(L-R) Ariel Cox, Stacie-Ann Thomas, Felicia Williams, Iberly Abreau, Jessica Johnson
(L-R) Dwina Ariza, Sarantina Philantrope, Ethline Wilner, Samentha Etienne, Carlisa Williams
The ten contestants vying for the TCI Top Model 2013 title made their official debut on Saturday. The young ladies hail from Grand Turk, South Caicos, North Caicos and Providenciales, encompassing the length, breadth and beauty that is indicative of the Turks and Caicos Islands. The talented ten are competing to be named the Face of the Turks and Caicos, TCI Top Model 2013 and Digicel Brand Ambassador 2013.
On Saturday, the ten contestants made their official debut at Couture @ Regent Palms Resort Spa in Providenciales. The ‘reflecting pool’ area came alive with couture fashion, music and all things fabulous as the contestants made their first appearance to the media, partners and invited guests. The event also saw a parade of fashions offered at the Regent Palms Resort boutiques, a designer presentation: Bougainvillea by Stephanie D. of The Flower Girl along with other surprises.
The names of the young ladies vying for this country’s most coveted title are as follows:
1. Ariel Cox
2. Stacie-Ann Thomas
3. Felicia Williams
4. Iberly Abreau
5. Jessica Johnson
6. Dwina Ariza
7. Sarantina Philantrope
8. Ethline Wilner
9. Samentha Etienne
10. Carlisa Williams
The annual TCI Top Model Contest and Fashion Extravaganza is an event that is designed to give those persons residing in the Turks and Caicos Islands interested in careers in the fashion and creative industry an opportunity and the platform to debut, and showcase their talent, with the hope that this will be a springboard to a career locally or abroad.
The actual 2013 TCI Top Model Contest, themed Royele Couture: LUXE will be held at the Williams Auditorium in Providenciales on Saturday, May 4, with the catwalk competition, performances by Barbara Johnson, Julian Garland, Carl Lewis, among a host of other high end entertainers.
This heavily anticipated extravaganza is expected to outdo those that came before. There will be thousands of dollars in cash and prizes going to the 2013 TCI Top Model winner, with press and publicity being immeasurable. The most desirable prize for the contest winner is being named Digicel TCI Brand Ambassador for a year. The TCI Top Model will appear in all local television, print and billboard advertising campaigns, as well as making appearances at Digicel TCI events throughout her reign.
Additionally, to jump start her modeling career, the 2013 TCI Top Model winner will also be a cover model and appear in an editorial spread of the 2013 Summer Times of the Islands magazine and have a profile page in their sister publication – Destination: Turks & Caicos 2014, this, along with appearing in the 2014 Discover: Turks and Caicos Islands magazine, among many other national and international publications event organizers have associations with.
There will also a be a bevy of cash prizes and awards for contestants that place first and second runners up, along with consolation prizes for: industry readiness, best runway walk, best body, model’s portfolio folder, fashion forward, Radio Turks and Caicos (RTC) viewers’ choice award and the Facebook ‘Like’ award.