Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 30th 2015 Contents Friday, January 30, 2015 • Issue 170
Dixie Ann John
This article is a continuation of our Metro
Carnival Makeup Series which delves into the
beauty secrets of the Soca Artiste and our
spotlight this week falls on Nadia Batson!
Nadia is a free spirited person and her love of
makeup experimentation throughout the years
has allowed her the freedom to select makeup
looks that reflect her current moods.
Her main beauty secret is her trusty moistur-
izer as she holds firm to the well-known belief
that moisturized skin helps the wearer to re-
main looking youthful! It works as part of her
skin care regimen where it's paired with her re-
juvenating serum as she swears that it keeps
her skin soft.
Her flawless chic beauty style mirrors her
chocolate beauty icons such as
Diana Ross, Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong'o
as well as Queen Latifah. She is always guided
by harmonious matches of colors to her skin
tone and prefers to use a bit of caution before
venturing out to using more adventurous col-
ors.For Carnival 2015, you can always see Nadia
with a touch of glitzy glam as part of her soca
Just like Nadia, here are some great moistur-
izing beauty finds for the skin to retain that soft
and natural glow!
At a towering 6'4" and 255
pounds, security guard Kevin Da
Costa is a man with a presence. He
commands attention in any room
he enters, and it is easy to see how
he found his niche with a career in
security and protection.
After a stint in the US Army re-
serve and a knee injury that
thwarted his professional football
aspirations, Da Costa returned to
Trinidad in 2001 looking to start
over. Under the mentorship of one
Deondre Kennard, Da Costa had got-
ten certified as a bodyguard and
now had the skills he needed to use
his size to his advantage.
"I started going out to clubs to
gauge the nightlife. Most clubs had
plainclothes security but patrons
tend to feel safer if they can see the
presence of the uniformed guards,"
With an eye to improvements, Da
Costa began offering his services.
His big break came when he was
hired to work as protection for Jun-
ior Kelly at the Voices of Love con-
cert, and he quickly gained notoriety
because of his intimidating size, pro-
fessionalism and consistency.
Da Costa became so well known
and trusted, that by 2005 he was
able to open his own security firm,
V.I.P.P.S Ltd. (Very Important Person
Personal Security), security and pro-
tection for the stars. Currently his
client roster includes soca artistes
from current Metro cover star De-
stra Garcia to Chinese Laundry (An-
thony Chow Lin-On), as well as
international artistes, athletes and
actors, and his services can be con-
tracted for venues from concerts
and fetes to nightclubs.
But the job isn't always easy, and
sometimes Da Costa has to inter-
vene when things get out of hand
between patrons. In one incident,
local media personality Lisa Wick-
ham alerted him to a woman being
assaulted in the crowd at a Sean
Paul concert, and was able to take
her backstage so that she would be
"Usually the most dangerous
thing is trying to stop fights before
they escalate. But with bigger ven-
ues like concerts, the police will get
But there are perks too.
"Well people look up to me and
everyone knows me because I'm so
recognizable. The Johnny Bravo nick-
name is something that I got from
the fans. Sometimes I go out to eat
and I'll get a complimentary meal
just because the owner recognizes
In that regard, Da Costa has be-
come a celebrity in his own right, is
one of the most well connected men
in the country, and has plans to use
that to his advantage. For the future,
Da Costa plans to expand his com-
pany's scope into corporate security
work, having already dominated the
local and international entertain-
But in the end, security and pro-
tection is a vocation for Da Costa
and he feels compelled to make him-
self available to his clients.
"I'm like a protector. Like Super-
man and Clarke Kent; like Batman
and Bruce Wayne. Because I love
what I do. I love my job, it's a passion.
It's not about the money. When I get
late bookings and I'm contemplating
if to go, especially now around Soca
Monarch, I feel like I have to go help
the artistes. It's about the profes-
sionalism and reliability."
So don't be surprised if you sud-
denly find yourself dealing with this
gentle giant when you get out of
hand this Carnival season. His repu-
tation and his shadow precede him.
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