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Miss Universe 2017: Will Thailand Finally Win?

Bangkok, Thu Nov 23 2017
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For years punters have been waiting, hoping and willing Miss Thailand to win the coveted Miss Universe crown and this year, according to supporters of the pageant, it might just come true.

After the preliminary events last weekend, punters already have their clear favourites on who will succeed outgoing Ms. Universe Iris Mittenaere and the odds, courtesy of Bodog, are showing Miss Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp to be the clear favourite at 4/1 in this year's contest.

The last time that Thailand won the crown was in 1988 courtesy of Porntip Nakhirunkanok.

Maria will surely have some big shoes to fill should she win the coveted Miss Universe 2017 crown in Las Vegas this coming weekend when 92 confidently beautiful women from across the globe descend upon The Axis Theater at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas to prove why they are worthy to wear the $300,000 Ms. Universe crown.

The pageant, now in its 66th year, is considered by many to be the world cup of beauty pageants.

Trailing closely behind Miss Thailand is Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters at 4/1. Nel-Peters is sure making a lot of noise in this year’s competition being the so-called Miss Universe’s “bad girl.”

Her win in South Africa was marred by controversy after fellow contestants claimed that Nel-Peters had a “special relationship” with two pageant judges. She was also accused of being a racist after she was caught wearing gloves while feeding kids in her country.

Brushing aside the scandal, Nel-Peters possesses all the things that Miss Universe is looking for: beauty, body, personality and an interesting story. She was reportedly once a hijack victim who was held at gunpoint. So if there’s someone who could snatch the crown from Poonlertlarp, it is no other than Nel-Peters.

Many punters are also rooting for Miss Colombia Laura González (5/1), Miss Philippines Rachel Peters (10/1), and Miss Venezuela Keysi Sayago (10/1).

Rounding up Bodog’s top ten are Miss Australia Olivia Rogers (10/1), Miss Canada Lauren Howe (10/1), Miss USA Kara McCollough (12/1), Miss Mexico Denisse Franco (12/1), and Miss Russia Kseniya Alexandrova (15/1).

If you'd like to show Maria your support you could follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

More information and news: 2017 Miss Universe Contest Official Site

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