SHE Caribbean is so proud to have Bajan legend Alison Hinds and her beautiful daughter, Saharan, grace the cover together . Their first Cover ever! The Queen of Soca talks with SHE about music, motherhood and Rihanna. The brightest and best in Caribbean fashion grace the pages of SHE Vol 65 with all the latest runway looks from The Bahamas and St. Kitts plus the Trinidad launch of Meiling's Spring 2015 Collection. SHE's favourite Style Evangelist, Richard Young shares his most recent industry experiences along with his Caribbeanist philosophy and vision for the region's fashion industry.
Controversial sing-jay Queen Ifrica insists she's not homophobic after another year of hitting the headlines in Jamaica this despite cancelled shows in the USA.
Check out SHE's profiles on TV host turned wedding guru, Jamaica's Kibwe McGann and upcoming media phenom, Toni Thorne from Barbados. Read the emotional and inspiring story of a mother who gave the gift of life, not once, but twice, by becoming her son's living organ donor.
SHE Caribbean Vol 65 is packed full of fashion trends, hair news, beauty ideas and everything a girl needs to kick off a brand new season. Get healthy with tips on everything from exercise to great recipes, heat up your love life with Sex Bites and check out the Caribbean arts and culture scene. There's something for everyone in the next issue of SHE - The Only Magazine Dedicated to the Caribbean Woman.
Photo Caption: 1. Publisher and Editor in Chief, Mae Wayne, 2. Some R&R with Averil Byer at The Crane, Barbados, 3. A rum Punch with the Lion, St. Kitts, 4. At Meiling’s show in Trinidad with Shala Monroque & Christine Lorde—SHE’s first art director, 5. An early LIAT flight with Fashion Ambassador Richard Young, 6. With my Bahamian posse Susan Klegg & Dunya Alenbeck.In the earliest days of SHE Caribbean, I traveled with an entourage of at least three other people throughout the islands. We met, interviewed and photographed some of the region’s most interesting individuals. They included movers and shakers, folks who had contributed in diverse ways to their respective islands, beautiful young models and others who had so many inspiring stories to tell but had never been asked. It was exhausting work but what a wonderful reward to be given opportunity to get to know up close this beautiful region we live in. I made many friends along the way, all of whom still remain faithful and stay in touch one way or another.
For several reasons, including the cost of travel and the other idiosyncrasies of regional airlines—not to say the impersonal Internet—we found more and more reasons not to leave home. At any rate, with our sister islands as the destination. Sadly, more and more people who used to enjoy flying around the region almost weekly are now encouraged instead to head for Miami or New York. So much easier. I almost forgot how wonderful it was to land in Trinidad or Barbados or Jamaica or St. Kitts or The Bahamas. How much I’d always enjoyed hooking up with friends with shared interests, whom I’d first met through SHE Caribbean; talented photographers, designers, models and show promoters among them.
Thank goodness I’ve started traveling again.
Alas, while they remain as friendly as ever, I was saddened to see so many talented people, young and not so young, in danger of never realising their full potential thanks to lack of funds, government cuts and other discouragements.
On the bright side, it never ceases to amaze me the unstoppable determination of the arts population to do what we were born to do, regardless of impediments. But our struggles will be a little bit easier to bear if we can find the strength to continue supporting one another as best we can, whether with funds or a simple show of appreciation. We cannot—must not!—allow the tough times to kill our enthusiasm for the arts. To permit that would be the closest thing to killing our souls.
Make a pledge now to buy local, to support local, to encourage local in 2015. Let’s all get together in unity behind one another’s efforts. Let us also keep in mind, the power of Brother Bob Marley’s anthem: ONE LOVE!