Inside the 71st Miss Universe Pageant in New Orleans

Inside the 71st Miss Universe Pageant in New Orleans

Inside the 71st Miss Universe Pageant in New Orleans

  • The 71st annual Miss Universe Pageant takes place Saturday in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Hosts Jeannie Mai and Olivia Culpo have posted behind-the-scenes details to their Instagram Stories.
  • The official Miss Universe Instagram account also shared photos from the event.

Nearly 90 women from around the world will compete in the Miss Universe pageant on Saturday.

The pageant will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where the future Miss Universe will be crowned by current titleholder Harnaaz Sandhu of India. While the Miss Universe website shared photos of the contestants’ 86 portraits and national costumes, co-hosts Jeannie Mai Jenkins and Olivia Culpo posted behind-the-scenes photos from the rehearsals.

Variety reported that Jenkins and Culpo, the former Miss Universe 2012, replaced Steve Harvey, who previously hosted the event for five years.

Culpo shared glimpses of the contestants during rehearsals and posed with Miss Universe 2021 winner Harnaaz Sandhu

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Competitors practiced Friday before Saturday’s competition.

Olivia Culpo Instagram Stories



On Friday, Culpo shared three videos from rehearsals for the Miss Universe pageant that showed contestants standing on stage in dresses and sashes.

“Someone’s life is about to change forever,” Culpo wrote in a video caption.

Culpo then posted a photo of herself with Sandhu. In the 2021 contest, fans rallied around Sandhu after Steve Harvey asked him to do his best animal impersonation during the competition.

Olivia Culpo Miss Universe Instagram Stories

Olivia Culpo and Harnaaz Sandhu at the 71st Miss Universe pageant.

Olivia Culpo Miss Universe Instagram Stories



Other videos showed Culpo dancing and joking around with Jenkins while practicing their lines. She also shared a photo of a recent board read.

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Olivia Culpo shared behind-the-scenes footage from the Miss Universe pageant to her Instagram Stories.

Olivia Culpo Instagram Stories



On Saturday, in the hours leading up to the event, Culpo also shared a video of Miss Universe fans cheering on the contestants.

Jenkins, who is married to rapper Jeezy, shared similar videos with Culpo that showed her working on set.

The Miss Universe Instagram account also posted photos and videos ahead of the event.

The official Miss Universe account has shared an Instagram photo of Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray, who is participating as a backstage commentator for Miss Universe. The post also showed current contestants, including Miss Korea and Miss Spain.

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The 71st Miss Universe will air live on Roku Channel and Telemundo at 7 p.m. ET.

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