Miss Jamaica Festival Queen final tomorrow
Following the recent crowning of all 13 parish queens, the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition is now gearing up for the national coronation tomorrow at the National Arena. Organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition aims to select the most promising young Jamaican woman, who will then go on to become Jamaica’s cultural ambassador.
For more than 50 years, the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen Competition has been catapulting the careers of countless young Jamaican women. The programme focuses extensively on the pivotal role of women in society in various capacities. Some of the more notable past queens are Dr Marsha Barnett, Jennifer ‘Jenny Jenny’ Small, Jacinth Hall-Tracey, Dahlia Harris, Krystal Tomlinson, and Kaysia Johnson.
“Each year, the girls who are selected are those who best represent the brilliance and resilience of the Jamaica woman. Our theme for the competition this year is ‘Strong Jamaican Woman: Woman of Culture’, which is fitting as I believe our 13 parish queens are indeed strong women of culture,” said Andrew Clunis, director of marketing and public relations at the JCDC.
MELTING POT OF THE VERY BEST
Not only are the parish queens intelligent and culturally aware; they also represent the many elements that speak boldly of the strength of the Jamaican woman. Clunis said that each contestant brings her own flavour from her own home parish and that together, they are a melting pot of the very best Jamaica has to offer.
Clunis is confident that the 2019 line-up is sure to produce a Festival Queen for the history books.
“That this competition should produce well-rounded and progressive-thinking young women is tradition at this point. However, I believe each year, these young women never cease to amaze. It is remarkable that for over 50 years, we have seen this programme groom and showcase such upstanding businesswomen and cultural figures,” he added.
Among the selected queens are Sachique Williams, representing St Mary; Nordia Wiggan, Miss Trelawny; Anna Kay Hudson, Miss Kingston and St Andrew; Khamara Wright, representing St Catherine; Chantalle Bryan from St Ann; St Elizabeth’s Tamara McPherson; and Issa Nation from Manchester.
Also crowned were Chardonnae Parkins, Miss St James; Dru-Lissa Grant, hailing from St Thomas; Reneise Johnson, representing Hanover; and Elieza White from Portland. Westmoreland’s Kimona Roache will be representing the parish at the grand final, while Alecia Byfield has been selected to represent Clarendon.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at the JCDC Head Office; Independence Village; and the Fontana Pharmacy branches in Barbican, Ocho Rios, Mandeville, and Montego Bay.