representing Dushi Carnival Group
Ilaijah in 2018 was member of a dance group which performed on stage for a participating Carnival Youth Queen. After the show Ilaijah was enthusiastic about participating herself with the Carnival Queen Elections.
Ilaijah Catalina Croes unlike other girls her age is gifted and talented in her own special way.
Ilaijah’s family thought about her dream and realized that in fact there was no reason not to allow her to participate. Ilaijah uncle Valence Croes inspired by the movie ‘The Greatest Showman’ came up with the name for Ilaijah’s show of ‘A Million Dreams’. The message that Ilaijah’s whole family wanted to share while preparing Ilaijah for the ‘Carnival Youth Queen Elections’ representing the ‘Dushi Carnival Group’ was clear; overall greater effort should be made to include special children and other special people in more activities and into the community.
Ilaijah’s wish and dreams of participating with the Carnival Youth Queen Elections came true.
Then on the 19th of January, 2019 the complete Carnival Harbour Arena full of people rejoiced when Ilaijah Croes representing the Dushi Carnival Group was elected Aruba’s Carnival Youth Queen 2019. Ilaijah also won the prizes for ‘Youth Queen of Setar’, ‘Most Popular’ and ‘Best Costume’. She stole everybody’s heart with her presentation and her motto ‘Sea bunita, sea Bo mes’ (‘Be beautiful, be yourself’).
theme: ‘A Million Dreams’ by uncle Valence Croes
all around trainer: Maribel Andrade
speech made by: Elsa Krozendijk
speech trained by: Maribel Andrade
make-up done by: Martin Acosta
costume designed and made by: Andrew Curiel
official dress designed by: Ronchi de Cuba
show made by: Edseline Figaroa, Chastity Hodge and Egmar Yrausquin
dancers: Ilaijah’s dancers are friends her dance group by The Chaz Modeling & Talentschool. They are Shawdre, Tanique, Stacey, Darienne, Kiandra, Sharienne, Tatiane, Tychessa, MaryJane and Chloë.
Photo taken at Aruba’s Carnival Youth Queen Elections 2019.
from left to right; Obi Tromp (Carnival Youth Pancho 2019), Maria Cordoba (Carnival Youth Queen 2018), Xiomara Ruiz-Maduro (Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs and Culture), Ilaijah Croes (Aruba’s Canival Youth Queen 2019), Dwayne Dabian (Carnival Youth Prins 2019) and Shannon Henriquez (President of S.M.A.C.).