Monday, 20 July 2015

GLAM GIRLS ROCK: Sumfest ladies Denyque, Talia and Raine dish on success, confidence and owning their sexy

FEELING CHANGE: After enduring her share of heartbreak and painful invasion of privacy, nothing beats the thrill of personal growth and self-discovery for singer Raine Seville, who was a ravishing vision and a ball of energy on the Sumfest mainstage during the Pepsi Refresh Hour and later on in the press room, where she gave TALLAWAH the 411 on her amazing life today. “I’m very happy with it. I’ve grown so much vocally and confidence-wise. Before, I used to be afraid of performing, but now I love to perform and put on a show for the crowd. I think I’m a much more confident and creative person today,” says the 20-something songstress and mother, who is now signed to Headline Entertainment. Asked about the vibe in the Pepsi camp (alongside Kalado, Chi Ching Ching, ZaggaDenyque) Raine, pictured above with Ikaya, said it’s all love and family fun. So no catfights? “No catfights,” laughs Raine, who is currently promoting “Chat Mi,” a feisty collabo with Lisa Hyper. “We really enjoy doing the shows together and we do work well together. We take this opportunity to be ambassadors very seriously because we are representing Pepsi, which is a global brand.” 

BODY ELECTRIC: All-Jamaican cool girl Denyque may be considered eye candy by her countless male fans, but the singer is very clear on how she deals with that kind of “attention.” “I never intentionally set out to draw that kind of attention from my fans, but I think it’s great to be considered a symbol of female beauty and to appeal across the board,” says the chanteuse and brand ambassador whose renditions of “Ring the Alarm” and “Make Me Believe You” (among other tracks) on Saturday night earned raves from the massive crowd. To say the least, the hot mama has a superbusy summer ahead. In addition to doing promotional work for her new self-titled EP, she’s getting set to unveil the latest additions to her super-sexy swimwear line WetSwim. “On July 28, we’re releasing the Fire collection,” she tells TALLAWAH. “Very edgy, very feminine. The women will love it.” And, of course, the men will appreciate the visual delights. 

IN FULL BLOOM: Media darling and Miss Jamaica World contender Talia Soares is the first to admit that she wouldn’t be where she is today had it not been for Karlene, that very special woman in her life. “With a mother like mine, there is no way I could not be a high achiever. I wouldn’t be half as successful as I am without her guidance and wisdom. She pushes me and challenges me to be a productive young lady,” shares the 23-year-old stunner, who emceed the Pepsi Refresh Hour at Sumfest on Saturday night. Beauty and brains aside, the St. Andrew High grad has a lot going for her. Having completed her first degree at UWI Mona, she went and got her a law degree from the Norman Manley Law School and is now planning a future that will see her making a serious difference in the lives of Jamaicans while being an ambassador for her country. And if she cops the crown on August 15? “I’ll take a year off and invest the time in my country and do some of the things I’m really passionate about,” she tells TALLAWAH. As for that law degree, “I plan to practice media and entertainment law while still working in the media and entertainment fields.”

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