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Miss Haiti 2017: She’s Black. And She Can, Probably Should, Win It All

Samuel Maxime

Editor-in-Chief

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – Since the return of the Miss Haiti Universe contest in 2010 which brought to prominence Sarodj Bertin, a faction of Haitians still resented having contestants, who if only by complexion, didn’t represent the majority of the Haitian population.

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No one, even the haters, couldn’t disassociate themselves from the pride Raquel Pelissier brought with her near crowning at the Miss Universe 2017 pageant in January of this year. Anedie Azael, Miss Haiti Universe 2015, almost single-handedly by will repatriated the competition from Dominican administration to Haitian. These are historical moments of singular people, but still, in internal discussions among Haitians, the issue of skin tone and race surfaces, especially in conscious networks such as ours, forums like Defend Haiti on Facebook. But nothing can be said in 2017 though.

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Crowned Saturday night was Cassandra Chery, the new Miss Haiti Universe for 2017. She is unapologetically Black and would evade the criticisms of, one former NBA player, Gilbert Arenas, who made headlines this year dissing supermodel Lupita but from a standpoint of a biased colorist. But Miss Chery isn’t just above the criticisms of those on either side of the argument, she should be revered and truly, she can and probably should win the Miss Universe competition to be held in January of 2018.

On Saturday evening at the Marriott Hotel in Port-au-Prince, the Grand Final of Miss Haiti 2017 was held. After deliberation, the Jury announced its winners in front of a very large audience and the 10 finalists…

Miss Haiti 2017 results :

“Miss Friendship” : Alexandra Eloisier
“Miss Popularity” : Marie Gerline Moreau
5th runner-up : Weendy Legerme;
4th runner-up : Chrystel Dufour;
3rd runner-up : Alexandra Eloisier;
2nd runner-up : Marie Gerline Moreau;
1st runner-up: Caroline Beigen

Cassandra Chéry (21 years old) was crowned Miss Haiti 2017.
Born in Port-au-Prince, Cassandra is a model and student in communication. She succeeds Raquel Pelissier Miss Haiti 2016.

Very moved to have been crowned Miss Haiti 2017, Haiti’s new beauty queen said “Young, keep hope and believe that you can accomplish whatever you want. Life is like a bicycle, advancing not to lose balance, pedaling to your final destination.”

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.