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Miss Jamaica UK is crowned

WINNER'S CIRCLE: Jamaica’s High Commissioner Mr. Seth George Ramocan joins Miss Jamaica UK Danicka Reid (centre), first runner-up Kadedre Duffus (left) and third-place contestant Chloe Calvin along with the High Commissioner’s wife Dr. Lola Ramocan (second left) and pageant founder Dr. June Daley (right).

DANICKA REID, a 22 year-old Client Attendant at the National Liberal Club in central London, has been crowned Miss Jamaica UK 2016 when she emerged as the judges’ choice at the 27th staging of the annual beauty and talent contest at the Old Finsbury Town Hall, Islington on Saturday, January 7.

Danicka (pictured below with first runner-up Kadedre Duffus on the left and third place contestant Chloe Calvin), who towered over the other contestants at 5ft 9in, also won the sectional prize for Best Dress with her eye-catching green gown which had the audience clapping with approval when she took the stage in the evening wear segment.

Her parents are from the parishes of St Mary and Kingston and she was sponsored by Williams Global Hair and Simon Robert.

Kadedre Duffus, a 19 year-old Junior Project Manager and part-time business student whose parents are from Kingston, took the first runner-up title, while third place and second runner-up spot went to 21 year-old Chloe Calvin, a BA honours media student whose parents hail from the parishes of St Thomas and Hanover.

Seven contestants competed for the title of Miss Jamaica UK to replace Jasmine May who was crowned in November 2015 and it was Danicka who won overall after scoring heavily on the judges’ cards in both the swim wear and evening wear sections. She also performed strongly during the Get to Know the Contestants section when she tackled the question, ‘What makes you proud to be of Jamaican heritage?’.

Other contestants winning sectional prizes were Neesha Robinson, 24, who was voted Best Talent for her performance as Tina Turner, while Yasmin Fletcher, 22, was voted Most Photogenic whilst third-place Chloe Calvin picked up the People’s Choice award.

The seven finalists in the Miss Jamaica UK pageant parade in their evening wear.

On-hand to witness the crowning was Jamaica’s new High Commissioner to the UK, Mr. Seth George Ramocan, who addressed the audience briefly and praised the Founder and President of the contest, Dr. June Daley; for remaining committed to the pageant for over a quarter of a century and to unearthing so many talents over the years. He made note that his own sister, Dr. Kurdell Espinosa, had taken part in the contest back in 1990 and she is now a medical doctor in Jamaica.

The High Commissioner also used the opportunity to let Jamaicans know that this year will be a significant one for the community as the island will celebrate 55 years of independence and the World Athletics Championships will be held in London, where sprint king Usain Bolt will be the star attraction. He encouraged all Jamaicans to participate in the activities taking place during this eventful year.

The judges who were tasked with selecting the winners were Chief Judge Charles Anthony Logan, Simone Fairweather, Paula Powell, Spencer Fearon, Melanie Robinson and Nyhoka Rutherford.

Also making an appearance at the event to support the contestants was the newly- crowned Miss Guyana UK Lauren Felicity Hosannah and her chaperone Ms. Tracey Benjamin.

Comperes for the evening were Hugh Francis and popular radio presenter DJ Elayne, both of whom kept the programme running smoothly.

Patrons were entertained by various artistes during the evening including Chareena Miller, who was a contestant herself in 2015, Kelly MeSoftly, Cherine White and Muna Hashin.

Sponsors for the pageant were the Future Learning Academy, Grace Foods UK, Design Essentials, The Voice and the Weekly Gleaner newspapers.

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