Miss Universe 2019

Miss Universe 2019, the 68th Miss Universe pageant, was hung on December 8, 2019 at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Catriona Gray of the Philippines crowned her successor Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa at the finish of the occasion. This is South Africa’s third win after their ongoing triumph in 2017. This version likewise observed the delegated of the main individual of color champ since Leila Lopes was delegated in 2011.

Competitors from 90 nations and regions partook in the current year’s opposition. The exhibition was facilitated by Steve Harvey in his fifth sequential year, with Olivia Culpo and Vanessa Lachey as behind the stage reporters, and with a presentation by Ally Brooke. The new Mouawad Power of Unity crown made its debut. Swe Zin Htet of Myanmar became the principal straightforwardly lesbian challenger to vie for the Miss Universe title.


Date December 8, 2019
  • Steve Harvey
  • Olivia Culpo
  • Vanessa Lachey
Entertainment Ally Brooke
Venue Tyler Perry Studios, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Fox
  • Telemundo
Entrants 90
Placements 20
  • Bangladesh
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Hungary
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • Russia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Switzerland
  • Zambia
  • Lithuania
  • Romania
  • Sierra Leone
  • Tanzania
Winner Zozibini Tunzi
South Africa
Congeniality Olga Buława
Best National Costume Gazini Ganados



In December 2018, Filipino politician and businessman Chavit Singson, of the LCS Group of Companies which financed Miss Universe 2016, stated that the 2019 edition of the pageant would be held in Seoul, South Korea, which previously hosted Miss Universe 1980. He added that he would assist in preparations for holding the competition in South Korea, although the details were not finalized; the Miss Universe Organization had never confirmed this. Later, in April 2019, it was reported that both the Philippines and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil had become interested in hosting the competition as well. Interest in the Philippines grew following the win of Filipino Catriona Gray in Miss Universe 2018, looking to have her crown her successor in her home country, much like Pia Wurtzbach did at Miss Universe 2016. Meanwhile, Rio de Janeiro will be declared the World Capital of Architecture by UNESCO for 2020, and is reportedly looking to host more international events in the city in anticipation of this title. In August 2019, it emerged that Israel was also interested in hosting the competition. With a plan created by producers Danny Benaim and Assaf Blecher, talks regarding hosting the competition in Israel emerged after Tel Aviv successfully hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. They stated that Israel was also interested in hosting the competition in 2020. Hosting the competition in Israel would cause difficulties regarding the numerous participants from countries that do not recognize Israel; these entrants would require special permission to enter the country.

In May 2019, Richelle Singson-Michael, the daughter of Chavit Singson, stated that the Philippines was one of several countries bidding to host the 2019 competition, and that her family’s business LCS Group was committed to hosting either in the Philippines or in South Korea.[non-primary source needed]

On October 31, 2019, the Miss Universe Organization confirmed that the competition would be held on December 8, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States at Tyler Perry Studios.

Selection of participants

Agents from 90 nations and domains were chosen to contend in the show; six of these representatives were named to their national titles and another was chosen after another national event was held to supplant the first deposed winner. Angeline Flor Pua, who had been crowned Miss Belgium 2018, was designated to speak to Belgium after Elena Castro Suarez, the champ of Miss Belgium 2019, decided to contend at Miss World 2019. Maëva Coucke, who had been crowned Miss France 2018, was selected to the title by the Miss France organization after Vaimalama Chaves, the victor of Miss France 2019, picked not to contend in a universal pageant. Vartika Singh of India was named to the title by the Miss Diva organization. Singh had recently spoken to India at Miss Grand International 2015. Olga Buława was selected to speak to Poland by the Miss Polski organization after the Miss Polonia organization surrendered the establishment. Buława had been delegated Miss Polski 2018. Fiona Tenuta of Uruguay was named by Osmel Sousa, the national executive of Miss Universe Uruguay, through a throwing procedure, after they couldn’t discover enough supporters to hold a real competition. Hoàng Thùy of Vietnam was designated to the title following an inside choice by Dương Trương Thiên Lý, the nation’s national chief. Thùy had set as the main sprinter up at the Miss Universe Vietnam 2017 pageant. Anyella Grados Meza was initially expected to represent Peru at Miss Universe, be that as it may, Grados was deposed following an embarrassment where recordings of her surfaced demonstrating being seriously flushed and spewing out in the open. Due to that another national event was held to choose the new agent to Miss Universe where Kelin Rivera emerged victorious. The rest of the representatives were chosen in the wake of winning their particular national exhibitions, or accepting an assigned valuable title at a national show.

The 2019 release saw the presentations of Bangladesh and Equatorial Guinea,[26] and the profits of Lithuania, Romania, Sierra Leone and Tanzania; Lithuania has not contended since 2014, Sierra Leone since 2016, and the others since 2017. Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Russia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland and Zambia have pulled back from the opposition. Before the opposition, the Miss Universe Ghana organization was briefly suspended; they will continue tasks in 2020. Greece pulled back after their chose delegate Erika Kolani couldn’t seek undisclosed reasons. Kyrgyzstan pulled back from the opposition after their chose delegate Elmara Buranbaeva, decided not to contend in any global pageant.[citation needed] Lebanon pulled back after the Miss Lebanon 2019 competition was ceaselessly delayed and at last dropped due to the 2019–20 Lebanese protests. Alina Sanko, who was crowned Miss Russia 2019, was initially going to be sent to both Miss Universe and Miss World 2019, yet couldn’t do as such because of covering dates. The Miss Russia organization couldn’t settle trade plans for Miss Universe because of the period of time it took for the Miss Universe Organization to distribute insights concerning its date and scene, which would have made it hard for the Russian contestant to get an American visa. Zambia pulled back from the opposition after Didia Mukwala who was crowned Miss Universe Zambia 2019 and the Miss Universe Zambia association neglected to book Mukwala’s outing to Atlanta due to the Miss Universe Zambia association’s money related situation. While Guatemala, Hungary, Sri Lanka and Switzerland withdrew after their particular associations neglected to hold a national rivalry or select a delegate.[citation needed]

Swe Zin Htet of Myanmar turned into the first openly lesbian woman to contend in Miss Universe after coming out days before finals night. Patricia Yurena Rodríguez of Spain contended in Miss Universe 2013, yet didn’t come out until after the opposition.


Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 2019
  • South Africa – Zozibini Tunzi
1st Runner-Up
  • Puerto Rico – Madison Anderson
2nd Runner-Up
  • Mexico – Sofía Aragón
Top 5
  • Colombia – Gabriela Tafur
  • Thailand – Paweensuda Drouin
Top 10
  • France – Maëva Coucke
  • Iceland – Birta Abiba Þórhallsdóttir
  • Indonesia – Frederika Alexis Cull
  • Peru – Kelin Rivera
  • United States – Cheslie Kryst
Top 20
  • Albania – Cindy Marina
  • Brazil – Júlia Horta
  • Croatia – Mia Rkman
  • Dominican Republic – Clauvid Dály
  • India – Vartika Singh
  • Nigeria – Olutosin Araromi
  • Philippines – Gazini Ganados
  • Portugal – Sylvie Silva
  • Venezuela – Thalía Olvino
  • Vietnam – Hoàng Thùy

Special awards

Special award Contestant
Best National Costume
  • Philippines – Gazini Ganados
Miss Congeniality
  • Poland – Olga Buława



As was presented in the 2018 rivalry, twenty semifinalists were browsed the underlying pool of 90 agents through a shut entryway meet and a fundamental rivalry, which highlighted competitors contending in bathing suit and night outfit. Following a two-year nonappearance, Internet casting a ballot returned, with the general population having the option to cast a ballot an applicant into the main twenty through online voting. The mainland position for the third time in this version, Continental democratic returned for the third year straight, with five semifinalists originating from the Americas, five from Europe, five from Africa/Asia-Pacific, and five special cases originating from any of the past gatherings. The twenty semifinalists contended in the initial proclamation round, which was first presented in the 2018 rivalry, including every semifinalist discussing a short prologue to themselves and their foundation. After, ten contestants progressed to contend in the bathing suit and night outfit adjusts. Five finalists were browsed these ten, who at that point contended in the first Q&A round, where every contestant was posed an alternate inquiry about a politicized theme. The last three were browsed this round, who at that point contended in the last word, each responding to a similar inquiry concerning ladies’ strengthening. The three finalists proceeded to give their end explanations, the first run through this round was utilized in the opposition, to the choice board and crowd, before the champ was declared.

Selection committee

  • Gaby Espino – Venezuelan actress
  • Sazan Hendrix – American businesswoman and social media personality
  • Riyo Mori – Miss Universe 2007 from Japan
  • Cara Mund – Miss America 2018 from North Dakota
  • Bozoma Saint John – American businesswoman and marketing executive
  • Crystle Stewart – Miss USA 2008 from Texas
  • Paulina Vega – Miss Universe 2014 from Colombia
  • Olivia Jordan (only as preliminary judge) – Miss USA 2015 from Oklahoma


90 contestants competed for the title of Miss Universe 2019:

Country/Territory Delegate Age Hometown Continental Group
Albania Cindy Marina 21 Shkodër Europe
Angola Salett Miguel 20 Cuanza Africa & Asia-Pacific
Argentina Mariana Varela 23 Avellaneda Americas
Armenia Dayana Davtyan 21 Yerevan Europe
Aruba Danna García 21 Oranjestad Americas
Australia Priya Serrao 27 Melbourne Africa & Asia-Pacific
Bahamas Tarea Sturrup 24 Grand Bahama Americas
Bangladesh Shirin Akter Shela 20 Thakurgaon Africa & Asia-Pacific
Barbados Shanel Ifill 20 Bridgetown Americas
Belgium Angeline Flor Pua 24 Antwerp Europe
Belize Destinee Arnold 26 Roaring Creek Americas
Bolivia Fabiana Hurtado 21 Santa Cruz Americas
Brazil Júlia Horta 25 Juiz de Fora Americas
British Virgin Islands Bria Smith 26 Tortola Americas
Bulgaria Lora Asenova 25 Byala Slatina Europe
Cambodia Somnang Alyna 18 Phnom Penh Africa & Asia-Pacific
Canada Alyssa Boston 24 Tecumseh Americas
Cayman Islands Kadejah Bodden 23 Bodden Town Americas
Chile Geraldine González 20 Conchali Americas
China Rosie Zhu Xin 26 Hebei Africa & Asia-Pacific
Colombia Gabriela Tafur 24 Cali Americas
Costa Rica Paola Chacón 28 San José Americas
Croatia Mia Rkman 22 Korčula Europe
Curaçao Kyrsha Attaf 22 Willemstad Americas
Czech Republic Barbora Hodačová 24 Teplice Europe
Denmark Katja Stokholm 23 Odense Europe
Dominican Republic Clauvid Dály 18 Punta Cana Americas
Ecuador Cristina Hidalgo 22 Guayaquil Americas
Egypt Diana Hamed 20 Cairo Africa & Asia-Pacific
El Salvador Zuleika Soler 25 La Unión Americas
Equatorial Guinea Serafina Eyene 20 Niefang Africa & Asia-Pacific
Finland Anni Harjunpää 23 Sastamala Europe
France Maëva Coucke 25 Fougères Europe
Georgia Tako Adamia 25 Tbilisi Europe
Germany Miriam Rautert 23 Berlin Europe
Great Britain Emma Jenkins 27 Llanelli Europe
Guam Sissie Luo 18 Tamuning Africa & Asia-Pacific
Haiti Gabriela Vallejo 26 Pétion-Ville Americas
Honduras Rosemary Arauz 26 San Pedro Sula Americas
Iceland Birta Abiba Þórhallsdóttir 20 Mosfellsbær Europe
India Vartika Singh 26 Lucknow Africa & Asia-Pacific
Indonesia Frederika Alexis Cull 20 Jakarta Africa & Asia-Pacific
Ireland Fionnghuala O’Reilly 26 Dublin Europe
Israel Sella Sharlin 23 Beit Africa & Asia-Pacific
Italy Sofia Trimarco 20 Buccino Europe
Jamaica Iana Tickle Garcia 19 Montego Bay Americas
Japan Ako Kamo 22 Kobe Africa & Asia-Pacific
Kazakhstan Alfïya Ersayın 18 Atyrau Europe
Kenya Stacy Michuki 18 Nairobi Africa & Asia-Pacific
Korea Lee Yeon-joo 25 Incheon Africa & Asia-Pacific
Kosovo Fatbardha Hoxha 21 Rečane Europe
Laos Vichitta Phonevilay 23 Vientiane Africa & Asia-Pacific
Lithuania Paulita Baltrušaitytė 21 Vilnius Europe
Malaysia Shweta Sekhon 22 Kuala Lumpur Africa & Asia-Pacific
Malta Teresa Ruglio 23 Sliema Europe
Mauritius Ornella LaFleche 21 Beau Bassin-Rose Hill Africa & Asia-Pacific
Mexico Sofía Aragón 25 Guadalajara Americas
Mongolia Gunzaya Bat-Erdene 25 Ulaanbaatar Africa & Asia-Pacific
Myanmar Swe Zin Htet 20 Hpa-an Africa & Asia-Pacific
Namibia Nadja Breytenbach 24 Windhoek Africa & Asia-Pacific
Nepal Pradeepta Adhikari 23 Kathmandu Africa & Asia-Pacific
Netherlands Sharon Pieksma 24 Rotterdam Europe
New Zealand Diamond Langi 27 Auckland Africa & Asia-Pacific
Nicaragua Inés López 19 Managua Americas
Nigeria Olutosin Araromi 26 Jalingo Africa & Asia-Pacific
Norway Helene Abildsnes 21 Kristiansand Europe
Panama Mehr Eliezer 22 Panama City Americas
Paraguay Ketlin Lottermann 26 Santa Rita Americas
Peru Kelin Rivera 26 Arequipa Americas
Philippines Gazini Ganados 23 Talisay Africa & Asia-Pacific
Poland Olga Buława 28 Świnoujście Europe
Portugal Sylvie Silva 20 Guimarães Europe
Puerto Rico Madison Anderson 24 Toa Baja Americas
Romania Dorina Chihaia 26 Iași Europe
Saint Lucia Bebiana Mangal 23 Castries Americas
Sierra Leone Marie Esther Bangura 22 Port Loko Africa & Asia-Pacific
Singapore Mohana Prabha 24 Singapore Africa & Asia-Pacific
Slovak Republic Laura Longauerová 24 Detva Europe
South Africa Zozibini Tunzi 26 Tsolo Africa & Asia-Pacific
Spain Natalie Ortega 20 Barcelona Europe
Sweden Lina Ljungberg 22 Östergötland Europe
Tanzania Shubila Stanton 23 Morogoro Africa & Asia-Pacific
 Thailand Paweensuda Drouin 26 Bangkok Africa & Asia-Pacific
Turkey Bilgi Aydoğmuş 23 Istanbul Europe
Ukraine Anastasia Subbota 26 Zaporizhia Europe
USA Cheslie Kryst 28 Charlotte Americas
US Virgin Islands Andrea Piecuch 28 Charlotte Amalie Americas
Uruguay Fiona Tenuta 21 Punta del Este Americas
Venezuela Thalía Olvino 20 Valencia Americas
Vietnam Hoàng Thùy 27 Thanh Hóa Africa & Asia-Pacific



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