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.
Before she ever envisioned winning an Oscar, Halle Berry won the Miss Teen Ohio Pageant when she was 18 and later was named Miss Teen All-American. Berry won the Miss Ohio title in 1986 and the first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant. She went on to become the first African-American to represent the United States in the Miss World pageant.