Guam has a new Miss Universe representing the island after a candidate was chosen during a final judging event at the Guam Museum Theater yesterday.
Myana Welch, a resident of Tamuning, was crowned the new Miss Universe Guam 2017. The 28-year-old is an accomplished swimmer, past pageant winner and owner of the local hair and makeup business Color Me Pure.
A self-proclaimed nutritionist, Welch said she would like to share her experience by advocating for better health during her reign, among other missions.
In a last-ditch effort to have Guam represented for the Miss Universe pageant, which is to be held in Las Vegas, on Nov. 26, the Guam Beauty Organization (GBO) put the callout for interested beauties at the beginning of the month.
“We were kind of thinking of not having one, but then, as we thought more and more about it, with the situation we’re in, it’s best if we go and tell the world, ‘Hey, Guam is good. Guam is still here, we’re not going anywhere,’” said Joyce Bamba, GBO National Director, referring to the region’s tensions with North Korea.
The pageant, which usually takes months of planning and foresight was put together in a few weeks and for the first time as held in the Guam Museum Theater with just close family and friends invited. The usually crowded event hosted about 50 people.
“It’s not like anything we’ve had in the past. It is not a pageant with all the fanfare and hoopla, but it was the best we could do in order to send a delegate to the Miss Universe pageant,” Bamba said.
Due to time constraints in deciding last-minute to send a representative, Bamba was able to pull strings together for a simple judging finale. Although 12 contestants were originally interested, only three committed to joining in the short time provided.
Besides Welch, contestants Diliana Tuncap and Mauricia Mariano also answered the call to represent Guam, if chosen.