Miss Universe 2015, the 64th edition of the Miss Universe pageant was held on 20’ December 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada USA. Miss Universe is one of the four International pageants which form the Big Four pageants. A total of Eighty (80) contestants from across the globe competed at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant.
Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach from Philippines was crowned as the first Miss Universe under WME and IMG on the scintillating night of December 20, 2015 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA by the outgoing queen Paulina Vega from Colombia. Ariadna Maria Gutierrez Arevalo from Colombia was adjudged as the First runner up, while Olivia Jordan was announced as the Second runner up. This was the first edition of the Miss Universe pageant under the new owners, WME/IMG, and will be the first aired by Fox.
Las Vegas played host to the beautiful contestants. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city known primarily for gambling, shopping, fine dining and nightlife and is the leading financial and cultural center for Southern Nevada. The venue for the event was The AXIS theatre at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.
The show was hosted by Steve Harvey and Roselyn Sanchez. The judging panel included few notable figures like Emmitt Smith, Niecy Nash, Olivia Culpo and Perez Hilton.
The Miss Universe pageant indulges in various charitable works. The Miss Universe Organization and Dutch development agency, Cordaid, have partnered to create a global fund that will raise awareness and money for regions of the Philippines struggling to recover in the wake of typhoon Yoland. The contestants of MU 2015 participated in various pre pageant activities and compete in the preliminary competitions.