Pulse Investment Ltd the Jamaican firm responsible for the careers of many thriving Caribbean International models and hosts of Caribbean fashion week staged the first Caribbean Model Search Full figure reality contest and Cindy Lyons emerged as the winner.
CFSTYLE.com talks to Ms. Lyons below
I am a down to earth individual who gets along with just about everyone. I believe it is very important to have goals and to do anything to achieve them while staying morally grounded. Equality is an important thing to me. I hate to see anyone ill-treated. You should never behave as if you are better than or less than anyone else. I love to sing, listen to music, go to the movies, go out with friends or just curl up by myself and read a book or watch TV. I also enjoy cliff jumping at Rick’s Cafe and I am willing to try ALMOST anything at least once. Afterall, you only have one life to live, so experience it and enjoy it to the fullest.
Approximately 10 years ago, while living in Westmoreland, a friend of mine sent some pictures of me to Pulse. They called me to come to auditions they were having in Montego Bay, but I decided to enter the the “Miss Westmoreland Fashion Model Competition” instead. Although I placed second, I didn’t pursue modelling any further. The experience was most certainly interesting, but before the CMS Plus Competition, I never had any formal training, walking classes, etc.
I’ve always had a great interest in modelling, singing and acting, but for one reason or another Inever actively pursued either of them. However, some of my favourite shows, such as “America’s next Top Model” and “Make me a Supermodel” always sparked that little feeling of “shoulda, woulda, coulda”. Being a “fuller figured” lady now, my interest in modeling as a career objective, was placed on hold. When I was told about the Pulse CMS Plus competition, I was elated. It was another chance for me to achieve a goal that I thought had eluded me. It would afford me the opportunity to become a model that embraces and cherishes her curves and redefine the stereotype of what a model should typically look like.
4. Please describe your feelings during the model search competition.
The range of feelings that I went through during the competition was so vast and sporadic it’s hard to tell where I should start. I can tell you that excitement was one of the greater feelings I experienced. Pulse always had some new and exciting challenges in store for us. However, after that always came some fear or anxiety. I must say that the overall experience was absolutely fantastic. I had developed a close friendship with the contestants and I felt quite sad when they did not advance. I however, understand, that this was a competition and that the objective was to have one winner.. But the girls were all beautiful, vibrant and intelligent young ladies and they were all winners in my eyes….!
5. What was the hardest challenge for you in the competition?
The hardest challenge for me in the competition was the personal task of improving my self confidence. There were times during challenges when I would doubt myself and I realize that YOU could be your own obstruction when it comes to accomplishing your aspirations. A model must always be self aware, stand tall and most importantly, exude self confidence.
My family and friends have been and still are a great support to this dream of mine. Most of my family are either in Westmoreland or living abroad, but through phone calls and emails, their presence and support has always been felt.
It’s hard to find the words to tell you exactly how I feel about winning this competition. I may probably need the aide of a thesaurus. The fact is, I had very strong competition and even now I am still surprised when I think to myself “You Won!” I believe that I am truly blessed and thank God for the support system he put in place for me. I feel that winning this competition has boosted my self confidence, proven to me that you should never give up on your dreams and that if you try hard enough you will succeed. And of course that having a curvaceous body is still beautiful….!
Well we (Pulse) are working on a portfolio with a view of signing with an overseas agency. I am hoping that the exposure from the competition will also give me an opportunity to work with some local designers as well as Corporate Jamaica in Advertising Campaigns.
My Ultimate goal is to grace the covers of magazines such as Vogue and Cosmopolitan, to walk runways in Paris and Milan and to wear designs by some of the World’s top designers like Louis Vuitton, Armani , Layne Bryant and Versace.