Miss Jamaica might not have won the title of Miss Universe on Sunday night during the 63rd annual pageant, but Kaci Fennell did manage to win the hearts of viewers as she earned fifth place.
According to reports, many thought the short-haired contestant was robbed of the title after the 22-year-old stunner was announced as the fourth runner-up for the crown. While some attendees showed their frustration over her loss by booing the judges’ decision, others took to Twitter to express their anger.
However, unlike some of her fans, Fennell was anything but bitter over coming in fifth place during the prestigious beauty pageant that began in 1952. In fact, during an interview with E! Online, the contestant said she was quite satisfied with her success.
"Well, it was totally unexpected. I was so proud that I made the top five," she revealed in the interview. "It was such an amazing feeling. I believe it went exactly how it should. I'm so happy I had this opportunity. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
The Kingston native dished to E! Online that she had no regrets, saying if she could redo the competition she wouldn’t change a thing. "It's only up from here ... but I'm still focused on my studies. I do want to be a teacher, that's my passion! I love kids! I also want to be a chef," she said.
When Fennell’s not strutting down the runway or whipping up her favorite comfort food (apple pie à la mode!), she works with special needs children. Before the Miss Universe competition began, Fennell told O-access Jamaica that she plans to raise money for the cause close to her heart. "I am hoping to raise the necessary finances for a scholarship fund to aid hopeful special education teachers, so we can have highly qualified individuals teaching our children," she explained.
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