WWETV Vixen Of The Day – Samantha Ammon

WWETV Vixens
Areille Alexa

This being #CaribSunday and discussion online because of comments made by podcast personality Joe Budden pertaining to Caribbean culture’s carnivals, it would be remised to not give the scene exposure of one of its more popular personalities. Hailing from Trinidad and Tobago we present Vixen Of The Day Samantha Ammon. She is the designer of costumes that you see at Carnival in Trinidad. Singer Areille Alexa gives her props for the costume design that she wore at this year’s event.

Samantha Ammons created the theme #LIVIA this year.  

Samantha Ammons
Samantha Ammons

Check Out the sight and sounds from this year’s Trinidad and Tobago event. As is the custom you see masqueraders celebrating “playing mas” and onlookers partake in the festivities.

According to Trip Savy, historians tend to believe the first “modern” Caribbean Carnival originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the late 18th century. It came about when French settlers brought the Fat Tuesday masquerade party tradition with them to the island, although Fat Tuesday celebrations were almost certainly taking place at least a century before that.

By the beginning of the 18th century, there were already a large number of free blacks in Trinidad mixed with French immigrants, earlier Spanish settlers, and British nationals (the island came under British control in 1797). This resulted in Carnival’s transformation from an implanted European celebration to a more heterogeneous cultural froth that includes traditions from all ethnic groups contributing to the celebration. With the end of slavery in 1834, the now completely free populace could outwardly celebrate their native culture and their emancipation through dress, music, and dancing.

These three elements—dressing in masquerade, music, and dancing—remain central to Carnival celebrations. It happens at elaborate balls (the European tradition) and in the streets (the African tradition), with costumes, masks, feathers, headdresses, dancing, music, steel bands, and drums all part of the scene, along with raucous behavior.