Below is the episode of #AshtieNights with the Koronas and special guest Werner Wessels who is the South African beauty queen-maker behind the successes of Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters & Zozibini Tunzi in Miss Universe and Rolene Strauss in Miss World.
Final photoshoots are always filled with bittersweet moments. You give your best in front of the camera, and yet deep inside, the feeling of sadness is inescapable. After all, the reign will soon be over, along with the celebrity life in Manhattan.
At any rate, here are video clips of four of the former titleholders so you can see how they managed to get through it with fun, poise and professionalism.
The record remains undisputed to date. Venezuela’s back-to-back wins in Miss Universe, that is. In the modern history of this pageant, there were close calls to break the solo bragging rights. But what amuses me is that a Filipina always blocked the way for them to happen. Like last 2015 when Pia Wurtzbach prevented Ariadna Gutierrez of Colombia from following the victory of Paulina Vega. Or last 2018 when Catriona Gray obstructed Tamaryn Green of South Africa from directly connecting with the reign of Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters the year before.
Venezuelans Dayana Mendoza and Stefania Fernandez are like two peas in a pod who distinguished themselves from the rest of the litter, so to speak. The former nailed the title of Miss Universe 2008 in Nha Trang, Vietnam inspite of facing tough opposition from Taliana Vargas of Colombia. On the other hand, Estefania Fernandez may have needed to pass through the eye of a needle before squeaking past Ada Aimee dela Cruz of the Dominican Republic and Marigona Dragusha of Kosovo.At the end of the day, both Dayana and Stefania owned their achievements, and proved that they deserved the back-to-back. And this is most especially true during their respective reigns when they were able to sustain the continuous popularity of Miss Universe from Latin America to Asia and beyond.
Without a doubt, this ranks high as one of the best shining moments of Osmel Sousa (right photo with Stefania) and the entire country of Venezuela in international pageantry.
I should have posted this blog entry last week. But the nonstop excitement in the deadline of submission for both Bb. Pilipinas 2020 and Miss Universe Philippines 2020 got the better of my productive working hours.
Anyways, below is the video of the highlights of the wedding ceremony between Tim Tebow and Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.
It was a near #threepeat for South Africa 🇿🇦 in Miss Universe with Zozibini Tunzi winning this year. Back in 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters won the crown in Las Vegas, with Tamaryn Green placing 1st Runner-Up to our Catriona Gray last year.
What a big achievement for this nation indeed!
There are big risks worth fighting for – from Day 1, that is.
When now Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray set foot in Bangkok, Thailand to start her mission for the Philippines last November 29, I had no doubt in my mind that she will be a top favorite to win. Inside my heart, I already had a strong feeling that she will take it all the way to the #1 position. Never did I even give other candidates a prospect of being the successor of Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. It was Catriona or bust for me. And while people around were either telling me to be just a little more cautious or stop being too cocky about telling others that our bet will win, I never wavered in my support.
As the days went on, my gut-feel got even stronger. Last Saturday night after dinner, I sat on a couch and started composing a Final Predictions blog. The words just naturally flowed and I clearly stated that Miss Philippines winning its 4th Miss Universe crown is a must. Below is the last wrap-up paragraph in the same article:
“I will end this blog entry by stating that the Philippines’ 4th Miss Universe victory is well within reach. Not by a mile or in an arm’s length. But close enough to touch, smell and hug the crown.”
And the rest was fulfilled at 10:00am earlier when – indeed – Catriona became the 67th Miss Universe. She can now touch, smell and hug the crown at her disposal. Because she will wear it on her head for one full reign and be her forever legacy to the entire Philippine nation.
Photos by Patrick Prather, Ralph Miller and Amorn Pitayanant for the MUO
Tomorrow morning, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters will end her life-changing reign as Miss Universe once she crowns her successor at the Impact Arena.
The reign may be ending, but the pursuit of more success in her advocacy will continue alongside new doors of opportunities opening up right after.
Thank you for being the beautiful keeper of the crown and the title for 2017 and the majority of 2018.
Below are photos of Demi in Krabi, Thailand as taken by Benjamin Askinas for the Miss Universe Organization.
Tanawat Wansom, Chairman of Executive Directors TW Investment Group overseeing and managing international investment projects, has been officially granted a sole proprietorship from Miss Universe Organization to host Miss Universe 2018 pageant. Guests of honor attending the conference includes Weerasak Kowsurat, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, Paula Mary Shugart, the President of The Miss Universe Organization, WME/IMG, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, the winner of Miss Universe 2017 from South Africa, Apasra Hongsakula Miss Universe 1965, and Natalie Glebova, Miss Universe 2005, will also attend the press conference taken place on July 31, 2018 at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Multi-Function Room, 1st Floor at 02:00 P.M.
Miss Universe is an international beauty pageant which has a long-standing history, providing memorable experience that includes reputation and creating once-in-a-life-time history for contestants. The competition draws people’s attention and is one of the competition getting the most viewers around the world. The journey of pursuing the world’s ultra-coveted title starts when Miss Universe representing each country gathers at a preparation camp to do activities alongside with beauty pageant fellows, while collecting scores from preliminary competitions that include swimsuit, nightgown, and attitude-reflected responses. There is the only one, who can greatly represent ‘confidently beautiful’ comprising of beauty, smart, and sagaciousness, that deserves Miss Universe crown.
Each year, Miss Universe Organization selects a country where the pageant will be taken place. Thailand has been historically selected twice, and this year will mark the third time in 13 years, ever since the last time hosting in 2005.
It is a great opportunity for TW Investment Group led by Tanawat Wansom, who the formerly was the director of MCOT Public Company Limited , and now Chairman of Executive Directors of TW Investment Group and Senior Advisor of CT Bright Holdings Limited (in CP Group) to be offered a sole proprietorship in holding the 67th Miss Universe competition in Thailand this year.
As a sole proprietorship, TW Investment Group foresees hosting the competition as a medium to promote and present Thailand to the world. With the focus on stimulating economy, especially through tourism and hospitality, it is expected that cash flow in the country will be improved. In addition, international trade including foods, consumer goods, and service will be supported, and traditional Thai culture will be divulgated to viewers and consumers worldwide.
Experience the full 3 hours live broadcast of Miss Universe 2018 on FOX on Sunday December 16, 2018 from 7.00 PM onwards (or on Monday December 17, 2018 from 7.00 AM onwards, GMT Thailand local time)
The Press Conference just ended.
And it’s now official – Miss Universe 2018 will be hosted in Bangkok, Thailand this coming December.
Get ready to book your flights and hotels before the prices zoom up instantly!
The Press Conference for the formal announcement of Bangkok, Thailand as the host of Miss Universe 2018 will start in less than an hour from now.
Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters and MUO President Paula Shugart are in Bangkok right now for the much-awaited formality of this year’s edition.