Looking for the new Miss Universe Jamaica

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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IT will not be business as usual for the next Miss Universe Jamaica. In fact, Karl Williams of co-sponsors Uzuri International, says the 2014 winner has some big assignments.

"There's a lot of excitement in store this year and exciting things to come. We have included a charity aspect where the finalists will be required to get involved in their very own charity and make a presentation," Williams explained at Monday's launch at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.

Four girls have already secured a place among the anticipated 20 finalists. They are Diane Brown (Miss Universe Jamaica North East); Soyini Phillips (Miss Universe Jamaica Central); Cherelle Rose Patterson (Miss Jamaica UK) and Kimar Muir (Miss Jamaica Diaspora).

Eliminations and sashing takes place June 29 at the Pegasus Hotel, with the coronation scheduled for Jamaica College Auditorium on August 30.

"The winner will have to travel to Nigeria to get involved in the MACA (Mothers Against Child Abandonment) programme with Nigeria's Carnival Calabar Queen. It's really a nine-to-five job for our winner this year," said Williams.

Uzuri International acquired the Miss Universe Jamaica franchise (formerly Miss Jamaica Universe) last year. The pageant was previously promoted by Pulse Investments, Invyte Promotions, and hotelier Dimitris Kosvogiannis.

The company has Key Motors as its main sponsor. Co-sponsors include Maybelline New York, Devon House Bakery, LIVE Stush and RJR Communications Group.

Jamaica has placed five times in the top 10 of Miss Universe. The country's highest finish was second by Yendi Phillips in 2010.

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