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Miss Reggae Gold Is Back

COMPETITOR: Leah Denis

AFTER a 10-year hiatus, VP Records proudly presents the return of Miss Reggae Gold! The world-renowned reggae label, home to artists including Beres Hammond and Etana, will return with the much-loved pageant on August 2 at London’s Clapham Grand.

Featuring beautiful women, fantastic reggae music and live performances, the hugely anticipated event - named after VP Records’ annual compilation album, Reggae Gold – will see a host of lovely ladies compete for the coveted title of Miss Reggae Gold 2017.

Ahead of the event, The Voice caught up with six of the contestants, who shared their excitement at taking part in Miss Reggae Gold 2017.

Leah ‘Layercake’ Denis, 29, west London

Why did you decide to enter Miss Reggae Gold?

I’m hitting 30 this year and I’m in a good space mentally to influence and give back. Also, I’ve always wanted to be someone that others look up to and modelling is my passion.

Why do you think you should be crowned Miss Reggae Gold 2017?

I believe I have what it takes to be a positive and powerful influence in and around the community. This title would be a wonderful platform that would enable me to do this.

What is it about reggae that you love?

The way it makes me feel, the way it makes me move; the way I feel it in my bones.

What is your favourite reggae song?

Her Majesty by Chronix.

Describe yourself in three words.

Eccentric, passionate, free.


Kerah Ross, 20, south London

Why did you decide to enter Miss Reggae Gold?

I have a deep-rooted passion for modelling and sharing my Caribbean dance moves with people of all backgrounds. I also believe this could be a great opportunity for me to start my career.

Why do you think you should be crowned Miss Reggae Gold 2017?

I know I have what it takes and I’m very confident that others will love my presentation. I’m sure people will love what I have to offer, especially the Caribbean side to Kerah!

What is it about reggae that you love?

Reggae has always been a part of my life, since growing up as a youth in Jamaica. Jamaica is the land of reggae so I would say that reggae is in my blood. Reggae is a very spiritual and inspirational genre, which attracts people to its authentic sound.

What is your favourite reggae song?

Murder She Wrote by Chaka Demus & Pliers.

Describe yourself in three words.

Funny, outspoken, spontaneous.


Sharon Mbimba, 19, east London

Why did you decide to enter Miss Reggae Gold?

I would love to have a new experience. I’ve never done anything like this and I’m open to new things.

Why do you think you should be crowned Miss Reggae Gold 2017?

Because I believe I’m unique in my physical appearance and personality.

What is it about reggae that you love?

The beats.

What is your favourite reggae song?

Murder She Wrote by Chaka Demus & Pliers.

Describe yourself in three words.

Outgoing, bubbly, different.


Adwoa Fulani, 24, east London

Why did you decide to enter Miss Reggae Gold?

Growing up in Rastafarian household, reggae became a part of my upbringing. My chosen career path is that of a singer/songwriter in the reggae genre. The reason I have entered is to boost my confidence as much as possible and to network through the process of it all.

Why do you think you should be crowned Miss Reggae Gold 2017?

The project will be more to me than a modelling competition. Throughout my life, I have included reggae in every achievement and intend to dedicate my future to it. In the UK, reggae doesn’t dominate the mainstream much and given the opportunity, I would do all I can to change that.

What is it about reggae that you love?

The fact that above all other styles, it is a lifestyle as opposed to a genre. My peers and I have never taken to the more common styles of music but always gravitated to reggae music. Lastly, a lot of the solutions to issues we face are clearly addressed in the music.

What’s your favourite reggae song?

Give Praise to Rastafari by Luciano.

Describe yourself in three words.

Willing, community-driven, Godly.


Serena Campbell, 23, north London

Why did you decide to enter Miss Reggae Gold?

I wanted to try a different opportunity in order to get further in modelling and learn how to become a more confident model.

Why do you think you should be crowned Miss Reggae Gold 2017

I believe I could be a positive influence for other young people who may want to enter into modelling or pageants, but might not be confident enough to try and pursue their dreams.

What is it about reggae that you love?

I was born in Jamaica so reggae is my own backbone. I always loved reggae music and growing up in a Jamaican household, if you weren't listening to reggae, you were listening to Jamaican gospel songs.

What is your favourite reggae song?

Extra Lesson by Alkaline.

Describe yourself in three words.

Humble, funny, loud.


Dinah Louise Larmond, 20, south west London

What made you decide to enter Miss Reggae Gold?

I did some research and I loved how suitable and exciting this opportunity seemed. I believe this competition will give me the right opportunity to inspire others and be the next big influencer and ambassador within the Caribbean community. I’d be able to use the platform to showcase my love of dancehall and reggae – such a beautiful culture.

Why do you think you should be crowned Miss Reggae Gold 2017?

I have always stood out especially when it comes to my intellect and wisdom, as well as my body and my love of dancing. I believe I have what it takes and possess the right qualities to be the next big influencer within the Caribbean community, especially in London.

What is it about reggae that you love?

I love the rhythmic bass of roots reggae blasted at full volume. It just makes me want to move my hips; I feel all spiritual and free. I also love that it tackles the serious message of the people's oppression and the desire of liberation it creates.

What’s your favourite reggae song?

One Love by Bob Marley.

Describe yourself in three words.

Unique, bright, spiritual.

Miss Reggae Gold takes place at Clapham Grand, 21-25 St. John's Hill, London
SW11 on August 2.

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