Solange Sinclair takes crown

Observer writer

Monday, September 25, 2017

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MARKETING and advertising exec Solange Sinclair is the new Miss Jamaica World (2017). The 24-year-old — who likes travelling and hiking — beat 17 other beauties for the coveted title at the Grand Coronation held at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on Saturday night.

“I feel very excited and I'm ready for what's to come,” Sinclair told the Jamaica Observer moments after her crowning. “I plan to represent at the Miss World finals in China, and hopefully to take home the crown.”

Sinclair is cousin of 2014 Miss Universe Jamaica title holder Kaci Fennell, and granddaughter of late Jamaican Hollywood actress Madge Sinclair. She is also niece of Cable & Wireless Caribbean president Garry Sinclair.

Wearing the sash Miss New Heights Construction, Sinclair was an early favourite. She also copped the sectional prize for Most Congenial.

Finishing in second place was Miss Eyeland Eyewear Diedre McKenzie. McKenzie — who made the Top Ten of the Miss Universe Jamaica pageant in 2014 — won the Meliá Braco Miss Jamaica World Beauty with a Purpose title.

Another crowd favourite, Jeneque Pinnock (Miss Maxie's Department Store) finished in third place. She won the sectional prize for Most Aware.

Brianne St Juste (Miss Dunn's Furniture), who won the People's Choice Award, and police officer Sasha Henry, Miss Caribbean Lasik Vision Centre (who won three fast track competitions, Talent, Fitness and Model), completed the top five.

The other finalists who made the top 10 were Melissa Douglas, Megan McNaughton (who won the Beach Beauty title), Amaya Lewis — Leah Hollingsworth and Kadejah Anderson.

The girls appeared in swimwear and evening wear before being whittled down. Once the top ten finalists were announced, they did personality interviews with broadcaster Paula-Ann Porter-Jones.

The top five faced gruelling questions from judges on the panel. Standout responses came from Sinclair, Pinnock and McKenzie.

Entertainment was provided by reggae artiste Nesbeth, who performed his mega hit My Dream and latest single Success Story. Singer Romain Virgo continued his usual winning ways, working up a storm with covers of Sam Smith's Stay with Me, Adele's Don't You Remember and his original I Wanna Go Home, among others. Dancers from the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts also entertained.

Hosts, former Miss Jamaica World and Miss Jamaica Universe title holder Yendi Phillips and vlogger/comedian Quite Perry were, for the most part, entertaining. Perry, however, felt the ire of patrons when he commented that people from the ghetto were guilty of stealing from the utility companies. Several guests voiced their displeasure with boos.

The show — which started 8:00 pm — ran a bit too long, finishing close to 11:30 pm.

Presented by Spartan Health Club, Miss Jamaica World 2017 pageant was hosted in association with Meliá Braco Resort, 876 Blue Mountain Spring Water, and other sponsors.




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