Sad news for pageant fans: It was announced yesterday, August 31, that the Miss International 2021 beauty pageant has been officially canceled. The Miss International Organization posted a statement on their website and social accounts explaining the cancelation which is due to the continued rise of COVID-19 cases globally. The statement was written by Akemi Shimomura, Chairperson of the International Cultural Association, and reads:
"Thank you for your continued support of the Miss International Beauty Pageant.
Taking into consideration the health and safety issues, as well as the ongoing global impact caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have come to a conclusion to cancel this year's Miss International 2021 pageant, which was originally scheduled to be held this fall.
We would like to express our deepest regret especially to the participants from all over the world, and to all those who have been supporting our event every year. We humbly ask for your understanding in light of this unusual circumstance which is beyond our control.
The next edition, dubbed as the 60th Miss International Beauty Pageant, is scheduled to be held in the fall of 2022. Details of which will be announced in due time.
Rest assured that through our slogan 'Cheer All Women' we are still committed on pursuing our goal of supporting all women, and continuing with the legacy of this beauty pageant, which is to promote 'friendship and goodwill with other countries in the world' and the 'realization of world peace through international exchange.'
We sincerely hope for your continued support and cooperation."
The 60th edition of Miss International was slated to be held in Tokyo, Japan later this year. In July, 25-year-old Hannah Arnold was crowned Binibining Pilipinas International and has been training to represent the country in the prestigious pageant. She has yet to address the cancelation but has been reposting encouraging messages from her friends on Instagram Stories. Here's to hoping Hannah will still represent the Philippines next year!
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