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Miss Universe 2015 Coverage
By Rick Soto, Editor

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LAS VEGAS-122015) WME | IMG acquired The Miss Universe Organization from Donald Trump in September. Eighty country titleholders arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada for Miss Universe 2015 pageant.

The following are highlights:

Tuesday, December 01, 2015
:: Registration and Fittings: Miss Universe 2015 contestants arrive at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015
:: Miss Universe pageant contestants pose in Yamamay swimwear, as well as, Chinese Laundry shoes upon arriving to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Brenda Castro, Miss Costa Rica 2015, Yun Fang Xue, Miss China 2015, and Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Philippines 2015
Brenda Castro, Miss Costa Rica 2015, Yun Fang Xue, Miss China 2015, and Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Philippines 2015
(photo: Miss Universe Organization)

Sunday, December 06, 2015
:: Opening Pre Tape: Miss Universe pageant contestants take part in a pre tape segment while on stage at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Nikoletta Nagy, Miss Hungary 2015
Nikoletta Nagy, Miss Hungary 2015
(photo: Miss Universe Organization)

:: Red Rock Canyon: Miss Universe pageant contestants pose for a photo at Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Weronika Szmajdzińska, Miss Poland 2015
Weronika Szmajdzińska, Miss Poland 2015
(photo: Miss Universe Organization)

Monday, December 07, 2015
:: Welcome Event & Reception: Paulina Vega, Miss Universe 2014, and the 2015 Miss Universe contestants together during the Welcome Event at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
:: Welcome Dinner: Miss Universe pageant contestants pose for a photo during the Welcome Dinner at Buca di Beppo.
:: Pre Tape at Planet Hollywood: Miss Universe pageant contestants lead the charge during a pre tape segment at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
:: Language 101 at The Venetian: Miss Universe pageant contestants pose for a photo at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Tuesday, December 08, 2015
:: Eiffel Tower and High Roller Ferris Wheel Tour: Miss Universe pageant contestants pose for a photo on top of the Paris Eiffel Tower.
:: Downtown Las Vegas: Miss Universe pageant contestants pose for a photo in Downtown Las Vegas.
:: Chinese Laundry Sponsor Event at Zappos: Miss Universe pageant contestants show off their Chinese Laundry shoes at a Chinese Laundry sponsored event at Zappos.


Martine Rødseth, Miss Norway 2015; Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Philippines 2015; Yun Fang Xue, Miss China 2015; Nikoletta Nagy, Miss Hungary 2015; and Shauna Ramdyhan, Miss Guyana 2015
Martine Rødseth, Miss Norway 2015; Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Philippines 2015; Yun Fang Xue, Miss China 2015; Nikoletta Nagy, Miss Hungary 2015; and Shauna Ramdyhan, Miss Guyana 2015
(photo: Miss Universe Organization)

:: National Costume Bumper: Miss Universe pageant contestants film in their National Costume at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.


Cecilie Feline Wellemberg, Miss Denmark 2015
Cecilie Feline Wellemberg, Miss Denmark 2015
(photo: Miss Universe Organization)

Nena France, Miss Great Britain 2015; and Wendy Esparza, Miss Mexico 2015
Nena France, Miss Great Britain 2015; and Wendy Esparza, Miss Mexico 2015
(photo: Miss Universe Organization)

Wednesday, December 09, 2015
:: Exotics Racing Event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: Miss Universe pageant contestants pose for a photo at Exotics Racing.
:: Portraits at Planet Hollywood: Miss Universe pageant contestants pose for a photo inside Planet Hollywood.


Nikoletta Nagy, Miss Hungary 2015
Nikoletta Nagy, Miss Hungary 2015
(photo: Miss Universe Organization)

:: Pajama Party at Planet Hollywood: Miss Universe pageant contestants participate in a guessing game during a pajama party video shoot at Planet Hollywood.


Thursday, December 10, 2015
:: National Gift Auction: Miss Universe pageant contestants pose for photos during the National Gift Auction at the Opportunity Village.
:: Fashion Photography by Fadil Berisha: Miss Universe pageant contestants are photographed by fashion photographer Fadil Berisha upon arriving to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.


Anindya Kusuma Putri, Miss Indonesia 2015
Anindya Kusuma Putri, Miss Indonesia 2015
(photo: Miss Universe Organization)

:: Miss Universe Contestants in their Evening Gowns: Miss Universe pageant contestants pose in their evening gown upon arriving to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.


Myriam Arevalos, Miss Paraguay 2015
Myriam Arevalos, Miss Paraguay 2015
(photo: Miss Universe Organization)

:: Miss Universe Contestants in Yamamay Swimwear: Miss Universe pageant contestants pose in Yamamay swimwear upon arriving to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Brenda Castro, Miss Costa Rica 2015
Brenda Castro, Miss Costa Rica 2015
(photo: Miss Universe Organization)

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Philippines 2015
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Philippines 2015
(photo: Miss Universe Organization).

Friday, December 11, 2015
:: Neon Museum, Las Vegas: Miss Universe pageant contestants take part in a pre tape segment for the Miss Universe Telecast at The Neon Museum Las Vegas.

Catalina Morales, Miss Puerto Rico 2015
Catalina Morales, Miss Puerto Rico 2015
(photo: Miss Universe Organization)

Saturday, December 12, 2015
:: Miss Universe Contestant Headshots: Miss Universe pageant contestants pose in their evening gown upon arriving to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Philippines 2015
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Philippines 2015
(photo: Miss Universe Organization)

:: Rehearsals 12-12: Miss Universe pageant contestants rehearse for the upcoming Miss Universe Telecast while at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.


May Bayani Thaw, Miss Myanmar 2015
May Bayani Thaw, Miss Myanmar 2015
(photo: Miss Universe Organization)

:: Stop Hunger Now Event: Miss Universe pageant contestants during an event for Stop Hunger Now at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.


Sunday, December 13, 2015
:: Talent Show: Miss Universe pageant contestants walk the red carpet before a talent show at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

Maria-Belen Jerez Spuler, Miss Chile 2015
Maria-Belen Jerez Spuler, Miss Chile 2015
(photo: Miss Universe Organization).

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
:: Preliminary Competition Backstage: Miss Universe pageant contestants get their hair done by a stylist from CHI Haircare, and makeup done by an O.P Makeup Studio artist backstage at The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Sunday, December 20, 2015
:: Miss Universe 2015 - Red Carpet: Paulina Vega, Miss Universe 2014 poses for photos on the red carpet before the opening of The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Telecast airing live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on FOX.

Paulina Vega, Miss Universe 2014
Paulina Vega, Miss Universe 2014
(photo: Miss Universe Organization)

Eighty country representatives compete for Miss Universe 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Top 15 semi-finalists were announced:


Australia: Monika Radulovic
Belgium: Annelies Toros

Brazil: Marthina Brandt
Colombia: Ariadna Gutierrez
Curacao: Kanisha Sluis
Dominican Republic: Clarissa Molina

France: Flora Coquerel
Indonesia: Anindya Kusuma Putri
Japan: Ariana Miyamoto
Mexico: Wendy Esparza
Philippines: Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
South Africa: Refilwe Mthimunye
Thailand: Aniporn Chalermburanawong

United States: Olivia Jordan
Venezuela: Mariana Jimenez


The swimsuit competition took place amongst top 15 Miss Universe pageant contestants.

The top 10 were announced:


Australia: Monika Radulovic
Colombia: Ariadna Gutierrez
Curacao: Kanisha Sluis
Dominican Republic: Clarissa Molina

France: Flora Coquerel
Japan: Ariana Miyamoto
Philippines: Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
Thailand: Aniporn Chalermburanawong
United States: Olivia Jordan
Venezuela: Mariana Jimenez

The evening gown competition took place amongst top 10 Miss Universe pageant contestants.


The top 5 announced:

Australia: Monika Radulovic
Colombia: Ariadna Gutierrez
France: Flora Coquerel
Philippines: Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
United States: Olivia Jordan

The interview portion asked the following questions:

:: Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach: Earlier this year there was a controversy in the Philippines about the United States opening a military base in your country. Do you think the United States should have a military presence in your country? I think that the United States and the Philippines have always had a good relationship with each other. We were colonized by the Americans and we have their culture / traditions even to this day. I think we are very welcoming of the Americans and I do not see any problem with that at all.

:: Miss France, Flora Coquerel: Having experienced terrorism first hand yourself--What is the best way for governments to combat this rising threat? In my opinion to fight terrorism: first we have to find out where the problems are coming from, we have to listen to the people who are committing these attacks. We have to find the problem at its heart, and for us French--we have to learn to be happy, to live and be among ourselves.

:: Miss Australia, Monika Radulovic: Australia is taking its first steps in legalizing marijuana. Do you think that is a good idea, and why? This topic has both positives and negatives, and it is quite debated. I believe in certain circumstances, legalizing marijuana has definite benefits. It has been really amazing in treating cancer--it has really really helped those that are sick. In that circumstance I believe yes we should, but the government should weigh both options.

:: Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez: Drug abuse continues to be one of the world’s most serious social problems. What do you think is the way to handle this issue? The ideas that I have that we could use to eradicate these problems that are unfortunately are effecting our world. It is in our homes to incentivise education for these problems, because they continue to be large problems for the world.

:: Miss USA, Olivia Jordan: Few issues in the United States are more polarizing than gun ownership--the argument really heats up after major tragic events, such as San Bernardino and Sandy Hook. What is your position on gun control? It is an incredibly difficult issue and the United States is constantly battling and weighing our options. I think it is incredibly important that all individuals have the right to protect themselves and feel safe. But, I also think that sometimes we need to look at the safety as a whole than our own personal safety. So, I think we need stronger regulations, specifically we need to pay attention.

The top three were asked an additional question: Why should you be the next Miss Universe?

:: Miss USA, Olivia Jordan: I think I should be the next Miss Universe, because I am so passionate and so driven. It is my goal to inspire people from around the world to believe in themselves, to be themselves, and to follow their wildest dreams no matter what those dreams are. I want to work to bring equality towards men and women--it is time to step up and empower women all over the world.

:: Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez: I am confident that I should be the third Miss Universe for my country Colombia. I have all the attributes that a Latin women has. I am a woman who is full of feeling and have the attributes that a woman should have in Colombia--and a Miss Universe should have for all of her events.

:: Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach: To be Miss Universe is both an honor and a responsibility. If I were to be Miss Universe, I would use my voice to influence the youth, and I would raise awareness to certain causes like HIV awareness that is timely and relevant to my country, which is the Philippines. I want to show the world--the universe rather that I am confidently beautiful with a heart, thank you.


The winner of 2015 Miss Universe as announced:

2nd runner-up: Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015
1st runner-up: Ariadna Gutierrez, Miss Colombia 2015

2015 Miss Universe: Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
2015 Miss Universe: Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach


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