Miss Belize Universe is putting Belize on the map
Miss Universe Belize- Rebecca Rath
The 2017 Miss Universe pageant is set to take place on January 30, 2017, in the Philippines. With hundreds of contestants, it might be easy to overlook Rebecca Rath, the young woman representing Belize, but her path towards the crown has been a publicity boon for the small Central American nation.
A native of Dangriga in the southeastern part of the country, Rath has divided her time between her home nation of Belize and Texas in the United States where she attended the University of Houston. Rath first rose to national prominence as an athlete on the country’s junior and later adult volleyball squads. After graduating from the University of Houston with a Bachelors degree in Hospitality Management, Rath returned to Belize to work with national tourism organizations and help manage her family’s hotel.
Rath, aged just 23, was crowned Miss Belize in September 2016, an event that was widely popular amongst Belizeans across the entire social spectrum. With her infectious smile and typical Belizean accent, Rath has charmed more than just her fellow compatriots. Miss Universe pageant enthusiasts from around the world like the website Missosology.info have begun to take note of Rath, currently ranking her in 18th place due to her athleticism, articulate speaking, and natural beauty.
Other Rath supporters from around the world include many people from the city of Houston which became her second home during her college days. The Houston Chronicle newspaper recently published a front-page article highlighting that one of the University of Houston’s alumni was now competing for the crown at one of the most prestigious beauty pageants in the world.
Belize may have less than half a million residents, but it’s clear that the outsized support for Rath on social media is proof positive of her popularity amongst her fellow compatriots. Belize has a history of supporting their citizens in international competitions, but the depth and breadth of the enthusiasm pouring out across all social media channels for Rath is truly remarkable. Without engaging in hyperbole, it is clear that the nation of Belize has given its unconditional support and love for Rath in her pursuit of the Miss Universe crown.
The Miss Universe pageant was first held in 1952 and has been held annually ever since. The 2017 edition of the pageant will feature contestants from more than 190 countries from around the world. The winner of this year’s competition will travel the world to spread messages about the control of diseases, peace, and public awareness of AIDS.