- Hey little lady, tell everyone a little about you!
My name is Anastarcia Huyler Palacious and I am the owner of The Social Light Media, an integrated marketing and public relations company that specializes in social media management. Called "Star" since birth, I enjoy all forms of communication. I combine my love of media, marketing and communications by offering new and innovative forms of corporate training. I'm well known for presentations on leadership locally and abroad. Most recently I moderated the IDB-ICC conference which was streamed live to over 150 countries worldwide.
I also enjoy acting, writing and directing. I'm currently the host, writer and producer of the popular TV show Bahamas @ Sunrise. In 2008 I wrote and co produced a documentary on HIV/AIDS with Adrian Wildgoose that won The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF). I have acted in several Bahamian plays, television shows, commercials and short films including “The Dream” which premiered at BIFF in 2013 and was selected to be a part of the inaugural Wide Screen Film Festival in Miami, Florida in 2015.
As the Youth Ambassador of The Bahamas to the Commonwealth 2007-2009, The College of The Bahamas Student Union President 2008-2009, and University of Miami Student Government Chief of Staff External 2010-2011, I've traveled to over fifteen countries around the world to advocate for, and create legislation regarding youth rights. I helped form the Bahamas National Youth Council in 2007 and in the same year began my work on the National Youth Policy as a researcher and facilitator. I've served on the National Advisory Council on Crime from 2007-2008, on the committee for the 2013 Caribbean Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Conference, and is presently a director on the Nassau Flight Services Board.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts (General Honors) degrees in International Studies, and Political Science from the University of Miami and an Associate of Arts in Mass Communication from the College of the Bahamas. I am married to Carlos Palacious.
- If you could describe a lady in three words what would they be?
Proverbs 31 Woman
- Why do you consider yourself to be a lady?
Proverbs 31 features a woman of strong character, filled with wisdom, compassion, love and skills that make her a merchant, realtor, provider, supporter and more. She is industrious, resourceful and filled with integrity. The scripture never mentions her physical beauty but based on all that she is, we can see God shining through her. I’d like to imagine that God shines through me. That he uses me and my journey as a source of encouragement and inspiration much like the Proverbs 31 woman. I fall drastically short of all that the Proverbs 31 woman is, but I continue to aspire to inspire, and that makes me a lady.
- State one reason why you think being a lady is important.
There is a beauty in being feminine that has disappeared over the years. Women have had to be strong for so long and for so many reasons that we can sometimes lose the softer sides of ourselves. In this world filled with terror, violence, hate and uncertainty, sometimes the soft touch of an elegant, eloquent, kind and inspiring leader is needed.
- One thing you would like to say to all the little ladies out there?
Women literally give life to our societies. We cannot build families, communities and nations without them. In recent years but would appear that we’ve lost many of the values and characteristics that proverbs 31 describes. We must continue to push ourselves to be the best examples of femininity there is. The future is depending on our ability to lead as ladies with the grace, poise, strength and talents that God has given us. Always do your best, and always support other ladies who are doing the same.