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Thailand, 4 Others Among Top Bookie Picks to Win Ms. Universe 2019

Date Posted: December 5, 2019

The 68th Miss Universe competition is almost all set for the coronation night happening on December 8, 2019 at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. Catriona Gray, the current titleholder, will be the one to crown the Miss Universe 2019.

Will the successor be from the Philippines, the same country Gray represented last year? Possible, but three other bets are seen by sportsbooks as stronger contenders for the crown.

Here’s a run-down of the top picks for Miss Universe 2019 based on odds released by bookmakers:

#1 Thailand

22Bet: +120 | PaddyPower: +125

Representing Thailand this year is Fahsai Paweensuda Drouin, a 26-year-old Canadian-Chinese Thai. She started joining pageants in 2013 and from then worked her way up to finally be her country’s representative for the Miss Universe 2019 competition.

Fahsai is into modeling and sports. In fact, she is a full-time TV and radio sports reporter. She also devotes much time to her advocacies which include the promotion of sports among people with disabilities to boost their self-esteem and promotion of inclusivity and equality among less-fortunate children through music, art, and sports.

If Ms. Thailand wins, it will be her country’s third time to take home the Miss Universe crown. She is expected by her fans to end her homeland’s title drought that has been running since 1988.

#2 Puerto Rico

22Bet: +700 | PaddyPower: +500

Madison Anderson Berrios carries the flag of Puerto Rico in this year’s pageant. She is a 24-year-old student taking marketing and public relations courses. This Puerto Rican beauty is also a supporter of anti-bullying and self-love campaigns. She even founded Metamorphosis, a program that aims to end domestic violence.

The other causes she promotes are support to cancer patients and post-incarceration motivation among women who have just been released from jail.

If Madison takes home the crown, Puerto Rico will be celebrating their 6th Miss Universe win.

#3 Brazil

22Bet: +495 | PaddyPower: +900

Representing Brazil is 25-year-old Julia Horta. This journalism degree holder is the creator of a digital media project that promotes feminism, meditation, empowerment, and self-awareness with the aid of social media platforms and live lectures.

Mainly because of the project, she became Brazil’s Girl Plan ambassador seeking to empower women in her country. Apart from women’s rights, she advocates diversity and environmental protection. This year, she hopes to get Brazil’s third Miss Universe victory.

#4 Philippines

22Bet: +500 | PaddyPower: +900

A lot of pressure is on Gazini Ganados, the 23-year-old contestant from the Philippines, as she vies for a back-to-back win for her country.

She is a graduate of Tourism Management and the Ambassador of Sustainable Development Program Building. Like the reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray who is also a Filipino, Ganados actively advocates HIV/AIDS awareness. She is also affiliated with some organizations that provide care to the elderly and the abandoned.

Throughout Miss Universe history, the Philippines has already bagged four title wins, the two most recent of which were in 2015 and 2018. If Gazini gets crowned this year, the Philippines will be tied at third spot with Puerto Rico in terms of the most number of Miss Universe titles won, following the United States (eight wins) and Venezuela (seven wins).

#5 United States

22Bet: +800 | PaddyPower: +1,000

Joining the list of the strongest contenders is Miss USA Cheslie Kryst. She is a 28-year-old attorney, licensed to practice law in two states. She is also an MBA degree holder. Interestingly, she is also into sports. She used to be a Division I athlete, playing heptathlon, triple jump, and long jump.

At present, Cheslie works as an entertainment news correspondent and as a women’s fashion blogger. This made her become the Impact Ambassador of Dress for Success, an international non-profit organization that seeks to help women achieve economic freedom through network-building, professional attire support, and development tools provision.

Having the advantage of competing for the crown in her own country, Miss USA expects to receive the loudest cheer during the coronation night. She looks to bring more pride to the USA by giving it its 9th Miss Universe title.

The other countries that follow the list of candidates with the highest odds of winning according to sportsbooks are Venezuela, South Africa, Columbia, Portugal, Chile, and France.

The Preliminary Competition, hosted by Catriona Gray,  will be held on December 6 to determine who will be part of the Top 20. The coronation night will be on December 8, 2019, hosted by Steve Harvey. This is going to be Harvey’s fifth consecutive hosting of the pageant proper.