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5 things that prove Miss Haiti is better than we imagined

Wanda Tima-Gilles, president of L’Union Suite, the popular Haitian-American social platform, and two other organizers initially had planned a simpler welcome for Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier.

But on Thursday night, scores of Haitians, including celebrity DJ Michael Brun, turned up at the invitation-only event to honor Pelissier, who was named runner-up behind Miss France Iris Mittenaere in the Miss Universe pageant.

A stop in Miami’s Little Haiti was only fitting for Pelissier before her return to Haiti. She touched many local Haitians with her words about overcoming failure, but there’s more to Pelissier than that:


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Written by Jacqueline Charles and originally published at