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Cocktails WIith... Solange Sinclair Oct 15

Sunday, October 15, 2017

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After being persuaded to enter The Rock's premier pageant, Solange Sinclair would end up taking the coveted Miss Jamaica World title. Weeks after her coronation night and less than a month away from her Asian journey to represent on the international stage, Sinclair, a former California-based public relations exec, is in a reflective mood and ever-so-gracious as she answers our questions.

Congrats on winning the Miss Jamaica World title. What's your game plan to secure the crown in China next month?

Definitely preparing myself, both mentally and physically. I will be competing with beautiful women all over the world, so I'm channelling that Jamaican pride and confidence to walk in with a head held high and my flag on my shoulders to represent my country the way she deserves to be. I've been doing my research by diving into past pageants so I can walk in with an understanding of what to expect. I'm also prepping myself physically through Spartan Health Club, which is whipping me right into shape! I have also been blessed with an amazing grooming team and glam squad who really bring out the best in an individual, so working with them is definitely top priority to secure that crown. And while all of this is essential, what I love most about this platform is the purpose aspect. This is why I am spending my time familiarising myself with the issues that plague this country as it relates to sexual abuse and human trafficking. Understanding the depth to this issue and importance of raising awareness have been at the forefront of my efforts.

 

The biggest cliché of beauty pageantry you discovered to be untrue, having gone through the process, is...

That there is a lack of camaraderie between contestants, who are superficial and only focused on physical appearance. For me, this couldn't be further from the truth! I couldn't be more grateful for the 17 ladies I have come to know and love. We all fixed each other's (figurative) crowns throughout the experience. Pageantry is about embarking on a journey to maximise the potential of individuals who are intellectually astute humanitarians — who just so happen to be beautiful. Miss Jamaica World provides a platform to combat issues that are important to you. Pageantry not only helps with self-development, but also provides the strength and conviction to fight for what you believe in.

 

Who do you instant-message when you just spotted a friend's boyfriend romantically huddled at a restaurant's corner table with someone other than her?

First, I would order him some bun and cheese ( just kidding). Then, I would text my mom and ask her “What would Jesus do?”

Is it important for Jamaican youth to be less apathetic about the political climate in our country?

Absolutely! If we want to see change for generations to come, our youth is where we start. We are a passionate, well-educated people. Can you imagine what we can accomplish if our youth felt as though they are more a part of the system? Not only is it important for the youth to stay informed, but they should also form opinions on current political affairs and understand just how impactful their beliefs, decisions and actions are in determining our future. How can we help them understand this? As part of our educational system, we need to foster environments that spark interest in civic knowledge that will stimulate our youth into forming their own perspectives. Such environments will also empower them to become more involved.

 

What do you never leave home without that is likely stashed in your clutch or handbag?

As clichéd as it may sound, my phone. It's the number one form of communication, navigation, business matters and more! Not to mention, I can easily access a book in some down time.

Your late grandmother was the actress Madge Sinclair and you worked in public relations in Los Angeles for Universal and Warner Brothers film studios. Do you ever have the itch to give acting a try?

I've certainly played with the idea. I'm far from normal, and they say every actor does have a crazy streak, which I've actually come to understand first-hand.

 

Africa was part of your travel itinerary recently, and you'll be in China in November for the pageant finals. Where else specifically, in the world would you like to visit?

I would love to visit Thailand. Not only is it a tropical place like Jamaica, but its rich history and vibrant religious symbolism that runs throughout the towns captivate me. There's something sacred and celestial about Thailand that has me itching to learn more!

 

What is the intended charity that you will be utilising your pageant queen platform to highlight?

I am focusing on young girls and women who suffer the pain of sexual abuse and human trafficking. Women hold up half the sky, yet they are often suppressed and discouraged from living up to their full potential. I am focusing all my efforts on raising awareness about this issue, and in turn empowering girls and women to speak out against such unfortunate common occurrences that happen all too often.

 

Share some of the words of advice that your cousin, former Miss Universe Jamaica Kaci Fennell, has given.

She has been such a rock throughout it all! Something that definitely stood out to me was her advice to be myself! Because nobody can be a better version of me. To be natural and genuine because at the end of the day, that's what I want to show the world. She also reminded me that no matter what happens, I should never forget to be proud of myself and this journey.

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