Updated on Dec. 17, 2018, 1:45 p.m.
Amid the congratulatory messages for Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, beauty pageant fans also noticed one important detail: the crown.
Why are people making a big deal over a crown? If you noticed, they didn’t use the Diamonds International Corporation-made diamond and blue crystal crown worn by Miss Universe 2014 to 2016. Demi-Leigh was given the iconic Mikimoto crown when she won.
— Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) November 27, 2017
Japanese jeweler Mikimoto is known for their pearl creations. The crown was first unveiled in 2002 as a commemorative piece for Miss Universe’s 50th anniversary and it was used for five years. It’s made with yellow and white gold, has a seven-feather design inspired by the Fenghuang phoenix, and its estimated value is $250,000. It was first worn by Miss Universe 2002 Oxana Fedorova of Russia.
The last time a beauty queen was crowned with it was when Riyo Mori of Japan won in 2007. Pia Wurtzbach was also spotted wearing the crown for her final photo shoot as Miss Universe 2015.
In an interview with Azteca América, Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart hinted that they might bring back the Mikimoto crown this year. But the reason for the switch may be because IMG, the parent company of Miss Universe, sued DIC last May for missing two required payments.
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Congratulations @catriona_gray! #missuniverse2018 Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, of South Africa, crowns new Miss Universe Catriona Gray, of Philippines, during the final of 67th Miss Universe competition in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. 🇵🇭 👑 📷 AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe | 👆 Click link in bio💡
It’s safe to say that this crown is going to be around for years to come.
Photo courtesy of Inquirer.net via AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe
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