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Miss Universe Jamaica 2017 launched

Published:Friday | July 28, 2017 | 7:14 AMKimberly Goodall
Co-Director of Miss Universe Jamaica Karl Williams joins Marketing Manager of LASCO Catherine Goodall for a quick photo op at the pageant's launch on Wednesday.
CEO of Discipline of Beauty, Runway and Fitness Consultancy Dianne O. Brown looking stunning at Wednesday's launch.
From left: Miss Universe Jamaica Northwest Andrea Myers, Miss Universe East Addairre Esmie and Miss Universe Northeast Joddian Harper share smiles with our camera.
Joel Nomdarkham is all smiles with Brittne Williams.
Miss Universe Jamaica 2016 Isabel Dalley walks the runway in style and grace, appreciating her last days as Queen.
Jenaae Jackson, Miss Lawe Insurance, struts down the runway at her first media appearance.
Miss Afrostar Traders Limited Sara-Jade Kow
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With 18 beauties vying for the title of Miss Universe Jamaica 2017, franchise holders Mark McDermoth and Karl Williams are set on crowning that special young woman, who will not only represent the country on the global stage, but enhance lives through her beauty.

At the pageant's media launch on Wednesday, at the Triple Century Sports Club in New Kingston, McDermoth emphasised the event's commitment to extensive training and moulding to ensure that the young women are more than beautiful on stage but will also have presence, personality, and intelligence.

"We are not training the contestants to play in the show, we are training everyone to be winners. Training is big for us this year and will make a stronger winner. What we're seeing from Universe now is it's a beauty pageant, but substance is critical, so we are giving the contestants an extra shot in the arm to be amazing and dazzling in the interviews. We want to bring out their personalities and prepare them to manage any element in the interviews," McDermoth said.

Spreading the pageant beyond the corporate area once again, the pageant has included the winners of the island's regional pageants - Andrea Myers, Miss Universe Northwest; Joddian Harper, Miss Universe Northeast; and Addairre Esmie, Miss Universe East. Fifteen other finalist will be vying for the crown on August 26 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

 

Grand Prize

 

Alongside the title of Miss Universe Jamaica and the trip to the 2017 international pageant, the winner will receive a $1 million wardrobe; $300,000 cash prize; life and travel insurance coverage from Axia Insurance; a one-year gym membership from Spartan Health Club; a weekend for two at a north coast all-inclusive hotel, among other prizes.

kimberly.goodall@gleanerjm.com