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.




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  • homero novelo Reply

    January 17, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Everything that has to do with Belize has my heart. So Miss Belize Rebecca Rath we are with you heart and soulsoul. “.Hasta la cumbre.”

  • Rigoberto menjivar Reply

    January 18, 2017 at 3:45 am

    #belize is with #rebeccarath.. she is already a winner in miss universe pageant.. her dedication and hard work is alive around planet Earth …..

  • ConchitaChristoph Reply

    January 18, 2017 at 5:19 am

    as a proud Belizean I say Rebecca Rath,is doin a great job,i say she does stand a chance to be crown Miss Universe2017, wether you win or not Rebecca you will always be Miss Universe to Belize????♡ox

  • Rick Ayuso Reply

    January 18, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Rebecca Rath represents the modern Belizean woman-confident, educated, assertive and with world class natural beauty. As a Belizean I say the world will be a better place when Rebecca is crowned as the as Ms Universe since she is the best candidate among all partipantspartipants for world goodwill ambassador.

  • Jo-Anne Zuniga Stuart Reply

    January 18, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Miss Rath has filled Belizeans with pride, hope and joy as we come together in suport of an excellent representation of our little Jewel, Belize! It is the way she demonstrates her pure love, respect and pride in her country that has caused her country to reciprocate the same Love, Respect and Pride for her! We are with you all the way Rebecca! In our hearts you have already won!

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