The biggest and most glamorous beauty pageant in the world is nearing coronation night, and it has been announced that Thomas Roberts and Mel B will host Miss Universe 2013 which will be held in Moscow's Crocus City Hall on November 9.
All eyes are onto the glitzy coronation night of Miss Universe 2013, and the 87 delegates from all over the world are excited and anxious to be named as this year's most beautiful woman. Variety reported that 'MSNBC Live' host, Thomas Roberts, and 'America's Got Talent' judge, Mel B, will be the ones to host the glamorous pageant.
Andy Cohen, who hosted the 2011 and 2012 Miss Universe coronation nights, has backed down hosting this year's event mainly because of Russia's strict anti-gay laws. In August, he mentioned that "it wouldn't feel right" to be stepping foot on Russia with their laws preventing the freedom of LGBT people. Cohen is openly gay and feels that hosting this year's show will tear his beliefs and right to be "himself."
On the other hand, Thomas Roberts, who is proudly gay, says this will be an opportunity to make a statement. He is not only an impressive host, but a proud member of his community. Roberts penned a statement in his blog stating his beliefs and the things he wishes to accomplish by hosting the show.
"This November, I will co-host Miss Universe in Moscow partly because it is a huge, visible opportunity for LGBT people. Everywhere...I am just like millions of LGBT people around the world. We are good, regular, hard-working people who come from solid families. So when I heard there was a chance at this assignment I aggressively went after it." writes Roberts in his blog.
Ex-Spice Girl, Mel B, is equally as excited to be able to host the show. Her British pop group, Spice Girls, has always been known to advocate "girl power," through their songs. Some of the famous themes in Spice Girls' songs include the ties between a child and a mother, safe sex, independence, and anti-discrimination bouts.