Kerrie Baylis of Jamaica was crowned Miss Jamzone International 2012 on Tuesday evening at the National Cultural Centre in Guyana. The 23-year-old Insurance Underwriter also walked away with a cheque of US$10,000, and captured the Best Evening Wear, Best Interview, Best Body and Best Introductory Speech awards.
Kerrie who is also a former Miss Jamaica World impressed the audience and judges with her confidence, striking beauty and flawless body during her onstage performance. When asked the question during the top five round
At the end of life what would you want to be most happy about?”
Kerrie responded, that at the end of her life, she would have made a difference in the world, noting that the Jamzone Pageant gives the delegates an opportunity to reach out to the less fortunate and touch their lives in every little way.
In her cultural presentation of “Jamaican Dancehall Queen”, she spoke of the lust of riches of her country and prominent international personalities including the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt and reggae icon Bob Marley. She then showed her dancing skills to the music of by Beenie Man, Sean Paul and Elephant Man, which sent the audience into frenzy.
First runner-up went to Louise Victor of St. Lucia, while Trevicia ‘Barbie’ Adams from St. Kitts and Nevis was second runner-up. Miss Guyana, Ayana Harris was third runner-up and also won the sectional awards for Best Smile and Miss Congeniality.
The contestants were each judge on her performances in cultural presentation, introduction, evening wear, fantasy swim wear, swim wear, national costume, and evening gown and intelligence segments.
Kerrie, who also holds a law degree, will promote Jamaica and Guyana as tourism destinations during her reign.
The judges of the event were Simone Beccles, Ulex Atwell, Steve Ninvalle, Krista Simmons, Joel Ganshaam and Chandini Ramnarain. Digicel’s Public Relations Officer Shonette Moore did an excellent job emceeing the pageant.
The pageant which is part Guyana's premier festival, Jamzone Summer Break and saw nine delegates from all across the Caribbean and Latin America competing.