There will be no Miss Universe pageant this year, with the 2022 winner likely to be crowned in the first half of next year, sources have confirmed to Country. An official announcement is set to be made soon.
While no reason has been given for the further delay, it is possible that two Miss Universe pageants will be held next year, with the 2023 winner being crowned later in the year.
An internal memo sent to the country’s leaders and seen by Puerto Ricans every day El Vocero de Puerto Rico simply read: “We will hold the Miss Universe event in the first quarter of 2023, we will announce soon.”
The news was effectively ruled by Harnaaz Sandhu from India, who was crowned Miss Universe 2021 last December. But the longest reigning Miss Universe 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 the region, Miss Universe Bahrain will be named on September 11, according to the organizers.
Last week, architect and model Divita Rai was crowned as Miss Universe India, known as Miss Diva, with Sandhu on hand to name her Indian successor.
Scroll through the gallery below for pictures of Miss Universe 2022 contestants who have already been crowned, from India to Lebanon
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.
The competition is changing with the times. Last year, Miss Universe Bahrain made history by choosing to walk around the swimsuit in full sportswear.
The Miss Universe Organization, which operates in New York, also has the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants, in addition to the Miss Universe International pageant.
Update: September 05, 2022, 12:30 PM