Each day, starting Monday, June 17, 2013, St. Lucia News Online will publish a biography of a contestant in the Miss Gros Islet Carnival Queen Pageant, scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Gaiety, Rodney Bay, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Twenty-one-year-old Shirlian Phillip is the third of seven children and hails from the strikingly beautiful island of Saint Lucia, the Helen of the West Indies.
She lives at Cas-en-bas, Gros islet and is extremely family-oriented and believes in the self-proclaimed motto – “Family first”. She is presently employed as a fax queue coordinator at KM2 Solutions.
A graduate of the 2010 class of the Bocage Secondary, Shirlian obtained seven CXC passes, namely – English Language, mathematics, principles of business, integrated science, social studies, information technology and clothing and textile.
This artistic young lady has always had an interest in sewing, a skill she learnt while attending secondary school. As a young aspiring designer, she has crafted several outfits and finds pleasure in designing garments for friends and family, including her. She is also a part-time model and enjoys being called out on photo shoots; she finds the experience quite exhilarating.
At the blossoming age of 21, Shirlian possess the qualities of a true queen. She is talented, charismatic, generous, charming and ambitious. In 2008, she was asked to compete in her school’s pageant and placed second runner-up. The experience, she admits, was very educational and has helped her to evolve from being shy and reserved to a candid, flamboyant individual. That initial experience has tremendously improved her self-esteem and has given her the additional confidence necessary to pursue other pageants such as Miss Gros Islet Carnival Queen. However, her main pageant ambition is to become one of Saint Lucia’s beauty queens and the opportunity to represent her country at a few regional and international pageants.
Shirlian is an avid reader. During her leisure time she writes short stories and poetry; her inspiration comes from Hon. Derek Walcott, who at the age of 18, made his debut with 25 poems. Hon. Walcott founded the Trinidad Theatre Workshop which produced many of his early plays.
Shirlian continues to read about this famous St. Lucian poet, who in 1992 was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Although Shirlian was only a toddler at the time of this award, she grew up admiring the works of Hon Derek Walcott. He has made our country and our people proud, he is her inspiration, she admires his tenacity and style. Shirlian wish to one day meet the Hon. Derek Walcott, a hope she holds dear to her heart.
Tomorrow we will post the biography of Kadijha Mason.