Out of the 94 women vying for the Miss Universe 2018 crown, 23 are representing countries from North America and South America excluding the Caribbean countries. Here is the list:
- Agustina Belen Pivowarchuk (Argentina)
- Danielle Grant (Bahamas)
- Meghan Theobalds (Barbados)
- Jenelli Fraser (Belize)
- Joyce Prado (Bolivia)
- Mayra Dias (Brazil)
- Marta Stepien (Canada)
- Caitlin Tyson (Cayman Islands)
- Andrea Diaz (Chile)
- Valeria Morales (Colombia)
- Natalia Carvajal (Costa Rica)
- Virginia Limongi (Ecuador)
- Marisela de Montecristo (El Salvador)
- Mariana Garcia (Guatemala)
- Vanessa Villars (Honduras)
- Andrea Toscano (Mexico)
- Adriana Paniagua (Nicaragua)
- Rosa Montezuma (Panama)
- Belen Alderete (Paraguay)
- Romina Lozano (Peru)
- Abigail Marrero Moreira (Uruguay)
- Sara Rose Summers (United States)
- Sthefany Gutierrez (Venezuela)
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.
Summers and Gutierrez are among the strongest candidates in Miss Universe 2018. I predict that the successor of Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa will come from the Americas but not the representatives from the U.S. and Venezuela.
Both Summers and Gutierrez are very likely to make it to the Top 5. My prediction is that Toscano will emerge as the victor at the end of the Miss Universe 2018 coronation night.
If Toscano wins, she will become the third Miss Universe from Mexico. The first two were Lupita Jones and Ximena Navarrete, who won in 1991 and 2010, respectively.
The other strong Miss Universe 2018 candidates from the Americas are Stepien, Morales and Alderete. I predict that the candidates from Canada, Colombia and Paraguay will make it to the Top 20.
On December 17, 2018, Nel-Peters will crown her successor at Impact, Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok, Thailand. Meanwhile, check how the American beauties represented their respective countries in the Miss Universe 2018 national costume show here: