Sunday, 30 October 2011

LADY OF THE MOMENT: Juliet Holness brings a sense of authority and a dash of whimsy to the spotlight

BESIDE ANDREW: Juliet Holness is a mix of confident and real.

First impressions, they say, are everything. As regards Juliet Holness (wife of newly installed Jamaican prime minister, Andrew Holness), she strikes most as someone with a sturdy sense of authority and a boardroom-esque approach to style. Overall though, she appears real and confident. But what do we really know about her?

FROM THE GROUND UP: A St. Catherine High alumna, Mrs. Holness (now in her late 30s) is an established building contractor, who has been linked to such firms as JAJ Management and Consultancy Ltd.

NOTES ON A SCANDAL: According to a 2010 Gleaner report, Holness was embroiled in a bit of scandal over a housing development project in the upscale community of Tavistock Terrace, Millsborough (Kingston 6). The newspaper report claims that Holness was brought in to assist with the project, but Tavistock residents opposed the development, raising concerns about everything, including the basis on which it received approval from the KSAC. Delroy Chuck later concluded that the complaints from the neighbours were without merit, “and they had to tried to stop the project before.”

MOTHER KNOWS BEST: Some close to the Holness family say that like any professional mom newly thrust into the glare of the media and public spotlight, Juliet Holness has so far been preoccupied mostly with settling their two young sons into their new life as princes of the first family.

DRESSING THE PART: It would be such a positive move if Mrs. Holness, who seems in possession of a down-to-earth confidence and a desire to dress like the mature grown-up she is, could do her bit to support Jamaica’s current crop of exciting and talented designers – from Kennea Linton-George’s casual sophistication to Shenna Carby and Ayanna Dixon’s refined yet youthful creations. To say the least, this could lend her a truly distinctive air to greatly set her apart from any other prime minister’s wife in recent memory.

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