Designer to represent Jamaica in Poland
Talented designer and artist Frantz Christie will represent Jamaica in the first leg of the Mister Supranational 2017 Competition which starts on Sunday.
He left the island on Wednesday.
The competition will also take place in Slovakia, while the finals will take place on December 1 in Krynica Zdroj, Poland.
The winner will receive the title, 'Mister Supranational 2017', a prize of US$10,000 and a modelling contract.
"I am ready to give it a shot. I am happy because it is the first time that Jamaica is participating, so all support from Jamaica is needed," Christie said.
He said the competition provides an opportunity to showcase the beauty of Jamaica. For the competition, Christie had to produce a 60-second video depicting himself and his country.
Christie said the video has scenes of the Blue and John Crow mountains National Park, Reach Falls and the Blue Lagoon in Portland, and photographs were taken in St Thomas and St Ann.
Christie said that he was a bit hesitant to participate in the event, which is in its second year.
"They (local organisers of the competition) have been asking me for some two years, but I just wasn't ready the first time. This year, I said I would give it a try. I was up against three other persons, and they selected me," he said.
The contestants will be judged in seven categories, including the top model runway challenge, best physique and personality.
There will be surprise extra points to be gained for other contests, in areas including cooking.
One of his long-term goals is to set up a charity fund system, to try and empower the youth, especially in the area of creativity.
Christie is a graduate of the London College of Fashion and the Constituent College of the University of the Arts, London. He operates a sewing studio and showroom in Kingston.