Miss Universe Jamaica pageant was started in 1989 to select the official representative to the Miss Universe pageant. In 2013, Uzuri International became the new Miss Universe Jamaica Franchise Owner. In addition to securing the usual partnerships to effectively execute the Miss Universe Jamaica pageant, prepare and manage the title holder for local and international representation, Uzuri International also plans to develop, expose and partner with young and emerging fashion design, costume design and entertainment talent and showcase these talents as an integral component of the pageant.
Uzuri International is a couture fashion design brand that was officially incorporated in 1998 and has won numerous international awards in the beauty and fashion industry. The brand has been showcased on all continents through fashion shows and numerous international beauty pageants. The designers, Karl Williams and Mark McDermoth were declared Caribbean Fashion Masters by Pulse Limited and they were invited to Miss World 2008 in Johannesburg South Africa to provide specially designed dresses for all 112 contestants in a post opening segment –a first for any Caribbean based design brand. And Global Beauties declared the evening gown they designed for Yendi Phillips in Miss World 2007 as “the Most Beautiful” in all international pageants that year. Uzuri International, Fashioning The World With Style.
- The winner of Miss Jamaica represents her country at Miss Universe. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent.
|Year||Miss Jamaica||Hometown||Placement||Special awards|
|2014||Kaci Fennell||Kingston||5th Runner-up|
|2012||Chantal Zaky||Queens, New York||Unplaced|
|2010||Yendi Phillips||Kingston||1st Runner-up|
|2009||Carolyn Yapp||Montego Bay||Unplaced|
|2004||Christine Straw||Kingston||Top 10|
|2003||Michelle Lecky||Montego Bay||Unplaced|
|2000||Saphire Longmore||May Pen||Unplaced|
|1999||Nicole Haughton||Kingston||Top 10|
|1997||Nadine Thomas||Bog Walk||Unplaced|
|1994||Angelie Martin||Montego Bay||Unplaced|
|1991||Kimberly Mais||Kingston||Top 6|
|1989||Sandra Foster||Kingston||Top 10|