69th Miss Universe Edition: Lesser Number of Candidates

It is speculated that the 69th Miss Universe pageant would have the least number of candidates. With countries still grappling the Corona virus pandemic, it is likely that around 70 countries would participate in this edition of the pageant.

So far only 61 candidates have been officially named as their countries’ reps to the pageant with only a handful countries left to select a rep. Nepal, Great Britain and Belize are still to announce their candidates while Germany and Sweden have made public that they will not be able to participate in this edition, and would return for the 2021 edition (tentatively to be held in December next year). It was rumored that national directors and organizers were given until the end of the year to submit their respective candidates to the Miss Universe Organization.

Here are the list of crowned and appointed candidates as of December 23, 2020:

  1. Paula Mehmetukaj, 22, Albania
  2. Alina Luz Akselrad, 22, Argentina
  3. Helen Hernandez, 20, Aruba
  4. Maria Thattil, 27, Australia
  5. Shauntae Miller, 27, Bahamas
  6. Hillary Ann Williams, 24, Barbados
  7. Celine Van Ouytsel, 23, Belgium
  8. Lenka Nemer, 23, Bolivia
  9. Julia Gama, 27, Brazil
  10. Shabree Frett, 24, British Virgin Islands
  11. Reth Sarita, 25, Cambodia
  12. Nova Stevens, 27, Canada
  13. Mariah Tibbetts, 26, Cayman Islands
  14. Daniela Nicolas, 28, Chile
  15. Jiaxin Sun, 21, China
  16. Laura Olascuaga, 25, Colombia
  17. Ivonne Cerdas, 27, Costa Rica
  18. Mirna Naiia Maric, 22, Croatia
  19. Chantal Wiertz, 21, Curaçao
  20. Kimberly Jimenez, 23, Dominican Republic
  21. Leyla Espinoza, 24, Ecuador
  22. Vanessa Velasquez, 24, El Salvador
  23. Viivi Altonen, 24, Finland
  24. Clemence Botino, 23, France
  25. Chelsea Tayui, 25, Ghana
  26. Eden Berandoive, 24, Haiti
  27. Cecilia Rossell, 25, Honduras
  28. Elísabet Hulda Snorradóttir, 21, Iceland
  29. Adline Castelino, 22, India
  30. Ayu Maulida, 23, Indonesia
  31. Nadia Sayers, 26, Ireland
  32. Tehila Levi, 18, Israel
  33. Viviana Vizzini, 27, Italy
  34. Miqueal-Symone Williams, 23, Jamaica
  35. Aisha Harumi Tochigi, 24, Japan
  36. Park Ha Ri, 24, Korea
  37. Blerta Veseli, 23, Kosovo
  38. Francisca James, 25, Malaysia
  39. Anthea Zammit, 26, Malta
  40. Vandana Jeetah, 28, Mauritius
  41. Andrea Meza, 26, Mexico
  42. Denise Speelman, 23, Netherlands
  43. Ana Marcelo, 24, Nicaragua
  44. Sunniva Frigstad, 20, Norway
  45. Carmen Jaramillo, 25, Panama
  46. Vanessa Castro Guillén, 27, Paraguay
  47. Janick Maceta del Castillo, 26, Peru
  48. Rabiya Mateo, 24, Philippines
  49. Magdalena Kasiborska, 20, Poland
  50. Cristiana Silva, 19, Portugal
  51. Estefania Soto, 27, Puerto Rico
  52. Bianca Tirsin, 22, Romania
  53. Bernadette Belle Ong, 26, Singapore
  54. Natasha Joubert, 22, South Africa
  55. Andrea Martinez, 27, Spain
  56. Amanda Obdam, 27, Thailand
  57. Elizaveta Yastremskaya, 27, Ukraine
  58. Asya Branch, 22, United States
  59. Lola de los Santos, 22, Uruguay
  60. Mariangel Villasmil, 24, Venezuela
  61. Nguyen Tran Khanh Van, 25, Vietnam
The 69th edition is supposedly to happen during the first trimester of the year while the 2021 edition is to happen sometime in December.

The date and venue of the Miss Universe 2020 coronation night have yet to be made official although strong indications point out that the US will play host in either Las Vegas, Nevada or most probably in Miami, Florida. Despite best efforts, the scheduled dates of the pageant may still yet be pushed back depending on the severity of the Corona Virus pandemic gripping the world. While it is likely that the pageant will take place around late March to April, there are rumors that the pageant could even be pushed pack to May.

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