This weekend, a brand new Miss Universe will emerge amid circumstances which have, not less than on the floor, shaken up the 70-year-old competitors: The proprietor, the hosts, and the viewing platform have all just lately modified.
The ultimate of the celebrated competitors will happen New Orleans, Louisiana on January 14. For the previous six years, the present has aired on Fox, however simply because the streaming rights for Miss USA went to NBCUniversal’s Peacock platform, the English-language rights for Miss Universe have additionally gone to the streaming service. Hand.
Steve Harvey, who was the face of the competition beneath the Fox contract, is not going to return emcee. The 71st version of the competitors can be maintain Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo and TV character Jeanie Mae Jenkins, whereas Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Grey and actress Zuri Corridor will function backstage commentators.
Each adjustments have been introduced after the tender was purchased by Thai media mogul Anne Jakkaphong Jakrajutatip, a trans lady who’s the CEO of Thailand-based media distribution firm JKN International Group. Jakrajutatip has additionally acted within the Thai model Undertaking runway and Shark tank and is an advocate for trans rights.
It is a potential recreation changer for the competitors, which barred trans girls from competing till 2012, and solely after the contestant gained the authorized battle after being disqualified for the gender assigned to her at delivery, she was allowed to compete in Miss Universe Canada.
As a part of the acquisition deal, Jakrajutatipa’s media firm additionally owns Miss USA and Miss Teen USA.
How the brand new proprietor of Miss Universe defines magnificence
“I like sturdy girls. I like if you attempt, if you struggle for it, when you have got management, and that is how we outline magnificence. Not the stroll, not simply the appears to be like, however the way in which you speak, and extra importantly the mind behind the speak. —Anne Jakkaphong Jakrajutatip addressing the contestants of the Miss Universe pageant this week.
Miss Universe 2022, by the numbers
80: Candidates competing in Miss Universe
165: Nations the place the competition is broadcast
$210 million: Estimated internet price of Yakrajutathipa who turned the primary lady to win Miss Universe. She is believed to be the third richest overtly transgender particular person on this planet
$20 million: How a lot Jakrajutatip paid to purchase the competition in October 2022 from Endeavour’s IMG
Each 3-4 years: How usually Jakrajuthatip hopes Thailand can host the competitors, making it a “comfortable energy” that pulls tourism and different companies
19 years: Donald Trump was the co-owner of Miss Universe from 1996 to 2015, till he was pressured to promote it after his controversial feedback about Mexicans, broadcasters NBC and Common withdrew from the competitors
Individual of Curiosity: Reigning Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu
In 2021, Harnaaz Sandhu turned the third Indian to win the Miss Universe title in Eilat, Israel, defeating Paraguay’s Nadia Ferreira and South Africa’s Lalela Mswoni. She is going to crown the following winner in New Orleans.
Why Miss Universe 2022 is happening in 2023
Miss Universe was scheduled for December 2022, however was postponed to keep away from a conflict with the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The lingering Miss USA scandal
In October 2022, Miss USA President Krystle Stewart and her firm Miss Model Corp. have been stopped from working the pageant because the Miss Universe group investigated reviews of rigging and took over operations.
Stewart, who was topped Miss USA in 2008, was accused of taking part in favorites and beating Miss Texas USA R’Bonnie Gabriel within the nationwide pageant. Two of Miss USA Nationwide Sponsors— Miss Academy, Stewart’s personal pageant faculty, and medical spa Mia Beauté — are additionally state sponsors Miss Texas USA. Gabriel “had a private relationship with the judges who served on the judging panel throughout pageant week — an excessive battle of curiosity,” claimed Miss Illinois, Angel Ray.
R’Bonney Gabriel competes as Miss USA within the Miss Universe pageant.
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The subsequent massive change at Miss Universe 2023
Subsequent yr’s competitors for single girls will pave the way in which for a extra inclusive future, permitting moms and married girls compete. The adjustments have been introduced in August 2022 earlier than the brand new proprietor turned concerned.