Out of 11 women competing for the Miss Bahamas Universe (MBU) title, only the winner will get the opportunity to represent The Bahamas at the 69th Miss Universe competition scheduled for Sunday, December 16 in Bangkok, Thailand.
But prior to taking to the international stage, a national winner must be decided, and the women are in the final push to the crown, having participated in the only preliminary competition – the evening gown, swimsuit and avant-garde competition – ahead of the Sunday, August 18 finale at the Atlantis Theatre.
The avant-garde competition showcased extravagant outfits that spoke to the imagined personality, and the alter ego, of each contestant. Designers from the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute were responsible for the fantasy pieces displayed.
Anthony Smith, MBU national director, said after weeks of modeling, communication and public speaking workshops that it was evident that the contestants brought not only their training to the runway, but winning attitudes to match.
In the hunt for the crown are Miss Universe Rum Cay Esther Pierre; Miss Universe Bimini Katherine Weech; Miss Universe Paradise Island Michelle Loudier; Miss Universe Andros Natalya Pratt; Miss Universe Abaco Nyisha Tilus; Miss Universe Inagua Petra Williams; Miss Universe Harbour Island Rejean Bosh; Miss Universe Staniel Cay Roxan Smith; Miss Universe Eleuthera Shakera Hall; Miss Universe New Providence Tanielle Adderley; and Miss Universe Grand Bahama Tarea Sturrup. The contestants will compete under the theme “The Bond Experience” for this year’s pageant.
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.
MBU tickets can be purchased at SunCash locations listed on the missbahamaspageant.org website and on the Facebook and Instagram (missbahamasuniversepageant) accounts.