Can India make history with back-to-back wins? Or could Bahrain be the first Middle Eastern country to take home the crown?
The Miss Universe 2022 pageant may be postponed until January next year, but pageant fans and followers are already choosing their favorites, commenting on who they think can win the competition.
Scroll through the gallery above to see Miss Universe beauty queen crown in 2022 so far
In their new position, the YouTube channel Crown Sisters, which aims to deliver “fresh and authentic” page news, placed Miss India Divita Rai at the top. Miss Bahrain, Evlin Khalifa is at No 16, while Miss Universe Puerto Rico, Ashley Ann Carino (No 2) and Miss Philippines Celeste Cortesi (No 5) are also ranked high.
Sash Factor, another site, placed Rai at No 10, while Khalifa was at No 12.
Meanwhile, Missotopia, also a pageant site, has India at No 9 and Bahrain at No 20.
Following Harnaaz Sandhu’s victory of Miss Universe 2021, all eyes are on Rai, 23, an architect from Karnataka in South India, who won the Indian pageant in August. If Rai wins the crown, he will make history as the second country to win back-to-back crowns.
Only Venezuela has achieved that feat before, winning in 2008 and 2009. The pageant-mad country has won the Miss Universe title a total of seven times, second only to the USA, which won eight.
“We have a system specially placed for Miss Universe to look and analyze the possibility for the position of the contestant based on the criteria on what the Miss Universe Organization is looking for,” said Brix Vera from Sash Factor. Country.
Miss Bahrain Khalifa has “great potential to break and make history,” he said.
“During Miss Universe Bahrain 2022, we consider Evlin Khalifa as the strongest person on her stage, and with proper training and guidance, her position in Miss Universe 2022 is impossible. stories return.”
While not official in any way, these positions should not be taken lightly, says Josh Yugen, country director for Miss Universe Bahrain.
“These page bloggers work as the soul of the page company as they are true fans of the competition,” he said. “They have been following every page, from the day the candidate applied for their country’s competition until they compete and represent their country. Most of them are well informed and have all the information about the past winners, their appearance and even the response of each candidate. .
“It is safe to say that the bloggers of the page are the unofficial judges of the pages as they have deep information and advice about the competition. And many of them can accurately predict the winners .”
Yugen, who is also the CEO of the Dubai-based Yugen Group, said he was happy to help improve the representation of women from the Gulf on the global stage.
“Miss Universe Bahrain is the first of its kind to represent the region and this is part of what we are fighting for – representation,” she said. Country.
“If you look at Hollywood movies, Disney movies and even international Netflix shows or cultural shows, there is no representation of women in the Gulf, most of them are stereotypes that are covered, threatening or unapproachable.
“But the women in the Gulf have their own charm, their own beauty and their own people who contribute to the renewal of society. They are fighters, founders and kind women who are the most important who also deserves great representation on the Miss Universe stage. .”
New Orleans in Louisiana will host the Miss Universe 2022 pageant, which will be held on January 14.
While a number of countries have yet to name their representatives, 70 candidates have already been selected through national competitions.
Update: September 26, 2022, 10:30 AM