ShamiqueSimmsA Jamaican national has won the 2017 edition of Caribbean’s Next Top Model.

Caribbean’s Next Top Model is the regional version of the popular U.S. reality show and competition for aspiring young women.

In the season finale that aired on Monday, 5-foot-9 Shamique Simms is said to have won judges over with what they described as ‘grace, natural beauty, and an ability to work the camera’.  Simms was also praised for showing raw modeling talent and versatility in both the ‘jab jab’ and underwater photo shoots.

Filmed in Grenada, season 3 of Caribbean’s Next Top Model premiered January 30 and featured 17 competitors from across the Caribbean – including three other Jamaicans along with Simms.

Co-executive producer, host, and judge, former Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam (T&T), said Simms competed amongst its toughest field of aspiring models to date, and always maintained her focus with a clear understanding of what is required in the modelling industry.

Placing below Simms, fellow contestants Samantha West from Trinidad & Tobago and Nkechi Vaughn of Guyana tied for 2nd place.

As winner, Shamique Simms was awarded US$25,000, an iPhone, a cover feature and editorial spread in SHE Caribbean magazine, and a contract with New York’s Mint Model Management.

Jo Wheeler