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Miss Leeward 2016

Chateaubelair resident Ronella Lampkin was crowned Miss Leeward on Friday. (Photo: Jules Anthony)

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The Chateaubelair and Vermont delegates shared the winnings in the four categories of the Miss Leeward Pageant that determined Friday’s winner.

However, the North Leeward delegate, Miss Chateaubelair — Ronella Lampkin, outdid her South Leeward counterpart, Miss Vermont — Nelisa Parsons, to emerge winner of the show, in which four other young ladies competed.

Lampkin and Parsons shared equally among the “beauty” and “brain” winnings. Lampkin won the Swimwear and Interview categories, while the Evening Wear and Talent segments went to Parsons.

Second Runner-up was Miss Fitz Hughes — Nekeisha James.

Miss Leeward 2016 Results:

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  • Miss Photogenic: Miss Fitz Hughes — Nekeisha James
  • Miss Congeniality: Miss Barrouallie — Cheris Roberts
  • Most Community Spirited Miss Fitz Hughes — Nekeisha James
  • Most Disciplined: Miss Vermont — Nelisa Parsons
  • Facebook People’s Choice: Miss Vermont — Nelisa Parsons
  • Best Swimwear: Miss Chateaubelair — Ronella Lampkin
  • Best Talent: Miss Vermont — Nelisa Parsons
  • Best Evening Gown: Miss Vermont — Nelisa Parsons
  • Best Interview: Miss Chateaubelair — Ronella Lampkin
  • 2nd Runner -up: Miss Fitz Hughes — Nekeisha James
  • 1st Runner Up: Miss Vermont — Nelisa Parsons
  • Miss Leeward 2016: Miss Chateaubelair — Ronella Lampkin
Miss Leeward 2016: Miss Chateaubelair -- Ronella Lampkin. (Photo: Jules Anthony)
Miss Leeward 2016: Miss Chateaubelair — Ronella Lampkin. (Photo: Jules Anthony)

Parson’s talent performance was a rendition of Maxwell’s “Tajoe” Francis’ 2011 National Calypso Monarch winning composition, “Suzie”.

The calypso is about a promising young lady – Suzie — who became addicted to cocaine at age 14.

She “never got her life back on track again” and, by the time she was 20 — when the calypsonian saw her “standing in the rain” — Suzie was prostituting herself to support her drug habit.

At the end of the song, Parsons said: “Children, if you’re listening, hear me. Listen to your parents carefully. We have too much (sic) Suzies roaming our streets. Suzie’s mother tired to guide her, gave her the best she could have offered, but Suzie never, never honoured her mother’s plea.”

Parson’s winning evening gown was dubbed “Red carnation”. It was a gown made of stretched silk, red chiffon and mesh.

According to the description read on stage, the bodice of the gown was skilfully made “to create a teasing effect on her skin”.

The bottom of the gown is “shaped into a mesmerizing mermaid skirt which hugs her hips perfectly and then glows into a flowerbed of carnation”.

Parsons chose to depict carnation as it “signifies the fascination of a woman and her deep love and affection, which she exudes”.

In the interview segment, Lampkin was asked:

“You stated in your biography that you are an aspiring (sic) lawyer. What kind of lawyer would you want to become, and why?”

She responded: “Upon entering the St. Vincent and the Grenadines community college, I chose to study paralegal law. Now, two years into my studying, my love for the law field has grown immensely, moreover, my love for family law. I grow (sic) up in a large and closely knitted (sic) family and this has played the most important part in my decision making of becoming a family lawyer. I would like to have a hands-on approach on dealing with cases of broken families and families who are in need of the type of assistance that I will be providing and the well-being of any minor child or children will be my main focus, especially on the changes of gender role in our society.”

Contestants in the Miss Leeward pageant in Evening wear. (Photo: Jules Anthony)
Contestants in the Miss Leeward pageant in Evening wear. (Photo: Jules Anthony)

Her second question was: “Many women have been victims of domestic violence in our small society. What can be done so that women can no longer become victims of domestic violence?”

She gave the following answer: “Curbing the occurrence of domestic violence has to be done with the community effort. Individuals, both male and female, should be sensitive from the start in order that they should know what is domestic abuse, the type of domestic abuse and distinguishing the abusive traits on any individual. This would help to avoid any situation that would potentially be dangerous. Also, cases of domestic violence should be treated more seriously with harsher penalties for persons who are guilty of these crimes.”