LAS VEGAS — It has been a tradition for the Miss Universe organization to host a grand welcome ceremony in Las Vegas for the candidates.
Miss Universe president Paula Shugart and reigning Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere led the welcome to Las Vegas event.
“All of these women from around the world to say that the world supports Las Vegas,” said Shugart. “The world is proud of Las Vegas and we are all Vegas strong.”
“Vegas is strong, Vegas is stronger and we are all here ladies to make Vegas stronger again,” said Iris.
Pageant fans from all over flocked to Planet Hollywood hotel and casino to see their favorite candidates in person.
Among the candidates, Miss Phlippines Rachel Peters stood out with her signature smile and her beauty queen wave.
Peters says that she used to be one of the Pacquiao fight fans who flew to Vegas to watch the fight. Now, it is her who pageant fans will be watching on November 26th.
“It is insane that the last 2 times I was coming to Las Vegas I came over to watch Manny, everyone was like Filipino pride and lots of people flying over for the event, and then this time it’s me.”
One of the most anticipated event for Miss Universe is the parade of the national costume that will happen on Saturday and the preliminary competition that will take place on Monday night.