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Miss Bahamas Universe recap..

 

Tomii Culmer is crowned Miss Bahamas Universe 2014.
Tomii Culmer is crowned Miss Bahamas Universe 2014.

Last night I attended the Miss Bahamas Universe and it was one of the most exciting pageants I’ve attended ever! Reason being, I had three beauties who I knew very well and was torn as to which one I should pull for hardest. I was asked on several occasion, ‘Who are you pulling for?’

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Tomii Culmer I knew from our second season of Nu Face Model Search where she placed 1st Runner Up. Ominique Burrows I’d first worked with at Islands of The World Fashion Week and I can still recall the shoot she did with Lyndah Wells for our magazine. Last but not least, Rokara Hepburn who was our last Nu Face Model Search winner as well as cover girl! So yes, my heart was doing any little dances throughout the pageant.

Tomii Culmer in Nu Woman's Summer/Autumn 2010 issue
Tomii Culmer in Nu Woman’s Summer/Autumn 2010 issue
Ominique Burrows in Nu Woman's Winter/Spring 2010 issue
Ominique Burrows in Nu Woman’s Winter/Spring 2010 issue
Rokara Hepburn on the cover of Nu Woman's Fall 2012 issue
Rokara Hepburn on the cover of Nu Woman’s Fall 2012 issue

All these young ladies were spectacular on stage, and they were the Top 3 finishers (proud mama bear J). As pageants go, we went through swimsuit, evening wear and of course the questions. I did tear up when I heard Rokara’s emotional answer to the last question. The question asked about inspiring the youths of our nation and Rokara talked about her poor childhood and some personal dramas and said she would use her story as an example to inspire youths.

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Ominique Burrows
Ominique Burrows
Rokara Hepburn
Rokara Hepburn
Tomii Culmer
Tomii Culmer

This was my most exciting pageant ever! I got to see first hand how these ladies had grown and matured. It was great to hang out with old friends and meet a few new ones. Congratulations to ALL my girls, you made me proud!

Editor with Cardell J. McClam
Editor with Cardell J. McClam
Jessica Frances and Celeste Marshall (former Miss Bahamas Universe).
Jessica Frances and Celeste Marshall (former Miss Bahamas Universe).
Cardell McClam with Kedar Clarke and friend.
Cardell McClam with Kedar Clarke and friend.

 

* List of Judges: Grace Fontecha, Walter Greene, Zuri McDaniels, Ty Jonnston, Nicole Murphy, Carole I. Barnett, Braneka Bassett.

Contestants: Toni Bethel, Tomii Culmer, Ominique Burrows, Rokara Hepburn, Gabrielle Wong, Deandra Brown.

Hosts: Jerome Sawyer & Leslia Miller Brice. President: Michelle Malcolm.

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Miss Bahamas Universe Finale

 ©Nu Woman Magazine 2014.

 

Aisha Nesut Ani El, co-founder of Green Earth Festival Bahamas) with Abrian Rankine (painter)

Post Green Earth Festival 2014

Green Earth Festival took place 22nd June, 2014 at The Retreat Village road. Many came out in support of this initiative and Nu Woman was there to capture a bit of it.

“The reasons to Go Green are as diverse, simple and yet as complex as existence itself. But they are all critically important, To me, simply put going green is about going back to the source or back to nature,” say Aisha one of the co-founders of Green Earth Festival (Bahamas)

Rhonda Wright and Aisha Nesut Ani are the head Naturals of Green Earth Festival. Read their full story here – Green Earth Festival, the Women Behind the Brand.

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A few images from Green Earth Festival 2014.
A few images from Green Earth Festival 2014.

Check out Nu Woman’s Green Earth album on our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152308739013558.1073741843.21350463557&type=1

Watch our Green earth clip (below).

_David Celeste

Fashion For A Cause 2014

Color, vibrancy, style and my favorite – fashion were all on display for the Fashion For A Cause 2014 event! Performances, cast members, costumes, music and lights united to create the perfect ambiance to usher in Spring and Summer!

Images by Barry Williams Photography
Images by Barry Williams Photography

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The Fashion For A Cause committee, led by former “Mr. Bahamas” Kendrick Kemp, continued its movement in raising funds for the promotion of AIDS Awareness, while stressing the importance of knowing one’s status. Nothing gets you prepared for a great show like having fashion’s best lining the runway. From stylists such as Kedar in Style to the ever-so-trendy Loretta Butler-Turner, this year’s Fashion For A Cause event brought out the very best.

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The set was mystical and tropical with great lighting and a collection that featured runway pieces from Bahamian designers Tanya Saunders, H & M, His Fashion, Lumaris Coutur, ORICO, The Sports Center, Del Mare, and parke and ronen, all of whom captured the feisty personality and glow of Spring and Summer.

The modern show featured upbeat dynamic pieces but also included fashion classics like the flirty skirts, laced short-shorts and a touch of Bahamian flare. The looks then transitioned into more sultry and dark pieces which included a Fashionista’s favorite: a tiny leather skirt, paired with a top that was made of over fifty shades of gray (no pun intended)!

Images by Barry Williams Photography
Images by Barry Williams Photography

 

Noteworthy trends: combination of sexy, trendy and sporty

Designers pulled together ensembles that began with yellow sequin tops and ended with the perfect sequin pant. This look was completed with the right heel for anyone trying to achieve the “look” of greatness! A tribal legging paired with a solid peplum top quickly became my first choice for the ideal island date night, with a pastel yellow buttoned-down blouse paired with the peach Georgia hot-pants closely following.

The synergy that the stylists created using various designer pieces was brilliant! Silhouettes were understated with sleeveless pieces but also made statements with long-sleeve pieces and all were topped off with just a hint of movement and of course a pop of color. _MG_7935 copy _MG_8008 copy

 

It’s no small task fueling creative movements that encourage positive change, but Kendrick Kemp manages to do this every year through the Fashion For A Cause charity event. Along with a good show, Kendrick never forgets to squeeze in well-needed knowledge and education into the program. Attendees leave thinking about AIDS Awareness and the beauty of fashion.

 

Photography: Barry Williams

Article by Keiani Worrell.

Check out Keiani’s Blog – http://www.annisbubble.com/

See the full Fashion For  A Cause spread in our summer issue -http://issuu.com/nuwomanbs/docs/summer_2014_finalman/1

© 2014 Nu Woman Magazine

The Bahamian & Caribbean woman's magazine

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