The Miss Universe pageant will take place on 20 December 2015 in Las Vegas. Usually the winner of Miss Lebanon goes to Miss World and Miss Universe but this year both pageants will be held at the same time (December 19th in China for Miss World 2015 and and December 20th in Vegas for Miss Universe 2015).
Valerie About Chacra, 23, is a student at the Lebanese American University (LAU). She competed against 13 women for the crown.
The judges were : Zuhair Murad, Nadine N Njeim, Richard Pharaon, Michel Fadel, Delphine Wespiser, Youssef El Khal, Ziad Hawat, Zeina Kassem and Ziyad Makhoul.
Miss Lebanon has been broadcast on Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) since 1991.
Miss Lebanon 2015 Final Results
Miss Lebanon: Valerie Abou Chacra
First runner-up: Jocelyne Mosleh and Cynthia Samuel
Third runner-up: Nour Nasrallah
Fourth runner-up: Maria Tannous
Valerie Abou Chacra with her family a few minutes after her crowning
With the lebanese artist Ragheb Alama
Valerie Abou Chacra with the make-up artist Hanadi Abou Ltief
History of the Miss Lebanon Pageant
The Miss Lebanon Pageant is currently organised by the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism. The pageant has been cancelled a few times due civil wars, conflicts with Israel and lack of protection for the delegates. Miss Lebanon Organization awards its winner prizes totalling over $400.000.
At the 2014 Miss Universe Pageant Saly Greige has come under fire in her country for posing with Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, in a photo during preparations for the international pageant in Miami. Lebanon and Israel have technically been at war since 2006. Lebanese citizens can be imprisoned for contact with Israelis, and products from the country are banned in Lebanon.
Lebanon has won the Miss Universe Pageant in 1971 with Georgina Rizk. She was crowned in Miami Beach, Florida, USA. She was the first woman from the Middle East and the fourth woman from Asia to win the title.
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