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.
Melat YanteAge: 19 Fluent in: Amharic, Italian, English
“I love fashion and my style is simple and elegant,” says Melat Yante, who attends the Italian School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “What something costs does not matter to me; as long as the clothes fit well, I’ll wear it. My national costume was designed by Mulu & Lidia.”