|Formation||June 28, 1952|
|Headquarters||New York City, New York|
|Paula Shugart (since 1997) |
|Affiliations||William Morris Endeavor|
|US$100 million (annually)|
Miss Universe is an annual international beauty pageant that is run by the United States–based Miss Universe Organization.It is one of the most watched pageants in the world with estimated audience of over 500 million viewers in over 190 territories. Along with Miss World, Miss International, and Miss Earth, Miss Universe is one of the Big Four international beauty pageants.
The Miss Universe Organization and its brand are currently owned by the WME/IMG talent agency.The pageant's advocacy is "humanitarian issues and be a voice to affect positive change in the world."
The current Miss Universe is Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa, who was crowned at the Miss Universe 2019 pageant on December 8, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.Zonzibini will crown her successor at Miss Universe 2020 to be held on May 16, 2021 in Hollywood, Florida.
The title "Miss Universe" was first used by the International Pageant of Pulchritude in 1926. This contest was held annually until 1935, when the Great Depression and other events preceding World War II led to its demise.
The current Miss Universe pageant was founded in 1952 by Pacific Knitting Mills, a California-based clothing company and manufacturer of Catalina Swimwear. The company was the sponsor of the Miss America pageant until 1951, when the winner, Yolande Betbeze, refused to pose for publicity pictures wearing one of their swimsuits. In 1952, Pacific Knitting Mills organized the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, co-sponsoring them for decades to follow.
The first Miss Universe Pageant was held in Long Beach, California in 1952. It was won by Armi Kuusela from Finland, who gave up her title, though not officially, to get married, shortly before her year was completed.Until 1958, the Miss Universe title, like that of Miss America, was dated by the year following the contest, so at the time Ms. Kuusela's title was Miss Universe 1953. Since its founding by Pacific Mills, the pageant has been organized and conducted by the Miss Universe Organization. Eventually Pacific Mills and its subsidiaries were acquired by the Kayser-Roth Corporation, which was in turn acquired by Gulf and Western Industries.
The pageant was first televised in 1955. CBS began broadcasting the combined Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants in 1960, and as separate contests in 1965. More than 30 years later, Donald Trump bought the pageant in 1996 from ITT Corp.Trump struck a broadcasting arrangement with CBS until 2002. In 1998, Miss Universe, Inc. changed its name to the Miss Universe Organization, and moved its headquarters from Los Angeles to New York City. In late 2002, Trump entered into a joint venture with NBC, which in 2003 outbid the other markets for the TV rights. From 2003 to 2014, the pageant was broadcast in the United States on NBC.
In June 2015, NBC canceled all business relationships with Trump and the Miss Universe Organization in response to controversial statements about illegal immigrants who crossed the border from Mexico.As part of the legal settlement, in September 2015, Trump bought out NBC's 50% stake in the company, making him the company's sole owner. Three days later he sold the whole company to WME/IMG. Following the change of ownership, in October 2015, Fox and Azteca became the official broadcasters of the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants. The current president of the Miss Universe Organization is Paula Shugart, who has held this position since 1997.
During the CBS telecast era, John Charles Daly hosted the Miss Universe Pageant from 1955 to 1966, Bob Barker from 1967 to 1987, Alan Thicke in 1988, John Forsythe in 1989, Dick Clark from 1990 to 1993, Bob Goen from 1994 to 1996, and Jack Wagner in 1998 and 1999. During the NBC telecast era, Billy Bush hosted the Miss Universe Pageant from 2003 to 2005 and 2009, Andy Cohen in 2011 and 2012, and Thomas Roberts in 2013 and 2014. Daisy Fuentes, Nancy O'Dell, Mel B and Natalie Morales are currently the only females to have hosted the event multiple times (from 2002 to 2004, 2005 and 2006, 2008 and 2013, and from 2010 to 2011 and 2014, respectively).
Since its transfer to Fox in 2015, Miss Universe has been hosted annually by Steve Harvey. The backstage correspondents include Roselyn Sanchez in 2015, Ashley Graham from 2016 to 2018, Olivia Culpo in 2019. In 2020, the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA brands were split from the Miss Universe Organization into their own independent organization, run by Crystle Stewart.
For a country to participate in Miss Universe, a local company or a person should buy the local rights of the competition, through a franchise fee, which involves the rights of image, brand and everything related to the pageant. Often, the owner of this franchise, for contractual breaches or financial reasons, returns the franchise to the Miss Universe Organization, which resells it to a new stakeholder. The reselling of the franchise from one owner to the next is recurrently common in the history of the event. The number of candidates in the contest is inconstant because of the question of the franchisees. In addition, there are problems related to the calendar of the pageant.
Usually a country's candidate selection involves pageants in the nation's local subdivisions, whose winners compete in a national pageant, but there are some countries who opt for an internal selection. For example, from 2000 to 2004, Australian delegates were chosen by a modelling agency. Although such "castings" are generally discouraged by the Miss Universe Organization, Jennifer Hawkins was chosen to represent the country in Miss Universe in 2004 (where she would eventually win the crown). When Australia resumed its national pageant in the following year, Michelle Guy became Miss Universe Australia 2005.
Recent arrivals in the pageant for the 2010s decade include Gabon and Lithuania (2012), Azerbaijan (2013), Sierra Leone (2016), Cambodia, Laos and Nepal (2017), Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia (2018), Bangladesh and Equatorial Guinea (2019). Nepal is the most recent newcomer to placed in the semifinals in Miss Universe after making into the Top 10 in 2018, while Botswana remains the most recent first-time entry to ever win Miss Universe on its debut year (in Mpule Kwelagobe in 1999), and Angola is the most recent country to obtain its first ever national win in Miss Universe (in Leila Lopes in 2011).
Participation of some countries has proven difficult due to cultural barriers to the swimsuit competition, while others such as Mozambique have balked at sending representatives due to the cost. The Miss Universe has historically proven popular in regions like the Americas, Africa and Asia, especially in countries like U.S.A., Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela, South Africa, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand, all of which have appeared in the semifinals multiple times in the last decade.
As of 2021, only two countries have been present at every Miss Universe since its inception in 1952: Canada and France . Since its inception, Miss Universe strictly prohibits age fabrication, and all contestants are not allowed to be pregnant throughout the entire competition (and for winners, up to their reign). This posts a problem, however, for several European countries, which allow 17-year-old contestants to compete in their pageants. Since Miss Universe's minimum age is 18, national titleholders often have to be replaced by their runners-up or another candidate. In recent years, virtually all Miss Universe candidates are required to be at least university degree holders or working professionals from their onset of stints in their national pageants.
Beginning in 2012, openly transgender women were allowed to compete, as long as they won their national pageants.Six years after this rule went into effect, Angela Ponce of Spain became the first openly transgender candidate to compete in the contest, in the 2018 edition. In 2019, Swe Zin Htet became the first openly lesbian woman to compete in Miss Universe. Spain's Patricia Yurena Rodríguez is currently the highest-placed LGBT member at Miss Universe, placing second to Venezuela's Gabriela Isler in 2013, but did not come out until years after the competition.
Throughout the history of Miss Universe, the main contest has varied widely in terms of annual scheduling, but has been held over a two-week period in the -ber months of the year since 2017. From the 1970s through the 1990s, the pageant was a month long. This allowed time for rehearsals, appearances, and the preliminary competition, with the winner being crowned by the previous year's titleholder during the final competition.
According to the organizers, the Miss Universe contest is more than a beauty pageant. Women aspiring to become Miss Universe must be intelligent, well-mannered, and cultured. Often a candidate has lost because she did not have a good answer during the question and answer round, a round that has gained significant importance in recent decades. Delegates also participate in swimsuit and evening gown competitions.
Currently, the final placement of the finalists is determined by a ranked vote, where each judge ranks each of the final candidates (3 in 2019), with the contestant posting the lowest cumulative score (thus often, but not necessarily always, the contestant with the most number one votes) becoming the winner. If there is a tie, the higher semifinal scores become decisive.Normally, the results of the preliminaries are cleared for the final and the competition resumes with the finalists.
The winner signs a contract with the Miss Universe Organization that can last from seven to eighteen months and becomes the Miss Universe of the year of the competition in question (the contests for 2014 and 2016 were held in 2015 and 2017,respectively and the 2020 pageant will be on 16 May,2021).In some years the competition is advanced or delayed.The new Miss Universe takes office immediately and takes on a public cause in which she becomes the ambassador for a year to spread messages about the control of diseases, peace, and public awareness of AIDS. Aside from the job, the winner also receives a cash allowance for her entire reign, a New York Film Academy scholarship, a modelling portfolio, beauty products, clothes, shoes, as well as styling, healthcare, and fitness services by different sponsors of the pageant. She also gains exclusive access to events such as fashion shows and opening galas, as well as access to casting calls and modelling opportunities throughout New York City. Between 1996 to 2015, the winner is given the use of a Trump Place apartment in New York City during her reign, which she shares with the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA titleholders.
If the winner, for any reason, cannot fulfill her duties as Miss Universe, the 1st runner-up takes over. This protocol has happened only once as of 2021, when Panama's Justine Pasek succeeded Russia's Oxana Fedorova as Miss Universe in 2002 after the latter's dethronement later that same year. Aside from the main winner and her runners-up, special awards are also given to the winners of the best National Costume, Miss Photogenic, and Miss Congeniality. The Miss Congeniality award is chosen by the delegates themselves. In recent years, Miss Photogenic has been chosen by popular internet vote (the winner used to be chosen by media personnel covering the event).
The competition for the Miss Universe title has seen many changes, although there have been several constants throughout its history. All the contestants compete in a preliminary round of judging (nowadays called the "Preliminary Competition") where the field is narrowed to a select number of semifinalists. This number has fluctuated over the years. The first Miss Universe pageant had ten semifinalists. For the next two years, the number of semifinalists grew to 16. In 1955, the number dropped to a stable 15, which remained through 1970. In 1971, the number was reduced to 12. That number was further reduced to 10 in 1984. This lasted until 2003, when the contest reinstated the Top 15. This selection continued to be the norm until 2015, except in 2006 and 2011 to 2013. In 2006 and since 2018, there are 20 semifinalists, the highest number of contestants through to the semifinals (and with 2018 currently featuring the most competing contestants overall).
From 2011 to 2013, there were 16 semifinalists, 15 chosen by judges and one chosen through Internet votes. In the 2016 edition, there were 13 semifinalists - 12 chosen by judges panel during the avaliation phase period to the preliminary night and one chosen by Twitter and Vodi app.Starting in 2017, 16 semifinalists were selected from 4 different groups each hailing from a different region in the world - Africa & Asia-Pacific, Europe, The Americas - and a wild card group (which was composed of all the other candidates who did not qualify in their respective continental competitions. In this group, there was also the Miss Internet). In the following year (2018), this number rose from 4 to 5, totaling 20 semifinalists.
In the early years, the contestants were judged in swimsuit and evening gown only.The contestants are also judged based on on a variety of issues that vary from your posture at various previous events ranging from interviews to your presence on social networks.The summit of the contest is the grand televised final that is held each year in a different city around the world, in which the semifinalists are known and progressively advance to the final stage of the questions. In this stage, which is the last stage of the contest, the now finalists (3 in 2019) are classified and the first place is crowned as the new Miss Universe.At the first phase,the contestants also competed in a preliminary interview round in a one-on-one meeting with each individual judge, mostly closed-door sessions.The live interviews round for the semifinalists was dropped as a separate segment with bearing to determine the winner waa droped at 2001, and was turned back on introduction of the semifinalists since 2016.
The 2018 edition marked the first time that the Miss Universe pageant included the live opening statements after the semifinalists have been announced, to be included in the overall results in determining the winner of the competition. The 2015 edition marked the first time ever in Miss Universe pageant's history that the remaining top three contestants are required to deliver their live closing statements, to be included in the overall results, right before the announcement of the winner of the competition.
The crown of Miss Universe has changed nine times over the course of its 67-year history.
|Edition||Country||Titleholder||National Title||Venue of Competition||Number of Entrants|
|2019||South Africa||Zozibini Tunzi||Miss South Africa||Atlanta, United States||90|
|2018||Philippines||Catriona Gray||Binibining Pilipinas||Bangkok, Thailand||94|
|2017||South Africa||Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters||Miss South Africa||Las Vegas, United States||92|
|2016||France||Iris Mittenaere||Miss France||Manila, Philippines||86|
|2015||Philippines||Pia Wurtzbach||Binibining Pilipinas||Las Vegas, United States||80|
The Miss Universe Organization is the organization that currently owns and runs the Miss Universe pageant. Until 2020, the organization also ran Miss USA and Miss Teen USA, until the licenses were purchased by Crystle Stewart.
Based in New York, the organization is owned by WME/IMG. The current president is Paula Shugart. The organization sells television rights to the pageants in other countries.
The following is a list of all Miss Universe Organization titleholders from the founding of each pageant until the separation of Miss USA and Miss Teen USA into a separate organization in 2020.
|Edition||Miss Universe||Country||Miss USA||State||Miss Teen USA||State|
|2020||To be announced||Asya Branch||Mississippi||Kiʻilani Arruda||Hawaii|
|2019||Zozibini Tunzi||South Africa||Cheslie Kryst||North Carolina||Kaliegh Garris||Connecticut|
|2018||Catriona Gray||Philippines||Sarah Rose Summers||Nebraska||Hailey Colborn||Kansas|
|2017||Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters||South Africa||Kára McCullough||District of Columbia||Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff||Missouri|
|2016||Iris Mittenaere||France||Deshauna Barber||Karlie Hay||Texas|
|2015||Pia Wurtzbach||Philippines||Olivia Jordan||Oklahoma||Katherine Haik||Louisiana|
|2014||Paulina Vega||Colombia||Nia Sanchez||Nevada||K. Lee Graham||South Carolina|
|2013||Gabriela Isler||Venezuela||Erin Brady||Connecticut||Cassidy Wolf||California|
|2012||Olivia Culpo||United States||Nana Meriwether||Maryland||Logan West||Connecticut|
|2011||Leila Lopes||Angola||Alyssa Campanella||California||Danielle Doty||Texas|
|2010||Ximena Navarrete||Mexico||Rima Fakih||Michigan||Kamie Crawford||Maryland|
|2009||Stefanía Fernández||Venezuela||Kristen Dalton||North Carolina||Stormi Henley||Tennessee|
|2008||Dayana Mendoza||Crystle Stewart||Texas||Stevi Perry||Arkansas|
|2007||Riyo Mori||Japan||Rachel Smith||Tennessee||Hilary Cruz||Colorado|
|2006||Zuleyka Rivera||Puerto Rico||Tara Conner||Kentucky||Katie Blair||Montana|
|2005||Natalie Glebova||Canada||Chelsea Cooley||North Carolina||Allie LaForce||Ohio|
|2004||Jennifer Hawkins||Australia||Shandi Finnessey||Missouri||Shelley Hennig||Louisiana|
|2003||Amelia Vega||Dominican Republic||Susie Castillo||Massachusetts||Tami Farrell||Oregon|
|2002||Oxana Fedorova||Russia||Shauntay Hinton||District of Columbia||Vanessa Semrow||Wisconsin|
|2001||Denise Quiñones||Puerto Rico||Kandace Krueger||Texas||Marissa Whitley||Missouri|
|2000||Lara Dutta||India||Lynnette Cole||Tennessee||Jillian Parry||Pennsylvania|
|1999||Mpule Kwelagobe||Botswana||Kimberly Pressler||New York||Ashley Coleman||Delaware|
|1998||Wendy Fitzwilliam||Trinidad and Tobago||Shawnae Jebbia||Massachusetts||Vanessa Minnillo||South Carolina|
|1997||Brook Lee||United States||Brandi Sherwood||Idaho||Shelly Moore||Tennessee|
|1996||Alicia Machado||Venezuela||Ali Landry||Louisiana||Christie Lee Woods||Texas|
|1995||Chelsi Smith||United States||Shanna Moakler||New York||Keylee Sue Sanders||Kansas|
|1994||Sushmita Sen||India||Lu Parker||South Carolina||Shauna Gambill||California|
|1993||Dayanara Torres||Puerto Rico||Kenya Moore||Michigan||Charlotte Lopez||Vermont|
|1992||Michelle McLean||Namibia||Shannon Marketic||California||Jamie Solinger||Iowa|
|1991||Lupita Jones||Mexico||Kelli McCarty||Kansas||Janelle Bishop||New Hampshire|
|1990||Mona Grudt||Norway||Carole Gist||Michigan||Bridgette Wilson||Oregon|
|1989||Angela Visser||Netherlands||Gretchen Polhemus||Texas||Brandi Sherwood||Idaho|
|1988||Porntip Nakhirunkanok||Thailand||Courtney Gibbs||Mindy Duncan||Oregon|
|1987||Cecilia Bolocco||Chile||Michelle Royer||Kristi Addis||Mississippi|
|1986||Bárbara Palacios||Venezuela||Christy Fichtner||Allison Brown||Oklahoma|
|1985||Deborah Carthy-Deu||Puerto Rico||Laura Martinez-Herring||Kelly Hu||Hawaii|
|1984||Yvonne Ryding||Sweden||Mai Shanley||New Mexico||Cherise Haugen||Illinois|
|1983||Lorraine Downes||New Zealand||Julie Hayek||California||Ruth Zakarian||New York|
|1982||Karen Baldwin||Canada||Terri Utley||Arkansas||↑ No Pageant Held|
(established in 1983)
|1981||Irene Sáez||Venezuela||Kim Seelbrede||Ohio|
|1980||Shawn Weatherly||United States||Jineane Ford||Arizona|
|1979||Maritza Sayalero||Venezuela||Mary Therese Friel||New York|
|1978||Margaret Gardiner||South Africa||Judi Andersen||Hawaii|
|1977||Janelle Commissiong||Trinidad and Tobago||Kimberly Tomes||Texas|
|1976||Rina Messinger||Israel||Barbara Peterson||Minnesota|
|1975||Anne Marie Pohtamo||Finland||Summer Bartholomew||California|
|1974||Amparo Muñoz||Spain||Karen Morrison||Illinois|
|1973||Margie Moran||Philippines||Amanda Jones|
|1972||Kerry Anne Wells||Australia||Tanya Wilson||Hawaii|
|1971||Georgina Rizk||Lebanon||Michele McDonald||Pennsylvania|
|1970||Marisol Malaret||Puerto Rico||Deborah Shelton||Virginia|
|1969||Gloria Diaz||Philippines||Wendy Dascomb|
|1968||Martha Vasconcellos||Brazil||Dorothy Anstett||Washington|
|1967||Sylvia Hitchcock||United States||Cheryl Patton||Florida|
|1966||Margareta Arvidsson||Sweden||Maria Remenyi||California|
|1965||Apasra Hongsakula||Thailand||Sue Downey||Ohio|
|1964||Corinna Tsopei||Greece||Bobbi Johnson||District of Columbia|
|1963||Iêda Maria Vargas||Brazil||Marite Ozers||Illinois|
|1962||Norma Nolan||Argentina||Macel Leilani Wilson||Hawaii|
|1961||Marlene Schmidt||Germany||Sharon Brown||Louisiana|
|1960||Linda Bement||United States||Linda Bement||Utah|
|1959||Akiko Kojima||Japan||Terry Huntingdon||California|
|1958||Luz Marina Zuluaga||Colombia||Arlene Howell||Louisiana|
|1957||Gladys Zender||Peru||Charlotte Sheffield||Utah|
|Mary Leona Gage||Maryland|
|1956||Carol Morris||United States||Carol Morris||Iowa|
|1955||Hillevi Rombin||Sweden||Carlene Johnson||Vermont|
|1954||Miriam Stevenson||United States||Miriam Stevenson||South Carolina|
|1953||Christiane Martel||France||Myrna Hansen||Illinois|
|1952||Armi Kuusela||Finland||Jackie Loughery||New York|
Electronic Arts was reportedly developing a video game based on the pageant, but development status is currently uncertain due to the closure of EA Black Box, the studio allegedly developing the game.
Miss USA is an American beauty pageant that has been held annually since 1952 to select the entrant from United States in the Miss Universe pageant. The Miss Universe Organization operated both pageants, as well as Miss Teen USA, until 2020, when the organization announced it was licensing operation of the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants to Crystle Stewart, Miss USA for 2008.
Miss Teen USA is a beauty pageant formerly run, since 1983, by the Miss Universe Organization for girls aged 14–19. Unlike its sister pageants Miss Universe, which currently broadcasts on Fox and Miss USA, this pageant is webcast on the Miss Teen USA website and simulcast on mobile devices and video game consoles. The Miss Universe Organization previously operated Miss Teen USA, as well as Miss USA, until 2020 when the rights to produce both pageants were licensed to Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart. The parent company of all three pageants and the Miss Universe organization remains the same under the licensing agreement: IMG, a subsidiary of Endeavor.
Miss Universe Canada or "Beauties of Canada" is a national beauty pageant in Canada, which sends its winners to the Miss Universe pageant.
The Miss Texas USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state Texas in the Miss USA pageant, and the name of the title held by that winner. This pageant is part of the Miss Universe Organization, owned by William Morris Endeavor.
The Miss Arkansas USA competition, previously known as Miss Arkansas Universe, is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Arkansas in the Miss USA pageant and the name of the title held by that winner.
The Miss California Teen USA competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of California in the Miss Teen USA pageant. This pageant is part of the Miss Universe Organization, owned by William Morris Endeavor.
Miss Suomi is a national beauty pageant in Finland.
Miss USA 2008, the 57th Miss USA pageant, was held in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 11, 2008. At the conclusion of the final night of competition, Crystle Stewart of Texas was crowned the winner by outgoing titleholder Rachel Smith of Tennessee. Crystle represented the United States at the Miss Universe 2008 pageant, which was held in Vietnam, where she placed in the Top 10. This is the first time in Miss USA history that two consecutive women of African-American descent have been crowned.
Pageant Place is an American reality show that follows Miss Universe Organization pageant winners Miss Universe Riyo Mori, Miss USA Rachel Smith and Miss Teen USA 2006 Katie Blair, as they live together in an apartment in New York City. They are guided by Miss USA 2006 Tara Conner, in a chaperonal role.
Miss Universe Vietnam is a two-year frequent national beauty pageant in Vietnam to select the country's representative to the Miss Universe, one of the Big Four major international beauty pageants.
Since 2017, the editions have been being organized frequently at the very end of odd years as opposed to the organization of Miss Vietnam on even years due to the Ministry of Culture's direction. The winner of the pageant will be crowned as the next year's Miss Universe Vietnam while one of the two Runners-up could be appointed as the following year's one if the pageant is not allowed to be held in time. Therefore, there have been two types of Miss Universe Vietnam, crowned Miss Universe Vietnam will represent Vietnam at Miss Universe on even years while appointed/granted Miss Universe Vietnam will represent the country on odd years.
Miss USA 2009, the 58th Miss USA pageant was held at the Theatre for the Performing Arts in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 19, 2009. At the conclusion of the final night of competition, Kristen Dalton of North Carolina was crowned by outgoing titleholder Crystle Stewart of Texas.
Miss Earth USA is an annual beauty pageant which selects the United States representative to Miss Earth which is an annual international beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness.
Miss USA 2011, the 60th anniversary of the Miss USA pageant, was held on the Las Vegas Strip at the Theatre for the Performing Arts in the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Paradise, Nevada on Sunday, June 19, 2011. Rima Fakih of Michigan crowned her successor, Alyssa Campanella of California, at the end of this event. She represented the United States at the Miss Universe 2011 pageant in São Paulo, Brazil on September 12, 2011.
Kameran "Kamie" Crawford is a television host, and beauty pageant winner who was crowned Miss Teen USA 2010 on July 24, 2010 at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas. Upon being crowned, Crawford won a $100,000 scholarship, trips, clothes, and got to share a New York City apartment with Donald Trump's other titleholders – Ximena Navarrete, Miss Universe and Rima Fakih, Miss USA – for a year.
Wendolly Esparza Delgadillo is a Mexican-American journalist, model and beauty pageant titleholder who won Nuestra Belleza México 2014 and represented Mexico at Miss Universe 2015 pageant where she placed in the top fifteen.
Miss USA 2016 was the 65th Miss USA pageant. It was held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 5, 2016. Terrence J and Julianne Hough all hosted for the first time, while Ashley Graham served as the backstage host. All fifty states and the District of Columbia competed. Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma crowned her successor, Deshauna Barber of the District of Columbia, at the end of the event. Barber represented the United States at the Miss Universe 2016 pageant, where she placed in the Top 9.
The Phoenix Mikimoto Crown, also informally known as the Mikimoto Crown is a pageant crown worn by Miss Universe titleholders.
Miss Universe 2019, the 68th Miss Universe pageant, was held on December 8, 2019 at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Catriona Gray of the Philippines crowned her successor Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa at the end of the event. This is South Africa's third win after their recent victory in 2017. This edition also saw the crowning of the first black woman winner since Leila Lopes was crowned in 2011.
Miss USA 2020 was the 69th Miss USA pageant. Originally scheduled to be held in spring 2020, the competition was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rescheduled for November 9, 2020 at the Exhibition Centre and the Soundstage at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. Akbar Gbaja-Biamila and Allie LaForce served as hosts, while Cheslie Kryst and Christian Murphy served as backstage commentators, and Haley Reinhart performed. Cheslie Kryst of North Carolina crowned Asya Branch of Mississippi as her successor at the end of the event. This is Mississippi's first win at the Miss USA pageant. Branch will go on to represent the United States at the Miss Universe 2020 competition.