Twenty-five-year-old Samoya Jordon will create history when she takes to the stage at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Center today to compete for the Miss Kingston and St Andrew Festival Queen title.She will be the first blind contestant to vie for the crown since the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC)-organised competition began 54 years ago.
Jordon, who will be wearing the sash ‘Miss St William Grant Park’, in an interview “entering the contest is the fulfillment of a long-held dream”. She says she has always wanted to enter the festival competition.
“When I was in primary school, we would hear about the singing, the dancing, the choirs… I have always kept track and it’s always been on my mind that I need to enter and try to win,” she says.
Seven other contestants will compete for the highly coveted Kingston and St Andrew Festival Queen crown at the Coronation Show scheduled to begin at 8:00 pm.
It is one of 13 parish competitions for young women aged 18 to 25, held under the theme ‘Jamaican Women… Shaping Our Culture and Our Nation’.
The parish queens will go on to compete for the national crown on August 1