Syrian, Lebanese represent Venezuela, Tanzania in Miss Universe 2017
Egypt, Iraq, and Lebanon did not participate in the contest this year
No Arab beauty contestant will represent her country at the Miss Universe contest in Manila this year.
Egypt is absent from the competition for a third time, while Iraq and Lebanon did not participate due to internal reasons leaving 86 countries to compete for the crown.
Among the Arabs competing is Miss Tanzania Jihan Dimachk who is originally from southern Lebanon, and Mary Habash, Miss Venezuela, who is originally a Syrian from Tartous.
Habash is a 21-year-old fashion model and dentistry student in her third year. She won Miss Venezuela in 2015.
20-year-old Dimachk is mixed Lebanese-Tanzanian and is a fashion model.