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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

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

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

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

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.

Miss Universe India 2020 Adline Castelino tests positive for COVID-19

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India's representative in the upcoming 69th Miss Universe pageant this May, Adline Castelino, has been tested positive for COVID-19. In a post on social media, she revealed having recently developed mild symptoms and her test results came back positive for the infection. "I have quarantined myself and am taking the necessary precautions to get better. If you have come in contact with me in the past week, I urge you all to please get yourself tested," she said. The 22-year-old is determined to fight through this and asked everyone to wear masks and follow government protocols. "We need to be a symbol of strength in challenging times." Photo: Shreyans Dungarwal

SPOTLIGHT: Miss Universe Italy 2020 Viviana Vizzini

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Italy's Viviana Vizzini is considered as one of the early front-runners in the upcoming 69th Miss Universe pageant this May in Florida, USA. The 27-year-old communications sciences and marketing student who hails from Sicily was crowned Miss Universe Italy 2020 last December and earned her right to represent her country at Miss Universe. In her official bio at Miss Universe, Viviana is described as someone who uses her knowledge to leverage herself as Miss Universe Italy and is committed to seeking ways to improve the lives of women around the world. She works as an ambassador for the Italian Red Cross and provided support to Casa Penelope, a place of refuge for women who need safe housing. Viviana is proud of her Sicilian heritage and believes life is about the journey and that with each day, she can find something new to learn or appreciate about humanity. If she wins Miss Universe, she will be the first-ever Italian representative to take home the title. Italy has never won Miss

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

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.

Miss Universe Bangladesh 2020 is Tangia Zaman Methila

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Tangia Zaman Methila triumphed over nine other finalists to be crowned Miss Universe Bangladesh 2020 in a national final held on Saturday, April 3 at the Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden in Dhaka. The 28-year-old model and actress is no stranger to pageantry. She was named Miss Supranational Bangladesh 2019 and traveled to Katowice, Poland, to compete in the Miss Supranational 2019 pageant. Farzana Yasmin and Farzana Akter Ani were the first and second runners-up, respectively, while Aonkita Dey, Apana Chakma, Fatema Tuz Johura, Mariyam Ahmed, Masuda Khan, Nidra Dey, and Towhida Tusnim Tifa were the rest of the Top 10 finalists. The new Miss Universe Bangladesh succeeds the last winner from 2019, Shirin Akter Shila. She will represent her south Asian country at the 69th Miss Universe pageant in Hollywood, Florida, USA, this May. Photos: Miss Universe Bangladesh

Miss Belgium 2021 is Kedist Deltour

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Miss East Flanders, Kedist Deltour, was crowned Miss Belgium 2021 on Wednesday, March 31 in a gala show held at the Proximus Theater (formerly Plopsa Theater) in Adinkerke, De Panne. The 23-year-old hairdresser who hails from Nazareth (East Flanders) succeeds Céline Van Ouytsel. She bested 32 other contestants to win her national title. Thanaree Scheerlinck was named first runner-up while Louise-Marie Losfeld finished second runner-up. Elodie Gualano, Cassandra Tordeur, and Camilia Martinez were the third, fourth, and fifth runners-up, respectively. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the national pageant took place without a live audience. During the show, the new Miss Belgium shared her difficult childhood in which she was adopted from Ethiopia after the death of her mother, as a child of 10, together with her brother and sister. Kedist will represent Belgium at either Miss World or Miss Universe pageant. Photos: Miss Belgium

Miss Universe Bulgaria 2020 is Radinela Chusheva

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Radinela Chusheva, a native of Sofia, has been officially named Miss Universe Bulgaria 2020. The announcement was made on Miss Universe Bulgaria's official social media page. The 24-year-old beauty succeeds Lora Asenova and will now prepare to represent her Balkan country at the 69th Miss Universe pageant in Hollywood, Florida, USA, this May. Sofia holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's in marketing. She was a professional athlete and Bulgarian medalist in rhythmic gymnastics. The new Miss Universe Bulgaria stands 5 feet 7 inches tall. She speaks English and Romanian fluently, and enjoys sports, dancing, and painting in her free time. Photos: Kostadin Krastev - Koko / Miss Universe Bulgaria

Miss Belgium 2021 final show to air live on March 31

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The Miss Belgium 2021 final competition will air live next Wednesday, March 31 at 8:30 p.m. on RTLplay,  HLN  (online), and Eclips TV. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will take place without an audience. Thirty-three beauties will battle it out for the coveted title and the winner is expected to represent the country at either Miss World or Miss Universe competitions. The contestants are Pô-Lynn Koopmans, Aïcha Thomis, Imane Khoudairi, Iona Vanden Noortgate, Thanaree Scheerlinck, Laura Baeyens, Clara Just Petrella, Donatella Willemyns, Maritsa van Iterson, Kedist Deltour, Cassandra Tordeur, Daphné Nivelles, Marine Godin, Kaylee Stroobants, Sana Nasri, Luna Geens, Camilia Martinez, Michèle Debouverie, Solenne Coppens, Emilie Brismé, Kelly Godefroid, Louise-Marie Losfeld, Elodie Gualano, Véronique Michielsen, Christina Boenneken, Lara Buyse, Gul Arikaya, Jennifer Felix, Estelle Leglise, Ellen Duplessis, Melissa Crescibene, Michelle De Vos and Dounia Allali. Céline Van Ouytsel, th

Miss Polski 2019 runner-up Natalia Piguła to represent Poland at the 69th Miss Universe pageant

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Miss Polski 2019 runner-up, Natalia Piguła, has been officially named Miss Universe Poland 2020 on Wednesday, March 24. She replaced Magdalena Kasiborska who had to withdraw due to health reasons. The 26-year-old model and engineer from Lodz will now prepare to represent Poland at the 69th Miss Universe pageant on May 16 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, USA. Natalia is no stranger to pageantry as she has already competed in Miss Intercontinental 2013 where she placed in the Top 15 and Reinado Internacional del Café 2020 where she finished first runner-up. "Since I was a child, I dreamed of entering the stage of the best competition in the world - Miss Universe. I thought that this dream would not be fulfilled, because I decided that my time in beauty contests was over and that probably nothing awaits me anymore. It happened otherwise," she shared on social media. "I have one month left to prepare, which usually takes several months. For

Miss Universe Armenia 2020 is Monika Grigoryan

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Monika Grigoryan has been officially named Miss Universe Armenia 2020. Miss Armenia organizers made the announcement on Monday, March 22. The 21-year-old model and student from Yerevan finished first runner-up at Miss World Armenia 2019. She succeeds Dayana Davtyan and will now prepare to represent her country at the 69th Miss Universe competition this May in Florida, USA. "Dreams are very important in our lives, they give us hope, illuminate, color our lives. Each of us can make our dreams come true by believing, making that dream a goal, and achieving it," she said in a caption to her official photo wearing her crown and sash. Monika majors in English language and literature at a university of languages and social sciences named after Valery Bryusov. She went to an orphanage for charity and organized not only material support but also a beauty contest for children. Armenia debuted at the Miss Universe pageant in 2018 with Eliza Muradyan as its first-ever representative. Pho