Kaci Fennell: A Queen’s Grace hemmed with Spunk and Personality

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OUR AMBASSADOR5™ SERIES SHOWCASES 5 QUESTIONS/FACTS WITH A CULTURAL AMBASSADOR WHO IS ACTIVELY PROMOTING CARIBBEAN CULTURE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

Feisty and Real: that is the essence of Kaci Fennell to me. In a beauty pageant world renowned for its manufactured smiles, bodies and personalities, Kaci’s authenticity was refreshing and very endearing. When I sat down to speak with Miss Universe Jamaica, she was coming in from a whirlwind of title commitments, had not slept for over forty eight hours and was evidently tired. Yet, her professionalism was obvious as she kept pushing through to fulfill her public relations duties. She has been said to be one of the most popular Miss Jamaica contestants;  this crowd favorite was the fourth runner up in the Miss Universe pageant. She has accepted critique of her ‘short’ hair and her answers at the pageant with a Queen’s grace but hemmed with enough spunk to make you pay attention and look at her twice just to make sure you heard her right.

And  its that spunk that endeared me to her even more than her obvious stunning looks and figure. She is committed to being authentic while she represents her country and region on the world stage. And, as is the growing trend among beauty queens throughout the diaspora, I learnt that there is a lot of substance underneath her beautiful surface.

It was a pleasure learning more about this young cultural ambassador and her growing footprint on the diaspora.

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About Kaci before the title of Miss Universe JamaicaKaci Fennell 1

She states that she has stayed the same person pre and post title. Running for the title of Miss Universe Jamaica has always been a dream of hers from a very young age. At age eighteen, she gave serious consideration to the thought of running in the competition, but, was advised by her mother to wait a little longer. She listened, and at age twenty one , when she finally followed the call of her dream, she was crowned Miss Universe Jamaica.

About what ‘pageant girl’ stereotypes she has broken

In her opinion, stereotypes pervade all aspects of society; work, school, everywhere. She dismissed the notion of typical ‘pageant girl’ stereotypes because of her experience in the recent Miss Universe Jamaica competition where she met so many different personalities. If she had to think about one differentiator for herself, she points out her hair. But that is irrelevant to her considering her belief that everyone is different in their own way and embraces themselves the way they think is best.

About how she has used her title to uplift Jamaica
MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 21: Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell participates in 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Show at Florida International University on January 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)
(Photo by Johnny Louis/Getty Images)

The pride of her Jamaican people in her winning the title was in itself uplifting to her and the island. But she takes it a step further and has established her own charity called Style for Change. This organization’s mission is to ‘battle the effects of natural disaster and poverty by helping Jamaicans most in need’.

About how she uses her role as cultural ambassador to learn about other islands

She has not made it to all thirty five islands but as they say, the journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.  Trinidad and Tobago was the first island she visited outside of her own. These were followed by trips to the Cayman Islands and Puerto Rico. One thing she notes in her travel is the warmth of the people (maybe something in the water). She also highlights the unity among the islands and the ways that Caribbean people seek to uplift each other. This was an idea that was Jamaica-Carnival-2015-Kaci-Fennell-Miss-Jamaica-Universe-2014brought home during the early days of the competition when she realized that her support from the Caribbean stretched across borders.

About how she will sustain her brand after her reign as Miss Universe ends

Kaci is determined to make her mark each and every day. She continues to enjoy what she does while staying focused on continuous growth because she is aware that this title is not the be all and end all, but, simply a foundation step to fulfill her life dreams.

 

 

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