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Zan­drea Bai­ley, a fi­nal­ist in 2014 Miss Uni­verse Ja­maica com­pe­ti­tion, died in a New York hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day. She was 29.

Bai­ley, who has been bat­tling lu­pus, was ad­mit­ted at the in­sti­tu­tion for sev­eral weeks.

Karl Williams, co-prin­ci­pal of Uzuri In­ter­na­tional — the Miss Uni­verse Ja­maica fran­chise hold­ers, re­mem­bers Bai­ley as “a re­mark­able young woman with a mil­lion-dol­lar smile”.

“She was an amaz­ing young lady, re­ally smart, and re­ally like­able. Her cause dur­ing the pageant had been to raise aware­ness about lu­pus, and I re­ally thought she would have pulled through,” said Williams.

Mark Mcder­mott is the other co-prin­ci­pal of Uzuri In­ter­na­tional.

Bai­ley had been di­ag­nosed with lu­pus in 2012. Then in 2014, Bai­ley lost her mother to lu­pus and that same year, she emerged as a fi­nal­ist in the Miss Uni­verse Ja­maica pageant.

“I had met her two years be­fore she en­tered the con­test and I had en­cour­aged her to en­ter, then she had called me back the fol­low­ing year say­ing that she felt ill and said: ‘Karl, I can’t do it now.’ When she re­turned to en­ter the fol­low­ing year, she had gained a lot of weight, but she came to the pageant and worked it off and was one of our stand­out con­tes­tants, plac­ing in the top ten; she re­ally used the plat­form to raise aware­ness of the lu­pus dis­ease,” said Williams.

Bai­ley was one of the stand­out con­tes­tants at the 2014 Miss Uni­verse Ja­maica fi­nal.

“She was a crowd favourite be­cause of her nat­u­ral hair, her beau­ti­ful dark skin and her mil­lion-dol­lar smile. Af­ter the pageant, we kept in touch, she was re­ally close to Kaci Fen­nell who is torn up about it. Zan­drea will be sadly missed,” Williams added.

Fen­nell won the lo­cal leg of the con­test in 2014 and placed fourth run­ner-up to Paulina Vega of Colom­bia.

Zan­drea Bai­ley

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