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Puerto Rico's Estefanía Soto Torres to wear a Walter Mercado-inspired national costume at the 69th Miss Universe

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Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2020 Estefanía Soto Torres will be wearing a stunning Walter Mercado-inspired national costume at the 69th Miss Universe pageant. In honor of the Puerto Rican astrologer's life trajectory and unifying message of love and acceptance, Joshuan Aponte created the costume with 86,400 pieces of Austrian crystals. The beautiful headpiece is made of gold jewelry and precious stones that denote the 12 zodiacal signs and the stars in the sky. It is designed and composed of 78 separate pieces, one for each town of Puerto Rico, and includes six last quarter moons that embody the search for the country's 6th Miss Universe crown. "Walter Mercado inspired us to live embracing our identity and valuing our differences. The unifying force behind his message of universal positivism gives us the extraordinary power of progress in the face of the challenges we face as humanity," Estefanía shared on social media. "With this national costume, we celebrate Wa

Zozibini Tunzi attends the Latin American Music Awards 2021

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Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi made a special appearance at the Latin American Music Awards 2021 held on Thursday, April 15 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Styled by Emma Pritchard, the South African beauty looked stunning as she presented an award alongside Mexican actor Jesús Moré. "I was told to expect a good time by the Latin American community so I acted accordingly and put on a sheer, sparkly [Christian Cowan] dress and arrived," Zozibini shared on her social media page. "About the fun? They didn't lie! As a result, RIP to my feet from the heels and dancing (horribly if I might add)," she added. The Latin American Music Awards, a Spanish-language counterpart of the American Music Awards (AMAs), is an annual event presented by Telemundo to honor the best in Latin music. Former Miss Universe, Zuleyka Rivera, and Miss Universe 2015 first runner-up, Ariadna Gutiérrez, also attended the prestigious event. Zozibini will relinquish her reign at t

Miss Namibia 2021: Meet the Top 15 finalists

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Following its cancellation last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Miss Namibia 2021 pageant will finally be held in Windhoek on June 5. Nadja Breytenbach, who represented her country at the Miss Universe 2019 pageant, will crown her successor at the end of the event that will air live across NBC Television and the official social media platforms. The national organization has yet to announce if the winner will compete internationally, either Miss Universe or Miss World, later this year. Here are the Top 15 finalists vying for the coveted national title: Chloe Ashley Brandt - 22, from the resourceful Uis in the Erongo region. She is a law graduate who stands for women empowerment, education, and justice. Stella Da Costa - 23, an office administrator who believes in the power of achieving anything regardless of the circumstances or background. Annerie Mare - 26, from Kamanjab, currently doing her Bachelor’s Degree in counseling. Her hopes are for Namibia to be a self-sufficient coun

Miss Universe Russia 2020 Alina Sanko says 'please forgive me'

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Russia's representative to the upcoming 69th Miss Universe pageant, Alina Sanko, has recently been the subject of a controversial video that went viral. In the video, the 22-year-old was heard laughing while another person was leaving harsh comments to her fellow contestants. Fans were appalled for such unacceptable behavior considering the Miss Universe pageant is about women supporting and uplifting other women. Alina has posted a public apology on her official social media page. She explained: "I am endlessly sorry that I couldn’t stop the man from saying rude words about the contestants. It is painful. Now I’m apologizing to everyone affected. I am sorry that I didn’t say anything to protect the girls on time." The Russian beauty also considered the current situation as a harsh lesson. "I’ve learned one significant thing, now I’m sure being able to use your voice is necessary for every woman," she said. "I hope my example can prevent every woman from ma

Miss Universe El Salvador, Philippines and Colombia visit official skincare sponsor in Los Angeles

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Vanessa Velasquez of El Salvador, Rabiya Mateo of the Philippines, and Laura Olascuaga of Colombia were in Los Angeles, California for a promotional event ahead of the 69th Miss Universe pageant next month in Florida. They were invited to do a special shoot for O Skincare & Luxury Spa, one of the official sponsors of the competition, owned by Filipino skincare guru Olivia Quido. The three beauties will join over 70 other contestants at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida to compete for the coveted Miss Universe title on May 16. Photo: Olivia Quido-Co / Instagram

Ecuador's Leyla Espinoza to wear 'SUMAQ' national costume at the 69th Miss Universe pageant

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Miss Universe Ecuador 2020 Leyla Espinoza will wear the "SUMAQ" national costume at the 69th Miss Universe pageant this May in Florida, USA. The 24-year-old international business student who hails from Quevedo, Los Rios, will compete with over 70 other contestants from around the world in the upcoming competition. Created by Cuenca designer Andrea Segarra from the University of Azuay, the costume is inspired by "the importance of the popular festival" of the Inti Raymi or the Andean people's Fiesta del Sol (Festival of the Sun). Ecuador has yet to win Miss Universe since its debut in 1955. The country's highest placement was second runner-up in 2013 courtesy of Constanza Báez. Photo: Bernardo Arteaga / BAPH

Miss Supranational, Mister Supranational and Miss Polski 2021 competitions to take place in August

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Gerhard Parzutka von Lipinski, President of the Miss and Mister Supranational Organization, announced today that the Miss Supranational, Mister Supranational and Miss Polski 2021 Competitions will take place from 20-22 August in Poland. "After doing several editions in December, we are extremely excited to reintroduce the beauty of the Polish summer to the world. We are looking forward to welcome the aspirational, inspirational young women and men from all around the world as they compete for the titles of Miss Supranational and Mister Supranational. The long days, warm temperatures and natural beauty of the region we will be showcasing will allow us to remind the world that Poland is a country worth visiting," Parzutka von Lipinski said. "The health and safety of everyone involved has always been our number one priority. As local authorities are working tirelessly to control the pandemic in the country, we believe that we will be ready to ensure that our competitions ca

No Nigeria at the 69th Miss Universe pageant

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For the first time in over 20 years, Nigeria will not be represented at the Miss Universe pageant due to "the situation arises from last year’s unfortunate suspension of what would have been the 33rd edition of MBGN in 2020." The Silverbird Group, organizers of the annual Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN), and national franchise holder for Miss World and Miss Universe, broke the news on its official social media page. Prior to the announcement, the organizers officially opened registration for the MBGN 2021 competition, whose grand final is scheduled for September. Nigeria has yet to win the Miss Universe pageant. Its highest placement was Top 10 in 2001 courtesy of Agbani Darego, who was crowned Miss World that same year. Photo: Miss Universe Organization

Binibining Pilipinas 2021 coronation night postponed again

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Binibining Pilipinas 2021 coronation night was put off again due to another surge of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines. After several postponements, the 57th edition of the national pageant was last scheduled for April 26. It has now been moved to June 27. "Safety is our priority," Binibining Pilipinas Charities, Incorporated captioned a special announcement on social media. Here is the official statement from BPCI: Photo: Bb. Pilipinas (Official) / Facebook

Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) opens registration for 2021 competition

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The Silverbird Group, Nigeria’s leading multi-media conglomerate and organizers of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant, has officially announced the 2021 edition of the most prestigious beauty pageant in the country. MBGN beauty pageant has discovered, produced, and nurtured exceptional young ladies since its inception over three decades ago, including former Miss World Agbani Darego, lawmaker Lynda Chuba Ikpeazu, Bianca Ojukwu, Adaeze Igwe-Yobo, actress and singer Munachi Abii, and more recently Nyekachi Douglas, the reigning Miss World Africa among many others. Participants for this year’s edition will all be screened virtually online, in observance of COVID-19 safety protocols. To participate in the 2021 MBGN, candidates are expected to first visit the website:  www.mbgnsilverbird.com . Then pay the registration fee of N10,000 naira, fill in the registration form, and upload a one-minute video stating why they want to participate in the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria pageant.