Interview-Miss Caribbean Houston
ICM: What is the essence of a Caribbean Woman? What constitutes Her true beauty?
Teclesha: The essence of a Caribbean woman encompasses many attributes, yet her passion, pride and perseverance speak of her strength and ability to overcome. Her true beauty is defined by her willingness to give to others so that they too can reach their full potential.
ICM: What is your philosophy or value that you hold dearest in life?
Teclesha: The philosophy in which I live by and hold dearest to me is a quote my high school track coach would have us recite after every track practice “My attitude determines the altitude of my performance.” This reiterated my mother’s message that I could do and be anything I desired.
ICM: Who is the most influential person in your life?
Teclesha: The most influential person in my life is my grandmother, Christine Blanchard. Her story is so inspiring and encouraging not many can imagine being a young girl and growing up without a mother, or facing many of the other trails that write the pages of her novel, yet still, she developed a resilient nature and conquered life’s obstacles. She nurtures her family in a manner that allows us to believe and trust in God and strive for greatness. My granny is my angel and I am blessed to have such an amazing woman to call on for advice, home remedies, prayer, laughter, and love.
ICM: What do you think is the greatest environmental problem in the Caribbean today?
Teclesha: I believe climate change and the increase of natural disaster is one of the greatest environmental issues faced today within the Caribbean. Most recently Martinique, Dominica, Saint Lucia and Haiti, have been devastated by tropical storms, flooding, and hurricanes; the lack of preparedness and resources of some of our native countries contribute to the effects felt by Caribbean people, both home and abroad.
ICM: How or where do you see yourself fifteen years from now?
Teclesha: In fifteen years I anticipate being a successful attorney advocating for social justice and civil rights, having a foundation that services youth with an emphasis on young ladies. Hopefully gearing towards retirement to enjoy the fruits of my labor, and ultimately in a position of leadership whether that be in a political office, as a judge, or even in administration in a school district. I plan to have traveled and made my mark in the world by this time and to have a legacy in which my children can surpass and take pride in.
ICM: If God would grant you one wish what would it be?
Teclesha: If God could grant me one wish it would be that we would all live forever and never feel the pain and sorrow that death brings.
ICM: What skills do you have that can help our Caribbean People?
Teclesha: I believe I possess a skill that we all have and that can aid not only Caribbean people but all people in general, and that very simply is the experience. Each of us has a story and a circumstance that may encourage someone else. My drive comes from what I have been through, and by teaching others to learn from my lessons is where I find passion.
ICM: What defines success for you?
Teclesha: Success for me is defined by accomplishing what I set out to do. Success for me is when what was once a challenge for my students becomes a testimony of prevailing.Success for me is raising a conscious, God fearing, confident, intelligent little girl. Success for me is finding my purpose and maximizing my potential. Success for me is being the best Teclesha I can be.
ICM: If you can do anything to change the world what would it be?
Teclesha: If I could do anything to change the world it would be to rid of hatred and jealousy. It breeds so many other negative qualities and actions that plague our world, that we miss the beauty in others behind stupidity and ignorance.