Local beauty and winner of the recently-screened reality television show, “Caribbean’s Next Top Model”, Treveen Stewart has become a well known face both in Cayman and across the Caribbean.
She was seen on our TV screens battling it out against 23 other contestants on the show over the course of eight weeks. Her hard work paid off, and she took home the prize of a prestigious modelling contract with US-based agency Factor Women, the opportunity to grace the cover of Caribbean Belle Magazine, as well as a spokeswoman contract with bMobile.
The competition, based on the popular US version, “America’s Next Top Model”, actually took place two years ago, but only aired this year due to production issues. Despite this, Treveen says it hasn’t put her career on ice. Weekender sat down with the glamorous and level-headed Treveen to find out how she hopes winning “Caribbean’s Next Top Model” will propel her career.
Wow two years ago? How has it felt not being able to tell anyone you won for that period of time?
It was mind-boggling to have to keep it to myself, but I knew that it would be worth it in the long run to share in the revelation that I had won at the same time with family and friends. So many doors have been opened for me. While I was anxiously waiting for the airing of the show, I went on living my normal life, which included doing fashion shows, a few photo shoots in New York, as well as for local magazines such as Camana Bay Magazine and Destination Cayman Magazine.
Tell me about your background in modelling?
I have had the chance to grace the runway for amazing designers worldwide. To name a few; Bas Koster, Crown Atelier, Custo, Dexter Pottinger, Ed Hardy, Indashio, Melissa Dunkley, Neahlis and Zarif. I was also an extra in a movie called “The Barry Minkow Project 2009”, where I played a Bloods gang member, as well as in a music video for R&B artist Robin Thicke in 2009 called “Sex Therapy”. I have also been featured in numerous magazines, including the UK’s ID Magazine.
How did you first get into modelling?
I entered and won a local modelling competition with Ice Models called “Faces of Summer”. One of the prizes was the opportunity to go to Jamaica to compete in “The Faces of the Caribbean” competition where I was second runner-up. At that competition, I was scouted and offered a contract with New York Model Management. I did not sign with them right away though, as I decided graduating from high school and getting my diploma was more important.
Was it always a dream of yours?
Actually no, I was always very athletic and focused on track and field when I was first approached about modelling.
So, what inspired you to enter the CNTM competition?
A close friend of mine named TigerLily [Caymanian fashion designer], who was also on a reality show recently called Glam God on VH1, encouraged me to enter the show to gain more exposure and grow as a model so I decided to go ahead and just do it.
Did you expect to win?
I went in with the mentality that I am here to take this title home, however, I was always prepared that I might be sent home if my look wasn’t what the judges were after. When they announced me as the winner I was ecstatic! I felt like this immense weight was lifted off my shoulders, and that all the trials were worth it and that all my hard work throughout the competition had paid off.
What were some of the highlights of the competition?
The first was when I opened the envelope that had my name as one of the final 11 to make it into the house. Another highlight was the acting challenge with Bryce Wilson, which, of course, I won, and finally the most memorable highlight was when we were waiting to hear who the winner was and seeing my name come up on the screen as the winner. I was soooo happy!
What would you say to other people interested in a career in modelling?
Do your research and find out the different types of modelling and what category your look fits. Modelling is more than just having a pretty face and if you are still interested in it then go after it and work hard at it. Always hope for the best and be prepared for the worst. Practice makes picture perfect.
Who inspires you?
Anyone who had to travel the rough path and had to chase their dreams day after day and work hard to make it happen inspires me.
I hear you love to cook?
I have always had a passion for cooking which I got from my late grandmother and my late grandfather. I always stayed home to watch her cook and help in the kitchen growing up and she was just always such an amazing person to me. I always used to look forward to her cassava cake and Cayman style beef every Christmas and my grandfather’s amazing food, especially his rice and beans.
What are your plans for the future?
Right now I am focused on fulfilling my commitments to CNTM. After that I hope to use the opportunities and business connections to continue to excel in my career to the highest possible level I can.