TWENTY three-year-old environment educator Jody Liu from Singapore was crowned Miss Global International Pageant 2013 at the Sunset Beach Resort, Spa and Waterpark in Montego Bay Saturday night.
Liu expressed her delight at copping the crown, vouched that on her return to her native land, she would promote Jamaica.
"I will be able to go back to Singapore and tell everyone about Jamaica. And with that, I will use this title to carry out (my) mission to educate people, not only about environmental issues, but also to inspire them to inculcate these habits into everyday life," said Liu, who said she has participated in Miss Earth and Miss Universe.
In response to the judges' question of what legacy she would love to leave for future generations, she furthered her cause of "caring for the environment".
"Global warming has been very evident, very real and because of this situation I would like all of you in your lovely country right here to just pay attention to your environment. Because it is the only thing that we have," Liu said. "If I were to leave a legacy it would be my knowledge, my passion and my love for the environment."
She described her fist trip to Jamaica as profitable.
"It has paid off to travel from Singapore to this far all the way to Jamaica. I love the culture, I love the people and I love your motto, 'Out of Many, One People'. In Singapore we have something similar, it's "One people, one nation, one Singapore," she said.
Apart from the top award, she also copped the Most Aware sectional prize.
First runner-up was 24-year-old Sylvia Namutebi of Uganda, director of an NGO, called Missionwide; while Bahamas' 25-year-old teacher Lashanda Wildgoose copped the second runner-up spot.
Other sectional prize winners were: Wildgoose, who won Most Congenial; Miss Jamaica, Roshelle McKinley who copped the Best Figure award; Best Smile went to Miss Haiti, Marie Exume; Best Costume was won by Miss Venezuela, Beatriz Sanhouse, while Phanith Sovann of the USA won Most Talented section.