After 17 months, we finally have a new Miss Universe!
Andrea Meza of Mexico was crowned the 69th Miss Universe on May 16 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. This marks the third time Mexico bagged the title.
Mexico previously won the title in 1991 with Lupita Jones and in 2010 with Ximena Navarrete.
Meza inherited the crown from South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi who now holds the record as the longest reigning Miss Universe.
Brazil’s Julia Gama placed first runner-up, while Peru’s Janick Maceta was second runner-up. India’s Adline Castelino and Dominican Republic’s Kimberly Jimenez were third and fourth runners-up, respectively.
It is interesting to note that both Mexico and Brazil previously competed in Miss World. Meza was first runner-up in Miss World 2017, while Gama was a Top 11 finalist in Miss World 2014.
Making it to the Top 10 are:
Australia – Maria Thattil
Costa Rica – Ivonne Cerdas
Jamaica – Miqueal-Symone Williams
Puerto Rico – Estefanía Soto
Thailand – Amanda Obdam
Those who were included in the Top 21 are:
Argentina – Alina Luz Akselrad
Colombia – Laura Olascuaga
Curaçao – Chantal Wiertz
France – Amandine Petit
Great Britain – Jeanette Akua
Indonesia – Ayu Maulida
Myanmar – Thuzar Wint Lwin
Nicaragua – Ana Marcelo
Philippines – Rabiya Mateo
United States – Asya Branch
Vietnam – Khánh Vân Nguyễn
Miss Myanmar Thuzar Wint Lwin was awarded with the Best in National Costume award while Miss Bolivia Lenka Nemer was hailed as a contestant who has made significant contribution to the community and was given with the Impact Award. Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Jiménez meanwhile was bestowed with Carnival Spirit Award. A total of 74 contestants participated in the contest. Missosology.Org