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Five Questions With Miss Jamaica World Khalia Hall

Published:Friday | October 15, 2021 | 12:08 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer
The 25-year-old wowed judges at the Miss Jamaica World coronation.
The 25-year-old wowed judges at the Miss Jamaica World coronation.
Hall wears Saffron Brown during the avant-garde photoshoot.
Hall wears Saffron Brown during the avant-garde photoshoot.
Khalia Hall after she was crowned Miss Jamaica World 2021. Hall will represent Jamaica at the 70th staging of the Miss World pageant in Puerto Rico.
Khalia Hall after she was crowned Miss Jamaica World 2021. Hall will represent Jamaica at the 70th staging of the Miss World pageant in Puerto Rico.
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Khalia Hall, 25, was crowned Miss Jamaica World 2021 during the exciting finals of the competition held on October 9 at the Courtleigh Auditorium.

She beat 14 other finalists for the title and was crowned by Miss World 1976 winner, Cindy Breakspeare, who stood in for 2019 Miss World winner Toni-Ann Singh.

Hall, who has a master’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, also attended the National University of Singapore as an international exchange student from Manchester, serving as the university’s global ambassador.

She has often been described as a ‘foodie’ and is a food blogger at ‘Mix Up and Blenda’, where she makes the point about finding balance, choosing simplicity, and eating “real food”. Hall made a big move when she gave up mechanical engineering to focus on health and nutrition.

In 2020, the budding entrepreneur launched her plant-based Shibumi Jamaican food delivery service after discovering that 74 per cent of Jamaicans do not eat the recommended daily portions of fruits and vegetables.

Khalia Hall will represent Jamaica at the 70th Miss World grand final to be held on December 16 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan. Currently, in intense preparation for the finals, Miss Jamaica World was gracious enough to find the time to answer our five questions.

1 If there is one moment during this exciting journey to Miss Jamaica World that you could freeze and frame, what would it be?

It would have been when we bumped into Elaine Thompson Herah while waiting in the Jamaica Pegasus lobby for our prejudging. She was even sweeter and more humble in person and was willing to record a TikTok video with all of us!

2 A beautiful girl with a degree in mechanical engineering. Do people sometimes find that hard to assimilate?

People have always been surprised when they find out what I study or have studied. I don’t think it’s because of my appearance, but rather my gender. Mechanical engineering is a male-dominated field, so as a female, I stand out. In fact, I was one of maybe 10 girls on a course with over 160 students.

3 What would you wish for if you had three wishes?

My first wish would be for this pandemic to be over. All those whose livelihoods and education have been impacted don’t deserve the lack they’re experiencing. Plus, I miss hugging, holding and touching my loved ones. I’m a very affectionate person.

My next wish would be to reverse all the changes in the climate that man-made activities have caused. It is a looming issue that will have very severe consequences on the Caribbean region, for example, food scarcity.

Lastly, I would wish for more equality in Jamaica and the world at large. I am who I am and where I am today because of my upbringing and the opportunities that came with it. It is unfair that others are not afforded the same. More educational, financial, and overall social equality would solve so many societal ills.

4 What is your ideal weekend getaway?

Portland is my favourite parish, so my ideal getaway weekend would have to be there with those closest to me. I love the warmth of the people, the simplicity of life there, and how “untouched” it is as a tourist destination.

5 What book have you read lately or what film have you watched?

I recently watched Social Dilemma, a Netflix documentary about how social media applications have been designed to capture our attention for as long as possible for the profit of other companies. It was a real eye-opener.

yasmine.peru@gleanerjm.com