With the US Presidential Elections now over (and with Joe Biden as President-Elect), the focus will shift temporarily to the finals of Miss USA 2020 on Monday, November 9 (Tuesday morning around 10am here in Manila) live from Elvis Presley’s Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.
Here is my Top 10 Selection for the crown:
#NewYork Andreia Gibau
#Idaho Kim Layne
#NewHampshire Alyssa Fernandes
#California Allyshia Gupta
#Georgia Alyssa Beasley
#NorthCarolina Jane Axhoj
#NorthDakota Macy Christianson
#NewJersey Gina Mellish
#Indiana Alexis Lete
#Tennessee Justice Enlow
Let’s see if Idaho (who holds a dual citizenship with the Philippines) can turn the heat up even more and become the successor of Cheslie Kryst.
Meanwhile, in what could be one of the most teen-worthy winning reactions ever, Ki’ilani Arruda of Hawaii was crowned Miss Teen USA 2020. She was literally jumping for joy after hearing her name called as the successor of Kaleigh Garris.
Her court includes Oregon, Georgia, Nebraska and Louisiana, in that order.
Memphis, Tennessee will be the host city and state for Miss USA 2020 and Miss Teen USA 2020.
The teenagers will take centerstage on November 7 before the next US representative to Miss Universe will be selected two days later, or on November 9.
You know that something is official when the Miss Universe Organization makes an official announcement about it. So the entry of Mouawad as the designer and maker of the next Miss Universe crown to replace the Mikimoto is already set in stone with the first of three creations debuting in the next 68th Miss Universe Pageant. The second and third head adornments will be unveiled during Miss USA 2020 and Miss Teen USA 2020.
Just a brief backgrounder on Mouawad:
Mouawad is a privately held Swiss and Emirati luxury goods, vertically integrated company that makes High Jewelry, and retail company that sources diamonds and gemstones, designs, manufacturers, and sells jewelry collections, objects of art, and luxury watches. The firm has headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, with a Middle East headquarters at Jumeirah Lakes Towers in Dubai. Founded in 1891 in Beirut, Lebanon by David Mouawad, the firm is now led by 4th generation co-guardians Fred Mouawad, Alain Mouawad and Pascal Mouawad. The firm’s jewelry and watch design and manufacturing divisions are located in Switzerland and Asia Pacific.
So I’m pretty sure Miss Universe Catriona Gray will drop by the Dubai HQs of Mouawad during her visit to the UAE this week, and on that specific day when her itinerary was not made public.