Miss Universe 2016 Pageant Contestant Photos
The 2016 Miss Universe pageant takes place on Sunday, and Gossip Cop has a look at all of this year’s contestants. See the photos below!
A total of 86 women from around the globe will compete for the crown during the 65th ceremony at the Mall of Asia arena in Pasay City, Philippines. As Gossip Cop reported, the Miss Universe title is currently held by Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, who won the pageant two years ago in Las Vegas. Before the 2015 winner was revealed, however, Steve Harvey incorrectly announced Miss Colombia had won, before rectifying his controversial mistake and crowning Wurtzbach. Harvey quickly apologized for his error, “I will take responsibility. It was my mistake,” adding, “Please don’t hold it against the ladies.”
This year, the United States will be represented by Deshauna Barber (see photo right). On June 5, 2016, she became the first woman actively serving in the US Army Reserve to win the title of Miss USA. Prior to winning Miss USA, Barber also secured the title of Miss District of Columbia USA 2016.
Despite his catastrophic blunder, Harvey will be returning to host this year’s pageant. Judges include Cynthia Bailey from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” former UNICEF ambassador Dayanara Torres, Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen, First Miss Universe from Angola Leila Lopes, PAPER magazine’s Mickey Boardman and Emmy and Tony Award-winning producer, Francine LeFrak. Pop group Boys II Men are slated to perform at the event. Check out the contestant photos below, and tell us who you’ll be rooting for! Gossip Cop will have live coverage of the event on Sunday.