2015 MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT
Las Vegas, Nevada - December 20, 2015 - In front of a global audience, Miss Universe Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was crowned Miss Universe 2015 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The telecast aired live on FOX for the first time ever. Miss Universe Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is a Filipino-German actress and model. Pia was born in Stuttgart, Germany and grew up in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Pia finished her secondary education with the ABS-CBN Distance Learning Center and studied culinary arts at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies in Metro Manila, Philippines. Pia is currently a stylist and writer for the lifestyle section of a leading newspaper in her country.
Emmy Award winner Steve Harvey hosted the three-hour event with live reporting from Roselyn Sanchez. Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum singer and songwriter SEAL, Grammy Award-winning sibling trio The Band Perry, and Golden Globe and Grammy Award-nominated Charlie Puth took the MISS UNIVERSE® stage as performances throughout the night.
Emmy Award nominee Niecy Nash, Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo, football legend Emmitt Smith, and celebrity entertainment mogul Perez Hilton made up the judging panel. Additionally, for the first time ever, fans worldwide had a say in who was crowned MISS UNIVERSE®. With a virtual seat at the judging table, fans were able to vote on each category to help decide who walked away Miss Universe 2015. Throughout the MISS UNIVERSE® telecast, contestants representing 80 countries competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. The telecast concluded with Miss Universe 2014, Paulina Vega from Colombia crowning her successor.
Miss Universe 2015: Miss Universe Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
First Runner-Up: Miss Universe Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez
Second Runner-Up: Miss USA, Olivia Jordan
Rest of Top Ten: Miss Universe Japan, Ariana Miyamoto; Miss Universe Thailand, Aniporn Chalermburanawong; Miss Universe Dominican Republic, Clarissa Molina; Miss Universe Curaçao, Kanisha Sluis; Miss Universe Venezuela, Mariana Jimenez.
Rest of Top Fifteen: Miss Universe Brazil, Marthina Brandt; Miss Universe Indonesia, Anindya Kusuma Putri; Miss Universe Belgium, Annelies Törös; Miss Universe Mexico, Wendy Esparza; Miss Universe South Africa, Refilwe Mthimunye.