Yanique Barrett, popularly known as Yanique Cury Diva, has transformed her appearance over the past years.
The Jamaican media personality, who has been hosting Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall since 2011, has transfigured from a slim physique to a busty figure.
In 2016, after coming under heavy fire from social media users who have been speculating that she has done plastic surgery based on photos of her on stage with American celebrities Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna at BritJam in Montego Bay, the Jamaican gem had come out with a statement.
Many persons openly bashed her, with some persons even creating collages seemingly comparing her current appearance to previous years.
“When someone is considered a sex symbol there is always going to be rumours and questions about what is real or fake. People should refrain from making judgements when they aren’t aware of the facts. Not everyone with a nice body has done surgery, so that should never be the assumption. I’ve always projected a positive self image, and will continue to inspire young girls to love themselves and always be confident regardless of their body type,” she said.
Several months later, she admitted to altering her breasts, during an interview with the Jamaica Star.
“I just think it’s my business and I have the power to do anything me waan do to mi self. Persons want to know so much. I mean, at the end of the day, I’ve said that I’ve done my ‘ta tas’ (breasts) and whatever the situation, and dem want more. I’ve kept it real, but persons still want to push more on me,” she explained.
Although she has accepted her fate to be a sex symbol, Barrett’s journey to the live stage has reaffirmed her belief that nothing is impossible with God, according to her.
“I believe in God and I always put Him first, no matter if it is dancehall or if it’s a Christian thing; I just put God first regardless,” she told the Jamaica Observer in 2011 after she was hired as the second host of MKQ.
“If it is something that you love, do it 100 per cent or more — just go at it,” she told media reporters.
In addition to her career as a host, Yanique Barrett also started a career as a singer in 2017.
She released her hit single “Lifestyle” and “Turn Your Lights Down Low” featuring Ky-Mani Marley.
She also dropped her 2018 debut single “Unfair Games” featuring I-Octane.