Miss Australia Jesinta Campbell and Miss Colombia Natalia Navarro inside the bus on the way to another Miss Universe function.
Never-ending. These two hyphened words best describe the whirlwind of pre-pageant activities that the 83 Miss Universe 2010 delegates are experiencing right now. 24 hours in a day fall short of covering everything that needs to be done and each one of them should be given a full supply of vitamins and energy drinks just to keep up with the pace or fall by the wayside and get no photo opportunities at all. Besides, all these tasks serve as acid tests for the eventual winner. No Miss Universe titleholder can afford to be lazy so she needs to be constantly on the move, with a permanent smile plastered on her face and a winning glow tailing her like a shadow all the time.
The pictures above and below represent the endlessly tiring days and nights of being a Miss Universe contestant…
Miss Israel Bat-el Jobi and Miss New Zealand Ria van Dyke serving food during a Miss Universe charity event.
Miss Netherlands Desiree van den Berg, Miss South Africa Nicole Flint and Miss Spain Adriana Reveron pose during a tour of the Nevada desert.
Miss Lebanon Rahaf Abdallah, Miss Malaysia Nadine Ann Thomas and Miss Mauritius Dalysha Doorga take a break during the Las Vegas Welcome Sign photoshoot.
Miss Peru Giuliana Zevallos and Miss Paraguay Yohana Benitez dressed to the nines for a Miss Universe formal event.
Miss Trinidad & Tobago LaToya Woods and Miss Bahamas Braneka Bassett do cheek-to-cheek during a Miss Universe function.
A Tale of Two Venezuelans as reigning Miss Universe Stefania Fernandez and current Miss Venezuela Marelisa Gibson pose for a self-taken souvenir shot.
Miss Ukraine Anna Povslaskaya and Miss Uruguay Stephany Ortega do their share of photo ops at the Mandalay bay lobby.
Miss Dominican Republic Eva Arias, Miss Haiti Sarodj Bertin, Miss Argentina Yessica di Vincenzo and Miss Guatemala Jessica Scheel do a group shot.
And the activities just don’t stop!
Miss Argentine Yessica di Vincenzo and Miss Denmark Ena Causevic smile for the camera in a rest room pit-stop.
Miss Costa Rica Marva Wright and Miss Dominican Republic Eva Arias inside the bus before stepping out for another photoshoot.
A big group shot at the hotel lobby before starting the day's back-breaking appearances.
Miss Ireland Rozzana Purcell and Miss Australia Jesinta Campbell enjoying a bus ride with the other delegates.
Miss Turkey Gizem Memic and Miss India Ushoshi Sengupta find the hotel corridors good enough for a souvenir shot.
An aproned Miss Japan Maiko Itai trying her hand at food serving during a Miss U charity event.
Miss USA Rima Fakih, Miss Romania Oana Paveluc and Miss Venezuela during a sponsor's event.
Miss USA Rima Fakih, Miss Philippines Venus Raj and Miss Ghana Awurama Simpson getting ready for their swimsuit photoshoot with Fadil Berisha.
The pictures can go on and on and on, but only one thing is for sure – being a Miss Universe contestant is no easy job. And we’re just halfway through with covering the pageant. The all-important preliminaries are still upcoming!