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Lady Saw turns 'Mission Catwalk' judge

Published:Saturday | April 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Lady Saw

Grammy Award-winning dancehall diva Lady Saw will serve as a guest judge on episode five of Caribbean fashion designer reality series Mission Catwalk which airs on Tuesday.

She will join executive producer/host Keneea Linton-George, judges Novia McDonald-Whyte, Observer lifestyle editor, and noted menswear designer Carlton Brown in critiquing the work of the remaining 12 designers, who will be divided into four groups of three each.

The teams will have to convince the judges that their mini collection for celebrity/style icons Michelle Obama, Victoria 'Posh' Beckham, Nicki Minaj and Lady Saw herself is the best of the lot.

When asked if she considers herself a fashion icon, Lady Saw (born Marion Hall) replies, "Yes, I do see myself as a fashion icon. I'm always into fashion I love Christian Louboutin shoes and Marc Jacobs dresses; anything that's fly - that's me. I will go all out and rock a very expensive outfit for a big show; but sometimes I do mess up; like when I wait last minute and I'll call somebody to get me something and it doesn't work. That can be a disaster!"

The deejay, known for delivering outspoken lyrics onstage in between wig-pulling and kicking off her heels, is working on her ninth studio album, Lady Saw Presents: Marion Hall on her Divas Recordings imprint. The album will include various genres, including country and jazz. Lady Saw is currently working on a screenplay and filming the video for Sidung, her recent collaboration with Elephant Man.

designer favourites

Though the Love Sick singer declined to spill the beans about her designer favourites, she remarked that her experience on Mission Catwalk was "fun!"

Which group of regional designers (from Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago) will impress the dancehall veteran and fashion icon? Who will rule the catwalk?

Find out by tuning into Television Jamaica on Tuesday, April 24 at 8:30 p.m. For those in Trinidad, the series airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on TV6. Mission Catwalk streams online at and is presented by NCB, Supreme Ventures and Digicel.

Mission Catwalk is a fashion reality series created by Linton-George, a Jamaican fashion designer. The series aims at discovering and developing new talent, testing the creativity and skill of each contestant through various challenges.

On each episode, a guest judge joins Linton-George (who also serves as host and executive producer) and the two other judges.

The judges critique the designs and eliminate one designer.