About Islandista

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From Latin -ista via Portuguese -ista: one who follows a principle; an adept.

Or as we put it – islandistas live, embody, exude the spirit of the Caribbean islands and mainlands.
We have a passion for the best and most sophisticated elements of our Caribbean lifestyle.
Islandistas are Caribbean females or females who are proudly of Caribbean descent.
Islandistas are young or young at heart, independent, ambitious, career-minded, well-educated and travelled.
We have a deep and abiding love and appreciation of Caribbean culture and style.
True to the spirit of the Caribbean, islandistas still know how to play as hard as we work which is why you can find us anywhere from  carnival bands to cricket matches to corporate boardrooms.

The whole Caribbean and its diasporas are our homes and our playgrounds.

This blog is meant to cater to the interests of such fascinating, fabulous and diverse women, wherever they are in the world.

Islandista is a blog with a focus on Caribbean fashion, style, culture, entertainment and women’s issues. We delight in the success of our Caribbean sisters, hence we profile and highlight their achievements.

We recognise that the migratory habits of our people mean that islandistas can be found all over the globe, from Spain to Port-of-Spain and Castries to Canada. Hence, we do not just restrict our coverage to women living in the Caribbean, but highlight women of Caribbean descent who live or were even born outside of the region, as well.

With a monthly readership of over 20, 000 and growing, Islandista is the blog for women of the Caribbean.


13 comments for “About Islandista

  1. June 21, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I just ran across your site while looking for pix of rihanna’s hair cut and I must say that it is truly lovely. I am from St. Thomas,VI and I also run a blog @ CMONGOOD.COM. Feel free to pass thru and check me out. I of course added you to my blog roll because your site represents me and all our fellow Islandista’s! Props

  2. October 24, 2009 at 7:40 am


    I love your blog and wondered if you’d like to exchange links?



  3. Gab Hosein
    November 11, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Just a thought….this is a Caribbean website but all the women are black. The Caribbean is not an African region, its a mixed region….with AmerIndians, Chinese, Whites, Syrians, Douglas, mixed people etc etc and both Trinidad and Guyana both have majority Indian populations.

    I like the site…I like the approach….I love my Afro-Caribbean sistren…but Indians are treated as if they dont even exist in the region because they are different…well, that’s what being a multi-ethnic region is about. Not just this site. Caribbean Beat magazine could go months without an Indian featured anyway. Tempo same thing. It goes on and on. Often too, those Caribbean people living in North America, and caught in a black-white divide end up seeing the Caribbean as black, writing about it as African, making both other groups and the mixed nature of our cultural space invisible.

    Any site that really speaks to Caribbean women needs to actually speak to them all or its only speaking to some or universalising the experience of one group (like White feminists thought they spoke for all women until Black feminists began to demand their different experience be accounted for)

    So big up to the site and hope to see a wider range of Caribbean women represented here

    • February 13, 2010 at 2:35 pm

      Hey Gab!

      That is a great point you made about wanting to see more diversity in Caribbean women covered here on Islandista.

      Perhaps you may consider submitting some articles on some of Asian/Indian Caribbean women/culture/events to Islandista?

      Its great to identify an oversight.

      Its even better to correct the oversight and be part of the solution.

      Wouldn’t you agree?

      (You are welcome to submit same articles to http://www.modelsandmoguls.com as well)


  4. December 4, 2009 at 10:53 am


    I was doing some research on an article I am writing and came across your website. Lets just say I love it. Keep up the good work us caribbean women need to be portrayed.

    When you get a chance you can visit http://www.jamrockmagazine.com, I write and do PR for them.


  5. Ria
    June 10, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Stumbling around online for a specific Nicki Minaj photo and though I didn’t find what I was initially looking for I’m glad I found this site. Adding to my blogroll for sure.

    I’m from Trinidad.

  6. June 28, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Hey Hi! Nice site.. you keep it poppin and we like it =)

    When you get a chance you can visit http://thehypelife.com/
    Thats my website and i know you will like it =)

    – Hpnotik Qrew

  7. September 30, 2011 at 3:45 am


    I’m Jessica Ann Mitchell, the founder of BlackBloggersConnect.com. We would like to invite you and your contributors to join our social network. Black Bloggers Connect is a platform to share advice, ideas and gain publicity for Black bloggers.We would be happy to have you join our blogger family.

    Best Wishes,


  8. October 11, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    All Hail Islandista! Great blog. Keep up the good work. We need more blogs like this. Check us out over at: http://www.RedCarpetShelley.com which is an entertainment & event coverage website that spotlights the Caribbean.

  9. December 1, 2011 at 3:19 pm


    I was browsing your website and it is really full of great information. I was wondering if we could be added to site in some way, maybe under travel? We can add your site to our favorite links?

    We thought we could let you know a little about us!

    We have a website called http://www.DoJamaicaYourWay.com where we feature locally owned accommodations that are available to tourists. DO JAMAICA YOUR WAY believes in supporting local people and businesses in Jamaica, therefore we act as liaisons between the traveler and the owners. We are a UNIQUE service that focuses only on Jamaica vacations. Do Jamaica Your Way offers great accommodations in fabulous local guest houses, villas and apartments and so much more! Think outside the box and you see a whole new way to vacation!

    By going local we keep the tourism dollars where they belong and ensure you will see a side of Jamaica you’d NEVER get to know inside a big all-inclusive resort. See the true Jamaica. We’re here to tell you there’s nothing to fear by venturing outside the resort!

    Looking forward to hearing back from you,


  10. December 16, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Hello fellow Islandistas! I just came across your site and I’m soo excited 🙂 I recently started my own blog on my experience as a Caribbean Muslim woman..Would love to connect with you ladies 🙂

    • islandista
      December 26, 2013 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Fatima! Great to hear from you. Checked out your blog and it’s fascinating!

      • January 24, 2014 at 11:48 pm

        Thanks Islandista 🙂

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