Miss Universe 2016
Miss Universe 2016, the 65th Miss Universe pageant, was held on 30 January 2017[a] at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines crowned her successor Iris Mittenaere of France by the end of the event. This is the second time in the history of the competition that the pageant skipped the entire year, following the 2014 pageant which was held in January 2015.
|Miss Universe 2016|
Iris Mittenaere, Miss Universe 2016
|Date||30 January 2017[a]|
|Venue||Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines|
|Best National Costume||Htet Htet Htun|
France's victory ended the country's 63-year title drought, the longest in Miss Universe history. Mittenaere was the first European Miss Universe to serve a full term in 26 years, the last being Norway's Mona Grudt who was Miss Universe 1990, and the first European to win the title outright since Russia's Oxana Fedorova who became Miss Universe 2002 before being dethroned four months later.
- 1 Organization
- 2 Results
- 3 Pageant
- 4 Contestants
- 5 Notes
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The agreement to host the pageant in the Philippines was signed on November 16, 2016. This agreement, made between the Miss Universe Organization, the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) and the LCS Group of Companies, was the result of negotiations that began about four months earlier.
Discussions began on July 18, 2016, when Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach met with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Although Duterte was open to the idea of having the pageant hosted by the Philippines, he did not want the government to pay the expense of doing so (but a government spokesperson later said that some "services" would be provided for the event). About two weeks after the meeting, the Department of Tourism announced that the Philippines would be the host. A spokesperson for the Department said that, according to Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart, the Philippines was the organization's prime choice for hosting the pageant, although other countries were being considered.
Despite the statement made by the Department of Tourism, the final decision to hold the pageant in the Philippines had not yet been made and, over the next few months, the Miss Universe Organization had changed its mind several times on the matter. Initial reports did not disclose the reasons for the breakdowns in negotiations, but a later report linked the Organization's concerns with Duterte's controversial remarks regarding U.S. President Barack Obama, as well as his plans to separate ties between the Philippines and the United States. These statements were not received well by the William Morris Entertainment/International Marketing Group (WME), the owners of the Miss Universe franchise. Duterte's statement that he would be glad to kill as many drug addicts as Adolf Hitler killed Jews during the Holocaust led to WME executive Ziv Emanuel (brother of Rahm Emanuel) to cancel the talks. Ilocos Sur governor Chavit Singson, who was also chairman of the LCS Group, sent representatives, including some Jewish friends, to the United States to persuade Emanuel to maintain his interest in a Philippines-hosted event. Duterte's later apology for his Holocaust-related remark helped in the renegotiation. Also helpful was Singson's offer to add women-empowerment programs to the pageant.
The Miss Universe Organization's final decision came on November 3, 2016, when Wurtzbach announced via a video message that the Philippines would be the host. The partnership agreement was signed on November 16 and, on that same day, the pageant's official website and Facebook page were launched.
In September 2016, the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay was announced to be the main coronation venue of the pageant according to the Philippine Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo. The Philippine Arena in Santa Maria and Bocaue, Bulacan was the other venue considered by the Department of Tourism as the main coronation venue of the pageant, but the Miss Universe Organization disapproved of the venue due to "security reasons".
The funds needed to stage the pageant in the country came entirely from private businesses. Among the reported sponsors were Philippine Airlines, the SM Group, Solar Entertainment, Filipino billionaire Henry Sy and Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada. The Okada Manila would serve as the residential venue for the Miss Universe 2016 candidates. The projected expense for the event was US$11 million.
|Miss Universe 2016|
§ Voted into the Top 13 by viewers
A kick-off party was hosted on December 9, 2016 at Conrad Manila, a hotel in Pasay, marking the beginning of the pageant. Eleven contestants from Asia Pacific were in attendance for the event. They were:
Ancillary and other eventsEdit
Alongside with the main pageant, ancillary events were held which has no effect on the contestants' total pageant score. The contestants were scheduled to participate in fashion shows in Davao, Cebu, and Vigan. Each venue had a theme; Mindanao fabric for Davao, beachwear for Cebu, and terno for Vigan. The contestants partook in a different event in Bicol.
On December 13, 2016, some of the pageant's candidates had a photoshoot with whale sharks in Oslob, Cebu. This activity was criticized by Greenpeace Southeast Asia, Marine Wildlife Watch, and other wildlife conservationist groups in the Philippines who discourage human interaction with the whale sharks, as they are considered endangered species. The Department of Tourism (DOT) said that there were only five candidates present and the activity was an occular inspection. Following criticisms, the DOT is considering to do the whale watching activity for the final show in Donsol, Sorsogon instead.
On December 14, 2016, the DOT cancelled the fashion show originally scheduled on January 19, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City to prevent further "controversy" following the claim of local-based designers led by the Davao Fashion and Design Council Foundation, Inc. (DFDCFI) that they have been "brushed off" by the pageant organizers. The group claimed that they were never consulted and questioned why they were asked to dress up local models instead of being in charge of pre-show cocktail of the main event which is tasked to non-Mindanaoan designer, Renee Salud. Following the cancellation announcement, the DFDCFI said that they respect the decision but urged the organizers that Davao City to remain as one of the places to be visited by the candidates. On December 22, 2016, it was announced that the fashion show will push through after Salud and the DFDCFI cleared their misunderstandings and decided to help each other.
The national costume show was done on January 27, 2017 which had no bearing on the preliminary scores.
At the Mall of Asia Arena, all 86 contestants competed in swimwear and evening gown in front of a panel of preliminary judges. The scores from the night's event along with an interview portion determine the Top 13 during the Miss Universe broadcast. The Preliminary Competition was hosted by Pia Wurtzbach and Filipino-British actor Derek Ramsay.
- Cynthia Bailey – Actress, model, and The Real Housewives of Atlanta star
- Rob Goldstone – Former journalist, publicist and international marketing director
- Francine LeFrak – Founder of nonprofit named Same Sky and theatrical, television, and film producer
- Riyo Mori – Miss Universe 2007 from Japan
- Fred Nelson – President and executive producer of the People's Choice Awards
- Dayanara Torres – Miss Universe 1993 from Puerto Rico
Solar Entertainment, one of the pageant's partners, was tasked to provide broadcast coverage of the competition in the Philippines. In December 2016, TV5, GMA Network and ABS-CBN secured rights to air live coverage of the pageant. Earlier in November it was reported that "all local networks" including GMA Network, TV5 and ABS-CBN will broadcast the pageant upon the request of President Rodrigo Duterte.
American presenter Steve Harvey has a five year contract with the Miss Universe Organization for hosting the Miss Universe pageant. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed hesitation on Harvey hosting the event due to Harvey announcing the wrong winner at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant. In response, Philippine Department of Tourism head, Secretary Wanda Teo proposed the idea of having a Filipino woman co-host the event to neutralize the president's displeasure. On November 3, 2016, Harvey was confirmed to return as host.
- Cynthia Bailey – Actress, model, and The Real Housewives of Atlanta star
- Mickey Boardman – Editorial director for Paper magazine
- Francine LeFrak – Founder of nonprofit named Same Sky and theatrical, television, and film producer
- Leila Lopes – Miss Universe 2011 from Angola
- Sushmita Sen – Miss Universe 1994 from India
- Dayanara Torres – Miss Universe 1993 from Puerto Rico
The twelve women who garnered the highest scores following the preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competition held on January 26 and the subsequent closed door interviews, were named as part of the Top 13. The 13th candidate, Chalita Suansane of Thailand, was determined through online voting results. After the swimsuit presentation from the 13 remaining candidates, nine candidates were selected with the highest garnered average score from the judges and the global online vote.
Three were then eliminated and the Top 6 candidates proceeded to the question-and-answer portion, where they were asked questions regarding international or their country's affairs. The candidates of France, Colombia and Thailand used a language interpreter. The final three was then announced and all were asked the same question; They were asked regarding a failure over the course of their life and how they dealt with it. Miss France was announced as Miss Universe 2016.
Best National CostumeEdit
During the final program, the winner of the National Costume Show held on January 27, 2016 was announced. Miss Myanmar, Htet Htet Htun, was awarded the Best National Costume. Her costume, which weighed 40 kilograms (88 lb), featured the Shwedagon Pagoda and the Bagan temples, which she says represents the princess of figures of Myanmar traditional puppetry.
An after party event was held at the Okada Manila hotel. During this event, Jenny Kim of Korea was given the Miss Congeniality award while Lindita Idrizi of Albania was given the Miss Photogenic award. The awards were not announced during the final program due to lack of time.
86 contestants competed for the title of Miss Universe 2016:
|Albania||Lindita Idrizi||20||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)||Elbasan|
|Angola||Luísa Baptista||21||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||Cuando Cubango|
|Argentina||Estefanía Bernal||21||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Buenos Aires|
|Aruba||Charlene Leslie||24||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)||Oranjestad|
|Australia||Caris Tiivel||23||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)||Perth|
|Austria||Dajana Dzinic||21||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)||Vienna|
|Bahamas||Cherell Williamson||24||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)||Nassau|
|Barbados||Shannon Harris||22||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||Bridgetown|
|Belgium||Stephanie Geldhof[replacements 1]||19||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Aalst|
|Belize||Rebecca Rath||23||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Dangriga|
|Bolivia||Antonella Moscatelli[replacements 2]||21||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||Santa Cruz|
|Brazil||Raissa Santana||21||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||Umuarama|
|British Virgin Islands||Erika Creque||22||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)||Road Town|
|Bulgaria||Violina Ancheva||21||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Sofia|
|Canada||Siera Bearchell||23||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||Moose Jaw|
|Cayman Islands||Monyque Brooks||25||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||West Bay|
|Chile||Catalina Cáceres||26||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||Santiago|
|China||Li Zhenying||21||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)||Shanghai|
|Colombia||Andrea Tovar||23||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)||Quibdó|
|Costa Rica||Carolina Rodríguez||27||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)||Alajuela|
|Croatia||Barbara Filipović||19||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||Zagreb|
|Curaçao||Chanelle de Lau||21||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)||Willemstad|
|Czech Republic||Andrea Bezděková||21||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||Prague|
|Denmark||Christina Mikkelsen||24||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||Copenhagen|
|Dominican Republic||Rosalba Garcías||24||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)||Maimón|
|Ecuador||Connie Jiménez||21||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||Ventanas|
|Finland||Shirly Karvinen||24||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)||Helsinki|
|France||Iris Mittenaere||24||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Lille|
|Georgia||Nuka Karalashvili||25||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Tbilisi|
|Germany||Johanna Acs||24||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)||Eschweiler|
|Great Britain||Jaime-Lee Faulkner||27||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Sheffield|
|Guam||Muñeka Taisipic||19||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)||Yona|
|Guatemala||Virginia Argueta||22||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)||Jutiapa|
|Guyana||Soyini Fraser||26||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)||Georgetown|
|Haiti||Raquel Pélissier||25||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)||Port-au-Prince|
|Honduras||Sirey Moran||26||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||El Progreso|
|Hungary||Veronika Bodizs||24||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Budapest|
|Iceland||Hildur María Leifsdóttir||24||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)||Kópavogur|
|India||Roshmitha Harimurthy||22||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||Bangalore|
|Indonesia||Kezia Warouw||25||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)||Manado|
|Israel||Yam Kaspers Anshel||19||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)||Herzliya|
|Italy||Sophia Sergio||24||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)||Naples|
|Jamaica||Isabel Dalley||20||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)||Montego Bay|
|Japan||Sari Nakazawa||23||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)||Shiga|
|Kazakhstan||Darina Kulsitova[replacements 3]||19||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)||Semey|
|Kenya||Mary Esther Were||27||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)||Nairobi|
|Korea||Jenny Kim[replacements 4]||23||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Seoul|
|Kosovo||Camila Barraza||23||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)||Pristina|
|Malaysia||Kiran Jassal||20||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)||Subang Jaya|
|Maldives||Bella Olessya Vargas||18||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)||La Rioja[disambiguation needed]|
|Malta||Martha Fenech||26||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)||St. Julian's|
|Mauritius||Kushboo Ramnawaj[replacements 5]||26||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Rivière Du Poste|
|Mexico||Kristal Silva||25||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)||Ciudad Victoria|
|Myanmar||Htet Htet Htun||24||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)||Yangon|
|Namibia||Lizelle Esterhuizen||20||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)||Windhoek|
|Netherlands||Zoey Ivory||23||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)||Almere|
|New Zealand||Tania Dawson||24||5 ft 5 in (165 cm)||Auckland|
|Nicaragua||Marina Jacoby||21||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Matagalpa|
|Nigeria||Unoaku Anyadike[designations 1]||22||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)||Lagos|
|Norway||Christina Waage||21||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Nes|
|Panama||Keity Drennan[designations 2]||26||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||Panama City|
|Paraguay||Andrea Melgarejo||22||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)||Villarrica|
|Peru||Valeria Piazza||26||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||Lima|
|Philippines||Maxine Medina||26||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Quezon City|
|Poland||Izabella Krzan||21||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)||Olsztyn|
|Portugal||Flávia Brito||23||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)||Vilamoura|
|Puerto Rico||Brenda Jiménez[replacements 6]||22||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)||Aguadilla|
|Romania||Teodora Dan[designations 3]||27||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||Bucharest|
|Russia||Yuliana Korolkova[replacements 7]||22||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Orsk|
|Sierra Leone||Hawa Kamara||26||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)||Freetown|
|Singapore||Cheryl Chou||20||5 ft 6 in (168 cm)||Singapore|
|Slovakia||Zuzana Kollárová||25||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Bratislava|
|Slovenia||Lucija Potočnik||25||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Maribor|
|South Africa||Ntandoyenkosi Kunene||24||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||Mkhondo|
|Spain||Noelia Freire||24||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Ciudad Real|
|Sri Lanka||Jayathi De Silva||26||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Colombo|
|Sweden||Ida Ovmar||21||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Luleå|
|Switzerland||Dijana Cvijetić[designations 4]||23||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)||Gossau|
|Tanzania||Jihan Dimachk||20||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||Dar es Salaam|
|Thailand||Chalita Suansane||22||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)||Samut Prakan|
|Turkey||Tansu Sila Çakir||21||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Istanbul|
|Ukraine||Alena Spodynyuk||19||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)||Kiev|
|Uruguay||Magdalena Cohendet||22||5 ft 8 in (173 cm)||Artigas|
|United States||Deshauna Barber||27||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||Washington, D.C.|
|US Virgin Islands||Carolyn Carter[designations 5]||27||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)||Saint Croix|
|Venezuela||Mariam Habach||21||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)||El Tocuyo|
|Vietnam||Đặng Thị Lệ Hằng[designations 6]||23||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)||Đà Nẵng|
- NIGERIA — Unoaku Anyadike MBGN 2015 was appointed to compete at Miss Universe 2016 by Silverbird Group, the license holder for Miss Universe in Nigeria after MBGN 2016 pageant was cancelled because of economic recession plaguing the country. Anyadike was crowned MBGN 2015 and was sent to Miss World 2015.
- PANAMA — Keity Drennan was appointed Señorita Panamá 2016 at a small ceremony organized by Justine Pasek and Cesar Anel Rodríguez, the national directors of the Señorita Panamá pageant, after they were appointed the new franchise holders for Miss Universe in Panama. Previously, Medcom Corporation, under the direction of Marisela Moreno, held the franchise for Miss Universe in Panama.
- ROMANIA — Teodora Dan was appointed as "Miss Universe Romania 2016" after a casting call was held by the national director Ernest Hadrian Böhm, who obtained the franchise license of Miss Universe in Romania.
- SWITZERLAND — Dijana Cvijetić was appointed Miss Universe Switzerland 2016 by Veeranda Aeberli, the new national director of the Miss Universe Switzerland pageant, because of a lack of time to hold the country pageant. Previously, François Matthey held the franchise for Miss Universe in Switzerland.
- U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS — Carolyn Carter was chosen as Miss Universe US Virgin Islands 2016 by Tom Youth, the national director of the Miss Universe US Virgin Islands pageant.
- VIETNAM — Dang Thi Le Hang was appointed Miss Universe Vietnam 2016 by Tony Nguyen Quoc Toan, the national director of the Miss Universe Vietnam pageant. Dang was the 2nd runner-up at the 2015 Miss Universe Vietnam pageant.
- BELGIUM — Stephanie Geldhof was appointed to compete at Miss Universe 2016 by Darline Devos, the President of the Miss Belgium pageant, as a replacement to Lenty Frans, Miss Belgium 2016, who will only compete at the Miss World 2016 pageant due to conflicting schedules with the Miss Belgium 2017 pageant slated for early January 2017. Geldhof was the 1st runner-up at the Miss Belgium 2016 pageant.
- BOLIVIA — Paula Schneider was crowned Miss Bolivia Universo 2015 and was entitled to compete at the Miss Universe 2016 pageant; however, Schneider resigned in January 2016 citing personal reasons. Antonella Moscatelli, Miss Bolivia Universo 2016, replaced Schneider as Bolivia’s representative at the 2016 Miss Universe pageant.
- KAZAKHSTAN — Darina Kulsitova was appointed to compete at Miss Universe 2016 by the Miss Kazakhstan Organization after the original winner of Miss Kazakhstan 2015, Regina Valter was disqualified after getting married. The announcement was made a day before the contestants would officially start arriving in the Philippines. Darina previously competed at the Miss Kazakhstan 2014 national pageant.
- KOREA — Jenny Kim was appointed to compete at Miss Universe 2016 by Park Jeong-ah, the national director of the Miss Universe Korea pageant and also the new franchise holder for Miss Universe in Korea. Kim replaces Min-ji Lee, Mission Korea 2015, who would not compete at the Miss Universe 2016 pageant after Hanju E&M, the organizers of the Miss Korea pageant, lost the Miss Universe franchise. Coincidentally, Park Jeong-ah also holds the franchise for Miss World in Korea, and Kim was the 1st runner-up at the Miss World Korea 2015 pageant.
- MAURITIUS — Kushboo Ramnawaj was handpicked to represent Mauritius at Miss Universe 2016 by Nevin Rupear, the national director of the Estrella Mauritius Organisation, after he was appointed the new franchise holder for Miss Universe in Mauritius. Ramnawaj replaces Danika Atchia, Miss Mauritius 2015, who was crowned by the previous franchise holder Primerose Obeegadoo and would have represented Mauritius at Miss Universe 2016 otherwise. Ramnawaj was apparently crowned Miss Mauritius 2014 and was supposed to compete at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant but was replaced because of a disagreement with the former franchise holder.
- PUERTO RICO — Brenda Jimenez was crowned as the new Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2016 by Desiree Lowry, the national director of the Miss Universe Puerto Rico pageant, after Kristhielee Caride, the original winner, was dethroned due to her dismissive behaviour. Later, Caride challenged her dethronement in court, which ruled against her. Jiménez represented the municipality of Aguadilla at Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2016 and was the 1st runner-up at the pageant.
- RUSSIA — Yuliana Korolkova was appointed Miss Universe Russia 2016 by the Miss Russia Organization as a replacement to Yana Dobrovolskaya, the winner of the Miss Russia 2016 pageant, who will compete only at Miss World 2016 due to the conflicting schedules of the two international pageants. The winner of the Miss Russia pageant usually participates at both Miss Universe and Miss World pageants. Korolkova represented Orenburg Oblast at Miss Russia 2016 and was the 1st runner-up at the pageant.
- El Salvador — Due to internal problems with the local franchise, Miss El Salvador 2016 has been canceled.
- Gabon — No national pageant held.
- Ghana — No national pageant held after RAC (Roberta Annan Consulting), the former license holder in Ghana, parted away with the organization.
- Ireland — Due to internal problems with the local franchise. Miss Universe Ireland 2016 was canceled.
- Lebanon — Renewal of franchise holder and decided to withdraw.
- Montenegro — Contestant chosen but no plans to compete, possibilities that the local franchise has returned the license to the organization.
- Serbia — Contestant chosen but no plans to compete, possibilities that the local franchise has returned the license to the organization.
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