The 2013 edition of Miss Universe Jamaica, the pageant which determines Jamaica’s representative in the annual Miss Universe pageant will not be held following a shift in leadership, according to reports.
The Miss Universe Jamaica final, scheduled for this past Sunday at Emancipation Park in Kingston did not take place. On Monday, Dimitris Kosvogiannis, owner of the Miss Universe Jamaica franchise announced his resignation from the post.
Kosvogiannis became the official rights holder of the Miss Universe Jamaica franchise in November 2011, taking over from PULSE model agency chairman, Kingsley Cooper, who ran the event for two decades.
This year’s edition of the event would have been free to the public.
Miss Universe Jamaica, formerly the Miss Jamaica Universe pageant has been held every year since 1989, producing fiver winners who finished in the top 10 of the Miss Universe pageant: Sandra Foster in 1989, Kimberly Mais in 1991, Nicole Haughton in 1999, Christine Straw in 2004 and, most notably, Yendi Phillipps, who finished runner-up in 2010.
Last year’s winner and the reigning Miss Jamaica Universe was Jamaican-American model and actress, Chantal Zaky.