Miss Universe Bahamas

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Miss Bahamas Universe
Formation1963; 60 years ago (1963)
TypeBeauty pageant
Miss Universe
Official language
OwnerWestpoint Media Global Inc.
National Director
Anthony Smith

The Miss Bahamas Universe or “Miss Universe Bahamas” is a national beauty pageant that selects The Bahamas representative to the Miss Universe pageant.


The Miss Universe Bahamas was established in 2008 by Tom Youth and Andy Odenbach in the Bahamas.[1][2] The main pageant purpose is dedicated to the overall enrichment of the lives of young women across The Bahamas. The beauty pageant represents one component of our well-rounded approach to educating and grooming the beautiful ladies of this country. The Miss Universe representatives from the Bahamas were previously selected by Miss Bahamas pageant.[3]


The Miss Bahamas Committee staged the Miss Bahamas Pageant for 40 years. In 2002, the franchise for the Miss Universe pageant was awarded to Theophilus Fritz and Gaynell Rolle who ran the pageant until 2009. In 2010, the Miss Bahamas Organization (MBO) headed by journalist Michelle Malcolm was awarded the franchise for Miss Universe. At the time, MBO - which was formed in 2006, and had produced the Miss World Bahamas pageant since the year 2007.

After receiving the Miss Universe franchise, MBO combined the Miss World and Miss Universe systems into one local pageant, crowning one winner who would compete in both international pageants. This was the first time in the history of pageants in The Bahamas that the license for both Miss Universe and Miss World were held by the same organization. Braneka Bassett competed in Miss Universe in 2010 and went unplaced. She then competed in Miss World that same year and advanced to the semifinals. The following year, MBO crowned two winners - Anastagia Pierre for Miss Universe and Sasha Joyce for Miss World. Runners up were sent to Miss Supranational and Miss Intercontinental. In 2012 due to a change in date of the Miss World pageant, Daronique Young - 1st runner up to Sasha Joyce in 2011 - represented The Bahamas at the Miss World competition where she went unplaced. Celeste Marshall was crowned Miss Universe Bahamas in 2012 and competed in Miss Universe in 2012. De'Andra Bannister was crowned Miss World Bahamas and competed in Miss World in 2013 and went unplaced.

In 2013 after undergoing a major restructuring process, MBO separated the two national pageants into separate events - Miss Universe Bahamas and Miss World Bahamas. In 2014 MBO sent Tomacina "Tomii" Culmer to Miss Universe, and this was the last time MBO would hold the Miss Universe franchise for The Bahamas.

In 2015, 2016 and 2017 the Miss Universe franchise for The Bahamas as Miss Universe Bahamas was operated by Albany Resort and Ivy Lane Ltd. Michelle Collie and Loretta Thomas were National Directors. In 2015, Toria Nichole Penn represented The Bahamas at Miss Universe, and in 2016 Cherell Williamson competed at Miss Universe. In 2017 Ivy Lane Ltd. sent Yasmine Cooke as Miss Universe Bahamas to Las Vegas to compete at Miss Universe. This would be the last time Albany Resort together with Ivy Lane Ltd. would hold the Miss Universe franchise for The Bahamas.

In 2018 the Miss Universe franchise for The Bahamas as Miss Universe Bahamas is operated by Westpoint Media Global Ltd. At the time, Westpoint Media was already producing the Miss Teen Bahamas Scholar Pageant since the year 2016 and the Miss Teen Bahamas International Pageant from 2012 to 2015. Headed by Anthony Smith, he became the National Director on June 4, 2018. PJ Michelle Douglas Sands is the Director of Pageant and Branding Affairs. The Miss Bahamas Universe Executive Board and Committee is composed of several professionals with decades of experience in pageantry, entertainment, coaching and careers in law, medicine, government, tourism, hospitality, entertainment, TV, stage and film. Westpoint Media opted to change the name back to Miss Bahamas Universe to restore and continue to retain use of Miss Bahamas as this is the Official and National Pageant of The Bahamas with Miss Universe being the most coveted title in the worldwide pageant scene. Contestants from around the world compete for the title of Miss Universe each year.

On September 16, 2018 Danielle Simone Grant was selected as Miss Bahamas Universe and will represent The Bahamas in Bangkok, Thailand at Miss Universe on December 16, 2018.

National directors[edit]

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  • Eva Macoherso Williams (1963―1968)
  • Hazel Thompson (1969-1989)
  • Thelma McQueeney (1990―1996)
  • Theasa Haven Adderly (1997―2001)
  • Theopiluz Fritz and Gaynelle Role (2002―2009)
  • Michelle Malcolm (2010―2015)
  • Tom Youth, Andy Odenbach, and Michelle Collie (2016―2017)
  • Anthony Smith (2018―present)


  •   : Declared as Winner
  •   : Ended as runner-up or top 5/6 qualification
  •   : Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
  •   : Ended as special awards winner
Year Island Group Miss Bahamas Universe Placement at Miss Universe Special Awards Notes
2024 TBA
2023 Long Island Melissa Ingraham[4] Unplaced Ingraham wore Bahamas sash again after 2 years, dropping the word "The".
2022 Long Island Angel Cartwright[5] Unplaced
2021 New Providence Chantel O'Brian[6] Top 10
  • Spirit of Carnival Award
Brian wore The Bahamas sash instead of Bahamas sash.
2020 Long Island Shauntae-Ashleigh Miller Unplaced Due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, no national pageant in 2020. Miller, a runner-up of 2019 was appointed as Miss Bahamas Universe 2020 by the MBU Organization.
2019 Grand Bahama Tarea Sturrup Unplaced
2018 New Providence Danielle Grant Unplaced Anthony Smith (Westpoint Media Global Inc.) directorship.
Miss Universe Bahamas
2017 New Providence Yasmine Cooke Unplaced
2016 New Providence Cherell Williamson Unplaced Tom Youth, Andy Odenbach and Michelle Collie (Ivy Lane Ltd.) directorship
Miss Bahamas (MB Organization)
2015 New Providence Toria Nichole Penn Unplaced
2014 New Providence Tomacina Culmer Unplaced
2013 New Providence Lexi Wilson Unplaced
2012 New Providence Celeste Marshall Unplaced
2011 New Providence Anastagia Pierre Unplaced
2010 Grand Bahama Braneka Bassett Unplaced Michelle Malcolm directorship.
Miss Bahamas Universe (MBUO)
2009 Grand Bahama Kiara Sherman Unplaced
2008 New Providence Sacha Scott Unplaced
2007 New Providence Trinere Lynes Unplaced
2006 New Providence Samantha Carter Unplaced
2005 New Providence Denia Ikena Nixon Unplaced
2004 New Providence Raquel Simone Horton Unplaced
2003 Eleuthera Nadia Johnson Unplaced
2002 New Providence Nadia Rodgers-Albury Unplaced Theopiluz Fritz and Gaynelle Role directorship.
Miss Bahamas (MB Committee)
2001 New Providence Nakera Simms Unplaced
  • Miss Congeniality
2000 New Providence Mikala Tracey Moss Unplaced
1999 New Providence Glennis Knowles Unplaced
1998 New Providence Juliette Deanza Sargent Unplaced
1997 New Providence Nestaea Sandra Sealy Unplaced Theasa Havel Adderley directorship.
1996 New Providence Michelle Rae Collie Unplaced
1995 New Providence Shammine Tenika Lindsay Unplaced
1994 New Providence Meka Knowles Unplaced
1993 New Providence Marietta Ricina Sands Unplaced
1992 New Providence Fontella Dean Chipman Unplaced
1991 New Providence Farrah Saunders Unplaced
1990 New Providence Lisa Nichelle Sawyer Unplaced Thelma McQueeney directorship.
1989 New Providence Natasha Inga Ramirez Unplaced
1988 New Providence Natasha Christine Pinder Unplaced
1987 New Providence Betty Ann Hanna Unplaced
1986 New Providence Marie Brown Unplaced
1985 New Providence Cleopatra Maria Adderly Unplaced
1984 New Providence Pamela Lois Parker Did not compete The Miss Bahamas Committee boycotted the pageant due to South Africa sending a representative and being allowed to compete.
1983 New Providence Christina Maria Thompson Unplaced
1982 New Providence Ava Marilyn Burke Unplaced
  • Miss Photogenic
1981 New Providence Linda Teresa Smith Unplaced
  • Miss Congeniality
1980 New Providence Darlene Cecilia Davis Unplaced
1979 New Providence Lolita Louise Ambrister Unplaced
1978 New Providence Dulcie Louise Mullings Unplaced
1977 New Providence Paulette Rosetta Borghardt Unplaced
1976 New Providence Sharon Elaine Smith Unplaced
1975 New Providence Sonia Chipman Unplaced
1974 New Providence Agatha Elizabeth Watson Unplaced
1973 Did not compete
1972 New Providence Deborah Jane Taylor Unplaced
1971 New Providence Muriel Terah Rahming Unplaced
1970 New Providence Antoinette Patrice De Gregory Unplaced
1969 New Providence Joan Bowe Unplaced Hazel Thompson directorship.
1968 New Providence Brenda Fountain Unplaced
1967 New Providence Elizabeth Knowles Unplaced
1966 New Providence Sandra Zoe Jarrett Unplaced
1965 New Providence Janet Thompson Unplaced
1964 New Providence Catherine Cartwright Unplaced
1963 New Providence Sandra Louise Young Unplaced Eva Macoherso Williams directorship.

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