7.30.2015

Miss Universe Spain 2015



Carla García Barber, 25, from the Canary Islands was crowned Miss Universe Spain 2015 in Marbella during the Festival Starlite de la Costa del Sol. She will now represent Spain in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed. Garcia succeeds Desiré Cordero who made the top 10 in Miss Universe 2014 pageant in Doral, Florida.









7.28.2015

CB Exclusive: Miss Denmark 1963 Aino Korva







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     AT AGE TWENTY, I thought I had my life pretty well-established.  I had completed my education as a bilingual executive secretary and was working for a reputable pharmaceutical company in Copenhagen. 

     It was by pure coincidence that I became a candidate for the Miss Denmark title as someone else submitted my photo for the contest, which was sponsored by a popular weekly women’s magazine. 

     My life, as I thought it was going to be, began to change the day I entered the competition. To my own surprise I was chosen to represent my country as Miss Denmark 1963.  In order to fulfill my responsibilities of my new title, I took a one-year absence from my job, as I realized I was expected to participate in several additional contests on an international level.  Included was the most prestigious of all of them, the Miss Universe Pageant in America. 

     The adventure brought  exciting new dimensions to my down-to-earth life.  Being chosen as a representative of my country brought a great feeling of honor to my heart.  I was now an ambassador of Denmark.  I was on a journey to do my very best to maintain the goodwill of my native land and it became evident to me that this contained far more than a beauty title.  During my year of reign I visited 11 countries on 4 different continents.  Some of the pageants included visits to other countries and everywhere we were met with  overwhelming  hospitality.



     IN LITTLE TOWNS as well as big cities we were welcomed by mayors and dignitaries at elaborate parties.  We stayed in the finest hotels and were chauffeured in limousines.  We saw all the sights and points of interest in the days prior to the rehearsals for the pageant and it was time for work.  I shall never forget the view of New York city from the top of the Empire State building (I had never seen a skyscraper before),   standing in the Coliseum in Rome,  visiting the ancient temples and ruins of Baalbek and Byblos in Lebanon,  riding a camel at the Giza Pyramids in Egypt,  taking the water taxi between Hong Kong and Kowloon,  and touring the alligator-filled Everglades of Florida.  We were showered with souvenirs and gifts of all kinds as well as cash prizes for the 5 finalists.

      A summary of the beauty pageants that followed were:

-          Miss Scandinavia 1964 in Helsinki, Finland. (1st runner-up place, Miss Press)
-          Miss Europe 1963 in Beirut, Lebanon.  (2nd runner-up)
-          Miss World 1963 in London England.  (3rd runner-up)
-          Miss Universe 1963 in Miami Beach, Florida, USA.  (1st runner-up)

     The many travels and the international exposure the pageants provided gave me a sense of what life was like in the faster lane  -  and I liked it.  This sparked an ambition in me to somehow make this lane continue beyond my year as Miss Denmark.  It turned out to be easier than I ever imagined. 


OUTGOING MISS UNIVERSE 1962 NORMA NOLAN POSES WITH THE 15 SEMIFINALISTS MOMENTS
BEFORE THE CROWNING OF HER SUCCESSOR, IEDA MARIA VARGAS OF BRAZIL (TO HER LEFT).  

     I never made it back to my safe plan.  Returning to my steady job did not happen.  Once at home in Gladsaxe again the phone was ringing off the wall with offers to appear in commercials (which were shown only in cinemas in those days), modeling in advertisements, fashion shows and a few appearances in Danish movies.  I owe a lot to the Guldbrandsen photography family for teaching me the techniques of studio shoots and for including me in their steady staff of models.  One very busy year later I felt myself established as a professional model and it was time for my next adventure.

     I HAD FALLEN IN LOVE with America and the friendly and warm American people.  I wanted to live and work there, so I packed my bags and moved to sunny Los Angeles, California.  I made an appointment for an interview with the top Nina Blanchard modeling agency and she signed me up on the spot.  This was the beginning of a long prosperous and very successful modeling career working in TV commercials, fashion and print jobs. One of the many highlights of my career in the U.S. was living in New York City working for Eileen Ford, the world’s top modeling agency.  I held her in high esteem for her work ethics and setting a high bar for the modeling profession. 



     Thirteen years later it was time for a change and I made another drastic geographical move to a Greek island to raise a family and run a restaurant business.  I lived on the island for twenty years before I returned to my beloved America, where I entered a new career as a corporate flight attendant serving executives of a global company in addition to flying professional sports teams, The White House Press Core and the FBI SWAT team.

     Now, that I am a lady of a certain age, I have settled in the beautiful Blue Grass state of Kentucky enjoying life in the slower lane, having time for my hobbies, such as photography, china painting and gardening. (Although I did pick up some senior modeling assignments and a few TV commercials). 

     Looking back at my international life, I learned to take chances and become fearless of change. With great fun and high aspirations I have hopped continents with car, furniture, pots and pans as others take the bus!

…… and all of this due to being Miss Denmark 1963.

AINO KORVA WILLIAMS



Photos courtesy of various websites.

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A VIDEO RETROSPECTIVE ON AINO'S PAGEANT & MODELING CAREER


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WATCH THE COMPLETE BROADCAST OF MISS UNIVERSE 1963


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7.26.2015

Miss Earth United States 2015



Brittany Ann Payne, representing California, was crowned Miss Earth United States 2015 a the Radisson Hotel in Ontario, California on July 26. She was crowned by the 2014 titleholder Andrea Neu (Miss Earth Air 2014). Payne will now represent the U.S.A. in 2015 Miss Earth pageant to be held in Vienna, Austria on December 5th. Payne is a pageant veteran. She was 2nd runner-up in 2015 Miss California USA, 1st runner-up in Miss California United States 2013, 2nd runner-up in Ms. Racing Queen 2014 and also represented Bakersfield, California in 2013 Miss Hooters International. 




Miss World Fiji 2015




The new Miss World Fiji 2015 is Brittany Hazelman, 24, who was crowned July 26 at the Pearl South Pacific Resort in Pacific Harbour. Her runners-up are Varea Romanu and Anshuka Kumar.  Hazelman will now compete in Miss World 2015 to be held in Sanya, China on December 5th. 



 
 

Miss Earth Reunion 2015



Jade Soune Seyne (center) was crowned Miss Earth Reunion 2015 on July 25 at Téat de Champ Fleuri in Saint-Denis. Her court includes Prescilia Pierret (Miss Air Réunion), Coralie Blanco (Miss Water Réunion) et Océane Cesar (Miss Fire Réunion). Seyne will now compete in 2015 Miss Earth pageant to be held in Vienna, Austria on December 5th. The current Miss Earth Jaime Herrell assisted in the coronation.



Source: Zinfos974.com

7.23.2015

Review of the Miss USA 2015 Telecast



CREDIT: MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION


     FOR THE SECOND YEAR in a row, Baton Rouge, the capital city of Louisiana, hosted the Miss USA 2015 pageant. Miss Oklahoma USA Olivia Jordan, 26, a stunning 5'11" blonde from Tulsa was crowned as the 64th Miss USA during a festive gala on July 12, making her the first woman from her state to win the coveted crown. Jordan will now represent the United States in the next edition of Miss Universe pageant whose date and venue are yet to be confirmed. Jordan is a pageant veteran; she had previously represented the country in Miss World 2013 pageant in Bali, Indonesia where she placed in the top 20. She had also competed in Miss California USA 2013 where she placed first runner-up. 

     The lucky contestants who made made the Top 15 list were:



1. Miss Texas USA Ylianna Guerra  
2. Miss Maryland USA Mamé Adjei
3. Miss Arizona USA Maureen Montagne
4. Miss Michigan USA Rashontae Wawrzyniak
5. Miss Virginia USA Laura Puleo
6. Miss Rhode Island USA Anea Garcia
7. Miss Kentucky USA Katie George
8. Miss Hawaii USA Emma Wo
9. Miss New York USA Thatiana Diaz
10. Miss Illinois USA Renee Wronecki
11. Miss Nevada USA Brittany McGowan
12. Miss Oklahoma USA Olivia Jordan
13. Miss Delaware USA Renee Bull
14. Miss Louisiana USA Candice Bennatt
15. Miss Alabama USA Madison Guthrie

     After competing in the swimsuit segment, five were eliminated: Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, New York and Virginia. However, Kentucky passed to the next round thanks to an interactive audience voting to save one contestant. The eleven remaining contestants then competed in the evening gown segment to demonstrate their grace, poise and sense of style. These were my favorite gowns of the evening because they embody real sophistication (Hawaii, Delaware), sensual elegance (Nevada, Alabama), and bold glamour (Michigan, Maryland).


TOP ROW (L - R): HAWAII, MICHIGAN, NEVADA. BOTTOM ROW (L-R): MARYLAND, ALABAMA, DELAWARE
     Then the group was dwindled down to the top five: Nevada, Maryland, Rhode Island, Texas and Oklahoma. 



     The question portion of the competition consisted of two parts. First, each of the five finalist had to pick a plaque containing the name of a particular judge who asked them a unique question. Every year when I watch Miss USA, I always look forward to this segment because it is the most crucial part of the competition: a girl's answer could either make her or break her. All five questions revolved around current social and political issues. Here's how the finalists responded to their respective questions:


Miss Oklahoma USA Olivia Jordan
Q: "The Confederate flag, excessive force by police and same-sex marriage are all recent, hot-button issues in our country. What do you think will be the next that we need to tackle on a national level?" (asked by Brook Lee, Miss Universe 1997)

A: "I think we still need to talk about race relations in this country. We have not solved this issue. We are still having problems and we keep hearing about new issues that are coming up. We really need to work on being an accepting society and being a society where every single person, no matter your race, no matter your gender, is given the same rights and privileges and opportunities." (Not only was Olivia's delivery smooth and persuasive, but the substance of her answer was on point.)

Miss Texas USA Ylianna Guerra
Q: "Last year, CEOs in the United States made around 300 times as much as the average worker salary. Should the government impose boundaries on salaries of executives?" (asked by Michelle McLean-Bailey, Miss Universe 1992)

A: "That's a very good question. You know, I think that if you work hard enough, you can attain anything. This is the land of opportunity and CEOs -- I believe that they work hard enough for their money, so I believe that they should be able to attain whatever it is they are working for." (Ylianna has one of the most beautiful faces in the pageant and I think she should have won the Miss Photogenic award. Her response was a little shaky in the beginning, but she managed to hold her ground.)

Miss Rhode Island USA Anea Garcia
Q: "Recently, comedian Jerry Seinfeld spoke out against political correctness in our culture. Do you think political correctness is hurting or helping this country and why?" (asked by Tara Conner, Miss USA 2006)

A: "That's a very good question. I think it'a balance of both. Definitely, we need  -- I'm sorry, please repeat the question." (Judge repeated the question.) "I think that it's a balance of both. We need the people to remind us, especially politicians, to remind us what to do right and when to do wrong." [the buzzer rings to indicate that time is up]  (Anea's response will go down in pageant history as one of the worst answers. There's no doubt that she did not understand what "political correctness" means, and her awkward answer was only compounded by her awkward walk in that poorly hemmed gown.)

Miss Maryland USA Mame Adjei
Q: "The United States has agreed to formally reopen its embassy in Cuba. Do you think this change will be a positive one for both countries?" (asked by Nana Meriweather, Miss USA 2012)

A: "I think that it will be a positive trade. I think that it is an awesome thing to open our doors to all countries, all nations and to mend our relations with everyone. We should not be holding on to old grudges. We should be moving forward and accepting each other and loving one another and moving forward so that we can create better relations, better society, better govern -- govern our countries better that way." (Mamé nailed the question, but she stammered a little and she used some words more than once, which to me reflects limited vocabulary.)

Miss Nevada USA Brittany McGowan
Q: "What would you do to improve race relations in the U.S.? Please be specific." (asked by Crystle Stewart, Miss USA 2008)

A: "What I would do to improve race relations in the U.S. is get the more races grouped together and be able to be with each other in a -- in a non -- I think what we need to do is bring -- we need to be more accepting of each other and we need to bring people together, and that's what we need to do. Thank you so much."  (Ouch! Brittany's answer, though not as bad as Anea's, was just too painful to the ears. Oh, well... she looked radiant nevertheless and she was able to keep her composure.)


    Earlier during the week, Reelz had invited viewers to submit a final question with the hashtag #askMissUSA either on Facebook or Instagram. I submitted a question on my Instagram account, but as soon as co-host Todd Newton announced, "Here is your Facebook question," I immediately said to myself, "They lied about Instagram. Bastards! LOL!" Anyway, the final question picked from Facebook came from a viewer from South Carolina:
"In the year 2020, a woman will appear on the $10 bill. Which American woman would you like to see on the first printing of the bill and why?"

Oklahoma: "Well, I wish that Oprah was an eligible candidate because I would love to see Oprah on a bill. But there are some amazing women in American history. I think Harriet Tubman would be a beautiful example of where we have been, and how far we are coming and how far we still have to go. Thank you." (Again, Olivia's delivery was impeccable and persuasive. I am glad that she chose Harriet Tubman over Oprah, not because Oprah is less significant but because Harriet Tubman's name deserves historical perpetuity, considering that many of today's youth in America have never even heard of her.)

Texas: "That's a very good question. On the bills that we have right now, they are all of presidents, and so I think we should just wait until the upcoming election. We have both a Republican and Democratic candidate running for president and I think we should just wait and see."  (Huh? I was totally flummoxed by Ylianna's bizarre response. Either she knows little of American history, or she was seriously hoping that either Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Carly Fiorina would win the 2016 presidential election just so a woman would appear on the $10 bill in 2020. Bad answer.)

Rhode Island: "I think that it's long overdue that we haven't had a woman on our dollar bill. Having gone to an all girls' school, I've realized that there are so many powerful women that can really be an example, and the woman I would choose would have to be Catherine McAuley. She's the founder of the Sisters of Mercy, and she founded our school because she really wanted to show the world that women are really, can really be empowering to the rest of the world and be an example and an advocate as well as an inspiration."  (I don't think most viewers knew who Catherine McAuley was until Anea mentioned her name. Realistically speaking, a nun's face will never appear on paper currency because it would suggest that the government favors a particular religion, which would be against the First Amendment. Even though Anea's response this time was so much better than the first one, her choice was just not as popular as Harriet Tubman).

Maryland: "Honestly, I would like to see Oprah, I think she's a great role model. She's a person that has transcended so many adversities. She's an example of someone that's been so steadfast in following her dreams, never letting go and always holding herself accountable to reaching her goals. That is someone I hold in high esteem and that I look up to, and I want to be just like that woman because of what she's gone through and what she's surpassed. No matter what you go through, you can do whatever you want, and that to me is inspiring."  (Mamé's choice of Oprah was not surprising, considering that Oprah has indeed been a great role model for young women. But Oprah is still very much alive and we expect her to live beyond 2020, so in this regard she lacks historical significance.)

Nevada: "I would love to see Rosa Parks on the $10 bill. That would be fantastic. As an African American woman, I feel connected to her and I'm here because of her, and it would be fantastic. I think it would be amazing to have Rosa Parks on the $10 bill, and I'd like to say that race relationships should be helped. It starts at home, so I think if we just continue to -- we need to bring respectfulness from home, it will solve it." (Rosa Parks was a very good choice, but unfortunately, Brittany's delivery came out a bit choppy and unconvincing. Notice, too, that she tried unsuccessfully to transition this response to her first question about improving race relations.)

     Based on the delivery, poise and substance, I would rank Oklahoma as Miss USA 2015, followed by Maryland, Nevada, Rhode Island and Texas. It's odd because I didn't even have either Oklahoma or Texas on my Top 10 list, but they proved me wrong with their fine performance. This goes to show you that the judges saw more in these women on stage that we failed to see as mere spectators on our television screen.


     Compared to last year's which was virtually scandal-free (see my 2014 review), this year's pageant has been dragged into controversial politics after pageant owner Donald Trump, during his presidential announcement speech on June 13, criticized Mexico for sending criminals and rapists to the United States, in reference to the massive illegal immigration problem that has been plaguing the nation. Hispanic groups and their liberal allies quickly denounced Trump for his derogatory remarks regarding Mexicans and accused him of racism. This year would have been the first time for Univision to air Miss USA, but due to Trump's politically incorrect remarks the network cancelled its plan to air the pageant for the Spanish-speaking audience. The network also decided to boycott the next edition of Miss Universe. It snowballed from there as celebrities withdrew their support of the show. Colombian singer J. Balvin was the first entertainer to pull out. Puerto Rican actress-singer Roselyn Sánchez and Cristián de la Fuente of Chile were set to host the Univision broadcast of Miss USA, both announced on June 25th that they were pulling out of the pageant. When Univision announced it had pulled the plug on the pageants, NBC scrambled to distance itself from Trump, with whom it co-owns the Miss USA/Miss Universe pageants. Thomas Roberts and Cheryl Burke, who were supposed to co-host Miss USA for NBC, stepped down from their task. Jeannie Mai, who was last year's color commentator and backstage host, initially opted to stay in support of MUO and the delegates, but later changed her mind and pulled out as well. 

     With only two weeks to go before the finals, the pageant was left without a TV network, co-hosts, color commentator, and entertainers. Then a miracle happened. On July 2nd, Reelz, a relatively obscure and family-owned cable channel, announced that it has bought the rights to the pageant and that it would air the live show. The channel's CEO, Stan Hubbardsaid the decision to air the pageant "should not be construed as anything political" but as "an iconic television event" - a sentiment shared by many people especially by all 51 contestants. Pageant organizers quickly distanced themselves from the controversy and  moved forward for the July 12 event. "We're a little company that happens to have been caught between two behemoths," pageant president Paula Shugart told Entertainment Weekly. "The sash has been saved!" Miss Washington USA 2015 Kenzi Novell posted on Twitter after the distribution deal was announced. On its official website and Facebook page, Reelz proudly posted the graphic below:


     
     Overall, I enjoyed the show very much because it offered many memorable moments and refreshing changes, such as the absence of Jeannie Mai (thank God she pulled out!). In my last year's review, this is what I wrote about her: "Color commentator Jeannie Mai's comments absolutely brought nothing new or fresh that we avid pageant fans did not already know or expected. She's got to go, and should be replaced by someone who had actually competed in Miss USA and whose opinion truly matters to pageant followers." Well, what do you know? Jeannie did not return and someone who had competed before in Miss USA was hired as a co-host. And there are not enough words to describe Julie Alexandria's phenomenal stint as the new color commentator! I hope Julie becomes a permanent fixture! I love hearing her voice and she added a much needed class and elegance to the show.




  Kudos to Todd Newton and Alex Wehrley for preventing any dull moment from happening. Todd was a co-presenter at Miss Universe 2001 and Alex was Miss Wisconsin USA 2009. Together, they made a remarkable team!




     Pageant owner and real estate mogul Donald Trump had tweeted the day before that he would not be able to attend the show because he was campaigning in Phoenix, Arizona - even though he did not have any events scheduled that Sunday. But that's okay. No one missed him, except I who was counting on his presence just so he could further rebuke NBC and Univision for cancelling the broadcast of the pageant. But the Donald was wise enough to back off and to not take away the spotlight from the girls, though he kept himself busy by taking pot shots at his political rivals via Twitter. If he fails to win the Republican nomination, I'm sure he'll show up at the pageant next year - assuming that he remains as the co-owner. 



         The events leading to, during, and after the 2015 Miss USA pageant will certainly go down in history as some of the most indelible moments in pageantry. It was a moment of firsts. Oklahoma won its first Miss USA. Delaware made the semifinals for the first time. Two states tied for the Miss Congeniality award for the first time. In its 64-year history, it was the first time that the entire judging panel comprised of women, and it was also the first time that all the judges were former titleholders. And for the first time in the history of the pageant, the show was not broadcast by a major network but by a small, independent channel.






   



    
by Rafa Delfin, 7/24/2015


Photo credits: Miss Universe Organization

7.22.2015

Miss USA 2015: Olivia Jordan Says Nude Movie Scenes Are ‘OK’ For Miss Universe 2015



Miss USA 2015: Olivia Jordan Says Nude Movie Scenes Are 'OK' For Miss Universe 2015

Olivia Jordan says that everything is “OK” for Miss Oklahoma now that she has been crowned Miss USA 2015. While Jordan is all set to represent the United States for Miss Universe 2015, some beauty pageant fans question whether her nude movie scenes should disqualify her from competing based upon the standard contracts. But Jordan thinks that seeing Miss USA naked in a TV show is a “positive thing.”
In a related report by the Inquisitr, the new Miss USA 2015 has been featured in movies like Ted, Here Comes The Boom, Jobs, Sophie, Starving In Suburbia, 10.0 Earthquake, and Hot Tub Time Machine 2. According to pageantry fans, what the Miss Universe 2015 officials may consider questionable is Olivia Jordan’s nude scene in the TV series Murder In The First.
The reason for the controversy is that Jordan strips down to nothing but a green bra. During multiple scenes, she is completely naked from the chest down. The camera also lingers on her bare behind as she leans over.
When it comes to the Miss USA contract, you would presume this would be a problem since a requirement for becoming Miss USA 2015 asks all beauty queens whether they have “appeared, or agreed to appear, in any other television show or motion picture.” In addition, the contract stipulates that being “photographed in a state of partial or total nudity or in a lewd, compromising or sexually suggestive manner constitutes a violation of this provision.”

When Olivia Jordan spoke to the radio talk show hosts at 97 Rock, they asked why she is not in trouble already, so she provided an explanation for these nude scenes. “It was something that I shared with them before – I had to make sure that I cleared with them and it was still on brand with what they are doing. I’m an actress and that was an acting role for a television show. I have no regrets about my decision.”
In response, the radio show hosts said, “We have no regrets at all… seeing your heiny.”
“Well, good,” said Olivia to laughter. “It was a great acting opportunity and, you know, if you look at all the actresses who have come before me, nudity is sometimes necessary to tell a story.”
At this point, the radio show hosts brought up the case of Vanessa Williams, who lost her Miss America crown after nude photos were leaked. They suggested the lack of an outcry over Olivia Jordan’s nude video was a “step toward openness,” which Miss USA 2015 agreed to readily. “You know, I think we need to come into a time where we empower women and this was a choice I consciously made to take an acting role. I think that… I celebrate the female body and not everyone is going to support that or love that out of Miss USA but I think that’s a positive thing, I think we’re moving in a positive direction of acceptance. I think that we should accept people. Society is getting more understanding about what is real, what is real life. I think that acting is a reflection of what real life is.”

Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan (Getty Images)

At this point, it remains to be seen whether the Miss Universe 2015 organizers would agree, but based upon their prior history it seems very likely. Back in 2010, multiple Miss Universe contestants were part of an official photo shoot which featured body paint and topless photos. When Miss Universe was criticized for this decision, this is how the organization responded.

“The contestants who compete at Miss Universe are diverse as they represent more than 82 countries around the globe. Many of their cultures embrace nudity,” a rep said in a statement at the time, according to Fox News. “These photos are a form of artistic expression for each contestant and we respect their desire to pose topless, or not. We feel the images captured are fashionable and cutting edge!” Angie Meyer has worked with the Miss USA contestants and the organization for years, and she believes the trend toward open nudity is bad for the beauty pageant industry.

“It’s alarming that this has been turned into a playboy-esque masquerade,” Meyer said. “When you bring nudity into the equation, the pageant no longer becomes about the entire package of brains and beauty. Rather, the focus shifts to body image. The notion that ‘beauty’ embodies absolute physical perfection is a frightening slippery slope, and quite dangerous for young women around the world to adhere to.”

Do you think Olivia Jordan’s nude scenes push the boundary too far as Miss USA 2015?



Source: Inquisitr.com, July 22, 2015

7.19.2015

Miss Universe Thailand 2015


21-year-old Aniporn Chalermburanawong (center) as crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2015 at Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon in Bangkok on July 18. She will now compete in the next edition of Miss Universe pageant whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed.  


7.18.2015

Donald Trump looking to sell his stake in pageants


Donald Trump is ready to ditch the tiara.
The real-estate magnate is exploring a sale of his 49 percent stake in the Miss Universe Organization after NBC and Univision dumped the beauty pageant business over remarks he made about Mexican immigrants in announcing his run for president last month, The Post has learned.
Trump is mulling a sale after getting approached by several interested parties, said a source close to the situation. NBCUniversal co-owns Miss Universe, which also includes the Miss American and Miss Teen pageants.
NBC and Spanish-language broadcaster Univision refused to air the Miss USA pageant, as scheduled, on July 12. Niche cable network Reelz picked up the rights.
The pageant drew just 925,000 viewers on Reelz, down sharply from the 5.6 million viewers who watched the show on NBC in 2014, according to Nielsen data.
Trump has sued Univision in New York state court for $500 million over its decision to drop the pageant programming and plans to file a similar suit against NBC, a source said.
But the fallout could not have come at a worse time for Miss Universe
While Trump didn’t start the Miss USA pageant, he did come up with the idea of turning it into franchise business. Franchisees who buy the rights to hold state contests are busy preparing for pageant season that kicks off in the fall.
In New York, Debbie Miller and Cindy Provost are trying to sign up sponsors and contestants, who pay to participate. The Miss New York USA and Miss New York Teen USA contests are scheduled for Jan. 15 to 17 in West Harrison. Franchisees will have a harder time attracting interest if there is no hope for the local winner to get on broadcast television.
“There have been some [local] sponsors that showed concern,” actress Shanna Moakler, who also runs the Nevada Miss USA and Miss Teen pageants, told The Post.
The organization can rebound if Trump sells or finds new broadcast partners willing to replace NBC and Univision, she added.
“I’m hoping within the next couple of months they figure out what to do with the franchise,” Moakler said. “It’s really critical something takes place in the next couple of months.”
She said she makes a small amount of money from the pageant after accounting for the franchise fee she pays.
“Right now I think it would be best if we sold to another person because his comments were so polarizing,” said Moakler, who has a teenage daughter with Mexican-American boxer Oscar De La Hoya.
‘They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us,” Trump said during his presidential announcement speech. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.’ “
Moakler said she supported the organization over the past month because the contest is about the women and not its owners.
“I am not going to allow comments made in the political arena impact my girls.”

Source: The New York Post, July 17, 2015

7.16.2015

Reelz Channel Wants To Be New Home Of Miss Universe Pageant






After ratings for Sunday's Miss USA pageant were announced, Reelz Channel's CEO said the network would like to air the Miss Universe pageant.
Move over, NBC. The Reelz Channel is very interested in becoming the new home of the Miss Universe Organization's system of pageants. 
"Miss USA 2015 is Oklahoma!"
This comes after it aired the Miss USA pageant Sunday night, having acquired the telecast just 10 days before its air date once NBC decided not to air the pageant because of the controversial comments part-owner Donald Trump made about Mexican immigrants.
Not surprisingly, Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard is now saying the network would be interested in picking up the Miss Universe pageant if its telecast becomes available. 
While it'd be a good deal for Reelz, it could go either way for the pageant organization.
Sunday's three-hour Miss USA pageant saw some of the highest ratings Reelz has ever received: 925,000 viewers. Yep, slightly under 1 million. 
That's the second highest ratings Reelz has ever received, just behind its 2011 miniseries "The Kennedys," which starred Katie Holmes. 1.3 million people tuned in for the show's premiere. 
Reelz turned around and aired the pageant again directly after the first telecast Sunday — that second airing brought in just under 250,000 viewers according to Variety. 
And if you only counted viewers who watched at least six minutes of the three-hour-long production, then the New York Post says the Miss USA pageant brought in around 2.5 million viewers for Reelz. 
Whichever way you choose to look at the number of viewers, it's still a large nosedive from what the Miss USA pageant brought in last year on NBC.
5.6 million people tuned in to watch Nevada's Nia Sanchez get crowned Miss USA in 2014. 
Still, Forbes points out this year's numbers are as much as nine times what Reelz brings in on average on a Sunday evening. The network is only available in 70 million homes and its shows focus primarily on celebrity backstories. 
And if Reelz acquired the rights to the Miss Universe pageant sooner rather than later, it would have plenty of time to bring in some money from advertisers. 
Having acquired the rights to the Miss USA pageant just 10 days before its July 12 air date, Reelz mostly played promos for its other shows — like "Master P's Family Empire" — during the telecast. 
And Hubbard expressing interest in airing the Miss Universe pageant, which is usually in the beginning of the year, is a good thing for the pageant system. 
It means the organization has a network to fall back on if NBCUniversal, which is its other owner, decides to cut ties completely with the pageant system. So far, NBC only announced it wouldn't air Miss USA.
Source: M.Newsy.com, July 15, 2015

7.13.2015

Oklahoma wins its first Miss USA title



BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma was crowned Miss USA on Sunday, wearing a hot pink strapless dress as she deftly fielded the interview portion of the competition by saying the country needed to improve race relations to beat out 50 other contestants.
After weeks of controversy generated by pageant co-owner Donald Trump’s critical comments about Mexican immigrants, the pageant passed with no mention of the real estate mogul who was not in attendance.
Instead, the focus was on women like Jordan and others who’d worked hard to get to the stage.
The 26-year-old winner was followed by first runner-up Ylianna Guerra, 22, of Texas, and second runner-up Anea Garcia, 20, of Rhode Island. They were followed by 25-year-old Miss Nevada Brittany McGown as third runner-up and then Miss Maryland Mame Adjei, 23, rounding out the top five.
Jordan, who takes over from 2014 winner Nia Sanchez of Nevada, was a standout during the interview segment when each contestant was asked two questions and given 30 seconds to answer each. When asked what the next big issue is that the U.S. needs to tackle, she said it was race relations.
“We have not solved this issue,” Jordan said. “We really need to work on being an accepting society.”

During the second interview question about which woman should be put on the new $10 bill, she initially said she wished television star Oprah Winfrey was eligible before ending by suggesting Harriet Tubman, a former slave who led other escaped slaves to freedom.
Asked afterward by The Associated Press about the Trump controversy, Jordan responded: “We have freedom of speech in this country, and immigration is certainly an important issue.”
She added, “This organization is not one person. It’s definitely not just me. It’s a family. This organization celebrates diversity, and I think that was clear on the stage tonight, and I look forward to spreading a message of love and diversity and acceptance.”
The annual contest, generally known for its dazzling dresses and sexy swimsuits, was this year under an uncomfortable spotlight due to comments made by Trump, the pageant’s co-owner.
Trump slammed Mexican immigrants during his announcement that he was running for president. That led to widespread fallout against his business dealings, including the pageant.
Broadcasters, including NBC and Univision, dropped the pageant and a slew of celebrities lined up to perform, judge and host dropped out just as the pageant was kicking into high gear in Baton Rouge.
Pageant organizers rushed to fill the gap so the show could go on. Satellite and cable channel Reelz television stepped in to air the show, while assuring people that Trump would not benefit financially. It was also streamed live on the pageant’s website. And former Miss USA and Miss Universe winners were recruited as judges.
The pageant featured an evening wear and swimsuit competition as well as the question and answer session. The preliminary contest was held earlier this week and then the number of women remaining was progressively narrowed during the course of Sunday evening’s telecast.
Jordan, of Tulsa, Oklahoma attended Boston University, where she earned a B.S. in Health Science and was a group fitness instructor and a personal trainer. She has appeared in several national and international commercials and feature films, most recently, Hot Tub Time Machine 2.

Source: The Washington Times, July 13, 2015