Out of the 94 women vying for the Miss Universe 2018 crown, nine are representing countries from the Caribbean. Here is the list:
- Kimberly Julsing (Aruba)
- A’yana Keshelle Phillips (British Virgin Islands)
- Akisha Albert (Curacao)
- Aldy Bernard (Dominican Republic)
- Samantha Colas (Haiti)
- Emily Maddison (Jamaica)
- Kiara Ortega (Puerto Rico)
- Angella Dalsou (Saint Lucia)
- Aniska Tonge (U.S. Virgin Islands)
Bernard, Maddison and Ortega are the strongest Miss Universe 2018 candidates from the Caribbean. I predict that at least one of the respective representatives of Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Puerto Rico will make it to the Top 20.
Miss Universe started in 1952 with Armi Kuusela of Finland as the inaugural winner. Currently, the United States is the country with the most wins in the beauty pageant with eight crowns followed by Venezuela and Puerto Rico with seven and five crowns, respectively.
Ortega is looking forward to become the sixth Miss Universe from Puerto Rico. The first five were Marisol Malaret, Deborah Carthy-Deu, Dayanara Torres, Denise Quinones and Zuleyka Rivera, who won in 1970, 1985, 1993, 2001 and 2006, respectively.
If Bernard wins, she will be the second Miss Universe from Dominican Republic. The first one was Amelia Vega, who won in 2003.
On the other hand, Jamaica has yet to win the Miss Universe title. Maddison is looking forward to win the first crown for her country.
In Miss Universe 2017, neither Carmen Munoz of Dominican Republic nor Danna Hernandez of Puerto Rico made it to the Top 16. Davina Bennett of Jamaica was second runner-up.
On December 17, 2018, Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa will crown her successor at Impact, Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok, Thailand. Meanwhile, check how the Caribbean beauties represented their respective countries in the Miss Universe 2018 national costume show here: