Nassau, Bahamas - Title winners of the Supermodel of the Bahamas held on April 25th are both shining examples of fresh faces from the island of Grand Bahama. Peandra Knowles and Sinardo Deleveaux, both from Grand Bahama came out as title winners in the female and male category, as 21 finalists took to the runway from Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, New Providence and the Abacos in a competition that has been underway for several months. Similar to Americas Next Top Model, many of the contestants had never modeled before, but were selected and trained for the competition.
The young men, women and girls ranging in ages from 6 to 24 years showed their model best at the British Colonial Hilton and tried to impress the international judges, Kendell Monroe (former manager of the late Michael Jackson) and Audrey Adams (former Wilhelminia model and executive producer of talk ! with AUDREY and publisher of The Adams Report ) visiting from the USA.
The event was hosted by Damien Humes of The Street Team and Charmaine Burrows. top model of OilinSha Model Management. The contestants were greeted with cheers and applause as they first walked the runway in swimsuits and later in haute couture outfits designed by Bahamian designer, Cedric Bernard. Entertainment for the show was nothing less than top notch with Julien performing his hit song, Believe which had everyone singing along, and visiting Bahamian recording artist based in Los Angeles, Brettina singing two of her smooth Jazz singles . In her performance of Bahamian Girl, she was accompanied by the four junior contestants.
In the junior category, Gabriella Hall of New Providence won the Little Supermodel of the Bahamas title. Kourtni Pinder of Grand Bahama is the junior runner-up.
2010 Supermodel of the Bahamas, Peandra Knowles, an 18 year old biochemistry student at College of the Bahamas who plans to become a cardiologist, said this about her win, "When I began to walk down the runway after I won, I gave God thanks for allowing my dreams to come true. From the beginning I had such wonderful supporters back home that gave me encouraging words to keep me strong for the competition. I want to thank them and my wonderful parents, Prescott Knowles and Annarine Johnson who never doubted that I could win. The possibilities are endless for my future and my eyes are open wide to the road ahead!"
2010 Supermodel of the Bahamas, Sinardo Deleveaux is a 20 year old who is into yoga, pilates and flying trapeze who since entering the competition has modeled in a couple shows in Freeport. Sinardo had this to say about his win, "This is an amazing opportunity for me, and I am prepared to work as hard as possible to take this further. I'm so excited about New York, and I'm prepared for the exciting things it has to show and teach me. I want to thank everyone who supported me, in particular my East Restaurant and Italian Specialty families where I work."
Supermodel of the Bahamas female runner up is Kenresa Pickering of Nassau, and the male runner up is Miguel Wright of Nassau. Swimsuit winners are Miguel Wright, and Kieasha Adderley of Nassau.
Best Spokespersons are Wayne Mackey of Nassau, and Priska Pascal of Abaco.
Most Popular went to Miguel Wright, Kourtni Pinder of Freeport, and
The Future Star award went to Reashawn Davis of Nassau.
Most Votes went to Garrett Bowleg of Grand Bahama.
Most Photogenic went to Sinardo Deleveaux, ReaShawn Davis, and Kourtni Pinder.
Awards of Appreciation went to fashion designer Cedric Bernard; Robbin Whachell of TheBahamasWeekly.com; Damien Humes and Devron Pinder of Street Team Media; Mrs. Angela Hilton; and Illya Tinker.
The 2010 Supermodel of the Bahamas Designer award went to Cedric Bernard.
The title winners of Supermodel of the Bahamas received $3000 in cash and prizes and have already been scheduled to walk the runway in New York in Stomp the Runway New York Fashion Week from September 11th to the 18th. On this trip they will be escorted to Go Sees with renowned designer and TV personality, Nole Marin, and will attend theater shows, model parties and have photo shoots with top photographers in NYC. In March 2011 they will walk in Miami Fashion Week.
OilinSha Coakley, founder of the competition and owner of Supermodel of the Bahamas, now in its third year said, "2010 has brought about new experiences and this year's event has given me more reason to continue with the development of fashion and entertainment in The Bahamas. All of our 2010 contestants, including those that did not make the finals have a great future ahead of them. I want to thank my international judges for lending their time to support our country."
Supermodel of the Bahamas would like to thank all the sponsors for their assistance in making this year's Supermodel of the Bahamas 2010 possible. Our sponsors are TheBahamasWeekly.com - Deco Bay shoe store - Quality Fabrics - Bally Total Fitness - Hollis Cosmetics & Day Spa - The Street Team Media - JCN broadcasting network - Jennifer Marshall Mackey of 102.9FM - Bennigans - Commonwealth Fabrics - Out Back Steak House - British Colonial Hilton Hotel - Duncan's Imaging - Apex Awards - Bahamas Air - American Airlines, American Eagle - Jubulee Bath & Body - Basheeva Eve La Maison De Bash - Lyndah Wells Photography - Vaughn Scriven Photography - Kurtz Ritchy Photography - Kim Hanna of 100Jamz - Mrs. Angela Hilton - Marcia Coakley - Illya Tinker - Devron Pinder of the Street Team Magazine - Miami Fashion Week - Abaco Beach Resort - Cigatoo Inn Eleuthera - The International Bazaar, Freeport - Total Fitness Gym Shirley Street Plaza - Pinkk Suga Creations - Tenisha Erskin of Baha Gala Creations - Friends and Family.