Kadijah's tenacity gives her crown

Observer writer

Monday, September 03, 2018

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DURING the nearly two-month process of preparing for the Miss Jamaica World pageant, Kadijah Robinson said she often felt like withdrawing from the competition.

'There were times where I felt like giving up, especially when things became so overwhelming with travel and expenses. But God brought me through and I'm so happy,” Robinson told the Jamaica Observer.

The 23-year-old physical therapist, who works at the Black River Hospital in St Elizabeth, was crowned Miss Jamaica World 2018 at the end of the grand coronation show on Saturday night inside the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

“I put my everything into getting this title tonight. I am so pleased, and I am so happy. I had to leave work for some time to do this. It was worth it, and now I get to give some more of myself to my country,” said Robinson.

First runner-up was Issia Thelwell (Miss Tropical Bliss), while third place went to Catherine Harris (Miss ORS Olive Oil).

A former student of Hampton School in Malvern, Robinson moved onto the University of The West Indies where she studied physical therapy for three years.

She spoke about plans during her reign.

“I am planning to use this platform to inspire whomever I can, whether girl, boy, man or woman. This will also help to promote my project Helping Hands in the Community, which encourages persons to use their specific skills and gifts to help their communities, and to increase exercise awareness across the island.”

She will represent Jamaica at the Miss World finals in Sanya, China in December.

Robinson is the second Miss Jamaica World titleholder from St Elizabeth in recent years. The other is the 2016 winner Ashlie Barrett.

The evening began with the 16 finalists appearing in bodysuits while dancing to hit songs from dancehall singjay Ding Dong. After the individual introduction of the girls, dance ensemble Ashe performed an entertaining medley of Jamaican hits, including Half Pint's Greetings, Dreamland, Buju Banton's Bogle, Busy Signal's Watch Out Fi Dis, and Jose Wales' Nah Lef Yah. There was also a performance by 2017 Digicel Rising Stars' winner Short Boss.

In the evening wear parade, females wore designs from a variety of local designers. Robinson's outfit was named Best Gown and she was rewarded with a television set courtesy of Singer. The designer of her outfit, Donald “Rednarim” Mirander won the Singer Scissor award and a heavy-duty sewing machine from Singer.

The fast-track winners were then announced. They were: Talent – Shanique Salmon, Miss Hilda's Jelly Wine; Beach Beauty – Rushelle Malcolm – Miss Puerto Seco Beach Club; Model – Lamise Hamilton – Miss Interlinc Communications; Beauty With a Purpose – Jana Hinds, Miss Mushroom Swimwear; and Fitness – Amaya Lewis, Miss Autocraze.

The sectional prizes winners were: Most Congenial – Jameilia Baimbridge – Miss Circles Logistics; People's Choice – Kadijah Robinson – Miss Fontana Pharmacy; Most Improved – Catherine Harris – Miss ORS Olive Oil; and Most Photogenic – Kadijah Robinson.

Making the top five were Hamilton, Robinson, Harris, Lewis and Thelwell.

Under the theme 'Purposely Beautiful', the coronation show kicked off at 8:05 pm and ran smoothly. The production was commendable and the event ended at minutes before 10:00 pm.

Special commendation must be made to the organisers, Crown of Beauty Jamaica Limited for including an all-Jamaican element into the proceedings. From the performances to the recorded music, brand Jamaica was on show.

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