September 29, 2016

First Indigenous fashion line to be featured during Sonia Noel’s Fashion Week 2016

Indigenous designers will be making their debut during Guyana’s most celebrated fashion designer Sonia fashion-1Noel’s Fashion Weekend extravaganza from November 6-13.
Minister within the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry, Valerie Garrido-Lowe, who has direct responsibility for women development, met Noel, fellow international designer Richard Young, Indigenous designers and cousins Vanda and Abigail Buckley, in her office last week to discuss the undertaking.
“It is definitely going to bring a special element… because the world actually is looking at Indigenous influence and it’s not just the clothing, it is the medicine it is everything else and there is something special about it and people definitely like to feel special. I can imagine one of Miss Allicock’s design on the red carpet,” Noel stated.
The Allicock’s have been operating almost silently in the business for a number of years and Noel feels that the time has come for them to share with Guyana and the rest of the world the uniqueness of the Indigenous peoples and their culture.
Minister Garrido-Lowe during last week’s Heritage celebrations at Castellani House proposed the inclusion of an Indigenous line for next year’s celebrations; an idea Noel fully endorsed.
The Minister said this added feature will serve as the impetus for the much touted November Fashion Week, adding “we are doing it right,” while Noel said “I am super, super excited about this. There is a freshness that will come to the party.”
Fellow designer Vanda said she too is “excited to be with Sonia. I have always admired her work and I am happy to be a part of this… very excited.”
The recently launched Rupununi Essence Line has also received positive reviews from Minister Garrido-Lowe and Noel, who noted that the world is turning to alternative medicine – a culture the Indigenous peoples are a part of from time immemorial.
Noel however, called on the persons responsible for marketing this line of product to ensure it graces the shelves of stores and supermarkets, among other businesses all across Guyana. The world’s “Indigenous Fashion weekend,” is an initiative that has been endorsed by the United Nations.

Top 10 Gowns of Miss Universe Guyana 2016

The Miss Universe Guyana 2016 would have seen some elegant gowns that obviously left the audience spell gownsbound. Some of these gowns were designed by Guyanese designers while some were imported from overseas and were designed by well known designers.
Whether imported or designed by local talents, the delegate displayed them with grace, poise and sophistication. At the end of the competition however, it was Ashley John who copped the prize for elegance with a gown that was imported.
Nevertheless, the gown worn by the newly crowned queen, Soyini Fraser was also designed by the same designer who worked on the gown worn by Miss Universe Guyana, 2015; Shauna Ramdyhan, when she copped the title.
Here are the top 10 gowns and the designers in the Miss Universe Guyana 2016 contest.

Miss Universe Guyana optimistic about placing in top 15 on international stage

Newly crowned Miss Universe Guyana, Soyini Fraser, will soon wing out to the United States of America soyiniwhere she will start training leading up to the Miss Universe pageant. She intends to work acidulously with the new organisaers to make sure Guyana makes it to the top 15 in the competition.
Under the new franchise holder, Jyoti Hardat, the crowned queen will undergo several training programmes while in the US. She also has a lot of international contacts that are willing to assist in making the path to the Miss Universe pageant much easier with their support and encouragement.
Reminiscing on the pageant, Fraser noted that each of the delegates brought their “A” game from the inception but on the night of the pageant, she had one goal at the back of her head – that was to win. When asked about her fiercest competitor, Fraser related that she had to look out for all the delegates, admitting that this year; the array of delegates was of a different calibre.
“They were all gracious and wanted the same thing – to win the title. All I did was put my heart and soul into everything I did with the hope of it paying off”, she added.
After answering the first question, Fraser started to walk off the stage but was called back by the emcee, Sherod Duncan, for a second question. She however, recomposed herself, listened to the question and delivered.
As the Guyanese ambassador prepares to leave local shores, she is all prepared to participate in the World Fashion Show which is billed for New York in two week’s time.
As she bid farewell to the sisterhood, she walks away with great memories and more so, new friendships.
“It was indeed a pleasure meeting all the delegates… Everyone has an amazing personality, everyone had a different platform that they were passionate about… growing with them, sharing with them, learning from them is what I will take away from the pageant,” Fraser stated.
Meanwhile, she is urging the other delegates to work together to promote pageants of high calibre as was witnessed on Saturday last.

Noel appointed as Global Ambassador for unite 4: good

Guyanese fashion icon Sonia Noel was recently appointed as Global Ambassador for Unite4: Good noel-2Ambassador Network.
She was invited to attend an? intense training programme in Chicago hosted by the founders Anthony and Natalie Melikhov.
Through a unique platform, U4G makes it easy for their members to connect with organisations, influencers and like-minded people to engage in both virtual and real-world opportunities in a positive environment where they are rewarded for their good work, allowing them to truly enjoy the experience of giving.
U4G’s ultimate goal is to motivate people to integrate doing good into their lives on a sustainable basis, creating a lifelong habit of kindness that is both life-changing and world-changing. It is a social platform for a new generation, whose mission is to encourage people to live meaningful lives.
The Melikhovs are entrepreneurs and global philanthropists.
The duo devoted their lives to making their communities a better place. Together, they now focus their efforts on building a global culture that embodies the values of kindness and compassion.
Utilising networks of social influencers, Governments, world leaders, and businesses, the Melikhovs are working to change the signal of our entire culture and economy from negative to positive.
The Melikhovs are also the driving forces behind many other philanthropic ventures, including Bright Future International (BFI); DoMore4: Good (DM4G); BFI Curriculum for the Children of Quebrada Negra; BFI and Brighton Ballet Theatre Company (BBT) Junior Ambassador Program, and the Children Affected By HIV/AIDS (CHABHA) After School Program.
Through their various endeavours, they also host numerous charitable events to highlight the heroes of the social good movement, such as Unite4:Humanity, Day of Unity Miami, Variety’s Power of Women and Unite4: Good.
Noel, who recently received a Caribbean Philanthropic award, is elated to be introducing Unite4: Good to Guyana and the Caribbean, because this can create a major paradigm shift? in society. She will be recruiting ambassadors and encouraging businesses to be socially conscious.

Race for Miss Guyana Universe title

basdeoGet to know Miss Guyana Universe contestants – Xamiera Kippins and Ariella Basdeo

Name: Xamiera Kippins

Age: 20

Height: 5’11″

Occupation: Model, fashion blogger, and Creative Director at Struckturetheblog.comxamiera-kippins

Education: Bishops’ High School – class of 2012; 10 CSEC subjects, three CAPE subjects

Talent/skills: My talents are dancing, sketching, cooking, creative writing and design, photography and editing, yoga.

Interesting facts: I am not a very good singer but I love to sing out loud; my mom and I have the same smile; I love cats, they are magical; my strange addiction is garbanzo beans and I love Broadway musicals.

Academic honours/leadership positions: District Young Women Leader (Beehive) at the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (2011-2012)

Academic/community/professional associations or clubs: None.

Community service experience: International Day of Service Clean-up Campaign; fun chats and discussions with young girls and boys from the Girls Rock, Boys Rule Foundation about self esteem and personal hygiene; and the walk against domestic violence led by Traits Model Management.

Goal/ambition: To be Miss Guyana Universe 2016; to attain my Degree in Management Studies; to achieve enlightenment; to have a family; to be a mentor to young girls for a year; to go on an African safari; to help 10 persons each achieve one life goal and to sing a song with a dear friend on the Gershwin Theatre Stage.

My goals as Miss Guyana Universe 2016: To be a great ambassador of Guyana; to shed light on the struggles young girls and women face in society; to be a positive role model and a beacon of light and truth to everyone I meet and to fulfil all other responsibilities as Queen.

Previous pageant experience: No prior pageant experience.

What places have you travelled to? I have travelled to four countries. They are Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Curacao and The Dominican Republic.

What primary message or concern would you advocate as Miss Universe Guyana 2016? As Miss Universe Guyana 2016, my message would be aimed at creating positive body image and establishing higher self esteem in young women.

Why should you be Miss Universe Guyana 2016? I believe I should be Miss Guyana Universe 2016 because I am a force of nature. It is a great responsibility. I am driven and I possess the heart, elegance, poise and confidence to do so. It is my dream.

Name: Ariella Basdeo

Age: 24

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Occupation: Administrative Assistant

Education: University of Central Florida – Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Prelaw Track with a specialisation in International Relations and Global Studies, 2016; Valencia College – Associates Degree in General Studies, 2013; Lake Brantley High School, 2010

Talent/Skills: Ballroom dancer

Interesting facts: I was the first person to represent Guyana for the Miss Global Organisation, where I placed in the Top 20 and was awarded Miss Enterprise.

I am also, signed to three modelling and talent agencies. This year I was given the opportunity to join the Caribbean Passport Newspaper as a fashion, fitness, and lifestyle columnist. I have been a competitive ballroom dancer since the age of 14.

Academic honours/ leadership positions: Valencia College, Dean’s List; Team Lead for JV Dance Team, 2007; Lake Brantley Honour Student

Academic/community/professional associations or clubs: Founder/ Owner of Warriors of Hope, a campaign to build awareness and aid in suicide prevention. Owner of “Warriors”, an organisation that helps persons with suicidal thoughts. Ambassador for The Caribbean Voice

Community service experience: I have volunteered with many organisations: The Diabetes Association, Relay for Life, and most currently, The Guardian Ad Litem.

Goal/ambition: My goal is to bring happiness to all those who enter my life. My ambition is to become an International Attorney.

Previous pageant experience: In 2015, I was selected to be the first person to represent Guyana in the Miss Global Pageant, which took place in the Philippines. I placed within the Top 20 and won the special award title of Miss Enterprise. In the spring of 2016, I was also deemed as Region Four’s ( Demerara Mahaica) ambassador.

What places have you travelled to? I have travelled to 10 out of the 50 states of the USA. I have also been to the Philippines and Guyana.

What primary message or concern would you advocate as Miss Universe Guyana 2016? My main concern is to promote self-love.

Why should you be Miss Universe Guyana 2016? I should be Miss Universe Guyana 2016, because I am confident, driven, motivated, willing and able to do what is necessary to build the Miss Universe Guyana brand. Once I am crowned, I will be ready to implement my 365-day plan to bring home the ultimate title of Miss Universe 2016 for the country of Guyana.

 

New franchise holder promises revitalized Miss Guyana Universe

Jyoti Hardat, National Director of Miss Universe Guyana with Tricia Langa, Senior Director, Global Franchise Operations of the Miss Universe organisation

Jyoti Hardat, National Director of Miss Universe Guyana with Tricia Langa, Senior Director, Global Franchise Operations of the Miss Universe organisation

For over 60 years, women from across the world have trained and prepared for their unique journeys to compete for the title of Miss Universe. Their journey starts locally, at a national preliminary such as Guyana, where one lucky contestant will have the opportunity to represent her country at the annual Miss Universe Pageant.

The new Miss Universe Guyana is one that is determined to affect change and provide the women who are a part of their system the skill sets they need to be successful leaders of tomorrow.

Now under new ownership and guidance by National Director Jyoti Hardat and Creative Director, Derek Moore, its global reach is maximised to extend amazing opportunities to the talented young women of our beautiful country, Guyana.

Research has shown that the number one obstacle women are faced with when reaching their potential in any endeavour is the lack of self-confidence. The committee members are proud to be a part of an organisation, such as Miss Universe, which challenges women to get out of their comfort zones, push their envelopes and be fearless.

The Miss Universe organisation’s mission is to empower every woman to have the confidence to stand in any forum, anywhere and declare that she is confident, secure, comfortable, powerful and beautiful.

The Miss Universe Guyana pageant promises to stand by these words and vows to empower Guyanese women to be contributing members of society, leaders and role models, as they tackle issues to make way for our future generations to flourish.

The Miss Universe organisation is now under new ownership and management, which has since boosted this international pageant’s global presence. With new management, comes new opportunities for tourism and cultural exchange between the sister countries, who participate in this competition.

In its new approach to enhancing tourism to Guyana, the committee has collaborated with the Tourism Ministry to help train our finalists and to further their knowledge about their beautiful home, the untouched paradise, Guyana.

The organisation is currently partnering with a few charities in Guyana and the Guyanese Diaspora worldwide and will be adding more who choose to work with them, in the future.

Its intention is to raise awareness to the many issues being faced by Guyanese; both at home and around the world. Some of the charities include Give Foundation Guyana and The Caribbean Voice.

 

New franchise holder promises revitalized Miss Guyana Universe

For over 60 years, women from across the world have trained and prepared for their unique journeys to compete for the title of Miss Universe. Their journey starts locally, at a national preliminary such as Guyana, where one lucky contestant will have the opportunity to represent her country at the annual Miss Universe Pageant.

Jyoti Hardat, National Director of Miss Universe Guyana with Tricia Langa, Senior Director, Global Franchise Operations of the Miss Universe organisation

Jyoti Hardat, National Director of Miss Universe Guyana with Tricia Langa, Senior Director, Global Franchise Operations of the Miss Universe organisation

The new Miss Universe Guyana is one that is determined to affect change and provide the women who are a part of their system the skill sets they need to be successful leaders of tomorrow.

Now under new ownership and guidance by National Director Jyoti Hardat and Creative Director, Derek Moore, its global reach is maximised to extend amazing opportunities to the talented young women of our beautiful country, Guyana.

Research has shown that the number one obstacle women are faced with when reaching their potential in any endeavour is the lack of self-confidence. The committee members are proud to be a part of an organisation, such as Miss Universe, which challenges women to get out of their comfort zones, push their envelopes and be fearless.

The Miss Universe organisation’s mission is to empower every woman to have the confidence to stand in any forum, anywhere and declare that she is confident, secure, comfortable, powerful and beautiful.

The Miss Universe Guyana pageant promises to stand by these words and vows to empower Guyanese women to be contributing members of society, leaders and role models, as they tackle issues to make way for our future generations to flourish.

The Miss Universe organisation is now under new ownership and management, which has since boosted this international pageant’s global presence. With new management, comes new opportunities for tourism and cultural exchange between the sister countries, who participate in this competition.

In its new approach to enhancing tourism to Guyana, the committee has collaborated with the Tourism Ministry to help train our finalists and to further their knowledge about their beautiful home, the untouched paradise, Guyana.

The organisation is currently partnering with a few charities in Guyana and the Guyanese Diaspora worldwide and will be adding more who choose to work with them, in the future.

Its intention is to raise awareness to the many issues being faced by Guyanese; both at home and around the world. Some of the charities include Give Foundation Guyana and The Caribbean Voice.

 

Indian Legends Spectacular for NCC on October 15

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e International presents “Indian Legend Spectacular” at the National Cultural Centre on Saturday, October 15. The event is dubbed the first Caribbean Indian awards.

The special red carpet affair will see awards being given out to several groups and individuals who have contributed to Indian music in Guyana and further afield. It is proposed that plaques will be given to the awardees.

Those listed to be awarded are Terry Gajraj, Anand Yankarran, Rakesh Yankarran, Kries Ramkhelawan, Mohan Nandu, Chate Singh, Tageman, Devindra Pooran, Ramkissoon Singh, and Sookrane Boodhoo.

Also receiving awards on the evening will be Virendra Persad, Music Director and leader of Trevini Band, Trinidad and Tobago. However, the evening will also see performances by members of the Trinveni Band including KI, Nishard M and Neval Chatelal. There will also be performances by three renowned dance troupes.

After the award ceremony, patrons will partake in the “After Award Bazaar” which will feature lots of Indian and Chinese foods and an international bar. Tickets for balcony cost $3000; Auditorium, $4000, VIP, $5000 and VVIP, $6000 and are available at Muneshwers Limited, Water Street; and Amavani, Sheriff Street, Georgetown.

It will be a red carpet affair, so patrons are asked to dress appropriately.

 

“Bell West Big Night and Vehicle Sound off”

set for September 15

All roads will lead to the Bell West Community Centre ground for the second annual “Bell West Big Night and Vehicle Sound Off,” billed for Saturday, September 15. The event will feature several attractions, including a sound clash among the top music systems on the Westside – Big Life Sound and Power Sonic.

Also, vehicles registered to participate in the vehicle sound off competition will compete in four categories. These are Mini Extreme Car, Extreme Car, Mini Extreme Bus and Canal Number Two Sound Off. The event is expected to be off the hook, with several side attractions including mouth watering Bar-b-que and games.

Admission to the event is $200 with Bar-b-que being sold for $500. Bell West Big Night and Vehicle Sound off is promoted by Hype Entertainment.

Those who wish to register for the vehicle sound off can contact Selector Juggie on telephone number 643-6628.

 

Martial Arts student cops Miss Guyana Talented Teen title

Eight of Guyana’s most talented teenage girls took to the stage of the National Cultural Centre on Saturday evening last as they competed for the coveted crown of Miss Guyana Talented Teen 2016.

At the end, Aliya Wong proved to be the best of the lot as she got the judges nod for the title, with Jerusha Farrell and Ayana Glasgow gaining the first and second runners-up positions respectively.

The delegates who contested the pageant were Ahiesha Antoo, Anicia Wiliams, Annastacia Boyal, Naiome Bacchus, Ayana Glasgow, Aliya Wong, Geetanjali Nauth and Jerusha Farrell.

The girls competed in introduction, talent and evening gown segments. The pageant is in its 16th year and was dubbed ‘Sweet Sixteen’ as it was being held for the first time under a new franchise holder, Wasim Khan ,under the name “The Imperial House’.

However, the elated crowned queen told Guyana Times Entertainment that she was proud of herself since she put a lot of work into the pageant.

Newly-crowned Miss Guyana Talented Teen Aliya Wong

Newly-crowned Miss Guyana Talented Teen Aliya Wong

Aliya Wong flanked by the other delegates after copping the Miss Guyana Talented Teen title

Aliya Wong flanked by the other delegates after copping the Miss Guyana Talented Teen title

“I wanted this so bad so I know that I pushed myself – late nights training, rehearsals by myself…”. The teenager who is also a 2nd Dan black belt noted that the experience was an amazing one.

“It was an amazing learning experience, basically we just had fun in everything that we did but at the same time, we know when to be focused and bring our A Game.”

She encouraged other girls who have an interest in entering a pageant to “be yourself” and to “be confident”. “It’s all about confidence and self-love and the best persons to be is you. It is an amazing experience when it comes to pageantry because it opens a lot of doors to opportunities.”