Expects China experience to be out of this world
Davina Henry, Staff Reporter
Shock! That was Deanna Robins' first reaction when her name was announced as Miss Jamaica World 2012.
The 21-year-old queen is now focusing her attention on the upcoming Miss World Pageant to be held in Mongolia, China, later this year.
Robins said that so far she has been focusing on the gym and getting her body in the best shape to compete on the international stage.
Reflecting on her journey in the competition, which culminated two weeks ago, Robins confessed that on the night of the finals it was no longer about winning.
"Honestly, my whole pageant experience was so rewarding that by final night it was no longer about winning for me. That really helped take the nerves away and made me calmer and more collected. I think that helped give me the edge," Robins told The Gleaner.
An alumnus of the University of the West Indies where she studied environmental biology, Robins is currently working with underprivileged children at the Young Men's Christian Association in the literacy programme.
Her platform is aiding in the improvement and expansion of the programme.
Robins said she was looking forward to the Jamaica 50 celebrations.
She notes that this opportunity will provide her with a platform for charitable issues that are important to her.
She confessed that there was added pressure to bring home the Miss World title because this year's competition coincides with Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence. Robins is, however, focused on her game plan to bring home the crown.
"I think it will be the experience of a lifetime and I am so excited to be a part of it. I hope to learn about the Chinese culture while meeting people from all over the world. I am also hoping to represent my country as best as possible while showcasing Jamaica to the world, and hopefully do well in the pageant.
"People have been very supportive so far and I have been blessed to have a good support system around me that kept me thinking positively throughout the experience," she said.
Robins is scheduled to leave for China in three weeks.