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Top 10: Hottest female media personalities in 2014 with Jamaican roots

BY: Jodee Brown

Far and wide, Jamaica has produced some of the most beautiful and charismatic television hosts around, raging from the local airwaves to North America.

As a young Jamaican journalist myself, I’ve always been infatuated by the the lovely ladies that have presented in front of our TV screens and on our radio station, and it’s not just because I’m a guy and love to see and hear beautiful women, but because of the intellect and elegance with which they present their material. Quite frankly, they make you want to pay more attention to the show, even if it’s not your cup of tea.

Having created this list the last two years, I received a lot of positive feedback from some of the women featured on it. This time round, we decided to tweak it a little bit, including women who aren’t only born or based in Jamaica, but those based elsewhere with Jamaican roots. Additionally, the list entails media personalities who are currently regulars on TV or radio. But before we get to that, the honourable mentions:

Honourable Mentions 

Rachel Stuart - No list mentioning Jamaican beauties in media can leave off the legendary Jamaican-Canadian presenter who was the long-time host of BET’s Caribbean-themed video countdown show, Caribbean Rhythms as well as Island Stylee, an award-winning inflight program under the Air Jamaica umbrella. She now reportedly lives in Washington D.C. with her husband, Paxton Baker, the executive vice president and general manager of Centric. 

Emily Crooks - A long time host on Nationwide 90FM as well as an occasional host on TVJ, she raised eyebrows with her opinions, as well as her stunning looks

Lauren Dunn - Former host of BETJ (now Centric) show, Wick’d Style while also hosting shows on RETV and her own Lauren O Lauren (LOL) show, the outspoken Dunn possesses many attributes, both figure and personality-wise that have made her standout in her industry in recent years.

Other notable mentions: Ashley Miller and Talia Soares (Host of TVJ’s Intense),  Keriann Lee (known for hosting TVJ’s Business Day on TVJ’s Prime Time News), Kamila Mcdonald-Alcock, long-time broadcast journalist, known for her spell at CVM Sunrise and Maia Chung (Host of CEEN Caribbean News and CVM Sunrise).

Now on to the list…

Krystal Tomlinson -- Festival Queen 2013

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10. Krystal Tomlinson – Tomlinson has shot up the ranks in Jamaican media in recent years, hosting across several platforms, including a stint as the host of TVJ’s cooking program, Nyammings and currently hosts numerous features on RETV. 

Tomlinson is natural beauty personified, with a bubbly personality and good sense of humour and is very multi-talented, as proven last year when she took home the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen title, showcasing her acting and poetic skills in the process. No doubt, she due for bigger and better things going forward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ramona Samuels

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9. Ramona Samuels  – With a sizzling Latin name, Ramona Samuels hails as an ebony princess with a royal touch on the microphone. Renowned as a voice over specialist, Samuels has managed to sound sexy in British, French, Russian and Spanish for advertisements, making you want to hear anything that comes out of her mouth, even if it’s in a foreign language.

Not only has the multilingual beauty done advertisements for promoters locally, in the U.S. and even Australia but her infectious charm and seemingly flirtatious on-air persona resonated well while hailing as a presenter on RETV and SWAG TV. It’s safe to say that Samuels has viewers worldwide locked in at every possible opportunity when she’s on television. She currently is promoting her voice acting brand, The Voicebox, which has grown locally and in North America over the last year, so expect more sassy commercials done in a foreign language from her and her recruits in the near future.

 

 

 

 

Debbie Bisssoon and Kabaka Pyramid

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8. Debbie Bissoon - Ever since TVJ added E-Prime to the Prime Time News package, the news has become more of intriguing and wide ranging. E-Prime’s presenter, Debbie Bissoon offers the most legitimate reasoning for why the segment’s become a success. Well-spoken, the kindest heart/soul imaginable and with the curves to match, Bissoon has done well on-air and her stock has been rising, thanks to her undeniable passion for anything Jamaican.

She also features prominently as a host on FAME FM and has proven to be a great for the big occasions, hosting shows recapping Reggae Sumfest, STING and The Voice recap show while Tessanne Chin was making her run to the talent show crown. The more of her, the better.

 

 

 

 

Patricia Jaggernauth 2014

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7. Patricia Jaggernauth - Now for one beauty based in my current neck of the woods, Toronto, and this drop-dead-gorgeous weather girl and host who has lit up the cameras of Canadian news network, CP24 for over three years.

Born in Canada to a Jamaican father and Guyanese mother, Jaggernauth has long been entrenched in her Caribbean and has never been shy to show these traits while doing her work. She is a weather girl on CP24, where’s she’s as flawless as it gets on the air. Furthermore, she has appeared on media outlets such as Much Music, CTV, MTV and host on the Emmy-winning digital television channel, BITE TV. 

She’s also known as a dedicated fashionista with her PJ GlamGirl fashion line of dresses, jewelry and more. She certainly wears many hats in the media world and wears many beautiful outfits while doing it. Let’s hope she graces our beautiful island with her presence again like she did in January (pic above, to the right). Canadian television looks that much better when she’s on air.

Shelly-Ann Weeks

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6. Shelly-Ann Weeks (AKA Dr. Sexy) – Usually when sex education shows are broadcast on TV or radio, they are hosted by older heads, in some cases, elderly women who, while they are quite knowledgeable on the subject, kind of making you feel awkward while watching or listening.

Enter Shelly-Ann Weeks, who’s sexy physical features perfectly fit the sexy features she highlights when she hosted her Dr. Sexy Live show on Nationwide 90FM. Her knowledge of sex, love and relationships is astounding and ability to connect with her largely young adult audience has made her a popular figure and some of that knowledge is now being shared on a daily morning show on New York-based radio station, Link Up Radio, as well as her YouTube page and website. Wouldn’t many love to be advised by her.

Charm Hitlist

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5. Charm – CVM Hitlist became a fixture in the mid-2000s thanks the vibrant and sensual Amelia ‘Milk’ Sewell and, once she was gone, the odds seemed slim that they would find anyone capable of bringing the same energy and appeal that would keep the countdown program afloat.

Charm has done that and then some, with some of the most mesmerizing curves in the business and a unhinged energy that has eyeballs glued to the TV set anytime she’s on, especially wearing outfits like those pictured. The media diva also hosts the popular vox pop, Wat A Gwaan and is as real and engaging as they come.

 

Yendi Phillipps 2014

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4. Yendi Phillips Now that she features on YouTube every now and again, her other figure will be on display for those unfamiliar with her to see.

A co-host on TVJ’s morning program, Smile Jamaica, Phillipps has improved leaps and bounds as an interviewer and presenter since she started delving into it seriously following her second place run at Miss Universe Jamaica, and has now proven herself to be a viable media mogul.

Her beauty and sex appeal are undeniable and she is certainly one of the staton’s more articulate presenters. Also having hosted in-flight features for Caribbean Airlines, she has proven her versatility and is sure to land more strong media gigs in the years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

Amita Webb 2014

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3. Amita Webb - This former Miss Jamaica World contestant just has it all it seems: The perk, charm and figure fit for any runway.

This former Miss Jamaica World contestant just has it all it seems: The perk, charm and figure fit for any runway. Amita Webb does it all as the host of CVM’s FiWi Choice Top 10 countdown show, while also showcasing her radiant beauty in the occasional photo shoots, including the ones pictured here

Her appeal has made FiWi Choice arguably the most popular countdown program in Jamaica and could land her even greater media ventures down the line.

 

Alexis Nunes2. Alexis Nunes - Honestly, given that I live in Canada, I did not know anything about her until deciding to subscribe to CEEN, which shows programming from Jamaican sports station, Sportsmax and the show Sportsmax Zone, where she features as a co-host. Boy did my eyes bulge upon seeing her.

Shockingly attractive, with curves a man would drool over, Nunes has emerged as the Caribbean’s most stunning sports presenters and with her Latin American background, can awe you in both Spanish and English. She’s more than just a pretty face though, proving herself as a decent analyst while also hailing as a Manchester United fan and a huge fan of the English Premier League. She has also done work with Bacchanal Jamaica in the past.

Alexis Nunes es muy bonito.

 

 

Yanique Barrett 2014

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1. Yanique Barrett – There are not enough adjectives in the English language to describe this woman’s looks. Sexy, sassy, sultry, addictive and I can go on and on. Ever since her debut on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall in 2012, when she danced on a roof top and sported a memorable beach ensemble while riding a boat, the public couldn’t get enough of Barrett.

From her unique sense of style to her quite outgoing persona, Barrett has become the next big thing in media locally, having proved it ever since her days as the host of CVM’s In The Dance program. Also co-hosting FAME FM’s E-Blaze, Barrett literally has been all over Jamaican television and radio while also voicing on several advertisements, hosting various events and owning her own clothing store at one point. Given her killer looks and various ambitions to match, the self-professed Curvaceous Diva is the hottest media personality with Jamaican roots alive.

 

 

 

 

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Yendi and Chino call it quits: Report

Yendi and Chino break upOn a day when couples across the world celebrate love and togetherness, reports Friday have claimed that one of Jamaica’s most talked relationships has come to an end as Dancehall/Reggae singer, Daniel ‘Chino’ McGregor and former Miss Universe runner-up, Yendi Phillipps are broken up.

Reports cite sources close to the pair as confirming that McGregor and Phillipps are no longer together. The pair, who have been together since 2011, did not confirm or deny the report.

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Miss Universe Jamaica pageant set for September 8

Miss Universe JamaicaAfter initially being cancelled due to a shift in franchise leadership, the Miss Universe Jamaica pageant has been given the go-ahead to take place as it will now be held on September 8 in Ocho Rios, according to reports Thursday.

The coronation ceremony will take place at Jewels Resort, according to Uzuri International, the contest’s new local franchise holder. Uzuri, a popular local fashion entity based in St. Mary, took over from Greek hotelier, Dimitris Kosvogiannis last month after Kosvogiannis announced that he would be unable to continue his duties due to various international commitments.

Uzuri International’s Karl Williams says that due to time constraints, Miss Universe Jamaica will be downsized compared to its traditional setup.

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Yendi and Chino welcome first child

Congratulations are in order for 2010 Miss Universe runner-up, Yendi Phillipps and Dancehall/Reggae star, Daniel ‘Chino’ McGregor after the popular couple welcomed their first child together over the weekend.

According to reports, Phillipps gave birth to a baby girl on September 21, with her new-born daughter weighing in at approximately 7lbs, 11 ounces. While the name of Phillipps’ baby has yet to be released, sources close to her boyfriend have revealed that they are ecstatic about the birth of their first child as couple while insisting that their new daughter is in great health.

This caps off a very interesting year for Yendi and Chino, who publicly disclosed their relationship and how their new bundle of joy came to be in April after Phillipps posted a picture of her pregnant belly on her official Facebook page with her boyfriend’s hand touching her stomach.

To make matters more intriguing, speculation emerged that Phillipps was now engaged to McGregor after the former Miss Jamaica World sported a new ring while appearing at her weekly co-hosting gig on Television Jamaica’s (TVJ) Smile Jamaica earlier this month. Phillipps has yet to publicly address this speculation while Chino denied the engagement when speaking to IRIE FM a few weeks ago.

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Chino and Yendi engaged? Rumors fly as former beauty queen sports new ring

Is Jamaica’s newest power couple on the verge of walking down the aisle? After Yendi Phillipps donned a new ring while hosting a popular Jamaican morning TV show, rife speculation has been sparked that the former Miss Jamaica World and her boyfriend, Daniel ‘Chino’ McGregor could be getting married.

A seemingly content Phillipps co-hosted TVJ’s Smile Jamaica yesterday sporting a new ring that immediately sent social media and gossip websites into a frenzy. This news comes as Phillipps and Chino are expecting their first child together by the end of this month, several months after the couple publicly announced their big news in April. The Miss Universe 2010 and internationally acclaimed Reggae star have reportedly been dating since last year.

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Deanna Robins grateful for Miss World opportunity

Reigning Miss Jamaica World winner, Deanna Robins continues to bask in the glory that she enjoyed at the recently concluded Miss World pageant in China.

Despite missing out on the ultimate prize, Robins flourished under the bright lights of the Miss World competition, reaching the finals (top seven) of the pageant while also copping the title of Miss Caribbean as she was named as one of five continental queens of beauty. Becoming the second finalist at a major international pageant in three years (Yendi Phillipps – Miss Universe 2012), Robins has been strongly lauded by locals who supported her throughout her journey.

Currently enjoying a brief holiday in the United States, Robins now has a message for her loyal fans following her Miss World showing.

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Chantal Zaky crowned new Miss Universe Jamaica

After coming up just short of her goal in 2011, Chantal Zaky can now call herself a Queen as the 24-year-old beauty was crowned Miss Universe Jamaica 2012 on Saturday night.

The Portland native emerged from a pool of 16 contestants during this year’s staging of the Miss Universe Jamaica pageant at the National Indoor Sports Centre in St. Andrew. As a result, Zaky will represent Jamaica at the Miss Universe pageant this December, which will reportedly take place in South Africa.

This was sweet redemption for Zaky, who placed third in last year’s edition of the beauty competition but pointed to her renewed focus and positivity as sources for her triumph this time round. Model and art student, Racquel Jones copped the runner-up spot, Sherece Cowan earned second runner-up while Danisha Scott and Amanda Mitchell rounded out the top five.

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Yendi Phillipps and Chino expecting first child

Former Miss Jamaica Universe and internationally acclaimed model, Yendi Phillipps has announced that she’s pregnant with her first child.

The runner up of the 2010 Miss Universe competition made the announcement via her official Facebook page late Sunday night, revealing that she’ll be expecting a baby with prominent Dancehall/Reggae singjay and multiple brand ambassador, Daniel ‘Chino’ McGregor who she has been dating in recent months. Additionally, she posted a picture of her growing belly with what appears to be Chino’s hand holding hers.

Phillips issued a message to her over 142,000 Facebook fans, reading, “17 weeks and counting…I wish we could have shared it earlier but you know they say it’s bad luck to announce too soon. I’m so excited to finally tell you that we have a little ‘McGregor’ on the way! You know how much I value “you” as you’ve been such a support through my various ventures so I wanted you to know first-hand as this one is perhaps my most exciting to date! I feel truly blessed and am more amazed every day to experience our creator in such a miraculous and organic way. Seasoned mommy’s, don’t hold back on the advice…hehe *wink* Love, Blessings…and Life :)”

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