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Cherelle is looking to get ahead

HATS THE WAY TO DO IT: Cherelle Bethune with Levi Roots at Jamaica Live in Birmingham

IF YOU want to get ahead, get a hat, so the saying goes. And it certainly applies to Cherelle Bethune who found her life is taking a new direction after being asked to model this wonderful creation during Birmingham’s recent Jamaica Live celebrations.

The stunning hat is part of a collection from Kingston-based Cinderella Hats which will be part of a cluster of Jamaican fashion designers heading for Britain in the weeks leading up to London’s Olympic games next year.

“I was just asked to model the hat during the event,” explained Cherelle, 23, also known as singer Chezy B, who is a former art and design student from Birmingham.

“Before I knew it people were taking photographs of me and asking if I was Miss Jamaica. It was all great fun and I also got to meet Levi Roots who was also at Jamaica Live.”

And it didn’t stop there as Cherelle was also invited by Jamaican High Commissioner Anthony Johnson to sing at the 49th anniversary celebrations of Jamaican Independence in London.

She had earlier sung for Olivia Grange, the Jamaican Minister for Youth Sport and Culture, who had been in Birmingham as part of a visit by some of Jamaica’s Olympic sprinting stars.

She sang Legacy, a song she wrote herself which was part of a compilation CD called Love Is The Answer produced with Mothers of Creation, an organisation launched by her mum Shirley.

Mothers of Creation is a community group set up a decade ago to support women in reggae music and to showcase talent in the community.

Cherelle added: “I’ve helped to run my mum’s organisation since I left school and it’s kept me grounded. My song Legacy is all about not giving up and leaving a good legacy for the next generation.”

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