New thrust for Miss Global pageant

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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THE chase is on for the 2016 Miss Jamaica Global crown.

"We are expecting up to 60 entrants by eliminations in April," Neelam Ramchandani, director of Miss Global Jamaica, told the
Jamaica Observer.

Ramchandani took over the competition’s reins this year from her father and conceptualiser, Lachu.

Now in its 12th year, the contest will see eliminations on April 23 at Pier One in Montego Bay. The competition’s talent portion and the grand finale are scheduled for Hotel Riu in Montego Bay on May 27 and May 27, respectively.

"Being younger, I think I bring a different perspective to the pageant," she said.

To make her mark, the younger Ramchandani is hoping to reach a more diverse number of contestants and has been using social media to reach out to potential contestants.

"Miss Global Jamaica is different from others because we are the franchise holder, so we focus on preparing the girls from start to finish."

Several of the contestants were given a small taste of the spotlight at Club India in St Andrew, last Saturday. Along with photo sessions, they were given a pep talk by Kimberly Sherlock, the event’s talent coach and 2011 winner.

"I tell the girls to think beyond the crown. Only one can go home with the crown, but there is the potential to gain more," she said.

Using herself as an example, Sherlock said her current position as director of social services for the Jamaica Association for the Deaf came as a result of her charity work during the contest.

Gillian Parague was crowned Miss Global Jamaica 2015 and went on to represent Jamaica at the Miss Global International in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on September 25.

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