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Meghan Trainor’s surprising soca background

By now, you surely must have heard Meghan Trainor’s number one hit ‘All About That Bass’. The catchy, bass-heavy (of course) tribute to thickies has been all over the radio. Its popularity has been boosted by her fun and frothy music video with its pastel colours, bamsy-shaking and none-too-subtle digs at skinnier women. The 20 year […]

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Nicki Minaj goes retro for Dazed & Confused Magazine

Yuh just can’t stop Nicki Minaj now at all, at all! The Trinidad-born rapper is covering the Autumn/Winter cover of influential fashion and pop culture magazine Dazed & Confused. One of her two covers is a continuation of the perception-bending that Nicki has been doing all year as she puts yet another twist on her new ‘toned-down’ […]

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Islandista Magazine’s Power Dressing Party – a ladies’ lime for a great cause!

It was a ladies’ lime for a great cause! And there were even a few gentlemen present as well at Hempstead House on Sunday when Islandista Magazine hosted its Power Dressing Party, which was held to assist the Business and Professional Women’s Club’s Safe House for domestic violence victims.

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How to get to the Power Dressing Party

Getting to Islandista’s Power Dressing Party is really simple and easy! Most Barbadians would be familiar with the Barbados Worker’s Union’s headquarters Solidarity House which is also in Harmony Hall. And most Barbadians would definitely also be familiar with the old Globe Cinema complex which is on the corner of Roebuck Street and Harmony Hall […]

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Is it about time for Kamla?

Woman time now? Kamla Persad-Bissessar We don’t discuss politics much on Islandista, namely because women are still quite under-represented in our regional houses of assembly, so there’s not as much to discuss as we’d like. And quite often, where women aren’t under-represented, they are undermined. There have been many capable and intelligent Caribbean female politicians […]

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Another soca mummy – Destra pregnant

Wha de jail…! How on earth did we at islandista miss this? Soca songbird Destra Garcia is joining the line of soca mummies as she is pregnant with her first child. She revealed this in an interview with the Trinidad Express last week. She told the Express she did not even realise she was pregnant […]

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Rihanna in blackface & Islandistas on I-D cover

Islandistas are all over the place for the September round of fashion magazines. Islandistas Jourdan Dunn and Arlenis are featured on the cover of the September issue of I-D magazine, along with fellow models of colour Chanel Iman and Sessilee Lopez in a historic all-black cover. Jourdan, who is five months pregnant (reportedly with a […]

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Islandista we’re intrigued by: Tracy Quan

Chick-lit loving islandistas may well know of Tracy Quan, even if they haven’t heard of her. That’s because Quan, born to Trinidadian parents in the United States (but raised in Canada) is the author-cum-central character of the (in?)famous Diary of a Call Girl series. In truth and in fact, the central character of the series […]

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Fay-Ann on her pregnancy and more Obama pics

Thanks to poster bandi who not only commented on the post about Fay-Ann performing while pregnant but gave us a link to Synergy TV where there is a video posted of Fay-Ann herself performing and commenting on the reaction to her pregnancy. Fay-Ann’s message to the tut-tut-tutters?   “Somebody say I am not supposed to […]

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Like I said…

In my post of May 15th I commented about the issue of the scrutiny and criticism that many female politicians get over their appearances. At the time I said: Personally, I think considering that is now established that women are outstripping men professionally, academically and financially, we can finally finish with this foolishness of trying […]