A year after Manar Nadeem Deyani made history by becoming the first beauty queen to represent Bahrain in the Miss Universe pageant, seven other hopefuls are waiting in the wings for their turn in the spotlight.
The organizers of Miss Universe Bahrain have revealed the finalists for the 2022 pageant, chosen from more than 300 applicants across the country. The winner will be announced on Sunday and will compete in the world competition next year.
Scroll through the gallery above for pictures of the finalists for Miss Universe Bahrain 2022
Josh Yugen, chief executive of the Yugen Group and country director of Miss Universe Bahrain, said the main aim of the pageant was to “celebrate women”.
“More than physical beauty, it is our ultimate goal to celebrate a platform that gives voice to the empowerment of women, to showcase their incredible contribution and innovation to our society and to empower other women Encouragement to break stereotypes not only in the GCC but all over. the world,” he said Country. “These women are passionate with enthusiasm, brave with courage and armed with their pursuit of love, sisterhood and kindness.”
Applications for the Miss Universe Bahrain 2022 pageant opened in May, inviting aspiring beauty queens aged between 18 and 28, who are single and who hold a Bahraini passport, to enter the competition the.
More than 300 applicants were shortlisted to 15, which were then whittled down to the final seven. The finalists participated in a number of workshops and photo shoots, which included a trip to Dubai last week.
Scroll through the gallery below for pictures of Miss Universe Bahrain 2022 that ended in Dubai
The Miss Universe Bahrain 2022 finalists
Before the winner is announced on Sunday, here is an introduction to the contenders for the crown.
Evalin Khalifa, 24 years old
Khalifa is trained in music, dance and taekwondo. He is passionate about education and believes that it is never too late to learn something new in life. A graduate in finance and banking, he is currently pursuing online classes to master his Arabic and English skills, as well as science.
Ghadheer Alshayeb, 24
Alshayeb is currently learning web media while doing different jobs. He is also a fitness instructor, paddle board instructor, a model and teaches children martial arts. She wants to empower girls of all ages to be the best because she believes that women are fighters and she wants them to have the opportunity to experience everything they want without limitations.
Lujane Yacoub, 18
The youngest candidate, Yacoub is a senior at Bahrain High School where he serves as Student Council President. He is a long-time member of the National Honors Society, has received a gold medal and other accolades for his theater work and has been invited to represent Bahrain at Creative Connections in Germany. She has also been voted by her peers as Prom Princess for the past two years.
Maria Malalla, 20 years old
A professional fashion and beauty model, Maria is a social media influencer in Bahrain and has been a role model for young girls in her community by exuding kindness and humility. For her, sisterhood is one of the most valuable things she has learned throughout her journey at Miss Universe Bahrain.
Maya Malalla, 18 years old
A young model, Maya is the face of many beauty campaigns and fashion shoots. She loves to volunteer and help others, especially children with special needs and says her advocacy is to promote Bahraini culture, especially women.
Maryam Naji, 25
A former member of the Bahrain National Football team, Naji’s motto in life is: “You only live once, live it right.” She believes in trying everything she’s afraid of and is passionate about promoting mental health, especially her personal experience with depression.
Shereen Ahmed, 27
Half Filipina and half Bahraini, Ahmed is a presenter for a weekly show called Emirates Draw. He has been writing for digital publications and local brands, as well as a model since the age of 15. His greatest achievement is sharing his personal story in a photo project called Rock Your Advance, which resonates with people who have dealt with, or are still dealing with, fetal trauma. An advocate for single mothers, she works closely with Hope-Amel UAE to help spread awareness about the challenges single mothers face.
‘It’s not about physical beauty’
Current Miss Universe Bahrain Deyani, who is a fashion designer living in Dubai, is mentoring the finalists along with a panel of experts. Soon he will pass on his crown to his successor.
“Miss Universe has never been about physical beauty,” she said earlier Country. “If you are a Miss Universe fan, you have to find your reason. Develop your confidence and identify the important messages you want to advocate for. It is also important to take care of your mental health because sometimes you can It’s hard with everyone watching. But you need to find your strength within and find your voice.”
Deyani’s successor will have plenty of time to prepare for the world championship. Sources confirmed Country on Monday that the 2022 tournament will take place early next year, and an official announcement will be made soon.
While no reason has been given for the delay, two Miss Universe pageants will be held next year, with the 2023 winner crowned later in the year.
The news effectively reignites Harnaaz Sandhu from India, who was crowned Miss Universe 2021 in December. But the longest reigning Miss Universe winner is South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi, who won the title in 2019.
Tunzi reigned for 525 days after the 2020 pageant was canceled 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 211 days.
More than 50 countries, from the UK to Ukraine and Guatemala to Ghana, have announced their representatives for the 71st Miss Universe, the position for which has not been revealed.
In early August, the Miss Universe Organization made history by introducing a major rule change for the pageant. Starting with the 72nd competition, the annual competition will welcome married women and mothers.
In an internal memo seen by CountryThe organization said that it has always tried to evolve with the times and the new decision is the next step.
“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.
Previously, only single women between 18 and 28, who had never married or had children, were allowed to apply.
Update: September 08, 2022, 10:07 AM