Following the coronation of Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, as the new Miss Universe, #MissUniverse2017 is the number one trend on twitter with over 20 million hits as of writing.
Among the most tweeted segment of the coronation night was the swimsuit, evening gown, and the interview rounds. It was followed by the announcement of the top five contestants.
Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters, Miss Universe Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp, and Miss Universe South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters were among the most mentioned candidates.
Miss Universe Philippines made it to the top 16 via wildcard. The 2017 edition of the most prestigious beauty pageant in the universe introduced a different format in selecting the top 16.
This year, four ladies each from Europe, America, and Africa, Asia, and Pacific composed the top 16. They were joined by four wildcards.
Miss Thailand, Miss Sri Lanka, Miss Ghana, and Miss South Africa composed the Africa, Asia, and Pacific regions. Ladies from Spain, Ireland, Croatia, and Great Britain moved forward for the Africa and Asia Pacific region. Representatives from Colombia, Canada, Brazil, and the United States advanced for the Americas region. The wildcards were composed of Jamaica, Venezuela, China, and the Philippines.
Rounding up the top three were Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez and Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett, as the first and second runners-up, respectively.
Aside from the $300,000 crown, Miss Universe Nel-Peters will also go home with a year-long salary and a luxury apartment in New York City for the duration of her stint as Miss Universe.
Thousands of Twitter users, meanwhile, lauded Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere for her successful stint as Miss Universe.
During her reign, Mittenaere’s advocacy included visiting children from Bienvenue-Tongasoa, an orphanage in her own country. She also worked with Smile Train, a global organization that provides cleft repair surgeries for children in underdeveloped countries. She was also a staunch advocate of oral hygiene since she is a dental surgery student.
While Miss Philippines did not make it to the top five, many Filipinos were proud of what she achieved. A lot of the Filipino supporters took to Twitter to show their support and love for their candidate. They said Peters fought a good fight.
Thailand also did not make it to the final round, but love and support poured in for her. The last time Thailand bagged the crown was in 1988, which was held in Taiwan, where Porntip Nakhirunkanok bested 66 other candidates.
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