Miss US Virgin Islands
|Motto||The Confident Beauty of the U.S Virgin Islands|
|Lulu Orange Tyson|
|Lulu Orange Inc.|
Between 1961 and 1978, the National Committee of Virgin Islands celebrated Miss Virgin Islands contest, in which the grand winners competed at the Miss Universe and other beauty pageants. Beginning in 1979, the official name changed to Miss U.S. Virgin Islands.
Franchise Ownership and Extended History
The Miss U.S. Virgin Islands competition began in 1956 when Miriam Edna Golden was crowned as the first Miss Virgin Islands in June 1956 (sponsored by Virgin Islands Hotel Association.) In 1961 was the second edition of Miss Virgin Islands, which saw the first international delegate Priscilla Bonilla representing the territory at Miss Universe 1961 in the United States. The pageant was then owned by Sam King (Owner of Pan American Finishing School) and the U.S Virgin Islands Carnival Committee. In franchise history, Cherrie Raphaelia Creque has been the only Miss Universe U.S Virgin Islands to place in the Top 12 at Miss Universe. The only other international pageant finalist from the U.S Virgin Islands has been Esonica Veira of St. Thomas, who was awarded 4th Runner up in The Miss Supranational in Minsk, Belarus in September 2013.
Through the 1990s, franchise ownership of the Miss U.S Virgin Islands title belonged to The Lions Club of St. Thomas and also to Debra Gottlieb; a local staple in pageantry. Beginning in 2010, the title of Miss Universe U.S. Virgin Islands had been handled by a Miss Universe USVI Committee; Debra Gottlieb (Chair of the Lions Club), Helen Hart, and Denise Green. In 2011, the Miss Universe U.S Virgin Islands competition selected three national titleholders, the winner went to Miss Universe and runners-up went to Miss World and Miss Earth pageants.
Between 1978 and 2007, the Miss United States Virgin Islands contest has branched into multiple titles. Representatives visit international franchises according to those titles and franchise owners. Titles have included: Miss Virgin Islands, Miss U.S Virgin Islands, Miss Universe U.S Virgin Islands, and Miss U.S Paradise. The pageants have become the most prestigious contests in the territory, however franchise ownership changes have led to a dwindling in existing competitions. As of 2018, the only franchise with an official pageant to send representatives to international pageants is Miss Universe U.S Virgin Islands (held annually in the summer.)
After 2011, the title of Miss Universe U.S Virgin Islands took a hiatus with no official representation in the international pageant. The franchise was again purchased in 2016 by Tom Youth of U.S Ventures, LLC. Carolyn Carter of St. Croix, represented as Miss Universe U.S Virgin Islands at the 65th Miss Universe pageant.
In 2017, the franchise ownership of Miss Universe U.S. Virgin Islands was granted by the Miss Universe Organization to Lulu Orange Tyson of Lulu Orange, Inc. Esonica Veira was crowned in Boca Raton, Florida after Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma devastated the islands leaving them incapable of hosting the pageants within the territory. Veira represented the territory at the 66th Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada.
On August 11, 2018 Aniska Tonge was crowned the new Miss Universe U.S Virgin Islands in St. Thomas. She is set to represent the USVI at the 67th Miss Universe Pageant in Bangkok, Thailand.
- Color key
- Declared as Winner
- Ended as runner-up
- Ended as one of the finalists or semifinalists
The winner of Miss U.S. Virgin Islands represents the U.S territory at the Miss Universe. Between 1961 and 1978 Miss Virgin Islands winners went to Miss Universe with a Virgin Islands sash before a constitutional referendum was declared. On March 6, 1979 the queen was officially referred to as Miss U.S Virgin Islands. The Miss US Virgin Islands represents the islands to Miss Universe. The celebration of Miss U.S. Virgin Islands was not held in 2000, 2003-2004, 2008-2009, 2012-2015. It made a return in 2016.
|Year||Miss USVI||Placement at Miss Universe||Notes|
|MISS VIRGIN ISLANDS|
|1956||Miriam Edna Golden||Did not compete||Semifinalist at Miss United States|
|1961||Priscila Bonilla||Unplaced||1st Runner-up Miss St Croix. Sam King purchased Miss Universe franchise for USVI|
|1962||Juanita Monell Poblete||Unplaced|
|1968||Elodie Sadie Sargeant||Unplaced||Virgin Islands Festival Queen 1967|
|1971||Cherrie Raphaelia Creque||Top 12||Miss Cariba 1971|
|1974||Thelma Yvonne Santiago||Unplaced|
|1975||Julia Florencia Wallace||Unplaced|
|1976||Lorraine Patricia Baa||Unplaced|
|1977||Denise Naomi George||Unplaced|
|MISS U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS|
|1980||Deborah Velisa Mardenborough||Unplaced|
|1981||Marise Cecile James||Unplaced|
|1983||Julie Elizabeth Woods||Unplaced|
|1984||Patricia Maria Graham||Unplaced|
|1985||Mudite Alda Henderson||Unplaced|
|1986||Jasmine Olivia Turner||Unplaced|
|1987||Feliza Ramone Bencosme||Unplaced|
|1991||Monique Lindesay||Miss Congeniality||The Lions Club of St. Thomas held the Miss U.S. Virgin Islands|
|1995||Kim Marie Ann Boschulte||Unplaced|
|1999||Sherece Shurmain Smith||Unplaced||Miss U.S. Virgin Islands "The Essence of the Caribbean", held at Wyndham Sugar Resorts, St. Thomas|
|2001||Lisa Hasseba Wynne||Unplaced|
|2002||Merlisa Rhonda George||Miss Congeniality|
|2005||Tricia Homer||Miss Congeniality|
|2006||JeT’aime Cerge Grant||Unplaced||Miss Earth U.S. Virgin Islands 2007|
|2007||Renata Christian||Unplaced||Sponsored by Department of Tourism|
|2010||Janeisha John||Unplaced||Miss Virgin Islands for Miss America 2008|
|2016||Carolyn Carter||Unplaced||Tom Youth from US Ventures LLC. Directorship; Miss World USVI 2010, Miss Supranational USVI 2011 & Miss Earth USVI 2012|
|2017||Esonica Veira||Unplaced||Lulu Orange Tyson Directorship; Miss World USVI 2011, Miss Supranational USVI 2013 & Miss Earth USVI 2014|
|2018||Aniska Tonge||TBD||Miss US Virgin Islands for Miss America 2013 & Miss World USVI 2014|
Miss World U.S. Virgin Islands
Between 1982 and 2005 the Miss American Virgin Islands went to Miss World. In 2010, the Miss World USVI committees appointed the delegate to Miss World 2010 in Sanya. In 2011 the 1st Runners-up of Miss U.S. Virgin Islands represented the U.S territory at the Miss World pageant. Since 2012 the Miss US Paradise winner is the selected delegate to the Miss World pageant.
|Year||Miss World US Virgin Islands||Placement at Miss World|
|1983||Chandra Theresa Ramsingh||Unplaced|
|1985||Connie Mary Colaire||Unplaced|
|1986||Carmen Rosa Acosta||Unplaced|
|1989||Vania Thomas||Top 15 & Queen of the Caribbean|
|1991||Cheryl Leiba Milligan||Unplaced|
|1997||Taisha Regina Gomes||Unplaced|
|1999||Shani Afua Smith||Unplaced|
|2005||Kmisha-Victoria Counts||Top 16 & Miss World Talent|
|2010||Carolyn Carter||Miss World Sport (Top 20)|
|2011||Esonica Veira||Top 15|
|2012||Taiesa Annique Lashley||Miss World Talent (Top 16)|
|2013||Petra Cabrera-Badia||Miss World Beach Beauty (Top 32)|
Miss Earth U.S. Virgin Islands
The Winner or Runner-up of Miss U.S. Paradise competes at the Miss Earth pageant. On occasion, when the winner does not qualify (due to age) for either contest, a runner-up is sent. This pageant promotes Environment and does a climate program. Since 2012, the Miss Earth U.S. Virgin Islands may select by appointing candidate in under Miss U.S. Paradise.
|Year||Miss Earth US Virgin Islands||Placement at Miss Earth|
|2007||JeT’aime Cheree Cerge||Unplaced|
Walk with M.E
I Love My Planet School Campaign
|2013||Vanessa Mari Donastorg||Unplaced|
Miss International U.S. Virgin Islands
The 1st Runner-up of Miss U.S. Paradise competes at the Miss International pageant. This title does not exist since 2013. There is only one candidate from U.S. Virgin Islands who competed in Miss International.
|Year||Miss International USVI||Placement at Miss International|
|2012||Vanessa Mari Donastorg||Unplaced|
Miss Supranational U.S. Virgin Islands
|Year||Miss International USVI||Placement at Miss Supranational|
|2013||Esonica Veira||4th Runner-up|
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- "argeant-Winter remembered for strength & humour". Retrieved 27 April 2013.
- "Supernovas of Miss Universe". Retrieved 23 June 2013.
- "Carolyn Carter is Miss Universe U.S. Virgin Islands 2016". Retrieved 5 May 2016.