With the Miss World 2019 Grand Coronation Ceremony culminating with a high-energy, intense competition at the ExCeL London this weekend, there’s no doubt that the Caribbean has taken the spotlight over the last few weeks in London.
Each of the 120 girls from across the globe has been putting their best heel forward in a series of challenges called Fast Track events, which gave a delegate an opportunity to be guaranteed a place in the Top 40 at the final. These events include Top Model, Sport, Talent, Head to Head Challenge, Multimedia and the illustrious Beauty With A Purpose programme – which is the signature marker of the Miss World Franchise.
The last time a Caribbean representative walked away with the crown was in 1993 when Jamaica’s Lisa Hanna was named the winner. With less than 24 hours to go before showtime, the stage is definitely set for an evening of glamour, and all eyes are on the Caribbean group, which has produced four Queens who have qualified for the next round based on their stellar performances over the last nine weeks.
As millions of fans and supporters get ready to watch the Finals tomorrow, let’s take a Buzzworthy look at each of these Caribbean contestants who will vie for the Miss World crown on Saturday 14th December:
Miss Trinidad and Tobago: Tya Janè La Shon Ramey
Hailing from the close-knit community of Five Rivers, Tya Janè is no stranger to the international stage – having represented the twin-island Republic in both basketball and volleyball at the National level.
With a degree major in Social Work and minor in Social Policy, Ramey aspires to hone her academic skills to continue major philanthropic work with her Beauty With A Purpose Campaign, Project Esperanza, which was established to assist children adversely affected by the Venezuelan migrant crisis. In addition to seeking the coveted Miss World crown, this trained saxophonist hopes to become a United Nations Ambassador one day.
Miss British Virgin Islands: Rikkiya Brathwaite
An aspiring actress, Rikkiya Brathwaite is well known in the performing arts circuit in her homeland. She is an avid beachgoer, a former student at the prestigious Yale University, and is a triple threat as a pianist, singer and dancer.
Her athleticism has certainly paid off, as she was adjudged the winner of the Sports Challenge at this year’s Miss World Competition. Using the devastating events of Hurricane Irma in 2018 to fuel her drive, Brathwaite is proud to live by the motto “No matter the circumstances, life goes on.”
Miss Guyana: Joylin Conway
This lab instructor and science lecturer just may have the formula to bring the crown to “The Land Of Many Waters” for the first time. Joylin is a natural explorer and enjoys delving into new cultures and traditions.
The Guyanese beauty shone to the top of her Head to Head group, granting her an automatic spot in the Round of 40 at Miss World 2019. A self-professed dog-lover whose professional goals include becoming a certified forensic chemist, her natural afro, captivating smile and bubbly personality may very well win the hearts – and scores – of the judges this weekend.
Miss Jamaica: Toni-Ann Singh
Toni-Ann Singh blew away the judges and audience at the Talent competition with her sensational operatic voice, which qualified her for the Top 40 list this year. She often credits her mother as her biggest inspiration to her goals, which includes her academic pursuits to become a medical doctor.
Currently enrolled at Florida State University in the Women’s Studies and Psychology programmes, the curly-haired beauty is a certified leader, having held the position of President of the Caribbean Students Association at FSU. No doubt that she is lazer-focused on bringing the blue crown to the land of black, green and gold.
— Tenille Clarke is an avid wanderlust, Carnivalist and cultural enthusiast who pens about her ongoing love affair with travel, culture and entertainment through a Caribbean lens. She is the Principal Publicist of Chambers Media Solutions and Managing Director of Industry 360. @tenilleclarke1 on Instagram/Twitter.