Miss Universe beauty pageant kicks off in Manila

Miss Universe contestants, from left front row, Yam Kaspers Anshel of Israel, Sophia Sergio of Italy and Isabel Dalley of Jamaica walk on the ramp during the evening gown preliminary competition of the Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. A total of 86 contestants are vying for the title in the grand coronation on Jan. 30 to succeed Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines.

Miss Universe contestants, from left front row, Valeria Piazza of Peru, Maxine Medina of the Philippines and Izabella Krzan of Poland, walk on the ramp during the evening gown preliminary competition of the Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Kristal Silva, facing camera, of Mexico, and Htet Htet Htun, right, walk on the ramp during the evening gown preliminary competition of the Miss Universe beauty pageant at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Miss Universe contestants, from left, Deshauna Barber of the United States, Carolyn Carter of THE U.S. Virgin Islands, Mariam Habach of Venezuela and Le Hang of Vietnam.

Izabella Krzan of Poland.

Roshmitha Harimurthy of India.

Kezia Warouw of Indonesia.

Ida Ovmar of Sweden.

Sari Nakazawa of Japan.

Li ZhenYing of China.

Htet Htet Htun of Myanmar. Pics: AP

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