beauty pageants

21 Miss Universe 2017 candidates from Asia


The last time the Miss Universe crown was won by a candidate from Asia was in 2015. Controversially, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines was declared the winner and Ariadna Gutierrez of Colombia was the runner-up.

On Nov. 26, Sunday, Wurtzbach is back as one of the judges of Miss Universe 2017 while Iris Mittenaere of France will pass her crown to her successor. Among the 92 candidates, 21 are from Asia. Here is the list:

  1. Miss Cambodia Sotheary By
  2. Miss China Roxana Qiu
  3. Miss Georgia Marita Gogodze
  4. Miss India Shraddha Shashidhar
  5. Miss Indonesia Bunga Jelitha
  6. Miss Iraq Sarah Idan
  7. Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman
  8. Miss Japan Momoko Abe
  9. Miss Kazakhstan Kamilla Asylova
  10. Miss Korea Sewhee Cho
  11. Miss Laos Souphaphone Somvichith
  12. Miss Lebanon Jana Sader
  13. Miss Malaysia Samantha James
  14. Miss Myanmar Zun Thansin
  15. Miss Nepal Nagma Shrestha
  16. Miss Philippines Rachel Peters
  17. Miss Singapore Manuela Bruntraeger
  18. Miss Sri Lanka Christina Peiris
  19. Miss Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp
  20. Miss Turkey Pinar Tartan
  21. Miss Vietnam Loan Nguyen

Currently, the Asian country with the most Miss Universe winners is the Philippines with three. Before Wurtzbach, Filipino beauty queens Gloria Diaz and Margarita Moran won the crown in 1969 and in 1973, respectively, so if Peters becomes Mittenaere’s successor, the current candidate from the Philippines will be the fourth one from her country to win the crown.

Japan, India and Thailand have two Miss Universe winners each while both Lebanon and Israel have one. The other Asian countries have yet to win a crown from the prestigious beauty pageant currently owned by WME/IMG talent agency.

Meanwhile, here is a clip featuring Wurtzbach and Mittenaere:

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