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Manhunt Jr. Model Competition Introduced!
On Sunday, October 12th, the third annual Manhunt
Bahamas 2014 competition will take place at Superclub Breezes with an unforgettable pre-show of
young Bahamian talented performers Tebby Burrows and Shaquille Farrington.
Organizers of the
premiere male modeling competition have moved this year's event to
Nassau after two successful runs in Freeport, Grand Bahama. When the lights go
down at 8:30pm the eight sexy Titans will take to the
runway in pursuit of a dream of becoming the country's next
representative of the prestigious Manhunt International Bahamas title
which could possibly launch a professional modeling career for them.
"This is by far
impressive and diverse group of young men, and within two days of their
official release on our Manhunt Bahamas facebook page we have seen a
triple increase in
the page likes, and the page posts reaching some 20,000 persons," said
Oswald Ellis, event director. This year's contestants are Davin Johnson,
Nassau; Kenneth Kerr, Grand Bahama; Ted LaFleur, Nassau; Jomar Miller,
Nassau; Austin Rolle, Nassau; Dionte Burnside, Nassau; Fender Lacroix,
Nassau; and Tevin Evans Hudson, Nassau. With the growth of the
competition, Ellis launched a Jr. component to help build the annual
momentum. Running for Jr. Manhunt Bahamas is Jarad Rolle, Andros; Tajay
Downer, Nassau; Dometrius Taylor, Inagua; and Anthony Quant, Grand
The life of a male
model is not easy and often there are hundreds of men from all over the
world wanting the opportunity to be discovered, this is where
competitions such as Manhunt International makes it a little easier for
such young men, as winners at the international level are often awarded
model contracts for the year which often extend for years into the
Both Manhunt Bahamas 2014 winners will be awarded scholarships to participate in the 2015
Music, Model & Talent Showcase of the Islands (MMTS)
conference to be held in Nassau, where models, singers, actors and
dancers from throughout the Caribbean will be scouted by international
talent agents focused specifically on signing Caribbean talent. The
Manhunt Bahamas 2014 winner's participation in MMTS will further enhance
their readiness for the international world of modeling and competing.
"What our young male
models require is support, support from family, friends and any
Bahamians who want to see our guys involved in something positive," said Ellis. "We are often close to making the leap into that
international world of fame and fortune, but sometimes fall short
because of lack of support and encouragement from our country. Smaller
countries have done so well in the world of modeling, there is no real
reason why we in the Bahamas can’t do the same. Let's open more
doors of opportunity and applaud our young men for walking through those
doors," Ellis added.
Tickets for Manhunt
Bahamas 2014 are now on sale at Mojo's Restaurant in Nassau and from all
the TITANS competing in this year’s competition. The public can follow the competitions on the Manhunt Bahamas
facebook page and thebahamasweekly.com for updates and chances to win tickets to the
competition on October 12, 2014 at the ballroom of Superclubs Breezes.
This year's theme is Clash of the Titans. Meet the Titans:
Titan Fender Lacroix, is a 27 year old who says he is totally into physical fitness
and eating right. He jumped at the opportunity to compete in the Manhunt
Bahamas competition for the opportunity
to strut his stuff on the runway. Educated in the USA,
Fender, says there is still no comparison to life in the Bahamas where you have
the support of family and friends to keep you focused, and to help you deal with the
challenges of everyday living.
brings his multi-cultural Haitian-Bahamian look to the runway and hopes
to participate in upcoming fashion shows throughout the Bahamas.
Titan Austin Rolle, is a 26 years old who stands
6'1" and was educated locally at Doris
Johnson, BTVI and Cyber Tech. While not sure which career path he will succeed
at, he takes every opportunity afforded him to learn something new and to
improve his talents. He says he may even venture into Massage Therapy as a
He is also a graduate of Tourism's BahamaHost program, and feels this knowledge will be
very useful if he gets to represent his country abroad. Austin
enjoys, jogging, reading, and like all Bahamians, a good swim at the beach.
Titan Jomar Miller a
graduate of Galilee Academy and is presently a Marine Mammal Specialist
II. The 29 years old
stands 5' 11". He is an
Past President and Director of Professional Development in the Rotaract
Club of Southeast Nassau Centennial. He aspires to become a model/ entrepreneur and start several charities
including one that puts healthier snacks and meals into schools along with fun
He enjoys running,
swimming, basketball, cycling, reading, tech research, spirituality -
non-religious, 'Love is my religion,' and community service.
Dionte Burnside, is 23 years old and presently enrolled at the College of
the Bahamas in a Business Management degree program. He is a
Toastmaster, an accomplished debater, and certified in customer service
in hotel hospitality. Dionte says he loves exercise, has a strong
passion and love for fashion, and enjoys a good read of murder novels.
This 6 ft aspiring runway and print model says he is pursuing his goal
to one day own a men’s fashion and footwear store.
Tevin Evans Hudson,
is 20 years old and stands 6'2" and no stranger to the
Bahamian model scene as he has walked the runway in several charity
the capital and has been seen in commercial print work. Tevin considers
himself fun-loving and easygoing in nature, and on any given day you can
see him having fun with family and
friends enjoying a day at the beach.
was educated at Hammond High in Louisiana, USA, but has never lost his
connection to the Bahamas; as he says, “there is no place like home” and he is
using the competition as a catapult to launch a professional career as a model.
Johnson graduated Aquinas College in 2008, and at BTVI he has a
major in auto mechanics and a minor in collision repair. Davin got his
start in modeling, debuting on the runway at "Fashion for a Cause"
year, and later walked in a House of Raphelita fashion show, and the
"Fashion 4 Foundation" charity show, all in Nassau. He says, “I'm still
at an entry level in the industry, however, I intend to push even more
further develop my talent and I intend to reach the top.”
Ted Lafleur, is a 23 year old native of Nassau. This 6' 2"
young man is a 2008 graduate of CV Bethel Senior High. Upon completion of high school Ted enrolled in
flight school in Nassau, presently
employed at the airport, he is a Customer Service Agent at American
Airlines. He enjoys travelling, singing,
dancing and meeting new people. Ted
says, “I am looking forward to competing in Manhunt Bahamas 2014, and I will
give it my best”.
TIitan Kenneth Kerr, a 24 year Grand Bahamian works as an immigration officer and made his
debut as a model in 2013 when he walked in a runway show in California. Since then, he
became the first and only Bahamian to walk in Chicago's inaugural
all Men's Fashion Week.
He is signed to Distinct Culture Model Management in Chicago, and has walked in shows
and shot with photographers across the United States and has worked with
Victoria's Secret Model Sessilee Lopez as well as top male models. Kenneth is
also a certified personal trainer and he hopes to one day open his own gym and
CHOOSE YOUR TITAN: ONLINE VOTING HERE
Manhunt International Bahamas selects
a Bahamian male top model each year to compete in Manhunt
International, the longest running international competition for male
models, organised to promote new faces in the fashion industry.
Contestants are judged on catwalk and runway skills; photogenic ability;
physical attributes; and personality.
Four to compete in Jr. Manhunt Bahamas title on October 12th
Manhunt International Bahamas on Facebook.
JR TITANS: Top L-R: Tayjay Downer and Jarad Rolle Bottom L-R: Dometrius Taylor and Anthony Quant -- "What our young male models require is support, support from family, friends and any Bahamians who want to see our guys involved in something positive"
Manhunt International Bahamas 2013 winner, Dr. Lionel McIntosh and Mister Bahamas 2013, Devaughn Gow. (Photo: Roderick Wells)
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