On the US coast, the city of New Orleans will host the 71st Miss Universe pageant on January 14. The annual event, which was initially meant to be held later this year to crown the 2022 winner, was announced earlier this month. extending the reign of the current title, Harnaaz Sandhu from India.
“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, as well as its unique arts, entertainment and cuisine,” said Paula Shugart, Miss Universe Team President. “I look forward to our delegates from all over the world to experience all that it has to offer.”
More than 90 women will compete for the Miss Universe title at the event, which will be held at the Ernest N Morial Convention Center. They will compete in different categories, including evening gown and swimsuit. They will also participate in an in-depth interview session. The evening will end with the 70th Miss Universe, Sandhu, crowning her successor.
“My time as Miss Universe has been an amazing experience and I am grateful for all the opportunities I have received as a result of this platform,” said Sandhu. “I am very happy that I will crown the next title in New Orleans and will start my reign in such a fun and important city known for its innovation, music and great festivals.”
The announcement also means that two Miss Universe pageants are likely to take place next year, with the second one taking place later in the year to crown Miss Universe 2023.
The last time the two pageants took place in the same year in 2021 when, due to the pandemic of the coronavirus, the postponed Miss Universe 2020 was held in Hollywood, South Florida, in June. Miss Mexico Andrea Meza won the pageant and then crowned her successor, Miss Universe 2021 Sandhu, in December in Israel.
It is likely that the decision to postpone the pageant was taken to make way for the Fifa World Cup, scheduled to start in Qatar on November.
More than 50 countries – from the UK to Ukraine and Guatemala to Ghana – have named their representatives for the 71st Miss Universe. In the region, Evlin Khalifa, 24, was named Miss Universe Bahrain on September 11. The pianist and trained dancer will be only the second beauty queen to represent her country in the world competition.
Scroll through the gallery below for Miss Universe 2022 contestants who have been crowned so far
Located along the Mississippi River, New Orleans is known for its history, musical traditions and festivals, including Mardi Gras. A former French and Spanish colony, it is nicknamed The Big Easy, a nod to its laid-back culture, or NoLa, which stands for New Orleans, Louisiana.
“The City of New Orleans and the Miss Universe Organization share common values of celebrating inclusion, culture and the empowerment of women,” said New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, the first female president in the city’s 300-year history.
“Former Miss Universe representatives and winners have gone on to become surgeons, diplomats, politicians and business leaders, and all champion social causes that are important to them. This event showcases the significant global impact that an international city like New Orleans has on international tourism and cultural levels.
Update: September 20, 2022, 8:05 AM