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The Classics| Beverly Holness is crowned Miss Mona Heights

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1962: A regal smile from Beverly Holness, Miss Mona Heights 1962, as she was crowned in December by Monica Dhu, Miss Monah Heights 1961. At left, Michael Fray holds the Eric Clerk Cup, which the winner also received. In the background (right, with back to camera) is second-place winner Erica Cooke, Miss Colgate Palmolive.

Published December 10, 1962

AMIDST thunderous applause, after suspense-filled minutes, Beverly Holness was on Saturday night chosen “Miss Mona Heights 1962”, out of a field of eight contestants. Erica Cooke (“Miss Colgate Palmolive”) was chosen second-placed winner and Maureen Lumsden (“Miss Plumbago”), third.

The new queen, who wore the "Miss Purity Products” is the 17-year-old daughter of Mr and Mrs Hugh Holness of 23 Camelia Way, Mona Heights. Wearing a sheath of while glow light satin, the contestant was a favourite with the audience from the moment she stepped on the beautifully decorated stage. The cocktail length gown, with a draped bodice and slanting tiers of fringe overlapping each other on the skirt, had a low plunging “V” back with a slit on each side. To complete the all-white pattern, she wore crystal beads with matching earrings and white elbow-length gloves and shoes.

Miss Monica Dhu (Miss Mona Heights 1961) crowned her successor and also presented her with the Eric Clerk Cup. Prizes for the winner consisted of a trip to Mexico City by Pan American Airways and arranged by Martin's Travel Tours, a dress from Hanna’s, a mirror, a Cameo set and a Playtex gift, donated by L. J. William Marketing Co. Mr David Seivright presented the winner with a cheque for £25 on behalf of her sponsors.

The vital statistics of the winner, who has just left St. Andrew High School; are 36-241/2-37. She is 5’ 4” tall and weighs 120 pounds.

The second-prize winner wore a dress of white drama, cut on the “A” line with a scooped neck-line bias folds all over. A self-rose clinched the 23 ½ waistline. Like all the other contestants, she completed her ensemble with white shoes. For her prize, she received a week at the Arawak Hotel donated by the St Ann Hotel Company, a string of pearls from the Popular Jewellery Store, a Playtex gift, a Cameo set and a plaster of Paris figurine.

Maureen Lumsden, the third prize winner was the only contestant who did not wear white. She chose an aquamarine dress of peau-de-soie featuring a bell skirt caught up at the hemline with blue rose. For her prize she received a travelling kit from Merle Norman Cosmetics who did the makeup for the contest, a vase, a Playtex gift, a plaster of Paris figurine and a Cameo set.

The prize for the best hair-do was awarded to Patsy Pinchong who also received the judge’s prize. Other special prizes were awarded, best eyes to Fay Allen, good-spirit, Janet Matthews and best complexion, Pauline Hayle. The prizes, donated by Cameo Products, were presented by Mrs Marjorie Bateman. Mrs Bateman was presented with a corsage by Miss Mona Heights 1062.

The judges were, Mr Keble Munn, M.P. for the area, Mr Clive Morin, President of the Jamaican Junior Chamber and Mavis Gilmore.