Twenty-five-year-old Khalia Hall was crowned Miss Jamaica World 2021 on Saturday (October 9), beating out 14 other contestants for the coveted title.
Hall was crowned at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston by Miss World 1976 winner Jamaican Cindy Breakspeare, who stood in for 2019 Miss World winner Toni-Ann Singh.
Hall, who proudly wore the sash ‘Miss General Food Supermarket’, hails from St Ann.
A self-confessed ‘foodie’, here are 10 facts you probably did not know about the new Miss Jamaica World 2021:
1. Reggae superstar Chronixx is her favourite Jamaican musical artiste.
2. Khalia’s father is British.
3. She earned a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Manchester in England before attending the National University of Singapore as an international exchange student from Manchester and serving as the University’s global ambassador.
4. She always dreamt of participating in the Miss Jamaica world pageants.
5. In winning the title, Hall replaces the longest-reigning Miss World, Toni-Ann Singh, who won the title in 2019 but served two years due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
6. She launched her plant-based Shibumi Jamaican food delivery service in Jamaica in 2020 upon discovering that 74 per cent of Jamaicans do not eat the recommended daily portions of fruits and vegetables.
7. She is a food blogger at ‘Mix Up and Blenda’, where she promotes her philosophy of finding a balance, choosing simplicity, and eating “real food.”
8. Hall chose the Japanese word “Shibumi” – which means “simple, unobtrusive beauty” – as the name of her food delivery service because it calls to mind “things we so often neglect, but that encompass implicit beauty, imperfection and naturalness”.
9. She is also a YouTuber, whose channel focuses on cooking and trying new recipes.
10. Hall gave up mechanical engineering to pursue her passion for health and nutrition.