25 finalists, up from a customary 20 have been selected for the finals of the 2013 Suzuki Miss Jamaica World Beauty Pageant slated for Sunday, July 21 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. The Miss Jamaica World (MJW) Organising Committee has reported that the change resulted from the resounding response from entrants meeting the stringent criteria of the pageant.
At the inaugural public staging of the Suzuki MJW Elimination Show at the Jamaica Pegasus on Saturday, June 15; Franchise Holder Laura Butler noted the pre-requites for the 25 ladies who made the cut. “We had an overwhelming number of applicants this year – close to 140; and of this number, 64 gorgeous ladies successfully met the criteria of our judges at the pre-elimination level. Beauty of Face, Figure, Deportment, Charm, Poise and Intelligence were the elements of focus,” said Butler.
The Franchise Holder went on to explain that “Personality, Intelligence, General Conversation, Presentation Skills as well as Conduct and Discipline will be of particular focus for judges at the Grand Coronation Show.”
The 25 Jamaican beauties vying for the ambassadorial title to pursue the Miss World ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ mission on September 28, at the Sentul International Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia are Gina Hargitay, Jameal Clarke, Ariel Brown, Kathryn Davis, Paige Smith, Latoya Johnson, Arianna Bartley, Candice Hayles,Sara-K Webley, Sheree Tomlinson, Jessica Campbell, Vannessa Metzger , Shana Simpson, Christine Davis, Shanice Rerrie, Nastashia Bryan, Stephanie Bignall, Dianne Brown, Toni- Ann Hibbert, Melissa Frater, Ashley Miller, Stephanie Harrison, Johanna Saddler, Amanda McCreath and Jenaae Jackson.
The five additional contestant sponsors will be announced at a public appearance of the 25 finalists this Sunday, June 23 - 4pm at Devon House in Kingston.
Leading up to the Grand Coronation Show, the finalists will undergo rigorous training in image building, speech, deportment, time management, protocol, business and social etiquette, personal development, presentation skills as well as career and entrepreneurial development from Fusion Consulting Limited.
The winner of the Suzuki Miss Jamaica World Beauty Pageant will not only represent the island in the Miss World (Global) Competition – to be broadcasted to over 120 countries worldwide; but will win for herself a brand new Suzuki Kizashi luxury sports car valued at J$4.55M – insured by ICWI and protected by Guardsman Alarms’ GMedic plan for one year. Her prize package will also include incentives such as a Miss World wardrobe; J$500,000 prize package courtesy of Nirvana Magazine; a training package from Fusion Consulting Limited, on screen film training from Frame by Frame and access to a full university scholarship courtesy of The University College of the Caribbean, University of London or Kursk State Medical University.