Miss Jamaica DETHRONED
New queen crowned to represent island in Saturday's Miss Global International
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
Twenty-three-year-old Shavrine Wilson has replaced the reigning Miss Jamaica Global 2014, Veronica McMaster, and will represent the country in the annual Miss Global International pageant on Saturday, December 6, at the RIU Montego Bay.
Wilson, who was first runner-up during the May 2014 coronation, was crowned at an informal ceremony in Kingston recently.
Pageant ambassador Lachu Ramchandani said McMaster was replaced because she refused to fulfill her obligations as queen.
"After trying to reach her through several messages and telephone calls, she made no effort to contact the franchise director's office, and as a result of the non-performance of her obligations as a queen, a decision was made to crown the first runner-up, Shavrine Wilson," Ramchandani said in a statement to The Gleaner.
When The Gleaner contacted her last week, McMaster admitted that her workload had prevented her from performing her duties.
"There was just too much going on in my job; I couldn't carry the two jobs at the same time," she said.
Wilson will compete against 25 other contestants from the global village at the Miss Global International grand coronation this Saturday, December 6, at RIU in Montego Bay.
The university graduate, who holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from the University College of the Caribbean, is currently in Colombia for a cultural-exchange programme.
Excited about the prospects, Wilson said sitting in the winner's seat, her first priority during the competition would be to highlight the country's strengths by helping to improve on any weaknesses.
"I will be expected to depict our rich culture and distinctive heritage to 25 other women from across the world, and one of the things I want to do while they are here is to introduce them to the hard-working, creative entrepreneurs we have in our craft markets," she told The Gleaner.
Event organiser Ramchandani uses the pageant to showcase Jamaica to the visiting queens. The ladies will visit the world-famous Dunn's River Falls, Dolphin Cove, and will party on a catamaran cruise hosted by Island Routes.
On Wednesday, December 3, they will display their talent at a private show, before performing publicly on Friday.
"By Saturday night, they would have all been exposed to some aspect of the diverse tourism product that Jamaica has to offer," Ramchandani said.