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Miss Universe 2024: Meet the contestants

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Miss Universe 2024, the 73rd Miss Universe pageant will be held in Mexico later this year. The country known for its rich culture, ancient ruins, dazzling beaches, and incredible cuisine has been chosen to host the competition for the fifth time after 1978, 1989, 1993, and 2007. Twenty-eight national winners have been crowned up to this point and are all set to compete in this year's highly anticipated beauty pageant. Reigning Miss Universe Sheynnis Palacios, Nicaragua's first winner, will crown her successor at the end of the event whose exact date and venue have yet to be announced. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Miss Universe (@missuniverse) Meet the contestants: Albania - Franceska Rustem Argentina - Magalí Benejam Bahamas - Selvinique Wright Belgium   - Kenza Ameloot Belize - Halima Hoy Bonaire - Ruby Pouchet China - Jia Qi Colombia - Daniela Toloza Croatia  - Zrinka Ćorić Curaçao - Kimberly de Boer Dominican Republic - Celinee S

Miss Wisconsin USA 2024 is Tori Trittin

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Miss South Central Wisconsin, Tori Trittin, was crowned Miss Wisconsin USA 2024 in a state competition held on Saturday, June 15 at Verona Area High School (VAHS) Performing Arts Center. The 22-year-old graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will now prepare to represent Wisconsin at Miss USA 2024 in Hollywood, California this August. No stranger to pageantry, the new Miss Wisconsin USA is a former Miss Minnesota Teen USA who participated in Miss Teen USA 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. "I feel absolutely elated to have been chosen as Miss Wisconsin USA 2024. Walking the Miss USA stage has been a dream of mine my entire life, and I am eternally grateful this dream has become a reality," she wrote online. Tori succeeds Alexis Loomans, last year's winner and Miss USA 2023 second runner-up. FINAL RESULTS Miss Wisconsin USA 2024 - Tori Trittin (South Central Wisconsin) 1st runner-up - Shreya Gundelly (Mequon) 2nd runner-up - Aneisha Cox (Green Bay) 3rd runner-up - Keeley C

Miss Exclusive 2024 is Maxine Van Belleghem

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Maxine Van Belleghem was crowned Miss Exclusive 2024 in a glittering event held on Saturday, June 15 at NTGent, a city theater in Ghent. The 22-year-old was joined by her elemental court Miss Exclusive Air 2024 Dina Derboven, Miss Exclusive Water 2024 Delphine Vanden Heede, and Miss Exclusive Water 2024 Lore Sabot. Each of them will receive the titles Miss Earth Belgium, Miss International Belgium, The Miss Globe Belgium, and Miss Cosmo Belgium 2024. They are expected to represent their Western Europe country at Miss Earth 2024, Miss International 2024, The Miss Globe 2024 and Miss Cosmo 2024. This year's Miss Exclusive was attended by reigning Miss Earth Drita Ziri as a special guest. Last year's winner and Miss Earth 2023 Top 20 semifinalist Jolien Pede relinquished her reign at the end of the event. Meet the Top 4 winners: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Miss Exclusive | Schrijf je nu in 👸🏼❤️ (@missexclusiveofficial) Photos: Eric Bordeaud&

Miss Universe Portugal 2024 is Andreia Correia

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Andreia Correia was crowned Miss Universe Portugal 2024 in a national competition held on Saturday, June 15 at Cine-Teatro Avenida in Castelo Branco. The 26-year-old fashion model, representing the municipality of Sintra, bested 25 other contestants to win the national title. She will now prepare to represent Portugal at Miss Universe 2024 to be held in Mexico later this year. Her predecessor, last year's winner Marina Machete, was the first-ever transgender woman to become Miss Universe Portugal. Marina placed in the Top 20 among 84 contestants at the Miss Universe 2023 competition, which was held in El Salvador last November. The new Miss Universe Portugal is no stranger to pageantry, having been crowned Miss Aura International 2020 and participated in Miss Intercontinental 2021 and Miss Charm 2023. Road to the 73rd Miss Universe: View this post on Instagram A post shared by MISS QUEEN PORTUGAL ® (@missqueenportugal) Photos: Miss Queen Portugal / Instagram

Miss Supranational United States 2024 is Jenna Dykstra

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Jenna Dykstra was crowned Miss Supranational United States 2024 in a national competition held last May 25 at the Caribe Royale Orlando in Florida. The 28-year-old model and a certified physician assistant, representing Minnesota, succeeds last year's winner Rylee Spinks. She bested 11 other competitors to win the national title. Jenna is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in health professions and related clinical sciences. In 2022, she also earned her master's in medical science from Nova Southeastern University. The new Miss Supranational United States is now preparing to represent the United States of America at the Miss Supranational 2024 pageant in Poland this coming July. Also heading to Central Europe this summer is Alan Hierro who was proclaimed Mister Supranational United States 2024. He will compete in Mister Supranational 2024 on July 4. Road to the 15th Miss Supranational: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Miss &

Miss Cosmo 2024 officially launched in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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MISS COSMO 2024 –“THE INTERNATIONAL BEAUTY PAGEANT – FESTIVALS” IS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED WITH OVER 70 PARTICIPATING NATIONS Miss Cosmo 2024, the inaugural edition, recently hosted a press conference to reveal the launch of the pageant and its exciting activities in Ho Chi Minh City and other popular tourist spots in Vietnam. Reigning Miss Cosmo South Africa (Mbali Dlamini), Miss Cosmo Malaysia (Saranya Naidu), Miss Cosmo Philippines (Ahtisa Manalo), Miss Cosmo Indonesia (Ketut Permata Juliastrid Sari), and Miss Cosmo Vietnam (Bui Xuan Hanh) were special guests at the event. Over 70 territories and nations worldwide are participating in Miss Cosmo 2024, with representatives arriving in Vietnam in mid-September 2024 for various activities, including a festival showcasing fashion, heritage, and cultural exchanges from the North to the South of Vietnam. The semi-finals and finals of the pageant are scheduled for early October 2024. Under the theme "IMPACTFUL BEAUTY," Miss Cosmo aim

Miss Universe Montenegro 2024 is Rumina Ivezaj

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After an 8-year hiatus, Montenegro will return to the Miss Universe stage with the newly crowned Miss Universe Montenegro 2024 Rumina Ivezaj. The 19-year-old beauty won the national title in a glittering competition held on Saturday, June 8 at the Palace of Congresses in Tirana. "Last night my childhood dream came true and I still can't believe all my hard work and effort paid off. I've grown so much on this journey and it has been filled with joy and unforgettable memories," she wrote online. The new Miss Universe Montenegro was born and raised in Germany. She is a high school graduate but plans to study criminal justice in the future. Montenegro debuted at Miss Universe in 2007 with Snežana Bušković. The Balkan country's last participation was in 2015 with Maja Čukić. Road to the 73rd Miss Universe: View this post on Instagram A post shared by MISSUNIVERSE MONTENEGRO (@missuniverse_montenegro) Photos: Miss Universe Montenegro / Instagram

Miss Universe Albania 2024 is Franceska Rustem

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Franceska Rustem was crowned Miss Universe Albania 2024 in a national competition held on Saturday, June 8 at the Palace of Congresses in Tirana. The 19-year-old model from Durrës will now prepare to represent Albania at the Miss Universe 2024 pageant in Mexico this November. She succeeds last year's titleholder Endi Demneri. "A night to remember. I want to thank you all for the support, love and every message. I love you all and I'm blessed to have you. See you all in Mexico," Franceska shared online. Albania has yet to win the Miss Universe crown since its debut at the pageant in 2002 with Anisa Kospiri who made the Top 10. Its last placement was Top 20 with Cindy Marina in 2019. Road to the 73rd Miss Universe: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Miss Universe Albania (@missuniversealbania) Photos: Miss Universe Albania / Instagram

Miss Vermont USA 2024 is Samantha Vocatura

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Miss Stowe, Samantha Vocatura was crowned Miss Vermont USA 2024 during the state final held on Sunday, June 9 at The Palace Theatre in Manchester, New Hampshire. The 27-year-old business owner and mental health advocate will represent Vermont at Miss USA 2024 in Hollywood, California this August. She succeeds last year's winner Jenna Howlett. No stranger to pageantry, Samantha previously competed in Miss Massachusetts USA several times. Last March she placed first runner-up to Miss Massachusetts USA 2024 Melissa Sapini. "Beyond grateful to be your Miss Vermont USA 2024. I'm standing on this stage to show people who struggle with mental health what their life can look like if they choose not to give up," she wrote online. "You might not succeed the first time or the 5th time, but if you keep going you might just end up living your wildest dreams." View this post on Instagram A post shared by Sam I Am (@samanthavocatura) FINAL RESULTS Miss

Miss Indiana USA 2024 is Stephanie Sullivan

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Miss Elkhart County, Stephanie Sullivan was crowned Miss Indiana USA 2024 on Saturday, June 8 at Butler University's Schrott Center for the Arts in Indianapolis. The 33-year-old succeeds last year's winner Haley Jordan and will now prepare to represent Indiana at Miss USA 2024 in Hollywood, California this August. She also bagged the Miss Photogenic and Delegate's Choice awards. Stephanie became the oldest and the first-ever married mother to become Miss Indiana USA since the Miss Universe Organization changed rules regarding age limits and marital status. The new Miss Indiana USA holds a bachelor's degree in law and society from Purdue University. She is a professional makeup artist, a licensed esthetician, and owner of S Esthetics in Elkhart. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Stephanie Sullivan (@miss_ec_2024) FINAL RESULTS Miss Indiana USA 2024 - Stephanie Sullivan (Elkhart County) 1st runner-up - Audrey Schlegel (Lawrence County) 2nd