BANGKOK, THAILAND TO HOST “2018 MISS UNIVERSE®” COMPETITION
FIVE-TIME EMMY® AWARD-WINNER STEVE HARVEY RETURNS TO THE STAGE AS HOST
THREE-HOUR LIVE EVENT AIRS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, AT 7:00 PM ET, ON FOX
New York, NY (July 30) – The Miss Universe Organization today announced that the 2018 MISS UNIVERSE® competition will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, and will air in the United States LIVE Sunday, Dec. 16 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Five-time Emmy® Award winner, and one of television’s favorite entertainers, Steve Harvey returns to host. The three-hour event will feature women representing nearly 100 countries competing in multiple categories and will result in reigning Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, from South Africa, crowning her successor.
“The Miss Universe competition provides women from all walks of life and all corners of the globe the opportunity to represent their countries and share their ambitions, perspectives and personal experiences on an international stage,” added Nel-Peters. “Becoming Miss Universe changed the course of my life, and I look forward to seeing which amazing woman will benefit next!”
Over the pageant’s 67-year history, Bangkok has hosted MISS UNIVERSE® in 1992 and 2005, with representatives of Thailand capturing the crown twice in 1965 and 1988. This year, TW Investment Group will host the 2018 MISS UNIVERSE® and support in organizing the competition in Thailand.
Known for tropical beaches and pristine islands, sprawling metropolitan and lavish royal palaces, ancient ruins and lavish temples, Thailand’s colorful history and unique culture is home to one of Miss Universe’s most passionate fan bases. Bangkok, the country’s most populous capital city, is one of the most popular international tourist destinations. Bangkok and the country of Thailand will host the Miss Universe representatives who will also have the opportunity to travel throughout the country and experience different “Go Local” points of interest.
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The Miss Universe Organization
The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is a global community that empowers women to realize their goals through experiences that build self-confidence and create opportunities for success. MUO believes that every woman should be “Confidently Beautiful.” MISS UNIVERSE®, MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® programs provide the 10,000 women who participate annually an international platform to affect positive change through influential humanitarian and professional efforts. The contestants and titleholders are leaders and role models in their communities, develop personal and professional goals, and inspire others to do the same. The Miss Universe Organization is an Endeavor company. To learn more, visit www.missuniverse.com.
Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG) is a global leader in sports, entertainment and fashion operating in more than 30 countries. Named one of Fortune’s 25 Most Important Private Companies, Endeavor is comprised of a number of industry-leading companies, including WME, IMG and UFC. The Endeavor network specializes in talent representation and management; brand marketing, sponsorship and licensing; media sales and distribution; event operation and management; and sports training and league development.
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About TW Investment Group
TW Investment Group (TWI) is an international investment group that forms alliances and joint ventures with leading business groups with a focus on investing in high-growth projects and profitable businesses. TWI’s asset management arm, TW Capital, manages private equity funds and private wealth. Through TWI’s holding company, TW & Partners, it also invests in other high-potential asset management firms in the media and entertainment industry, innovation and technology, and alternative investments.
The Miss Universe pageant started in 1952; it was competition which required a combination of beauty, brains and class. Women from all over the world competed in this prestigious pageant and most used it as an opportunity to promote themselves and their country and to highlight social ills that plagued the world as well as how they intended to exact change.
The girls went through a rigorous screening process and had to win their respective national pageants before they could compete in Miss Universe. The criteria for qualifying included the contestants being between the ages of 18 and 27 as of January 1st in the year of competition. It was also required that the girls not be married or pregnant, or have given birth. During their reign as Miss Universe the lucky winner was to remain unmarried and childless.
The first Miss Universe pageant was held in 1952 and was won by Arni Kuusela of Finland. Kuusela decided to put family over her reign by giving up her title to get married and start a family.
The pageant’s judging criteria consisted of three separate parts. Girls were judged in their evening gowns, swimsuits finally, in a personality interview. The lucky winner got an opportunity to travel to New York City, where she would make multiple media appearances, visit charitable organizations and sponsor events. The crowned Miss Universe had to use her time raising awareness and funds for charitable causes.
The country with the most wins in the pageant is the United States with a total of 8 titles in its belt. The United States most recent win was in 2012, when Olivia Culpo took the crown. During her reign Culpo traveled to Russia, Indonesia, Morocco, Ecuador, the Bahamas, Canada, India and England.
Another notable US titleholder of the Miss Universe crown is Shawn Weatherly who won in 1980; the pageant opened many doors for her and she managed to have a very successful acting career after her reign. She was one of the lead actresses in Police Academy 3: Back in Training; she also played Jill Riley in the series Baywatch.
The first woman of color to win the competition hailed from the small island of Trinidad and Tobago. Janelle Commissiong won Miss Photogenic, Miss Congeniality and Best National Costume; she would later go on to become a politician in Trinidad and Tobago.
Miriam Stevenson was the first ever Miss USA to win Miss Universe in 1953. Her win is most notable because the judges had to have a tie breaker between Miss Stevenson and Brazil’s Martha Rocha. The tie breaking criteria came down to who had the better physical figure and in that regard Mirian won over Martha.
As glamorous as the competition is, there have been some big hiccups during the show. At the 2016 Miss Universe pageant, host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez as the winner but later had to apologize and remove the crown which was placed on her head. The real winner was Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
The ladies who put themselves on display for their country and for the glory of possibly winning do so with a charitable heart and a need to bring about change within the world, using their beauty and grace.
By Kennita Leon Rose
One of the most important ingredients to your stage performance (besides a smile) is having good posture. It helps you look poised, elegant, and most of all, confident! If you practice anything before you hit the stage, your posture is a good starting point. This goes for contestants of all ages!
– Stand up tall and straight
– Keep your shoulders down and push them back
– Lift from your ribcage
– Keep your core (abdominal muscles) tight
– Keep your chin up and your neck long
– Don’t stick out your chest/tummy or arch your back (children tend to do this)
Do each of the above things and look in the mirror. See how it effects your posture and how you look while you’re standing. Notice how it feels. It will feel different than when you are standing normally. Make sure you feel that difference while you’re on stage.
It helps to imagine you’re a puppet and that you’re being pulled up from a string on top of your head. Also practice with a crown set loosely on top of your head. If they don’t keep standing straight, the crown will fall off. You can also stand against a wall to make sure you’re standing tall and straight.
Now you’re on your way to having that perfect pageant posture!
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