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Lecturer suggests unflattering gown cost Jamaica Miss World crown

Published:Tuesday | December 22, 2015 | 12:20 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's Dr Sanneta Myrie (right) in her blue gown during Saturday's final of the Miss World pagent, poses with other contestants in the top five.

Theatre expert and university lecturer, Dr Brian Heap, is being sharply criticised on social media for suggesting that Miss Jamaica World Dr Sanneta Myrie compromised her chances of winning the Miss World crown by wearing an "unflattering" gown.

Myrie competed in a blue gown in Saturday's finals, and placed fifth out of more than 100 countries — the best placement for a Jamaica in almost a decade.

However, Heap was not pleased with Myrie's dress and posted on Facebook, a picture of the Jamaican in a yellow gown, he said she should have worn.

"This is the Chris Moxam gown Miss Jamaica World never wore to the finals. Now you tell me, is this a winner's gown or what? Who decided to go with the unflattering blue number?" Heap posted.

Several fans criticised Heap for the comment arguing that his preferred dress was not appropriate.

"So before Brian Heap tell the girl congrats him a go add to a dress controversy ... really? A girl who came through the centre! Him not even say well done him ago chat bout dress ...! It ugly ... u did see it in person? Why u no direct a play?" wrote, Rayon McLean, founder and artistic director of Quilt Performing Arts Company.

Myrie and McLean were a part of the University of the West Indies-based Phillip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, where Heap plays a key role.

Meanwhile, prolific Jamaican playwright Aston Cooke believes Myrie made a 'good choice' in selecting the blue dress.

"She can rock anything. I think she made a good choice in the blue. It fitted her very well and it is demure enough for Miss World," Cooke said.

Myrie, a medical doctor, is due to return to Jamaica from China on Thursday.