New York, Paris, Milan & ST LUCIA!

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Some people are surprised to find out that I have St Lucian heritage. But it’s true!! St Lucia was a MASSIVE part of my life growing up, with my first trip at just 6 weeks old and then pretty much every summer after that, to visit family and friends. So you could imagine my delight when the St Lucian Tourist Board itself invited me out to the iconic Jazz and Arts Festival; Not only to enjoy the fantabulous performances from international artists such as The Jacksons, R Kelly, Akon and more, but also to participate in the Hot Couture Fashion Show, the first of it’s kind on the island of St Lucia.

 Piton

 

Since this was my first trip back to St Lucia in over a decade! (yes I know, I’m a ashamed) I had lots of catching up to do. Family, friends, scenery, island vibe, rum punch and of course fashion!!

I was actually pleasantly surprised about how stylish people looked! Especially after meeting the St Lucian based Hot Couture models who sizzled in their vibrant, sexy outfits. And I would have to say with all the amazing things that happened on this trip the highlight would still be meeting this crazy bunch of gorgeous, ambitious, talented and vivacious models. Not to forget Vincent McDoom, who was flown in from his fashion forward, reality TV, Parisian lifestyle to co ordinate the show and offer the models some much needed time, advice and training. Oh, and I think I’d get bitch slapped from Milan if I didn’t mention international model, but true St Lucian at heart Portia Cherry. Lets just say, we got on like a house on fire and she definitely knows how to work it!

 

Me, Vincent McDoom and Portia Cherry

Me, Vincent McDoom and Portia Cherry

 

Now with any boundary pushing fashion show, there is going to be drama and controversy and this one was absolutely no different. With discussions emerging about the over use of international designers, who was responsible for what, lipstick on male models, below par runways, treatment of local models and so much more! But as far as I’m concerned all this drama, kept people talking about Hot Couture and demonstrated that the show had it’s desired affect, which was to make an impact on the Caribbean fashion scene.

 

The Hot Couture models hitting the runway in fabulous designs.

The Hot Couture models hitting the runway in fabulous designs.

 

St Lucia was better than a quality bra at supporting me through my ANTM journey. Every week, while the show was airing I’d get phone calls and facebook messages declaring how proud they were. At one point my great aunt calling up everyone she knew to make sure they were tuned in!… I may just have to hire her as my official PR! Lol But it is mainly for this reason that I wanted to give back to the island in some sense and this just seemed like the perfect way. I hope myself along with Vincent and the other international models were able to inspire not just the local models but also local individuals who aspire to be working with the fashion industry.

 

Getting interviewed at Radio Caribbean International with fellow International models.

Getting interviewed at Radio Caribbean International with fellow International models.

 

Lights, Camera, Action! Getting interviewed on Choice TV

Lights, Camera, Action! Getting interviewed on Choice TV

Behind the scenes shots from mine and Portia's SHE Magazine shoot.

Behind the scenes shots from mine and Portia’s SHE Magazine shoot.

 

Hopefully Hot Couture is going to be even bigger and better next year and of course I’m putting my name at the top of the list to participate again! It’s gonna be New York, Paris, Milan and St Lucia!! Lol Enjoy the pics and I think I’m gonna have to write a separate blog post on reviewing some of the massive acts like Genuwine and R Kelly that performed at this years spectacular Jazz Festival coz lets face it, I’ve waffled on long enough!!

 

Me, Portia and my  cousin Bashana enjoying the boat ride.

Me, Portia and my cousin Bashana enjoying the boat ride.

More boat ride fun. Nearly having a Marilyn moment!!

More boat ride fun. Nearly having a Marilyn moment!!

 

Friends and fam posing up a storm x

Friends and fam posing up a storm x

Bikini pose moment in front of the beautiful Pitons.

Bikini pose moment in front of the beautiful Pitons.

burning my tongue on some jerk chicken!

burning my tongue on some jerk chicken!

 

Stairway to heaven VS Working with nature

Stairway to heaven VS Working with nature

 

Fav photo of Nandi touching the Piton. Directed and shot by moi!

Fav photo of Nandi touching the Piton. Directed and shot by moi!

Fun on the tour bus with the models!

Fun on the tour bus with the models!

Hot Couture fun!! Sexi male models + smizeing female models = HOT HOT Couture! xx

Hot Couture fun!! Sexi male models + smizeing female models = HOT HOT Couture! xx

Lovely way to end the trip. Seeing yourself in print at the airport!

Lovely way to end the trip. Seeing yourself in print at the airport!

 

I want to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone that made my trip possible. But also to those  who made it a once in a lifetime experience that I will treasure forever. xx

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  1. Randel X says:

    Niice 🙂
    Blessings from Randel X!

  2. […] to St Lucia to be part of the Hot Couture Fashion Show and to of course lap up the St Lucian vibe! (St Lucia Blog Post). SHE was voted the Caribbean’s Best Fashion Magazine and is the only magazine created and […]

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