5.26.2017

Miss Iraq 2017




 Vian Amer Noori Sulaimani, a 23-year-old Kurdish beauty, was crowned Miss Iraq 2017 that took place in Baghdad on May 25th. Fourteen young women competed in the third edition of the pageant. Vian is from the province of Sulaymaniyah and works for an insurance company. Her mission is to promote women's right in Iraq. 
At the same event, Masty Hama  from Halabja province was the first runner-up, Marina Roqan from Baghdad was chosen as the second runner-up, Sara Abdulwahid was selected as the third runner-up. It is not yet confirmed if Vian will compete in Miss Universe or Miss World, or both. Last year's winner, Shaymaa Qaasim, was expected to compete in Miss Universe 2016 but a falling out with the organizers prevented her from doing so.

5.21.2017

Brazil Wins Mister Global 2017



Pedro Gicca from Brazil won the Mister Global 2017 contest held at Chiangmai Hall in Chiang Mai, Thailand on May 21. The 29-year-old Brazilian electrical engineer  is the first man from his country to win the title. 


In the photo above, Gicca is flanked by his court, from left to right: 4th runner-up Thuận Nguyễn of Vietnam, 1st runner-up Gerrie Havenga of South Africa, 2nd runner-up Christopher Joseph Bramell of England and 3rd runner-up Fabián Esteban Vera Abello of Chile. Completing the top 16  are the candidates rom Myanmar, China, Panama, India, Korea, Spain, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and Philippines.




5.16.2017

Miss USA Kára McCullough Clarifies Controversial Health Care Comment: 'I Do Believe It Should Be a Right'




Newly crowned Miss USA Kára McCullough has clarified the controversial comment she made about health care during Sunday’s live competition in Las Vegas.
The District of Columbia contestant drew social media ire after she called health care a “privilege” during the question-and-answer portion of the competition. However, she reversed her answer during an appearance on Good Morning America Tuesday — instead deeming it a “right.”

“I am privileged to have health care and I do believe that it should be a right,” McCullough, 25, told co-host Michael Strahan. “I hope and pray moving forward that health care is a right for all worldwide.”

McCullough, who is a nuclear scientist at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, also explained why she gave her initial answer during the competition: “I just want people to see where I was coming from. Having a job, I have to look at healthcare like it is a privilege.”
The pageant winner’s initial response came near the end of the competition, when McCullough and four other contestants faced the question-and-answer portion of the show. She was asked whether “affordable health care for all U.S. citizens is a right or a privilege.”

“I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege,” McCullough responded to Julianne Hough at the time. “As a government employee, I am granted health care. And I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have jobs. So therefore, we need to continue to cultivate this environment that we’re given the opportunities to have health care as well as jobs to all the American citizens worldwide.”

In addition to the health care social media firestorm, viewers also reacted to McCullough’s response when asked if she considered herself a feminist.

“So as a woman scientist in the government, I’d like to lately transpose the word ‘feminism’ to ‘equalism,’ ” McCullough, who started an outreach program called Science Exploration for Kids, said on Sunday. “I don’t really want to consider myself — try not to consider myself like this die-hard, you know, like, ‘Oh, I don’t really care about men.’ But one thing I’m going to say, though, is women, we are just as equal as men when it comes to opportunity in the workplace.”

McCullough was named the winner over first runner-up Miss New Jersey, Chhavi Verg, and second runner-up Miss Minnesota, Meridith Gould.

Her win marked back-to-back victories for the District of Columbia after Deshauna Barber took home the crown in 2016.
Source: People.com, 5/16/2017

5.14.2017

District Of Columbia Wins Miss USA 2017


PHOTO CREDIT: MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION

The District of Columbia has won back-to-back Miss USA titles.
Kara McCullough, a 25-year-old chemist working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was crowned Sunday during the event that took place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on the Las Vegas Strip. She will go on to compete on the Miss Universe contest.
The runner-up was Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg, a student at Rutgers University studying marketing and Spanish. The second runner-up was Miss Minnesota Meredith Gould, who is studying apparel retail merchandising at the University of Minnesota.
Fifty-one women representing each state and the nation's capital participated in the decades-old competition.
PHOTO CREDIT: MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION
McCullough was born in Naples, Italy, and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She wants to inspire children to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Last year, District of Columbia resident Deshauna Barber became the first-ever military member to win Miss USA.
The three finalists were all asked to explain what they consider feminism to be and whether they consider themselves feminists. They modeled their final looks of the night during a performance of Pitbull's "Options" featuring Stephen Marley.
PHOTO CREDIT: MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION
The beauty pageant this year included five women who immigrated to the U.S. at a young age and now as citizens hoped to represent the nation on a global stage. Verg and the women representing Florida, North Dakota, Hawaii, Connecticut and New Jersey told The Associated Press this week they have faced challenges and opportunities as immigrants.
The contestants' remarks stand in stark contrast to the scandal that enveloped the pageant in 2015, when then-part owner and now U.S. President Donald Trump offended Hispanics when he made anti-immigrant remarks in announcing his bid for the White House.
Trump co-owned The Miss Universe Organization with NBCUniversal, but the network and the Spanish-language broadcaster Univision quickly cut ties with him, refusing to air the show. Trump sued both networks, eventually settling and selling the pageant to talent management company WME/IMG.
The show kicked off with a performance from a Cirque du Soleil show — a Las Vegas staple — based on Michael Jackson songs. The contestants took the stage as Jackson's "Black or White" played and acrobats performed.
CMA Award-winner Brett Eldredge performed his new single "The Long Way" as the women modeled their evening gowns.
Julianne Hough, Ashley Graham and Terrence J. hosted the show.
Source: Associated Press, 5/14/2017
PHOTO CREDIT: MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION

5.10.2017

Philippines Wins Mr. Gay World 2017





John Fernandez Raspado, a 37-year-old professional online marketing businessman from the Philippines, won the Mr. Gay World 2017 contest held in Maspalomas, Spain on May 10. He is the first man from his country to win the title. Raspado also won several awards: Mr. Popularity, Mr. Social Media, Best in Interview, Best in Formal Wear and Best in Swimwear. His court includes 1st runner-up Cándido Arteaga of Spain, 2nd runner-up Jamie Debliek of Belgium, 3rd runner-up Marco Tornese of Switzerland and 4th runner-up Alexander Steyn of South Africa.







5.05.2017

Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2017





 Danyeshka Hernandez, 20, representing San Juan, was crowned Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2017 on May 4th at the Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan. She will now represent her island country in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have yet to be confirmed. Her court includes 1st runner-up Jailene Rivera of Ponce (who was the favorite to win), 2nd runner-up Kimberly Jiménez of Dorado, 3rd runner-up Gretchen Colón of Aibonito and 4th runner-up Ivana Irrizary of  Río Grande.

The pageant was hosted by Jaime Mayol, a former Mr. Manhunt International, with color commentary by Desirée Lowry, the pageant owner and former Miss Puerto Rico 1995. The show also paid homage to the 25th coronation anniversary of Dayanara Torres as Miss Puerto Rico and who eventually won Miss Universe 1993.




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5.03.2017

First-Ever Miss Teen World America To Be Crowned In August 2017





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

FIRST-EVER MISS TEEN WORLD AMERICA TO BE CROWNED IN AUGUST 2017

America’s Miss World Organization and the Miss World Organization introduce the annual Miss Teen World America pageant ORLANDO, FL, MAY 3, 2017


     The America’s Miss World Organization, together with the Miss World Organization, is proud to introduce the first Miss Teen World America pageant. This competition does not currently lead to an international pageant, but will select a titleholder to represent the Miss World Organization nationally and spread the message of Beauty with a Purpose. This titleholder will travel with America’s Miss World and will represent internationally-renowned designer Mac Duggal as a brand ambassador and model. 

     To celebrate this announcement, the America’s Miss World Organization will offer free entry to the first candidate who submits an application to compete for the title of Miss Teen World America. The teen application page can be found on https://americasmissworld.org on the “Teen” page. The winner of the free entry for the Miss Teen World America pageant will be announced Friday, May 5, 2017. 

     Miss Teen World America National Finalists will compete onstage at the Linda Chapin Theatre alongside the America’s Miss World National Finalists in both preliminary (Friday, August 11) and final competitions (Sunday, August 13). The onstage competition will consist solely of Top Model, where Teen National Finalists will model their evening gowns of choice. As for the other phases of competition, Teens National Finalists will compete in Interview, Beauty with a Purpose, and Multimedia. The Miss Teen World America pageant will be modeled after the Miss World international competition, with the exception of the sports and fitness competition. 

     The Top Miss Teen World America finalists will be announced on Sunday, August 13, during the final America’s Miss World competition and will compete onstage again in Top Model and onstage question. The first-ever Miss Teen World America will be crowned on August 13, 2017 in the Linda Chapin Theatre. This event will be live streamed. 

ELIZABETH SAFRIT / PHOTO BY A.J. DAY


     “Miss Teen World America is a reflection of Miss World,” said Elizabeth Safrit, National Director of America’s Miss World and Miss Teen World America. “This is a fun, fresh, and young spin on the oldest international pageant in the world, one whose values withstand the test of time.” 

     The qualifications to compete for Miss Teen World America are as follows: 

Be a natural born female. 
Be a citizen of the United States of America. 
Be enrolled in either junior high, high school, or early college program. 
Be at least 13 years of age by August 13, 2017 and no more than 18 by August 13, 2017. 
Have never been married. 
Have never given birth to a child. 
Have not committed any crime. 
Possess good moral character and good health to meet the demands of the job requirements. Have adopted or willing to adopt a charity or community support organization as a “Beauty with a Purpose” project.

      It is free to apply to become a National Finalist in the Miss Teen World America pageant. Candidates will be notified within 48 hours of receipt of their application if they have been accepted and will be competing in Orlando, FL August 10-13. There are no state titles at Miss Teen World America, all representatives will compete as “National Finalists”. 

     The cost to compete at Miss Teen World America is $550. This will include opening number Mac Duggal wardrobe, National Finalist sash, photo shoot, and 3 workshops to learn about modeling with the AMW Top Model coaches, makeup with the AMW makeup coach, and an informational session about Miss World. Teen National Finalists will have a session during these workshops with the most recent Miss World from the United States, Alexandria Mills, who became Miss World when she was only 18 years of age in 2010. 


     For more information about Miss Teen World America, visit https://americasmissworld.org and visit the “Teen” page.




4.30.2017

New Philippine Queens for 2017




The 2017 Binibining Pilipinas pageant was held ast night at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila. After an hour of deliberation by the judges, six lucky young women were awarded the following titles:

Miss Universe-Philippines 2017- Rachel Peters 

Bb. Pilipinas International 2017 - Maria Angelica de Leon

Bb Pilipinas Supranational 2017- Chanel Olive Thomas

Bb Pilipinas Intercontinental 2017 - Katarina Sonja Rodriguez

Bb Pilipinas Grand International - Elizabeth Clenci

Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2017 - Nelda Ibe

1st runner-up - Charmaine Elima

2nd runner-up -  Kristel Guelos

4.23.2017

Miss Indonesia 2017


Achintya Holte Nilsen was crowned Miss Indonesia 2017 in MNC Studio, Kebon Jeruk, Jakarta on April 22nd. She was crowned by her predecessor Miss Indonesia 2016 and Miss World 2016 2nd runner-up Natasha Mannuela. The reigning Miss World Stephanie Del Valle also assisted in the coronation. Astrini Putri was named as the first runner-up whiel Ivhanrel Eltrisna Sumerah was the second runner-up.  Nilsen, who is half-Norwegian, speaks fluent English. She will now compete in Miss World 2017 to be held in Sanya, China later this year.


PHOTO CREDITS: MISS WORLD ORGANIZATION

4.19.2017

Miss World Sweden 2017






 Hanna-Louise Haag Tuvér was crowned Miss World Sweden 2017 at Grand Hotel Stockholm on April 18. She is 20 years old and comes from Gavle.  She will now represent her country in Miss World 2017 pageant to be held in China later this year. 


On the same evening, Adam El Mallah, a 23-year-old gym instructor, was elected Mr. Sweden World 2017 and will compete in the next edition of Mr. World.


Photo credits: Miss Queen of Scandinavia Facebook Page

4.15.2017

Miss Russia 2017




MOSCOW, April 15. /TASS/.  Polina Popova, representing the Sverdlovsk Region in the Urals, was crowned Miss Russia-2017 during the final show held in the Barvikha Luxury Village concert hall in Moscow on Saturday night.

Polina is 21 years old. She enjoys playing tennis and cooking, and studies Chinese. Her favorite book is Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

The winner was crowned by Miss Russia-2016, Yana Dobrovolskaya of Tyumen, with a crown of white gold, decorated with diamonds and pearls and worth more than $1 million. She also receives a prize of 3 million rubles (over $53,000 at the current exchange rate), a car and an opportunity to represent Russia at the Miss World and Miss Universe competitions.

Ksenia Alexandrova of Moscow was named first runner-up, Albina Akhtyamova of Bashkortostan - second runner-up.

The new Miss Russia Polina Popova (center) is flanked by second runner-up Albina Akhtyamova (left)
and first runner-up Ksenia Alexandrova (right)

Every year, the Miss Russian National Beauty contest meets with tens of thousands of women across Russia’s 85 regions, who apply to become one of the 50 final contestants. This year, no applications were received from girls representing North Caucasus republics, but, for the first time, applicants of the Far Eastern Sakhalin Island and northern Russian city of Syktyvkar took part.

Miss Russia is the country’s national beauty pageant, which was held for the first time among Russian emigrants in Paris in 1927. In Soviet Union, the pageant was first held in 1989, under the name Miss USSR and has since been held annually in Moscow.
Since 2016, the pageant is held under the aegis of the Culture Ministry of Russia. TASS is an information partner of the event.

Source: Tass.com, 4/15/2017

 
 

4.12.2017

Las Vegas To Host Miss USA 2017 Pageant




The Miss Universe Organization has still not sent out an official statement regarding the date and the venue of the Miss USA 2017 pageant; however, several Miss USA 2017 contestants and state directors have been posting that the pageant will be held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 14. The banner above was posted by RPM Productions. This will be the eighth time for the City of Lights to host the pageant which is now owned by WME/IMG company. 



The current Miss USA is Deshauna Barber (above) from the District of Columbia who was crowned last June 5 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo credit: MUO)