This year’s National Carnival Queen Pageant has received mixed reviews. For those actually attending the event, as opposed to those viewing from online, the event held on the Ramp in Rodney Bay, on Friday July 5, was arguably one of the best productions in years.
Eight young women participated in the highly anticipated event namely Arisa Denis (Miss Crystal Clear) Jhaka Wooding (Miss Piton) Jeanneal Fontenelle (Miss Vibe Radio) Justinian Charles (Miss MBC) Naomi St. Remy (Miss Massy Stores) Shirliana Lamongtagne (Miss Sugar Beach) Timiqua Deterville (Miss Hot 7 TV) and Wenia Verneuil (Miss Laborie Co-operative Credit Union Ltd.)
For some of the ladies, being in the pageant alone was a dream come true, and they offered the very best from the start. Gracing the stage in the Costume, Swimwear, Interview, Talent and Evening Wear segments, it seemed that anyone could have stolen the crown, but there were obvious aspects that the judges and some of the most discerning in the audience picked up on that set the top performers apart from the very start.
The talent segment was undoubtedly one of the strongest segments. Shirliana Lamongtagne and Jeanneal Fontenelle brought the house down with their comedy skits, whilst Timiqua Deterville peaked with her dance piece. However, Wenia Verneuil proved to be the true star of the show. Belting out Aretha Franklin’s 1968 hit, ‘A Natural Woman,’ Wenia, a police officer, proved she had it all. After nailing her question in the interview segment, and outshining her peers in the talent segment, it was clear to most that she was the winner.
At the end of it all, when the results were announced, it was confirmed that the Laborie beauty, who’d been working tirelessly for months in preparation for the pageant, was the more than deserving winner.
See the full award listing from the 2019 Carnival Queen Show pageant below:
Miss Congeniality- Miss Sugar Beach Shirliana Lamontagne
Miss Photogenic- Miss Massy Stores Naomi St Remy
Best in Swimwear- Miss Hot 7 TV Timiqua Deterville
Best Interview- Miss Laborie Credit Union Wenia Verneuil
Best in Costume- Miss Hot 7 TV Timiqua Deterville
Best in Evening Wear- Miss Laborie Credit Union Wenia Verneuil
Best Talent- Miss Laborie Credit Union Wenia Verneuil
3rd Runner Up- Miss Sugar Beach Shirlianna Lamontagne.
2nd Runner Up- Miss Massy Stores Naomi St. Remy
1st Runner Up- Miss Hot 7 TV Timiqua Deterville
National Carnival Queen 2019- Miss Laborie Credit Union Wenia Verneuil