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New Miss Jamaica Universe To Be Crowned Saturday

Will Receive $10m in prizes - Brand New BMW, $1m in Cash

zararedhood_missjamaica.jpgA new Miss Jamaica Universe will be crowned this Saturday, as Jamaica prepares to compete once again for the Miss Universe title. The new queen will receive unprecedented riches, worth over $10 million, including a brand new BMW 120i motorcar (valued at just under $6 million), $1,000,000.00 in cash, a one month trip to Vietnam for Miss Universe, the Miss Jamaica Universe wardrobe and several other gifts and prizes. Naturally, one of the 25 finalists, widely regarded as some of the most beautiful contestants in many years, will also win the priceless crown and title of Miss Jamaica Universe 2008. This is undoubtedly the best prize package in the history of local beauty pageants. Most importantly however, is the fact that the new Queen will have the honour of representing Jamaica at the Miss Universe pageant.

Jamaicans are in for a special treat at this weekend’s Grand Coronation show, as Keyshia Cole, the multi platinum, #1 hit making, hip hop / r&b crooner will perform several of her hits live at the event, backed by her band, complete with back-up singers, dancers and the works. The event takes place at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston and features spectacular costumes, gowns, choreography, dance and a 100 foot stage and set certain to please beauty pageant fans. Finalists have been in rehearsals for the past several weeks and are more than prepared for their big night, come Saturday.

Tickets for the show have been discounted for early purchase and will be available at the reduced price up to Friday. Come Saturday (all day and evening) patrons will have to pay the full ticket price, so it is clearly to everyone’s advantage to get tickets early. Tickets are available at Pulse Trafalgar Road, The Hilton, Shimmer, The Mall Pharmacy, Emmanuelle Boutique and World Wise.

This year’s pageant has been the most exciting in many years. The contestants have undergone rigorous training and have participated in a series of events and activities including the Eliminations Show, Improv Night and Sashing (where many gave outstanding performances), The Manager’s Miss Jamaica luncheon at the Hilton Hotel, a courtesy call on the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Kenneth Hall and Lady Hall at King’s House, another courtesy call on the Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett, The Dr Lloyd Cole Foundation’s Award luncheon, a gaming visit to Villagio and a boat trip and fun day at Lime Cay this past weekend.

Now in its fifty-sixth year, the Miss Universe pageant is the most spectacular and most important beauty event in the world. It features some of the planet’s most beautiful and articulate women from some 85 countries and is watched by close to a billion viewers worldwide. Jamaica has fielded 4 top six finalists - Sandra Foster, Nicole Haughton, Christine Straw and Kimberley Mais. Most recently, Zahra Redwood, Miss Jamaica Universe 2007 and the first Rastafarian beauty queen to appear in a major international pageant, captured the imagination of the world press with her beauty, articulateness, charm and intelligence. Miss Jamaica Universe is produced by Pulse, with title sponsorship from World Wise Partners, in association with Stewart Motors, the BMW dealers in Jamaica, CVM TV, The Hilton Hotel, Zip FM, Irie FM, Fame FM, Heffes Sales, Gymkhana, Uzuri, Hype TV, Bling Bling, Grizzly’s and Splash. For photos and profiles of the contestants, and additional information, visit