4.27.2015

New Uruguay Queens for Miss Universe And Miss World 2015



Uruguay crowned two new queens in last April 26 in Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco. Bianca Sanchez (left) was crowned Miss Universe Uruguay 2015 and will compete in the next edition of Miss Universe pageant. Sherika De Armas (right) was crowned Miss World Uruguay 2015 and will compete in the next edition of Miss World.   


The new queens are joined by their court that includes 1st runner-up Fátima Lara (2nd from left), 
2nd runner-up Julia Carriquiry (center), and 3rd runner-up Victoria Moraes (second from right).

Miss Zimbabwe 2015




 Emily Katanga Kachote (center), 25, of Harare was crowned Miss Zimbabwe 2015 held at the Mermaid's Pool in Shamva on April 26. She will represent her country in 2015 Miss World pageant whose date and venue have yet to be confirmed. Ann-Grace Mutambu (left) came out as first princess while Chengetai Kanonhuwa (right)  was the second princess.


Miss Gabon 2015


Reine Ngotala, 18, representing the province of Nyanga was crowned Miss Gabon 2015 at the Hotel Résidence Nomad in Libreville on April 26. She will represent Gabon in Miss World 2015 and/or Miss Universe. The first runner-up was Anis Christine Pitty Yaya and the second runner-up was Desy Oyane.


4.24.2015

Miss Slovak Republic 2015



Lujza Straková, 20, from Banska Bystrica was crowned Miss Slovensko 2015 (Miss Slovak Republic/Miss Slovakia) at the conclusion of the national pageant televised on TV JOJ and held at the Incheba Expo Arena in Bratislava. Lujza will now represent Slovakia in Miss World 2015 whose date and venue have yet to be confirmed.


The first runner-up is Barbora Bakošová from Bratislava (left) and the second runner-up is  Petra Denková from Uhorského (right).


Runner-up of beauty pageant suing CEO of Miss World Canada for unpaid prizes

Tamara Jemuovic, 1st runner-up of the Miss World Canada 2013 beauty pageant is suing the
organization’s CEO for unpaid prizes.


The second-place winner of the Miss World Canada 2013 beauty pageant is suing the Vancouver-based organization for $25,000 worth of unpaid prizes and general damages.

Tamara Jemuovic claims in her lawsuit to be heard Friday that she won 1st Runner Up at the Miss World Canada pageant held in May 2013 at the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond.

She also won People’s Choice Award and was awarded a number of prizes, including two one-year gym memberships, two luxury trips to Las Vegas and $750 cash prize, which the University of Toronto student claims she could have used.

She claims in her civil lawsuit that she never received all her prizes.

“I felt I was taken advantage of,” Jemuovic, 21, said in an interview before the trial Friday in Richmond provincial court.

She said she repeatedly contacted Miss World Canada and its CEO Ike Lalji, questioning why she never received her prizes.

Initially, she said, she was told the prizes were forthcoming.

“I waited and waited and then I never heard back from them,” Jemuovic said.

Tamara Jemuovic.
Tamara Jemuovic

She was eventually told that she was in breach of her contract because she had competed in another beauty contest in August of 2013.

“Generally, we feel she breached the agreement by being involved in another beauty pageant,” said Dean Davison, lawyer for Miss World Canada.

He said the plaintiff should not have taken part in another beauty pageant for one year.

“I didn’t breach the agreement,” Jemuovic said. “The agreement said I couldn’t compete in another beauty pageant before May 2013, when the Miss World Canada pageant was.”

She added: “I campaigned so much for this pageant. I won the people’s choice award.”

She also claims she raised a total of $5,000 for the Variety Children’s Charity and raised another $13,000 for another charity.

Miss World Canada donated $67,233 last year to the Variety charity.

Jemuovic said she finally got fed up with waiting and filed her lawsuit. She is seeking a total of $25,000 in damages, plus court costs, including $8,000 for loss of prizes, $17,000 for general damages and loss of benefits, and court ordered interest from May 9, 2013. Davison added Miss World Canada believes the plaintiff’s claim is inflated.

Miss World Canada will be held May 16 this year in Vancouver and includes a welcoming letter to contestants from Premier Christy Clark on the Miss World Canada website.

Source: Metronews.ca, Vancouver, 4/24/2015

4.20.2015

CB Loves Brittany McGowan - Miss Nevada USA 2015!

PHOTOGRAPHY BY IRENE MAHMUD

GIVE THREE ADJECTIVES THAT YOUR FRIENDS WOULD DESCRIBE YOU.

     Quirky. Creative. Driven. 

IF YOU WERE TO COME BACK AS AN ANIMAL IN THE NEXT LIFE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE AND WHY?

     If I could come back as an animal in the next life I would come back as a tiger. I have always been fascinated by tigers. They are such beautiful, primal animals. Unfortunately, many subspecies of the tiger are either endangered or already extinct. There are more tigers held privately as pets than there are in the wild because of animal poaching, and the destruction of habitats. I would come back as a tiger in hopes to reduce their chance of extinction. 

NAME THREE THINGS THAT YOU WOULD NEVER DO.

     1. Eat an oyster
     2. Apply for the show "Survivor"
     3. Give up In-N-Out Burger

SHOULD ABORTION BE BANNED IN THE CASES OF WOMEN WHO HAVE REPEATED ABORTIONS, BUT CONTINUE NOT TO USE BIRTH CONTROL?

     Although I personally believe it would be negligent and unethical to have repeated abortions while continuing not to use birth control, I stand firm in my opinion that abortion should be a woman’s personal choice. I think every woman should have the opportunity to make the proper life choices for themselves and their bodies. Lena Dunham said it best, “A huge part of being a feminist is giving other women freedom to make choices you might not necessarily make yourself.”  

DO YOU THINK THAT "SEXUALITY EDUCATION" SHOULD BE PART OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS?

     Yes, I do think “age appropriate” Sex and Relationship Education should be taught in elementary schools. No child is too young to learn about having respect for others, as well as the characteristics of healthy relationships; including a zero tolerance policy against violence and abuse. It’s important to understand that “age appropriate” sexual education focuses on teaching children about their bodies, and preparing young girls and boys for the ways their bodies will change when puberty hits. From that foundation the understanding of sex and other issues can develop in middle school and high school. I believe Sexuality Education should be one of many ‘life skills’ topics taught in schools; including basic financial advice and emergency first aid. 

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

     My goals for the next five years are to become a business women and independent filmmaker. I plan to make an impact on the film industry by putting females in the forefront, not sidelined or highly sexualized. Eventually I plan to build a brand that will encompass my goals in cinema and philanthropic work. Pageantry has given me the platform to reach a broader audience. 


IF YOU WON MISS USA AND ONE OF THE CANDIDATES TOLD YOU THAT YOU DIDN'T DESERVE THE CROWN, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL HER?

     If I won Miss USA I would feel let down if one of my fellow titleholders told me that I didn’t deserve the crown. However, I believe everybody is entitled to their own opinion, and unfortunately you can’t control the way other people perceive you. Knowing that, I would shake it off and move on!   

IS PHYSICAL APPEARANCE IMPORTANT? WHY OR WHY NOT?

     I think physical appearance is important because we are expected to make frequent on-the-spot ‘judgments’ about people based on their physical appearance daily. Although we know “appearances can be deceptive,” they have a huge influence on our first impressions, our job interviews, and our daily interactions. Though physical appearance can be influential, having the ability to show people who you really are sets you apart and makes you stand out. I don’t know about you, but I’m most drawn to people who reflect internal characteristics of beauty. Qualities such as grace, humility, and a good sense of humor always beats out physical appearance on it’s own. 

DO YOU THINK THAT OUR CULTURE IS TOO PREOCCUPIED WITH BEAUTY? HOW COULD WE CHANGE THAT?

    I believe we as a culture have grown accustomed to extremely rigid and uniform standards of beauty as a consequence of the media. The reason our culture is so preoccupied by beauty is because television, billboards, magazines, and even social media have presented women with standards of beauty that are almost unattainable. The way to shift our focus is to champion woman for more than just their beauty. The media needs to help expand the public’s opinion of  beauty by showcasing a variety of diverse women, and establishing new beauty 'values' linked to inner traits like intelligence and strength. After all, I don’t think it’s the goal of attaining beauty that we as a society find valuable, I think it’s the attention that comes along with it that we find desirable. 

IF YOU HAD TO BE ANOTHER WOMAN FOR ONE WEEK, WHICH WOMAN WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO BE AND WHY?

     If I could be another woman for a week I would choose to be Ava Duvernay. Ava Duvernay is female American filmmaker that I admire greatly. She was the first African American woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Director for the film, "Selma." Like Duvernay, my career goal is to become a successful independent filmmaker and eventually transition into big budget cinema. I would love the opportunity to learn from the experiences of being a powerful female director in Hollywood today. 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY IRENE MAHMUD

HAVE YOU EVER HAD COSMETIC SURGERY OR ANY OTHER ALTERATION TO YOUR APPEARANCE?

     No, I have never had any cosmetic surgery, or made any other alteration to my appearance. Although I haven’t had plastic surgery, I certainly am not against it. I think everyone should have the right to decide what’s right, and what isn’t right for their own bodies. 

WHY DO YOU FEEL THERE IS SO MUCH ANTI-AMERICAN SENTIMENT AROUND THE WORLD TODAY?

     I think anti-American sentiment exists today because of the conflicting views the world has on American policies; specifically attitudes towards security and military issues. There has been major opposition against recent U.S. drone attacks, anger towards Washington over the U.S. spying on foreign leaders, and controversy about what to do in the Middle East. I think these issues, as well as other problematic topics all add to the anti- American sentiment found around the world.  


WHAT IS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE THAT AMERICA FACES?

     I think the greatest challenge facing America today is the growing divide between the two major political parties in our country. Democrats and Republicans are not only unable to agree, but increasingly seem unable to imagine, or even understand the other party’s point of view. I believe it’s our unwillingness to compromise that is stopping our country from making true progress, and progressively causing deep divisions among us. I believe both parties offer valuable points of view; we need to stop fighting and work towards finding middle ground.  

WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF ABOUT THE U.S.A.?

     I am most proud of the Freedom of Speech, one of the fundamental values expressed in the United Sates Constitution, under the First Amendment. We are so lucky to live in a country that allows us to express ourselves without the interference of the government. I believe ALL of our civil liberties encompass the spirit of what it means to be an American. No other country has gone to such great lengths to protect the interest of each individual and promote personal empowerment. 

WHAT SHOULD WE DO WITH OLDER PEOPLE WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM ALZHEIMER'S AND OTHER LIFE-THREATENING DISEASES WHERE THEY CAN'T TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES?

     A few months ago I watched a CNN special by Dr. Sanjay Gupta about a breakthrough medical village called, “Hogewey,” also known as “Dementia Village” in the Netherlands. It was quite extraordinary. Two Dutch nurses decided to build a village for people with dementia complete with beauty salons, grocery stores, motion sensor elevators, and 24 hr security; all ran by specialized health workers living in the community. Now, I’m not suggesting we create different villages for people suffering from life-threatening conditions. However, the idea of creating an environment where people enduring severe illnesses, like Alzheimer’s disease, can live out the rest of their lives feeling both safe and happy was inspiring to me. I think we should offer facilities with fundamental similarities to places like, “Hogewey” here in America. We need to focus on making efforts towards helping people with life-threatening illnesses feel safe, cared for, and happy; so they too can live out the rest of their lives peacefully. 



HOW SHOULD THE U.S. GOVERNMENT RESPOND TO THE THREAT OF ISIS?

     I think the U.S. government needs to take the threat of ISIS extremely seriously. The Islamic extremist group is responsible for killing innocent, unarmed civilians around the world, and is continuing to grow stronger. Their brazen efforts for recruitment are working; targeting children, specifically young minority girls, into the terrorist group through social media. I was shocked to find out that there were over one thousand westerners that were believed to have traveled to Syria to fight with extremist groups. We need to start taking the threat of ISIS more seriously before they grow into a group that we cannot contain. 


VIRTUALLY ALL TERRORIST ATTACKS SINCE 9/11 HAVE BEEN COMMITTED BY MUSLIMS WHO JUSTIFY THEIR TERRORISM BY QUOTING VIOLENT ACTS FROM THE KORAN. THIS SUGGESTS THAT ISLAM MAY NOT BE A RELIGION OF PEACE. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?  

           I don’t think it is fair to group all Muslims with the Muslim extremist who were responsible for the September 11, terrorist attacks. I think a person’s opinion on whether Islam is a “religion of peace,” or not depends on their perspective. There are extremists in every religion who use their faith to justify acts of violence, tyranny, and terrorism. However, I don’t think it’s fair to characterize all followers of Islam as violent. 

SOME STATES STILL PRACTICE THE DEATH PENALTY AS PUNISHMENT FOR HORRENDOUS CRIMES? DO YOU THINK THAT IT SHOULD BE ABOLISHED? WHY OR WHY NOT?

     To be completely honest I am undecided on whether I think the death penalty should be abolished or not. In the past I was in support of capital punishment believing that people responsible for heinous crimes, such as rape, torture, treason, kidnapping, or murder should be punishable by death. However, after hearing the Bostonians' opinion against the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon Bomber,  I have begun to question whether it’s the government’s right to take another human’s life.  

WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF AN ETHICAL PERSON?

     I think the definition of an ethical person is someone who lives by a set of moral principles that reflects the basic human standards of what’s right and what’s wrong. I don’t think you have to be religious to be ethical. I think an ethical person is someone who has respect for themselves, the people around them, and acts accordingly. 

COMPARED TO THE 1950s-1970s, WOMEN TODAY HAVE MORE OPTIONS IN TERMS OF THEIR PERSONAL CHOICES AND PERSONAL LIVES. DESPITE THESE OPTIONS, WHY DO YOU STILL WANT TO BE MISS USA?

     The goal of winning Miss USA is only one of my dreams. I want the Miss USA pageant, whether I win or lose, to be the stepping stone towards my overall career goals in the entertainment industry. As women we do have more options than ever to advance our personal and professional lives. The title of Miss USA would only be the start of my story. 





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4.19.2015

Miss Nepal 2015



Nepali-American beauty, Evana Manandhar, 23, from Kathmandu was crowned Fanta Miss Nepal 2015 at Hotel Annapurna in Kathmandu on April 18, 2015. She will represent Nepal in Miss World 2015. The 1st runner-up is Dibyata Vaidya and will compete in Miss Earth 2015. The 2nd runner-up is Medha Koirala and will compete in Miss International 2015.  



4.18.2015

Miss Russia 2015



Sofiya Nikitchuk, a 21-year-old humanities and arts student representing Yekaterinburg city won the national beauty title of Miss Russia 2015 at the grand finale held at Moscow's Barvikha Concert Hall. She will represent Russia in Miss World 2015 whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed.




Miss Malaysia Universe 2015



KUALA LUMPUR: After a month of intense training, stiff competition and televised challenges, 24-year-old Vanessa Tevi Kumares was crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2015.
The tourism management graduate of Indian-Chinese parentage from Seremban shed tears of joy, which quickly dried up as she received the crown and sash from her predecessor, Miss Universe Malaysia 2014 Sabrina Beneett, just after midnight.
Vanessa beat 16 other hopefuls to the crown, and is expected to do the country proud when she takes on the rest of the world early next year.
Following her graduation from Britain, she interned for a year in the United States, and recently started work at a hotel in Singapore.
A former synchronised swimmer in school, Vanessa is a thrill-seeker who enjoys activities like bungee jumping, skydiving, hiking and jumping off cliffs.
“As a normal girl, I was thrust into this world of glitz and glamour that I was not used to, and I would like to thank the organisers for this opportunity and for training me for this very moment,” she told The Star after her crowning.
Along with the title, she took home RM50,000 in cash as well as gifts from sponsors worth more than RM180,000.
“The team worked harder this year to prepare all 17 finalists for the competition, and I am proud to say that every one of them has transformed tremendously,” said Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation national director Carey Ng.
The crowning took place at the grand ballroom of the Shangri-La Hotel here last night that also saw Pauline Tan, 24, Kelly Jagan, 26, and Sugeeta Chandran, 26, walking away as first, second and third runners up respectively.
In addition to the dazzling display of exquisite evening gowns and stylish swimwear, the gala night also featured performances by entertainers that included Ning Baizura.
Miss Universe Malaysia is the longest running pageant in Malaysia, and has produced personalities such as Datin Josephine Fonseka, Yasmin Yusoff, Datuk Anna Lim, Elaine Daly, Andrea Fonseka, Nadine Ann Thomas, Deborah Henry, Kimberley Leggett and Ng.

Source: TheStar.com.my, April 17, 2015

4.14.2015

Baton Rouge to host Miss USA 2015



NEW YORK — April 14, 2015 — NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today that the 2015 Miss USA Pageant will air live from the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 12 (8-11 p.m. ET) on NBC.
The 2015 Miss USA Pageant will feature contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Contestants will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview, with one contestant ultimately being crowned Miss USA 2015.
“The 2014 Miss USA Pageant delivered an unprecedented amount of national and international exposure for Baton Rouge, taking its reputation for tourism and business opportunities beyond the local level,” says Trump. “This year’s pageant will be no different. Continuing our partnership guarantees another sold-out show that will provide Louisiana’s capital with another three hours of primetime television coverage.”
The Miss Universe Organization will return to the Baton Rouge to produce the 2015 Miss USA Pageant after the tremendous success last summer. The 2014 Miss USA telecast shared the best of Louisiana’s vibrant culture and featured its lively music scene, unique food and proud people. Last year’s pageant concluded with Nia Sanchez, Miss Nevada USA, being crowned Miss USA 2014.
“There is always a genuine feeling of true hospitality when visiting Baton Rouge,” says Shugart. “We have created an incredible partnership with the city and are honored to have the responsibility of sharing what their community has to offer through our worldwide telecasts,” adds Shugart. “Baton Rouge was recently named one of the Top 10 Happiest Cities in America by the National Bureau of Economic Research, which is no surprise to us. We truly cannot wait to go back.”
The Miss Universe Organization will bring on IMG as executive producers of this year’s Miss USA pageant. Recognized as a global leader in sports, fashion and media, the IMG team most recently produced the 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant in January. The Miss USA telecast now reaches approximately 70 countries and territories.
Source: http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/ 

4.12.2015

Miss Finland 2015



Rosa-Maria Ryyti (center) was crowned Miss Finland 2015 (Miss Suomi 2015) in Helsinki on April 12, 2015. She will represent Finland in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have yet to be confirmed. The 1st runner-up is Carola Miller and the 2nd runner-up is Saara Ahlberg.


4.11.2015

Pageantopolis exposes Miss Globe International's fictitious early years and winners



     Miss Globe International (MGI) is an annual pageant owned and produced by Rasim Aydin, a Turkish businessman living in Istanbul, Turkey. The 2014 pageant took place last September in Baku, Azerbaijan which was won by Australia's Esma Voloder.

      When you visit the official page, you will notice in the Historical Title Holder section that the pageant began in 1925. But don't let this fool you. When you click the links to the years 1925 until 1986, you will see images of alleged respective winners for those years. Why alleged? Because the images had been taken from the archives of the Miss Winnepausakee pageant, a preliminary to the Miss New Hampshire scholarship pageant.Thanks to Pageantopolis webmaster Donald West's outstanding detective work, we now know that MGI had resorted to stealing and infringing on intellectual property to make their pageant appear historically authentic. Shame on them! 

     West writes: "The Miss Winnipesaukee archives seems to have been used by Miss Globe International in Turkey as the basis for its 'history' from 1925 to 1986.  For those years when there was no information, the blanks were filled in with photos of movie actresses (all falsely identified) or a few winners from major beauty pageants elsewhere in the world.  It is not known if the Miss Winnipesaukee Organization is aware of this. Here are some examples." :


     For the years missing Miss Winnipesaukee data, MGI simply used titleholders from the Misses Universe, World and USA pageants. Here's a couple of examples:
    


 Read West's full write-up in Pageantopolis.

Here's a screenshot of MGI's Historical Title Holder section (click image to link):

     
Here's a partial screenshot of Miss Winnepausakee's history section (click image to link):


      West initially brought this subject to my attention last January 2, 2014 via Facebook. Neither of us was certain if the Miss Winnipesaukee Organization knew about the situation, so I contacted the pageant from its website's Contact page as well as from Facebook, but no one from the organization responded to my inquiry. That was 15 months ago. 

Meanwhile, here's a photo of Miss Globe International owner Rasim Aydin holding a framed certificate with Charlie See's name on it. Charlie See (R.I.P. 2007) founded MGI in 1925. There is another pageant also named Miss Globe which is based in Albania and run by Deliart Association, owned by Petri Bozo. Both Aydin and Bozo claim to be the "official" organizers, but that's another topic.

RASIM AYDIN is the CEO of  RCA Global Entertainment Company which produces Miss Globe International

        As a pageant fan and big supporter of the pageant industry, I always find it appalling that pageant organizers would resort to deception and/or inaccuracies just to create an impression that their pageant is legitimate. Fortunately, there are some pageant fans who are intelligent enough not to fall for these lies, and that is why those of us who care about integrity and honesty should support the earnest work of Pageantopolis and Critical Beauty, two pageant sites committed to researching the truth and exposing lies.

 by Rafa Delfin, 4/11/2015