Stephanie Kanhai is a professional stilt-walker and costume designer from San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago. In 2015, she became the first Moko Jumbie and youngest person to win the National Carnival Queen title, with her portrayal of The Sweet Waters of Africa. She is the co-founder of Touch D Sky Moko Jumbies and has taught stilts internationally in London and Jamaica. Kanhai has been featured on the cover of Caribbean Beat (January/February 2018); in the New York Times short documentary Dance in Trinidad: Moko Jumbie on 9-foot Stilts (2017); and in the book, High Mas: Carnival and the Poetics of Caribbean Culture, written by Dr. Kevin Browne (2018).
Photograph by Shaun Rambaran