ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, who said President Donald Trump was wrong to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, was named Miss America 2018 Sunday night in Atlantic City.
Mund, 23, topped a field of 51 contestants to win the crown in the New Jersey seaside resort, where most of the 97 Miss Americas have been selected.
In one of her onstage interviews, Mund said Trump, a Republican, was wrong to withdraw the United States from the climate accord aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.
"It's a bad decision," she said. "There is evidence that climate change is existing, and we need to be at that table."
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In an interview with The Associated Press before preliminary competition began, Mund, who lives in Bismarck, North Dakota, said her goal is to be the first woman elected governor of her state.
She said she wants to see more women elected to all levels of government.
"It's important to have a woman's perspective," Mund, who had an internship in the U.S. Senate, told the AP. "In health care and on reproductive rights, it's predominantly men making those decisions."
An Ivy League graduate from Brown University who is headed to law school, Mund went to high school with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.
"I said, 'If Carson Wentz can do it, Miss North Dakota Cara Mund can become Miss America,'" she said after winning the title.
She is the first contestant from her state to win the Miss America crown.
Trump also figured in another question asked of a finalist onstage. Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis, who was first runner-up, was asked whether Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russia last year.
She said she doesn't think enough information has been revealed to support such a charge.
"We should investigate it to its fullest extent, and if we do find evidence, the justice system should do their due diligence," she said.
The second runner-up was Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel, third runner-up was Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey and fourth runner up was Miss Texas Margana Wood.
Earlier Sunday, as a deadly hurricane was slamming her home state, Miss Florida Sara Zeng sent a message of support to those in harm's way — and was then eliminated.
As judges were narrowing the field of 51 contestants (each state plus the District of Columbia), they interviewed Zeng, 22, of Palm Coast, who noted that her family was safe.
But she expressed concern and support for friends and strangers endangered by Hurricane Irma, which was tearing its way up the Florida gulf coast on Sunday.
"I'm thinking about everyone in Florida every single day, but I know that regardless what happens, we'll all get through this together," Zeng said.
Zeng won Friday's swimsuit preliminary and promised that she'd be part of the post-Irma cleanup and recovery effort, whether as Miss America or not.
Source: Associated Press, 9/11/2017
Laura Lehmann was crowned winner of Miss World Philippines 2017 on Sunday, September 3, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. She will represent the country at the Miss World pageant to be held in Sanya, China on November 18.
The other winners include: Teresita "WinWyn" Marquez, Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2017 and will compete in Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 in Bolivia; Cynthia Thomalla, Miss Eco Philippines 2017 who will compete in Miss Eco International 2017 in Egypt; and
Cassandra Chéry, 21, of Port-au-Prince was crowned Miss Universe Haïti 2017 at Marriott Port-au-Prince on September 2nd. She will now represent Haïti in the 66th Miss Universe pageant to be held on November 26th. She was crowned by her predecessor Raquel Pélissier who was 1st-runner-up at Miss Universe 2016. Haiti has never won Miss Universe. Does Cassandra have the goods to bring home the first international crown?
PHOTO CREDIT: CHRIS PUESAN
Davina Bennett, a 21-year-old model representing D'Marie Institute, was crowned Miss Universe Jamaica 2017 during a finale held on Saturday, August 26, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. She will now represent her island country in Miss Universe 2017 pageant to be held in Phoenix, Arizona on November 26. The first runner- up is Jennae Jackson and the second runner-up is Sara-Jade Kow.
PHOTO CREDITS: FACEBOOK
Carmen Muñoz, Miss Duarte, has just been crowned Miss Universe Dominican Republic 2017 at the Gran Teatro del Cibao in Santiago de los Caballeros on August 26. She will now represent her country at the 2017 Miss Universe pageant to be held on November 26 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The first runner-up is Jeisy Rodriguez, Miss Santiago, who will compete in 2017 Miss United Continents. The second runner-up is Leslie Mariel Salas, Miss Santo Domingo Oeste, who will compete in 2017 Reina Hisaponamericana.
|DERRICK LEE / CREDIT: FACEBOOK|
Last May 6, 2016, Critical Beauty published a report on pageant organizer Derrick Lee, who had been accused of consumer fraud by pocketing charity money, among other things.
Critical Beauty has recently received an update from Kimberly Holliday Triani who had initially launched the investigation on Lee's unethical business dealings. On her Facebook page, Triani posted the comprehensive update. With her permission, we are reposting it for our readers:
Derrick Lee Scam Alert Update:
A JUDGEMENT HAS BEEN ENTERED AGAINST DERRICK LEE IN VIOLATION OF THE CONSUMER FRAUD ACT!!
I had always believed that the TRUTH would eventually come to light. For those of you not familiar with the situation, Derrick Lee of Team DQ Pageant Prep and Image Consulting was a director for the Illinois pageant of one of the world's top systems. In March 2015, he took it upon himself to host a photogenic competition as a fundraiser for Lurie Children's Hospital during which he raised thousands of dollars that was supposed to go to helping families of sick children.
The story was featured twice on CBS Channel 2 Chicago. ( http://chicago.cbslocal.com/…/2-investigators-pageant-orga…/ )
For almost two years Derrick Lee of Team DQ Pageant Prep and Image Consulting, (and according to his Facebook profile is an affiliate of Miss Globe US Pageant, Miss Latina World Pageant, Miss Bikini US Pageant, and American Model & Pageant Magazine) has defamed our family name and our family business. For the past two years Derrick Lee proclaimed his innocence and stated he never stole the money he collected for Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital and that I had fabricated this story because he didn't want to use our company as a sponsor again. On August 22, 2017 the TRUTH CAME TO LIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!
LET'S SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT!
#1. Our business was NEVER going to do business with Derrick Lee again. We do not engage in business practices with ANY company or individual that does not uphold common core values including integrity, honesty, and compassion. Knowledge and understanding of the very most basic human values is of basic importance to any human in the world, to make TRULY responsible decisions, and to give a responsible direction to one's life; and also to give a truly responsible direction to the development of our children. Derrick Lee does not embody the core values that our family and/or our business lives by. Anyone that would steal from sick children has some major soul searching to engage in. It is also our belief that any company working with Derrick Lee with the knowledge of his activities is complicit in allowing his behavior.
ESPECIALLY IN THIS INDUSTRY IN WHICH WE ARE SUPPOSED TO TEACH OTHERS THE SPIRIT OF PHILANTHROPY AND THE POWER OF GIVING BACK!!!!!! THOSE ENGAGED IN CONSUMER FRAUD HAVE NO BUSINESS IN THIS INDUSTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Logistically speaking, we should also point out that Derrick Lee's contract was terminated with the aforementioned pageant system, so in reality there was no sponsorship for him to supposedly pull from us anyway.
#2. On August 22, 2017 a permanent injunction and restitution were ordered against Derrick Lee. In the judgement (which was signed by Derrick Lee)
* Derrick Lee stipulates that he solicited and collected monies from members of the public as part of the Miss Photogenic Competition.
* Derrick Lee stipulates that he solicited and collected these monies for the benefit of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital.
* Derrick Lee stipulates that he solicited and collected AT LEAST $3000.00 from members of the public during the Miss Photogenic Competition.
* Thereby Derrick Lee was ordered to pay $3000.00 total in restitution to the Ann and Lurie Children's hospital.
* Derrick Lee signed the agreement and has 5 months to pay back the money or may face criminal charges.
*** THIS IS NOW PART OF DERRICK LEE'S PERMANENT RECORD *** ALL OF WHICH IS PUBLIC RECORD
#3. INNOCENT people don't sign a document stipulating these facts and agree to pay back $3000 in damages to a hospital they didn't steal from.
Those are the facts surrounding the case of consumer fraud and deceptive business practices against Derrick Lee and how he engaged in practices against individuals in violation of the Consumer Fraud Act.
For a complete copy of the Judgement Entered Against Derrick Lee you may click on this Facebook link.
Triani told Critical Beauty, "He (Derrick Lee) has defamed my name for 2 years telling people I made up the charges. Hearing that the state has ordered him to pay restitution and put a permanent injunction against him will help clear my name. More importantly, protect people from doing business with him."
Monalysa Alcantara, 18, Miss Piaui was crowned Miss Brasil 2017 on August 20. Alcantara is the first representative from her state to win the national title. Also, for the first time in the history of the pageant, a black woman was crowned by another black woman, Raissa Santana, Miss Brazil 2016. Alcantara will now represent Brazil in the 2017 Miss Universe pageant to be held in Phoenix, Arizona on November 26. The first runner-up was Miss Rio Grande do Sul, Juliana Mueller, and the second runner-up was Miss Espirito Santo, Stephany Pim.
PHOTO CREDIT: MISS POLSKI
Magdalena Bieńkowska, 24, has been assigned to represent Poland in Miss World 2017 pageant to be held in Sanya, China in November. Miss Polski Organization, which owned the Polish franchise for several years and then lost it four years, ago, succeeded in getting back the franchise. Magdalena represented Poland in Miss International 2014 where she placed in the top 15.
|MAGDALENA AT MISS INTERNATIONAL 2015 / CREDIT: MISS POLSKI|
Clarissa Bowers (right), representing Florida, was crowned Miss World America 2017 (America's Miss World 2017) in Orlando, Florida on Sunday night, August 13. She will now represent the United States in Miss World 2017 pageant in Sanya, China in November. Her court includes 1st runner-up Maureen Montaigne of Arizona, 2nd runner-up Chance Cessna of the District of Columbia, 3rd runner-up Emanii Love Davis of Georgia, and 4th runner-up Alexandra Curtis of Rhode Island.
Meanwhile, Gracen Grainger (left), 16, of South Carolina was crowned the first Miss Teen World America. Completing the top five were 1st runner-up Alyson McNair of North Carolina, 2nd runner-up Rebekah Holsenback of South Carolina, 3rd runner-up Jillian Elliot of Lousiana, and 4th runner-up Laken Giles of Florida.
The Miss World America Organization is owned and produced by former Miss United States 2014 (and 2nd Runner-Up in Miss World 2014) Elizabeth Safrit and her mother, Dr. Lynn Scott Safrit.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF MISS WORLD AMERICA
Tiffany Pisani, a 25-year old British-born Maltese-raised model representing Attard, was crowned Miss Universe Malta 2017 on August 4 at the Hilton Malta. Pisani will now compete at the the sixty-sixth edition of the Miss Universe 2017 pageant whose date and venue have yet to be confirmed. Caricia Sammut, representing Rabat was named as the first runner-up, and Tarxien’s Alexia Pauline Tabone was named second runner-up.
Photo credit: Miss Universe Malta