Miss Jamaica gets number two spot in pageant

| 24/08/2010

(CNS): While the Cayman Islands did not have a contestant in this year’s Miss Universe pageant, the country’s neighbouring island of Jamaica certainly did. Yendi Phillipps managed to place second, creating history in Las Vegas last night, as the highest ever finish by a Jamaican in the Miss Universe contest — one of the world’s biggest beauty pageants. Beating early favourites Miss Puerto Rico and Miss Ireland to place in the top five, Phillipps came in as first runner up to the eventual winner, Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete, which makes her essentially first reserve if for any reason Miss Mexico cannot continue her reign as Miss Universe 2010. The second runner-up was Miss Australia Jesinta Campbell and third runner-up was Miss Ukraine Anna Poslavska.

Miss Australia also clinched the Miss Congeniality Universe award. Miss Thailand Fonthip Watcharatrakul won Miss Photogenic Universe and the award for having the best national costume.

Phillipps holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the State University of New York at Brockport and a Master’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Management. She attended St. Andrew High School for Girls in Kingston, Jamaica.
There was no Miss Cayman Islands in this year’s Miss Universe pageant following the cancelation of the local pageant last year due to financial difficulties. However, the contest is back with a vengeance this year and six contestants were officially launched on Saturday evening ahead of the 2010 contest, which takes place on 25 September at the Lion’s Centre.
Either Cristin Alexander, Mysti Bush, Trudy Ann Duncan, Venessa Ebanks, Janine Martins or Shari Walton will be crowned Miss Cayman Islands and will then compete go on to compete in the 60th Miss World event, which will be held in Sanya, China in October. Miss Cayman Islands 2010 will then go on to compete in the 2011 Miss Universe contest.
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  1. Caymanian Heart & Soul says:

    Where was Miss Cayman, why was she not in the Miss Universe Pagent?


  2. Anonymous says:

    Funny how most people speak badly of Jamaicans but when they are doing something good (sports/pagents etc) people always jump on the bad wagon!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    After reading some of these posts, I have to ask the Cayman public… What do Caymanians and Jamaicans have in common? Can we name, say a hundredc similar things? 

    • Well… let’s start…

      If you are black or colored… more than likely your forefathers were shipped from Jamaica as slaves to serve the Watlers, Boddens, and fair skin Caymanians here. They were not treated brutally like the slaves in Jamaica.

      So I think our direct roots from Africa, is where we have something in common. The fair skin Caymanians direct roots from Britain.

      Hence many of us who are mixed, a product of intermarriage, should be singing "God save the Queen" and "Homeland Africa." I personally like "Homeland Africa" than singing to the Queen. The Crown tends to look down on us as mere colonists :o)

      • Anonymous says:

        ‘The fair skin Caymanians direct roots from Britain.’???? Say what?

        The fair skin British direct roots are not from Britain!!! Aggghhhhh…….

        Try Bob Marley’s ‘If you know your history, then you know where you comin’ from……..’

        As for the last paragraph…just sing your own tune and song and ‘everything’s gonna be alright’!


    • Anonymous says:

      We both love Bob Marley, going to the beach and eating patties.

      • Anonymous says:

        Jamaica has rastas and cayman has rastas.

        Jamaica has blacks also Cayman

        Jamaican men loves Caymanian women and vise versa.

        We both love rege music

        We both love Usain bolt

  4. Dred says:

    Now that my friends is a thing of beauty and brains.

    Looking at her brings tears to my eyes.

  5. Thankful Again says:

    One of the best things to witness or hear was the lady talking in her native accent.  No put on…no trying speak meeerican or anything else.  Plain, raw, dry Jamican accent with intelligent words of course.  I admire taht.  As a Caymanian, I am embaress when I hear our ladies…young and old twisting up and coming out with this "put-on" accent trying to be someone else.  The day we embrace ourselves on all levels including the caymanian accent is the day we are on our way to greater things.


    Congrats to the Jamiacan people.

  6. EzBreeZee says:

    Congrats Yendi, and to her family here. Such a beautiful, well mannered outgoing young woman.  I blame Dudas (joke people), but you do have to realise that most of the judges were American (and some from Vegas).  Why then did Miss USA not place? Well she is the first Miss USA of Arabic descent (coincidence?). Also we have to face the fact that Nevada has been one of the States that has voiced its disapproval of the wholeArizona Immigration Laws issue. Many of the hotels and hot spots in Vegas are heavily staffed by Mexicans. 

    But not to fear, my country has many more GORGEOUS women to thrust into the beauty pagents of the future 🙂

    Walk good and One Love!

  7. Anonymous says:

    aww come on people, Miss Mexico did very well in her question, i too was cheering for Miss Jamaica, but i thaught she could elibrated a little more on her question then she did. well done. yes both got very high score on thereswin suit and even gown, but Miss Mexico Gown Gorgeous. 



  8. Anonymous says:

    I am proud of Yendi! She not only represented Jamaica but also the Caribbean and she did it well. Congrats Jamaica!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I am one Caymanian who was cheering on FOR Miss Jamaica, right in my living room, and I was really hoping she would win the Miss Universe. For your information she placed the higest in the swim suit catergory, but Miss Mexico placed higher in the gown category, the other category was down behind closed doors, and Miss Mexico must have placed higher than Miss Jamaica. But let me tell you the question she was asked , her answer was tops, as it included our Lord God Almighty, who is our only saviour in these days. CONGRATS MISS JAMAICA. Enough said, by a born Caymanian. 

  10. Anonymous says:

    I believe that they robbed her of the crown. Miss Mexico didnt answered her question in its entirety. She was asked what effect the internet has….(and so on) she only answered to say they she feels it should be monitored not mentioning what effects the internet can have on young people.

    Yendi’s biggest downfall was her dress, (no secret there).


    Way to Go Jamaica! You did your country and caribbean neighbours proud!

  11. Nanobot says:

    Miss Universe is much tougher to win than Miss World since those Venusians are well fit. 

    • Captain Kirk says:

      And those Martian ladies have 3 legs which makes it very hard to compete with in the swimsuit competition!


      Not to mention the Vulcans with those seeexxxxyyyyy ears shudder shudder



  12. Anonymous says:

    Miss Universe not Miss World. These are two different pageants. The article is correct.

    Congratulations to Yendi!!! It is nice to see something positive in the headlines about Jamaica despite the poverty, crime and you name it recently every bit of goodness goes a long way!

    Anything is possible we just have to believe it!!




  13. Hi jack says:

    Yes cannot not send a contestant to the Miss Universe pageant  but they can double dip the government kitty what a real shame Cayman. Scumbags

  14. Anonymous says:

    This is the higest a Jamaican contestant have ever been placed in a Miss Universe contest so history was created in Las Vegas last night.Jamaica have won Miss World on three diffrent occasions,the Miss World And Miss Universe beauty pagents are totally diffrent and not affiliated in anyway.

  15. East Ender says:

    JAMAICA has some beautiful women!  I am blessed that I have a cultured one who is proud of her culture and respectful of mine. We’ve been married now for 19 years – still going strong

    • Anonymous says:

      And she is blessed she has a cultured East Ender 🙂 Congrats on being married so long. I wish you many more years. Its just goes to show what mutual respect and understanding can do.  

  16. Anonymous says:

    No history created at all. Jamaica won the Ms World title afew times. Cindy Breakspeare, won the Ms World title in 1975 later gave birth to kids that include the one Damian (Jr Gong) Marley..welcome to jamrock..

    • Shamrock says:

      I believe it is historic in the sense that is the highest placing ever for Jamaica in the ‘Miss Universe’ competition, which is a different franchise from the Miss World organisation, in which the previous Miss Jamaicas won. In any event, Yendi was exceptional and all Jamaicans can and should be proud of her.

    • Anonymous says:

      Just to point out that is was Miss UNIVERSE last night, and not Miss World!!

    • Anonymous says:

      The statement is indeed correct…this is the first Jamaican to place so high in the Ms. Universe..the other winners were the Ms. World; and Jamaica does have two different contest for these titles, Ms. Jamaica World 2010 was just crowned last Saturday nite, she will go to represent Jamaica in Ms. World in China later this year.

    • Where's Waldo says:

      Errrr….. wake up sheeple!

      This isn’t Ms World… this is Ms Universe – there are millions of billions of planets in the universe so I image the competition was a little more difficult than in the lowly Ms World competition.

  17. Jamanian says:

    This statement is not entirely correct – "…the highest ever finish by a Jamaican in one of the world’s biggest beauty pageants". Three Jamaican women have won the Miss World title: Carole Crawford in 1963, Cindy Breakspeare in 1976, and Lisa Hanna in 1993. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Raateeed mon…..no matter what, great News and congrats!!!

      • Anonymous says:

        Thank you.

        • Anonymous says:

          On behalf of myself and many other Caymanian women  we would to say congrats. She answered her Question quite ably. Just goes to show that the competition is not only based on good looks. Again good wishes to our Jamaicans in Cayman and in Jamaica. Well  done.