They may be competing for the 2017 Miss Universe title and the chance of a lifetime, but Miss Universe contestants also take time to enjoy themselves behind-the-scenes. Making new BFFs, cutting up backstage with new BFFs, taking selfies with new BFFs… you get the drift. Lots of fun and new friendships despite the tension of competing for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
On Sunday, January 29th, one of these young women may be named the most beautiful woman in the universe! Tune into FOX at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed
(Photos are by Benjamin Askinas unless otherwise noted, courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization)