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UPDATE: ‘Love for territory made me enter pageant’- Erika R. Creque

- new Miss BVI said territory can expect good things from her reign
Miss BVI 2016/17 Erika R. Creque is flanked by First Runner-up Reba E. Thomas (right) and Mindy A. Paul. Photo: VINO
Creque is given a congratulatory hug by Miss BVI 2015/16 Adorya R. Baly (right). Photo: VINO
Creque is given a congratulatory hug by Miss BVI 2015/16 Adorya R. Baly (right). Photo: VINO
Mindy A. Paul in Evening Wear. Photo: VINO
Mindy A. Paul in Evening Wear. Photo: VINO
Lakiesha R. A. Claxton in Evening Wear. Photo: VINO
Lakiesha R. A. Claxton in Evening Wear. Photo: VINO
A section of the crowd at Miss BVI 2016 at Multi-Purpose Sports Complex on July 31, 2016. Photo: VINO
A section of the crowd at Miss BVI 2016 at Multi-Purpose Sports Complex on July 31, 2016. Photo: VINO
A section of the crowd at Miss BVI 2016 at Multi-Purpose Sports Complex on July 31, 2016. Photo: VINO
A section of the crowd at Miss BVI 2016 at Multi-Purpose Sports Complex on July 31, 2016. Photo: VINO
The special guest performer was British reggae vocalist of Jamaican descent, Max Alfred
The special guest performer was British reggae vocalist of Jamaican descent, Max Alfred "Maxi" Elliott, known as Maxi Priest. Photo: VINO
New Miss BVI Erika R. Creque (left) with 2015/16 Queen, Adorya R. Baly. Photo: VINO
New Miss BVI Erika R. Creque (left) with 2015/16 Queen, Adorya R. Baly. Photo: VINO
The 2016 Miss BVI contestants. From left: Reba E. Thomas, Mindy A. Paul, Erika R. Creque and Lakiesha R. A. Claxton. Photo: Team of Reporters
The 2016 Miss BVI contestants. From left: Reba E. Thomas, Mindy A. Paul, Erika R. Creque and Lakiesha R. A. Claxton. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- “I am so excited, I can hardly explain it,” were the words of Erika R. Creque shortly after she was crowned Miss BVI 2016/17 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex just after 12:00 A.M. on August 1, 2016.

Creque, who hails from Great Mountain on the Virgin Islands main island of Tortola, beat out competition from three other contestants, sweeping awards for Best Promotion, Best Swimwear, Best Cultural Costume, Best Talent and Best Evening Wear.

Additionally, she received prizes for Most Photogenic and Most Poised.

According to Creque, it means a lot to her to win the crown and the territory can expect many good things from her reign. She vowed to promote the Virgin Islands more and practice daily for her next stage, which is Miss Universe.

She added that the journey to being crowned Miss BVI was not a smooth one but being victorious is “a big deal.”

Asked what led her to enter the competition, Creque revealed that it was the love for her territory.

Prizes & Awards

Miss BVI 2016/17 will receive a number of prizes, including a scholarship grant, a cash prize of $7,500 and will get the opportunity to represent the territory at Miss Universe pageant.

The First Runner-up, Reba E. Thomas, will receive $5,000 among other prizes.

Thomas also took the award for Most Intellect.

The CCT People’s Choice award went to Lakiesha R. A. Claxton, while the Miss Congeniality award went to Mindy A. Paul.

The show was judged by 1995 Miss Universe Chelsi Smith, 2013 Miss Universe Jamaica Kerrie Bayis, and Model and Actor Hector Lincoln, among others.

The special guest performer was British reggae vocalist of Jamaican descent, Max Alfred "Maxi" Elliott, known as Maxi Priest.

See previous article published August 1, 2016

Erika R. Creque crowned Miss BVI 2016/17

- Reba E. Thomas is First Runner-up

Moments ago, August 1, 2016, Erika R. Creque was crowned Miss BVI 2016/17 at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town.

The First Runner-up is Miss Reba E. Thomas.

The other contestants for the 2016 Miss BVI Pageant were Mindy A. Paul and Lakiesha R. A. Claxton.

Details to follow.

51 Responses to “UPDATE: ‘Love for territory made me enter pageant’- Erika R. Creque”

  • Thing to talk (01/08/2016, 00:37) Like (46) Dislike (1) Reply
    she deserved it congrats !!! to the other ladies y'all are still queens no matter what
    • UNHAPPY BVILANDER (02/08/2016, 08:12) Like (2) Dislike (27) Reply
      she deserve deserve what were you at the show at all or you just drop into the same trail she does'nt deserve it from the beginning to the end of the show Ms Claxton had the highest point and for your information i do not care fair is fair if claxton and i are not related but she deserve it Janet told my cousin that ms claxton had the highest point and even point was deducted for what reason i dont know but she was still in the lead by too far so BVI Festival Committee tell me did you all sell Ms Creque to the judges and push Ms Claxton on the side because one of her parent is not a BVILander the Government really needs to look into that give the girl what she deserve Ms Lorna Smith both you and your husband was there and i know for sure Ms Smith knows alot about pageant and i know she kowns within herself the show was'nt judge fairly and they really needs to look over that thats why i told my friend do not her daughter participate in Miss BVI cause they are not fair i have never seen someone like Ms Claxton put her all into that pageant she was so free comfortable well presented like a dove i am so ashamed and embrass of the BVI Festival Committe and and the people that they give a chance to run it Ms Janet does'nt know and have a clue about pageantry you cant put a self centered and selfish person to manage anything please BVI lets not hurt our young people yes Claxton is young but she gave her best give her what belongs to her ministers please look into that and do the right thing its not to late
      • oops (02/08/2016, 21:33) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        Stay unhappy you ole fool!!!
      • Long memorie (02/08/2016, 23:25) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
        The way you write makes me think you wrote the same thing when Ms Claxton didn't win VG in 2014 http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/tecora-morgan-is-miss-vg-easter-festival-2014 She wasn't the judges choice either time and it is their choice that wins, not who you want to win. You must be her family to keep it going for two years.
        • and (07/08/2016, 00:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Her family got her back thats why your hate cant touch her fool
        • hate (07/08/2016, 00:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Wow you need to move on holding on to hate makes u what u are UGLY STUPID DUMB
      • huh (03/08/2016, 22:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        you got to be crazy!!!
      • Lawd!!! (08/08/2016, 16:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Where are your full-stops and commas? This was very difficult to read!!! The show was judged fairly. Please let it go and move on. Erica will do a fine job as Miss BVI 2016-2017. I do agree that the festival committee is garbage, but Erica deserved all that she got.
  • great show (01/08/2016, 00:47) Like (35) Dislike (7) Reply
    It was really close. I thought #4 would have gotten first runner up though, but of course there are things that happen before the show that must be taken into consideration.
    • She would have (01/08/2016, 02:39) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      If she had answered her q n a she would have place
    • that so (01/08/2016, 02:43) Like (33) Dislike (0) Reply
      BVI a small place. Your rep going to follow you and that might affect how people think you would represent the BVI. Erika is going to be a GREAT queen, she's got it all.
    • Observer (01/08/2016, 09:11) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      I think if she had answered the question she would have gotten 1st runner up. She was wack in the question. That's how number 1 killed her.
    • smfh (01/08/2016, 09:22) Like (17) Dislike (4) Reply
      No.4 was dead on arrival. Even no. 2 is rated over her.
  • QTNA (01/08/2016, 00:53) Like (15) Dislike (9) Reply
    Miss bvi shows going down hill fast
  • Susie Q (01/08/2016, 00:59) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Erika was my choice...Congrats !!!! Love Reba dress though!!!
  • Now that's BEAUTY! (01/08/2016, 01:04) Like (18) Dislike (1) Reply
    Awesome! She speaks sooo wellll!!!!! I'm so happy for her!
  • crown (01/08/2016, 01:20) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    Finally a better crown!!!!!!
  • Looking on. (01/08/2016, 01:38) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    Great show. Great job to all the contestants. Congrats Erika Creque. I think Reba deserved best evening wear, my opinion though.
  • Nice (01/08/2016, 03:12) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratsss
  • NHI (01/08/2016, 06:51) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Did we choose a look alike wow
  • farmer brown (01/08/2016, 06:57) Like (15) Dislike (10) Reply
    since the days of Ms. De castro and the airforce girl we have never had a good Miss BVI. But Ms. Creque will be good yea yea
  • SMH (01/08/2016, 07:46) Like (34) Dislike (4) Reply
    Those dresses were ugly sorry to say, both color and design.
    • Candi (04/08/2016, 09:19) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      I feel you on this!!!! The Mindy girl doesn't have enough body for her dress, so she looked ridiculous. Overall, she just looked lifeless...BORING!

      Reba had a nice dress, but it just wasn't for her. I can see it on the Claxton girl.

      Creque, had a nice dress for her complexion and her body structure, however, I thought the girls would come better tho
  • Pics? (01/08/2016, 07:56) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Pics, please!
  • 2016 (01/08/2016, 08:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This year is dead all over
  • Still time (01/08/2016, 08:56) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    #4 should run for Miss Jr. BVI. She was too young anyways, she needs to build herself up first and then maybe go back for Miss BVI in 2-3 years. Focus on getting that degree from UWI. Your early twenties is your time to get an education.So finish your degree, then run again to get the scholarship for your masters.

    I don't like seeing these young ladies in their late teens and early twenties wasting their life away on these pageants. When your reign is over no one cares that you were Miss _______. Hell, no one cares if you are one during your reign. It doesn't give you a higher paying job down the road; it's not a qualification. This is the BVI, pageantry does little for you. Look at EP, she was Miss BVI once upon a time, but who cares? She got her qualifications by getting an education, not from her crown.
    • True (01/08/2016, 10:01) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Very true. It's nice for the first month or two, but after that? No one cares.
    • Truth (01/08/2016, 10:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yep. One degree on your resume is worth more than 1000 crowns.
  • yess (01/08/2016, 09:33) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yessssss I am so proud that Erika won☺️☺️ My heart is filled with excitement
  • warning (01/08/2016, 10:42) Like (1) Dislike (24) Reply
    Those two foreign names...no place.. BVI has charged. Leave BVI to native BVIslanders...Stay away..
    • Uhhhhh (01/08/2016, 13:20) Like (7) Dislike (13) Reply
      Creque isn't a local name though. -_-
    • JC (02/08/2016, 12:33) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      OH wow, are u serious "Warning".?.Check your history and see where all of these names revolved...STUPID and IGNORANT"
    • Warn what!!! (03/08/2016, 10:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      That mean the show would of have only two contestants. Stop being bias and accept the fact that the Virgin Islands are getting more diverse
  • #teamerika (01/08/2016, 10:47) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congratulations are in order for such a special young lady.... Woooo congratulations boo!
  • From day one (01/08/2016, 13:08) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    When their pictures was published, I called it. I knew that young lady was going to take that crown. If I had bet money, I would have won. Congrats young lady.
  • BVI. (01/08/2016, 16:10) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is not cadet training.. Sit like a queen! #msjrbvi
  • Rock city aka mel (01/08/2016, 22:52) Like (8) Dislike (18) Reply
    The show was so disgusting and disorganized let's be real now do u all believe that creque deserves that crown I came from rock and sat and watch and Claxton contestant # 4 was so relax and free she gave it all as for rocking the heels she never stumble or shake she was real organise her introduction was off the hook as for swimwear she rocked it her talent was incredible her dress was jus ok the sequence on dress was perfect not to much the only problem with Claxton dress is the train was place properly. I always attend ms BVI this one was the worst and so very unfair the committee should and needs to do better than that and the government of the BVI needs to do better they needs to get involved cause it unfair to Claxton cause she did it all the intellect was given to the correct contestant but creque u won't sleep well very well u should kn u didn't work for that crown it was sold to u I want to tell Claxton keep your head up and I love you from time I saw you in your introduction great job to Claxton Paul talent was also surprising and Welles put together
    • BVI Proud Me (02/08/2016, 07:19) Like (22) Dislike (5) Reply
      Obviously you don't know shit bout pageantry. Claxton was a hot mess. Her voice is horrible. She's definitely not a good representative for my territory. She's still young and needs tons of coaching. Creque won the crown because she worked for it and she deserved it. Of course she will sleep well you old evil crocked minded fool. It's the judges decision and the judges decisions are final. Take the loss for Claxton and move the hell on. Go Team Creque!!
    • Heckler (02/08/2016, 07:26) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
      Miss, you don't even know what you are talking about. Lakiesha did well, but not well enough. What you saw at the show was only part of it; they are also scored before the show. In addition, the judges were international, which meant they had no ties to the BVI, and could be objective. So stop trying to start something out of nothing.
    • pink case (04/08/2016, 09:42) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      You obvously attended the wrong show!!! Claxton looked better than Erica in swim wear? or any other segment? Girl bye!!!
  • God dont sleep (02/08/2016, 08:24) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    wat do u mean number for was dead u need to speak the truth if only u mixing #4 with the dead #1 and the dead #3 plz gf claxton had the show going u all have a bad ting for claxton cause u all kn she have it all all the girls were pretty but u all needs to stop bashing claxton if only u knew the whole story bout dat show u would think before u post claxton introduction was excellent and she dance peacefully and she had confident written all over her claxton will show the BVI that she a queen dont give up claxton u dont kn who i am but am fully on ur side and i love ur spirit i dont kn if anyone notice when claxton headpiece throw her out she continued gracefully and calm she jus didnt walked off the stage she did it with respect manners polite and calm u all are really blind
  • MY OPINION (02/08/2016, 09:59) Like (6) Dislike (5) Reply
    I was at the show and I was backing all the contestants. My personal judging is as follows:
    Introduction: Reba, Erica
    Cultural wear/costume: Claxton, Reba
    Gown: Reba
    Swimwear: Erica
    Question and answer:Reba
    Talent:Paul, Claxton
    Poise:Erica
    Overall based on the contestants physical build, looks and how they presented themselves..I would choose Erica with Reba coming in a close second.
    In my opinion the crown is on the correct head but she did not deserve to win all those segments.
    • agreed (04/08/2016, 09:44) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      she presented herself well. but did not deserve all the segments. but the crown is on the right head. and reba deserves second.
    • MY OPINION (06/08/2016, 10:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I was also at the show i do agree with you some what I dd the same as you and my personal judging i did pay attention closely
      INTRODUCTION: Claxton

      GOWN: Claxton, Reba gown was also lovely but she didnt walk it

      SWIMWEAR: Claxton

      INTERLECT: Reba all the way

      TALENT: Paul, Claxton

      POISE: Erika

      And again all the girls tried their best i applause them all but in my opinion they couldnt give Claxton what she worked for and deserve because she would have gone home with the crown, but it is very unfair did anyone else observe what was going on with Creque earrings getting stock in her dress where she pause three times trying to get it remove how may times did she trip on the stage in her heels especially in swimwear i personally believe the judges wasnt honest and fair but it is what it is
  • mouth shut (02/08/2016, 09:59) Like (0) Dislike (14) Reply
    u need to say y she's not a good ambassador for her country where she was born and raised and u all stressing about her age but she wasn't too young when the festival committee invited her on board y don't u take ur ass up on stage lets us see u make a dammm fool of urself ayo just jealous and have hatred but with u or without u claxton don't be left behind she's going higher let Erika the virgin mary tells u bout her private life and when u find out come back and comment again GOOD LUCK
    • Creque (02/08/2016, 13:20) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      All this negativity about these contestants. Why?? Oh yeah typical BVI. And yet we wonder why our country isn't making much head way. Now, I have been to the show, and it was FAIR. The crown is where it should be so why all this back biting? I don't like this last comment about digging into our Queen's back ground and finding dirt. This just shows that you are just a sad individual who is just bitter. All the contestants did their best and we should be thankful that they even accepted to be apart of this show. So please stop throwing stones and instead let's put them together in the hopes of building a foundation to support our queen and our country which she will embark on representing.
  • Candi (04/08/2016, 09:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats to Ms Creque! To the other contestants, job well done.
  • well well wow (07/08/2016, 12:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just ignore the fact that lackiesha posted a picture in her evening wear and the caption was & I quote "I was a part of some event"
    SOME??
    The crown was well deserved!


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