PUERTO RICO (The Adobo Chronicles®) – The Association of Beauty Pageant Franchise Holders (ABPFH) has just released the list of top 20 countries with the most number of titles and runners-up in the “big four” of international beauty pageants: Miss World, Miss Universe, Miss International and Miss Earth.
At its annual meeting held this week in Puerto Rico, the ABPFH members signed a memorandum of agreement banning the top three countries on the list from participating in any of the big four pageants in 2015 and 2016.
“We wanted to give other countries a better chance to improve their standing in the beauty pageants,” a spokesperson for ABPFH told reporters.
The top three countries who will not be participating in the pageants for the next two years are Venezuela, the United States and the Philippines.
Venezuela tops the list with 21 crowns and 40 runners-up. The U.S. has 14 crowns and 55 runners-up, while the Philippines has 10 crowns and 21 runners-up.
ABPFH said that the three countries can again send representatives to the pageants beginning in 2017.