Halima Hoy Crowned Miss Universe Belize 2024

Halima Hoy Crowned Miss Universe Belize 2024

Twenty-nine-year-old Halima Hoy has been crowned Miss Universe Belize 2024. Born and raised in the South Side of Belize City, Hoy shattered pageant stereotypes by becoming the country’s first beauty ambassador who is over the age of 28 and married. The Miss Universe pageant was held at the Belize Civic Center on Saturday night and saw ten delegates vying for the crown. Hoy, Maryam Abdul-Qawiyy and Myra Sibrian were the top three contestants heading into the final judging. Hoy, who hails from Belize City, is a certified personal trainer, and pre and post-natal fitness coach, and is currently pursuing a degree in Kinesiology-Allied Health. She hopes to someday work with the Ministry of Health and Wellness to advocate for health. 

Halima Hoy, Miss Universe Belize 2024: “I was born and raised on Jane Usher Boulevard and I’m happy to be here to represent one of the many substantial women from the south side of Belize. And I’m focusing on bringing awareness to health and fitness in all communities in Belize but I’m starting with my own which is the south side of Belize. I started a Healthy Belize initiative which started as a Facebook page and eventually it grew into donating sports equipment to primary schools, doing healthy Belize visits which is just teaching students on how to make gradual lifestyle changes that are sustainable and affordable to live a better and healthier life and also I hosted a health fair recently which focuses on not only getting your vitals checked but also learning how to appropriately make changes at home to ensure that you’re not living on medications. So I’m very proud of this initiative and it’s something that I do hope that I can take on a bigger scale even after the pageant. My dream is to work with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education to bring my expertise and my years of experience to the entire country.”

Hoy has also won the Miss Universe Skincare Cosmetics Challenge and has become the brand ambassador for the product line. She encourages people to chase their wildest dreams.

Halima Hoy, Miss Universe Belize 2024: “That title means that I’m representing the entire country and I take that very seriously. But I am a woman who has overcome adversity in the community where I grew up and I can write a book on all the adversities that I have overcome. But who hasn’t ? We’ve all overcome adversities but we have to consider this, what are we gonna do with those adversities ? Are we gonna let those experiences keep us in the mud or are we gonna reshape it and make it empower us ? And once we’re empowered what are we gonna do with that information ? We’re gonna translate it to the world. We want everybody to know that we all have struggles but we can always rise above. I’m here. I’ve been happily married for six years which is a great accomplishment and I’m also pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in allied health and those are things I never imagined I can get because of where I grew up and the socioeconomic circumstances that I was in. But I want you guys to know that it’s possible to chase your wildest dream. And in terms of Healthy Belize I’m just gonna leave you with this; we don’t grow old and slow down, we slow down and grow old. So keep moving Belize.”

With the victory, Hoy will represent Belize at the 71st Miss Universe Pageant being held in Mexico on September 28.

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