Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, the grand reference-point for Spanish Design throughout the world, celebrated its 60th anniversary. The opening of MBFWM on Thursday, 11th September at 8.00 p.m. was entrusted to the brand, Desigual, one of the Spanish companies of greatest international renown, which chose Madrid to present its Womenâ€™s Collection for Spring/Summer 2015, based on a show packed with colour and optimism. The event took place from September 11th-16th at Feria de Madrid.
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ON THE COVER On the cover- Rehanna Warren Winner of Face of Grenada Roxanne Graham - Director Ronel Charles - Assisting Director Shoulan Carter - Photography Tahira Carter -Videography and Video Editor Flamboyant Hotel & Villas -Venue of Shoot Anika Regis - Hairstylist Sabrina Mitchell - Make-up Kim Francis Designs - Featured design wear for photoshoot Caribbean Colours - swimwear for photo shoot SengaRee Accents by Recee S. A. Sam-Mathlin - Styling and Accessories
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On The Cover con’td Our cover photographer Shoulan Carter hails from St. George’s, Grenada. “Since my childhood the idea of capturing a moment and immortalizing it fascinated me. Back then the process was costly, mysterious and complicated - darkrooms with chemicals and negative film - the wizardry that gave physical form to slices of life. Fortunately, it’s far more accessible today, allowing me to take it up as hobby, which I’ve quickly grown to love. Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Face of Grenada and Nu Woman Magazine, where I’ve met quite a few creative and inspirational individuals that aided in my growth as a photographer.” See more of Shoulan’s work on pages 38-41.
CONTENTS FALL 2014
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NU PROFILES 14. Island Girl Greets Big City 26. Dwight Higgins The Bahamian ‘Dog Whisperer’. 38. Rehanna Warren, Winner of Face of Grenada
FEATURES 12. Flamboyant Hotels & Villas 18. Local Chef Simeon Hall participates in the Food Network “Eat, Drink, Rock” Concert. 24. The Inaugural Barbados Chocolate Festival. By Latoya Brathwaite 36. Eden Carnival Group 54. Caribbean Music, Model & Talent Showcase takes off. 66. Magic Carnival
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CONTENTS Nu FALL 42. The 2nd Annual Bahamian Icon Awards 50. Nu Woman Magazine’s Selfie Winners 58. Miss Bahamas Universe 2014 Highlights
FASHION 22. Cruisin’ Into Islands of the World Fashion Showcase 28. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid 64. Jamaica: The Caribbean’s Fashion Mecca. By Rane Rhoden.
Editor’s Note A few weeks ago, I relocated to Toronto. It was both for personal reasons and also to pursue a long time goal. It was a big move, but I felt as if now was the time to do it. Along with running a publication, I will also be pursuing my dreams in the film industry in Film Production. I’ve started a blog where you can follow along (http://nuwomaneditorsblog.wordpress.com). Putting this issue together was interesting as I was in the process of moving and adjusting to a new way of life. I was able to gather a few stories before the move, but most of the remaining articles came through emails, whatsapp, Facebook and other similar mediums. I was also fortunate to work along with the Face of Grenada (FOG) earlier in the year; and the FOG team had completed the cover image and video before the move. Big thanks to Roxanne Graham and her team Shoulan Carter, Tahira Carter, Anika Regis, Sabrina Mitchell as they made my work easy. This issue is all about Fashion and we cover Caribbean New York Fashion Week, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Islands of the World Fashion Showcase (Bahamas) as well as the launch of Caribbean Music, Model and Talent Showcase. We get an opportunity to feature another young Grenadian model, Aria Francis who made her first trip to the Big Apple to participate in Fashion Week. Exciting! Along with these stories, we bring you stories from home, and talk to Chef Hall who recently took part in the Food Network’s challenge; we get a first glimpse of Eden Carnival group and take a look at the first ever Bahamas Carnival slated for May 2015! Earlier this year Nu Woman held its first ‘Selfie’ Competition and we also feature the winners from this competition. This is an issue of ‘firsts’ and we are excited to bring it to you. We look forward to feedback from you. Erica Meus-Saunders Publisher & Editor-in-Chief
PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Erica Meus Saunders COPY EDITORS Nasia Colebrooke Tanya Simmons Jared Liam CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Erica Meus-Saunders Latoya Brathwaite Keiani Worrell Lorane Rhoden CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Barry Williams Photography Shoulan Carter Kelon Pascal GRAPHIC DESIGN Amelia J Amoury Erica Meus-Saunders MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION Email: email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (647) 871-3450 NU WOMAN MAGAZINE is published four times a year. Publisher: NU WOMAN LTD Freddie Munnings Manor P.O. Box CB 13236 Nassau, Bahamas Web: http://nuwomanmagazine.com ÂŠ 2014 Nu Woman Ltd. No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior consent of the publisher. Online subscriptions are now available, visit us on the web to sign up.
Barry Williams “My journey to photography has been an eventful evolutionary process - beginning a few lifetimes ago. In another time, I was but a mere camera part; in another life after that I was most likely a camera (probably a Canon). So, it makes perfect sense that this time around I amassed such great karmic fortune to be born a photographer. If I’m unable to afford a Hasselblad during this lifetime, maybe I’ll wish hard enough to be that camera the next time around :).”
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Words are powerful—written and spoken. I vow to use them to uplift, to highlight, to turn heads and attract eyes my “bumpa” won’t. And turn minds; one can’t thrive inside a box. The pen is my old friend and I’m meeting my voice for the first time. I like her. I’m 100% Bajan, lover of the arts, beginner’s yoga and an EBCCI film student. My work was published in 2013’s NIFCA Winning Words Anthology. Website: http://speakunspoken.wordpress. com/
Lorane Rhoden, also known as “Rane” grew up Kingston Jamaica. She attended the Meadowbrook Prep School and later went on to The Queens High School in Jamaica. In 2007, Rane enrolled at The University of the West Indies where she majored in Language, Communication and Society. She left The University of The West Indies in 2011 and began working in Sales a few months later.. With the encouragement of her friends and her passion for writing she started Haute People, which is a Lifestyle Blog that focuses on things related to Fashion, Entertainment and Beauty both locally and internationally.
I am a freelance Public Relations and marketing professional in the hospitality field by day; blogger, socialite and JazzyMOM 24/7. Bahamian born and bred, I am the proud mama of an amazing daughter that has made life complex, entertaining and most of all AMAZING!
Haute People Blog: http://www. hautepeople.net/ Email: email@example.com
I love all things girlie; from makeup to hair, shoes and nails, but most of all I love fashion! My expressive personality says that I need to be involved with many projects at once, how did they know:). I write daily posts about every and anything that happens in my life over at Anni’s Bubble (my blog). http://www.annisbubble.com/
CONTRIBUTORS Amelia Amoury
I’m Amelia, a graphic designer with over 5 + years of experience in the field. I’ve been surrounded by technology my whole life, so it was natural for me to take my creativity and make it digital. I’ve worked in both freelancing and for a number of successful print companies, which has allowed me to polish my skills. I am currently based in Nassau, Bahamas and have a strong focus on print design. To find out more about me you can visit www.ameliajamoury. com to view my portfolio. Facebook: AJDesigns • www.ameliajamoury.com
22-year-old Nasia Rená (pronounced Naja) is a senior at The College of The Bahamas, studying English Literature. She enjoys reading, creative writing, amateur photography, scary movies and comedies. Nasia describes herself as a culturist and is proud to be a part of the Caribbean. She believes in the oneness and the uniqueness of Caribbean people and all ‘the flavor’ we have to offer to the world. She hopes to be a part of a more eclectic Bahamas, where the Arts are more appreciated, celebrated, and offered in the job market. Nasia encourages the youth of the Caribbean to always follow their dreams, no matter how unconventional or “out of the box” they may appear to be. To achieve a better world she says, “we must all be the change we want to see”. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanya P. Simmons
TANYA P. SIMMONS Tanya P. Simmons is a graduate of C.R. Walker Secondary School, The College of the Bahamas and the University of Central Oklahoma. She is an avid reader who enjoys traveling and the occasional jet boat ride over rapids. Tanya is Nu Woman Magazine’s Copy Editor
Kelon Pascal’s passion for photography stemmed from a love of the outdoors and capturing the beauty that surrounded him. Kelon, who is a native of Grenada, has already achieved a few accolades, including: Grenada Yellow Pages ‘Click the Cover’ Competition where he copped both the Viewers’ Choice and Cover Page category in 2013 and the Cover Page category again in 2014. In the world of photography, he considers himself an amateur though consistently-evolving. Everything or every person is an inspiration. Facebook: Kelon Pascal Photography Email: kpascal.photos@gmail. com
Flamboyant Hotel & Villas
Grenada is considered one of the most spectacular vacation destinations in the Caribbean or the world for that matter. This stunning island boasts more spices per square mile than any other place on earth and offers gorgeous beaches, pristine rain forests, unlimited outdoor adventure and incredible weather to enjoy it all. Also, nestled here in one of the most picturesque spots in the Caribbean, overlooking Grand Anse Beach, is the award-winning Flamboyant Hotel & Villas… Paradise awaits you at The Flamboyant Hotel & Villas with 67 well-appointed accommodations and also breathtaking views, that are spacious and comfortable with enough room to really lounge and relax. Relaxation and fun greet you around every corner here. You can enjoy a gorgeous pool and sun-deck, a beautiful white sandy beach, and incredible water sports like snorkeling and kayaking. And, as Grenada’s ultimate dive resort, The Flamboyant boasts its own onsite PADI dive center. There’s also a great gym and a fabulous spa offering the pampering of a lifetime in the comfort of your room or in the garden gazebo. The Flamboyant also serves up delectable culinary creations and wonderful tropical drinks at their two restaurants and 12 nuwomanmagazine.com
Beach Bar. There’s always great family entertainment to enjoy, including crab races on the beach. Plus, there is not a more perfect place in the world for a business conference, special event, romance or the wedding or honeymoon of a lifetime. It’s been awarded the Tripadvisor.com Certificate of Excellence Award and we couldn’t agree more… The Flamboyant Hotel & Villas, Grenada. Visit Flamboyant.com
Greets Big City By Erica Meus-Saunders
I was first introduced to Aria via the Face of Grenada Competition. She finished 2nd in the competition and I was impressed by her efforts. Afterwards, we connected via Facebook and I began to follow her activities along with a few of the other models from the competition. Aria was determined to get her name ‘out there’ and soon had a “GoFundMe” / “Fund a Caribbean Model” account in hopes of getting to Caribbean New York Fashion Week. Well, she was successful in getting there and I saw a story worth telling, so the minute Nu Woman had an opportunity, we sat and talked with this island girl about her first experience in the Big Apple. Nu Woman: How did you get the invite to attend Caribbean New York Fashion Week? Aria Francis: My manager, Annette Moore, got in touch with the organizer of the event, Carla Hazel, who then invited me to participate. NW: Whose idea was it to “Fund a Caribbean Model”? Aria: It was my Manager’s and my idea to try a crowd-funding site. With this, I took the opportunity to thank everyone who contributed towards my trip. NW: When you realized you would actually be taking the trip, how did it feel? Aria: I was overjoyed knowing I was a step closer to my endeavors. It was a day of excitement and I felt blessed. Aria admits that this was her first major and international trip away from home. “I consider this the best, because I got to experience the bigger stage, working with top designers and also experiencing casting calls and getting a call back, which was one of the greatest achievements in my modeling career.” Aria continued, noting how important it was to show what a model from Grenada had to offer the big city. “NYC is the world fashion stage and gateway for opportunities. because There are so many top agencies, top models, designers, film makers, experienced make-up artists and photographers, as well as other professional individuals walking in the streets of NYC.” Aria who says that she was more excited than nervous talks about her first runway experience in New York. “My first show experience in NYC was the MODABOX runway show, which showcased fashion from that store.” 14 nuwomanmagazine.com
She was given a good break when she had an opportunity to model for Charles Harbison. “Mr. Charles HARBISON (bless him), is the designer who gave me my biggest modeling break in NY.” As a result she was featured in Vogue Italia. NW: You seemed to be the preferred model for the Harbison show… how did that make you feel? Aria: Well I would not say I was the most preferred model for the show, but I will say that I portrayed the attitude of a model who deserves to work, a model who has the ability to cooperate and satisfy the designer and their guests. Again, anyone given this opportunity will be happy and so was I. Aria talks about meeting Beverly Johnson, one of her idols. “Living on a tiny Caribbean Island, all I used to do was wish and work hard towards my goal. Meeting Beverly Johnson, who was the first black woman to grace the cover of Vogue magazine, was a pleasure. I knew that one day I would meet top models and superstars like her, but that very same night I felt like a supermodel.” NW: What was the most memorable thing/things about this trip? Aria: Actually, getting to walk the runway on an international stage, wearing top designers’ clothing and being able to network with key people in the industry. Aria says that she hopes to be back soon and attempts to sum up the entire experience, simply calling it “great”. I was finally able to make it to the international level, in terms of modeling - getting to do fittings upon fittings, attend professional casting calls, improving my walk, being able to network, and experience the real modeling and fashion business – that was amazing. There were some challenging days, but I have lived long enough to understand that nothing comes easy, so at those times I had to stop, take a deep breath, relax and then move on. I must say this was an active learning experience - one where I got the kind of opportunity I’ve always wanted.” You can see a bit more of Charles HARBISON here: http://youtu.be/2aUvYYkJSbQ
Photos by Kelon Pascal
Local Chef Simeon Hall participates in the Food Network “Eat, Drink, Rock” Concert.
imeon Hall is no ‘rookie’ when it comes to the Culinary Arts. Since his jumpstart into the culinary industry and up to the present, Chef Hall has worked as an Executive Chef, Food & Beverage Manager, Executive Sous Chef and as a Culinary Expert at locations such as Walt Disney Cruises, Marriott Hotels, Island Catering Inc., Grenada W.I., Taino Beach Resorts Ltd., Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and The Ritz Carlton’s Abaco Club, just to name a few.
Chef Hall was recently presented with an opportunity to participate in the Food Network’s “Eat, Drink, Rock” Concert in Chicago this past September. The event brought together very well-known and talented chefs from the USA and of course The Bahamas and some of the best bands and singers in the world, such as Grammy winner John Mayer. The main concert was on Saturday September 20, 2014. Chef Simeon talked about the event, noting, “The Ministry of Tourism has a bank of talented chefs that they use for different
representations of The Bahamas, which chef is best-fitted for an event, and which chef is most available and I was very honored to be chosen to participate in this event.” Chef Simeon admits that he was a bit nervous, “I am always nervous to cook even if it’s for my nephew, but that energy keeps me focused and sharp. I do not take the biggest or smallest task at the stove for granted. My skills are always improving but when we started to cook in the sea of other chefs it was a joy to have them fascinated by me making my own salt beef and to see the dry conch I had hanging over my station!” Hall presented at the event known as “Hot Hot Hot”, which is a reception style lunch where chefs served up their spiciest dishes from different parts of the world. Here, Chef Hall served “Spicy Bimini Conch Cake” with aged goat pepper hot sauce, pickled tomatoes, curry yogurt sauce and micro celery/cilantro salad. The dish was prepared for approximately 300 persons. Joining him at the “Hot Hot Hot” event were chefs such as Craig Adcock, Christine Cikowski, Cory Morris and Joshua Kulp. Hall also presented the Food Network with a recipe for Bahamian Conch Chowder, and liaised with the network, prior to the event, with instructions of the preparation of this Bahamian soup that was reproduced in bulk with the help of other chefs to serve more than 1,000 persons. Chef says he was extremely pleased to have participated in this event, “We fed 2000+ people that day :) !”
Top: Hall and DJ Sapphire from the Bahamas. Bottom: Chef Hall with Food Network Executives.
Chef Simeon Hall’s Grilled Flatbread Pizza As each foodie would know, recipes at their core are guidelines of which the creator expects the reader to interpret for him or herself. For me, this highly kept recipe is not for the pizza but for the flatbread pizza crust. The expectation is that anyone who reads it will create a dish that makes them the most happy. I used house-made pancetta and local farmer’s greens here but please use your favorite toppings. The secret dough recipe : Ingredients 2 lbs 6 oz bread flour 4 oz whole wheat flour 1 oz yeast ¾ oz salt 2 oz extra virgin olive oil ¾ oz sugar MethodCombine the wheat, bread flours and yeast. In a Kitchen Aid blender, (a true foodie’s must-have) add the remaining ingredients first and then add the flour blend. Mix on low speed for 4 minutes, then 3 minutes on speed 2, then 1 minute on speed 3. This cycle of mixing should create a perfectly-mixed dough. Allow the dough to sit in a cool spot for 1 hour. Divide the dough into 9oz pieces and shape into rounds. Place into a bin and refrigerate overnight. This is the key to developing that rich tasty character. Remove from the refrigerator 1 hour before use. Good pizzas require high temperatures to properly cook. I found through necessity that I could duplicate a pizza oven using a grill. Preheat your grill for 25 minutes and place a pizza stone on the grates, if so desired. If you prefer a more charred product place it directly on the flames. Flatten the dough and allow it to rest for 2 minutes. Place it on the grill for 1 minute on each side. Brush with garlic butter and top with your favorite raw ingredients. For a traditional sauce/ cheese pizza, place the dressed pizza on the grill, close the grill top and grill until cheese is melted and crust is charred. Top with extra virgin olive oil and shaved parmesan.
Backyard Grilled Flat Bread Pizza
Cruisin’ Into Islands of the World Fashion Showcase
Islands of The Workd Fashion Showcase - 6th – 8th November 2014, Nassau, Bahamas. Plans for the sixth edition of the award-winning Islands of the World Fashion Showcase are in high gear, and you are invited to either cruise there at your leisure on board The Sky cruise liner, part of the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet, or simply take a flight over to Nassau to experience what organizers have described as “a mosaic of fashion, culture, and art” from designers originating from island-nations around the world and designers from countries such as France, Nigeria, and the United States of America. This year’s event promises to be yet another awe-inspiring production as it marks a milestone in the vision of its founders with the creation of the collection under the proprietary label “ExÎles”, a cooperative design concept inviting designers to create ready-to-wear resort and active wear under the brand name. The Showcase, from its inception in 2008, has had the endorsement of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for its promotion of cultural diversity, and as a means to bring value-added levels of production to the fledgling fashion industries in developing nations, particularly more vulnerable small island developing states. The intent is to draw attention via international media and trade exposure to the skills and creativity across the spectrum of the fashion industry in the islands. To date, an excess of 130 designers representing 40 countries have presented their creations on the catwalks of Islands of the World Fashion Showcase. 22 nuwomanmagazine.com
To add to the excitement of this year’s production, the organizers were approached by an agency, Queendom Ink, out of Atlanta, Georgia, with the idea of linking the Fashion Showcase with the launch of their event, “Miami Fashion Cruise - Fashion on the Sea”, (www.miamifashioncruise.com). A select group of participants in the Cruise, originating in Miami, Florida and docking in Nassau Harbour on the morning of Saturday the 8th of November, will experience a special segment of Islands of the World Fashion Showcase, under the Fashion Pavilion on the beautiful grounds of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas in the downtown area of Nassau. Cruise passengers will enjoy an afternoon of high-fashion from several designers and experience a taste of Bahamian culture and entertainment before boarding the cruise ship again for the continuation of their journey. The closing runway show on the evening of Saturday, 8th November, will feature the spectacle of “Arte y Moda” from Cuba, where attendees will experience the unique fusion of fashion, art and music in a manner never witnessed before. Twenty-six designers get their inspiration from different pieces of art and create designs which convey a powerful story and are set to music which transforms the model from a mannequin to a dancer. For more information and updates, visit the website www.islandsfashionweek.com or the Facebook page www. facebook.com/islandsfashionweek. For information about the Miami Fashion Cruise – Fashion on the Sea, visit the website www.miamifashioncruise.com. Tickets are now available for purchase online through the website at http://www.islandsfashionweek.com/_m1737/tickets.
The Inaugural Barbados Chocolate Festival By Latoya Brathwaite
n the late 80s into the early 90s, Margaret King made character cakes for kids’ parties, and did everything pertaining to event planning from her home business, The Gift Place, in Stamford, Connecticut. She also made chocolates. Yes, chocolates. It is this love for fine desserts and unbelievably delectable treats that lead Margaret to bring The Inaugural Barbados Chocolate Festival to the world. Upon returning to Barbados, the chocolatier resumed the art of creating chocolate and confectionary delights under her business Premier Foods Chocolates & Confections in December of 2013. She wanted Barbadians to experience the exquisite handmade confections made with as many local ingredients as possible. But there was a desire to do something greater. At last, inspiration struck when she attended Chocolate World Expo in close by Westchester County, New York several years ago. It was the perfect opportunity to venture where no one had ever ventured before. Logistically, Margaret was able to manage such an opportunity, creating events, as her job as a travel agent prepared her to. This first annual festival will kick off on the 16th of January, 2015 at the impressive Savannah Beach Hotel on the South Coast of the island, just on the outskirts of the historic Garrison, a World UNESCO site. This location was deliberately selected to add to the feel of the event. “I chose Savannah Beach Hotel for the history it holds. I want the event to signify not just chocolate, but also Barbados itself - history and culture all in a beautiful location on a beautiful beach,” explained King. Savannah Beach Hotel is a restored 19th century Plantation House that once featured primarily brick construction and stylish cast-iron balconies. Great Britain’s colonial architecture was extensive in Barbados from as early as the 17th century.
The Evening of Chocolate and Wine Gala will get the ball rolling, and over the next two days (on the 17th and 18th), the highlight of the Festival will be the Chocolate Market Exhibition. The Exhibition will feature local, regional, and international exhibitors, showcasing chocolate and other chocolate-based desserts and specialty products. Classes and seminars will also be held to inform the public about how chocolate is made from the cocoa bean to the chocolate bar, as well as a class or two on creating chocolate treats. There will also be demonstrations and contests, such as Barbados’ BEST! Brownie and Barbados’ BEST! Cupcake. The Barbados’ BEST! Brownie competition will be done with the assistance of Girl Guides of Barbados Brownie troops as judges, along with a celebrity panel.
Top: Margaret King, creator of the Barbados Chocolate Festival. Bottom: Eric Reid, CEO of SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier and Crisoire Reid, head cholotatier. Eric Reid is partnering with UWI Cave Hill to open a chocolate factory in Barbados.
“I believe I was able to attract some of the best chocolatiers and pastry chefs in the world. I have Eric Reid of SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier in Maryland, who is working with UWI Cave Hill to open a chocolate factory in Barbados as they, (UWI), embark on chocolate making classes for the Caribbean. Mr. Reid also owns a cocoa plantation in the Dominican Republic and makes his own chocolate in his factory in Maryland,” said the brainchild of the event. “I had the great fortune of speaking to an Executive Chef and chocolatier at one of St. Lucia’s fine hotels who asked to be a part of the Festival. I’ll have award-winning chocolatier, Chef Michael Poole of Hot Chocolat in Seattle, Washington as well. Some of Barbados’ finest confectioners include Quiches et Tartes, Mimi’s Patisserie, Sucrées Desserts, Premier Foods Chocolates and Confections and Zawadi Gift Services, to name a few, and we’re always looking for more chocolate exhibitors,” she added. Not only is the Barbados Chocolate Festival aiming to be the most memorable three days at the start of the New Year but the initiative promises to bring awareness to reputable causes. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Asthma Association of Barbados as it is an organization near and dear to Margaret’s heart. “I suffered with asthma as a teenager and into early adulthood. The Asthma Association of Barbados is the perfect organization to put funds towards. Asthma is such a prevailing illness in the island and around the Caribbean and there are many children in our schools who suffer from this problem.” Margaret is ecstatic that the response to Barbados Chocolate Festival has been phenomenal. “People are very excited over chocolate, and I expect a wonderful turnout. I’m really trying to give people their monies worth, and hope that they’ll return for each year’s successive event,” said Ms. King. General admission for Barbados Chocolate Festival will cost BBD15 for each day of the two-day exhibition, with a set cost to be determined for the opening Evening of Chocolate and Wine Gala. For more information including accommodation, visit http://www.barbadoschocolatefestival.com/
The Bahamian ‘Dog Whisperer’
says he first became interested in dogs at the age of 8 years old.
e are used to hearing the old adage that “a dog is man’s best friend”, yet in Bahamian society we tend to pay little attention to actually training our animals and miss out on the best part of the relationship with our dogs. Nu Woman recently had an opportunity to meet up with and talk to Dwight Higgins owner of Elite K9 Work Dogs about what he enjoys doing most. Dwight, who has been a dog trainer for the past 25 years, 26 nuwomanmagazine.com
“My Uncle Sidney used to have pot cakes* around the yard and this is where my interest first developed. Later on I began working with Don Butler caring for guard dogs. An opportunity arose to pick up two dogs from Miami, Florida. That was when I met Abel Montejo of Kendal Canine, who I later took on an apprenticeship with for 3 years, 1989 – 1991. He was my mentor. I then came back to Nassau and started my own dog training business, riding my bicycle to appointments.” We met with Dwight and Jakal on Goodman’s Bay. I was at once curious about Jakal (pronounced ‘yuk ool’) and began asking questions. Jakal is a Belgian Malinois who Dwight had trained and who was also in Dwight’s care when the owners were away. Dwight explains, “The Belgian Malinois is a great dog for personal protection and they have a longer life span. Training a dog like Jakal can take anywhere from 10 months to a year but he is trained to adapt to any situation”. On average the price to customized personal protection trained dogs can go from anywhere between $6500 and $80,000. Along with the cost of training Dwight offers 20 free follow-up sessions over the course of 1 year. He has also started offering a couple of free sessions “Saving the Underdogs” which is open to owners of adopted dogs to give them the opportunity to come to class and ask questions, get tips on help with their dogs behavior or just time to socialize their pets. “During my work I have found that many people who have adopted dogs have after a matter of months had to surrender them back into the system for reasons of the dogs not behaving, being hard to handle or simply destructive. So this was the main reason for offering these free sessions. In the last session I held the numbers had doubled and I hope that the audience will build some more. The owners were extremely happy as well as the dogs too!” Dwight talks about future plans.
My focus and mission is one day to have cadaver dogs, search and rescue dogs, detection dogs for bomb, firearms, termite, mold, cell phone detection and human detection available here in the Bahamas for purchase. I would like to have trained assistance dogs for the medical field including cancer detection dogs, diabetes detection dogs and assistance dogs not only seeing eye dogs but for autism, seizures and Post traumatic stress disorder. I would love to see in the future a team of volunteers prepared where we could start going around to senior citizens facilities and hospitals where the dogs could meet and greet the patients and help aid their recovery. I would like to start going to different schools to educate the children about the responsibilities of pet ownership and the importance of having a well behaved canine companion, so that they can be fully integrated in the family life and not kept at home because they cannot function in society. I wish it were compulsory that all pet owners undertook obedience classes with their pets. With crime on the rise in Nassau, adopting a dog would be a good asset, as they are loyal, affectionate and great guards, especially whilst you sleep. BUT a well-trained dog is an asset not a liability. For customized services offered to clients â€“see ABOUT page on ELITE K9 WORK DOGS face book page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elite-K9-Work-Dogs/197944466957612 FYI Some of the best breeds to have around children: German Shepherd, Labrador and Golden Retriever. *pot cake- mixed dog breed
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid (MBFWM), the leading point of reference for Spanish design throughout the world, which is organized by IFEMA, staged its 60th event from September 11th to the 16th, at Feria de Madrid. This is an iconic event for the Spanish fashion world, one that once again showcased Spain’s fashion ideas and creative talent, and that featured some high participation levels, achieving a total figure of 44,897 visitors. Over a period of six days - one additional day compared to recent years - the 41 most important Spanish designers of the moment, presented their collections for Spring/Summer 2015, as part of a schedule of fashion shows that included 4 outstanding new incorporations - Alvarno, Desigual, Ulises Mérida and Leyre Valiente - and two (2) returning designers - Maya Hansen and Rabaneda. As a whole, these new participants helped to boost the value of this grand showcase and enrich its appeal. They provided six different approaches to fashion, but in all cases, were packed with fashion appeal, creativity and skill, thus helping to fulfill the objective that MBFWM has pursued at all of its events over the last three decades; namely that of bringing together the most important figures on the Spanish fashion scene. MBFWM opens up to the city Another new and important development at this staging of MBFWM consisted of MBFWM’s promotion throughout the city, based on broadcasts of the fashion shows on screens located at two ID 1033 0 1conic venues in Madrid. The first is Platea Madrid, the new gastronomic/ leisure multi-space located in the central Plaza de Colón; and the second is Conde Duque, one of the most attractive cultural venues in the city, which presented a comprehensive programme of activities from September 10th to 12th in which fashion played the starring role. Agatha Ruiz de la Prada
Agatha Ruiz de la Prada
Devota & Lomba
Ana Locking Devota & Lomba
Juana Martin Ion Fiz
Bahamian Carnival is the hottest topic to date, garnering both positive and negative views from locals. Nu Woman Magazine recently had an opportunity to chat with one of the founders of Eden Carnival Group, Keiani Worrell, who is also a contributing writer for Nu Woman Magazine. There were quite a few questions that I needed some feedback on, so it was a great pleasure to get Keiani’s perspective on some of these issues. Keiani talks about Eden, a Bahamas Carnival group that will be taking part in the ‘Road Fever’ parade in 2015. She notes how Eden will be a small group so that the focus can be on creating the best experience for the masqueraders. “We are backed by Bahamians with over 10 years experience in events and marketing both locally and abroad. We have four (4) young directors who are in-tune with what party patrons want and expect. The four of us are enthusiastic about Bahamas Carnival and what it can bring to the country across a variety of industries including events, tourism, music and fashion.” Why a Carnival group? One of the major questions on my list is “Why a Carnival Group?” and with all the emerging groups what makes Eden so special? Keiani explains, “I wanted to create a Carnival group because I can’t imagine having more fun and ‘playing Mas’ anywhere else in the world than right here, with my friends, in my beautiful country, The Bahamas. I’m also a fashion enthusiast so I was so excited to bring my costume designs to life. I really see Carnival as being a potential catalyst for the local fashion industry.” Keiani also explains Eden’s goal in bringing a certain level of service to Carnival. “We chose the name because it means pleasure, paradise; a place of pleasure. As a masquerader you are in the action, you’re with us all day and we want you to feel like you’re in a party-goer’s paradise during your entire experience. Our focus is creating an environment where people feel comfortable letting loose and having a good time. Let us do the worrying - you just have fun! We’re talking about security, free drinks, food, music and so much more. It’s a party on wheels.” 36 nuwomanmagazine.com
Nonetheless, another one of my concerns was that many Bahamians worry that with all the fuss of emerging groups, that Junkanoo will suffer or somehow get lost in the shuffle. Will Bahamas Carnival and Carnival Groups take away from Junkanoo? “I don’t think there is any connection between these two festivals, except that they will both be happening in The Bahamas and there are groups of people who are known for Junkanoo who now want to get involved in Carnival. It’s really like asking, ‘Can basketball season take away from football season?’ Keiani further explains how Junkanoo and Carnival are two totally different festivals. “Junkanoo is a festival that is synonymous with The Bahamas. I don’t think another festival can take away from that. It’s a completely different experience. Junkanoo is about putting on a show - giving spectators something to watch. Carnival’s focus is on getting people to participate in the parade, it’s about making sure above all else that the people in the parade are comfortable and happy. People who like Junkanoo, might not like Carnival and vice versa. People who take part in Carnival might not take part in Junkanoo. They’re two completely different beasts.” Will the Bay Street Christmas and Boxing Day rushes suffer? “A carnival group is a business, and with any business you have employees who have different responsibilities. That being said, I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t have time to concentrate on both Junkanoo & Carnival. You delegate and you multi-task. If anything, this should improve both parades. Carnival and Junkanoo will be able to lead each other into innovations and evolutions. If you have more people involved in the development of costume design and execution then it must result in fantastic costumes. Translate that to floats in Junkanoo and we are talking about things that can rival the likes of Brazil and the Macy’s parade.” Find Eden Carnival on Instagram: http://instagram.com/p/sWbSpUqVXw/?modal=true
Winner of Face Of Grenada. By Erica Meus-Saunders
Rehanna Warren is the six foot beauty from St. Patrick that took home the title of the Face of Grenada (FOG) 2014. Face of Grenada is a modeling and fashion competition that premiered earlier this year in Grenada. Rehanna talked about what motivated her to enter the competition. “My sister motivated me to take part in the competition. I have been shy about public appearances after I broke out with very severe acne in 2010. I was sick a lot in my last year of high school and I went through a low period. Recently my acne started clearing up and this gave me a spark of new confidence. With the motivation from my sister and this newly found confidence I decided to audition. The grand prize was also very attractive. I am concerned about my community and I saw it as an opportunity to get up and try to do something rather than be a part of the ‘all talk and no substance’ crowd.” A total of eight young ladies – Keresha Lewis, Rehanna Warren, Aria Francis, Akida Mc Guire, Lydris George, Sarafina Andrews, Cady Jeffery and Gillian Dottin were chosen through a series of auditions and online applications. Rehanna summed up her experience. “At first I was worried because I had never done anything like this before. I would always dress up and put on make-up at home and model around the house but I’ve never shown that side to the public. However, once the photo shoots started and I realized it was an opportunity to use my hobbies and creativity, I got really excited. There were some stressful moments when I was low on funds, but I always tried to show a brave face whenever I had an event. Even though we all were in competition, I quickly made friends with the other girls and tried my best to cooperate.” Rehanna says that she participated to win and there was no other option. “Going into show night, I didn’t have an idea of the other girls’ scores but I knew I did well. I started second guessing after I fumbled during my introduction (note to self, do not try to make changes to your speech on the actual night of an event) but my chaperone (Ms. Michelle Belfon and Mia Belfon) convinced me that I was going to win so I put that behind me and improved every time I went on stage and just had fun. I focused on my posse (family members and close friends) and my sister who wasn’t able to be there the night of the show.” Rehanna admits that she has never participated in any major runway shows before FOG. As a child she would model as entertainment for the elders at her church at the annual tea party. Rehanna vividly recalls San Fernando Fashion Week and describes it as ‘amazing’. “I had been to Trinidad before and I loved it, so I was definitely looking forward to going back and it was also an opportunity for my sister to see me strutting the runway in person as she is a student at UWI St. Augustine (Trinidad). I met one of the designers (Ryan Berkeley) and we had the opportunity to hang, chat and share creative ideas. The night before the runway finale, I met with three other designers and the producer (who is also a designer, Mr. Deron Attz) and they gave us a run through of the show. It was a bit nerve-wrecking.”
Photography: Shoulan Carter Make-up: Sabrina Mitchell Attire: Kim Francis Designs/Caribbean Colours Styling: Anika Regis Venue: Flamboyant Hotel & Villas
Rehanna says she received tips on how to walk depending on what garment was worn and this boosted her confidence for show night. “I was very excited on the day of the show, tracking my sister to see how far she was from the venue, getting hair and makeup done, meeting models from the other islands and just observing how they prepared for the show. We did fittings and line ups back stage and 7 out of 10 designers chose me to walk their line! Unfortunately at the last minute one of the designer had to forfeit the task, so it ended up being 6 out of 9. The moment I stepped out from behind the curtains there were gasps and oooh’s and cheering. Quite frankly I was startled and I almost ran back (lol), but I kept going, all the while searching the crowd to see if I could find the all too familiar faces. Every time I went on stage, I tried my best to portray each design with an emotion that reflected each garment. I made a lot of new friends and I learnt that standing in 6 inch heels all day will give you terrible pain the next day. More importantly, it was an experience I would never forget. I learnt how to accept positive criticism.” One of the major prizes for winning the Face of Grenada was a cover shoot with Nu Woman Magazine. After Rehanna’s win, I began to liaise with the Face of Grenada team, on how, where and when the shoot would be conducted. I also had an opportunity to connect with Rehanna one-on-one before the actual shoot. Rehanna talks about her first cover shoot, “I was pretty excited leading up to the days before the shoot despite the hectic schedule that I was given from LIME (I have a contract with LIME to model, so we were pretty busy for the carnival season with promotional events and the launch of 4G). I arrived at the hotel and I was super pumped, a bit fidgety from the excitement while I was getting my makeup done because I was eager to see the piece that Kim Francis made. Once I started getting dressed for the shoot, I got nervous. I am the first Grenadian to be featured on the cover of NU WOMAN Magazine! This means that many people regionally and even in the diaspora will see, read and know who I am and that’s a thrilling idea. I froze up at first because there were about 7 or 8 persons on set and I was over thinking it. In order to get more comfortable I requested some African music to get into character and I started having fun with the shots. It was an exhausting day but I enjoyed it. My favorite part of the shoot was the beach scene.”
Graham did an excellent job over the weeks in which the show ran - training us to ‘walk the walk and talk the talk’. I learnt to have a lot of patience and how to carry myself as a young lady both in and out of the public eye. I also tapped deeper into my compassionate side and to be more helpful. Most importantly, I was humbled. I never imagined myself taking part in any competition and winning taught me that there is great disadvantage in having doubt in yourself.” This fall Rehanna enrolled at St. George’s University and is majoring in International Business. “I am also working on starting my project (making a contribution toward the development of the Plains playing field to promote youth development and alleviate land degradation and pollution). I assisted the Boca Juniors team members in planting of shade trees this morning (August 30th). I am also making preparations for a fashion show next week ( Sept 6th - 7th) to mark the tenth anniversary of the passage of Hurricane Ivan (Sept 7th, 2004). I hope to be a participant at the Grenada Olympia Bikini Fitness Competition this November. I am a LIME Brand Ambassador and have been working with LIME since July 2014, doing promotional ads and photo shoots. I will be working with some other local companies in the near future.” Her immediate goals: “To finish my first semester with good grades. To start and have my project completed in the next three months.” She says that someday soon she would like to own her own business and that can range from Wedding planning, landscaping, interior design to Makeup Artistry. FYI : Rehanna’s hobbies include: facepainting, body painting, upcycling, styling hair. Her favorite dish is Fricassee turkey and Fried Calypso Rice. Check out our video: Face of Grenada Behind the Coverhttp://youtu.be/xM2v1Co5eg8
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The 2nd Annual Bahamian Icon Awards
he best and the most iconic industry stars of The Bahamas were out in full force, as the Bahamian Icon Awards marked its 2nd year. The awards acknowledge the exemplary achievements of men and women who have excelled in various industries, thus contributing to the overall development of the Bahamian community. Simply put, the Bahamian Icon Award celebrates greatness by recognizing Bahamian citizens who have exemplified the best intentions of the Bahamian spirit; that of excellence and achievement. The award ceremony for the star- studded Bahamian Icon Awards was held at the Atlantis Theater on July 12. Bahamian Actor Chigozie Ijuoma hosted the event and kept the crowd entertained between performances. With a list of the best Bahamian music icons, including Angelique Sabrina, Wendi Lewis, Lyrically Blessed, The Grand Bahama Youth Chorale, The Backstabbers, Julien Believe, The Highgrove Singers and VISAGE, the crowd of over 400 attendees was well entertained. Competition for the 2014 Icon Awards was fierce as each category hosted a plethora of qualified industry stars that have each made a major contribution to the local community. There were a total of 12 awards given, which included Journalism, Humanitarianism, Fine Arts and Health and Commerce, just to name a few. With each industry nominee showing exceptional performance over the last two years, only one, of course, in each respective category, could walk away with the coveted Icon Award. The night’s overall winners included Arnold Martin (Education), Felix Stubbs (Commerce), Sandra Dean-Patterson (Humanitarianism), Candia Dames (Journalism), Errol Thurston (Tourism), Randy Butler (Entrepreneurship), Kushan Munroe (Fine Artist), Lavado Stubbs (Entertainment) and Julien Believe (Music). The highlight of the evening came from the Life Time Achievement Honorary Sir. Durward Knowles. At age 96, his passion and love for the promotion of The Bahamas could be felt through every word uttered in his acceptance speech. Sir Durward Knowles was a member of the sailing team that won the first Olympic Gold Medal for The Bahamas in 1964, where he exposed and introduced generations of Bahamians to the possibilities and promise of a world that offers the best of itself to those of us who dared to chase our dreams. His continued humanitarian efforts, even at this stage, continue to solidify his place in our hearts as an ICONIC Bahamian! Greatness never happens by accident or coincidence. Greatness comes only with the conscious effort to work harder, be stronger, be smarter, and to be more dedicated in an effort to manifest the highest and truest expression of our selves. I applaud the young visionary, Addis Huyler, and his dynamic team for recognizing the need to uplift and reward those who continue to make selfless contributions to the beautiful islands of The Bahamas. To sum it up, the event was simply Iconic. Sir Durward Knowles (left) Life Time Achievement Honorary.
Dr. Sandra Dean Patterson- winner of the Humanitarianism award
Pauline Davis-Thompson-Bahamian Gold Medalist
Lavado Stubbs - Entertainment Award
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The Grand Bahama Youth Chorale
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Kishan Munroe, winner of the Fine Arts award
Olivia Curry took home the Health Award.
Randy Butler winner of the Entreprenuership Award
Julien Believe - winner of the Music Award
Addis Huyler, Founder and Organizer
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Presenter Kedar Clarke and Donna Lee
Angelique Sabrina performs at Bahamian Icon Awards
Loretta Butler- Turner, Deputy Leader of the FNM
Rehanna Warren FOG Winner Photographer: Shoulan Carter
Nu Woman Magazine’s Selfie Winners During the summer months, Nu Woman Magazine conducted its first “Selfie Competition” and got a great response from its Facebook audience. We created three (3) categories: Ages 16-26, ages 27-37 and ages 38 Plus. The competition was open to both male and female and there was a selected winner from each. There was online voting which accounted for 50% of the votes as well as voting from three (3) judges which accounted for another 50%. The prize for the winner in each category was a feature in our magazine. We asked all three winners a series of questions and used a “selfie” image for the feature. We begin with Amie Baranda Bowe, our winner in the 38 Plus Category.
Amie Baranda-Bowe is from the Philippines but has made The Bahamas her second home and says that the “Selfie Competition” caught her interest. “I was curious to see how people would react to ‘selfie photos’ and thought perhaps I can learn a trick or two on how to take the best selfies through their comments.”
The contestants were asked to submit two shots, one with make-up and the other without, and Amy admits that she was quite comfortable without make-up. Here is Amie’s Q & A with Nu Woman below. Nu Woman: Did you think that you would win your category? Amie: Mmmm… that, I did not think about at all. It was more about sharing and hoping for some interaction like ‘what is the best make up trick for selfies’ and ‘how to find the right angle’’. ‘Do we really need a long hand?’ Questions along those lines. Nu Woman: What makes a woman beautiful? Amie: Her intention. Her innermost feelings. I believe that what you feel inside greatly reflects how we look on the outside. Nu Woman: How important is a woman’s appearance? Amie: Very important. Let’s face it, the reality is - the very first thing that is judged about us is our appearance. In this day and age we have access to a lot of things and access to a lot of information on how to look good. It is not that difficult to access. If a woman is limited with options, looking neat and clean does not cost much. Nu Woman: What builds character? Amie: Character is who you are. It is your moral or ethical strength and the description of your attributes, traits and abilities. What builds a character is your integrity, morality, principles, ability & beliefs.
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sions. Otherwise that’s no biggie to me. Nu Woman: What improvements can be made to the Selfie Competition? Amie: More promotion ahead of time. NW: Tell us a little about Amie. What do you enjoy doing in your down time? Amie: Every morning I wake up with that feeling of “needing to create”. So I bake and I design jewelry and purses and make a living out of it. I often do yoga to calm my always busy mind. One of my favorite quotes is by Albert Einstein, “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal. Not to people or things”. Another by Buddha, “ One is not low because of birth, nor does birth make one holy. Deeds alone make one low, deeds alone make one holy.”
Jayde Knowles Jayde Knowles, our winner in the age category 27-37, hails from Nassau, Bahamas. Jayde says she was excited as the prospect of a Nu Woman Selfie competition. “I decided to enter the Nu Woman selfie competition because I’ve always been a fan of Nu Woman Magazine. I respect the message that it promotes by building women in our very own country. I am also a strong believer of #SupportYourOwn.” Here is Jayde’s Q & A with Nu Woman Magazine. Nu Woman (NW): Were you comfortable taking the picture without make-up? Jayde: I was very comfortable taking pictures without makeup. I hardly ever wear makeup and when I do it’s mostly for special occa-
NW: Did you think that you would win your category? Jayde: I honestly didn’t think about it. I realized that there were some really beautiful women in my category from all over the Caribbean. It was a coin toss in my opinion. But I must admit I asked the ‘242’ (The Bahamas) to ‘stand up’ and they did. #ThanksForTheVotesGuys” NW: What makes a woman beautiful? Jayde: Character. The life she portrays and not the makeup she puts on her face. I find that at first glance we may refer to a woman as beautiful until she opens her mouth. If her spirit, her soul, her mentality is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside, then we reiterate how beautiful she really is. If she has a nasty attitude or personality, we no longer call her beautiful; she becomes a pretty face with an ugly soul. NW: How important is a woman’s appearance? Jayde: It depends on who is looking. An appearance at home differs from an appearance to the outside world. People have a perception of what a woman’s appearance ‘should’ be, but that shouldn’t be the case. The importance of a woman’s appearance should solely be based on the matter of respect. Once she is well put together, represents herself with respect and is comfortable in her own skin, then that’s all that should matter. NW: What builds character? Jayde: Character building begins from home. It’s the qualities that a person molds to their understanding of who they are. It defines you and guides your actions, hopefully in a positive way. If you keep telling a child they will be nothing in life, then their charac-
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ter will adapt to that saying and more often than not, will grow to be just that, nothing. But, on the flip side that person could be a strong individual who will fight to prove you wrong and build a character so dynamic that the only thing left to do is applaud them and speak existence into their life. It all starts from the home. Whether it’s that drive to succeed or that push to prove others wrong.
NW: What improvements can be made to the Selfie Competition?
20 year old Donika Redhead, our winner in the category 16-26, comes from the historical parish of St. Patrick’s and grew up in the village of Samaritan, home of many of the early indentured East Indian workers. However, she currently resides at the home of the shortnee- Chantimelle, also in historical St. Patrick’s. (She will celebrate her 21st birthday on November 24th)
Jayde: A little more promotion, as that would get more folks interested. Maybe a live remote. For example, set up in the mall and have persons do selfies on the spot and submit your application right there. Then if chosen they can submit a makeup photo for the second round. That way it’s a little more interaction with the contestants and live competition.
Donika attended Samaritan Presbyterian Pre & Primary School respectively. She later graduated Mac Donald College (secondary school) and then proceeded to T.A. Marryshow Community College where she received an Associate’s Degree in Food and Beverage Management.
NW: Tell us a little about yourself, your hobbies, goals, favorite quotes etc. Jayde: I am a 28 year old new mom to a 6-month old baby girl. This has become my absolute favorite job in the world. I am employed at BTC (everyday) working in Enterprise Sales, and I am also the former ‘BTC Star Employee’ for the past year. I love sports. Currently I play flag football with the Pink Foxes (3x defending Champions) and Soccer with the Cavalier football club (defending Champs). I’ve also been a youth soccer coach for the past 12 years. My favorite foods are bacon (don’t judge me) lol and pizza .... However I am a workout junkie (ironic isn’t it)!!! I love to read and I love public speaking, hence my law degree and I am currently finishing Bar School. Favorite Quote - “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” - Wil-
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Her hobbies include reading, listening to Caribbean music, learning new things, recreational and social activities and drawing. Donika describes herself as a ‘smart, intelligent, outgoing, well-mannered, and well-spoken young lady who aspires to be an ambassador for her community, parish and country’. Donika’s Q & A with Nu Woman magazine. Nu Woman: What do you think makes a woman beautiful? Donika: Being a beautiful woman is not about wearing the latest fashion or wearing makeup but it’s about her resilience, her fun-loving spirit, her passionate and compassionate personality as well as her mind. Beauty isn’t about looking perfect- it’s about being yourself and we women don’t need makeup to let our personality come across. NW: Did you think that you would win your category? Donika: Entering the competition, I was not confident that I would win my category, but when people started “liking” my photo on
Facebook, it boosted my confidence. NW: Were you comfortable taking the picture without make-up? Donika: Yes I was more than comfortable taking pictures without makeup because as I see it, with or without makeup I AM BEAUTIFUL. NW: What prompted you to enter the Nu Woman Selfie Competition? Donika: I saw this competition as a stepping-stone towards my future plans of being in the modeling and fashion industries. I want to be featured on a magazine someday soon, as being a woman who motivates young girls throughout many societies. NW: What improvements can be made to the Selfie Competition? D: I think the ‘Selfie Competition’ is excellent the way it is now, but maybe the judges can make contestants aware of exactly how and what they will be judged on.
NW: What builds character? D: Character is power. However to build character one must have the following: self-control, self-respect, self-confidence, patience, faith, perseverance and moral discipline. NW: How important is a woman’s appearance? D: A woman’s appearance is only important to the woman if it allows her to boost her self-confidence and self-esteem, which will allow her to confidently show others who she is both intellectually and physically.
Caribbean Music, Model & Talent Showcase takes off A new and exciting talent-scouting event, which is specifically designed to bring global attention to the vast talent pool in the Caribbean dubbed, Music, Model & Talent Showcase of the Islands, (Island MMTS) makes its way to The Bahamas and the Caribbean region. CEO & Founder of Island MMTS, Pia T. Glover-Rolle is very excited to showcase the talent of the islands to the international scouts who will attend the event, which is slated for July 13-19, 2015 in Nassau, The Bahamas. She and her team across the region are working hard to ensure that as many talented locals as possible of the islands get an opportunity to audition for the top talent scouts and for a chance at what will be a life changing opportunity for all participants. Auditions around The Bahamas and the Caribbean started as of August 2014 and continue until February 2015. These auditions have attracted, and will continue to attract, talented male and female participants between the ages of 5 and 65. Island MMTS Regional Scouts are extremely excited to see what talent – models, actors, singers, songwriters and music producers – The Caribbean region has to offer. CEO & Founder of Island MMTS, Mrs. Pia T. Glover-Rolle, who is also President and Founder at PTG Marketing & Modeling Agency, hopes that all prospective participants continue to register early and reserve their space as competition is expected to be fierce throughout the region. Online registration is already well ahead of projections. Auditions throughout The Bahamas and the Caribbean are the prelude to the inaugural week-long conference scheduled for July 13 to 19, 2015, at the Meliá Nassau Beach Resort, which is located on the new multi-billion Bahamian Riviera at Baha Mar in Nassau, The Bahamas. The event is already buzzing in the ears of top international fashion and talent scouts, personal managers, casting directors, booking agents, record labels, modeling and talent agencies along with Grammy award-winning producers and songwriters, who will judge Island MMTS competitions and conduct seminars, while scouting new and unique talent in these respective areas. Additionally, agents from the US, Europe, South Africa, China and Canada will spend a week in The Bahamas scouting new talent from the participating Caribbean islands, offering contracts and representation opportunities. Many very recognizable names in the industry are already confirmed and excited to participate. There is great anticipation that the next big “star” will be discovered at Island MMTS 2015. Some 34 countries around the Caribbean are participating. These include: Anguilla, Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Croix, St. John, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Tortola, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, Grand Bahama, San Salvador, Cat Island, Bimini, Eleuthera, Abaco, Exuma and New Providence. Pia T. Glover-Rolle, who heads top Bahamian firm PTG Marketing and Modeling Agency, has a proven track record of success in modeling, talent development and placement within the industry, both locally and internationally. Island MMTS is being billed as a “one of a kind” event for the islands, and is the only modeling and talent showcase in the world specifically targeting the Caribbean market. Online registration is required. Visit website: http://www.islandmmts.com
Recent Auditions in Abaco and Nassau, Bahamas
Miss Bahamas Universe 2014 Highlights Bahamian Top Model, Tomicina â€˜Tomiiâ€™ Culmer of Grand Bahama, was crowned Miss Universe Bahamas during the pageant finale, which was held on August 3rd at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Is., Bahamas. In 2013 Tomii won Season 2 of the Campari Caribbean Poster Girl Search 2013, and has since been a busy model, walking at Islands of the World Fashion Week, as well as Caribbean International Fashion Week. 1st Runner-Up was Miss Universe New Providence Rokara Hepburn; 2nd Runner-Up was Miss Universe Long Island Ominique Burrows; and 3rd Runner-Up was Miss Universe Eleuthera Toni Bethel.
Left: Tomacina Culmer is crowned by Lexi Wilson. Right: 1st runner-up Rokara Hepburn.
Top left: Tomacina Culmer in evening gown. Top right: 3rd Runner-Up Miss Eleuthera Toni Bethel
2nd Runner-Up Miss Long Island Ominique Burrows. Bottom right: Tomacina and Rokara hold hands as they wait for the announcement of the winner.
Top left: Ominique Burrows Top right: Rokara Hepburn in swimsuit Bottom: Hosts Jerome Sawyer and Leslia Miller
Top left: Miss Paradise Island Diandra Brown Top right: Tomacina Culmer in swimwear
Jamaica: The Caribbean’s Fashion Mecca By Rane Rhoden
Fashion is subjective. Each designer has an interesting take on the pieces they design, which is born out of a thought. Jamaica is a beautiful island filled with great talent and now filled with fashionable people. Gone are the days when the typical Jamaican style was described as “simple” or “laid back”. Jamaicans have become more comfortable and confident when selecting outfits based on what they see in the media. In the past five (5) years, there has been a plethora of designers making their mark on the Fashion Industry both locally and internationally. Below are the hottest designers in Jamaica. Yahdie Conscious: This “urban-meets-classy” brand was the brain child of Jamaican designer, Jami “JB” Spence and Ms. Jaye back in 2004 when they were only 18. This innovative brand has grown from T-Shirts to Separate Pieces and most recently various collections. Yahdie Conscious caters to the woman who is not afraid to be edgy
and to exude sexiness, at the same time. Yahdie Conscious can be found in Kingston, Jamaica at Style Savvy Boutique located in 7th Avenue Plaza. Gregory Williams: This Mission Catwalk, Season 2 winner had the entire Jamaica in awe each week at his breath-taking designs. This “King of Couture” does not only know how to construct a top of the line garment but his execution is always flawless. This self-taught designer has been designing for over 5 years and sewing for over 2 years. According to Williams, his pieces are for the bold and powerful woman who is a leader in her own way. Gregory’s pieces are reminiscent to Alexander McQueen in terms of the imagination of each design. drennaLuna: No fashion show is truly complete until you see a drennaLuna design coming down the runway. This brand was founded in 2009 by Arlene Martin and features readyto-wear and custom designs for women. The drennaLuna woman is one who is ready to dress up an “everyday” outfit and take on her everyday tasks, all while looking chic! 64 nuwomanmagazine.com
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Carlton Brown: This international menswear designer is never seen without a tie of some form and a well-made suit. Carlton Brown has revolutionized the way men think about fashion and encourages them to take that bold step to ensure that their garments fit before stepping out. Carlton has showcased his impeccable pieces in fashion centrals like: London, Toronto and Miami Beach International Fashion Week.
Carlton is also one of the judges on the popular fashion series “Mission Catwalk” in Jamaica. Keneea Linton –George: This fashionista has made fashion a business in Jamaica and is a force to reckon with as she is deemed a triple threat; Designer, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. Keneea’s designs are described as regal, classic and modern. Keneea’s designs are influenced by cultural and lifestyle elements. Since emerging onto the fashion scene in 2005, her designs are clean-cut and sophisticated. She has also produced garments for Miss Universe (2005-2007) and Miss Jamaica World (2008 -2009), and have also been featured in Caribbean Fashion Week ( 2006 – 2008 ) and Caribbean Model Search St Lucia and Jamaica, just to name a few. In 2011, Keneea formalized and served as producer and host for Mission Catwalk, which features emerging designers from around the Caribbean. Jamaica is now one of the Caribbeans’s Fashion Meccas in the beautiful West Indies and is of course a melting pot of culture. Filled with extremely talented people who are looking to make a mark on the world, Jamaica is now taking the fashion world by storm!
“MAGIC CARNIVAL” GROUP “Magic Carnival Group is a company designed to provide a ‘paradise party experience’ in The Bahamas. ‘Magic’ is a wholly owned subsidiary of Magical Junkanoo Studios. Magical Junkanoo Studios was formed in 2008 by Mr. Darren Wright to create a venue to provide quality Junkanoo products and souvenirs. Mr Wright has nearly forty (40) years experience in costume design and construction. The formation of the new Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival has provided the studio with the opportunity to fuse carnival and Junkanoo’s unique designs. This format makes our company a standout at the inaugural carnival event. For a view of our costumes and prices please like us on Facebook at ‘Magic Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival’ - https://www.facebook.com/magicbahcarnival or contact us at: (242) 425-7540 or (242) 698-5543 for further information.” “African Royalty” is Magic’s theme (designs displayed in costumes) for the upcoming Bahamas Carnival 2015.
From left to right: â€˜Magicâ€™ dancer/model, Prime Minister of the Bahamas, The Right Honourable Perry Christie and Darren Wright, founder of Magic Carnival Group and Magical Junkanoo Studios.
This issue is all about Fashion and we cover Caribbean New York Fashion Week, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid, Islands of the World Fashio...