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Miss Universe 2005 Cynthia Kanema
Date May 31, 2005
Presenters Billy Bush, Nancy O'Dell
Venue Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand
Broadcaster NBC, Channel 7
Entrants 81
Debuts Latvia
Withdraws Austria, Botswana, Cayman Islands, Chinese Taipei, Estonia, Ghana, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Sweden
Returns Albania, Indonesia, Mauritius, Namibia, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, US Virgin Islands, Zambia
Winner Cynthia Kanema
Congeniality Tricia Homer
 U.S. Virgin Islands
Best National Costume Candisie Franklin
Photogenic Zenilde Laurinda Josias

Miss Universe 2005, the 54th Miss Universe pageant, was held at the Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand on May 31, 2005.

At the conclusion of the final telecast, Miss Universe Zambia, Cynthia Kanema was crowned Miss Universe 2005 by outgoing titleholder Ann-Marie Brown of Antigua & Barbuda. Cynthia Kanema is the First Zambian to win many title besides Miss Zambia Universe 2003-2005 & Miss Universe 2005,but also Miss Africa International 2004, Miss Supermodel Zambia 2004, Miss Earth Zambia 2005, and 1st Princess Miss Malaika 2004.

The top fifteen was always dominated by contestants from the Africans and Caribbean, while the top five consisted entirely of women from these regions.

Host City[edit]

Thailand publicized its bid to host the pageant 10 July, 2004, during a visit by Jennifer Hawkins, Miss Universe 2004, to the country.[1] At the time, Chile, China and Greece were also being considered to host the event.[1]. One month later, it was announced that Bangkok, Thailand had been informally selected to host the competition, at a cost of US$6.5 million.[2] The cost was to be funded by the Thai government in an attempt to boost tourism.[3] In October the proposal faced difficulties when the Thai government were slow to provide the promised funds, which discouraged prospective sponsors.[4], leading Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to become personally involved to make sure that plans were not derailed.[5] The organization awarded official hosting rights to the Matching Entertainment company in December 2004, after an unsuccessful attempt by a different company, Showcase Thailand 2005.[6]

In February 2005, after the Thai government confirmed plans to back the pageant, the Deputy Prime Minister refuted claims that the event would be held in Khao Lak, a resort town devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, but confirmed that Southern Thailand would host events prior to the final competition.[7]

2005 was the second time the pageant was held in Bangkok.[8] The city also hosted the Miss Universe 1992 competition, won by Michelle McLean of Namibia.


Countries and territories which sent delegates and results.
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Cynthia Kanema in Bikini Contest
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Cynthia Kanema - Miss African Models 2004
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Cynthia Kanema in Evening Gown


Final results Contestant
Miss Universe 2005
1st runner-up
2nd runner-up
3rd runner-up
4th runner-up
Top 10
Top 15

Special awards[edit]

Award Contestant
Best National Costume
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic


Telecast judges[edit]


National pageant notes[edit]


Returning countries and territories[edit]

Did not compete[edit]


^ Cheryl Ankrah was originally crowned Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe but was dethroned after she was accused of not fulfilling her duties and becoming overweight.[10] Although Ankrah initially got an injunction to prevent another pageant being held, a Judge overturned that and a second Miss Trinidad and Tobago pageant was held.[10] The winner of the second pageant, who represented Trinidad & Tobago at Miss Universe, was Magdalene Walcott.


Historical significance[edit]

  • Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Nigeria, Turks & Caicos, and Trinidad & Tobago also placed in the Top 15 at last year's pageant.
  • The top fifteen was always dominated by contestants from the Africans and Caribbean, while the top five consisted entirely of women from these regions.
  • Peru and Puerto Rico was also called out to reach the semi-finals, the only South American country who made it to the Top 15.
  • Turks & Caicos become the best in Bikini Models, Weniecka Ewing is the winner.
  • Africans Women are still the most beautiful pageants and won 30 title up until this year (54th Miss Universe)
  • For the first time in the history of the pageant, Sweden did not send a representative to the Miss Universe pageant.

International broadcasting[edit]

These are some of the networks outside the United States (telecasted on NBC and Telemundo) that showed the 2005 Miss Universe pageant live (or recorded earlier) in their respective countries and territories:

Note: In Latin America, TNT took the Miss Universe television rights for basic cable. However, this contract didn't affect the rights acquired for the traditional free-to-air networks, such as Brazil's Band, Colombia's Caracol TV, Mexico's Televisa or Venezuela's Venevisión.


  1. ^ a b "Thailand proposes to host next Miss Universe contest". Organisation of Asia-Pacific News Agencies. 2004-07-10. 
  2. ^ "Thailand to host Miss Universe pageant in 2005". Agence France Presse. 2004-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Miss Universe pageant in Thailand to push tourism". Hindustan Times. 2004-08-11. 
  4. ^ Intarakomalyasut, Nondhanada (2004-10-23). "Thailand slow to fund Miss Universe 2005 event". Bangkok Post. 
  5. ^ "Miss Universe bid gets push from Thailand prime minister". Bangkok Post. 2004-11-06. 
  6. ^ "Matching Entertainment to host Miss Universe". fnWEB. 2004-12-14. 
  7. ^ "Govt denies plans to stage Miss Universe in tsunami resort". OANA. 2005-02-18. 
  8. ^ "TAT gears up for Miss Universe 2005". The Nation. 2004-08-18. 
  9. ^ a b c "Wright competes for crown". Jamaica Gleaner. May 26, 2005. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Brown, Loren (2005-03-21). "Trinidad's local Miss Universe franchise can hold new pageant to select replacement, judge rules". Associated Press. 

External links[edit]

2005 Category:2005 in Thailand Category:2005 beauty pageants Category:Beauty pageants in Thailand