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Wet and Wild

Shopping Spree

Colombian Emeralds International, Diamonds International, Duty Free Caribbean and Harry Edward Jewelers will be hosting their second joint event dubbed a “Christmas Shopping Experience.”

This grand event will be held at the Duty Free Pointe Seraphine Shopping Complex and is carded for 6:00pm to 9:00pm, where the local customers will be able to commence their holiday shopping for a wide variety of fine jewelry, classic time pieces and so much more.

Twin of Twins Birthday Bash

DJ Litchie Strikes Back

What do you get when you cross a Scorpion with a sexy little black dress? A hot party from a popular DJ. Club Gravity was the scene as Scorpios took over in celebration of their birth.

Photos by Daniel Lester.

DESPERADOS RED Media Road Trip

The newly launched Desperados Red from Windward and Leeward Brewery Ltd, was taken to the media last week following the public launch at the highly successful fete “Live n Colour” on August 1 at Pigeon Island. Popular media personnel, and those working behind the scenes too, got to sample the new tequila flavoured Desperados beer containing tequila, cachaca and guarana extract and an appealing red colour and flavour.

WLBL Innovations manager, Germaine Serieux, with the sexy Desperados ladies, called on a number of media houses where workers took some time off to engage the crew, taste the product and offer some welcomed feedback as well. Who says the media only engage in politics, bad news and roro? Here was a moment of levity that was enjoyed and appreciated by all!

All Aboard the CPL Party Train

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Moe much more than meets the eye!

She’s Guyana-born but came with her family to live among us when she was all of ten years old. She studied business administration at Sir Arthur Lewis, from 2011 to 2013. Small wonder she considers herself well cut out for business and can hardly wait to get down to, er, business.

Her hobbies include belly dancing, which she started when she was only four years old, and reading novels by Nora Roberts. She claims to be the life of any party she attends, which was hardly earth-shaking news, considering her gregarious personality.
Reggae is her favorite music, and dancehall.

Moe
Moe

Moe is also keenly interested in the emergency department of healthcare and currently is engaged in related studies. We might add she was a lot of fun during our recent hour-long shoot, suggesting poses like a true professional, never mind that ours was her very first shoot.

Obviously a most adaptable young woman is she—and a joy to work with!

 

Who will be the 2016 Soca Switch Champion

One monarch will be crowned tonight (Saturday April 30) at Just4Fun’s second annual Soca Switch Competition. The event features 12 performers who were on the early train with music for Saint Lucia’s Carnival 2016.

Additionally Digicel the main sponsor of the event will also declare a People’s Choice Soca Switch Champion. Text the name of your favorite artiste to 5566 for their chance to win the Digicel People’s Choice Award. Texting ends at 12:00pm , Saturday April 30th.

Soca Switch Competition
Soca Switch Competition

The 12 performers for the competition to be held at the Gaiety Gardens are as follows:
1. BRANDON HARDING / LIFE OF DE PARTY
2. VERSI STYLE FT SEEBO / CAH HANDLE WE
3. JAY BUDZ / UNIVERSAL
4. MYSTERIO / COLIDING
5. NERDY / RAM UP
6. QPID / HAPPY
7. MONGSTAR / REBELS
8. SERGIE / RUM & IRON
9. SAVEION / O.M.D (ONE MORE DAY)
10. SHEMMY J. / LAND OF JUMP
11. EZRA / SWIM MY WAY
12. OMEGA / FANTASTIC

Crayon Noir ~ The Spoken Word Wonder!

A poet is before anything else a person who is passionately in love with language, and Black Crayon or ‘Crayon Noir’ as he is also known is no exception. He is one of St. Lucia’s finest spoken word performers and not only does he flow effervescently on poetry platforms, but he is also multi talented, being the owner and manager of The Black Crayon Project which is a diverse film and photography company.

A young entrepreneur and photographer with a passion for capturing exquisite beauty with his keen eye, he works in the capacity of not only a wedding photographer, but also captures other memorable events. Through his business sub entity Crayon Noir Productions, he provides services such as wedding videos & photography, funeral videos & photography, graduation videos, photography event highlight videos, music videos, documentaries, commercials and movies.

Black Crayon
                                                                                           Black Crayon

Jarron Alexander is the name given to him at birth, and as unique as his name is, so are his talents. Apart from his creative skills in photography and the spoken word, he is also a versatile rapper, comparable to some of the international greats with a few of his rhymes, as those who have heard him perform would agree.

He has participated in several creative events such as the famous ‘Head Phunk’ and numerous poetry slam events, leaving his trail blazing mark and relentlessly wowing his fans who truly appreciate him for what he does best. As if that weren’t enough, Jarron is also a model. One of his more recent notable events was the Bayfest Fashion Fusion held in January of this year. There he walked the runway showcasing quality clothing from key brand name suppliers along with other local models.

The exploration of creative art forms seems like an almost endless endeavour for Black Crayon as he continues to grow and evolve as both an artist and an artiste. One thing is for certain when it comes to this brilliant creative, poetry is not just a matter of language for him, but it is a matter of life as demonstrated through everything he does. St. Lucia and the world by extension, can expect magnificent feats from ‘Crayon Noir’… guaranteed!

Synchroniz – The Lucian Lyricist

Alex Giovanni Daniel; a name synonymous with not only music, but also many other substantial things, as those who know him well will attest to – calls himself ‘Synchroniz.” Besides creating music he desires to ‘make people have fun and produce great tunes for his fellow St. Lucians’. He also desires to perform on an international level.
“I want to touch every one with my great sense of humour which I portray through my music, because I want people to feel what I feel when I sing.” That he does, which his fans would agree with, as Alex uses signature sounds within his music, which would cause only the hearing impaired not to chuckle. He seeks to share his own happiness and joy through his music. “I want to give my fans a stress free vibe,” he says. ]

Synchroniz is currently working on his first album and ironically he is cook and bottle washer for the project. He is the writer, producer and arranger of his own musical melodies, something that he so seamlessly manages to piece together, as though it were nothing short of second nature to him.

Synchroniz – The Lucian Lyricist
Synchroniz – The Lucian Lyricist

He accredits the “Most High” for all his creative inspiration, acknowledging ‘some divine force’ as being the source of the endless stream he usually receives without any effort at all. The topics he sings about range from love, to romance, to storytelling about life in general; whatever the mind is potentially able to perceive, Synchroniz conceives. He gives birth to free flowing pieces, one of his key strengths being his impeccable and rather versatile free styling ability. His flow of music is usually unpredictable, representative of his unrestrained mental capacity.
Very adventurous and also ready to undertake any exciting new challenge, the singer/ songwriter says his ultimate aim within the music industry is to produce hit after hit. “I am loaded with original music,” he told 2Nite Magazine and when asked how he manages to maintain his musical consistency he said “Its just magical, just like me being versatile, always wanting to do more, I am just open minded like blowing wind and sync with my inner feelings toward anything I focus on. I love expressing myself and being true to who I am, so this contributes to me flowing with lyrics constantly. It is very easy for me to produce any type of song of any genre.”

Aside from ‘putting it down’ on the mic, Alex is a huge fitness fanatic and a keen social activist. “I love to help people and love working out. It brings me great joy,” evident by the beaming smiles he always seems to exude when he is in his element … in his zone.

Alex is a huge lover of life and those who know him best remark on his high energy levels and the joy and laughter he effortlesslesly inspires in others. He is the proud father of one young son whom he adores, and a role model for children who he happens to have great appreciation for. – Faye Chantelle Mondesir

A St. Lucian fashion designer in a ‘class’ of his own

For Gregory Lorde fashion design is an art form, with the potential to be a major contributor to the island’s development. Having just put the Miss Independence Pageant behind him, he is looking forward to his next project that he has chosen, for the time being, to keep under wraps. As CEO of Gregory Lorde Productions, his influence on local fashion is well chronicled.

He first learned to appreciate “fabrics and scissors” at his mother’s feet. He was just 23 when he enrolled at the Wilfred’s Academy of Hair and Beauty Culture, right here in Saint Lucia, in pursuit of acquiring a recognizable skill base within the fashion industry. He also pursued studies in fashion marketing and merchandising at the City College in San Francisco, where he received a scholarship from the French government to attend the Institute Paris Modeliste. In 1996 he was awarded the “Best Hat” award at the institute’s Catherinate festival.

Gregory Lorde
Gregory Lorde

Fashion is hardly Lorde’s only interest, however. He maintains a passionate interest in youth development, having studied the subject at the University of the West Indies ten years ago. Lorde, to this day remains actively engaged within the local fashion industry and cleverly merges his passions of fashion, youth development & counseling through outlets of pageantry and youth based initiatives. He has craftily designed signature pieces designed for numerous St. Lucian Carnival Queens, Saint Lucia’s Miss World International contestants and Miss Model International. With each new piece he designs, Lorde continues to be fearless, bold, brave and loving every minute of his magnificently creative journey.

Biky B

So my peeps, how was Valentine’s? Ah hope ya’ll enjoy whatever you did. As for Biky B, de days of wine and roses dun for me. Too much bacchanal. But dat don’t mean I eh interested in wha’ goin’ on eh.

Ja-Val: Is like people really taking this jabal day ting serious dese days. Ah hear a man get ketch by his wife red-handed at a flower shop last Saturday buying some Valentine’s Day blossoms for de jabal. When he get ketch he try and tell de wife is for a good friend and co-worker. But wifey demand to see de card de man had already attached to de flowers. Well, boy if you hear de nice words. Is like de man gon to a special school to learn how to put feelin’ into words dat he ever tell wifey. What ah go say? Ah guess some co-workers real lucky!

Spilling The Beans
Spilling The Beans

Loco Law: Boy you does really hear tings on de bus wee! Is two women ah hear discussing two lawyers and how is a mixture of prayers and obeah dat have both a dem mad. Of course de women were speakin’ in tongues. Actually dey was talkin’ in creole. But for folks like Ti Chas dey might as well have been talkin’ Greek. But not Biky B. One ah dem say how de lawyer now cyar even enter his office and how his wife take everything from him. De other one is rum and more rum he drinking and walking in de neighborhood troubling everybody. Well look it!

And the father is . . . You know how long Biky B eh hear about dem Botin tings? But it seem it still going on. Ah hear for five years now a woman livin’ wid a man and a four-year-old they say is theirs. But last week Biky B hear how she get a surprise visit from a man from New York and de man brothers were at their home dat time. Well boy de fellas shock to see how de man looking like de child, so straightaway dey go and tell big brother. Mama de man make rounds until he see de man for himself and see de resemblance for true. Straightaway he call for DNA test after de woman admit she used to date de man. De DNA test prove de man she livin’ with is not de baby daddy. Look it!

She’s Baaack: Well boy guess who’s back in town and de competition have to run for cover? Give up? Well, you would remember a certain tourism worker (dat’s French for ho!) who claimed she had to go underground in a witness protection program? Hmm! Well she’s back in town and we eh sure if it had anything to do with the latest unemployment figures or the projected boom in tourism. Whatever the reason she is here and creating quite a stir among, the er, competition.

That’s all for this week, see all you on de flipside but remember drop me a line at bikyb@stluciastar.com. Keep spilling dem beans my peeps!

“Emz’… Exclusively ‘DAPPER’ indeed!

BEAUTY is truly in the eyes of the beholder. However most women who behold this work of art, or more precisely one of nature’s brainchildren of resplendence in one of its most masculine forms, will certainly agree that Cornelius Emile George is indeed beautiful… in many more ways than one! A public service worker with the Ministry of Home Affairs by profession and a model beyond his regular nine to five, this young, spirited and highly enthusiastic young man exudes insurmountable radiance and splendour in everything he aspires toward.

Emz
Emz

2Nite Magazine sat in an interview with Cornelius, who goes by the pet name ‘Emz’ and rather ‘appropriately suited’ alias ‘Dapper’.

2Nite Magazine: 1.) What are your main passions in life?

Dapper: My main passion is to INSPIRE, sounds weird, but that’s just what it is.

2Nite Magazine: 2.) What drives, propels you forward on a day-to-day basis?

Dapper: I just want to be better with each passing day, that’s the motive, drive, my main focus.

2Nite Magazine: Do you have any role models? If so, who are you they?

Dapper: To be honest; I have none. I don’t aspire to be like anyone else. Sounds a bit snobbish, yes, I know, but I’ll work relentlessly to work on me.

2Nite Magazine: Who is Cornelius really, as a man? What do you represent?… You are a model, but I know you are far more than looks.

Dapper: Unfortunately, I am unable to furnish you with adequate information to say who I am, but I can say this: “I am highly motivated, a man with a plan and definitely going to execute it!”

2Nite Magazine: 1.) What are your creative talents? 2.) What are your current and future professional endeavors?

Dapper: Creative talents? Writing (poetry), drama and design (fashion). I am currently doing a program which is pending completion in Paralegal Studies, completed a program in Forensic Science two years ago. The near future: become a qualified fitness instructor and hold at least a first degree in Marketing.

2Nite Magazine: If you had the power to change one thing in the world what would it be?

Dapper: Nothing, because I’m not very disturbed by the way this world is moving.

2Nite Magazine: What is it like working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs?

Dapper: It’s a bit challenging! Persons believe government workers don’t go to work, but the ministry I deal with… it’s no simple one. Can’t give details due to confidentiality.

2Nite Magazine: What is the most important thing you would like anyone you meet, or the wider public to know about you?

Dapper: I’m no average Joe!

2Nite Magazine: Has modeling always been a passion of yours?

Dapper: Nope.

2Nite Magazine: Fish or chicken; Ice cream or pizza? 🙂

Dapper: CHICKEN

2Nite Magazine: “If I had wings I would________________.” (Finish the sentence.)

Dapper: Fly to higher heights.

2Nite Magazine:

Now that says it all!

Sweet happy Valentine!

She’s all of 19 years old and is represented in parliament by the Honorable Alvina Reynolds. For those who get their water from the moon, that’s another way of saying our centerfold is a Babonneau resident, currently taking special classes at Sir Arthur related to the hospitality industry.

She loves music, both the kind you wrap around you with a good book in your hand and the variety that gets to your soul and feet. She also shares a special love with the camera. She is very close to her family, from whom she learned the importance of making other people happy. And while she loves children she is in no hurry to have any of her own. Meanwhile she’s also eyeing a career in health care. All of which should make Ms Reynolds very happy indeed.
As for 2Nite addicts, we’re betting on your just being happy that Vernelle agreed to be your sweet Valentine!

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Vernelle

BY: RICK WAYNE

Think modeling is easy? Think Again

Modeling is a lot more than a hobby; it is indeed an art form, a means of expression. So says 20-year-old Samantha Alphonse, who certainly knows whence she cometh. She first dipped a painted big toe in the modelling pond when she was just 17. 2Nite sat with Sam recently to discuss how far she had come since her little adventure three years ago. “I remember being at my uncle’s house watching America’s Next Top Model on TV with my cousin when she suddenly suggested I take a shot modeling. In her eyes, I had all the necessary physical attributes.” The idea excited her but Sam was clueless how to go about it.

“I didn’t think much about actually pursuing my cousin’s idea until I met this guy whom I became close to. He treated me as if I was his adopted daughter.” It turned out her friend knew someone who operates a modeling agency. She went to her first photo shoot with no idea what was expected of her, save what she had seen on ANTM. Denise Lay was also at the shoot, Sam recalled, and the wannabe model was thankful for her assistance. “I couldn’t have been very good,” she chuckled. “I wasn’t called back.”

Samantha Alphonse
Samantha Alphonse

Undaunted, she promised herself that at her next opportunity things would be different. Meanwhile she became addicted to the Tyra Banks show, listened to what she said as if it was directed at her. She practiced walking like a model, standing still like a model. Learned to assess her best angles, learned to use her eyes and her face, all as directed by the producer and super model behind ANTM.

Shortly after she moved from Vieux Fort to Castries she was introduced to Rick Wayne. An opportunity to shoot for 2Nite was arranged. She remembers easily the date: October 2014.

“Shooting with Rick was like being in a modeling class,” Sam recalled with obvious pleasure. “He loved how I moved in front of the camera, how easily I followed his instructions. He’s hard on his models but I remember leaving his studio and feeling like a new person. I felt confident I do go where I never thought I could before.” She made the cover of 2Nite and the centerfold. The letters of appreciation poured in. Everywhere she went, she was complimented on her appearance in the magazine. She was invited to participate in Hot Couture 2015.

Her current ambition is to have her own agency and to give other talented your women the opportunity to fulfill their modeling ambitions. While she considers a good education absolutely necessary, she knows there are opportunities out there for those who barely made it through high school. Modeling, she says, offers so many opportunities to be all you can be. She cited several women in the industry who were able to pay for their education from the proceeds of modeling.

“Of course, people such as Naomi Campbell, Kylie Jenner and so on, live in the U.S.,” she acknowledged, “but the world has become very small, thanks to the Internet. The best agencies are a mouse click away. All you need is the talent and the determination. That’s what I am myself beginning to understand.”

As for her own hobbies, Samantha lists netball TV, and “learning new things through reading.” She considers herself “easy going, easy to talk to and reliable.” With a smile, she adds: “And reliable.” She is also “adventurous and willing to step out of my comfort zone when necessary.” She is also a fitness fanatic, and it shows!

Something tells me we haven’t heard the last of Samantha Alphonse!

CLAUDIA EDWARD Set To Release New Music!

Fresh from her stint in Thailand, St. Lucia’s R&B/Alternative Rock Songstress Claudia Edward, acclaimed in year’s past as ‘The Diva’ is pleased to announce the release of her fourth studio album. ‘On The Edge’ lines up a series of producers such as Rawl ‘Rossi’ Alcide (St. Lucia), Christopher Neil (New Jersey) and Francis ‘Leebo’ De Lima (St. Lucia); whose talent and precision precedes them. Claudia also credits a few unique and refreshing collaborations which include the likes of Trish, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson and The Mecca, amongst others.

The imminent album release is set before the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival 2016 and although the event is still in the planning stages with the Claudia Edward camp, it is anticipated to be an exciting and classy affair! Look out for Claudia on this jazz circuit, not only in St. Lucia but other upcoming Caribbean Festivals and Events as well with her band Naked Chords. Keep updated of Claudia’s album release, events and concert dates on all Social Media Sites.

Claudia Edward Photo by Daniel Marcion
Claudia Edward Photo by Daniel Marcion

Juicy Local Gossip

Biky B

So my peeps, how was Valentine’s? Ah hope ya’ll enjoy whatever you did. As for Biky B, de days of wine and roses dun for me. Too much bacchanal. But dat don’t mean I eh interested in wha’ goin’ on eh.

Ja-Val: Is like people really taking this jabal day ting serious dese days. Ah hear a man get ketch by his wife red-handed at a flower shop last Saturday buying some Valentine’s Day blossoms for de jabal. When he get ketch he try and tell de wife is for a good friend and co-worker. But wifey demand to see de card de man had already attached to de flowers. Well, boy if you hear de nice words. Is like de man gon to a special school to learn how to put feelin’ into words dat he ever tell wifey. What ah go say? Ah guess some co-workers real lucky!

Spilling The Beans
Spilling The Beans

Loco Law: Boy you does really hear tings on de bus wee! Is two women ah hear discussing two lawyers and how is a mixture of prayers and obeah dat have both a dem mad. Of course de women were speakin’ in tongues. Actually dey was talkin’ in creole. But for folks like Ti Chas dey might as well have been talkin’ Greek. But not Biky B. One ah dem say how de lawyer now cyar even enter his office and how his wife take everything from him. De other one is rum and more rum he drinking and walking in de neighborhood troubling everybody. Well look it!

And the father is . . . You know how long Biky B eh hear about dem Botin tings? But it seem it still going on. Ah hear for five years now a woman livin’ wid a man and a four-year-old they say is theirs. But last week Biky B hear how she get a surprise visit from a man from New York and de man brothers were at their home dat time. Well boy de fellas shock to see how de man looking like de child, so straightaway dey go and tell big brother. Mama de man make rounds until he see de man for himself and see de resemblance for true. Straightaway he call for DNA test after de woman admit she used to date de man. De DNA test prove de man she livin’ with is not de baby daddy. Look it!

She’s Baaack: Well boy guess who’s back in town and de competition have to run for cover? Give up? Well, you would remember a certain tourism worker (dat’s French for ho!) who claimed she had to go underground in a witness protection program? Hmm! Well she’s back in town and we eh sure if it had anything to do with the latest unemployment figures or the projected boom in tourism. Whatever the reason she is here and creating quite a stir among, the er, competition.

That’s all for this week, see all you on de flipside but remember drop me a line at bikyb@stluciastar.com. Keep spilling dem beans my peeps!

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St Lucia’s Hottest Rising Fashion Designer

St Lucias Hottest Rising Fashion Designer

From pageantry to modeling and now one of St. Lucia’s top fashion designers, this young daughter of the soil has no creative limits.

Kimberly Charlery is a young local fashion designer whose brand is truly like none other. Widely known for her elaborate ‘Mood cords’ as featured around the necks of our recent Carnival Queen contestant’s official photos, has set the bar even higher for her work. She is the talent behind the official Saint Lucian Olympic team wear. Yes, those uniquely designed shirts that our proud representatives have been sporting were the brainchild of this young designer. 2Nite Magazine got the opportunity to sit and interview the talented designer to discover more about her and her craft.

Kimberly Charlery's spectacular designs
Kimberly Charlery’s spectacular designs

2Nite: How did you get introduced to design?

Kim: I’ve been designing for as long as I can remember. I started off crocheting. Then I started designing clothing at school along with my best friend at the time.

2Nite: Does your band have a name special name?

Kim: Oh yes. Although my friends and family affectionately calls me Kim, my clients and the fashion industry know the brand as K-Cha Clothing.

2Nite: What are your motivations in life?

Kim: My son motivates me. Everything I do is for his comfort, safety and stability.

2Nite: What inspires you to create?

Kim: Shapes, colors and techniques, mostly inspire me. I know it’s a lot, but there isn’t just one thing that inspires me. I’ve always loved making things. I love working with my hands. I’m the girl who would buy those buildable furniture items and not wait for the supplier to put it together.

2Nite: What materials do you work with?

Kim: I work mostly with fabric, lots of colorful fabrics. I love cotton and linen.

2Nite: How long does it take you to create a piece?

Kim: Depends on the piece. I am known for the mood cord statement neckpieces, which take about 2 hours to make. In terms of clothing I love small details so sometimes one article of clothing can take more than hours.

2Nite: What pieces are you most proud of?

Kim: That is a tough one! I seldom make things I’m not proud of. But I’d have to say it’s my card outfit for the Pretty Girls Sew unconventional challenge this year.

2Nite: Where do you envisage yourself in the next three years?

 

Kim: In the next three years my name will be synonymous with innovation.

 

2Nite: What events have you showcased at and which would you like to be featured in?

 

Kim: I have showcased my work at quite a few actually. I hope I remember them all. I’ve participated In Aspiring Designer of the Year, National Carnival Queen Show 2015 and 2016, Suriname Fashion Week 2015, Ladies in Hats 2015, Strut for a Cause 2015, Anguilla Fashion Expo 2016, Hot Couture 2016, GEW fashion designer competition and Rippin’ Ain’t Easy Contest 2016. I have also designed for past Queen contestants in various pageants.

 

I have quite a few coming up as well. The year isn’t over yet. I’m looking forward to the House of Ikons in London next year. I’d absolutely love to do London Fashion Week or other huge international fashion shows.

 

2Nite: Rippin’ Ain’t Easy Contest? What was that?

 

Kim: Rippin’ Ain’t Easy was a global online sewing challenge I participated, and won this year. Each week we were given challenges to create statement pieces, upload them on the competition website and votes for the best pieces were cast on a global scale. The local support was massive and I won.

 

2Nite: Do you think there are opportunities for designers in St. Lucia?

 

Kim: Thankfully opportunities continue to grow for designers locally. There aren’t as many as I would like, but I think it’s because most people in a position to help don’t understand fashion and those who understand fashion don’t have the means to help (she chuckled). They just need to come together soon, and we’ll be fine!

 

2Nite: What do you think about St. Lucian’s receptivity to art, craft and design?

 

Kim: Most people don’t understand the value of creativity or the price of something that is custom made. It takes a lot and art is subjective. Again, our awareness is growing, but we’re not as sensitized as we should be about what quality really is and looks like.

 

2Nite: What do you enjoy doing and what are your dislikes?

 

Kim: I love art in many forms. I enjoy learning new things and singing. I dislike voluntary ignorance because knowledge is power and there are endless avenues to learn and grow.

 

2Nite: Where can we find your work?

 

Kim: Well, I work from home in Corinth, but my Mood Cords can be purchased at Rissa’s Eclectik Kouture and 8ttava outlets. You can also find me via social media under kchaclothing.

 

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She loves everyone . . . trusts only Mom!

She didn’t say why nearly everyone around her calls her Babygirl. After all, she’s obviously not a baby. Besides, there can be no doubt about her gender. We chose not to pursue the story we know is lingering in there somewhere. We pretended instead to be satisfied with her revelation that the name chosen for her eighteen years ago when she really was a baby girl was Nadia. It came as no surprise when she let out that she arrived in this vale five days before Christmas, doubtless full of cheer, the best present a mom and dad ever had. Four brothers and two sisters had preceded her but she alone warranted a lit-up Christmas tree in the delivery room.

She tells us she loves to sing and go on adventures around Saint Lucia, as if just living in Saint Lucia were not in itself one heck of an adventure. She was schooled at the Ciceron Secondary where, alas, it seems she learned “to trust no one.” Then again, the risks inherent in Looshan adventures don’t encourage much trust, if you know what I mean. It occurs to me that when she first arrived at our studios for her very first photo shoot, Nadia seemed reserved and yes, a little distrusting, perhaps. Of what? We didn’t ask. Especially when she added that she loves everybody and enjoys playing roles for the camera. By the time we started shooting, however, all signs of distrust had evaporated and our neophyte model was carrying on as if she’d been born to perform for the lens. Who could ask for anything more?

Nadia
Nadia

Among the first things she told us when we invited her to tell us something special about herself was “I am strongly attached to my mom; I love her very, very much! Her dislikes include TV but could not survive without her cell phone. It was quite a surprise to hear she has “few friends.” That little tidbit set us wondering who she talked with on her phone. But the most depressing revelation of all was: “I don’t have a boyfriend and like it that way.”

Nadia
Nadia

BY:RICK WAYNE