Antiguan Renee Edwards is a certified commercial and private pilot, aircraft engineer, drag racer and representative for Antigua and Barbuda at the 2013 Miss Plus Caribbean Universe Pageant.
Renee did not win the competition but as we read, watch and listen to her story, many of us (plus size, average size or small size) began to realize that it is not our shape, or size that defines us.
What defines us is how we feel about ourselves. So for Renee, it wasn’t the fact that she was labeled a Plus Size woman but the fact that she was willing to try to be the best that she could be. A certified commercial and private pilot, aircraft engineer, drag racer and a woman not limited by “size”
Renee sums it all up in her own words “I’ve never followed the stereotypical roles society has attempted to assign to me. Say to me that I cannot do it, and then watch me climb the mountain and claim it as my own”
This story may have long past with the memories of 2013 but let us not put down the achievements of all Plus Size Caribbean Women. Maybe it is time to drop the label “Plus Size” and simply view all sizes as “Caribbean Women”
Watch Ambrose interviewing her trainees back in 2016