Five Caribbean queens make Miss Universe Top 16

Caribbean contestants had a great showing at the 71st Miss Universe Competition in New Orleans on Saturday, as five queens from the region were among the Top 16 semi-final favorites with three advancing to the Top 5, according to Caribbean Loop News.

The online news outlet said the Dominican Republic finished among the Top 3 finalists.

Loop News said the Caribbean queens who were in the Top 16 included Miss Puerto Rico Ashley Carino, Miss Haiti Mideline Phelizor, Miss Dominican Republic Andreina Martinez, Miss Trinidad and Tobago Tya Jane Ramey and Miss Curacao Gabriela Dos Santos.

“The excitement continued to build in New Orleans as Miss Curacao, Miss Dominican Republic and Miss Puerto Rico were among the top five delegates to advance for a question-and-answer segment before it came down to the final three – Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel, Miss Dominican Republic Andreina Martinez and Miss Venezuela Amanda Dudamel,” said Loop News, adding that Miss Dominican Republic was announced as the second runner-up.

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