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Memoirs of a Miss Jamaica

Published:Saturday | October 9, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Chantal Raymond, Miss Jamaica World, arrives at the Norman Manley International Airport from where she left to make the long trip to Sanya, China
Chantal Raymond and Miss St Kitts, Fatisha Anita Imo pose for this picture.
Raymond enjoys a bus ride with Miss Northern Ireland, Lori Moore.
Raymond and her roomate Miss Panama, Paola Alessandra Vapprio Medaglia.
Four Miss World contestants compare shoes. Can you tell which one is Miss Jamaica?
Chantal Raymond sports the national costume she will wear in Sanya, China. The outfit was designed by Barry Moncrieffe. Contributed photos
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Chantal Raymond, Miss Jamaica World, has been in China for a week. There has been much for the young beauty to learn in the way of culture and she has been writing what she sees and hears. The Gleaner let's you behind the eyes of Raymond, as she tells, in her own words, what it has been like in Sanya and the other Chinese cities she's been to.

 Hi Jamaica!

Wow, I can't believe I have now been in China for almost a week. I have seen so many creative sights and architecture that I am feeling so blessed to be experiencing so much.

My trip to China went quite smoothly. Well, except for my never-ending struggle to reach an appropriate luggage weight.

On September 27, I flew from Kingston to Miami on Air Jamaica. The 'lovebird' hospitality was phenomenal as they allowed me to check an extra bag at no charge, upgraded me to first class, and personally escorted me to the flight. Unfortunately, United Airlines was not as kind, as they charged US$200 for my overweight baggage for my flight to Beijing via Washington DC.

After a 14-hour flight to China, I finally arrived in Beijing where two kind men in a stylish black Audi met me at the airport and escorted me to my hotel. My Spanish has improved quite a bit on this trip because although we are divided into groups by chaperone, I am the only person from an English-speaking country in my group. My group-mates are: Miss Panama (my roommate), Miss Portugal, Miss Paraguay, Miss Mexico, and Miss Puerto Rico.

Camera driven

All the ladies are lovely and you get to know them more as the week progresses. There are those who are always camera driven and will even physically run to various locations so they can be up close and central during group pictures. There are also the Angelina Jolie types, complete with the puckers and all. Miss Sweden is the closest to Jolie's character.

In all fairness the group of ladies is a very diverse set with each bringing her own assets.

We've also discovered that many ladies here have never been in a beauty pageant before. Some countries invite ladies for a one-day casting or just choose a representative from one of their existing models. Presently, it is too early to see who is the biggest competition, as none of us has had a chance to meet the other 119 ladies.

Overall, it has been a wonderful experience and I wouldn't trade it for the world!


Signed,

Chantal Raymond,

Miss Jamaica World 2010.