There is a winner for every contest, and the Miss Universe pageant is no exception. But with so many women, who is going to be declared the Miss Universe 2017 winner? We’ve taken a look at the line up of women and researched each one in order to come up with some Miss Universe winner predictions. Trust us, it’s an incredibly hard job that involves a lot of reading, psychics, and meeting people in dark alleys but at the end of the day it will all be worth it… especially when we bet our life savings and come out on top. So, without further ado, here are our Miss Universe 2017 predictions.

The Frontrunners

If you’re forcing us to narrow it down to two girls, we’re going with Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters and Miss Thailand, Maria Poonlertlarp as our Miss Universe 2017 frontrunners.

Nel-Peters is absolutely gorgeous. Take one look at her photos and it’s easy to see why she’s in this pageant. But they aren’t just about beauty, you also need to have brains when coming into the competition. Nel-Peters has a degree in business management so she’s got a pretty good head on her shoulders. But it should be noted that controversy followed her during her run as Miss South Africa. There were questions of preferential treatment surrounding her Miss South Africa win, as well as criticism for wearing gloves while working at a soup kitchen (critics say it was racist, Nel-Peters says it was for hygiene). That being said, according to Vegas oddsmakers, she is a top pick for Miss Universe.

Coming in at a close second is Miss Thailand, Maria Poonlertlarp. She is also rather stunning and actually ahead of Nel-Peters in the schooling department, as she has her bachelor’s degree in international business management, and a master’s degree in marketing. There is no controversy surrounding her, which may make her more of a favorite with pageant officials.

The Longshot

If you’re going for broke and want to root for an underdog, then Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan is a good bet. She is beautiful and smart, but her run as Miss Iraq has been filled with a lot of newsworthy moments. Idan didn’t actually win Miss Iraq, but the initial winner was discovered to have been previously married and divorced which is against the pageant’s rules, so the crown was given to the first runner-up.

This was followed by something that seemed like a great idea, but ended up causing nothing but headaches for Idan in her home country. She took a selfie with Miss Israel and added the caption, “Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel.” While this may seem like an innocent thing for those of us in the west, back home, this became a very heated discussion. Israel is a very big hot button issue and most Muslim countries in the Middle East, including Iraq, have very passionate positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Idan quickly back-peddled on the post, saying that she wants world peace for everyone so her children won’t have to perform military service.

Place Your Bets!

So there you have it, our Miss Universe 2017 favorites are Miss South Africa, followed by Miss Thailand, but if you want to bet on a long shot, Miss Iraq is the way to go. If you win big, please feel free to contact us by email so we can send you our address for our half of the winnings.