Miss Bahamas Universe recap..

Tomii Culmer is crowned Miss Bahamas Universe 2014.

Last night I attended the Miss Bahamas Universe and it was one of the most exciting pageants I’ve attended ever! Reason being, I had three beauties who I knew very well and was torn as to which one I should pull for hardest. I was asked on several occasion, ‘Who are you pulling for?’

Tomii Culmer I knew from our second season of Nu Face Model Search where she placed 1st Runner Up. Ominique Burrows I’d first worked with at Islands of The World Fashion Week and I can still recall the shoot she did with Lyndah Wells for our magazine. Last but not least, Rokara Hepburn who was our last Nu Face Model Search winner as well as cover girl! So yes, my heart was doing any little dances throughout the pageant.

Tomii Culmer in Nu Woman’s Summer/Autumn 2010 issue Ominique Burrows in Nu Woman’s Winter/Spring 2010 issue Rokara Hepburn on the cover of Nu Woman’s Fall 2012 issue

All these young ladies were spectacular on stage, and they were the Top 3 finishers (proud mama bear J). As pageants go, we went through swimsuit, evening wear and of course the questions. I did tear up when I heard Rokara’s emotional answer to the last question. The question asked about inspiring the youths of our nation and Rokara talked about her poor childhood and some personal dramas and said she would use her story as an example to inspire youths.

Top Ominique Burrows Rokara Hepburn Tomii Culmer

This was my most exciting pageant ever! I got to see first hand how these ladies had grown and matured. It was great to hang out with old friends and meet a few new ones. Congratulations to ALL my girls, you made me proud!

Editor with Cardell J. McClam Jessica Frances and Celeste Marshall (former Miss Bahamas Universe). Cardell McClam with Kedar Clarke and friend.

* List of Judges: Grace Fontecha, Walter Greene, Zuri McDaniels, Ty Jonnston, Nicole Murphy, Carole I. Barnett, Braneka Bassett.

Contestants: Toni Bethel, Tomii Culmer, Ominique Burrows, Rokara Hepburn, Gabrielle Wong, Deandra Brown.

Hosts: Jerome Sawyer & Leslia Miller Brice. President: Michelle Malcolm.

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