Only a few days left until Miss Universe 2017, the most awaited pageant of the year! And just like last year, we’ve listed our top 10 favorite contestants and made our Miss Universe 2017 predictions.

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Again, we’re not psychic, but we do have our bets on who’s going to win Miss Universe this year based on preliminary competition videos we’ve been seeing online. We’ve also read a bunch of profiles and news on the contestants so we have a rough idea on which 66th Miss Universe contestant will be taking the $300,000 DIC crown home to their country. But in this end this is really just a fun bet among the people in the Typist HQ.

Anyway, in no particular order, here are Top 6 favorites this year!

India (Shraddha Shashidhar)

India’s Shraddha Shashidhar might just finish strong this year. This is because of a certain ‘trend’ that’s been observed to be shockingly true for the past years – that when India wins Miss World, they win the Miss Universe crown on the same year as well, according to this article by the IBT.

But more than that, the 21-year-old mass media graduate and model is seen as a very other-centric person, with the passion to travel all over her country and even the world to be more aware and understanding of the peoples’s different issues whether big or small, traditions, and cultural uniqueness. It’s not enough that you sit there and you hear about it. Shashidhar believes that you have to fully immerse yourself and travel.

 

Philippines (Rachel Peters)

Yes, Rachel Peters made it to our list again! The Philippines has been on a pageant streak with Karen Ibasco winning the Miss Earth 2017 crown, Winwyn Marquez for being the first Filipina to win the Reina Hispanoamericana 2017, then the most recent crowning of Mary Eve Adeline Escoto’s at Miss Asia Global 2017.

We also think Rachel Peters nailed those preliminary swimsuit and evening gown competitions with her iconic graceful and powerful walk. And if that’s not enough, we’re confident she got attention for her stunning gold ‘modern take on the Sarimanok’ national costume.

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach has high hopes for Rachel Peters this year saying in an interview with PhilStar, “Like a lot of people have said, she is the perfect package. I don’t think people have anything to worry about.”

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South Africa (Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters)

South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is a favorite among media sources, bookmarkets, and pageant enthusiasts all over the world. Many say she has incredibly high chances of winning, being a top early favorite according to Manila Bulletin’s Ireland-based sports gaming info source.

Insider‘s Top 20 Miss Universe 2017 frontrunners also include Miss South Africa because of her unique advocacy to help train women in self defense. Demi-Light Nel-Peters was held at gunpoint and robbed just after her Miss South Africa coronation. Though she knew exactly how to handle the situation because of her previous self-defense trainings, it also prompted her to create the Unbreakable campaign saying. “The Unbreakable campaign aims to educate, uplift and empower South African women. This they can start to do by taking care of themselves and making wise decisions,” she explains.

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Thailand (Maria Lynn Ehren)

Thailand’s Maria Lynn Ehren or Maria Poonlertlarp is a Swedish-Thai model and singer. She holds a master’s degree in international business commerce and can speak four languages – Thai, English, Chinese, and Swedish. Maria Lynn Ehren is also an early Miss Universe 2017 fave, appearing in many Miss Universe 2017 predictions both from enthusiasts and astrologers.

Maria Lynn Ehren’s Miss Universe introduction focused a lot on her advocacy towards providing a strong support group for pregnant teens. This has become an important issue in Thailand, with these young women being shun from society because of pregnancy so they stop pursuing their dreams and going to school.

She follows fan favorite Chalita Suansane who made it to the Top 6 of the Miss Universe 2016 pageant. We personally loved Chalita from the last Miss Universe and being that she’s also guiding Ehren through this season, we have high hopes for Thailand this year.

 

Venezuela (Keysi Sayago)

24-year-old Keysi Sayago holds a degree in mechanical engineering and is moved by her passion for volunteering. She constantly aims to make an impact in society in the best way she can.

Though many are not confident with Miss Venezuela winning this year, we think she has the makings of a Miss Universe frontrunner because she just knows how to keep it fun and light in every situation. On the more physical sense, she stands 5 ft 11 in and has endless legs that can complement any gown or swimsuit.

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USA (Kára McCullough)

Miss USA 2017 Kára McCullough’s dream of becoming a scientist started at a very young age because of her love for discovery. She is currently a physical scientist at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission but always finds time to inspire children to keep being persistent with their dreams. She strongly believes ‘persistency is always going to outweigh talent.’

Kara McCullough is a strong candidate because of her home-court advantage with the 66th Miss Universe being held this weekend at Las Vegas. Aside from that, she is one for natural beauty telling Essence that she wore her natural curls at the Miss USA pageant because she “decided to embrace what makes me feel comfortable and what makes me feel the best and brightest on stage, but also embrace what other people can relate to.”

She has been preparing both physically and mentally for the Miss Universe 2017 pageant, revealing to E! Online that she’s been busy keeping her mental psyche levelled, her physical self healthy by going to the gym, and by always being well informed with current events worldwide.

She’s the kind of queen that knows her crown isn’t on her head, but in her soul. . . I️ actually competed in @missuniverse prelims last night. Entering this role has been life changing and I️ wouldn’t change anything. Many people remember me as that soft spoken, extremely shy tomboy who walked fast with her shoulders hunched – Good thing those days are over and I️ just laugh about I️t 😂. When I️ began college I️ promised myself that I️ wouldn’t live with the “what-if” factor anymore and I️ went after everything I’ve secretly always wanted to do. From trying out for cheerleading to play intramural basketball, I️ was determined to complete the task and not care what anyone thought. Now, because of my persistence to better myself daily, I️ feel confident with every move I️ make. So, to the young ladies reading this, whether you’re in high school or college, be intentional about your pursing your dreams. I️ know you already know this, but I️ believe in repetition. Lastly, It’s perfectly fine to dream, just don’t sleep🖌📝📚!! #execute . . Photo @carlosvelezstudios Make up and hair @victoriadukebeauty Confidence by @realkaramccullough Gown @sherrihill Earring @stefaniesomers Styling @henriscloud9 #investinyourself #persistence #steadfastbutnotstagnant #growth #missusa #missusa2017 #missuniverse #missuniverse2018 #scienceforkids #scienceexplorationforkids #se4k #intentionalliving #confidentlybeautiful #slay #fleek #realkaramccullough #curlyhair #curlsforthegirls #curlyhairroutine #healthycurlyhair #heatdamage #love #faith #god #sherrihill #missuniverse2017 #missuniverse #missusa #missfrance #betawards #phvegas

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Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere of France will crown her successor at the Miss Universe 2017 coronation night to be held on November 27, 2017 (Manila time) at The AXIS in Las Vegas, Nevada.