Standard’s choice: 69th Miss Universe Hot Picks (second of three parts)

The 69th Miss Universe pageant is happening on May 16 (May 17 in Manila). Twenty-one semi-finalists will be pre-selected from among the 74 contestants. 

Manila Standard reveals its traditional hot picks who have a chance to become Miss Universe 2020. With the WME/IMG talent agency, the current owner of the Miss Universe pageant, placing importance on girls who can speak, like Pia Wurtzbach (2015), Iris Mittenaere (2016), Demi-Leigh Nel Peters-Tebow (2017), Catriona Gray (2018), and reigning Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi (2019), any one of these girls are capable to become an ideal spokesperson for the Miss Universe cause:

11. Nepal - Anshika Sharma

Nepal - Anshika Sharma

This Shamcey Supsup dead ringer is 24 years old. More than her height and sensational body proportion, Anshika holds a degree in Information Technology from Queensland University. She currently works as a business analyst. As an advocate for quality education, she started her own foundation to support education for underprivileged children. 

12. Canada - Nova Stevens

Canada - Nova Stevens

This towering lady is 26 years old. She fled the civil war in Sudan with her family at age six. She is now an actress and a model in the country that embraced her unconventional beauty. Nova is the co-founder of “Freedom March Vancouver” and “Black Freedom Society” organizations that aim to eradicate hate and racism against black and indigenous people of color. An excellent speaker, Miss Canada is sashaying in the finals in a  Michael Cinco gown.

13. Brazil - Julia Gama

Brazil - Julia Gama

Brazil’s representative is a 27-year-old actress and drama arts degree holder. She had lived in China for three years starring in Chinese movies and worked as an international ambassador for Leprosy before pursuing her dream to become a beauty queen. This polyglot has received several distinctions from Chinese and other international organizations for the cause she supports.

14. Australia - Maria Thattil

Australia - Maria Thattil

She is Indian-Australian beauty expert and fashion blogger. At 28, she has already achieved numerous academic successes. Maria is a Psychology graduate with Masters degree in Management. She was nominated for a Harvard scholarship, too. A corporate professional and digital creator for inclusivity and equality, this Australian bet is the shortest candidate in Miss Universe's record, and yet she walks tall and speaks eloquently.

15. Thailand - Amanda Obdam

Thailand - Amanda Obdam

A graduate in Business Administration from University of Toronto, Thailand’s bet is a 27-year-old stunner. She volunteered with “Phuket Has Been Good To Us” Foundation that taught English to children affected by the tsunami after it devastated her hometown of Phuket in 2004. Another social media favorite, Amanda is very competitive as shown in her massive campaign organized by her team. 

  ABS-CBN will bring the Miss Universe 2020 coronation finals live telecast via the A2Z channel at 8:00 a.m. on May 17 and will also be streaming commercial-free on iQiyi. (Read the part 3 on Sunday) 

Topics: 69th Miss Universe pageant , Miss Universe 2020
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