Miss U.S. Virgin Islands 1997 Profile

Profile of a Miss Universe Candidate by Vania Thomas

In 1989, Vania Thomas, then Miss American Virgin Islands, placed among the top five finalists in the Miss World Pageant, a first in local history.

Seen by millions on International TV, Vania was a rave of the pageant, winning the title, “Caribbean Queen,” and the hearts of her colleagues and industry professionals; not to mention media attention.

Now, as Miss U.S. Virgin Islands 1997, Vania is out to conquer the grand dame of beauty pageants, Miss Universe.

An aspiring actress and TV/film producer, with a growing list of credits, including lead roles in local and mainland productions, Vania holds a BA and Dean’s Honors in Communications from Howard University.  Her professional resume includes experience from ongoing work in TV and film, at WTJX-TV, V.I. Public Television and Silver wind Films and Time Line Productions in New York, to name a few.  She is the host of Island Showcase, the local TV visitors guide.

Recently, Vania guest-starred as a survival trainer in an episode of MTV’s popular show “Road Rules,” which will air this summer.  In addition, she teaches preschool gymnastics, Vania finds time to enjoy her favorite pastime, spearfishing in the soothing Caribbean Sea.

“Every world citizen has a role to play in maintaining a positive image of our home.  We should all embrace every opportunity to promote cultural diversity, goodwill and peace.  “Miss Universe, is yet another opportunity,” Vania gracefully remarks.

Vania, the daughter of Rodica and Dr. Fred Thomas of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, embodies the spirit of a well-blended, rich Argentine, African-American and West Indian heritage.  Vania’s brother, Ashoka, an actor in New York, is among her biggest supporters.