Prime Minister of Jamaica, Hon. Bruce Golding, joined representatives of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) in welcoming Miss Universe 2010 first runner-up, Yendi Phillips, at the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, as she returned home on Friday (August 27).
Miss Phillips placed second at the 2010 Miss Universe contest at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 23, in a nail-biting finish with the eventual winner, Miss Mexico, Jimena Navarrete. However her beauty, eloquence and confidence had earned her the highest ever finish by Jamaica in the history of the Miss Universe Pageant.
The Prime Minister congratulated her for representing the country ‘so magnificently well’ on the world’s stage.
Prime Minister Hon.Bruce Golding presenting a gift to beauty queen Yendi Phillips (left) during a welcome reception hosted by him at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay Friday (August 27) on her arrival from Las Vegas, Nevada in USA on Friday (August 27), after placing second in the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant.
Mr. Golding said that she could not begin to understand the immense pleasure that she brought to hundreds of thousands of Jamaicans who watched, with such intensity, as the competition drew to a close.
“Yendi, when I saw you in Miami, when you were on your way to Las Vegas, you told me that you were going to make Jamaica proud and you did exactly that,” the Prime Minister said.
“You have made us all proud, you have represented us with dignity, with charm and it was so good for us to watch. We just felt that we were part of that event. We want to welcome you back home. You belong to us and we are proud of you and we love you”, the Prime Minister said. He then presented her with a gift on behalf of the Government of Jamaica.
In her reply, Miss Phillips expressed thanks to Prime Minister Golding for the outpouring of love and support, and the Jamaican public for believing in her and cheering her on.
Beauty Queen Yendi Phillips replies to the toast from Prime Minister, the Hon Bruce Golding at the welcome reception hosted by him at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay Friday (August 27) to welcome her home from the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she placed second.
“I want to thank my family and friends who were always there for me, especially at the moments when I felt like giving up . I am a fighter and I like challenges and like to give everything my all, and I feel as though my country appreciates that I have done my best and I am truly grateful for the support,” she said.
“I feel truly honoured that I can safely say that I am a part of that group of history makers that come from this country,” Miss Phillips added.
She also made a passionate plea to the youths of Jamaica never to give up on their dreams, and never to ignore their passions.
“Never give up, dream big, live big, because we live in a world of infinite possibilities and limitless opportunities and abundant blessings, and I believe that everyone should make the most and maximize the gift that we have, and that is life”, Miss Phillips said.
She was serenaded by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) multi gold medallist, Fitzroy Minott.