Miss Bahamas Universe Shaunte Miller will step onto the international stage this weekend, one of 74 contestants in the hunt for the prestigious 69th Miss Universe crown.
It’s one show, one night, one crown with finalists competing in interview, evening gown and swimsuit as they vie to bring the Miss Universe victory to their home country, during a three-hour telecast production.
The finale takes place on Sunday, May 16 at 8 p.m. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida, in front of a live audience. Anyone who goes in to see the show has to have a negative COVID-19 test administered by the Miss Universe Organization which is required before entry, and masks are required the entire time.
Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization said in a press release that the organization spent months planning a safe competition. It will follow similar guidelines as November’s 2020 Miss USA competition.
The Miss Universe pageant was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After being crowned in September 2020 and a date for the international pageant still undecided at that point due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Miller, 28, who stands six feet tall, said whenever the Miss Universe pageant was held, her goal would be to show what it is to be a proud Bahamian who exemplifies a confidently beautiful woman of today’s world.
“I plan to show the universe what my small but mighty chain of islands has to offer,” the six-foot Miller told The Nassau Guardian two weeks after her win. She said that from then she planned to work diligently and intentionally to bring the crown home to a country filled with strong, resilient people that are most deserving of something to celebrate.
Miller captured the crown in a boutique screening during which contestants met with a panel of judges via Zoom, which provided a safe, physically distanced engagement structure. The young women moved through a three-stage judging process which included their platform pitch, swimwear and judges’ interview.
Prior to Sunday’s finale, Miller participated in the national costume show that took place on Thursday, May 13. She will participate in the preliminary show which is being held tonight at 7 p.m.
Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tuni will finally hand over the title and crown to her successor after a year-and-a-half, and Miller is hoping she will be the 69th female to hold the prestigious title.
The Bahamian representative who describes herself as a person who promotes love and is a kind person, says she is also a competitive and empathetic individual.
She is also a proud dog mom of six Black Labradors, and also describes herself as a farmer; her parents have two farms which produce lots of goodies – papaya, lychee, sapodilla (dilly), cassava, coconut, cabbages, cherry tomatoes.
Miller has a Bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine, biology from Carson Newman University; and a Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. Next spring she plans to pursue a doctorate degree at Carson Newman University in theology.