Miss Universe 2021 will be the 70th Miss Universe pageant, to be held on December 12, 2021 at Universe Dome, Port of Eilat in Eilat, South District, Israel. Andrea Meza of Mexico will crown her successor at the end of the event.
A local production manager for this year’s Miss Universe competition in Eilat said the Israeli team tried to convince the show’s organizers to replace the contestants’ traditional swimsuits with sports gear.
“We suggested that instead of swimsuits they would go up [on stage] in sportswear,” Tali Eshkoli, one of the Israeli production managers, told Channel 12 news in an interview broadcast on Friday.
Eshkoli said the organizers didn’t accept the suggestion. “We failed with that,” she said.
“We know, as people in this competition do, that things need to change,” Asaf Blacher, another production manager, told the network.
“You will see on Monday that we will bring our change. Swimsuits on the stage — it won’t be the same as every year. It won’t be a parade of 80 girls shaking their bodies for show,” he said.
Hold onto your tiaras. This past week has been a whirlwind for 23-year-old Miss Kentucky USA, Elle Smith. Smith won the 70th Miss USA crown on Nov. 29 and was immediately pressed into service.
“I haven’t actually been to sleep since I won,” Smith told The Courier Journal. “I was still doing interviews at three in the morning and then we jumped on a plane for Houston, Texas, where I was fitted for my Miss Universe wardrobe.”
Just 48 hours after winning Miss USA, the University of Kentucky graduate, who works as a reporter at WHAS TV, jumped on a flight to Israel where she will be among more than 75 women competing for the title of Miss Universe on Sunday.
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For those hoping to see her in her home state before the end of the year, Smith told WHAS-TV she’ll have a small window over the holidays to come back to the Bluegrass State.
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“I have a vision board that I made a year ago with a photo of Miss USA as a goal,” Smith said. “I want to be sure to pick that up when I come back to Louisville because it’s proof that when you set a goal and do the work you can make it happen.”