Miss Universe Pageants from the Caribbean

By :- Michael Alimo

Beauty

As the finale of Miss Universe draws closer, here are the beautiful queens from the Caribbean you need to know about. They are beautiful, dazzling and are a true reflection of Caribbean style, character and most importantly beauty. Hopefully, one of these attractive ladies will emerge as Miss Universe 2016.

Sal Garcia (Dominican Republic)

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Born Rosalba “Sal” Abreu Garcia, the 24-year-old Dominican model grew up in Maimón. She describes her modeling career as accidental after she was scouted by a modeling agency at age 16. Throughout her career, Sal has hit the runway for popular designers including Gucci and Prada. She’s also an active charity volunteer which she admits keeps her humble and hopes to continue with that if she is crowned Miss Universe. She emerged as the Miss Dominican Republic 2016 ― which was hosted in the city of Santo Domingo.

Charlene Leslie (Aruba)

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Charlene Leslie is an Arubian Model and a proud contestant of Miss Universe 2016. At 24 years, she seems pretty ambitious and has quite some qualifications to her credit. Currently, she’s pursuing a Master’s degree in Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health in addition to her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. As a passionate lifestyle and Health practitioner, Charlene hopes to use her platform to educate the prevalence of lifestyle diseases worldwide if she is crowned next Miss Universe.

Monyque Brooks (Cayman Islands)

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Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, there’s no surprise that Brooks is passionate about Cayman arts, culture, and heritage which are revealed to influence her life tremendously. Working at the Department of Tourism, she believes she can properly showcase her love for the arts and make an impact. Brooks also believes that emerging as next Miss Universe isn’t only a lifelong dream but will provide her an opportunity to inspire and induce change.

Erika Creque (British Virgin Islands)

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Seen by many especially her friends as daring and ambitious, Erika hopes to become a Civil engineer and plans to pursue a University degree in that field. She also hopes to take up the challenge that the Miss Universe beauty pageant seeks to throw at her. Erika has pure admiration for the environment and frequently participates in a number of Non-profit organizations to keep her dreams and ambitions alive. Her love for people stirred up her desire to serve as a firefighter and has since received training in basic life support, first aid among others.

Shannon Harris (Barbados)

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She’s been described as one of the few Barbadians to ever receive a modeling contract. Harris is an embodiment of hardwork and zeal. Aside from her modeling gigs, you can find her playing an active role in charity work. One such example is her affiliation relationship with “I Am A Girl” which seeks to empower young high school girls. She’s also an avid reader of self-improvement books which she takes a lot of inspiration from.

Cherelle Williamson (Bahamas)

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The young pretty lady from Nassau is an absolute gem whose versatility deserves so much commendation. She has walked the runway for quite a number local and international stages. Cherell is a proud Entrepreneur and has interests and skill in beauty, fashion, makeup, face painting and jewelry designing. Much of her junior academic life was spent swimming. She’s extremely passionate about her modeling career and believes in her ability to achieve more. Occasionally, she assists hearing impaired ladies in the art of making jewelry and this has fueled her dream to establish the Hearing Impaired Native Craft Center. In the near future and if crowned Miss Universe, she wants to take up the challenge of raising awareness of HIV/AIDS in partnership with the AIDS foundation.

Chanelle De Lau (Curacao)

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Chanelle de Lau is a Miss Universe contestant from Curacao and a student of International Business and Management. She enjoys cooking and coming up with new dishes and relaxes in a little bit unconventional but unique manner by simply dancing. Chanelle is an advocate for cancer research ― an activity she’s deeply concerned about after losing her dad to cancer. She’s working assiduously with several organizations worldwide to create awareness for cancer prevention. If crowned Miss Universe, she hopes to reach more people in that regard.

Brenda Jimenez (Puerto Rico)

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Raised in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, the 22-year-old Brenda Jimenez was an active basketball player in both local and national level. She has received honors in Biology and Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico. Through her voluntary actions, she has helped a number of homeless people in a number of communities. Becoming a Neonatal Pediatrician is one of her aspirations. In addition to her goals, she aims to help children have a better quality of life. Brenda is a racing hobbyist and an ambassador for HIV.

Raquel Pelissier (Haiti)

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After surviving an earthquake which rocked her hometown in January 2010, the versatile Raquel Pelissier developed a sense of value for her life and has pledged to follow her goals and dreams. One of her dreams, however, is to become Miss Universe and also to earn her Master’s degree in Scientific Research in Optometry and Vision. Not only is the 25-year-old Haitian glad to compete in the prestigious Miss Universe competition, she hopes to find the cure for blindness.

Isabel Dalley (Jamaica)

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The young and ambitious Isabel Dalley has a strong aspiration to lead and nurture her talents throughout her career. The 19-year-old has said that she’s inspired by her 3 younger siblings and hopes to fulfill her dreams of exhibiting leadership. She’s very fond of animals particularly because of her upbringing by her grandparents who had a variety of animals. Her love for marine biology which she seeks to create awareness about if crowned Miss Universe, was inspired by a college trip to Montego Marine Park. Isabel began modeling after college where she did photoshoots and worked a couple of modeling jobs.

Soyini Fraser (Guyana)

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Soyini Fraser ― a native of Georgetown, the Capital of Guyana is representing her country and is confident of her chances of becoming next Miss Universe. She’s a proud producer of her own TV series and is a professionally trained dancer and actress. As an ambassador of Guyana Tourism, she plans to put up a great impression about her country. Soyini mentors the elderly and children in her native Guyana by empowering them. She is looking forward to being a Christian Child Psychologist in the near future.

Carolyn Carter (U.S. Virgin Islands)

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Carolyn Carter was crowned Miss Universe US Virgin Islands and was the first Chippewa woman to be decorated with the crown. The Chippewa’s are a group of indigenous people in North America and are one of the largest indigenous ethnic groups north of Rio Grande. She is a strong force in the campaign for HIV/AIDs awareness throughout the length and breadth of the Caribbean. Carolyn combines her busy schedule with a few activities of her own which include blogging and painting.

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