Miss Universe-2021 Contestants Prepare to Shine in Old Jerusalem Despite COVID-Related Challenges

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The 70th Miss Universe beauty pageant will be held in Eilat, Israel, on 12 December.
Israel has welcomed the participants of the Miss Universe-2021 contest, although the coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of abating and, on the contrary, is again topping the headlines as a new variant of the virus, dubbed Omicron, continues the worldwide pandemic.
Last week, the organisers of the pageant said that one of the contestants had tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Israel and was taken to a government-run isolation hotel. Like all the contestants, she was fully vaccinated and tested prior to her departure from her home country. The organisers did not identify the contestant.
Amid reports of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, Israel recently banned the entry of all foreigners, excluding those slated to participate in the widely-promoted beauty contest.
Check out Sputnik's gallery to see the beautiful contest participants who have arrived in Israel from all over the globe.
© REUTERS / Nir EliasMiss Universe-2021 contestants tour David Tower in Jerusalem's old city ahead of the annual beauty pageant which will take place in the Red Sea resort of Eilat
Miss Universe-2021 contestants tour David Tower in Jerusalem's old city ahead of the annual beauty pageant which will take place in the Red Sea resort of Eilat - Sputnik International
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Miss Universe-2021 contestants tour David Tower in Jerusalem's old city ahead of the annual beauty pageant which will take place in the Red Sea resort of Eilat
© AP Photo / Maya AlleruzzoAziza Tokashova of Kazakhstan, a contestant in next month's Miss Universe pageant, poses for a photo at the Tower of David Museum in the Old City of Jerusalem, Tuesday, 30 November 2021.
Aziza Tokashova of Kazakhstan, a contestant in next month's Miss Universe pageant, poses for a photo at the Tower of David Museum in the Old City of Jerusalem, Tuesday, 30 November 2021.  - Sputnik International
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Aziza Tokashova of Kazakhstan, a contestant in next month's Miss Universe pageant, poses for a photo at the Tower of David Museum in the Old City of Jerusalem, Tuesday, 30 November 2021.
© AFP 2022 / Menahem KahanaContestants of the Miss Universe pageant take selfies during a visit to the Tower of David Museum in the ancient citadel of Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate entrance to Jerusalem's Old City
Contestants of the Miss Universe pageant take selfies during a visit to the Tower of David Museum in the ancient citadel of Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate entrance to Jerusalem's Old City - Sputnik International
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Contestants of the Miss Universe pageant take selfies during a visit to the Tower of David Museum in the ancient citadel of Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate entrance to Jerusalem's Old City
© REUTERS / Nir EliasMiss Universe contestants arrive to tour David Tower in Jerusalem's old city ahead of the annual beauty pageant which will take place in the Red Sea resort of Eilat
Miss Universe contestants arrive to tour David Tower in Jerusalem's old city ahead of the annual beauty pageant which will take place in the Red Sea resort of Eilat - Sputnik International
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Miss Universe contestants arrive to tour David Tower in Jerusalem's old city ahead of the annual beauty pageant which will take place in the Red Sea resort of Eilat
© AP Photo / Maya AlleruzzoValeria Rees of Costa Rica, a contestant in next month's Miss Universe pageant, poses for a photo at the Tower of David Museum in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Valeria Rees of Costa Rica, a contestant in next month's Miss Universe pageant, poses for a photo at the Tower of David Museum in the Old City of Jerusalem. - Sputnik International
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Valeria Rees of Costa Rica, a contestant in next month's Miss Universe pageant, poses for a photo at the Tower of David Museum in the Old City of Jerusalem.
© REUTERS / Nir EliasMiss Universe-2021 contestants tour David Tower in Jerusalem's old city ahead of the annual beauty pageant.
Miss Universe-2021 contestants tour David Tower in Jerusalem's old city ahead of the annual beauty pageant. - Sputnik International
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Miss Universe-2021 contestants tour David Tower in Jerusalem's old city ahead of the annual beauty pageant.
© AP Photo / Maya Alleruzzo

Noa Cochva, Miss Israel, a contestant in next month's Miss Universe pageant, poses for a selfie at the Tower of David Museum in the Old City of Jerusalem

Noa Cochva, Miss Israel, a contestant in next month's Miss Universe pageant, poses for a selfie at the Tower of David Museum in the Old City of Jerusalem - Sputnik International
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Noa Cochva, Miss Israel, a contestant in next month's Miss Universe pageant, poses for a selfie at the Tower of David Museum in the Old City of Jerusalem

© AFP 2022 / Menahem KahanaContestants of the Miss Universe pageant take a selfie during a visit to the Tower of David Museum in the ancient citadel of Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, on 30 November 2021.
Contestants of the Miss Universe pageant take a selfie during a visit to the Tower of David Museum in the ancient citadel of Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, on 30 November 2021.  - Sputnik International
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Contestants of the Miss Universe pageant take a selfie during a visit to the Tower of David Museum in the ancient citadel of Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate entrance to Jerusalem's Old City, on 30 November 2021.
© REUTERS / Nir EliasMiss Universe contestants tour David Tower in Jerusalem's old city ahead of the annual beauty pageant which will take place in the Red Sea resort of Eilat
Miss Universe contestants tour David Tower in Jerusalem's old city ahead of the annual beauty pageant which will take place in the Red Sea resort of Eilat - Sputnik International
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Miss Universe contestants tour David Tower in Jerusalem's old city ahead of the annual beauty pageant which will take place in the Red Sea resort of Eilat
© AFP 2022 / Menahem KahanaContestants of the Miss Universe-2021 pageant visit the Tower of David Museum in the ancient citadel of Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate entrance to Jerusalem's Old City
Contestants of the Miss Universe-2021 pageant visit the Tower of David Museum in the ancient citadel of Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate entrance to Jerusalem's Old City - Sputnik International
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Contestants of the Miss Universe-2021 pageant visit the Tower of David Museum in the ancient citadel of Jerusalem near the Jaffa Gate entrance to Jerusalem's Old City
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