Miss Dominica takes 1st runner-up position in 2013 Miss Caribbean World pageant

Miss Dominica in evening wear at the show. Photo by Vernessa Bellot
Miss Dominica in evening wear at the show. Photo by Vernessa Bellot

Miss Dominica 2013, Leslassa Amour-Shillingford, has secured the 1st runner-up position in the Miss Caribbean World pageant which was held in Tortola, BVI on Saturday night.

Armour-Shillingford won awards for Miss Photogenic and Best Swimwear on her way to the second spot in the competition.

Full results are as follows:

MISS CARIBBEAN WORLD 2013 is…. Miss British Virgin Islands, Sharie B. deCastro (best intellect, best evening wear, best talent, best poise, and best swimwear)

1st Runner Up: Miss Dominica, Leslassa Armour-Shillingford (Miss photogenic and best swimwear)

2nd Runner Up: Miss St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Carice Glasgow

3rd Runner Up: Miss St. Lucia, Joy-Ann Biscette

4th Runner Up: Miss St. Kitts- Nevis, Trevicia Adams

See photos below of different appearances by Miss Dominica

All photos by Vernessa Bellot

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111 Comments

  1. phill
    May 7, 2013

    Listen up people, it only a show. I understand you have to back your country to the fullest but the judges decision is final. Last year when Miss Dominica won with no talent (talk),fat with no shape and just wiggle up for modeling on the stage won best swimwear with a pretty smile no one complain or cry fowl.Ms Lass is talented, pretty but on the night of any show, its the little things that can make or break a contestant and consistency most of the time payoff. Big up Miss Dominica and wish her well and she continued her reign and stop pulling down the other countries. Oh! for the record Dominican can get the tape from last year jaycees show and she how the other countries contestants and patrons feel when Dominica won. It was a travesty of justice to St.Lucia. But, like everyother thing life goes on.

    • dominican 2 d bone
      May 8, 2013

      oh please shut da up!

  2. Anonymous
    May 7, 2013

    Leslassa did not see the show but I am sure you did your best.please let us send this young lady to Miss Universe.

    • True Dominican
      August 4, 2013

      Oh yes we should

  3. T mama
    May 7, 2013

    You did us proud, 1st runner up is very good too…..just get prepared for other shows….blessings and good luck…

  4. Blessings over me
    May 7, 2013

    Dominica was the clear winner BVI didnt deserve that crown at all..Carmem

    • Anonymous
      May 7, 2013

      Let’s be fair. BVI deserved the awards so how could Dominica have won? Just saying. Lassa did well but must go back to the drawing board. Change dress and swimwear etc.

  5. May 7, 2013

    A tolian never won anything in dominica so ayo just hush, sit back and relax.

  6. Stranger
    May 6, 2013

    Congrats to you Lassa! You made Dominica Proud!
    Continue to shine! I heard alot of people say you deserved to win and I believe them. although I was not at the show. Congrats again!!!! :lol:

  7. New yorkers
    May 6, 2013

    Its funny that when she won in Dominica and people said she didn’t deserve the crown folks were all upset but now she went to that Miss whatever they are saying it was judged poorly… I guess she is feeling what its like to be cheated huh? ……

    • Victorious Street...
      May 7, 2013

      You make no sense she won hands down in Da and that was a non issue. Go and wash your face HATER!Respect us woman. She won in BVI and don’t read what we Da-ians saying, just read the comments in BVi newspaper and you will see. I was live at that show and even those BVI people were upset and embarrassed at the final results. THEY SAID aRMOUR Shillingford chick won.

      We love her and she willllllll always be our QUEEN…WIN lose or draw\\//.

  8. Fan
    May 6, 2013

    Congrats Lassa, we will continue to bring it on at the others….. cuz I know u did ur best. Hold ur head up and continue to do wat u do…Roseau South and all Dominicans out there behind you 200%!

  9. DOM-VI
    May 6, 2013

    I was at the show, and Miss BVI clearly did not deserve to win. Its BVI nature to cheat in every thing that they do. I am an BVI islander so believe me when i say, they cheat for err ting!!!

    Anyway congrats to Miss Dominica though you deserved the crown at lease you got next in line, but dont let that deter you. Just know you are the people’s real Queen!!

    Heres a link to a Video i made of Miss Dominica’s Talent

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubqknza3yKY

    • Anonymous
      May 7, 2013

      But Dominica won last year so they didn’t cheat?

  10. Proud
    May 6, 2013

    Congratulations to Ms. Dominica. She is the queen.
    I was at the show and the crown really belonged to Ms. Dominica. Who has a regional show and chooses all the judges from the island which already has the hometown advantage. BIG GLARING RED FLAG. Ms. BVI’s talent was so disjointed. Sometimes you wondered what her talent really was. The piono playing was a disaster. If your poem says women should stand up and take the lead why would you need a man to carry you at the end. Makes no sense.
    Next what is Ms. Poise. Leslassa was the most graceful followed by Ms. Antigua.
    Congratulations again Leslassa. You are a real winner.

    • Victory is God's!!!!
      May 7, 2013

      She is a darling and she handled herself so proudly. Miss Shillingford must be sent to Miss World and MissssssUniverse. It is high time that we go on that great stage. The others who did well before such as Bruno, Walters,Baptiste and lander should have been given that opportunity.
      GREAT GIRL!GREAT AMBASSADOR!

  11. peter piper
    May 6, 2013

    That’s healthy competition there,at least she got to experience what the other contestants feel not to get the crown,n buck up her stance. Welcome to the real world of pageantry!

  12. jahqueen
    May 6, 2013

    i did not see the performance but i knew before hand that it would take almost a miracle to have them give Dominica the crown 2 in a row. If it was meant for her you never know what can happen.

  13. Pussinka
    May 6, 2013

    Congrats Leslassa. Don’t let this deter you. You have lots more crowns to win. Just place your ballet into some sort of drama and they will not be able to touch you. E.g the Princess was a minaret on a musical box before she became alive.

  14. SLU-758
    May 6, 2013

    Congrats to DA…At least you got something to brag about….my hats off to you though…lovely girl.

  15. tha boss lady
    May 5, 2013

    That’s d place you deserved at our local competition….. ur HIGH SOCIETY BALLET PEICE didnt wow the judges dis time. :-D

    • Yay
      May 6, 2013

      Shut up ignorant. Twerking is what u want ur child to learn. Culture up and get out of the small ox that is ur brain.

      • unknown
        May 9, 2013

        culture up? LMFAO! since when is ballet d/can culture?

    • Fan
      May 6, 2013

      Like you or any of the other young women would do so much better…typical Dominicans…

    • HOT
      May 6, 2013

      Whoy whoy whoy. all i can do is sit and laugh at the ignorance of true CITIZENS of DOMINICA :lol:

    • Patriot
      May 6, 2013

      She got 1st place so OBVIOUSLY HER BALLET WAS FIT. So year after year you expect everyone to sing/SING/SING? This is proof that we are a society filled with unique talents.

      YOUR TALENT IS OBVIOUSLY TO CRITICIZE. She is representing Dominica! Let’s be supportive.

    • Parker Parker
      May 7, 2013

      i pick up a sense of envy from this comment… just saying

    • tha boss lady
      May 8, 2013

      mhay zhor sortee…..everyone is entitled to his or her comment/opinion.i stated mines and guess what…I MADE YOU LOOK,I MADE YOU RESPOND,I MADE YOU TAKE OFFENSE :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: >>>>> WHOOSH LOOK BOWDEL :lol: :lol: :lol:

  16. Ideall
    May 5, 2013

    congrats Miss Dominica, Leslassa we are proud of you, you are still the prettiest of all youre no 1
    with us

  17. Mariano G
    May 5, 2013

    Lassa,

    I watched the show with peeked interest because clearly, you stood, and still stand, head and shoulders above any of those young ladies in that competition. You gave your best and I celebrate you and your level of excellence. The interview round was not televised to us so I cannot speak for that, however, for what I saw, you should have took that crown back home to DA. From the very beginning of the competition I know that the home crowd was rooting for BVI but I thought that the judges would have enough integrity not to play favorites.

    Either way their decision is final and we have to love with it but what I hope you NEVER do is second guess anything you did on that stage last night. You were at your best and to me even better in swimwear than when you won Ms. Dominica. I admire your dedication, perseverance and heart and our entire country ought to be very proud of you, I know I sure was. On to bigger and better things there are more competitions to go and I for one am never going to jump off your bandwagon, I batchay for life!

    Shouts out to Carla Armour and the rest of your illustrious team, who appeared to support you like no other. I know you gave the performance you did because of how much they gave for you and that is something amazing. Still our queen still our number one, upward and onward to greener pastures!

    Regards,
    Fan in the Diaspora!

  18. May 5, 2013

    You all should know BVI judges would NEVER give the crown to anyone else. These things only happen in Dominica.

  19. Rat
    May 5, 2013

    Even in Tortola the people disagree that BVI deserved the crown. Such a cheat. Comments on here for reading pleasure:
    http://www.bviplatinum.com/news.php?page=Article&articleID=1367721943

    • Aratzio
      May 7, 2013

      She aint no Colton T (d cutest ting), thats 4 sure

  20. Anonymous
    May 5, 2013

    Congrat lassa.am a proud Dominican .who lives in the bvi.went to the show.and she supposed to be crowned……

  21. Don Charles
    May 5, 2013

    Everyone saying congrats for first runner up. People she did not win, we should thank her for her efforts not congratulate her. Congratulations should go to those who won. What a bunch of schmucks we are in this country.

    • schmucks???
      May 6, 2013

      you too sot! you can congratulate all those who took part in the competition because it takes guts to stand on stage in front so many people and do your thing. so Lassa as well as any who did not win or even place still deserve congratulations!! you too sot!!

  22. lol
    May 5, 2013

    Held in the BVI ..so yahh… Ms. BVI won!!! DUHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

    • misss
      May 7, 2013

      it was held in the SAME BVI wen Dca won last year…so ummmmm wats ur point!!

  23. rubbish
    May 5, 2013

    I remember I said watch out for Ms. BVI she’s competition. She’s not a beauty but she’s very talented and intelligent. St. Vincent was also very stiff competition. Granted Ms. BVI didn’t deserve swimwear nor poise but she won the show fairly.

  24. SoFla
    May 5, 2013

    You deserved the crown, and in our eyes you are a winner, Lassa thank you for repping D.ca in such a poised and elegant manner, thank you for your hard work and sacrifice and thanks to your family and sponsors. I look forward to seeing you bring other crowns home to the Nature Isle. We support you and YOU are our queen. Viva Lassa!!

  25. UNO
    May 5, 2013

    The girl is now representing Dominica. I hope is not her family that build that costume. If so they better let those great costume designers/builders we have here contribute their skills for future competitions.

  26. bruno
    May 5, 2013

    We won but we were cheated. The results was very controversial indeed not popular at all. READ the comments on the BVI neswpapers by following the DNO link.

    The real winnnner is LESCALLA<<<<<<<

  27. CHEATED
    May 5, 2013

    It is indeed unfortunate that Dominica was cheated of it title last evening in BVI. Every Independent observer at the show would come to this conclusion. The talk is De Castro won due to a “home advantage fixing” this does not in anyway implicate her in anyway. She performed very well but not good enough to have defeated Dominica.I was at that show. Regrettable that someone close to the judges had this to say “….Dominica has won this competition of three consecutive occasions so it is time for someone else to win.” When such attitudes exist in the mindset of judges how on earth can they adjudicate impartially? However , I am very pleased that the Dominicans at the show maintain their cool but did voiced their disappointment at the results. My word the Dominican girl did very well. I do hope that this show is released for the people of Dominica to see but trust my soul , the organizers are not expected to release i.e. hope that Miss Armour Shillingford and her team try to get a copy of the show to show their people before they leave the BVI. Your QUEEN did a great job and was the true winner.
    NB. She will go ahead and win some other(s) pageant this year; am very confident that this Dominican beauty will be very successful.

  28. Lucian in BVI
    May 5, 2013

    I have to say how terribly unfair the results were. There was some tie and in order to break the tie they decided to share the swimwear title. This is unprecedented. The Dominican also had a spectacular talent and she was robbed. In my estimation and that of the majority of objective observers, DOMINICA’s Rep won the show. It was an unfair and unjust result. Dominica has done absolutely well in such a competition over the years and their high standard is well recognized. It is quite shameful for some of the judges to harbor the concept of ” crowning saturation” to deny Miss Shillingford and Dominica its just reward. In the eyes, minds and soul of the patrons Dominica won hands down.SHAME ON THE JUDGES! I supported my country woman St.Lucia!

  29. HARLEMnewtown
    May 5, 2013

    Congratulations Miss Lescalla Shillingford well done. You continue to make us proud. Best wishes in your other pageants. It would be nice to have known the points tally of that competition. DNO we need more analysis. We can do better than this. Next time send one of your reporters to cover the show and report to us comprehensively.

    ADMIN: Will you pay for the reporter’s trip? If you are willing to sponsor the next time around, we will be more than happy to send a reporter.

    • dyjohia
      May 6, 2013

      DNO where all the doh all you making ?

    • Moko_jumbee
      May 6, 2013

      ADMIN: I think the nature of this request is not outrageous and you should welcome feedback. The tally sheets should be a matter of public domain once the show is over and in the name of transparency, should be released.

      If they want to contend that BVI,s Sharie DeCastro creamed Dominica’s Leslassa Armour-Shillingford by as many as 40 points in the interview round, then I want to see those tally sheets also. I don’t know that it requires sending a reporter to BVI for that. Maybe just make a request.

    • lils
      May 7, 2013

      Lol. DNO allu wouldn’t kill me huh. Lol look kix

  30. Anonymous
    May 5, 2013

    Good joj congrats ,no we need to see you go for miss WORLD.

  31. May 5, 2013

    Miss Dominica, u made us who was at the show very,very proud of u ,you are every dream a young girl would like to be just keep doing what u love best and it will take u a very longggggggggg way, u had deserve to b crowned but someone else got just (one) point higher that what mks her the winner ,yes she also did a good job but we Dominicans you will always be our Dom Queen……..love u.

  32. May 5, 2013

    omg i thought u won but congrats lesslassa may ur reign continue to be fruitful ps u tried ur best
    :) :-D :wink:

  33. hmmm
    May 5, 2013

    dno how the winner and miss dominca both got best swimwear awards. u must have made a mistake?

    ADMIN: They both shared the best swimwear award.

    • Love
      May 5, 2013

      Maybe one got best “in” swimwear and the other best swimwear, they need to clarify though!!

    • May 5, 2013

      My sentiments exactly.

  34. sweet angel
    May 5, 2013

    congrates to you

  35. faceup
    May 5, 2013

    Yea, WHATEVER !

  36. Yay
    May 5, 2013

    I can take first runner up. You placed. If you hadn’t some bad minded Dominicans ould have too much to say. I am happy.
    Good luck in the other competitions.

    • .
      May 5, 2013

      Some of all you are too thin skin. Everyone cannot be sharing the same point of view. That is our problem in this darn country. Someone with a different point of view is always looked at as being a villain.

      • Yay
        May 6, 2013

        Some of allu too evil and Habor too muh hatred in allu hearts for ppl allu don’t even know.
        What happened after they crowned her. Allu up in arms she didnt deserve it. If she didnt place allu would have said, see the judges volleye for true.
        I repeat I am happy that she placed.

  37. Willis
    May 5, 2013

    Did anyone else hear the female MC pronounce ‘picturesque’ pictures-cue?

    • ()
      May 5, 2013

      I have heard other people use the same pronunciation, many times.

    • Anonymous
      May 5, 2013

      Lmao! :)

    • Annonymous Reader
      May 5, 2013

      I’ve heard alot of people pronounce it this way…At one time I even thought it was ME pronouncing it badly….lol

    • Peter Parker
      May 5, 2013

      lol

    • Roz
      May 6, 2013

      too funny

  38. Dominican for sure
    May 5, 2013

    You will always be our winner – look forward to the other Crowns!!

  39. Anonymous
    May 5, 2013

    Congrats . Was at the show…

    • Dont always Comment
      May 5, 2013

      lol…you must be feeling really good about yourself

    • eh beh
      May 6, 2013

      you lie

  40. Esther
    May 5, 2013

    Congratulations to Miss BVI on winning the crown. Have a wonderful reign.
    Congratulations to all the other contestants, and most Special Congratulations to our Lassa for making us proud. Remember you are Queens in your own right. God bless.

  41. go girl
    May 5, 2013

    Hopefully we can see more of Leslassa pics and not Nadira. Nadira seems to cannot let go of the fact that we have a new queen and let the girl shine. During the run up to the show I Nadira was making the show all about her. Well done Leslassa.I know you will end up winning one of the regional crowns based on your overall performance. smashing

    • faceup
      May 5, 2013

      Tell Nadira, or what’s her name, when she gets to Antigua for the next show if there is, take a chill pill on her pic’s OK..

    • ...???
      May 5, 2013

      ever realised he presence is a requirement? she is to be present in the pictures swith the girls because they ask her to be so if u dont know better stfu

    • Moko_jumbee
      May 5, 2013

      I do not think that those are fair statements to be making. Team Leslassa was quite busy preparing for the show, ding last minute adjustments and practicing like there was no tomorrow.

      Nadira, on the other had, had moiré time to update fb and post pictures because she didn’t have the added stress of being a contestant. She was there as a good will ambassador and therefore got to have a whole lot more fun and take us, along with her through the photo shoots and experiences.

      Let us try to be more supportive of all our people please. Both Nadira and Leslassa belong to us in a sense and we should try to support them both. Believe me Nadira cannot wait for her duties to be over so that she can move on with her life, go off to school and do whatever it is that pleases her heart. I doubt that she is trying to hold on to any title and not give Leslassa a chance to shine.

    • K
      May 5, 2013

      Shut up. Congrats Leslassa

    • grell
      May 6, 2013

      please NADIRA is superb get over it.

  42. May 5, 2013

    Congratulations miss BVI.

  43. phenomenal woman
    May 5, 2013

    congrats. we were looking forward to having our crown back. :cry:

  44. blublu
    May 5, 2013

    CONGRATS MY QUEEN

  45. gumball
    May 5, 2013

    i didn’t like ur costume but that poem miss bvi say was no where near ur talent you would pay nuff money to see such a beautiful dance like that. hold ur head high bvi ain’t going no where else. by d way what did they expect with all the judges from the bvi did anyone expect any fear game (hell no) get all u act together and bring judges from different countries.another thing anyone could buy miss bvi swim wear at the vendor market no way she should be place with you.

    • May 5, 2013

      Ah shud up! if the show was held in dominica, who do you think would’ve won? miss DA of course!

    • Patriotic Dominican
      May 5, 2013

      I think her sensay costume will appeal more to a Dominican audience. She needs to come up with a regional concept or even depict something that Dominica is well known for (water, forest, mountains perhaps). But good job Lassa! We’re still proud of you!!

    • Moko_jumbee
      May 5, 2013

      Exactly, how can the show be Ms. Caribbean World and every last judge is from Tortola? When they read the resume’s of the judges, I was at a loss as to how these people qualified to judge this type of pageant. Their credentials were in business and real estate really? Why weren’t there judges from across the region?

      Then don’t get me started on the commentator who mispronounced words as simple as ‘picturesque’ and ‘Poseidon’ not to mention the names of the participants. Kamala, Shermain, even Antoinette mora would have done a much better job. The host was in a stripped shirt with the color open, hanging out over some pants. At least our Sugar Ray would be in his white Tux bow tie and ting. The production quality of the show was really bad I was surprised.

      • May 7, 2013

        you’re hater

    • Hmmm
      May 5, 2013

      When dominica won last year all the judges were from Tortola so what’s your point fool.

      • Dominican in bvi
        May 6, 2013

        I was at the show last year, and although I cannot remember all the judges ,I know one was of Arab decent

      • Moko_jumbee
        May 6, 2013

        Actually NO when Nadira won, all the judges were NOT from Tortola! They need to do a better job at that! It is not a national pageant so all the judges should NOT be locals!

  46. Cuz......
    May 5, 2013

    Well done cuzzz……….keep it up!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!

  47. Congrats
    May 5, 2013

    Congrats you still msade us proud despite the placing you are always our queen.
    DNO u have some corrections to make…. you’re saying LEslass got best swin wear and plus Miss BVI? or do you mean one got best in and one got best?

    • Moko_jumbee
      May 5, 2013

      Yes they claimed it was a tie!

  48. positive mind
    May 5, 2013

    I was at the show. She had to win. That was such a cheat.

    • May 5, 2013

      bull

    • Moko_jumbee
      May 5, 2013

      I want so much to agree with you but I could only do that had I got to see/hear the interview round!

  49. .
    May 4, 2013

    One thing i must say, she has a nice

  50. May 4, 2013

    Tortola had the home-court advantage.

  51. V.I Resident
    May 4, 2013

    They would never give Dominica back to back whether they deserve it or not

    • QueenD
      May 5, 2013

      They did with Marah then Marcia, what are you talking about?

    • May 5, 2013

      Why not? Isn’t that what competition is about?

    • Ideall
      May 5, 2013

      you are so right

    • Hmmm
      May 5, 2013

      Dominica got it back to back three years and what’s your point. The crown was not left in the will for Dominica.

  52. vee
    May 4, 2013

    Very good job..that is just the beginning, the other crowns are yours

  53. Anonymous
    May 4, 2013

    Congratulations to her!! Win or lose she’s OUR queen!

    • May 5, 2013

      Miss Dominica did not lose. A loss would have not put her on the list at all.

  54. messier quick
    May 4, 2013

    You worked hard and achieved. Congrats Lassa.

  55. Great
    May 4, 2013

    Congrats miss Dominica you will take the other crowns don’t worry 1 st runner up is great that means if the winner was sick you would have won !

    • jeez
      May 4, 2013

      lol…allu Dominicans not easy!

    • phenomenal woman
      May 5, 2013

      @great – that is a funny comment :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: only if the winner was sick, she could have won. hhhhhhhmmmmmmmmm

    • May 5, 2013

      If for any reason the crown holder is unable to fulfill her duties then Miss Dominica will reign.

  56. Sean
    May 4, 2013

    You know that what quite glaring, Best Talent, Swimwear, Evening Gown was Ms Dominica awards what is wrong with those judges That was clear but what I seeing there. My only problem was the costume she won outright. Congrats

    • civil observer
      May 5, 2013

      read again where did you see she won all these awards.

  57. Unknown
    May 4, 2013

    Congrts My Love at least you worked hard for it.
    God Bless you . keep shinning

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