Today is #WorldAIDSDay. World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.
Miss Universe Malaysia 2016 Kiran Jassal
Miss Universe Contestants from all over the world have been showing their support of those affected with HIV/AIDs by writing messages on their hands and uploading to social media. You don’t have to be a contestant to participate, tag your photo with #WorldAIDSDay and #MissUniverse to show your support.
Check out the contestants who have participated so far!
Miss Universe Albania 2016 Lindita Idrizi
Miss Universe Australia 2016 Caris Tiivel
Miss Universe Barbados 2016 Shannon Harris
Miss Universe Belize 2016 Rebecca Rath
Miss British Virgin Islands Erika Creque
Miss Universe Dominican Republic 2016 Rosalba Abreu
Miss Universe Georgia 2016 Nuka Karalashvili
Miss Universe Guam 2016 Muneka Joy Cruz Taisipic
Miss Universe Guatemala 2016 Virginia Argueta
Miss Universe Korea 2016 Jenny Kim
Miss Universe Mauritius 2016 Kushboo Ramnawa
Miss Universe Singapore 2016 Cheryl Chou
Miss Universe Slovenia 2016 Lucija Potocnik
Miss Universe Tanzania 2016 Jihan Dimachk
Miss Universe Poland 2016 Izabella Krzan
Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzabach
Mary Therese Friel won the title of Miss USA in 1979. Now, Mary owns a full-service modeling agency and trains girls for pageants. Check out her Facebook page here.
Kirby Lindley is Miss Texas Teen USA 2017!
She was crowned by current Miss Teen USA 2016 Karlie Hay.
Next stop, the 2017 MISS TEEN USA Competition! Join the conversation using hashtag #MissTeenUSA on social media!
Halima Aden is the first contestant to compete in Miss Minnesota USA wearing a hijab and burkini. Halima was born in a Kenyan refugee camp and moved to the United States with her family when she was 7 years old.
Halima told the Star Tribune, “I just want to go on as myself.”
“That’s made me so proud to be a part of this,” she said. “Just give it a try. You might not win, but maybe the fifth, sixth girl will win. Don’t let anything get in the way.”
While Halima did not end up taking the crown, she definitely made history.
Being tackled by a football player during a game is not the best way to start off your day. Luckily, Miss Arizona USA 2016 Chelsea Myers, handled her’s with grace.
Arizona Quarterback, Brandon Dawkins, ran into her just off the sidelines, taking her with him. Chelsea is a physical therapy technician, so she knew a few things about landing safely. Chelsea walked away with a smile instead of a scratch. You can watch the moment unfold here.