Miss Universe Great Britain 2017

 Anna Burdzy, 25, was crowned Miss Universe Great Britain 2017 on July 15 at the Riverfront in Newport, Wales. It was Burdzy's third attempt for the title (she was first runner-up in 2014). Her court includes first runner-up Saffron Jade Corcoran and second runner-up was Vicky Turner. Completing the top 5 were Samantha Hancock and Maria Wilkes. Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011, was one of the judges. Burdzy will now compete in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have not been confirmed. 



Miss & Mr. England 2017

Stephanie Hill, competing for the fourth time, has been finally crowned Miss England 2017 in Birmingham on July 14. She will now compete in the Miss World finals in Sanya, China in November. The first runner-up is Rachel Pitman while the second runner-up is Olivia Green. Hill was crowned by her predecessor, Elizabeth Grant

Photo credits: David Freeman


In a separate event held at Resorts World Birmingham, Jack Eyers of Dorset has been chosen as Mr. England 2017. Jack Heslewood and Zac Oldershaw placed second and third respectively. Eyers makes history by being the first amputee to have won a national title. He will now represent England in the next edition of Mr. World whose date and venue have not been confirmed.

Photo credits: Mr. England Organization

Miss World Australia 2017

Esma Voloder, a 25-year-old model and college graduate from Melbourne, was crowned Miss World Australia 2017 on July 14 at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne.  The first runner-up is Amy-Lee Dixon of Western Australia and the second runner-up is  La'Ace De Vries of Queensland. Voloder will now represent Australia in Miss World 2017 pageant to be held in Sanya, China in November.

Voloder, who was born in Austria and of Bosnian descent, was last year's first runner-up at the national pageant. She had also competed in Miss Supranational  where she placed in the top ten.


New Austrian Queens For 2017

 On July 6, Austria crowned three new queens for 2017. Celine Schrenk, 19, (center) was crowned Miss Austria 2017 and will represent her country in the next edition of Miss Universe pageant whose date and venue have not yet been announced. 

The first runner-up, Sarag Chvala, 22, (left) was crowned Miss World Austria
2017 and will compete in Miss World 2017 finals to be held in November in Sanya, China.

Bianca Kronsteiner, 19, (right) was crowned Miss Earth Austria 2017 and will represent her country in Miss Earth 2017 finals in the Philippines on November 4.

New Salvadoran Queens For 2017 & 2018

On July 7 during the finals of Reinado de El Salvador 2017 pageant, four new queens were crowned to represent their country in various international pageants for 2017.  

Allison Abarca, 21, was crowned Miss Universe El Salvador 2017 and will compete in the next edition of the Miss Universe pageant whose date and venue are still to be confirmed.

Metzi Solano, 26, was crowned Miss International El Salvador 2017 and will compete in Miss International 2018 pageant in Japan in November 2018; however, the pageant's age limit is 25 and Solano will be 27 when she competes next year - which may impede her from competing altogether, according to the admin of the Facebook page, Bellezas de El Salvador.

Katya Lobos, 26, was crowned the Miss Supranational El Salvador 2017 title and will compete in Miss Supranational 2018 to be held in Poland in December. Like Solano, Lobos may not be able to compete as the maximum age for Miss Supranational is 27.

Meanwhile Gabriela Orellana, the first runner-up, will compete in Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 in Bolivia. Esmeralda Lopez finished second runner-up.

Allison Abarca


New Aruban Queens For 2017

During a private ceremony on July 4, 2017 attended by family, friends and the franchise owner, 26-year-old Alina Mansur (above) has been appointed as Miss Universe Aruba 2017 and will now represent her island nation at Miss Universe 2017 pageant whose date and venue are yet to be confirmed.  At the same event, Anouk Eman was appointed as Miss World Aruba 2017 and will compete at Miss World 2017 to take place in Sanya, China in December.  

Thanks to Karl Genser for this information.

Alina Mansur

 Anouk Eman

 L-R: Alina Mansur , Miss Universe Aruba 2016 Charlene Leslie, and Anouk Eman 

 Photo credits: Facebook


Miss World India 2017

 Manushi Chhillar from Haryana was crowned Femina Miss India 2017 on June 25 in Yash Raj Studios, Mumbai.  She will now represent India at Miss World 2017 pageant to be held in Sanya, China in December. The current Miss World, Stephanie del Valle from Puerto Rico, was part of the judging panel. The first runner-up, Sana Dua from Jammu and Kashmir, was crowned Miss Grand India 2017 and will compete in Miss Grand International 2017 in Vietnam in October. The second runner-up, Priyanka Kumari from Bihar, has been selected to represent India in Miss United Continents 2017.  


Miss America 1944 Venus Ramey Passes Away

Atlantic City, NJ (June 19, 2017) -  The Miss America Organization honors the memory of Miss America 1944 Venus Ramey, who passed away Saturday at the age of 92. Venus hailed from Ashland, Kentucky, but entered the Miss America Competition representing the District of Columbia, where she moved to work for the war effort during World War II.

Venus entertained in military service camps, sold war bonds, and toured in Vaudeville. In addition to a citation from the United States Treasury Department for her work in the War Bond effort, Venus Ramey’s picture was painted on the side of fighter planes. These planes made sixty-eight raids over war-torn Germany and never lost a man. At a time when it seemed the country was losing the war, this incredible story was reported by the Associated Press and bolstered the nation’s morale.

During Venus' reign, Miss America was seen as a political activist for the first time, as Venus worked with Senator Kaper of Kansas and Congressman Somner of Missouri in publishing their bills to gain suffrage for the District of Columbia, as well as other Members of Congress to enact women's rights legislation.
Venus leaves behind a lasting legacy. Her memory will live on in the hearts of everyone in the Miss America family and all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

Source: Miss America Organization


I did not want to be crowned Miss Universe: 'Wonder Woman' Gal Gadot

It will be fair to say there has not been any female super-hero till date who has created as many ripples as the protagonist of the DC super-hero flick Wonder Woman has. And needless to say, former beauty queen Gal Gadot's portrayal of Wonder Woman in the recent movie is beyond par and for reasons justifiable, people cannot stop gushing over her power-packed performance. Given the fact that Gal was pregnant while filming the movie has got her only as many fans and admirers for showing sheer dedication towards her work. That's indeed super-heroic! But did you know that she was just not interested in competing at the Miss Universe pageant where she represented her country Israel in 2004?

In an interview with a magazine, Gal is seen revealing her reason for her poor performance at the Miss Universe pageant in 2004.

When asked her about winning the Miss Israel 2004 pageant she says, "I never thought I would win and then I won and it scared me."

Although representing your country is a matter of great pride and responsibility, but such was not the thing with our Wonder-woman. She did not even want to be a pageant queen at the first place. Talking about her experience at the Miss Universe 2004 pageant she says, "I was very naughty. I wasn't behaving. I am a really good girl, but because I was afraid I am going to win again because I did not want to win the Miss Israel pageant and I won. I figured oh no, I don't want them to choose me again, so I came down late for rehearsals. I wasn't wearing the right evening gowns for breakfast. I even remember Paula Abdul, she was one of the judges there. She was asking me a question and I was like, 'I am sorry, English not so good.'"

Well, we are just glad today that she did indeed consider acting as a profession. Check out her interview in which she talks about her pageant days.

Source: Beautypageants.indiatimes.com, 6/12/2017


Miss Côte d´Ivoire 2017

Mandjalia Gbané bested 25 beauties from across her country to win the Miss Cote d´Ivoire 2017 title.  She will now represent her country in 2017 Miss World pageant to be held in Sanya, China in November. Her court includes 1st runner-up Darlène Kassem, 2nd runner-up Ericka Konaté, 3rd runner-up Elena Sanogo, and 4th runner-up Carole Koffi.

Miss World New Zealand 2017


Annie Evans was crowned  Miss World New Zealand 2017 on Saturday, June 3rd. Evans will now compete in the 2017 edition of Miss World to be held in Sanya, China later this year. Meghan Kenney was chosen first runner-up while Michelle Isemonger as the second runner-up.  At the end of the pageant, Isemonger was handpicked as her country's representative to the 2017 Miss International pageant to be held in Tokyo in October.


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.