The final took place on Monday – April 3, ending in fairly dramatic fashion, as two contestants tied for second place – Nkechi Vaughn of Guyana and Samantha West from Trinidad.
In addition to being named the Caribbean’s Next Top Model, Shamique had also been awarded US$25,000 in cash; an international modeling agency contract with Mint Model Management, NY; a cover feature and editorial spread in SHE Caribbean magazine; and the latest generation iPhone from Flow.
“Shamique competed amongst our toughest field of aspiring models yet, and always maintained her focus throughout the competition. More than any other participant, Shamique entered the competition with a clear understanding of what is required of her in the modeling industry. She consistently grew throughout the competition and it is this combination of preparedness and dogged perseverance with respect to her diet, fitness, mental strength and positive outlook that gave this chocolate beauty, as she was fondly called by her fellow models, the edge.” Said co-executive producer, host, judge and former Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam.
I have had the pleasure of representing my Country in the competition to become The Caribbean's Next Top Model and a competition it was indeed. My fellow contestants, seventeen beautiful competitors (now my friends) from different parts of the Caribbean, each so strong and passionate about their career as a model made sure I had to push hard for my win. To each of you, I say thank you for making it a real competition, you guys are fierce, have beautiful personalities and I hope to see you all moving on to shine bright out there in this big world as beautiful Caribbean queens. To the judges, the entire CNTM team and anyone who was a part of this experience, in any way, I say thank you. Thank you for believing in us, thank you for coming together to highlight and showcase Caribbean talent, and especially, thank you to the judges for choosing me to be the Caribbean's Next Top Model for Season 3. Thank you for having faith in me, I shall live up to the expectations of this title. There are so many things I would like to say as I write this post. I feel as though I have just now realized I have won. To my supporters, my family and my friends, I thank you all for your continued support. It warms my heart each time I log into my accounts and see your messages and tags. I couldn't have done it without the support from you guys and I am humbled and truly appreciative. Continue to follow my journey and show your support as this is just the beginning of things to come! ❤😘 #model #modelife #cntm #cntm3 #caribbeansnexttopmodel3 #fashion #fashionmodel #melanin #melaninbeauty #shamique876 #shamiquesimms #melaninqueen #irepja #caribbeanmodel #caribbeanbeauty