Who made the list? Top Trendsetting Caribbean Beauty Queens
NAME: Zahra O. Redwood
COUNTRY: Miss Jamaica Universe (2007)
- She is the first Rastafarian to enter and win a beauty pageant in Jamaica
- Also the first Rastafarian beauty queen to represent Jamaica internationally in the Miss Universe pageant held in Mexico City on May 28, 2007.
- Redwood was voted Most Congenial by her fellow competitors, and also copped the award for Most Aware, bringing her number of awards on the crowning night to three: Winner, Most Congenial and Most Aware.
“The Rastafarian culture and beauty pageants have a great deal in common because they both promote decorum in the attitude of the female and the female as a role model in society. You’re looking at beauty of the mind, body and soul.”
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NAME: Janelle ‘Penny’ Commisiong
COUNTRY: Miss Trinidad & Tobago; Miss Universe (1977)
- The first black woman to win the award in Miss Universe history. During her reign, she was an advocate for black rights and world peace.
- She was awarded the Trinity Cross, Trinidad and Tobago’s highest award, in 1977. Three postage stamps were also issued in her honour.
- She serves as deputy chairman to the Tourism Development Company board. Successfully ran several businesses including Bowen Marine (her late husband’s business).
“In the quest for perfection the line keeps moving. The more surgery people have, the more they want. The idea of perfection keeps moving further and further away. The goal post keeps being moved. I don’t knock anyone who does whatever they feel what they want to do; maybe later on I’ll feel differently. For the time being I’m good with where I’m at and how I look.”
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NAME: Hermanie Pierre
COUNTRY: Miss Haiti International (2012)
- One of the youngest Civil Engineers, not to mention one of the few female and African-Americans currently working on $90 million projects at Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
- She is a passionate children’s advocate and continues to raise awareness for her platform, A Better Tomorrow for Today’s Children: Building a New Generation.
- Hermanie also partners with local and global organizations such as Little Piece of Heaven Foundation (LPHF) and Haitian organizations Health Services (HOHS) to promote those choices that emulate her own educational choices
‘Political, economic, social, religious and cultural matters must be addressed with a holistic approach in order to tackle detrimental ramifications from all directions because injustice will eventually spill over and bring chicken back home to roost. I can’t single-handedly slow down nor eliminate the process but I believe it is very beautiful to collectively help, give back, love, and care for each other.’
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NAME: Leah Marville
COUNTRY: Miss Barbados World (2009)
- She is a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist with many businesses under her belt including starting her own production management and international model management company – Marville Management.
- She was the main host of BET J and co-produced episodes. Marville’s interest in television production later led her to produce and direct Young Execs, a Barbadian Reality show modelled after the The Apprentice.
- Marville is a freelance journalist & in June 2009, she secured an exclusive interview feature with Larry Nimmer, about his documentary, Michael Jackson: The Untold Story of Never Land.
- She is also founder of the Love Campaign, which came out of the Beauty with Purpose component of the Miss World 2009 pageant. The campaign encourages people to abandon the HIV Stigma, collects food donations for the HIV Food Bank, and is creating the first ever School Assistance programme in Barbados for children.
“When I do reflect on myself I’d say I’m proud of the person I’m becoming. With the more opportunities I’m involved with, I’m becoming more well-rounded, and with the charity I feel like a positive human being. I don’t yet know my full purpose; I think there’s more to come but it will be another realisation of where God is sending me.
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NAME: Jennifer Hosten
COUNTRY: Miss Grenada, Miss World (1970)
- At a time of intense racial tension in the pageant world, Jennifer Hosten became the first black woman to win the Miss World title. The newspapers received numerous protests about the result and accusations of racism were made by all sides. Miss Sweden, who was favored to win, finished fourth.
- Hosten gained a Masters of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Carleton University, Ottawa. Jennifer Hosten Craig was High Commissioner to Canada from Grenada from 1978 to 1981. In 1998 she served as Technical Adviser on Trade to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) while living on the island of St. Lucia. More recently she worked as a Canadian diplomat (Aid Division) at the Canadian High Commission in Dhaka, Bangladesh before returning to the Caribbean.
- She published an academic study Jennifer Hosten Craig (1992). The Effect of a North American Free Trade Agreement on the Commonwealth Caribbean. Edwin Mellen Press. Her autobiography, Beyond Miss World was published in 2008.
My thoughts on Caribbean integration is that if the islands are not integrated economically and politically they will not be able to maximize their true potential in a dynamic union developing together for the benefit of all its citizens. ……..There needs to be a people movement to bring us together. Caribbean people need to be educated on the benefits of integration so their fears will be assuaged.
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In the comments section, tell us about a Caribbean Beauty Queen from your island who should be on the list….
(Disclaimer: This list was compiled by the subjective opinions and preferences of the 2BKaribbean team. It does not by any means reflect the numerous talented Queens that are prevalent throughout the region.)