As she continues to represent Jamaica and its culture internationally in the 71st staging of the Miss Universe pageant, Miss Jamaica Universe Toshami Calvin channeled the Jamaican heroine, Nanny of the Maroons, for the competition’s national costume segment.
Calvin succeeded Miss Jamaica Universe 2021, Daena Soares, in September 2022 and will be competing alongside 83 other delegates from countries around the world for the title of Miss Universe. Ahead of the pageant’s staging on January 14 in the United States, in New Orleans, Louisiana, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Calvin and her fellow delegates have showcased their cultural heritage, style, grace, and physical attributes in the national costume, preliminary evening gown, and preliminary swimsuit segments.
The 26-year-old is a registered behavioural technician and therapy provider for children on the autism spectrum. She paid homage to the children she cared for during the swimsuit segment, wearing a chiffon cape emblazoned with the phrase “Autistic Pride” below an image of Jamaica and a part of the national motto “Out Of Many.”
Calvin dazzled in a golden ensemble for the evening gown section of the show but truly shone in the national costume portion in an emerald green piece. Channeling Jamaica’s only female national hero, Nanny of the Maroons, Calvin wore the heroine’s iconic white headscarf embellished in silver while armed with a sabre and the maroon’s well-known abeng (horn of a cow).
Those who wish to vote for Calvin in the semi-final may do so on the Miss Universe app or the pageant’s official website. Voting closes on Friday, January 13, at midnight, ahead of the finals on Saturday.
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