Mimi Mancini copped the title from a field of five gay men all of Caribbean origin and representing their various island homes.
Hemish Gervis, promoter of the pageant, told THE STAR that Mancini, who is originally from St Ann, and who now lives as a woman, stunned the crowd with his impersonation of the dancehall diva, in the talent section of the pageant. Gervis also said that Mancini left little to the imagination in his swimsuit appearance, where he paid tribute to Dunns River Falls.
Gervis said the show was a huge success, thanks to the support from the media, the New York Police Department and the Unity Fellowship Church.
The pageant, which is expected to become an annual event, was in its first year.
In the talent segment, the contestant called on all St Lucians to unite, followed by a performance of Sandra Lorde’s song “St Lucia Unite.” Boujoules paid tribute to St Lucia’s enchanted rain forest. The presentation went over well, resulting in a tie with Guyana for best swimwear.
Mimi Mancini of Jamaica was crowned winner of the 2009 Gay Caribbean/USA Pageant. Mancini was over the top in the talent segment and brought the house down with an impersonation of Dance Hall Queen Lady Saw.
Second place went to Vanessa Flowers of Guyana. Barbados’ Rehanna B was positioned at fourth while Madame Fleur De Fleur of Martinique came in the fifth spot.
The show was a tremendous success with a large crowd in attendance. The organizers recognize that the showwould not have been a success without the help of many persons and institutions. To this end, they wish to thank the media, NYPD, Unity Fellowship Church, the contestants for their determination and all those who supported. (St. Lucia Star)