Monday, 5 December 2011

FLYING SOLO: Danielle Crosskill reflects on London and glances at the year ahead

STUDY IN ELEGANCE: "I am a stronger person now"

By all appearances, reigning Miss Jamaica World Danielle Crosskill is someone who’s learnt over time to take things in stride. That would certainly explain the girl’s sunny optimism in the face of persistent talk in some quarters over her win at the national pageant and subsequent failure to earn a memorable placing at the recent Miss World grand finals in London.

For Crosskill – smart, curious and possessed of that ethereal intelligence that sets her apart – the ample support that does come her way shores her up to take on the incredible workload she is outlining for herself for 2012. If nothing else, Crosskill seems to take comfort in knowing that there are many who are indeed rooting for her.

“The love that I have been given and continue to receive makes me a stronger person, as I embark on what I know will be a fulfilling and rewarding year,” she tells the Sunday Gleaner, while indicating that she is itching to jump-start a series of labour-of-love passion projects to coincide with her year-long reign. “I have a number of projects that I will be undertaking, geared towards my platform of early-childhood education. It’s going to be a great year.”

Reflecting on London, Crosskill makes mention of a dilemma all too familiar to not only pageant queens but also fashionistas everywhere: settling on one evening dress from a handful of fabulous options. “In the end, I went with what I felt most comfortable in, and that was the white gown,” admits Crosskill, 25. “I felt regal and glamorous, and I thought that the feathers made it quite unique.”

Participating in the sports challenge was another highpoint for Crosskill. “One of the best moments of the competition would have to be the day of the sports finals in Scotland. It was the first time I was there,” she explains. “Although we contested the different events in the freezing cold, the energy and spirit among the different countries was running high.”

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