Israel to Host Miss Universe 2021

Contestants of the Miss Universe beauty pageant, previously owned by Donald Trump, will head to the southern Israeli city of Eilat

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Miss Universe, Andrea Meza of Mexico, poses for the media during her visit to the Empire State Building on May 18, 2021, in New York.
Miss Universe, Andrea Meza of Mexico, poses for the media during her visit to the Empire State Building on May 18, 2021, in New York. Credit: Evan Agostini,AP

Miss Universe is heading to Israel for its 70th competition, the Miss Universe Organization announced on Tuesday. The iconic pageant will be held this December in the southern resort city of Eilat.

Steve Harvey will once again return as host.

The three-hour event will broadcast live on Fox in the U.S. and also in 180 countries and territories across the globe. It will end with the current Miss Universe, Mexico’s Andrea Meza, crowning her successor.

Meza, a former software engineer, has advocated for women’s rights and is also encouraging people to get the vaccine from COVID-19. Soon after she was named Miss Universe, Meza invited the media to cover her first vaccination shot in New York.

In a statement released by the Miss Universe Organization, Meza said she hopes “as many people as possible” get vaccinated so they can participate in the 70th Miss Universe contest.

The Miss Universe Organization was owned by former President Donald Trump from 1996, when he bought it from ITT Corps, until he sold it to WME/IMG in 2015, after his incendiary remarks about Mexicans drove away his co-investor NBC.

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