and how we can all contribute towards equipping our students with skills which will “not make them dependent on us forever”. Joseph believes that there should be more competency-based examinations for special learners. With the introduction of CVQs, she is hopeful that many individuals with disabilities will be able to attain necessary qualification to enhance their standards of living. Joseph also believes that school psychologists are needed in certain schools to deals with the growing challenges which special learners may encounter on their learning journey. Inclusive education should not be a choice. It assists in the provision of a right; the right to education. While challenges are inevitable in a society where stigmas towards individuals with disabilities thrive, it is not impossible to achieve. By changing minds …one at a time…we can ensure that all our citizens are allowed the opportunity to learn to contribute meaningfully to our society.
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Special learners and their families face a plethora of challenges, some physical and others socio-economic. In some cases, Joseph notes that the “parents are in denial” and “embarrassed” because “there is still a stigma attached to having a child with a disability”. She notes further that “the way in which they are received by individuals out there” further exacerbates the issues. Self-esteem problems emerge. In her daily contact with students and parents, the challenges are obvious. At Dunnattor School, many students face socio-economic problems. As a private school with ministry-assigned teachers, the institution relies heavily on donations to feed students daily, to purchase instructional media, to provide clothing for students and to transport them to and from the institution.
While the challenges are there, Joseph is hopeful that a Caribbean Development Bank Programme dubbed “Education Quality Improvement Programme” will assist in changing attitudes towards people with disabilities. She is also hopeful that the “no child left behind” concept will be embraced by all as St. Lucia moves towards inclusive education. Some of the initiatives which come under this programme include the exploration of best practices as it relates to special education in mainstream schools and the rehabilitation of selected schools.
With 13 sovereign states and a population of more than 43 million, the Caribbean is known for its long beaches, a wide variety of dive sites, beautiful scenery, music – calypso, salsa, and reggae, and its romantic getaways. Other than these, the region boasts of its fair share of influential females who have made giant strides in the field of music, fashion, media, politics, and the beauty industry. Below are six Caribbean women who have distinguished themselves in their chosen endeavors, and who shine like beacons for future generations to learn from.
CARET-LEFT NICOLE MCLAREN CAMPBELL A true trailblazer in the sector of youth empowerment, Nicole Campbell is an educator, entrepreneur, author, and professional speaker. She came into prominence at the tender age of 13 when she represented her country, Jamaica, at MIT’s Junior Summit and was selected to address the then UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. In 1998, she was chosen by Teen People Magazine as one of “twenty teenagers who would change the world.” By 25, Nicole founded AIM educational services, which aims to help hundreds of students to prepare for college, both locally and overseas – guiding them to full scholarships and academic placement in prestigious universities such as Oxford, and Cambridge. In 2017, following the commercial success of her inspirational, self-improvement book for young people “Make It Count: Tips on Unlocking Your Vision,” which sold out in Jamaica within days of release, Nicole was presented with the Women in Leadership Award by UNESCO due to her contribution to the advancement of girls’ education in Jamaica and the Caribbean.
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One name currently making waves in the Caribbean is none other than the current Prime Minister of Barbados – and coincidentally the only woman to hold this CARET-DOWN ALISON HINDS post – Mia Amor Mottley. She is also the leader of the Barbados Labor Party, as Fondly called the “Queen of Soca” by her well as a respected attorney. teeming fans because of her powerful, The 53-year old began her political emotional vocals, and high-energy live sojourn as a Member of Parliament of her performances, Alison Amanda Hinds is a constituency since 1994. In less than 18 British-born Bajan soca artiste based in years, she distinguished herself in various Barbados. capacities including the post of AttorneyThe 48-year old started her musical General of Barbados becoming the first career at a teen talent competition before woman to function as such. later joining Square One as a lead vocalist The alumnus of the London School of in the same year. She recorded several Economics led her party to a historic albums with the band before calling it landslide victory in the 2018 general quits following the birth of her daughter, elections conducted in the country, Saharan in 2004. securing all seats in the parliament The talented singer, activist, and cultural and over 70% of the popular vote. Her ambassador formed her band, “The Alison appointment as the 8th Prime Minister Hinds Show,” in 2005, with her as the was met with widespread international lead singer while the other band members congratulations from different political are young dancers and musicians. representatives around the world. Alison has two albums to her credit: Soca CARET-LEFT RIHANNA Queen (2007) and Caribbean Queen (2010), and close to 40 singles, the most Call her a woman of many paths, notable being “Roll it Gal” off her debut and you wouldn’t be wrong, album. Till date, she has performed at Robyn Rihanna Fenty, popularly over 75 concerts and festivals and has known as Rihanna is a Barbadian won numerous accolades during her singer, songwriter, actress, musical career spanning three decades. dancer, and businesswoman. Born on February 20, 1988, the songstress rose to prominence in CARET-DOWN VONNETTE STEWART 2005 following the release of her debut studio album “Music of the Another Caribbean woman changing Sun,” and her next album “A Girl the world through fashion, culture, Like Me” (2006). Both albums and wellness is Vonnette Stewart. The were among the top ten of the Jamaican-born social media influencer, US Billboard 200, and some of model, and public figure has a respectable the songs that made waves in the following on Instagram where she album include “Pon de Replay,” promotes outfits from leading brands “SOS,” and “Unfaithful.” She such as Asos, Zara, Balenciaga, and Aldo, has since gone on to release to mention a few. six more albums with the last one “ANTI” released in 2016 which became one of the most streamed albums of that year. The nine-time Grammy Award winner, and six-time Guinness world record holder is estimated to be worth about $260 million, thanks to her largely successful music career, lingerie, and cosmetics line, movie career, and extensive line of sponsorships with notable brands like Balmain, Chanel, Dior, Puma, and Gucci.
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“We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.” – Robin S.Sharma NARROW YOUR FOCUS, CHOOSE TO FOCUS ON ONE THING AT A TIME. “Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed.”- Paulo Coelho Set the right foundation by having goal clarity. Ensure that your goals are relevant to what matters to you the most. Get crystal clear on your WHY. Choose one goal for the month or the quarter. Then set micro-goals for each week/day. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING – QUICKEST WAY TO MASTERY IS TO FIND A MENTOR
The #1 person responsible for your goals and priorities is you. So staying on track will require your commitment as well. Reach out and surround yourself with people who are also working on their goals. Motivation is contagious –so surround yourself with people who are doing and going somewhere.
If you have set the RIGHT Goals, then you are already looking for or have joined a Mastermind or Accountability Group. As per my Virtual Mentor Napoleon Hill, – a mastermind is a group – an alliance of more than one person with the intention to follow through on your plan and purpose. The key word here is the intention to follow through leading to results and accountability. TAKE SMALL STEPS, CREATE DAILY MICROCOMMITMENTS & LIVE THE 24 HOUR LIFESTYLE “It’s not what you say out loud to everyone else that determines your life – it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the greatest power.”- Marc & Angel When your goal requires too big a step – you will suffer from goal fatigue which demotivates us. Try living a 24 hour lifestyle. Meaning make the most of the 24 hours ahead of you, identify that one small step you can take daily towards your goals and make it happen. It doesn’t need to be perfect - it just needs to get done. Wake up tomorrow and do the same 24 hour lifestyle again. Create your ideal day and choose a time and day you will take daily action on your #1 priority. TRACK YOUR PROGRESS & CELEBRATE THE SMALL WINS BETWEEN MILESTONES. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” - Will Durant Having regular check-ins will lead to small wins and big momentum. This also activates the reward circuitry of the brain leading to your mind” seeking” more of that win. Evaluating your progress weekly or daily will help ensure that you are on the right path, allowing for small tweaks in your strategy along the way.
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Understand your procrastination habits, identify the essentials and eliminate the rest. “That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” - Steve Jobs Assess how you spend your time on your daily activities and the ones you procrastinate with the most. In addition to a time audit, do an energy & emotion audit. Understand your peak hours and time zones. Know what emotion certain tasks evoke. What does your Procrastination Brain mental map look like? What do you do when you procrastinate? Do you emotionally eat, waste time on social media, jump on the phone and gossip? Take the time to identify the habits that no longer serve you and start replacing with better habits that do. SET GOALS THAT ARE CONNECTED TO YOUR VALUES AND BELIEF AND ARE RELEVANT TO WHO YOU ARE BECOMING.
The RIGHT Goal will make you uncomfortable. Set Goals that are aligned with your beliefs and your values. Goals that are aligned with the person you are becoming. What will your future self-thank you for? 3 months, 6 months or a year from now? Who do you need to be today to achieve those goals? Start with getting clear on what your values and belief systems are – and ensure that the goals you have selected reflect these values.
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“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” - Gandhi
A dedication to you…… I see you. I see your soul. I see your pain. I see your shame I see the lashes my words , my eyes, my whispers, my gossip have whipped across your body I know what I have done and I am sorry I wish I didn’t do to you what I did to me I wish I knew how to take care of you Of the invisible wounds I, society, your mother, father Brother, sister, exes have caused You see no one taught me how to care for me So I didn’t know how to care for you I wish I knew how to love you in all your ways Unconditionally But I was told that you should not be louder, prettier, stronger smarter than me I wish I treated you better I wish I could tell you how much I admire you How much I love your strength and who you are I wish you knew how much I love you I do I just don’t have the words To say to you What I haven’t said to myself So I want you to know that I do …I do support you & I do admire you. I promise to say more because ultimately what I do to you, I do to me. So today this is my pledge, to let you know that I do…I do love you. I see you – I honor you and I love you. From me to you.
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The boss babe behind the mic THE DIGITAL BOSS BABE PODCAST is the first show of its kind geared toward the education, development, and empowerment of Caribbean women entrepreneurs who are ready to build their personal brand and have a thriving online business. Since its launch in January 2019, the show possesses a global listenership with loyal subscribers. The show puts a spotlight on Caribbean digital boss babes alongside global influencers who support the show’s mission of expanding the online business space for Caribbean women. They include US$6-figure business owners and experts in the field of sales, branding, intellectual property, content development, and social media marketing. Offering more than just business strategies, the show acts as a virtual sister-circle that teaches women how to develop the right money mindset to facilitate an energy shift that leads to a purposeful and passion-filled life and business. CARIBBEAN POSH
Gizelle Riley -- international brand storyteller and online business coach from sunny Jamaica created THE DIGITAL BOSS BABE PODCAST when she noticed a sizeable gap in the market. “When I started my online business it was a very confusing time. I got inundated with information from Google and other sources but found that there were very few stories and advice with a Caribbean perspective. This told me that there were not many Caribbean women with online businesses, and that the ones who did have one did not have a platform to shine and share their valuable expertise on a regular basis. I knew that I had to do something to fix that, and so THE DIGITAL BOSS BABE PODCAST was born.” There’s magic when women come together Gizelle credits the show’s success to the support of her guests. “Since I started this journey I have met the most phenomenal women you can imagine. I get fired up with each conversation because of these powerful and positive boss babes. The best part is knowing that other women from across the world are benefiting from that same energy and business acumen”. Get to know some of the phenomenal women from some of the show’s top-rated episodes.
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Tami Chin Mitchell is one of those fun women you read about in magazines -- she’s wise beyond her years, always down to belt out an infectious laugh, and you always seem to end up feeling good about yourself after you’ve had one of those meaningful conversations on the couch over hot cocoa. As a wife, mother, business owner, podcaster, and social media influencer -- this creative Jamaican entrepreneur challenges the status quo by accepting all her gifts and shows other women how to use their own to design a complete life.
Terri Wade knows everything there is to know about how to build a thriving online community. Operating from Silicon Valley, Terri is a certified business and life coach as well as the founder of the popular membership site the Lady Entrepreneur Society. She helps female entrepreneurs across the world grow their business with proven personal development tools to build confidence backed by sound business strategies to help grow their audience and income.
This former model turned digital marketing guru is a business strategist, creative marketing coach, and passionate writer. She has travelled to over 40 countries, speaks multiple languages, and
This creative entrepreneur is an excellent example of what it takes to balance a side-hustle while having a full-time job. Danneill is the self-taught artist, founder and CEO of the Jamaican lifestyle brand Ashley Laird Designs. Starting her business on Etsy back in 2016, she has expanded her line of unique products which include personalized pillows, towels and limited edition jewellery to the world of brick and mortar while maintaining her digital boss babe status.
Elise Maisonneuve is a US$6-figure mentor and success coach based in Australia who helps driven women start and scale their purpose-based business. This effervescent laptop lady helps women move past the overwhelm so that they can finally get their message out to the people who need to hear it while bringing in the clients and cash they desire.
Trinidadian boss babe and the Unlocked Coach Rachelle Ann-Louear teaches how women entrepreneurs can develop a growth mindset to unlock their true potential so that they can realize the vision they have for their lives, careers or businesses. She’s a certified NLP practitioner and works on helping these women get clear on their zone of genius and develop self-mastery in the area of productivity, habits and routines.
This list would not be complete without the quintessential Caribbean boss babe Janette Brin. Janette leads the POSHgirl movement without breaking a sweat. You just can’t help but be amazed and motivated by Janette -- she’s as real as they come. The gentle tone of her voice belies the true strength and ingenuity of this Caribbean woman. As the founder and owner of Caribbean POSH magazine, the creator of the POSHgirl fragrance, the POSHtalk TV series, and the POSHgirl Power Brunch, this British Virgin Islands beauty celebrates other Caribbean women who are making an impact using every platform at her disposal.
Are you ready to build your online empire? Get to know these and other digital boss babes by subscribing to THE DIGITAL BOSS BABE PODCAST on iTunes or gizelleriley. com/podcast for updates on the latest episodes.
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This Bahamian boss babe is an executive communication coach and the managing partner of Clear Communication Solution, LLC. She is also an online business owner offering a range of development courses for women leaders through her Clear Communication Institute learning portal. As a global speaker and certified life coach with a high-vibe personality, Monique Russell is revolutionizing the way we look at professional and personal development.
is obsessed with helping women find the confidence they need to crush every area of their life. This French-Canadian boss babe’s 6-month group coaching programme FROM ZERO TO CEO teaches women how to think, act, and make bank like a CEO. When she’s not sleeping, you can find Em on Instagram stories sharing bits of her life.
The Wanderlust Anquanette Gaspard is a food and travel entrepreneur, freelance writer, blogger, and social media influencer, who uses her platforms to share the beauty of Caribbean food and culture. Oftentimes, stories told about Caribbean culture are from the perspective of storytellers from outside the region. Born and raised in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Anquanette uses her blog, CruzanFoodie.com, to share her experiences in a way that is authentically Caribbean. From her food tour company to her blog and social media, sharing the food culture in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Caribbean as a whole is a big part of her life. With island guides, relevant tips, and information that most travelers arenâ€™t privy to, she chronicles her adventures to various islands and encourages her readers to escape the typical tourist traps and break free of the watered-down Caribbean experience. Anquantteâ€™s work has been featured in publications EBONY, Essence Magazine, and Marriott Destination. Follow Anquanette on all social channels: @cruzanfoodie
The Skincare Maven
Jessica de Jongh started her culinary journey as a little girl growing up in the Dominican Republic, St. Martin, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, while watching the women in her extended family prepare meals. Jessica studied Culinary Arts in New York City and worked as a pastry chef at one of the hottest cafes in Queens, NY under the direction of Chef Jean-Claude Perennou- former executive pastry chef at the Waldorf Astoria. In 2010, she returned to the Virgin Islands where she continued to hone her skills at several of the most critically acclaimed restaurants in St. Thomas.
Nydia Norville is a former model, with St. Lucian roots, turned skincare expert and the owner of skincare line, Choiselle.
In 2013, she opened Sabroso Restaurant, a vibrant and colorful oasis located in the heart of picturesque Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas. Her mission is to create a relaxed atmosphere where one could dine on comfort food; surround themselves with great people; and enjoy some good island vibes. With the freshest ingredients and the comforts of home, her restaurant has attracted a strong, loyal and enthusiastic following. Follow Jessica on Instagram: @ _jexica_ Follow Sabroso Restaurant on Facebook: @sabrosousv
Choiselle is an all-natural, luxury skincare startup that epitomizes an authentically natural way of life. Choiselle is comprised of a growing line of products created with ingredients, rooted in Caribbean culture. Nydia launched her skincare line in 2014 offering luxurious body butters. The cache of products grew to include beautifully fragrant bath & body oils and coconut wax candles that launched in 2017. The newest addition to the collection of all-natural, luxury skincare products is the Neroli Isle Face Elixir, which was unveiled in 2018. Formulated with a unique combination of plant-based oils and a plethora of raw, unspoiled ingredients, including soursop seed oil, which is great for acne prone skin and other skin problems. It’s soursop like you’ve never experienced it before. Follow Choiselle on all social channels: @choiselle
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WHAT PART OF THE BAHAMAS ARE YOU LADIES FROM?
We are from the capital of the Bahamas on the island of New Providence.
HOW DID DUET STUDIOS COME ABOUT AND DID YOU FIRST LAUNCH? CARIBBEAN POSH
Duet Studios came about from a love of good stories, great visuals, and great storytelling. We first launched part-time in August 2016 and as of April 2017, we are now full-time.
DID YOU BOTH GO TO SCHOOL FOR FILM MAKING?
No. For our undergraduate degrees, Anaya studied media production/filmmaking while Santia double majored in International Business and International Studies with Spanish. Nonetheless, we both received our undergraduate degrees from Taylor University in Indiana. We received our Master’s Degrees in Entrepreneurship from the University of Nottingham, at one of their 3 campuses in Ningbo, China. We’re both innately creative individuals so we married our learned skill sets with our natural skill sets.
WHAT TYPE OF SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE?
Our services include writing, directing and producing narrative, and commercial films. We also provide writing and producing for animations along with digital marketing.
WHAT TYPE OF CLIENTS DO YOU WORK WITH?
We tend to work with a number of corporate entities and some medium to small enterprises as well.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE APPROACH TO FILMMAKING?
We would say our creative approach to filmmaking is in being genuine. We like to focus on real stories that people can relate to and that can help change lives for the better.
CAN YOU BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOUR MOST RECENT PROJECT AND WHERE IT CAN BE SEEN? Our most recent project is a short film entitled “Thirty”. It follows a few hours in the life of Tre, a newly aged 30-year-old, who finds herself in the most tumultuous experience of her life. It will be available for viewing in a couple of months on our YouTube channel ‘Duet Studios’.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE THE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
We love telling stories and we love to see the reactions from the audience. When we see people truly being moved in a positive way by something we produced, it is a very meaningful and gratifying feeling.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE MOST UNIQUE OFFERING OF YOUR SERVICE?
The most unique offering of our service we believe is the Bahamian flare. Our first narrative short film was titled “Guava Duff ”, named after a popular Bahamian dessert. We love to include some Bahamian element in all of our work.
SOME PEOPLE FIND IT DIFFICULT TO WORK WITH FAMILY. HOW DO YOU SISTERS MAKE IT WORK? AND WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANYONE LOOKING TO GO INTO BUSINESS WITH SOMEONE CLOSE TO THEM?
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We would say to take everything with a grain of salt. :-) It’s actually an advantage at times when you know you can be brutally honest without fear of any fundamental damage to the relationship - after all we will always be sisters. Seriously, we would say to genuinely take into account your current relationship with that person, if there is an honest line of communication between you and mutual respect, then go for it. We believe often times most hurdles can be solved through open communication and respect.
According to artsy.com, “In the U.S. alone, women make up nearly half of the student body in architecture schools, and yet those numbers drop off dramatically in the professional field, where women make up a paltry 18 percent of licensed architects and, worse yet, suffer from a host of well-documented wage and social inequities that prevent them from scaling the ladder. Worldwide, only three of the top 100 firms are headed by women.” We had the opportunity to catch up with architect Lavina Liburd of Tigerqi Architecture to get some Caribbean perspective on this field:
CP: WHAT WOULD BE YOUR GUESS ON STATS IF YOU RELATED THAT TO THE CARIBBEAN?
CP: WHAT OR WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN ARCHITECT?
CP: WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE HEADING UP YOUR OWN ARCHITECTURAL FIRM? WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR CHALLENGES AND FOUND BEST PRACTICES FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
CP: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE “STIGMA” OF THIS AND OTHER FIELDS BEING LABELLED AS MALE DOMINATED FIELDS?
LL: I’d actually guess that the situation is more equitable in the Caribbean. Just anecdotally from my knowledge of the profession in the BVI, St. Kitts and the wider Caribbean, I know a number of women who either head their own offices, are partners, or work at various levels within offices. The process of licensure however is another matter. Registration or Licensure doesn’t exist in many territories in the region including the BVI. It took me a very long time to complete my own licensure, which is under the California Architects Registration Board. I had to fit in taking seven national exams plus a California Supplemental around work, in my case, traveling back from the BVI to several US locations to do so.
LL: Wow, I have to reflect a bit on that. It has certainly been challenging, but also very fulfilling. My strategy has been to focus on the work. To focus on doing very high quality work and building the practice through referrals from clients. I have had contractors turn their backs on me on site and tell me that they “don’t have to answer to me” even though I am the client’s representative. I have had clients tell me that I’m just there to provide basic drawings and then they can do whatever they want. The lack of respect for my profession is compounded by the lack of legislation re who can practice Architecture and call themselves an Architect. On the flip side I have built great supportive relationships with other Contractors who value my skills and responsiveness, with the regulatory authorities, and with former clients who continue to be friends and to follow and support my work. One of my proudest moments was when a friend told me after Hurricane Irma “your house held up”. I’m like “Dude, it’s YOUR house.” He recognized that it was the detailed design, not leaving certain elements to “standard practice” that gave an extra level of security and functionality to his home.
LL: Interestingly enough, my mother inspired me to engage in the field of design, although she didn’t recognize it at the time. In addition to being an Accounting Technician, my Mom is an accomplished seamstress, a skill which she put to frequent use in the Home Economics of our family. Driving around with us kids she would frequently look at and comment on people’s curtains. I started looking at and commenting on the homes themselves. That obsession with looking at and analysing buildings has never stopped. I clearly remember one ex-boyfriend telling me in exasperated tones on the second day of an urban vacation “you don’t have to comment on every single building we walk past”. I learned to edit silently after that. Lol!!
LL: Well they are, or have been, male-dominated. We can’t wipe out the history of patriarchy in one or two generations. But I appreciate having the freedom and opportunity to make a choice which seemed natural to me. A freedom and opportunity that was not available to my immediate forbears. I believe there will always be over-representation or under-representation of women in various fields based on acculturation and opportunity. I always try to keep in mind that this varies between cultures as well. I remember an Iranian classmate once telling me that in his country/ social circles, Architecture was actually considered a woman’s profession and he had to fight for the permission to study in this field. That blew my mind. The measure of our local and global cultures will be when all fields of endeavour are balanced by individual choice and not exclusion based on gender, race, or economic disadvantage. I attended a Historically Black University in the US, Florida A&M University, for my undergraduate studies. My cohort was told on our first day of orientation that Architecture was historically an old white male-dominated profession. I also recently learned in communication with the current Dean of the FAMU School
of Architecture and Engineering Technology, that approx. 5% of the African-American female architects licensed in the USA are graduates of my program. The highest of any program nationally. So progress is certainly being made.
CP: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR APPROACH TO ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN? LL: Playful and Organic. Mindful of climate and context but not bound by narrow definitions of “tradition”. Grounded with attention to detail and technical expertise in construction methods. It’s multi-valent really. Its not just any one single thing.
CP: WHAT DO YOU LOVE THE MOST ABOUT ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN? AND CAN YOU SHARE 1 OR 2 PROJECTS THAT YOU FEEL BEST DESCRIBES YOUR SIGNATURE APPROACH TO DESIGN? WHAT IS IT ABOUT THESE PROJECTS THAT DO THAT FOR YOU?
LL: It is an extremely fulfilling feeling to solve a design problem, or see a vision translate beautifully from the drawings to a completed built work. Its gratifying to receive the praise from persons who enjoy the spaces you have created. Our work improves the lives of individuals and the community as a whole when done well. It can lead to illnesses when done poorly. Creating our built environment is important work. If we’re going to cut into the gorgeous hillsides of Natures Little Secrets, if we’re going to modify our planet, it is our responsibility to do so carefully and conscientiously and try to improve the landscapes we affect, not scar them. However, you should know that a work-life-family balance will be extremely difficult to achieve. And honestly that goes for the male Architects I know as well, but like it or not, the weight of home-making still falls to the woman in most relationships at this time. It’s not impossible, but you have to be diligent in setting your priorities and tracking your goals. I do not have a family of my own. Trust me, that was not (is not?) the plan. But you have to have a life away from work, else you will lose your joy in creating. For me that has always been in Community Service. In the San Francisco Bay Area it was primarily via the Organisation of Women Architects, in the BVI its been via the Rotary Club of Road Town and the wider Rotary International Family. It’s not an easy field, but it’s a very gratifying one and I am able to say that I enjoy and am positively obsessed with most aspects of my work.
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LL: The two built projects that I believe most succinctly express my ideal approach to design would probably be Bayhouse Villa in Virgin Gorda completed with OBMI, and the recently completed Brandywine Estate Restaurant Remodel done with RFA Construction. And you may realize that these building really do not visually resemble each other at all. But there are a lot of common ideas and strategies underlying their design. Bayhouse is all about connection to site and climate. We wove the building between and above large boulders on the site. We matched the imported stone cladding to the colour and texture of those boulders. We played with different volumes and window placements to achieve a rhythm and balance of elements in the overall composition. Importantly to me we focused on natural cooling strategies beyond cross ventilation, employing the stack effect so effectively that the air-conditioning is seldom used. Brandywine Restaurant on the other hand draws on historical and organic references in non-literal ways. The multi-columned main seating area always takes me back to my studies of Egyptian hypostyle halls. The terrace roof was a play on the leaf of the Elephant Ear plant but has also been interpreted as a fish, and stemmed from the owner’s desire for a tall space with heavy dark traditional woodwork. I love when strategies have multiple layers of origin and interpretation and they don’t have to slap you in the face with meaning, they just have to have a little something extra that moves the occupant beyond “meh, its just a room”.
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There are two things about me that will be until I die: my love for business and me being Caribbean. I was born in Paris and I am proud to have that chic-chic French vibe when I talk (my accent does wonders in business), when I walk and when I sign deals and contracts. But I’m also Caribbean because both my parents come from the island of Guadeloupe and even if I wasn’t born here my heritage has forged my personality and has given me charisma that could only from the multiculturalism and fierceness that defines the Caribbean. In business, people usually say that entrepreneurs are not born but made with time, training and experience. I disagree. Some traits and qualities necessary when you are an entrepreneur are entrenched deep inside of you. Individuals that are more assertive, more focused and methodic have greater chances to become business people than others. Us, Caribbean are well known for our strong personalities, capacity to reinvent ourselves and resilience when faced with adversity. People don’t mess with us when it comes to professional engagements and we are extremely authentic making us business partners of choice. When I became a mother, the Caribbean fire in me went up a notch. With time, I gained some skills as a mother and whereas learning to change a diaper didn’t really help me in business, I surely did learn some competences that I use now everyday with my partners and clients. What I have learned when I became a mother only made me a better entrepreneur, but my Caribbean culture combined with this newly motherhood experience gave me a whole new insight of the entrepreneurial world.
Caribbean mothers are stricter
Having travelled around the world and being born in Paris, I can truly say that when European and US mothers are like “Don’t do this! Please sit down! Enough now!”, us Caribbean mothers will only express ourselves with our eyes. The look of death. Usually it works. Because the aftermath that lies in that look, the promise of a good old spanking to teach our kids a lesson puts everything back into place. It’s a fact, we Caribbean mothers are stricter than others. I personally don’t accept rudeness or disrespect and the education I give to my children is a reflection of my inner self: strong, capable and resilient. In business, I made an asset of this. I thrive on this capacity of being firm and methodic to help me gain more recognition in the business world. I have been working with a major UK associate for more than 2 years in regard to my student placement agency, Mobilitee. (www. mobilitee.fr) He has been in the industry for more than 30 years and collaborates with 16 other agencies gathered all over Europe. I am the only Caribbean agent he works with. He’s a great example of how expertise mixed with passion create the best enterprises. Recently, he praised me for my organization skills and said he wished my other European counterparts would adopt my routine as best practice. I truly think he appreciates my thorough approach, a trait he doesn’t find in his other partners.
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Being organized, meticulous and straight are so important especially when dealing with international partners. It is a chance and it confers me a legitimacy that I can only be thankful for.
Caribbean mothers are more creative Motherhood requires me to be creative every day whether it is to try a new recipe or come up with a solution to disentangle a chaotic schedule. When combined with my Caribbean crazy side, my creative mind is such an asset when it comes to work. Nowadays, everybody want a piece of our Caribbean creativeness and we have great examples to prove it: Rihanna who’s become a business mogul after years of being just an entertainer and more recently Moana Luu, from Martinique who became the creative director at Essence Magazine. We are strong minded characters in life and when it impedes on our business relations in the good way, it makes us exceptional entrepreneurs.
Caribbean mothers are loyal Companies are spending time and effort to build a sense of loyalty and great culture for their employees and directors because it is essential to have everybody looking at the same direction. It’s easier to work for a cause we believe in and for which we are rooting for. Likewise, all Caribbean people, I am firmly attached to my roots and my culture. I was invited last November to the #efluent awards in France which is the biggest European event for parental bloggers. I was very surprised of being selected for such a big spot, but little did I know that it was my Caribbean touch when speaking of motherhood under the tropics that got me there. See for yourself. FYI, the theme was princes & princesses. I went as a Caribbean princess with a tropical flower crown of my own. Wherever I go and whatever I do, I always have gratitude for who I am and I am proud to put forward my island of Guadeloupe. I represent my business the same way I represent my island. And please believe I will fight tooth and nail for both of them! Our loyalty for our Caribbean culture when applied to our businesses makes great accomplishments. Alors, if you’re still longing to sign this new deal you’ve been chasing for months now, be assured that as Caribbean mothers we have authority, we have creativity and we have strong culture. We have it all!
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Growing up in mid-America during the idyllic seventies, Cristy Barber discovered that she had an ear for outstanding music. A serious collector of vinyl records from early, her passion for music later blossomed into an enviable affinity for discovering talent, predicting music hits, and supporting little-known underground bands.
CRISTY BARBER AND DAMIEN MARLEY AND BAND (DURING WELCOME TO JAMROCK PROMO TIME)
Now, with nearly thirty years of magnificent work contained in her gilded catalogue, the well-known Grammy-nominated music producer today stands tall as a humble, affable and hardworking reggae and dancehall stalwart in the business. In a Caribbean POSH remix interview, she said: “I have always been a fan of artistes and knew from a young age that I wanted to be in the music industry. I never wanted to be a stage performer or a singer I just wanted to contribute to the careers of the talent that contributed so much to my life.” Her advice for budding music producers is: “first and foremost you have to have the talent to be able to produce on that international level. There are really good producers out there, but some tend to produce very well just in their genres. So in order to produce something that is going to take that genre internationally as a music producer you have to be well-versed in different genres, know the history of music, all the greats from rhythm and blues, hip-hop, reggae, country you name it.” Listing top-notch Jamaican music producers who have mentored her such as Danny Browne, Gussie Clarke, Donovan Germain, as well as VP Records Head Christopher Chin and music icon Chris Blackwell she said: “I rate music producers by their music collection. When you are musically eclectic I think it makes you a good music producer. The other thing too is you really need to know the international market, research different countries, and understand the sound that is really working all over the world.”
PIC OF CRISTY BARBER WITH SIR TOM JONES
CRISTY BARBER AND LARRY GATLIN OF THE GATLIN BROTHERS, JOHN RICH OF BIG AND RICH (REGGAE’S GONE COUNTRY)
“Right now, it is the EDM sound, the afro beat and dancehall sound like what Diplo and Skrillex are doing. You have to be well-versed in that type of music, what really works in international music, put it together properly, and make something so that people can resonate to. You have to study up, and hone your craft” she noted. Recalling her love affair with music as a child Barber said: “I literally started watching the Grammys at age ten. I used to unplug the phone from the wall at our house, and drive my mom crazy because I did not want it to ring while I was watching the Grammys.” Back then, “I wanted to become a record producer because I idolized Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics and I knew I wanted to work for Columbia Records because that was where WHAM was signed and where George Michael was” she added. Her magnetic attraction to music was inevitable, having hailed originally from Michigan the home of soul music in America, and the powerful Motown label synonymous with producing and managing iconic stars. During the early 1990’s :“I moved to New York City when I was 20 years old, just like the Madonna story, with twenty dollars in my pocket because I knew I was going to be in the music industry and within the first six months I started as a journalist for Word Up Magazine. So I was in the music industry since I was literally 21 years old. That is all that I ever wanted to do. There was no other love. Nothing else I cared for. It was inevitable that it was my life’s journey and why everybody I went to high school with and my family always talked about it, because I was living proof you can have this dream from birth and really get it if you want it bad enough ” she reminisced. However, when she made that maiden journey to New York, her original hip-hop focus as her genre of choice was quickly over-turned by the pull of seductive reggae which would win her heart. A chance meeting with one of the icons of the glorious Jamaican dancehall era Super Cat magically changed her music career trajectory. “When I came to New York from Michigan, it was culturally diverse and I started getting exposed to more nationalities, cultures and different music. My first mentor would be Super Cat. As a writer, I started doing hip hop, but then I met Super Cat. I got introduced to him out there as far as his music went, and physically sought him out for an interview because I became a fan of his music and said I wanted to interview this guy. Then I got the interview and, after I met with him, he changed my life. I sat with him for three hours and he taught me the history of reggae music and what it meant to him, coming from the sound systems and I made it my life’s goal that this was now going to be the genre I was going to represent all thanks to him” she explained. An ace at spinning music for events, it is no surprise that Barber has a favourite dancehall rhythm. “There are a lot of dancehall rhythms that I love, but my all-
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time favourite is the mud –up Rhythm. It is a Super Cat track, and my selectors that I rate to the highest level know how to play the Chaka Demus track before they play the Super Cat track” she revealed. Armed with an impressive resume Barber remains a force to be reckoned with. “My first industry job was as Director of Operations for Front Page Entertainment KRS One’s company. I started doing publicity and promotions for Spragga Benz on his first album Jack-ItUp through VP Records in 1994, but it was his second album Uncommonly Smooth in 1995 that I got offered a job doing publicity and promotions at Capitol Records. Then my dream label Columbia Records which I got from Super Cat” Barber said. With Spragga Benz making a comeback with his current number one hit Differ on the UK’s ITunes Reggae Singles Chart, Barber still remains a part of his successful marketing management team, and has priceless advice to artistes to ensure they remain in the music game. “The key to keeping things fresh whether it is your music or image is you have to keep up with the times. But, you also have to be respectful to where you are as far as your age. In music and image you have to stay on point with the trends. Lingua changes all the time, in music some of the sounds change, every new generation there are new things that pop up that are popular like in hip-hop we went through the trap phase, then now you have the phase with the rappers that unfortunately are kind of hard to understand it’s like the mumblemouthrap. “It was hard to get into the music business in the 1990’s and it is super-hard now. No one is going to fight harder for you than you, and you have to remember the small percentage of artistes who make it and make it happen” she advised. The former Vice-President of Marketing and Promotions at VP Records said she considers herself to be musically eclectic like
Damian’s double-Grammy winning “Welcome to Jamrock” in 2005 and four years later Marley’s famed music producer son Stephen’s Grammy-awarded self-produced album “Mind Control”.
CRISTY BARBER, JAMAICAN MUSIC PRODUCER DONOVAN GERMAIN AND LOVERS’ ROCK REGGAE KING BERES HAMMOND
the majority of Caribbean people with a down-to-earth fashion style. “My fashion style is very casual. I love jeans and anything in jean. I love the colour camo, and feel camo is a neutral colour and I like to accessorise it up” she said. “I find that Caribbean people are more musically eclectic because they grew up on Top 40, country and pop music on radio before reggae” she noted. One of Barber’s proudest projects which made the Billboard’s Country Album chart was her notable Reggae’s Gone Country album which she produced alongside other producers such as; the beloved Jamaican saxophonist Dean Fraser and country music icon John Rich released by VP records and Warner Nashville. Various reggae artistes such as Romain Virgo, Luciano, Tarrus Riley, and Tessanne Chin winner of NBC’s The Voice Season five stamped their inimitable styles on various outstanding covers of country classics on the pioneering album like the Gatlin Brothers California hit of 1979 re-done by Virgo. In 2003, while at the helm as President of Tuff Gong/Ghetto Youths, she copped the enviable title as Grammy-nominated music producer for the reggae, dancehall and hip-hop mix album for Island/Def Jam Records “Red Star Sounds Presents Def Jamaica” which showcased the versatility of our music to blend effortlessly with other genres bringing musical joy to fans. Some of the artistes on the album included Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Wayne Wonder, Damian Marley, Vybz Kartel, Wayne Marshall as well as American rappers and hip hop giants such as Jay-Z, Method Man, Red Man and Pharrell. CARIBBEAN POSH
Fusing reggae with other music genres and exposing Jamaican reggae artistes to new markets is what Barber is known in the industry for with Grammy-nominated reggae band Morgan Heritage being one of many to benefit from her excellence in musical engineering. An ace also at marketing and artiste publicity she also has to her credit the gold selling album of reggae icon Bob Marley’s son
“For me, the Grammys are the highest music accolade one can get in the world, and I am happy about the Grammy nominations this year. I have been the first to talk about the need for more voter registration and awareness in our category and only in about the last three to four years have people started to care. I have been fighting for artists like Etana and Protoje to get their Grammy nominations” she added. Pleased with reggae superstar Shaggy’s snagging of the 2019 Reggae Grammy for his collaborative album 44/786 with rock star Sting the former Grammy Co-Chairman of the Screening Committee said “Sting has always been very respectful of reggae, and for a man at the top of his game to decide to do an album with Shaggy is good. Sting has always used reggae in his music with the Police since the 80’s.” Her remarkable success as a woman in a predominantly male-dominated music industry has not been easy. “Being a woman has been tough. Being a white American woman in a genre of a different country has made me a better executive and more of a soldier to work and fight harder. But women have to stay focused. The haters are out there, and the better you do, the more you are going to be hated” she advised. Her golden touch has also been extended to the silver screen. In 1997, she was responsible for marketing and promoting the unforgettable soundtrack for one of Jamaica’s highest grossing films Dancehall Queen featuring Beenie Man and Chevelle Franklin on the massive title track, as well as Third World Cop. Continuing to fly the reggae flag high, representing countless Jamaican artistes and ensuring that the genre gets maximum exposure world-wide she says: “I am a big believer that if you are really very good at what you do, your style, music and image will stand the test of time.”
PIC OF CRISTY BARBER AND ISLAND RECORDS FOUNDER CHRIS BLACKWEL