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"There was also a lot of fruit trees on the
land, so I am somewhat of a tomboy. I came
after my three brothers so I did everything
they did, including climbing trees and fishing.
I must remember my father s bee farm as he
was very proud of it. We supplied our com-
munity with honey, eggs and goat milk. My
mother did a perfect job as a homemaker,
"I attended St Mary s Government School,
then went on to Marabella Junior and Senior.
I went straight into modelling after graduating
from school. Modelling was my destiny and
my childhood dream was to be a model.
"Though I am well-qualified academically,
modelling remains my first love. I was trained
by Jacqui Koon How and did my very first
show with her, at a small tea party and fashion
show. I still remember that like if it was yes-
terday. Everything I ve learned in this business,
Jacqui is responsible for that.
Bramble takes issue with people who smirk
at the modelling and fashion industry as she
thinks it s a positive character-building pro-
She said: "I ve never entered a Miss T&T
pageant but I have entered many other beauty
queen pageants. I think queen shows can be
like a positive extracurricular activity for
young girls. It should also be about building
self esteem and developing communities, and
helping people. Now, I find that there is too
much politics involved in pageants."
"Modelling has helped me in many ways,
beginning with my self esteem. I was a some-
what shy child who didn t act out on doing
things I inwardly wanted to do.
"Modelling gave me that self-confidence
to venture into several areas, as well as gave
me a positive voice in the modelling arena.
Young ladies now seek my advice on several
things pertaining to making a career in mod-
elling and fashion. I see myself as a positive
influence in the business."
Describing herself as a role model for aspir-
ing young models, Bramble said: "Young
women wishing to enter this business need
to first realise that if this industry is for you,
you will know it. If, however, it is not for
you, you will also know it---just don t become
too passionate about it.
"It s about being prepared to do work very
hard to be successful, especially in a small
place like T&T. It s not just about the glitz
and glamour. Modelling is a business which
should not be taken lightly but, as like any
other profession, is serious business."
Gemini-born Bramble said she intends on
staying in the fashion industry "for as long
She added: "I know that I have a future
in this industry, though not knowing right
now exactly what. Who knows? I may open
a modelling agency, designing and styling,
doing consultancy, maybe an all-purpose
modelling training centre which focuses on
personal development. I definitely would like
to get married, and do so before having any
kids. I want to have a family."
About her participation in the international
pageant, Bramble said: "Vanessa (Sahatoo-
Manoo) saw me at a fashion show in south,
contacted me and the rest is history."
Interjected Sahatoo-Manoo: "I was simply
enthralled by Soowan, the moment I saw her
on stage. She electrified the stage and the
audience also seemed captivated. I then did
some research, asking people about her, and
everyone spoke favourable about her.
"To me, she had all the ingredients to rep-
resent T&T in this pageant. This was my first
year as franchise-holder of Miss Best Model
of the Universe. My company has previously
selected other girls for other international
pageants, and we ve always had good results.
"Soowan will be travelling to Panama and
other regional destinations as Miss Best Model
of the Universe.
"She will be modelling with the parent
company there, and will also be promoting
projects my company is devoted to. I would
like to have Soowan go to Latin America and
USA to promote T&T as a tourism destina-
tion, and as a place where fashion and mod-
elling play an integral part in the tourism
Aside from winning the main prize in Pana-
ma, Bramble also won awards for Best Nation-
al Costume (Goddess of the Pitch Lake,
designed and made by Gerald Hart of Harts
Mas); Best Catwalk Model; Best Body; and,
Best Photo Model.
Amongst her numerous sponsors, Bramble
is particularly grateful to her designer Heather
Jones, Ministry of Arts & Multiculturalism,
Francis Fashion, Sascha Cosmetics; A-Lan
swim wear designer Rhea Ahong; Jen Care
Skin Farm; Steve Samaroo; LeShorn Prescott s
Elle Dance Company; and, New Wave Health
Club in Couva.
On her return home, Bramble was well
received in the VIP Lounge of the Piarco Inter-
national Airport by Ministry of Multicultur-
alism & The Arts official Vel Lewis; Heather
Jones of Heather Jones Designs; Miss Oneness
T&T Beauty Pageant Director Vidya Mungal-
Bissessar; Kendell Placide of Nissi Tours and
Travel Ltd; and, Sahatoo-Manoo.
Modelling is serious business---Bramble
Soowan Bramble and Oneness Entertainment T&T CEO Vanessa Sahatoo-Manoo, franchise-
holder for the Model of the Universe pageant. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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