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Miss Universe 2019: Catriona Gray to crown successor in South Korea, North Korea to make debut

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray will crown her successor in South Korea, according to politician and businessman Chavit Singson. The latter was instrumental in conducting the beauty pageant in the Philippines in 2016.

Singson said in an interview with DZMM TeleRadyo that he helped the Miss Universe Organization secure Bangkok, Thailand as the venue for the 67th edition of the beauty pageant. He added that he help the organization secure South Korea as the next venue.

Moreover, Singson revealed that North Korea is sending a representative in Miss Universe 2019. The East Asian country, which is currently led by Kim Jong Un, has yet to participate in any international beauty pageant.

Kim had a historical handshake with United States president Donald Trump at a luxury hotel on the Sentosa island of Singapore on June 12, 2018. This was featured in the dress worn by Miss Singapore Zahra Khanum during the Miss Universe 2018 national costume competition at the Nongnooch International Convention and Exhibition Center in Pattaya, Chonburi, Thailand on December 10, 2018.

The MUO has yet to confirm the venue of Miss Universe 2019. If Gray crowns her successor in South Korea, it will be the second time the beauty pageant is taking place in the country.

Gray is the fourth Miss Universe from the Philippines. The first three are Gloria Diaz, Margarita Moran and Pia Wurtzbach, who were crowned in 1969, 1973 and 2015.

On the other hand, South Korea has yet to win a Miss Universe crown. The country has been regularly participating in the beauty pageant since 1954 and never missed the event except in 1956.

There are only three women from South Korea who made it to the Top 5 of Miss Universe. Kim Myoung Ja was fourth runner-up in 1963, Jang Yoon Jeong was first runner-up in 1988 and Le Ha Nui was third runner-up in 2007.

Appointed by Miss Universe Korea 2016 national director Park Jeong Ah, Jenny Kim was unplaced in Miss Universe 2016 in the Philippines but she won the Miss Congeniality award. In 2017, she was crowned Miss Supranational in Poland.

Currently, there are seven candidates confirmed to compete in Miss Universe 2019 namely Miss Colombia Gabriela Tafur, Miss Georgia Tako Adamia, Miss Kazakhstan Kamila Kozhakhanova, Miss Peru Anyella Grados, Miss Poland Milena Sadowska, Miss Sierra Leone Marie Esther Bangura and Miss Vietnam Hoang Thuy.

Meanwhile, here is Gray singing with other Filipino singers a month before her coronation as Miss Universe 2018:

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