Since its inception, Nu Woman magazine has had the good fortune to interview many Miss Bahamas’ queens, and is delighted to share this recent interview with Miss Anastagia Pierre, Miss Bahamas Universe 2011 with you. I had been trying to catch up with this queen for several months but her hectic schedule made it impossible. Finally, we agreed on some questions to be sent via email and to arrange a meeting on her earliest visit back to Nassau for a photo shoot and any follow up questions to the interview. I asked her many questions in relation to her reign, and her dual citizenship, and even about the controversy that followed after her entrance into the pageant. Anastagia was very forthcoming and answered in great detail on every subject.
Nu Woman: It seems as if you have had an interest in pageants from a very early age. What was it like winning the title of Miss Bahamas Universe?
Anastagia: I did my very first pageant when I was around 5 years old. I’ve always been very competitive in most facets of my life, so my mother decided to enter me in a pageant. It was a way for me to showcase my talents on stage before my competitions and recitals (I was a dancer and I played the piano). I instantly fell in love with pageantry and the way they can truly develop a young lady for all aspects of life. Winning the title of Miss Bahamas Universe has been a great experience. I competed twice, once in 2010 when I placed 1st runner up and again in 2011 and I won! It is quite an honor and such a privilege, especially because I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am today. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to be an example for young people to never give up on their dreams.
NW: Give us an idea of what your year has been like, from winning the title to going to the Miss Universe competition in Brazil, to the many duties that you have had to perform.
Anastagia: Immediately after I was crowned in May of last year, I began preparing for the Miss Universe Pageant. It was an intense three months, but it was so much fun! If I could go back in time, I wouldn’t change a thing. I was trained by one of the top pageant coaches in the world, Grace Fontecha, and I absolutely loved working with her. She and I trained diligently for several weeks, going over everything from how to properly pack my suitcase, to how to command attention when you walk into a room! I learned so much from her expertise, and after working with her, I felt not only more prepared for the competition but also more prepared for life! She is truly a wealth of knowledge.
One of the most exciting parts of preparing for Miss Universe was designing my competition gown and my national costume! Eduardo de las Casas designed my gown, and it was truly a work of art. We probably had close to 20 fittings to make sure the cut, fit, and flow of the gown was just right. Javotte Bethel designed my costume, and she came up with a great idea to transform me into a dazzling Bahama Parrot! It was stunning. I travelled to San Juan, Puerto Rico for wardrobe, and I was asked to be a featured model at Caribbean Fashion Week in Kingston, Jamaica, and then I was invited to Venezuela to shoot the 2012 Amazonian Project Calendar in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest. My roommate in Brazil was Miss Aruba and we became great friends along with Miss Belgium, Miss Australia, Miss Malaysia, Miss Demark, and Miss Peru! Being able to represent the Bahamas at Miss Universe was a great privilege, and the memories and friendships that I made in Sao Paulo will be in my heart forever.
NW: There has been a bit of controversy in regards to you having won the Miss Florida USA 2009/Miss US Earth Water 2009/Miss Florida Teen USA 2004/Junior Orange Bowl Queen 2002 and now the Miss Bahamas Universe 2011 title. How is this possible and what is your response to this?
Anastagia: Well first off, I have to say that I am very proud of each and every title that I’ve held. I’ve worked really hard to achieve all that I’ve accomplished, and I wouldn’t be who I am or where I am now had I not had all of those wonderful experiences. I am a citizen of both The Bahamas as well as the United States, which gives me the qualification to compete in both countries. After competing at the Miss USA pageant, I was approached by a member of the Miss Bahamas Organization who asked if I would consider entering the Miss Bahamas pageant. I gave it some thought, and here I am 2 years later! I am very grateful to be one of the few people that is able to say that they have competed at Miss Teen USA, Miss USA, and Miss Universe. It’s an extreme honor.
NW: Tell us something about Anastagia that most people would be surprise to learn.
Anastagia: I think most people would be surprised to learn that I’m a bit of a homebody. My life is very fast past paced, I’m constantly traveling for work or taking on a new project, so when I do get free time I love to just stay at home and relax with a good book! I also love being creative; I love to draw, paint, cook, anything that involves using my imagination and creating something new!
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