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 King’s keynote and speeches from tribal leaders of Canada, Patricka 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.”
Patricka Ferguson was born on January 21, 1996 in Grand Bahama Island and was named after her father Patrick Ferguson, an island boatman with 13 children, her mother Natasha, is an island craftswoman and dancer. Patricka’s modeling career started through her involvement in pageantry, which began at the age of 9. When she was 15 she entered the city pageant, which her cousin won, but she came first runner-up. It encouraged her to re-enter the following year, and she successfully walked away with the crown of Miss Eight Mile Rock.
With a love for singing and dancing, Patricka entered Miss Talented Grand Bahama the following year. With no formal training, but influenced by her mother, she performed a mixed-cultural dance depicting styles from The Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, United States, and Africa and took second place in that pageant.
When Oilinsha Models & Talent came to scout in Grand Bahama Island earlier this year, Patricka and her brother Shaquille showed up to cast, and both were entered as contestants in the 2013 Supermodel of the Bahamas completion, which is similar to America’s Next Top Model. In July she won the title and her brother came second to Lacarz Brown of Nassau in the male category.
Patricka plans to study dermatology while nurturing her modeling career. Her parents are proud to watch her excel and to see her travel and follow her dreams.
Supermodel of the Bahamas Patricka Ferguson being interviewed at Vancouver Fashion Week by Edward Quan, Styledrama.com; and Vancouver Fashion Week’s contributing editor, Mark Abbot, Fashion Blogger, The Province news. Photo: David Fillion Productions
Patricka modeled for eight designers at Vancouver Fashion Week. Here are 4 of the 8 from left to right: Elfer Castro, Vivid Haiku Meroe, Dong De Xi, Nikki Babie (Photos: Kuna Photography, David Fillion Productions and Yiheng Su)