After garnering some important tips from her participation in the Miss World pageant, Miss South Africa, Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, is all set to bring the Miss Universe crown home.
“I learned a great deal from my participation in Miss World, and I’m really looking forward to the Miss Universe pageant,” Kunene said.
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On January 30, Miss South Africa will at Manila, the capital city in the Philippines, represent the country in the prestigious pageant.
The reigning queen who took part in Miss World in the US last month hopes to make her country proud by winning the Miss Universe pageant. And in order to do that, Kunene will have to beat 85 other beauty queens from other countries around the universe.
During the competition which will be broadcast live on the FOX Television Network from the Mall of Asia Complex, current Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines, will hand over her crown to the new queen.
Renowned for crowning the wrong contestant at the Miss Universe pageant last year, American comedian and TV personality Steve Harvey will once again, host the glitzy event.
Ariadna Gutierrez, Colombia’s Miss Universe candidate last year, was erroneously declared as the winner by Harvey. Eventually, Pia Wurtzbach was handed the crown, sparking outrage from some Colombians. Harvey has since begged both candidates for forgiveness.
The Miss Universe pageant started off as a marketing competition by California firm Catalina Swimwear in 1952. Today, it has evolved into an annual tradition, celebrating intelligence, elegance, and beauty.
The 65th Miss Universe competition is already underway, with some candidates participating in pre-pageant activities in Boracay. The coronation night is scheduled to take place at the Mall of Asia Arena on January 30.
In the meantime, the reigning titleholder arrived the Philippines from the United States late Saturday. She was accompanied by Esther Swan of the Miss Universe Organization.