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The 10 Hottest Costumes We Saw at Jamaica Carnival This Week

This week thousands of revelers hit Jamaica for what’s being called the largest Carnival in the island’s history.  While many people associate carnival with Trinidad and Tobago and Brazil, Jamaica Carnival has been going on for decades, showcasing the best in music, culture and entertainment on one of the largest islands in the Caribbean.

We were on the ground in Kingston capturing all the excitement of ‘Carnival in Jamaica’ Road Marches, where masqueraders came out in their finest costumes.  Think real-life Wakanda + soca, dancehall, sunshine and plenty of good vibes!

We joined Xaymaca International (“xaymaca” was the original Arawak native term for Jamaica, meaning ‘land of wood & water’), one of the hottest and fastest-growing bands to see how they did Carnival, and the costumes were nextlevel.

These were just some of the best designs spotted on di’ road in Jamaica, highlighting that beauty comes in every color, shape and size– and when it comes to Carnival, everyone is king and queen for the day!


  1. This “Stone Gold” Natural Babe Phoenix Goddess slayyyed from head to toe.

2. Jamaican beauty and IMC studies major Tonaya Wint served bawdy and rich melanin in her “Luxor Costume”!

3. Businesswoman Kasi B. (who also happens to be girlfriend of Jamaican Olympic champion Usain Bolt) shut down di road in this gorgeous white-feathered ensemble.

4. Artist manager and booking agent Shelley Edwards was pretty in pink and serving up bold accents in her Broadtail Design costume (loving the face jewels)!

5. Boys just wanna have fun too! Comedian and content creator Rohan Perry gives us royal purple in his Xaymacan costume and we love the gold accents from head to toe.

6. This “denim diamond” ensemble worn by Jamaica’s Mishonie Swack is covered in pearls and straight drippin’- we love the bold red lip that pops!

7. How beautiful is Charlotte O’Reilly in this Emerald Lush green feathered costume?!  The natural pony-bun at the top sits perfectly above her headpiece.

8. Brittany C. from Jamaica wears a Stardust costume that gives us Victoria’s Secret runway model vibes. Watch it glisten in the sun as she turns around- shine bright girlfriend!

9. See how feter Jamilah Curry added her own touch to the Orphic costume with these custom beaded sunglasses? Come through sis and show them why black is beautiful!

10. And last but not least, this orange ensemble worn by Jamaican model Toya looks beautiful on brown skin, poppin with jewels across the chest on down to her wrists.  The joy in this pic is worth a thousand words!

So which costumes are your favorites?

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Comment by kakakaoo on May 9, 2018 at 4:17am
Comment by Juneyah BeatMaztah on April 18, 2018 at 8:41pm
Myyyyyy! My! My! Ain't nothing like a black and melanin beautiful goddesses.
Comment by Yammi Bulah on April 16, 2018 at 2:28pm
BEAUTIFUL GODDESSES! GET ON BAD, DOWN DE ROAD!
Comment by HandsomeMan on April 16, 2018 at 10:11am
No sorry
You are just a ugly ass hater.
How the f*** you from Brazil where the styles are the same but hate Kamaoce owm.
Comment by Richizzy on April 16, 2018 at 7:22am
Laaaaaaaaawdammmercy!!!
Comment by vaughn mitchell on April 15, 2018 at 10:57pm
Damn
Comment by Ab Gai on April 15, 2018 at 7:52pm

Sorry the costumes this year are ugly. I can’t even figure out what the theme is behind the designs. It’s like the designers didn’t even try. 

Comment by Omar on April 15, 2018 at 4:50pm

Simply Beautiful...love that concentrated melanin

Comment by HandsomeMan on April 15, 2018 at 4:30pm
Big improvement Jamaica..
Bolt girl and my wife is in these pics too...
#hotgals

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