At a press conference in Bangkok this afternoon, Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart confirmed the rumor — Thailand will host the highly-regarded pageant this year. The event will be co-hosted by Miss Universe Organization, a subsidiary of talent agency WME/IMG, and Bangkok-based TW Investment Group. The venue hasn’t yet been announced.
The contest will take place on Monday, Dec 16, 7:00 (Bangkok time) and will be broadcast live on Fox channel on 17 Dec, 19:00 (EST).
The last time Bangkok got to host the Miss Universe contest was in 2005, and the beauty queen who brought home the crown was Natalie Glebova. Thailand has also produced two winners – Apasra Hongsakula in 1965 and Porntip Nakhirunkanok (Bui Simon) in 1988. Thailand’s representative Sophida Kanchanarin will vie for the country’s third crown.