COOKE & HAUGHTON TAKE ON MISS WORLD FRANCHISE
The Miss World Organization has announced that the franchise to stage the Miss Jamaica World pageant as a precursor to Miss World has been granted to Crown of Beauty Jamaica Limited whose principals are local playwright and impresario Aston Cooke and veteran entertainment specialist Weston Haughton.
Aston Cooke is recipient of ten national Actor Boy Awards for outstanding achievement in Jamaican theatre and an inductee to the Caribbean Hall of Fame for Arts and Culture. Cooke also served as Board Chairman of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission during 2013 and 2016.
Weston Haughton is a former cultural director for the Sandals Group and has produced many of the Miss Jamaica World coronation shows over the years. Haughton is the Artistic Director of the Powerful Women and Men Perform for charity production.
According to Weston Haughton: “Jamaica has a proud tradition at the Miss World pageant, and we are elated to take the baton from Mickey Haughton-James who has done an amazing job with the Miss Jamaica World franchise producing two Miss Worlds; Cindy Breakspeare (1976) and Lisa Hanna (1993) during his tenure.”
Crown of Beauty Jamaica Ltd seeks to recruit the best Jamaican lady to represent the country at the Miss World Pageant annually. This will be achieved by unearthing, training, and unveiling the nation’s finest women through an annual national search and casting alongside intensive grooming, coaching and preparation that will culminate with the coronation of an ambassador, Miss Jamaica World.
The Miss Jamaica World 2018 planning team is led by professionals in fields ranging from TV Production and marketing to event planning, pageantry and stage production. Cooke and Haughton are joined by theatre producer and morning television host Dahlia Harris, Miss Jamaica World 1978 Joan McDonald, Attorney at Law Richard Nevers, media personality Roxene Nickle, international casting agent and makeup artist Cecile Burrowes and multimedia specialist Maya Wilkinson.
Nicky Baxter and Junior Taylor will continue to promote the Miss Jamaica World Middlesex and Miss Jamaica World Cornwall regional competitions respectively.
The Miss Jamaica World competition is Jamaica’s premier beauty pageant; the reigning queen, Solange Sinclair finished in the top 10 and was crowned Miss Caribbean continental queen of beauty at Miss World 2017 held in China, last November. Crown of Beauty Jamaica Limited seeks to advance and support today’s Jamaican women while embracing the Miss World philosophy of Beauty with a Purpose.
Solange Sinclair will crown her successor at a grand coronation show scheduled for the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Saturday, September 1. Full details of the Miss Jamaica World 2018 pageant will be given at a special media launch in Kingston on April 18.