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U.S. Virgin Islands Miss Universe Contestant, St. Thomas Native Esonica Veira, Hopes To Make Us Proud This Month In Las Vegas


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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Esonica Veira will represent the Virgin Islands at the Miss Universe pageant late this month in Las Vegas.

Veira has been a top model in St. Thomas since nine years of age, beginning with the Roses and Champagne Agency.

She has participated in many other fashion events including the Face of Shabeau in Barbados, winning the coveted cover model spot, and the Caribbean Fashion Week Catwalk held annually in the Virgin Islands.

Esonica considers that the most memorable moment for her was when she joined America’s Next Top Model in 2007. She made the first cut during the casting call auditions in Montgomery, Alabama.

She was also a finalist in the singing competition, V.I. Idol, in 2008.

The Miss Universe U.S. Virgin Islands organization has acquired the license for the Virgin Islands to enter a delegate in the Miss Universe pageant.

The international pageant will be held in Las Vegas on Nov. 26.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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