A breathtaking evening of culture culminated in Anjali Ramlalsingh being crowned Miss La Reine Rive 2018.
The 18-year old Ms Ramlalsingh, represented the Swastika Dance Group, in a gown entitled ‘Cocoa in the Sun’ designed by Michael Salickram.
The gown which was dedicated to the thriving cocoa industry in Trinidad and Tobago, also paid special tribute to Cocoa farmers in the Rio Claro area.
The event was the finals of the Miss La Reine Rive Competition of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Trophy Competition held on Sunday 26th, 2018 at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts in San Fernando.
Ms Ramlalsingh is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of the West Indies and in an interview prior to the Competition said, “I entered this competition because I believe being Miss La Reine Rive isn't only about modelling, hair or makeup; but rather, it's about showcasing the true cultural diversity of our beautiful country. The Prime Minister's Best Village Trophy Competition is all about communities getting together and being active culturally, I believe being a Queen or even being on a platform such as this one, inspires youths, especially young women, like myself, by letting them know that they can be anyone they dream of being and they can achieve anything they set their hearts and minds to.”
The new Miss La Reine Rive 2018, plans to use her platform of Queen to gain exposure for her charities The Kiwani's Club and The Rio Claro Learning & Development Centre for Special Children.
During the formal opening of the programme Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly noted that, “We must not take for granted this investment in communities, culture, arts and heritage. We must look around regionally, internationally and measure how fortunate Trinidad and Tobago is to have government after government invest in the culture and people of our country; the youths, the artisans and the community.”
Second place in the Queen competition went to Chanda Marie La Touche representing North West Laventille Cultural Movement.
Ms. La Touche was also awarded first place in the Self Expression category. Aneka Ayanna Audain of Soul Oasis Cultural Ambassadors copped third place in the queen competition as well as first place in the categories of Best Talent and Best Hairstyle.
Fourth place and Fifth place went to Kerry-Ann Sealy from Diego Martin Footprints Folk Performers and Shenesse Richardson from Ah We People Theatrical Horizon respectively.
In its 55th year, this event, which is hosted by the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts annually, is the longest running government-funded programme and provides a platform for communities across Trinidad and Tobago to promote their indigenous heritage, talents, skills and culture.
The programme also provides communities with the rare opportunities to share and exchange resources and promote Trinidad and Tobago’s diversity in a healthy competitive environment.