Beauties invade the west
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
Miss United Kingdom brought a pair of "I Love London" pajamas; Miss Denmark travelled with a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale book; Miss Australia had a boomerang, and Miss Trinidad was armed with her steel pans.
On Wednesday night, the 18 beauties in the 10th Miss Global International Pageant, made their arrival in Jamaica felt by auctioning souvenir items endemic to their countries at a welcome reception and charity event at RIU hotel in Montego Bay.
Wednesday's welcome event was the beginning of four days of activities that will see a winner crowned at the grand coronation tomorrow - December 6, at RIU.
Ten years old and still going strong, the pageant's organiser, Lachu Ramchandani, while addressing those who turned out on Wednesday, said the competition which boasts the mission, 'Uniting the World through Beauty and Tourism', "attracts ladies from all across the globe whose intelligence, poise, awareness, personalities and drive help to boost Jamaica's tourism industry."
The beauties are from as far away as Armenia, Switzerland, Russia and South Africa, to as close as Martinique, The Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Panama and Puerto Rico. "It is a positive pageant and, by association, these young women help to spread the feeling of goodwill and help boost tourism in their respective countries," stated Ramchandani.
The contestants were hosted by Island Routes and Sandals on Thursday night, Dolphin Cove and Dunn's River, along with a number of local business operators.