Singh, 23, was born in Morant Bay, St. Thomas in 1996. She migrated to the United States with her parents at age 9, and has since lived in Florida. Singh told The Gleaner that music was a big part of her life as a child, and she was classically trained from the time she arrived in the U.S.
“I’ve been singing since I was very young. I sang in church with the children’s choir, and I’ve been classically trained since I was nine,” she revealed. “I would say it’s a thing in my family, because we all like to sing together. I even have an uncle on my mom’s side who does music a lot – Prince Theo.”
In an recent Instagram post, Singh posted a video of her and her mother eating ice cream. The video included narration which paid tribute to her mother, and the sacrifices she had to make to provide Singh with a better life. “I found my true passion in the arms of my mother,” she said, “Who has made every sacrifice necessary to give me the opportunity for an education and a life she has only been able to dream for herself.
Singh attended Florida State University, where she earned a degree in psychology and women’s studies. She put her degree to the test when she was competing in the Miss Jamaica competition in September, and she chose to answer the question: ‘If you are chosen to be Miss Jamaica World, how would you use your crown to contribute positively to your society?’
Singh vowed to preach female empowerment and to be an ambassador for women everywhere. “With or without the Miss Jamaica World Crown, I would continue to advocate for women. I believe women are the lifeblood of our community,” she onstage. “I will continue inspiring them and working with them so they understand just how great their potential is. I will also use my compassion to be an excellent ambassador.”
Singh also said that representation is crucial, and stressed the importance of focusing on similarities rather than differences. “I don’t really wake up and remember that I’m Miss Jamaica World until something happens or someone says something,” she explained. “I hope I’m going to be a representation of that fact that you don’t have to be superhuman. You can be ordinary and still be worth a crown.”
MISS WORLD, 2019 - TONI-ANN SINGH
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