Everyone has insecurities. For Queen of Carnival contestant Daveile Payne-Abbott, low self-confidence and self-acceptance are issues she has struggled with and still faces today.
Two years ago Abbott was involved in a car accident that left permanent scars about her body. Although cosmetic surgery was done in an attempt to remove some of the scars, she said, to this day, when she presents herself in front of a mirror she has to remind herself that she is beautiful.
Before the ordeal, Abbott said that she considered herself all that and then some, and her attitude towards others reflected that, but after losing an individual whom she described as her “only friend in life”, as well as having physical reminders of the incident, her attitude towards life and those with whom she interacted changed.
The university student, who is currently studying to become a family nurse practitioner, hopes to use her job title as an avenue in which she can address the issue of child neglect and extend a helping hand to young females who also struggle with self-image issues as a result of being victims of abuse.
Her love for children prompted her to become deeply involved in a school project. What began as a regular visit to the Almond Tree Pre-school quickly turned into an opportunity to give back, after Daveile realised that the school was lacking basic supplies, especially books.
Being a lover of reading, the queen contestant took it upon herself to acquire donations from local businesses so that she can give to the school the books it desperately needed, but that was not before being rejected a few times by the businesses she approached.
Daveile finally received contributions from Best of Books and The Map Shop. As a result, the principal of the pre-school as well as the students were delighted.
“It’s not about myself. It’s about my service,” she said.
This very expressive delegate is also a lover of fashion. Her favourite clothing designer, she said, is Jack Guisso while she admits to having an affinity for the work of shoe designer Christian Louboutin.
Her biggest pet peeve? Followers, she said. Daveile said that nothing turns her off more than persons who live by the standards of others as opposed to being trendsetters. She encourages others to not only live for themselves but to also embrace their imperfections.
Another surprising fact about this year’s Queen of Carnival delegate is her writing capabilities. In collaboration with Al Reynolds, Daveile is currently writing and producing a reality television show to be aired on either VH1 or BET in the coming future. Details pertaining to the show however, are being kept secret until everything has been finalised.
Fans are asked to adorn themselves in blue in support of Daveile Payne-Abbot on the night of July 30 at Carnival City, where she will be “unleashing her creativity.”