Sunday, August 21, 2011

- Across the Universe -
They are stars, the brightest one in each country. This summer, they will travel all along the way, across the universe, to gather in Sao Paulo where one of them will conquer the universe. As a celebration of Miss Universe pageant diamond anniversary, we dedicate this section for them. The beauties from all corners of the universe, who will fight to become the one and only, Miss Universe 2011!

Leila Lopes - ANGOLA ( 25 /179 cm)
Possibly the token black beauty of the year, Leila Luliana da Costa Vieira Lopes was born in Angola to parents of Cape Verdean background. Lopes is currently a business management student in Great Britain, where she was crowned Miss Angola UK on 8 October 2010, as the official representative of the Angolan community in the United Kingdom to the Miss Angola 2011 pageant. She obtained the Photogenic Award and became the eventual winner of the title, gaining the right to represent Angola in Miss Universe 2011.

Pia Pakarinen - FINLANDIA (20/170 cm)
Born in Juuka, Pakarinen spent her youth with her parents who live in a big, old school with one dog, cats, and chickens. A self described shy person, Pakarinen said she has become a more confident woman during her participation in Miss Suomi. She's been dating professional footballer Niko Väyrynen for the past three years. Pakarinen competed as one of 10 finalists in her country's national beauty pageant, Miss Suomi, broadcast live by MTV3 on 5 March 2011, where she became the eventual winner of the title. In her spare time, Pakarinen loves cooking, exercising in the gym, and outdoor activities. She currently lives in the city of Joensuu.

Mayra Aldana - EL SALVADOR ( 25 /170 cm)
Mayra Aldana is perhaps one lucky girl. When she competed in Nuestra Belleza El Salvador 2011, she only placed as the First Runner Up. But when the original winner, Alejandra Ochoa suffered from chronic respiratory illness and wasn't able to compete in Miss Universe 2011, Aldana was appointed as her replacement. This is not the first Grand Slam pageant experience for Aldana tough. In 2009 she won the title of Miss Earth El Salvador and competed at Miss Earth 2009.

Jung So Ra - KOREA (20/171 cm)
Jung is the daughter of the chairman of the Korean Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and intends to become a diplomat. She graduated from Shanghai American School in the class of 2009. She had previously planned to attend college in the United States, however is currently attending Korea University. She also speaks three languages Korean, Chinese, and English. Jung competed as one of 56 finalists in her country's national beauty pageant, Miss Korea, held on 25 July 2010 in Seoul, where she became the eventual winner of the title. One of the inspirational story behind her victory is that, after the pageant, she donated all her prize money to the International Vaccine Institute, an organization that develops and distributes vaccines in developing countries.

Anastagia Pierre - BAHAMAS ( 22/178 cm)
Anastagia Pierre is an American born, half Haitian half Bahamian beauty queen, who
has tried so many times before finally securing her participation at Miss Universe pageant. She previously competed at Miss Teen USA 2004 as Miss Florida Teen USA. She also won Miss Florida USA 2009 and competed at Miss USA that year. She later joined Miss Earth United States 2009 and ended up as Second Runner Up. After her constant failure in USA, she decided to move to Bahamas. She competed at Miss Bahamas 2010, ended up as First Runner Up and was sent to Miss Intercontinental 2010, where she placed as Second Runner Up. The next year she tried again again for Miss Bahamas 2011. This time she was finally elected as Miss Bahamas 2011 and will compete at Miss Universe 2011 in São Paolo, Brazil. Sometimes we wonder, if only she keep failing to make it in Bahamas, will she move to try in Haiti?

Aoife Hannon - IRELAND ( 22/178cm)
Aoife Hannon was born in Kerry and currently studies Law at University of Limerick. One thing that you must know about her is that she is a footballer and has never done any modeling before in her life! She has loved football since her young age and currently plays as part of Listowel Ladies football club. Upon her victory at Miss Universe Ireland 2011 held at the Burlington Hotel, she explained that her win was the perfect timing, given that she had planned to take a year out from her study. What a lucky Irish!

Anja Saranovic - SERBIA (21/178 cm)
Šaranović studied law at University of Belgrade Faculty of Law. She speaks English, Russian, Italian and Latin in addition to her native Serbian, and is actively engaged in athletics and swimming. For seven years she attended acting school in Belgrade and started her modeling career at 17, participating in Belgrade Fashion Week. She participated in Miss Serbia 2010 pageant where she was chosen to represent Serbia at Miss Universe 2011.
Prior to her participation in Miss Universe 2011, she was also appointed was the official representative of her country to the 2010 Miss International pageant held in Chengdu, where she placed as one of the Top 15 semifinalists. That was first placement for Serbia since its separation from Montenegro and the second placement for Serbia since the Miss International competition started.

Easher Parker - TURKS & CAICOS ( 19/168 cm)
Parker competed as one of the finalists in her island's national beauty pageant Miss Turks and Caicos 2011, held on 8 June 2011 at the Regent Palms Hotel in Grace Bay. Parker certainly will be more than ready to greet the journalists and reporters covering Miss Universe in Brazil as she was a former television reporter herself.

Fernanda Semino - URUGUAY (18/168 cm)
Fernanda Semino was crowned Miss Universo Uruguay 2011 during the annual pageant held 27 May 2011 at the Conrad Hotel in Punta del Este. She comes from the capital city Montevideo and works as a print model. As the winner of Miss Universe Uruguay title, Fernanda will represent Uruguay in the Miss Universe 2011 pageant to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, next September. She will also be sent to Miss Continente Americano 2011 next October in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

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