Last Saturday, July 3, Yendi Phillipps became the third Jamaican (after Sandra Foster and Christine Straw) to win both the Miss
It really makes you wonder. But seeing that there is no law against competing in both pageants, what’s the real source of this grouse? Do some feel she is unworthy of this sort of accomplishment? It would appear, folks, that the rabble-rousers deem it unfair for her to enter – and win – both competitions. Personally, I think it all boils down to misplaced envy. Bad mind. Fear. Yendiphobia. Does she really have it all? The movie-star beauty, the widespread popularity she enjoys, the degrees, the superstar-athlete boyfriend, to name only a few. Why is the well-deserved success of others such a bother to some people? It can be very unnerving.
Ever since she stepped into the spotlight, nabbing the 2007 Miss Jamaica World title, Yendi Phillipps has seemingly held it together whenever in the public glare: poised, courteous, beautiful, the gracious ambassador. If you ask me, she is one young woman who knows all too well (and has sought to master) the requirements of the spotlight. And considering the realm of beauty pageants, it doesn’t hurt that she is well-versed in the demands of that capricious arena.
Jamaicans have won the Miss World crown 3 times. Never Miss Universe. And since no one else will acknowledge this, I’ll make it clear: we need someone with Phillipps’ practice and know-how to represent us at the next Miss Universe pageant. Say what you will, but she’s a natural fit for the job. There, I said it (and the judges last Saturday clearly concur). Now, don’t get me wrong; there are plenty of our local girls who match the beauty-with-a-purpose requirements, but Phillipps’ wide experience, I think, provides invaluable advantage. Let’s face it; we haven’t really been doing all that well at these pageants in recent years. Yendi is as safe a bet as they come – even if she doesn’t walk away with the top-top prize in
While I am not one of her myriad cheerleaders
on Facebook, I have always applauded Phillipps’ courage and enthusiasm for success even when subjected to the most stinging, hurtful criticisms. (Chasing your dreams in the face of slings and arrows can take its toll. Securing your legacy can be a laborious challenge). And when judged by future generations, I think it’s safe to say her willingness to swim against the current will stand the test of time and inspire countless others.
I’m not here to reminisce, but Phillipps’s past achievements (in pageants, television and elsewhere) speak volumes. And, thankfully, she consistently leans towards elegance and intelligence, pardonable flaws aside.
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