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Miss Universe Morocco 2021 to compete in Eilat, Israel

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The 70th edition of Miss Universe will be held in Eilat, Israel. One of the candidates is Miss Universe Morocco 2021.

Andrea Meza of Mexico is the reigning queen. She will become the Miss Universe titleholder with the shortest reign after she passes her crown.

This marks Morocco’s return to the international beauty pageant after 43 years. The last time the African country participated in the competition was in 1978 with Majida Tazi of Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, Morocco as its representative.

Tazi was unplaced when she competed against 74 other candidates in Acapulco, Mexico. It was Margaret Gardiner of South Africa who won the Miss Universe 1978 title.

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Moroccan women interested in competing at Miss Universe Morocco 2021 have until October 31, 2021 to apply online via the competition’s website. Applicants must be 18 to 28 years old and they must have a valid Moroccan passport.

The coronation night will be on November 7, 2021. Details about the venue and the judges have yet to be released.

Also on November 7, 2021, four other queens will be crowned. They are the Miss Universe candidates of Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Panama and the United Arab Emirates, which is making its debut.

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When Morocco made its Miss Universe debut in 1957, its representative Jacqueline Dorella Bonilla finished in the Top 15. Tazi was the eighth woman to represent the country in the international beauty pageant.

Morocco was represented in Miss Universe by Marilyne Escobar in 1960, Irene Gorsse in 1961, Ginette Buenaventes in 1962, Selma Rahal in 1963, Joelle Lesage in 1966 and Salhi Badia in 1975. They were all unplaced.

Sarah Mouatamid was crowned Miss Maroc 2012 and was supposed to represent Morocco at Miss Universe 2012. However, she had to withdraw from the competition because of franchise issues.

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