Flonique Lightbourne can recall being as young as age six, and sitting in audiences at beauty pageants, and anticipating the day she would be on the stage in a pageant. Today, she has surpassed the dream of being a beauty pageant contestant and now holds the honor of wearing a crown and title as Miss Teenager Universe.
Flonique claimed the title in Panama City on April 30. Upon her return to The Bahamas, the Grand Bahama native said not only was her island depending on her to bring the crown home, but The Bahamas as a whole. She admits that it wasn’t easy.
In a Facebook post, Flonique said, “Words wouldn’t be enough to express … and truer tears couldn’t be shed. So much to say and yet I’m still speechless and in awe.”
“I pray that my reign as Miss Teenager Universe 2021-2022 will be one that you can be proud of. I promise to continue to show the world that The Bahamas is a force to be reckoned with in the pageant industry. I promise to continue to show the world that it’s undoubtedly better in The Bahamas. I vow to continue to make my platform of mental health in youth a conversation not only for our country but the world, and yes the universe,” she said.
With the concept that youth is the future of humanity, the Miss Teenager Pageant brings together teenagers between the age of 14 and 19 with goals and dreams who are eager to make the planet a better space, of peace, education and social equality, promoting healthy competition and promoting values in the activities they carry out.
Lightbourne claimed the Teenager crown, four months after Chantel O’Brian made a historic run on the pageant scene as the first Bahamian contestant to place in the semifinals in the 70 years of the Miss Universe final, cracking the top 10.
O’Brian in a Facebook post said Flonique’s accomplishment is what many have only dreamed off.
“You’ve done what many have only dreamed of. And what you’ve accomplished is no easy feat,” wrote O’Brian. “I am proud of you and I am especially elated to congratulate your entire team.”
Dee Rousell is the national director for the Miss Teenager Bahamas.