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The 65th annual Miss Universe Pageant premieres on Channel 7Two 11 AM THIS MONDAY 30th of January. Reigning Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines will crown her successor with millions of fans watching around the world. Australia’s contender in the competition is 23 year old Perth model and makeup artist, Caris Tiivel. Caris’ sweet personality, strong work ethic, incredible dimples and mega-watt smile makes her one of the top favourites to win.
Caris secured her position to represent Australia at this year’s Miss Universe when she was announced winner of Miss Universe Australia 2016, an event held in Melbourne, Victoria, beating 29 other Australian hopefuls for the coveted title and crown.
Australia has won Miss Universe twice in its 65 year history. The first was Kerry Anne Wells (from Perth, WA) in 1972 and the most recent was Jennifer Hawkins (from Holmesville, NSW) in 2004. Hawkins is now the founder of two successful brands Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins swimwear and JBronze tanning line, as well as the current host of Australia’s Next Top Model. Hawkins is also the face of Australian department store Myer, Lovable Intimates, Mount Franklin Lightly Sparkling, Range Rover and presenter for travel show, The Great Outdoors.
Following in Hawkins steps and taking home the international crown at the finale will be the ultimate success story for Tiivel.
This year’s Miss Universe is held in the Mall of Asia Arena, Manila, Phillippines and will be hosted by Emmy award winning American TV presenter Steve Harvey and feature role model and body activist Ashley Graham. Flo Rida and Boyz II Men will provide the music entertainment.
Eighty six countries will be competing in the event. The women will showcase their talent in Swimwear, Evening Gown, Final Question and Final Look.
The Miss Universe Organization says the pageant aims to “empower women to develop the confidence they need to achieve their personal best. A confident woman has the power to make real change, starting in her local community with the potential to reach a global audience. We encourage every woman to get out of her comfort zone, be herself, and continue to define what it means to be Confidently Beautiful.”
Nearly ten thousand young beauties around the world participate in Miss Universe pageant events. The contestants and titleholders have gone on to high profile careers in government, business, finance, broadcasting, as well as film and television.
Speaking to Missosology.org, Caris said: “I personally believe as a contestant of Miss Universe that pageants are actually very empowering to women. The emphasis is not on superficial beauty but encapsulates all that a woman can be. Elegance, personality, professionalism and compassion. The pageant has allowed me to develop my skills, confidence and the platform to help others and give back to the community. To me it has been nothing but an uplifting, inspiring and empowering experience.”
“I am so honoured to be representing my country on the world stage! I will do my best to make my fellow Aussies proud!” wrote Caris Tiivel on her Instagram page.
All the best Caris, we will be cheering you on with all our love and support! Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!
Follow Caris’ journey via Instagram: @caris_tiivel
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