MEGA rounds up three queens who have made their way closer to the crown through their tenacity, intention, and grace as Miss Universe delegates
In its 72nd edition, Miss Universe continues its mission to make a mark in society with their initiative to defy norms and redefine inclusivity, power, and beauty. With its roster of candidates this year, ranging from mothers to community leaders, the organization affirms its commitment to lead the change in the world—the universe, rather.
As the search for the successor to the crown finally comes to a close tomorrow, MEGA predicts these women can claim a spot in the Top 3.
Sheynnis Palacios, Nicaragua
During the preliminaries, 23-year-old Sheynnis Palacios dominated the stage with her pasarelas during the swimsuit and evening gown segments. Experience, for her, must be the best teacher, having competed in Teen Universe 2016 and Miss World 2021. Equipped with her communication skills that include a knowledge of English, Spanish, and Portuguese, as well as her advocacy for mental health awareness, will the television host and model finally bring the first Miss Universe crown home?
Bryoni Govender, South Africa
Echoing the promise of the Miss Universe Organization in becoming a safe space for women to tell their stories, 27-year-old Bryoni Govender uses her law degree to forward her advocacy of gender equality. As the first member of her family to obtain a university degree, Bryoni hopes to extend this privilege to others. Through her own initiative called “Her Way Out,” she uses her education to further provide awareness to women about their legal rights. With these credentials, coupled with the meaningful golden evening gown look of uniting Indian and South African cultures through its sari-like design and mineral-inspired elements, South Africa’s representative is definitely a step closer to the crown.
Michelle Dee, Philippines
Finally, exhibiting consistency, confidence, and charm throughout her Miss Universe journey, the country’s own contender is inspired by a number of advocacies that represent what the Philippines and the world need. From autism education and mental health awareness to decent work and economic growth, 28-year-old Michelle Dee forwards these ideals in every step she takes. Armed with intentional readiness and amplified by her pride and love for her own race, MMD has made conscious choices and improvements throughout the competition, from her walk to her creative input in her national costume and evening gown. In a way, her journey is a reminder of Pia Wurtzbach’s hunger to lead and Catriona Gray’s confidence to believe in her destiny. Michelle Marquez Dee has once conquered the world—is it now time for her to transform the universe this time around?