Filed under: Entertainment and Sport, Miss Curacao and Miss World
MAHO–A passionate call for Caribbean unity coupled with her graceful and elegant performance won raven-haired, long-legged Curaçaolenean beauty Angenie Anamaria Simon the sixteenth annual Caraibes Hibiscus Crown, the second consecutive win for the Netherlands Antilles island nation. The 23-year-old Finance Assistant had the capacity-filled Sonesta Maho Conference Room audience enthralled by her beauty, confidence and wit.
Shortly after being crowned early Saturday morning, she told The Daily Herald that she will do her utmost in her new capacity to foster Caribbean togetherness and will be visiting as many islands as she can to repeat her call during her reign as queen. She said this was her first regional pageant, after having clinched the first runner-up position in the Miss Curaçao pageant earlier this year. She will represent her island at the Miss World Pageant in 2009.
Miss Puerto Rico Carolyn Tossas Castro (18) was named first runner-up and Miss Colombia Negaira Roa (23) second runner-up as well as the Best Traditional Wear title.
Miss Cayman Islands Treveen Stewart (19) won Miss Amity title; Miss Anguilla Fanny Richardson (18) the Best Gown title; Miss Peru Claudina Maira Sarrio (20) the Photogenic title and Miss St. Barths Jennifer Louis (20) the Popularity title.
The curtains raised on the sixteenth annual event with the 16 contestants gracing the stage in traditional wear and introducing themselves to the audience. Apparel featured ranged from carnival ensembles and traditional church dress of the 1940’s to the Pocahontas costume worn by Miss USA. Most contestants spoke about the allure of their native countries and encouraged the audience to visit.
However, unlike the other contestants, the new queen, dressed as a Curaçaolenean “clothes washer,” veered away from the common messages of her competitors and made a passionate call for the Caribbean to work together to combat the challenges facing the region. She said the Caribbean needs to “hold itself together” to be a strong unit. She also spoke about the tough work ahead for her own island as it prepares for its new constitutional status, likening the “work and decisions ahead” for Curaçao to the tough decisions that US President-elect Barack Obama will have to make in his new capacity.
Dressed as a traditional “guavaberry woman,” St. Maarten/St. Martin representative Miuricia Williams (24) drew attention to the uniqueness of the open-bordered twin island shared by two governments and highlighted its culinary and other delights. At one point, she faltered during her speech, but quickly got back on track and delivered confidently, selling the positive aspects of her “Friendly Island.”
Miss Colombia, who clinched the Traditional Costume title, donned a colourful garb which she said depicted the “colour, flavour and fashion” of her country.
Nineteen-year-old Guyanese Justine Perez, who pulled a strong following, spoke about Guyana’s vast rainforests and nature and said she had instantly fell in love with St. Maarten during her first visit and that it reminded her of her South American birthplace.
The swimwear segment opened with contestants performing a dance in similar summer dresses and then appearing individually in similar tiger-print, two-piece beachwear.
Elegance, glitter and glamour dominated the evening wear segment which featured gowns in just about every colour of the rainbow. However, it was the jet black, glittering, ankle-length gown worn by Miss Anguilla that copped the Best Gown title. The queen was dressed in an elegant orange spaghetti-strap gown with a daring front slit, which she modelled gracefully. Miss St. Maarten/St. Martin modelled a Caribbean-like multi-coloured, floral chiffon gown.
Before handing over the crown, former queen Laurien Angelista said she pocketed invaluable experience and memories during her reign and was happy to have served as the Caraibes Hibiscus Queen.
The pageant, which began around two hours after the scheduled time, also featured entertainment from, among others, Oddyssey, Miss Black USA 2008 Kristen E. White, the special guest for the evening and one of several judges for the event.
The 27-year-old Georgia native and American Idol semi-finalist, whose greatest passion is serving others, especially children, was crowned on June 23, 2008 in Las Vegas. In addition to the coveted crown, she also won a US $20,000 academic scholarship, along with a walk-on role on Tyler Perry’s hit sitcom, the House of Payne, a seven day/six night trip to the Grand Bahamas Island, and a host of other prizes.
Other contestants were from Brazil, Costa Rica, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Panama and Martinique. (Judy H. Fitzpatrick)
Source: The Daily Herald St. Maarten
What are your interests and what do you enjoy doing the most?
Since September of 2005, I have been a student on the Bachelor Degree level at the University of the Netherlands Antilles. I hope to obtain my degree in International Business in June 2008. After that I would like to enroll in an American University to pursue my Master’s Degree in Economics. My final goal will be to become a professional businesswoman. I love playing volleyball. For many years I have been a part of our national team and as such I have been representing Curacao in various international competitions. I also was selected as the Best Libero in Jamaica in 2005. In 2007 I participated in the Fame Body Shape Contest in Canada. To my pleasant surprise, one of my pictures taken in this competition was selected for the poster to promote the upcoming Fame contest.
What is your career ambition?
Since September of 2005, I have been a student on the Bachelor Degree level at the University of the Netherlands Antilles. I hope to obtain my degree in International Business in June 2008. After that I would like to enroll in an American University to pursue my Master’s Degree in Economics. My final goal will be to become a Professional Businesswoman.
Describe where you were raised and what your childhood was like.
I was born in Curacao in 1986 into a family of my mother, father and older brother. I went to preparatory school. After that I went to the kindergarten and than to the elementary school and after that to high school. I had a great and blessed childhood, doing all the normal, healthy and everyday activities according to the stage of development that I was going through. Two of my friends who I made in my childhood are currently still my best friends. I love my family life, I feel very secure. Most of all, I have enjoyed the many countries I have visited during vacations with my parents and brother.
What do you want the judges to know about you?
I am 20 years old. I was born and raised in Curacao. -Curacao is the most exotic island in the Caribbean. -Curacao has been a multi-ethnic society with more than 55 nationalities living peacefully together. -I speak Papiamento, Dutch, English, Spanish and some French. -Papiamento is my native language, made up of words taken from six different languages. -Currently I am studying International Business at the University of the Netherlands Antilles. -I love to share my knowledge – either teaching kids to play volleyball or helping fellow students with subject I understand better.
Filed under: Entertainment and Sport, Events, Miss Curacao and Miss World
Organisers of the The pageant, which takes place on December 29th , have confirmed some 12 countries from around the region including Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Curacao , Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States Virgin Islands and hosts St.Kitts with Cuba expected to confirm participation shortly. Bermuda will be participating for the first time.
According to Chairman and Executive Producer of the Pageant, Mr. Antonio ‘Director’ Maynard, the pageants organising committee is working hard to maintain the shows extremely high standard and further enhance it’s status as the most anticipated, exciting and prestiguous pageant shows in the Caribbean.
“Plans are progressing perfectly and this event continues to be the most popular and prestigious event of it’s kind in the Caribbean and we intend to keep it that way,” Maynard said.
‘We’re incorporating and implementing new initiatives, to raise the show to an even higher standard and this year we’re going to have a bit more participation than usual with the addition of countries such as Bermuda for the first time and Cuba who will be making a return after a 3 year hiatus,” Maynard said.
The show has been synonymous over the years with spectacular stage productions and guest performances and performers. Machel Montana, Allison Hinds, Singing Sandra,Edwin Yearwood, Jamesy P, Claudette Peters and more as well as top Caribbean comedians and personalities including Rachel Price, Tommy Joseph, Jennifer “Jenny Jenny” Small among others have all graced the Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant stage.
Marketing and Guest Artiste Coordinator of the show Wallis Wilkin indicated that the name of the special guest host and guest artiste for this years event will be announced shortly in a subsequent release.
“As always you can expect another great performer this year and an even greater stage show and production,” said Wallis Wilkin Marketing and Guest Artiste Committee Chairperson for the show.
Past contestants of the show , Claudetter CP Peters and Pat Raguette, have gone on to regional and success as performers with Claudette recently making history by being the first artiste to win the Antigua Carnival Party and Groovy Soca monarch titles. Pat Raguette has won both the St.Thomas and St.Croix road march titles as lead singer of the Express band.
The official launch of the pageant is slated for Nov. 27 at the Ocean Terrace Inn where they will also release the names of other major sponsors.
The show began in 1980 and is the first show of it’s kind in the region which showcases the talents of our female caribbean teenagers.
For More information check out pageant website www.caribbeantalentedteens.com