KINGSTON, Jamaica, December 19, 2019 (CMC) — Newly-crowned Miss World 2019, Toni-Ann Singh, is scheduled to arrive in the island, tomorrow, for a four-day visit that is being organised by the government.
Singh, who hails from the eastern parish of St. Thomas, will be accompanied by Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Miss World Organization, Julia Morley; her father, Bradshaw Singh, and others.
Details of her visit were disclosed by Entertainment Minister, Olivia Grange, during a post-Cabinet press briefing, yesterday.
The Minister said that since Singh’s remarkable victory, the government has been in discussions with the Miss World Organization, and after several talks, they agreed to the visit, despite her packed schedule.
“It is a miracle that we have been able to get such swift action, but Toni-Ann’s crowning as Miss World has been a… Cinderella story, and it has been a miraculous story,” Grange said.
Outlining the slate of activities, she said the visiting party is scheduled to arrive at 5:15 p.m. (local time) at the Norman Manley International Airport, and on Saturday, a press conference is scheduled.
“During the course of the day, there will be a number of private activities and discussions with the franchisee and a little time for the party to relax,” Grange said.
Later in the evening, a cultural tribute will be held at Emancipation Park – in the Corporate Area, during which Singh will perform.
The newly-crowned queen will also visit her home town in St. Thomas and pay courtesy calls on Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and opposition leader, Dr. Peter Phillips.
Grange has hailed Singh as an “outstanding young woman, with a wonderful personality, a beautiful soul and an extraordinary talent, who is very focused, determined and courageous”.
“We have witnessed, firsthand, her beautiful spirit and her capacity for care, through the work that she has been doing with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport at the Women’s Centre of Jamaica in her home parish of St. Thomas,” she noted.
“She has been helping to improve the facility and raising funds to assist us, to ensure that the adolescent mothers are given the tools to become great parents and to continue their education,” she added.
Grange said Singh has proven herself to be an exceptional ambassador for the country.
“She represented Jamaica, so ably, during the competition, and we all look forward to her journey as the new Miss World, and we know she will be phenomenal,” she said.