The Caribbean is a widely cultural and diverse place where it fosters freedom to express oneself and freedom to reach one’s full independent potential. Over the years persons have made a name for themselves in pop culture and have been deemed celebrities by others in the music and modeling industry. Here are a few famous Caribbean celebrities who have taken the world by storm and gained much fame and fans around the world.
“I think I’ve known all along that it was my destiny to perform on stage and give something to people with my music” – Shontelle
Born on October 4th 1985, singer, songwriter and entertainment law degree holder has the Caribbean culture in her blood. This Bajan has made a name for herself over the years after being discovered for her musical talent and hidden potential. Her album Shontelligence defines the knowledge she acquired throughout her life as a person and a singer/songwriter.
The now twenty-five year old Caribbean singer trails her unique story through the producing of music mogul Steve Rifkind SRC records, and with time and popularity on her side, she will surely expose her experiences in the West Indies with the world. With over one million likes on social media, Shontelle Layne, popularly known as Shontelle has surely made her country proud with all her successes in the music industry.
Born on February 20, 1988, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, popularly known as Rihanna, is a Barbadian singer, just like Shontelle. When she is not singing, Rihanna is an actress and fashion designer and over the years has really contributed greatly to the music industry with her Caribbean talent. She has taken the entertainment, music and fashion industry and left her unique mark while enjoying what she loves – making music, style, and entertainment to her fans. She has sold over fifty million albums and one hundred and eighty million digital tracks, four billion views and twenty-one Vevo certified videos worldwide.
As a result she has been deemed one of the top-sellers and most viewed artists on Vevo/YouTube of all time. She has also has been awarded eight Grammy Awards. She has a legacy to carry on, as with her over ninety million friends on Facebook, she will be famous for years to come.
- Nicki Minaj
Onika Maraj, the one and only Nicki Minaj, was born on December 8, 1982 in Trinidad and Tobago and later raised in New York, U.S.A. Her rapping skills has taken her to new heights as throughout her career, she has been collaborating on tracks with singers and rappers such as Drake, Eminem, Chris Brown, Jesse J, Ariane Grande and Beyonce, to name a few. She has even made appearances on talk shows and performed live at awards shows and concerts.
To date, she has released three platinum selling studio albums – namely Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and Pinkprint. Although she has had a troubled past, her successes throughout her life has taught her many life lessons. She will continue to keep working hard and striving for success so that she can keep looking back and smile. She wishes to leave an imprint on the lives of her over forty-two million fans as her music has gotten her through the worst of situations and hopes it helps them too.
“I don’t think intimidated is the word. I definitely get excited by it. I don’t want to let anybody down. I’ve always been the type of person to make everybody happy and get things done. I want everything to be 100% perfect. I do feel it when people hold me to high expectations.” – Nicki Minaj
- Yendi Phillips
With over three hundred thousand fans on Facebook, former Miss Jamaica Universe, model and media personality, Yendi Phillips was born in Kingston, Jamaica on September 8th, 1985. With her success, she has started a family, giving birth to a beautiful baby girl, Israel, who she has called her angel and a blessing on numerous occasions. She still has paved her way in the modeling business, receiving many offers and has appeared in ad campaigns for Pepsi, Sprite and magazines such as Ocean Style, Buzz, Women and Home, to name a few.
She has also hosted Digicel Rising Stars, Smile Jamaica and founded the Yendi Phillips Foundation. Her list of achievements is long and only progress as the years progress. She is slated to start co-hosting a talk show in Canada this year (2015) and being a woman with many strong attributes will make her country proud beyond measures like she did in Las Vegas. Her personality and ability to be determined has made her one of the most respected women of Jamaica.
By Alexandra Daley