Friday, October 21, 2011

2011 Meet the Misses v.64 - Miss Jamaica World 2011

Jamaica is the largest English-speaking island in the Caribbean and the third largest in the region. With a total land area of 10,991 sq. km, the island is 235 kilometres long with widths varying between 35 and 82 km. Situated south of Cuba, Jamaica is divided into three counties, Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey. These counties are further subdivided into parishes with Kingston, the smallest of the 14 parishes, as home to the capital city. The terrain is very mountainous with much of the land rising above 305m. The highest point, Blue Mountain Peak, is 2,256 m above sea level. Complementing the mountains, Jamaica also brims with valleys and plains. The five major plains – Vere, St Jago, George’s, Liguanea and Pedro – provide the backbone for a largely agricultural economy. Natural rivers and springs abound in Jamaica. Over 120 rivers flow through the land from the central mountain region to the coasts. The rivers on the north side tend to be shorter and swifter than those on the south side. The fast flowing rivers – Black River, Rio Cobre, Milk River, Rio Grande and Martha Brae - are used for transport and the production of electricity as well as to provide irrigation for agricultural purposes. There are several mineral springs, recognized for their therapeutic value. Some have been developed with facilities for bathing and/or accommodation, namely Milk River Bath, Bath Fountain, the Spa at Couples Sans Souci and the Rockfort Mineral Bath. Others remain little-known gems in communities across the island. For centuries, Jamaica has welcomed settlers from all around the world. This small island has played host to the Amerindians who discovered it, to Europeans who fought to own it, to Africans forced to call it home, and to Asians, Indians and Middle Easterners searching for a better life. Each group carried with it a story and tradition, throwing everything into Jamaica's melting pot. After centuries of brewing, all have blended together to give the island its rich history and heritage, cultures and customs. Jamaica’s first inhabitants were the Tainos, an Arawak-speaking people, believed to be originally from South America. Columbus first visited the island in 1494. During the 1650s, the British captured Jamaica from the Spanish. Under British rule, Jamaica became a busy and wealthy colony. This success came at great cost to the African people, thousands of whom were forcefully brought to the New World as slaves. As a result of the cruel and oppressive slavery system, Jamaica had more revolts than other West Indian islands. Anti-slavery sentiments grew strong and culminated in full emancipation in 1838. In 1866, the island implemented the crown colony system of government and in 1962 became independent from Britain. Jamaica debuted in Miss World 1959 and won the title three times with: Carol Joan Crawford (1963), Cindy Breakspeare (1976) and Lisa Hanna (1993). This year Danielle Crosskill, Miss Jamaica World 2011, will represent her nation in Miss World 2011.

The Times of Beauty proudly presents Danielle Crosskill, Miss Jamaica World 2011, in an exclusive interview for our interview series, Meet the Misses.

1. Give us an introduction of yourself.
Hello Everyone! My name is Danielle Crosskill. My friends often describe me as a humble, fun loving and charismatic individual who enjoys spending time with her friends and family. I am very determined and passionate about my work and giving back to others. I have several strings to my bow when it comes to professional and social activities. For instance I work in my family business and teach part time at a pre-school, but I want to focus my attention on early childhood education and volunteerism.
I like the hustle and bustle of a city but am equally happy sitting in solitude on the beach. I am a lover of people, different cultures, traveling and the arts.
I feel truly blessed to be representing my magical island Jamaica in London this year.

2. Tell us a bit more about your country and hometown.
Oh Jamaica is an incredible place to live. Located in the Caribbean with a population of approximately 2.7 million, Jamaica is known for its exquisite beauty, warmth, rich culture and its outstanding achievements in sports and music.
We have achieved so much given our size, and that is largely because we are a competitive group of people with so much to offer. The island is a beautiful mix of beaches rain forest and industrialization.

3. What does it mean to you to represent your country at the 61st Miss World finals?
Being Jamaican means the world to me. I am extremely proud to be a part of a nation that has such a strong history and culture and one that has achieved a tremendous amount globally. I am honored to have been given the amazing opportunity to represent my country at the Miss World Finals in London and I am looking forward to sharing everything Jamaican with everyone on this wonderful Journey. I hope to do nothing but my best for my country men and women!

4. If you have to choose a song to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?
Its my Life by Bon Jovi, most describes me because I like to live life to the fullest with no regrets and because I believe that once you want to do something in life you must strive for it. The song speaks about personal empowerment, taking control of your life and being who you are because you only have one life to live. I am a firm believer that one must follow their dreams and be confident that they can achieve anything they put their minds to.

5. How would you describe a typical day in your life? 
Well a typical week day since I have been crowned Miss Jamaica is rather busy. It all begins at about 7:30am when I wake up and get ready for work with a cup of tea and some cereal. A 15 minute drive to work brings me into contact with the hustle and bustle of early morning Kingston. Work consists of teaching Spanish to pre-schooler children for an hour and then I'm off to my regular 9- 5 which is my family's manufacturing business. Somewhere in between my busy day I also undertake Miss Jamaica duties I may have. At about 4:00 I go to the gym for a rejuvenating work out. Two hours later I'm on my way home. I usually end my day with dinner and a movie or hanging with friends and family.

6. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Wow, ten years is quite some time, but that’s okay because I have a number of goals ;) These include, having a family of my own, being influential in the expansion of my family's manufacturing business, hosting several of my own art exhibitions and lastly owning and operating my own learning institution.

7. Which well known person from your country you most admire and why?
I most admire Olympic Gold Medalist Usain Bolt because he is a national inspiration and a patriotic Jamaican who has come from very humble beginnings but is a living example that ambition, hard work and dedication does pays off.

8. If you had to choose any other country to live in, which one would you choose and why?
I absolutely love my little island however if I could choose another country to live in it would be France. Although I enjoy island living I also appreciate the European way of life and particularly France because I think it is a beautiful, charming place and I just love the food and the culture.

9. After the Sendai Earthquake, nuclear energy has become a focus of attention. Are you in favor or against the use of this kind of energy as a way to reduce the dependence on oil?
Whilst I believe that we need to reduce the dependence on oil, I am not in favor of the use of nuclear energy. I believe it is important to explore other avenues such as solar energy, wind, hydro and biofuels which are safer for the environment and human beings.

10. What do you think is the worst kind of human injustice or prejudice happening now?
I believe the worst kind of human injustice today is discrimination which comes in many forms such as racism, sexism, religious beliefs, just to name a few. In today's world it is extremely unfortunate considering all of the advancements that we still face many of the prejudices that still exist in society.

11. What are your duties as Miss Jamaica World?
My main role as Miss Jamaica is to be an ambassador for my country and to promote brand Jamaica wherever I may be. My other duties include promoting goodwill and encouraging charity work to help the less fortunate as well as being a role model to young women and children.
I was only recently crowned in September and so far some of my duties have involved media interviews and a couple of public appearances. However my platform is early childhood education and volunteerism and so of my own accord I have visited schools to promote the importance of a sound education as well as I continue my weekly visits to a children's home.

12. What role can social media (ex. Facebook, Twitter, etc) play in the life of a beauty pageant titleholder?
Oh, social media definitely plays a huge role. I have been able to interact with my fans on a daily basis, spread awareness about my interests as well as keeping my fellow Jamaicans up to date with my activities. As a result I believe Jamaicans have a much more vested interest in the Miss World finals this year.

13. What does it mean to be a human being?
It means trying to attain a certain quality of life that for the most part will make you happy and successful and put you in a position to impact other people's happiness.

14. What do you feel is your purpose in life?
My purpose in life is to be the best 'version' of myself that I can be. And simply to teach and pass on knowledge to others and hopefully shape a better society. Lastly, I would like to help others that are less fortunate than I am.

15. Share a message to your supporters and readers of The Times of Beauty.
Well it may sound a bit clichéd but I am truly looking forward to meeting the other girls in the Miss World Finals. One of my passions is traveling and during this competition I have the chance to find out about so many different cultures. Also, I hope this interview has been both informative and interesting for you. I would like to thank all who have been so supportive and encouraging throughout my journey thus far. I am truly grateful.

and finally...
Personal Motto: LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE
Personal Goal: To open my own school one day
Personal Dream Destination: Greece
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Color: Royal Blue
Favorite Song: I don't have one, I have many
Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Book: Harry Potter Series
Favorite Singer/Band: Maroon 5
Favorite Actor/Actress: Morgan Freeman / Drew Barrymore
Favorite Hobby: Painting
Favorite Sport: Football

Terri-Karelle Reid, General Manager of Spartan Health Club
Danielle Crosskill
, Miss Jamaica World 2011

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