Pulse's full figures hit TV tonight

Published: Friday | November 13, 2009

Tka Briscoe (centre) winner of the Pulse Caribbean Model Search full-figure competition, poses with Nicolle Duffus-Lindsay (left, second runner-up) and first runner-up Alicia Myrie. - File

Friday the 13th may be associated with menacing superstitions, but it will be quite the contrary today for the contestants on Pulse's Full Figure Reality Series. The historic and highly-anticipated television event is set to premiere tonight at 9 p.m. on CVM TV. It is an unconventional date for a debut, but such is the nature of the Caribbean's first TV event dedicated exclusively to the full-figured woman.

In a high-energy contest of nerves, commitment and intuition, plus-size women will battle for top honours in the reality series. Each week, the ladies will be pitted against each other in several challenges and activities aimed at exposing them to the world of modelling and, in the process, determine who possesses the necessary qualities to be taken seriously as model contenders.

The pressure mounts each week as the full-figured girls face a review from the CMS panel, comprising Pulse CEO Kingsley Cooper, Pulse GM Romae Gordon and social scribe Chester Francis Jackson, as well as the dreaded elimination rounds which have now become a staple of reality television.

Expected to be a big hit

Pulse chairman and CEO Kingsley Cooper, believes that the show he conceived will be a big hit with fashion and beauty fans. "It will showcase the beauty and confidence of full-figured women, while empowering them through promoting and advocating positive body imagery and self-confidence," he said.

Following the success of the inaugural Full Figure Parade during its CMS event in September where Pulse named 24-year-old Tka Briscoe as its first winner, the company announced the Full Figure series as part its latest new TV titles. Hundreds of plus-size potentials answered the open call for contestants over several weeks and the judges began the arduous task of screening and selecting top girls to star in the series.

There is a huge potential for this emerging market in modelling. And, with the advent of specific brands and clothing labels being built around the plus-size woman, the need for talent to present these collections and advertise the brands have become more imminent, notes Pulse GM Romae Gordon.

Big babe glamour, drama and excitement are certain ingredients for tonight's premiere as viewers will be introduced to the first set of contestants tonight at 9 p.m. on CVM TV. They are: Anita Blackwood, Simone Clayton, Nasandra Decordova, Lesline Cedron, Zodian Howell, Kayedine Kirlew, Kerry-Ann Major, Debra Mason, Barbara McDermott, Keisha Middleton, Kanassa Nugent, Andrene Powell, Marsha Robotham, Tenisha Samuels, Andrena Smith, Shanille Smith, Yolande Smith, Tadesha Snow, Andrene Taylor and Carlene Taylor.

Viewers can also follow the action, make comments and read profiles on the contestants from the series on Facebook at facebook.com/pulsecaribbean.

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