Supermodel of the Bahamas, Patricka Ferguson returns from Vancouver Fashion Week triumphant

Photos seen here by: Kuna Photography / David Fillion Productions / Yiheng Su
Photos seen here by: Kuna Photography / David Fillion Productions / Yiheng Su

Patricka Ferguson, the 17 year old winner of Supermodel of the Bahamas 2013 is back home on Grand Bahama Island resting after a whirlwind trip to western Canada to walk in Vancouver Fashion Week, and, what a week it was! The 5’7″ exotic beauty never had a moment’s rest during her busy schedule of daily auditions, rehearsals, photo shoots, and nightly runway shows.

Being the new kid on the block, and from another country, Patricka did extremely well, walking in several of the top shows of the week and donning fashions from eight designers overall: Vivid Haiku Meroe (USA), Elfer Castro (Peru), Ewi Twins Fashion Label (Canada), Nikki Babie (Canada), El Closet de mi Hermana (Peru), Dong De Xi (Seoul), Kaye Morales (Philippines), and Lilla Csefalvay (Hungary). For a production that had around 80 models, that’s quite impressive.

When Patricka wasn’t busy in fittings, hair, or makeup, her agent, Oilinsha Coakley coordinated shoots with designers, and even a special shoot with the CEO of Vancouver Fashion Week, Jamal Abdourahman which took place on location at the scenic venue for VFW, the Chinese Cultural Centre in the heart of Chinatown, Vancouver. For that shoot Patricka wore a sleek and sophisticated white suit from Angela Huang’s Spring/Summer 2014 Collection debut line. Huang is a Taipei born and Vancouver, Canada based designer and also posed with Patricka for some shots.

Vancouver Fashion Week ended on Saturday, September 21st and by that time many had taken note of Patricka’s confident walk and beautiful looks. She was interviewed by several local fashion writers, and requests to model are coming in. She’s been booked to walk in an event in New York in October, and returns there next fashion season for New York Fashion Week.

“We were most impressed with both Supermodels of the Bahamas and they were a great addition to our modeling troupe,” said CEO of Vancouver Fashion Week, Jamal Abdourahman (seen here with Patricka). “Both Patricka and Lacarz were polite, coachable and giving of their time, all the while maintaining a great attitude amidst the intensity of Fashion Week. The collaboration with The Bahamas worked out well and went beyond our expectation. We’d be more than pleased to work with them in the future.”

On her last day in Vancouver there was no luxurious sleep in! She was up at 7am to accompany her host, Ms Robbin Whachell of The Bahamas Weekly to a Reconciliation Canada event, where none other than Martin Luther King’s youngest daughter Bernice King spoke. After her keynote and speeches from tribal leaders of Canada, Patrika participated in a Reconciliation Walk in the downtown area of Vancouver along with around 70,000 others. Despite the cold rainy weather she was able to hear King, and see many Native groups in regalia (customary dress) singing in Native tongue and drumming.

The entire week, was one she will never forget, and the world of the runway is solidly under her feet.

“My trip to Canada was amazing and I really appreciate the opportunities Supermodel of the Bahamas has awarded me so far,” said Patricka Ferguson. “I’m excited and look forward to the future. I want to thank my agent, Mr. Oilinsha Coakley and his publicist, Ms. Robbin Whachell for all that is being done for me.”

Supermodel of the Bahamas wishes to thank Vancouver Fashion Week, the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, and for their partnership in making this opportunity possible. A special thank you to Ms. Robbin Whachell of, the team’s host while in Vancouver.

More information, VIDEO and PHOTOS on both Supermodel of the Bahamas’ activities in Canada can be seen at the Supermodel of the Bahamas Facebook page.

Supermodel of the Bahamas is the #1 model search in the country which discovers new faces. It was founded by Oilinsha Coakley, owner of Oilinsha Models and Talent, Nassau. Similar to America’s Next Top Model in that Coakley discovers new faces. The candidates are then trained and pushed to perform, whereupon it becomes obvious after photo shoots, runway shows, and interviews, who is made for the life of a model.

(Photos seen here by: Kuna Photography / David Fillion Productions / Yiheng Su)

I Have Freckles

Photo: Erik Russell
Photo: Erik Russell

[Noun —A small patch of light brown color on the skin, often becoming more pronounced through exposure to the sun.—-Verb: Cover or become covered with freckles: “skin that freckles easily”; “a freckled face”.]

Laying in the sun today (yes we do get hot weather in Canada) I floated back in time to a memory of laying next to my father on the lawn in my childhood.  He used to love laying out after his lunch on summer days, and would always fall asleep after perhaps perusing the newspaper, no blanket or towel, just right on the soft grass.

He was fair skinned and was blond most of his life, and I would always marvel at the amount of freckles on his back and arms, even though he had none on his face that I could see. He never seemed to burn either.

Today with perfection as our focal point, do we see freckles like we do acne?  I grew up with freckles on my face and on my arms and legs…they seem to be less defined on the face as one gets older.  I often catch myself thinking they look like pimples, in particular when I may have a few more of those now that I am going through the pains of menopause – but I have to tell myself I am ‘stinkin’ thinkin’ instead of seeing me as a ‘whole person’.

My sister Allynne, a model, had loads of freckles in her youth and is strikingly beautiful. I remember feeling more pretty in the summer when mine would pop out and I would look more like my big sister 🙂   My mother had moles on her face, and in those days we called them ‘beauty marks’… My mother used to define hers even further with an eyebrow pencil when applying make up. If you got it, you may as well flaunt it! right?

I can still feel my father’s skin, hot in the sun as I’d move my finger along his freckles trying to ‘connect the dots’, but there were way too many. I always wanted to count every freckle on his body, and one day told him so 🙂 …lol

That would have taken days!