The renewed and redefined Air Jamaica could not have made a better choice in selecting the charming, personable and talented Yendi Phillips as its new face and brand ambassador.
The 25-year-old holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the State University of New York at Brockport, a Masters in Recreation and Leisure Management and she’s very comfortable in public, having hosted TV shows.
It also helps that Phillips was the runner-up in the Miss Universe pageant last August.
“That was a fantastic experience,” she told Share while in Toronto last week for Air Jamaica’s rebirth announcement which she hosted. “It taught me that I could be comfortable in my skin and know who I am even though I was up against girls from around the world. You are unique in your own way…It also opened doors for me. Both a TV show and a book are in the works and a lot of things are happening.”
She said she was honoured to finish behind Mexican Ximena Navarrete in the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas. She received the highest mark in the swimsuit category and was second in the evening gown section.
“More than anything else, I felt very proud to wave the flag of Jamaica and be an ambassador for my country,” she added.
This was Phillips’ third visit to Canada and her second in the last 11 years following a dance tour in Saskatoon.
The trained dancer and model won the Miss Jamaica World and the Miss Jamaica Universe pageants in 2007 and 2010 respectively. She also made history by becoming the first contestant to make it to the finals of all the fast track events at the Miss World event four years ago.
Phillips, the new host of Air Jamaica’s in-flight TV program – Island Stylee – said she doesn’t plan to marry anytime soon.