This appeared in the Jamaican Gleaner September 20, 2011
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The 2011 Miss Black Nude Pageant takes place September 29-October 2 at the Hedonism II resort in Negril. It will be the 15th time the contest will be staged in Jamaica.
Delores Dickson, who started the contest in 1992, told The Gleaner that there are 12 contestants this year. She said it has grown in stature since its initial start as a pageant for mainly exotic dancers.
"It has a very diverse audience, everyone from doctors, lawyers to blue-collar workers," Dickson said. "The audience is primarily black but whites, hispanics and other ethnicities follow the contest."
The Miss Black Nude Pageant and Hedonism II gained strong exposure after it was shown several times on the HBO adult programme, 'Real Sex'. Veteran Jamaican marketing executive, Dave Rodney, is consultant for the contest.
He agrees that it has caught on, especially in urban centres in the United States.
"I get the information out to American urban audiences via print, radio and social media. I target mainstream and multicultural audiences who are likely to be interested in Jamaica and in attending the event," Rodney explained.
Prizes range from jewellery to vacation packages and invitations to social events. The 2010 contest was won by Sharminter 'Twinkles' Mintz from Washington DC.