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Meet Kaci Fennell The Miss Universe That Never Won

Meet the Caribbean beauties who competed for the 2015 Miss Universe crown {PICS}

Kaci Fennell

Almost every Jamaican at home and abroad should know who is Kaci Fennell by now. She will go down in history as the Miss Universe that never won.

The Jamaican beauty was crowned fourth runner up for the 2015 Miss Universe titled. But the world believed that she should have won over Miss Colombia Paulina Vega.

Twitter blew up instantly with people worldwide voicing their disappointments with even some of her fellow contestants throwing their support behind her.

But for those of you who don’t know Kaci Fennell, she is a humble 22-year-old from Kingston, Jamaica. She is also a model who won Jamaica’s Next Top Model.

Winford Williams of Onstage got the chance to sit down with the Jamaican beauty for a candid interview where she opened up about her experience on the show.

“To be honest with you when I reached top five I wasn’t sure but something in my gut told me that they were going to announced my name first,” Kaci Fennell said. “Not first place but as fourth runner up. I was like I feel like they are about to say my name and as I said that they said Jamaica so I was like okay you made top five and that is a great accomplishment.”

Watch the interview below.

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Fury at Miss Universe result: Audience boos as Colombian wins- but was Jamaican runner-up robbed of title by her Halle Berry hairstyle and tributes to Bob Marley and Usain Bolt?

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Several Caribbean beauties are among those vying for the title of Miss Universe as the 63rd Annual Pageant gets underway in Doral-Miami this weekend, January 25th, on NBC.

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Miss Aruba Universe

From Aruba comes Digene Zimmerman, 20, of Paradera.

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Miss Bahamas Universe

The Bahamas’ will be represented by one of its top models – 23-year-old Freeport native Tomacina Culmer who “is steadfast on creating a legacy that motivates people to not only follow their dreams but one that encourages self love and love for others.”

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Miss BVI Universe

The British Virgin Islands will be represented by Jaynene Lewis, 25, who has training in aviation.

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Miss Curacao Universe

Miss Curacao Laurien Angelista believes that by striving to become her best self, it will allow her to live a more fulfilling life. She is currently finalizing her studies in Business Administration specializing in Marketing Management at the University of the Dutch Caribbean.

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Miss DR Universe

Kimberly Castillo, 26, is representing the Dominican Republic. She grew up in both the countryside and the city and is inspired by the growing fashion manufacturing industries in her country.

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Miss Guyana Universe

Guyana’s Niketa Barker is two years away from attaining her Degree in Medicine & Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Guyana. Not all about the books, this 24-year-old is also a philanthropist, a children’s advocate and a part time model.

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Miss Haiti Universe

Haiti’s Christie Desir, 25, left her Branded Content & Partnership career at Interscope Records to travel back to her native land and follow her dream. She started her own foundation which focuses on continuing education, providing hygiene products and bright futures for adolescent girls. Following in her father’s footsteps, her plan is to build hotels where individuals can connect with self, culture, nature and captivate meaningful life moments. She believes that her remarkable internship with Sean “Diddy” Combs and experience working in marketing will help her in rebuilding Haiti’s image.

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Miss Jamaica Universe

Jamaica’s Kaci Fennell, 22, is the consummate beauty with style, grace and intelligence to match. She started modeling at nineteen years and now at twenty-two, she is following her dreams and competing internationally.

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Miss Puerto Rico Universe

Puerto Rico this year is being represented by Gabriela Berrios, 24 from Toa Alta. She has lived in Puerto Rico and Orlando, Florida and studies business administration.

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Miss St. Lucia Universe

St. Lucia’s Roxanne Didier-Nicholasis representing her natio. The 23-year-old now works as a dance instructor.

Trinidad & Tobago’s Jevon King is a self-described glamour nerd. The 25-year-old Diego Martin born national is currently pursuing her degree in Human Resource Management/Development and works as the Human Resource Administrator at her country’s largest insurance conglomerate.

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Miss Trinidad & Tobago Universe

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Miss TCI Universe


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  • Unpopular decision by competition judges whipped the audience into a frenzy at Miami final
  • Audience erupted into unprecedented booing as Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, 22, was crowned Miss Universe
  • Source of the controversy was 22-year-old Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell, who was a favourite to win but came fifth
  • Shortly after leaving the stage she began trending on Twitter along with the hashtag #MissJamaicaShouldHaveWon

It's renowned for its swimwear round, stunning dresses and a seemingly never-ending array of beautiful women.

However, last night's Miss Universe final in Miami got hotter than ever - after Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega, 22, was controversially crowned the winner of the beauty pageant. 

Instead of the usual cheering, the audience erupted into boos of disapproval as favourite-to-win Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell only made it to fifth place.

Shortly after Miss Fennell, 22, left the stage in the 63rd annual contest, her name began trending on Twitter along with the hashtag #MissJamaicaShouldHaveWon.

And the winner is: After beating out stiff competition from USA, Netherlands, Jamaica and Ukraine, Miss Colombia Paulina Vega became Miss Universe 2015, but some seemed to think it was Jamaica who deserved the crown

And the winner is: After beating out stiff competition from USA, Netherlands, Jamaica and Ukraine, Miss Colombia Paulina Vega became Miss Universe 2015, but some seemed to think it was Jamaica who deserved the crown

Robbed? Miss Jamaica's striking good looks and unmistakable poise have left Miss Universe pageant viewers saying the 22-year-old was robbed after being named fourth runner-up

Robbed? Miss Jamaica's striking good looks and unmistakable poise have left Miss Universe pageant viewers saying the 22-year-old was robbed after being named fourth runner-up

Unlike Miss Vega, who looks every-inch the beauty queen, Miss Fennell gained a large following due to her striking beauty, confidence intelligence and unconventional style - wearing her hair in a Halle Berry-esque pixie cut instead of the traditional long pageant waves.

Fans claim Miss Fennell was denied the title after she proudly called Usain Bolt, the world's fastest short-distance runner, and reggae-king Bob Marley her country's greatest contributions to the world.

'I don't have long tresses like everyone else, I'm just representing myself and that's what beauty pageants are all about,' said Fennell, who wore a long, red beaded evening gown. 'You don't have to look a certain way ... and I feel like I represent that.' 

Her non-traditional answers along with her pixie cut and Caribbean confidence, likely contributed to her not placing higher in the final, according to her fans. 

Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell (left) and Miss Colombia Paulina Vega (right) compete during the swimsuit competition before the controversial decision was announced

Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell (left) and Miss Colombia Paulina Vega (right) compete during the swimsuit competition before the controversial decision was announced

Too honest: Kaci Fennell called Bob Marley and Usain Bolt the greatest contributions her country has given the world--an unlikely answer in the minds of some, but others saw honesty in her answer that other contestants would be afraid to show

Too honest: Kaci Fennell called Bob Marley and Usain Bolt the greatest contributions her country has given the world--an unlikely answer in the minds of some, but others saw honesty in her answer that other contestants would be afraid to show

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Fennell in national costume

Booed in support: Fennell, at right in the national costume competition and in her evening wear at left, received a major compliment from the Florida audience when they booed her being named fourth runner-up

Winning competitor Miss Vega is from Barranquilla, Colombia and is studying business administration. She said that she isn't planning to enter any more Miss Universe beauty competitions as she's eager to return to her studies. The 22-year-old is the granddaughter of a legendary tenor, Gastón Vega.

Earlier she said, 'It will be a dream come true to represent the woman of today. A woman that not only cares about being beautiful and being glamorous, but also cares about being a professional, intelligent, hard-working person.'

Hot topic: Fans of Miss Jamaica took to Twitter and helped to make her a trending topic even more popular than Miss Universe herself

Hot topic: Fans of Miss Jamaica took to Twitter and helped to make her a trending topic even more popular than Miss Universe herself

Miss Fennell gained a large following due to her striking beauty, confidence, and unconventional style

Miss Fennell gained a large following due to her striking beauty, confidence, and unconventional style

The five finalists awaiting to hear their fate at the final on Sunday. Miss Jamaica had to leave the stage after coming in fifth in the contest

The five finalists awaiting to hear their fate at the final on Sunday. Miss Jamaica had to leave the stage after coming in fifth in the contest

Previous winners: Miss Colombia Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe 2014 by Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler at the 63rd Annual pageant

Previous winners: Miss Colombia Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe 2014 by Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler at the 63rd Annual pageant

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Miss Colombia Paulina Vega (left and right) competes onstage during the evening gown competition in which she wore an eye-catching sequined hip-hugging gown

Here she is...: Meet Miss Universe 2015, the beautiful brunette from Colombia, Pauline Vega dressed here in her national costume

Here she is...: Meet Miss Universe 2015, the beautiful brunette from Colombia, Pauline Vega dressed here in her national costume

First runner-up was Nevada resident Miss USA, Nia Sanchez. Coming in third was second runner-up Miss Ukraine, Diana Harkusha. Miss Netherlands took the fourth spot as third runner-up.

The first beauty eliminated from the top 5 was Miss Jamaica, whose departure brought loud and unmistakable boos from the international audience.

All top five finalists had been individually serenaded with a song by singer Gavin DeGraw in the moments leading up to the big reveal in the competition, which had 88 contestants and was held in Miami.

Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell (right) with fellow contestants (left to right) Miss Australia Tegan Martin, Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen, Miss Brazil Melissa Gurgel and Miss Ukraine Diana Harkush

Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell (right) with fellow contestants (left to right) Miss Australia Tegan Martin, Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen, Miss Brazil Melissa Gurgel and Miss Ukraine Diana Harkush

Beauty with brains: Vega is from Barranquilla, Colombia and is studying business administration. She said the contests leading to Miss Universe were the first she'd participated in and will be her last as she's eager to return to her studies in business administration

Beauty with brains: Vega is from Barranquilla, Colombia and is studying business administration. She said the contests leading to Miss Universe were the first she'd participated in and will be her last as she's eager to return to her studies in business administration

First runner-up: Miss USA Nia Sanchez strutted her stuff to become one of the top five finalists at the 2015 Miss Universe competition held in Florida on Sunday

First runner-up: Miss USA Nia Sanchez strutted her stuff to become one of the top five finalists at the 2015 Miss Universe competition held in Florida on Sunday

Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen
Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha

Evening look: Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha, right, one of the top 5 finalists, flaunts her evening gown expertise in the 63rd Annual Miss Universe pageant at Florida International University on Sunday. On the left is MIss Netherlands, Yasmin Verheijen

Miss USA Nia Sanchez, 24, said she had been looking forward to the often-dreaded interview portion. In the week leading up to the final she had been practising answering questions with her roommate Miss Australia, Tegan Martin, who made it to the top ten.

Sanchez, a Nevada resident, has a fourth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has traveled the country teaching others. She spoke about equipping women to defend themselves against crime.

'It's just something that's so prevalent in our society and why not empower women to take control of a dangerous situation into their own hand,' she said.

Big show: Today Show personality Natalie Morales was hosting the show. And before Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, crowned the next winner, viewers were to hear performances from singers Nick Jonas and Prince Royce

Big show: Today Show personality Natalie Morales was hosting the show. And before Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, crowned the next winner, viewers were to hear performances from singers Nick Jonas and Prince Royce

Strike a pose: Contestants including Miss India, Nigeria, Lebanon and Lithuania pose on stage during the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant at Florida International University on January 25

Strike a pose: Contestants including Miss India, Nigeria, Lebanon and Lithuania pose on stage during the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant at Florida International University on January 25

Nick Jonas performs onstage among contestants during the evening gown competition

Nick Jonas performs onstage among contestants during the evening gown competition

Jonas was among many celebrity guest performers, including singer Gaven Degraw

Jonas was among many celebrity guest performers, including singer Gaven Degraw

'Today Show' personality Natalie Morales hosted the show, Miss Universe 2014, Gabriela Isler of Venezuela passed the crown along to Miss Colombia and viewers heard performances from singers Nick Jonas and Prince Royce.

In another moment of controversy, crowd favorite Miss Venezuela Migbelis Lynette Castellanos was cut after the top ten She had tremendous support both locally and back home.

The Miami suburb of Doral, which is hosting the women during their stay, is also known as 'Doralzuela' for its many Venezuelan residents. Three of the last six Miss Universe titles have gone to Venezuela, where beauty pageants are big business.

DID A MISS UNIVERSE COMPETITION SPARK AN INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT? ISRAEL + LEBANON = OUTRAGE

Explosive confrontations are nothing new for Israel and Lebanon, but the latest spat between the longtime foes is perhaps the first to have been caused by an alleged photo-bomb.

A seemingly innocuous selfie at the Miss Universe pageant in Miami has sparked criticism in Lebanon because it featured a smiling Miss Lebanon alongside Miss Israel. The Israeli beauty queen, Doron Matalon, posted a picture of herself with colleagues from Japan, Slovenia and Lebanon on her Instagram account. The result? A formal Lebanese investigation into the scandal.

Lebanese Tourism Minister Michel Pharon told The Associated Press that 'if there was bad intentions' from Saly Greige, measures could be taken against her. In her defense, Miss Lebanon says she was photo-bombed.

Matalon said the joint photo was genuine and was saddened that Greige was under fire at home.

'I hope for change and I hope for peace between us, and even just for three weeks, just between me and her,' she told NBC News. 'We need to remember that we represent the country and the people, not the government and not the political issues.'

Under fire from critics angered by her fraternizing with the enemy, Greige took to Facebook to defend herself.

'The truth behind the photo: Since the first day of my arrival to participate to Miss Universe, I was very cautious to avoid being in any photo or communication with Miss Israel (that tried several times to have a photo with me),' she wrote. 'Suddenly Miss Israel jumped in, took a selfie, and put it on her social media.'

In a statement, the Miss Universe Organization said 'it is unfortunate to know a photo of four smiling women from different parts of the world, working together at an event, could be misconstrued as anything other than what it is, a celebration of universal friendship.'

Neither Miss Israel nor Miss Lebanon made it to the competition's final round

Neither Miss Israel nor Miss Lebanon made it to the competition's final round

 

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Comment by Big Shot... on February 18, 2015 at 9:06pm

Some of you guys are tripping, most of these women are drop dead gorgeous. Outstandingly beautiful, top to bottom. However, I do agree that the standard of beauty is twisted. This is because of the Western World's influence on the standards of modern day beauty (the whiter the better). True beauty isn't simply connected to a shade 1st, especially a lighter one. Beauty is beauty, no matter the shade of color. Im sure these days, darker skinned females arent even trying to compete because of what theyre being told and what theyre seeing year after year. This is why there must be other contests that dont have the same executives and producers as the ones that traditionally push the same agenda. There should never be a contest with 1 or 2 basic shades of women because there are several.

Comment by Jessica Williams on February 16, 2015 at 7:14am

I can't believe people actually booed the winner, like it was somehow her fault. They should cancel these 'beauty" contests altogether. Noone with anything more than looks ever wins, and they all look the same!

Comment by Vinny Pat on February 13, 2015 at 12:17pm

@ Mike K. Right on! Where are the dark-skinned sisters in JA, they couldn't find none?  I hope they continue to lose if they can't accept black beauty.  You lost, get over it!

Comment by The Future on February 12, 2015 at 1:35pm
Is the chick white or what?
Comment by Iaso Tea - Natural on January 30, 2015 at 10:13am

no..she didnt deserve the crown.. we always try to make it a black thing.. 

Comment by conscious1 on January 28, 2015 at 2:41pm

I don't think any of them are worthy of winning a Caribbean beauty contest. They all look alike to me; SUPEFICIALLY ARTIFICAL. CAN I SEE SOME REAL BLACK CARIBBEAN BEAUTIES PLEASE? Show me some voluptuous nappy headed dark females please! ! ! That chiseled European look is so sickening, overrated and played out already…..sheesh!

 

Comment by Anthony Phoenix on January 28, 2015 at 11:11am

I watch the event this year and agree that Ms. Jamaica was the most beautiful woman I've seen in my life, even above Beyoncé for me and was sad when she only placed Fourth runner-up!

Comment by Cheamabeach on January 28, 2015 at 8:11am

Ms. Colombia was well deserving of that crown.....she's a striking beauty with great height and very intelligent!!!  Wasn't impressed at all with Ms. Jamaica, to European looking and poor representation of a native.

Comment by Jessy on January 28, 2015 at 7:59am

You're right Red Bone, you can't be robbed of something you never had.   Because she resembles Halle Berry she's suppose to automatically win??   I don't think so. 

You're also right Sandra, most Jamaicans don't look like that.  Being that she has European features, she probably beat out the local Jamaican girls to represent Jamaica. 

Comment by gmich007 on January 27, 2015 at 2:25pm
I don't watch it because it's bullshit. Your honest answers to some questions can cause you to lose a BEAUTY contest? Maybe it should be a reality contest. Oh wait... then most of those women wouldn't make it on TV with their weaves.

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