On Sunday, December 20, 2015, The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) and IMG held their 64th annual Miss Universe pageant from the Axis in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino 3667 S Las Vegas Blvd, in Las Vegas, Nevada 89109.
The 2015 Miss Universe in front of a global audience was broadcast live on FOX for the first time ever. Miss Universe Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was crowned Miss Universe 2015.
Miss Universe Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbachis a Filipino-German actress and model. Pia was born in Stuttgart, Germany and grew up in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Pia finished her secondary education with the ABS-CBN Distance Learning Center and studied culinary arts at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies in Metro Manila, Philippines. Pia is currently a stylist and writer for the lifestyle section of a leading newspaper in her country.
The 2015 Miss Universe was hosted by Emmy Award winner Steve Harvey with live reporting from Roselyn Sanchez.
There were live entertainment performances by Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum singer and songwriter SEAL, Grammy Award-winning sibling trio The Band Perry, and Golden Globe and Grammy Award-nominated Charlie Puth took the MISS UNIVERSE® stage as performances throughout the night.
Miss Universe 2015 judges were: Niecy Nash, Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, football legend Emmitt Smith, and Perez Hilton. Additionally, for the first time ever, fans worldwide had a say in who was crowned MISS UNIVERSE®. With a virtual seat at the judging table, fans were able to vote on each category to help decide who walked away Miss Universe 2015.
Throughout the MISS UNIVERSE® telecast, contestants representing 80 countries competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. The telecast concluded with Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega from Colombia crowning her successor.
First Runner-Up: Miss Universe Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez.
Second Runner-Up: Miss USA, Olivia Jordan.
Top Three: Miss USA, Olivia Jordan; Miss Universe Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez; Miss Universe Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
Top Five: Miss Universe France, Flora Coquerel; Miss Universe Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez; Miss Universe Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach; Miss Universe Australia, Monika Radulovic; and Miss USA, Olivia Jordan.
Top Ten: Miss USA, Olivia Jordan; Miss Universe Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez; Miss Universe Japan, Ariana Miyamoto; Miss Universe Thailand, Aniporn Chalermburanawong; Miss Universe Australia, Monika Radulovic; Miss Universe Dominican Republic, Clarissa Molina; Miss Universe France, Flora Coquerel; Miss Universe Curaçao, Kanisha Sluis; Miss Universe Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach; and Miss Universe Venezuela, Mariana Jimenez.
Top Fifteen: Miss USA, Olivia Jordan; Miss Universe Brazil, Marthina Brandt; Miss Universe Australia, Monika Radulovic; Miss Universe Indonesia, Anindya Kusuma Putri; Miss Universe Dominican Republic, Clarissa Molina; Miss Universe Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach; Miss Universe France, Flora Coquerel; Miss Universe Curaçao, Kanisha Sluis; Miss Universe Belgium, Annelies Törös; Miss Universe Japan, Ariana Miyamoto; Miss Universe Venezuela, Mariana Jimenez; Miss Universe Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez; Miss Universe Mexico, Wendy Esparza; Miss Universe South Africa, Refilwe Mthimunye; and Miss Universe Thailand, Aniporn Chalermburanawong.
THE PRIZE PACKAGE:
The Miss Universe 2015 prize package includes: a year-long salary as Miss Universe; luxury accommodations in a New York City apartment for the duration of her reign, including living expenses; a one-year scholarship from the New York Film Academy College of Visual Performing Arts; a one-year supply of haircare products and tools from CHI Haircare; a new custom diamond tiara and jewelry designed by D.I.C; a shoe wardrobe from Chinese Laundry Shoes; swimwear by Yamamay; a year’s worth of skincare products from Image Skincare; personal services including membership to Gravity Fitness @ Le Parker Meridien Hotel and hair services from John Barrett Salon; modeling portfolio by leading fashion photographer Fadil Berisha; dermatology and skincare services provided by Dr. Cheryl Thellman-Karcher; professional health and nutrition consultation by Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD and dental services by Dr. Jan Linhart, D.D.S.; professional representation by The Miss Universe Organization; extensive travel representing sponsors and charitable partners; access to various New York City events including casting opportunities, movie premiers, screenings, Broadway shows and launch parties; and personal appearance wardrobe and styling by the official Miss Universe Organization fashion stylist.
As previously announced, WME | IMG wholly acquired The Miss Universe Organization in September 2015. Prior to the acquisition, IMG had produced a number of shows for The Miss Universe Organization and did so with this year’s MISS UNIVERSE® telecast.
Photos credit to: HO/The Miss Universe Organization & IMG/FOX Broadcasting.
Editor’s Note: Congratulations again! to Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach from the Philippines for been Crowned Winner of Miss Universe 2015/16. It was a great experience been there live because you can feel the energy from the audience/fans. So bad the error host Steve Harvey made, but it was clear to me that Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach from the Philippines was our new Miss Universe 2015-2016. Thank You to The Miss Universe Organization for allowing Diversity News Magazine to witness the awkward crowning moment of First Runner-Up: Miss Universe Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez, but Steve Harvey did the right thing by announcing the mix up and correct his mistake to crown Miss Universe Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach as Miss Universe 2015/2016. Too bad the shining moment of Miss Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach to walk after her crowning was cut short because of what happened during the live broadcast and Steve Harvey human error.
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