The 58th Annual MISS UNIVERSE(R) Competition will air live from Paradise Island, Bahamas.
The glamorous live event, featuring some of the world's most beautiful women, will take place at Atlantis,
resort on Sunday, August 30th this summer. Paradise Island
"The people of The Bahamas are very proud and excited at the opportunity to host some of the most beautiful people in the universe in some of the most beautiful islands in the universe," said The Bahamas' Minister of Tourism & Aviation, Senator Hon. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace. "This feels like the perfect match. We look forward to showcasing the hospitality of our people, the clarity of our waters, the vibrancy of our music, dance, food and spirit."
"'Discovery' and 'wonder' describe what we can expect in summer. We look forward to exposing the contestants, and the world, to our amazing
Venezuelan native Dayana Mendoza, Miss Universe 2008, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the telecast. During her reign, she has traveled all over the world as an advocate for HIV/AIDS education, research, and legislation. The newly crowned Miss Universe will go on to do the same.
Each contestant from more than 80 countries around the world will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview as they vie for the coveted title of Miss Universe 2009. In recent years, worldwide distribution of the popular competition has topped more than 170 countries.
Donald J. Trump and Phil Gurin will again serve as Executive Producers for MISS UNIVERSE(R) 2009.
ABOUT THE MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION:
The MISS UNIVERSE(R), MISS USA(R) and MISS TEEN USA(R) Pageants are a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal joint venture. Utilizing its nationwide grass roots infrastructure, the Miss Universe Organization is committed to increasing HIV/AIDS awareness by focusing on women's health and reproductive issues. By forging relationships with organizations committed to research and education such as the Latino Commission on AIDS, God's Love We Deliver, PSI/YouthAIDS and Gay Men's Health Crisis, Miss Universe is armed to impact women today. For more information, visit: www.missuniverse.com