Inspiring women of Caribbean and Latin American Descent.
The Houston Caribbean Queen Pageant was founded by Kelly St. Rose and Shamah Lloyd; young Caribbean women from the island of Dominica. Being raised in an immigrant household initially bred a sense of alienation from their American peers, which eventually blossomed into a sense of appreciation of their culture and heritage. This journey of self-growth spurred their desire to help other young ladies of immigrant descent learn to appreciate the distinct benefits of their upbringing.
The Houston Caribbean Queen Pageant provides a network for young women with a shared cultural background and seeks to reassure them that what makes them different is exactly what makes them special. Our program revolves around multiple workshops which tackle issues that plague many foreign born/raised women. After completion of the program participants are more confident and equipped with the tools to boldly navigate their lives.
In its short two year history, the program mentored 16 young women, aged 17-24, and offered over $4000 in scholarships. The success of the program has led to the 2016 expansion to include 3 new divisions: Princess ages 5-11; Teen ages 12-16 and Queen ages 25-35; in hopes of positively affecting more lives in the Caribbean and Latin American diaspora.
Past Events at MATCH
- July 2016: 2016 Houston Caribbean Queen Pageant