By: St. Clair Sazam Hull
The reigning Miss Caribbean Culture Queen 2016-2017, Miss Khyla Browne of St. Kitts was on Nevis on Wednesday, March 01, 2017. She was on the island to visit and express gratitude to some of the sponsors who assisted to fund the show in which she was successful. She was accompanied by the organizer and promoter of the event, Mr. Randy Jeffers. One of the stops on her agenda was at the offices of Hardtman & Associates, where she met and greeted Senior Partner, Mr. Gregory Hardtman.
Later, in an exclusive interview with Nevispages, the reigning Queen explained and emphasized a number of issues including how she got involved in pageantry. Brown indicated, that she got into pageantry at a relatively late stage in her life with her first pageant being the Miss National Carnival Queen Pageant in 2015.
Brown stated that she got involved because a number of people thought she would have been an excellent contestant. Browne opined that persons thought that she possessed attributes that would have allowed her to be successful at pageants. The Queen indicated that persons were of the views, that her body type and tone were perfect for the stage, as well as her beautiful facial features. Browne claimed that after all of the persistent instructions and encouragements she received, she did some soul searching and decided to enter Miss Carnival.
She spoke about her involvement on the stage prior to entering pageant shows. She noted that she did some modeling when she was a child and participated in a children show called, ‘Show me your soul’. Brown indicated that she did not do any modeling as a teen since the opportunity never really presented itself. She stated that she was also deeply involved in singing, and that was one of the prime reasons why persons believed that she would have attained success in pageantry. Brown pointed out that persons are often of the view that a contestant needs a strong talent in order to be a good contender in the arena.
The Queen said that she sang in church as a child and that sort of set the tone for her being on stage. She also noted that she was a part of a band called, ‘The Genesis Band’ in St. Kitts and entered the Soca Monarch for two years.
When asked about past Queens who she may have looked up to as role models or aspired to portray, Brown said she never really looked up to anyone, but there are definitely persons who she has admiration for in the field of pageantry. Brown made reference to past Miss Carnival Queen, Ms. Geniveve Hanley. Brown indicated that Hanley was her chaperone for Miss Carnival and she is an amazing person to be around. Brown also spoke about Nicole Gumbs and Iantavian Queeley. She indicated that outside of pageantry, Gumbs has made a tremendous contribution to the field of dancing in St. Kitts and Nevis. She further stated that Queenly’s accomplishments locally and regionally were outstanding.
Brown said that her reign as Miss Caribbean Culture Queen 2016-2017 thus far has been exciting as she has gotten the opportunity to meet a number of different people. She also had strong advice for persons who are considering entering pageants. She pointed out that one must always be humble and be willing to accept criticism whether it is constructive or unwarranted. Brown noted that with the limelight comes close scrutiny and examination; and one must be prepared in advance for whatever may come.