By Crazy Katty
Mixed emotions ripped through the National Indoors Centre last Saturday night at the prestigious Miss Jamaica Universe 2008 when the judges announced Doneika Plowright as the first runner-up. When Ms. Plowright, who was the crowd’s favourite, was no longer in the position of going home with the crown tension brewed in the audience, especially after April Jackson was handed the crown by last years’ winner Zara Redwood.
The ever present Eurocentric and Afro-centric look again played on the emotions of the crowd, many of whom was biased towards the contestants they believed look more like a typical Jamaican woman.
With hostility lingering in the air, the OutAroad.com team decided to get the opinion of some of the patrons.
According to Yvette, an avid fan of the competition: “mi did want the girl with the afro (Doneika Plowright) to win because it would be fitting for Zara Redwood to hand over the crown to her because she looks more like a Jamaican.” The angry patron went on to say, “Everytime a some long hair girl them give the crown,” she told OutAroad.com.
Another patron who gave her name as Lolita shared similar sentiments as Yvette. “The long hair girls them always winning, sometimes mi feel that the public votes don’t count. April is a nice black girl yes, but mi did want the afro hair girl fi represent Jamaica, she argued.
OutAroad.com eventually found someone who agreed with the judges’ decision. According to Germaine and his wife Ruby: “Most of the patrons here were just caught up with the girl afro hair instead of looking for quality and awareness. Come on, this is not how you judge contestants who are going to represent your country on an international platform. I personally believed that April Jackson is the right contestant to wear the crown.”
After such immense battle for the crown April Jackson will now enjoy the luxury that associates with being crowned Miss Jamaica Universe 2008. She won herself $1 million dollars courtesy of WorldWise Partners (title sponsors) - a $150,000 modeling contract with Pulse - a fully loaded BMW 120i hatch back courtesy of Stewart Motors - a fabulous Miss Universe wardrobe courtesy of Keandra Francis and Uzuri Fashion with accessories valued over at $100,000 courtesy of Bling Bling and a lifetime gym membership at Gymkhana with sports wear from Puma Jamaica collection.
Keep in tune as OutAroad.com will bring you an exclusive interview with Miss Jamaica Universe 2008 April Jackson.