THEY are fashionistas, tastemakers, CEOs, social butterflies and all-around powerful Jamaican women whose regal air, substance and keen sense of style have secured them a place in that pantheon reserved for the island’s front page-ready headturners. Selecting a Top 10 was no easy task, to say the very least, but we know you will be inspired by the choices. Here they are, in no particular order, the fabulous ladies who sit atop The Best Dressed List.
1. MINNA ISRAEL
Known for wearing multiple hats, Miss Israel not only has impeccable diction; she’s ever polished to ladylike perfection for her public appearances. You see her making her presence felt everywhere from the podium at the Women In Energy conference to VIP-only soirees that attract the jet set and high-society mavericks – perfect habitat for an ageless rose.
2. ANN-MARIE VAZ
With a flawless face, a pop of red on the lips and the enviable wardrobe to match, the ever-radian Mrs. Vaz is both seductive candy on the arm of MP hubby, Daryl, and the consummate pro who knows how to make an entrance they’ll never forget. A gem.
3. LISA HANNA
Politics never looked so sexy! Her lithe dancer’s body makes her a designer’s dream. The ideal Size 2. Whether she’s rocking a wasp-waisted pencil dress (a la Victoria Beckham) or stopping traffic in a Keneea Linton creation on her way to Gordon House, Miss World 1993 and South East St. Ann MP always hits the mark.
4. MISS KITTY
They say real women have curves, and Lady Khadine Hylton certainly knows how to flatter hers – ever glowing and staking her claim as an iconic role model for the fluffy divas this side of the planet. Full of confidence and sass that her public can’t get enough of, she makes every outfit a winner.
There’s something to be said for a songstress who can whip up unforgettable melodies and pain the town red in fashionably on-point ensembles without skipping a beat. It’s part of Miss Laughton’s charm that in her roles as resident Digicel Rising Stars judge and creative artist, she consistently scores high marks for her sometimes bold, sometimes conservative fashion choices that never fail to impress.
6. PROF. CAROLYN COOPER
As we all know, Prof. Cooper’s eclectic tastes range from brassy African prints to subtle evening wear threads. But this retired UWI academic always looks the part. Indeed, local designers should take a page or two from her lookbook in crafting pieces for the cool-and-conscious yet fashionably aware island woman.
7. PORTIA SIMPSON-MILLER
Sista P very rarely switches up her signature hair game, but when it comes to her wardrobe, especially in recent years, sartorial splendor abounds. We’re talking finely tailored ensembles in a range of colours and textures that wonderfully complement her graciousness and that unyielding passion for serving the Jamaican people. It’s public service done in fine style.
8. SHELLY-ANN FRASER-PRYCE
The Pocket Rocket’s star power has always encompassed the effortlessly winsome fashions she has a habit of sporting – which never cease to thrill us, her biggest fans. Who can forget the sparkling Uzuri creation she showed off last December as she rang in birthday #30, or the curve –flattering mini that had everyone casting appreciative glances her way at the 2015 Wolmer’s Hall of Fame celebration? And that’s just the appetizer. In short, this voluptuous mom-to-be is ever deserving of the style-star gold medal.
9. DAWN HENRY
A dynamic diva who loves to drape her statuesque frame in eye-catching couture straight off the runway or plucked from some high-end boutique in the States, this publishing house CEO (and wife of the Transport minister) is not one to seek out the spotlight but her sizzling style (fab ensembles, sleek pant-suits, the works) are consistently camera-ready and serve as inspiration for ambitious career women everywhere.
10. YENDI PHILLIPS
When a gorgeous girl has a gorgeous body that just won’t quit, among the most valuable assets she can possess is the heightened fashion sense to consistently hit all the right notes. Undoubtedly, that’s a talent ranking high in the arsenal of this former Miss Jamaica World and Miss Jamaica Universe. Evening gowns, casual gear, swimwear – it’s like taking candy from a baby. Phillips has a knack for making them entirely her own, with a classy air and subtle va-va-voom appeal that’s simply timeless.
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