WME/IMG New Format for the Miss Universe Competition

After Donald Trump sells the Miss Universe​ Organization to WME IMG a lot is saying change is coming to the competition and true enough the organization made some changes that put some pageant fans in dismay. According to the organization they want to break the stereotypes of what a lot would think if they heard the word beauty queen. Women or beauty queens of today should not be perceived as being beautiful only, that there’s more beyond that physical beauty, they’re confident and smart.

Miss Teen USA 2016 Karlie Hay during the Active Wear competition.

An example of these major changes we saw already was in Miss Teen USA when they removed the swimsuit competition, which is a major part of the competition and replaced it with contestants wearing sportswear. This change got a mixed reaction from fans. Some say that it’s appropriate since most of the contestants are under 18 years old, but some say that it’s unfair because these girls work hard to achieve their bodies and the show became a snoozefest.


Now for the 65th Miss Universe​ competition, we will experience some changes as well. According to NY Post and if this is true, the contestants will walk out on stage in groups of four rather than one by one. If you based it on the layout of the stage for this year’s competition there are four runways. Hmm. 🤔

This year the contestants were asked to do a no make up photo shoot. Well, see more of it in the coming days. 😉

Miss Universe​ 2015 Pia Wurtzbach during the Preliminary Competition.

This year’s preliminaries which will be happening on January 26 at the Mall of Asia Arena will be closed to the general and there will be no tickets available. Instead, only invited guests, candidates’ families, sponsors, will be permitted to enter the venue this year. The preliminary swimsuit competition late telecast will air on January 28, 9:30PM, and the long gown competition on January 29, 8:45PM. Both will be aired on TV5.

Aside from that the Miss Universe​ Organization just released the new rules and format. From the original Top 15, this year the competition will start with the announcement of the Top 11 + 1 (fan vote) (swimsuit), then Top 9 (evening gowns), Top 6 (final Q&A), Top 3 (final look). Yup, for Final Top 3 no Q&A. For more details of this new format, click here.

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