Rafieya Husain, Miss Universe Guyana 2017, was featured by the Trinidad Express Newspapers in their Women’s Magazine. Thank you Kimberly for taking the time to talk with Rafieya and sharing her story and Anna for making this a reality.
She’s A Survivor
Miss Universe/Guyana—More than meets the eye
By Kimberly Wallace
TO ONLOOKERS, Rafieya Husain may seem to have everything going for her. At 25, she’s independent, beautiful and smart. As Miss Universe/Guyana she’s also living the dream of countless girls who long to wear a tiara and sash and represent their country at the mother of all pageants – Miss Universe. But there is so much more to this accountant and beauty queen than meets the eye.
Just by speaking with Husain who splits her time between New York and Georgetown, one would never guess from her happy-go-lucky demeanour that her story could have been much different today. Beneath the surface is a young woman who fought a battle between mind and heart and came away the victor. Once a victim of domestic violence, Husain learned to prioritise her own happiness and well-being and escape what had dissolved into a toxic and unhealthy relationship. Since taking a stand after one particularly harrowing experience years ago, Husain now uses her public platform to speak out on behalf of those who have found themselves in similar situations. Today, her name is synonymous not only with glitzy tiaras and gowns but with the work she’s been doing through her non profit organisation to shine the spotlight on domestic violence and suicide which has claimed far too many lives in her homeland, Guyana.