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.
Ada Aimee De la Cruz Age: 23 Fluent in: Spanish, English
A top Miss Universe contender, De la Cruz is the second woman from the Dominican Republic beauty pageants to be of color and win the crown. Cruz has modeled in both Miami and New York Fashion Week.