Miss Global Jamaica 2008 Jody-Ann Wallace (centre) is flanked by (from left) Jodane Russell, first runner-up, and second runner-up, Natasha Brown. – Photo by Denise Reid
Even before the first-place winner was announced, the disappointment among members of the crowd that had gathered at the Kool Runnings Water Park for the 4th annual Miss Global Jamaica pageant was evident.
It was third-place winner Natasha Brown, who had delivered a spell-binding talent piece and answered her question eloquently, that the crowd expected to emerge victorious. But, in a major upset, Jody-Ann Wallace came out on top.
While Wallace was not among the top 10 finalists selected to perform talent pieces on the night of the coronation show, she clearly convinced the judges that she was deserving of the crown and beat Jodane Russell, who placed second, to come out on top.
Revealing the mindset she had prior to entering the competition, Wallace told The Gleaner, “I like to think positively. I thought to myself, ‘I’m gonna do my best to win’. After the final five questions, I felt very confident that I’d make it into the top three.”
The 18-year-old, who is a student at the Mannings High School in Westmoreland, is now focusing on her General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A’level) examinations, most of which she will sit during this month.
Improving talent piece
Lamenting that her talent piece was not among the 10 best pieces chosen, she explained to The Gleaner that she will be working harder on her talent piece for the international contest.
“I need to be number one in every area,” she said.
While she admitted that she is nervous about the international competition to be held in London, she said: “I’m confident that I will represent my country well. I am going to give it my best.”
Third-place winner Natasha Brown also walked away with the prize for most talented, while second-place winner Jodane Russell was named most aware.
Suzanna Brooks, who was fondly named ‘Empress’ during the pageant, wowed the audience with her rendition of Etana’s song, I am Not Afraid.
Slew of prizes
This year’s queen walked away with a slew of prizes, including an all-expense trip to London, a trip for two to the United States or any Caribbean destination, jewellery courtesy of Rainbow souvenirs and a host of other prizes.
The international pageant will be held in London at the Watford Coliseum on August 10.
There, Miss Global Jamaica will compete against at least 35 women from across the world.