Though Yendi Phillipps didn’t win the title of Miss Universe 2010, she made history for her country as 1st-runner up. Phillipps was the first Jamaican to land in the first-runner-up position. She bested many betting sites that were listing other contestants in favor of winning. In a Letter to the Editor in the Jamaica Observer, Anthul Reid praised Phillips for doing her country justice; Reid wrote “Jamaica’s name is tarnished internationally and is associated with all kinds of vices: corruption, lying politicians, “the weed”, human trafficking, and a high crime and murder rate” and added that “Miss Yendi Phillips certainly did Jamaica and our people proud in the Miss Universe contest. She placed Jamaica in a positive light and has reversed, even if temporarily, some negatives about our country.”
Yendi Phillipps also scored highest of all the contestants during the pageant for the swimsuit category with a combined 9.4 rating. Phillips of Jamaica was in my personal Top 5 along with Miss Australia Jesinta Campbell. During an interview with Jamaica Observer, Phillips talked about the pageant, future plans, and regrets as what she said to Miss Mexico while the two were waiting to her who would be the next Miss Universe.
Phillipps brought her country the closest to the crown that it has ever been. Phillipps says ”It’s truly surreal; there’s nothing like working hard and reaping the rewards…like I said, mission accomplished”. As for the platform the Miss Universe Organization gives her as first runner-up “It allows me a voice to effect change, focus on my charity — The Yendi Phillipps Foundation — and, too, my international career in modelling, media and film”. As for her background experience, Phillips says “Everything has its part to play in the journey: dance gave me the discipline and focus, and having experienced live television makes me comfortable before a live audience”.
During the final moments before the announcement of the title was made, Phillips and Miss Mexico Ximena Navarrete spoke briefly to each other, inaudible to cameras, Phillipps revealed that “I speak Spanish, so I asked her if she was okay, and she said ‘I can’t breathe’ and I told her to take a deep breath”.
Does Phillipps have any regrets? “Nothing, absolutely nothing…if anything though, I’d have worn more blush” Phillipps admits while releasing a laugh. And as for what the best part of being a beauty queen to her is? “Knowing that in a time, probably not too far from now, one little girl might say she’s going to pursue her dreams because Yendi did… my job here would have been done”. Adding that “It’s okay to pursue your dreams…never ignore that inkling inside”.I wish Phillips all the best and expect great things from her. Yendi Phillipps is a beautiful, intelligent, and passionate young woman who promotes positivity. If you follow her on twitter or facebook, her posts are often inspirational and shows her grounded nature. Follow her on Twitter.