Costa Rica could host Miss Universe pageant – report

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Zozibini Tunzi (Photo: Getty)
Zozibini Tunzi (Photo: Getty)
  • The Costa Rican government is reportedly in negotiations to host Miss Universe in late 2021, or early 2022. 
  • "There is no doubt that for Costa Rica it would be a nice opportunity to host a contest that has been so famous for so many years and has a huge audience reach," said Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura.
  • Although it is said to be only the "first step", officials are confident that "negotiation is on the right track". 

The Costa Rican government and representatives of the Miss Universe Organisation are reportedly in negotiations to host the international pageant in late 2021, or early 2022. 

According to La Nacion, the Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Segura - and other government officials, discussed with representatives of the Miss Universe Organisation the possibility of hosting the prestigious beauty pageant.

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"There is no doubt that for Costa Rica it would be a nice opportunity to host a contest that has been so famous for so many years and has a huge audience reach," he said.

Although it is said to be only the "first step", officials are confident that "negotiation is on the right track". 

The Miss Universe Organisation is yet to release an official comment on the host country or dates pertaining to the 69th edition. 

It is still unclear whether the Miss Universe dates that follow will be shifted to accommodate the 2020 winner's shorter reign.

Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe on 8 December 2019, and despite the obstacles brought on by Covid-19 said that she has been able to "do a lot" during her reign.

Zozibini told Channel24: "Everyone knows a big part of my job naturally is to travel and to do the hands-on work in countries all over the world. The question was: What is Miss Universe's job then if she can't go to all these places? And the answer was very simple. Miss Universe's job stays the same."

Currently, Leila Lopes of Angola holds the record for the longest Miss Universe reign, holding the title for 464 days - from 12 September 2011 until 18 December 2012.

Miss Universe South Africa Natasha Joubert will be the official South African entrant at the Miss Universe pageant next year. "I am truly honoured and humbled to be representing my beloved South Africa," she said in a statement released to the press.

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