Miqueal-Symone Williams (centre), Miss Universe Jamaica, is flanked by Abigail Pinnock (left), first runner-up, and Monique Thomas, second runner-up, at the pre-recorded final of the competition aired on Saturday
THREE years after withdrawing from the competition due to a family tragedy, 23-year-old Miqueal-Symone Williams was crowned Miss Universe Jamaica in a pre-recorded final on Saturday night.
Despite winning the title, Williams — who wore the sash Miss QORIHC — had one regret.
“I really wish my mother was here to see this,” she told the Jamaica Observer. “But I'm overjoyed. I'm so grateful to so many people for supporting me and believing in me. I am happy I could make them proud.”
Williams's mother was murdered in 2017, causing her to step away from the competition that year.
Selected from a field of 10, she also won the sectional prize for Best in Evening Gown. Williams felt confident going into the finals.
“Without confidence, you are twice defeated in the race of life. I expected to win because I put in the work to get here, and also because I am confident in my ability to reign as this year's Miss Universe Jamaica,” she said.
The contest, dubbed Bahia Principe Miss Universe Jamaica Beauty, Fashion & Wellness pageant, was pre-recorded at the Ocho Rios property on December 6. It saw Abigail Pinnock (Miss Bluedot Comuna) selected first runner-up, while Monique Thomas (Miss Curves) was awarded second runner-up. Pinnock and Thomas won sectional prizes, Altruism Award and Best in Swimwear, respectively.
Source: Jamaica Observer, 12/14/2020