JM | Nov 18, 2022

Five things to know about media personality Yendi Phillipps

Mikala Johnson

Mikala Johnson / Our Today

Wow! Now this is a smile. (Photo: Instagram @yendizzle)

Yendi Amira Phillipps, affectionately called ‘Yendizzle’ is a charismatic Jamaican beauty queen, model, TV presenter and motivational speaker.

Phillipps gained popularity and became a household name through pageantry. Over the years she has represented Jamaica in several pageants internationally.

Yendi representing Jamaica during the 2010 Miss Universe pageant.

She won the 2007 Miss Jamaica World beauty pageant, as well as the 2010 Miss Universe Jamaica pageant.

She represented Jamaica at the 2007 Miss World contest held in Sanya, China and at the 2010 Miss Universe, held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

After pageantry, Phillipps became a TV presenter. She brought her magnetic personality to popular morning show Smile Jamaica, which she cohosted for several years. She currently hosts her own show Odyssey With Yendi on YouTube.

Yendi during her time at ‘Smile Jamaica’.

Here are five things you might not have known about Yendi Phillipps.

1. Pageant history!

The talented all-rounder model placed in Miss World Beach Beauty, Miss World Top Model, Miss World Talent, Miss World Sports and the Beauty with a Purpose award.

The Jamaican beauty made Miss World history and was the first contestant to ever place in all of the fast track events listed above.

Phillipps also created history as the first Jamaican woman to become first runner-up to Miss Universe.

Check out the new look! (Photo: Instagram @yendizzle)

2. She’s got the moves!

If you remember, Phillipps was front and centre in the dance routine during the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant. That was no accident as the beauty queen is actually a professionally trained dancer.

Phillipps holds a bachelor’s degree of fine arts with a concentration in dance from The College at Brockport, State University of New York and a master’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Management.

Talk about relaxation, Yendi enjoys a sail on the ocean. (Photo: Instagram @yendizzle)

3. Any Virgo in the house?

Yendi is a Virgo! The model was born September 8, 1985. The traits of a Virgo include, being smart, sophisticated, and kind. Virgos are amazing friends, always there to lend a hand and also lend advice.

Yendi is all about having fun! (Photo: Instagram @yendizzle)

4. Off the Market…

The queen of pageantry is off the market! Phillipps tied the knot in August of this year with businessman Omar McFarlane at a private ceremony in South Florida.

Yendi Phillipps at the Giraffe Centre in Kenya, during one of her many trips. (Photo: Instagram @yendizzle)

5. Travel enthusiast!

Yendi loves traveling. Throughout her travels she has visited more than 50 countries and has no plans to slow down.


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