Sharlene Radlein crowned Miss Jamaica Universe 2015
From a highly competitive and diverse field of contestants, 24-year-old Sharlene Radlein was awarded the title of Miss Universe Jamaica, along with other lucrative prizes.
Her runners-up were 24-year-old Tasmin Golding and 27-year-old Shana Simpson, respectively.
Rohannia Mooyin (fifth runner-up), Kellon Williams (fourth runner-up) and Michaela Ramlal (third runner-up) completed the top six.
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The renamed Miss Universe Jamaica Beauty, Fashion and Wellness Pageant, was staged on Saturday at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston. It saw 25 females of varied backgrounds judged in three major categories: swimwear, evening gowns and personality interview, as well as the minor category – the X factor. In the latter, the judges looked for that extra-special quality from the competitors.
The 25 females made their opening appearance amidst screams and the uncharacteristic blowing of horns from supporters brandishing pictures and posters. They later returned, individually, wearing red-coloured two-piece-swimwear. Each strutted up and down the two-level stage, mindful that they were being judged on beauty and symmetry of form, skin tone and more.
Subsequently, the top-12 selected had to answer questions based on their personal interest. Except for a few mispronunciations of words in some cases, they all articulated their answers quite well.
However, before the top 12 were identified, each contestant was also given the chance to wow the judges by modelling the Dermoth Williams Couture: The Journey. The gowns already stunningly beautiful, with designs that ranged from medium-length trains, straight bottoms to forest-thick ruffles, the contestants’ job was to merely project their personalities and their natural beauty.
When the mandatory two appearances (individually and as a group) were completed, the judges declared that the five feet nine inches tall Radlein, with vital statistics: 32 / 24 / 34, was the best in executing the task, thus her receiving the sash, Best in Evening Gown. Danisha Scott, who also made the top 12, was awarded the title Miss Swimwear.
Tasmin Golding and Kellon Williams were the recipients of the two Gleaner-organised awards. Golding walked with the sash of Miss People’s Choice award, and Williams the Miss Gleaner Social Media Award.
Winners of other sectional awards were Khloe Clarke – Most Congenial, Nicole Stoddart – Best Personality, Melissa Tulloch – Most Aware, Tricelle Powell – Miss Run Way Style Kerissa Nelson – Miss Essence Style and Samantha Williams – Miss Photogenic.
Sharlene Radlein will look to successfully build on the achievement of last year’s winner, Kaci Fennell, who reached the top five at the 2014 edition of Miss Universe, held in January of this year in Florida due to a delay in establishing a venue for the pageant and, in the minds of many, should have won the crown which was taken home by Colombian, Paulina Vega.
Radlein seeks to become Jamaica’s first ever Miss Universe, with Yendi Phillipps coming closest to the crown, finishing second at the 2010 edition.
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