Miss Universe season has officially begun and the national queens are starting to arrive at New Orleans Morial Convention Center, where all pageant activities are expected to be held. So far, the list of roommates has been released for this year’s contest and we shall be talking about this arrangement later in this article. Right now, let us discuss the new changes and the tea that we and all the fans are receiving from the people present on location. Spoiler Alert : We might or might not have some details about Miss India - Divita Rai’s Evening Gown 😉. Stay tuned till the end to find out what we know.
Anyway, starting with the new sashes.
Miss Universe’s official Sash partner and the sash design has changed for the better. At first, on hearing the news of a possible design change of the iconic Miss Universe sash, the fans were furious. However, when the new sash design was revealed, their happiness knew no limits. Design wise, the new sash is definitely an upgrade from the current one and while we agree nothing can replace the iconic grey Miss Universe sash, we also believe that change is inevitable. As commonly stated, change is the only constant in life. In terms of impact and message, the new sash cannot be termed as anything less than revolutionary. The Sash Company - Official sash partner for Miss Universe for this edition - is a woman owned business that is also run by women. It is made up of organic, sustainable fibres and is eco friendly. The material used to make this new iconic sash is recycled, meaning that the health of our mother nature and the ecosystem has been kept in mind while designing this sash.
Speaking of sashes, we also have a new design for country sashes. This new design however is not very well appreciated by the masses and has been getting critical remarks from all around the world.
The font of this new sash is different as well as the official broch that shall be used on main events like the preliminary competition has a new design and the iconic black lady has been retired from her job. Fans have gone livid and are calling the new sash design “cheap”. Anne has been getting negative comments about all the new changes she is bringing at Miss Universe as its new owner.
Speaking of country sashes, Queen India - Divita Rai safely landed in New Orleans, Louisiana on 31st December and has been slaying ever since. The outfit game of India at Miss Universe has changed drastically and for the better. We shall be discussing her entire wardrobe after all her looks have been revealed so stay tuned for some really exciting analysis of her MU wardrobe. We shall also dedicate a whole article to discuss her performance and impact at MU’22! In our opinion, while most sashes do look kind of shabbily done and cheap, India’s sash looks just as regal and classy as it can get. Maybe it’s our personal bias towards this country or the general disability of India at being bad at anything, but we are totally loving the new sash on our girl.
Interestingly, the last time the Universe saw a change of sash design, the reigning queen was India’s second Miss Universe - Lara Dutta. The current grey sash that is worn by the reigning Miss Universe was introduced in 2001, when queen Lara passed on her crown to her successor. The grey sash has been in use since then and is only getting replaced now when the reigning queen is also from India. I mean, India is known for being revolutionary, nothing new in that!
Having talked enough about the sashes, let us now move on to the main symbol of any pageant; state, national, or international - The Crown
The 12th Crown of Miss Universe has been designed by none other than Mouawad. The company also designed the previous Power of Unity crown that was worn by just three Miss Universe queens - Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa, Andrea Meza of Mexico and Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu of India.
The design used for this new crown is inspired from the waves of the ocean and the motion of snakes as shown in its introductory video during the grand reveal. With the name of “Force For Good”, the new crown is said to represent the change of ownership and the new ideology brought about at Miss Universe regarding women empowerment and supporting women.
Having said that, let us move onto the next point - An organisation owned by women, lead by women and run by women.
Yes, one amongst the massive changes happening at the organisation is the increased focus on women. Anne envisioned her era of Miss Universe to be completely women oriented. The new owner of the organisation, Anne, is a woman. The main leaders - President Paula Shugart and CEO Amy Emmerich - are both women. The new collaborations that they are doing as an organisation are focussed on women ownership, as we can see in the case of the Sash Company - A business owned by women again. So far, every new change that has been introduced at the platform has been woman centric.
Speaking of which, the list of people that shall be involved in the making of announcements and interviewing the finalists on the night of the finale are also revealed and it's no shocker that all of them happen to be women too!
Let us meet our hosts now.
- Miss Universe 2012 - Olivia Culpo
This isn’t the first time that we shall witness her on stage of the Universe as an onstage host. Culpo had previously appeared for the Miss Universe 2020 finale as the main host alongside Mario Lopez on the 16th May 2021 (Morning of 17th May 2021 for India). Olivia exudes a calm, composed vibe that is not something that excites the audience when it comes to the announcement of finalists at the Miss Universe Finale. In fan opinion, she lacks the enthusiasm and the zest that causes their adrenaline to go crazy. The organisation has been receiving critical remarks for choosing her as the main host instead of the backstage host, because in their opinion, her previous work has shown that she is better at being a that. While we do agree that the finale needs to give us a crazy adrenaline rush, we also believe in our queen Culpo and know that she will definitely not disappoint us this time. Everyone deserves a second chance!
- Jeannie Mai Jenkins
Jeannie is professionally a television host and a fashion stylist since 2003. She is also a fashion expert and her most famous show has been the makeover show - “How Do I Look?” - a combination of both fashion and hosting. She is of Vietnamese-American descent and has good experience at hosting shows and television programs, given that she does this for a living. Choosing her as one of the main hosts for the final night of Miss Universe 2022 could prove to be one of the best decisions made by the organisation in terms of Finale.
Having met with both of our onstage hosts for the finale night, let us now move onto the backstage hosts.
- Miss Universe 2018 - Catriona Gray
Known for her excellent hosting skills, Catriona is one of the most talented Miss Universes we have ever had. A part of the reason why the fans want Anne to switch Olivia’s role with hers is the fact that Catriona has that fun loving aura that enlivens those that watch her on stage. She has the ability of creating that drama and excitement that a final announcement needs, especially when we are talking Miss Universe. Regardless,we know that both Catriona and Olivia will do their assigned jobs well and we are looking forward to the finale night more than ever!
- Zuri Hall
Completing the list of hosts for the finale night is the famous television personality Zuri Hall. She works as a reporter and was in fact the first ever woman to ever win Face of MyINDY-TV. She briefly worked at WNDY-TV in Indianapolis, where she was responsible for covering local events and interviewing celebrities. She is another great choice for hosting the Miss Universe finale given her experience and her excellence when it comes to interviewing people.
Read the second half of this article here.