MONTEGO BAY, St James: The final of the Miss Global International beauty pageant is scheduled for RIU Montego Bay, St James, tonight.
Conceptualiser MoBay businessman Lachu Ramchandani said he's pleased with the growth of the pageant he started in 2004.
“We started out as Miss Commonwealth in 2004, but due to the overwhelming response of non-Commonwealth countries, because we doing the pageant to promote tourism, we decided to go Miss Global International,” Ramchandani told Jamaica Observer. “One of the main tourism markets is the USA and USA is not a Commonwealth country.”
He expressed gratification that the beauty contest, which first attracted 14 girls, has grown over the years, reaching 39 contestants last year.
“I must say this is the first international pageant that has ever been hosted in Jamaica that brings countries from all over the world. It has never been done by anyone else, so this is a new kid on the block,” he said.
He said the event has been staged outside of Jamaica on three occasions: England in 2013; Trinidad and Tobago in 2015; and in the Dominican Republic last year.
“This year now we realised that we have to take it back to Jamaica because Jamaica is our home. So we brought it back to Jamaica and we plan to have it at RIU Hotel,” said the MoBay businessman.
Come tonight, Miss Global Jamaica 2017, Nastashia Mitchell will be vying against 25 international contestants from countries including: Cuba, Sierra Leone, India, The Bahamas, Ethiopia, Canada, USA, Panama, DR Congo, Scotland, UK, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, among others for the 2017 Miss Global International crown.