February 27, 2009
CeCile dubbed Style Goddess
By: ALICIA ROACHE
Dancehall diva CeCile can place another notch on her designer belt. The statuesque star is one of 8 women dubbed Style Goddess by influential style agency Saint International in its luxury magazine STRUT.
The accolade for the artist follows consultations with some of Jamaica’s most influential stylists and fashionistas and will be recorded in STRUT, the newest production from the publishing arm of the agency.
CeCile, who has recorded songs such as Hot Like We, Changez and I’m Waiting, was characteristically forthright in her reaction to being given the honour. “It’s actually very nice because I do now pay close attention to my attire. It’s very important to always be looking fabulous, but respectable,” says the newly crowned fashionista.
CeCile, who enlisted the services of stylist Dexter Pottinger to ensure that her style is always ‘of the moment’ and distinctly hers shares the title of Style Goddess with, among others, fellow entertainer D’Angel, beauty queen turned politician Lisa Hanna, Rising Stars host Yendi Phillipps and famed fashionista Sophia Max Brown.
Dewight Peters, CEO of Saint International and Creative Director of STRUT justifies the diva’s place among the echelons of stylish stars.
“CeCile is her own character and I like that. She has her own sensibilities. What I really like is the fact that she recognized the importance of image in music…and she unapologetically took on the challenge of redefining her image by shedding the weight and getting a stylist which is important. She is quite slick and one of my Style Goddesses,” Peters says.
This is no surprise given that CeCile takes her style cues from Madonna, herself an iconic figure in music and fashion, and Pottinger.
“My personal style must mirror my growth as a person and as an artist. So the look should say grown up, classy and ladylike,” CeCile says. “One of my icons style wise, my stylist and friend Dexter Pottinger is a Saint product, and believe me, he is fantastic.”
Indeed, STRUT will debut at the agency’s FashionFace of the Caribbean event set for March 17 and the story of CeCile’s inspiring style transformation will make the cover of the Mag. Peters says the decision for the cover came from the need to use someone who could capture the essence of the STRUT, ‘a powerfully defined, stylish gait’.