The Miss Universe pageant has been through a lot of changes. In 2022, the organization was purchased by Thai media tycoon Anne Jakrajutatip following the news that it will now allow mothers and married women to join the competition. Miss Universe’s new era doesn’t stop there, however, as it will reportedly have its very own reality show, too!
A recent report by TIME states that Anne JKN, the CEO of JKN Global which owns the Miss Universe pageant, plans to create a reality show that she hopes will be a “mash-up” of Project Runway and American Idol. The show will have 13 episodes that will follow the contestants’ journey up until the coronation night, and it will also feature the winner’s reign as Miss Universe.
“We would love to have the iconic woman each year for everyone around the world—particularly women and LGBTQ—to look up to,” says Anne. “I don’t want to have the Miss Universe competition objectify women. This year is a new year of Miss Universe, or I’d rather call it a new paradigm of the global female empowerment platform.”
As of writing, the reality show is still in development and has yet to be picked up by entertainment production houses.
The 71st Miss Universe will be held on January 14 in New Orleans, Louisiana, with our very own Celeste Cortesi representing the Philippines.