The St. Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) has placed its support behind one of the seven 2013 Carnival queen contestants – 19-year-old Amy Stephen.
The Anse La Raye beauty was presented to the SLTB on Monday during a sashing ceremony at the Alliance Francaise De Sainte Lucie.
An SLTB press release states that the move to sponsor Stephen demonstrates the organization’s “robust support” for the event and St. Lucia’s carnival.
Described as a soft-spoken, energetic and witty individual, Stephen is said to be no stranger to pageants. The former Leon Hess Comprehensive Secondary School (LHCSH) student placed first in the Mr & Ms LHCSH in 2005 and represented St. Lucia at the Haynes Smith Caribbean’s Most Talented Teen Pageant in St. Kitts where she copped the second runner-up spot in 2008.
Stephen is said to have a keen interest in arts which she credits to family tradition and influence from the late cultural icon Petronilla Deterville. She has been involved with the choral group, the Cecilian Rays, and the Charles Cadet Youth Orchestra, the release said.
“Who I am today is largely as a result of my family which comprises a mix of teachers and musicians,” Stephen was quoted in the release.
Meanwhile, SLTB Director Louis Lewis said that the contestant will soon be presented to SLBT staff.
“We are involved in more than just carnival, and in fact are hosting a number of exciting summer promotional campaigns like Staycation/Summmerliicious, along with a major US/Saint Lucia Showcase happening in the midst of the carnival season and can already foresee valuable avenues where we can spotlight Miss Stephen. On the flip side, Miss Stephen through not only her charm, but talents and captivating appeal, can provide us with invaluable marketing mileage,” the director said.
The 2013 National Carnival Queen Pageant takes place on June 28 at the National Cultural Centre.