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Kimley Yon Is Miss St Helena 2016

Kimley Yon is Miss St Helena 2016.

Kimley Yon is Miss St Helena 2016.

New Beauty Queen Donates Half Her Winnings To Charity | Sharon Henry

The newly crowned Miss St Helena, Kimley Yon shed happy tears tonight when her name was announced as the winner of the biennial beauty contest to a cheering audience. Kimley who looked stunning in emerald was the judges’ favourite; they cited her as ‘highly intelligent, considerate and compassionate’ as she ticked all the boxes of their beauty queen criteria.

There were 13 girls in the competition with Kaylee Young named 1st runner-up and Jodie Scipio-Constantine the 2nd. The contestants were whittled down in stages to eight, then five after striding down the catwalk in casual wear and evening wear and answering questions.

The judges’ task was tough and it would have been interesting to be a fly on the wall during their elimination discussions.

Megan Peters, contestant no.1, in first round casual wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Megan Peters, contestant no.1, in first round casual wear.
The 2016 St Helena beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Brianna Yon, contestant no.2, in first round casual wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Brianna Yon, contestant no.2, in first round casual wear.
The 2016 St Helena beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Kimley has won the coveted title in a year that promises to be a historic one for St Helena in terms of air access, tourism and island development. One of her contest questions inevitably touched on the airport subject asking, which destination she thought the most important to reach from St Helena airport? “I would say any airport would be important to our Saints,” she replied, “because all Saints want to return to our island. But most importantly I think Ascension Island, because from there people can fly from the UK as well as the Falklands then to St Helena.”

Miss St Helena Donating To Charity

Best joke of the night came from compere, John Woollacott who declared open the first working runway [catwalk] on St Helena, having a good-natured poke at the delayed airport opening.

Miss St Helena 2016, MC for the evening, John Woollacott.

MC for the evening, John Woollacott.

One of the new Miss St Helena’s first official duties will be to open St Helena Day celebrations on the 20 May. Before that, she committed on stage through her final question that she’ll donate half her winnings of £700 to disabled charities. “If that crown was placed on my head tonight the first thing I’d do which would most probably be tomorrow, would be to take half of that prize and donate it to the disabled, I would visit Ebony View, the CCC, the Deason Centre and other elderly homes and make a donation to them.”

A sparkling crown was indeed placed on her head (by 2014 winner, Sinead Green) and Kimley was also given a bouquet, laptop and an array of prizes donated by local businesses.

We congratulate the new Miss St Helena 2016, Kimley Yon, and wish her well throughout her reign.

Roberta Thomas, contestant no.3, in first round casual wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Roberta Thomas, contestant no.3, in first round casual wear.
The 2016 St Helena beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Gemma Lawrence, contestant no.4, in first round casual wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Gemma Lawrence, contestant no.4, in first round casual wear.
The 2016 St Helena beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Kaylee Young, contestant no.5, in first round casual wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Kaylee Young, contestant no.5, in first round casual wear.
The 2016 St Helena beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Jessica Sim, contestant no.6, in first round casual wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Jessica Sim, contestant no.6, in first round casual wear.
The 2016 St Helena beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Megan Young, contestant no.7, in first round casual wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Megan Young, contestant no.7, in first round casual wear.
The 2016 St Helena beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Tara Plato, contestant no.8, in first round casual wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Tara Plato, contestant no.8, in first round casual wear.
The 2016 St Helena beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Maria Francis, contestant no.9, in first round casual wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Maria Francis, contestant no.9, in first round casual wear.
Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Kimley Yon, contestant no.10, in first round casual wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Kimley Yon, contestant no.10, in first round casual wear.
Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Lisa Hercules, contestant no.11, in first round casual wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Lisa Hercules, contestant no.11, in first round casual wear.
Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Jodie Scipio-Constantine, contestant no.12, in first round casual wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Jodie Scipio-Constantine, contestant no.12, in first round casual wear.
Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Ayla Phillips, contestant no.13, in first round casual wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Ayla Phillips, contestant no.13, in first round casual wear.
Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Megan Francis performed two songs at Miss St Helena 2016, part of the interval entertainment.

Megan Francis performed two songs at Miss St Helena 2016, part of the interval entertainment.

'African Queens' performance at Miss St Helena 2016, part of the interval entertainment.

‘African Queens’ performance at Miss St Helena 2016, part of the interval entertainment.

The 'Summer Jam' entertainment by contestants at Miss St Helena 2016.

The ‘Summer Jam’ entertainment by contestants at Miss St Helena 2016.

The 'Summer Jam' entertainment by contestants at Miss St Helena 2016.

The ‘Summer Jam’ entertainment by contestants at Miss St Helena 2016.

Nicola Essex with her own dance routine as part of the interval entertainment at the Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Nicola Essex with her own dance routine as part of the interval entertainment at the 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

The O'Keeffe sisters sang three songs at Miss St Helena 2016, two of which were originals which they wrote, 'Say The Word' and 'Red Light.'

The O’Keeffe sisters sang three songs at the 2016 pageant, two of which were originals which they wrote, ‘Say The Word’ and ‘Red Light.’

Paul Tyson performed two songs at Miss St Helena 2016, part of the interval entertainment.

Paul Tyson performed two songs as part of the interval entertainment.

A dance performance, 'Aeroplane' by Prince Andrew School students, part of the Miss St Helena 2016 interval entertainment.

A dance performance, ‘Aeroplane’ by Prince Andrew School students, part of the 2016 interval entertainment.

Megan Peters, contestant no.1, in second round evening wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Megan Peters, contestant no.1, in second round evening wear.
Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Brianna Yon, contestant no.2, in second round evening wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Brianna Yon, contestant no.2, in second round evening wear.
Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Roberta Thomas, contestant no.3, in second round evening wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Roberta Thomas, contestant no.3, in second round evening wear.
Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Gemma Lawrence, contestant no.4, in second round evening wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Gemma Lawrence, contestant no.4, in second round evening wear.
Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Kaylee Young, contestant no.5, in second round evening wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Kaylee Young, contestant no.5, in second round evening wear.
Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Jessica Sim, contestant no.6, in second round evening wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Jessica Sim, contestant no.6, in second round evening wear.
Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Megan Young, contestant no.7, in second round evening wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Megan Young, contestant no.7, in second round evening wear.
Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Tara Plato, contestant no.8, in second round evening wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Tara Plato, contestant no.8, in second round evening wear.
Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Maria Francis, contestant no.9, in second round evening wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Maria Francis, contestant no.9, in second round evening wear.
Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Kimley Yon, contestant no.10, in second round evening wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Kimley Yon, contestant no.10, in second round evening wear.
Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Lisa Hercules, contestant no.11, in second round evening wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Lisa Hercules, contestant no.11, in second round evening wear.
Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Jodie Scipio-Constantine, contestant no.12, in second round evening wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Jodie Scipio-Constantine, contestant no.12, in second round evening wear.
Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Ayla Phillips, contestant no.13, in second round evening wear. Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Ayla Phillips, contestant no.13, in second round evening wear.
Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant held at Prince Andrew School.

Kimley Yon, contestant no.10, on her way to winning the Miss St Helena 2016 crown.

Kimley Yon, contestant no.10, on her way to winning the 2016 crown.

Miss St Helena 2016, Kimley Yon with 1st Runner Up, Kaylee Young (left) and 2nd Runner Up, Jodie Scipio-Constantine (right).

Miss St Helena 2016, Kimley Yon with 1st Runner Up, Kaylee Young (left) and 2nd Runner Up, Jodie Scipio-Constantine (right).

COMMENTS

  • Dale Garratt

    July 16, 2016

    My first time reading your blog, Sharon. Great story about the beauty queen giving half of her winnings to charity. True beauty!

    • July 17, 2016

      Glad you enjoyed the blog Dale – there’s a lot more to see and read! Agree about Miss St Helena and such a wonderful gesture. 🙂

  • Brenda Belgrove

    May 14, 2016

    Have only just got around to opening this email and wow,what a wonderful set of photographs of the beauty competition met my eyes. A bevy of beautiful young ladies, that birds of paradise would lose their feathers in envy of. I can well imagine the difficulties the judges faced in deciding the winner. Well done to the winner and all the other contestants.

    • May 14, 2016

      Thanks Brenda glad you enjoyed the photos. Love the birds of paradise comment and I’m sure the ‘bevy’ of girls will too – what a fantastic compliment. 🙂

  • Lawson Henry

    May 10, 2016

    Great pictures as always Darrin & Sharon and what an evening that was great choice by judges and well deserved good luck during your reign Kimberley xx

    • May 14, 2016

      Thanks Lawson! Yes it was a great (and we imagine difficult) choice by the judges 🙂

  • May 9, 2016

    Hi Darin & Sharon, these photos are brilliant, makes me feel like i was there watching it for real 🙂 Well done to everyone who took part, everyone looks really glamours, and Congratulations to Jodi, Kaylee & Kimley. Kimley enjoy your reigning two years.

    • May 10, 2016

      Excellent! It was a great evening and the full house cheered all the girls who took part 🙂

  • deborah williams

    May 9, 2016

    nice pictures darren & sharon must say you do the shots so good and everything is spot on .keep up the good wor

    • May 10, 2016

      Really appreciate your kind words Deborah 🙂

  • Louanne

    May 9, 2016

    Congratulations Kimley! You looked absolutely beautiful! Lovely photos as always. 🙂

    • May 10, 2016

      She certainly did Louanne – beautiful girl who did a beautiful gesture 🙂

  • Andrea

    May 9, 2016

    Beautiful photos guys! Well done to all the contestants 😀 x

    • May 10, 2016

      Thanks Andrea – we had fun doing ‘catwalk’ photography 🙂

  • May 8, 2016

    Thank you for lovely pic St Helena. Certainly have some beautiful girls. Congratulations Kimley and well done to all girls taking part . They should all be very proud of themselves. The entertainment look good too Proud to be a saint.

    • May 9, 2016

      It was great evening all the girls did brilliantly and the interval entertainers put on a great show.

  • Kimley Yon

    May 7, 2016

    Would like to thank everyone for their kind words, also to everyone who called as well as left messages!!

    • May 9, 2016

      Congratulations to you once again Miss St Helena! 🙂

  • julie duncan

    May 7, 2016

    Well done to kimley and what a generous gesture to donate a portion of her prize money to charity. Looks like the competition was pretty fierce……all the girls looked stunning!!j

    • May 9, 2016

      Yes it was a lovely gesture that we’re sure will be well received – well done to Miss St Helena!

  • Sandra crowie.

    May 7, 2016

    Thanks again you guys for the great photos !!!!!!!!!! Tears were rolling down my face ! Well done Kimley you looked GREAT !! and that SMILE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOWWWWWWWWWW

    • May 7, 2016

      Thanks Sandra – we were lucky to get front row seats and such an amazing event to capture. All the girls did great and Kimley’s smile lit up the night 🙂

  • May 7, 2016

    Thanks Daren… Great Pics!!

  • Patrick G Henry

    May 7, 2016

    Thanks to whatthesaintsdidnext.com to share with many who were unable to attend Miss St Helena 2016 beauty pageant. Excellent work. Well done and congratulations to all contestants, I am thrilled and excited for our 2nd runner-up Jodie-Scipio Constantine not only she represent one of St Helena’s athlete’s in shooting Internationally but to hold the title 2nd Runner-Up for Miss St Helena 2016 Beauty Pageant tops it all. May their success inspire our young generation to mature actively.

    • May 9, 2016

      Thanks for the feedback. The PAS Hall was packed out on the night with a sell out audience so we’re glad to have documented the event. Well done to all the girls.

  • May 7, 2016

    Darren as normal great quality, great photos showing of St Helena’s qualities shame we could not have Kimley cutting the ribbon at the planned airport opening, may be I will be there for the next contest.

    • May 7, 2016

      Thanks for your gracious compliment Johnny. Fingers crossed Kimley will get a chance when wind shear problems have been sorted!

  • Alison

    May 7, 2016

    Great photos as always! Really enjoyed the evening, the contestants were amazing and I loved the African queens dancing.

    • May 7, 2016

      Thanks Alison it was a great evening full of entertainment, the singing and dancing African Queens added to the buzz.

  • Mr.Kim Clover

    May 7, 2016

    Congratulations Kimley……from Kim Clover, Yorkshire, England ( my late mothers name was Pamela Yon and she left the beautiful island when she was 17)….and yes my first name is really Kim , we must be related!!

    • May 7, 2016

      Hi Kim! We’ll pass your congratulations onto Kimley. Yours and Miss St Helena’s name is a lovely one and suits her to a tee 🙂

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