9.22.2020

Winner Of Miss Grand Thailand 2020 Called "Ugly" And "Negro" For Supporting Protesters

 

Pacharaporn “Nam” Chantarapadit is crowned as the Miss Grand Thailand 2020 on Sept. 20, 2020.

BANGKOK — The winner of Miss Grand Thailand 2020 pageant contest came under fire Monday from pro-establishment netizens for siding with the anti-government protests. 

Pacharaporn “Nam” Chantarapadit, 22, was crowned the winner on Sunday night after a round of question-and-answer section, in which contestants were asked for their opinions about the protest that was unfolding in Bangkok’s historic quarter. 

“From my heart, I pick the protesters,” Nam, who represented Rayong, said. “We have rights to express our views and we want to choose what’s best for our country. More than that, I want to say to the government.”

She went on in English, “If you calling this country Thailand, we need a real democracy. And moreover, we need you to get out of the country!”

Supporters of the government immediately lashed out at Nam in a slew of negative comments. Some also attacked her look and deployed racially charged terms in their criticism.

“I thought you were a negro,” wrote user Kalayakorn Thanonpijirakul.

“This squid-ink-skin is degenerate,” wrote Chote Sommee. 

“Not only is she ugly, her behavior is bad too. Do the judges also hate the monarchy institution?” wrote user Tikumporn Singhaseni. 

“This is the ugliest beauty queen I’ve ever seen. I thought this was a beauty queen from Africa,” wrote Khunphuwasit Shi. 

“She’s as black as a burnt-and-forgotten coals. What are you guys doing to Thailand?” wrote Tepphabutr Misababa Latcharot.

Political Beauties 

The question-and-answer round took place on Saturday, and it was broadcast live on TV the same time a large anti-government protest was taking place on Sanam Luang. 

The final question for the five finalists was, “In regards to the protests that are approaching violence, if you could talk to the protesters or the government, who would you pick, and what would you say to them to improve the situation?” 

The winners of Miss Grand Thailand 2020 competition.

Although Nam’s answer was the most impassioned out of all finalists, she wasn’t the only one to express support for the movement. 

“I want to say to the protesters, if there was no Miss Grand Thailand 2020 pageant, I would be at the protest,” first runner-up Miss Grand Pathum Thani Indy Johnson said. 

“It’s not wrong for the young generation to express their opinions, because we are the ones who have to live with the future,” she added.

Second runner-up Miss Grand Nakhon Si Thammarat Patchaploy Ruendaluang also said, “I would tell the government that today, we citizens are demanding for the return of democracy. If you think of citizens’ opinions even just a little bit, this kind of thing would not happen.” 

Miss Grand Chiang Rai Juthamas Mekhaseree, who finished as the third-runner up, said she would volunteer to be a student representative and tell the government that people were suffering from a bad economy. 

Fourth runner-up Miss Grand Mukdahan Natnicha Sritongsuk said that she supported people expressing their political opinions as long as there was no violence. 

The judges also chose Miss Grand Ratchaburi’s costume depicting the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market as the year’s winner for the national costume contest. 

For her victory, Nam won a crown worth 1.2 million baht, a condo, a car, and other prizes worth 6 million baht. 

Source: Khaosodenglish.com, Sept. 21, 2020

Amazing Tornado Walk At Miss Grand Thailand 2020 - But Who Invented The Walk?

 

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9.19.2020

Miss Grand Thailand 2020 Crowned

 

The new Miss Grand Thailand 2020 is Nam Chantarapradit representing the province of Ranong. She was crowned on September 19 during a pageant that was live streamed on Facebook. She will now represent Thailand in the next edition of Miss Grand International which is supposed to take place again in Caracas, Venezuela on October 25 as it was announced by MGI President Nawat Itsaragrisil during the 2019 pageant. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pageant may be postposed to a later date.

Watch Nam's winning performance:









9.15.2020

Transgender Pageant Winner From Philippines Slams Pardon of US Marine Who Killed Trans Woman


Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton (center) 


The victory for Miss Trans Global Mela Franco Habijan was a bittersweet moment she will forever remember. On the evening of Saturday, September 12, Mela’s childhood dream came true when she was crowned the first winner of a new global pageant for transgender women.

Filipino pageant enthusiasts revelled in the 33-year-old actress’ victory. But the celebration was dampened by news that devastated the LGBTQ community in the Philippines: a U.S. Marine convicted for brutally killing a transgender woman in 2014 was about to walk free.

On Sunday, September 13, images of Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton being uncuffed just before he boarded an American military plane pinballed across social media and TV screens in the Philippines.

The case outraged advocates and campaigners and renewed calls to scrap defense pacts with the U.S., which no longer runs the Philippines as a colony but still maintains a military presence there. 

After serving only six years of his already reduced 10-year sentence for murdering Jennifer Laude after a night out, Pemberton left the Philippines. His express lane to freedom was paved by President Rodrigo Duterte’s absolute pardon, granted just a week before.

“It was hard for me to celebrate,” Mela told VICE News. “I was outraged to see him [Pemberton] being uncuffed and walking free.”

It was then that Mela knew that her victory could serve a higher calling. She needed to use her new title and platform to champion better rights and protections for her community. 

“In the Philippines, even if they say we’re accepted, we’re tolerated, the reality is we’re not,” she said. “When I won the title, people took the opportunity to bash me and to make fun of Jennifer Laude’s murder.”

MELA FRANCO HABIJAN WAS CROWNED 'MISS TRANS GLOBAL' AS A U.S. MARINE WHO MURDERED A TRANSGENDER WOMAN IN 2014 WAS BEING SET FREE. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Philippine media outlets quickly reported and ran features about Mela’s victory. But comment sections were filled with hateful rhetoric about her identity and lifestyle. 

“God created only man and a woman,” one comment read. “Don’t show yourself to Pemberton or you will be the next Jennifer Laude,” another read. 

Beauty pageants are a big deal in the Philippines, which is home to numerous Miss Universe and other international competitions. In 2018, Catriona Gray was crowned Miss Universe 2018, the fourth Filipino woman to win the competition. 

Organized during the coronavirus pandemic, Miss Trans Global 2020 was “an inclusive competition run by trans female activists for trans women of all backgrounds, shapes, and sizes,” according to the competition’s description. All 18 contestants from around the world were asked to shoot their own videos to participate.

During the virtual coronation night, Mela bested the 17 other candidates and also won awards for Most Eloquent Queen and Most Glamorous Queen.

She dedicated her pageant journey and victory to Jennifer Laude.

“I was hurting. Jennifer Laude was killed. My trans sister was killed,” she said.

“People quote the Bible a lot when they condemn us,” Mela, who is also a Christian, said. “But why can’t they quote from the Bible one of the Ten Commandments. ‘Thou shalt not kill.’”

Duterte’s pardon caused outrage and protests in the Philippines. For them, it was a huge setback in a long fight for equal rights and protection in a predominantly Christian country. 

The issue was hotly debated on social media. While others condemned Duterte’s decision, his supporters rallied behind him. 

“If you were Jennifer’s family, how would you feel? Shortening his sentence was already heartbreaking, and now it was the president himself who granted him a pardon,” Mela said. “That is not justice.”

Source: VICE, 9/15/2020

9.04.2020

Interview With Noemi Melendez - National Director of Miss Cuba Organization

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9.01.2020

Interview With Héctor Joaquín Colón González - Pageant Coach, Journalist, Blogger, Host, Actor

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This interview was done live on Instagram on August 31, 2020 starting at 1:00 PM EST. It was supposed to have two parts. The first part was in Spanish, but we got disconnected after 15 minutes, so most of the chat in Spanish was gone. The second part was in English which I was able to save and which comprises the bulk of this video. Hector answers the following questions in English starting at time stamp 2:35: 1. Why did you leave Miss Intercontinental? 2. What is the best pageant in the world for young women to compete in and why? 3. Who is your favorite Miss Universe? 4. Do you think that IMG is doing a good job running the Miss Universe Organization? 5. What is the most challenging aspect of training/preparing a potential beauty queen? 6. What qualities make a true beauty queen? 7. You have traveled around the world and have visited many countries. Which country do you like the most and why? 8. What were your misconceptions about the Philippines & Filipinos that were proven wrong when you came to the Philippines? 9. What new things have you learned during the lockdown? 10. Where do you see yourself five years from now?

 


8.31.2020

Graceland To Host Miss USA & Miss Teen USA 2020 In November

 Miss North Carolina Cheslie Kryst gets crowned by last year's winner Sarah Rose Summers after winning the 2019 Miss USA final competition in the Grand Theatre in the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno on May 2, 2019.

Cheslie Kryst of North Carolina was crowned Miss USA 2019 last May 2.


The Miss USA competition will be held Nov. 9 at Graceland.

Organized to be "an innovative event that prioritizes the health and safety of the contestants, audience, and crew," the nationally televised pageant and related events will take place in the Exhibition Center and the Soundstage at Graceland, two concert-and-event spaces located at the Elvis Presley's Memphis complex across the street from the Presley mansion.

The Miss USA event will be preceded on Nov. 7 by its younger sibling pageant, the Miss Teen USA competition, for young women ages 14-19. This will mark a return visit to Memphis for Miss Teen USA: The second pageant in the competition's history was held at the old Memphis Cook Convention Center on April 3, 1984.

The contestants will arrive in Memphis days before the competition, where they and their entourages will be ensconced at The Guest House at Graceland hotel.

Prior to the pageants, they'll take part in various travelogue segments that promote the host city, filmed at such locations as the National Civil Rights Museum and Elvis Presley's Memphis, where they may pause in front of Elvis' prophetically titled 11th feature film: "Girls! Girls! Girls!"

"You're going to see Instagramable moments from Memphis, Instagramable moments from Graceland," Weinshanker said. "You can think about seeing them in the mansion, seeing them at the Civil Rights Museum..." He said some contestants would travel to Memphis "weeks" in advance, to shoot promotional segments.

The productions surely will show Memphis in its best light, but the competitions are not the ratings powerhouses they were in years past: Miss USA will be televised live at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 on FYI, a cable network that focuses on "lifestyle programming." Miss Teen USA will not be televised but will be streamed live at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 via the Miss Universe Organization social-media accounts. Both pageants will take place in the Soundstage, where seating will be limited to about 25% of the venue's 2,000 capacity.

Weinshanker said protocols for the pageant will be similar to those instituted for staging basketball games in the so-called "NBA bubble," the isolation zone at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida, that was created to keep players safe during games. Although it would make for some novel swimsuit and evening gown photos, the contestants will not wear masks during the competitions, he said, just as players don't wear masks during games.

“The Miss Universe Organization and the team at Graceland have created an innovative event that prioritizes the health and safety of the contestants, audience, and crew who will join us in Graceland,” said Paula M. Shugart, president of The Miss Universe Organization, in a statement.

“We look forward to crowning a new Miss USA and Miss Teen USA in the historic city of Memphis. While this year’s competitions will look a little different as we adhere to crucial safety guidelines, we are excited to bring the thrill and excitement of the iconic Miss USA and Miss Teen USA competitions to homes across America.”

Added Weinshanker, in a statement: “Working with the Miss Universe Organization, a global, inclusive organization that celebrates women of all cultures and backgrounds and empowers them to realize their goals, is extremely important today. We very much look forward to being part of the broadcast and events.”

Created along with the Miss Universe pageant in 1952 as a glitzier, sexier rival to the then 31-year-old Miss America competition, Miss USA in recent years has probably been mentioned in the news most frequently due to its association with Donald Trump, who owned the Miss Universe Organization from 1996 to 2015. 

The Miss USA pageant was on CBS and NBC until 2015, and often topped the Nielsen ratings in the 1980s. Last year's pageant was on Fox. 

The Miss Teen USA pageant started on CBS but has been a "streaming" event since 2008. Both 2019 pageants were held in Reno, Nevada.

The winner of Miss USA will move to New York City, "to represent the brand and various philanthropic organizations during her reign," according to a Graceland press release, while Miss Teen USA will carry out her duties from her home state.


Source: CommercialAppeal.com, Aug. 31, 2020

8.22.2020

Miss Brazil 2020 Crowned


Júlia Gama was elected the new Miss Brasil 2020 and will represent the country in the next Miss Universe pageant. The choice was announced last Thursday through the contest's digital networks.

 Gama was chosen via a virtual election due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Her selection was made by the judging team, which included businessman Winston Ling, a new franchisee from Miss Brazil, Ricardo Godoy, missologist Roberto Macedo, and filmmakers Débora Gobitta and Messina Neto.

Julia lives in China, where she works as an actress. She represented Brazil at Miss World 2014.

Source: Correio24horas.com.br, 8/21/2020



7.25.2020

New Czech Queens For 2020



The Miss Czech Republic 2020 pageant took place  on July 23 in Prague and five lucky winners were crowned, each to represent the country in their respective international pageant. Here are the official results:

Karolina Kopincova, 21 - Miss World Czech Republic 2020 and will compete in Miss World 2021 (due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 pageant has been canceled and the next contest will take place "in the second semester of 2021.")

Veronika Smidova, 18 - Miss Intercontinental Czech Republic 2020 and will compete in Miss Intercontinental 2020.

Barbora Aglerova, 21 - Miss Grand International Czech Republic 2020 and will compete in Miss Grand International 2020.

Natalie Kocendova, 20 - Miss International Czech Republic 2020 and will compete in Miss International 2021 (the 2020 pageant has been postponed until November 2021).

Angelika Kostyshynova, 23 - Miss Supranational Czech Republic 2020 and will compete in Miss Supranational 2020.

The pageant was broadcasted live in a studio without any audience; however,  competition partners, media representatives and family members of the finalists were invited. The evening was hosted by David Gránský. 


Sources:
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