Miss Universe 2017 First Hot Picks
In less than a month, a record-breaking number of delegates of the 66th Annual Miss Universe Pageant will start arriving in Las Vegas. Despite the unfortunate incident that happened in the same city earlier this month, Miss Universe promises to be bigger and more exciting than ever. No amount of fear will dampen the American spirit, and the show will definitely go on!
Topping the list in our first ever hot picks is Miss Thailand, Maria Lynn Ehren (Maria Poonlertlarp), or simply Maria. This major charmer won the most prestigious pageant in Thailand last July, which was covered by Missosology’s Bong Tan. Many would agree that Maria is probably the most recognized Thai beauty in recent years, thanks to the amazing genes of her parents – her mother is Thai-Chinese, while her father is Swedish. Her fluency in English, which is the official language of Miss Universe, will simply provide the missing link that a Thai delegate always lacks in the competition. Her statuesque figure, and amazing height – she stands 6-foot tall – will make her one of the tallest delegates this year. That’s not to say that Maria is just all about external beauty. At 25, she has done quite a few jobs where she was briefly assigned in Rotterdam, Netherlands and then back to her native Thailand. She can speak a little bit of Swedish and Chinese, aside from her native Thai and English.
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who is representing South Africa, is following at second place. Actually, Missosology had a difficulty choosing between Demi-Leigh and Maria for the top spot. Maria’s advantage over her was the height factor. In the meantime, this 22-year-old stunner is considered to be the most photogenic delegate this year. What she may lack in height – she is only 5’7″ – she makes up for her amazing beauty. Being Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh has done a lot of charitable works while representing her organization. Her loads of fans have been very supportive all throughout, and many of them celebrated with joy when Demi-Leigh was to compete at Miss Universe instead of Miss World. It was only three years ago when South Africa won the Miss World crown, but it has been 39 years since they last won the Universe!
In third place is Monalysa Alcântara, the 18-year-old stage diva from Brazil! Monalysa will compete at Miss Universe as one of the youngest contestants, and a few among the “teenage” bracket. She made history by being crowned as the second African-Brazilian in a row to win the Miss Brasil title. Last year, her predecessor, Raissa Santana, was a major favorite and was even hyped to death by our website. No one probably expected that Brazil would crown another woman of color to represent them at Miss Universe, but Monalysa was simply unbeatable. Should she win the title, she will be the first teen winner since Zuleika Rivera.
Not to be ignored on our list is the sporty goddess from Iceland, Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir. Although she was body shamed last year at a minor pageant, Arna is back with a bang and is expected to rock the stage this November. This pole vaulter and a European bronze medalist will certainly get the nod of the Miss Universe organization, who is always looking for diversity. A beautiful sports athelete from a tiny volcanic island in the middle of Atlantic Ocean just fits the bill!
Mexico‘s Denisse Franco completes our top five, and is also considered as the one to look out for in Las Vegas. Expect her loads of fans to cheer for her, as they did in 2010 when Mexico’s very own Ximena Navarette won the crown. This 19-year-old model will carry the banner of her which just recently suffered from a major earthquake that claimed hundreds of lives. Denisse’s youthful vibe and angelic beauty will be her major assets, and we are also confident that her wit and charm can win the hearts of many during the competition.