Miss Caribbean Maryland Jaielean Thomas Makes History Winning the 2012 Miss Caribbean United States Pageant.
Twenty-year old Jaielean Thomas, a psychology student at Morgan State University, made history when she captured the 2012 title of Miss Caribbean United States. Representing the United Stated Virgin Islands, Miss Thomas competed for and won the title of Miss Caribbean Maryland, marking the second win for the U.S.V.I at the Miss Caribbean Maryland Pageant.
Jaielean was not finished making history yet. Last Sunday November 11th, Jaielean went on to compete for and win the national title of Miss Caribbean United States, making history as the first winner from the U.S.V.I to win the national pageant.
Miss Thomas’s win is also historic because she is the first plus size winner to win a non plus-size national pageant in the USA. Pageant officials say that this is such an important win for women, not just in the Caribbean or the United states, but around the world. Jaielean’s win sends a message to the world that beauty comes in all sizes.
When asked how she got the courage to compete in a beauty pageant for non plus size women Miss Thomas credits her mother by saying ” My mother has always built me up, she instilled a sense of appreciation of my beauty so I never felt different or any less beautiful than anyone else.”
Miss Thomas says she wants to spend her year as Miss Caribbean United States as a true role model for young women of all shapes, sizes and colors. Nekia Edwards of Jamaica was 1st runner up and Kadecia Johnson of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines was 2nd runner up.
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