I am Vanessa Sousa, I am 20 years old and I’m from Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal.

My career in pageants began in March 2016 where I participated in Miss Marítimo, from this contest I won the titles of Runner Up, Miss Elegance and Miss Photogenic. Then I had direct access to Miss Portuguese Madeira, which was held in June and I was 2nd Runner Up.

After the regional contests, I was invited to participate in the national contest, Miss Portuguese held in July. In this contest, I was in the top 10 and won the title of Miss Congeniality. From here I got the title of Miss Tourism Portugal. In September I was with some members of the Miss Portuguese Organization in India to promote the contest and to know better the culture, customs of the country.

To close the year in the best way, in December I represented Portugal in the Miss Tourism International contest, which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.