Young women urged to enter Festival Queen competition

February 06, 2019
Dainalyn Swaby, Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2017, hails from St Elizabeth.
Miss Jamaica World 2018, Kadijah Robinson.

Young women in St Elizabeth are being encouraged to consider entering the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Festival Queen competition.

“The competition is open to young ladies aged 18 to 25 who are not yet married and have no children and have an interest in community development and an interest in developing themselves to become a cultural ambassador for Jamaica,” said Casmarine Daley, central regional manager for St Elizabeth, Manchester, and Clarendon.

“Ultimately it is not about becoming Miss St Elizabeth Festival Queen, but representing St Elizabeth to become Miss Jamaica Festival Queen,” she stated.

The St Elizabeth office of the JCDC, however, is concerned because it is yet to receive any formal applications.

“We really would want our task to be easier by persons just offering themselves or encouraging persons whom they know to have the ability to represent us to step forward.

“We would want someone who is of course, culturally inclined, someone who has a love for culture, who sees themselves as someone who can make changes in their community and their parish.

“Also, [we want] someone with experience and expertise in project development and talent performance,” she said.

Dainalyn Swaby is the parish’s lone Miss Jamaica Festival Queen in more than 50 years. Miss Jamaica World 2018 Khadijah Robinson is also from the parish.

“I would think those achievements would have motivated the ladies of the parish to say, ‘Okay, obviously, there is talent among us’, but it hasn’t had that effect,” Daley said.

She continued: “I don’t think it’s because we don’t have the quality or the calibre of ladies, but I think it’s because the ladies are a little bit laid-back and shy.”


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