Miss Universe Countdown: Meet Our Top 6 Contestants!

As we countdown to the grand finale of the Miss Universe 2016 competition, here's a glimpse of our 6 favourite contestants...

We find the story of USA's dark-skinned beauty, Deshauna Barber, very inspring, the fierce...

and confident Lindita Idrizi from Albania is a face to watch... and our very own graceful Nigerian queen, Unoaku Anyadike is one to vote for. Here's why these six beauties got us "hooked"...

Deshauna Barber

AGE: 27
HEIGHT: 5’ 10”

Deshauna Barber is the first woman actively serving in the US Army Reserve to win the title of Miss USA. After completing her Masters of Science in Computer Information Systems at the University of Maryland, Deshauna returned to live in Washington, D.C. working as an IT Analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Deshauna has been spending her year as Miss USA working directly with soldiers suffering from PTSD and focusing on suicide prevention in the Armed Forces. Taking what she’s learned from the US Army, She plans to make history for the United States of America at the Miss Universe Competition

Find her here: https://www.missuniverse.com/media/photos/4331

Lindita Idrizi

AGE: 20
HEIGHT: 5’ 10

Lindita Idrizi has competed and won the three titles of Miss Elbasan, Miss Europe Continental and Miss Universe Albania. Not only does she enjoy her time in the spotlight, she also likes taking time out for herself to play the flute. Idrizi's main priority is finishing up her degree at AAB College, Pristina, Kosovo where she studies Social Science. Idrizi likes to pass the message on to ‘live in the moment’ and to take in every opportunity given. She is looking forward to meeting the women from all over the world, and hopes to take home her 4th crown this January.

Find her here: https://www.missuniverse.com/media/photos/4325

Unoaku Anyadike

AGE: 22

Unoaku Anyadike is a young, ambitious and beautiful 22 year old, born in the eastern part of Nigeria, Anambra State. Anyadike graduated with honors in Psychology from the University of Ibadan, which is the the first University in Nigeria. She is currently undergoing the National Youth Service corps (NYSC) at the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), which is a mandatory service to her country. Anyadike is an advocate of Endometriosis in her country and is very passionate about children. If she were to hold the title of Miss Universe, Anyadike would hope to have her own school and help counsel youths to enable them to have a brighter future.

Vote for her: Here

Mary Esther Were

AGE: 27
HEIGHT: 5’ 11”

Mary Esther Were's favourite quote is "Never Give Up". Mary is determined and proud to represent her country in the upcoming competition. Mary has accomplished a lot throughout the years, she wrote a novel she hopes to get published soon and she is a Marketing Administrator for CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa. Mary’s long term aspiration is to talk to adolescents about never giving up on their dreams and to guide them to explore their personal uniqueness. Hoping to take home this year’s crown, Mary would like advocate for HIV awareness, drug addiction and affordable rehabilitation.

Find her here: https://www.missuniverse.com/media/photos/4370

Kiran Jassal

AGE: 20
HEIGHT: 5’ 8”

Kiran Jassal is a bookworm and fitness junkie coming from a family of law enforcers. Reading over 800 books and participating in multiple obstacles, she is always up for a new challenge. Currently, she is studying dentistry, believing that she can bring her patients their winning smile. Kiran believes in celebrating individuality in unity, which is what she plans to do while competing with contestants from all around the globe at the Miss Universe Competition.

Find her here: https://www.missuniverse.com/media/photos/4347

Hawa Kamara

AGE: 26
HEIGHT: 5’ 8”

Hawa Kamara is making history this year by being the first contestant to represent Sierra Leone during the Miss Universe competition. Kamara was born in Kono, the land of diamonds, and raised in Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital city. After graduating Methodist Girls High School, one of the most prestigious girls school in Freetown, she began traveling and competing in beauty pageants. On the weekends, Kamara spends her time volunteering by talking to young girls about the importance of education. Kamara is looking forward to meeting all of the contestants representing their country in the competition. Kamara hopes to continue to make history by taking home the crown, if she does, she hopes to advocate and raise awareness for HIV/AIDS.

Find her here: https://www.missuniverse.com/media/photos/4329/0


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