She’s a 20 year old, blue eyed, pleasant young …….. amazon! She dwarfed me….it was bad!
But really….Mckey was all smiles when we sat to chat with her after the Fashion Week Trinidad and Tobago showing on Sunday evening.
CFSTYLE: Mckey, everyone has a different reason, so why did YOU get into modeling?
MS: I am actually a sport lover. But I got injured and 3 knee surgeries, and that was the end of sports for some time. After a while I got tired of the lack of competition, and decided to enter model competitions.
CFSTYLE: What are your thoughts on Trinidad? You have not been here before right?
MS: Right. This is my first time. Before I came though, I did a lot of research and reading up on Trinidad – the culture, the history, the people – and so I was really excited to come! Trinidad is wonderful. The ethnic and religious diversity is amazing – so many different people and the girls are pretty!
Since I’ve been here, I’ve visited the International School, I’ve been to the mall, and I’ve been to a few clubs.
CFSTYLE: Clubbing – can you compare the T&T club experience with the clubbing at home?
MS: Well, I’ve only been to a club like once, because I’m not allowed – I’m not yet 21.
CFSTYLE: No fake ID girl?
MS: (laughs) Nope. So I can’t really say, but I DID learn to wine!
* At which point the young lady proceeded to demonstrate the wining skills she had been coached into by FWTT PR Coordinator Ian Royer and fellow model Sandhurst Miggins. And she’s good!!!
CFSTYLE: CLEARLY we need to get you back here for carnival! You wine better than many people who live here! But can you go up and down? Did they teach you that? That’s important.
* And Mckey got up once more, and wined down a few inches while Ian looked on with the approval of a master who has taught his charge well!
CFSTYLE: *trying to stop laughing* OK…….what are your thoughts on FWTT?
MS: It’s been great! It’s so much more relaxed and less structured than shows I’ve been to, which allows the models to improvise. This adds spice! The colours and the fabrics used by the deisngers: you KNOW that this is not a European deisnger, or a US designer – this is a Caribbean designer! You feel that. And you can see all the influences, I love that.
CFSTYLE: Now that you’re a role model and someone in the public eye, someone who has DONE what so many of them dream of doing, what would you like to share with the young women of your country?
MS: Between 6th and 8th grade, you are changing, and things are going really fast, and you are confused. You realise that you do not fit in. I want them to realise that this is ok, because everyone is different. We do not all have to walk the same, talk the same, look the same or act the same, which a lot of them end up doing to fit in. Either that, or you see them years later and they have become shy and quiet and mute even.
I think you need to find yourself and be yourself and follow through with that. Keep an original spin on things!