2018 Miss Anguilla Contestants
The Miss Anguilla Queen Pageant is regarded as one of the most spectacular events of the Anguilla Summer Festival. It signifies the beauty and strength of each contestant in an extremely competitive environment. As such, the ladies will be competing in seven (7) judged segments: Introductory Speech, Cultural Wear, Talent, Swimsuit, Costume, Evening Wear, and Interview.
The awards they can receive are: Miss Anguilla – Crown & Sash; 1st Runner Up; Miss Photogenic; Miss Congeniality; Best Cultural Wear; Best Swimsuit; Best Costume; Best Introductory Speech; Best Talent; Best Evening Wear; Best Interview & a NEW award contributed on behalf of you through an online poll by WWDIA, the Miss Popularity Award (more information on how you can participate below).
2018 Miss Anguilla Contestants
On March 7th, I was given life by the almighty to serve a specific purpose on earth. I am still in search of that purpose, but I know through hard work and dedication in everything I do, I will be able to contribute significantly to this world.
At a very young age, I showed a keen interest in performing. At age 5, I sang in front of multiple congregations, including my own. Upon my entry to secondary school, my interest in theatre arts was sparked and I joined the popular performing arts group, “Klassique Performing & Dance Academy of Anguilla.” My exposure to the arts then extended to theatre through various workshops and this in turn cemented my decision to do Theatre Arts as a course of study at the CXC level.
As a lover of performance in 2007, I entered the Prince & Princess pageant in Anguilla and placed 1st Runner Up. I then entered the Miss CCB Talented Teen competition and captured the Crown by winning three of the four adjudged segments. I proudly represented Anguilla in St. Kitts, where I placed 3rd Runner Up at the Regional Miss Haynes Smith Talented Teen pageant, out of 12 other participating countries.
I am currently enrolled at Barry University in pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. I am also President of Eclipse Fashion Society, a chapter of the largest modeling troupe in South Florida, where we strive to promote confidence and bask in the interest of fashion.
Because of my dedication to serving and representing, I was chosen to become a Student Ambassador at Barry University, which gives me the opportunity to further enhance my leadership.
On a sunny April day in 1994, Mikeela Skellekie was born in Anguilla to Guyanese parents. Mikeela attended the Valley Primary School where she excelled in academics and tapped into her affinity for the performing arts.
At this early age, she soon found herself engrossed in piano lessons and immersed in the performing arts through the All-ah-Wee Young Theatre Players. During these formative years, she would round out her character by participating for her school in various quizzes and sporting events.
Later, as a student of the A.L.H.C.S., she became an avid debater and represented Anguilla for four years at the Leeward Islands Debating Competition. Mikeela graduated as valedictorian of the class of 2010 and was one of the inaugural recipients of the Dame Bernice Lake Award for her performance in Law.
She was named Island Scholar in 2012, after which she attained her B.A. (Hons) in Psychology with Emphasis in Linguistics from Trent University in Canada in 2017. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. As a psychology graduate, Mikeela is passionate about mental health advocacy and aspires to contribute to the narrative and development of the field in Anguilla and the wider region.
In her spare time, Mikeela can be found scribbling away at poetry, rocking along to an eclectic music playlist or relaxing and reading. Her appetite for adventure makes her a lover of travelling, learning about different cultures and meeting new people. Most of all, she enjoys spending quality time with friends and family.
As I was born to a St. Lucian mother and Anguillian father, my twin sister and I are first generation Americans. Although born in America, we spent our younger years living in Anguilla. My first dose of self-expression was from attending Teacher Gloria Omolulu Institute, through our freedom of different colored uniforms.
During my high school education, I fell in love with science. I applied for SPREP a pre-college enrichment program for minorities at the prestigious Columbia University in New York. It was here that I got a taste of Biochemistry, Neuroscience, and many more that would shape my knowledge moving forward in the medical field. I then moved to England where I attended Kent University and received my undergraduate degree in BSc Sports Therapy.
Throughout the years, I have participated in many different extracurricular activities. In high school, I was a peer educator at YWCHAC (Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition), statistically kids will listen to their peers more about sex. So, in YWCHAC we were educated on STI’s, HIV, safe sex. As a high school organization, we held several events for other students to get informed.
More recently, in London I was a part of “I’m Possible” , which is a “Women of Color” empowerment networking group. The focus of this group was connecting black women and advising them on their routes to success. Through this, there was hope and development that there will be more representation in higher positions.
I recently returned to Anguilla, where I am continuing my medical journey as a student at the Saint James School of Medicine. To receive my degree, I must first complete a rotation in America. However, my goal is to return to Anguilla upon completion, and conduct further research on kidney failure. As kidney diseases are no strangers to Anguillians, I would like to further understand the correlation between our genes and kidney failure.
Marissa Meyer, the Ceo of Yahoo said, “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘WOW, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”
Ms. Meyers words accurately reflect how I feel about taking on challenges, things I feel I am not quite ready for. One such challenge is being a contestant in the Miss Anguilla Pageant. Despite, my moments of doubt, I realize that only when goals are big enough, they scare people. Consequently, I am willing to face my fear head on and be a part of this year’s Miss Anguilla Pageant.
Pamela Jalle, Pam as I am called, graced the earth on April 6th, 1995 to a couple of Dominicans, on the island of Anguilla, where straddling two identities proved very challenging. I did not know to which group I belonged, and because of this, I was often bullied in school. Undoubtedly, it hurt, but my parents would always remind me that what others think of me should never determine my future. I will become what I believe I can become.
With that as my mantra, I completed secondary school with nine (9) CSEC subjects, managed to achieve an Associate’s degree in Business Studies and I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at the University of the West Indies, Open Campus, as my next step professionally is to be an Accountant.
Presently, I am employed as a Pension Clerk by the Public Service Pension Fund, a statutory board of the Government of Anguilla.
Outside of my work and study life, I have a passion for dancing different genres of music. I developed this passion at the age of nine (9) and still it continues. I am also an avid reader. My hobbies have allowed me to be a part of Klassique Dance Academy, where I dance for public, private and summer festival events.
Because of my background and the need to push through my circumstances, I have held on to the idea of being independent, fighting alone when everyone else seems to be fighting against you. However, through it all, I eventually learned that we all need people. While there are those fighting against us, there are those who are also supporting us and being our source of strength and encouragement to climb higher and achieve more.
As a woman, I am always concerned about how women view women. Instead of being each other’s competitor, let’s be each other’s motivator. Let’s lift each other up and build a bridge of love across the divides. Let’s not be intimidated by each other, but instead, let’s band together and be each other’s greatest strength.
Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, stated, “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensures that you do things different from everyone else.”
Cast your vote for Miss Popularity
The Miss Popularity award at the 2018 Miss Anguilla Queen Pageant is awarded to the contestant who accumulates the most votes online from family, friends, fans and persons who believe that contestant is well known or represents their views and is deserving of the award.
The contestant with the most votes by August 5th, 2018 will receive a sash and prize that represents what we do in Anguilla – made in Anguilla and/or depicts Anguilla at the 2018 Miss Anguilla Pageant.
Cast your vote below
You will only be allowed to vote once. Choose your contestant and click “Vote Now” at the bottom.
Past Miss Anguilla Queens
Dee-Ann Kentish Rogers was born in 1993 on the island of Antigua. Dee-Ann migrated to Anguilla at the age of 3, and attended the Valley Primary School. She graduated as the Most Outstanding Student from the Albena Lake Hodge Comprehensive School.
She then went on to receive a Bachelor of Laws with Honours at the University of Birmingham. In 2012, Dee-Ann competed and won medals for Anguilla in the heptathlon at the Central American and Caribbean Games in El Salvador and the Carifta Games in Bermuda. She has also competed in the Commonwealth Games.
In 2018, she became Miss Universe Great Britain and will represent Great Britain at the upcoming Miss Universe pageant.
In her spare time, she takes care of her grandmother, her little cousins and occasionally some farm animals and plants.
This interest later developed into a burning passion that compelled Carencia to set out in pursuit of higher education to establish herself as a qualified contributor to this field of study. In 2010, Carencia graduated from the Albena Lake Hodge Comprehensive School with an Associate’s Degree in General Studies which qualified her to be later named Island Scholar.
In 2011, she began undergraduate studies at Carleton University in Canada and graduated in 2015 with a First Class Bachelor of Arts Honours in Environmental Studies and a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Upon returning home, she began working at the Department of Environment as the Coordinator of Conservation Education where her work is focused on raising environmental awareness in Anguilla and reducing vulnerability to climate change impacts.
In 2016, Carencia competed in the Miss Anguilla Pageant and was crowned Miss Anguilla. Later that year, she began her Master’s journey upon being awarded a Chevening Scholarship. Carencia is currently enrolled at the University of Oxford, completing the final stage of her Master’s in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance before she graduates in November of this year.
Requirements to Enter the Miss Anguilla Pageant
All persons who are interested in participating in the Miss Anguilla Pageant should be between the ages of 18 and 25, should not be married or have given birth, should be a resident of Anguilla, and speaks English.
The newly crowned Miss Anguilla will then begin her recruitment for contestants to participate in the Miss Anguilla Queen Pageant for the upcoming year. Miss Anguilla will also assist in the promotion of the pageant to any and all potential sponsors.
About the Miss Anguilla Pageant
The Miss Anguilla Committee comprises of the Chairperson, Keischa Brooks with the assistance of Cleonette Lake, Aprile Gumbs, and Latoya Hughes. The pageant showcases the talent, beauty and elegance of inhabitants of Anguilla.