Hinds crowned Miss KPop
Newly crowned Miss KPopDramaFest 2023, Amanda Hinds (right), with Krystal Grant, event conceptualiser (second right); Nathania Dixon, first runner-up (second-left); and Gizelle Harrison, second runner-up. (Photos: Rory Daley)

Amanda Hinds was crowned Miss KPopDramaFest at the inaugural KPopDramaFest 2023: Black & White Edition at the HEART Trust/NTA Portmore Academy in St Catherine recently.

“I’m shocked, surprised, because everything that could have gone wrong, honestly, had gone wrong. So I’m just so happy that everything pulled through because a lot of my friends helped me,” Hinds told the Jamaica Observer.

Hinds was drawn to the event when she saw it promoted on social media.

Winner of the Best Dressed Award at KPopDramaFest 2023, Jacqueer Winter (left), proved popular as fan Lolanda Young grabbed a quick photo with him.

“I entered this event because when I saw it on Instagram I thought this was interesting. I’d never entered a pageant before, but I was like I think I can do fairly well in this,” said Hinds.

“I like everything about K-pop. I like the visuals, the music, the diversity in terms of lyrics and content, the way how the fandom works. It’s all entertaining in a way that’s just different,” Hinds continued.

Hinds said she was brought to the K-pop fold by a friend in 2017.

Jamaica Cosplay Kpop Dance Team Jak’D made an appearance at KPopDramaFest 2023.

The event saw St Ann’s Nathania Dixon taking the first runner-up title, while Kingston’s Gizelle Harrison taking third place.

KPopDramaFest 2023 was well received by fans who turned out to fill the Portmore Academy auditorium for a full day of K-pop themed activities.

Rory Daley

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