11.12.2019

Thailand Wins Miss International 2019



 Screenshot from YouTube/Miss International


Sireethorn Leearamwat of Thailand, a 25-year-old pharmacist, was crowned the new Miss International 2019 at Tokyo Dome in Japan, on Tuesday, November 12. Leearamwat's victory marks her country's first ever Miss International title.  She succeeded Mariem Velazco of Venezuela. Eighty-three countries were represented in this year's pageant which was streamed live via Facebook and YouTube starting at 4:00 P.M., Tokyo time.
CREDIT: MISS INTERNATIONAL FACEBOOK

Her court includes (in the above photo from left to right) 3rd runner-up Alejandra Vengoechea of Colombia, 1st runner-up Andrea Toscano of Mexico, 2nd runner-up Evelyn Namatovu Karonde of Uganda, and 4th runner-up Harriotte Lane of United Kingdom.

Rounding up the top 8 were Bea Patricia Magtanong of the Philippines, Nguyễn Tường San of Vietnam,  and Jolene Marie Rotinsulu of Indonesia. Completing the top 15 were Melissa Jiménez of Venezuela, Pawani Vithanage of Sri Lanka, Ivana Carolina Irizarry of Puerto Rico, Elize Joanne de Hong of the Netherlands, Kaye Cheung of Hong Kong, Jutta Kyllönen of Finland, and Maria Perviy  of Belarus.



11.08.2019

Philippines Wins Miss Tourism International 2019



Cyrille Payumo from the Philippines was crowned Miss Tourism International 2019 on November 8 at the Grand Ballroom of Sunway Resorts Hotel & Spa in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Payumo's victory marks her country's fifth Miss Tourism International crown (2000, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2019). She was crowned by outgoing queen, Astari Verdideani from Indonesia. Payumo also won the Best National Costume Award.


Aside from Payumo, the other finalists that won their respective titles include:

Miss Tourism Dream Girl of the Year International 2019:
 Chan Sotima, Miss Tourism International Cambodia 2019

Miss Tourism Cosmopolitan International 2019:
 Joanna Babynko, Miss Tourism International Poland 2019

Miss Tourism Global 2019:
 Kateryna Kachashvili, Miss Tourism International Ukraine 2019

Miss Tourism Queen of the Year 2019:
 Gabriela Patricia Mandolang, Miss Tourism International Indonesia 2019

Special Award - Miss South East Asian Tourism Ambassador 2019:
 Chompoonut Phungphon, Miss Tourism International Thailand 2019

Source: Miss Tourism International

Iranian Beauty Queen Granted Refugee Status In The Philippines




Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 8)— The Philippines has granted refugee status to Iranian beauty queen Bahareh Zare Bahari, who was seeking asylum in the country after being detained at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for about three weeks now.
The Justice Department, in a document dated November 6 and released Friday, granted Bahari the status under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol.
Bahari, the Iranian representative in the Miss Intercontinental 2018 pageant held in Manila, has been in the custody of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) due to assault and battery charges in her home country.
The BI initially barred the pageant contestant from entering the Philippines when she arrived from Dubai in October due to an Interpol red notice issued against her related to her case.
According to the United Nations, a refugee is a person “who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.”
The Justice Department said it will recommend to the Foreign Affairs Department the issuance of a travel document should Bahari need one.
Source: CNN Philippines, 11/8/2019 
Bahari (farthest right) represented Iran during the Miss Intercontinental 2019 pageant held in Manila, Philippines last January 27, 2019. Photo credit: Playa Calatagan

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11.02.2019

Atlanta To Host Miss Universe 2019 Pageant


Tyler Perry
AP

Tyler Perry’s new Atlanta studio will be home to the 2019 Miss Universe competition. The three-hour-event, hosted by Steve Harvey for the fifth consecutive year, will air live from Tyler Perry Studios on Sunday, December 8 at 7 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Fox. Additionally, the event again will be simulcast live in Spanish exclusively on Telemundo.
“The Miss Universe telecast is distributed to more than 170 countries,” said Paula M. Shugart, president of The Miss Universe Organization. “We have always been proud to give a global platform to diverse, ambitious and strong young women – our leaders of tomorrow.”
Women representing more than 90 countries will compete in multiple categories, including personal statement, swimsuit, evening gown and interview, culminating with the reigning Miss Universe, Catriona Gray from the Philippines, crowning her successor.
Perry opened his 330-acre 12-stage facility on the former Fort McPherson Army Base earlier this month. The writer, producer, director and actor recently premiered his two newest series Sistas and The Oval on BET, the first projects stemming from his mega film and TV deal with Viacom he inked back in 2017. Perry writes, directs and executive produces both series, with Tyler Perry Studios’ Michelle Sneed serving as EP on both.
Source: Deadline.com, 11/1/2019

11.01.2019

10.27.2019

10.26.2019

Puerto Rico Wins Miss Earth 2019

Left To Right: Miss Earth Fire, Miss Earth 2019, Miss Earth Air, and Miss Earth Water


Nellys Pimentel, 21, of San Juan, Puerto Rico was crowned Miss Earth 2019 on October 25 at Cove Manila at Okada Manila, Parañaque City, Philippines. She is the first Puerto Rican woman to win the title since the pageant began in 2001. Pimentel's court includes Miss Earth Air Emanii Davis of USA, Miss Earth Water Klara Vavruskova of Czech Republic, and Miss Earth Fire Alisa Manenok of Belarus. A few days ago, Pimentel had been crowned "Miss Earth Flora 2019" in Naga City.

Rounding up the top 10 were the contestants from Chile, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland and Russia. Completing the top 20 were the delegates from Colombia, England, Ghana, Guam, Guyana, Japan, Philippines, Portugal, Spain and Thailand.

Over 80 contestants competed in the 2019 edition which was hosted by James Deakin and carried by five television networks. Entertainment was provided by Barbados-born artist, Shontelle. Pimentel was crowed by outgoing queen, Nguyen Phuong Khanh of Vietnam. 





Venezuela Wins Miss Grand International 2019




Hometown girl Valentina Figuera, 19, of Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela was crowned Miss Grand International 2019 at the Poliedro de Caracas on October 25. Her victory marks the first time that her country has won the title since the pageant began in 2013. Figuera was crowned by her predecessor, Clara Sosa of Paraguay who co-hosted the show. Famous Venezuelan jewelry designer George Wittels, who was one of the judges, designed the new crown which is to be used until 2021.

Her court includes 1st runner-up Maria Malo of Mexico, 2nd runner-up Coco Arayha Suparurk of Thailand, 3rd runner-up Carmen Drayton of Panama, and 4th runner-up Marjorie Marcelle of Brazil. Completing the top 10 were the delegates from Ecuador, Australia, Peru, Puerto Rico and Vietnam.

Rounding up the top 20 were the contestants from Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain, Guatemala, Ireland, Japan, Paraguay, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic and South Africa. 

Special awards went to Ecuador (Best National Costume), Panama (Best in Swimsuit), Peru (Best in Evening Gown), and Vietnam (Miss Popular Vote) which automatically catapulted her to the top 10. 

Minutes before the show ended, the co-hosts announced that Venezuela will host the 2020 edition of the pageant, much to the excitement of the audience. As the new titleholder, Figuera now has the grand task of realizing the pageant's purpose - "stop the war and violence." 

Valentina Figuera

10.24.2019

First Miss Universe Bangladesh Crowned



Shirin Akter Shela has been crowned Miss Universe Bangladesh at the grand finale of the first-ever competition in the country, at International Convention City Bashundhara in Dhaka.
The winner was crowned by Bollywood actor Sushmita Sen, who herself won the title of Miss Universe in 1994.
Alisha Islam was announced as the first runner up of the competition and the second runner up title went to Jessia Islam. The other contestants in the top ten were Tamanna Ishrat Sohani, Maria Mumu, Sanowar Tayefa, Afla Arman, Irana Ishrat, Smriti Akter, and Toshiba Anita Islam.
The winner Shela will represent Bangladesh in the main event of 68th Miss Universe competition, to be held in United States this December. This will be the first time Bangladesh will participate in the main event of the competition.
Judges of this grand event were Bollywood actor Sushmita Sen,  who won the main event of 1994 Miss Universe competition, singer Tahsan Khan, Persona’s Managing Director Kaniz Almas, President of Bangladesh Heritage Craft Tootli Rahman, Founder of Pulse Health Care Rubaba Dowla, Managing Director of Green Delta Insurance Farzanah Chowdhury, Managing Director of Flora Bank Rafiul Islam, commentator and former cricketer Athar Ali Khan,  Former Miss Ventura County California & Johnson County USA Star Faruque, and Dr Zareen Delawar Hussain.
Earlier on October 15, the crown of Miss Universe Bangladesh was unveiled in a gala event held in Amisheé Fine Jewelry store in Gulshan of Dhaka.
The registration of contestants began in the end of July. The first round of audition started with over 12,000 registrations. Then the elimination process started and after three months of boot camp a winner was finally chosen.    
The franchise owner for Miss Universe,is a consortium between Riz Events, Off Track and Trilogy. Rizwan Bin Farouq is the chairman of Miss Universe Bangladesh and Sohel A Chaklader Duke, Shafik Islam and Mithun Zaman are directors of the company. 
Source: Dhaka Tribune, 10/24/2019





10.22.2019

Miss Universe Kenya 2019




Stacy Michuki, 18, was crowned Miss Universe Kenya 2019 on October 20 at the Panari Hotel in Nairobi. She will represent Kenya in Miss Universe 2019 pageant on December 8 in the United States, although the venue has not been confirmed

Michuki is the granddaughter of the late Kenyan politician and businessman, 



Photo credit: Miss Universe Kenya Facebook