Monday, October 11, 2010

Miss World 2010: Meet Miss Jamaica

 Jamaica is the third largest island in the Caribbean. The island is home to the Blue Mountains inland and is surrounded by a narrow coastal plain. The famous Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is cultivated on the lower slopes of the mountains, while higher slopes are preserved as forest. Jamaica is also home to the seventh largest natural harbor in the world, Kingston Harbor. There are several tourist attractions scattered across the country, including Dunn's River Falls in St. Ann, YS Falls in St. Elizabeth, the Blue Lagoon in Portland, and Port Royal. The climate in Jamaica is tropical, with hot and humid weather, although higher inland regions are more temperate. Some regions on the south coast are relatively dry rain-shadow areas. Dunn's River Falls is a famous waterfall near Ocho Rios, Jamaica and a major Caribbean tourist attraction that attracts thousands of visitors each year. The waterfalls are terraced like giant stair steps of which some are man-made improvements. Several small lagoons are interspersed among the vertical sections of the falls. Climbing up the waterfalls is a popular tourist activity. Jamaica had produced many finalists and semifinalist in Miss World, three of them had won the crown in 1963, 1976 and 1993. This year, the nation will be represented by Chantal Alicia Raymond who won the Miss Jamaica World 2010 pageant last August. proudly presents Miss Jamaica World 2010 in an exclusive interview for our series Meet the Misses.

1.    Give us an introduction of yourself.
Hello! My name is Chantal Raymond. My friends often describe me as fun, energetic and outgoing. I recently graduated with a Professional Doctorate from Harvard Law School and now look forward to proudly representing my country in China.

2.    Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
Jamaica is a small island with a large reputation. Often called the Pearl of the Caribbean, my island home is best known for its exquisite beauty and its outstandingly talented people.

3.    What does it mean to you to represent your country at Miss World?
I am so grateful to have the opportunity to represent my country at Miss World. I hope to share the warm, vibrant spirit of the Jamaican people with everyone who crosses my path during my Miss World journey.

4.    What preparations have you done so far or will you do for the Miss World final?
With only one month to prepare for Miss World, I have taken lessons in speech and stage presentation while making time to exercise and eat healthily.

5.    If you have to describe yourself in one word, what would it be and why?
I would describe myself as “endearing.” My friends have always told me that I have an inviting personality that seems to magnetize others around me.

6.    Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
In 10 years, I would like to maintain a sufficient balance between an outstanding career, an audacious family, and my philanthropic drive.

7.    Would you prefer being beautiful and rich or poor and smart?

I would prefer to be poor and smart because I could use my knowledge and drive to become successful. I would then have a true and permanent appreciation of my achievements and my resources.

8.    Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
I most admire Olympic Gold Medalist Usain Bolt because he is a young person from very humble beginnings who has demonstrated that with drive and determination, anyone can achieve his/her goals.

9.    If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
 I think Japan. I admire the organization and civic pride. The hospitality also reminds me of my island paradise.

10.    What do you think is the biggest problem facing the world today and what should be done about it?
I think the biggest problem in the world today is coping with the diversities which exist. To make a change, we first need to acknowledge these differences and learn to appreciate them.

11.    Do you believe a beauty queen should be politically correct when answering a controversial subject question or should she express her personal views on the issue?
I believe she should express her personal views, and present them as diplomatically as possible.

12.    What do you most look forward to about the Miss World Festival?
I am excited about having the opportunity to visit four different cities in China, while forging friendships with ladies from all over the world.

13.    The winner of Miss World will be the 60th Miss World. Which former winner do you most admire and why?
Lisa Hanna (1993). 17 years later, Lisa is even more beautiful and more focused on making a positive contribution of service to her beloved homeland.

14.    The motto of Miss World is Beauty with a Purpose. What does Beauty with a Purpose mean to you?
Beauty for me means something positive and appealing and purpose is a specific determination or goal. The combination is a wonderful means of attracting positive attention and support to make a change in the lives of people who are so deserving. Personally, I think there is no greater beauty than a self-less desire to create a better environment.

15.    Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Thank you for being a part of my incredible journey. I wish you every success in your own endeavors. Remember to embrace your dreams, believe in your potential, and work tirelessly, with a positive attitude. We will indeed make a difference.

and finally…
Star Sign: Scorpio
Personal Motto: “Look into your heart and you’ll find that the sky is yours.”
Favorite Food: Chocolate!
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Song: Chris DeBurgh - Lady In Red
Favorite Movie: Pretty Woman
Favorite Book: The Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell- he has Jamaican roots)
Favorite Singer/Band: Michael Jackson
Favorite Actor/Actress: Julia Roberts

Special Thanks:
Terri-Karelle Reid, national director of Miss World in Jamaica
Chantal Alicia Raymond, Miss Jamaica World 2010

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