Miss Universe 2022 TOP 5 FAN FAVORITES (August edition)
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The Miss Universe is perhaps the world’s most recognizable international beauty pageant. The first Miss Universe was held in Long Beach, California, in the 1950s, first televised in 1955, and originally hosted by John Charles Daly from 1955 to 1966, before Bob Barker took over from 1967 to 1987. Since then, the beauty pageant has broken geographical and racial barriers and continues to be diverse and inclusive. At the Miss Universe 2018 pageant, the first transgender woman was allowed to compete. For the upcoming Miss Universe 2023, the organization will allow mothers and married women to compete.
Among the Miss Universe candidates who came up as early crowd favorites were representatives of Guatemala, Brazil, Chile, Curacao, Cambodia, Venezuela, Peru, Bahamas, Mauritius, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Angola, Colombia, and Ghana. The following beauty queens will represent their respective countries where the reigning Miss Universe 2021, Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu of India, will crown her successor.
Miss Guatemala 2022 – Ivana Batchelor
Ivana Elizabeth Batchelor will represent Guatemala as Miss Universe Guatemala 2022 at the 71st Miss Universe.
Ivana is a 21-year-old professional model and has represented Guatemala as Miss Grand Guatemala 2020 at the Miss Grand International 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand, placing second runner-up to Abena Appiah. She co-founded IB Model Agency which trains and manages aspiring models. On June 03, 2022, she was crowned by her predecessor, Miss Universe Guatemala 2021, Dania Guevara Morfín.
Miss Brazil 2022 – Mia Mamede
Maria “Mia” Eugênia Mamede will represent Brazil as Miss Universe Brazil 2022 at the 71st Miss Universe.
Mia has traveled worldwide, is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Chinese, and was even crowned Miss Dubai 2012. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Socioeconomics from New York University, studied image consulting at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and acted at the New York Film Academy. On July 19, 2022, she represented the State of Espírito Santo and was crowned Miss Universe Brazil 2022.
Miss Chile 2022 – Sofia Depassier
Sofia Nieves Depassier will represent Chile as Miss Universe Chile 2022 at the 71st Miss Universe. Sofia is a professional model, an actress, and a beautician born in Santiago de Chile before migrating to the United States at a young age. In 2020, she competed in Miss Universe Chile 2020. She also participated in the Miss Teen South Florida 2004 and won Miss Photogenic.
Miss Curaçao 2022 – Gabriela Dos Santos
Gabriela Dos Santos will be representing Curaçao as Miss Universe Curaçao 2022 at the 71st Miss Universe. The 20-year-old stunner advocates for women’s empowerment, stating, “Miss Curaçao is a woman who is inspiring, motivated and a woman who leads, someone who serves in a community and inspires people to not only believe in themselves but also chase their wildest dreams.”
Miss Cambodia 2022 – Manita Hang
Manita Hang will represent Cambodia as Miss Universe in Cambodia 2022 at the 71st Miss Universe.
Manita is an Accounting and Finance graduate from the CamEd Business School in Phnom Penh and speaks Khmer, French, and English. In 2016, the 23-year-old Khmer-French beauty queen represented Cambodia as Miss Tourism Cambodia 2015 at the Miss Tourism Metropolitan International 2016.
Miss Venezuela 2022 – Amanda Dudamel
Amanda Dudamel Newman will represent Venezuela as Miss Universe Venezuela 2021 at the 71st Miss Universe.
Amanda is a 22-year-old model who was crowned Miss Venezuela 2021 on October 28, 2021. She is the co-founder of Reborn the Brand, where she held her first show as a fashion designer in November 2021. She works as a Creative Director for Made in Petare, a fashion accessory brand created to financially support the “Un Par Por Un Sueño,” which carries recreational activities to feed thousands of children in Petare and offers training to mothers to support their families financially.
Miss Peru 2022 – Alessia Rovegno
Alessia Rovegno will represent Peru as Miss Universe Peru 2022 at the 71st Miss Universe.
Alessia is a 24-year-old fashion model who appeared on the cover of the July 2018 edition of COSAS Peru magazine and the February 2021 edition of the Asia Sur magazine. She comes from a family of celebrities, including her mother, aunts, and uncles, all actors.
Miss Bahamas 2022 – Angel Cartwright
Angel Cartwright will represent The Bahamas as Miss Universe Bahamas 2022 at the 71st Miss Universe.
Angel is a 27-year-old private banker and conservationist from Nassau who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of The Bahamas and both an MBA in International Business and an MS in Finance from the Florida International University. She assists with the Bahamas National Trust and advocates for the protection and restoration of mangrove forests.
Miss Mauritius 2022 – Alexandrine Belle-Étoile
Alexandrine Belle-Étoile will represent Mauritius as Miss Universe in Mauritius 2022 at the 71st Miss Universe.
Alexandrine is a 25-year-old model, an abstract artist, and an art teacher at a private primary school. Her goal is to win the Miss Universe crown and hopes to open an art school to teach children, teenagers, and adults who did not get an opportunity to take painting classes in their lives.
Miss Indonesia 2022 – Laksmi Shari De Neefe Suardana
Laksmi Shari De Neefe Suardana will be representing Indonesia as Miss Universe Indonesia 2022 at the 71st Miss Universe.
Laksmi is the first representative from Bali to be crowned Puteri Indonesia in 2022. She and her family were among the witnesses of the 2002 Bali bombings, and her parents were among those who started the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, an annual literary festival held in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Laksmi is also a volunteer English teacher at the Hope for Bali Foundation and a contributor to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund Voices of Youth.
Miss Philippines 2022 – Celeste Cortesi
Silvia Celeste Cortesi will represent the Philippines as Miss Universe in 2022 at the 71st Miss Universe.
Celeste Cortesi is a 24-year-old beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Philippines Earth 2018, finishing Top 8 in the Miss Earth 2018, and was the first representative from the Filipino community in Rome. The Filipino-Italian beauty queen advocates for the indigenous community in the Philippines who were displaced from their lands because of modernization and development. She is currently studying Real Estate Management at the Lyceum of Alabang and aims to acquire a Philippine real estate license.
Miss Thailand 2022 – Anna Sueangam-iam
Anna Sueangam-iam will represent Thailand as Miss Universe Thailand 2022 at the 71st Miss Universe.
Anna is a 23-year-old daughter of former garbage collectors and was not a popular candidate and received doubts about her chances of winning because she “did not have a foreign parent” before the coronation. On July 30, 2022, she was crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2022 and received the new “Power of Resilience” crown by renowned jeweler Mouawad. Her goal is to secure the Miss Universe 2022 crown and become Thailand’s third Miss Universe after Porntip Nakhirunkanok, who won in 1988, and Apasra Hongsakula, who won it in 1965.
Miss Angola 2022 – Swelia Antonio
Swelia Da Silva Antonio will represent Angola as Miss Universe Angola 2022 at the 71st Miss Universe.
Swelia is a 24-year-old social scientist with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She actively contributes to non-profit and non-governmental organizations that promote accessible education.
Miss Colombia 2022 – María Fernanda Aristizabal
María Fernanda Aristizábal Urrea will be representing Colombia as Miss Universe Colombia 2022 at the 71st Miss Universe.
In 2019, she represented Quindío at the Señorita Colombia 2019 and was the first from Quindío to win the competition. She was set to compete in Miss Universe 2020 but lost her chance when Natalie Ackermann gained ownership of the Miss Universe Colombian franchise and announced that María would not compete because a new beauty pageant would be held. María is now more than ready to represent Colombia at the Miss Universe competition.
Miss Ghana 2022 – Engracia Mofuman
Engracia Afua Kaley Mofuman will represent Ghana as Miss Universe Ghana 2022 at the 71st Miss Universe.
Engracia is a professional model and a French, English, and Spanish translator from Kumasi, Ghana. In January 2019, she represented Ghana as Miss Intercontinental Ghana 2018 in the Philippines and finished in the Top 20. The 27-year-old beauty queen succeeded Naa Morkor Commodore and will represent her country at the Miss Universe 2022.