Miss Caribbean UK are delighted and honoured that the following people have accepted our request to be a judge for the 2nd Annual "Miss Caribbean UK Beauty Pageant 2015." We truly appreciate their assistance and look forward to showcasing an outstanding pageant.
Rachel Christie - Model and star of the revived ITV series "Love Island"
The former athlete is putting her years of diet and fitness experience to good use. She's currently writing a lifestyle book and developing an app - containing recipes and all her fitness tips and tricks to staying in shape!
The half-Irish model is travelling to Ireland to undertake a variety of media projects - including photo shoots for the Irish Daily Mail's YOU supplement and for the Irish Daily Star's Star Chic magazine, along with guest presenting TV3's highest rating show Xpose.
She's also being booked for shoots for magazines both in the UK and Ireland - where she'll be discussing her diet and fitness. Rachel will also be appearing on panel shows such as Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side and The Wright Stuff!
Model, Heptathlete and media personality Rachel Christie first shot to fame in Britain, as the first black Miss England in 2009. Since then, she's gone on to have a varied and successful career in modelling and sports. Sports is in Rachel's blood, being the niece of legendary sprinter Linford Christie, encouraged her to become a Heptathlete. She had won several renowned championships and won a bronze medal for the heptathlon.
Rachel also comes with a wealth of modelling experience, from being personally mentored by Caprice, to being personally invited by Naomi Campbell to walk in her "Fashion for Haiti Relief" show!
Rachel's featured in a series of campaigns for world renowned companies, such as: Adidas, By Caprice Lingerie, Lamborghini Energy Drinks & Skinny Water!She's also been an ambassador for Renault and even had her own documentary feature aired in the USA on the BET network!
Rachel sadly lost her father at the age of eight, he was brutally stabbed due to his involvement with a drugs gang. Since that tragedy, Rachel has become dedicated to tirelessly campaign to end knife and all gang-related crime!
After her rocky relationship with former Gladiator and ex-fiancé of Kelly Brook: David McIntosh and having a son with him - Rachel went into semi-retirement from modelling. Rachel's now back and is back with a vengeance!
Shaun Wallace - The one of the Chasers on ITV’s quiz show THE CHASE
Shaun Wallace is known for being one of the Chasers on ITV’s quiz show THE CHASE where he has the nicknames The Dark Destroyer, The Barrister and The Legal Eagle. He has been a Barrister since 1986 and has worked on some relatively high cases. He is a senior criminal defence advocate and has worked with Operation Trident cases, manslaughter, series sexual offences, fraud, money laundering, firearms and drug trafficking.
He is also a part-time lecturer (and has lectured in environmental law, health and safety and road transport law and regulations. He often visits schools, colleges and other institutions to educate students on the many aspects of law.
In 2004 he won Mastermind, with his specialist subject being FA Cup Finals and in 2012 was ranked 286th in the World Quizzing Championships.
Shaun is also a member of the south eastern circuit of the Criminal Bar Association. Owing to his heritage (he is of Jamaican heritage and was born on the 2nd June 1960) he has been a member of the Jamaican Bar since 1999.
• BA (Hons), Barrister. Inns of Court School of Law.
• Alumnus, Polytechnic of North London.
Politics - In 2005, Shaun stood as an independent parliamentary candidate, campaigning to be elected MP for the Brent South constituency.
Annaliese Dayes - America's Next Top Model
Annaliese Dayes is a model and presenter from Camden, London.
With her affable and bubbly style Annaliese is a featured presenter for Clothes Show TV and the award winning internet channel Videojug.
As a presenter Annaliese has hosted fashion, beauty and entertainment shows and has interviewed the likes of Janet and Jermaine Jackson, Kelly Rowland, Kimberly Wyatt, Peter Andre, JLS and VV Brown and fashion’s elite, Caryn Franklin, Charley Speed and Mary Katrantzou.
She has also presented on the red carpet and backstage at the MOBO awards, for MOBO TV as well as hosting the Afro Hair and Beauty Expo for 2 years running.
Annaliese’s other passion is music which comes across on her new weekly radio show on West Side radio. Her introduction to radio began with making it to the final 5 of the Kiss Radio presenter search in 2011. This was closely followed by presenting the breakfast show on Bang Radio for almost a year and a half.
Annaliese is also a hugely experienced model having started her modelling career at the age of 13. She has worked a plethora of clients including beauty and fashion brands, large sports companies, as well as other established institutes. These include, Ponds Skincare, Jemma Kidd, Nichole De Carle, Louis Mariette, Nike, Adidas, Puma and Clinique. Black Hair Magazine, The Guardian supplement and Woman Magazine are just a few examples of the publications that Annaliese has graced the pages of.
In 2009 Annaliese was one of the 13 contestants on Living TV’s Britain’s Next Top Model which consequently lead to her being made into a Top Model All Star and asked to go to LA to compete on America’s Next Top Model: British Invasion at the end of 2011. This premiered in the US in February 2012 on the CW network, and was broadcasted on Sky Living in the UK in October 2012, followed by 88 countries around the world throughout the coming year.
Annaliese battled off fierce completion from her yankee rival making it to the final and eventually finishing third with huge praise from infamous ANTM judges.
More recently she has dipped her toe into the world of fashion design, with her fabulously funky, frilly sock boutique, Frills By AD.
Mike Lewis - aka Gladiator's "Saracen" The One & Only
Michael 'Saracen' Lewis works as a full-time fire fighter and is also known as Saracen the former Gladiator star in 90s.
At 19 years old, Saracen first got into bodybuilding. During breaks from work, Saracen started training, and after watching a bodybuilding show in 1986 his training went up even further. Saracen changed careers and started work in a gym in Covent Garden. His career changed again and he became a full-time fireman in South London.
Saracen and his girlfriend, Chrissie, both tried out for the Gladiators show in 1992, Chrissie becoming a first series contender and of course Saracen joining the team. They are now happily married.
Saracen is one tough Gladiator, not only is he the King of Hang Tough, with only one Contender ever reaching his platform, but he has also proved himself to be a force to be reckoned with on Duel and Powerball to name just a few. He is only one of four remaining Gladiators from the original line-up, and went from strength to strength each series.
Saracen was also part of the special UK international team that went to compete against South Africa in the Springbok Challenge 2000.
Saracen is also a real life super hero, he still works as a full-time fire fighter and manages to also appear as Saracen in his spare time. The fans know there's only one- Saracen!
Carol Howard - EX Met Police Firearms officer
Carol Howard, the policewoman who successfully claimed race and sex discrimination against the Metropolitan Police who subjected her to a ‘vindictive and spiteful’ campaign of discrimination and smears according to the industrial tribunal. She was forced to resign after reaching a final settlement with her former employer.
Carol dreamed of being a police officer from the age of seven. Inspired by TV police dramas: Cagney and Lacey, CHiPs, she says. “I used to sit there and think: ‘God, I really want to do that.’”
Growing up in Peckham in the 80s and 90s, she was acutely aware of the black community’s distrust of the police. She remembers her uncles complaining about getting stopped and searched but at the age of 14 she arranged to do work experience at her local police station and found herself hooked. At 18, she became pregnant but remained determined to fulfil her dream and joined the Met as a station receptionist at 21, training as an officer three years later. The rest is history.
Carol says; “It has not been easy and I am saddened that in 21st Century Britain, what I went through is still allowed to happen. I stood up against my employers the police, I spoke up for myself and challenged race and sex discrimination which I, as a serving police firearms officer was experiencing and as a direct result I was victimised. I hope that by my challenging these practices and winning my case it will help other officers past and present to see that they do not have to accept inequality. I also hope that my case and its outcome forces the Metropolitan Police organisation to address their Fairness at work complaints policies and pave the way for change in the Police Service, force wide”.
Aaron Fontaine - Actor and writer. Known for acting in Hollyoaks (1995)
Aaron Fontaine, born and raised in Luton Town, first started his career as a co-host to Richard Blackwood on Choice FM at 18 years of age whilst gaining his first acting gig in Angie LeMar's Do You Know Where Your Daughter Is? Theatre play at Hackney Empire.
Since then the ball has been rolling. He has acted as the police officer in the award winning soap Hollyoaks in addition to BBC show, Doctors and Sky Living's Venus vs Mars. He has also acted in the award winning writer Bola Agbaje's 'Concrete Jungle' theatre play.
Aaron is also a writer and is 1 of 3 writers in the modern adaptation of an up and coming TV series of Angie Lemar's, The Brothers.
Aaron continues to make power moves with his inspiring Lifestyle brand 'Never Blending In', designed to encourage creative minds to trust in their passion. You can find out more about the 'Never Blending In' (NBI) movement on: www.NeverBlendingIn.co.uk
Aaron continues to make power moves as he progresses in his career.
Pily Mirazi - Founder and CEO of South African Fashion & Culture Week (SAFACW)
Born in Durban, South Africa, Pily Mirazi is the Founder and CEO of South African Fashion & Culture Week (SAFACW), London.
She is also Founder & CEO of Spotlight Fashion Models. Pily also helps business from South Africa set up and market in the UK and UK companies do so in South Africa.
Pily is also a top television personality who regularly appears in several television programmes, documentaries, TV series and features on British mainstream television.
Chef Jason Howard - A Modern Caribbean Chef
Barbadian born and Vincentian by decent Chef Jason Howard is marking his place in history as a “Modern Caribbean Chef” by infusing the flavors from his home cuisine with French cooking techniques. Michelin trained with more than 14 years’ experience working in 4 and 5 star hotels in Barbados and the UK.
He has organised a series of events titled The Caribbean Fine Dining Experience, where he intricately fuses Caribbean food and flavours of his background in a deconstructed way, thus creating stunning perfectly balanced, exquisitely presented dishes which are delivered on par with the excellence found only in Michelin and 5 star establishments. Caribbean dishes at its finest, served in a way you have never experienced before, taking you on a journey throughout the Caribbean as he redefines the way we see Caribbean food.
Jason aspires to be one of the world’s top Caribbean chefs, bringing Caribbean cuisine its first ever Michelin star. Whilst Jason holds a clear passion for Caribbean cuisine there is also a frustration that not enough Caribbean chefs make the most of the exciting flavors and cultural influences Caribbean cuisine has to offer.
Trustee of The Carnival Village Trust