Sofia Arapogianni, the Greek Miss Universe candidate, is upbeat: ‘Greece returns to the Miss Universe pageant as strong as ever.’ She is representing her country in the Miss Universe 2021 taking place in the port city of Eilat, Israel.
Sofia hails from Ithaca, the second-smallest of the seven major Ionian islands. Her mother is Venezuelan and her father is Greek. She is trilingual (can speak Greek, English, and Spanish). She stands 5’9″ tall and weighs around 50 kg.
Every summer, she works for a family business in Ithaca and attends the Merchant Navy Academy in Ermoupolis, Greece.
This year’s Miss Greece pageant has been fraught with controversy.
First, Rafaela Plastira, the presumed Greek representative, announced her withdrawal from the Miss Universe pageant in support of Palestine. “I can’t pretend that nothing happens when people fight for their lives in that area. It stings because I’ve been waiting for years for my dream to come true. I love all countries, but my heart belongs to the people fighting for their lives in Israel and Palestine “She continued.
The organization then reacted by saying Plastira was never have been a Greek Miss, but Plastira was “the winner of the Star Hellas title in 2019 and it is the only title she was never supposed to represent her country in the Miss Universe pageant,” according to a post on Facebook by Giorgos Kouvaris, president of Star & Mr GS Hellas. Sofia Arapogianni is Greece’s official representative, he added.
On the other hand, it was reported that Katerina Kouvoutsaki, who was unable to compete due to health issues, was supposed to perform in place of Sofia Arapogianni. Sofia Arapogianni, as announced by Ora Antonia, will represent Greece at the Miss Universe pageant this year.