Fay Ann Lyons’ name is often caught up in some bit of controversy or another, whether it’s on social media or otherwise. The carnival entertainer who killed it in the year 2009 when she became the first female to win both the International Power and Groovy Soca Monarch titles, has been classified by some as bossy and controlling, but to her husband, Bunji Garlin, her strength is what keeps him motivated.
In the hours leading up to this feature, Lyons-Alvarez became the most sought after Soca artist in Trinidad and Tobago as the local media scrambled to get a soundbite or two of her reaction to the scandal of Yvonne Clarke’s disqualification from the Miss Universe pageant- a title she had only two weeks earlier, attained.
The franchise holder for the local arm of Miss Universe, Jenny Douglas, had written to the young woman on Tuesday morning indicating that she had breached her contractual agreement and would no longer be heading to Las Vegas as the T&T representative. Instead, Martrecia Alleyne, the competition’s first runner up, would be representing T&T at the globally viewed competition. The country was up in arms over the news. Lyons-Alvarez called a press conference. She had stepped in to help Clarke as a sponsor- having agreed to purchase her airline tickets to head to Las Vegas in November. When she eventually met Clarke, Lyons-Alvarez and her team at MIME Limited, decided to assist the T&T representative as much as they could, having been told that sponsorship was not as forthcoming as hoped. From photoshoots, to clothing, public appearances, a hair appointment with world renowned hair stylist, Neal Farrinah (hairstylist to Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and Monica, and other important areas of requirement as outlined by the international Miss Universe organization, Lyons-Alvarez and her team had jumped in to help. The effort would soon be in vain however, as Clarke’s position as the representative was revoked.
Fay Ann, on Tuesday, speaking at the press conference held at her Viking House office, in Mucurapo, Trinidad, said she had no interest at all in being a part of any Miss Universe organization. She said she had no previous affiliation with Clarke, despite allegations by Jenny Douglas that Lyons-Alvarez had been a sponsor for the past five months. Fay Ann roared loudly and made it clear on Tuesday afternoon that her name would not be dragged through the mud by Douglas, especially since, all she wanted to do was assist the Trinidad and Tobago delegate who had approached her for help.