Sherise Stapleton Crowned BVI’s Miss Teen Diva 2011
Fifteen year-old Sherise Stapleton won the title of Miss Teen Diva 2011 on September 24, 2011 at the East End/Long Look Community Centre in the British Virgin Islands. Sherise competed against Brittani Stoutt and Diamond Lake in a spectacular and eye-catching competition of seven segments. Brittani was awarded Best Diva Party Wear with her orange polka dot and blue ensemble and Best Creative Diva Wear which was made from shopping bags from Clarence Thomas Ltd. Brittani also secured Miss Intellect, which is scored based on the introduction speech and the Question & Answer segment; and Miss Poise which is determined by the total poise scores from every segment.
Sherise won Best African Diva Wear, Best School Wear and Best Formal Wear with her black and yellow fitted gown which had a short but elegant train. This year for the African Diva Wear segment, the contestants had to present a fashion-forward African print inspired dress and also had to perform a dance that resembles African culture. For Sherise’s winning school wear, she displayed a turquoise shirt and a purple skirt. The skirt was then converted into a school bag as Sherise completed the segment in short pants.
For the Formal Wear segment, the young ladies were challenged to showcase a black formal dress that added a pop of color. According to Camille Merry, the pageant founder, she wanted to add yet another element of surprise to the pageant as well as go beyond the traditional pageantry borders, while forcing contestants to use their creativity. Sherise also won Miss Popularity, Miss Congeniality, which was chosen by the contestants and Miss Photogenic, which was chosen by the pageant’s photographer, Mr. Curtis DeRavariere.
The 2011 Miss Teen Diva Pageant was hosted by Kareem Hull and Katherine Irish and entertainment was provided by Jhanique and Reema. There was also a fashion show put on by L&D Impressions and this was well received by the audience. The Pageant Committee would like to acknowledge Caribbean Transport Ltd., Starworks Beauty Salon & Spa, Creations Hair Supply Store, Ayanna’s House of Hair, Road Town Wholesale Trading Ltd and all the persons who made the event a success. The founder also wishes to thank all of the committee members and helpers whose invaluable contributions helped to make the pageant a success.
Sherise’s first official appearance as Miss Teen Diva 2011 was at the Ministry of Education & Culture’s Back To School Service. Sherise will be linked with the D.A.R.E. Club for Girls, Family Support Network (FSN) and will be visible in the community. The Miss Teen Diva Pageant Committee reaffirms its commitment to working with young ladies in the British Virgin Islands and also with the overall community to promote a positive spirit among our young people.