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10 things you didn't know about Chantal Raymond

Published:Sunday | January 27, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Chantal Raymond is a true definition of the meaning of beauty and brains. In May 2010, Chantal graduated from Harvard Law School with a Doctor of Law degree. This followed her earlier completion of a bachelor's degree in public relations at the University of Florida, which she had attended using nine academic scholarships.

At Harvard, her love for and commitment to her Caribbean roots moved her to become co-president and co-founder of the Harvard Caribbean Law Association. Chantal's life is marked by her extensive voluntary contributions of her time and services since she was a teenager. She also completed a political/economics internship at the US Department of State, US Embassy, in Kingston.

Throughout her reign as Miss Jamaica World 2010, Chantal took on the Miss Jamaica World motto 'Beauty with a purpose' and showcased that she was just that - a beautiful woman with a purpose.

The 24-year-old Harvard law graduate cum beauty queen had a philanthropic year, where she carried out a number of charitable activities both locally and internationally. One of her biggest roles to date was being appointed the 2011 GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Champs ambassador with a platform to reform and implement peace initiatives during the season of Jamaica's most popular track and field events.

For this, she called upon the star power of her former classmate National Football League player Jeremy Mincey of the Jacksonville Jaguars to be the keynote speaker at the Peace Initiative Forum at Jamaica House. She was also the patron of the Lucozade blood drive and not only encouraged students and citizens to give blood, but also donated blood herself.

Giving back means a lot to the beautiful and talented queen, so much so that she organised a group of friends, former contestants and boutique owners and coordinated what proved a successful fashion show for the Jamaica Cancer Society's charity event 'Doctors and Friends in Concert'. She has also done a number of speeches and courtesy calls to organisations such as primary and secondary schools.

Charity wasn't her only focus as the beauty and legal eagle showcased her fun side as she made a cameo performance in Shurwayne Winchester and Keida's video titled Good Vibrations.

She was honoured earlier last year by Jampact (Jamaica Impact), where she was given an award of excellence in recognition for her outstanding work during her reign. The award was presented on May 14 in New York at a charity fashion gala.

Today, Outlook shares 10 things we didn't know about this purpose-driven beauty and attorney.

1. Shares the initials C.A.R. with her younger sister, Cherese, and her father, Colin.

2. Everyone who knows her from birth calls her Pie.

3. Loves chocolate, Michael Jackson, shellfish and Caribbean Carnival!

4. Learning to swim, cook and sing are at the top of her bucket list.

5. Was born at the University Hospital of the West Indies during a power outage.

6. Was bitten by the travel bug while studying in Italy and pursuing a public relations degree at the University of Florida.

7. Was Miss Teen Miramar 2004.

8. Co-founded the Harvard Caribbean Law Association while a law student at Harvard.

9. Shares a Los Angeles home with an Ethiopian and an Armenian.

10. Invites you to read and comment on her weekly blog at FreeSpeechJamaica.com