After the plan of taking the competition to Dominican Republic fell apart, the emergency venue of Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino was the last alternative for the organization to take the event to, before they ran out of time.
Miss Universe organization president Paula Shugart tells AP that too many obstacles have arisen for holding the event in the Dominican Republic’s popular tourist city of Punta Cana.
Shugart says the main obstacle is the Caribbean country’s financial crisis. Wednesday’s announcement comes two weeks after the Dominican government said it could not afford the $6 million in financial assistance that event organizers had requested.
Shugart says the event would have attracted many tourists to the Dominican Republic, noting that is a priority of newly elected President Danilo Medina.
The show goes back to Sin City after only two years. In 2010, Mexico’s Ximena Navarrete was crowned at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. It is also the third time Vegas hosts the pageant: The first time was in 1991 when Lupita Jones, also from Mexico, took the title.
Miss Universe 2012, the 61st Miss Universe pageant, will be held on December 19, 2012 at the Theatre for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada. Leila Lopes from Angola will crown her successor at the end of the event.
The representative of Curaçao is Monifa Jansen, she was appointed to represent Curaçao after she couldn’t compete in 2011 because she didn’t meet the minimum age requirement.
Monifa Joanne-Marie Jansen (born February 11, 1993, in Willemstad, Curacao), Miss Universe Curacao 2012 is hoping to fulfill one of her lifelong dreams of becoming Miss Universe 2012.
Sports have always meant a great deal to Monifa. From age 5 to 17, she’s practiced ballet, volleyball, basketball, cycling, body shaping, swimming and track and field on a highly competitive level. With track being her favorite, she has dedicated up to 8 years of her life in this sport, earning the title of “Best sportswoman of the Dutch Caribbean” for three consecutive years. She has a total of 300 medals, and 45 trophies.
In 2006, Monifa participated in the “Mister Hercules and Miss Most Beautiful Body Shape” competition, where she took home the ultimate title of “Miss Most Beautiful Body Shape”, awarded by Mr. Olympia, Ronny Coleman himself.
In 2011 Monifa graduated from high school, where she attended the Prepatory Scientific Education. She was granted the student with the most accomplishments of her graduating class. Recently she started her studies in Law at the University of the Dutch Antilles. Not only does she want to become a lawyer, but she hopes to one day run for Prime-Minister of her country. She has always been fascinated by Argentina’s former President Eva Peron.
Next to sports Monifa has been interested in entertainment from an early age. She has participated in many pageants and shows, both locally and internationally. But in 2011, she was about to accomplish one of her life’s biggest achievements. She had entered the Miss Universe Curaçao 2011 pageant. On April 2nd 2011, she was crowned Curacao’s most beautiful woman, along with the prizes of “Best Body”, “Miss Personality” and “Miss Critical Beauty”, a special award selected by pageant entrepreneurs from all over the world.
After winning the Miss Curaçao competition Monifa was asked to represent Curaçao in the Miss World 2011 competition which was held in London, Great Britain.
In September of 2012, Monifa was asked to become the ambassador of the Cliniclows Foundations, an organization that visits hospitals and nursing homes to interact with the habitants, especially children.
Monifa’s favorite quote:
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ” -Ghandi
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