Reigning National Carnival Queen Amy Stephen will represent St. Lucia at the Miss Carival Pageant this Friday, July 4 at Carnival City, Victoria Park in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Stephen will be among 10 beauties vying for the crown.
The 20-year-old, who grew up in Anse-La-Raye, is no stranger to success at local and regional pageants. In 2005, she won the Miss Leon Hess Comprehensive Secondary School title, and in 2008 she represented St. Lucia in the Haynes Smith Caribbean’s Most Talented Teen Pageant in St. Kitts, capturing the second runner-up position.
Stephen’s interest in the Miss Carival Queen Pageant stems from her involvement in the cultural fabric of St. Lucia, according to her pageant profile.
It added: “Carnival is ﬁlled with excitement and a great sense of individual expression which has directly inﬂuenced her love for this cultural activity. Amy says ‘participating in these pageants led me to realise that this Miss Carival Queen Pageant is a good forum for the exhibition of regional talent as well as a medium for adding elegance and ﬁnesse to the true carnival experience. I am eager to serve as an ambassador to St. Lucia through my afﬁliation with this pageant.'”
The other contestants are:
Miss Venezuela – Genesis Josmarvith Valera Seijas
Miss Antigua and Barbuda – Raynell Carroll
Miss Jamaica – Daneille Black
Miss St. Kitts-Nevis – Kaeve Armstrong
Miss Martinique – Alexandra Chastel
Miss Guyana – Kiswana Abimola Jefford
Miss Dominica – Francine Tiffany Baron
Miss Barbados – Zhané Padmore
Miss St. Vincent & the Grenadines – Shadeisha George
The reigning Miss Carival is Leslassa Armour Shillingford of Dominica.
The Miss Carival Pageant is part of the Vincy Mas carnival activities.