`Miss Worls Bahamas 2017′ Geena Thompson with Judge Walter Greene

I was honored to sit on the distinguished panel of judges at the annual `Miss World Bahamas‘ pageant last week at the Baha Mar Resort & Casino Grand Ballroom in Nassau, Bahamas. Nine beauties representing some of the 700 Islands of the Bahamas clashed for the coveted crown and title. After a series of preliminary competitions and weeks of prep, photo shoots, a motorcade, several public appearances, and, a courtesy call to the Governor General of the Bahamas Lady Pindling, it was time for the Grand Finale’ and selection of who would represent the Islands of the Bahamas at the 67th `Miss World’ pageant to be held in Singapore, China on November 18th.


Emerging victorius was Geena Thompson (Miss World Long Island) who has a BSc in Accounting and Law, she unsuccessfully participated in last year’s pageant. Geena said after her coronation that she felt more prepared and confident this time around and was overwhelmed to win the crown. “I feel numb, I don’t think it has finally settled in as yet,” said the teary-eyed 24 year-old beauty after a press conference, immediately after she was crowned. The spectacular event was broadcast live on CaribVision, as well as live streamed on and, the top Beauty Pageant portals in the world.



Runners-up in this keenly contested affair were; Sharonique Russell (Miss World Abaco) in second place and Jerell Strachan (Miss World Grand Bahama) in third place. Rounding out the top six semi-finalists were; Tanisha Jones (Miss World Bimini) and Nyisha Tilus (Miss University of the Bahamas). A public on-line `Instant Save’ flash vote brought October Johnson (Miss World Exuma) into the semi-finals


The lavish production was expertly hosted by Jerome Sawyer and Leslia Brice who kept the audience informed throughout the`Vegas Styled’ showcase. Backstage reporting came by way of Pageant expert Hector Gonzalez, with social media updates from Shenique Miller and Rossano Del. Between appearances in swimwear, evening gowns, a Q & A session and, a surprize question from reigning `Miss World Bahamas’ Ashley Hamilton, the audience was entertained by musical interludes from Patrice Murrell, Chase and Shugar.


Before the announcement of the winner, several sectional prizes were presented to the delegates. The Beauty with a Purpose Award for the Most Outstanding Community Project or Children’s Charity went to Nyisha Tilus (Miss university of the Bahamas) who won the Myles Munroe $2500 Scholarship, that came with that award. Nyisha also took home “Most Talented,” “Grace & Poise,” and “Multi-Media” awards. Whitney Isaacs (Miss World Paradise Island) won the “Most Impressive National Dress” award, she also won the special `ALIV Challenge.” The “Miss Congeniality” award, voted by all of the delegates themselves, was won by October Johnson (Miss World Exuma). “Miss Photogenic” was won by first runner-up Sharonique Russell (Miss World Abaco). “People’s Choise” award went to Tanisha Jones (Miss World Bimini). “Spirit Award” went to Galy Joseph (Miss World New Providence) while overall pageant winner Geena Thompson (Miss World Long Island) won the award for “Most Tickets Sold.” Geena was crowned by outgoing Queen, the lovely Ashley Hamilton “Miss World Bahamas 2016


Along with the crown, title, and an all-expence paid trip to China for the `Miss World’ pageant, Geena takes home a wardrobe for her China trip, a $5000 cash prize, an all-expence paid trip to Chicago for wardrobe from designer Mac Duggal, a yers’s supply of make-up, assorted merchandise from Bahari Clothing, one year’s employment at Island Game, appearances in Advertising campaigns for; ALIV, Rubis Bahamas Ltd, Bahamian Brewery & Beverage Company, and Haus of RVR, 3 months of free Gasoline from Rubis Bahamas Ltd, wardrobe assistance for local appearances from; Debonair Boutique & Cole’s of Nassau, $5000 Designer Accessories from Chevette Williamson Accessories, $5000 Suite of Leather Goods from Haus of RVR, 2 night stay at Resorts World Bimini and $1500 Dry Cleaning Service from New Oriental Laundry & Cleaners, among her many other prizes.


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