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Islandista model with vitiligo Chantelle Brown-Young on America’s Next Top Model

She’s proudly Caribbean, repping her parents’ native island of Jamaica wherever she goes. She’s a pretty darn proud Canadian and Toronto native too, as a glance at her Instagram account will show. But perhaps most importantly, Chantelle Brown Young is a proud spokesperson for those who like her, are living with vitiligo. The 20 year old […]

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Sedene’s time to shine

19 year old Jamaican model Sedene Blake is continuing the dream start to her international modelling career, if her record so far at London Fashion Week is any indicator.  Since LFW started officially on Friday, Sedene has walked in no less than seven shows so far – an impressive run for a newcomer.  Her walks have […]

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Islandista on the rise: Speech Debelle

Because we love to read stories about islandistas doing well and even better yet, doing well against the odds… today we bring to you… Speech Debelle. Who’s she? Well, just the under-underdog winner of one of the most prestigious awards in British music – the Mercury Prize. Her story is the break-out, fairytale story of this […]

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Islandista on the rise: VV Brown

Islandistas, have you heard of VV Brown? If you haven’t, you probably will soon. The British-born soul rocker of Jamaican and Puerto Rican parentage has only been on everyone’s Hot List for 09. Seriously. The Guardian, the Daily Mail, the LA Times, the Independent and BBC all placed her on their lists of ones to […]

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Political power players with island roots

Eric Holder may be the most prominent Caribbean descendant on the U.S. political scene right now but he’s not the only one. There are quite a few islandistas-by-descent who are on the political scene or the power behind the throne (as it were). They all just happen to be hugely intelligent and educated, career-minded, successful and […]

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Jourdan Dunn conquers US Vogue and French Elle

So yuh know that our favourite islandista fashionista Jourdan Dunn is still running tings in 2009. Fresh from her Model of the Year victory at the British Fashion Awards at year end, she has landed two major, major magazine appearances to start the year –  a spread in the January edition of US Vogue magazine, alongside Chanel […]

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Outrage: Jamaican mother of 6 left to die on NY hospital floor

  By now, I am sure news-savvy islandistas have heard or read of the tragic story of Esmin Green’s emergency-room death at Kings Country Hospital in Brooklyn. While others, including patients and a security guard looked on, Green who had been waiting 24 hours for a hospital bed, fell out of her chair to the […]