Miss Universe 2012 is the 61st Miss Universe pageant, and will be held on December 19, 2012 in PH Live at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. Leila Lopes from Angola will crown her successor at the end of the event. 89 countries and territories are expected to participate in this year pageant and broadcasted live in participant countries and teritorries by NBC, Telemundo & the international broadcasters.
Sara Chafak was raised in Finland’s capital, Helsinki. She spent her summers camping out near the lakes of her home country. Sara Chafak’s interests include singing and playing soccer, and traveling. Currently, Sara is studying International Marketing at the Estonian Business School in the School of Economics.
Payet Marie grew up on the island of Reunion, France, spending her weekends sightseeing with family. Payet has always loved music and singing, and has even be recruited by a musical troupe on her island. She is currently training at a childrens hospital in hopes of becoming a nurse and specializing in child care.
Channa Divouvi was raised in the modest neighborhood of Libreville. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, and shopping. Raised by a mother who is blind, her dream job is to own her own association that helps the visually impaired in her country. She would also like to start a cosmetic company that caters to women of color.
Tamar Shedania grew up in the small town of Zugdidi, Georgia. She began entering beauty contest and modeling at the age of 14. Tamar loves spending time with children, traveling, and acting at the National Georgian Theatre. Currently, she works at the Ministry of Agricultural Development in her home country of Georgia.
Gifty Ofori grew up in the suburbs of Accra, the capital city of Ghana, in a household where discipline, hard work, and achievement were always emphasized. Quite the tomboy, She would often be found playing outside with her siblings and friends. Her interests include gardening, nature, and travel. Currently, Gifty works as a registered nurse and hopes to one day become a doctor.
Holly was born in London, but moved to Essex at the age of two and later to Wales. She has two younger sisters. Holly enjoys reading, playing the piano, painting and drawing. She is very interested in human behavioral studies, and therefore studies Psychology at Cardiff University. Holly would like to become a successful clinical psychologist with her own practice.
Alyssa was born and raised in Guam. Alyssa enjoys comedy films, TV shows and spending time at the beach. She also is an avid paddler who loves to be outside. Alyssa would like to become a nutritionist and is passionate about the importance of healthy living.
Laura Beatríz Godoy Calle grew up in Guatemala City always surrounded by nature and her big family of cousins. She eventually graduated from Catholic School as an Elementary Teacher. Her biggest passions revolve around nutrition and studying people’s health. One day, Laura dreams of establishing a Center for Recovery and Nutritional Education.
Ruqayyah Boyer was raised in the extremely close-knit community of Linden, a region known for it’s sandy hills and blue lakes.. Her greatest interest in life is philanthropy and helping others. Ruqayyah also enjoys indulging in the arts, including poetry, dance, music. Currently, she is studying to become a lawyer, specializing in International Relations and Diplomacy.
With a life heavily impacted by the 2012 earthquake, Christela Jacques has devoted much of her time volunteering with the national effort to rebuild Haiti. Her interests include creating fashion illustrations, spending time with her family, and listening to music. Her career ambition is to obtain a college degree in Tourism Administration once conditions in her home country improve.
Jennifer Andrade was raised between Tegucigalpa and San Lorenzo, her most memorable moments being the holidays with her family. Her interests include health and nutrition, running, singing, Pilates and Latin cinema. Jennifer’s career ambition is to work in the entertainment industry, and hopefully pursue a career in acting or singing.
Agnes Konkoly grew up in a small village in the south of Hungary. Agnes likes to spend time watching movies, playing sports, and studying psychology. One day, Agnes dreams of becoming an established wedding planner.
Shilpa Singh is a passionate dancer and runway model who has lived in over 8 cities across her home country of India. She is thankful for this because it has given her the opportunity to meet new people and learn about different cultures. Nowadays, Shilpa works as a software engineer for a company based in India.
Maria Selena is the youngest of a family of 5, with two older brothers. Her hobbies include enjoying sports, such as basketball and tennis, and arts, such as playing piano and sketching. Currently, she attends the Bandung Institute of Technology in their School of Business and Management. She hopes to one day raise the education standards of the poor in her home country.
Adrienne Murphy was raised in Dublin, Ireland, where she spent her childhood playing sports with her brother. Her biggest passion in life is fitness, and likes to participate in several forms of athletics in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Adrienne embraces her heritage through Irish Dance, and has a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications.
Lina Makhuli was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia. At the age of 5, her family moved to Israel. She likes to spend her time reading books in different languages, writing short stories, cooking, and working out. Although Lina is an avid reader of fashion blogs, her true dream job is to become a diplomat for her country to relieve the tensions of the Middle East.
Grazia Pinto grew up in Sicily, Italy. Her biggest interest in life is fashion, so she spends a lot of her free time shopping with close friends. Her dream job is to become a famous actress.
Finland Sara Yasmina Chafak 22 1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in) Helsinki
France Marie Payet 20 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Réunion
Gabon Channa Divouvi 21 1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in) Libreville
Georgia Tamar Shedania 20 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Tbilisi
Germany Alicia Endemann 23 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Hamburg
Ghana Gifty Ofori 24 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Accra
Great Britain Holly Hale 22 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Cardiff
Greece Vasiliki Tsirogianni 24 1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in) Thessaloniki
Guam Alyssa Cruz Aguero 24 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Barrigada
Guatemala Laura Godoy 23 1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in) Guatemala City
Guyana Ruqayyah Boyer 20 1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in) Linden
Haiti Christela Jacques 22 1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in) Port-au-Prince
Honduras Jennifer Denise Andrade 24 1.57 m (5 ft 2 in) Tegucigalpa
Hungary Agnes Konkoly 25 1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in) Budapest
India Shilpa Singh 23 1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in) Mumbai
Indonesia Maria Selena Nurcahya 22 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Semarang
Ireland Adrienne Murphy 22 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in) Dublin
Israel Lina Makhuli 19 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Haifa
Italy Grazia Maria Pinto 24 1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in) Catania
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