All the Caribbean Beauties in Miss Universe 2018

These 13 Caribbean beauties are among the 90 delegates competing to be crowned Miss Universe in Bangkok, Thailand on December 16.
The current holder is Miss Universe South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. The last time a Caribbean national wore the crown was in
Here are all the Caribbean winners through the years:

Zuleyka Rivera-2006, Puerto Rico
Amelia Vega -2003, Dominican Republic
Denise Quinones-2001, Puerto Rico
Wendy Fitzwilliam-1998 Trinidad and Tobago
Dayanara Torres-1993, Puerto Rico
Deborah Cathy-Deu-1985 Puerto Rico
Janelle Commissiong-1977, Trinidad and Tobago

Kimberly Julsing, Miss Universe Aruba

Kimberly Julsing (20) is currently in her second year of school studying to achieve her nursing degree. She has a true passion for working with the elders, as they are precious treasures who once took care of others. Kimberly would love to highlight the importance of parents and caregivers to pay more attention to their kids by spending quality time with them and allowing them to be heard. She believes that if parents encourage their children to pursue their unique talents, it may help prevent them from becoming bullies in the future. Kimberly recently entered the pageant and modeling world and has already won local and international pageants. Kimberly plans to conquer the Miss Universe title with her unique and spontaneous Aruban charm. One quote has always stuck with Kimberly: “Confidence is not ‘They will like me.’ Confidence is ‘I’ll be fine if they don’t.'”

Danielle Grant, Miss Universe Bahamas

Danielle Simone Grant (23) is a classically trained dancer having studied ballet, pointe, jazz and salsa since the age of 3. A rising senior from Johnson & Wales University graduating Summa Cum Laude, Danielle is also an accomplished pianist having played for over 13 years. Her passion extends beyond music, international travel, Junkanoo, and dance to a deep love of pets. As an advocate for animal rights, she campaigns against abuse and neglect, and lobbies for the implementation of therapy and service animals in The Bahamas. An active volunteer with the Humane Society and BAARK, Danielle plans to form a non-profit that will work with animal organizations worldwide to ensure animals are used in schools, by children with disabilities, in hospitals, rehabilitation centers and homes for the elderly across the globe.

Meghan Theobalds, Miss Universe Barbados

Meghan Theobalds (26) is a true citizen of the world having been born and raised in Barbados, but also having lived in Canada and France in her young 26 years. She obtained her Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies with a Specialization in Consumer Behaviour and Major in French. Meghan is the daughter of a mother who battled breast cancer not once, but twice and has learned a lot about dealing with adversity with strength and grace. She is passionate about gender equality and aims to use her voice and passion to climb the corporate ladder beyond the glass ceiling so that she can help other women also ascend to claim their own seat at the table. If awarded the crown, she will use this platform to continue her work globally with I Am A Girl Barbados, encouraging young women to constantly seek knowledge and to strive for their dreams even in the face of opposition.

Ayana Phillips, Miss Universe BVI

Ayana Phillips (23) is pursuing a degree in Business Administration at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College. Ayana’s focus is to help rebuild the British Virgin Islands that was ravished by Hurricane Irma and Maria in 2017. She is passionate about education and intends to own her own marketing firm, which would allow her the opportunity to market the British Virgin Islands and make it stronger. Ayana is looking forward to representing her country at this year’s Miss Universe competition.

Caitlin Tyson, Miss Universe Cayman Islands

Caitlin Tyson (24) is a professionally trained actress, model, writer and certified yoga instructor. Caitlin has an Associates Degree in Literary Studies from the University College of the Cayman Islands and a degree in Acting from her conservatory training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, where she was on the Dean’s list. She has workshopped with Tony award winner, Frank Langella, and has graced many runways for various designers including Yumi Katsura Couture for New York Bridal Fashion week and Radmila Lolly at Carnegie Hall. She enjoys meeting new people and learning more about other cultures; Caitlin loves to cook, especially when she can share Caymanian cuisine with all of her international friends. She also loves musical theatre, old Hollywood movies and yoga on the beach. Caitlin has always felt a responsibility to give back to her community, she credits her strength and concern for the community from her roots that are highly influenced by strong Caymanian women. Raised by a single mother and social worker, she has always been drawn to the service of others and strongly believes that it is our duty to improve the quality of the lives of the people around us.

Akisa Albert, Miss Universe Curacao

Akisha Albert (23) is a model currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English Education at the University of Curacao. She intends to one day work as a teacher. Akisha speaks four languages and enjoys reading, writing, journaling and exercising. She hopes to one day publish a motivational book to inspire, encourage and motivate women to be ambitious, follow their dreams, aspire to greatness and unlock their dreams. Akisha is passionate about ‘Keep It 100 and Shine’, a foundation she founded to recognize and put the positive light on the ones that are less involved in the society, specifically individuals affected with Down syndrome and other disabilities. Through her foundation, Akisha has organized fundraisers and events to spread a message of hope, acceptance and inclusion.

Aldy Bernard, Miss Universe Dominican Republic

Aldy (23) is a self-described mult-tasker. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, and trained as an Accountant. At the same time, she also developed her own candy-making factory called ‘Dulces Dona Ligia’ based on her grandmother’s secret recipes. Born into a political and pioneering family, Aldy was raised in one of Dominican Republic’s smallest agricultural municipalities, Laguna Salada, population 33,000. Her passion for female empowerment and gender equality aims high as Aldy hopes to become her country’s first female president. Aldy is looking forward to making her country proud at this year’s Miss Universe competition.

Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers, Miss Universe Great Britain via Anguilla

Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers (25) was raised on a farm on the tiny idyllic British haven called Anguilla. She spent her childhood running barefoot around the farm and reading books in trees. From the age of 5 she wanted to be an Olympic athlete and trained hard enough to make the Commonwealth team as a heptathlete twice. However a knee injury prevented Dee-Ann from pursuing that dream. She reinvented herself focusing on becoming a barrister which she successfully completed this year. She spends her time salsa dancing, cycling around Birmingham’s canal, spending time with her family and playing sports. If she took home the crown, Dee-Ann would like to advocate for the victims of Female Genital Mutilation and Acid Attacks.

Samantha Colas, Miss Universe Haiti

 

Samantha lives in Port-au-Prince City, West Haiti. She is 25 years old and  studied at Universite Notre Dame d’Haiti.  She is a model, an cctress, and a social communicator.

Emily Sara-Claire Maddison, Miss Universe Jamaica

Emily Sara-Claire Maddison (19) is a recent high school graduate who embarked on an unpredictable journey leading to fulfilling opportunities. Every day, she awakes with a new purpose in life and a drive outside of the conventional school related thoughts she had been so adjusted to. Her involvement and passion in the Girls Who Know Jamaica Organization has fueled her confidence and overall growth. Emily continues to take it upon herself to offer support and guidance to young girls who may not have been as fortunate as she was growing up. Emily hopes to make her country proud at this year’s Miss Universe competition.

Kiara Ortega, Miss Universe Puerto Rico

Kiara Ortega (25) would best describe herself as a cheerful, spontaneous, and a helpful young woman. For her, the most important thing in life is living experiences that humanize her. By being a part of the Miss Universe platform, she hopes to spread a message of hope to unite our world.

 

Angella Dalsou, Miss Universe Saint Lucia

Angella Dalsou is an outgoing 24-year-old who is passionate about the needs of children on her island. She keeps busy pursuing her degree in Psychology and Human Resource Management at the University of the West Indies. Now, she works as a secretary at the Micoud Secondary School as well as she manages her Blue Project, an organization that provides interventions for young adults. Her dream is to become a Child Psychologist, with hopes of mentoring as many children as she possibly can. Angella is actively involved in the students welfare program which aids underprivileged students in her community. She loves the great outdoors, hiking, climbing trees, and swimming. Angella is proud to have hiked the Gros Piton, which is the second tallest mountain on the Island of Saint Lucia. She hopes to make her country proud at this year’s Miss Universe competition.

 

Aniska Tonge, Miss Universe USVI

Aniska Tonge (27) is a recent graduate of Georgia State University with a Master’s of the Arts in Mass Communication, she also works as a Content Transmission Tech. From snorkeling to scuba diving, camping and rock climbing, Aniska is drawn to the outdoors and loves documenting it through her first love of writing. She is actively engaged in her community through her non-profit 4HER and plans to continue advocating for suicide prevention and mental health awareness should she take home the crown.

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