Freeport, Bahamas – The Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant culminated last night with an exciting finale at the Grand Lucayan Ballroom, and after a tough competition, 25 year old Shequera King was named Miss Grand Bahama 2013! Shequera King, who is sponsored by La Vie Theaters, also won awards for best Spokes Model, Top Model, and Fitness.
1st runner- up Lashanda Wildgoose was named Miss Bikini Bahamas, and she won awards for Popularity, Talent, and the Best Costume. Lashanda is sponsored by Pyramid Construction. 2nd runner-up Jillian Lightbourne, was named Miss Yacht Model Bahamas, and awards she won were Most Photogenic, the People’s Choice Award, and she placed second in Fitness. Jillian’s sponsor is Parris Whittaker. Antonneisa Moxey, sponsored by Spartacular Bahamas won the Friendship award.
Miss Grand Bahama, Shequera King is an ambitious, intelligent, talented, young lady that loves modelling, reading, singing, dancing, travelling and spending time with family and friends. She was born on the beautiful island of Grand Bahama, raised by her proud parents Thomas and Myrton King, natives of Cat Island and Long Island respectively. Shequera has three siblings: Cheniquea King, Dr. Shantell King-Whitby and Chovez King. She attended Sunland Baptist Academy, formerly known as Sunland Lutheran School, from nursery to twelfth grade.
Shequera was always a diligent, dedicated, well-rounded student; thus in June 2005 she graduated as Deputy Head Girl and Salutatorian of her class. In August of the same year, she went on to pursue her tertiary education at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia where she graduated in May 2009 on summa cum laude honours with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Marketing.
After graduating from university, Shequera returned to Grand Bahama and developed a new interest – modelling. Shequera’s first fashion show was a charity event for the Cancer Association of Grand Bahama called “A Passage to India”. Shortly after, she entered the Miss Grand Bahama Beauty Pageant in 2010. With very little knowledge of pageantry and no additional pageant coaching, Shequera proudly made the top 5 contestants.
From that point, her interest in pageantry grew. As a result, the following year she went to New Providence to compete in the Miss Bahamas Galaxy Pageant where she placed 2nd runner up. She then she’s competed in the Nu Face Model Search, which also occurred in New Providence during the same year. Having done exceptionally well, Shequera placed 1st runner up and debuted in two issues of Nu Woman Magazine.
From 2009 to present, Shequera has participated in numerous photo shoots and fashion shows. She has walked for designers such as Kazz Forbes from the Turks and Caicos Islands and Anthea Bullard of Hardour Collection in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Shequera was also extended the opportunity to be a co-host for Nu Woman TV and was flown into New Providence to cover the renowned Islands of the World Fashion Week at the Sheraton Hotel on Cable Beach in May 2012.
Due to her past competitions and experiences, Shequera has transformed from a reserved, soft-spoken bookworm into an outgoing, well-spoken socialite. She is empowered to achieve her goal of effectively carrying out her platform “Building Character and Confidence in Bahamian Youth”. Shequera assists young persons in the community through two young adult groups (1) The Point, a ministry of Life Community Church, which focuses on the personal and spiritual development of young men and women and (2) JOY, a ministry of Calvary Temple, which focuses on cultivating young ladies into honourable, confident, strong young women.
In future, Shequera wants to obtain a Master’s Degree in Project Management and become an entrepreneur, establishing her own promotion and event planning company. She also aims to speak the Spanish language fluently and visit South America to learn about the Spanish culture. Additionally, she desires to become an ambassador for the Bahamas, as she was in college by way of a group she helped to establish called Caribbean in Action (CIA), to bring awareness to the beauty, culture, and people of the Bahamas.