Miss Belize

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Miss Belize
Formation 1975
Type Beauty Pageant
Headquarters Belize City
Location  Belize
Membership Miss Universe
Miss World
Miss Earth
Miss International
Official language
English
National Director
Michael Arnold (Miss Belize World)
Opal Enriquez (Queen of Jewel)
Website Official website

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.

History[edit]

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).

Titleholders[edit]

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
El Salvador 1975 Pelisamay Longsworth Unplaced
Hong Kong 1976 Janet Joan Joseph Unplaced
Dominican Republic 1977 Dora Maria Phillips Unplaced
Mexico 1978 Christina Margarita Ysaguirre Unplaced
Australia 1979 Sarita Diana Acosta Top 12[1]
South Korea 1980 Ellen Marie Clarke Unplaced
United States 1981 Ivette Zabaneh Unplaced
Peru 1982 Sharon Kay Auxillou Unplaced
United States 1983 Shirlene Dianne McKoy Unplaced
United States 1984 Lisa Patricia Ramírez Unplaced
United States 1985 Jennifer (Jenny) Woods Unplaced
Panama 1986 Romy Ellen Taegar Unplaced
Singapore 1987 Holly Emma Edgell Unplaced
Mexico 1989 Andrea Shermane McKoy Unplaced
United States 1990 Ysela Antonia Zabaneh Unplaced
United States 1991 Josephine Gault Unplaced
Mexico 1993 Melanie Smith Unplaced
Namibia 1995 Deborah Wade Unplaced
United States 1996 Ava Lovell Unplaced
United States 1997 Sharon Domínguez Unplaced
United States 1998 Elvia Lilia Vega Unplaced
Trinidad and Tobago 1999 Viola Jeffery Unplaced
Cyprus 2000 Shiemicka La-Shanne Richardson Unplaced
Panama 2003 Becky Belinda Bernard Unplaced
Ecuador 2004 Leilah Anne Magdalena Pandy Unplaced
Thailand 2005 Andrea Elrington Unplaced
Mexico 2007 Maria Jeffery Unplaced

Miss World Belize[edit]

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
United Kingdom 1987 Janine Sylvestre Unplaced
United Kingdom 1988 Pauline Young Unplaced
Hong Kong 1989 Martha Badillo Unplaced
United Kingdom 1990 Ysela Antonia Zabaneh Unplaced
United States 1991 Josephine (Josie) Gault Unplaced
United Kingdom 2002 Karen Anita Russell Unplaced
China 2003 Dalila Violeta Vanzie Montano Unplaced
China 2007 Felicita (Leesha) Arzu Unplaced
South Africa 2008 Charmaine Chinapen Unplaced
South Africa 2009 Norma Leticia (Lety) Lara Unplaced
China 2010 Jessel Monique Lauriano Unplaced
United Kingdom 2011 Kadejah Kenifah Tunn Unplaced
China 2012 Chantae Chanice Guy Unplaced Top Model (Top 10) [2]
Indonesia 2013 Idolly Louise Saldivar Unplaced

Note:

  • 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[edit]

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
Philippines 2007 Leilah Anne Magdalena Pandy Unplaced Environmental Award (Top 5)
Philippines 2008 Larriean Samuels Withdrew
Philippines 2009 Sherrylee Rodriguez Withdrew
Vietnam 2010 Natasha Nicole Acosta Withdrew
Philippines 2011 Kimberly Ann Robateau Unplaced
Philippines 2012 Jessel Monique Lauriano [3] Unplaced Gold Medal Green Bag Challenge
Best Communicator Award
Philippines 2013 Amber Renee Rivero Unplaced

Miss Belize International[edit]

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
China 2010 Chantae Chanice Guy Withdrew
China 2011 Annlyn Nicole Apolonio Unplaced
Japan 2012 Destinee Dominique Arnold [4] Unplaced

Miss Belize Supranational[edit]

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
Poland 2010 Fiona Usher Withdrew
Poland 2011 Brittany Cabral Withdrew
Poland 2012 Thessalonia Logan [5] Unplaced

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