Cherell Williamson crowned Miss Universe Bahamas - Photo: Draf Designs Photography for TheBahamasWeekly.com
The finale of this year's Miss Universe Bahamas pageant took place on September 17th and the crown has gone to Cherell Williamson of Nassau. First runner-up was Chivvaun Smith; second runner-up was Erika Adderley, and Rokara Hepburn and Crystal Stubbs rounded out the top five.
Prior to the big event Cherell wrote the following on her Facebook page,"Today is the day that I've been waiting for! Today marks the date of a stronger more confident Cherell that has learned more things about herself than she ever thought this pageant would allow all thanks to the amazing organization, @missuniverseba we are truly a family now. I was given the opportunity to discover my true supporters and the fact that people want to see me exceed is heart warming.Thank you so much ♡. The words of encouragement has kept me pushing straight up until now and of course a big thank you to my #1 supporters The Island Game!"
Top three left to right: Erika Adderley, Chivaun Smith, and Cherell Wiliamson - Photo: Draf Designs Photography for TheBahamasWeekly.com
Entrepreneur, Cherell Williamson, is a gifted and creative makeup artist, face painter and jewelry designer. Hailing from the island of New Providence, she has spent 8 of her young academic years competitively swimming. During
her final year of high school she had the privilege of participating in
The National Art Enrichment Program where her natural artistic talent
blossomed under the tutelage of industry experts.
Cherell followed her passion and opened
her first business MaskAra while pursuing further training at a
cosmetics school in Florida and with local professionals. It is no surprise that her attraction to fashion, beauty and art would eventually lead her to a modeling career. "My experience in modeling has better equipped me with the necessary stage presence needed for this pageant," Williamson told Pageant Diaries in a recent interview."...while the Miss Universe Bahamas organization encourages bringing forth my inner beauty. The two hand in hand is definitely a powerful combination something that assists in helping me to stand out when surrounded by the other beautiful contestants."
Cherell has walked the runway of many hometown and international stages but
still finds time to work with her mother, jewelry artist, Chevette Williamson in their Bahamian boutique and
train hearing impaired young ladies the art of jewelry making. It
is through this giving program that these young ladies have empowered
another group of young ladies to become business women by opening the
Hearing Impaired Native Craft Center.
In 2016 the Miss Universe Bahamas pageant moved under new management. The new website is HERE.
Toria Nichole crowns Cherell Williamson - Photo: Draf Designs Photography for TheBahamasWeekly.com