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Miss Universe competition will be held in Israel in December

FILE - Newly crowned Miss Universe, Andrea Meza of Mexico, poses for the media during her visit to the Empire State Building on May 18, 2021, in New York. The next Miss Universe competition will take place in December in Eilat, Israel. The Miss Universe Organization also announced Tuesday, July 20, 2021, that the contest will again broadcast live in the U.S. on Fox with Steve Harvey returning to host. This will be the 70th Miss Universe competition and will end with Meza crowning her successor. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - Newly crowned Miss Universe, Andrea Meza of Mexico, poses for the media during her visit to the Empire State Building on May 18, 2021, in New York. The next Miss Universe competition will take place in December in Eilat, Israel. The Miss Universe Organization also announced Tuesday, July 20, 2021, that the contest will again broadcast live in the U.S. on Fox with Steve Harvey returning to host. This will be the 70th Miss Universe competition and will end with Meza crowning her successor. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) (2021 Invision)

NEW YORK – Miss Universe is heading to Israel for its 70th competition.

The Miss Universe Organization announced Tuesday that the pageant will be held this December in the southern resort city of Eilat.

Steve Harvey will once again return as host.

The three-hour event will broadcast live on Fox in the U.S. and also in 180 countries and territories across the globe. It will end with the current Miss Universe, Mexico's Andrea Meza, crowning her successor.

Meza, a former software engineer, has advocated for women’s rights and is also encouraging people to get the vaccine from COVID-19. Soon after she was named Miss Universe, Meza invited the media to cover her first vaccination shot in New York.

In a statement released by the Miss Universe Organization, Meza said she hopes “as many people as possible” get vaccinated so they can participate in the 70th Miss Universe contest.

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Online: https://www.missuniverse.com