With the date and location now confirmed for the next Miss Universe pageant, the heat is on for beauty queens around the world who are set to represent their countries at the global pageant.
Earlier this month, Country was one of the first to report about the postponement of the 2022 event, now scheduled to take place next year on January 14 in New Orleans.
About 90 delegates are set to participate in the competition, which will also mark the 71st year that the competition has been held.
Contestants from more than 50 countries have already been named for the pageant, including Miss Universe Bahrain Evlin Khalifa, who was crowned on September 11. A trained pianist and dancer, Khalifa, 24, will be only the second beauty queen from her country and the only representative from the Gulf to participate in the pageant.
Before the glittering event, here is everything we know so far about Miss Universe 2022.
When is Miss Universe 2022?
On Monday, the Miss Universe Organization announced that the 2022 pageant will be held on January 14. While Miss Universe 2021 was crowned in December, the 2022 event has been postponed to avoid conflict with another important event, the Fifa World Cup.
The new date means that two Miss Universe pageants are likely to be held next year – the first in January to crown the 2022 winner and the second later in the year to crown Miss Universe 2023.
The announcement also affected the reign of the current Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu from India.
The longest reigning Miss Universe is South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi, who won the title in 2019.
Tunzi held his title for 525 days after canceling the 2020 pageant due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He crowned his successor Andrea Meza from Mexico in June 2021, making Meza the shortest reign in history. Meza passed on his crown to Sandhu on the page in Israel last December after only 211 days.
Where will Miss Universe 2022 be held?
New Orleans will host Miss Universe 2022. Known for its history, musical traditions and festivals, including Mardi Gras, the former French and Spanish colony also refers to NoLa, which stands for New Orleans, Louisiana, or The Big The Big Simple, retro style.
“There’s no place like New Orleans. This vibrant city has been at the top of our list to host for some time because of its rich cultural history, and its unique arts, entertainment, and cuisine,” said Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization. tell. “I look forward to our delegates from all over the world to experience all that it has to offer.”
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, the first female mayor in the city’s 300-year history, said her city and the Miss Universe Organization “share common values of celebrating inclusion, culture and the empowerment of women.”
“Former Miss Universe representatives and winners have gone on to become surgeons, diplomats, politicians and business leaders, and they all champion social causes that are important to them,” she said. “This event showcases the significant global impact that an international city like New Orleans has on global tourism and cultural levels. “
New Miss Universe rules about being a wife and mother
Last month, the Miss Universe Organization made a historic decision to change the eligibility rules for contestants for the first time in its 70-year history. According to the insider note we saw through Country, the organization said it would allow married women and mothers to participate.
Previously, only single women, aged between 18 and 28, who had never married or had children, could apply.
“We all believe that women should have agency over their lives and that personal decisions should not be a barrier to their success,” the memo said.
However, the new rules will not apply to January 14, because many countries have already named their representatives when the decision was made. They will be effective for the 72nd Miss Universe pageant, likely to be held later next year.
How many countries will compete in Miss Universe 2022?
The number of countries participating in this page changes every year. In the Miss Universe 2021 pageant, 80 countries participated, including first-time contestant Miss Universe Bahrain.
Manar Nadeem Deyani, a designer living in Dubai, made history last year by becoming the first beauty queen to represent Bahrain.
For Miss Universe 2022, organizers are expecting approximately 90 countries to participate. A final number will be displayed just before the page.
Is a round swimsuit at Miss Universe mandatory?
While the round swimsuit debate will still be part of the competition, the contestants are under no obligation to wear them. Miss Universe Bahrain Deyani made waves at last year’s pageant by parading around the swimsuit round in full-coverage sportswear.
“It has been a true honor to be the first-ever candidate to represent my country, Bahrain, on the world stage. This platform has given me the opportunity and opportunity to redefine what a modern Bahraini woman is, while shows how beautiful Bahrain is and how deep we are in our culture,” said Deyani Country earlier this year.
“I have had the opportunity to once again use my platform and use my voice to educate and inspire others about causes close to my heart.”
Deyani’s successor Khalifa said she wants to be an inspiration to other Bahraini women.
“Bahrain is my soul, my heart and I see many potential, passionate women, and I want the world to see their beauty and to know about them,” he said.
Update: September 20, 2022, 10:32 AM