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Miqueal-Symone Williams is Miss Universe Jamaica 2020, crowned on Runaway Bay

Miqueal-Symone Williams, 23, has been crowned Miss Universe Jamaica 2020. Competing as Miss Qorihc, the Jamaican model bested nine other finalists.

Williams was the heavy favorite days before the Bahia Principe Miss Universe Jamaica Beauty, Fashion and Wellness Pageant 2020 coronation night at the Bahia Principe Grand Jamaica Resort in Salt Coppers on Runaway Bay in Jamaica on December 12, 2020. The show aired on FLOW 1 TV.

The 10 finalists wore Uzuri International dresses in their opening number. Miss Maxeff Motors Shanique Thompson, 23, and Miss Acropolis Gaming Lounge Samantha Williams, 26, finished in the Top 5.

Runner-up to Williams was Abigail Pinnock, 27, who competed as Miss Bluedot Comuna. Monique Thomas, 25, who competed as Miss Curves, was second runner-up.

Thomas is 5’9″ while Pinnock is 5’6″. Williams stands 5’10.5”.


The newly crowned Miss Universe Jamaica 2020 attended the Immaculate Conception High School in Kingston, Jamaica. In September 2016, she enrolled at the University of the West Indies-Mona in Kingston.

In April 2018, Williams started modelling professionally in London, England, United Kingdom. A Pulse/Select Model Search winner, she travelled around the world and modelled for several magazines including ELLE and Marie Claire and luxury brands such as Armani and Valentino.

As a runway model, Williams has walked for Halpern, Huishan Zhang, Richard Quinn, Roksanda Ilincic and Tommy Hilfiger. She modelled for the Valentino: Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2019 at the Paris Fashion Week.

While competing for the Miss Universe Jamaica 2020 crowned, Williams was completing her degree in marketing and psychology. Before the pageant, she moved from London to New York, United States for a photo shoot for the Japanese make-up house Shiseido.


Williams will be the 48th woman to represent Jamaica at Miss Universe. The date and venue of the international beauty pageant’s 69th edition have yet to be announced although it is expected to take place in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2021.

If Williams wins Miss Universe 2020, she will be the beauty pageant’s first ever titleholder from Jamaica. In 2010, the country’s representative Yendi Phillips almost won but finished runner-up to Jimena Navarrete of Mexico.

Jamaica’s Kaci Fennell and Davina Bennett were fourth runner-up in 2014 and second runner-up in 2017, respectively, at Miss Universe. The country’s Emily Maddison and Iana Tickle Garcia finished in the Top 20 in 2018 and was unplaced in 2019, respectively.

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