Gabrielle Walcott

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Gabrielle Walcott-Pollonais
Beauty pageant titleholder
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Gabrielle with Julia Morley
Born Gabrielle Walcott
(1984-06-26) June 26, 1984 (age 30)
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 110 lb (50 kg)
Measurements 34-24-34
Hair color Black
Eye color Hazel
Shoe size 7.5/8
Title(s) Miss Trinidad and Tobago World 2008
Miss World Caribbean 2008
Miss World Beauty With A Purpose 2008
Miss Trinidad & Tobago Universe 2011
Major
competition(s)
Miss Trinidad and Tobago World 2008
(Winner)
Miss World 2008
(2nd Runner-Up)
Miss Trinidad & Tobago Universe 2011
(Winner)
Miss Universe 2011
Spouse Lee Pollonais (m. 2013)

Gabrielle “Gabby” Walcott (born June 26, 1984) is an Trinidadian actress, singer, model, Charity worker and beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss Trinidad and Tobago World 2008 and placed as the 2nd runner-up in Miss World 2008. She is also titleholder of Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe 2011. She represented Trinidad and Tobago at the Miss Universe 2011 pageant in São Paulo but unplaced. Gabrielle resides in Petit Valley, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

On June 15, 2013 Gabrielle married power boat racer, Lee Pollonais.

Early life[edit]

Walcott was born in the Port of Spain on the June 26, 1984. She is the oldest of her three siblings: Heidi, Joshua and Sophie Walcott. She attended St. Bernadette’s Primary School, Providence Girls' Secondary School, The University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies, The University of the West Indies and later pursued acting and theatre arts at HB Studios in New York City, United States. She is a professionally trained model but is not signed to any modelling agencies.

An experienced equestrian show jumper, Walcott also took up hobbies such as dance, yoga, Pilates, photography, hockey, art and has always had a passion for acting and theatre. She is a long-time member and supporter of the Trinidad and Tobago Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (the TTSPCA), and claims[citation needed] to have rescued ten stray dogs and cats.

Two younger sisters of Walcott, twins Bernadette and Therese, died shortly after childbirth. Later she lost her maternal aunt to breast cancer, which she says[citation needed] sparked her interest in working with cancer related charities and organizations.

Acting and production work[edit]

Walcott was the female lead in the 2005 music video Wanna Love U Girl by Robin Thicke, directed by Hype Williams, and in the 2004 “Tempted to Touch” video also produced by Hype Williams for Barbadian soca artist Rupee. She is credited as an extra in the 2006 movie Backlash[1] and the 2010 Norwegian film "Limbo."[2][3] Her other production credits include Set Artist for Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet in 2005 and as wardrobe supervisor for Backlash in 2008.

Miss World 2008[edit]

Gabrielle during Miss World 2008.

Walcott follows in the footsteps of Valene Maharaj and was the 2008 entrant into the Miss World pageant. She placed as the 2nd runner-up to Ksenia Sukhinova of Russia. She won the titles of Miss World Caribbean 2008 for getting the highest placement of the Caribbean delegates; and Miss World Beauty With A Purpose 2008 for working with the Just Because Foundation dedicated to create hospitable conditions for children with cancer and helping raise $100,000 in charity for the creation of a new ward for these children.Overall she place in all the fast track events.

Miss Universe 2011[edit]

In 2011, Walcott participated in the Miss Trinidad & Tobago Universe Pageant. As a highly rated participant, she won the crown and represented her island nation in the Miss Universe 2011 Pageant held at Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 12, 2011. Unfortunately, she failed to place in the top 16.

Charity work and social groups[edit]

Walcott speaking with a child at a gala function.

Walcott works with the Just Because Foundation, a non-profit community-based organization founded by Chevaughn Joseph and Noel Joseph in honour of their son Jabez "JB" Joseph, who died from a rare form of cancer. The JBF provides practical and emotional support for parents and siblings of children with cancer.

She has worked with Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe Anya Ayoung-Chee with the TallMan Foundation. The Foundation was established for the empowerment of young people in underprivileged areas.

In 2008 the United Nations Association of Trinidad and Tobago (UNATT) asked both Walcott and Anya Ayoung-Chee to be spokeswomen for the group. Both women accepted and now remain members of the advocacy group. UNATT the NGO arm of the United Nations which aims to advocate the United Nations and the Millennium Development Goals through their demographic and age group.[clarification needed] Walcott has been an active supporter of the organization and was the facilitator of a 2008 workshop which brought together various stakeholders across the country to a discourse on the state of the MDGs[clarification needed] in Trinidad and Tobago with a focus on youth.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gabrielle Walcott". IMDB. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Norwegian film Limbo to World Competition at World Film Festival Montreal". The Royal Norwegian Embassy. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Limbo (2010)". IMDB. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Valene Maharaj
Miss Trinidad and Tobago World
2008
Succeeded by
Ashanna Arthur
Preceded by
Kayi Cheung/Valeska Saab
Miss World Beauty With A Purpose
2008
Succeeded by
Pooja Chopra
Preceded by
Valene Maharaj
Miss World Caribbean
2008
Succeeded by
Leah Marville
Preceded by
La Toya Woods
Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe
2011
Succeeded by
Avionne Mark