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Miss Universe competition to be held this year in Eilat

70th installment of beauty pageant will take place at Israel’s southern resort in December

Reigning Miss Universe, Andrea Meza of Mexico, poses for the media during her visit to the Empire State Building on May 18, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Reigning Miss Universe, Andrea Meza of Mexico, poses for the media during her visit to the Empire State Building on May 18, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK — Miss Universe is heading to Israel for its 70th competition.

The Miss Universe Organization announced on Tuesday that the pageant will be held this December in the southern resort city of Eilat.

Steve Harvey will once again return as host.

The three-hour event will broadcast live on Fox in the United States and also in 180 countries and territories across the globe. It will end with the current Miss Universe, Mexico’s Andrea Meza, crowning her successor.

Meza, a former software engineer, has advocated for women’s rights and is also encouraging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Soon after she was named Miss Universe, Meza invited the media to cover her first vaccination shot in New York.

In a statement released by the Miss Universe Organization, Meza said she hopes “as many people as possible” get vaccinated so they can participate in the 70th Miss Universe contest.

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