Of a total of seventy-four women from across the globe vying for the Miss Universe crown this year, Jamaica’s 2020 beauty queen Miqueal-Symone Williams prevailed to make it to the top 10.
Held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, the 69th Miss Universe international competition was won by Miss Mexico, Andrea Meza.
Although Miss Jamaica did not take the crown, the 24-year-old international fashion and beauty model said she was grateful for the support of Jamaicans throughout the competition.
Among those who sent congratulations to Williams was Oliver Mair, Jamaica’s Consul General for Southern USA. On social media, Mair posted, “Congrats Miss Universe Jamaica Miqueal Symone Williams for finishing in the top 10. Thanks for representing us so well. You are a winner in our eyes!”
Prime Minister Andrew Holness also sent his congratulations to Williams.
Congratulations Miqueal-Symone Williams (@symone_w) for making it to the top 10 in the Miss Universe competition.
— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) May 17, 2021
Two former Jamaican beauty queens, Yendi Phillips, Miss Jamaica 2010, and Terri-Karelle Reid, Miss World Jamaica 2005, also expressed pride in William’s performance in the competition and her top ten achievement.
Miqueal-Symone Williams is the eighth Jamaican to have ever advanced to the top ten of the competition, since its first staging in 1952.