Why Miss Universe loves Las Vegas

The 66th Annual Miss Universe Pageant will be held once again in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Although the Spanish meaning of “las vegas” is the meadows, that is hardly what one associates with the city in its present state. It has also been home to the Miss Universe pageant for 6 editions (1991, 1996, 2010, 2012, 2015, and 2017)

The Miss Universe Organization and the editions of the pageant that were held there had very significant firsts for the pageant 

Interesting Trivia about Las Vegas and Miss Universe


1991 Miss Universe Pageant

Finals Judge: Filipina songstress Kuh Ledesma served on the panel of judges. She asked the final question for Miss USSR, Yulia Lemigova, the eventual 2nd runner-up,  “What is the most important advice your mother ever gave to you?” To which Miss USSR replied, "My mother never gave me not important advice. She always gave me very important and very good advice and the most important advice she told me was that I have to try, do everything in my life by myself. Otherwise, I would be nothing. And I try to do this.”

Miss Universe 1991 Lupita Jones from Mexico


1996 Miss Universe Pageant

Online voting:  This was the very first time in the pageant’s history that online voting was introduced. The Philippines was the recipient of this award. As this was at the beginning of the internet era, the pageant world wasn’t ready for the Filipinos' enthusiasm. So, for the first two years, we won the Miss Photogenic Award through online voting.


Miss Universe 1996 Alicia Machado from Venezuela


2010 MIss Universe Pageant

After briefly being dethroned, Venus would later be reinstated as Bb. Pilipinas Universe. She started a historic placement streak in Miss Universe for the Philippines and emerged as 4th Runner-up.

Venue:  It was the first time the pageant was held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center

The Philippines' Venus Raj during the 2010 Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas


2012 Miss Universe Pageant

Janine Tugonon during the 2012 Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas

2015 Miss Universe Pageant

Winner:  Pia Wurtzbach (Philippines)

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach takes her final walk at the Mall of Asia Arena


The 2017 Miss Universe Pageant will be at The Axis Theatre on November 26, 2017. Our very own, Rachel Peters has been preparing since being crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2017. If she wins, she will be the Philippines’ 4th winner. But Rachel isn’t the only Filipino with an important role in the pageant.  

Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters during her send-off at Novotel. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters during her send-off at Novotel.

Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler


Cecilio Asuncion, owner of Slay Model Management and one of the stars from the reality show Strut, will serve as a preliminary judge. On social media, Cece spoke about the preliminaries, saying: "I am beyond excited to announce that I will be one of the official #MissUniverse Preliminary Competition judges this year!” (READ: Fil-Am modeling director to judge Miss Universe 2017 preliminary competition)

Lastly, Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach, who herself won on that very stage 2 years ago, will be one of the telecast judges.

It will surely be a memorable evening for Pia who will be reliving her journey. Here's hoping, that with the prayers and well-wishes of an entire country behind her, Rachel Peters will have the most memorable night of her life and win the Miss Universe crown. What a historic evening of Philippine pride and joy it would be. It is a night for the entire country to forget its woes even for just a moment, with an entire population rejoicing to celebrate the confidently beautiful Filipina. – Rappler.com


Voltaire has 10 years experience in the fashion industry. He previously worked with a luxury clothing and accessories brand in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated magna cum laude from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, major in Fashion Design. He also holds a BS in Applied Economics and BS in Marketing from DLSU. He is now doing real estate but finds time to pursue his passions in his spare time.


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