The Miss Universe 2019 pageant aired live on television on Sunday, December 8, 2019. Before a winner was crowned, the Top 10 Semifinalists took the stage to show off their physiques and confident walks for the night’s swimwear presentation.
The Miss Universe competition rules explain that “The live show and final competition kicks off with an announcement of the Semifinalists. Each of these contestants will walk the runway during the swimsuit or athletic wear segment displaying her dedication to a healthy lifestyle.” Based on their swimsuit presentation scores, the Top 5 were determined by the judges and continued on in the competition.
The pageant’s Top 10, competing in swimwear, were Miss USA, Miss Colombia, Miss Puerto Rico, Miss South Africa, Miss Peru, Miss Iceland, Miss France, Miss Indonesia, Miss Thailand, and Miss Mexico.
Independent of the judges’ scoring, these were our favorite contestants during the swimwear portion of the 2019 Miss Universe pageant:
Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA
Although her performance ultimately wasn’t enough to get her a spot in the Top 5, Cheslie Kryst sent Twitter in a frenzy during the swimsuit round of competition, because her two-piece bathing suit showed off her toned body and impressive six-pack abs. She was a Division I athlete, and it shows in how well she continues to take care of herself and exercise her body.
In addition to her role as Miss USA 2019, Cheslie is a full-time attorney with three degrees, including a law degree and MBA from Wake Forrest University.
Jennifer Paweensuda Saetan-Drouin, Miss Thailand
Miss Thailand strode confidently across the stage in her swimwear once her name was called. She rocked a floral two-piece bathing suit that complimented the colorful scarf that trailed behind her like a cape. After her great swimwear performance and an equally impressive walk in evening wear, the judges determined that Drouin had done enough to advance into the Top 5.
Maeva Coucke, Miss France
After she fell on the runway during the preliminary competition’s swimsuit round, it was amazing to see Maeva Coucke take the stage confidently and triumphantly as one of the Top 10. If she was nervous about tripping again, she certainly didn’t show it, proving that it’s not about falling, it’s about getting back up.
Madison Anderson, Miss Puerto Rico
From her first step onto the stage, Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson took full command of the stage. Her tropical print bikini showed off her gorgeous figure, and she wasn’t shy about whipping her sheer shawl through the air.
Her swimwear presentation set the tone for the rest of her performances for the night as she continued to display elegance and confidence to the judges and viewers watching at home. In the end, unfortunately, she came up just short of the title and placed as the 2019 first runner-up.
Zozibini Tunzi, Miss South Africa
Zozibini was perfection from start to finish during the Miss Universe competition, so it’s no surprise that she was crowned Miss Universe 2019 at the end of the night. During the swimsuit presentation, she walked the stage like the crown was already hers, pairing her floral bikini with a radiant smile.