IF the choice was left in the hands of Marca, the newspaper with the biggest daily readership in Spain with more than 2.5 million daily readers, then our beauty queen, Brooke Bruk-Jackson, would have had NO CHANCE.

The authoritative Spanish daily newspaper has listed those it considers favourites for the Miss Universe gong in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Saturday.

BBJ is one of the 90 contestants, where she will mark Zimbabwe’s return to the pageant since 2001.

“Miss Zimbabwe Brooke Bruk-Jackson is a model, designer and beauty therapist,” noted the website

“This is Zimbabwe’s first appearance in Miss Universe since 2001, its best finish a Top 10 placement by Corinne Crewe the year before.”

BBJ says she has been getting messages of support from home.

“My heart is full of joy and gratitude. Thank you to each and every one of you for your kind messages and support. GOD IS GOOD!

“I have gained this crown for our beautiful country, to love and to serve our people, to represent Zimbabwe Internationally and to show the world the uniqueness of Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans. 

“I want to be an example of grace, understanding and inspiration to the youth of Zimbabwe, to instill the spirit of ‘ubuntu’ and know that together we are strong and anything in life is possible.”

Marca doesn’t believe BBJ stands a chance and did not include her in their list of the favourites.

“The most important beauty contest on the planet will take place in El Salvador with the final ceremony of the 72nd edition of the Miss Universe contest, which will be held on November 18 at the Adolfo Pineda National Gymnasium in San Salvador,” the newspaper noted.

“This is the second time that the Central American country is hosting the event and they are planning on pulling out all the stops to make it a memorable affair. given the fact they’ve had to wait since 1975.

 “There are many participants and here are the favourites who are shaping up to win the crown according to a list of La Prensa Grafica inspired by Sash Factor.

1. Karla Guilfú Acevedo – Miss Puerto Rico

2. Maria Brechane – Miss Brazil

3. Sotima John – Miss Cambodia

4. Marie Princesse Issié – Miss Cameroon

5. Lisbeth Valverde – Miss Costa Rica

6. Diana Silva – Miss Venezuela

7. Melissa Flores – Miss Mexico

8. Camila Avella – Miss Colombia

9. Angelika Jurkowianiec – Miss Poland

10. Mariana Downing – Miss Dominican Republic

11. Michelle Marquez Dee – Miss Philippines

12. Camila Escribens – Miss Peru

13. Anntonia Porsild – Miss Thailand

14. Diane Leyre – Miss France

15. Celeste Viel – Miss Chile

16. Bryoni Natalie Govender – Miss South Africa

17. Shweta Sharda – Miss India

18. Sheynnis Palacios – Miss Nicaragua

19. Fabienne Nicole – Miss Indonesia

20. Margarita Golubeva – Miss Russia

21. Noelia Voight – Miss USA

22. Lilja Sif Pétursdóttir – Miss Iceland

23. Athenea Pérez – Miss Spain

24. Michelle Cohn – Miss Guatemala

25. Madison Kvaltin – Miss Canada.” H-Metro Reporter/Marca/

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