Guyana’s representative to the annual Miss Supranational Pageant in Poland.
2016-Jaleesa Mar-Chell Peterkin
Height: 5’ 9”
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Language/s Spoken: English, Spanish
Jaleesa MarChell Peterkin is no newcomer to the world of pageantry. Making her pageant debut at the tender age of 17, this pageant queen has competed in systems including National American Miss, the Miss America Organization, the Miss Universe Organization and Miss Earth. Jaleesa has competed on the local, state and national levels respectively. Growing up in NYC, Jaleesa has always had a love for fashion. She is a former model and has even had the chance to grace the runway of Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week. She studied Journalism at Hofstra University and hopes to one day be the editor-in-chief of a world renowned high fashion magazine. One of Jaleesa’s favorite hobbies is traveling. She feels so blessed that she has been able to experience this luxury and enjoys being able to fully immerse herself into new cultures.
Traveling not only enhanced her cultural competency, but it also sparked an interest in knowing her own genealogy. She invested time tracing her roots to create her family tree, but not knowing her grandmother and any of that side of the family left a void.
That void did not sit well with Jaleesa and she made it her mission to locate her estranged grandmother and develop a relationship. It was just this past year that she was finally able to meet her grandmother and learn about that part of her family. During this time, Jaleesa learned about her Guyanese heritage, and of her grandmother’s life before she left Guyana.
Having fallen in love with Guyanese culture many years and then getting to visit Guyana two summers ago, this was a pleasant discovery for Jaleesa. Proud of her multi-Caribbean heritage, Jaleesa is ecstatic to have been asked to be the very first Guyanese representative at Miss Supranational. Determined to make a name for Guyana at this prestigious event, Jaleesa is sure that her passion, drive, and prior pageant experience will give her a fair chance at the coveted Miss Supranational crown. This 5’9” Caribbean-American beauty was born in Brooklyn, New York and currently resides in Staten Island with her dog Honey.