11 contest Miss Bahamas Universe crown

In 18 days, 11 women will take to the stage in hopes of being crowned Miss Bahamas Universe (MBU) and earn the right to represent The Bahamas at the 69th Miss Universe pageant.

Esther Pierre, Miss Universe Rum Cay; Katherine Weech, Miss Universe Bimini; Michelle Loudier, Miss Universe Paradise Island; Natalya Pratt, Miss Universe Andros; Nyisha Tilus, Miss Universe Abaco; Petra Williams, Miss Universe Inagua; Rejean Bosh, Miss Universe Harbour Island; Roxan Smith, Miss Universe Staniel Cay; Shakera Hall, Miss Eleuthera; Tanielle Adderley, Miss Universe New Providence; and Tarea Sturrup, Miss Universe Grand Bahama will compete under the theme “The Bond Experience” for this year’s pageant.

Miss Bahamas Universe national pageant director said the women over the last seven weeks have been put through their paces in workshops for modeling, communication and public speaking, health and nutrition, and self-defense to prepare them for the national stage.

The pageant final takes place on Sunday, August 18 at the Atlantis Theater; but on Saturday, August 3, the women will participate in the evening gown, swimsuit and avant-garde competition at the Melia Resort, Cable Beach – the only preliminary competition before the final.

Smith said the preliminary event will be a show within a show.

“After two intense segments of judging in the evening gown and swimsuit competition, contestants have an opportunity to celebrate their alter ego or imagined personality through an inspired … some might say, outrageous design,” said Smith. “This is a freeing part for them as this segment of the preliminary is not carried over into the main scoring system. Rather, it is a celebration of high fashion design, designers and a runaway affair to culminate at the end of the evening.”

MBU partnered with the fashion design department of the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) for the show.

In determining the winner, out of an overall 100 percent – 30 percent will be awarded in swimsuit, 30 percent for evening gown and 40 percent for the judges’ interview.

“We have our top eight this year, but only seven will be selected via the official judging while number eight will be voted into the semi-finalist round by the general public in a non-paid voting quest,” said Smith. “Each semi-finalist will answer her question and that will determine the top five. After which all previous scores are eliminated and the judging starts on a clean slate. The order of the finalists will be based on the final question, the evening gown, and the overall look. Each of the five finalists will be escorted out from her insulated room to answer the same question, which will determine the order of our court.”

MBU tickets can be purchased at SunCash locations listed on the missbahamaspageant.org website, Facebook and Instagram (missbahamasuniversepageant) accounts.

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Shavaughn Moss

Shavaughn Moss joined The Nassau Guardian as a sports reporter in 1989. She was later promoted to sports editor. Shavaughn covered every major athletic championship from the CARIFTA to Central American and Caribbean Championships through to World Championships and Olympics. Shavaughn was appointed as the Lifestyles Editor a few years later.

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