Mr and Miss Black Beauty UK 2014 Crowned
TASHIAN SHAW, 22, from Birmingham and Tameka Saul, 21, from London, were crowned Mr and Miss Black Beauty UK 2014 at the first staging of the unique pageant at Walthamstow Town Hall, east London, earlier this month.
The winners were the crowd and the judges favourite as they beat off a strong line up of contestants who represented the countries of the Caribbean and Africa.
Tashian who is a specialist in the motor trade and car production field, represented St Kitts and Nevis, while Tameka who is currently studying Travel and Hospitality Management at university, represented Guyana.
They both won an education scholarship worth £5,000 from Christ College London, modelling photo-shoots and many more prizes.
The night started with 19 contestants vying for the titles and who were judged by their national costumes, knowledge of their homeland, swim wear and evening wear designs.
But as the evening progressed, Tashian and Tameka started to shine from the others and were eventually crowned winners before a packed town hall of High Commissioners, sports and entertainment celebrities and supporters.
Pageant Founder Alicia Martina Hixon said the event was created to honour black beauty, raise awareness for the minority cultural heritage, community significance with a mission to promote educational opportunities and develop leadership among young black men and women in the UK.
Since winning the crowns, Tashian and Tameka have joined together to stage an evening of entertainment and cultural activities on Saturday, May 31 at the Adulis Restaurant, 44-46 Brixton Road, London SW9 to help raise funds for charities in St Kitts and Nevis and Guyana.