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Miss Jamaica World finalists unveiled

By Kevin Jackson
Observer writer

Monday, September 04, 2017

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HUNDREDS of pageant enthusiasts and shoppers gathered at Sovereign Centre in Liguanea, St Andrew, for the sashing and unveiling of the 18 finalists in this year's Miss Jamaica World beauty pageant, on Saturday.

The finalists — who range from a police officer, to flight attendants, an attorney-in-training, and university students — appeared in casual wear and swimwear, courtesy of Maxie's Department Store and Loud Fashions, respectively.

As the girls strutted down the staircase to the centre of the facility on the ground floor, where the proceedings unfolded, they were greeted with wild cheers and whistles.

Early favourites included Latoya Tingle, Megan McNaughton, Leah Hollingsworth, Deidre McKenzie, Melissa Douglas, Alana Pennant, Sukanya Wilmot, Jeneque Pinnock, Sasha Henry and Kadejah Anderson.

New sponsor 876 Blue Mountain Spring Water, distributed by World Brands Limited, donated the cash prize of $1 million.

“We decided to go all out, and we didn't want our involvement to be small. We really want the girls to have a good time and enjoy competing. We gave a $1-million brand ambassadorship for the entire year for the first-place winner,” said Pettrine Harris, World Brands marketing executive.

Harris explained the reason why the brand got involved with the Miss Jamaica World pageant.

“876 is uniquely Jamaican and Miss Jamaica World is uniquely Jamaican to us. We're about beauty, love, land, sea and water, and what better way to partner with this national event and a national brand. We're a naturally alkaline brand and it's about being healthy, positive — and we see this as a good partnership,” she said.

After the 18 finalists made their second appearance in swimsuits, they were presented with sashes by their respective sponsors.

The grand coronation of Miss Jamaica World 2017 beauty pageant takes place at the National Indoor Sports Centre in St Andrew, on September 23.

The finalists are: Sashell Stephenson — Miss ORS Hair Care; Shantel Gardner — Miss Caribbean Industrial Systems; Kadejah Anderson — Miss Romeich Wear; Brianne St Juste — Miss Dunn's Furniture; Jaavonne Taylor — Miss Yaaman Adventure Park; Latoya Tingle — Miss Beauty Spot; Solange Sinclair — Miss New Heights Construction; Amaya Lewis — Miss Loud Fashions; Megan McNaughton — Miss Chung's Caterers;

Rochelle Duncan — Miss Triple Century Sports Bar; Sukanya Wilmot — Miss 876 Blue Mountain Spring Water; Alana Pennant — Miss Sleek Jamaica; Alyssa Boothe — Miss Dolphin Cove; Sasha Henry —Miss Caribbean Lasik Vision Centre; Leah Hollingsworth — Miss IntraNET Solutions; Jeneque Pinnock — Miss Maxie's Department Store; Melissa Douglas — Miss Thiila's Juices and Organic Foods; and Deidre McKenzie — Miss Eyeland Eyewear Ltd.

The Miss Jamaica World pageant is presented by Spartan Health Club with the support of sponsors including Maybelline Cosmetics, Executive Motors, and Mazda.


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