At heart, Miss Tricia Campbell will always be a Caribbean girl. From the sunny shores of Montego Bay Jamaica, she has easily propelled her child-hood modelling dreams by flitting on to the magnetic pages of international magazines, and runways over the years.
Now based in the United States of America, Campbell is the designated plus-sized stand-In model for media tycoon Ms. Oprah Winfrey for the cover of O Magazine- an honour that she relishes with much grace, pride and humility.
However, on the cusp of summer 2017, she took a break from posing behind the powerful camera for endless exciting and lucrative international photo shoots, to share her star power at the prestigious 2017 POSHgirl POWER Brunch.
The invigorating and inspiring event was hosted between May 13 and 15, 2017 by the region’s best magazine Caribbean POSH in the alluring and adventurous British Virgin Islands.
The captivating blue skies beckoned when she first touched down in the BVI, and the warm world-famous Caribbean hospitality fully embraced her.
“My trip to BVI was routed through the US Virgin Islands, and on entering the US Virgin Islands airport I was greeted with a calypso band playing music. I felt right at home.
Then I meet a sweet BVI guy who gave me some quick info about how to catch the Speed boat to BVI. I did not have to worry because Caribbean Posh Magazine had my driver and Speed Boat escort for my final trip to Scrub Island arranged. I also meet Angela Hunte singer and song-writer who was also a panelist at the POSHGirl Power Brunch” she said.
Also, “I admire how friendly, hardworking and warm my Caribbean people are. Of course the island vibes, such as our music, pool parties, island fashion shows and beach parties. Swimwear is daywear and flip flops and sandals are my favorite clothing to wear, so I love the freedom of dressing in the Caribbean.”
She got a chance to do photo shoots for local designers Trefle and Menen 1 Designs at the Scrub Island Resort.
Reflecting on the experience, Campbell said: “we had fun. I felt like it was creativity at its’ best. Modelling in fashion designs by my fellow Caribbean sisters was a blessing. We created magic by the beach.”
Walking the runway at the event for Menen 1 Designs was also a treat for her.
“I felt empowered walking the runway for designer Menen 1 Designs. Her designs are very flattering for a curvy woman. I really hoped we inspired at least one young lady to walk in her true gift” she said.
Busy with designing and marketing her new line of plus-size swimwear called GLAMOUR GLAMOUR Swimwear she got a chance to showcase it at the event.
“My swimwear line was well-received by new customers from the British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands and Virgin Gorda. They really welcomed the bright, vibrant colours and variety of styles we offered from sizes 8 to 22” Campbell said.
Happy to receive the 2017 Caribbean Woman of Empowerment Award at the event she said: “my goal was to reach out and inspire even one woman at the brunch. I really wanted thank the visionary and creator of Caribbean Posh Magazine and Posh Girl Power Brunch, Ms Janette Brin for bringing such empowering women together.”
Her golden advice to women would be to attend the next event in 2018. “I shared the importance of finding and knowing with women what your true gift is. Find out what God has put you on this earth to do, and go for it. I also shared my empowering hashtag #You are Royalty meaning no matter what challenges you have been through, you are still Royalty. Everyone is unique, sent by God to create and achieve their mission and make a difference in the world. So never give up on your dreams.”
“We live in such a judgmental world, that we need events like these to celebrate all women. Women need to know that all things are possible for us all. Dreams do come true if you work hard, show up and network” she encouraged.
Apart from networking, Ms. Campbell got a chance to enjoy the natural tropical beauty of the islands.
“I went sailing, speed boating, went on a beautiful date and modelled for the magazine. My advice to all women is to be themselves, and work and support each other” she said.