Miss Universe 2021 Contestants Dazzle in Chic Swimsuits and Evening Gowns Before Pageant

Before the 2021 Miss Universe competition, contestants took part in preliminary contests in which they modeled swimsuits and evening gowns. See the photos.

By Corinne Heller May 15, 2021 11:15 PMTags
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After being postponed a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 69th annual Miss Universe competition is back on.

On Friday, May 14, two days before the 2021 ceremony, the 74 contestants took part in preliminary contests, showcasing Ema Savhal Couture swimsuits paired with flowing turquoise, pink, peach and blue cover-ups, as well as elegant evening gowns and elaborate costumes representing their countries and territories.

Not all of them will qualify to take part in the main ceremony, which will air live on Sunday, May 16. Only 21 contestants will advance to the main pageant, first competing in the swimsuit contest, after which 10 of them will advance to the evening gown competition. Five finalists will then be chosen to take part in the question and answer round. At the end, Miss Universe 2019 and South African beauty Zozibini Tunzi, the longest-ever reigning title-holder, will crown her successor.

Mario Lopez and Miss USA 2012 and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo are co-hosting the televised competition. This marks the first time since 2015 that Steve Harvey will not host the annual event and the second time Lopez will serve as host since 2017.

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Miss Universe 2021: Evening Gown Competition

It was also announced on Friday that the Miss Universe competition will feature a performance from "Despacito" singer Luis Fonsi.

The ceremony will air live in more than 160 countries and territories from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. on Sunday, May 16, at 8 p.m. ET. In the United States, the Miss Universe competition will be broadcast on the FYI channel and Telemundo.

See photos of the Miss Universe contestants participating in the preliminary swimsuit contest before the big day below, plus also check out pics of them showcasing elegant evening gowns. You can also see their special costumes here.

Albania

Paula Mehmetukaj

Argentina

Alina Luz Akselrad

Armenia

Monika Grigoryan

Aruba

Helen Hernandez

Australia

Maria Thattil

Bahamas

Shauntae Miller

Barbados

Hillary-Ann Williams

Belgium

Dhenia Covens

Belize

Iris Salguero

Bolivia

Lenka Nemer

Brazil

Julia Gama

British Virgin Islands

Shabree Frett

Bulgaria

Radinela Chusheva

Cambodia

Sarita Reth

Cameroon

Angele Kossinda

Canada

Nova Stevens

Cayman Islands

Mariah Tibbetts

Chile

Daniela Nicolas

China

Jiaxin Sun

Colombia

Laura Victoria Olascuaga

Costa Rica

Ivonne Cerdas

Croatia

Mirna Naiia Maric

Curacao

Chantal Wiertz

Czech Republic

Klára Vavrušková

Denmark

Amanda Petri

Dominican Republic

Kimberly Jimenez

Ecuador

Leyla Espinoza Calvache

El Salvador

Vanessa Velásquez

France

Amandine Petit

Finland

Viivi Altonen

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