The 2013 Miss Universe pageant will be held on Nov. 9 (Nov. 10, Philippine time) in Russia.
This year’s Miss Philippines, Ariella “Ara” Arida, is a 24-year-old chemistry graduate from the University of the Philippines Los Baños.
Russia is hosting the pageant for the first time in the pageant’s 61-year history. There are contestants from 86 countries this year.
Miss Universe is an annual international beauty contest that is run by the Miss Universe Organization. The contest was founded in 1952 by California clothing company Pacific Mills and was acquired by Donald Trump in 1996.
7. Filipinos and fans from around the world can vote for Arida at www.missuniverse.com to help her become the Philippines’ third Miss Universe winner. The winner in the online poll automatically advances to the semifinals.
1. The first ever Miss Universe, Armi Helena Kuusela (1952), fell in love with and married Filipino businessman Virgilio Hilario. Kuusela gave up her Miss Universe crown without finishing her reign and married Hilario on May 4, 1953 after a whirlwind courtship.