Anissa is Miss La Reine Rive
Wayne Bowman email@example.com
Representing the Murti Dancers of Princes Town, Anissa Ali on Saturday copped the Miss La Reine Rive title, having topped the line-up of 20 queens vying for the crown.
The graduate of Holy Faith Convent was one of the favourites throughout the competition. Ali sealed her victory when she appeared before the judges and audience at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain wearing a spectacular evening gown.
The gown was called “Queen Irie (The Majestic Hummingbird)” and Ali looked like an iridescent humming bird fluttering around the stage. Among the materials used in creating the gown were recycled plastic moulded into coloured teardrops, glazed tissue paper and bamboo. The gown won the Best Gown Award.
The quality of the overall show was excellent and of a truly international standard. The majority of evening gowns worn by the queens were beautiful and boasted inventive creativity.
The designers from the various communities participating in the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition, of which the La Reine Rive show is a part, are encouraged to use natural and recycled items in their designs.
The gowns featured coconut shells, husks, sea glass, seeds, crocus bag, wire bending and sea shells. They were eye-catching and also functional.
The show included performances by several groups that partcipated in the Best Village Competition. These too were quite impressive and included a traditional Chinese dance presented by Northwest Laventille Folk Performers; a Chinese fan dance tribute to Best Village livewire Joyce Wong Sang by the Kerry David Performing Theatre; a military-styled dance by the Malick Folk Performers; and a modern East Indian dance by the Sarvodoya Dance Company.
The Tobago Heritage Performers also presented a work titled, “Treasured Reflections”.
The show ran smoothly throughout except for a long wait for the judges to deliver the results.
Minister of Community Development Winston “Gypsy” Peters, who was waiting to crown the queen, eased the tension a bit by performing some extempo.
When the results were finally announced there were some groans, but the majority of spectators seemed pleased.