Later today, 7PM Philippine Time is a big day (aside from the coronation night) for the 65th Miss Universe contestants. It’s the Preliminary Competition where they will compete in swimwear and evening gown in front of a panel of preliminary judges. The scores from the night’s event along with an interview portion will help determine the Top 12 during the Miss Universe broadcast.
These are the judges who will determine the fate of the 86 candidates if they will advance to the Top 12 or not.
Dayanara Torres: Former UNICEF ambassador and Miss Universe from Puerto Rico, author, model, actress and former Miss Universe from Puerto Rico. Dayanara says she’s looking for this in the next Miss Universe: “I’m looking forward to finding a woman who can handle herself with grace and confidence through her journey with this prestigious title. I understand it’s a beauty pageant, however beauty will not be the only factor. Personality and confidence will blow the judges away every time!”
Cynthia Bailey: Former model and founder of The Bailey Agency (a modeling/fashion school dedicated to helping young women achieve their dreams). Current cast member on Real Housewives of Atlanta. This is what she wants in the next Miss Universe: “I am looking for the full package. Someone who embodies confidence, intelligence, personality, style and grace. And course beauty; inner beauty as well as other beauty.”
Rob Goldstone: Former journalist, publicist and international marketing director. In the next Miss Universe, Rob says: “The new Miss Universe should be someone who uses this incredible platform for the good of humanity. She will not just look confidently beautiful, but have that special x-factor—and I think I’ve already seen a few.”
Fred Nelson: President/Executive Producer of the People’s Choice Awards, the annual live broadcast celebrating fan favorites in movies, music and TV. Fred says the next Miss Universe must have these qualities: “Each incredible contestant for Miss Universe possesses these ABCs: she’s accomplished, beautiful and charismatic. I look for that extra spark, the unique quality which demonstrates her ability to be both the global representative of the organization and a passionate advocate for her causes.”
Francine LeFrak: Social entrepreneur, women’s empowerment activist and founder of Same Sky, initiative that provides training and employment to HIV+ women survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. Here’s what she thinks the role the next Miss Universe should fulfill: “Miss Universe must be as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She must want to use her voice and platform to give voice to the voiceless. She must be a role model for women and girls and believe she can make a strong impact on the world.”
Riyo Mori: Japanese actress, dancer, model, and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Universe 2007.
The Preliminary Competition will be hosted by Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and Derek Ramsay.