ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Newly crowned Queen of Carnival Latisha Greene is hoping that her newfound confidence will help her capture the Jaycees Caribbean Queen title from 19 other delegates on Friday.
The 18 year old walked away winner from a keenly contested pageant involving five other delegates Monday night at Antigua Recreation Grounds.
“I said I could do it and I did,” she said a day after the show. “I was timid but I did gain confidence along the road and I encourage anyone who wants to try this to go forth and do it.
“It took a lot of effort for me and it was hard. I pushed myself and was devoted to this competition.”
Greene singled out her walk and public speaking skills as weaknesses going into the show but said there has been significant improvement following training for the event.
“I had a runway walk which is so different from pageantry,” the 18 year old said.
“That was a challenge. Public speaking was a big challenge for me too but I think I aced it Monday night. There is however room for improvement but I am happy I overcame.”
Greene has encouraged young women interested in participating in the Queen of Carnival pageant to do so, since there is much to be learned and there “will be no regrets.”
The new queen said she intends to be a great ambassador for Antigua & Barbuda.
She also won the Swimwear segment and Best Gown with the Adalia of Deshaun creation, “Metamorphosis”.
Greene is looking forward to her prize, an all-expense-paid trip to Germany for her and a chaperone.
It was a tight contest from which Satriece George who had the Best Costume designed by Calvin Southwell, emerged first runner-up. Jeneicia Lewis, the second runner-up won the interview category.
Larissa James won Best Performing Talent with a dance that focused on sexual abuse and showed that women can “fight back”.
Tian Winter, Ricardo Drue and Drastic serenaded the delegates while Claudette “CP” Peters entertained the audience during the rain-punctuated show.