Miss Jamaica, Kerri Baylis has won the title of Miss Jamzone International 2012 in a very cultural ceremony held last evening at the National Cultural Centre.
Baylis came out victorious over eight other beauties to cop the first prize of US$10, 000 and "bragging rights" for a year. Miss St. Lucia, Louise Victor secured the first runner-up position, while Miss St. Kitts & Nevis, Trevicia Adams, copped the second runner up spot. The other girls in the top five were Miss Guyana, Ayana Harris, third runner up and Miss Trinidad & Tobago, Renee Bhagwandeen, fourth runner up.
The Miss Jamzone International Pageant offered a refreshing insight into the sounds and cultures of our Caribbean neighbours. The delegates took us on an extremely fascinating voyage to each of the countries represented through their cultural wear presentations, their country presentations, some through their fantasy swimwear and others through facets of their evening gowns. We got to listen to the delegates in an off the cuff question and answer interview and then of course, the final question.
Baylis was a crowd favourite from her very first appearance on stage. In the cultural wear segment the delegates showcased elements of their countries; they did this by modeling to songs from their countries. When Miss Jamaica came onstage to Konshens' "Gal A Bubble" the National Cultural Centre went crazy. All eyes were on her from this moment on!
The country presentations allowed the delegates to emphasize the most amazing aspects of their countries. Miss Guyana, Miss British Virgin Islands (BVI) and Miss Jamaica were the favourites in this category. The delegates were fluent, theatrical, confident and interacted well with the audience. Feisty Miss Jamaica highlighted Jamaica through dance taking us all the way back to the ‘boggle' and ending with her favourite "Gal A Bubble". Miss Suriname stumbled miserably because of taunts from the crowd and Miss Venezuela REALLY needed a translator.
The fantasy swimwear segment of the competition gave the delegates an opportunity for them to create a swimwear that represented them, a fantasy or their country. Miss Guyana's was the absolute best and made completely out of seashells.
The delegates also modeled in customary swimwear designed by Guyanese, Pat Coates. The evening gown competition posed another chance for the girls to highlight their country, or themselves!
The third Jamzone Lifetime Achievement Award was given last night and the recipient of that award was legendary cricketer, Mr. Clive Lloyd. He was presented with his award by Hits and Jams representative, Rawle Ferguson.
There were a number of special prizes for the delegates; these included prizes for: Miss Congeniality, awarded to Miss Guyana; Miss Body Beautiful, Miss Jamaica; Miss Fantasy Swimwear, Miss Guyana; Best Evening Gown, Miss Jamaica; Best Country Presentation, Miss Jamaica and Best Country Dress, Miss Jamaica.
After the top five delegates were selected they were all asked one final question: "At the end of life what would you want to be most happy about?" Miss Trinidad and Tobago stated that what she would be most happy about is – "living life to the fullest, no regrets, and loving who loves her the most". Miss Guyana said the fact that she would have completed her degree, follow her dreams as a marketing consultant, with a husband and maybe three children - would make her most happy at the end of life. Miss St. Lucia alluded to the fact that she is very family oriented, and that she would be most happy to know that they (her family) were there for her through her struggles and successes. Miss St. Kitts & Nevis thought that making her mother and father proud and following her career goals would make her most happy at the end of life. And finally, Miss Jamaica, she believed that making a difference in the world … making an impact would make her most happy. She also went on to say that we are here on earth to touch lives and being able to do that would make her most happy.
And the results were tabulated and without a doubt and by a landslide … Miss Jamaica won! The National Culture Centre was pleased.
The judges for the evening were television personality, Joel Ghansham; founder of Aspara, Chandini Rambalak Ramnarain; Miss Jamzone 2007 and Miss Guyana World 2008, Christa Simmons; Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, Steve Ninvalle; Runner up in the Miss Guyana Universe 2002 and Miss Guyana World 2005, Ulex Fung and Ms Guyana Renaissance 2007, Simone Beckles.
The Pageant was hosted by Miss Jamzone 2005, Shonette Moore.
Entertainment was also provided by local singers Lisa Punch, Jackie Hanover, Calvin Burnett, Brandon Harding, George Anthony Abrams and dances by Mr. Cheeks & group and an emerging dancehall trio.