Miss Universe 2021 Complete Guide: Miss Mexico is the New Miss Universe

Top 5 Miss Universe 2020 Andrea Meza

Sports fans are a big deal, celebrities have an immense fanbase, but when it comes to Miss Universe, it’s a whole different deal because it has a fanbase unlike any other. Because of its character, more and more people are getting hooked into it so it’s not surprising that even if we’re in a pandemic now, the support for Miss Universe 2021 is steady.

In this article, we will talk about everything you must know about the pageant from the date of Miss Universe 2021, history, Miss Universe 2021 contestants, Miss Universe tickets 2021 and more!

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What’s inside this blog?

About Miss Universe Pageant

Miss Universe 2021 Rehearsals

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

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The Miss Universe Pageant is one of the much-awaited events every year. People from all over the world tune into the show to follow their representative throughout the pageant. According to Hollywood Reporter, nearly 500 million people worldwide watch the live airing show. That’s a different number from the stadium full of audience members witnessing the events in person. 

Established in 1952, the Miss Universe beauty pageant has come a long way but its character and mission has remained the same: Finding the most beautiful woman in the entire universe.

The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) is a global, inclusive organization that celebrates women of all cultures and backgrounds. It aims to empower them to realize their goals through experiences that build self-confidence and create opportunities for success.

MUO prioritizes the importance of being involved and giving back through a dedicated international platform of charitable partnerships. With that being said, the Miss Universe 2021 winner is expected to be a role model to affect positive change through volunteering, fundraising and advocacy.

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Miss Universe 2021 Winner: Miss Mexico is the new Miss Universe!

Different looks of Miss Universe 2020 Andrea Meza

Miss Mexico Andrea Meza is Miss Universe 2020! The new queen was crowned by Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, on May 16 (May 17 in Philippine time).

Must-read: Everything to Know About Miss Universe 2020 Andrea Meza: 10 Surprising Trivia

In Andrea’s final statement, she wowed everybody when she addressed “changing beauty standards.”

We live in a society that more and more is more in advanced. As we advance as a society, we also advance in stereotype. Beauty isn’t only the way we look. For me, beauty radiates not only in our spirits but in our hearts and the way we conduct ourselves. Never permit someone to tell you you are not valuable.

The Philippines’ bet Rabiya Mateo was very close to winning the crown at the 69th Miss Universe competition but failed to make it to the Top 10.

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MISS UNIVERSE WINNERS – Top 5

  • Miss Universe 2020: Andrea Meza
  • 1st runner-up: Julia Gama, Brazil
  • 2nd runner-up: Janick Maceta del Castillo, Peru
  • 3rd runner-up: Adline Castelino, India
  • 4th runner-up: Kimberly Jimenez, Dominican Republic

MISS UNIVERSE WINNERS – Top 10

  1. Jamaica
  2. Dominican Republic
  3. India
  4. Peru
  5. Australia
  6. Puerto Rico
  7. Thailand
  8. Costa Rica
  9. Mexico
  10. Brazil

MISS UNIVERSE WINNERS – Top 21

  1. Colombia
  2. Peru
  3. Australia
  4. France
  5. Myanmar
  6. Jamaica
  7. Mexico
  8. Dominican Republic
  9. USA
  10. Indonesia
  11. Argentina
  12. India
  13. Curacao
  14. Puerto Rico
  15. Philippines
  16. Brazil
  17. Great Britain
  18. Nicaragua
  19. Thailand
  20. Costa Rica
  21. Vietnam

Miss Universe 2021 Schedule

The much-awaited beauty pageant is scheduled to happen on May 16, 2021 (U.S. time), at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In the Philippines, it will air on May 17 in the morning.

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Venue of the Miss Universe 2021

The Miss Universe 2021 pageant will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida.


Miss Universe 2021 Ticket Prices

Recently, news about the Miss Universe tickets 2021 has been going around the social media because, in case you don’t know yet, the tickets don’t come cheap. 

As posted by the MUO on Instagram, Miss Universe 2021 Tickets range from $999 per person up to $2499!

  • IVY – The Fan Experience ($999 per person or around PHP49,000)
  • DIAMOND – The Ultimate VIP experience ($2499 per person or PHP121,000)

The Diamond package includes premium lounge-style seating; entrance to the VIP Kick-Off Party; tickets to the national costume, preliminary, and finals; meet and greet, and interview with the reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, and a photo with the new Miss Universe.

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According to some reports, you cannot buy only one ticket and the prices don’t include the taxes yet! 


Miss Universe 2021 Contestants

This year, there will be 74 Miss Universe 2021 contestants vying for the crown. See below for the full list.

  1. Paula Mehmetukaj – Albania
  2. Alina Luz Akselrad – Argentina
  3. Monika Grigoryan – Armenia
  4. Helen Hernandez – Aruba
  5. Maria Thattil – Australia
  6. Shauntae A. Miller – Bahamas
  7. Hillary-ann Williams – Barbados
  8. Dhenia Covens – Belgium
  9. Iris Salguero – Belize
  10. Lenka Nemer – Bolivia
  11. Julia Gama – Brazil
  12. Shabree Frett – British Virgin Islands
  13. Radinela Chusheva – Bulgaria
  14. Sarita Reth – Cambodia
  15. Angele Kossinda – Cameroon
  16. Nova Stevens – Canada
  17. Mariah Tibbetts – Cayman Islands
  18. Daniela Nicolas – Chile
  19. Jiaxin Sun – China
  20. Laura Olascuaga – Colombia
  21. Ivonne Cerdas – Costa Rica
  22. Mirna Naiia Marić – Croatia
  23. Chantal Wiertz – Curaçao
  24. Klára Vavrušková – Czech Republic
  25. Amanda Petri – Denmark
  26. Kimberly Jimenez – Dominican Republic
  27. Leyla Espinoza Calvache – Ecuador
  28. Vanessa Velásquez – El Salvador
  29. Viivi Altonen – Finland
  30. Amandine Petit – France
  31. Chelsea Tayui – Ghana
  32. Jeanette Akua – Great Britain
  33. Eden Berandoive – Haiti
  34. Cecilia Rossell – Honduras
  35. Elísabet Hulda Snorradóttir – Iceland
  36. Adline Castelino – India
  37. Ayu Maulida Putri – Indonesia
  38. Nadia Sayers – Ireland
  39. Tehila Levi – Israel
  40. Viviana Vizzini – Italy
  41. Miqueal-symone Williams – Jamaica
  42. Aisha Harumi Tochigi – Japan
  43. Kamila Serikbai – Kazakhstan
  44. Hari Park – Korea
  45. Blerta Veseli – Kosovo
  46. Christina Lasasimma – Laos
  47. Francisca Luhong James – Malaysia
  48. Anthea Zammit – Malta
  49. Vandana Jeetah – Mauritius
  50. Andrea Meza – Mexico
  51. Thuzar Wint Lwin – Myanmar
  52. Anshika Sharma – Nepal
  53. Denise Speelman – Netherlands
  54. Ana Marcelo – Nicaragua
  55. Sunniva Frigstad – Norway
  56. Carmen Jaramillo – Panama
  57. Vanessa Castro Guillén – Paraguay
  58. Janick Maceta Del Castillo – Peru
  59. Rabiya Mateo – Philippines
  60. Natalia Piguła – Poland
  61. Cristiana Silva – Portugal
  62. Estefanía Soto Torres – Puerto Rico
  63. Bianca Lorena Tirsin – Romania
  64. Alina Sanko – Russia
  65. Bernadette Belle Ong – Singapore
  66. Natália Hoštáková – Slovak Republic
  67. Natasha Joubert – South Africa
  68. Andrea Martínez – Spain
  69. Amanda Obdam – Thailand
  70. Yelyzaveta Yastremska – Ukraine
  71. Lola De Los Santos – Uruguay
  72. Asya Branch – Usa
  73. Mariangel Villasmil – Venezuela
  74. Khanh Van Nguyen Tran – Vietnam

Trivia About Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo

Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo

1. She is an Indian-Filipino

rabiya mateo indian father miss universe 2021

Photo credits to @rabiyamateo

Born on November 14, 1996, Rabiya has an Indian-American father and a Filipino mother. Her parents separated, and Rabiya was left to the care of her mother.

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In an Instagram post, Rabiya shared an open letter to her estranged father, saying “I became a strong independent woman today because of the situation that happened in the past but I never blamed you for it.”

2. She struggled financially while growing up

In a video posted by GMA Network, Rabiya admitted that she grew up in poverty and graduating college was the ultimate achievement and gift she could give her mom. Her mom is the one who solely supported their family.

3. Before Miss Universe, she’s a licensed physical therapist and educator

Before taking the path to the pageant scene, Rabiya passed the physical therapist licensure. She also graduated with flying colors as a cum laude at the Iloilo Doctors’ College and passed the board exam in August of 2018. She then went on to work at a review center to help who planned to take the same board exam. 

4. Her signature walk is called the Hala Bira

If Catriona Gray has the Lava Walk, Rabiya has Hara Bira walk. “Hala Bira” comes from the Iloilo festival song of the same name.

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5. Rabiya’s trip to America for Miss Universe was her first international flight

Since she reportedly grew up in poverty, Rabiya only experienced her first international flight at the age of 24 for the Miss Universe Pageant. But we’re sure there will be more miles to go for this queen!

6. Rabiya Mateo accidentally falls into swimming pool during Miss Universe shoot

But she handled it like a true queen. In a video posted by Rabiya’s training camp Aces & Queens, the 24-year-old beauty queen recalled the unexpected events that happened to her that day: “So a lot of things happened. First of all, I accidentally fell [in] the pool, so I got half of my outfit wet. And then I almost lost my diamonds.” Rabiya just laughed it off and took to Instagram saying that “When life puts you in a bad situation, just make a joke out of it.”


The Four Filipina Miss Universe

Miss Universe Philippines

Photo source: The Miss Universe Organization/Archive, Released through the Philippine Star

Get to know the empowering Filipina Queens who slayed the runway in the Miss Universe Pageant.

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1. Gloria Diaz, 1969

The first Filipina to bring home the title was Gloria Diaz. She won the title at the age of 18. She was a business student at St. Scholastica College who was simply scouted to join Binibining Pilipinas a month earlier, and had no training but her raw morena beauty, and quick and witty answers and counter-questions to the host, Bob Barker made her a crowd favorite. Besides the title of Miss Universe, Diaz was also in the Top 10 Best in Swimsuit awardees.

Question: In a next day or so, a man will land on the moon. If a man from the moon landed in your hometown, what would you do to entertain him?

Winning Answer: Oh, just the same things I do. I think if he has been in the moon for so long I think when he comes over he wants to change, I guess.

2. Margie Moran-floirendo, 1973

Four years after Gloria Diaz gave the Philippines its first Miss Universe crown, 18-year-old Maryknoll College (now Miriam College) student Margie Moran bagged it again. Before joining the pageant scene, Moran was a part-time model for renowned fashion designer Auggie Cordero and danced in The Best of Broadway production by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Eventually after her Miss Universe stint, she became the president of Ballet Philippines and now the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of CCP.

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Her height, natural beauty, and confidence in her clothes were huge factors to her win. 

Question: Let’s make believe that all of a sudden you had a million dollars. What’s the first thing you would buy and why would you buy it?

Winning Answer: A house and lot because it’s the most expensive thing and I can’t afford it. If I had a million bucks, I’ll buy a house and lot and live by myself and other people of course.

3. Pia Wurtzbach, 2015

It was Pia Wurtzbach who ended the Philippines’ 42-year drought with her iconic fierce look on the camera with a quick switch to angelic smile. Wurtzbach’s win was historic and really became a hot topic due to various controversies especially when host Steve Harvey made the wrong announcement. 

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This beauty queen is an inspiration for many Filipinos because she proved that you can get what you want if you have the courage and perseverance to do it. She attempted to win Binibining Pilipinas thrice! But before becoming Miss Universe, she was an actress, a stylist, and a beauty writer. 

Top five
Question: Earlier this year, there was a controversy in the Philippines about the United States reopening a base in your country. Do you think the United States should have a military presence in your country?

Winning Answer: 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 and our traditions even up to this day and I think that we’re very welcoming with the Americans. And I don’t see any problem with that at all.

Final three
Standard question: Why should you be the next Miss Universe?

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Winning Answer: To be a Miss Universe is both an honor and responsibility. If I were to be Miss Universe, I will 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.

4. Catriona Gray, 2018

Catriona Gray, the Philippines’ fourth Filipina Miss Universe, definitely changed the game once again with her win. She is indeed the epitome of beauty, brains, and heart. Throughout the pageant, she wore pieces that showcase Filipino culture, she was true to her word when she said that she will bring the whole Philippines to the competition.

Before her stint in the Binibining Pilipinas, the Filipina-Australian beauty was also a TV host, singer, model, and stage actress. Talk abou talent! What can’t she do?

She was one of the most notable Filipia Beauty Queens because she didn’t just win the Miss Universe title but also the Miss World Philippines in 2016, placed in the Top 5 and won Multimedia Award and placed second in the talent competition. 

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Top five
Question: Canada recently joined Uruguay as the second nation in the world to make marijuana legal. What is your opinion on the regularization of marijuana?

Winning Answer: I’m for it being used for medical use, but not so for recreational use. Because I think if people will argue then what about alcohol and cigarettes? Everything is good but in moderation.

Final three
Standard Question: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned and how will you apply it to your time as Miss Universe?

Winning Answer: I work a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila and the life there is poor and very sad. And I’ve always taught to myself to look for the beauty of it and look at the beauty of the faces of the children and to be grateful. And I will bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining and to assess where I could give something, where I could provide something as a spokesperson. And this I think if I can teach people to be grateful, we can have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster and children will have smile on their faces.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Miss Universe 2021

Q: When is Miss Universe 2021 pageant date?
A: Miss Universe 2021 date and time is on May 16, 2021 at 8 pm Eastern Time (Monday morning, May 17 in the Philippines). 

Q: Where is the venue of the Miss Universe 2021 pageant?
A: The 2021 Miss Universe pageant will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Q: Kailan ang Miss Universe 2021?
A: Ang date of Miss Universe 2021 ay magaganap sa May 16 at 8 pm Eastern Time (Monday morning, May 17 in the Philippines). Ito ang sagot sa tanong mo kung kailan ang Miss Universe 2021.

Q: Who won the Miss Universe 2020?
A: Zozibini Tunzi is the Miss Universe 2020. She was the first black woman from South Africa to win the Miss Universe crown. She also made history by shunning expectations and electing to compete with her natural, short-cropped hair, reflecting a deep shift in beauty standards in the pageant industry and beyond.

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Q: Are there age requirements for Miss Universe?
A: Yes. Miss Universe delegates must be at least 18 years old and under 28 years old on the date the National competition commenced.

Q: Can Miss Universe be married?
A: No. Miss Universe delegates cannot in any way, shape or form be married, or engaged to be married. The rules once stated that even women who had been married could not compete, but divorcees have since been allowed.

Q: Which country has the most Miss Universe winners?
A: According to the Insider, USA holds the record of the most wins in the Miss Universe pageant.

  • USA – 8 winners
  • Venezuela – 7 winners
  • Puerto Rico – 4 winners
  • Philippines – 4 winners
  • Sweden – 3 winners

Q: Who is the first-ever Miss Universe Pageant winner?
A: Armi Kuusela of Finland was the first winner of Miss Universe in 1952. Before her reign was over, she had to give up her title to get married to a Filipino tycoon, Virgilio Hilario.

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Q: What is the issue about Jam Magno Rabiya Mateo?
A: Pro-government influencer Jam Magno claps back at beauty queen Rabiya Mateo for criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte. TikToker Jam Magno is annoyed that Rabiya said in an interview that women are “as capable” as men to become leaders, in reaction to Duterte’s misogynistic remark where he said that women are unfit for the presidency. 

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