Early Frontrunners and Underdogs of the 69th Miss Universe Pageant

The season to be excited about the Miss Universe pageant has begun! Based on what we have been seeing online there are at least 15 ladies to be on the look out in the coming  69th edition of the Miss Universe pageant.

Despite the lack of reliable information on the dates of the MU pageant, we cannot help but sense the feeling that an official announcement may be made by the end of December. But that shouldn’t be of our concern for the moment because the Miss Universe fever seems to have started. And we have listed the ladies that every pageant fan should watch out for!

Blogger’s note: the names are listed in random order and shouldn’t be mistaken for a ranked list.  


The list of 8 women who we consider as frontrunners seems to be in alignment with other pageant pages online. Several of these ladies are consistent in the top 5 list of various pageant portals.

MEXICO, Andrea Meza – no surprise for this former Miss World 1st Princess to be in the list. She has been in everyone’s collective minds on winning the Mexicana Universal title since the first half of the year when she became MxU-Chihuahua. We are sure that she is the lady to beat currently as most pageant pages place her in their top 5 for the MU title.

THAILAND, Amanda Obdam – another lady who is regularly placed by pageant pages in their top 5 list. The Thai-Canadian charmer is being groomed to strengthen her weak areas to strengthen her bid for the third MU title for her country. No doubt her commercial beauty and her ability to charm people is gonna be a heavy arsenal for this 5’7″ beauty.

CHILE, Daniela Nicolas – the blonde beauty that everybody is talking about because of her Lebanese-Chilean good looks. The actress/ TV sportscaster is the darkhorse that most pageant fans love to see breaking into the semis or even top 3…

Miss Universe Chile, Daniela Nicolas has Lebanese roots and is also an equestrian…

SOUTH AFRICA, Natasha Joubert – the former Miss Globe 4th runner-up is now SA’s rep to Miss Universe. After a string of major wins in MU, it wouldn’t be a surprise if she lands among the top 3 again this year.

USA, Asya Branch – with a gorgeous face and a resume like hers, nobody in the right mind would dare to ignore this ebony-skinned beauty. Her advocacy is one of the strongest ones this year and ties perfectly with the very timely diversity discussion in American society.

PERU, Janick Maceta – perhaps one of the strongest Latinas in the competition this year, this former Miss Supranational runner up is definitely one of the most favored Latinas by pageant pages online. She rarely is ranked below the top 6-8 in most predictions while being a regular top 5 fave on lists…

BRAZIL, Julia Gama – another Miss World crossover beauty, the 27 year-old 5’9″ stunner is considered among the strongest ladies for the title. A consistent favorite among prediction list, the Brazilian brunette is gathering strong following among pageant fans and aficionados.

INDIA, Adline Castelino – undoubtedly one of the most underrated ladies in the competition. She is one of the most well-spoken candidates with a very strong advocacy on farming and agriculture. She is poised to easily coast to the semis this time around…

Janick Maceta of Peru created a NGO in her home country for children who are or have been victims of sexual violence.

While as not as popular or as well talked about online or on social media, the following ladies are just as qualified to bring home a victory in the pageant. While it is still too early to tell, these ladies could easily pull a surprise victory in the 69th MU competition.

Curacao’s Chantal Wiertz was the 1st runner-up in the Miss Universe Curacao 2019 pageant. However due to the Covid-19 pandemic, she was elevated to the Miss Universe Curacao 2020 title.

CURACAO, Chantal Wiertz – unquestionably among the prettiest faces in the competition this year, Chantal is still considered an underdog simply due to the fact that her country has no strong sash factor/ sash recall in the MU pageant.

NICARAGUA, Ana Janssy  Marcelo – coming from humble beginnings, as  a child she helped her family sell tortillas and studied in public schools until she graduated as an agro-industrial engineer. During the Covid pandemic in her country she joined “Dar Para Salvar” in support of medical personnel who fight against the coronavirus, for which she collaborated with the Oraesempre brand to collect masks, gloves, surgical gowns, alcohol gel, protective glasses, masks, among other personal protection items (PPEs).

Ana Marcelo, Miss Universe Nicaragua 2020, isn’t ashamed of her humble beginnings saying that “Your dreams do not depend on your economic power…”

ROMANIA, Bianca Tirsin – the angel-faced beauty from ROmania is a pageant veteran. Having been a runner up in Miss International and Miss Supranational, she is perhaps one of the few ladies that can be considered strong and popular coming from Europe. With a weak European delegation, she is expected to make it into the semis.

VIETNAM, Khanh Van Nguyen – this lady never fails to captivate with her strong styling and glossy photos on social media. And that is why she is popular among fans.

Everything about Nova Stevens is commanding, form her 6’0″ height to her gorgeous ebony skin, to her pageant resume!

CANADA, Nova Stevens – it would be noted that one of the candidates with the strongest backstory and personal advocacy is this immigrant from Sudan who has been a vocal supporter of racial justice. Undoubtedly, she is packed with stories to tell and lessons to share.

PANAMA, Carmen Jaramillo – a former fan-favorite in Miss Earth who failed making first cut, the Miss Universe pageant is Carmen’s redemption. She is one of the most popular candidates in the MU pageant this year.

PUERTO RICO, Estefania Soto Torres – if you have read her accomplishments, you will know that she will be a formidable contender for the title. After placing so close last year to winning, this year will be a different story altogether with a well-accomplished Estefania for the title.

VENEZUELA, Mariangel Villasmil – Venezuela is Venezuela and this year their representative is still considered one of the ladies who will be bringing it on come game time. This bi-lingual blonde beauty is expected to outperfomr her predecessor in MU.

PHILIPPINES, Rabiya Mateo – just like Venezuela, no pageant is complete without a strong Philippine representative. This year is no different. Despite Rabiya’s petite frame, she is expected to kill in the interview rounds.

COLOMBIA, Laura Olascuaga – this Latin-American country has been a major performer in the MU pageant for the last 8 years. They have only missed the cut only a handful of times in the past decade. Laura, being a Senorita Colombia Virreina 2 years back, is considered a strong competition with a much more improved overall packaging this year.

Makeup transformation for Miss Universe Philippines, Rabiya Marcelo…

There will surely be changes in this list as we progress into the competition. Names will be dropped and added into the list as more girls are named national representatives and winners. National Directors are given until the end of the year to name their candidates or representatives for the 69th edition of the pageant.

It is also observed that the Latin American countries are bringing their A-game this time around. After not seeing a Latina with the crown for the past 5 years, they are smelling blood an out for a kill. While Asia-Pacific and Africa have a couple of major contenders, it is likely that the continental grouping is in danger of loosing out to their counter-parts from the Americas. Europe has always been the weakling in the group with very low focus on training and transformation, which makes us think why even bother with the continental grouping at all.

What do you think of this year’s roster of early faves? Let us know on the comments below if we missed someone that you think should be given a more focus in the pageant…

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