Miss Universe 2012: Meet the Most Beautiful Women of the World [Gallery]

NEW YORK | Monday, December 17th, 2012 3:30am EDT

Latinas’ beauty has been celebrated by many and awarded over the years by international organizations such as Miss Universe, where contestants must excel physically and orally in performance and projection.

  • Miss Honduras Jennifer Andrade. Photo: Miss Universe OrganizationMiss Honduras Jennifer Andrade. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
  • Miss Great Britain Holly Hale. Photo: Miss Universe OrganizationMiss Great Britain Holly Hale. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
  • Miss Brazil Gabriela Markus. Photo: Miss Universe OrganizationMiss Brazil Gabriela Markus. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
  • Miss Angola Leila Lopes. Photo: Miss Universe OrganizationMiss Angola Leila Lopes. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
  • Miss Vietnam Huong Luu. Photo: Miss Universe OrganizationMiss Vietnam Huong Luu. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
  • Miss USA Olivia Culpo. Photo: Miss Universe OrganizationMiss USA Olivia Culpo. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
  • Miss Nigeria Isabella Agbor Ojong Ayuk. Photo: Miss Universe OrganizationMiss Nigeria Isabella Agbor Ojong Ayuk. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
  • Miss Paraguay Egni Eckert. Photo: Miss Universe OrganizationMiss Paraguay Egni Eckert. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
  • Miss Denmark Josefine Hewitt (l.), Miss Ecuador Carolina Andrea Aguirre Perez (c.) and Miss Dominican Republic Dulcita Lynn Lieggi. Photo: Miss Universe OrganizationMiss Denmark Josefine Hewitt (l.), Miss Ecuador Carolina Andrea Aguirre Perez (c.) and Miss Dominican Republic Dulcita Lynn Lieggi. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
  • Miss Mexico Karina Gonzalez. Photo: Miss Universe OrganizationMiss Mexico Karina Gonzalez. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
  • Miss Slovak Republic Lubica Stepanova. Photo: Miss Universe OrganizationMiss Slovak Republic Lubica Stepanova. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
  • Miss India Shilpa Singh. Photo: Miss Universe OrganizationMiss India Shilpa Singh. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
  • Miss Georgia Tamar Shedania. Photo: Miss Universe OrganizationMiss Georgia Tamar Shedania. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
  • Miss Trinidad and Tobago Avionne Mark. Photo: Miss Universe OrganizationMiss Trinidad and Tobago Avionne Mark. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
  • Miss Australia Renae Ayris. Photo: Miss Universe OrganizationMiss Australia Renae Ayris. Photo: Miss Universe Organization
  • Miss Korea Sung-Hye Lee. Photo: Miss Universe OrganizationMiss Korea Sung-Hye Lee. Photo: Miss Universe Organization

Eighty nine beautiful women from all over the world have gathered at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas to battle it out for the much coveted title of Miss Universe 2012.

The pageant began as a local ‘bathing beauty’ competition spearheaded by Catalina Swimwear in Long Beach, Califiornia and is now an international annual tradition.

The contest has evolved into a year-round international organisation that claims to advance and support opportunities for these young women.
The event will be televised at 8 pm on NBC, and current Miss Universe Leila Lopes will say farewell to the title and crown the contestant who will be considered the most beautiful woman in the universe (at least until the following year).

This preliminary stage helps to determine the 16 semi-finalists that will be announced on pageant night on December 19 together with results of the ongoing online voting on the Miss Universe website.

The judging process is based on three categories: swimsuit (symmetry of form), personal interview and overall impression, and lastly the evening gown (formal expression).

The competition aims to award women who are savvy, goal-oriented and aware and believes that women compete with the hope of advancing their careers, personal and humanitarian goals. The winner must be outstanding. Her light and spirit must make an impression that lights up any room.

The physical aspect is important. No doubt about it. But only one out of 89 gets it. The inner light comes to the surface and shows who has the biggest heart to serve, inspire and create a difference. It is not a matter of destiny or pure luck.

The remaining contestants must have assumed they were all one step closer to winning the Diamond Nexus Crown as the combination of a shiny catwalk, skyscraper heels and a floor-skimming  gown proved disastrous for the pretty South American.

According to the Daily Mail, ’rounds’ at this stage in the competition included posing in bikinis and evening gowns, but unfortunately for Miss Guyana she became a fashion victim of her floor-sweeping evening dress and crashed to the floor in front of the judges last night in Las Vegas.

Beauties from Latin countries have been celebrated by many and awarded over the years by international organizations such as Miss Universe, where contestants must do their best in physical and oral performance.

For many years such countries as  Venezuela and Puerto Rico have maintained a strong rivalry and had always had great positions, since their contestants have been the only ones to win the competition at least once each decade over the past 40 years.

The South American country is ahead, boasting six crowns, while the Caribbean island has earned at least five victories. And in 2009, Venezuelans set a world record when they became the first to crown two queens consecutively.

The Huff Post reports, furthermore, in the past 20 years, Latin beauties have won more than half of the best positions provided by the organization, including the most recent winners: Mexican Ximena Navarrete (2010), Venezuelans Stefania Fernandez (2009) and Dayana Mendoza (2008), and Puerto Rican Zuleyka Rivera (2006).

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