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17th of July 2018


Ashly Thomas is Miss Universe Ja NE

Ashly Thomas is Miss Universe Ja NE

BY KEVIN JACKSONObserver writer

Monday, July 02, 2018

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Ashly Thomas, entertainment coordinator at Beaches Boscobel, is the new Miss Universe Jamaica North East.

The 23-year-old, who wore the sash Miss Exquisite Wicker, won from a field of 12 finalists.

It was the fifth staging of the pageant which took place on the lawns of the Island Village Shopping Complex in Ocho Rios, St Ann, on Saturday night.

“I am trying not to cry. I am feeling excited and overwhelmed. I was never expected to win, but I was hoping that I would, through all the hard work and dedication that I put in,” Thomas said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer shortly after she was crowned.

Thomas also won the sectional prizes: Best in Evening Gown; Best in Swimwear; and Best Stage Presence.

Finishing in second place was Italee Vinard, Miss Element Lounge, while Britney McKenzie, Miss Dunn's River Falls & Park secured third place.

Other sectional winners were: Most Congenial — Kayniel Wallace (Miss Ronet Printing); Most Aware – Lawnda Jackson (Miss Usain Bolt Tracks & Records Ocho Rios); Best Smile – Monique Grant (Miss Fitness Centre); and Social Media – Britney McKenzie.

The show opened with the contestants dressed in Las Vegas-style outfits. After introducing themselves to the audience, the finalists then appeared in swimwear. This segment of the show elicited numerous cheers and whistles from appreciative male members of the audience.

After a brief performance by St Ann-based dancehall artiste Furness, the finalists then appeared in evening wear designed by Ernesto Castro.

The 12 finalists were then cut down to a top 6 —McKenzie, Vinard, Thomas, Jackson, Tori Chin-Yee (Miss SNM Creative Studio), and Chelsea Ducasse (Miss Eat More Meats).

After the personality interviews of the top six, the top three were announced. They then faced the gruelling interview segment.

While the judges made their deliberations, singer Tanya Stephens performed an acoustic set which included hits such as It's a Pity, These Streets and After You.

The night's proceedings were guided by emcees Ricardo Foreman and Amashika Lorne.Commendation should be given to the organisers who, despite a late start, delivered a first-class and well-produced show.

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