Thursday, 20 December 2018

IT’S THE GIRLS! Khadijah Robinson set for ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ tour + What’s next for Emily Maddison? + Tanya Lee’s new book

HER ‘PURPOSE’: Jamaica’s Khadijah Robinson is going on tour! The reigning Miss World Caribbean (thanks to her fourth place finish at the recent Miss World pageant in Sanya, China) will join new Miss World Vanessa Ponce de Leon (Mexico) and her fellow continental queens on the Beauty With a Purpose, which is poised to hit all the continents. A physiotherapist by training who works with the Black River Hospital in St. Elizabeth, the 23-year-old stunner says she had a swell time while in China for the coronation. “The highlight for me was getting to know the ladies,” the Hampton grad shared during a post-pageant interview with the Observer’s Kevin Jackson. “I became friends with persons from countries I never even heard of. Learning about their cultures was fun.” 

HER WRITE: This one is for the kids! Sports marketer and newspaper columnist turned author Tanya Lee has published Little Country, Big Winners, a reading and colouring book children aged three to 10 years old. It comes on the heels of her first book, the motivational tome The Winner Within, released in January. Accompanied by illustrations from Nicholas Perkins, Little Country shares stories of athletes who identified and/or developed their talent at a young age and went on to do great things for Jamaica on the global stage. “My first book was aimed at aspiring athletes and adults, but this time around I wanted to use our athletes to motivate the younger ones instead,” Lee says. “I want Jamaican children to see that not all superheroes wear capes or are from Marvel comics.” Little Country, Big Winners is on sale at Bookophilia (St. Andrew) and at Fontana pharmacies islandwide. 

HER MISSION: What’s next for reigning Miss Jamaica Universe, Emily Maddison? The 18-year-old Campionite repped the black, green and gold at the global pageant in Thailand on Sunday night and finished in the Top 20. (People are still talking about her gorgeous national costume during the parade of nations!) With the pageant now behind her, Maddison told Zip FM that she now wants to give some serious focus to her non-profit organization, Girls Who Know Jamaica, whose aim is to impact lives via sexual-health education and personal development.

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