In less than two days, another woman will be crowned as Miss Universe. The Asian delegates this year are in a strong form. But will they be able to dominate the Top 5? Let us find out.
Miss Universe was established in 1952, and in the prestigious pageant’s 60 years, there have been 10 Asian winners.
Miss Japan: The first ever Asian beauty to become Miss Universe was Akiko Kojima. She won in 1959. After 48 years, Riyo Mori conquered the Miss Universe competition recently in 2007.
Miss Thailand: After Japan, it was Thailand that put Asia on the global beauty panorama. Soon after Akiko, Apasra Hongsakula won the tittle of Miss Universe in 1965. Credit came back to Thailand when Porntip Nakhirunkanok won the Miss Universe title at the age of 19 in 1988. Nakhirunkano was one of the youngest Miss Universe Winners.
Miss Philippines: Philippines has two winners. First was Gloria Diaz, who won in 1969 at the age of 18. She went on and became a celebrated actress in the Philippines. Just four years later, another Asian beauty from Philippines, Margarita Moran, won the crown.
Miss India: The first Indian to win the title of Miss Universe is the famous Sushmita Sen. She won the title in 1994, defeating Aishwarya Rai, who won Miss World that year. After six years, Lara Dutta won the crown in 2000. During this eventful year, Indian beauty queens ruled all the three titles: Miss Universe, Miss World (Priyanka Chopra) and Miss Asia-Pacific (Dia Mirza).
In 1988, the Asians dominated the top five when Thailand won the contest. Korea, Japan and Hong Kong occupied the four slots of the Top 5 with Mexico as the exception. Also in 2007, the top five is also subjugated by Asians as Japan won while Korea became the third runner-up.
Below are the potential delegates who could make it to the top five at Miss Universe finale on Jan. 25, 2015.
1) Miss India Noyonita Lodh
2) Miss Indonesia Elvira Devinamira
3) Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa
4) Miss Thailand Pimbongkod Chankaew
5) Miss Malaysia Sabrina Beneett
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