Miss Universe Jamaica 2020, Miqueal-Symone Williams is now in her final rounds of preparations as she sets her sights on taking the crown at the Miss Universe competition on May 16 in Florida.
The 24-year-old international fashion model and UWI graduate received a warm welcome from members of the diaspora in South Florida during a special reception at the Island Space Caribbean museum on Thursday.
There, she was presented with the keys to Broward County by Jamaican-born Commissioner Dale Holness.
The event was attended by a host of community leaders in the tri-county region and hosted by Jamaica’s Consul General in Miami, Oliver Mair, who also presented flowers to Miss Universe Jamaica.
Dr. Allan Cunningham, Global Jamaica Diaspora Council Representative for the Southern States, said that the entire diaspora in South Florida was rooting for Williams to win the competition.
“On behalf of all 450,000 Jamaicans in the southern states, welcome to our home. We will make this your home as well. We want you to know that we’re rooting for you. Jamaicans are all about winning and we’re right here waiting for you. When you win, we want you to celebrate right here again,” he said to Williams.
Miss Universe Jamaica, Miqueal-Symone Williams was moved to tears by the outpouring of support from the Jamaican diaspora. She said the community in South Florida has already made her feel like a winner.
“My heart is filled with gratitude for all of you coming here to give me support. Going into a competition like Miss Universe, it means the world that I have so many people supporting me. You’ve all said that you want me to win and I want to win too. But in this moment, I feel like I’ve already won,” she said.
The Miss Universe competition will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Jamaicans across the diaspora can show their support by downloading the Miss Universe Official app and voting for Miss Universe Jamaica to make it into the top 21.