We all know that Brazil placed in the Top 5 last year when Priscila Machado was named 2nd Runner-Up to eventual winner Leila Lopes. But that was Sao Paulo hosting and the homecourt advantage was in full swing, even including a healthy sweep for two other Portuguese-speaking candidates like Lopes and Portugal’s Laura Goncalves (Top 10 placer). Will Gabriela Markus achieve what her predecessor did on foreign soil? Why not? Natália Guimarães and other former Miss U reps of the country have made it far in years past. But the crown itself continues to be elusive. After Iêda Maria Vargas in 1963 and Martha Vasconcellos in 1968, Brazil has not had a crowned victor for 43 years now. Will 2012 be a year to rejoice for them? Or will it be a better-luck-next-year denouement once more? 😉
I don’t want to read too much into the selection, but twenty Miss Universe 2011 contenders were handpicked to attend the media junket which saw reporters and photographers from various press groups dishing out their questions and flash bulbs to the ladies who were only too willing to smile and oblige. Could they be the favorites of the locals or the preferred spokespersons of the organizers or a mix of both? Anyways, here are the 20 beauties who were present during the same.