Jamaican is Caribbean’s Next Top Model

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

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Jamaican Shamique Simms is the Caribbean’s Next Top Model for 2017.

The finale of the televised regional reality show and competition took place on Monday, ending the season in dramatic fashion, as two contestants tied for second place – Samantha West from Trinidad and Nkechi Vaughn of Guyana. It was, however, the 5-foot-9 Jamaican who won the judges over with what has been described as ‘her grace and natural beauty, as well as her ability to work the camera’.

This season’s competition was held against the backdrop of the spice isle — Grenada— and whether she was covering herself with oil for the infamous ‘jab jab’ shoot or getting artistic in an underwater shoot, Simms’ versatility and raw modelling talent is said to have led her to the top position.

Along with the title of being the Caribbean’s Next Top Model, Simms was also awarded US$25,000; a contract with Mint Model Management, NY; a cover feature and editorial spread in SHE Caribbean magazine; and the latest generation iPhone from Flow.

The show’s co-executive producer, host, judge and former Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam had nothing but best wishes for Simms.

"Shamique competed amongst our toughest field of aspiring models yet, and always maintained her focus throughout the competition. More than any other participant, Shamique entered the competition with a clear understanding of what is required of her in the modelling industry. She consistently grew throughout the competition and it is this combination of preparedness and dogged perseverance with respect to her diet, fitness, mental strength and positive outlook that gave this chocolate beauty, as she was fondly called by her fellow models, the edge."

Flow’s Wendy McDonald also offered her congratulations to the new winner.

"Last year we welcomed the opportunity to partner with this project as we saw this as a unique platform to provide exposure of young Caribbean talent both in front of and behind the camera. For us, this is not just a competition but it is an investment in the development of the Caribbean fashion industry and our capacity to create local content that is on par with international standards. Additionally, it provides our viewers with unmatched access to local and regional content."

The show follows young women seeking to launch a career in the competitive world of modelling. Fitzwilliam hosts Caribbean’s Next Top Model and is also head judge, accompanied by international photographer Pedro Virgil and Caribbean fashion pundit extraordinaire Socrates McKinney. For season three, the show combed more than 30 Caribbean territories to find this year’s winner.

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