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Nigeria’s Olutosin Araromi finishes in Miss Universe 2019 Top 20 in Atlanta, Georgia

Olutosin Itohan Araromi, 25, Nigeria was one of the quarterfinalists in Miss Universe 2019. She finished in the Top 20 of the 68th edition of the international beauty pageant.

The Miss Universe 2019 coronation night took place at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, United States on December 8, 2019. It was hosted by Steve Harvey, 62, with Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, 27, and Vanessa Lachey, 39, as the backstage presenters.

Including Araromi, 90 candidates competed for the crown. It was Zozibini Tunzi, 26, of South Africa who became the 68th titleholder of the international beauty pageant.

Catriona Gray, 25, of the Philippines graced the ceremony to crown Tunzi as her successor. The new Miss Universe 2019 queen wore a new crowned made by luxury jeweler Mouawad.

Runner-up to Tunzi was Madison Anderson, 24, Puerto Rico while Sofía Aragón, 25, Mexico was second runner-up. Both Paweensuda Drouin, 26, Thailand and Gabriela Tafur, 24, Colombia finished in the Top 5.

Olga Buława, 28, Poland was voted Miss Congeniality. Gazini Ganados, 23, of the Philippines won the Best in National Costume award.

Four out of the seven members of the all-female jury are from the United States. They were William Morris Endeavor chief marketing officer Bozoma Saint John, 42, Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart, 38, blogger Sazan Hendrix, 30, and Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, 26.

Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori, 32, of Japan was the only Asian member of the jury. Actress Gaby Espino, 43, of Venezuela and Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega, 26, of Colombia also served as judges.

Ally Brooke, 26, performed during the ceremony. It was broadcast on Fox and Telemundo.

Hailing from Jalingo, Nigeria, Araromi graduated from Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, USA with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Services with a minor in Psychology. In 2015, she was named Miss Nigeria USA, replacing Frances Onyemaechi Udukwu who had to relinquish the title after being crowned Miss Africa USA 2015-2016.

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Loving my official @missuniverse program book picture by the fabulous @fadilberishaphotography. The day is finally here! The 2019 @missuniverse competition airs tonight live on Fox 5 at 7pm EST (which is 12/1am Nigerian time) this has been a day I’ve dreamed of for sooo long. So honored and blessed to be representing the Giant of Africa at the world’s most prestigious pageant. Dreams really do come true! No matter what happens tonight I hope I have made my country proud, my family and friends proud and for sure I know my mom is sooo proud! Again thank you to everyone on my team, my sponsors, and to those who have contributed to my #roadtomissuniverse journey. I’m forever grateful! Now it’s time to get game day ready! Catch me live on Fox 5 at 7pm, love you all 😘 #naijatotheuniverse #MBGNuniverse #iamolutosin #confidentlybeautiful #missuniversenigeria #africatotheworld #roadtomissuniverse . . #iamolutosin #Godschild ##instabeauty #fashionblogger #blessed #instadaily #model #Influencer #africanqueen #melanin #likeforlike #Africa #Nigeria #gaintrick #gainpost #like4like #beautyqueen #likesforlikes #rfr #instabeauty #blessed #AfricanQueen #international #tosination

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