BTS from today’s photoshoot at Hard Rock Holly for the 69th Miss Universe featuring Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo with Estefanía Soto Torres of Puerto Rico, Natasha Joubert of South Africa, Elísabet Hulda Snorradóttir of Iceland and Lola delos Santos of Uruguay.
I am loving the National Costume of Miss Universe Nepal Anshika Sharma – an ode to mountaineers who have conquered Mount Everest.
This modern ensemble is not complicated but very reflective of one of the country’s contributions to the Universe.
It takes a village to build a National Costume. And nowhere is this more evident than what Miss Universe Malaysia Francisca Luhong James will wear for the 69th Miss Universe – a #kampungku or translated from Bahasa Malaysia as “my hometown”.
She is literally bringing a representation of her village to the competition. Wow! 😯
To be host delegate and birthday celebrant at the same time – that is Miss USA 2020 Asya Danielle Branch for you.
You have the shortest travel time to Hollywood, Florida among the candidates – less than 90 minutes by plane from Mississippi. But you have one of the most demanding responsibilities in the 69th Miss Universe – a 23 year-old big sister to 73 delegates.
The one country gunning for a back-to-back win in the 69th Miss Universe is South Africa. They were close to achieving a three-peat before, if you will recall.
And Miss South Africa 2020 Natasha Joubert is not leaving any stone unturned in her mission. Never mind if Venezuela has already done it first. The important thing is to win.
It is already May 1 and in just over two weeks from now, the 69th Miss Universe will be crowned at the Seminole Hard Rock Auditorium in Hollywood, Florida.
Seventy-four (74) delegates will register starting May 3-4. And based on what we have seen among them prior to their arrival in the host city, I am pleased to share my Pre-Registration Picks in alphabetical order. I am arranging them this way because I would like to see how they will settle in for the first couple of days before placing them in terms of ranking or hierarchy.
Here are the twenty (20) I have high expectations on. Let’s see if they will deliver on either the hype or the kind of impact they have shown the past few weeks:
Argentina – Alina Luz Akselrad
Australia – Maria Thattil
Brazil – Julia Gama
Colombia – Laura Olascuaga
Curacao – Chantal Wiertz
Czech Republic – Klára Vavruskova
Iceland – Elisabet Hulda Snorradottir
India – Adline Castelino
Indonesia – Ayu Maulida Putri
Jamaica – Miqueal-Symone Williams
Laos – Christina Lasasimma
Mexico – Andrea Meza
Nepal – Anshika Sharma
Philippines – Rabiya Mateo
Puerto Rico – Estefania Soto Torres
Romania – Bianca Lorena Tirsin
South Africa – Natasha Joubert
Thailand – Amanda Obdam
USA – Asya Danielle Branch
Venezuela – Mariangel Villasmil
I still have at least five (5) bubbling under and they might just manage to pull down a few of the ladies above a week from now.
And so it has come to pass. The Top 3 finishers of Miss South Africa 2020 have been given their respective international pageant assignments. Strategy or not, the organizers know enough that putting these three ladies in the most appropriate competition would do well for everyone:
Natasha Joubert for Miss Universe
Shudufhadzo Musida for Miss World
Thato Thelma Mohsele for Miss Supranational
Your thoughts about their placements, dear readers?
So just shortly before the finals telecast of Miss Universe Philippines 2020, one of her opponents in the next edition of Miss Universe has also been crowned.
Below is the full show.
24-year-old Shudufhadzo Musida from Limpopo was crowned Miss South Africa 2020 at the pageant finale held for the first time in Cape Town on Saturday.
Shudufhadzo has a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Pretoria and is currently doing her BA Honours in International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand.
She will receive R1 million in cash as well as a further R2 million worth of sponsorships and prizes, including the use of a luxury Sandton apartment and a Mercedes-Benz cabriolet for a year.
First runner-up is medical doctor Thato Mosehle (25) from Klerksdorp in the North West who receives R250 000 in cash. Second runner-up Natasha Joubert (23), a B Com graduate from Pretoria, Gauteng, collects R100 000.
For the first time in the history of the Miss South Africa pageant, the trio will represent the country at the world’s three most prestigious pageants. – Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Supranational.
It has not been announced who will be representing South Africa at which international pageant.
When the organizers of Miss South Africa 2020 announced their 15 Semifinalists, I was literally blown away by the quality of the contenders. The ladies are like a cross between Miss Universe and America’s Next Top Model to the next level. I can pick my 5 favorites and still be left with another 5 strong contenders for the crown. Werner Wessels definitely has an eye – not just for beauty – but for aspirants who offer more than the looks and brains. I bet a lot of them offer more than dreams of winning the crown and achieving a rare back-to-back with Zozibini Tunzi, but also the mid-term and long-term plans to go beyond the glitz and glamour of becoming a Miss.
Their professions vary – from two Medical Doctors to a Food Scientist to an International Model to a Law Student to a PR Officer to an Actress to those who are in the Honours program of their respective University degrees and more.
Check them out:
Jordan van der Vyver
Olin-Shae De La Cruz
From the fifteen (15) above, my Top 5 for now are:
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