Ayoung-Chee was one of numerous young women competed for the Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe title, after the country did not send a delegate to the 2007 Miss Universe Competition. On that night Gabrielle Walcott also won the Miss Trinidad and Tobago World 2008 title (simultaneously contested), and together they began training for their respective competitions. Trinidad and Tobago have had two Miss Universe winners: 1977 and 1998). Ayoung-Chee is the second title holder in the franchise’s 44-year history to be of Chinese descent, the first being Stephanie Lee Pack in 1974. When asked “Is your Asian heritage an issue since you represent a country with an overwhelming African and Indian heritage?” by missology.org Anya replied, “Trinidad & Tobago is unique in its ethnic make-up because it is a country with people of all races. I am of mixed origin, mainly Chinese, Indian and Caucasian, and although my particular mixture is a minority, I represent the unusual combination of ethnicities that defines us as a people”. On November 8, 2009 La Toya Woods was crowned the new Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe, making Ayoung-Chee the longest reigning Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe, following Kenisha Thom (Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe 2006).