Amanda Petri, 24, will represent Denmark in the 69th edition of Miss Universe. She will be the European country’s 52nd representative in the international beauty pageant, which was formed on June 28, 1952.
Based in New York City, New York, USA, the Miss Universe Organization is currently owned by the WME/IMG talent agency. Besting 89 other candidates, Zozibini Tunzi, 27, of South Africa was crowned Miss Universe 2019 at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on December 8, 2019.
Tunzi did not crown her successor in 2020 due to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, making her the longest reigning Miss Universe. She will pass her crown at the Miss Universe 2020 coronation night at 8:00 p.m. ET on May 16, 2021 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Broward County, Florida, USA.
As of March 14, 2021, there are 71 candidates confirmed to compete in Miss Universe 2020 including Petri. Among her strongest competitions are Miqueal-Symone Williams, 23, of Jamaica, Sarita Reth, 25, of Cambodia, Nova Stevens, 27, of Canada, Bianca Lorena Tirsin, 22, of Romania and Maria Thattil, 27, of Australia.
Denmark has yet to win Miss Universe. Representing the country, Aino Korva was first runner-up in 1963 while Evy Norlund finished in the Top 15 in 1958 and so did Jeannette Christjansen in 1965, Gitte Fleinert in 1966, Margrethe Knudsen in 1967 and Zaklina Sojic in 2007.
Also representing Denmark, Jytte Olsen finished in the Top 16 in Miss Universe 1953 while Betina Faurbye finished in the Top 20 in 2006. Now, Petri is in a mission to be the country’s first ever Miss Universe.
Petri hails from Copenhagen, Denmark. She is 175 cm tall.
This will not be the first time Petri is representing Denmark in an international beauty pageant. As Miss Denmark 2017, she competed in Miss World 2017 in Sanya, China in November 2017.
In Miss World 2017, Petri was unplaced but she finished in the Top 20 in the Miss Talent challenge and in the Top 24 in the Miss Sports Challenge. In 2018, she represented Denmark in Miss World Cup in Rust, Germany and was the second runner-up.
In 2019, Petri was one of the judges of Miss Universe Denmark. The national beauty pageant was not able to crown a new queen in 2020 so she was appointed as Miss Universe Denmark 2021 on March 14, 2021.