MISS UNIVERSE 2014 Official Candidates – Another year of tournament, another year of battle of beauty and wit, another year of showcase of talents, another year to celebrate the beauty of women around the world. This is…Miss Universe 2014! Let’s meet this year’s official candidates who will vie for the Nexus crown face-to-face-toe-to-toe, and sashay on stage in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil anytime this year.
59 goddesses have been confirmed
1. Côte d’Ivoire – Last competed in 1986
2. Egypt – Last competed in 2011
3. Portugal – Last competed in 2011
4. Albania – Last competed in 2012
5. Cayman Islands – Last competed in 2012
6. Cyprus – Last competed in 2012
7. Ireland – Last competed in 2012
8. Montenegro – Last competed in 2012
9. St. Lucia – Last competed in 2012
10. Uruguay – Last competed in 2012
1. Thailand: Weluree Ditsayabut resigned from her title on 9 June. Weluree was to represent Thailand in Miss Universe 2014, but resigned from her title after calling for supporters of the prime minister of Thailand to be executed. 1st Runner-up Pimbongkod Chankaew will represent Thailand in Miss Universe pageant.
1. Austria: Nadine Stroitz was appointed as “Miss Universe Austria 2014″ by Miss Austria Organization. She was Miss Austria 2014 1st Runner-up.
2. Greece: Ismini Dafopoulou was appointed as “Miss Universe Greece 2014″ after a casting call took place.
3. Poland: Marcela Chmielowska was appointed as “Miss Universe Poland 2014″ due to the rescheduling of the Miss Polonia 2014 pageant to December 2014. She was Miss Polonia 2011 2nd Runner-up.
Contestants who previously competed or will compete at other beauty pageants:
2013: Kyrgyzstan: Zhibek Nukeeva (Unplaced)
2014: Belgium: Laurence Langen (TBA)
2014: British Virgin Islands: Rosanna Chichester (TBA)
2014: Ivory Coast Côte d’Ivoire: Jennifer Kolo Yéo (TBA)
2014: Namibia: Brumhilda Ochs (TBA)
2014: Russia: Yulia Alipova (TBA)
2014: South Africa: Rolene Strauss (TBA)
2011: Guatemala: Ana Luisa Montufar (Unplaced)
2012: Sweden: Camilla Hansson (Unplaced)
2013: Serbia: Andjelka Tomasevic (Top 8)
2009: Canada: Chanel Beckenlehner (Top 15)
2012: Costa Rica: Karina Ramos (Top 20)
2012: Puerto Rico: Gabriela Berrios (Top 10)
Miss Italia nel Mondo
2010: Dominican Republic: Kimberly Castillo (Winner)
Miss Tourism International
2008: Uruguay: Johana Riva (Top 15)
Miss Tourism Queen International
2013: Montenegro: Nikoleta Jovanović (Unplaced)
Miss United Continent
2010: Canada: Chanel Beckenlehner (Miss Photogenic)
2014: Bolivia: Claudia Tavel (TBA)
2014: Ecuador: Alejandra Argudo (TBA)
Miss Atlántico Internacional
2010: Uruguay: Johana Riva (Miss Photogenic)
Nuestra Belleza Latina
2013: Nicaragua: Marline Barberena (Top 24)
World Miss University
2008: Peru: Jimena Espinoza (Unplaced)
2013: Bolivia: Claudia Tavel (6th Runner-up)
2012: Philippines: Mary Jean Lastimosa (Top 10)
Asia New Face Model
2011: Malaysia: Sabrina Beneett (Top 6)
World Next Top Model
2013: Ecuador: Alejandra Argudo (Top 12 – Top Model South America)
Negotiations between Ceará State Secretary of Tourism, Brazil, and Miss Universe Organization started late September 2013, when MUO directors travelled to Fortaleza to start dialogues and arrangement of pageant activities in the city. On January 11, 2014, Bismarck Maia, State Secretary of Tourism, confirmed the event be held at Centro de Eventos do Ceará, in Ceará’s capital. Maia announced the latest development to Fortaleza’s market leading newspaper, Diário do Nordeste, that the pageant will be held in the said city and location.
On March 27, 2014, Annette Cammer, national licenses director of Miss Universe Organization answeared via an e-mail conversation to a question by a nacional directive that the 2014 Miss Universe pageant would not be held in Ceará’s capital as promised and announced by local authorities. In Brazil, four other cities – Rio de Janeiro, Ribeirão Preto, Porto Alegre and Manaus are been in consideration by MUO to replace Fortaleza’s bid, retired in May 20.