Miss Bahamas, Chantel O'Brian, made history by being the first Bahamian woman to place in the top ten of the Miss Universe pageant.
Following her historic placement, O’Brian commented: “The Bahamas, it was an honour to walk in aquamarine, black and gold glory. I gave it my all and I believe in my heart that it was enough.”
Prime Minister Phillip Davis congratulated O’Brian on her achievement.
“I join Bahamians around the world, who tonight are celebrating Ms Chantel O’Brian in her historic achievement in advancing to the Top 10 in the Miss Universe Competition. As a mentor and advocate for children’s education, she is an inspiration and role model for all Bahamians who strive for excellence. Tonight, we are so very, very proud of Ms. Chantel O’Brian. Congratulations,” he said in a statement.
Prior to coronation night, O'Brien received the Carnival Spirt award from Carnival Cruise Line in recognition of the work of her charity, The Leading Ladies Project, and the wonderful spirit she demonstrated during the prior few weeks while in Israel, where the event was held.
Other Caribbean delegates that made the top list were Miss Aruba, Thessaly Zimmerman and Miss Puerto Rico, Michelle Colon. No Caribbean contestant made it to the final Top 5 of the 2021 Miss Universe contest last night, despite making it to the Top 10 list.
Miss India, Harnaaz Sandhu earned the prestigious crown in Eilat, Israel, on Sunday after beating out the runners-up, Miss Paraguay and Miss South Africa