Welcome to the 2017 MISS UNIVERSE COUNTRY® Competition!
As president of The Miss Universe Organization, I have the opportunity to meet and work with many of the incredible women who participate in our system every year. I have been able to watch our titleholders and contestants accomplish things that they only dreamed possible. It is undoubtedly true that each of these women inspire others to pursue their personal and professional goals by making an impact not only in their own communities, but also around the world.
As leaders and role models in their communities, our titleholders and contestants work hard to affect positive change on issues they care about. It is our mission to help provide women with opportunities to achieve success and truly change the world.
Miss Universe is someone who is strong, determined and most importantly, confident. Our directors work tirelessly to spread our message about what it means to hold the title – and what an important role it is to have.
To all the contestants, I hope you all leave here tonight with lifelong memories, and a newfound confidence achieved through self-awareness. Believe in yourself and with hard work and determination, know that anything is possible.
Finally, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to our national director, Uzuri International, the friends and families of our contestants and tonight’s sponsors for their support. To the newly crowned winner, I look forward to meeting you at the next MISS UNIVERSE® Competition.
Sincerely, Paula M. Shugart
President of The Miss Universe Organization, a WME | IMG company
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Who would have thought that in 1952, a local “bathing beauty” competition spearheaded by Catalina Swimwear in Long Beach, CA would transform into an international annual tradition with countless young women around the world vying to become a part of Miss Universe history? As millions of fans have watched around the globe, the contest has evolved into a powerful, year-round, international organization that advances and supports opportunities for these young women. Readmore