Leslassa Armour-Shillingford for Miss World 2013

Leslassa Armour-Shillingford
Leslassa Armour-Shillingford

It is now officially confirmed that Leslassa Armour-Shillingford will represent Dominica at the 63 edition of Miss World pageant to be held in Indonesia on September 28, 2013.

Armour-Shillingford will be supported by the Discover Dominica Authority through the Dominica Festival Committee.

“Through Leslassa’s National and Regional participation and success, we have every faith that she will make Dominica proud at the Miss World Pageant 2013,” said Colin Piper, CEO/Director of Tourism said on Monday. “In our quest for 90,000,visitors by 2015, the rallying cry has been for unity, one concerted effort, and this is no different, we must all rally in support of Leslassa. ”

The Authority’s believe that Miss Dominica’s participation at the Miss World Pageant will have tremendous promotional benefits to Dominica and as such has pledged all possible support and assistance to Miss Dominica 2013, and her team in making this venture possible.

Armour-Shillingford holds three regional titles in addition to her Miss Dominica 2013. She has been crowned Miss Carival in St Vincent & the Grenadines, Miss Jaycees International in Antigua and Miss Caribbean Culture in Nevis, as well as First Runner up in the Miss Caribbean World Pageant.

Below is a full list of titles and awards at pageants she participated in:
Miss Dominica 2013 – Best Costume, Best Performing Talent, Best Swimwear & Best in Swimwear.
Miss Caribbean World 1st Runner-Up – Best Swimwear & Miss Photogenic
Miss Carival 2013 – Best Talent, Best Evening Wear, Best Interview & Miss Photogenic
Miss Jaycees International 2013 – Most Photogenic, Best Swimwear, Best Talent & Best Interview
Miss Caribbean Culture Queen 2013 –  Best Interview

She plans to continue with her platform of holistic education which takes into consideration the child’s academic, emotional and social development.

Some 116 delegates from around the world have already been confirmed to participate in the pageant.

Contestants will be visiting a variety of iconic locations including Bali and Jakarta, pristine beaches, awe inspiring temples, and areas of outstanding natural beauty around Indonesia.

This will be the 1st edition of Miss World without a swimsuit event. This after protests from hard-line Muslims threatened to force the pageant out of Indonesia.

Dominica was first represented at the pageant in 1978 by Mona Jno Lewis in London.

Dominica's representative at the 1978 Miss World pageant, Mona Jno Lewis
Dominica’s representative at the 1978 Miss World pageant, Mona Jno Lewis

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237 Comments

  1. Clever
    August 29, 2013

    Did JoAnne Jno-Baptise not represent Dominica back in 87 somewhere around…the girl has talent and she should be supported, however, we can’t help but notice her name…Dominica is a very oppressive country we all know that, so why the discussions let’s just Keep Calm and Support Lesslassa – The Lando girl was equally beautiful and intelligent but not with names…

  2. possitiva
    August 22, 2013

    Go for it Lessoe! Dominicans are with you. Just being in that show makes us known on the world map. And hats off to you for agreeing to wear your natural hair. We black women of the world need to realize that what God has given us cannot be better than false hair. Too much H.I.B!!!

    • possitiva
      August 24, 2013

      SORRY, CORRECTION: What God has given us is a lot better than false hair.

  3. Jep
    August 16, 2013

    In Dominica and the world at large, one would have to be blind and tot

    • Jep
      August 16, 2013

      One would have to be blind and totally ignorant, not to know that name plays a big roll in how far we may go.

  4. Anonymous
    August 15, 2013

    Why don’t those negative Dominicans just quit! The girl is beautiful, she is Dominican and is going to represent Dominica at the Ms World Pageant. This is a very prestigous pageant and I am proud that Dominca has such a beautiful representative. If Leslassa win, we all win, Dominica wins, that what matters. That’s why islands like Jamaica and Trinidad are so far ahead of us because all Dominicans do is whine. They just can’t see the big picture.

  5. jgd
    August 14, 2013

    Who Jah Bless, No Man Curse. Leslassa go for it girl. You are beautiful and intelligent. Most importantly your family is financially able to assist in this prestigious international pageant.

  6. Natural Living
    August 14, 2013

    So what are you saying, she should not be supported because of her last name? Are you saying that because her family may have a little more than others she should not be endorsed? You would swear Leslassa had not won the national crown and any other regional titles..like she was given an opportunity she did not deserve….the square pegs in rounds holes all around this country is what people should have the problem with…Her chaperon, family and friends setup a huge marketing campaign like no other because they believe in her that much and they have the personal resources to support her but that cannot be held against her….We should be happy that her family is willing and able to send her with the support of the DDA to help promote the country. We all will benefit….DDA is not financing her entire trip…the family and friends and sponsers are finding creative ways to raise the funds necessary to represent herself and the country to the best of her ability…..What else do we want her to prove?
    People speaking here have absolutely no idea the work that goes on in the background to do what has been done and figure is a just another bourgeois child that get a free opportunity…Leslassa and her crew worked damn hard to get where she is and others should respect it and emulate it and stop trying to destroy what is our own because it seems easier to hate what we done understand than to try to educate ourselves…!!!!! Jah Bless Leslassa and Dominica…Let no Man Curse!!!

    • upcoming generation
      August 16, 2013

      couldnt have said it better!!

  7. People
    August 14, 2013

    Shut up already on the girl surname! If the other queens had the drive to trouble DFC to go up for world and universe…. The other queens sit back and never bother… Her team put together a campaign to send her not open there pockets to send her big difference!

  8. lol
    August 14, 2013

    These comments show how sick some Dominicans are. Wow.

  9. August 14, 2013

    Leslassa, go for it ,girl. 90% of Dominica is fully behind you and those with you who are making it all possible.

  10. well yes!
    August 13, 2013

    eh beh weh domnichen sot!!!

    SMH, people at the end of the day is Dominica the girl representing wii. are you people not Dominicans? why can’t you support your own?

    Do you all realize the girl is making history? whether is because of surname or money or whatever all you claim it to be, SHE WILL BE MAKING HISTORY!!! Dominica will be taking part in Miss world after 35 yrs!!!

    Get that into all you head!idiots!!!

    GO LESAAAAA!!! WE LOVE YOU. DA to the world!!!!!

  11. Fab Massive !
    August 13, 2013

    But why people saying the girl family rich nuh or affluent ? When she clearly stated in one of her interviews she said she is participating in the Miss Dominica pageant for the scholarship because that is the only way she can get to attend university ?

  12. pragmatic
    August 13, 2013

    Congrats to Leslassa Now we gong to be represented on the World Wide Stage…Mr Piper, you should have ask the Hon Prime Minister are their any plans for an International Airport to accommodate this 90,000 visitors you hoping Leslassa participation will bring.

  13. August 13, 2013

    Wey papa , boy there are some jealous and bad Dominicans eh. For you all to support the young lady because she is going to contest the Miss Universe Pageantry, you guys are finding all negative things to say…(.how come this or that, why this or that). First of all , she has her family’s full support and those of us who even if we don’t know her still support her 100t %. She is Dominican just like us and right now those who are blasting here and there should not be throwing all those negative comments toward her. This is looking so bad reading all those negative comments online. If it were another Caribbean national vying for Miss Universe, you all would not have anything to say much less say something negative. Her family got her there , so what? If my family can get me up in the sky, I’d be happy and so would anyone else. Leave the girl alone and let her enjoy herself. Who on earth would leave their family behind and uplift another? Dominicans need to stop that bold azzz jealousy attitude they have. Just hope all you doh put voodoo on the girl . ZOR TOE JALOUZI.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 13, 2013

      One of the deadly sins is envy. It appears to be rooted in their hearts. It is disappointing that they are so negative. The world consists of such people. There are some who are not encouraging and have nothing good to say about others. God is taking note of their words. They should know the end result of their envy and bitterness of heart if they do not change. These are the ones who give others thumbs down for stating the truth.

  14. Anony
    August 13, 2013

    This is all well and good but it just confirms one thing and that is, Discrimination is alive and well in Dominica. Dominica still operates on class system. Over the years there were several others queens who did just as well around the region but was never supported or pushed to participate in the Miss World competition, instead, they committees played broke and called it a day. Now all of sudden Colin Piper speaking. Anyway, congrats, I look forward on seeing her Sash saying Ms Dominica in the top 10. We will still support her.

    • Impartiality
      August 13, 2013

      My sentiments exactly. If there were rules and guidelines which I could see were applied I would think differently but in the absence of that I agree with you.

      • Justice and Truth
        August 13, 2013

        What other proof do you need than she won the crown three times? For God’ sake, this is the proof! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • Justice and Truth
      August 13, 2013

      Discrimination is all in your mind. It is your opinion. What could we do to convince you that you are wrong?

    • August 14, 2013

      Omg. i agree 100%

  15. Desy
    August 13, 2013

    Am I to believe based on the comments that I’ve read that because Leslassa comes from an affluent family that she should not be given the opportunity to showcase what she can do?If it was someone who was not “rich”,as some of us may put it, that person would be encouraged to reach for the stars,be told the sky’s the limit,don’t let anything or anyone keep you back and we would have already started all kinds of “……thons”,to help that “less fortunate”person.So tell me what is wrong with Leslassa having the same opportunities?
    Leslassa’s family and friends have stood behind her,lobbied for funds to help her and have their own funds that they can help with.What is so wrong for wanting to give that to her?
    Leslassa is well spoken and very articulate…she doesn’t “mamotay” or speak in that sing-song voice.
    Leslassa can dance ballet and play a musical instrument, among other things…which the the talents she would need to display at shows of this magnitude….not recite a poem or cram a play for laughs on stage.
    So give the young lady a break….who her family is should not be used to squash what she obviously be very good at.

  16. Programmer
    August 13, 2013

    And guess what? WHEN she wins, all of them will pretend that they were supporting her. Just wait and see

    • Justice and Truth
      August 13, 2013

      You know the saying, “Friends are plenty when the purse is full.” The same will apply if she wins the Miss World 2013. If she did will they say it is discrimination? How I wish she would.

  17. Pussinka
    August 13, 2013

    :) lessie you will come up on top. All the best. behind you 1000%

  18. GoBeckMore
    August 13, 2013

    Although I am happy for the young lady and I totally support her, this is about the family she comes from and it is heartbreaking. Dominican queens have been doing well in various pageants year after year but we find it appropriate to enter Misss World only this year. Hmmm.

  19. Concerned
    August 13, 2013

    All we had to do was wait for the right year and for the right queen to come along. Leslassah whether she is here because of her surname or not is an exceptional Queen, one we have not seen in a while. And I do not think former queen Miss Lando(who is too busy now with other things) would give great representation or even beat the odds like Miss Armour-Shillingford.We need to give her our full support no matter what because truth be told she is going to make a great impact at Miss World.#teamleslassahmissworld

    • August 13, 2013

      AMENNNNNN!!!!!!! to that. The same way there are poto catholics, I am a poto Leslassa supporter. Go Leslassa go (X 10)

      • Justice and Truth
        August 14, 2013

        You made me laugh. :lol: :lol: :lol: You also mean poto l’eglise – pillar of the Church?” :lol: :lol: :lol:
        Let us all, near and far, support Leslassa and wish her all the best. She deserves it. Also, after all, she is a fellow Dominican.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 13, 2013

      It is understandable and should be to everyone that this year 2013 she competed in those pageants and won three of them. Therefore, it is to be expected that she, no one else, should enter the Miss World Pageant 2013. It makes good sense. Why can the critics not comprehend that?

  20. New Yorker
    August 13, 2013

    I see blatant discrimination in this decision thought i applaud the effort, why was Marcella Larocque not given the chance, why was the charming lady from the territory not given that same chance too to me this lady from the carib territory would create a much better impression for Dominica coming from the original carib tribe, only in Dominica the NAME and FAMILY connections matters

    • Sly
      August 13, 2013

      It would hav been a good idea if you were able to help sponsor the event for the persons you are recommending. Was it possible at the time? did they have the financial backing? stop posting stuff under the name of New Yorker and help in the areas you are requesting. You guys love to run away from the country never return and stay and dictate from a distance. Apart from Dominica helping I am confident that Leslassa’s family is playing their part financially.

      Different time, different circumstances.

      • GoBeckMore
        August 13, 2013

        Why could discover not do it same way? Please!!! Come again. Please call a spade a spade. Same challenges after all these years. I will fully support her however.

      • Impartiality
        August 13, 2013

        No rules. No guidelines. We will never know.

    • anonyme
      August 13, 2013

      I always marvel at our ‘memwe poule’in Dominica. every year when our queens win, there is a rallying call for them to participate in miss world. I recall on various blogs and social media, people suggesting that contributions be sourced even from Dominicans in the diaspora to fund this. where were you then? well the way I see it, this team appears to be willing to go the extra mile, so I say to them go for it. the thing that separates these go getters from the rest of us is not necessarily their name but their work ethics. a favourite priest of mine always used to say, “hayee chien may dit dent y blanc”

  21. PoKeSa
    August 13, 2013

    Miss Lesslasa,

    You’ve got a real good chance of winning the Miss World 2014 crown and make us all D/cans proud

  22. Anonymous
    August 13, 2013

    the reason why the others haven’t gone it’s because of funding. Obviously the young lady family is willing to fund her and in turn the festival committee assisting. They all are afforded equal opportunity as long as they’re capable of helping themselves but as we know…we as Dominicans always looking on someone to do for us..I applaud the queen for going for it considering it was felt by many as an undeserved win so she has to prove herself

  23. Anonymous
    August 13, 2013

    I don’t know what you saying, but I supporting Dominica all the way. Go girl and make us proud.

  24. Castle Confort
    August 13, 2013

    Lassa, you continue to make ur proud and Ms World will be no exception. You continue to have our support…500% and going…continue to do wat u do girl and smile…remember wat the Armour in your surname is for…to shield you against the naysayers, haters and backbitters…regardlesS of ur surname remind them that like them u are 100% DOIMINICAN and we eh fraid no one!

  25. Point is...
    August 13, 2013

    What is the point of all these “lame” reasons and excuses as to why Ms.Shillingford got the opportunity to participate in the Miss World Pageant. You people are ridiculous. Allow me to express my apprehensions in saying that it is a wonderful opportunity that she has grasped taking part in this pageant for it inspires not only her but other young women and it shall become a tremendous boost in our tourism industry. I don’t think we should be quick to bring judgement as to her family being who they are and connections she has access to that she is given the opportunity. It is fair to say that every Former Miss Dominica deserved the equal opportunity to participate in pageants on an international level but we should be rational thinking persons and acknowledge the fact that there is a tremendous expense facilitated with these shows internationally, so therefore this could be one of the reasons why former Dominican queens have not been able to grasp the opportunity. And to respond to a prior comment, Nadira Lando was a wonderful queen and I have paid close attention to every pageant she has participated in as well as her interviews, yes she is indeed beautiful and has the Miss Universe potential but there is a saying, give a man a pencil let him write he would write you and excellent essay but give a mike and let him speak out loudly and he chokes or sounds ridiculous. Ms.Lando therefore needs a some speech development and it is obvious seeing that she has never won best interview in any of her pageants but she is intelligent and needs practice in portraying it. Ms.Lando is indeed a beauty. Ms.Shillingford on the other hand has beauty and speech and would be excellent given more required and necessary Training for I did as well pay close attention to her pageants. POINT IS… that When Ms.Shillingford takes the stage she would not just be representing her self and her family but a nation, a people, a culture and that is us and we should be a proud people. It is mandatory that we put our negatives aside, behind where ever, and give her the support she needs and not only need but deserves. She will indeed do well and she has the support of not only Dominica but every Pageant committee in the Caribbean and the Caribbean people in general. My advice to Ms.Shillingford is that make your people proud, do your best and keep your head up, but remember stay humble cause any self centred pride god forbid will be your downfall. Blessings and success to you Ms.Shillingford. :wink:

    • Observation
      August 13, 2013

      Actually, Ms Lando won the Best Interview Award for Jaycees Queen.

      • Point is...
        August 14, 2013

        I stand corrected. Thank you.

  26. Anonymous
    August 13, 2013

    I am 100% Domincan. everyone seems to have something to say especially those who don’t know a fraction of what it takes to be on satge. I’ve done my share af stage performances and let me say , staying positive takes a toll on you . have some faith and support YOUR PEOPle, whether it’s titles or color. we Are Dominicans after all. we come from long lines of queens from Elma Aaron to Marcia Baptise !!!!! Fly our Flags HIGH

  27. DC
    August 13, 2013

    The previous post printed prematurely. This should be following….We come in all different shades, that does not make anyone more valuable than the other. Leslassa, should be encouragef, and not subjected to this unfair comments. Please people, the black race is already the most divided let us stop adding insult to injury. Leslassa, you will make history. One Love !

  28. Sylvester Cadette
    August 13, 2013

    Hi Admin. I posted a comment yesterday – very wholesome, positive, decent and uplifting but it never featured. I guess an oversight yet when it happens two or more times one just gets curious. What may be the problem? maybe just happenstance or coincidence! I’m assuming it’s a connectivity issue or that it is still latent on your server and would later appear. or maybe you are swamped with comments. You could guide me.

  29. DC
    August 13, 2013

    This negativity which permeates through our Island needs to vanish already. It breaks my heart to read this negative comments. People, there is always someone to break down the barrier. If Ms. Lando was given the opportunity last year, then, then, we would still have critics, asking why previous queens were not given a chance. Ms. Kamala, did very well during her reign, still many castigated her on the then message board, i remember defending her on that forum with my blog name “Sarah.” It is time we stop this divide among our people. We must accept who we are, we come in all diiferent s

  30. Dominiquen
    August 13, 2013

    What about Margaret-Rose Cools-Latigue?

  31. kelshia
    August 13, 2013

    Congratulatioooonnnnsss Lassa! :-D Good Luck you can win this!

  32. hmm
    August 13, 2013

    allu complaining pointlessly about her surname blah blah blah. what else do you expect from this Kabalist society we live in today? all of allu need to shut up cus ya’ll support it one way or another. allu preference for brand name cloths, the signals ya’ll children throw up in the air, the songs and certain artist ya’ll support. it’s all about controversy and negativity. shut up bout the petty things. she is a child still. I respect for the least that she seems natural and well grounded but we all know how society works, so until we willing to work on ourselves first, don’t expect the kabal to change over night. shut up. Girl, put dca out there if you can. I say if you cant beat them, join then, so mote it be.

    • support
      August 15, 2013

      i support that! haha, put it in their face! :lol:

  33. Kaors
    August 13, 2013

    @Proud

    No she didnt.

  34. marion
    August 13, 2013

    dont worry about the negative comments.FLEXi is backing you.full speed ahead.i know talent when i see it,and no one can refute that in da.

  35. Dominican
    August 13, 2013

    Well well well there is no pleasing Dominicans.
    have you guys ever sat back and ask the question that in this 2013 time people are more able to fund her, I doubt whether it is a money talks situation, this is life those with money around the world will always prosper. Dominicans say something possitive stop bringing curses upon the entire population believe you me that is what you guys are doing bringing curse on the Dominican race. Lets us think about it, it is only a competition and better still if her parents and co could fund her it is not her fault that the previous contestants parents failed to put their daughters first. Or let me think perhaps the Gov should pay for them. row up and get a lifeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

  36. Hmmm
    August 13, 2013

    All you sure? I just went on the site and did not even see her name.

    http://www.missworld.com/Contestants/

    • Anonymous
      August 14, 2013

      Yes her name is there, look under D in the index and you’ll see it.

    • Curious2
      August 14, 2013

      Check again. her names is there, it’s only a pic that is not there AS YET. :lol:

  37. Me Camem
    August 13, 2013

    Totally uninterested with the content of the topic at hand because I do not see how it relates to national development, pride maybe… But the conversation is an important one because it will be a litmus test for the committee who is responsible for making the decision to send the future queens to different contests. It will demand more careful selection in the next pageant, and the queen will be more thoroughly selected. Though I do not care about the content, as indicated above, however I believe that the conversation is good because it tells those in authority (from the Portsmouth protests to the Grandbay protesters) that the people are watching, and it seems like the good old days have a number written on its back…

  38. yes fada
    August 13, 2013

    Domnichen ni twop langue sale!

    It’s a first time for everything, this country will never move forward with this kind of dog eat dog mentality.

  39. no wes pay e may
    August 13, 2013

    what about Ms. Universe? I have never seen Ms. World but i Watch Ms. Universe annually. it would be nice to see Ms. Dominica up there.

  40. Dominican by birth
    August 13, 2013

    You go young lady make us proud

  41. lee
    August 13, 2013

    Ms. Dominica go and do your best good luck to you.

  42. Glo Chaud
    August 13, 2013

    I support Lesslassa but please people don’t make it seem like the days when they used to ask the coleur y-ar-yay to dress pretty and come to carnival city and give the girl with the prettiest face and dress the crown nah. From since Leandra or is it Nakita?..the queens have been winning 3 regional crowns no body ever listened to the call to send them to miss world. Now the last name is double handled we can send her…..Double standards. The very things E.O.Leblanc tried to change is bobbing its head again after years of slumbering or is it lurking beneath the surface of hypocracy.

    • Anonymous
      August 13, 2013

      I support your comment wholeheartedly. Beginning with Nakita Bruno years ago our queens have been doing quite well. Leslassa is only continuing what was begun already. So why could another queen not have gone to this pageant when they were just as good? That being said good luck to our queen.

    • Pageant follower
      August 13, 2013

      The regional crowns Leslassa won, those are the same crowns Leandra won and placed 3rd at the Miss Caribbean World. They never thought of sending her to Miss World and she performed just as good as Leslassa. 8-O

  43. toks
    August 13, 2013

    excited excited excited!!!!Hey queen Lassa How you doing?? *in my wendy williams voice*…you go girl… go to Indonesia and turn upppppp!!bring out the best you and represent our country in the best way possible! wishing you all the best lovely lady…

  44. Justice and Truth
    August 13, 2013

    I was elated to read this news articles that Leslassa will be participating in Miss World Pageant. Good luck to you. I visualize that you are presently preparing for this major undertaking. Dominicans of goodwill are with you all the way, wishing you all the best.
    I am looking forward to September 29th. I checked it on the calendar. It is a Saturday, an excellent time that the pageant will have a worldwide audience that evening.
    I hope nothing of importance comes up which will keep me away from viewing the pageant. I will prepare my healthy snacks and drinks and with a few friends to have a get-together while viewing the show. Who knows? We may plan a party if not at my place of residence but at another. Whoever gets the preference. :)
    Rest assured that I will be spreading the news and among my non-Dominican friends who, in turn will inform their family and friends. Miss World Pageant will have a greater audience than ever. Consider all the Dominicans all over the world who will be tuning in.
    Leslassa you can say that you got us, more than ever interested in Miss World Pageant. When you are on stage slightly remember all of us who will be viewing you and vying for you. Do not get nervous. :) We will also be praying for you. Come what may our love and admiration for you will not wane. You have already excelled and we are satisfied with your achievement. However, we will be encouraging you and applauding you all the way. God bless!

  45. Beeeeeeeeeeeeee
    August 12, 2013

    She has done well. But was she the only one? Oh yes, she is an Armour and a Shillingford.
    And Margaret Rose was a Cools-Latigue.
    Let us treat all our queens as queens. Masa days are done

  46. Strong Supporter
    August 12, 2013

    Leslassa, please ignore the haters that keep drinking from that fountain of “haterade.” You have potential and I am confident that you can blow the rest of the world out of the water.You go there and strut your stuff and show them what Dominicans are made of. I’ll be watching. You go girl!!!!

  47. August 12, 2013

    I hope Miss Dominica 2013 is not dressed like Miss Dominica 1978.

  48. WOW
    August 12, 2013

    Congratulation and best of luck. The negatives comments left by the haters make it appear that Our beauiful queen is representing some Dominicans and not all Dominicans. Leave the child alone! Her outgoing personality and self confidence will allow her to rise above these harsh comments. Lesslassa, win, loose or draw you have our support. Your participation in this prestigious pageant will bring tourists to our humble shores. We love you. Go for it!

  49. August 12, 2013

    LIME is sponsoring Miss Tortola, BVI. What is LIME doing for Miss Dominica?

  50. Sylvester J Cadette
    August 12, 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS LASLESSA!! Congratulations to Discover Dominica and all others who contributed to this outcome. NOW LET THE WORLD TRUELY DISCOVER DOMINICA’s IMMACULATE TALENTs. Laslessa’s Dream most now become Our Dream, Dominica’s Dream.

    Now we should all rally together as one nation and the chorus of support should drown out all negativity. Others say there were other queens of the past – true that is but let’s discuss after the pageant. Now Dominica must focus on winning.

    With Laslessa’s consent and that of Discover Dominica and her sponsors, the billboards must now be a feature at the arrival side (airside) of the airport, the entrance to Roseau, at Picard, Close to Auto Trade and other strategic locations arround the island.

    She should be branded with a Dominica product – probably a local exotic beauty product (like Heaven Scent????) – but first verify the product’s autheticity, market worthiness,packaging and possible appeal).

    To enthuse the whole nation, set up a Queens of the past radio competition (ALL RADIO STATIONS)- the what year, what about them questions with historical facts around the era they reigned and with reasonable prices to add to the hype – NOT MUCH TIME I KNOW !!

    Do I sound overly excited? Indeed I am because Dominica has an opportunity to shine – the whole nation must say that today we begin a new life: we are unstoppable

    To use a Purple Dragon Don Jitsu Ryu Affirmation, Dominica should say “I WILL PERSIST UNTIL I SUCCEED, I WAS NOT DELIVERED IN THIS WORLD IN DEFEAT. FAILURE WILL NO LONGER BE MY PAYMENT FOR MY STRUGGLES.

    GO AND WIN LASLESSA. GO AND WIN DOMINICA – WHATEVER FORM THAT WIN MAY BE WE WILL BE GRATEFUL, BUT AIM FOR THE CROWN.
    SUCCESS

    • Sylvester J Cadette
      August 13, 2013

      My apologies with the spelling of your name in my previous : I meant LESLASSA. I will endeavor o be more mindful in that regard.

  51. Free Thinker
    August 12, 2013

    Leslassa congratulations and may God be with you while you go for the mrs world padgent :-D

  52. Anonymous
    August 12, 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS LASLESSA! I cannot be more pleased. NOW HER DREAM BECOMES OUR DREAM – DOMINICAS DREAM. WE MUST BE ALL IN TOGETHER!! Congratulations too Discover Dominica for a fantastic effort so far and all others with them.
    NOW WE MUST LET THE WORLD TRUELY DISCOVER DOMINICA AND THE RICHES OF ITS BOUNTIFUL TALENTS WE ARE ENDOWED WITH.

    We must create one rallying cry of support in all forms that is so loud it will drown out all negativity from whichever source it comes. Let just positivity, hope, hightened expectation, encouragement and support reach throughout the breath of Dominica.

    With the Consent of Laslessa, Discover Dominica and sponsors, the Billboards must now be throughout Dominica – from the arrival side (airside)of the airport, to entrace to Roseau, one at Auto trade, In Picard and in other strategic locations around the island.

    Brand her with a Dominica product of strategic value – even a beauty product like Heaven Scent or whatever that product may be(first verify its appeal, packaging , marketability etc. ) Maybe not much time but it may be worth the effort.

    produce fliers. create a quiz surrounding the past dominica queens – a who in what year competition and what we know about them with lucrative prices to add to the hype.

    I am excited because this Wonderful Gem – Laslessa, has given Dominica aof a n opportunity on a plater. We must embrace it. KUDOS to Discover. All COPORATE CITIZENS – infact ALL DOMINICANS WHO CAN SHOULD CONTRIBUTE TO THIS EFFORT. Is there a special Miss World 2013 Fund set up yet? This must be done yesterday, if you get my Drift.

    GO DOMINICA!! GO LASLESSA! AND WIN !! WHAT EVER THE FORM OF THE WIN WE WILL BE PROUD

  53. August 12, 2013

    WOW!!!! :-P I’m so happy and proud at the same time. I feel as if it was me . Leslassa, we are all happy for you and will be with you all the way

  54. T mama
    August 12, 2013

    WOW!!! This is SUPER!!!!!! Great and Wonderful,,,we are all supporting you …We know you will do very well…plan well….congrats and Congratulatios for Dominica…

  55. CDA
    August 12, 2013

    i hope she wins so jamaicans can sit their down. DOMINICA TO THE BLOODYYY WORLLLLLDDDDD!

  56. oh yeh
    August 12, 2013

    I think lesslasa can represent Dominica but she should change her ballet talent. In the Caribbean we are not use to seeing ballet so it will look unique to us. Go out there in the wider world where they are use to seeing ballet will not be creative or unique to them cause its an everyday thing. So you can do it just change ur talent. That’s my best advice to you.

    • Stupes
      August 14, 2013

      Change her talent? For Miss World? Wicked soul.

  57. Papso
    August 12, 2013

    This is predictable.

    Once the uppity possie realised they had someone they could push they did.

    Bear in mind that other Queens in the past simply did not have that kind of advocacy or support. Piper and co are bandwaggoners, eager to support the same bofa pretend elite.

    There is a principle here. Dominica Queens who have pedigree should get support.

    And this is Dominica in 2013.Still run on the same narrow values of 50 years ago and with cronies in nearly every institution looking out for ONE SET of people.

    Whats the problem you say, she will do Dominica proud. She may well do and she is a wonderful young woman from appearances. The problem is someone else may also have done Dominica proud in the recent past, not just those ordained by a family and a set of friends in high places.

    It is very much like scholarships in the days gone by.

    The problem is that once merit is selective it permeates every level of society.

    Unfortunately we have mediocre people everywhere pulling strings.

    • CDA
      August 12, 2013

      I Couldn’t have said it any better
      big name, high color…they will get pushed

    • Reporter
      August 12, 2013

      How many of Miss Dominica has worn 3 regional titles. Enlighten me please.

      • radio codcapi
        August 12, 2013

        Mara Walter, Leandra Lander. Nakita Bruno, Nadira Lando, should I go on and the word is won not worn.

      • Anonymous
        August 12, 2013

        Leandra Lander did it Marah Walter and Marcia Baptiste were outstanding as well

      • Papso
        August 12, 2013

        Maybe the same amount of people who know the difference between won and worn.

        The Kalinago girl won a couple crowns, the girl before her as well.

        Note that every engine of support has been mobilised for this Queen.

        Again, no fault of the girl, who is beautiful and intelligent from everything I have seen and heard.

        If Dominica Tourism, the DHTA and Invest DOminica and all the other well wishers want to see Dominica represented on Ms World, it would help if that was a wish that had no specific horse to ride on.

        Instead there has been only one horse. The Laslassa mare.

        That is all.

      • Proud
        August 13, 2013

        So are you telling me that our Kalinago Queens did not deserve the same treatment and one of them even did better

      • ......
        August 13, 2013

        Reporter??? really a title like that and you dared to ask something so openly obvious and well documented? I guess this sort of ignorance is why people see class and prejudice in this selection process.

      • Hmmm
        August 13, 2013

        Nadira Lando, Nikita Bruno, Marah Walterm Leandra Lander, Marcia Baptiste…they all were exceptional

      • Huddup
        August 13, 2013

        To enlighten you, several of our queens have won 3 regional crowns. Leandra Lander led that way, then there was Marah Walter, Marcia Baptiste, Nadira Lando and now Lassa.
        Don’t act foolish!

      • Husgh
        August 13, 2013

        To enlighten you, several of our queens have won 3 regional crowns. Leandra Lander led that way, then there was Marah Walter, Marcia Baptiste, Nadira Lando and now Lassa.
        Don’t act foolish!

      • Aratzio
        August 13, 2013

        ya’ll dont realize this is not 1980’s anymore. no deep pocket trying to press you just you pressing one another. we all human we all equal… stop living in the past. its your work that dedication that decides your destiny now a days not your surname. its true we’ve had kalinago queens perform well, but did they aspire to be a contestant at miss world, did they aspire and then bring that aspiration to the eyes of their sponsors for consideration and affirmative action …. come on people, we need to change. stop making petty things big problems while the real monster is out there wide awake right under our nose…. our lack of economic growth, increase in taxes, while decrease in rate of obtainment of coin thus decrease in spending power, ask yourself what has changed and why.

      • Pageant follower
        August 13, 2013

        I will enlighten you reporter. Leandra Lander won the same 3 regional crows leslassa is holding right now. And let us not base it on the number of regional crowns. We have Nakita Lugay, Marah walter, Marcia Baptiste, Nadira Lando who all won 2 regional crowns and are very intelligent young women. Why is it they could not rally around them to take part in the Miss World pageant. It is not just for one set or the bofa ones. Leslassa I support all the way but she taking part in the Miss World pageant would have always brought up controversy seeing that we had other queens in the past who performed excellent.

      • Queen
        August 13, 2013

        Leandra Lander in 2007

        Marah Walter 2008

    • trolol
      August 12, 2013

      I think she deserves to go up for Miss world because she has “proven” herself. You can’t just send anyone up for Miss world. We’re probably the only country representing the OECS. It’s not an opportunity that comes every year, where we can just give each queen a shot. Also about family this and family that on the big stage the name Armour is but a spec of dust, who do you think they are the Elizabeth family? It has to do with talent, go ahead and send anyone to Miss world, you must have not seen the question and answer round when Miss Nadira Lando won, girls couldn’t answer simple questions such as 2+2 in a local setting. Now put them on a stage where the entire world is watching what do you think will happen? She speaks well, and looks okay. When going up for these things you send the best possible candidate you can find. If you’re WELL educated with good looks and the grace of God it doesn’t matter what family you come from you will go for far, but sadly a-lot of people aren’t blessed with both. Wish the lady good luck and stop talking BS so Dominica can receive some form of exposure to help your tourism industry.

    • August 12, 2013

      Don’t be jealous…..support the girl and hush your mouth

    • Anonymous
      August 12, 2013

      Jealousy makes you nasty

    • Justice and Truth
      August 12, 2013

      It is obvious you did not as much as take a good look at her pictures to note that she very well qualifies to be a contestant in the Miss World Pageant. Or, are you jealous? :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • Frenchy
      August 13, 2013

      So this could have been said if it was just dominica’s elections. But you mean to tell me they rigged all the other contest get a life and leave lassa alone ehhh. Right. When everyone was saying she gonna win in dominica because of her name fine i let it be but she has prooved everyone wrong by actually win the other contest and proove yall wrong everyone saying bad about lassa should read this reply stop hate. And once again get a liiiiiiiife.

      • Anonymous
        August 13, 2013

        Please miss, I get your point, but at least learn to spell simple words like “prove.” Once a mistake, but twice? You just can’t spell…

    • country bookie
      August 13, 2013

      regardless of your opinions, all arguable, and which i must attest I can understand but largely disagree to, there is a moment when you will stop the PREDICTABLE bashing that you are doing, the shade you are throwing, and show your support also.

      Have you seen her perform? Watched any of her competitions? She is absolutely breathtaking and in every pageant, regardless of the demographic, the audience could agree that she shone the brightest.

      I urge you to remove the Amour-Shillingford and think of her as Leslassa, look at the way she works the pageant and try to not be captivated.

    • Natural Living
      August 13, 2013

      So what are you saying, she should not be supported because of her last name? Are you saying that because her family may have a little more than others she should not be endorsed? You would swear Leslassa had not won the national crown and any other regional titles..like she was given an opportunity she did not deserve….the square pegs in rounds holes all around this country is what people should have the problem with…Her chaperon, family and friends setup a huge marketing campaign like no other because they believe in her that much and they have the personal resources to support her but that cannot be held against her….We should be happy that her family is willing and able to send her with the support of the DDA to help promote the country. We all will benefit….DDA is not financing her entire trip…the family and friends and sponsers are finding creative ways to raise the funds necessary to represent herself and the country to the best of her ability…..What else do we want her to prove?
      People speaking here have absolutely no idea the work that goes on in the background to do what has been done and figure is a just another bourgeois child that get a free opportunity…Leslassa and her crew worked damn hard to get where she is and others should respect it and emulate it and stop trying to destroy what is our own because it seems easier to hate what we done understand than to try to educate ourselves…!!!!! Jah Bless Leslassa and Dominica…Let no Man Curse!!!

    • Heavy
      August 13, 2013

      Please Dominicans don’t be at war with each other let it be let bygone be bygone 200hundreds years ago black people was in slavery and we are still dwelling on that keeping our children back instead of pushing them forward so let it be don’t remember the past we all live comfortable just like the so call first class

    • Impartiality
      August 13, 2013

      “The problem is that once merit is selective it permeates every level of society.”

      I couldn’t agree with you more.

  58. North Lady
    August 12, 2013

    Queen Lassa, I saw you on SAT tv tonight with host Joseph Thomas and my dear I am proud. You were fluent, poised, confident, in fact you are just so natural. Congratulations and God’s blessings. Just do your best. You have my full support.

  59. anonymous2
    August 12, 2013

    Good. All countries deserve an entry. Now, should we also have an equal men’s pagent so that the men can all be on parade also?

    • Justice and Truth
      August 12, 2013

      I would not want to see them in shorts/swim wear. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  60. Faceup
    August 12, 2013

    All of our queens should have the right to represent DA at Miss World Pageant, but conextions conextions conextions PEEPS IS WHO YOU KNOW !

    • Justice and Truth
      August 12, 2013

      Qualification is essential.
      Cease your nonsense.

    • Frenchy
      August 13, 2013

      Obviously you will stay mediocre… Can’t even spell… Smh. Stop hate nuh man? For once support your country. It’s not just about her. It is about DOMINICA for christ sakes.

    • Dcamassive
      August 13, 2013

      Typical Dominican.
      Quick to criticize, quick to call foul, quick to jump blame Massa Day.
      Slow to move on.
      Slow to appreciate our own.

  61. 22 year old.MALE
    August 12, 2013

    My girl, I am not a fan of carnival, but i am proud of you…don’t listen to the negative…listen to the words of those who care, they are pressing for you. Make us proud….remember do it for love of country, just you being part of Ms.World is a proud and GREAT victory, and A BIGGER AND GREATER victory when you WILL win!!!! I’ll be cheering you on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!….PS: remember the story of David and the Giant….they laughed him too, yet he was victorious, they said he was too young, yet he was the chosen one….

    • Sacre_gas
      August 12, 2013

      This kind of positivity and support coming from a 22 year old young Dominican man? Maybe there is hope for us yet. Right on my boy!

  62. Positive Thinking.
    August 12, 2013

    Leslassa Congratulation to you and your winning team. Girl we Love we support you and our prayers are with you every step of the way. To God be the Glory.

  63. Observer
    August 12, 2013

    Leslassa I believe in you. Yes you can!

    Flaunt it for the world to see! Make Dominica and Dominicans proud!

    Whatever the outcome remember, only your best is good enough. Yes you can!!!!

  64. well well
    August 12, 2013

    Only in Dominica people can do whatever they so please and get away with it. Its not a question of whether Leslasa deserve to go. EVERY PAST MISS DOMINICA DESERVED TO GO. Stop singling out the queens. Every one deserved an equal shot. Being miss Dominica is enough to qualify you. I am waiting to see what happens next year because I am sure the next years queen will expect the same treatment. Now I don’t want ignorant responses like shut up, I will logical opinions. If you were a past queen wouldn’t you feel cheated on if more fuss was made over one person over you? wth. You people really know how to make some feel special and the rest like they don’t matter.

    There are many Miss Dominica’s who didn’t win regional pagaents which are just as talented as Leslassa. And please not Nadira. That was our least talented queen. Thank god she wasn’t sent because I can tell you we would regret that decision cause she would be expecting you to curtsy to her afterwards.

    • eyeswideshut
      August 12, 2013

      I understand where you are coming from however it takes the Team to make the effort and drive and push the Queens and the different organizations responsible. From all accounts Leslassa’s Team is powerful and completes her. The other Queens whom I agree were talented and as you say qualified to compete in the Miss World just by being Miss D/ca did not have such impact as Leslassa.
      Further their Team were not as cohesive as Leslassa’s Team. Respect Carla Armour. Leslassa is the first queen to make us see Miss Caribbean World live on Stream
      First queen to make us see Miss Carival live on stream
      First queen to make us see Miss JCI live on stream
      First queen to make us see Miss culture in St. Kitts life on Stream
      Clearly we are talking serious focus here! You can’t beat that!

      Continue to Shine Like a Diamond Leslassa

      • Justice and Truth
        August 12, 2013

        No doubt also for the Miss World pageant, live on Stream. DNO will do their utmost to bring it to Dominicans. However, the pageant will be shown on some TV Channels of all.

      • Papa Dom
        August 13, 2013

        I am tempted to agree with you that the teams for other queens may not have pushed and maybe the organising committees back then were not interested in sending them out. I may be totally wrong but if I remember correctly, Diane Francis and Macella larocque did as good if not better than she has done. As for all the firsts you mentioned, these are totally irelavant. We didn’t have the ability to see those shows before, so after saying all this I tend to agree with anyone who would suggest that the only reason she is going to miss world is due to who she is, I. E. family name.

      • Anonymous
        August 13, 2013

        that is all because of technology advancement, nothing to do with the queen

      • Anonymous
        August 13, 2013

        that has nothing to do with the queen, more technology advancement

      • Anonymous
        August 13, 2013

        I agree with you 100% For the people saying its family name, its family game. Carla and the rest of the team is determined and without determination you will get nowhere. Do you expect because you get miss DA you can sit on your blessed assurance and you will go to miss world? Go Team Lassi I admire your tenacity and determination that will teach us that if we want something we should work hard and not wait on anybody. The organizations helping can see that these people are ready and willing to take the hard road that’s why they will invest in her.

      • Onlooker
        August 13, 2013

        This is a very valid point. Leslassa has a very strong, influential and determined team behind her, who will push for her to go all the way. Call them bougouise if you wish but they have the ability to make things happen. Maybe we can learn from this and use them in future, rather than criticise her and her team for being who they are and for making a positive difference. Oh how we love to hate success! Leslassa, I wish you all the best. Good luck and make Dominica proud. Only you, your team and God know how much hard work is involved in this whole process and I admire you for being so young but strong and focused. May God bless you on this journey.

    • Grand Bay
      August 12, 2013

      lol @ well well
      I concur

    • Impartiality
      August 12, 2013

      I understand your point hence my earlier comment. Qualifying rules and guidelines are necessary. Who determines who gets the support? What is the criteria? How do we know that past queens did not qualify for this kind of support? It really is not a matter of surname or the effort that her team is making. It is a matter of transparency in the process.

    • August 12, 2013

      Sponsors sweetheart, sponsors. I agree with you in part, some, if not all, of the past Miss Dominica was qualified for the Miss World Pageant, unfortunately they did not get SPONSORED.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 12, 2013

      What is your problem? Think! Leslassa could have said she does not want to participate in Miss World but she showed interest and eagerness to participate. In view of her successes she was accepted for one of Miss World’s contestants.
      Prior to making negative statements which come from your mind, as imbedded in your heart, you should ask yourself the question, “Did any of the other Miss Dominica showed interest in it? Will the future Miss Dominicans show interest? Leave this to the future.

    • Sacre_gas
      August 12, 2013

      Some of what you and others have said may very well be true. Every queen who won Ms. Dominica should be able to go to Ms. World. However, the fact is, knowing Lassa, she is innocent of any of the evil things that may are attributing to her. She is not ambitious in a negative way, her head is not swollen and she is truly doing this for Dominica and Dominicans regardless of what family and surname we may have.

      How about we rally behind her and hope she does so well that the next one, next year will also get the same inopportunity once the NDC/DFC realizes the impact of just being there at that pageant. I don’t know if you realize this but a campaign was started by an international organization agitating for Dominica to finally rejoin the pageant after 1975 and I am sure there was much consideration and deliberation before the decision was made.

      Lassa does not stand alone but on the shoulders of Marcella LaRoque, Diane Francis, Francilia Agar, Nakita Burno, Marcia Baptiste and all the other bright and talented queens that have gone before. I am sure none of them begrudge her but celebrate her. Because of all of them, she stands. So if they support her then why shouldn’t we? Think about that.

    • country bookie
      August 13, 2013

      were you aware that her and her team pushed for the support that was necessary for her to even qualify for ms world? She was not selected by the festival committee at random ‘because of her name’ or even because of her awesome talent. She worked for it. Certainly every ms dominica deserves the same opportunity as the one she as received but did they want to go? I actually don’t know.

      If i was a past queen and saw the mammoth potential that Leslassa has I wouldn’t bat an eyelash that it was ill-deserved. All of the crowns she’s won were wipe outs, she blew the other contestants away. she is special and she certainly deserves the fuss. There is no way you can argue otherwise.

    • honest
      August 13, 2013

      Totally disagree! Nadira was very talented is jus dat she had a different talent unlike Lesslassa. Stop discriminating and give lando her praises causes she tried her best to make Dominica proud. She would have gotten the that miss carival title in St.Vincent but due to lack of team work where her very own people try to put her down.so sometimes its not good to put people down, we never know what went wrong.

  65. Vee
    August 12, 2013

    with u 100%
    Go Dominica go

  66. Ras Mo
    August 12, 2013

    It’s a call for celebration,Dominica!

  67. Michael
    August 12, 2013

    This was my comment to a previous article and I shall say it again.
    My wish is that both the Government and the Private Sector would recognize the achievements of these young women, who have made Dominica,the Venezuela and Puerto Rico at the Miss Universe and Miss World at the Caribbean level. I believe that Dominica could create an impact if we send Nadira to Miss Universe 2014 nd [ Miss Universe is a fashion/runaway model show] and Leslassa to Miss World 2014 [ Miss World is beauty with a purpose and talent round]. Both girl would need a year to prepare. Where our private sector would come in is by assisting to acquire the franchise,while our Government with it relations with Venezuela, who seeking Venezuela support in providing training, there are pageant schools in Venezuela.

    On a different note anyone wishing to take part in the Miss Dominica/Carnival Queen Show should have made up her mind and have her preforming talent down pack. She should already be shaping her interview and communication skills. The rest is left to the designing team.

  68. rescue 911
    August 12, 2013

    according to hunter “next year im running for queen”.theres more benefit in being a carnival queen than king .i must admit that after i see miss amour-shillingford on sat tv with her cornrows,i just had to love her.go laslassa .go dominica.

  69. thiny
    August 12, 2013

    Will she make it past the first round???? Compared to the other contestants………….hmmmmmm

    • IAMDOMINICA
      August 12, 2013

      who cares, she will be there, how many don’t make it past the first round. I will be proud that our name was even mentioned or flag flown and I see our queen there. LUAN was not up to standard but I was proud that my flag was flown, LEARN TO LOVE WHAT AND WHO IS OURS DOMINICA

      • Anonymous
        August 13, 2013

        my sentimenys exactly.

    • rescue 911
      August 12, 2013

      we just have to wait to see.just wish her luck.(what make you think the big cities have something that we dont)

    • August 12, 2013

      Yes she will ….just wish her the best. Some of us like to bring others down too fast. Don’t you see she is Miss Universe material?

    • August 12, 2013

      Watch the show to find out.

    • Icansee
      August 13, 2013

      NEGATITIVITY AGAIN! It does not matter what round she reaches.Just being a contestant is great news!Your comment sounds like it is a case of sour grapes. Come on be patriotic!

  70. birdy
    August 12, 2013

    To all Dominicans when someone is good just please accept that the person is good she is just the right person to represent dominica at the miss world pageant Just As i said lenox LInton will be a very good Prime minister I can see lenox one on one with President Obama and many other top officials discussing issues and talking so that we understand
    So when someone is good lets just say it

    • Impartiality
      August 12, 2013

      I have no difficulty supporting what is good but there should be clear rules or guidelines identifying who does or does not qualify for the kind of support that the DDA and the Festivals Committee is giving. If there were clear rules and guidelines which applied to everyone I can assure you that people like me would see transparency and there would be no basis for making my comment.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 12, 2013

      Granted, everyone gets thumbs down. It is not a competition. However, the fact that you mixed politics with someone participating in Miss World’s Pageant, this is why you got many thumbs down. You should have kept to the issue and leave politics, politicians and a future politician out of this topic.

    • Anonymous
      August 12, 2013

      Are you nuts!

    • Laugh Out Loud
      August 13, 2013

      Have you lost your mind???? NOT IN THIS LIFETIME!!

  71. dancer
    August 12, 2013

    Congrats Lassa!!! Make us proud. To those insignificant peeps out there talking about surname, did the last queen want it as bad as Lassa? Did she push herself to get discover Dominica’s attention so she could represent us? Pft!!! #team Lassa all the way.

    • John Paul
      August 12, 2013

      You mean She dat pushing Herself forward? Eh ben She aggresive papah I thought it was Her Family and their connections in the upper echelons

      • August 12, 2013

        I find all you bold. If it were you or me, we would be both happy that our families have connection with high society so that to help us move forward.

      • August 12, 2013

        When you want something bad enough you go for it.

      • Justice and Truth
        August 12, 2013

        Always assuming, thinking and wrongly. Do not do too much thinking. You will burst your brains wide open.
        I would not state that she pushed herself. She has every reason to wish to attend the pageant. After winning all these contests, who wouldn’t? Furthermore she qualified for it and has what it takes to enter. Why not?

      • Frenchy
        August 13, 2013

        Is she leslassa armour-shillingford supposed to present apology to you for having entourage that support her?

      • patriot
        August 13, 2013

        Lesslasa I am so proud of u! u rock! go for it girlfriend!like Obama says”Yes we can”

      • country bookie
        August 13, 2013

        Yes, she is aggressive. She is also incredibly talented as made transparent by her success so far, she is beyond determined, wouldn’t you think? To have been eagar to participate in Ms World and finally gain the support of Dominica. So show your support, she will need it. She is representing our country and every one of us. Drop the bitter attitude.

  72. sense
    August 12, 2013

    Muslims threatened to force the pageant out of Indonesia. So there are still people that will not put any benefit before their standards. hmmm

    • truth
      August 12, 2013

      what benefit? Benefit of seeing young women portray themselves are pieces of meat? walking around naked with strings on? A queen?
      What kinda queen is that? that is a damn good move to remove the swim suit segment….

    • August 12, 2013

      What standards?

    • Justice and Truth
      August 12, 2013

      Since you made this statement, I will deviate and state if only they showed their love and cared for the life of others as they do their so-called standard, the world would be a happier, peaceful and safe place. Their standards are what caused terrorists actions and caused governments and airline enterprises to expend exorbitant sums of money to protect their property, employees and passengers. In turn, passengers bear the high cost of flying. This accounts for the high cost of flying. Ever considered that? So much for their so-called standards. Think before you comment.

  73. UDOHREADYET
    August 12, 2013

    I’m very happy for her and proud of the achievement she’s made in representing DA in miss world pagent. bless

    • August 12, 2013

      i wonder if it will be on tv and what channel

      • August 12, 2013

        INQUIRE.

      • Justice and Truth
        August 12, 2013

        It will be on worldwide TV in especially democratic countries. Dominicans will not miss out on it.

  74. Winston
    August 12, 2013

    Dominica to the world ……..

  75. Concern
    August 12, 2013

    Now that’s what am talking about, let’s go queen Lesslassa

  76. Pebbles
    August 12, 2013

    Why wasn’t the former queen given that opportunity? Dominican be smart why wouldn’t u send someone with more experience. Personally I think the former miss Dominica should represent Dominica and Miss Shillingford can go next year. Lets be fair this is so unfair to the former miss Dominica. It’s really who u know.

    • ???
      August 12, 2013

      Doh sen her, you would complain… sen her you complaining! Way, way, way… all you not easy nuh! Last year’s winner is no longer Miss Dominica my fren. Miss Dominica is Lesslassa!

    • Enquirer
      August 12, 2013

      Nadira Lando did very well, but let’s be face facts and be fair.. what talent does she have? And although you can’t find too much fault with the way she speaks, she is no where as articulate as Lassa.. Let’s give our full support to Leslassa.

      • honest
        August 13, 2013

        nadira has lots of talent. but is only now lesslassa getting the opportunity. she will try her best but she will not win!

    • Sug
      August 12, 2013

      sttps… what i hearing der nuh… unfair what? It’s a plus for Ms. Amour that her family has money… they’d help more…

      The former queen isn’t bothered…why should you? If she is then that’s her business… if you didn’t notice Ms. Shillingford supports pushed for her to go to the pageant other than just ‘talk’ about it…. everyone can’t go…

    • August 12, 2013

      its fear enough miss shillingford won more than nadira and have a greater personality than nadira she is the one who can go she prove herself miss shillingford.

    • August 12, 2013

      Because the opportunity did not present itself. Who has more experience? Personally, I do not think the former Miss Dominica should represent Dominica this year and Miss Shillingford next year. This is not unfair to any former Miss Dominica. The time is now, let us all appreciate.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 12, 2013

      Why ask now? It is futile. The past is gone. Look to the future.

    • No former queen
      August 13, 2013

      This former queen has an attitude that irritates many people. It is ok to have standards but I Believe the former queen NL is not representing Kalinago. She does not want to be carib . She wished to be someone else. The woman writes Ms Jaycees,Ms Dominica, Miss etc at the back of her name each time. I was wondering if these were degrees. Look at how humble Leslassa and those before her are. Gone with the former queen.

    • loL
      August 13, 2013

      lets be real about the former queen who is recently suing for 3 million because she did not get to do her last walk. Dominica does not need a drama queen representing it, we need one of CLASS, CHARISMA and incredible motivation. Therefore Leslassa is our girl!

  77. CHARMER
    August 12, 2013

    The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Our support is with you Lassa. Reach for the stars.

  78. SMH
    August 12, 2013

    I do not know Leslassa, and i am soo excited, you would swear she is my family!

    I am just so proud of my country and what we produce:Intelligent, beautiful and talented young people!
    Leslassa, i tell you, i will be stuck infront my TV watching this live from begining to end! I am shivering all now! Nuff Said! wow!

    All the best my girl, you are truely a queen!

    • Justice and Truth
      August 12, 2013

      Happy to read your comments. If Leslassa read it, she would be elated and beaming with smiles, no doubt laughter of thanks and appreciation. It is excellent encouragement for her.
      You will be among thousands of Dominicans also worldwide who will be viewing it. I am no exception.

  79. Dominican traveller
    August 12, 2013

    Congratualtions to Leslassa Shillingford for qualifying to participate in the Miss World pageant and to Dominica for recognizing her potential to represent and help promote Dominica as a tourism destination.

    To Carla Armour, congrats to you on all your hard work to ensure that this happen.

    To Collin Piper, instead of you talking of a 180,000 by 2015, you talking about 90,000 visitors… you all at Discover Dominica better smell the coffee because it seems like is coffee water all you smelling… lmao with all you 90,000 to make tourism sustainable… what you think we in monkey tourist business or people tourist business??? :lol: :lol: :lol:

    • eyeswideshut
      August 12, 2013

      Wooooooooooooyyyy. :lol:

  80. Donna
    August 12, 2013

    But how some dominicans retarded so… The girl is pushing for herself and her country and the best thing some of you can do is criticize… Even if she have surname or mo ey or whatever the case might be… Stop bringing down your own coyntry. You have my full support and bring back the crown to this country.

    • Donna
      August 12, 2013

      Money*

    • Sug
      August 12, 2013

      she having money is even a plus for us…If it was a broke butt person it would be worst for us, we have to dig from out own pocket her parents have money…

      be happy Dominica going to be on the thing for God sake

    • August 12, 2013

      I support you 100%. This is just showing how jealous some people can be and how quick Dominicans are to bring down their own.

  81. ladym
    August 12, 2013

    Let go make us proud family that what the ARMOUR is all about to make DOMINICAN PROUD win or loose you still our queen we love you so do it my girl god will be with you always

  82. Kay
    August 12, 2013

    No swimsuit? She kills in swim wear tho. All the best of luck to her

    • August 12, 2013

      No swimsuit is not a big deal. The swimsuit do not make the pageant.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 13, 2013

      :lol: :lol: :lol: The Muslims could not bear to see those beautiful legs. they would not be able to withstand the sight. It could cause them to commit the sin of infidelity, if not faint. :lol: :lol: :lol:
      My further view point is they are a big bunch of hypocrites. God knows what goes on behind their closed doors, if you know what I mean.

  83. jungle
    August 12, 2013

    i went to the miss world site and did not see Dominica listed there what,s going on dno

    • August 12, 2013

      Really?

    • Justice and Truth
      August 13, 2013

      It is still early. Check next week or after. :lol:

  84. 4progress
    August 12, 2013

    Mr Piper 90,000 by 2015 to DA….DREAM ON. Via LIAT ?????
    I hope she does put DA on the map, It is ashame we are doing something now to accommodate more people. ACCESS, HOTELS, PRODUCTS, SERVICES, PERSONNEL are all in place. Is there plan for all to see and to work to. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    • Justice and Truth
      August 13, 2013

      Have you ever heard, “Nothing happens before its time?”

  85. None
    August 12, 2013

    Yeah we have confidence in you.

  86. sweet
    August 12, 2013

    I hope that the next queen for 2014 if she does well regionally would get the same opportunity.

    • August 12, 2013

      Well, if she works hard she will get the same opportunity ..And, if she comes with the complete package

    • August 12, 2013

      I do not think the next Miss Dominica, 2014, has to do well regionally to be qualified. I think she need sponsors.

  87. Impartiality
    August 12, 2013

    Again I applaud the young lady on her achievements and I wish her the best in the Miss World Competition but I have a few questions. How do
    the Discover Dominica Authority and the Dominica Festivals Committee decide who they will give support to for the Miss World or any other competition? What are the rules? I get a sense of partiality toward Leslassa because there have been a few young ladies who have done very well in the past and I don’t recall any public or other statement of support for their participation in the Miss World competition by these entities. Anyone who has better information please feel free to enlighten me.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 13, 2013

      Nonsense! Be broadminded. My thoughts are, it all depended on who sponsored her, who chaperoned her and her interest. It had absolutely nothing to do with partiality – preference.
      The time was ripe – right for her. Later for others to come if they excel, qualify and are interested. Leave it at that!

      • Impartiality
        August 13, 2013

        Why should depend on who sponsored her? So the sponsorship and not her ability should dictate whether she qualifies for further assistance from DDA? Now you talking ..it. You say be broadminded but you seem to be very limited in your thinking. I am thinking of the wider implications for all of the young ladies who will participate in these competitions in the future. What kind of sponsorship do they need to have to move to the Miss World level? If the sponsorship is so important don’t you think they should know the importance of it to their progress even before they enter the local competition? Give me a break.

    • Onlooker
      August 13, 2013

      I am sure that the financial support from Discover Dominica is minimal. Her team has to find the money from friends, family, well wishers and supporters to get her there and that’s what knowing people in high places and having people with deep pockets does. Good luck my Dear Leslassa. God bless.

  88. nice
    August 12, 2013

    go luck and congrads I wish you all the best… I also hope from now on every miss Dominica will be able to participate as well and not just miss lesslassa

  89. D!can in St. Marten
    August 12, 2013

    I am so proud of you. Thank you for using your beauty, charm, intelligence and grace to make us known in the international arena. Best of luck. I will be looking out for the show on tv.

  90. Congrat
    August 12, 2013

    Yah….congrats, I am so happy..Go Lassa, all the best. We in Dominica are behind you 100%. And to all the negative people, every four years we send a few athletes and a bunch of delegates to the Olympics and no one can deny the immense level of pride that we all feel when these athletes walk with our flag high. So Go Lassa represent us, I will be looking for our flag. Much Thanks to you and Aunty Carla

  91. lils
    August 12, 2013

    OMG, I am so excited. One thing I know for sure is that you will do your best. With you all the way!

  92. Doc. Love
    August 12, 2013

    Congrats,what boy,no money from the Government. Have they closed the red clinic.

  93. gwaj
    August 12, 2013

    Yes!!!

  94. DC
    August 12, 2013

    Wow! I got chills in my body. Go for it Young Lady. You can make history. Great things are in store for you and Dominica. You can do it. The Almighty works in mysterious ways. I am elated. Now go get them!

  95. win
    August 12, 2013

    Great job! the second dominica queen to participate in the Miss World and im sure she’ll make a huge impact

  96. Positive
    August 12, 2013

    She is a great rep! I met this girl and she is truly a charming and beautiful young lady. She captures you with her poise and natural welcoming spirit! I think she will do well…Best Wishes to you Lesslassa. Is there a meaning to this name ?

    • onelove
      August 12, 2013

      It means Harmony in Amharic

    • Imru
      August 12, 2013

      It means the Spring or the season of Harmony

    • Justice and Truth
      August 13, 2013

      When you think of her relatives, grand’s as well, her grand aunts on both sides of her parents, you will know why. She is a product, descendant of them especially her parents. I recall them in D/ca. One of them, her grand aunt Jacqueline Armour. She was (is) a beauty. The others as well. All of them have their individual character and personality trait.
      I recall, too, her late grandparents by father, Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Shillingford. They were beautiful and pleasant people; always smiling. Mrs. W. Shillingford, Aunty Bam as a friend who is related to her call her (most people), taught at the Dominica CHS. Leslassa certainly inherited some of her relatives traits.

  97. no name
    August 12, 2013

    Congrats my dear girl, go out there and make D/ca proud. Some people might say it is because of who you are, but I don’t care as long as you make all of us D/cans proud. Make the world know that there is a Dominica. Marcella Larocque did not get the chance you are getting it, just be yourself and make us proud.

  98. jungle
    August 12, 2013

    go make Dominica proud girl we behind you

  99. observer
    August 12, 2013

    Proud of you and i wish you well. Don’t be intimidated by the so called ‘first world’ countries and their contestants. Give it your best shot.

  100. hmmmm
    August 12, 2013

    my girl i cah hate… do ur thing… make dominica proud!

  101. Rain
    August 12, 2013

    YEEEESSSSSS!!! I am so happy for you girl, congratulations Leslassa.You have excellent talent that you compete with. I will be cheering you on as usual.You go girl.

  102. proud
    August 12, 2013

    Way to go leslassa! Just continue with being u and we Dominicans are sure that u will make us all proud! Ur awesome!

  103. Just Blaze
    August 12, 2013

    I hope she does well at the pageant and Dominica gets the recognition its deserves thereby attracting more visitors to the island and boosting the tourism industry. However she is not the only queen in Dominica history to win all their regional pageants. Its because of surname they send her miss world. But anyway i hope she does well.

    • anonyme
      August 12, 2013

      Enough already with the surname story. turn the page From what I hear she does not flaunt it so give her a chance. I also know her mother(former schoolmate)and she was on to something when she introduced Montessori to DA. look at the results. (My own daughter benefitted from Montessori in the US.) Maybe you can look at it in this light rather than always look for the negative. I don t think their intention is to keep score of who won the most pageants.

    • Anonymous
      August 12, 2013

      She is being sent because she deserves to go who on earth cares about a surname it certainly is not going to make any difference in indonesia. Give credit where credit is due

      • Justice and Truth
        August 13, 2013

        Some of the bloggers commented about her surname. They are the ones who brought it up and who think petty. People are not responsible for the family they were born into. Furthermore, God ordained all to be. It is his choosing.
        This era is not the same as it was in those days. I am certain she is a humble person and is not lording her family name and her name over anyone.
        What I have known of the Armours, Shillingfords and the Josephs, they are all nice people. Some have since passed on. Generally, the manner we treat others, it is the same way they will reciprocate. We give them due respect.
        Simply love Leslassa as a person and a fellow Dominican. Encourage her, applaud her, lift up her spirit and for her achievements. I am certain this is all she humbly and lovingly expects of especially Dominicans.

    • John Paul
      August 12, 2013

      I am not Happy and I must ask “Why was all that fuss not made about our Kalinago Queen?What was She lacking ?
      I guess She did not have a Double barrel surname!
      Sorry I cant jump on the band wagon

      • Onlooker
        August 13, 2013

        The answer is that last year’s queen did not have a strong and determined team and the ability to get the funding. Big difference here. Love you Leslassa. Go for it girl.

    • hmm
      August 12, 2013

      Like really!! That’s what people are saying. The girl not going becauseof surname. Last I saw she on the news she had already sent her documents and shown her interest before the DFC had known. This is a girl fighting to reach a goal and I hope and prays that she will make our country even more proud by placing or something

  104. Jack D.
    August 12, 2013

    These ppl have to be on meth or something! More of my hard earned $ gone down the drain! Heads have to fly!

    • Anonymous
      August 12, 2013

      Come on Jack A.

      We got to support our girl man

    • lolz
      August 12, 2013

      start with yours first

    • I REMEMBER
      August 12, 2013

      Stup– Jack—

  105. !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    August 12, 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS Leslassa!! All the best for the Miss World competition. We know you will continue to make us proud. You have Dominica’s support.

  106. 767 and proud!
    August 12, 2013

    Go Lassa, we’re all with you – full support…woohooo!!!!

  107. daughter of the soil
    August 12, 2013

    Congratulation Leslassa. you will make Dominica proud

  108. Anonymous
    August 12, 2013

    I am thoroughly pleased. :-D

  109. Diplomat
    August 12, 2013

    Go Lassa!!! We support you all the way!!!! You are beautiful, intelligent and you are graceful… Go with faith and all of us backing you up 100%

  110. Anonymous
    August 12, 2013

    Congrats Lassa we are all behind you

    • culture queen
      August 12, 2013

      Congratulations, Lassa, proud we made it, do not care Dominica will be there. I watch the show every year and only wished we would be represented. I was glued last year to see a young lady of dominican perentage represent another island. You are representing us. I wish you well. Looking forward to the big night, will be glued to the tv just to hear your name called. You will make us proud. Just focus on your preperations My dear.

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