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Valencia, Venezuela’s Thalía Olvino to compete in Miss Universe 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Thalía Olvino, 20, will represent Venezuela in Miss Universe 2019. It is the 68th edition of the international beauty pageant run by the Miss Universe Organization, which is currently owned by the WME/IMG talent agency.

Hailing from Valencia, Venezuela, Olvino is a model, a synchronized swimmer and a college student. She is studying Management and Administrative Sciences at the Universidad Tecnológica del Centro in Guacara, Carabobo, Venezuela.

Olvino was crowned Miss Venezuela 2019 on August 1, 2019 at the Estudio 5 de Venevisión in Caracas, Venezuela. She succeeded Isabella Rodríguez, 26, who will represent Venezuela in Miss World 2019.

It was Miss Venezuela 2017 Sthefany Gutiérrez, 20, who competed in Miss Universe 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. She was second runner-up.

Including Olvino, more than 90 candidates from all over the world are expected to compete in Miss Universe 2019. The coronation night will take place at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, United States on December 8, 2019.

Steve Harvey is returning to host the Miss Universe 2019 coronation night. It will be aired live on Fox as well as on Telemundo for Spanish-speaking viewers.

Catriona Gray, 25, is the reigning Miss Universe 2018. Born in Cairns, Queensland, Australia on January 6, 1994 to a Scotland-born Australian father and a Filipino mother, she is the fourth Miss Universe from the Philippines following Gloria Diaz, Margarita Moran and Pia Wurtzbach, who were crowned in 1969, 1973 and 2015, respectively.

Gray’s successor will wear a new crown made by Swiss and Emirati luxury jeweler Mouawad. Founded in Beirut, Lebanon by David Mouawad in 1891, the company making and selling jewelry, objects of art and luxury watches is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland with a Middle East headquarters at Jumeirah Lakes Towers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

If Olvino wins Miss Universe 2019, she will be the eight titleholder of the beauty pageant to come from Venezuela. The first seven are Maritza Sayalero, Irene Sáez, Bárbara Palacios, Alicia Machado, Dayana Mendoza, Stefanía Fernández and Gabriela Isler, who were crowned in 1979, 1981, 1986, 1996, 2008, 2009 and 2013, respectively.

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