16 Facts About Miss Universe


Miss Universe is an annual international beauty pageant that is run by the United States–based Miss Universe Organization.

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Title "Miss Universe" was first used by the International Pageant of Pulchritude in 1926.

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Current Miss Universe pageant was founded in 1952 by Pacific Knitting Mills, a California-based clothing company and manufacturer of Catalina Swimwear.

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Miss Universe was the sponsor of the Miss America pageant until 1951, when the winner, Yolande Betbeze, refused to pose for publicity pictures wearing one of their swimsuits.

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The current president of the Miss Universe Organization is Paula Shugart, who has held this position since 1997.

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Between 2015 and 2019, Miss Universe is televised live by FOX and hosted annually by Steve Harvey.

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Nepal is the latest newcomer to place in the semifinals in Miss Universe after debuting in 2017 and completing its first ever semifinal placement in the Top 10 in 2018.

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The Miss Universe has historically proven popular in regions like the Americas, Africa and Asia, especially in countries like USA, Philippines, Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, South Africa, Thailand and Indonesia, given their successful track record of multiple semifinal appearances in the last decade and combined multiple titles in the competition's history.

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However, distinction between the two pageants still exists, where Mrs Universe allows contestants up to 45 years of age, while Miss Universe remains restricted to women under 28 even if they are married.

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In recent years, all Miss Universe candidates have been required to be at least university degree holders or working professionals from the onset of their national pageants.

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Spain's Patricia Yurena Rodriguez is currently the highest-placed LGBT member at Miss Universe, placing second to Venezuela's Gabriela Isler in 2013, but did not come out until years after the competition.

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The new Miss Universe takes office immediately after the coronation and takes on a public cause in which she becomes the ambassador for a year to spread messages about the control of diseases, peace, and public awareness of AIDS .

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In recent years, Miss Universe Photogenic has been chosen by popular internet vote, and the winning country for Best National Costume is announced live after the naming of the semifinalists during the coronation night.

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Crown of Miss Universe has changed nine times over the course of its 70-year history.

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Miss Universe Organization is the organization that currently owns and runs the Miss Universe pageant.

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Hilary Cruz, Miss Teen USA 2007 and Riyo Mori, Miss Universe 2007 attend the "Fashion Rocks the Universe" event prior to the Miss USA 2008 pageant.

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