Rahima Ayla Dirkse Crowned Miss Universe Netherlands 2018
Rahima Ayla Dirkse was crowned as Miss Universe Netherlands 2018 in the grand finale of Miss Nederland 2018 on July 9, 2018 at the AFAS Circus Theater in Scheveningen. She succeeds Nicky Opheij as the new Miss Universe Netherlands and will now represent the nation at Miss Universe 2018 wherein Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa will crown her successor as next Miss Universe.
Rahima Dirkse defeated other twelve finalists to bag the title of Miss Nederland 2018. During the same event, Nina van den Broek was titled as the first runner up.
The coronation eve of Miss Nederland 2018 was presented by Kim Kötter and Viktor Brand. The contestants during the finale were judged by Albert Verlinde, William Rutten and Zoey Ivory.
Netherlands has been participating at Miss Universe pageant since 1956 and has won one Miss Universe crown when Angela Visser was crowned as Miss Universe 1989. Yasmin Verheijen was the last representative from Netherlands to place at Miss Universe pageant in 2014 wherein she was adjudged as the third runner up.