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Dame Lorraine – Rachel Pringle


Dame Lorraine, Rachel Pringle of Barbados

The Barbadian beauty woes, ….men break* in their pants. She releases her merkin belt, Canadian Newfoundlanders ** arrive at the Puerto de España docks…


The black Marilyn Monroe Lorraine

Rachel: “If dat tuna fish whore feel because she sleep wit John Focking K feel she have ting on meh, well meh sweet sugar cane juice and vat rum make meh flat land owner nearly give way CANADA for we black molasses whiplash syrup dem Jah make ca make meh so breed in Bajan prime pollock”.


One of the many portraits of Pringle where I want her “business” dragging of the floor

In the Dame Lorraine studies, I had encountered many compounded problems keeping all together the elements of the costume, this was a parody of Rachel Pringle, but the studies look much like Chris Ofilli’s portraits. Regardless of the outcome, I need assistance in these types of parodies where I am unable to see correctly, there were details that went array.

* Cum
** Canadian Atlantic cod

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St. James’ Dame Lorraine

The mocking society

At the traditional carnival street competition in St. James last evening, a hefty crowd came out to support a handful of Old Mas performers. From the Midnight Robbers to the White Fruit Bats, masqueraders did their jig of speeches, dances and enactments.

The Dame Lorraine is a character taken from the French aristocrat from the 18th century. The costumes are an elaborate fanfare of hats, fans and large hoop skirts decorated with glitter. The dance of the Dame Lorraine may vary to a dainty chip or to a contemporary lewd, all on the ground Jamette wine, the latter generally is awarded with a ruckus applause. The essence of the costume is the exaggeration of the bosoms and derrière to fit the physical characteristics of the Negro woman. The sway of the hip and high position of derrière delights the sexual appetite of the observer.

The clip shows the Dame Lorraine portrayed by a family of sisters. One Dame Lorraine has called her costume, short season as she complained over the difficulty of getting fabric to cover the length of her gown. The last is a tribute to the cricketer, Brian Lara. Above: The Dame Lorraine at the traditional Mas in St. James, Trinidad and Tobago. Next, Bats.