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ISLAND TREAT: DAVIKA HILL

"I am largely inspired by other women. First and foremost the women in my family such as my mother, my aunts and my grandmothers. I am also inspired by the women who are in my circle of friends and acquaintances. 

"I know some pretty amazing women and to be able to see their beauty, their strength, and their will power as they press on towards their goals and dreams inspires me to keep working towards making my dreams come true as well."

This coming from this week's Island Treat, the statuesque and beautiful Davika Hill. Here's a little insight into who she is and what makes her tick.

TIB: What is your favorite food?

DH: My favorite food is pizza. I love pizza. Another one of my favorite foods is macaroni and cheese so I learned how to make that really well. My family is full of amazing cooks and so naturally I thought it wise that I should be able to cook, but I never really liked to cook until this past year or so. Now I enjoy cooking to learn new recipes and skills. I also enjoy cooking for my parents as a small way to say thank you for all they’ve done for me over the years.

TIB: Are you a trend setter or do you follow what’s in style?

DH: I wouldn’t call myself a trendsetter or someone who follows trends. I definitely have my own sense of style and I tend to lean towards a somewhat minimalistic look. I love wearing neutral colors and using my accessories to add that little pop.

TIB: Your favourite quote?

DH: It is my favourite bible verse which is Phillipians 4:13 and it says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. It”s been my favorite quote from young and has been an inspirational thought that I like to reflect on.

TIB: What type of music you listen to?

DH: I listen to all kinds of music however I tend to listen to a lot of upbeat, fast paced music to get me through my workouts and cooking.

TIB: What is your favorite pasttime in Bermuda?

DH: I enjoy exploring the nature reserves around the Island. The Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve is my favourite place to visit. I also enjoy playing tourist on my days off. It’s fun to visit some of the historical locations and do those types of activities. I feel it helps me appreciate Bermuda.

TIB: What do you love most about Bermuda?

DH: The thing I love most about Bermuda is our resilience. We have gone through and continue to go through very rough times. The recent marches on Parliament is proof of that. Through it all we always find a way to pull together, regroup and move forward; I’ve realized that after taking a Bermuda History Course at the college. This is a personal reminder to me that when I hit a road block I should take time to find a new way to get around that obstacle.

TIB: How did you feel when you were selected for Bermuda International Collections?

DH: I felt very excited to be chosen to be a part of Bermuda International Collections. I missed the first auditions as I was sick but I ran into Amir and he asked me to audition anyway. It was wonderful to be selected and the process so far has been amazing. I’ve learned some new things and the camaraderie among the group is great!.

TIB: Have you ever done anything on the scale of Bermuda International Collections before?

DH: I've been a part of various fashion shows in the past but this will be the biggest event I’ve participated in. I’m really looking forward to seeing it all come together.

TIB: What advice can you pass on to anyone hoping to get involved with the fashion industry?

DH: To anyone looking to get into the fashion industry I would encourage you to use events here such as Bermuda International Collections to gain experience. I would also like to encourage you to be strong and confident in what you have to offer. You will definitely experience your fair share of rejection but don’t lose faith in yourself and don’t forget that you have something great to offer the world.

At the same time, I would also say be humble. Everyone starts somewhere and there are lessons to be learned in every experience. no matter how trivial the experience seems to you seek to do your job to the best of your abilities and your efforts will be rewarded in some way.

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ISLAND TREAT: JESSICA MEREDITH

What better way to get rid of the Monday blahs by having beautiful Jessica as this weeks Island Treat. The 24-year-old stunner will be making her modeling debut at the Bermuda International Collections next week.

She took a few moments out of her busy rehearsal schedule to sit with Today In Bermuda and give us a little insight into who she is.

I was so grateful (to have been selected as a model). At the time I had red hair and it reminded the Executive Producer of a very special lady- the late Kristi Grayston; I’m doing this in honor of her! Jessica says.

Ive met some incredible peopletheir passion is infectious! she says of the experience so far.

To anyone who is contemplating modelling, she advises: Don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself, be open to new experiences and always have fun!

While she loves preparing French and Italian cuisne, Jessica cites pizza as her favourite food.

A self-described trendsetter, Jessicas loves the colour blue. When asked what she loves to do in her free time, without missing a beat, she replies: Anything in the water! I love the marine life and the Islands natural beauty.

And Jessicas favourite quote?: Be who you are and say what you feel. Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind! - Dr. Seuss.

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ISLAND TREAT: DAMI BANDARA

This week's Island Treat is 25-year-old Dami Bandara who hails from the UK. The raven-haired, dark eyed beauty (yes beauty, because men are beautiful too!) loves listening to Hip-Hop and R&B, and loves making fish chowder, although never eating it before landing in Bermuda. Here's a little more about Dami, who will be modelling in the Bermuda International Collections show in July.

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