Ariella Arida now in Moscow for Miss Universe pageant

Binibining Pilipinas-Universe Ariella Arida is now in Russia for the Miss Universe pageant set on November 9 at the Crocus City Hall in the capital city of Moscow.

Ariella left Manila on Monday, October 21, for the biggest adventure of her life on board PAL flight PR 306, setting her hope high that she will be the country’s 3rd Miss Universe, after Margie Moran in 1973 and Gloria Diaz in 1969.

Now that Megan Young has won the country’s first Miss World title and Mutya Datul bested beauties from around the world and was crowned Miss Suprational, the pressure is on for Ariella. But instead of letting it get the better of her, the 24-year-old beauty from Alaminos, Laguna is making it work in her favor. She said it serves as motivation for her to work harder.

Ariella, a University of the Philippines Chemistry graduate said her edge over 86 other contestants is that she has gone through a lot of training that helped her become who she is today. She also said she already feels feel like a winner as she has learned how to embrace her insecurities and her weaknesses.

The 87 of the world’s most beautiful women will be judged on the basis of three rounds: swimsuit round, evening gown round and the final interview.  At the end of the evening the reigning Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo of the USA will crown the winner.

This early, reports have it that Ariella is at the top of the list, with the highest no of fans.

Another strong contender for the Miss Universe crown is Miss USA Erin Brady. Brady hails from Connecticut and is a Financial Accountant for Prudential Retirement in Hartford, CT.  Also one of the hot favorites list is the Chile delegate, Maria Jesus Matthei who is a niece of presidential candidate Evelyn Matthei and is a model by profession.