St Lucia: Ten to vie for Miss Independence 2019 title

Ten young ladies will be taking to the stage to compete in the Miss Independence 2019 pageant and bring home the crown.

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(SNO) — Ten young ladies will be taking to the stage to compete in the Miss Independence 2019 pageant and bring home the crown.

The pageant is being staged by a sub-committee of the Independence 40 organizing committee.
Rosella King, chairperson of the Miss Independence 40 Committee, said the event this year will certainly be something to look forward to as there are several aspects that the committee is working on to make it a bigger spectacle, as Saint Lucia celebrates its 40-year milestone of the island’s independence.

The contestants are Tunisia President representing Micoud, Kamani Alphonse – Gros Islet, Keahni Hippolyte – Castries/South East, Kieara Leon – Babonneau, Trish Placide – Laborie, Kershel Bousquet – Castries/East, Timiqua Bursharn Deterville – Dennery/North, Jenny Joseph – Castries/North, Sancia Charlemagne – Soufriere and Tunisha Lansiquot – Anse La Raye/Canaries.

Fortuna Belrose, minister for culture, said the pageant has created a platform of opportunity for young women across the island and has involved the various councils in the selection process.

“Last year we staged a wonderful event and we are hoping to build on that given the success of 2018,” she said. “We saw some of the contestants from the Miss Independence pageant also participating in the National Carnival Queen pageant and one of them Miss Choiseul Earlyca Frederick, eventually winning that pageant.”
She added: “The process of selection has also helped us to capture the essence of the theme for Independence 40, ‘All in, our journey, our future’, as it afforded young ladies from all over Saint Lucia the opportunity to participate and become involved in something that is quite meaningful.”

Last year’s pageant was won by Kurnisha Augustus from Dennery. She received a Monroe College scholarship worth EC$15,000, a trip to Martinique and a cheque of $3,000, among other prizes.

The event will take place on February 15 from 8 p.m. at the National Cultural Center where the contestants will make four appearances for – ambassadorial speech, talent, swimwear and evening wear.

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