Treveen Stewart on top - Captures Caribbean's Next Top Model title
Garfene Grandison, Assistant Lifestyle Coordinator
Standing at five feet nine inches, the Caribbean has its first ever Top Model winner coming out of the Cayman Islands. Twenty-two-year-old Treveen Stewart was last Monday night selected as the winner of the Caribbean's Next Top Model competition beating out the other contestants to snatch the coveted title. Stewart was undoubtedly one of the favourites on the show as she captured the audience with her easy-going demeanour and elegant poses which had her winning quite a few of the challenges.
Born in Grand Cayman, Stewart has lived in Jamaica for quite a while. She moved to Jamaica in fifth grade and lived in St Elizabeth where she attended St Elizabeth Technical High School for a few years before returning to the Cayman Islands to complete high school.
According to Stewart, Jamaica is quite different from the Cayman Islands and she has learned a lot. "Jamaica taught me how to cope in the real world at a very fast pace. Cayman is a little more relaxed, and the people a little more helpful. Jamaica teaches people how to fend for themselves and that's important in the real world," she ended.
She was discovered at the age of 15 when she won a regional modelling contest that afforded her the opportunity to sign with a US modeling agency. However, Stewart shunned the catwalk and instead focused on her studies by deciding to finish high school. "Modelling was never always my dream," she told Flair. She continued, "Sports was always my first love, but I did a fashion competition once and I won and that's when I thought that I could make it in this business," she ended.
Her big break came after high school when she was asked by a photographer to do a photo shoot, after which the photos ended up in a magazine, signalling her call to pursue modelling full-time as she hoped to use her talent as a ticket to her aspirations - travelling the world and becoming culturally sound.
The 22-year-old model has been in several magazines and music videos, most notably, the UK's ID Magazine and Sex Therapy video by R&B superstar Robin Thicke.
Her skills have also landed the statuesque beauty in the kitchen as she confessed that she can also 'throw down' in the kitchen. "A year from now I see myself taking over the fashion world and 10 years from now, I see myself with kids and successful in whatever I do. But definitely having people work for me because I don't plan to be working for someone else all my life. I enjoy acting and cooking and if that goes according to plan, I see myself opening my own restaurant," she confessed.
The journey to the top, she says, has been very good and very educational. "I walked away learning that you have to remain true to yourself, knowing full well that people are going to judge you so why not just be yourself?" She told Flair that living in a house with different personalities, having people judge you and not knowing who you really are was very hard. But she had to push through and move on.
However, Stewart confessed that she had a few low points during her journey to the top. Her lowest, when they cut her hair. "I am known for my hair. You see my hair before you see me and I think when they cut my hair it was devastating for me, but I bounced back because I was in it to win it. I said to myself, 'The hair has already been cut, so it didn't make sense to drag it on'," she ended.
Overlooking the crashing waves of the Caribbean Sea on the deck of the Grand Old House, she told Flair that throughout the sojourn on the show she simply wanted to show aspiring models, among others, that it is important to follow your dreams. "It's an experience that you can learn from on the way instead of living with doubts and regrets - the shoulda, coulda, woulda," she ended with a smile.