Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Congratulates Chantel O’Brian, Miss Bahamas Universe 2021, on Being Named to Top 10 at Miss Universe 2021

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It is with great pride and pleasure that we take this opportunity to congratulate Miss Bahamas Universe 2021, Chantel O’Brian on becoming the first Bahamian to make it to the Top 16 and to the coveted Top 10 in the 2021 Miss Universe Pageant held on December 12th in Eliat, Israel.

Chantel was also awarded the Spirit of Carnival Award, an award which is presented to the contestant who represents all the Carnival Cruise Line values: fun, friendship, diversity and inclusion.

Chantel is the proud owner of P.S. O’Brian Consulting, a pageant, etiquette, runway coaching, and consultation agency. Her agency offers services in catwalk skills, media and public speaking training, platform development, marketing and branding and overall pageant consultation for individuals as well as pageant organizations.

Chantel is the co-founder of the Leading Ladies Project, a program started in 2017 aimed to encourage, motivate, and inspire young girls in inner city communities to pursue their dreams and aspirations.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, Chantel used her background in pageantry to raise funds as she founded Runway for Relief, a fundraiser fashion show which highlights Bahamian talents in fashion, beauty, art and music. During the pandemic Chantel launched The Final Crown, a faith, beauty, and inspirational platform and in April 2021 she hosted, “Perfection is a Myth” a Virtual Confidence Conference. Chantel fully embraces Youth Development as her platform and is a Certified Youth Leader with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. In a special message during the 2021 National Youth Awards held during National Youth Month under the theme, Resilient Youth: Innovative, Creative, Transformative, Chantel O’Brian encouraged young people to remain resilient as they discover that life has various hills and valleys, whether in adapting to a new normal, deciding to become an entrepreneur, obtaining a degree, finding passion in advocacy,
taking up a skill, going against the grain regardless of the opinions of others or ultimately choosing not to give up.

We applaud Chantel for the grace that she exuded on the world stage among more than 70 competitors, her ability to be resilient, to embrace innovation and to cultivate creativity has ultimately led to the transformation in Bahamian pageantry for years to come. Again, we extend a hearty congratulations to Chantel.

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