Is Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell Half-Filipina?

Social media is abuzz that Miss Universe 2014 fourth runner-up Kaci Fennell of Jamaica is half-Filipina.

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On Tuesday, entertainment columnist Ricki Lo published an article claiming that Fennel “has Jamaican, African and Filipino roots.” Read the story below.

“Here’s an interesting item about Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell who finished fourth runner-up to newly-crowned Miss Universe Pauline Vega Dieppa, culled from the Internet:

“Kaci Fennell is a model and student from Kingston, Jamaica. She won the Jamaica’s Next Top Model contest where she had been the Judges’ favorite to win owing to her exotic mixed racial features. She has Jamaican, African and Filipino roots. After winning the title, she said in an interview that she owes her success to her mother’s support. “I still can’t believe, I have finally won (the contest). I am really thankful to my mother. She had always supported me and guided me through out the contest, she was herself a beauty pageant contestant in her home country the Philippines. She had instilled her Filipino values in me and told me to always be humble, I guess that’s what helped me win.”

Unfortunately, there’s no truth about the rumors. In one of her Instagram posts, one follower asked about claims that her mother is Filipina.

Miss Jamaica 2014 Half Pinay

The comment read: “Hi @kacifenfen in wikipedia, it says that you have Jamaican, African and Filipino roots. Is it true that your mom is Filipino? Can you please confirm? Coz sometimes, Wiki is a bit too unreliable. Thank you!”

“Thanks for bringing that to my attention. But I am a born and bred Jamaican with French, Indian, English and black roots. both my parents are Jamaican as well. @chrisgasmic,” she said.