Miss Jamaica Wins Miss West Indies 2015


Brianna Thompson, crowned Miss West Indies 2015, poses during the Carnival portion of the pageant.

Brianna Thompson, a second year student at Penn State majoring in Political Science with a minor in African-American Studies from Scranton, Pennsylvania, was crowned the Caribbean Student Association's Miss West Indies 2015 Thursday night in Heritage Hall.

Thompson, who closed the show with a  stunning blue laced gown, addressed the issue of marriage equality in Jamaica during the question-and-answer portion of the pageant that was faced by all four contestants.

Thompson said that she felt that “everyone deserves to be happy and marry who makes them happy”, citing that she hopes in the future Jamaica will take the right steps towards marriage equality.

The pageant was hosted by DJ Rictor, a local DJ who excited the crowd through humor and impressive dance moves.

The runner up was Miss Dominican Republic, Patricia Matias. Matias is a freshman double majoring in Political Science and Criminology with a minor in Women’s Studies.

Other contestants included Miss Haiti, Stephanie Jean-Louis, a senior majoring in Biobehavioral Health and Miss Puerto Rico, Sade Cortes, a freshman triple majoring in Psychology and Health Development and Family Studies.

The contest included a culture portion, talent portion, question-and-answer portion as well as a Carnival portion.

Ashley Rankine, Miss West Indies 2014 was in attendance to pass the crown to her successor. Rankine spoke briefly on the rewarding experience that came from being Miss West Indies 2014. Rankine told the crowd that she got to organize service events throughout the year as well as learn more about her culture.

If you missed tonight’s Miss West Indies pageant, be sure to visit our Facebook page to view pictures from the event.


Photo Credit: Adriana Lacy

About Adriana Lacy (64 Articles)
Adriana is from the oh-so-famous town of “Right Outside of Philly,” Pennsylvania currently double majoring in Public Relations and African-American Studies. She is a passionate sports fan, avid reader, and an obsessive tweeter. In her spare time, she enjoys writing about sports and social justice while drinking urban-framed, artisan crafted coffee. A proud black student, Adriana considers herself a social justice warrior and strives to promote racial equality and diversity in her community. Email her at adriana@undergroundvoices.co and tweet with her at @adriana_lacy

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