Here we are again! Another year, another pageant. It is GB’s 18th year covering the Miss Universe pageant and we are more than excited to witness the coronation of a new beautiful woman (as long as Steve Harvey announces the results correctly), who will join the other 64 title holders and enters the Miss Universe “Hall of Fame”.
This year, trying to come up with a list of favorites has not been easy, in part due to the changes implemented by the Miss Universe Organization (if they indeed take place). The new direction that the pageant is taking, labeled “Confidently Beautiful” is exactly the same steps that it was taking in 1998 when its slogan was “Redefined for Today”, under the direction of Molly Miles – who lasted only one year in charge -. The 1998 pageants put strong emphasis on women’s empowerment and the delegates’ academical and professional achievements. Something that apparently did not please Donald Trump (who owned the contest back then) who changed it back to what it’s supposed to be: a mere “beauty” pageant.
There is supposed to be a lot of emphasis on personal stories, interview skills and overall charm of the contestants; it was even said that interview carries 60% of the total vote, while swimsuit and evening gown total a 40%.
Having said that, Miss Universe has a tradition to keep, as pageant fans watch the pageant mainly for its competition values. Nobody tunes into a football match to hear all the players’ stories and achievements; they are there for the competition, and for the pride of watching their team (in this case, country) beat all the others.
However it is not surprising that the MUO wants to take this direction specially in a social media world that no longer looks up to beauty queens like in the past; nowadays is about influencing, celeb status, followings and popularity (think Kylie Jenner, for example).
Back to basics: GB was able to come up with a list of favorites (yes, we have predicted the winner in the past, and we have also failed, like any human being; but we do not care about that, otherwise we wouldn’t be doing this for the 18th year in a row). Here is our final review, one by one, of this year’s beauties: