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Friday, November 22, 2013 • Issue 115
KM: Why, what or who made you enter Ms.
Queen Size TT?
AG: I went to a clothing store in Port of Spain and
saw a poster advertising full figured teen pageant
so I took my daughter to the audition. During the
audition, I enquired about the adult segment and
a few months later, I was contacted. I came and
auditioned, the rest was history.
KM: What was the first thing that went
through your mind when you heard your name,
what were your thoughts?
AG: Thank god! I was confident that I would
win all along but I still left a little room for disap-
pointment because these things sometimes don't
always work out the way you want.
KM: What did you learn from this pageant?
AG: Apart from some of the important infor-
mation needed to win a pageant like makeup ap-
plication, dressing for your body type, the
different walking techniques etc. I have learnt
that confidence, humility, and believing in your-
self will get you where you need to go. Disci-
pline is another major contributing factor as
KM: This year, the pageant focused on
health and fitness, do you think that
someone can be healthy and plus size?
AG: Yes, I believe someone can be plus
size and healthy but only as long as they
eat right, exercise, get lots of rest, keep
their stress level to a minimum and drink
lots of water. Being healthy is not size spe-
cific but rather lifestyle specific.
KM: Have you lost weight since the be-
ginning of the pageant, if yes, how much?
What is your fitness routine like?
AG: Yes, I have lost a total of 13 pounds
since the pageant. However, on final
weigh in night it was revealed that I had
gained back a pound. This was attributed
to the hectic and stressful week I had
leading up to finals. I only exercised once
for the week and my diet went out the
window because I was on the road a lot
and eating on the go. Presently, I am in-
volved in a fitness challenge so I am exercising three times a
week. Prior to that I exercised four days a week with a Fit-
ness Group in Curepe which I will be rejoining when they re-
sume training next year, god's will. I am also a member of a
dance group and we dance two days a week so am pretty
KM: What advice would you give someone who wants to
lose those extra pounds but find it difficult to start?
AG: The first thing they need to do is seek help from some-
one who either have the information about the proper way to
lose weight or someone who knows someone that have the in-
KM: What was the toughest part of the competition?
AG: Honestly, I didn't think that any part of the competition
was tough. I consider myself to be a disciplined individual so
everything was smooth sailing for me.
KM: How do you plan to promote your platform?
AG: Over the next year I want to engage in a
lot of charity work helping children in need as well as going to
different schools and institutions such as the St. Jude's Home
and YTC doing motivational speeches. I have a passion for chil-
dren and this is my way of contributing to making a difference,
as simple and small as it may be.
KM: What is the biggest challenge as a plus size woman
in today's society?
AG: I think people are beginning to recognise and respect
plus size women. Most men I know advocate that their prefer-
ence is plus size females. We have come a long way and have
proven time and time again that we are just as resourceful,
competent, beautiful, intelligent and capable as our slimmer
counterparts. People are coming around to accepting us for
who we are. For me the biggest challenge is getting trendy
clothes in stores to fit. Most of the stores don't carry plus size
clothes and most of those that do, I won't be caught dead in
them. But, hats off to those that cater to us plus size women.
KM: Do you think that plus size pageants glamorises obesity?
AG: On the contrary, I think these pageants embrace the
plus size woman and teach them to love themselves. The in-
troduction of the fitness edition is a welcoming one as this will
promote health and wellness. It also presents the opportunity
for plus size women to actually be part of a pageant that most
of us, like myself, have been dreaming of all our lives.
KM: What advice can you give someone wanting to enter
the pageant next year?
AG: Be yourself and have as much confidence as possible.
Have fun and pay close attention. Do research and enjoy the
experience. Think outside box....
Alicia Gift is the new Ms. Queen Size Trinidad and Tobago 2013. She emerged
the winner from a bevy of gorgeous full- figured ladies at the show which was
held last Saturday. I met with the winner and got to know her a bit.
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