Costa Rica could Host Miss Universe with Declaration of Tourist Interest

Without such management, the country would not have the budget to pay for the requirements of the Miss Universe pageant.

El Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) suggested to the organizers of the Miss Universe pageant request, to the Board of Directors of the institution, a declaration of interest.

This management, as indicated by the ICT, must be accompanied by documentation that justifies how this contest would promote the values ​​of the Esencial Costa Rica brand in the markets of interest and priority in the ICT marketing strategy. 

These values ​​are an image of sustainability, of a society that promotes social progress, the defense of nature, excellence, innovation and of course that promotes real equality for women.

"We consider that, if a declaration of tourist interest is obtained, the Miss Universe event would have a letter of presentation facilitating the negotiations that its represented will require to carry out with the different actors and suppliers of the private sector to pay for the goods and services described in its proposal "said the ICT in a letter addressed to Shawn C. McClain, organizer of the beauty pageant.

Without this declaration, the country could not afford all the requirements that Miss Universe asks Costa Rica to host. These requirements are as follows:

  • Have the venue of the event and the staff to attend it. 
  • Almost 6,000 hotel nights, meals, among others, for contestants, staff, crew, and judges.
  • Local transportation for the staff of the contest organizing company, the crew and the contestants, as well as air tickets for the staff and crew.
  • Shipping and air freight to and from the host city for equipment; auxiliary events, filming, taxes, fees and visas.
  • Local workforce, translators, security and host committee to assist in the production of the event.

The ICT explained in said letter that it is not possible to pay for these requirements because the budget allocated for the promotion of the country as a tourist destination in issuing markets for travelers has been significantly reduced as a result of the pandemic.

"This reality limits the margin of institutional action to pay for the goods and services described in its proposal as obligations that the host country of the Miss Universe 2021 contest must assume," says the letter signed by Carolina Trejos, ICT Marketing Deputy Manager.
For this reason, the only way that the contest will eventually take place in our country is to declare it of tourist interest.

The Miss Universe organization hopes to announce the next venue for its pageant (2021) before May 16, the date on which the 2020 pageant will be held in Miami, United States. 

This news report was originally published by in March 18 and was translated in this blogpost.

Rumors: Miss Universe Pay-per-View Prelims

Are you ready to part ways with your hard earned money once again?

Rumor has it that just like in 2019, the Miss Universe preliminary competition can only be watched via pay-per-view! Well that is the rumors we have been hearing. The swimsuit and evening gown prelims are said to be broadcasted on a link only accessible via the Miss Universe app on May 14th. Only those who have paid the 10 USD fee will be able to access the streaming link.

No word if the 10-dollar fee includes the Miss Universe National Costume Show like last 2019. Rumor has it that the national costume show will be on May 13th and thus possible that a separate fee might be charged.

We’ll keep you posted on developments regarding this matter when updates are available, so stay tuned.

Paid Voting Controversy in Miss Universe

April 8, 2020 | Manila – The Miss Universe voting via the LazadaPH App came live several hours before the voting on the Miss Universe App.

Confusion was raised when international pageant fans complained their difficulty in accessing the Lazada and in voting for their favorites. Other countries cannot vote or even download the app in their respective locations. It is rumored that some Miss Universe national directors cried foul over a number of points regarding the LazadaPH voting due to these issues.

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Miss Universe Parent Company Files for IPO, Again!

The Miss Universe organization, Endeavor Group Holdings, Inc., has filed earlier this month for another IPO. This would be the second time that Endeavor would file for an IPO after a failed attempt two years ago due to low investor demand.

The LA Times reported that the “IPO collapse was a rare stumble for Endeavor leader Ari Emanuel, whose ambition is to make Endeavor into a global entertainment juggernaut. The IPO was supposed to help fuel its ascent by raising cash to chip away at its $4.6-billion debt (at the time of the planned IPO) and fund future acquisitions.” And NBC stated that the “company generated sales of $3.48 billion and posted a net loss of $625.3 million last year. Revenue was more than $1 billion lower than in 2019 due to pandemic shutdowns“.

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Osmel Sousa’s 69th Miss Universe Favorites

If the 69th Miss Universe pageant is held today, the Czar dela Belleza would pick Peru’s Janick Maceta as the winner! Mexican Andrea Meza and Brazilian Julia Gama completes his top 3 prediction.

During the live chat between Osmel and former Miss International Daniela Di Giacomo last March 19th, the current National Director for Argentina and Uruguay mentioned who the strongest ladies there are per continental grouping.

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Miss World 2021 on December in Puerto Rico

The 69th Edition of Miss World will be held at the Coca-Cola Music Hall on December 16th in the island nation 9f Puerto Rico!

The 70th anniversary of the pageant marks its first time to be hosted in a Spanish speaking country. The pageant’s finals is to be telecast by Telemundo Puerto Rico. Last year the pageant was cancelled due to the global pandemic.

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Shawn McClain Interview with ‘La Nacion’

Miss Universe 2021: Vice President of organization reveals how negotiation for contest in Costa Rica is progressing…

In an exclusive interview with ‘La Nación’, Shawn McClain, vice president of Miss Universe, reaffirmed the interest that exists on the part of the organization to carry out the contest in Costa Rican territory at the end of 2021

Interviewed by Kimberly Herrera
The contest would be held in December 2021, however, the place where in Costa Rica it would take place is still unknown. The possibility that the Miss Universe 2021 is held in Costa Rica is increasingly feasible.

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69th Miss Universe to “Evolve” (AGAIN!)

Over the years, pageant fans became witness to the constant changes in the Miss Universe competition. While there were lots of positives brought about by these innovations it became a question whether the pageant, and the organization itself, has lost its true north.

The pageant’s constant modification in format, number of semi-finalists, judging standards, etc… has left the pageant with an erosion of what makes the pageant truly ‘Miss Universe’. And because of the global Covid pandemic, the pageant has to “evolve” once again…

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69th Miss Universe – Official Press Release

The pageant to be held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida….

NEW YORK, NY (March 3, 2021) – The Miss Universe Organization today announced that the 69th MISS UNIVERSE® competition will air from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood on Sunday, May 16, 2021. The competition will broadcast LIVE around the world from 8:00 to 11:00 PM ET.

“We have spent months planning and preparing safety precautions to develop this edition of MISS UNIVERSE—one that will be memorable, special and totally innovative,” said Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization. “I look forward to seeing this work come to fruition and crowning a new Miss Universe in May.”

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69th Miss Universe in Hollywood, Florida

See you in Hollywood! Well, Hollywood, Florida that is. The 69th Miss Universe candidates will be staying at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. The pageant is to be held in this city within the Broward county of Florida on May 16th.

Hollywood is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area and is 20 miles away from the city of Miami. That is around 30 minute drive away. The last time that the pageant is held in Florida, the Colombian Paulina Vega won the 2014 Miss Universe title at the FIU Arena in Doral. The first time that a Filipina won the Miss Universe crown was with Gloria Diaz who won in Miami Beach, Florida in July 19, 1969.

This year’s hotel for the 69th Miss Universe pageant…
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No Virtual Pageant for Miss Universe

We all have heard the rumors that the Miss Universe pageant was previously thinking of having a half-virtual, half-live pageant. However, we recently have heard new developments that it will not go virtual after strong opposition from its national directors.

Sashes&Scripts wasn’t the only pageant outlet to mention about the rumors that the Miss Universe organization were having thoughts of having a half-virtual, half-live pageant. But we will be the first to inform you that National Directors are not having it according to insider rumors. After paying a hefty sum for the annual franchise fees, National Directors were said to have voiced out against having the pageant done the Miss Earth 2020 way.

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Natasha Joubert Launches Her Social Responsibility Campaign

We have partially decoded the Miss South Africa social media plan for Miss Universe South Africa, Natasha Joubert. First, be visible and always post quality content. Second, when posting glamshots always navigate it towards inspirational messages so that beauty serves a purpose. Then step three, when you’ve already established a strong/ dedicated following, serve them with your social responsibility program.

And that plan was followed to a T by Natasha and her Miss SA social media team as she launches Destiny Designed, her social responsibility campaign as she journey towards her Miss Universe back-to-back campaign.

Ina TimesLive news report, it writes “the initiative will see designers invited to submit details on their design label and explain how their business has been affected by the pandemic.”

Ten entrants will then be selected to make two garments each and have them modelled by former Miss SA title holders and finalists as well as special guest models in a virtual fundraiser fashion show on April 10.

The show will also feature items from Joubert’s own line, Natalia Jefferys. After the show, the designers’ garments will be auctioned off online with the proceeds going to the respective designers.  

#DestinyDesigned will also showcase these talented designers’ work on a global platform, as viewers from around the world will be able to tune into the show and have the opportunity to purchase a limited-edition custom-designed T-shirt in aid of the  project.

The campaign was launched last February 17th by Natasha herself and the Miss South Africa organization through their social media channels. Here below was Natasha’s post on her official Instagram account:

Introducing #DestinyDesigned ✨

Growing up I knew that my challenges and hardships will have purpose and meaning. My father was unemployed for three years when he unexpectedly passed away placing us in financial difficulties. At a young age I started renting out my modeling dresses and doing pageants to financially support and sustain myself, paying my studies and hockey tour, and supporting my mother. This sparked my entrepreneurial side which later on led me to my passion, @nataliajefferys.

I am calling on all my fellow South African fashion design entrepreneurs who have been affected by the pandemic to be part of my campaign by sharing your entrepreneurship journey and how you have been affected by Covid-19. #DestinyDesigned will give you an opportunity to showcase your talent.

Designers can apply by sending an email to with the following information:
- your design label name
- social media handles
- contact details
- website if applicable
- as well as how your business has been affected by COVID-19
**Entries close on 22 February 2021.

Ten entrants will be selected to make two garments each and participate in a virtual fashion show (you will be seeing some of my own pieces😉) that is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 10. Viewers can support my campaign by subscribing to and pay a minimal fee to watch the show. All proceeds from the show will be donated to the 10 designers. More information to follow on when viewers can subscribe.

I am incredibly excited to launch this initiative with @official_misssa.

Let’s take on the Universe!


How confident are we to have the Miss Universe pageant in one of the Covid hotspot states?

Former Miss International Daniela Di Giacomo said that the Miss Universe will be in Miami in an IG Story. The former beauty queen is one of the respected bloggers in Latin America with her celebrity status. Her announcement has sent pageant pages a flurry since it has been talked about that the pageant is to be held in Miami since June of last year.

This has also caused speculation that the Miss Universe organization might be looking for a Latina winner arise among pageant fans. After all the last Latina to win the title was crowned in Doral, Miami.


MI And MGI: A Question of Age

During the heat of the Miss International age controversy several weeks ago, Sashes&Scripts has been at the crux of our controversial stand to freeze age requirements during the pandemic. In those times we specifically refused to drop names that would be affected by it, but now after things have cooled down considerably, we’ll explain the wisdom in our stance.

Because of the after effects of the global halt in live events caused by the pandemic, most pageant fans seem to believe that the world-wide vaccination roll out would be easy-peasy. That is quite far from the stark reality that the scenario of a global vaccination is most likely achieved around the end of the year 2022 or in 2023. That will cause pageants to be continuously in a state of postponements and delays. Hence it would have been more humane and compassionate to have had international competitions freeze their age requirements until the next set of winners are crowned.

That would have been a great gift to Vickie Marie Rushton who is currently 28 years old and would be eligible only to one pageant franchise under the Binibining Pilipinas pageant. This would also have benefitted Miss International Romania Bianca Paduraru, who had to be replaced due to the Miss International organization rescinding their previous announcement of allowing those within the eligible age in 2020 to compete in 2021.

Of course we also know now the heart-breaking situation of Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2019, Aya Abesamis who would also been perfect for the Miss Grand International pageant only if the organization allowed her to compete despite being 29 years old. Aya, who was elevated to the MGI crown after Samantha Lo resigned, was the 1st runner up in the 2019 pageant. Since Aya was no longer eligible to compete, 2019 Bb. Pilipinas 2nd runner up Samantha Bernardo is then tapped to assume the title of Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2020.

While we respect the “their pageant, their rules” philosophy, it does not hurt to act humanely like the Miss Universe pageant did in 2014, when the pageant was postponed to January of 2015. This delay would have meant that Mary Jean Lastimosa wouldn’t be allowed to compete due to age restrictions back then. However, the Miss Universe organization froze their age rules as the pageant postponement wasn’t within the control of the candidates. That same analogy should have been also applicable to these two Binibinis. Most specially when a global pandemic is the cause.

BLOGGER’S NOTE: the Miss Universe pageant issued an update recently to their age requirements. It now stated that “MISS UNIVERSE delegates must be at least 18 years of age and under 28 years of age on the date the National competition commenced.” Hence, candidates who turn 29 this year are eligible as long as they were crowned/ appointed at age 28 during their respective national pageants/ appointments.

It is also quite ironic that the pageant fans who reacted violently when we strongly worded a critique on MIO (using the shock of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor) arguing that pageant orgs have their own rules, are also the same fans who were clamouring for Aya be allowed to compete by the MGIOrg. Suddenly their reasoning that pageant organizations are independent entities able to make their own decisions are tossed out of the window simply because that narrative no longer serve their purpose.

This is where we had the foresight that if an Alpha pageant like the Miss International organization would be unbending when it announced the change in age eligibility, other pageant organizations are like to follow their lead. We weren’t pushing only for MI to be compassionate, we wanted that had they been flexible, it would have been easier for other organizations to be convinced to do the same. That would mean that Vickie would have a shot at the Binibining Pilipinas International crown and Aya would be sent to the 2020 edition of the MGI pageant. And everything would have been all right in the pageant world…

2021, A Repeat of Pageant Postponements of 2020?

The world thought that with the availability of the Corona virus vaccine, everything would get back to normal this 2021 like it was prior to the global pandemic. But it is likely that these assumptions are wrong.

With vaccine roll out and distribution still on the early stages, we might not be seeing live events like pageants return within the first three quarters of this year. It is most likely that international pageants are to resume towards the end of 2021 and early 2022.

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