18 Stunning Pics Of Miss Universe Contestants On And Off Stage

When you see a Miss Universe contestant, you think she must live a very glamourous life. Isn't that right? That could be the case. However, in most instances, she is just like you and me.

So to prove that fact, I wanted to share with you some candid behind-the-scene shots of recent beauty queens that will show you just that.

1. Miss Universe 2016 — Iris Mittenaere, France

This gorgeous Miss Universe 2016 was more than happy to welcome a new queen from India to take on the torch. Both ladies look so stunning in their beautiful pageant gowns on the biggest stage in the world.

This Fun Shot

You would think that a Miss Universe doesn't have to work that hard for her beauty, but no, that's not the case, hehe. This pretty lady shows us here that you still need to take care of yourself and have fun while you're at it.

2. Miss Universe 2018 — Catriona Gray, Philippines

"Behind every hindrance is an opportunity. Behind every closed door, is one that is set aside, just for you, waiting to be opened."

Some wise words coming from this young woman here. We should all try to realize that.

These Besties

It's pretty obvious to see that this lovely lady has her priorities straight here. I'm sure she'll rather hang out with her best friend than spend hours in a makeup chair. But it's possible to have it both ways.

3. Miss Universe 2020 — Andrea Meza, Mexico

It must be such a thrill to represent your country in the Miss Universe pageant. And then your dreams come true, and you win the title? I bet this lady here was speechless.

This Silly Candid

Even though you're trying to reach the biggest goal of your life doesn't mean you can't be silly from time to time. This Mexican beauty here knows how not to take herself too seriously and have some fun.

4. Miss Universe 2008 — Stefanía Fernández, Venezuela

Even though it's been 13 years since Stefanía Fernández became Miss Universe, I bet this moment is still engraved in her heart forever. As an inexperienced 18-year old, that must've been quite the challenge, but she took it head-on.

These Family Values

Now that she is both a wife and a mom, she still holds on to what's important to her. And that, of course, is strong family values. It's amazing to see the growth this lady went through here.

5. Miss Universe 2010 — Ximena Navarrete, Mexico

When this beautiful lady became Miss Universe, she wanted to take her culture and a positive message around the world and inspire many people to fulfill their dreams. And she definitely did that and more.

This Dream Fulfilled

Years later she had to endure the biggest struggle of her life and that was to become a mom. After many procedures and visits to the doctor, her miracle came into the world and she knew her life was complete.

6. Miss Universe 2014 — Paulina Vega, Colombia

"I never thought I was enough (and still don’t) to become a role model, the face of a big company, the spokesperson for different causes, or the ambassador of my country. But I do feel proud of never trying to be someone else."

This Grown-Up Moment

"After this moment, I moved to NY, travelled the world and well...my life changed forever."

I bet this is an understatement and this young lady has grown up so much since the day she became Miss Universe.

7. Miss Universe 2012 — Olivia Culpo, United States

This young lady took the runway by storm when she visited Fashion week. However, I bet it wasn't as exciting as winning the Miss Universe crown for the United States back in 2012, though.

This Lovely Selfie

Even though it must be thrilling to get to look glamorous all the time, it's also nice to be able to just be yourself, no? Whether this woman is all glammed-up, she looks amazing either way. Don't you think so?

8. Miss Universe 2019 — Zozibini Tunzi, South Africa

"And so there it was! A moment orchestrated by the heavens. A moment manifested by my ancestors and brought to life by the union of those who created me. This! The beginning of the rest of my life."

This Natural Beauty

"May every child who witnessed this moment believe in the absolute power of their dreams."

I bet this amazing lady inspired millions of girls dreaming of accomplishing big goals. I know I felt inspired just by witnessing the journey she had since that faithful moment.

9. Miss Universe 2013 — Gabriela Isler, Venezuela

I bet it must've been an incredible experience for this beautiful lady to win the crown of Miss Universe in 2013. She definitely made her country proud that day, and she continues to be a great example to other young women out there.

This Candid

Even though this lady definitely knows how to glam herself up, she can also be totally real on her Instagram. Here she shared a makeup-free picture of herself showing all the beauty of her skin as it is, and I think it's so lovely to see.


Isn't it so wonderful to see these ladies on stage and off? Each and every one of them has a unique story to tell, and I'm happy they got to share it with the rest of the world. I don't know about you, but I feel really empowered by them.

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