Karl Williams, director and co-franchise holder of the local Miss Universe Jamaica Organization, said he is excited about Miss Universe Jamaica Miqueal-Symone Williams’ future. The 24-year-old international fashion model and graduate of The University of the West Indies made it to the top 10 of the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday.
“We are very excited about the whole thing. It is unfortunate that she didn’t make the top 5 so she could have a chance to, you know, speak, answer the questions. She’s very sharp, and we’re very happy and excited for her future,” a proud Karl Williams told Flair.
He said Miqueal-Symone was already a winner. “She is truly an amazing young lady, and she’s a winner in our books,” he said.
Andrea Meza of Mexico was crowned Miss Universe.
Meza, who has a software engineering degree, beat out Miss Brazil at the end of the night.
Previous winner Zozibini Tunzi fit the crown on Meza’s head and waited to make sure it would stay in place as Meza beamed and took her first walk to the front of the stage.
Tunzi, a public relations professional who became the first black woman from South Africa to win the contest, had held the title since December 2019. Last year’s ceremony was cancelled due to the pandemic.
The pageant was hosted by Access Hollywood‘s Mario Lopez and actor and model Olivia Culpo, the 2012 Miss Universe. It was broadcast live from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood in Hollywood, Florida.
Ahead of the pageant, Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, stated that they had spent months planning a safe competition that followed similar guidelines as last November’s 2020 Miss USA competition held in Memphis.