Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:Miss French Connection Events became the first of five fast-track winners to make it to the top 10 of the Miss Jamaica World 2013.
Jessica Campbell copped the Miss Jamaica World Beach Beauty title at the Seawind Beach Club, Montego Bay, last Saturday. Campbell beat 24 other contestants for the title, with Jenaae Jackson, Miss Huawei Technologies Jamaica, taking second, and Gina Hargitay, Miss Nirvana Magazine, copping the third spot.
Chief judge and franchise holder of Miss Jamaica World, Laura Butler, who is a former Miss Jamaica Body Beautiful, told Outlook that it was difficult for the judges to choose a winner, as the girls met most, if not all, the criteria.
"It was a difficult decision, we had a really hard time to choose the winner, because the girls all looked very good and we had to do many reviews."
Other judges were Douglas Gordon, editor in chief of Ocean Style Magazine, Christine Straw, former Miss Jamaica World, Richard Wright proprietor of Mills Brook Resort, and former American weightlifting champion, and Michelle Parkes, former Miss Jamaica World Surrey and director of sales, Montego Bay Convention Centre.
The criteria were skin tone, muscle tone, proportion, and beauty of face and figure. A slight burst of showers threatened to put a damper on the poolside swimsuit parade, but quick adjustments saw the competition moved indoors.
The top five were eventually narrowed down to Gina Hargitay, Jessica Campbell, Amanda McCreath, Sara Kay Webly and Jenaae Jackson.
The contestants wore bathing suits from Amelia Morgan D and Suzie Lee.
The Grand Coronation show for the Miss Jamaica World 2013 will be held outside of Kingston for the first time in its history, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on July 21 under the theme 'Beauty with a Purpose'.
Butler also indicated that the pageant would this year offer full educational scholarships to the contestants, with a total value of $5 million.
"The scholarships may include associate bachelor's or master's degree, depending on the interests and qualifications of the awardees." She said the degrees are tenable at the University College of the Caribbean, but also offer options at the University of London and Kursk State Medical Facility in Russia.
An added feature of the pageant this year is the contestants volunteering at five charities identified by the Miss Jamaica World Committee. The charities include the Jamaica School for the Deaf, the St Patrick's Foundation for Children, and McCam Child Development Centre.
They will also be staging a fund-raising event for these charities.
Prizes for the 2013 pageant include $5 million in scholarships, a 2013 Suzuki Kizashi, courtesy of Stewart's Auto Sales, Miss World wardrobe, training package from Laura Butler - Fusion Consulting Limited, film training from Max Earle Frame by Frame, Spartan Health Club gym membership, and Fly Jamaica business class ticket for two to New York.