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Pageant entrant shamed Ja

Published:Friday | November 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Recently, I read in THE STAR of a former Miss Jamaica Universe contestant who was first runner-up to Yendi Phillipps, in 2007, Rosina Casserly, made some very disparaging statements about Jamaica.

She said if you want to experience poverty, Jamaica should be your preferred destination. Beauty contestants are taught to be ambassadors for their countries. You are supposed to be selling a product wherever you go.

Ms Casserly made fun of our economic challenges and went on to say, "I am not singing a Bob Marley, I am not doing it. Oh, my gosh! In Jamaica, they have chik-V. Ever heard about that?" she laughed. How could someone with such a background make such statements and not expect a backlash?

We need to better screen persons taking part in beauty contests and teach them basic expectations through exposure to the wider Jamaica.