Dec 9, 2019

Miss Universe 2019: The Crowning Moment Of The New Queen

The new Miss Universe has been crowned! Read her journey to the title here.

The Miss Universe pageant is the most prestigious international beauty competition. Held once each year, the much-awaited beauty contest for 2019 took place on the evening of December 8 (GMT-5) in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. As we have a 12-hour time difference from the host state, we were able to watch the live coverage today, December 9. The recent pageant was graced by beauty queens coming from 90 countries all over the world- 30 from the Africa and Asia-Pacific region, 29 from the Europe region, and 31 from The Americas. From 90 gorgeous candidates, the selection committee of the Miss Universe cut the number down to 20 basing on the girls' performance during the week-long preliminaries. The Top 20 list was composed of 5 ladies each from the Africa and Asia-Pacific, Europe, and American regions, while the final 5 were chosen from the remaining 75 candidates regardless of the region they belong to. Here are the Miss Universe's Top 20:

Africa and Asia-Pacific

  • South Africa
  • Indonesia
  • Vietnam
  • Nigeria
  • Thailand

Europe

  • Albania
  • France
  • Iceland
  • Croatia
  • Portugal

The Americas

  • Puerto Rico
  • Peru
  • Dominican Republic
  • Mexico
  • USA

Final Five

  • Philippines
  • Venezuela
  • India
  • Brazil
  • Colombia

The Top 20 was yet to be lowered down to Top 10. To help them see who the most deserving one to be crowned was, the 20 candidates were asked to tell their advocacies. While all of them presented their great plans and dreams for their country, only 10 out of 20 could proceed to the next round.

This is the Top 10 list:

  • USA
  • Colombia
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Africa
  • Peru
  • Iceland
  • France
  • Indonesia
  • Thailand
  • Mexico

At this point, the Philippines' bet Gazini Ganados was eliminated from the pageant. However, we still congratulate her for her performance that granted her a spot in the Top 20. As her fellow Filipinos, we are proud of how she represented our country in the international scene.

Well, the show is still ongoing and the Top 5 is yet to be announced. The 10 remaining ladies showed off their curves in sexy swimwear in the swimsuit competition and walked gracefully as they flaunt their intricately-designed dresses during the evening gown part. Those two events were enough for the judges to decide who deserved a spot in the Top 5. Here are the final 5 candidates that proceeded to the Q & A portion:

The Top 5

  • Mexico
  • Thailand
  • Colombia
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Africa

The Question & Answer portion of the pageant revealed how intelligent and quick-minded the remaining 5 candidates were. The questions tackled different issues that are prevalent in the ladies' country of origin like women's reproductive health and climate change. We're amazed at how quickly they constructed a meaningful answer while being under time pressure. Out of 5, the number has been lowered down to 3, eliminating Colombia and Thailand in the process. Now, the final 3 is Mexico, South Africa, and Puerto Rico. They were asked, "What is the most important thing we should teach young girls today?" to which each of them gave a moving reply. Then, they were given a chance to say their final words- their last shot in convincing the panel that they deserve to be crowned Miss Universe 2019.

Last year's titleholder, our very own Catriona Gray, stunned us all during her final walk as Miss Universe 2018 and got ready to crown the new Queen. Finally, the most important part of the event has arrived: the crowning of the new Miss Universe. The host Steve Harvey announced that the second runner-up is Miss Mexico, Sofia Aragon. The pressure between Miss South Africa and Miss Puerto Rico became intense as one of them will go home with the crown and one will be the first runner-up. And the winner is the quick-witted and beautiful Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa! The blonde beauty, Madison Anderson from Puerto Rico, was hailed as the first runner-up and given the responsibility to take over the crown in case the Miss Universe titleholder fails to fulfill her year-long duty. Upon the announcement, the newly-crowned Miss Universe 2019 was immediately congratulated by her fellow candidates and did her first walk.

And yes, Steve Harvey didn't mess up this time!