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ON THE COVER On the cover- Tara Edward Miss St. Lucia 2012-2013 Credits : Photographer: Barry Williams Photographer’s assistant: Dalton Maxwell Make-up: Tara Edward Swimsuit: Kooey Swimwear, Australia. Styling: Delia Louis & Barry Williams Cover Design: Amelia J. Amoury Shot on location in St. Lucia.


PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Erica Meus Saunders CREATIVE DIRECTOR Barry Williams COPY EDITOR Tanya Simmons Assistant Copy Editor Nasia Colebrooke CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Erica Meus-Saunders Latha Jayakumar Johnnell Adderley Ontahya Ross

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Barry Williams David Wears Tim Allen Yu Nguyen Erica Meus Saunders GRAPHIC DESIGN Amelia J Amoury Erica Meus-Saunders Barry Williams MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION Email: OR Tel: (242) 676-7908 NU WOMAN MAGAZINE is printed four times a year. PUBLISHED BY NU WOMAN LTD Freddie Munnings Manor P.O. Box CB 13236 Nassau, Bahamas Web: Š 2013 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.






9. Publisher’s Note 10. Contributors

NU PROFILES 12. Delia Louis 24. Tara Edward, Miss St. Lucia. 36. Dana Ferguson‘Daring to Dream the Impossible Dream’.

FEATURES 14. National Casino and Bartending School 16. Exploring St. LuciaThe Nu Woman Team visits St. Lucia during the Jazz & Arts Festival, while also getting a chance to experience the sights, sounds and all that St. Lucia has to offer. 44. Joann Callender- Soloist, Composer, Visionary Bahamian woman. 56. Vincent Mc Doom- Creative Director, Actor, Television Presenter and Fashionista.



CONTENTS Relationships/Real Life 26. The Infamous 5 Ontahya Ross gives us 5 key points that men are looking for in a relationship.

Nu SUMMER FASHION 28. Animal Siam Collection featuring Belouka. Creative Director Barry Williams travels to Cap-Haitien, Haiti, to photograph Michel Chataigne’s Animal Siam collection. 38. Tobago Fashion WeekendPhotography by David Wears. 50. DKLYPSE CollectionFormerly known as ‘Dad-Dae’ Inc. is a newly, revamped company featuring a new swimsuit line that includes styles to fit women of all sizes.




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55. Get Your Yoga On Experience Yoga in Times Square with Latha Jayakumar.



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Summer is here and already the temperature is steaming hot, and so is this issue - from Hot Couture in St. Lucia to Tobago Fashion Weekend with photographer David Wears and then on to Dklypse Summer Fashions. Our summer issue is taking you around the Caribbean, from the tastes and sounds of St. Lucia, to Trinidad and Tobago and on to Haiti, where Creative Director Barry Williams travels to photograph model Belouka Almonacy for designer Michel Chataigne’s Animal Siam Collection. The excitement began early in the year when the Nu Woman team traveled to St. Lucia for an all out tour during the St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival which included meeting and working with the editor of Moi magazine Delia Louis and ended with a cover shoot and interview with Miss St. Lucia Tara Edward. This issue is called the Fashion Issue and who better to talk to than Mr. Vincent Mc Doom a native of St. Lucia, living and working in Paris. Vincent talks about everything from his pet peeves to his glamorous lifestyle in Paris and working along with top designers such as Marc Jacobs to what his dreams are for the Caribbean and building a cultural bridge in fashion. We get summer workout tips from Club One Fitness Centre and experience Yoga in Times Square with Latha Jayakumar who has recently joined our list of contributors. Our resident relationships contributor Ontahya gives us some quick pointers on what men require - The Infamous 5, and then it’s on to interviews with Bahamian icon Joann Callender and actress Dana Ferguson. More exciting news… Nu Woman Magazine will be going fully digital come January 2014 and we are giving previews of our digital issues via our facebook page, (you can follow us on Issuu to receive free digital copies) and our website, where you can sign up to our newsletter and receive FREE digital issues. Be sure to check us out on the web and download our Digital Media Kit to begin your digital advertisements as early as fall of this year. Some exciting times are ahead for Nu Woman, and we are thankful to you - our fans, sponsors, supporters and to our growing social network. So enjoy this issue and be sure to send feedback! Your comments and critiques could be posted in the next issue. Send feedback to: or Enjoy! Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

Erica Meus-Saunders


Contributors Barry


Shooting cover and fashion for this issue was a nice experience spread across two Caribbean regions- St. Lucia and Haiti. These shoots incorporated the natural landscapes of those places and a more simplistic style of shooting than I’m ordinarily use to. But an overall great experience.

Barry is Nu Woman’s Creative Director. Contacts: M: 431-7678 Website:




Heike Wollenweber is a publicist, journalist and radio personality based in Kingston, Jamaica and Miami. As a graduate from London Metropolitan University Heike started her company Axe-s Media in 2006 and has been primarily working in music and fashion, adding fine art to her portfolio more recently. Heike currently represents various Jamaican and Bahamian musical artistes internationally and her radio show All Axe-s is on air in the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos as well as online and on iTunes.

Latha Jayakumar – is a writer & life enthusiast based in New York, NY. She fell in love with The Bahamas while attending medical school there; although her career path changed she remains an ‘island girl’ at heart. Her quest for knowledge & fascination of the world has brought her through various continents and through various fields. Her dynamic character has landed her a smorgasbord of projects, everything ranging from top fashion shows to the data systems of NYC’s government website.

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Dwayne Delancy

Seasoned photographer, Dwayne Delancy plays a big role in the publication of these issues. Dwayne has photographed a few covers for Nu Woman and has added his unique style. Dwayne has covered events from Islands of The World Fashion Week and Bahamas International Film Festival to the Miss Universe Pageant. He has also contributed in the ‘Nu Face Model Search Season 2 and photographed Miss Bahamas Universe 2011 contestants. (Photography & Vintage R&B Music Tel: 424-6067)

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 •


Tanya P.



21-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”. Nasia has recently earned the title of Assistant Copy Editor

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

Ontahya Ross

Ontahya is freelance writer, entrepreneur, and author. Lover of life, positivity, and growth Ontahya penned the book In Between My Legs. She has written several articles for Nu Woman Magazine. She is also the owner of Ontahya is currently working on her second book and expanding her brand.

Website: www.inspirational-life. com Facebook: ontahya Email:




elia Louis, creator and editor of two magazines, namely: Moi - a Caribbean hairstyle and beauty magazine and The Lunch Table - a magazine/newsletter which is geared towards getting secondary school students interested in reading and writing again, is also the producer of a few television programs and soon-to-be short films. However, along with all these projects, Delia’s most prized role is being a mother to her 3 year old son, who always remains her pride and joy. And she has all of these under her belt at the young age of 27. Delia was also instrumental in assisting the Nu Woman Team while in St. Lucia and we had some time to sit and talk with this young entrepreneur on one of our breaks between photo shoots and recordings. NW: Let’s talk about the magazine. What prompted you to start it?? Delia: In 2006 I started a business. It was called Blue Ice Entertainment. It’s a youth business, run by youth for the youth. And I said to myself, “We have no local hair magazines. We have no magazine in the Caribbean dealing with hair, cosmetology, nails or anything to represent our Caribbean culture and our Caribbean style in terms of how we dress, how we do our hair and our makeup.” So, I’m thinking, Why don’t we have anything to look up to in that regard? Everything we get is from the US, the UK or Canada.” So, I decided to call up hairdressers around the Caribbean, just as I’d take my phone and make calls frantically. I was new in business and I asked whether they would be interested in such a magazine and the response was quite good actually. I decided that I was going to do a hairstyle magazine, but it never happened, so, I had to put it on the back-burner. Then, I went to work in mainstream media to get a little bit more experience and meet a few people.

Creole culture.

I did that for 5 years and in 2012, I decided it was time. I would either do it now or not at all.

NW: So how do you balance running two magazines, being in entertainment and raising a young child? Delia: Oh, I don’t balance it (laughter); I don’t balance it. I just try to manage my time as best as I can. I have my time for my son and I have my time for my business. It’s very difficult but sometimes, I would be looking at a magazine and my son would come and grab a copy, forcing me to put it down. He demands his time and he gets his time. But, it’s a bit difficult balancing two magazines, having a family, trying to figure out where you want to be in life and getting there. It’s all a bit of a struggle.

I jumped into it and I got a very good response from the local cosmetologists. I also got a lot of models on board, along with a photographer who happens to be my photographer, Lester Daniel of Movie Link Entertainment. He, along with everybody else, loved the idea because they had never seen it before. I designed it and the first issue was out. It was actually easier than I thought.

NW: How are the magazines received in St. Lucia? Delia: Well, being that the second one, the school magazine just launched, the children love the idea, but right now I’m unable to see whether or not it will be a good seller. But the hair magazine is getting a lot of good reviews so, I know that is something I should begin to take to the next level.

For our second issue, which was launched last year October to commemorate our Creole Day, we had a reality show called the New Face of Moi to find our cover girl. We had four shows. Each episode had a different challenge and we would eliminate one contestant at the end of each episode Then, we received the winner and she was on the cover. The entire magazine was Creole-themed. You would see our Madras on most of the pages, which also correlated with our

NW: So what about advertisement? How has it been for you? I know sometimes you start out and it’s tough, so what has that experience been like for you? Delia: Advertisement has been slow because for anything that’s new people like to see the track record to see how things are going before they actually endorse it. Being a young woman and a newcomer, a lot of people might not know me and this is one of my


biggest challenges when it comes to networking. This is something that I have to work on, so, getting the big advertisements is a bit tough. I guess I’ll have to make a name for myself first. But, the hair magazine is being well received by hairdressers and salons. They are seeing it as a way for them to portray their art. It’s something where they can get exposure. Also, the models, photographers and everyone else like the idea, , and are all seeing it as a way to get exposure. NW: Are there many other magazines in St. Lucia of this nature? I know about SHE magazine. Delia: Well Moi is a hairstyle and beauty magazine and it is the only one. But there are many other magazines in St. Lucia; probably about 11 or 12. Most of them deal with lifestyle, though they do touch on beauty and hairstyle. But, they are more about lifestyle rather than hair and beauty. NW: So where did you learn media and editing? Delia: I didn’t learn it in school at all. I did media after I left school. I did a diploma in media. I’m looking to get my Bachelor’s in media. NW: Can you do it here? Delia: There are media courses here, but I plan to pursue my degree away. NW: So where do you see yourself and your business in the next few years? Delia: My next step is to go regional, in terms of the Caribbean region and when I cross that threshold it will open many doors in terms of the international market. I do have a few publications in America and the UK, but nothing on a large scale and it’s because of people I know who took it overseas. But when I go regional it will open many doors for me in terms of distribution to local outlets as well as advertisers coming on board. NW: So tell me about the school issue. How did you come up with this idea? Delia: The Lunch Table, which is a secondary school newsletter, is an idea that I’ve had for a while. It’s a little tool to get students back into reading and writing because they tended to have strayed away from these, due to all the social media and the quick texting, and so on. NW: Would you say that your son had something to do with this? Delia: No. I had this idea even before I had a child. It’s a form of networking for the schools so that they can know what’s happening in the other schools. Just a little connection between the schools. NW: Have you been getting much feedback on this from the schools? Delia: Yes, actually. The students love the idea. They want to participate sending in their pictures, articles, and poems. NW: So how is this for you financially? Delia: First of all, the funds from my first magazine came from my personal savings. For my second magazine, I got an investor, who is a friend of mine, but the funds basically come from my pocket. It’s very difficult to get funding, grants or loans in St. Lucia. Loans are almost non-existent because you need to have a lot of land or money on the side. As a young person, up and coming, you really don’t have a lot unless you are from a rich family. It’s very difficult to start, so the funds had to come from my pocket. NW: So what keeps you motivated? Delia: My love for media, arts and 13

entertainment. I don’t want to be working in an office behind a computer desk for the rest of my life in a boring job (laughter). If I’m behind a computer I want to be designing something or writing something. I want to be my own person, to be able to express myself and to determine my own hours, although, when you’re self-employed, you really have no set hours; you work 24/7 at something. I want to invest in myself now, so later on I can sit back, relax and enjoy! NW: Well congratulations on your two publications and I’m looking for more from Moi. Delia: Thank you!

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Nu Woman Magazine is on a mission this year to cover everything Caribbean. First of these adventures is our recent trip to St. Lucia. St. Lucia has long been described as the “Helen of the West Indies” comparing the island to the Helen of Troy. The Nu Woman team travelled to St. Lucia in the heart of the Jazz and Arts Festival to do few of several things: photo shoot, video recordings for the upcoming Nu Woman TV and yes, to explore. See the recap of trip below. You can also read the Editor’s Blog- http://nuwomaneditorsblog.wordpress. com/

And Away We Go... Finally we are on our way to St. Lucia! The day began early: 4:15am! I was dressed and headed to the airport to catch the first flight (6:45am) on Bahamasair. On the way, I phoned the photographer/ videographer to make sure he was also on his way.

Landing in MIA, airplanes on Tarmac, departure board

The first flight left a few minutes late and we arrived in Miami around 8:11am. The connecting flight to St. Lucia would leave 10:15am so we had a little time. After collecting luggage we made our way to American Airlines check-in. No one traveling had e-passports so we had to tow the line to check-in. It was 8:50 when we joined the line and there were several persons ahead of us. A little bit of panic was beginning to set in. Now checked in, we moved towards the departure gate to clear customs and immigration, with one or two wrong stops. Our ticket read ‘Gate E5’, but there were apparently several versions of this. Finally we were checked in at the correct gate and were soon after boarding the flight to Vieux Fort, St. Lucia. After another delay, this time on the runway, we were in the air, with a flying time to St. Lucia of about 3 hours and 10 minutes. The 757 landed on the airport in St. Lucia just before 4pm, and despite the long morning of travel I felt the excitement creeping in. Again, more customs to clear. We were met with a bit of surprise here; there was a special line for residents/nationals of Caricom. So this process went quickly as there were only two other persons ahead of us.

Photos (here) taken by Editor, taken en route to St. Lucia via Samsung smartphone

Finding a taxi to take us to our hotel proved to be a bit of a challenge as there were several prices for this hour and a half drive such as, $80 US, $75 US, $100 US. *Please note: in St. Lucia the currency is Eastern Caribbean Dollars with an exchange rate of 2.7 to 1. For every US 17

dollar we get 2.7 in Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollars. At hotels, local stores and in the market. *Note: When catching a cab etc., agree on your fee in US or EC dollars prior to leaving. Finally we decided on the $75 US price and took off with our cab driver Lammie, who proved to be quite the tour guide. He made several stops along the route to allow us to take pictures and even did an interview. Right : Lammie St. Croix , our cab driver from the airport. We arrived at Harmony Suites in Rodney Bay and after checking in rested for an hour before exploring the property. On further exploration we discovered a beautiful restaurant on the waterfront that served everything from Sushi to Lamb. This would be our first stop.

After the short rest, we touched bases with key persons in St. Lucia and around 7pm visited The Edge restaurant. The food was great and we even had an opportunity to talk with the chef (look for the video in our coverage of St. Lucia Jazz festival on Nu Woman TV). After dinner we took a late walk around the Rodney Bay area. Live music and activities were everywhere. The night ended with live Jazz music from Fire Grill.

Day 2 Today we (Barry, his St. Lucian contact and I) had planned a photo shoot but somehow things did not fall into place, so we decided to walk around town and gain some footage on the happenings, instead. We would also meet up with Delia (editor of a local magazine there- Moi, and our assistant in St. Lucia) who was helping us arrange some events for Friday.


First things first, we needed to change some US dollars into the local currency (to make shopping around a bit easier) and we also needed to get a local number (SIMM card) for one of the telephone providers on the island. So we headed to the mall. We stopped at the bank on the way to the mall and exchanged funds at a rate of 2.67. This was pretty reasonable, as the rates were slightly lower when shopping in stores, etc... Soon after, we entered the mall area in search of a local phone card. We ended up in Digicel and bought two new cards at 15 EC (Eastern Caribbean dollars) each. They came with minutes, but we decided to add a few more. While moving around town, we noticed the unique names that people had. For example, the names of two assistants in Digicel - “Charms” and “Surewinner” and several other very unique names of people that we encountered. Just before we entered Digicel we ran into persons from a local TV station called Helen Television System (HTS) and they asked us if we were willing to talk to them about our St. Lucia experience. Of course we agreed! It was a perfect opportunity to talk about the magazine. We even gave Camillus (sales manager) a copy of the magazine and promised him to look for the interview that would run later that evening or the next day. Soon after, Barry and I decided on brunch as we had missed breakfast. I checked with Delia who was to meet us shortly at the mall. Delia showed up in good time and we sat down to discuss events of the upcoming day. While making plans, she mentioned that “Miss St. Lucia” worked at the beauty store downstairs and asked if we wanted to interview her. We readily agreed and a few minutes after lunch, did a quick interview with her.

The days had not been a complete wash, and after dinner we ended up at another concert at the mall.

Day 3 Day three began early. The Nu Woman team met up with the St. Lucian team then we all hit the road. Our first stop was Chef Robby at Caribbean Pirates restaurant in La Place Carenage overlooking Castries Harbour. Chef Robby discussed how he got started, telling us a little about the history of the place and what was offered. He talked about a delicacy called ‘Lambi’, what we call ‘conch’ at home and the various ways it can

Publisher with Chef Robby of Caribbean Pirates.


be prepared. Then it was on to the Castries Central Market, to get an interview with Ras Peter Isaac -- IPA President of the Dry Goods and Craft Vendors Association. There were many similarities between the Castries Central Market and the Straw Market at home. However, there were three (3) markets here. The one that attracted my attention most, was an outdoor market with fresh fruits, vegetables and meats.

We were soon back on the road headed west to the Sulphur Springs. There were a few more stops along the way: Plas Cassav, various view points (*among my favourite was the view of the fishing villages), then the imposing and towering twin peaks of Pitons which thrust up from the water to heights of over half a mile.


Publisher with Peter Isaac- Ipa president at Castries Central market.

I particularly enjoyed *Plas Cassav. Here I had an opportunity to stir the dried Cassava in a Platin (huge cast iron bowl) kiln. This is a process used to make Farin Flour. Then it was on to The Sulphur Springs where we were treated to a tour and history lesson. A few of the team members got an ‘up close and personal’ view of the famed “mud baths”. **Note: The Pitons and the Sulphur Springs- the Caribbean’s only drive-in volcano, are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, designated for its geological importance. They tell the story of the creation of the Caribbean basin. All in all, it was a full day, and after hours of being on the road we headed back to the hotel to regroup and prepare for the next day. We stopped on the way back at a local food stall on the hillside and

Below: Cutting Cassava Bread at Plas Kasav. Right: Stirring Farin Flour


tasted some of the local dishes. Right: Food vendor on the hillside near Soufriere. Bottom right: Erica Meus-Saunders (Nu Woman’s editor), Tara Edward & Delia Louis (editor of Moi Magazine).

Day 4 Our photo shoot that was delayed was finally underway. The team: Barry Williams (photographer/creative director), Delia Louis and Dalton Maxwell (photographer’s assistant) and I, met up with Tara Edwards, Miss St. Lucia (and St. Lucia’s representative for Miss Universe) at our hotel to go over various looks. After our discussion, we made a quick stop to the JQ Mall to pick up a few much needed items and Barry decided to throw something interesting into the mix. We then headed to The Ramp, a beach near our hotel, where the shoot would take place. We arrived around 10am and covered many different locations on the beach. There was a small delay from rain that lasted only a few minutes, but for the most part the shoot went smoothly. * Summer cover model- Tara Edward. After a few hours of intense work we called it a day. The rest of the evening was spent enjoying the beauty and ‘all that Jazz’ in St. Lucia! We encountered one of the local steel pan bands later that evening playing at Bay Walk Mall. Also on the list of meetings was one with a Jackson 5, Jermaine Jackson. The Jackson 5 played at Pigeon Island during the Jazz Festival. All in all, St. Lucia was a refreshing Caribbean adventure! The friendliness of the locals and extraordinary hospitality was a welcomed surprise! Look for full details on Nu Woman TV coming in late summer! For updates, follow the blog- and subscribe to our newsletter.


Left: High school steelpan band performs at Bay Walk Mall. Right: Editor with Jermaine Jackson.

Jazz at Fire Grill in St. Lucia during the St. Lucia Jazz and Art Festival


TARA EDWARD Miss St. Lucia 2012 & St. Lucia’s M is s Universe Representative P h o t o g r a p h y. B a r r y W i l l i a m s .


On our second day in St. Lucia the Nu Woman team ran into Tara Edward, or rather, was introduced to Tara through Delia Louis. Tara was very gracious and talked openly about her Miss Universe experience and what she was currently up to. NW: So how was your Miss Universe experience? Tara: It was a big change for me, I could say. Coming from a very small island and having that opportunity to represent the country on such a level, in such a high pageant. It was such an honour for me, although I had some difficulty due to the weather. I’m from the islands and I’m used to the sun. I think that was the only problem I had. I am very used to being on my own, I’m that kind of person. I’m very reserved and I can handle things on my own. It was not a problem for me getting to know the various girls and the different cultures. It was a very good experience and I would encourage anyone to participate and take the chance in representing their country.

industry. I think they were trying something different. But apart from that I think everybody did very well and together they worked very hard, especially Vincent Mc Doom. He worked very hard to put it all together. We had six weeks of training and that was a little difficult. I have been modeling for a while but I still had to make some corrections to my walk, not major but a little. Getting constructive criticism just makes you a better person and that will help you go further. NW: What are you doing now? Tara: Right now I’m just working as a skin technician and a makeup artist and I’m also going to school. NW: What are you studying? Tara: I’m studying Travel and Tourism Management. Because I think it’s a very good field to be in, especially being in the Caribbean and linked to the fact that Tourism is one of our major sources of income.

NW: Was there any preparation leading up to the Miss Universe? Tara: My preparation was very short but I did have some experience with modeling and being a model in St. Lucia. I think that gave me a little boost to go to Miss Universe, but apart from that, there was not much preparation. I changed my diet. Now, it’s a little healthier (I used to eat anything), but that was about it.

NW: What is a normal day like for you? Tara: Well it really depends on what job you have and what kind of person you are. But for most persons it’s just work and I think a lot of young women are getting educated and going to school. NW: How old are you? Tara: I am 25 years old.

NW: Did you happen to meet Miss Bahamas? Tara: I did happen to meet Miss Bahamas. She is a lovely person.

NW: Still young. Tara: They always think I’m 20.

NW: You just participated in a show here called Hot Couture. What was that like? Tara: It was a very good experience. It was very different from the fashion shows we have had before in that this has been the biggest one so far and I think we made a very good impression on St. Lucian models and on St. Lucia. Although, there was some difficulty and disagreement with the part where some of the guys wore lipstick (laughter).

NW: You were telling me about everyday life... Tara: A normal day, I would work 9 to 5 or 12pm to 8pm, and when I’m not at work I usually stay home. Then, I’m going to classes in the evening and when I’m not

The experienec gave me another outlook on life. There is so much the world has to offer and being back home you don’t really see this, but when you go out into the world, you can see how much potential you really have and where you can go in your life by just really taking one trip.

NW: I saw that (more laughter) Tara: But you have to understand the fashion

doing any of that I’m actually on the beach with my boyfriend or online chatting with my friends. NW: So where do you see yourself in the next 2, 3, 4 years? Tara: Well I definitely want to be out of St. Lucia. I want to be someone where I can actually grow, as I think staying home is not good enough for me. So, I see myself having my degree and probably working as a model in the US or Europe and if that doesn’t work out, I’ll be a makeup artist. NW: Okay sounds good, I wish you all the best. Tara: Thank you. NW: And I’m excited that you are going to

shoot with us. Tara: I’m excited too. I’m looking forward to that.


THE INFAMOUS 5 By Ontahya Ross

Five things every man wants in a woman, that is.

All men are different, but there are five core things that every man wants and needs from his potential spouse. Let’s start at the top of the list with,

1- LOYALTY. This is a biggie, and way bigger than one person being faithful to another. It’s feeling like no matter what, the person you’re with has your back. A man needs to feel that no matter what, you will always be by his side, even when he messes up. He needs to feel that he can trust you. While it’s okay to be loyal, be sure not to let your loyalty become your prison. Stick by his side but never become the FOOL by his side. Which leads me into point number 2,

STABILITY As women look for stability, so do men. There is nothing wrong with wanting a man with his own. His own car, his own home and nice paying job, but a man with his own also wants a woman with her own. If he feels the only reason you are with him is for financial gain, that will deter him from wanting to build a meaningful relationship. A real man supports his lady, but needs to feel and know that she can support herself as well.

lastly, but not least bring on the sexy! With the mundane day to day activities we can tend to let ourselves go. Every once in a while show him the sexy beautiful woman he fell in love with. Don’t be stingy with the lovin’. If you enjoy certain activities in the bedroom what makes you think he doesn’t? “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou

And at the number 5 spot is SUPPORT When we think of supporting a man we tend to “baby” him rather than actually supporting him. Learn to let him be the man. Letting him be the man and allowing him to take the lead doesn’t distract from your value or the importance of the role you play in his life. Be his backbone and support him. You play a pretty important role, because without a backbone he can’t stand! As his woman you have the power to make him feel like he IS the man, like he is King Kong and like he can take over the world. Yet, as the woman, you also have the power to make him feel exactly the opposite by constantly criticizing all of his mistakes. Learn how to be his refuge from the world instead of his headache. The world is full of problems already, don’t become just another problem. Be emotionally mature. He cannot get the support he needs if he’s constantly comforting and supporting you. Control your emotions, don’t let your emotions control you. Nothing is more powerful than a woman who is in control of her emotions.

Point number 3 is,

RESPECT Respect is a two way street and is required from both parties. Respect is the number one must have. A man MUST feel that you respect him, his feelings, his opinions, and him as a man. There is no chance of building a strong relationship if the man does not feel respected. Show respect with what you say, how you say it and when you choose to say it. Show respect with what you do, and how you do it. Be quick to acknowledge what he does right and slow to criticize what he does wrong. Work it out or else, walk it out.

At number 4 is SEX. Sex is vital to a relationship. Sometimes we as women tend to use sex as a weapon. This is a big NO-NO! Men don’t want to feel like they are being manipulated, especially not by their partner and especially not with sex. Using what’s between your legs to get what you want is a sure way to build resentment and a quick way to end a relationship. One, don’t nag him and intentionally start an argument to avoid having sex. Two, don’t withhold sex until he does what you want him to do. And 26

Ladies, none of these values are a one way street. Women want and need respect, loyalty, support, stability and yes sex. In the midst of it all, men and women have a different set of views and needs when it comes to relationships. Don’t take my word for it. Talk to the men in your life. Whether it’s your husband, dad, uncle or another close male figure and get their perspective on what a man truly wants from a woman, and really take the time to listen. Always coming from a place of love, ~Life Lessons

-Ontahya Ross Ontahya is an entrepreneur, and an upcoming author of the forthcoming novel, Between My Legs one woman’s story of how learning to love one’s self comes at one hell of a price. Follow her at on Twitter: @OntahyaRoss as well as

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Dana Ferguson

“Daring to Dream the Impossible Dream” By Johnnel Adderley Photography. Scharad Lightbourne

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honour your calling. It’s why you were born and how you become most truly alive” - Oprah Winfrey. You may recognize this lovely lady from those popular Cable Bahamas Limited HD Commercials as “Kelly”, but Dana Ferguson is one of my dearest friends and one of the sweetest people I know. In all the years I’ve known her, she has always had a passion for acting and performing. She was bold enough to dream the impossible dream and has stopped at nothing to fulfill this dream of becoming an actress. Now, Dana is an accomplished Theatre, Film and Television Actress. She recently presented a Television Special about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones for Cable Bahamas Limited and HBO Latin America, so I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to catch up with Dana before her schedule becomes hectic again. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to meet up with her before she had to head back to New York, so we had to do the interview through e-mail.

Johnnel: I watched the Game of Thrones Special you co-hosted with Matthew Wildgoose and it was fantastic. How did that opportunity come about? Dana: Thanks very much! I had done a series of commercials for Cable Bahamas with Matthew as my “TV husband” and they were brilliant! So when they asked if I would like to co-host the Game of Thrones special, I jumped at the opportunity. Johnnel: Will presenting be something you might pursue in the future? Dana: The team at Cable Bahamas and Keen i Media are wonderful, and partnering with Matthew on projects never feels like work! I thoroughly enjoyed hosting the segment and would welcome the opportunity to host or present in the future. Johnnel: Where did your passion of performing come from? Dana: I have enjoyed performing as far back as I can recall. Participating in school plays and church productions, improvising in my grandfather’s living room or the backyard, performing in dance recitals or productions at the Dundas - I took my “play time” very seriously as a kid! Johnnel: What are your fondest memories studying at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School? Dana: I honestly don’t think it would have been quite so memorable were it not for my classmates. Like me, they travelled a far distance to study the classics. Sharing a room with like-minded people, who were equally excited about learning, and about creating and realizing the magic behind the craft, shows how something about that energy is indescribably awesome. Johnnel: Your first professional role was playing the lead in Robin Belfield ‘s highly acclaimed play, Dat Bahamian T’ing. You toured throughout Britain and then it was revived as part of the Shakespeare in Paradise Festival. What were your fondest memories about that experience?


Dana: If someone had told me beforehand that my first professional gig in Britain would be to play a Bahamian, I would have laughed right out the door! Dat Bahamian T’ing was based on the director’s father’s experiences as a missionary stationed in the Bahamas and you cannot believe how humbling it was to tell that story. Then, to have it received so warmly by British audiences! And then to be able to perform the story on home soil and have the same reception?!? Fantastic!! Johnnel: You’re now studying at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. What made you decide to move to New York? And what is like living in such an amazing city? Dana: I had always wanted to study in NY at some point in my life

and had heard lots of wonderful things about the NYCDA so, I decided to pursue Film and TV Studies there. New York is a bright, vibrant, dramatic place. There is always something to do or see, someplace new to explore, something new to try. It is great fodder for actors because it gives you so much material to draw from and use in performances. Johnnel: What was your family’s reaction when you told them you wanted to continue with acting instead of practicing Law? Dana: I am an actress. I have been blessed with a sensational support system. Not only do I have incredibly supportive parents and siblings, but my extended family and my church families are also invested in my acting dreams. But my folks are practical people who saw the need for me to have a fall back plan in the event acting didn’t work out. I certainly have had occasions to use my legal skills in this entertainment field! Johnnel: What are your goals for the future? Dana: New York has some great stage productions so my eyes are open to those opportunities. Getting a role on a TV show or in a commercial or two wouldn’t be so bad either! And I’d like to explore other hosting opportunities and get in to voice overs as well. As far as the immediate future goes, I’d like to complete my screenplay in the coming months and make some headway with a pilot idea that some friends of mine and I are developing. I’m just open to all possibilities!! Johnnel: What advice would you give to aspiring young Bahamian actors/actresses? Dana: Train! Train! Train! If you are serious I would encourage you to study with accomplished instructors who will genuinely nurture your craft. Acting is a marathon, not a sprint. Be prepared to hear 19 people tell you “No” before you get a “Yes”. And understand that it’s really nothing personal about that “No”. Be polite to EVERYONE!!!! Exercise good judgment and always have good manners. Photo credits: Photographer Tim Aylen, from Crazy Love (a film by Clarence Rolle).


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JOANN CALLENDER Soloist Composer Visionary Bahamian Woman


think it’s important for us to lay the foundation of who our people are and who the father’s of culture in the nation are. Because in the future, as a result of all the other nationalities that are, and will be, fusing with the Bahamians in forty years, being a Bahamian is going to be totally different

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oann has been performing since the early age of three, but says she did her first musical composition at the age of two. She has been performing recitals of Bahamian composed songs for over a decade. Nu Woman met up with her about a week before her concert called, “A Celebration of Bahamian Composer” scheduled June 15th at Christ Church Cathedral on George Street. Joann spoke on numerous things from memories of her childhood performing for Timothy Gibson and her ongoing documentary on Timothy Gibson, to her travels around the globe, along with her upcoming concert.

Her earliest memories... I started composing at two years old. My mom would walk around the house and she said she would hear me cooing about things she never heard before. So my mom bought an old recorder and microphone and started recording me when I would sing and I would stop when she began recording. So she was never able to record anything but she said that she knew that there was a composition at the age of two. She taught my sister and I the entire song for “When Mothers of Salem”, and we sang that song at three years old. I remember we would practice looking at each other so that we would not get nervous and that’s what we did when we got on stage; continued looking at each other while singing “Mothers of Salem”. At one point during the song, my sister started singing faster, and I started singing faster and I knew we were going too fast but we kept it up. I distinctly remember looking into my twin sister’s eyes and focusing on a dot (mark) in one of her eyes so that I could stay calm. When we got to the end of that song the crowd roared! I still remember the moment. That was my first on-stage appearance.

Joann describes her fondest memories of Timothy Gibson, admitting, “I remember as a child I would dress up and go to see Mr. Gibson who was considered royalty and sing a few songs for him, a private concert and it was like the pinnacle of my young singing career. He was such a gentle, tall, distinguished, good-looking man. So strong and just to be able to sing for him as a child was a big deal in my life. I had on my ‘Sunday Best’ or my ‘Saturday Best’ and I remember going through Dean’s Lane where the homestead was. At that time, Lee must have been somewhere hovering in the back because we never met as children. He went off to live in Barbados and we met some 1015 years later. So Mr. Gibson was a part of my childhood as well. Singing for him, knowing that he was very fond of my mother and me and my singing, makes it very important that we are the ones who are producing and directing this documentary on the ‘Life and Career of Timothy Gibson’. As a part of that, we have arranged a new version of the National Anthem which I will be debuting at my concert on June 15th at Church Christ Cathedral, and I plan to do a music video of the arrangement of the National Anthem taking sites from the Family Islands as well.”

My passion or my desire is to see the Bahamian composers celebrated. To actually have Bahamians be celebrated by fellow Bahamians and because young Bahamians need to be educated. Not only do we have Bahamian heroes, we have great Bahamians in every field. But in my field, the Arts, the musicians are world class. I perform their repertoire all over the world. We are here and I think that we are underexposed..

Nu Woman: So you seem to have a good musical background. Joann: Yes. My mom is a pianist, organist and choir director. She was also a music teacher and she taught the recorder and the bells. She did her last production this past Christmas and she is going to be ninety, and she still sneaks and practices the piano when she is at my house, so I come from that line. My uncle was George Moxey, a well known musician here.

On the documentary for Timothy Gibson... Joann says that she has been working on the documentary film on Timothy Gibson Composer of the Bahamian National Anthem- March On Bahamaland) for over a year. She is doing it in commemoration of this year being the 40th Anniversary of the anthem. Mr. Gibson is Lee Callender’s grandfather which makes him her grandfather-in-law. Mr. Gibson was also responsible for getting her mother a job as a music teacher at a school where he went. He showed her the technique of teaching children, to sing and to read music and she retired from that school after 30 plus years of teaching. 46

NW: When is the documentary expected? Joann: Heroes Month, which is October. We are going to have a blast at that!

On her concert... Timothy Gibson is one of the featured composers at my concert. I will be singing five of his songs and the National Anthem is being sung at the very end. And it’s with strings and choir and solo. The HighGrove singers and the Bell Canto singers are joining me at the concert as my backup choral ensemble. I’m also having a Rake n’ Scrape ensemble and a 5-piece string ensemble come in from Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland. Two violins and cello, a double bass and viola and Lee Callender (her husband) will be on the piano, along with Dion Cunningham (guest) pianist, Fred Ferguson (guitar), Ralph Munnings on Saxophone, a Bahamian drummer and of course. This has never been done before. It is one of its kind. The first extraordinary thing about it is that it’s Bahamian composers only. This concert is being done in honour of 10 Bahamian composers: Cleophas Adderley, Clement Bethel, Eric Cash, Meta Davis-Cumberbatch, Kyla Edwards and Keysha Edwards-Taylor, Timothy Gibson, Franz Hepburn, K. Quincy Parker and Audrey Dean-Wright.

My passion or my desire is to see the Bahamian composers celebrated. To actually have Bahamians be celebrated by fellow Bahamians and because young Bahamians need to be educated. Not only do we have Bahamian heroes, we have great Bahamians in every field. But in my field, the Arts, the musicians are world class. I perform their repertoire all over the world. We are here and I think that we are underexposed. As the 40th anniversary is here now, it’s time for us to celebrate our own. I came up with the idea of this concert because I’m used to singing their materials anyway when I perform in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean and even in Dubai. So I said, “I’m going to do a concert of all Bahamian composers here because I’ve never done it here, I’ve done it abroad.” I’ve never done an entire concert, where it was a classical fusion mixed with Bahamian sounds. This is the year because it’s the end of one generation and the beginning of the next generation after Independence and **I think it’s important for us to lay the foundation of who our people are and who the father’s of culture in the nation are. Because in the future, as a result of all the other nationalities that are, and will be, fusing with the Bahamians in forty years, being a Bahamian is going to be totally different. It’s going to look different if we don’t know and celebrate and bring to the attention of the educational system and of the other people in the country that we have the foundation; that we know who the leaders are. Timothy Gibson is one of the fathers of culture. Clement Bethel is also one. Meta Davis-Cumberbatch played a major role and she taught my mother to play piano. She taught Timothy Gibson, she taught Clement Bethel, she taught Audrey Dean-Wright and now Audrey Dean-Wright is currently teaching her own group of students at The College of The Bahamas (C.O.B). So, I’m singing one of her songs (Meta Davis-Cumberbatch). I’m singing a song called “South Wind”, which is a beautiful romantic. The new arrangement consists of popular favourites including: Nassau Moon, Exuma Blue, Bahama Babe, Run Gal, Nassau Harbour, Brown Girl in Dah Ring, Pretty Boy, Sperid Song, Sapodilly Woman and Spoonga Money. Look at the names of some of those songs, they are so Bahamian. So for me this is all about putting my first nugget of history in place in the form of an all-Bahamian composed concert, using primarily Bahamian musicians infused with European orchestral sound because that means that Bahamians can fuse what we have with what they consider the greatest in the world. This concert is being scored by Henry Moss. He is a phenomenal musician and has been working on my arrangement since last year. All the musicians have already received their music and they are working in Baltimore, practicing the Bahamian songs, so you are going to hear Rake n’ Scrape and then you are going to hear strings... (laugher). It’s never been done before. This has been my vision for 20 years and I figured that this was a very good time to just follow the vision that I had. Everything seems to be in place for it to be done. I’m very, very excited about the concert. I’m opening with a song by Cleophas, and I’m also singing ‘When the Road’ from the legend of Sammy Swain and ‘Praise’ a song that is usually played when they are raising the flag. It is a hymn of praise to God. I end my concerts, when I sing in Europe, with the song ‘Praise’ (you have to be sensitive when you sing in Europe, you can’t really go to a secular environment, a classical environment and sing gospel music).

And so I’m singing those by Clement and Timothy Gibson. I’m singing ‘Bahama Babe’ and ‘Sapodilly Woman’ was his favorite fruit, hence him writing a song about it. Joann has received numerous awards and has travelled extensively, from the United States to Canada and throughout Europe. Among some of her favourite memories are: 1. The Production of Sammy Swain in 1984. They performed for Queen Elizabeth, Margarette Thatcher and the other heads of State. 1. The National Arts festival in the past is now called the E. Clement Art Festival. A few years ago Joann became the chorale adjudicator for the National Art Festival where she travelled around the Islands and Nassau, for four years. With the E. Clement Arts Festival, being adjudicator was the best thing that ever happened in her music career.

On one of her most touching performances... In 2011 I performed at a concert in New York where The Bahamas paid tribute to the first responders and their families, where part of the proceeds went to the families of the victims of 911. It was a very beautiful event that was put on by the council of The Bahamas. One of the highlights of the evening was singing Kayla Edwards’ and Keisha Edwards-Taylor’s song, “Free”. The words are so amazing. Being free from prejudices from fear, hatred and learning to love and grow together as people on this planet. It is a global song. I hope to be the singer to take it there. Right after 911 I thought about sending a copy of this to the President of the United States because the song was so appropriate. For me, performing that song in New York City so close to ground zero and to be there several years later in a city that had recovered from one of the most horrific experiences, I got goose bumps as I was singing it, and I became a part of the moment of celebration that yes, these people have died, but let’s now work toward learning to love, to grow together ,and to getting out of the prejudices, hatred and fear. I knew I was in the moment of something very universal, special and divine. I am looking forward to singing “Free” with the ensemble. The conductor for the evening is Adrian Archer*. He is an amazing conductor. I chose Adrian because he is a part of the Highgrove singers and I have actually been an artist at their concert before and his spirit is sweet. He gets involved in his music. It is almost as if he dances with his hands as he conducts the choral esemble. Lee of course is co-organizer. We have always done arrangements for Bahamian folk and art songs because of my voice. For example, I cannot sing ‘Brown Girl in Dah Ring’ the way you would sing it on the playground. I came through another avenue in the art of singing. It’s a classical thing. As a kid, I was overweight and I was shy so I never got to participate in the ring play. All my friends and my twin did. She was slim so they would play it on the playground and I would stand against the walls and laugh and I’d play along with them in my heart because I was ashamed. So now I finally get to play ‘Brown Girl in Dah Ring’ being a part of the ring play on stage and having fun. I had to include ‘Brown Girl in Dah Ring’ because it is so Bahamian and Caribbean and because it is a part of our history and that is a definite fusion. It starts off nice and slow and then it gets into the Rake and Scrape with strings in it also. The concert is about two hours long and the National Anthem will be the final song. Between the performances, we will make presentations of small tokens to the composers and introduce them to the audience. Lee will also play two piano solos along with a duet with Dion Cunning47

ham. The duet is called ‘Four Hands On Keyboard’.

Critically Acclaimed

Victims of 9/11: An Evening of Popular Classical Music’ sponsored by the Consul General of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas in New York, USA

Awards 2012 Honoree Ladies 2012 at “The Red Dress Soiree” The Bahamas Aids Foundation & Primadona 2012 Honoree-Living Legends Zonta Club of New Providence Kayla L. Edwards Arts & Culture Award 2009 Women in Leadership Global Awards Best Hip Hop Duo Song of the Year A performance with artist “Manifest” for the song ‘I Shall Rise’. Hip Hop-Opera fusion performance. Best Special Event Recording of the Year for the song ‘Silent Night’ Christmas CD ‘Christmas Joy’ 2008 Marlin Awards 2006 Honoree, Arts & Culture for 33 Years We Salute The Contribution of Our Women Independence Cultural Commission Rizpah Heritage Award 2001 Presented by the Daughters of Rizpah- Jacqueline McCullough

Performance Highlights (recent years) 2012 Special guest artist at ‘An Evening of Popular Classical Music’ Conch Galley, Grand Bahama Yacht Club, Freeport, Grand Bahama (“Freeport”) 2012 Special guest artist at ‘An Evening of Popular Classical Music’ Count Basie Square, Freeport 2012 Television guest artist, Trinity Broadcasting Network (T.B.N.) USA 2012 Special guest artist at ‘An Evening of Popular Classical Music’ in aid of the restoration of Collins House, future home of the National Museum of the Bahamas, Government House Ballroom, Nassau, New Providence (“Nassau”) 2011 Guest Artist of ‘Foley & Hepburn’ at four concerts of Opera In The Park at Wafi City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2011 Guest artist at ‘The Bahamas Commemorates the 48

2011 Guest Artist at ‘Foley & Hepburn presents: An Evening of Popular Classical Music’, Government House Ballroom, Nassau, Bahamas 2010 Guest artist of the ‘Bahamas National Youth Choir’. Five concert appearances across Italy – Rome, Castel Gandolfo, Citta della Piev, Lucca, and Montalto Pavese; ‘Mozart Coronation Mass accompanied by Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra’ of Rochester, NY, in Nassau, Bahamas 2010 Guest artist of the ‘Bahamas Independence Committee’ in 2010 Independence Concert Celebration, Freeport , Grand Bahama 2008 Recital of Bahamian Art and Folk Songs to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Independence of The Bahamas, under the patronage of Ambassador Carlton Wright & Mrs. Wright, Havana, Cuba 2008 Celebrity wedding soloist for Claudine DeMatos and Raphael De Niro, son of actor Robert De Niro, at a private oceanside mansion, Adelaide, New Providence, Bahamas 2007 & 1995 Guest artist for the ‘Bahamas National Youth Choir 5th and 17th Annual Concert Seasons’ 2006 Recital of Bahamian folk and Christmas music under the patronage of the Basil G. O’Brien, Bahamian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, London, England (“London”)
















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GET YOUR YOGA ON By Latha Jayakumar Yoga is a practice that centers the body and relaxes the mind. It’s a stress relieving practice that has a calming effect on overall mood and naturally promotes positive choices in behavior and lifestyle. A regular Yoga practice can actually help prevent major diseases such as diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure while aiding in weight loss, relaxation and increased flexibility. As the health benefits of Yoga are garnishing attention in mainstream media, the practice is quickly growing within many communities. Many celebrities such as Oprah, Beyoncé, LeBron James, Russell Simmons and a variety of others openly embrace and endorse Yoga for its physical and calming effects. With its growing popularity, this ancient art has evolved to fit the modern person and now more so than ever there are many fun and interesting ways to “get your yoga on”. Yoga can be done anywhere and you don’t even need any fancy ‘yoga gear’ to get started…all you need is yourself! Some of the most interesting places to do yoga is outside in nature. There is something amazing about breathing fresh air and being directly under the sky that makes you feel connected to the Universe. One unusual outdoor yoga location is Times Square in New York, which is one of the busiest places on earth. Once a year on the summer solstice thousands of people gather to do yoga together in Times Square to start the summer in a peaceful and tranquil way. It’s pretty easy to find inner peace on a quiet mountain or a peaceful sunny beach but find it while doing downward dog in the

center of the world’s most commercial and frenetic place is a wild experience. There is a widely held misconception that yoga is a religion, but yoga is in fact not a religion. It is a physical and spiritual discipline that improves strength, flexibility and helps reduce stress. Yoga can be an incredible workout that can help bring peace. Yoga is not religious or a cult, it’s just about you and what you get out of it. Yoga helps build self esteem, influences you to make better choices to think clearer and value yourself, it gives you ownership of your own body and when you own something you tend to take better care of it. So go out into the world and any way you can, GET YOUR YOGA ON!


Vincent Mc Doom


Vincent Mc Doom Creative Director, Actor, Television Presenter & Fashionista.


u Woman magazine visited St. Lucia this past May for Jazz Festival. Our trip to St. Lucia brought successes on many levels and we met many new persons in the fashion industry, as a result of the trip. One such person was Vincent Mc Doom. Our meeting however, came after we had left St. Lucia, but it was the trip to St. Lucia that prompted the interview, as I had learnt all about Mr. Mc Doom and his talent while there.

We caught up with this creative director/actor/fashionista back in Paris via Skype. Here, Vincent revealed all from his humble beginnings in St. Lucia, to becoming an assistant to Marc Jacobs, to now becoming the star of a movie to be released later this year. Vincent also discussed in detail the role he played in the “Hot Couture” fashion event in St. Lucia and expressed his concerns and observations on what he saw as unjust and how improvements could be made to ‘create another industry in St. Lucia’. Nu Woman: Hi Vincent, how are you? Vincent Mc Doom: I just got back to Paris, so I’m a little bit in my bed... NW: Tired? VM: No, I’m not tired. Just in my bed. I like to be in my bed, that’s the place I feel the best. NW: I saw you in an interview with Dr. Walls in St. Lucia. I was so intrigued by that I wanted to talk to you in person. VM: Oh, yes, that interview. Where are you? NW: In The Bahamas. VM: Ok wow! NW: We were in St. Lucia while you were there but things were so hectic, we never got a chance to catch up to you. Before getting into the interview, Vincent wanted to know why Nu Woman had visited St. Lucia and I gave him a summary about what we had been doing there and referenced our shoot with Tara Edward to which he gave us some feedback on Tara... “She is one of the prettiest models. This girl, I feel like they should not waste her time making her do pageantry. She has everything it takes to be a ‘supermodel’. She is the next Alec Wek for me.”

Vincent talks about his early beginnings... I come from a family of 19 kids. I grew up in the Pitons. I was born there; my mom is from there. I was born right next to the Sulphur Springs, so I grew up playing in the Sulphur Springs (probably why he looks so young :)) and I would leave Soufriere and go to the capital with my dad, you know. He had kidnapped me as a child and he had brought me to his mother, so I grew up with my grandmother who was a seamstress. I was very timid as a child and because I was, she was always afraid that I would get into problems, so she always asked me to sit next to her while she was sewing. And while she was sewing every time she had a problem with one of the dresses she would go and see some lady called Miss Steve and I would go with her. The first time I walked into Miss Steve’s atelier (workroom), I was six and I realized that this was what I wanted to do. I loved everything about that room. I knew I wanted to be artistic but without knowing the details of the job. But later on I found out in a very harsh way, the title of the job (laughter). I am laughing because it will make you laugh also. When I was a child, every Christmas the family would come together and sit around the table and as kids ‘we were seen but they are not heard’. But sometimes we were allowed to speak and they would ask us “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My brother said he wanted to be a mechanic like my dad. My nephews and cousins would say I want to be a mason, and then another one a plumber. So, I was waiting for my turn and when my turn came, I blurted out I wanted to be Miss Steve (laughter). Miss Steve, is the lady whose workshop I walked into. I meant the vocation, but because I did not know the title of that vocation I said I wanted 57

to be her. NW: So how did your father react to that? VM: I got a slap right away (laughter). And when I got a slap, I asked, “What did you do that for?” But they didn’t understand that I wanted to do the job the lady was doing, they thought I wanted to be a woman. And right away, my family started calling me Miss Steve. They thought I wanted to be gay (giggles). So you kind of understand my life... But in growing up kids can be nasty to each other. I had it more difficult than a normal boy, so I had to work ten times harder to get the approval of my other friends or my colleagues, or to get the approval of teachers, you know. I was very effeminate and I was very solitary. Instead of playing with the girls, I would spend more time studying. After a while I knew what I wanted to do. So studying it just came naturally to me, I just did it. But at 17/18, when I left secondary school, I applied for a job but I was refused because the director of the bank, said ‘I won’t be caught dead giving a boy like you a job in this bank because you are too effeminate’. So I decided that the only thing for me to do was fashion. Around that same time in St. Lucia, we were celebrating the 10th anniversary of Independence and I was with a modeling agency called Marford’s Modeling Agency and it was ran by a guy called Junior Branford. So Branford and his colleague (it was ran by two men) Martial from Marford’s Modeling Agency decided to do a young designers fashion contest and it was the first time a fashion contest was held on the island. So 12 young designers including myself entered this contest and I won. The gift for that contest was to go to France to study fashion. So that’s what I did. I left St. Lucia and I went to study in Paris and I worked at the House of Paco Rabanne. I worked at Yves St. Laurent. I worked with Guy Laroche. I worked with Angelo Tallizzi. I also worked for another young designer called Andre Walker who is an American before I became an assistant to Marc Jacobs who was and still is the artistic director at Louis Vuitton.

On how he became a name brand... NW: How did you get that job working with Marc Jacobs? VM: Marc Jacobs was very good friends with Andre Walker who’s another designer that I worked with, and we had lunch together with Marc. Marc Jacobs and I loved each other from the start and we started working together and one thing led to another. In working with him, I met all of the very important people in fashion. I met Anna Wintour, Mr. Bernard Jean Étienne Arnault (he has Louis Vuitton the company and Moët & Chandon Champagne). I met Sarah Jessica Parker. I met all these people working with Marc Jacobs. I had become a name in the fashion circles because of one reason, I was the only boy wearing high heels in fashion in the fashion circles, so I made up a name for myself wearing high heels. And what made me really famous was that one day a fashion photographer was shooting a campaign for an ad and it was a Sunday and I was styling that ad, and in styling that ad. The model came to work that Sunday, but he didn’t like the model’s legs but he liked my legs, so what he did was that he used my legs and the upper part of the model, and so my legs became very famous and people started asking whose legs were those and then one thing led to the next. Then I got a job working on one of the biggest television stations (Paris Premiere) in France as a TV presenter to present a fashion program called Paris Premiere. I would present a fashion program everyday for three years. 58

The biggest television station in Europe was doing a telereality show and they asked me to be one of the candidates, so I entered that tele-reality show. I did not win it but I made it to the end. It ran for 14 weeks, everyday, twice a day. This made me very popular and gave me visibility in all of Europe. The year I left that tele-reality show with such visibility, what happened was that France had just acquired the America’s Next Top Model franchise. I automatically became a judge and I started teaching the models to walk. I did that, but I would also go on to be a judge in Germany’s Next Top Model, in Russia’s Next Top Model and in Poland’s Next Top Model working alongside J Alexander. NW: I saw you in a recent picture with Jay. VM: Yes, J and I are really good friends actually. I became an A-list celebrity going to all of the fashion shows; front row seats, from one thing to the next. I did ‘Vincent goes to Hollywood’ which is a series. I did another series called La Folle Route and we are entering our fourth season with this series. I’m invited to all of the fashion shows and I’ve worked along with model coaches not only on TV but I’ve worked in France as well. I’ve also become a personal consultant to important fashion buyers and stores advising them on what collections to buy, which collections are the best collection of the season and what would become the best sellers.

Vincent the actor

He is also making movies. He reveals that he got a call last year from a movie producer, “I just finished a movie called Kick Back and I have the lead role”. NW: What’s the movie about? VM: It’ a about a psychiatrist who had inherited the offices of Sigmund Freud but she was going bankrupt and she didn’t have monies to pay her taxes etc., and she wanted to kill herself. So, one day when trying to kill herself, she fell upon a prostitute (me) who had just gotten beaten up by the pimp. She would employ me in her office and I would become her secretary. I would save her office from bankruptcy. The whole story is around the two of us, the psychiatrist and me. NW: When does this movie come out? VM: This movie comes out in October. This is not the first movie I’ve done, it’s actually the second movie, the first movie was called Paris According to Mosse. It’s a Franco African film. The film’s director is African. I have also just signed on to do my third movie and it’s starting in the next few months. I play a very obsessed gentleman who wants to go to prison. He is doing everything possible to go to prison. I’m playing a psycho actually. NW: Wow! VM: So that’s how it happened. But, in becoming famous, St. Lucia had to realize how famous I’d gotten and in being a St. Lucian myself the fact that the press would say, “St. Lucian born” was very important for Tourism on the island. In St. Lucia, they had not realized how famous I was or what was happening in my life. All they knew was that I left the island 25 years ago, and in leaving the island I had some kind of notoriety; if I had gone to the US and become famous it would have been more interesting for them because they are more logged onto to American TV as opposed to European TV and because of the language they had not really been paying attention.

Vincent Mc Doom (centre) with J Alexander (far right) on the set of Russia’s Next Top Model.


On St. Lucia’s Hot Couture show, the fashion industry in St. Lucia and his number one peeve... NW: You organized the Hot Couture event, did you not? VM: Exactly, you understand. The St. Lucia Tourist Board called me in and told me that they had rebranded the Jazz Festival into the “Jazz and Art Festival”’and they had brought in a component, which was a fashion component to the Jazz Festival, but there was nobody in St. Lucia who was capable of giving it an international status, you know, taking it onto that international level. So because I was known in France, they needed an A-List celebrity to market this event overseas and to give it status. Because they did not know about my work and what I was doing, I accepted it, but I accepted to do it as charity. I saw it as a way of giving back to St. Lucians because I was so blessed with everything I had accomplished, I felt it was time to give back to the St. Lucians as well because they were doing fashion in their way but they had not understood that it was a multi-million dollar business and it was not about, just entertainment. I left France. I left a 60,000 Euro-paying job and I went to St. Lucia to do this for free. For two months I stayed in St. Lucia and what I did was select models. I casted 38 local models and I trained them to international standards so that they could meet with the requirements that I felt were necessary to even go out of St. Lucia and become models. With the advent of the president of the world (US) Barack Obama and his wife who had become a fashion icon, we would see more black models on the runways in Paris, Milan, London and New York. So I decided to give an opportunity to these young models and discover fresh faces on the island and give them that opportunity to become The Next St. Lucia’s Top Model. We had two top models in St. Lucia who were already making it big, three actually- Annaliese Dayes and she is in England, Portia Cherry she is in Milan and another called Mala Bryan she is in America and South Africa. And they were called in together with another St. Lucian model, Denise Lay and the four of these top St. Lucian models were called in to empower the local talent. NW: So all of these girls were in the show? VM: Yes, they were in the show as well. They had come in to empower the fresh 60

models we had casted in St. Lucia. I realized that we had precious gems in St. Lucia but they needed to be polished. And in polishing these models I had a lot of work to do. I cannot take credit for discovering them because St. Lucia is a very small country, but we have many modeling agencies (30) in St. Lucia. NW: Wow! Why so many? VM: I do not know. I realized that these modeling agencies had not done their work and they had not educated the models as to what was to be expected of them, and these models were being abused by certain modeling agencies. Which means...the models were doing fashion shows or photo shoots or fashion magazines in St. Lucia and they were not being paid! And what was very annoying to me was government bodies were funding fashion shows in St. Lucia and they were helping these modeling agencies who ‘happened to be’ event planners as well, so you see right away, there was a conflict of interest because how could you be a modeling agency and be an event planner at the same time? So because of that conflict of interest, I realized the government bodies were pouring monies into these local modeling agencies, but the St. Lucian models were not being paid or they were getting $60, when the price of the show was $75 dollars. These models were being abused and I did not like that. Not only did I not like this, but local St. Lucian designers were not being respected for their talent and their creativity and the St. Lucian Tourist Board did not know anything about fashion, they had no one who was fashion savvy on the Tourist Board. They were using these models and these designers to entertain the St. Lucian Tourist Board during the Jazz Festival, so I saw this as an opportunity to empower these fashion designers and models and to redefine the fashion industry and give them an opportunity to exist not only in St. Lucia but benchmark an industry that would put St. Lucia on the map. St. Lucia had raw talent but it was exploited by the powers to be. NW: Is this the biggest show that St. Lucia has had so far? VM: This is not only the biggest show that St. Lucia has had so far, but this was one of the biggest shows in the Caribbean. NW: So how do you think the overall show went despite everything? VM: The show was an amazing success!

St. Lucian designers had the confidence and more self-esteem because they realized what they had been missing out on and they realized that they were totally being abused by agencies and not only this, they realized that their talent could have gone overseas and people could work with them and they had the possibility of making money. They could make money from their creativity and not let other people make money from their creativity.

His dreams for the fashion industry in St. Lucia moving forward.. NW: So with all of this, how do you see St. Lucian designers and St. Lucian talent being pushed forward in the future? VM: I think the government needs to come in and realize that there is a business to be made and not only that, don’t forget these designers were not paid to do this show. They did it for free. NW: All the designers did it for free? VM: All the designers did it or free! The models were paid, normally they get paid $60 to do a fashion show but because of me they were paid $500, which is nothing, but it’s a start, because if they start from $500 they can go up from here. So now these models have acquired more self-esteem and have a better idea of their worth. So what I would like to do is work with the St. Lucian government to create standards that are redefined and if these are done these jobs will be respected and monies will be pouring into the island and this could become a next fashion destination and we can have a fashion week on the island of St. Lucia, because we do have the talent. Do you realize that the foreign designers who came to work with us (Iike Claudia Pegus, Heather Jones, like Cassandra Mötley, etc...) these people came to me and asked, “Are these models really St. Lucian or are they international models imported?” They were so flabbergasted because the work that had been done with the models on the runway, the models outdid the professional counterparts that came in. So what I’m trying to do and what I’d like to do is have the government put things in place where the designers, etc., will have the time to create and create an industry, or give them a place where they can train seamstresses to help, and the designers don’t have to sew up, so you will have a whole industry growing up in fact. Where the government can help them buy machines to pay up rent and

probably one day have a multi-mart shop and you can buy ‘Made in St. Lucia’. Don’t forget, the economy in St. Lucia depends on tourism. So if we have a fashion festival on the island, that’s a festival that can stand on its own without being parasited by the Jazz Festival and that could bring in people and buyers from all over the world and create an industry for St. Lucia. I see it happening! But that’s my vision. But I do think it’s a vision that the Tourist Board can handle. They think that they are losing ground, and because they are losing ground, they are trying to undermine the work that I’ve done and the work that I’m doing with the designers and the models. They cannot control me! NW: Well, I think controlling you would be hard to do (laughter)! VW: So the director of the St. Lucia Tourist Board (Louis Lewis), did an interview and in his interview, he said that I tried to make it all about myself. How could somebody giving back and wanting to empower others be selfish and want to make something all about themselves? NW: You were doing this for free, is that correct? VM: Yes, I did it for free. The problem with the St. Lucia Tourist Board is that when you do something for free they don’t respect you or thank me for the work that I have done for them. I have realized that the members of the St. Lucian Tourist Board are friends and family working together- nepotism, a cliche and they don’t want anybody to come in, because they think that anybody that comes in, would do everything to sabotage them, so then they would look good and not the person. I will not let anybody abuse these models and these designers and rip the merit of my hard labour. There are sponsors who have told me that the St. Lucian designers are NOT on par and that their work is not fabulous and not one could start the show. They wanted foreign designers to do the whole show. My response: How could you give a foreign designer to open and close a show when it’s St. Lucian tax payers money and it’s a St. Lucia event? That was out of the question. And because I challenged her and the Tourist Board on it, that created a controversy.

NW: But you got the local designers to participate and you got the local models to participate, so that’s a plus. VM: I was the one who decided that we would not do a show without the local designers ; it was important that we got local designers. So I scouted as well, not only did I scout the local designers, but I worked with each one of them singlehandedly and redirected their collection to make it into a cohesive collection that was possible to show. I also made sure that the foreign designers not outshine them on the day of the show. NW: So where do you see this show going from here? I also spoke to Tara about the show and she said you did a fabulous job and the show was very successful. VM: All of the people you ask they would say yes, and if you ask them why it’s successful they would say they brought in Mr. McDoom, and Mr. Mc Doom did so much. I gave two months of my time, did it for free and all the Tourist Board saw and said was, “Mr. McDoom was self-centered and we paid his hotel and we paid for a taxi for him.” How petty can we get? You have to pay for my ticket, hotel and a taxi because I was working for you... Those local talents were getting hardly anything, and they brought in people. Do you realize that R Kelly was getting nearly half a million US dollars just for a 20 hour show? If they had given half that to the local talent we would have had even a better show. So I realize with the St. Lucian government that the mantra is to fill in hotel rooms and they give priority to foreign talent and they disrespect local talent and I am not for that kind of abuse. I have spoken up against this and this has created a movement in St. Lucia. NW: So with all that’s going on, when do you find time for Vincent? VM: When do I find time for Vincent? Listen, I don’t have time for Vincent (laughter). My job is to be pretty and to empower others.

On his personal style. NW: When did you begin to put on women’s clothes and make-up? VM: Oh my God, you know it was not even something that was thought of actually. It was something that came nat-

urally. When you look at men dressed up as women normally they always look so disguised, but on me it’s so elegant and so natural. I always said that if I could empower women; you know sometimes with demanding jobs they neglect themselves, not because you are a lawyer etc., means that you should dress masculine, you are still a woman. You are not supposed to lose touch with your femininity. It’s good to know that I inspire some of these women. It’s something that came naturally to me. I always wore high-heels and I started wearing high-heels at the age of 13. I worked in a shoe shop as a show model just to walk around in the shop with high heels so that women could buy the shoes off me. NW: Oh. That’s interesting. NM: So I always walked with high heels and wearing beautiful dresses, working with the designers. Because some models were not available on time to do a fitting, I would do the fitting. So the designers, some of them, would actually give me the dresses, or give me the outfits and then I would wear them and it looks natural. And living in Paris it was not something where you were scorned it was something where you were looked up to. People loved it and it became art. NW: In the Caribbean we tend to bit a bit more closed-minded when it comes to this. So how do you see Caribbean people reacting or responding to this type of dressing and/or lifestyle? For example there was some talk about the lipstick on the men at the Hot Couture show? (laughter). VM: In St. Lucia they did not realize that I was just using these boys as canvasses to tell a story. It was all in the name of ‘art’. And ‘art’ teaches us to be liberal. To be exposed, you know what I mean. I think it was the macho aspect of the society that decided that... You know... The boys had no problems with it. A model’s job is not to say whether he likes or he doesn’t. You are paid to do a job, you just do it. So for me people were appreciating it on the runways in the international arena... You know the Caribbean is no longer the world, we have to learn to ‘meet up’ with the other countries. Don’t forget now, it’s possible for men to get married to men, or women to get married to women, in a very short time it will get to the Caribbean too. So if I was a pioneer in getting people to accept this in the Caribbean, so be it. You know what, every time you try to instigate changes, you will meet up with opposition. People don’t like chang61

es but changes are inevitable. You cannot stop it, it’s progress. No one can stop progress. Look at Martin Luther King, look at Malcom X, look at all of these people what they have acquired, what they have inspired. Look at Rosa Parks and Oprah Winfrey and what she did for women and anybody who wanted to inspire or instigate changes was met with opposition. Changes are always met with opposition, but finally these changes do happen. Look at Nelson Mandela and the work that he did in South Africa, to stop apartheid. NW: Well, it was definitely great talking with you. What time is it in Paris now? It’s a six hours difference right? VM: Yes, it’s 10 o’clock in the night. NW: So, thank you Vincent and I will stay in contact with you. VM: Yes, definitely my dear. Vincent says his ultimate dream is to build a cultural bridge in regards to fashion in the Caribbean. “It’s very important to create that cultural bridge that way the designers and the models can network.”

Photo: Male models on the runway in St. Lucia for the Hot Couture Fashion show during St. Lucia’s Jazz and Arts Festival


Vincent with J Alexander on the judge panel for Russia’s Next Top Model.


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