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2008 – Tinnyse Johnson

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington

Each year, the Miss Bahamas Organisation embarks on a journey to find a Beauty with a Purpose – a young woman who is passionate about her role in the improvement of her community and the world at large.

This year for the first time, an additional Community Service element was added to our pageant program. During the taping of an episode of our Reality TV show Miss Bahamas World: Backstage Pass! contestants were split into two groups and were required to devise a plan to raise money for charity in a very short space of time. Each team chose a charity with the understanding that the combined total from both teams would be donated to that charity. Altogether, close to a thousand dollars was raised in a four hour time period as a result of the ingenuity of our contestants. The money was donated to the Crisis Center of the Bahamas.

This year, our queen Tinnyse Johnson was called on to lend her voice to the movement for peace in The Bahamas. Like many other countries around the world, The Bahamas has been grappling with an increasing rate of crime and violence, particularly among our youth. In an effort to combat this, Miss Bahamas World joined hands with The Crisis Center and the Bahamas National Youth Council to tour the nation’s schools with a message of peace, love, and tolerance. Tinnyse spoke to thousands of students about making the importance of making better choices for their lives. Her message of peace continued as she was a part of the opening ceremony of an exhibition on Ending Violence against Women and Children, put on by The Crisis Center.

Tinnyse’s personal Beauty with a Purpose project dealt with uplifting young women at risk while raising money for their college education. Tinnyse has triumphed over a number of adversities in her own life, and felt the call with girls who had been identified “at risk” by their school counsellors for a unique mentoring program that will go a long way in helping to turn the lives of these young women around. Tinnyse also adopted a little sister of her own in the process, and the two have forged a very close relationship.

Miss Bahamas World titleholders are encouraged to bring their heart and sense of humor to their volunteer service, along with their enthusiastic spirit, which in itself is a priceless gift. They are forever reminded of the words of former U.S. President Calvin Coolidge: “No one was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

Special Features

Each week, BWP will present a new in-depth report on one of the many charity projects worldwide that has benefitted from the work of Julia Morley and the support of Beauty with a Purpose. Keep watching this space for more details on these special features.

Julia Morley



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