Kaci Fennell cocktails and 'Kacidillas'... ...As Triple Century host Miss Universe viewing party tonight
Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer
Triple Century Sports Bar and Grill is the place to be tonight, as the official viewing party for Miss Universe Jamaica Kaci Fennell gets under way. As the beauty continues to make strides in the international competition, members of the public are being invited to journey down to the New Kingston hotspot to show their support ahead of tonight's final announcement.
According to Jacqueline Jackson, marketing and pageant manager of Miss Universe Jamaica organisation, although live action from the competition doesn't start until 8 p.m., persons at Triple Century will be kicking things off an hour earlier. "Between 7 and 8 p.m., there will be lots of giveaways, courtesy of Digicel and Axia Jamaica Insurance Agency," she said, as she encouraged persons to come out early to the free event. "Come and enjoy the atmosphere surrounded by some of Kaci's family and close friends. The excitement will be at its maximum and the whole vibe is guaranteed to be amazing."
In addition to all-night giveaways, Triple Century has also concocted a special Kaci Fennell cocktail to be served on the night, as well as special quesadillas titled 'Kacidillas' which will be on special all night. This was confirmed by Triple Century's general manager, Radcliffe Haynes.
IN IT TO WIN IT
After witnessing Fennell's performance in the preliminary show on Wednesday night, Jackson says she is even more confident now that the beauty will take home the crown for Jamaica. "I believe her chances of winning have increased even further after watching her compete in the preliminary show. She has developed so much since she left here in January, her confidence grows every day and she is definitely in it to win it."
During Wednesday's preliminary show, all 88 contestants got the chance to showcase their evening gowns, swimwear and national costume. Fennell was definitely one of the night's standouts and, the following day, social media was abuzz with users voicing their opinions on her performance. Though most of the comments were encouraging, some users believed Fennell missed the mark in the national costume segment. Social-media users were left confused by the colourful Uzuri International piece, some saying that the costume misrepresented the country.
When commenting on the issue, Jackson said she understood how some users may have got that impression, but explained that all doubts surrounding the choice would be shattered once persons understood the meaning behind the elaborate piece. In a statement sent to The Sunday Gleaner, an interpretation of the piece was given. "The piece is titled 'Jamania' and it speaks to the unparalleled fire and tenacity of the Jamaican spirit which gave the world reggae music and produced such world-class legends as Bob Marley, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Grace Jones, Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce," it read. "It is inspired by the Jamaican motto, 'Out of Many, One People', and draws mainly on the cultural contributions made by the peoples who inhabited Jamaica through the centuries, such as the Taino, the Spanish, the British, the Africans, Chinese and Indians." The statement went on to say that the choice of costume was a strategic move to ensure Fennell stood out. "With the national costume, the aim is to stand out and not blend in, and I think that costume did it for her. It weighs a whole 45 pounds, but by the way she carried herself on stage, you would not have known. She looked beautiful and she represented well."
Although Jackson believes that Fennell will become the first Jamaican to win the Miss Universe title, she named Philippines, Colombia, Spain, Brazil and Russia as Jamaica's biggest competition.
Live action from the Miss Universe stage in Miami, Florida will be aired on Television Jamaica tonight at 8 p.m.