After a long hiatus Jamaica has selected 21 year old Lesa-gayle Wee Tom to represent the island’s at the 50th anniversary of the Miss International Beauty contest to be held at Sichuan Province Gymnasium in Chengdu, China on November 7, 2010.
More than 60 contestants from various countries and territories will compete for the title in November 2010, where Miss International 2009, Anagabriela Espinoza from Mexico will crown her successor at the end of the event.
Miss Wee Tom’s selection was done at the executive level, after several potential candidates were screened using the international pageant judging criteria which includes overall appearance, beauty of the face, swimsuit fitness, poise and elegance, personality, environmental awareness and intelligence.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica to parents Gary Wee Tom and Juliet Royes, Lesa-gayle showed an undeniable star quality and outgoing personality as a young child. She was inspired by her mother, a former actress on the popular Jamaican soap opera, Royal Palm Estate.
Lesa-gayle started participating in the Jamaica Carnival by age four; and the opportunity ignited a modeling career. By the age of five, she had already mastered the art of performing and modeling in front of mass audiences. She’s been featured in numerous print campaigns and photo shoots; and has even been photographed by renowned celebrity photographer, Derek Blanks.
Nonetheless, she eagerly aspires to further expand her qualifications and is currently enrolled as a national honor-roll student on a Barita Scholarship at Florida Atlantic University where she is pursuing a major in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in tourism/hospitality management. This ambitious beauty also speaks fluent Spanish. Her five-year plan is to gain her degree, host her own television show and chair her own charity organization. She also aspires to pursue fashion design and launch a clothing line.
In her rare moments of leisure Miss Wee Tom enjoys dancing, shopping, volunteering at different charity events and spending time with her loved ones.