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.
Far from an “Ugly Betty,” Vanessa Williams was the first Black Miss America. After winning the title, Penthouse published graphic nude photos of Williams, which caused her to resign. “Success is the sweetest revenge,” says the Hollywood star 25 years after the scandal. She is still officially recognized as Miss America 1984. Her replacement, Suzette Charles, also a Black woman, is recorded as Miss America 1984b.