- The Miss Universe pageant will be held on December 12 in Eliat, Israel.
- Eighty women are competing for the crown, coming from all over the world for a chance at the title.
- The contestants are not only pageant queens, but scientists, philanthropists, and more.
Dajci is also an artist and had her first painting exhibit at the Albanian National Historic Museum.
Garcia has also been practicing ballet for 12 years and currently works as an international model.
Avetisyan believes it’s a priority to “constantly educate, develop the mind, the soul, and the body.” She said she is not afraid of anything in this world and knows “about fear only from the stories I was told.”
Zimmerman was also a top-ranked tennis player and represented Aruba at numerous international competitions.
Varlamova emigrated to Perth from Russia when she was 8 years old and taught herself how to speak English by reading as much as possible.
O’Brian is only the third woman in her country’s history to win both Miss World Bahamas and Miss Universe Bahamas. She also runs her own pageant consulting company.
Deyani is also among the first ambassadors for Sephora Middle East. She wants to use her platform to raise awareness for mental health and “show that beauty standards are here to be changed.”
In 2012, Deltour saw that Miss Belgium had African roots. From that moment on, she knew she wanted to be on the Miss Universe stage one day too.
Antelo also works as a professional model and has spoken out about the cyberbullying she received while competing in her country’s national pageant, saying it “did not take away my strength or the desire to continue fighting for my dream.”
Santos launched a project that provides English classes to children in underprivileged areas. She also gives sewing lessons to women living in vulnerable conditions.
Penn recently lost her aunt to breast cancer and hopes to create a foundation in her honor to raise awareness and provide more options to help women get tested for early detection.
Danova also received a professional qualification in acting and has starred in several films and commercials.
Ngin is an ambassador for the LGBTQ organization Love is Diversity to help raise awareness against discrimination. She also raises funds to support Sok Sabai, an NGO that provides school and hygiene supplies to children in need.
Minkata has worked with Smile Train, a nonprofit that provides corrective surgery to children born with cleft lips and palates. She also recently launched her own academy, called Angels & Queens, to inspire “young girls to tap into their inner potential.” According to her Miss Universe bio, the project was inspired by Mikata’s own childhood after she was bullied for being a tomboy.
Jemuovic is also the CEO and founder of PHNX Cosmetics, a cruelty-free makeup brand that is dedicated to using only clean ingredients. The pageant queen said PHNX is “intended to provide the cosmetic industry with a revolutionary change.”
Kerford works closely with the Alex Panton Foundation, which raises awareness for mental-health issues and suicidal ideation. She’s also an advocate for domestic and sexual abuse prevention and received her “Stewards of Children” training certificate at the age of 16 from Darkness to Light, a nonprofit committed to child sexual abuse prevention.
Figueroa is a regional champion in Taekwondo and recently received her first-degree black belt. She has also competed on “MasterChef Chile” and recently launched Volunteers for Children, enrolling people who are willing to provide free lessons to their communities.
Yang has been volunteering since she was 13, once serving as a liaison for the ambassadors of multiple countries. She also spends much of her time helping plan “various public welfare and variety shows,” according to her Miss Universe bio.
Ayos is also an environmental activist. The pageant queen said she realized how important it is to take care of the earth after growing up in the Archipelago of San Andrés.
Rees is dedicated to raising awareness for eating disorders and, through her platform Open Cage, speaks about her own experience with anorexia. In her Miss Universe bio, the pageant queen says she wants to help people “understand the struggle of recovery” and help them realize “it feels like escaping a cage that has had you locked out of life.”
Ivanišević has been playing volleyball for 12 years, competing in numerous international competitions, according to Croatia Week. She also writes novels and poems and is passionate about promoting education to young adults.
Cijntje also wrote the book “Release Your Amazon,” hoping to make a difference in women’s lives by “providing economic, educational, and psychological empowerment.” She writes in her bio that she believes “every woman is an amazon, some just need the proper tools to release it.”
Kokesova has worked with a number of women’s empowerment foundations and believes “every woman has the right to decide what she will do with her body or mind.” The pageant queen also recently worked to raise money for an organization that helps mistreated animals.
Langtved is passionate about animal rights and frequently volunteers at animal shelters around the world. She also plans to use her platform to advocate for the environment.
Aflalo also has a technical degree in fashion and dressmaking. In her spare time, the pageant queen organizes garbage clean-up projects across the Dominican Republic, according to her Miss Universe bio.
The pageant queen also gives talks that “promote values of acceptance, respect, and self-love to women who have been victims of physical and psychological abuse.”
Gavidia founded the Asexuales El Salvador foundation to “give voice and visibility to minority groups in the LGBTQ community, especially the asexual community.” She has also launched social innovation projects to improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable groups in her country, including the LGBTQ community, sex workers, and people living with HIV.
Travel is also important to Avomo, according to her Miss Universe bio. She’s visited Cameroon, Cuba, Gabon, and Spain.
Able to speak four languages, Unkuri often makes time for travel and has visited more than 20 counties. Additionally, she volunteers with senior citizens, and recently created a fundraiser that helps pay for their care and decrease loneliness.
Botino is also passionate about French rum and its impact on the local economy. As a result, she wants to make the rum industry more accessible to women, and French rum more well-known around the world.
Seifer is now attending acting school, but has dreams of becoming a journalist. She also cares deeply for the environment, dogs, mental wellness, and stopping bullying.
She’s also a model, wedding planner, and dancer — the latter of which helped her overcome difficulties throughout her life, like poverty. Commodore hopes to eventually build a dance studio to help children facing similar challenges that she once experienced.
Today, she volunteers and works as a model in her spare time, and is passionate about dance as well. Travel is also important to her, as it allows her to experience new things like skydiving, which she tried for the first time just before the pandemic started.
She’s also a model, according to her Miss Universe bio, and dedicates some of her time to charity work.
When not on stage, Morfin is dedicated to making the world a better and safer place. She’s currently in law school and is determined to end malnutrition in her home country. She also runs a restaurant where she serves healthy versions of popular Guatemalan dishes.
For fun, Belony enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with family, her Miss Universe bio states. And though she says she doesn’t know how to swim, she sometimes goes scuba diving and jumps off waterfalls.
She also enjoys volleyball and modeling, according to her Instagram page, and serves as an ambassador for the Garífuna Sawaina Museum in her home country. She also works with Organización LLAVES to help those who have been impacted by HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
As her Miss Universe bio states, Steinþórsdóttir is dedicated to the cause of suicide prevention. She frequently works with Píeta Samtökin, an Icelandic organization focused on suicide and self-harm awareness, and recently raised money to support the group.
In her spare time, you can find Sandhu doing yoga, playing chess, dancing, and more. She also loves the water, according to her Miss Universe bio, and swims any chance she gets.
Additionally, Walker started a social-media campaign called “Kat’s Call” to teach others about the threat of violence against women and inspire people to come forward with their stories, her Miss Universe bio says. When not working, she spends time learning sign language and serving as a radio and podcast host.
For fun, Cochva enjoys surfing, working out, volunteering to protect the ocean, and baking. She’s even a trained pastry chef, having studied in Israel and France.
Di Fuccia, who occasionally works as a runway coach, could make history this year if she wins the competition — she’d be the first woman from Italy crowned Miss Universe. She was previously named an ambassador for her home city.
Swimming is also a big part of Soares’ life. She first learned at a nearby river, when a local told her dad to throw her into the deep end. She’s been swimming for fun ever since.
She previously earned a degree in international development studies, and is now pursuing her MBA. Education is extremely important to her — so much so that Watanabe is now a permanent US resident so that she can continue her studies at American universities.
Tokashova also helps others through social media. On Instagram, for example, she has more than 200,000 followers. So when she met a young boy who was visually impaired and wished to have a piano, she and her followers raised money to buy him one.
Her Miss Universe bio states that nature is also extremely important to Ebrahim. She plants trees when she has time, and advocates for women’s unity because she believes it can “heal the world.”
And her skills don’t stop there. According to her Miss Universe bio, Kim is a lifelong golfer who previously competed in the sport. She can also speak three languages: Korean, English, and German.
Shkurtesa is fluent in Turkish, but is now learning English as well. In her spare time, she works alongside organizations that support women and those who have faced human trafficking.
She’s currently working towards supporting elders and ending poverty in Laos, and often donates to different charities. For fun, Phonchanheuang enjoys surfskating and learning traditional music so that she can pass the knowledge of her country to others and future generations.
She now has dreams of becoming an author and pageant coach, her Miss Universe bio states, and would like to help create a more inclusive society for children with learning disabilities.
She also works with numerous organizations that support women and children, and has been featured on CNN for her accomplishments. To relax, Ravina enjoys spending time at the beach, painting, dancing, and learning new languages.
Having Hashimoto’s thyroiditis that developed into hypothyroidism, Hallal is also passionate about inspiring others to have confidence and strength. She has a degree in business administration, and serves as a tourism ambassador for her home country.
Benhalima also created a jewelry line with her sister, according to her Miss Universe bio, and has worked with groups in Morocco to help advocate for education. For fun, she enjoys dancing, songwriting, cooking, yoga, reading, and more.
According to her Miss Universe bio, Shikongo is pursuing a degree in development and business studies, and hopes to start a foundation that will aid low-income and homeless families with food donations.
In her spare time, Shikongo is often found doing stand-up comedy, creating special-effects makeup looks, and more.
Basnet has also been leading LiberatED, a nonprofit that helps give young women access to education and job opportunities, since 2016. As if that wasn’t enough, she is also the director of the Miss Nepal US pageant.
She’s also a companion for the elderly and an advocate for Hulphond Netherlands, a service dog program. Sinning vlogs about her life as well, sharing how she gets out of her comfort zone through her videos.
She also founded Cerealisimo, a small business that creates cereal bars. Wassmer runs the business with her mother.
Okpala has dedicated her life to advocacy work. She has given over 1,000 children school essentials, ensured pregnant people receive pre and post-natal care, helped to maintain recycling and waste clean up in Nigeria through the the Africa Clean Up Initiative, and helped to prevent the spread of Malaria in Ajegunle.
A dedicated mental-health advocate, Nakken founded The 5 Bear Buddy, an online nonprofit that provides people with a stuffed animal they can share their feelings with. She also makes pearl jewelry in her spare time, which is a skill she learned from her mom.
Smith fights against racism and xenophobia on a daily basis as a United Nations Human Rights Fellow. She also had to fight to get the job at all, flying to Senegal, Africa, after being rejected for the position three times to appeal to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights about why she deserved the role.
Ferreira encourages others to persevere, looking to her own health struggles, which include a surgery at 8 months old and a struggle with Susac syndrome that left her unable to see, hear, or move the left side of her body for a year and a half, for inspiration.
Participating in pageants also runs in her family. Rivera’s sister was a top-10 finalist in the 2019 Miss Universe pageant.
Gomez is the first bisexual woman to become Miss Universe Philippines. She also advocates for youth who have come into contact with law enforcement, working at a juvenile facility in the Operation Second Chance of the Department of Social Welfare Services of Cebu City program.
She’s currently studying nanotechnology, though she already has a degree in business management. Wdowiak also has a passion for extreme sports and has even spent an entire night climbing a 120-foot (36.58m) industrial chimney.
Dos Santos also has a degree in nursing, and she advocates for cancer prevention and grief support, which she became passionate about after having firsthand experience with both.
She puts her love of science to work as an advocate for multiple organizations, including Susan G. Komen and CAP, which fights pediatric cancer, as well as Puerto Rico’s National Guard to help ensure 70% of Puerto Rico’s citizens were vaccinated against coronavirus.
Colón also founded the C.A.R.E. Empowerment Program to help women get better healthcare and remove them from violent situations.
She’s currently a passionate radio host and model, and she used to be a professional volleyball player. Cotfas has a love of music as well, and she sings and plays piano.
She’s also on her college’s stand-up comedy team, and she’s played a myriad of sports, including swimming and basketball.
She is also an advocate for children, spending time with and supporting children through Care Corner Singapore. She also does art projects with children in her community.
Ščepánková loves to cook, and she has heterochromia. One of her eyes is blue, and the other is green.
She also founded the Lalela Mswane Foundation, which aims to empower South African children and give them opportunities they might not have otherwise.
Loinaz is also an ambassador for the Solidarity Needle Association, which allowed her to provide 120,000 items to help support the fight against COVID-19, including masks, gloves, and clothes.
Sandberg is also in the process of learning sign language, and she embraced the nomadic lifestyle by living out of a van in the summer of 2020.
Her two passions led her to start the #RealSizeBeauty campaign, which addresses unrealistic body standards people have in Thailand.
When she’s not in school, Turhan dedicates her time at NGOs that support the deaf community and those suffering from pediatric cancer. She also helps to protect world historic sites through her work with the World Heritage Volunteers and Travelers by UNESCO.
As a blogger, she hopes to inspire girls to be themselves and support victims of domestic abuse, as she is a survivor herself. She’s also an advocate for animals, frequently volunteering at animal shelters.
Smith has a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism, which she uses for her work as an on-air reporter.
But Materán’s dream is to become an actress. She’s working to make her goal a reality by studying theater and working on a tv show.
Materán is also an advocate for many causes, including those living with HIV/AIDs. She is passionate about serving those with Down syndrome as a result of her brother, who she calls her “biggest fan,” being born with Down syndrome.
Duyen also actively works in community healthcare advocacy, joining a COVID-19 youth task force in 2020, and she serves as the ambassador of Vietnam Solar Energy Park.