Monday, 19 November 2012

THE BUZZ REPORT: Jamaica rakes in US$1 M-plus from Top Model + Bolt’s dazzling Nissan GT-R heads to auction

BIDDING ON GOLD: “This project excites me because it brings together my passion for speed and excellence, and my desire to help kids and young people,” says Jamaican sprint icon Usain Bolt, referring to the planned auctioning of his sparkling Nissan Gold GTR later this week. “Thanks to Nissan, all the revenue from the GT-R charity auction will be donated to the Usain Bolt Foundation, which will go directly to children to help develop their education and allow them to participate in sports.” 

Dubbed the “Bolt Gold” GT-R because of its unique hue, the motorcar (sporting Bolt’s autograph and signature) will go under the auction hammer via eBay motors this Thursday, Nov. 22, with all the proceeds going to the sprinter’s nonprofit. The online listing can be accessed by people in regions around the world, and bidding will be open to residents in countries where the Nissan GT-R is currently sold. Bolt, who first teamed up with Nissan as a brand ambassador, was last month named as the company’s honorary “Director of Excitement”. 

JAMAICA ON ‘TOP’: Glorious news! JAMPRO’s Film Commission has reported earnings of over US$1 million and the creation of some 70 jobs from the recently-concluded Cycle 19 of America’s Next Top Model, four episodes of which (including the spectacular season finale), were filmed in western Jamaica in June, offering a dazzling showcase for the island’s tourism product. JAMPRO, Jamaica’s trade and investment promotion agency, along with the Jamaica Tourist Board, facilitated the filming of the modelling reality show in Jamaica. 

A special JAMPRO-hosted screening of the season finale was held this past Friday evening at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, as the curtains came down on Cycle 19 with much aplomb and flair, highlighted by an otherworldly fashion show at the iconic Rose Hall Great House. The viewing drew a swirl of social girls and superstylish stars to the SCH’s Valencia Suite – including creative industries manager and film commissioner, Kim-Marie Spence (centre), Mission Catwalk’s Keneea Linton-George, Maya Deer-Troy, Juliette Dyke, Sarah Manley (right), style legend Joan McDonald and new mom Yendi Phillipps (left), who recently made her Top Model debut.

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