The 64th Annual Miss Universe Pageant will air live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on December 20 at 7 PM ET live
Meet the Caribbean Contestants who will be vying the coveted title of Miss Universe 2016.
Who will be crowned the next Miss Universe?
LANGUAGE: Papiamento, Dutch, English, Spanish
Alysha Boekhoudt was born and raised in Ayo, Aruba and had the privilege to grow up around nature and animals. Playing with snakes, iguanas and walking around the bushes and cactuses is a significant part of Alysha’s childhood. Since the age of 4, Alysha has been dancing in her mother’s dance group, Kids and Youth in Action. Today, Alysha is the leader of the dance group. She has always valued Aruba’ s culture and has been honored to represent Aruba’s Culture internationally through dance. Alysha graduated from high school, and is currently focusing on her duties and responsibilities as Miss Universe Aruba. One of Alysha’s dreams has always been to build her own animal shelter. Alysha enjoys every journey in her life and is very enthusiastic about taking on new adventures. She believes that communication and negotiation skills are very valuable instruments that help produce change in the world.
Alysha’s clothes are always organized by color.
She loves spicy food, especially Mexican food.
She is always willing to get out of her comfort zone in order to connect more with nature and people.
HEIGHT: 6’ 1”
For as long as she can remember, Toria Nichole was always one of the tallest people in the room. Growing up, Toria explored her artistic talents and looked for opportunities to utilize her creative skills. She started modeling at the age of 16. She has been featured in fashion and hair shows, print ads, magazines and publications like Upscale and Hype Hair. Most recently, Toria played the love interest of international reggae artist, Gyptian, in the music video for his latest single “All On Me.” She was also featured at the largest hair show in Florida this past winter. Toria attended D.A.S.H. in Miami and went on to college at Auburn University, where she studied industrial design in hopes of furthering her love for design. Her favorite pastime is reading. Due to her height and tomboyish personality, Toria felt awkward throughout her adolescence because she felt she stood out. Her battle with gaining self-love caused Toria to dedicate her life to helping young girls gain a better perspective of themselves.
Toria appeared as the love interest of Jamaican artist, Gyptian, in his latest music video "All On Me.”
She is currently teaching herself to speak Spanish and French.
She is told she makes the best red velvet cupcakes on the planet. She calls herself a "cupcakeologist"
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
HOMETOWN: British Virgin Islands
HEIGHT: 5’ 8”
Adorya Baly is a 22-year-old young professional. She currently serves on the Behavioral Health Unit of Peebles Hospital in the British Virgin Islands. Adorya has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psycholgoy and her goal is to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology. She wants to continue assessing the needs of the mentally challenged to help create a more productive, meaningful and safer society. Adorya intends to open a counseling center and a non-profit organization to empower young girls to be their best despite their circumstances. Her ultimate goal is to serve with love and help future generations achieve their personal goals.
When Adorya is home alone she acts out scenes. She often laughs at herself.
Adorya's sister is her best friend even though they are 10 years apart in age.
Adorya's favorite movie is “Brave.” She thinks Merida's story depicts the real meaning of courage.