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The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE Pageant will air live this Sunday, December 20th at 7/6c on FOX. HipHollywood has looked through the contestants this year and put together a gallery of our favorites.

While we like all of the contestants, we really love what Debbie Collins, Miss Universe Nigeria 2015, had to say about being a strong, beautiful African woman.

“I am so proud to be a Nigerian woman, I think more than anything bearing that green and white flag has made me a stronger person, because for all the aspersions I hold my head higher, wear my smile brighter, and my heart fills up with more love than it can even hold. I carry in me the strength of all the brave and hardworking Nigerian women, mine included, whose sacrifice and love keeps on creating phenomenal Nigerian women. Every time I walk out of my room with Nigeria boldly written on my sash is an opportunity to embody the greatness that being a beautiful African woman represents. I adore the many things I have learned so far, I love the cultures represented here and how diversity really is the spice of life. I am beautifully African, a goddess of black and I absolutely love it. “

Yes you are. You can see pictures of Debbie and more of the contestants in the gallery below. Enjoy!
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Toria Nichole Miss Universe Bahamas 2015

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TimesUp! Tracee Ellis Ross Wants More Money For ‘Blackish’



Tracee Ellis Ross is reportedly the latest star tackling gender wage gap in Hollywood head on.

As the #MeTooMovement continues to stay relevant around the world and the TimesUp campaign continues to grow, women are starting to speak out about making less money than their male co-stars.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ross makes significantly less money than her black-ish co-star, Anthony Anderson, and now is fighting for equal pay.  Per the report, “Ellis Ross feels that if she isn’t brought up to Anderson’s level, she may opt to appear in fewer episodes to make up the disparity by guesting on another show.”

A source at ABC also suggested that a “new deal will significantly increase her compensation and cautioned that Anderson and Ellis Ross’ roles aren’t equal given that he has been attached to Black-ish from the start and is an executive producer.”

SIDE NOTE: That was also the argument when E! News host, Catt Sadler stepped down due to making less than Jason Kennedy. At the time, the network claimed Jason had other duties, which also included his contributions to the Today show.

Ross has yet to comment on the report, but if she does take a step back, this means the show will be more male dominated; after all, Zoe, played by Yara Shahidi, is now in college and has her own spinoff show, Grownish.

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