Resplendent in a shimmering royal blue gown, beautiful Tashana Allicock wooed her way into the hearts of both judges and crowd to walk away Queen of Linden, at the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground early Sunday morning.
The former Mackenzie High School student and current employee of Fredco’s Photo Studio, 18-year-old Allicock was the first contestant to grace the stage, and created quite an impact from the beginning.
Delegates looking gorgeous in black tights with matching tops and hats, wowed the audience at the commencement of the show with lively gyrations, which was done to upbeat music, and through a haze of simulated smoke.
Their performance certainly hyped the crowd’s anticipation of things to come. They were certainly not disappointed.
The first segment was the talent segment where each of the seven delegates sought to outdo each other in song, poetry, dance and physical display. Most impressive in this segment was Talina Croal who dramatised her poem, dressed in an exotic costume complete with feathered headdress.
This segment was followed by a riveting performance by the Lichas Dance Troupe.
The delegates then paraded in their red swim suits. All the girls looked well, but delegate Number One, Tashana Allicock stole the hearts of many, as she looked superb in hers.
After a brief intermission, it was time for the evening gown segment.
While most of the delegates looked really well in their gowns and performed creditably, for Delegate Number Seven Diana Joseph, this segment was a disaster.
Joseph’s ensemble was an ugly excuse of an evening gown, and whoever was responsible for designing the contraption did the delegate a terrible injustice. Joseph was clearly not comfortable in the shapeless frock, so it was not surprising that her performance suffered as a result.
While this delegate was not among the front runners, a beautiful gown would have at least done wonders for her self esteem; and it would have reflected in her overall performance. No such luck for her!
On the other hand, Tashana Allicock and delegate number two, Nikita McFarlane looked gorgeous in two exquisite blue gowns.
Allicock’s was designed out of a sequined material, and featured a low cut back with crisscross straps. It hugged her svelte body and showed off her curves to perfection.
McFarlane’s, which was clearly a crowd favorite, was a low cut brassiere front gown highlighted at the waist and back with silver sequins. It was a perfect fit, and McFarlane certainly knew she looked well, judging from the confident way she glided across the stage.
Delegated Number Three, Nikita McPhoy chose a navy blue gown featuring a fish tail bottom.
This gown was highlighted with gold roses and ruffles at the low cut V-Neck.
Selena Croal’s gold dress, which was also beautiful, could have accentuated her figure more if it wasn’t sagging at the stomach.
Delegate Number Five, Keneisha Small, a crowd favorite, chose a gold and white lace dress with fish tail bottom and criss-cross back.
Diana Joseph’s was a burgundy disaster, while delegate number seven Dianna Dolphin looked really nice in a brown creation, featuring a short front and a longer fluffy tulle skirt in the back.
Most of the evening gowns, and all of the swim suits were done by popular Linden designer Allana Binning. The swimsuits were all beautiful and fitted the delegates really well. The same could not be said for all of the evening gowns. Some of the girls were lucky to get perfect fits.
While a few were, well, not so fortunate, as their gowns lacked finesse.
The four finalists chosen after the evening gown segment were Keneisha Small, delegate number five, delegate number seven Dianna Dolphin and delegates number one and two, Tashana Allicock and Keneisha Mcfarlane respectfully.
All that was now left between the girls and the crown was the final question, “If Miss Linden Town Week 2011 was to be become pregnant should she be allowed to reign, and if yes, why?”
All of the girls, except delegate number seven, replied in the affirmative to this question, and gave their reasons for their answers.
Based on the final results, the eventual winner Tashana Allicock’s answer was adjudged the best.
Allicock said “yes, a woman should be allowed to celebrate her femininity.” She pointed out that she could not see how a child would interrupt the duties of the new queen. The First Runner-up Nikita McFarlane said “yes, as everyone makes mistakes and should be given a second chance.”
Queen Tashana walked away with a brand new red scooter, compliments of Digicel, one of the major sponsors of the event, while McFarlane copped a brand new Laptop for her efforts. Speaking with media operatives briefly after her win, a beaming Allicock said she felt really great and awesome to have won the title. Many persons considered the pageant a good production by Live Wire, a popular television programme hosted by former Jamzone Queen Charris Joseph. However, the saddest part was when last year’s Queen Raquah Boyer took her final walk on stage, and made some brief remarks to the delegates and crowd.
Many were amazed to learn that Boyer has not yet received her prizes one year later. This of course has nothing to do with Live Wire productions, as this year’s pageant was their first venture in this area.
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