December 8, 2021


Only The Finest Women

Women influencers share lessons to inspire


Broadcaster, writer and motivational speaker Michelle Borel, the brainchild at the rear of the e-book Virago: Warrior Women Butterfly Edition. Photograph courtesy Michelle Borel –

Just about every student in the faculty of daily life is effective with a distinct curriculum, and the authors of Virago: Warrior Women of all ages Butterfly Edition have willingly shared the lessons they have learnt so significantly from their everyday living modules.

The publication is the brainchild of author, broadcaster and motivational speaker Michelle Borel, who invited 14 other “influential” community women from distinctive professions and backgrounds to co-author the book – from artists to politicians, businesswomen to educators – every allotted a chapter in which to notify their story. The foreword was written by attorney Sharon Rowley, wife of the Primary Minister.

“Virago usually means woman warrior and as females we all have that preventing spirit in us,” Borel explained to WMN. When she thought of undertaking the book in February, she contacted actress Penelope Spencer and comedienne Nikki Crosby to pitch the concept.

“They were instantly on board and we arrived up with a listing of names of other gals we thought experienced stories to inform.”

Comedienne and actress Nikki Crosby. Photograph courtesy Michelle Borel –

They chosen girls from various walks in everyday living during TT who have been inclined to share their troubles, their capability to prevail over and their achievements.

Borel reported she and her team started out placing Virago collectively in June and founded the US-based mostly Virago World Publishing LLC by way of which the book was posted.

“And we are in the system of registering Virago Worldwide NGO so we can give back again in as lots of methods as doable.”

They will host a media start for the guide Sunday, at 5 pm at the Trincity Mall auditorium, with the official on the internet community start and launch scheduled for November 25. Launches will also acquire place in New York on December 9 and in Miami on December 14.

“When Michelle called me to enable me know of her concept, I was elated,” Spencer said. “But we have been not positive how simply because we had by no means carried out a little something like this prior to. I considered ‘hearing the tales from founded girls in this culture would and should really be welcomed by our community. Listening to of the trials and tribulations the sisters in this quantity overcame to get exactly where they are really should be composed.’ The tales wanted to be instructed, in particular so that some others can understand and understand that we all have struggles and that we can discover from each and every other.”

Photographer Lori Borde. Picture courtesy Michelle Borel –

Spencer mentioned quite frequently modern society pre-judges a human being devoid of realizing their backstory, but when the backstory is uncovered that individual is noticed in a total distinctive light-weight.

“They turn into much more human when we realise that individuals girls we glimpse up to had the similar fight-down or melancholy or deficiency of self confidence, challenges conceiving, or understanding motherhood…Occasionally, it’s like a mirror of ourselves.” She explained Virago is intended to train women of all ages to halt limiting by themselves and assist them to use their voices.

Crosby, who opens the e-book with Cinderella Mih Foot, mentioned her chapter bargains with her obstacle of not becoming capable to have youngsters due to the fact of endometriosis, a problem in which tissue identical to the lining of the womb grows in other locations like the fallopian tube and the ovaries.

“We’ve all been taught the Cinderella tale, that the prince will come, we’ll get married, have two children and the picket fence and lifetime will be excellent. Definitely that is not how daily life is, so I threw my chapter in to stimulate females to develop their very own happily ever just after, and I created it fun way too.”

Pilot and artist Shannon Hutchinson. Photograph courtesy Michelle Borel –

The guide include was finished by pilot and artist Shannon Hutchinson.

“It is this sort of an honour becoming element of this collective of brave and inspiring women. Getting requested to build a piece of artwork for the include was particular and finished up staying the inspiration for this e-book getting identified as the Butterfly Edition.”

Hutchinson’s chapter, How to Reside an Astounding Everyday living – A Checklist is an inspirational piece of creating in the form of a checklist. It is focused to her youthful self and those people who are nonetheless attempting to come across their way.

“The chapter serves as phrases of knowledge composed for the author’s more youthful self and for these who are wading by lifestyle with no the sound in-black-and-white advice she learned as she solid her very own path,” Hutchinson mentioned. Each product on the checklist is accompanied by a brief story or anecdote.

Borel explained over the decades she would have interacted with most of these women at some level in time and she just knew they experienced wonderful stories to convey to. “And it turned out even more mouth watering than I envisioned,” she mentioned with a chuckle. “Some chapters experienced me laughing until I was crying. Other folks brought me to the position of complete tears. The general public can appear out for other volumes.”

Educator Dr Sacha John-Charles-Baynes. Photograph courtesy Michelle Borel –

Borel is also the writer of Soulspection: A Collection of Poetry which won the Newsday/NGC Bocas Lit Fest People’s Decision award in 2018. Earlier this calendar year, she revealed her very first kid’s book, Magic Text With Max.

Virago: Warrior Ladies Butterfly Version will be offered on Amazon and at Charran’s e book store in Trincity Shopping mall. Element of the proceeds will be supplied to The Shelter, an organisation that will help battered women and young children.

The authors of Virago: Warrior Girls Butterfly Edition are:

• Broadcaster and motivational speaker Michelle Borel

• Comedienne and actress Nikki Crosby

• Actress Penelope Spencer

• Pilot and artist Shannon Hutchinson

• Journalist Shelly Dass Manning

Journalist Shelly Dass Manning. Picture courtesy Michelle Borel –

• Motivational speaker AP Toussaint

• Lawyer Mikela Panday

• Photographer Lori Borde

• Educator Dr Sacha John-Charles-Baynes

• Designer and businesswoman Anya Ayoung Chee

Designer and businesswoman Anya Ayoung Chee. Picture courtesy Michelle Borel –

• Businesswoman Lara Quentrall-Thomas.

• JBF founder Chevaughn Joseph

• Ogilvy Caribbean CEO Sarah Inglefield

• Controlling director Wonderful Bodies Superb Minds Working day Spas Nathalie Martina Harris

• Entertainer and discuss exhibit host Destra Garcia

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