And the winner is…New Orleans.
The Crescent City will host the Miss Universe Pageant in January 2023, the pageant organization announced on its social media channels Monday.
The global competition will be held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Jan. 14.
More than 90 women from around the world vie for the towering crown, competing in areas of swimwear, evening gown and interviews.
Unlike other pageants, the Miss Universe competition moves to various locations around the world. The world-wide television audience will be vast exposure for the city.
“Hosting the 71st annual Miss Universe pageant is a rare, prestigious opportunity to positively showcase New Orleans to a global viewing audience in 165 countries and territories,” said Walt Leger III, executive vice president and incoming CEO of New Orleans & Company, the tourism and hospitality industry’s official destination sales and marketing organization. “Miss Universe will bring contestants and their delegations from 90 countries, fans, celebrity judges and performers, and hundreds of journalists and global influencers to New Orleans for more than a week to support our businesses and enjoy our culture.”
The reigning title holder is Harnaaz Sandhu of India.
The U.S. representative, Miss USA, will be decided Oct. 3 in Reno, Nevada.
The pageant was formerly owned by Donald Trump, who sold it in 2015.
See the video announcement below. (Can’t see it? Watch here)
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