The 63rd edition of the Miss Universe pageant will feature beauties from all over the world, but despite the fact that not all delegates have been confirmed yet, speculation has started about quite a few early favorites.
Discover the beautiful Miss Universe 2014 favorites from a few countries that have won the prestigious competition at least once before, including the USA, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.
Nia Sanchez (Miss USA 2014)
After getting crowned Miss Nevada USA 2014, 24 year old Nia Sanchez beat out 50 other contestants to win the title of Miss USA 2014, which helped her become one of the Miss Universe 2014 favorites.
Sanchez is the fourth Hispanic beauty to win the crown of Miss USA after Laura Harring in 1985, Lynnette Cole in 2000, and Susie Castillo in 2003. The last American beauty to win the international pageant was Olivia Culpo, who was titled Miss Universe 2012.
Migbelis Castellanos (Miss Venezuela 2013)
With three Miss Universe wins since 2008, Venezuela is the country to beat at this year’s Miss Universe pageant. Former Venezuelan winners of the Miss Universe title include Dayana Mendoza (2008), Stefanía Fernández (2009), and the reining Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler. 19 year old Migbelis Castellanos is studying for two Bas, in Social Communication and Political Science, and could manage to secure a second consecutive win for her country.
Gabriela Berrios (Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2014)
With two recent wins, Denise Quiñones (Miss Universe 2001) and Zuleyka Rivera (Miss Universe 2006), Puerto Rico also has a strong chance to claim the crown this year. Gabriela Berrios is majoring in Business Administration and Production at Kaplan University (Orlando, Florida), and she’s definitely one of the Miss Universe 2014 favorites. Berrios was also the 2nd Runner-Up in Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2012.
Zuleica Wilson (Miss Angola 2013)
After getting crowned Miss Angola in 2013, Zuleica Wilson became one of the first Miss Universe 2014 confirmed delegates. A student of business and management, Zuleica Wilson is the only contestant on the list coming from a country with only one previous winner, Leila Lopes (Miss Universe 2011).
Josselyn Garciglia (Nuestra Belleza México 2013)
Mexico scored a Miss Universe win in 2010 thanks to Ximena Navarrete, but Josselyn Garciglia gives the country a strong shot at a second crown. Josselyn Garciglia is a model with a degree in Nutrition, and she became one of the Miss Universe 2014 favorites in late 2013, when she won the Nuestra Belleza México title.
Keiko Tsuji (Miss Universe Japan 2014)
After winning the title of Miss Nagasaki 2014, Keiko Tsuji was also the winner of the country’s Miss Universe pageant. The 20 year old studies Japanese literature, but she’s also an artist and teacher of the art of origami. Japan also scored a recent win when Riyo Mori became Miss Universe 2007, almost 50 years after the country’s first crown.
Chanel Beckenlehner (Miss Universe Canada 2014)
One of the more experienced Miss Universe 2014 favorites, Chanel Beckenlehner was also the country’s official representative for Miss International 2009, Miss Universe 2009 and Miss Continente Americano 2010. She studies Political science at the University of Toronto. Canada’s latest win was for Miss Universe 2005, where Natalie Glebova won the prestigious crown.
Tegan Martin (Miss Universe Australia 2014)
A former hairdresser and makeup artist, Tegan Martin is an Australian model who’s studying in Sydney for a bachelor’s degree in Health Science. She was the 1st Runner-up at Miss Universe Australia 2011 and 1st Runner-up at Miss Universe Australia 2013. Martin is hoping to win the title again, a decade after Jennifer Hawkins was crowned Miss Universe 2004.
Camilla Hansson (Miss Universe Sweden 2014)
The wildcard among the Miss Universe 2014 favorites, Camilla Hansson was crowned Miss Earth Sweden 2012 before getting a second crown this year. Sweden hasn’t had a win since 1984, but 25 year old Hansson is a working model, so that may give her an edge in the competition.