|Michael Arnold (Miss Belize World)
Opal Enriquez (Queen of Jewel)
Miss Belize is the title given to the winner(s) of beauty pageants held yearly in Belize to select a national beauty ambassador to represent Belize at major international pageants such as Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss Earth, Miss International and also to other minor international and regional pageants.
In the early years, there was one pageant held yearly to select a Belizean representative for the Miss Universe pageant, with either that same winner or a runner-up representing Belize at Miss World. Recently there have been the emergence of different pageants to select representatives for the different international pageants as opposed to just one pageant with several winners.
Some of the major pageant companies and organizations include Pageants Belize Ltd. (Michael Arnold); Queen of the Bay Committee (Emma Boiton); Queen of the Jewel Ltd. (Opal Enriquez); Belize International Pageants Ltd. (Darlene Clarke Campbell); Leilah Pandy Enterprises Pageantry & Modeling (LPELL) (Leilah Pandy, former Miss Belize); & Teens Belize Organization (Kenny & Tracey Jacobs).
Even though Belize's performance at international pageants has been less than stellar, Belize's presence at regional pageants such as Miss Costa Maya International, has been respectable, garnering two winners and a few finalists. Beauty ambassadors who have achieved some success for Belize include Sarita Diana Acosta, Chantae Chanice Guy, Leilah Anne Magdalena Pandy, Maria Jeffery, and Opal Enriquez.
In 2008, one of the biggest controversies arose. Miss Belize Universe 2008, Melissa Tanisha Vernon held a press conference in March in which various queens competing under Pageants Belize banner – Miss Belize Universe 2007-08 Tanisha Vernon, her predecessor Maria Jeffrey, Miss Belize World 2007-08 Felicita Arzu, Mini Belize Venisha Price, Miss Belize Earth Leilah Pandy, Miss Belize Top Model Tracey Robateau, Mini Universe Princess - lashed out at Pageants Belize director Margaret Johnson for not keeping her promises and handing over prizes the young women won, and denounced various snafus that dented their chances at success in the Miss Universe and Miss World contests held, respectively, in Sanya, China last December, and Mexico City, Mexico, last May.
The last elected Miss Belize Universe is Melissa Tanisha Vernon (2008); Miss Belize World is Chantae Chanice Guy (2012); Miss Belize Earth is Jessel Monique Lauriano (2012) ; Miss Belize International is Destinee Dominique Arnold - officially, Queen of the Jewel (2012).
- Color key
- Declared as Winner
- Ended as runner-up
- Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Below is the list of delegates from Belize in the Big Four international pageants. Since 1975 traditionally, the winner of Miss Belize represents her country at Miss Universe. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent. Since 2008, Miss Belize did not compete at the Miss Universe pageant in unknown reasons.
|Year||Miss Belize||Placement||Special awards|
|1976||Janet Joan Joseph||Unplaced|
|1977||Dora Maria Phillips||Unplaced|
|1978||Christina Margarita Ysaguirre||Unplaced|
|1979||Sarita Diana Acosta||Top 12|
|1980||Ellen Marie Clarke||Unplaced|
|1982||Sharon Kay Auxillou||Unplaced|
|1983||Shirlene Dianne McKoy||Unplaced|
|1984||Lisa Patricia Ramírez||Unplaced|
|1985||Jennifer (Jenny) Woods||Unplaced|
|1986||Romy Ellen Taegar||Unplaced|
|1987||Holly Emma Edgell||Unplaced|
|1989||Andrea Shermane McKoy||Unplaced|
|1990||Ysela Antonia Zabaneh||Unplaced|
|1998||Elvia Lilia Vega||Unplaced|
|2000||Shiemicka La-Shanne Richardson||Unplaced|
|2003||Becky Belinda Bernard||Unplaced|
|2004||Leilah Anne Magdalena Pandy||Unplaced|
Miss World Belize
In 1987-2007 traditionally, the 1st Runner-up or sometimes Winner of Miss Belize represents her country at Miss World. On occasion, when the candidate does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, another girl is sent. After Belize did not compete at Miss Universe, in 2008 the committee of Miss Belize for first time will be crowning the official winner of Miss World Belize to compete at Miss World pageant.
|Year||Miss World Belize||Placement||Special awards|
|1990||Ysela Antonia Zabaneh||Unplaced|
|1991||Josephine (Josie) Gault||Unplaced|
|2002||Karen Anita Russell||Unplaced|
|2003||Dalila Violeta Vanzie Montano||Unplaced|
|2007||Felicita (Leesha) Arzu||Unplaced|
|2009||Norma Leticia (Lety) Lara||Unplaced|
|2010||Jessel Monique Lauriano||Unplaced|
|2011||Kadejah Kenifah Tunn||Unplaced|
|2012||Chantae Chanice Guy||Unplaced||Top Model (Top 10) |
|2013||Idolly Louise Saldivar||Unplaced|
- Chantae Chanice Guy is the first Miss Belize World to make the Top 10 for any Fast Track/Challenge Event at Miss World.
Miss Earth Belize
Belize debut in 2007 with the highest performance as Top 5 Environment award at the Miss Earth 2007 project. Traditionally the candidate for Miss Earth will be choosing from Miss Earth Belize.
|Year||Miss Earth Belize||Placement||Special awards|
|2007||Leilah Anne Magdalena Pandy||Unplaced||Environmental Award (Top 5)|
|2010||Natasha Nicole Acosta||Withdrew|
|2011||Kimberly Ann Robateau||Unplaced|
|2012||Jessel Monique Lauriano ||Unplaced||Gold Medal Green Bag Challenge
Best Communicator Award
|2013||Amber Renee Rivero||Unplaced|
Miss Belize International
Belize was trying to debut since 2010 but unfortunately failed due to some reasons. In 2011 Queen of Jewel winner competed for first time at the Miss International pageant.
|Year||Miss Belize International||Placement||Special awards|
|2010||Chantae Chanice Guy||Withdrew|
|2011||Annlyn Nicole Apolonio||Unplaced|
|2012||Destinee Dominique Arnold ||Unplaced|
Miss Belize Supranational
Belize signed up as Miss Supranational pageant representative in 2012 after two years failed to compete. Belize's Supranational candidate will be picking by Miss Belize candidate.
|Year||Miss Belize Supranational||Placement||Special awards|
|2012||Thessalonia Logan ||Unplaced|
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