Christine Straw, Miss Jamaica Universe 2004, wearing an outfit from her Miss Universe Wardrobe. - WINSTON SILL/Staff Photographer
CHRISTINE STRAW, Miss Jamaica Universe 2004, is featured in a full-length interview on pageant website, globalbeauties.com. Straw, who left for Quito, Ecuador, for the Miss Universe Competition, to be held June 1, in the interview spoke of issues such as the use of plastic surgery, her preparation for the Miss Universe contest and her most precious material possession - a bottle of sand sent to her from the desert in Qatar by her best friend.
The 24 year-old beauty queen is one of 80 women competing for the Miss Universe crown and one of only 10 featured in a full-length interview on the site.
Straw expressed her love of one unconventional beauty queen activity, pistol shooting, and the three famous Jamaicans she feels most proud of - Merlene Ottey, David Lee (world class free diver) and the legendary Bob Marley.
She says of pistol shooting: "...It is my newest love. From the very first attempt I had a very steady hand, good aim and a precise shot. This just whets my appetite to take the sport further."
Straw is the second contestant in Jamaica, after Sandra Foster, to hold both the Miss Jamaica World crown (1998) and the Miss Jamaica Universe Crown (2004). In 1998, Straw was also crowned Continental Queen of the Caribbean in the Miss World Competition.
Other contestants featured on the site include Miss Universe Canada Venessa Fisher; Miss Switzerland Bianca Sissing and Miss Universe Aruba Zizi Lee.
The Miss Universe Pageant, to be hosted by Access Hollywood's Billy Bush and model Daisy Fuentes, will be broadcast live on NBC.
Interesting Facts on the Miss Universe Crown:
It was designed by Mikimoto, is valued at US$200,000 and holds 500 diamonds, totaling nearly 30 carats. The crown also holds 120 pearls, comprising both white South Sea and Akoya pearls, ranging in size from 3mm to 18mm. The design of the crown depicts the ancient symbol of the Phoenix rising, which signifies status, power and the vision of great beauty.