Miss Universe 2017: Will History Be Made, Or Repeated?

3 days until we get the new Miss Universe!

92 divas from all across the world have currently gathered in Las Vegas to compete for the most prestigious crown — Miss Universe Nepal Nagma Shrestha and Miss Universe India Shraddha Shashidhar are among them.

The two South Asian delegates are geared up and are more than ready to give their best shots, and make their countries proud. While Nepal will be making its debut in the pageant this year, India has been sending its delegate to the pageant since 1964.

Nagma Shrestha is Nepal’s bet in the competition. The 26-year-old already has represented Nepal in three international pageants – Miss Earth in 2012, World Miss University in 2016 and Miss Eco Universe in 2016. A television producer and presenter by profession, she is looking to make history for Nepal in the pageant as the country is still waiting for its first ever ‘Big 5’ pageant title. She is 5’11”.

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#Repost @missindiaorg (@get_repost) ・・・ Presenting India’s national costume at Miss Universe 2017. Radha: The Feminine Nature of God Radha descended from the spiritual realm shortly after Krishna, God of Love approximately 5,000 years ago. She took birth in the small village known as Barsana, which is about 28 miles from Mathura, the birth place of Krishna. The word Radha comes from the Sanskrit verbal root radh, which means to worship, and the word rani, which means queen. Radharani can be literally translated to mean “the queen of worship.” In some texts, she is described as “the supreme goddess who is worship able by everyone. She is the protector of all, and she is the mother of the entire universe.” Shraddha Shashidhar’s National Costume is the symbol of love and purity Radha has for Lord Krishna, God of Love. Love on the spiritual platform is devoid of selfishness. The needs and interests on the other take precedence over one’s own needs. The kind of love that comes closest to spiritual love is the love exhibited by a mother towards her child. It’s full of sacrifice and is completely selfless; it is without expectation. The path of bhakti or devotional service prepares one’s heart and consciousness — by eradicating selfishness and incorporating selflessness — to understand and experience that divine love which exists between Radha and Krishna. Designed by : @abujanisandeepkhosla and Melvyn Dominic Noronha Jewellery by Tejus Jogani and @Curiocottagejewelry Fashion Director: @Rockystarofficial Associate Stylist: @stylestashofficial Photographer: @Rahuljhangiani Hair and Makeup by @urbanchokra Miss Universe #MissUniverse2017 #Shraddha4MissUniverse #India

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On the other hand, Shraddha – the Indian representative in the pageant this year – is hoping to repeat the history for her country. She will be the third Indian to be the Miss Universe if she wins this year. Sushmita Sen in 1994 and Lara Dutta in 2000 have won the title for India so far. That’s not it, if Shraddha wins, history will be repeated in another way as well. In 1994, India didn’t only win the Miss Universe title, but the Miss World title as well – with Aishwarya Rai’s victory. And in 2000; while Lara Dutta  won the MU title, Priyanka Chopra became the Miss World. With Manushi Chhillar already winning the MW title this year, Shraddha’s victory will repeat the history of ’94 and ’00 again for India – winning two of the most prestigious pageant titles in the same year for the third time.

Shraddha had bagged the title of Miss Diva 2017 earlier this year in Mumbai. The 21-year-old is an undergraduate Mass Media student. She stands 5’8″.

Well, there are 90 other strong contenders competing for the title this year, who will be giving these two girls a tough competition. We’ll have to wait until Sunday night (Monday afternoon in Nepal) to see if any of these two girls be able to succeed the reigning Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere of France.

The coronation night will take place at The Axis at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada. Steve Harvey and Ashley Graham will host the 3-hour event. Fergie and Rachel Plattern have been confirmed to perform during the event.

Some fun moments with Miss India ?

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Good luck, girls!


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