Miss Guyana

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Miss Guyana
Motto Confident, Secure, Comfortable and Powerful
Formation 1956
Type Beauty pageant
Headquarters Georgetown
Miss World
Official language
Jyoti Hardat
Website http://missworldguyana.gy

Miss Guyana is a national beauty pageant in Guyana that sends winners to Miss World. Nowadays there are three national pageants in Guyana, namely Miss Guyana (trademark) also called Miss World Guyana, Miss Universe Guyana, and Miss Earth Guyana, and their winners might compete at their respective international pageants.

Miss Guyana[edit]

Miss Guyana (also known as Miss World Guyana) is a beauty pageant in Guyana the winners of which go on to compete in the Miss World pageant. The Miss Guyana trademark is under Natasha Matindale directorship.

Since 2001 the winner of Miss Guyana World represents her country at the Miss World. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent. Before named as Miss Guyana World, the official candidates will be selecting by Miss Guyana 1st runner-up or winner to compete at the Miss World pageant. In 2013 No pageant for Miss Guyana World, the representative sent by Miss Guyana Universe pageant.


  • 1967: Shakira Baksh, the 1967 Miss Guyana, went on to become a runner-up at the Miss World 1967 pageant.[1] Baksh married British actor Michael Caine six years later, becoming his second wife.[2]
  • 2009: Imarah Radix was named Miss Guyana World in 2009 and went on to compete at the Miss World 2009 pageant in South Africa.[3]
  • 2009: In the United Kingdom in 2009, a gynaecologist was accused of giving an orgasm to a patient who allegedly claimed to be a former Miss Guyana World winner, but the patient denied having made this claim.[4]
  • 2010: Aletha Shepherd, who was Miss Guyana World 2010, went on to compete in the Miss Asia Pacific World pageant the following year, from which she withdrew after allegedly being sexually harassed by the pageant's sponsors and racially discriminated against by the judges.[5]
  • 2012: Arti Cameron, a pre-medical student, was crowned Miss Guyana World.[6] That July, Cameron appeared at the JRG Bikini Under the Bridge Fashion Show in New York City, New York, United States.[7] It is traditional for beauty queens to be tall in order to better showcase their legs, but Cameron was one of several contestants at Miss World 2012 who were petite.[8]
  • 2013: Natasha Martindale took over the leadership of the Miss Guyana World pageant, replacing Ken Chung who had previously filled that role.[9]
  • 2014: Rafieya Husain was crowned Miss World Guyana 2014 on May 26, 2014.The 22-year-old scooped the top prize at the event held at the National Cultural Centre (NCC). Speaking after collecting her prize, Rafieya promised to work with various organisations to fight the scourge of domestic violence, by tackling it from the grassroot level. In addition, she is optimistic that she has what it takes to bring home the Miss World crown later in the year.The 1st runner up was Atisha Gaskill, with Denicia Williams 2nd runner up.

Miss World Guyana[edit]

Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Year Miss World Guyana Placement Special Awards
2001 Olive Gopaul Unplaced
2002 Odessa Abenaa Phillips Unplaced
2003 Alexis Glasgow Unplaced
2004 Suzette Marissa Shim Unplaced
2005 Jasmine Samoy Herzog Unplaced
2006 Dessia Braithwaite Unplaced
2007 Candace Charles Unplaced
2008 Christa Lasaunta Simmons Unplaced
2009 Kalerouann Radix Unplaced
2010 Aletha Shepherd Unplaced
2012 Arti Cameron Unplaced
2013 Ruqayyah Boyer Unplaced
2014 Rafieya Husain Top 10 Queen of Caribbean
Beauty With a Purpose
2015 Lisa Punch Top 10 Miss World Talent
Top 5 Multimedia Awards
Top 10 Beauty with a Purpose
2016 Nuriyyih Gerrard Unplaced
2017 TBA TBA

Miss Universe Guyana[edit]

Miss Universe Guyana is a national beauty pageant in Guyana. Began in 1956 to 1966 Guyana had called as Miss British Guinea at the final stage. Since 1988 Guyana has called as Miss Guyana. The very first Miss Universe British Guiana in that epoch was Rosalind Iva Joan Fung from Georgetown.

Between 2002 and 2015 Odinga Lumumba became President of Miss Guyana pageant. In that year she organizes the local pageant named Miss Guyana Universe. It's official national pageant for only Miss Universe pageant.

In March 2016, Miss Universe Guyana was owned by Jyoti Hardat from the Moonlight Productions.[10]


  • 2012: On September 12, 2012 for the first time in history, Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011 of Angola attended the final of Miss Guyana Universe 2012 while Ruqayyah Boyer declared as the new titleholder of Guyana.[11]
  • 2013: On October 8, 2013 Katherina Roshana crowned Miss Guyana Universe 2013. For the first time the reigning titleholder of Miss Guyana was Miss Indian Guyana 2013.[12]

Miss Universe British Guiana 1956-1999[edit]

Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Year Miss Universe British Guiana International Pageant Placement Special Awards
1956 Rosalind Iva Joan Fung Miss Universe 1956 Unplaced
1958 Clyo Fernandez Miss Universe 1958 Unplaced
1960 Julia Ann Adamson Miss International 1960 Unplaced
1961 Hermione Clair Brown Miss International 1961 Unplaced Miss Friendship
1962 Ave Henriques Miss International 1962 Unplaced
1963 Gloria Flackman Miss Universe 1963 Unplaced
1964 Mary Rande Holl Miss Universe 1964 Unplaced
1965 Cheryl Viola Cheeng Miss Universe 1965 Unplaced
1966 Umblita Van Sluytman
Also, Miss Universe Guyana
Miss World 1966 Top 10
1967 Shakira Caine Miss World 1967 2nd Runner-up
1968 Adrienne Harris Miss World 1968 5th Runner-up
1969 Pamela Patricia Lord Miss World 1969 3rd Runner-up
1970 Jennifer Diana Wong Miss World 1970 Top 10
1971 Nalini Moonsar Miss World 1971 3rd Runner-up
1988 Christina Jardim
Also, Miss World Guyana
Miss Universe 1988 Unplaced
1989 Reeya Majeed
Also, Miss World Guyana
Miss Universe 1989 Unplaced
1999 Morvinia Sobers Miss Universe 1999 Unplaced

Miss Universe Guyana[edit]

Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Year Miss Universe Guyana Placement Special Awards Notes
2002 Mia Rahaman Unplaced
2003 Leanna Yulanie Damond Unplaced
2004 Odessa Abenaa Phillips Unplaced Former Miss World Guyana 2002
2005 Candisie Franklin Unplaced
2006 Alana Ernest Unplaced
2007 Meleesa Natasha Payne Unplaced
2009 Jenel Cox Unplaced
2010 Tamika Henry Unplaced
2011 Kara Lord Unplaced
2012 Ruqayyah Boyer Unplaced Miss World Guyana 2013 and Miss International Guyana 2014
2013 Katherina Roshana Unplaced Miss India Worldwide 2012
2014 Niketa Barker Unplaced
2015 Shauna Ramdehan Unplaced
2016 Soyini Fraser Unplaced Former Miss Grand and Earth Guyana

Miss Earth Guyana[edit]

The titleholder of Miss Earth Guyana represents her country at the Miss Earth pageant.[13] The pageant franchise holder for the Miss Guyana Earth Pageant is Simpli Royal.[14][15] The pageant's mission is to organize and participate in a variety of environmental and educational projects while promoting the pageant, with the specific aim of educating the public and encouraging them to preserve and protect the environment.[16] The main prizes for whoever wins Miss Guyana Earth title include a four-year University of Guyana Scholarship.[17]


  • 2013: The first titleholder of the pageant was Soyini Frazer who won and crowned Miss Guyana Earth 2010 but was dethroned with only five months into her reign. The official announcement of the dethronement was made by the organizers, Pamela Dillon (pageant director) and Wasim Khan (chairman) at a press conference at the offices of Simpli Royal.[18]

Miss Earth Guyana[edit]

Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Year Miss Earth Guyana Placement Special Awards
2010 Soyini Fraser[19] Unplaced
2014 Stacy Ramcharan[20][21] Unplaced

Miss International Guyana[edit]

Color key
  •      Declared as Winner
  •      Ended as runner-up
  •      Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
Year Miss International Guyana Placement Special Awards
2014 Ruqayyah Boyer Unplaced


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  2. ^ Peter Allen (2008). The Easy Quiz Master. Lulu. p. 229. ISBN 0955848105. 
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