|Miss Bahamas judges revealed|
|Wednesday, 25 July 2012 18:08|
NASSAU, Bahamas -- An impressive slate of judges has been assembled to choose the national beauty queens of The Bahamas. Assigned to the task of selecting the new Miss World Bahamas and Miss Universe Bahamas Universe:
A strong, confident woman who is not afraid of a challenge, Leila says: “As Miss Universe, I want to show the world that there is more to Africa than poverty, hunger and disease. I want people to know that Africa has a lot to offer and that my country of Angola is not only beautiful, but it is a country that is developing socially, economically and culturally.” As Miss Universe, Leila uses her title to champion HIV/AIDS prevention and works with organizations such as YouthAIDS/PSI, Latino Commission on AIDS, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, among others. She was also named Drylands Ambassador by the United Nation Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in an effort to combat land degradation – an issue that affects not only her country but the entire continent of Africa.Leila has been making waves in the media since winning the title and has been featured on the cover of publications such as New African Woman and Selecta Magazine. She also took her passion for fashion and hit the runway for designers, such as SACHIKA and Rolando Santana, during the 2012 New York Fashion Week. In her spare time Leila enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends. After her reign, she hopes to obtain her degree and pursue her dream of opening a cosmetics company in Angola.
In 1976 she opened the doors of the Fontecha Modeling School where she trained models and beauty pageant contestants. Grace combined her love of modeling and her years of study of psychology to further her career by coaching these women. Since 1970, Grace has trained over 35 winning contestants, 4 being Miss Universe winners. Recently, she was invited by Osmel Sousa, President of the Miss Venezuela Organization, to accept the Guinness Book of World Records Award for training back to back Miss Universe winners for 2008 and 2009, Dayana Mendoza and Stefania Fernandez.
Braneka entered and won the 2010 Miss Bahamas Beauty Pageant, becoming the first and only Miss Bahamas to have the opportunity to go to both Miss Universe and Miss World within the year or her reign. Labeled as a front runner in both competitions, she successfully landed a semifinal spot in Miss world, advancing to the Top 25 out of 120 countries. Following her reign as Miss Bahamas, she returned to Los Angeles with a new focus and passion and to decided to pursue acting as well. She has since worked with Anthony Hamilton, Cedric the Entertainer, Miguel A. Nunez Jr., Diddy, and many more. She is currently studying at the world renowned Ivana Chubbuck Acting Studio and continues to grow in the craft while still holding her own as a fashion model. The possibilities are endless for this multi-talented island beauty.
DR. BARRY RUSSELL
Dr. Russell is an accomplished vocalist, winning The Bahamas Musicians Union Song of the Year for his single “Without You.” He is a founding member of The Gentleman’s Club program for high school students. He enjoys sharing success principles and helping others to maximize their potential. Dr. Russell enjoys staying fit, playing golf, and traveling. He is married to the former Mary (Missy) Thompson and they have three children: Lauren, Logan and Reagan.
Throughout her career, she has been featured in numerous magazines including Ebony, Essence and O(Oprah), has been featured in music videos alongside the likes of Babyface, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z; and has made television appearances on the hit show Entourage and in the movie “Maid in Manhattan” starring Jennifer Lopez. Most recently, she landed the coveted contract as the face of the world renowned Tiffany & Co. Rubedo Collection.
ASHLEY LAUREN KERR
Eager to work in the fashion business, Ashley started representing Latin designers in the United States and quickly built their brands by sponsoring the 2009 Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants. As the Official Fashions Sponsor, Ashley developed relationships with pageant glitterati and established her reputation as the go-to girl for the best pageant dresses — Latin haute couture designers who specialize in bridal, red carpet, pageant and jewelry attire. Over the past 2 years she has added top Venezuelan, Peruvian and Puerto Rican designers to her exclusive group, opened a showroom in New York and Beijing and carved out her own niche business in the fashion world. In fall 2011, she launched ASHLEYlauren, a prom, pageant, evening and cocktail dress line. As a young entrepreneur, Ashley manages her company’s operations, where she is highly sought after by young women around the country and world to dress, prepare and train them for the Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss Universe, Miss America, Miss World and Miss International pageants. Ashley also operates her showroom in New York City where each of her designers’ fashion and jewelry collections are displayed. She frequently travels around the United States, Central and South America, and the Caribbean to meet with retailers and designers, to judge pageant competitions and grow her business. In her spare time, Ashley writes on her blog, ALKStyleBlog.com giving all the best beauty, fashion and pageant secrets.
As an on air fashion correspondent for `In Style’ television on Cablevision in New York, Walter interviews designers, models and other luminaries on the fashion scene. He served as Fashion & Beauty Director of Odyssey Couleur Magazine, an upscale travel/style magazine that targets the educated, affluent multi cultural female traveler. His fashion and lifestyle articles have appeared in several prestigious publications like; Bazaar (Taiwan), Caribbean Escapes, Black Enterprise, Details, For The Bride, The Financial Post Magazine (Canada), Visions in Black (London), Panache (Canada), Model Magazine, EM – Ebony Man, Jewel, Hype Hair and Unfold. For two years he was elected to serve on the prestigious panel of voters for the International Best Dressed List. He helped launch the first Guyana Fashion Weekend in August 2007, and is currently the U.S. liaison of that project which celebrates its fourth year in 2010. He has also worked independently with several leading New York based records companies, prepping and grooming artists, styling CD covers, videos and photo shoots.
He has served as Director of East Coast Publicity for Mercury/Polygram Records and was instrumental in generating publicity campaigns and molding the images of such noted performers signed to the label like: Oleta Adams, Black Sheep, Vanessa Williams, Third World, Tony Toni Tone, Brian McKnight, Ed O.G. and Da Bulldogs, Crystal Walters and Jon Lucien. Walter has worked in varying capacities with numerous beauty pageants from South Africa to Anguilla, and also assisted in the wardrobe selection of two Miss Americas. He has just completed penning his first book `A Style Of Our Own: A Chronology Of The Caribbean Most Influential Fashion Designers.’
Cheryl completed college in Florida before moving to Nassau where she met and married Real Estate Broker and Developer, Kingsley Edgecombe, Jr., President of King’s Realty to whom she has been blessed to be married to for the past 20 years. Cheryl and Kingsley are the proud parents of 2 lovely children, Kingsley III, age 18 and Gabrielle, age 13.
Cheryl is an entrepreneur who has developed her own line of cosmetic and skin care products which she labeled “Essence of Eden”, providing Bahamian divas with the opportunity to enhance their beauty with a Bahamian line of makeup. Her hobbies include traveling, boating and she enjoys spending time with her family.
Anishka Lockhart is no stranger to pageantry, runway and commercial modeling. She has graced many catwalks in The Bahamas and has appeared in television commercials and ad campaigns for a number of clients. She is also a former Miss Commonwealth Bahamas delegate. Professionally, Anishka holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Finance, which she puts to good use as a professional banker. However, she continues to express her love for the world of pageantry in her role as the Contestants Manager of the Miss Bahamas Organization. Anishka is the mother of an amazing 7 year old daughter, Aysha-Cassidi.
The 2012 Double Crown Miss Bahamas pageant is scheduled for Sunday July 29, 2012 at the Atlantis Grand ballroom, Paradise Island, beginning at 8 p.m. 14 beautfiul Bahamian beaties are vying for the titles of Miss Universe Bahamas and Miss World Bahamas. Tickets are $100 VIP (access to pageant after party); $50 Deluxe; $25 Preferred, and are available at the Atlantis box office.
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