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71st Miss Universe: Contestants' profiles are out, fan voting now open

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The profiles of the contestants vying for the 71st Miss Universe title are now available on the official website and app of the Miss Universe pageant. Fan voting is officially open and the contestant with the highest votes will automatically earn a spot in the semifinals. Only the first vote is free and additional votes can be purchased. A total of 86 countries are confirmed to participate in the upcoming competition based on the available profiles posted by the Miss Universe Organization. The final show will be held on January 14 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Here are the 86 confirmed contestants: ALBANIA - Deta Kokomani ANGOLA - Swelia Da Silva Antonio ARGENTINA - Bárbara Cabrera ARMENIA - Kristina Ayanian ARUBA - Kiara Arends AUSTRALIA - Monique Riley BAHRAIN - Evlin Khalifa BELGIUM - Chayenne Van Aarle BELIZE - Ashley Lightburn BHUTAN - Tashi Choden BOLIVIA - Maria Fernanda Pavisic Rojas BRAZIL - Maria Eugenia Mamede BRITIS

Miss Angola Mundo 2022 is Florinda José of Benguela

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Florinda José was crowned Miss Angola Mundo 2022 (Miss World Angola) in a national competition held on Friday, November 11 in Luanda. The 21-year-old education science student from Benguela succeeds last year's titleholder Ruth Carlos and will now prepare to represent Angola at the 71st Miss World pageant. Pâmela Esteves and Jurema Chipato were announced as the first and second runners-up, respectively. Angola has yet to win the Miss World pageant. The country's highest placement was first runner-up in 2007 with Micaela Reis. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Florinda José (@miss_florinda_jose) Photos: Miss Angola Mundo

Miss Washington Teen USA 2023 is Mackenzie Kuiken of South Bend

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Mackenzie Kuiken, representing South Bend, was crowned Miss Washington Teen USA 2023 on Sunday, November 13 at the IKEA Performing Arts Center in Renton. The 16-year-old South Bend High School student succeeds last year's winner Kate Dixon and will now prepare to represent Washington at the Miss Teen USA 2023 pageant. Puget Sound representative Angelique Dela Cruz was named first runner-up while Summer Petrisko of Snoqualmie, Ella Roehr of Pierce County, and Calli Warren of Lewis County rounded out the Top 5 finalists. The new Miss Washington Teen USA is a member of her school's varsity cheer, volleyball, basketball, and track teams. Additionally, she is part of the National Honor Society and the social media manager for Key Club. Mackenzie’s platform “Girls with Game” is advocating the importance of physical and mental health by encouraging girls to get involved in sports, clubs, and the arts. In the future, she aspires to become a sports physical therapist. View this

Send-off party held for Miss International Philippines Hannah Arnold

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Binibining Pilipinas International 2021 (Miss International Philippines) Hannah Arnold received her official send-off party for Miss International 2022 on Tuesday, November 15 at the Novotel Hotel in Araneta City, Cubao. Over a year after winning her national title, the 26-year-old Filipino-Australian beauty will finally be heading to Tokyo, Japan for the international competition which is scheduled to be held on December 13 at the Tokyo Dome City Hall. Her sister queens including former Miss International Lara Quigamanwere present during her send-off to share support and words of encouragement as she tries to bring home her country's 7th Miss International crown. Wearing a beautiful Manny Halasan creation, Hannah gracefully answered questions from the members of the press. Here are some photos from the special event: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Binibining Pilipinas (@bbpilipinasofficial) Photos: Bruce Casanova / Binibining Pilipinas RELATED PO

Miss Earth 2022: Australia, Colombia, Netherlands, and Nigeria win press presentation

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Over 80 eco-warriors made it to the Miss Earth 2022 official press presentation on Monday, November 14 at the Cove Manila (Okada Manila) in Parañaque City. The contestants strutted their stuff down the runway wearing their official swimwear sponsored by Ricky Abad in front of the local and international media. Standouts were beauties from Australia, Belize, Colombia, Cuba, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Thailand, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Four continental medalists were voted "Darling of the Press" and they are Australia's Sheridan Mortlock for Asia and Oceania, Colombia's Andrea Aguilera for the Americas, Netherlands' Merel Hendriksen for Europe, and Nigeria's Esther Ajayi for Africa. The event was hosted by former Miss Earth Karen Ibasco of the Philippines and reigning queen Destiny Wagner of Belize. Former Miss Earth from Puerto Rico, Nellys Pimentel was also present at the same venue where she was crowned in 2019. Since

Miss World Canada 2022 is Emma Morrison

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Emma Morrison was crowned Miss World Canada 2022 from a field of 50 competitors during the national pageant on Sunday, November 13 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts in Ontario. The 22-year-old proud Muskegowuk Cree woman and indigenous crafts artist from Chapleau made history by becoming the first-ever Cree First Nations titleholder. Apart from the national title, she also bagged the coveted Beauty With A Purpose award for her "Reconnecting Through Ribbon Skirts" initiative oriented towards the empowerment of indigenous women from a young age. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Pageant Group Canada Inc. (@pageantgroupcanada) No stranger to pageantry, Emma previously won the titles Miss North Ontario and Miss Teenage Canada 2017 and went on to compete in her first international pageant, the Miss Teenager Universe in Mexico City. The new Miss World Canada succeeds last year's winner Jaime Yvonne VandenBerg and is now expected

Miss Washington USA 2023 is Samantha Gallia of King County

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Miss King County, Samantha Gallia was crowned Miss Washington USA 2023 in the state competition held on Sunday, November 13 at the Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center. The 24-year-old breast cancer support advocate is a graduate of a doctorate degree in dentistry from the University of the Pacific and is currently an oral and maxillofacial radiology resident at the University of Washington. She succeeded last year's winner Mazzy Eckel and will now represent Washington at Miss USA 2023 in Reno, Nevada. Green Lake's Taylor Mann and Stanwood's Stephanie Yerigan were respectively announced as the first and second runners-up while Mukilteo's Jesi Williams and West Bellevue's Starla Sampaco rounded out the Top 5 finalists. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Samantha Gallia, DDS (@drsamanthagallia) "I have about a million thank yous to make, but for now- thank you to every person who has ever believed in me and poured into me. I am so gra

Señorita Colombia 2022 is Sofía Osío Luna of Atlántico

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Miss Atlántico, Sofía Osío Luna, was crowned Señorita Colombia 2022 - 2023 (Miss Colombia) on Sunday, November 13 at the Centro de Convenciones Cartagena de Indias in Cartagena, Bolívar. The 22-year-old graduate of fashion marketing and communication from Barranquilla beat 28 other contestants to win the "Concurso Nacional de Belleza" and wear the new crown by Caribbean Jewelry. She succeeds last year's winner Valentina Espinosa of Bolivar and is now expected to represent Colombia at Miss Supranational 2023 in Poland. Valentina Mora Trujillo of Antioquia, a 24-year-old social communicator, was named Virreina Nacional and will possibly go to Miss International 2023 in Japan. The representatives of Norte de Santander, Andrea Katherinne Yañez Garcia; Valle, Juanita Urrea Posada; and Tolima, Laura Juliana León Ramírez were respectively announced as the first, second, and third princesses. Brigith Navarro Lugo of Región Caribe, María Camila Sinning Martínez of Cartagena, Luis

Miss International Denmark 2022 is Dana Myrvig

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Miss Denmark Organization headed by its CEO Lisa Lents proudly announced Dana Myrvig as Miss International Denmark 2022 and will head over to the Miss International 2022 in Tokyo, Japan this December. The 26-year-old social educator, activist, and model graduated with a bachelor's degree in social education and a diploma in neuropsychology. She was a finalist in Miss Denmark 2019 and now succeeded Anna Diekelmann, Miss International Denmark 2019. Dana was born in Mali to a Danish father and a Sudanese mother. Over the last six years, she has been passionate about charity and volunteering, especially for disabled people and children, and her biggest dream is to open her own volunteer center. This year's Miss International pageant celebrates its 60th edition and also marks its return after a 2-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The final will be held on December 13 at the Tokyo Dome City Hall where Sireethorn Leearamwat, the reigning queen from Thailand, will crown her succ