Diego Garcy, a 26-year-old graduate of Business Administration and professional model from Mexico, won the first edition of Mister Supranational contest held in Krynica, Sdroj in Poland on December 3rd. Garcy was crowned by the new Miss Supranational 2016 Srinidhi Shetty of India who had just competed the night before.
Garcy's court includes 1st runner-up Sergey Bindalov, 29, of Belarus whom many pageant fans had predicted as the winner; 2nd runner-up Jitesh Narush Thakur, 27, of India; 3rd runner-up Bruno Vanin, 27, of Brazil; and 4th runner-up Catalin Prinza, 27, of Romania.
Rounding up the top 10 were the delegates from Poland, Denmark, Panama, Japan, and Venezuela. Competing the top 20 were the contestants from Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Belgium, Czech Republic, Sweden, France, Malta, Spain, Slovia and the Philippines.
Some of the top 20 semifinalists wear the colors of their nations during the "Boxers" segment
The televised show lasted over 4 hours and featured all 36 of the contestants perform several dance routines from break dancing to waltz. On its official website, it says that "Mister Supranational aims to revolutionize the industry, being the first competition of this nature to have a super modern and high fashion television production." And that the idea is "to discover new talents for the modeling and television industries and to produce instant celebrities."
The contest is run by the Panama-based World Beauty Association and produced by Nowa Scena, a global leader in event production.
in Krynica Zdrój, Poland on December 2nd. Shetty's victory marks her country's second crown in only two years. In 2014, her compatriot Asha Bhat was crowned the first Indian winner. Shetty's court includes Valeria Alejandra Vespoli Figuera of Venezuela, Jaleesa Pigot of Suriname, Ornella Mariam Jayasiri Gunesekere of Sri Lanka, and Korinna Kocsis of Hungary.
Completing the top 10 were the delegates from Belarus, Indonesia, Myanmar, Poland and Slovakia. Rounding up the top 25 were the contestants from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Ukraine and Vietnam.
Photo credit: Miss Supranational
Photo: Courtesy of Shaima Qassem.
In an interview with Rudaw, Shaima Qassem, the Kurdish winner of Miss Iraq in 2015 expressed her regret for being crowned with the title as she claimed she did not receive any financial support from the Iraqi government or any other group to support her activities. She said she did her charity activities on her own.
Qassem, 20, was born in the Kurdish oil rich city of Kirkuk. She was crowned Miss Iraq in January 2016 in Baghdad.
Rudaw: You became Miss Iraq nearly a year ago, what have you done so far?
Shaima Qassem: When I was crowned, I wanted to get involved in charity activities for refugees and children suffering from cancer. Every month, I provided necessities for children and food for the refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as well as chemotherapy for children suffering cancer at my own expense. I have also helped in elderly care houses.
Have the government, officials, or Iraqi companies assisted you?
No. I felt obliged to sell a house I owned in Kirkuk for $120,000 believing that I had responsibilities to hold. With this sum, I finished projects valued at $40,000. I sacrificed the house to people because before I was crowned I was a civil activist and knew how these people were living.
Did your family agree with you selling your house? How is your economic situation?
It is intermediate. However, my father agreed with me to sell the house to finish my projects since I became Miss Iraq due to the people.
You sold your own house and helped refugees and sick kids. Why was this not published in the media?
I have done these projects for the sake of God, not social media or people. I do not have to hurt people by making advertisements and making myself rich out of these projects.
If I did not do these projects, I would be able to purchase a house in Baghdad with the money I received from selling the Kirkuk house. Now, I pay rent in Baghdad. I fled Kirkuk due to threats and cannot return.
Has not the Iraqi government allotted a salary to you?
No, just the culture minister recognized me as Miss Iraq on an international level.
Have not you visited the Kurdistan Region to obtain help?
I only visited Sulaimani. A businessman allotted a sum for us in order to take part in the Miss Earth Pageant. Some companies pledged to help me, but they did not fulfill their promises.
Is there any plan to choose a new Miss Iraq?
Yes, it is supposed to take place in March of next year.
What would you ask of the next Miss Iraq?
I would like that a new winner will be chosen because the work is very difficult but I hope the troubles I went through she does not face. I call on the government to consider the next winner as she serves her country. I am ready to help her, too.
What do you think the next Miss Iraq should focus on the most?
Children, especially those infected with cancer.
Do you have plans to nominate yourself for Miss World?
I have already been accepted onto the Miss Earth Pageant competitions and I should go to the Philippines in December of 2017. But if I am not financially supported then I will not be able to make it. (***We think she meant to say "Miss Universe Pageant")
After you take off the crown, where are you going to stay?
I will stay in Baghdad since I am a presenter on Mada Channel.
Has being in the pageant created any problems for your current job?
I faced problems with the director of Miss Iraq as they tried to force me to disappear from the media, but I did not listen to them. I do not have contact with them now.
From what are you saying, it appears you regret becoming Miss Iraq.
Yes, because nobody helped me and I do not feel like I am the winner.
Do you study?
Yes, I am a student in the economics department at Isra College, which is a private college.
Do you work with Miss Kurdistan?
No.How are you doing with social media?
I am active on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and have some pages and accounts.
Source: Rudaw.net, 12/1/2016
Dimple Patel of India was crowned 2016 Miss Globe at the 25Expo City, Tirana, Albania on November 25th. Forty young women from around the world competed in the 43rd edition of the pageant. Patel is the first woman from her country to win the title. She was crowned by outgoing queen Ann Colis of the Philippines
Patel's court includes 1st runner-up Yenny Carrillo of Colombia and 2nd runner-up Kristiana Skurra of Albania. Completing the top 10 are the contestants from
South Africa, Kosovo, Philippines, Russia, Poland, Estonia, China and Thailand (Popular Vote). Miss Globe is produced by Deliart Association which is now based in Canada.
|Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach waves Philippine flag during her homecoming parade|
in January.Philstar.com / Efigenio Toledo IV, file
DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Philippines News Agency) —The Philippines' hosting of the next prestigious Miss Universe pageant on Jan. 30, 2017 will be aired live on all TV networks at around 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., a tourism official said.
Department of Tourism (DOT) Undersecretary for Media Affairs Kat De Castro made this confirmation in a press conference in Davao City on Saturday urging those interested in seeing the pageant in the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena to “come early.”
De Castro said that an inter-agency task force composed of the DOT, the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of Finance (DOF) was also formed to make sure the staging of the pageant runs smoothly.
She noted that the DOTr and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will make sure that traffic is kept at the minimum during the pageant.
“One of the orders of President (Rodrigo) Duterte is when we do the final show, people will not experience traffic because it’s happening on a Monday morning,” De Castro said.
The pageant’s ancillary events will, meanwhile, be held in other parts of the country including Davao, Bicol, Cebu and Vigan. There will also be photoshoots done in Baguio, Palawan, Siargao, Tacloban and Iloilo.
Last November 16, major partners signed an agreement to secure the hosting of the pageant in the Philippines.
DOT earlier said that the private sector would shoulder production costs of the pageant, estimated at $11-15 million.
The official host of the prestigious pageant will be the DOT and the group of former Ilocos Sur Gov. Luis Chavit Singson, LCS Holdings, while its partners include Okada Manila, Solar Entertainment Inc. and SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc.
The Philippines already hosted the Miss Universe pageant twice, in 1974 and 1994.
Source: Philstar.com, 11/20/2016
Kazuo Okada, (L) chairman of Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment Inc. and Shawn McClain, VP of Business Development and Marketing at the Miss Universe Organization, take part in the press launch of 65th annual Miss Universe competition to be held in the Philippines on January 30, 2017, during a news conference in Makati city, Metro Manila, Philippines November 16, 2016.
REUTERS/Erik De Castro
Officials and organizers of the Miss Universe 2016 competition confirmed on Wednesday the next pageant will be held in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, in January 2017.
Miss Universe Organization Vice President Shawn McClain signed contracts with Philippine sponsors led by former governor Chavit Singson who will invest $11 million into the event.
Singson said he was glad to see the Miss Universe pageant "back home."
McClain said the Miss Universe Organization wants to host the pageant in Manila again for its "energetic" and "engaged" fan base.
The live broadcast of the competition draws 500 million viewers worldwide, including many from the Philippines, according to McClain.
The Philippines was the first Asian country to host the annual competition in 1974 and again held the pageant in 1994.
|Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach|
(Reporting by Reuters TV in Manila; Editing by David Gregorio)
Source: Reuters, 11/16/2016
|Shawn McClain, VP of Business Development and Marketing of MUO (far right),|
toasts with the representatives of private sectors that will provide financial
backing for the hosting of the 65th edition of Miss Universe pageant.
Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide
***Side Note: I called the Miss Universe Organization early this afternoon to get clarification about the 65th edition of the pageant. I was transferred to the voicemail of MUO Public Relations Director, Jackie Shahinian, to whom I had previously sent two e-mails that remained unanswered (I also sent one to MUO President Paula Shugart). I left a voicemail message for Jackie to call me back. In my e-mails I had asked when MUO would send out a press release confirming the date and the venue of the next pageant. That was a week ago. I find it odd that MUO has not posted an official announcement, even though the current Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach has been telling the world via her social media that the 65th edition will indeed be held in the Philippines on January 30, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. Usually, I rely on MUO's official press release to confirm everything, and I was not about to make any travel arrangements to the Philippines without first verifying with MUO, especially when a rumor arose claiming that the pageant would be cancelled.
Anyway, I am so relieved to know that the venue and date have been officially announced at today's press conference at the Makati Shangri-La.
And since Paula Shugart has not responded to my e-mails, and that she has not been visible lately in the last few months, I would guess that she has either resigned or has been dismissed from her position and that Shawn McClain has now taken her place.
- Rafa Delfin, 11/16/2016
|Journalist, pageant judge and Miss USA 1994 Lu Parker allegedly stole a pair of $200 headphones while going through security at LAX. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)|
Former Miss USA pageant queen Lu Parker was busted for theft.
Parker — who won the contest in 1994 while representing South Carolina — was caught stealing a pricey pair of headphones at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, TMZ reported.
The 44-year-old, who also works as an L.A. news anchor, reportedly snatched a pair of $200 headphones — belonging to an LAPD detective — from the TSA screening area, according to the gossip site.
Police caught Parker on a security camera and pulled her off her flight before take-off.
Parker could face a charge of misdemeanor theft due to the cost of the gear, TMZ reports.
The former beauty queen has worked as a news anchor at local L.A. news station KTLA since 2005, famously dating the city's mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and news anchor Lu Parker. (MATT SAYLES/AP)
Parker has received two Emmys for her work as a television journalist. The 44-year-old has also played a journalist on TV in series like "Major Crimes," "Lie To Me," "Monk" and "Days of our Lives."
This is the first time Parker has found herself publicly in trouble with the law.
|Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and news anchor Lu Parker. (Matt Sayles/AP)|
SOURCE: NyDailyNews.com, 11/2/2016
Katherine Espín, a 23-year-old model, cosmetologist and law student from Ecuador was crowned Miss Earth 2016 Saturday night (Oct. 29) at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines. She was crowned by the outgoing queen Angelia Ong of the Philippines. Espín's victory marks Ecuador's second Miss Earth crown; Olga Alava won in 2011.
The other winners are:
Miss Earth Air 2016: Michelle Gomez of Colombia
Miss Earth Water 2016: Stephanie De Zorzi of Venezuela
Miss Earth Fire 2016: Bruna Zanardo of Brazil
Miss Earth Water 2016: Stephanie De Zorzi of Venezuela
Miss Earth Fire 2016: Bruna Zanardo of Brazil
Rounding up the top 8 were the delegates from Russia, USA, Sweden and Vietnam. Completing the top 16 were the delegates from Australia, England, Italy, Korea, Macau, Mexico, Northern Ireland and South Africa. The host candidate from the Philippines failed to make the cut.
Tatiana Ovcinicová of Moldova won the Best Eco-Beauty Video award while Charlotte Hitchman of Wales was awarded the Miss Best Eco Warrior title.
Espin said she joined the beauty contest to forward her advocacy of instilling in young students the importance of taking care of the environment.
"I chose this because I believe that the best age to teach a person to have environmental conscience is at an early age because on their growing years they will learn to have respect towards the environment which will help to the future generations," she explained.
Eighty-three contestants from all over the world competed in the 16th edition of the pageant. Three countries debuted this year: Iraq, Palestine and Kyrgyzstan.
Kylie Versoza, a 24-year-old pre-school teacher from the Philippines, was crowned Miss International 2016 at Thursday’s coronation at the Tokyo Dome. Her court includes 1st runner-up Miss Australia Alexandra Britton, 2nd runner-up Miss Indonesia Felicia Hwang, 3rd runner-up Miss Nicaragua Brianny Chamorro, and 4th runner-up Miss USA Kaityrana Leinbach.
Rounding up the top 15 semifinalists were the delegates from Finland, Japan, Mexico, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Canada, Argentina, Russia, Thailand and Poland.
In a speech after the announcement of the top 15 finalists, Verzosa spoke about her commitment to diversity and tolerance. "If I become Miss International 2016, I will devote myself to cultural understanding and international understanding because I believe that it is in developing in each of us sensitivity to other cultures that we expand our horizons, tolerate difference and appreciate diversity," she said.
Ariska Putri Pertiwi, a 21-year-old medical student from Indonesia, was crowned Miss Grand International 2016 at the Westgate International Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday night, October 25th. Seventy-two contestants competed in the fourth edition of the pageant which was held outside Thailand (its home base) for the first time. Pertiwi's victory marks Indonesia's first ever international beauty pageant title. She was crowned by the outgoing queen Claire Parker from Australia.
The first runner-up is Nicole Cordoves, 24, a professional speech writer from the Philippines. The second runner-up is Supaporn Malisorn, 22, a business administration student from Thailand. The 3rd runner-up is Madison Anderson, 20, a fashion design student representing Puerto Rico but living in New York City. And the 4th runner-up is Michelle Leon, a 19-year-old community college student from New York.
Completing the top ten were Selvinique Wright of the Bahamas, Hio Man Chan of Macau, Priscila Howard of Peru, Veronika Mykhailyshyn of the Ukraine, and Yeseul Cho of Korea who automatically advanced after winning the Popular Vote.
The remaining top 20 candidates included: Dani Fitch of Australia, Merys Navarro of Cuba, Dianne O. Brown of Jamaica, Ranmeet Jassal of Malaysia, Paulina Flores Cantú of Mexico, Ana Bomfim of Portugal, Adriana Sanchez Rivas of Spain, Debora Medina of Venezuela, Nguyen Thi Loan of Vietnam, and Rachael Tate of Wales.
Special awards were given to the Bahamas (Best in Swimsuit), England's Cherelle Rose Patterson (Best in Evening Gown), Jamaica (Best in Social Media), and Indonesia (Best National Costume). Some of the early favorites like Brazil, Russia and Colombia were shut out, much to the dismay of their fans. Eight countries debuted this year: Aruba, Bahamas, Iraq, Jamaica, Lithuania, Rwanda, Turkey and Uruguay.
The show was hosted by actor Brian White from the hit drama series, "Scandal" and was broadcast live via Channel 7 and DirecTV. Former titleholders Janelee Chaparro and Lees Garcia assisted in the coronation of the winner who receives a brand newly designed crown. The judging panel included MGI owner Nawat Itsaragrisil, MGI Vice-President Teresa Chaivisut, MGI 2013 titleholder Janelee Chaparro and three local personalities.
The most interesting part of the evening turned out to be the Final Question segment during which each of the top five finalist was tasked to choose between U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for help in stopping war and violence, which is the main platform of Miss Grand International. Three of the finalists - Puerto Rico, Thailand and Indonesia - opted for Clinton and they all received thunderous applause. The other two - USA and Philippines - chose Trump. Miss USA was heavily booed (presumably by the Latino fans in the crowd). Here's her response:
"Good evening everyone. Believe it or not, I would choose Donald Trump. Why? Because the same way that we are all here is to change the minds of people, to share our passion to stop the war and violence is the same way I will share my passion with him. And the same power that he has to stand up for what he believes in is how I will have him stand up to stop the war and violence and change the lives of people together. Thank you."Miss Philippines got heckled despite her witty yet non-polarizing answer:
"Okay, you have to promise me that you would react after my first sentence. I would choose Donald Trump to stop the war and violence with me because if we choose him to switch to our side there won't be war and violence anymore. So, I will also make sure that he will read my speeches to stop the war and violence because imagine someone who would bring so much madness and so much emotion from these people. What if we use his voice to actually do good for the world? What if we use that to our advantage? That's why let's keep the peace and let Donald Trump switch to our side to stop the war and violence."How ironic that the pageant, whose platform is to "Stop The War And Violence," has managed to provoke the audience's anger and discord by asking such a polarizing question.
Moments before the announcement of the winner, Vietnam was announced as the host country for the 2017 pageant.
I covered the pageant for Critical Beauty and I must say that I am very impressed with the good quality of the show. The pageant itself unabashedly takes its inspiration from Miss Universe, with its fast-paced production, engaging camera angles, and upbeat music. Even the energy in the theater is not dissimilar to Miss Universe which attracts boisterous, colorful and passionate pageant fans. And like Miss Universe, Miss Grand International seems to relish in controversy. A few days before the finals, Miss Iceland Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir withdrew from the pageant after she was allegedly told to lose weight. Her story was picked up by many media outlets which made her an instant celebrity and she is now being hailed a hero on social media by supporters around the world. The original 2015 winner, Anea Garcia of the Dominican Republic, was dethroned (though she claims she resigned) for being too difficult and not fulfilling her duties as a titleholder. She was replaced by her first runner-up, Claire Parker of Australia.
Minor low points: Westgate International Theater, despite its state-of-the-art HD video screens and good acoustics, only sits 1,600 people. Members of the press were only allowed to station themselves in the left section facing the stage, which sometimes prevented us from taking decent images of the show, not to mention the big flags waved by fans that obstructed our view. Overall, it was a good show. And the unexpected controversial final question only added to the thrill and excitement. Why isn't that grand?
By Rafa Delfin
PHOTO CREDIT: MISS GRAND INTERNATIONAL