FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – September 1, 2010 - Twenty-five year old Kai Ayanna Indira McDonald was selected to represent Jamaica at the tenth edition of Miss Earth beauty pageant to be held in Vinpearl Land, Nha Trang, Vietnam on December 4, 2010.
More than 80 contestants from various countries and territories will compete for the title in December 2010, where Miss Earth 2009, Larissa Ramos of Brazil will crown her successor at the end of the event that will broadcast by VTV, ABS, CBN and The Filipino Channel.
The Miss Earth winner serves as the spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other environmental organizations.
Miss McDonald's selection was done at the executive level, after several potential candidates were screened using the international pageant judging criteria which includes overall appearance, beauty of the face, swimsuit fitness, poise and elegance, personality, environmental awareness and intelligence.
Kai Ayanna Indira McDonald was born in Clarendon, Jamaica on August 17th, 1984. In her earlier years she attended Wolmer's Preparatory School and Wolmer's High School for Girls' where she is a past Deputy Head Girl.
As a child she also received her education in Piano from the Kathleen Hickling Bond School of Music, for which she has accumulated several distinctions and has played in local concerts at the Edna Manley School of Arts. In addition, she was a member of Wolmer's Dance Troupe for eleven years, which afforded her the opportunity of travelling to the Caribbean to perform.
Kai was raised in a Christian home with both parents and an older sister. As a member of Webster Memorial United Church she was a part of the Youth Fellowship, and the church choir before migrating to Florida.
Currently, she is a student at Florida International University pursuing her studies in Finance. As an advocate for 'going green' her goal is to set up projects and workshops in Jamaica, in order to promote environmental change. Also, to educate people about the importance of converting their personal choices, in order to live an eco friendly lifestyle.