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.
Nicosia LawsonAge: 26 Fluent in: English
“I started pageantry when I was 17, and entered the Miss Teen Cayman Island pageant because it was something I always wanted to do. After I graduated from college I decided to take a shot at Miss Cayman Islands and I won,” says Lawson, who is also an HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness advocate.