Miss Dominica 2013, Leslassa, wins another regional pageant

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2013 Jaycees Queen Leslassa, being crowned by last years winner, fellow Dominican, Nadira-Lando

Miss Dominica 2013, Leslassa Shillingford Armour, took her tally of regional crowns so far, to two, when she was announced winner of   the Jaycees Queen Show 2013 at just about 1.00 am on Saturday August 3, 2013.

Armour-Shillingford won from a field of eleven competitors at the regional pageant in Antigua which featured a bevy of beauties from around the Caribbean and as far afield as the United States.

The Dominican “beauty with brains” who recently captured the Miss Carival title in St. Vincent, copped awards for Best Interview, Best Swim-wear, Best Performing Talent and  Miss Photogenic

First runner-up is Miss Antigua and second runner-up is Miss Anguilla.

Armour-Shillingford was crowned by last year’s winner of the Jaycees competition, Miss Dominica 2012,  Nadira Lando.

Leslassa recently captured the 2013 Miss Carival title in St Vincent walking away with the awards for Ms. Photogenic, Best Talent, Best Evening Wear and Best Inteview.

In a recent interview with DNO, Armour-Shillingford’s chaperone Carla Armour,  said that just like in Antigua, Leslassa is prepared for her next regional pageant, the Miss Caribbean Culture Pageant in Nevis on August 5th.

Armour has urged the public to to keep Leslassa in their prayers and encouraged them to show their support.

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100 Comments

  1. parent
    August 6, 2013

    I hope all young ladies planning to take part in miss Dominica will take a leaf from yr page. Beauty plus brains added together made you the winner. Nowadays young people hardly read or r they able to answer questions given to them during competition.

  2. Dominican by birth
    August 6, 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS!! We are all proud of you.

  3. Justice and Truth
    August 5, 2013

    Congratulations Leslassa. You’ve won! You’ve done it again! Good luck for future similar endeavors. God bless!

  4. youhavenoidea
    August 5, 2013

    For sure D/a is top ranking for island of beautiful women.

  5. Proud of you
    August 5, 2013

    Congratulations young lady. You are doing a great job. Thumbs up to you. Keep smiling.
    Beauty and all that brains and talent. A great feeling isnt it. Dominica both at home and abroad have no choice but to join with you and celebrate your successes. :-D

  6. Patriotic B
    August 5, 2013

    Leslassa congratulations! I do hope you use your expertise to nurture future contestants and queens. You are a rare gem and simply ONE of the BEST QUEENS DOMINICA HAS BEEN BLESSED WITH.

  7. LONA
    August 5, 2013

    IS THE SAME THING THEY SAY WHEN MOST QUEENS ARE CROWNED IN D.A.PEOPLE ALWAYS THINK THAT THE JUDGES CHEATED.I REMEMBER NAKITA BRUNO THEY SAID SO MANY THINGS AND WHEN SHE WENT OVER TO REPRESENT D.A SHE DID VERY WELL.EVEN FOR NADIRA,AND MANY OTHERS,THEY ALL WENT AND DID VERY WELL OVERSEAS.

  8. gwaj
    August 5, 2013

    Very proud of my Dominican sister. Much deserved!

  9. tutunee
    August 5, 2013

    congrats my girl; im proud of u

  10. August 5, 2013

    she clearly is our best hope (beauty & BRAINS) for winning a Miss World or Ms Universe title. And we can tie it in with tourism. She would be a great ambassador in that initiative. Let’s go for It!!!

  11. LINZY
    August 4, 2013

    THE DRESS MATERIAL LOOKS LIKE A SHEET OR CERTAIN CLOTH

  12. Errol Hyson
    August 4, 2013

    Congratulations PRETTY LADY.
    Like Janice and the rest of us, Carlie ought to be having a BALL up there. All the best in all your future endeavours.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 5, 2013

      Hi Errol, I had to smile. :) You made sure you wrote your name so they will know who you are since they know you and vice versa. :)
      I read of her participation in the Queen Show on DNO. Was too busy for the weekend and did not access DNO but I thought of her and wondered how she placed.
      I saw her grand-aunt over the weekend in Toronto and was happy to hear that she won. We spoke about her successes.
      Now, do not ask her :) for she may not remember who it was since we were at a gathering and many others were present. On the other hand, she may remember.
      You know who I am but will not divulge my name. When we see I will tell you. Keeping you under suspense. :) Have a great evening/day.

  13. Reporter
    August 4, 2013

    Congrats!!! We going for Ms.World

  14. marion
    August 4, 2013

    da is blessed with talent.all we need is the opportunity.been there.good luck,

  15. mamizoo
    August 4, 2013

    She is definitely one of the best if nit the best we have seen. We have seen very good and exciting ladies like Sandra Brown, Dianne Francis, the baptist lady from Portmouth (zicack). Leslassa is definitely a gem. A culmination of beauty, brains, social skills and intelligence. I see great things in her future. No crystal ball required.

  16. Mwenmem
    August 4, 2013

    A Rose crowning a Rose. Is that lovely or is that lovely.

    • Lol
      August 5, 2013

      A fake rose crowning a real one

    • Pas La
      August 6, 2013

      It’s lovely.

  17. what up
    August 4, 2013

    good job do minica will always stand proud :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  18. "O" STRESS"
    August 3, 2013

    It feels so good to have the best crowing the best. Congratulations! to all on a job well done, it is always refreshing to read and make news like that for our beautiful Island. I hope those who seek to promote our Island and boost our tourism sector look no further and put words into action and bring all stake holders”{ I feel like a politician saying that!} to take Dominica to the next level.

    • orchid
      August 5, 2013

      I second the motion. Well said. Congratulations Leslassa!

  19. Boy Dominicans Crook
    August 3, 2013

    Isn’t it the same Leslassa,Dominicans gave so much pressure because she had deservedly won the Miss Dominica title? Of course its Leslassa!!! Everyone is now praising because she has succeeded.
    Lesslassa, from the beginning i saw you as queen material and you certainly have not disappointed. Thanks for withstanding the savage and wicked tongues of your fellow men. You proved you were way above their ignorance and triumphed. Continue to believe in yourself and the confidence you exhume, the sky is the limit. You are young, talented, brave and intelligent, attributes that can only help you soar towards the moon. Continue to believe in yourself and good luck in your future pageants. If you won Jaycees, Nevis should be a walk over… just believe.

    • Observer
      August 5, 2013

      I am not I was about to say the same but in different words, this young lady from the word go represented, intellectual, and beauty and in all honesty that’s what we needed. Not just people with beauty and lacking intellectual capacity. As far as am concerned she should go to the Miss Universe/Ms World pageant.

    • I Die Nah
      August 6, 2013

      I understand your comment, however it’s not everybody who was against her. You also have to take into consideration at the local level people will have their favourites and be upset. This is no longer a national competition, and I’m sure she is happy to have the country and even naysayers rally around her. I know Leslassa very well and her family, I don’t think they’re still hanging on to something that even Carla knows goes with the territory. Lighten up, it’s a pageant and really isn’t that serious in the grand scheme of things going on globally.

  20. HARLEM again WOW
    August 3, 2013

    We salute your Majesty for making us in HarlemNetown Community and us Dominicans very very proud. I watched the show and you were so very great and absolutely confident and consistent throughout. While you are not invincible you are indeed very difficult to beat. We in Harlem hope that an effort is made to have you as our representative on either MISS WORLD or MISS UNIVERSE…it is about time that our powers that be make that effort. WE had made such a call for another Harlem Born Record Breaking Pageant Icon Leandra Lander yet no one listened.

    LONG LIVE THE QUEEN
    GOD SAVED THE QUEEN

  21. CHARMER
    August 3, 2013

    Thanks D.N.O Admin for keeping us updated on all events.

  22. CHARMER
    August 3, 2013

    I am so proud of the ladies who represent us, making me prouder to be Dominican.

  23. TRUE FAN
    August 3, 2013

    Hi Congrats to Queen Leslassa But Nadira must be commended for all she has achieved. Your chaperone Nakita Bruno really groomed you to be what you are today.Keep it up stay sweet

    • Lol
      August 5, 2013

      Yes she achieved a lot but lacked grace and genuineness…

  24. Anonymous
    August 3, 2013

    Dominica..we rock

  25. PAST CONTESTANT
    August 3, 2013

    Congrats Leslassa you really represented us well proud of you. Commendation to DDA/DFC and queen show committee for the past years we have hard well grounded contestants who are either winner or runner up I want the secret to all these winnings.

  26. Anonymous
    August 3, 2013

    Congrats Lassie. Indeed you deserve all your titles, one more round for the natural hair babies

  27. Dominica girl
    August 3, 2013

    What happened to ms Dom 2012 on the night during crowning?

  28. August 3, 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS! Keep on keeping on.

  29. Cute goddess
    August 3, 2013

    Amazing.we show them other countries what we can do.A real Dominican beauty crowning another Dominican beauty.

  30. tm
    August 3, 2013

    Every time this girl gaibs another title I smile! So many ppl were saying she only won miss dca cuz of her last names being “high in our society” as if! Goes to show them! Cuz none of these regional pageants could careless bout the persons last name. Keep it up lassa! One and only queen

  31. Anonymous
    August 3, 2013

    beauty and brain for real so proud of u. dcas queens are making a name for their self and country.
    u go girl!

  32. Cousin of queen!!!!!
    August 3, 2013

    Wow!!! Congratulations cuz, you deserve every bit of your success!! Growing from strength to strength!! Someone said earlier that at carnival some persons doubted you and your ability and questioned whether or not you should have won the crown. Well that always happens and the most important thing is that you are now proving them wrong over and over again!! Keep going girl, represent with pride!!! God’s speed and blessings!!!! We all love you…..cuz!!!!

  33. cwc
    August 3, 2013

    a very stunning performance I watched the show live. Excellent!! DNO Please give us an updated photo from the Jaycees pageant, this photo is from the Miss Dominica Pageant. Thanks

  34. D/CAN/ antiguan
    August 3, 2013

    miss Dominica it was with great joy,plesure and anticipation you would be crown jaycees queen 2013.I was so impressed with your poised,and confidence in the question and answer segment..you were very consistence in all your segments I had no doupt you would be queen..i was right on target with the final three,though I think Antigua should be second runner up and Anguilla first runner up.Keep the banner high my dear,Dominica is blessed with talented and smart young people.

  35. catherine
    August 3, 2013

    Amazing what we do and can achieve.
    We can do it by God grace.
    very proud

  36. Gin
    August 3, 2013

    a dominican beauty crowning another beauty.real beauty

    • Dom
      August 3, 2013

      My bad, clicked dislike instead of like

    • Carib Diva 1
      August 4, 2013

      My thoughts exactly!

  37. FREEDOM OF SPEECH
    August 3, 2013

    Congrates Leslassa i knew from the beginning that u had the talent and potential to win miss Dominica and to contiue to make Dominica proud. Some doubted you when u was crown miss Dominica and now you proving them wrong. Enjoy every moment of it and fun.

    • August 3, 2013

      What is considered POOR? Dominica is NOT POOR. We may not have abundance of wealth (money) but we do have EVERYTHING else that excludes us from the POOR column.

      • August 3, 2013

        This response was meant for Pedro’s comment.

  38. Pedro
    August 3, 2013

    Congrats! we are proud of you. This is one thing we can be proud to do so well. We can claim that this country is poor, but we do have a richness of beauty, talent and brains, proven year in year out. Appreciating all those who have supported and encouraged her too!

    • Justice and Truth
      August 5, 2013

      Which other country would you compare Dominica to? Who said Dominica is poor? I dare anyone state that Dominica is poor. I have said before that there are some people in progressive countries who are poorer than some Dominicans. If you do not reside in one of them you should take a trip there.

  39. mm
    August 3, 2013

    Congrats, its time that Dominica gets to the Miss World contest, the time has come, we win all the region contest why cannot DA take it to the next level, our ladies are smart and beautiful, its about time for us to start thinking big and globally.

    • August 3, 2013

      Agreed. We may not win, we do not necessarily have to win, we just need to participate and the rest will follow.

  40. Lunar King
    August 3, 2013

    Exquisite young woman. I Continue to expect great thing from this beauty. Congratulations lassa

  41. missmostDominican
    August 3, 2013

    congratulation honey! keep up the great work,i’am a proud Dominican whatever the circumstance but u make it oh so much better……on to the next crown Yaaay!

  42. Israelites
    August 3, 2013

    Miss Universe then Miss World.

    • Macy
      August 5, 2013

      You all know how much to send a contestant to the Miss Universe or Miss World? Is that a priority? Is the same set that will comment about Skerrit could build a preschool or buy some books instead of supporting a queen show.

      • MountainChicken
        August 15, 2013

        Here, here and well said my dear! Couldn’t have said it any better myself! Some Dominiche’ just like to hear the sound of their own voice and sit in cyber space typing foolishness, that they well know as you say they’ll turn around and blame others for sending her to those pageants. Flipping pretenders! :-?

  43. d/a maxi
    August 3, 2013

    we are a multi talented nation and by some way or means out talents must be shown. good show, good job. god bless d/a.

  44. Anonymous
    August 3, 2013

    Congrats Leslassa!! Dominica again!! You are beautiful, bright, talented and a wonderful person. Continue making Dominica proud!

  45. I Remenber
    August 3, 2013

    Congratulations Leslassa. I knew you would do it. So now that she has won and worn the crown as Dominica’s queen, does that now elevate Henry to local royalty and by extension having won and worn Miss Jaycees Caribbean queen crown, does it also mean that he’s now become Caribbean Royalty? Could he now be referred to as King Henry? Inquiring minds wand to know…

    • I REMEMBER
      August 5, 2013

      Come on folks…lighten up..it’s just a joke.Henry would be the first one to distance himself from such a title…by several miles,may I add.

  46. Jessy
    August 3, 2013

    Doesn’t thAT indicate that our local queen show is off a high standard? that is why for the past years we are able to produce top regional winners?

    • CHARMER
      August 3, 2013

      The word ‘off’ totally changes the meaning of what you said. Be careful next time.

  47. T mama
    August 3, 2013

    Miss Universe next..time for Dominica to send our queen…Congrats to a very beautiful and intelligent young lady who is making her family and DA proud….

  48. August 3, 2013

    Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! to Leslassa and her team. You did it again! Miss Universe, here we come!!!

  49. V.I
    August 3, 2013

    Please please please represent us in miss universe

  50. August 3, 2013

    It looks that she is only beautiful woman in dominica and the other small islands.

  51. Doc. Love
    August 3, 2013

    I hope Skerrit and the Ministry of Tourism will take some money from the red clinic and send Miss Shillingford to represent Dominica at the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant.

    • Bernadine
      August 3, 2013

      I in total agreement with that.

    • Moi Sav
      August 5, 2013

      You may be the first to criticize that move if the PM even think about it. Spending USD100,000 for a pageant????

      • MountainChicken
        August 15, 2013

        So true, so very true and you definitely hit the nail on the head!

        Dominicans never cease to amaze me with their craziness!

    • Anonymous
      August 5, 2013

      Wow! Nothing goes by without Skerrit’s name in it…

  52. ck4 life
    August 3, 2013

    Dominican crowning another Dominican as winner oh i love my country

  53. Anonymous
    August 3, 2013

    I know some haters boiling. But nothing better than seeing one Miss Dominica crown another. Congrats girl, keep winning.

    • Doc. Love
      August 3, 2013

      Skerrit takes the praise for everything good that happens in Dominica, it will be interesting to hear his comments.

      • ??
        August 3, 2013

        Huh?

      • Anonymous
        August 4, 2013

        Conversely you and your ilk blame Skerritt for everything going on in Dominica from fire to hurricane to peeps drowning; so blame him for Leslassa winning too! Sacway sa zor yea.

      • Justice and Truth
        August 5, 2013

        Do not make me laugh which I did. :lol: :lol: :lol:
        What is your point? Your comment is uncalled for and makes no sense.

  54. Yes
    August 3, 2013

    YES :-D

  55. Anonymous
    August 3, 2013

    Congrats less hope to. See you. Soon

  56. 5 FINGAS TO THE FACE
    August 3, 2013

    Leslassa is beautiful, talented and smart, why wouldn’t she not win! Congratzzzz

  57. selena gomez
    August 3, 2013

    i am so happy for you leslassa i know you cud do it, cuz you are so beautiful and talented. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!

  58. Always
    August 3, 2013

    CONGRATES TO MISS DOMINICA. WE DID IT AGAIN YEH!

  59. Pussinka
    August 3, 2013

    :-D :-D Great job Miss Dominica!

  60. Showlover
    August 3, 2013

    Congrats Leslassa, since I saw you at Dominica’s pre-show, I knew you were a winner. Well done and all the best.

  61. Victory is sweet
    August 3, 2013

    Congratulations to Leslassa and Team. Kudos to her chaperone, Ms. Carla Armour-Thomas. You are an unwavering martinet.. in a good way:) Quality and standards are your watchwords.. Leslassa, as always you did your best and God did the rest. Aye Leslassa, belle tifi de Dominique.. What’s next? We are behind you 100%.. Stay focused and have some fun…!

  62. August 3, 2013

    Congratulations, girl…..you did it again

  63. Jeannie Moose
    August 3, 2013

    Quaker Oates what is your point? The article was spot on correct. You need to edit and correct yourself….so damn quick to criticize when you are the one who did not take your time to read the story. Stuuuuuupes!!!!!!!

    Admin: Thanks for coming to DNO’s defence ‘Jeannie Moose’ but ‘Quaker Oates’ is right. We did initially make an error with regard to the first runner-up position and although this was corrected very quickly, it should have been avoided.
    We do appreciate constructive criticism from our readers in much the same way that we expect them to exercise a sense of responsibility and discretion in posting comments.

  64. Esther
    August 3, 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS Leslassa and Team! This is wonderful news for her and Dominica.

    Congratulations too to the other contestants who did a wonderful job … well done everyone.

  65. me
    August 3, 2013

    Congratulations my girl, we continue to do it again. Hearts out to the judging in Dominica, this simply means that the shows are judged well in da. Continue to do well girls, keep going. Miss antigua is born Guyanese representing antigua so its like da beat 2 Guyanese, what a ting, haha . I going and mash up the carnival with da in mind,

  66. hart
    August 3, 2013

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhh my godddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd my girl has done it again MISs Dominca MISS CARIVAL MISS JAYCESS AND MONDAY NIGHT ANOTHER CROWN WILL BE ADDED TO ALL THE HATTERS THE THINK YOU WERE NOT SUPPOSE TO BE Miss Dominca tell them too bad you are truly our quennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn loveeeeeeeeeeee youuuuuuuuuuuuuu lesslassaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    • August 3, 2013

      Do not be overly confident, that can crush a person. I hope Lesslassa do not let her guard down.

  67. Me Dat
    August 3, 2013

    Nice dress.

  68. DC
    August 3, 2013

    Well done! I knew it. I know the young lady has what it takes, and so i am not surprised. Keep on shining. Now go do your thing in St. Kitts. One Love!

  69. QuakerOats
    August 3, 2013

    The author of this article must have been or perhaps fell asleep during the results reading. Professional journalism is done by ensuring what one publishes is always 1000% and spot on and correct.

    You omitted to mention that Leslassa also won best “performing talent” in addition to “Miss Photogenic”, and the other two categories you mentioned.

    You also got the final placings incorrect, as Miss Antigua was First runner up and won best “evening wear”, as opposed to St Vincent & the Grenadines as you stated. Similarly, Anguilla was Second runner not Third runner up as you noted.

    Remember you’re not only publishing articles for just Dominica or the Caribbean region but also further afield internationally as well, hence the importance of accurate information reaching the eyes of readers.

    CONGRATULATIONS Miss Dominica” Leslassa and I believe there must be something in the tasty water over in Dominica, as year after year, we keep showcasing absolute top calibre delegates.

    * People have suggested this before and I’m going to reiterate this point of view again, as I too believe it’s high time some sort of gallery or mini museum is erected in Dominica showcasing each and every one of the previous highly successful “Miss Dominicas” (won 2 or more) regional pageants, depicting when they began (while little girls at school, to regional achievements and afterwards their career paths they’ve chosen or are still endeavouring to get to via Higher Education.*

    These achievements may not mean much to some but in my book they are and should be celebrated as part of our very rich and dynamic cultural fabric that the world sits back and gaze with awesome wonder at our natural gifts we possess. Tourist would certainly enjoy learning about this part of our cultural longevity too. Well done & god bless Leslassa you did yourself proud, your island and of course family and friends too!

    Hopefully, you do get to represent us in the international arena at the “Miss Universe” & “Miss World” Pageants later this year. :lol: :-D

    Incidentally, does anyone know whether Dominica does have local franchises for “Miss Universe” & “Miss World” pageants?

    Admin: Thank you for your observations. We were monitoring the live internet stream and unfortunately the quality of the signal dropped drastically just as the results were being announced and so we could hear only snippets of what was being said which accounts for the inaccuracy of that information. This was corrected seconds afterwards though. You would have had to refresh your page to see the change. Incidentally, we did not state that Anguilla was third runner-up. We said third PLACE which is the same as second runner-up. However, we do appreciate your observations.

  70. Toure
    August 3, 2013

    Congrats Leslassa and your entourage also,thanks again for making us proud.I wish you continued success.

  71. SMH
    August 3, 2013

    OMG! wow. Congrats!

  72. Victor (palo) Joseph
    August 3, 2013

    I listened and viewed all night via Variety Radio and I knew that with my past judging skills Miss dominica was going to emerge as the overall winner .Congratulations to Miss Dominica and Miss Armour Shillingford

  73. rescue 911
    August 3, 2013

    congrats dominica

  74. Vee
    August 3, 2013

    Congratulations Leslassa. You did it. Thanks for win. I am so proud. DOMINICA is the BEST.

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