Renée Edwards-Ambrose has proven that with hard work, dedication and persistence, anything is possible. She was born and raised in the beautiful twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda. Renee’s bubbly and very charismatic personality creates a rippling effect of joy and happiness on the lives of people who come into contact with her. She is a wife, aircraft maintenance technician, amateur drag racer, plus model, mentor and entrepreneur. It is amazing how she finds the time to do all of the aforementioned.
Renée graduated from the Antigua Girls’ High School in 2003 where she attained eight (8) CXC subjects under her belt. Her love for Engineering led her to the Antigua State College Engineering Department where she graduated and obtained a Diploma in Automotive Engineering in 2005. She was later accepted into the Professional Pilot Programme at the Centennial College in Toronto Canada, where she successfully added her Pilot Licenses to her list of achievements in 2006. The last leg of her studies led her to the Art Williams and Harry Wendt Aeronautical Engineering School in where she studied Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering and attained her Guyana Civil Aviation Engineering License in 2011.
Renée is currently employed at LIAT 1974 Ltd. as an aircraft mechanic. She is also the founder of the Caribbean’s 1st all Female Drag Racing Team, Lady Horsepower Farm. Although her studies played an integral part in her becoming the professional that she is today, Renée still finds the time to engage in activities outside of professional development. Renée holds the records for being the fastest Antiguan woman (drag racing), the fastest woman to race at the St. James Raceway in Nevis and the fastest woman to race at the Pearls Speedway in Grenada. Apart from excelling in a testosterone filled environment, Renée loves fashion and modelling.
Renée did not foresee a future in the fashion industry, let alone a career as a plus model. It all started in 2012, where she was invited to walk for designer Chandy Lewis at the launch of his 2012 Carnival Costume Collection as a Plus Model. She has also walked for Antiguan designers like Calvin Southwell of Calvin S., Daniel Shem Henry of Mr. Henré Designs, Bridgette Richardson of Queen B Designs, Sa’ila Richards-Derrick Designs, Ashlea Ambris of Ashlea’s Designs and Ann King of AMK Fashions. Renée had the pleasure of walking for Trinidadian Pulchritude Design House by Shanice McDonald in 2014 as well. She has represented her country in pageantry arena as Miss Plus Antigua and Barbuda in 2013 and is currently the 2014 Carnival Plus Model International Winner. She has also participated in the Caribbean Fashion Plus Week 2014 event in Trinidad and Tobago. Renée most recently travelled to Atlanta Georgia, where she became the 1st ever Curvy Idol Competition Winner in February 2015. Renee believes in being the change that she would like to see. She is also an Ambassador for the GO GIRL project in Antigua, which is an initiative of the Women of Esteem. This Foundation believes in educating young women and girls, our future generation, by supporting them so they can embrace their unique beauty, believe in themselves, and fulfill their dreams.
Her friendly aura is one to be commended, as she is outgoing and a people’s person; traits that not only define her, but what a role model should be. At only 28 years of age, Renée’s message to Plus Women is, “I believe that every woman should be allowed to live to her fullest potential. It is a woman’s choice to determine how her life is molded. If that means challenging stereotypes, then so be it. I accept that my life may seem unconventional to others, but what I am most proud of is the hope, strength and tenacity I exemplify to every little girl that dreams big.”