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South Africa's Natasha Joubert reveals national costume for the 69th Miss Universe pageant

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Miss Universe South Africa, Natasha Joubert, has revealed the national costume she will wear at the 69th Miss Universe pageant this May in Florida, USA. The national costume created by Gert-Johan Coetzee features fabric wings that were printed with drawings made by young children from Diepsloot and Randburg. It tells the story of pre-school children’s very personal experiences of lockdown and how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted their young lives. “We wanted to create something special and proudly South African. We not only created a garment to show off our skills and for dramatic effect, but it also had to be something truly meaningful and represent a cause close to Natasha’s heart. That is why we decided to take sketches from local children, to portray how they currently see the state of the world in their own ‘words.’ We took their actual sketches, digitized them and printed them on white flowy fabric, and created an angelic silhouette for Natasha to symbolize overcoming hardship

Danella Ilene Kurniawan wins first 'Indonesia's Next Top Model'

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Danella Ilene Kurniawan bested 15 other contestants to be named the winner of the first cycle of "Indonesia's Next Top Model." The 23-year-old model and makeup artist who hails from Bali took home a brand new Honda HR-V, cash prize, and the opportunity to join an international modeling agency. "Indonesia's Next Top Model" premiered last November and was filmed in compliance with health protocols. Indonesian model Luna Maya hosted the competition with internet personality Deddy Corbuzier. They were joined by "Asia's Next Top Model" finalist Patricia Gouw and choreographer Panca Makmun in the judging panel. Photos: Indonesia's Next Top Model / Instagram

69th Miss Universe schedule of events (subject to change)

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Here is the reported schedule of events for the upcoming 69th Miss Universe pageant (subject to change): May 6 & 7  - Delegates Arrivals at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino May 7, 8 & 9  - Delegates Registration and Fittings, Photography with Fadil Berisha, Video Shoots with MUO Digital Production Crew, Telecast Film Crew shoots May 10, 11, & 12  - Choreography Rehearsals May 13  - Delegates Interviews/Judging, National Costume Show May 14  - Preliminary Competition May 15  - On-Camera Rehearsal May 16  - Dress Rehearsal, Live Telecast May 17  - Delegates Departure Photo: Miss Universe Organization

Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo off to the US for the 69th Miss Universe pageant

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Rabiya Mateo of the Philippines left Manila for the US last Friday, April 9 ahead of the 69th Miss Universe competition in Florida this May. Wearing a beautiful pearl-encrusted departure outfit by Chino Christopherson and Marc Rancy, the Filipina beauty waved her Philippine flag at the airport with her team. Rabiya is currently one of the most followed contestants on social media along with Amandine Petit of France, Daniela Nicolas of Chile, Ayu Maulida of Indonesia, and Amanda Obdam of Thailand. With the massive support of her Filipino fans backed with impressive credentials and preparations, the 24-year-old physical therapist is definitely one of the front-runners in the upcoming competition. If she wins, Rabiya will join the ranks of the past Miss Universe winners from the Philippines namely Gloria Diaz (1969), Margie Moran (1973), Pia Wurtzbach (2015), and Catriona Gray (2018). Photo: Rabiya Mateo / Instagram

69th Miss Universe: Vote for your favorite to enter Top 21

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Voting is officially open for the 69th Miss Universe pageant. You can now help your favorite contestant to automatically place into the Top 21. To vote, just visit the official page  vote.missuniverse.com  or download the Miss Universe official app on your Android or iOS application, or the Lazada app for the residents of the Philippines. You can vote once for free or pay for additional votes. Voting will end on Saturday, May 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Seventy-five contestants are confirmed to participate in the pageant. The final competition will be on Sunday, May 16 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, USA.

Mrs Sri Lanka World 2020 Pushpika De Silva wrongfully stripped of her crown

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Pushpika De Silva was stripped of her crown while on the stage after winning the Mrs Sri Lanka World 2020 pageant last Sunday, April 4 in Colombo. Due to false claims that she was a divorcee, the 2019 winner and the reigning Mrs World, Caroline Jurie, forcibly remove her crown and gave it to the first runner-up. Caroline took to the stage and said: "There's a rule that you'll have to be married, and not divorced. So, I'm taking my first step saying that the crown goes to the first runner-up." Pushpika left the stage in tears and was reportedly injured from the embarrassing incident. She was later reinstated after the organizers confirmed that she is separated but still married. In a post on social media, she explained she was separated from her husband due to personal reasons. She also wrote, "True queens do not snatch other women's crowns." Mrs World also released a statement on the issue and said, "We are deeply disturbed and sincerely regret

Miss International Uzbekistan 2021 is Nigina Fakhriddinova

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Uzbekistan will debut at Miss International in November with the newly appointed Miss International Uzbekistan 2021, Nigina Fakhriddinova. The 21-year-old beauty was previously named Miss Intercontinental Uzbekistan 2019 and joined Miss Intercontinental 2019 in Egypt. She will now prepare to represent her central Asian country at the 60th Miss International pageant in Japan later this year. "I have a dream – to contribute to the life of my people and to the development of the cultural sphere of my country," Nigina shared on social media. "This is the main reason for participating and the opportunity to represent my country on the Miss International stage, which is very important for me, as this will allow me to achieve new goals, get one step closer to my dream, and proudly declare my Uzbekistan to representatives of dozens of countries of the world," she added. Photos: Miss International Uzbekistan