On Tuesday, August 18, three of the Miss Universe contestants, Ms. USA, Kristen Dalton, Ms. Guam, Racine Manley, and Ms. Puerto Rico, Mayra Matos Perez, along with President of the Miss Universe Organization, Paula M. Shugart, took time out of their hectic schedules to meet with representatives of the United States Embassy. At the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, U.S. Chargè d’Affaires David Elmo presented each contestant with a U.S. flag that was flown over the Embassy as well as commemorative U.S./Bahamas flag pins, representative of the friendship between both countries. The Chargè also wished each contestant the best of luck in the finals, set to take place Sunday, August 23 at the resort.
The Bahamas, an archipelago of seven hundred islands and a population of just over 300,000 is the smallest country ever to host the Miss Universe event. A group of eighty-four contestants from Albania to Zambia are competing for the coveted prize. For the last three weeks the contestants have been island-hopping whilst participating in various events. They have visited beautiful Harbour Island and the crystal blue waters of Exuma. They learned about boat building on a visit to Bimini and enjoyed Bahamian hospitality on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands.
You know, even with my bioptics I can't spot any female embassy official here, can you? A few more photos here; no female officials either. I can't say what happened to them. Also, no mention if our embassy officials got to meet the reigning Miss Universe, Dayana Mendoza, the one who wrote Guantánamo was an incredible experience... I'm disappointed.