Ja takes fourth place at Miss World

Sunday, December 09, 2018

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For the second consecutive year Jamaica's representative to the Miss w orld pageant finished in the top five of the competition

Kadijah Robinson, who is a physical therapist attached to the Black River hospital in St Elizabeth sailed through the rounds and emerged in fourth place from a total of 118 contestants and claim the title Miss World Caribbean.

Miss Jamaica was front and centre during the opening number, Dances of the World, where she lead a number of her other Caribbean contestants through the Dances of the World segment, showcasing a number of popular dance moves, including Fling Yuh Shoulder and Flairy.

For her final question, Miss Jamaica was asked what is the greatest difficulty that she had to overcome. She noted that it was building her confidence level.

“The greatest obstacle that I have had to overcome is that of self-confidence and I'm happy that I did as I am here tonight standing in front of you in pure joy and humility. When I was younger I always doubted myself and I always doubted my capabilities. It took me a lot of time to overcome this. I know it takes a lot of communication with self, a lot of thought and its a long process, but I was able to do it. To whoever is listening tonight... I implore you to find yourself and find your niche, it will be the most awesome feeling ever,” she told a packed arena in Sanya, China yesterday.

Co-franchise holder for the local pageant Weston Haughton was excited with Robinson's performance on the Miss World stage.

“We are so happy with this result. Kadijah displayed such comfort and ease from the moment she landed. That is something we always encourage. We want our queens to be themselves and enjoy the pageant. on stage she looked absolutely stunning and did us all proud,” said Haughton.

This is the first Miss Jamaica being sent to Miss World by this franchise holder and Haughton noted that this is a great accomplishment. He used the opportunity to encourage sponsors to come on board for next year's contest.

Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon won the crown after beating out stiff competition from the runner-up, Miss Thailand Nicolene Pichapa Limsnukan. The 26-year-old model was presented the crown by last year's Miss World winner Manushi Chhillar from India.

The other Continental Queens of Beauty are Miss World Europe 2018 — Miss Belarus; Miss World Africa 2018 - Uganda. Miss World 2018 Asia and Oceania is Miss Thailand. Miss Panama was eventually named Miss World Americas to replace Mexico who went on to win. Queen will travel along with Miss World 2018 and Miss Nepal who won the Beauty with a Purpose fast track competition, on the world tour where they will visit specific countries to assist with various charity projects.

— Richard Johnson

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