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Nastashia Mitchell is

BY ACEION CUNNINGHAM
Observer West reporter

Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Twenty-four-year-old model Nastashia Mitchell walked away from a field of 27 contestants to cop the coveted Miss Global Jamaica title and over $1 million in cash and prizes at the grand coronation ceremony held at the RIU Hotel Montego Bay last Saturday.

A native of Trelawny, Mitchell was born in Rio Bueno, but grew up in Kingston where she attended Norman Manley High School and was later signed with Pulse. During her five-year stint at Pulse she participated in Caribbean Fashionweek and New York Fashion Week.

“Honestly, I am still in shock, but I was very prepared for this competition. I took it very seriously. I got a pageant trainer, I spent long hours at the gym, watched my diet, took voice and speech training and really paid attention to the news,” Mitchell told the Jamaica Observer West.

She also picked up the sectional prize for best gown.

Mitchell said that she is looking forward to representing Jamaica in the upcoming Miss Global International pageant scheduled for September 9 at RIU Montego Bay Hotel.

“… I have always wanted to represent my country. It is an amazing feeling and the beginning of a new chapter. I entered this competition to get over my fear of public speaking and to motivate myself more, and right now I'm just ecstatic,” she explained.

Shamone Martin, who picked up the Public Choice Award, was named first runner-up, while Shanique Goodwill, who copped the Best Smile sectional prize, placed third. Other sectional prize winners were Chenee Morgan — Best Figure, Robyn Lee — Best Talent, while the Most Congenial Award went to Deanna Palmer.

Pageant director Neelam Ramchandani was happy with the staging of the event.

“The pageant went well, production was on point and the audience was happy with the winner that was selected. We had great support from the RIU entertainment team and, importantly also, our sponsors are happy. We have already started receiving applications and sponsorship offers for next year and we are looking forward to the finals later this year,” she said.

The finals will see representatives from over 35 countries vying for the title 'Miss Global International.'

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