Miss Dominica captures Nevis’ Miss Caribbean Culture again

A Dominican beauty walked away with the third annual Miss Caribbean Culture title for the second year in succession. Miss Marah Water was crowned by the show?s 2007 queen Ms. Leandra Lander with the assistance of Premier of Nevis Hon. Joseph Parry, at the Nevis Cultural Complex over the weekend.

Ms. Walters won from a field of nine contestants told the Department of Information that she was excited about her first win outside of Dominica.

?I was very, very thrilled. I knew I had worked hard for this pageant and I am just reaping the fruits of what I had sown. I am very grateful to God especially for guiding me throughout this pageant because I knew without him I not have made it. I am very pleased, very happy that I have made my country proud,? she said.

Ms. Walter said her win was an indication that Dominica had much talent and that the girls who had been selected to participate in regional pageants did their best and represented the island well.

The contest brought together participants from the United States Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Antigua, St. Vincent, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Anguilla and host country Nevis and Ms. Walter said she was very pleased with the idea of integration.

?I love the idea of integration and I am very pleased that the Caribbean was finding alternate ways of integrating not only through Caricom and the CSME but through pageantry.

?I want to commend the committee for the Miss Caribbean Culture Pageant. I know they are very young but it shows that our youth are developing themselves and the interest in young people. I want to tell them to continue with the good work,? she said.

Meantime, Minister of Culture in the Nevis Island Administration Hon. Hensley Daniel encouraged the participants to find time to savour the cuisine and pristine beauty of Nevis and also to be mindful that the pageant could help them to broaden their horizons and develop a more informed perspective of the Caribbean.

He also commended the show?s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Randy Jeffers and his team for having had the confidence to translate [plans] through into action.

Mr. Jeffers said he was pleased with the outcome of the pageant; ?I looked at the show and I think the judging was fabulous, it was fairly judged. The patronage was much better than last year, it is growing!?

The contestants competed in Island Wear and Promotional Speech; Swimwear, Talent and Evening wear and Interview.

Best in Island wear and Best Promotional speech were captured by Miss St. Vincent, Shanel Nanton (Tally me Banana); Miss Dominica won Best in Evening wear (Temptress of the Tides) and Best in Swimwear (Enchantment of Midnight Glitter); Best Talent went to Miss St. Kitts, Fatisha Imo; Best Interview went to Miss USVI, Janeisha John and Miss Congeniality went to Miss Antigua, Daina Barnes.

The contest was first staged in 2006 when Nevisian born Ms. Jamilla Parris was crowned the first Miss Caribbean Culture Queen and Ms. Leandra Lander of Dominica captured the crown in 2007.

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