Guyana’s selected representative to the Annual Miss United Continents Pageant in Ecuador.
At 21, Divya Yabindranauth is an aspiring model, humanitarian, individualist, and dreamer who is eager to represent Guyana on the international platform. Divya is no stranger to the world of pageantry; she competed in Miss World Guyana 2016 as Miss Barima Waini representing the people of Region One and copped the Multimedia Award along with the People’s Choice Award. She also placed in the top three for the Beauty with a Purpose (BWP) segment of the competition for her outstanding charitable contribution to the people of her region and Guyana.
Raised in Tucshen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo, Divya lived with her grandmother in a quiet and humble setting. She attended Vergenoegen Nursery School after which she attended Philadelphia Primary School and later transferred to Professional Primary School (PLC) in Meten-Meer-Zorg. She spent a few years there before moving to Comprehensive College in Tucshen. Divya migrated to the United States of America at the young age of 13. Presently, she resides in Houston, Texas with her parents and two younger brothers, where she attended middle and high school. During her time in high school, her determination and focus was to finish in three years as she desired to syndicate her junior and senior year in one in order to graduate early. By studying meticulously, keeping up with good grades and remaining on path; Divya achieved much success by graduating a year early from high school. During her time in high school, she participated in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), a program established to promote healthcare initiatives and to aid in the development of medical skills for students. She also partook in community service and volunteer work for her school which helped her to communicate with others and work in group settings. These experiences have expanded her knowledge and allowed her to see the need in society for helping those who cannot help themselves; no doubt a seedbed for the charitable platform that she is committed to. Divya currently works at W-Industries as an Administrative Assistant, while she simultaneously pursues her degree in Business Management. In her free time, she makes frequent visits to children at local area hospitals, and engages in outreach programs through her church. Divya is truly honored to be selected as Guyana’s representative to the 2017 edition of Miss United Continents. She believes that winning the pageant would provide a platform for uniting people with a common cause and to promote the importance of selflessly giving back to society. Winning the title would create visibility on a greater scale that will propel the cause that she envisions. She believes that holding the title would allow her to be a face of the people; not a face of vanity but a face of hope for those who cannot help themselves.
2015 -Cherese James
Twenty Four (24) year-old Cherese James was born at the GPHC and raised in Region # 3 of Guyana. She migrated to the USA at fifteen where she furthered her studies. She is currently a Vascular Surgeon Assistant at the New York Vein Center. Saving lives and making a difference is what she enjoys doing. She is a kindhearted and community-minded person with a passion to raise awareness for individuals with disabilities. Cherese James is no stranger to the world of pageantry; she competed in Miss World Guyana 2014 and copped the 4th runner-up spot as well as placing in the top five in the Fitness and Talent Fast Track events. Earlier this year, Ms. James represented Guyana at the Miss Caribbean United States 2015 pageant and placed 2nd runner-up. She also won the People’s Choice Award for this competition. Before she entered the Miss World Guyana Pageant, she always made charitable efforts to give back to Guyana by donating to Disability Homes every time she visited.Her determination was recognized during the pageant. After the pageant, she was assigned as the ambassador for the “Guyana Association for the Visually Impaired”. She envisioned leading the organization to greater successes by planning and executing Fund Raising activities. She is also a member of the “Rorima Scholarship Funds”. Ms. James states, “I realized that the sky is not the limit, there is so much that I can do as long as I have the strength and drive. I love to challenge myself to make a positive difference. I love the decision I have made in my life and I live every day without regrets. I want to be remembered as a role model to young girls that they can achieve anything they set out to achieve. I want to make an impact in the society that molded me.” Her hubby is reading, acting, and dancing. Her favorite sports are Cricket, Soccer and track and field. She loves to listen to music and among her favorite artists are Bob Marley, Lucky Dube, Beres Hammond.