It was a long, eventful season on Project Runway, but the best designer won. After fighting it out in New York City for many weeks, Project Runway Season 9 finally came to a close  Thursday (October 27/2011) evening with the winner being Anya Ayoung-Chee.

Anya hails from the twin isles, Trinidad & Tobago, which played as her inspiration for her collection shown at Lincoln Center. Anya’s collection featured looks that felt easy, created beautiful visualizations for the eye and paid homage to what she does best – prints.

                                                 FOR CARIBBEAN WOMEN, WHO COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES.”

She faced tough competition going against the most skilled designers from her season in their final walk on the runway. Joshua made a unique collection featuring designs that played on the idea of hard and soft, Kimberly gave a unique point of view using her experiences and background as her inspiration, and Victor tailored every single one of his garments to a T.

However, the creativity and the voice behind Anya’s collection really showcased her as an immense talent in the fashion industry. Michael Kors himself stated he could visualize Anya’s brand down the road and becoming something bigger than just easy-going dresses.

Throughout the season she has used her tremendously tasteful eye for prints, her natural since of style and her desire to grow as a designer as the force behind what she aims to become.

Anya  is one of the hottest young fashion designers to emerge from the Caribbean in recent years, she launched her women’s label, PILAR, in May 2009 and it has been making waves ever since. In June 2010, she launched a lingerie line named Anya de Roguethe first of its kind in the Caribbean.

A graduate of Parsons School of Design and Central St Martins School of Art and Design, Anya spent several years working as a designer in New York City until in 2007 she returned home after her eighteen-year old brother Pilar died tragically in a car accident. Soon after the move, Anya was selected to represent her country at the Miss Universe pageant. This experience propelled her into a life in front on the camera as a model and television host. Anya has since hosted several Caribbean television and web-based events and live shows, including movie premieres, fashion shows and her own fashion program “Make It Yours”.

Anya’s diverse background as a designer, stylist, model and host is only a hint of things to come. As a designer, Anya is set to redefine the Caribbean as a fashion mecca, and has already begun to do so in a revolutionary way.

The gracious winner beamed with excitement as she thanked the panel.

“It’s a turning point in my life that I’ll never, ever, ever be able to forget,” she says.

Anya Ayoung Chee & Miss Jamaica Universe Yendi Phillips, 1st. Runner-up Miss Universe 2010

CHANTAL RAYMOND, Beauty With Brains

CHANTAL RAYMOND, Miss Jamaica World 2010

Chantal Raymond who was crowned Miss Jamaica World 2010, is a true definition of the meaning beauty and brains. She graduated from Harvard Law School where she was the recipient of the following awards – Doctor of Law, 2010, Co President and Co Founder Harvard Caribbean Law association. She also gained a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Florida and Nine Undergraduate Academic Scholarships. Chantal also completed a political/Economical internship at the US Department of State – US Embassy, Kingston JA 2009-2010

Her desire in the near future is to be the CEO of a major International Corporation which has roots through Latin America and the Caribbean. This beauty enjoys international travelling, and has travelled to Japan, China, Spain, Italy, England, France, USA, Trinidad & Tobago, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Canada, and the Bahamas, she also enjoys dancing, jogging, weight training and spending quality time with her family and friends.

She is desirous of meeting Michelle Obama – a Harvard Law School Alumina class of 88. Chantal views the First Lady as an outstanding woman who has built a successful career promoting service and the advancement of youth, while supporting and nurturing her own loving family.

Personal Statement: I believe in empowerment through education, both formal and informal.



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