Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
The confidence of 19-year-old Roshelle McKinley is at an all-time high since winning the Miss Jamaica Global competition in May. And the Bachelor of Sciences student isn't about to lose that streak. McKinley tells Flair that come Saturday, September 28, she is going for the Miss Global International crown.
Not even slightly perturbed about the 39 other contestants she will be competing against from across the globe, McKinley says, "I am eager to get the title. I am currently being groomed - I can't be too prepared, and having measured myself on the international level from day one, I would say everything is dependent on my behaviour on coronation day."
Pageants like the Miss Global help to develop poised, articulate and confident young women, and McKinley, a third-year business administration undergraduate at the University College of the Caribbean (UCC), will tell you she has never felt more at ease with herself.
"I am more confident since winning, and I will never settle for anything less than winning on the 28th. Just as I put my all into the local pageant, that there was there no way that I could not have won, it is the same approach I am using for the international leg."
McKinley will be going up against contestants from as far as Australia, Syria, India, Singapore, Ethiopia, Botswana, Cape Verde, Canada, Lithuania, Russia, Portugal, the Republic of South Korea, Namibia, and the Philippines.
A past student of José Marti Technical High School in Spanish Town, she is one of two daughters. She was born in Riversdale, St Catherine, and tells Flair she was a tomboy at heart.
"I grew up on a citrus farm, where my days were spent in an orange grove climbing trees."
And just like the trees she topped as a child, she expects to do the same in this competition.
McKinley told Flair that she is honoured to be wearing the Miss Global Jamaica crown, and describes it as a privilege to represent a country blessed with such tremendous beauty. She also speaks glowingly of the 'King of Pageants', Lachu Ramchandani, and the event, which she says has evolved over the nine years it has been running.
"I am proud of him (Lachu). This competition has the potential to compete with Miss Universe Jamaica and Miss Jamaica World. In time, it will get there. Everything works with time."
Looking at the pageant - particularly its first two years - she says there is immense difference.
Her sponsor, David Shores of Crowne Legacy, distributors of Amway Products, has remained committed to her advancement, even after she won, she says, and today she is helping to grow the business locally.
"I am an asset to him and the business," she states, adding that David Shores is very supportive.
Within the international contestants slated to arrive in the island over the next two weeks, Lachu Ramchandani has revealed a very hectic itinerary,, which will see them experiencing the best of Jamaica.
McKinley and the queens from other countries will visit Kool Runnings Waterpark, Rick's Café, Dolphin Cove, RIU Montego Bay, and Blue Beat. They will be accommodated at the Sunset Beach Resort.