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.
Andella Chileshe Matthews Age: 21 Fluent in: Bemba, English
“Coming from a developing country, it’s important for women and our younger generation to be independent and take roles that will fuel our countries progress,” says Matthews. “In Zambia, I’m a spokesperson for HIV and AIDS awareness as well as the empowerment of women, which I’d love to do on an international level.”