Andrea definitely has big shoes to fill after Ariadna Gutierrez’s fabulous performance at Miss Universe 2015. Remember, Gutiérrez received international attention due to Miss Universe host Steve Harvey announcing her as the winner by mistake.
Andrea Tovar is the second Miss Colombia coming from the predominantly black Choco. She is currently studying Industrial Design and Photographic Image Production at the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogotá.
She's the second ever black Miss Brazil. Raissa Santana attends school—majoring in marketing—and also spends time giving back to her community. She was bullied growing up, in part because of her natural hair. In an interview with Banda Portal, Santana opened up about her experience with bullying, when she was “branded as ugly" growing up. She felt she had to straighten her hair even as a young child because she was told her natural hair wasn't beautiful.
Brazil has won the Miss Universe Pageant in 1963 and 1968.
The Miss Mexico Organization has produced two Miss Universe titles for Mexico: Miss Universe 1991 and 2010. Kristal Silva will be Mexico's representative at Miss Universe 2016 and she's already considered as a favorite.
Kristal is not a newbie to the pageant world, she won Miss Earth Mexico 2013 beauty contest and represented Mexico at the Miss Earth 2013 where she made the Top 8. The mexican beauty currently studies at Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas.
With supermodel looks and a supermodel portfolio, Caris Tiivel is no ordinary competitor. Her international experience as a model has had travel to fashion capitals all over the world.
Australia is one of the most successful countries at the Miss Universe pageant with two crowns; Kerry Anne Wells, Miss Universe 1972 and Jenniffer Hawkins, Miss Universe 2004. Australia has bagged numerous runner-up crowns and top 10 finalists placement.
Under the direction of Osmel Sousa, Venezuela has accumulated more international pageant titles than any other country, including seven Miss Universe winners.
Mariam is a dental student at the José Antonio Páez University. The beauty queen has been dreaming of becoming Miss Venezuela since she was little girl. Her father is syrian while her mother is italian.
Filipinos are hoping that Wurtzbach’s successor will be the fourth Filipino to win Miss Universe.
The Philippines, through BPCI, has produced three Miss Universe winners (Gloria Diaz in 1969, Margarita Moran in 1973 and Pia Wurtzbach in 2015) and four Miss International winners (Aurora Pijuan in 1970, Melanie Marquez in 1979, Lara Quigaman in 2005 and Bea Santiago in 2013).
When she was a child Maxine Medina dreamed of becoming an interior designer. Armed with this dream, she took up Interior Design at both De La Salle-College of St. Benilde and the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID) and later graduated. The filipina beauty also works as a model.
Indonesia made the Top 15 at Miss Universe the past three years. Kezia Warouw is a programmer, graduated from Information Technology Faculty. Her next goal is to make an Android application about all the 34 provinces of Indonesia.
In 2015 Flora Coquerel represented France at Miss Universe 2015 where she placed 3rd Runner-up, which represents the second highest French placement ever in Miss Universe.
Iris is in her fifth year at the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the University of Lille II. After completing her reign as Miss France, she aspires to continue her education and become a surgeon dentist. In the national pageant, she scored the highest ranking (17.5 / 20) in the general knowledge test.
Chalita Suansane was crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2016 this summer in Bangkok. The 21-year-old Samut Prakan native won 1 million baht in cash. She is a student from Mahasarakham University.
Thailand has won the Miss Universe Pageant two times (1965 - Apasra Hongsakula & 1988 - Porntip Nakhirunkanok).