“Today’s moments are tomorrow’s memories so make every day last a lifetime”. Miss Shanice Powell is a jewel of the beautiful island of St. Maarten. Born in the melting pot of the Caribbean 25 years ago. In 2017 Shanice became our Senior Carnival Queen and she has been representing our island and delivering substance and quality to every show she has taken part so far.
Kerai Kreative Style, had the opportunity to sip and chat a bit about her reign, her goals and what it really means to represent your country with a passion that goes beyond winning that “Crown”. In a very warm and refreshing setting, at The Coffee Lounge in Philipsburg, I was able to catch up with Shanice and her team as we did a recap of the past months:
- So, Shanice, you won the heart of our local community in April, when you delivered your performance during our Carnival Celebrations. What has happened since then?
To be honest, it went from one show to the next. Myself and my team already had a line up in mind regarding regional participation. It kicked off in Anguilla, followed by Antigua and finally ending in Nevis. This all happen on a very short time frame, and it only meant that we had to work harder. I think St. Maarten expected me to take a break after the Carnival, but this is my reigning year and I am going to make every second count.
- Let us talk about the community support that you have been receiving, has it been surprising?
I can honestly say that it has been an overwhelming pouring of love and support. The island has been so receptive of me representing our country abroad and I could not be happier. Every social media message, every text message, every affirmation of success throughout this journey is a result of everything me and team have put in. It is clear, and not only because I am the one representing, that St. Maarten has so much to offer and so much for the world to see, that every moment on that stage I gave it my 300 %, regardless of what the outcome may turn out to be.
- Now we all know, that participating in pageants is expensive, however, we have seen a lack of financial support towards pageantry over the last years. What would you say to the business community of St. Maarten in terms of this?
I strongly believe that we are capable up representing companies / sponsors on a professional level. It is important for the business community to be open to listening to the delegates as they are vying for the title of St. Maarten. On the other hand, it is also imperative for you as an individual to understand your role and to be able to present your plan of action as a competent candidate to potential sponsors.
- There is clearly a wave of positive energy that follows you, but we are realistic and aware that there is also negativity out there. How do you deal with that and how do you deal with failure?
Although it is not always easy, I try to shut down any negativity around me and fo'cus on all the positive energy from my team and the people that truly understand the sacrifices and the drive that I have shown as your Ms. St.Maarten. It makes little sense to focus on the things that you cannot change. I give it my all and for me it has always been beyond winning the crown. Yes you feel disappointed, but for me it is about my reach, the networking that I increase and the wonderful women that I will meet during my journey. Again it is about putting our best out there in terms of Country St.Maarten.
- What is the one thing that you would like to see change in terms of the community involvement towards pageantry?
I would like to emphasize that after the Carnival Celebrations and the results of who walks away with the crown, we need to maintain that same level of unity as a Country. When you go out there, you take a little bit of St.Maarten with you and try to represent the diversity of what being a St.Maartener is. However, I feel or I should say have observed, that although we have so many pageant professionals on the island, that there has been little feedback from them towards the reigning queen and I hope to see this grow. Where in the future everyone contributes to the full representation of our country in another’s queen territory!
- That is an interesting statement, can you elaborate a little bit more on that?
Most naturally you enter competitions, because you want to win. In my case I want my year of reign to give back the hope and faith to the local and regional market that St.Maarten is on the Pageantry map! That we are not only about sunny beaches and laid back attitude. That we really are capable of dominating an industry, where other countries are better known for. When was the last time we had a Ms. World raise our flag during a pageant? It has been quite a while, and since then Pageantry has certainly changed. The criteria for winning a pageant, is not only based on Beauty, but based n different components: your intellect, your goals as a Queen, your involvement and a consistent delivery of your performances.
- What else can we expect from Ms. St.Maarten in terms of projects for the remaining of your reign?
Most definitely, you can rest assure that me and my team will not give up. We have a series of workshops lined up, where we will engage with our local community and optimize my time to motivate and encourage others to go behind their dreams. In addition to this, I am also looking forward to my next pageant which will take place this coming December in St.Kitts. I have a powerful team and together we will bring our visions to life as we continue promoting St.Maarten to the best of our ability.
On behalf of the team of Kerai Kreative Style we would like to thank Ms. St.Maarten, the dynamic Shanice Powell for granting us this exclusive interview and we do wish her much success in all her future endeavors. We are sure that she will strive on representing St. Maarten beyond our expectations. We would also like t thank our hosting interview spot: The Coffee Lounge. I absolutely love that place: Java Chip, being my favorite!
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