Friday, 22 February 2013

MOVING ON: Spartan severs ties with Miss World pageant + Nailah Thorbourne on life after Brick & Lace

Flying Solo: Brick & Lace’s Nailah Thorbourne

Did sibling rivalry lead to the collapse of popular girl group Brick & Lace? The group started out as a trio in the early 2000s (sisters Nailah, Nyanda and Tash Thorbourne), then later became a duo when Tash left to pursue new endeavours. Now lead singer Nailah Thorbourne has decided to strike out on her own. “Sibling rivalry may have become part of it, but the love is still there. I really just wanted to spread my wings, just wanted to fly and couldn't help but feel like there was a brick on my foot holding me down,” Thorbourne said in a recent interview. “There was always a lot of tension and wanting to explore and do different things. So we both felt this was something we needed to do at this time… The time has come for me to find myself as a whole, to stand on my own two feet. I am both terrified and excited at the same time.”

End of an Era: Spartan will no longer spearhead Miss J’ca World pageant

Apparently frustrated by the lack of corporate and government support for the local pageant, Spartan’s Mickey Haughton-James has opted to sever ties with the Miss World contest, after more than three decades. “My hope is the Government and corporate Jamaica will give the new franchise holder the support the pageant needs to be successful,” Haughton-James wrote in a message posted recently on Facebook. “Dancehall, Jamaica Carnival and the beverage-sponsored summer parties are an important part of our culture. However, Miss Jamaica World provides a needed balance.” Spartan has held the Jamaican franchise for Miss World since 1976 when the country’s first representative, Cindy Breakspeare, won the prestigious title becoming the second Jamaican after Carole Crawford (in 1963) to do so. Twenty years ago, Lisa Hanna, the current minister of youth and culture, became the third Jamaican to win the coveted crown.

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