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Consuelo Florent Adding Royal Flair to the Realm of Sofyerie

Born in Malaysia, Consuelo Dupal Florent has achieved a lot during her short lifetime growing up in Saint Lucia.

A graduate of Saint Joseph’s Convent, Consuelo developed a keen interest in pageantry. In 2009 she took part in the Miss Haynes Smith Caribbean Talented Teen pageant and won.

A few years later she went on to compete in numerous other pageants and did remarkably well by winning in most of them and placing among the top finalists in the others. In one of the pageants she captured the ‘Best Dressed’ award. She designed all her outfits, a feat of which she is quite proud.

Dazzle Magazine had the pleasure of sitting with Consuelo for an interview, during which she shared her life story and the triumphs and challenges she has experienced over the years.

Dazzle: What made you get into pageantry?

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Ezra ‘D’Funmachine’ Augustin Scaling the Heights of Soca Stardom

You don’t need to be an avid fan of soca music in order to be familiar with Ezra ‘D’Funmachine’ Augustin.

With his exuberant personality and ability to captivate an audience, Ezra has gone from simply being one of Gros-Islet’s regular residents to becoming one of Saint Lucian’s most notable soca artistes.

Born and raised in Gros-Islet, he attended Saint Mary’s College and the Division of Arts, Science and General Studies at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. As expected, he was not reticent about sharing his experiences as a soca star.

“Red Unlimited, my carnival band was celebrating their tenth anniversary and as one of the more hype-section leaders, we wanted to do something to commemorate the occasion,” said Ezra. “Thygeson Penn, a producer and director at Studio 758, had thisidea to do a song. We wanted to do something to portray what Red is all about and make sure it was ideal for the road. We were also known for being ‘stoosh’ which, of course, is not true, so that’s where the “No Stoosh” thing came about. When everything came together, ‘Bacchanal Rampage’ was born.

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KENSON J. CASIMIR How he Mastered the art of Turning Adversity into Triumph

There’s no denying it; whether you’re knee- deep in the world of local sports or you occasionally flip through TV channels or radio stations, the name, or at least the voice, of Kenson J. Casimir must have crossed your path at least once.

In a recent interview with Kenson, our discussion ranged from his dominance in sports broadcasting via St. Lucia Sports Online to his active efforts toward poverty alleviation in the Gros-Islet community, to other aspects of his life that most people don’t know about.

“By now, I’d say I’m best known for exploiting the sports,” said Kenson, adding, “Up to a few years ago, most people would’ve known me for representing the country in multiple sporting events, including cricket, football and track and field, most of which I started from a very early age.”

Kenson actually started off by speaking about his struggles growing up in the heart of Gros-Islet.

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Dolling Up with Tamica Belony at Doll House an Unforgettable Beauty Experience

Tamica Belony is the face behind The Doll House. She describes herself as a fun-filled person who is highly motivated and strives for what she wants. She’s also a passionate woman, and is focused on doing what she loves.

A graduate of the Corinth Secondary School, Tamica is a certified cosmetologist and has started her own business. Many people know her as the founder of The Doll House, a beauty spa in Castries that is basically a hybrid business. Dazzle had the pleasure of interviewing her about her business venture and the services that The Doll House offers.

Dazzle: How long has the Doll House been established? Tamica: The Doll House has been opened for two years. One year as an online store and the other as an in-store business. Before opening the physical store I used to work online only with deliveries and drop offs. Now that we have a physical store, we include instore service as well. The store is located upstairs Blue Coral Mall in Castries, Unit 109.

I kind of miss the online store. Now it’s only for people to see what we have available but since we’re established at a physical location, it’s different. We don’t really do deliveries anymore. The online store was a bit easier, you know? I have help with my husband, Stephen Belony. He has a barbershop next door so we share the space.

Dazzle: At what point did you realize that having a career in beauty was what you wanted?

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Ottis Effs – Discovering Life’s Secret to Becoming Successfully Happy

 

How do you define success? A quick Google search will show that the word has two basic meanings: ‘the accomplishment of an aim or purpose’ or ‘the attainment of popularity or profit.’

Most people would be able to identify with either of these meanings. Dazzle recently had the privilege of interviewing Ottis Effs, the General Manager of Real Foods Inc. the company that operates the St. Lucia franchise of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). The eldest of four children of a Jamaican dad and Saint Lucian mom, Ottis has gained extensive managerial experience working both in St. Lucia and overseas.

During our chat with him, we discovered that not only is Ottis a highly motivated and thriving businessman, he has discovered that there is a further way of experiencing success that can be even more satisfying. He explained how he has been able to achieve it.

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Trevor King – Living a Dream of Pure Passion While Inspiring Others

 

Trevor King is known for his love, passion, dedication and influential presence in the Arts and Entertainment industry in Saint Lucia and across the Caribbean; His career spans some 22 years. His contribution to the evolution of the Performing Arts and entertainment Industry on the island has placed him in several leadership roles throughout his career.

For the past 20 years, Trevor has been an active member of the performing arts society. He began his dance career as a student of the Vide Bouteille Secondary School and later joined the Christylights Dance Company. While with Christylights he was given the opportunity to attend the Edna Manley School for Visual and Performing Arts, an experience he has not regretted to date. He has been tutored by the late Professor Rex Nettle Ford, Edward Revero; the late Joseph Robinson, the late Denise Jefferson of the Alvin Ailey American dance theatre and Troy Powell artistic director Ailey 2 among others.

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Gregory Junior Sydney: Simplifying Everyday Life through Quick Delivery

 

“The life we live is a busy one.” For most of us this becomes increasingly true as days go by.

In the hustle and bustle of daily life it’s easy to lose track of the small tasks that need to be done. Realising this, many new companies have focussed on helping their customers perform those tasks with greater ease and convenience.

This is precisely what Gregory Junior Sydney had in mind when he conceptualised Quick Delivery, an official courier service that’s all about convenience.

His first interest was quantity surveying, a career he aspired to after seeing buildings being constructed from the ground up on his way to school with his mom; the person whom he credits for his innate desire to be successful.

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Yvonne Layfield – Kako Organics – All-Natural Skin Care for that Perfect Glow

 

Vibrant. Full of life. Genuine. Passionate. All of these qualities spring at you when you come across Yvonne Layfield, the mastermind behind Kako Organic Products.

Kako produces a wide array of all-natural skin-care products, from deodorants to face scrubs and more. In  the  words  of Yvonne, “People don’t want just a product, they want an experience.” And that’s exactly what she intends on delivering. Her journey to realising her dreams involved several years of travel onboard cruise ships and yachts. It was a long road paved with hardwork, sacrifice and dedication, but, most of all, with PASSION.

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Kendell ‘Scady’ Eugene: ‘I Love What I Do’

With a voice as familiar and attention-grabbing as his, it’s hard to imagine Kendell Eugene not being the biggest personality in every room he sets foot in. But as Dazzle Magazine has learned in conversation with the multi-talented artiste, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Coming off of a birthday celebration on March 24, he felt at ease reminiscing on his growth as a journalist and most of all, a human being.

“The person you know as Scady Dot P isn’t always who I was. It’s more of a persona I’ve developed in the media. The name came from my days as a member of the George Charles Secondary School dance group, ‘Sliders’. The Dot P came about when Jay Z released his S. CARTERS shoe line. In my wild world I imagined having my own shoe line someday and I would’ve called it Dot P’s. Continue reading

Up Close and Personal with Riddim Master Lashley ‘Motto’ Winter

“It’s just a matter of me knowing where I want to be in my musical career”Lashley Wendell Winter

The argument can be made that Dennery Segment is one of the most beloved genres of music in the Caribbean. One name that is sure to come up in the genre which has become such a widespread phenomenon, is ‘Motto.’

Lashley Wendell Winter, as he’s formally known, from Grace, Vieux Fort, has more than seven years in the music production business, and has been a performance artiste for about four years. He’s the mastermind behind massive hits like Bend Down, Guttah, Shell Dong, Party Lit and much more — either as producer or songwriter. His brand has crossed borders, not only regionally, but to the U.K. and the U.S. as well.

Undoubtedly, that’s a lot to achieve at 23 years of age, not to mention a lot to boast about. Yet, he carries this sense of calm with him. It’d be hard to see him without our flag dangling from his pants pocket — at all times too. Here’s how Dazzle Magazine’s candid conversation with the Dennery Segment superstar went…

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