ashley-duncombe6Nassau, Bahamas – The Ms. Full Figured Bahamas Talent Competition was held recently at Crystal Palace.  The nine contestants showed their skills in singing, dancing, spoken word art, creation and production of commercials. The competition was extremely exciting and energetic and provided the contestants the opportunity to showcase their abilities to the standing room only crowd.

Sashchenka Thurston, Shoshana Miller, Tewanda Davis, Dominique Dean, Brittney Williams, Claudina Storr, Latonya Murphy, Toya Thompson, and Ashley Duncombe all supporting various platforms delivered powerful speeches to the judges and audience at large why they should be chosen as the next Ms. Full Figured Bahamas. Topics such as Aids Awareness, Child Abuse and even Depression were well researched and were very real concerns for the contestants some of whom had been personally affected by them.

Tewanda Davis gave her reason for entering the pageant; “I entered the pageant to build my confidence, and to show other full figured women they can be big and also beautiful.” Consistently surrounded by throngs of family members to all events. She also stated that it also felt great to have her entire family supporting her. ‘It builds my self esteem even more and I can not thank them enough for it.”claudina-storr_5649

Another contestant Claudina Storr, added “I entered the pageant to encourage my niece who also happens to be full figured and all other plus size women to love who you are, work hard and be the best person that you can be.  Speaking passionately she emphasized that it has really been a good experience for me to enter the pageant. My mother died recently and I just would like for the rest of my family to be proud of me.  I would like to thank my employer Sunburst Paint and my coach Leslia Miller for their time, encouragement and for every thing that they have done for me.

Ms. Rayette Mcdonald, Director of the pageant shared her thoughts about the pageant and how it affected the lives of the contestants. “I have personally seen the transformation in the lives of these young women. Some of whom when they signed up suffered from low self-esteem. The weeks of training have done a great deal to empower them. We had a wonderful time on the float parade and are all looking forward to Sunday as we have spectacular evening lined up.

The Ms. Full Figured Bahamas pageant will take place on Sunday November the 9th, 2009 at 8.00pm at Crystal Palace Ballroom under the patronage of Dr. Sandra Dean Patterson. The theme for this year’s pageant is The Re-Invention- Into the New World.


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