The 67th edition of Miss Universe is taking place in Asia. Out of the 94 candidates, 20 are from the host continent.
Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines was the last Miss Universe to come from Asia. She won the title in 2015 and became the third winner of the beauty pageant from her country.
In Miss Universe 2017, Maria Poonlertlarp of Thailand made it to the Top 5, earning the highest placement for Asia. Here are the candidates representing the continent in Miss Universe 2018:
- Nat Rern (Cambodia)
- Qin Meisu (China)
- Nehal Chudasama (India)
- Sonia Fergina Citra (Indonesia)
- Nikol Reznikov (Israel)
- Yuumi Kato (Japan)
- Sabina Azimbayeva (Kazakhstan)
- Ji Hyun Baek (Korea)
- Begimay Karybekova (Kyrgyzstan)
- On-anong Homsobath (Laos)
- Maya Reaidy (Lebanon)
- Jane Teoh (Malaysia)
- Dolgion Delgerjav (Mongolia)
- Hnin Thway Yu Aung (Myanmar)
- Manita Devkota (Nepal)
- Catriona Gray (Philippines)
- Zahra Khanum (Singapore)
- Ornella Gunesekere (Sri Lanka)
- Sophida Kanchanarin (Thailand)
- H’Hen Nie (Vietnam)
Gray and Kancharin are two of the strongest Miss Universe 2018 candidates from Asia. Both candidates could be the successor of Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa.
From 2010 to 2017, the Philippines consistently placed in the Top 15. Gray is looking forward to become the fourth Filipino Miss Universe following Wurtzbach as well as Gloria Diaz and Margarita Moran, who won in 1969 and 1973, respectively.
On the other hand, Kancharin is aiming to become the third Miss Universe from Thailand. The first two titleholders from her country were Apasra Hongsakula and who won in 1965 and in 1988, respectively.
On December 17, 2018, Nel-Peters will crown her successor at Impact, Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok, Thailand. The home turf advantage will definitely help Kancharin but if she does actually win the crown, I believe she has the qualities that qualifies her to become the next queen.
The other strong Miss Universe 2018 candidates from Asia are the representatives from India, Japan, Korea, Nepal and Vietnam. I predict that these four Asian candidates will make it to the Top 20.
Miss Universe started in 1952 with Armi Kuusela of Finland as the inaugural winner. Currently, the United States is the country with the most wins in the beauty pageant with eight crowns followed by Venezuela and Puerto Rico with seven and five crowns, respectively.
Meanwhile, check how the Asian beauties represented their respective countries in the Miss Universe 2018 national costume show here: