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35 Interesting Facts to Know About Miss Universe Contestants
24 Nov 2017

35 Interesting Facts to Know About Miss Universe Contestants

66th Miss Universe Competition This year's Miss Universe contestants will compete LIVE during the Miss Universe Competition on Sunday, Nov. 26 on FOX. Before they take the stage, here are 35 interesting facts to know about them that might seriously surprise you!

Miss Universe Angola Lauriela Martins: Lauriela learned English from movies, songs, and television shows.

Miss Universe Bahamas Yasmine Cooke: Yasmine was a competitive swimmer for 8 years.

Miss Universe Bolivia Gleisy Noguer Hassen: Gleisy considers herself an adrenaline junkie, she especially loves racing motorcycles.

Miss Universe Cambodia By Sotheary: By is the first Cambodian woman to compete in Miss Universe.

Miss Universe Aruba Alina Mansur: The public would be surprised to know that, although she has won the title of Miss Universe Aruba, she suffered from social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Alina is working to rid society of the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

Miss Universe Barbados Lesley Chapman-Andrews: Lesley is a certified Scuba Diver.

Miss Universe Canada Lauren Howe: "People often seem to be surprised to hear that I hold a degree in Industrial Engineering. Perhaps there still exists a stereotype of what the ‘typical engineer’ is, but that does not hold true. I’m proud that my graduating class had the highest percentage of females in the history of our program and that the male to female ratio is shifting in the right direction. I dream that STEM fields, and engineering in particular, see a gender balanced ratio by the time my future children grow up."

Miss Universe Costa Rica Elena Correa: "I like practicing racing cars, and I love to watch Formula 1 racing."

Miss Universe Croatia Shanaelle Petty: "I am the first woman of mixed-race to win the Miss Universe Croatia pageant."

Miss Universe Czech Republic Michaela Habáňová: "I did figure skating for 16 years."

Miss Universe Dominican Republic Carmen Muñoz: "In 2013, I was chosen to participate in a debate in front of the Dominican Congress on the subject of Children's Constitutional Law. I was selected among a group of just four students by the dean in my college, law school department. Although the grandeur of the event was certainly intimidating, this debate allowed me to approach one of the powers of the state and raise my voice in favor of those in need. I humbly believe it is my love for children what encouraged me to rise to the occasion."

Miss Universe El Salvador Alisson Abarca: "I was the Valedictorian of my high school graduating class."

Miss Universe Ethiopia Akinahome Zergaw: "I have more than 10 brother and sisters."

Miss Universe Finland Michaela Söderholm: "My dear late grandmother has her birthday on the day of the Miss Universe finale, 26th of November. I believe she is watching me from a cloud and I hope to make her proud on the day she would have turned 92 years old."

Miss Universe Germany Sophia Koch: "My father is a super hero! A few years ago my dad was diagnose with a neurological disease. He helped himself with the mental training and through reading a lot about positive thinking, today he is better and a healthier person than he was before he got this brain disease. All his doctors see him until today as little wonder because they never saw a story like his. Because of this and the way he raised me he is a hero to me and this is a fact. I am very proud of him!"

Miss Universe Great Britian Anna Burdzy: "In 2014, Anna traveled to a different country each month for a year."

Miss Universe Iceland Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir: "Born with a leg deformity, my mother was told I would never be able to walk properly or play sports. By the age of 15 I was the Icelandic pole vault champion and my record stood for 8 years!"

Miss Universe India Shraddha Shashidhar: "I survived a near death experience when I had a narrow escape at the hands of a shark while scuba diving."

Miss Universe Iraq Sarah Idan: "When I was 18, I worked for the coalition forces during the Iraqi Operation Freedom. I still have many medals of honor and certificate from US military with a title (Guardian of the Green Zone) as my job was to prevent terrorist attacks against the US camps Embassy and Iraqi ministries while also training the Iraqi Military."

Miss Universe Ireland Cailín Áine Ní Toibín: Cailín from age 9 to 18 was a competitive coastal rower and in those ten years won many County and All Ireland medals in both women's and men's in 4 person crews.

Miss Universe Laos Souphaphone Somvichith: She won the gold medal for Taekwondo at the National University Games in 2015.

Miss Universe Nepal Nagma Shrestha: "Unlike other participants for me the journey to Miss Universe hasn't just been about being crowned in my country and coming to the pageant. For several years, I have been personally communicating with Miss Universe and travelled to New York to meet officials in the Miss Universe Organization to talk about the process to get the Miss Universe franchise and eventually participate in Miss Universe. After years of trying without ever losing hope, Nepal is finally participating in Miss Universe, and I am the first Miss Universe Nepal. It truly is a dream come true for me."

Miss Universe Peru Prissila: "I think people would be surprised to know that I became one of Peru's National Swimming Champions. In order to achieve this goal I needed to train every day and follow a very disciplined schedule that started every day at 5:00 am training twice a day."

Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters: "I'm half British and half Filipina, and my Fillipino side is HUGE! My mum has 11 brothers and sisters, they've all had a minimum or 2 kids each so we are a very large (and loud) family!"

Miss Universe Puerto Rico Danna Hernández: "I started creating vision boards when I was 16 to help me reach my goals through the law of attraction. Because what we envision becomes a reality when we truly believe it!"

Miss Universe Russia Kseniya Alexandrova: "I took part in the 'Formula 1' GRAND PRIX in Russia, Sochi."

Miss Universe South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters: "I am the first Miss South Africa title holder to be born in a free and democratic South Africa. I was born after the first democratic elections in 1994."

Miss Universe Sri Lanka Christina Peiris: "I have visited 16 countries. Traveling is our family hobby and we try to visit a new country at least once a year. I have travelled to Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Greece, India, Malaysia, Switzerland, Singapore, Italy, France, The Vatican City, Austria, The Netherlands and Belgium."

Miss Universe Sweden Frida Fornander: "Frida used to practice and compete in high level ice skating when she was younger, and says the hard work and dedication has been very useful in pageantry as well."

Miss Universe Turkey Pinar Tartan: "I started playing the piano when I was 3 years old."

Miss Universe Uruguay Marisol Acosta: "When I was a kid I rescued animals form the Street and made my home an animal shelter."

Miss Universe US Virgin Islands Esonica Veira: "I was a finalist in the singing competition VI Idol 2008."

Miss USA Kára McCullough: "I did Army ROTC for a semester in college. That was the best workout I've ever had in my life."

Miss Universe Venezuela Keysi Sayago: "I have had an active role in the political manifestations in my country. I was not able to isolate myself from the reality and the difficult situation my country is going through and only continue with my training towards this beauty pageant and commitments with the Miss Venezuela Organization, I felt it is a responsibility as a beauty queen of Venezuela to fulfill my duty as citizen and support my people."

Miss Universe Zambia Isabel Chikoti: "My brother and I are my parents only biological children, I grew up with 5 adopted brothers and sister."