DNO – The Mr. Caribbean Pageant, one of the most talked-about competition in Dominica, is on for the second time this year.
Seven men from various countries in the Caribbean will compete for the title of Mr. Caribbean at a competition to be held at the Arawak House of Culture on August 29th from 8:00 pm.
They are Jeffrey Burgin Jr. of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Paul Charles of Guyana, Ercil Charles Jr. of Antigua & Barbuda, Junior Thomas of Dominica, Alphonso Henry of Nevis, Chrispin Benjamin of St. Lucia and Michael Redhead of Grenada.
The contestants will compete in Performing Talent, Magnificent wear, Swimwear, Formal Wear and Interview segments.
The show is expected to be a chic display of natural masculine charm and will focus on talented males between the ages of 18 and 45 who are role models to their countries and possess ambassadorial qualities, according to Chairman and Brainchild of the Mr. Caribbean Pageant, Marie-Antoinette Mora.
She said the Mr Caribbean show was born out of the Mr. Dominica competition, which was held in 2012.
“It was founded against the backdrop of the disappearing male in society as it related to an avenue that showcases a tremendous amount of talent that abounds in this region,” Mora explained during the launch of the show on Tuesday.
She pointed to a host of shows, such as the Princess Show, Miss Dominica Pageant, Miss Wob Dwiyet pageant, among others, that allow women to express themselves in various formats and pursue future opportunities via scholarships but “there was nothing for young men.”
Mora also described the Mr. Caribbean Pageant as one other pageant that is putting Dominica on the map.
She revealed that the contestants from the other islands are coming to Dominica for the first time.
“So this tells you that this is also not just a cultural product, but it is a tourism product and very often we don’t see the value of our products, of our own home grown products until we leave our shores,” Mora stated.
She encourages the public to turn out in large numbers to support the contestants who have been working very hard over the past few months to put on a show of a lifetime in Dominica.
Meantime, Chief Cultural Officer Jacinta David said the pageant provides opportunities and benefits for the cultural industry in Dominica.
“I see this pageant as being in its embryonic stage, the birth of this pageant will create fashion designers particularly for male consumers, talent coordinators, trainers, makeup artists, costume builders, costume designers, speech coaches and the possibilities are endless,” David said. “I trust that this event will create an incentive for other young men to get involved in the creative industries at whatever level one may choose.”
She encourages everyone to support the Mr. Caribbean Pageant competition and urged the public sector to support and encourage men on island in positive activities by contributing in cash or kind towards the staging of the competition.
Tickets for the show costs $50 and are available at Prima Donna and Don’s and Divas.
The reigning Mr. Caribbean is Kadeen Tyson of Nevis.