34. Hello - GREAT BRITAIN!
Noki Simbani is a 25 years old Chartered Commercial Banker, who also has prior experience in working as an engineer. She has done her graduation and post graduation in the field of chemical engineering from the University of Birmingham. She is yet another pageant veteran in this year’s batch. She has represented England at Miss Grand International 2017 pageant, where she failed to make the first cut. She is also a career ambassador, and helps youngsters across Great Britain to develop their skills, in order to have a successful career. Originally from Zimbabwe, this beauty has also earned an advanced diploma in banking and leadership in a digital age and commercial banking. Wishing Great Britain nothing but the best for their Miss Universe journey.
35. Nice to Meet You - GREECE!
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Korina Emmanouilidou is a 22 years old Greek model, aesthetician, and makeup artist. Standing 5’11’ tall, Korina has been into the modelling industry since she was 16. She is currently studying philology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She aims at owning her own salon in her hometown one day. Apart from this, she is also taking classes to become a successful flight attendant as she loves flying. She has been a fan of pageantry since childhood. In her words - “ As a child I remember myself watching all the crowns of those pageants and something inside me was blooming, my heart was beating fast and I promised myself that someday my time would come and yes yesterday was the night for me, it was the one that grew up now inside, I felt ready and I tried it, with all the anxiety and anxiety I felt. I want to say a huge thank you to all of you who flooded me with messages of love and support! I wish to be a worthy beauty ambassador for our country at the MISS UNIVERSE 2022 beauty pageant. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Dreams do come true Greece. All the best !
36. Hola - GUATEMALA!
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One of the strongest and the most anticipated, expected, wanted contenders for this year! Also not new to pageantry, Ivana was crowned as Miss Grand Guatemala 2020, and she represented Guatemala at the grand pageant, finishing up as the second runner up. I still remember watching the pageant live and my only thought was - this one belongs to the universe! I was not the only one, because the following day, after several media interviews, it was all over the pageant world! Everyone practically begged to see Ivana at Miss Universe stage one day and our universe didn't keep us waiting for long. Ivana was crowned as Miss Universe Guatemala earlier this year and we could not control the excitement. Having a perfect walk, she is definitely one of the strongest contenders this year. Her eloquence and intelligence that we have witnessed from her grand days prove that she is in fact coming for the new blue crown and we are all for the competition baby! All The Very Best Guatemala!
37. Please Welcome - HAITI!
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This year’s batch sure has a lot of experienced veteran pageant queens. Mideline Phelizor was the first runner up at the Miss World Haiti competition in 2018, where she was crowned as Miss Supranational Haiti giving her the rights to represent the nation at Miss Supranational, where she did not manage to make the first cut. Being a model and an entrepreneur, Mideline has also won various titles for modelling including Top Model Caribbean in 2018. She is also the CEO of Silhouette Agency and the Silhouette foundation in Haiti. Wishing her all the best!
38. Let us Welcome - HONDURAS!
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Rebecca is a 20 year old student, studying to get a bachelor’s degree in business and digital marketing. She works as a model to finance her college education. She volunteers at various non profit organisations to help the needy people. Although she has worked for various causes, a family tragedy forces Rodríguez to refocus her advocacy towards a cause close to her heart, her mental health. While working on a humanitarian aid project for immigrants, she came into contact with a transgender person whose family's prejudices caused a depression that made her flee her country. Rodríguez was able to give her information on available resources. Also regarded as Blake Lively’s doppleganger, this young woman is now vying for Honduras’ first ever Miss Universe victory! Wishing her all the best !
Hrafnhildur Haraldsdóttir is an 18 year old young model, studying at the Commercial College of Iceland. Her ambition is to study medicine and become a doctor. She loves to travel and see and experience new, exotic and exciting places. Her hobbies include figure skating, skiing, snowboarding, and travelling. Iceland is yet to win their first Miss Universe crown and we are wishing everything positive for Hrafnhildur to be the one for them!
40. Namaste - INDIA!
Ignore the personal bias, but this is Miss India! Divita Rai is a 24 year old model, who has a bachelor's degree in engineering. Another one of the veterans in pageantry, Divita was the second runner up at Liva Miss Diva 2021 pageant, where Harnaaz Sandhu - the reigning Miss Universe was crowned as the winner! Divita's first step towards pageantry was in 2019 - when she participated in Femina Miss India 2019 and was amongst the top 3 finalists at the state auditions for Karnataka. This was the same year when Harnaaz represented Punjab at Femina Miss India too. Divita is very passionate about helping those in need and recently she started a new series on instagram called #UnlockU where she calls inspirational people and shares their stories with her followers. She is also an ally for the LGBTQ community and is one of the strongest contenders for the Force for Good crown this year!
41. Selamat - INDONESIA!
Lakshmi is a 26 year old model from Indonesia who completed her diploma in arts back in the year 2013. She also has been awarded with double bachelor degrees as she completed her studies in Bachelor of Design in Fashion Design from RMIT University in Australia and Bachelor of Business in Fashion Business from Polimoda in Italy. She graduated with Cum Laude too. Indonesia is yet to win a Miss Universe crown and after not participating in the 2021’s edition, the expectations from Lakshmi are sure quite high. Wishing this queen from Bali all the best for her competition.
42. Ciao - ITALY!
Virginia is a 24 year old graduate from Liceo Linguistico Sophie M. Scholl, a linguistic high school in Trento. She is currently studying communication sciences at the University of Verona. Her father is of African and German descent while her mother is Italian, making her a beautiful mix of various ethnic cultures. She is a well known model who has worked in many European countries including France and Spain. She has also worked in the United States.She appeared in the dating show ‘Uomini e donne’ where she met Niccolo Brigante. She also has a history of pageantry. She placed in the top 5 of Miss Mondo Italia where she had also won the title for Miss Mondo Covergirl back in 2017! Wishing this Italian goddess nothing but the best!
43. Give it Up for - JAMAICA!
Toshami earned an associate’s degree and a master’s degree in health studies from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and she now works with children with autism and provides them with therapy. She is a registered behavioural technician in Jamaica. She wants to use her Miss Universe Platform to spread awareness about the issues faced by children with special needs and kids with autism. In her spare time, she loves swimming, crocheting, and climbing trees. Another very interesting fact about her is that she is actually Toni Ann Singh’s (Miss World 2019) cousin.
44. Kon'nichiwa - JAPAN!
Marybelen Sakamoto is yet another mixed race candidate in this year’s Miss Universe competition. Being half Japanese and half Peruvian, this queen is fluent in three languages - English, Spanish and of course Japanese. She is the third biracial queen crowned in a row by the Miss Universe Japan organisation and after the stellar performance of Juri Watanabe last year, the hopes from her are quite high. Wishing her all the best for the upcoming pageant!