“I am so excited, I am so happy to have won.” Newly-crowned Carnival Queen, Tasia Floissac, uttered those words shortly after receiving that title.
She outperformed five other contestants at a competition held at the forecourt of the Windsor Park Sports Stadium on Friday night.
Floissac also copped the award for Best Talent.
She told reporters during an interview that consistency is key.
“I think consistency is key and consistency is what got me the crown tonight,” she said. “I did not win a lot of best-ins but every time I stepped on the stage for me, it was always the first time on stage, and I think that because I put my best foot forward in every round I was able to carry through all segments of the show.”
Floissac hopes to continue to promote Dominica, “especially Post Erika to let people know that we were down but we were not out.”
She said she always wanted to participate in the Miss Dominica pageant and ever since Nakita Bruno won she always thought, “a small town girl can do it again.”
Floissac said she is looking forward to representing Dominica regionally and internationally.
She thanked her team, family, sponsors- Dominica National Petroleum Company (DNPC) & the Universal Martial Arts Academy, and most of all God, for carrying her.
Meanwhile, proud mother of the newly crowned queen, Delia Graham, said the hard work has paid off.
“I feel very good…we have worked hard with Tasia and she worked hard herself and I am very proud to be her mother tonight,” she said.
Her advice to mothers who have young children growing up and wanting to develop themselves in the arts is to, “never give up on your children”.
“And I would like to say to every parent out there to be supportive,” she stated.
Graham continued, “No matter what, everyone has talent and we just need to always be there, in the good times, in the bad times just be there for your children and that is all it takes.”
Nawana Shillingford of Loubiere secured the first runner-up position. She received the awards for Best Swimwear and Best in Swimwear
The second runner-up position went to Britney Pharoah of Grand Bay. She captured the awards for Best Costume, Best in Costume, Best Evening Wear and Best in Evening Wear.
Mernel Christmas of Campbell received the award for Best Response to Question while Judy Toussaint of San Sauveur copped the awards for Miss Photogenic and Miss Amity.
The other contestant was Abigail Shillingford of Goodwill.
The 2015 Carnival Queen was Odessa Elie.