Miss Universe 2019 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Miss Universe 2019


Miss Universe 2019 broadcast loses viewers in U.S.

Dec 15, 2019 - 6:12 PM

It's the 4th straight year that the pageant lost viewers in the US

MISS UNIVERSE. Zozibini Tunzi, Miss South Africa 2019 is crowned Miss Universe. Photo courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization

Meet Swe Zin Htet, Myanmar's out and proud Miss Universe bet

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Swe Zin Htet pushes for LGBTQ+ rights in a country where being gay can be punishable by law

Gazini Ganados to Filipino fans: 'I hope I made you proud'

Dec 10, 2019 - 10:28 AM

'I just did all my best. I couldn’t have had it any other way,' says Gazini

Gazini Ganados, Miss Philippines 2019 on stage in fashion by Sherri Hill as a Top 20 finalist with host Steve Harvey during The MISS UNIVERSE® Competition airing on FOX at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, December 8, 2019 live from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. Contestants from around the globe have spent the last few weeks touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

SUMMARY: Everything you need to know about the Miss Universe 2019 pageant

Dec 09, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Here are the stories you should not miss

MISS UNIVERSE. South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi is Miss Universe 2019. Photo courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization

Who is Birta Abiba Þórhallsdóttir, Miss Universe Iceland 2019?

Dec 09, 2019 - 4:00 PM

After Gazini Ganados' exit, the biracial beauty and pageant newbie quickly became a fan favorite

FAN FAVORITE. Birta Abiba Þórhallsdóttir captures the hearts of pageant fans all over the world at the 2019 Miss Universe finals. Screenshot from Instagram.com/birta.abiba

PH bet Gazini Ganados wins Miss Universe national costume award

Dec 09, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The Miss Universe Organization is quick to add that it wasn't host Steve Harvey's fault

LOOK: Demi-Leigh Nel Peters congratulates Miss Universe 2019 Zozibini Tunzi

Dec 09, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Demi-Leigh, who won the title in 2017, shows her support for the new queen

Who is Zozibini Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019?

Dec 09, 2019 - 1:22 PM

Get to know the new Miss Universe

NEW QUEEN. Zozibini is crowned this year's Miss Universe. Photo courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization

DOTr slammed for ‘distasteful' Miss Universe social media post

Dec 09, 2019 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) 'There’s nothing wrong with our post. We are just trying to draw humor,' says Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary for Communications Goddes Libiran

LOOK: Mak Tumang's 'Reflection' gown for Catriona Gray's final walk as Miss Universe

Dec 09, 2019 - 1:04 PM

The gown is inspired by the 'vision of the Philippine Eagle flying over the flawless turquoise seas embracing our archipelago'

Miss Universe 2018 Philippines' Catriona Gray stands on stage during the 2019 Miss Universe pageant at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on December 8, 2019. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

TRANSCRIPT: Catriona Gray's final message as Miss Universe 2018

Dec 09, 2019 - 12:00 PM

'When we raise our voices together, the words 'women power' become more than just a phrase - they become a movement,' says Catriona

TRANSCRIPT: Miss Universe 2019 closing statements

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Read the final statements of the 3 finalists – Mexico, South Africa, and Puerto Rico

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 08: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Steve Harvey interviews Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson onstage at the 2019 Miss Universe Pageant at Tyler Perry Studios on December 08, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Paras Griffin/Getty Images/AFP

TRANSCRIPT: Miss Universe 2019 final word answers

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:20 AM

The top 3 contestants answer the question: ‘What is the most important thing we should teach young girls today?’

TOP 3. Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson, Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi, and Miss Mexico Sofia Aragon appear onstage at the 2019 Miss Universe Pageant at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images/AFP

TRANSCRIPT: Miss Universe 2019 Q and A segment

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:15 AM

Which answer did you like the best?

South Africa's Zozibini Tunzi is Miss Universe 2019

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Zozibini Tunzi succeeds Catriona Gray of the Philippines

NEW QUEEN. South Africa wins the Miss Universe 2019 crown. Photo courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization

'We're proud of you': Celebrities thank Miss Universe PH bet Gazini Ganados

Dec 09, 2019 - 10:33 AM

Ruffa Gutierrez, Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, and other celebrities thank Gazini for representing the Philippines in Miss Universe

STILL PROUD. Celebrities and people online tweet their thanks you messages for Gazini Ganados, who finished in the Top 20. Photo from the Miss Universe Organization

READ: Gazini Ganados' opening statement at Miss Universe 2019

Dec 09, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Here's what Gazini Ganados had to say about her advocacy: elderly care

PH's Gazini Ganados concludes Miss Universe 2019 journey in Top 20

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:47 AM

The Philippine bet to the yearly pageant closes her journey in the Top 20

LOOK: The all-women panel of judges at Miss Universe 2019

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:09 AM

Girl power! Seven female judges are on this year's panel for Miss Universe 2019.

During Miss Universe 2019 pageant, Gazini tweets: 'Crossed fingers. Laban tayo!'

Dec 09, 2019 - 9:02 AM

'For the Philippines. Laban Tayo!' says Gazini Ganados on Twitter

LABAN. Gazini Ganados at the Miss Universe 2019 preliminaries. Photo courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization

HIGHLIGHTS: Miss Universe 2019 coronation

Dec 08, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Bookmark this page for updates on the coronation of Miss Universe 2019!

Miss Universe 2019: The best bets list

Dec 08, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Rappler contributor Voltaire Tayag give his take on this year's pageant

IN PHOTOS: The showstopping national costumes at Miss Universe 2019

Dec 08, 2019 - 10:00 AM

From quirky to political, here are the best costumes from this year's Miss Universe pageant

Vichitta Phonevilay, Miss Laos 2019 on stage during the National Costume Show at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta on Friday, December 6, 2019. The National Costume Show is an international tradition where contestants display an authentic costume of choice that best represents the culture of their home country. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in Atlanta. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET on Sunday, December 8, 2019 live from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta to see who will become the next Miss Universe. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

LOOK: PH's Gazini Ganados dazzles in Miss Universe 2019 national costume

Dec 07, 2019 - 12:39 PM

It's a Cary Santiago piece like no other

IN PHOTOS: PH's Gazini Ganados at the Miss Universe 2019 preliminary competition

Dec 07, 2019 - 11:04 AM

It's through the preliminary competition that the Top 20 candidates are chosen

Here's what binds the Philippines' Gazini Ganados and Singapore's Mohana Prabha together

Dec 06, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Miss Universe Philippines creative director Jonas Gaffud, who is also a consultant for Miss Universe Singapore, handled Mohana's preparations

LOOK: New Miss Universe 2019 crown unveiled

Dec 06, 2019 - 9:23 AM

Mouawad unveils the 'Power of Unity' crown

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 5: Miss Universe Catriona Gray and Pascal Mouawad unveil the new Miss Universe crown on December 5, 2019 at Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA. Designed by luxury jeweler Mouawad, the crown is crafted in 18-karat gold, handset with more than 1770 diamonds including a magnificent centerpiece shield-cut golden canary diamond weighing 62.83-carats. The Power of Unity crown marks the first collaboration between Mouawad and Miss Universe. Marcus Ingram/Getty Images for Endeavor/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Gazini Ganados showcases Filipino design at Miss Universe 2019

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:48 PM

From a Jun Ador suit to Kadama coat, Gazini's outfits show the best of Filipino fashion

WATCH: Gazini Ganados showcases adventurous side in Miss Universe Philippines video

Dec 04, 2019 - 4:14 PM

'I have reached the peak of the mountain against all odds, here I hold the universe in my eyes,' Gazini says

LOOK: Gazini Ganados' Philippine flag-inspired earrings

Dec 03, 2019 - 12:24 PM

Gazini's 'Watawat' earring are by accessories designer Kathryn Fanlo

Gazini Ganados prepares for Miss Universe questions on 'The Bottomline'

Dec 02, 2019 - 8:15 AM

Gazini talks about cosmetic surgery, her advocacy, and abortion

Watch: Gazini Ganados shows love for the elderly in 'Timeless' music video

Nov 29, 2019 - 10:58 AM

'Timeless' is performed by JMKO

Gazini Ganados thanks supporters: 'Lalaban tayo'

Nov 27, 2019 - 2:20 PM

'I am continuously asking for your prayers and support,' Gazini says

Gazini Ganados excited for Miss Universe 2019 competition: 'I'm fully set'

Nov 26, 2019 - 6:46 PM

'Gazini speaks with an authenticity that comes from an honest place and comes across as very relatable,' says Rappler's resident pageant expert Voltaire Tayag

LOOK: Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados bound for Atlanta, Georgia

Nov 26, 2019 - 11:28 AM

Gazini is set to represent the Philippines in the Miss Universe pageant on December 8

Pia Wurtzbach not attending Miss Universe 2019 pageant

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Pia says she will not be able to attend the pageant due to a prior commitment in Japan

Pia Wurtzbach. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Miss Universe 2019 national costumes

Nov 26, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Which costume got your attention so far?

PH's Miss Universe bet Gazini Ganados says abortion 'not an option at all'

Nov 07, 2019 - 2:06 PM

The Philippine bet in the Miss Universe pageant says she thinks it's 'inhumane'

Designer Cary Santiago reminds bashers: Beauty pageants 'not barometer of fashion'

Nov 04, 2019 - 9:28 PM

'Let me reiterate, fashion is never and will never be about beauty pageants,' says the Cebuano fashion designer

Miss Universe 2019 to be held in Atlanta, Georgia

Nov 01, 2019 - 8:55 AM

Coronation night is on December 9, Manila time

Catriona Gray of the Philippines smiles after being crowned the new Miss Universe 2018 on December 17, 2018 in Bangkok. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Miss Universe Organization announces new crown for 2019

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:13 AM

Mouawad is the new crown provider for the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Teen USA pageants

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gazini Ganados on her Miss Universe preps: Visualize who you really want to be

Sep 10, 2019 - 11:30 AM

With 3 months to go, Gazini says she's been training and looks forward to bonding with the other candidates

After Boracay rehab, another Miss Universe hosting stint?

Apr 10, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Tourism secretary Wanda Teo says they are open to the possibility of having the pageant in the country after the rehabilitation of Boracay

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