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).