The most gorgeous women in the world have stormed the sunny island shores of the Bahamas to compete at the chance of being crowned Miss Universe 2009. ESSENCE.com headed to the Caribbean to give you the scoop on the international brown beauties vying for the coveted title.
Nelsa AlvesAge: 22 Fluent in: Portuguese
“I am excited to represent my country at the Miss Universe. To be in the Bahamas is fantastic. I like this island so very much,” says Alves, who will dedicate her reign to the fight against AIDS, a serious issue in southern African countries.