Sharing with you the Ring Light Conversation of the Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidates with reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa.
What are Zozibini Tunzi’s thoughts about being Miss Universe in the time of pandemic?
You wouldn’t want to miss the #instagramlive chat of two Miss Universe titleholders – the reigning, Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa and the 2003 winner Amelia Vega of the Dominican Republic.
It will happen July 28, 1:30PM ET or around 1:30AM of Wednesday.
Miss World 2019 Toni-ann Singh of Jamaica lends us a queenly presence in her latest shots below.
It’s looking like she will have a long reign ahead with the next edition of the pageant reportedly happening middle of 2021 or even past that.
Meanwhile, Miss International 2019 Bint Sireethorn Leearamwat of Thailand glows in her latest photos taken by Wasunpas Photographer.
This sweet lady always projects a very likeable presence in all her shots. The gentle Thai spirit shines through very easily.
Finally, here are BTS shots of Miss Earth 2019 Nellys Pimentel during the official photoshoot for Miss Earth Puerto Rico 2021 held at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico in San Juan.
She is raring to return to Manila once travel restrictions ease up.
All throughout this long quarantine period, I have taken special interest in the Miss South Africa 2020 contest and how the process went about in selecting the Top 35 ladies who were later assessed more intensively to come up with less than half of that number as Semifinalists.
Creative Director Werner Wessels could not have explained it any clearer. He is looking for the South African woman who does not envision to start and end her journey with just winning the national crown or the bigger Miss Universe title. The organization will provide the tools and the network to carry her further in life and become successful in future career endeavors. True, Miss South Africa is a job. But it is a one-year job that should open many windows of opportunity. And he clearly sums up everything below.
INTRODUCING MISS SOUTH AFRICA
Miss South Africa is a leadership platform for ambitious young South African women. Through a pageantry process, contestants receive world-renowned coaching in addition to advanced networking, business and life skills.
Shaped into brand ambassadors for our country, they become champions of women’s rights, thought leaders and savvy career women who inspire other young South Africans to fulfil their potential, recognise their self-worth and find their place in the world.
A PLATFORM FOR CHANGE
Miss South Africa is not a once-off event; we are a powerful organisation, a leading voice on female empowerment and a launchpad for much-needed social change.
Below is a clip of the screening process of the Top 35 before they were trimmed down to the 15 Semifinalists. Keep an eye on Werner Wessels who was seated behind the panel (composed of Liesl Laurie, Bokang Montjane, Ade van Heerden and Anele Mdoda) taking down notes. He was not asking the questions but I am pretty sure that he is a keeping a sharp eye on the contestants being video-interviewed.
I have asked several trusted pageant friends, and they are one in saying that Miss South Africa 2020 is poised to achieve a rare back-to-back glory in Miss Universe. They could have even built an even rarer three-peat if not for the victory of Catriona Gray last 2018. Just imagine if Tamaryn Green was the winner in Bangkok, Thailand.
All things considered, the ideals of the Miss South Africa Organization can be the blueprint for other national competitions in selecting their winners, and without sacrificing the entertainment value of a beauty pageant at that. It focuses on the strength of a woman to face her power and embrace the future. No big words. Just bold catchphrases that can motivate any ambitious young woman.
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:
From the fifteen (15) above, my Top 5 for now are:
Ma Nepalí Ltd., the new long-term franchisee of the Miss Universe Organization in Nepal, founded by Miss Universe Nepal 2017, Nagma Shrestha and co-founded by CG Corp Global, Nepal’s only Multi-Billion Dollar Multinational Conglomerate, is breaking new ground as they hosted an all-digital press conference to announce the first ever all in-App beauty pageant– MISS UNIVERSE NEPAL 2020.
The digital event saw participation from Mr. Rahul Chaudhary, MD & CEO of CG Corp Global and leading veterans from the Miss Universe Organization, as well as celebrities supportive of Nagma’s Brave, Bold and Beautiful vision for the empowerment of Nepali women, including:
· Miss Universe2019, Ms. Zozibini Tunzi
· Miss Universe Nepal 2018, Ms. Manita Devkota
· Superstar singer, Ms. Indira Joshi
The event was also graced by, Ma Nepali Creative Director Ms. Anusha Peterson, who spoke about the initiative Miss Universe Nepal App and the coach behind many superstar contestant winners, Mr. Jonas Gaffud. The press conference was moderated by Ms. Presca Udas.
Watch the conference below. The title of this entry is likely to be answered here. But in essence, The Ma Nepali Pvt. Ltd team, led by Ms. Nagma Shrestha, Nepal’s first Miss Nepal Universe in 2017, is working towards this possibility to make Miss Universe 2022 in Kathmandu, Nepal happen.
Sharing with you now the live chat between Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi and Fil-Am Geena Rocero, LGBT Advocate and Founder of the awareness and advocacy group Gender Proud.
Taking the cue on how you, my dear readers, reacted to the online chat between Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi and Miss Universe 2000 Lara Dutta, I decided to share another Indian beauty who brought pride to her country back in 1997 after winning Miss World.
The focus is on how this beauty queen-turned-actress handles sit-down interviews taped for a bigger audience. In the throwback video clips below, she guested on the talk show of Riz Khan on Al-Jazeera and discussed an assortment of topics that allow us to see through her personality and inner beauty.
As all of you know by now, Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi has been making good use of her quarantine time by chatting with either previous recent winners or fellow candidates during last year’s competition.
Below is her online one-on-one with Lara Dutta of India who was Miss Universe 2000 and who is celebrating her 20th Anniversary as the titleholder. Watch now.
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.