7.15.2018

Vietnam Wins Man Of The World 2018




After weeks of competition, CAO XUÂN TÁI of VIETNAM was crowned MAN OF THE WORLD 2018 held at the Fil-Oil Flying V Arena in San Juan City, Philippines.  He bested 26 others after going through rounds of preliminary and final rounds of competition last July 14, 2018.

Full list of winners:

Man of the World 2018 – Vietnam, Cao Xuân Tái
First Runner-up – Philippines, Clint Karkliñs
Second Runner-up – Malta, Bjorn Camilleri
Third Runner-up – Czech Republic, Ondrej Valenta
Fourth Runner-up – Thailand, Natapol AOn

Top 10:
Indonesia
Malta
Czech Republic
Myanmar
Thailand
Vietnam
Philippines
China
Korea
Peru

Top 17:
Iran (Best in Talent)
Philippines (World’s Choice Award)
Korea
Malta
Guam
Mongolia
Czech Republic
China
India
Nigeria
Thailand
Peru
Myanmar
Puerto Rico
Indonesia
Vietnam
Italy

Special Awards:
Best in National Costume – Philippines
Man of the World Congeniality – Philippines
Man of the World Personality – Singapore
Man of the World Photogenic – Ethiopia
Best in Swimwear – Mongolia
Best in Resorts Wear – Czech Republic
Man of the World Talent – Iran
World’s Choice – Philippines
Best in Casual Wear – Vietnam
Best in Formal Wear – Thailand
Fashion of the World – India
Man of the World Best in Advocacy – Myanmar
Mister Highland Bali Villas Resort and Spa – Philippines



“We are happy and we look forward to working with the new winner this year,” mentions PEPPS President Carlo Morris Galang.  “We also thank our Man of the World 2017 Mustafa Elizali for a very memorable year.  We wish him the best in the future.”

New Crown

Man of the World 2018 will be the first to wear the new custom crown designed by PEPPS officer JP Anonuevo.  The crown, made of brass and plated in gold, features the symbol for the advocacy of Man of the World through 5 torches that mean passion and knowledge.  The crown is further adorned by jade, tanzanites, and clear quartz.

Twenty seven candidates from all over the world competed in the second edition of the pageant.


Information by Peter Pe for Critical Beauty

Black Woman Crowned Miss Universe Great Britain For The First Time





Dee-Ann Rogers from Anguilla has been crowned Miss Universe Great Britain 2018 at the Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre, Newport on Saturday night of 14th July 2018.

About 40 beauties from Wales, Scotland, and England took part in this mega national beauty contest.

Dee-Ann will represent Great Britain at the world’s most prestigious beauty pageant, Miss Universe 2018.


Dee-Ann’s full name is Dee-Ann Kentish Rogers. She is from Anguilla. Dee-Ann has a degree in Law from the University of Birmingham. She is an Athlete and she competed twice in Commonwealth Games.

She also is the reigning queen of the Miss Anguilla beauty pageant.

Before her participation at the Miss Universe Great Britain, Dee-Ann had said

“As many would know, I won the Miss Anguilla Pageant in 2017. Shortly thereafter, I set my sights on the Miss Universe Great Britain stage. That, for me, was an opportunity to advance the Miss Anguilla Pageant as well as to advance Anguilla on an international stage.


Source: Toomuchloaded.com, 7/15/2018

7.09.2018

Miss America Headed For More Drama




Participants in the 2018 Miss America competition on September 10, 2017, in Atlantic City.
            Participants in the 2018 Miss America competition on September 10, 2017, in Atlantic City.

(CNN) Just a month after a momentous change, and a year after a scandal shook the Miss America Organization to its core, there's more trouble in its ranks.
This week, a group of 22 state pageants signed a petition calling for the resignation of the organization's entire board of trustees. This includes chairwoman Gretchen Carlson, who was just appointed to the position in January.
According to the petition, obtained by The Press of Atlantic City, representatives from the 22 state pageants aren't convinced by the organization's new direction, and want more accountability at the top.
"The recent ouster of two duly elected Trustees, followed by the resignations of two elected Miss Americas from the nine-member Board, have underscored our grave concerns regarding the direction in which MAO is headed, its financial viability, and the expected exercise of all duties attendant to each Trustee as required by law," the petition reads.
"We were promised transparency, competence, and adherence to best practices and good governance. The current Trustees and identified staff member have both individually and collectively failed to deliver on those promises and commitments. In our opinion their leadership has demonstrated that 'Miss America 2.0' is simply a new title for the same old tactics of obfuscation and fear-based governance."
The petition also calls for the resignation of the organization's president and CEO, Regina Hopper. Both Carlson and Hopper are former Miss America champions.
Gretchen Carlson, the current Chairwoman of the Miss America Organization Board of Trustees.           Gretchen Carlson, the current Chairwoman of the Miss America Organization Board of Trustees.
In a counter to this petition, another group of Miss America veterans has stepped up to defend the pageant's current leadership. "[We] fully support Gretchen Carlson, Debbye Turner, Heather French Henry and our unified board who are and have been working tirelessly to move our program forward," reads a letter provided to The Press of Atlantic City, signed by 30 former Miss America winners. "We hope that the voices of our majority can and will be heard."
The Miss America pageant has been a cultural mainstay for almost 100 years, but lately it's gone through some serious, history-making changes.
In 2017, the organization's CEO Sam Newell was pressured into resigning after a report revealed e-mails he allegedly sent that disparaged former pageant contestants and contained sexual slurs and lewd references to their personal lives. In the following months, the organization effectively cleaned house and named its first all-female leadership team, which included former broadcaster and #MeToo ally Gretchen Carlson.
Then, in early June, the Miss America Organization announced it was scrapping the iconic swimsuit portion of the competition in an effort to refocus the pageant's overall message.
"We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That's huge," Carlson said at the time. But later that month, "Miss America 2.0" took a hit when some reshuffling of board members caused internal controversy.
That, in turn, led to the current rift among some of the organization's most important faces.
Hopper told The Press of Atlantic City that the current upheaval is just a part of the growing pains that occur whenever an organization tries to evolve.
"On behalf of the Miss America Organization, in any transition, there are are always those who disagree with or find it hard to accept change. We welcome those who want to move forward and be a part of a revitalized program dedicated to providing scholarships and opportunities to all young women," she said.
Source: CNN, 7/9/2018

7.08.2018

Miss America Insiders Clash Over Pageant's Elimination of Swimsuit




ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Former Miss America winners and state pageant officials are split over the leadership and direction of the organization, which was rocked by a 2017 email scandal that led to the resignations of its top leaders.
Representatives from 22 state pageants have signed a petition calling for the resignations of the new Miss America board, including Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and President and CEO Regina Hopper, The Press of Atlantic City reported Saturday.
But in a letter to the newspaper, 30 former Miss Americas said they "fully support" Carlson, Miss America 1989, and the board members "who are and have been working tirelessly to move our program forward."
The Miss America organization is regrouping after a December scandal in which emails surfaced showing that CEO Sam Haskell and others mocked winners' intelligence, looks and sex lives. Haskell resigned Dec. 23, followed by board members.
The shake-up at the organization has resulted in the top three positions being held by women, and the new leaders have begun making changes. The swimsuit competition has been dropped and in the evening-wear portion contestants will be allowed to wear something other than a gown if they want. The talent portion of the contest will remain.
The petition from the state pageant officials expressed a vote of "no confidence" in the Miss America Organization's board of trustees. It cited a lack of transparency and adherence to best practices, The Press said.
"As dedicated members of our state and local communities who lend our reputations, financial support and voluntary efforts to facilitate (the Miss America organization's) long and powerful mission of empowering women to stand up and speak out, we find ourselves needing to use our own voices of leadership to express our profound disappointment regarding what, in our view, is the failed leadership of the entire MAO Board of Trustees," the petition said.
The former Miss Americas said in their letter Saturday that "We hope the voices of our majority can and will be heard."
Hopper told The Press on Friday that "there are always those who disagree with or find it hard to accept change." She said the organization welcomes "those who want to move forward and be a part of a revitalized program dedicated to providing scholarships and opportunities to all young women."
Suzette Charles, Miss America 1984, said "things have begun to unravel" in the organization.
"There's been a lot of dismay with (Carlson's) leadership," she said. "We thought she would regard this program with reverence and keep this tradition alive."
The nationally televised Miss America broadcast is set for Sept. 9 on ABC

Source: USA Today, 7/8/2018

7.02.2018

Controversy Surrounds Miss Universe Thailand 2018






BANGKOK — This year’s Miss Universe Thailand went to a finance student who studied in Las Vegas – and not everyone is pleased about it.

Sophida “Ning” Kanchanarin, was crowned Miss Universe Thailand on Saturday night, but many fans cried foul on alleged favoritism for her wealth as she bested Thai-Indian Paveena Singh, who had been an online favourite to win in the weeks prior to the contest.

“Next year, just pick rich people with good education to win. You don’t need to go to the effort of holding a pageant anymore. It’s bothering the eyes of millions of audience members. Even the Miss Elephant pageant is more fun,” commented Facebook user Thanakan Phetchaananya.

Sophida graduated with a finance degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and was a manager at TMB Bank. Her profile includes winning a President’s Education Awards Program medal from President Barack Obama in 2013, awarded to about 3 million students. Her father, Tavatchai Kanchanarin, was a doctor at Phramongkutklao Hospital.

Her victory won her 1 million baht in cash and the right to represent the country at the Miss Universe 2018 pageant.

After her win, Sophida fans commended her for her perceived academic achievements and intelligence. A comment by Adisak Toffy Charoenrod showed her reading an issue of Time magazine on a plane and writing notes at a pageant meeting while other contestants used their phones.

One of the most stalwart defenders of Sophida’s crown is Chalita “Namtarn”Suansane, Miss Universe Thailand 2016.

“Beauty isn’t just on the outside. The judges’ decision is final. They must have seen something in her. You’re in the real world too, don’t just judge people on their outward appearance. Give her a chance to prove herself,” Chalita wrote Sunday in response to a disparaging comment posted to her Instagram about Sophita.

Asked about the pros and cons of the acceptance of plastic surgery, Sophida said “the benefits of plastic surgery is giving you confidence because our outer appearance is more beautiful,” adding that it could however prove dangerous if not researched properly and that “everyone can be beautiful in their own way, too.”

The first runner-up went to Thitaree Kasorn, who won 500,000 baht. Three contestants placed second-runner up: Valentina Giardullo, Palita Puttharassu and Paveena.

Paveena was a fan favorite. In a June 26 post on the official Miss Universe Thailand Facebook page, a photo of Paveena in a bikini gained 21,000 likes – far outshining Sophida’s 2,700, Hitaree’s and Valentina’s 4,000 and Palita’s 2,600.

Paveena graduated in Russian Studies from the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Thammasat University.

Facebook uses Phatchanida Mint said she cheered for Paveena because “Veena tries harder than anyone. Her family isn’t ready to completely support her,” adding that she lost weight from 80 kilograms, saved money, practiced walking on the catwalk.

“Not everyone has the means to be compared against someone who finished school overseas with their parents supporting them,” Phatchanida wrote.

Source: http://www.khaosodenglish.com 7/2/2018

6.29.2018

Transgender Woman Crowned Miss Universe Spain 2018



Angela Ponce, 26, representing Sevilla, has just made Spanish pageant history tonight by being the first transgender woman to be crowned Miss Universe Spain 2018. She will also  be the first transgender woman to compete in Miss Universe 2018 pageant which will be held later this year. Miss Universe began accepting transgender contestants in 2012 when the pageant was still owned by now American president, Donald Trump.

Ponce beat 20 other contestants from all over Spain. She was crowned by outgoing queen, Sofia del Prado who made the top 10 in Miss Universe 2018 won by South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. 








6.25.2018

More Changes To Miss America Organization Board


FILE- In this Oct. 17, 2017, file photo, Gretchen Carlson participates in the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss
her book "Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Back Your Power" at AOL Studios in New York. Carlson,
former Fox News Channel anchor and 1989 Miss America, has been named chairwoman of the
Miss America Organization's board of directors, the organization announced Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.
 (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

The Miss America Organization announced Friday another change to the board of trustees, as two former state titleholders resign.
Less than six months after establishing a board of directors comprised of former Miss Americas, state titleholders and state executive directors, the Miss America Organization made changes to the annually televised scholarship competition, eliminating the swimsuit competition, with the hopes of re-branding Miss America. As "Miss America 2.0" has been launched, three new board members have been elected. 
Dr. Shelley Robertson, author Mary Jane Clark and Dr. Debbye Turner Bell were announced as the newly elected members of the Miss America Organization's board or trustees. Robertson and Clark are the first two directors brought on since the beginning of the year from outside of the organization. Turner Bell, former Miss America 1990, joins the board, led by the woman who crowned her Miss America, MAO chairwoman Gretchen Carlson. 
The new board members have had extensive careers in journalism, corporate business and non-profit governance. 
"I am thrilled that Shelley, Mary Jane and Debbye are joining us to execute on the mission of Miss America, preparing great women for the world and preparing the world for great women," Carlson said in a news release.
Jennifer Vaden Barth and Valerie Crooker Clemens resigned from the Board of Trustees last week and were removed from the Miss America website's Board of Directors page. Both were former state titleholders and were elected to the board in February.
In December 2017, emails between former CEO and chairman Sam Haskell and members of the Miss America board that taunted, body-shamed and used vulgar language to talk about past Miss Americas were released. A collective of former Miss Americas and state titleholders called for their immediate resignations. At the beginning of the year, Carlson was announced to the organization's leadership. Several changes to bylaws were voted on and created and the nine member board of trustees was established. 
According to Miss America Organization President and CEO Regina Hopper, the board positions held by the two Miss America State Titleholder Association representatives were "interim in nature", after helping to establish new changes to the national competition.
"The two MASTA board members were brought on to help in the re-envision and re-branding. Once that was done board determined process, those people would step aside," said Hopper. 
At the beginning of the year, the Miss America Organization consulted several marketing firms, as well as their own "stakeholders" on how to modernize the nearly 100-year-old pageant. The stakeholders include former Miss America, former state titleholders and state competition organizers. The MAO consistently emphasized the importance of having women who directly benefited from the competitions contributing to the changes.
"The insights provided by the two interim MASTA representatives was vital in making sure this stakeholder group had a voice in the mission and vision for Miss America 2.0. Now that this work is complete, they will be relinquishing those seats. I hope you will join me in thanking Jennifer Vaden Barth and Valerie Crooker Clemens, for their service to this organization" Carlson said in a statement. Barth and Clemens will continue to serve as liaisons to the board to assist with this year's competition.
The two board positions held by former state executive directors Ashley Bird and Jessie Ward Bennett are also interim positions, but they will retain their positions until changes to the state competitions under the new organization guidelines are finalized. 
Hopper also said the MAO Board of Trustees is functioning as a member organization and can review the at the end of their fiscal year in March. 
The Miss America Organization hopes to introduce the new competition guidelines at the Miss America 2019 contestant orientation in July. Miss America 2019 will be held in Atlantic City and broadcast on ABC networks on Sept 9, 2018. 
Source: Press of Atlantic City, 6/25/2018

6.09.2018

New Aruba Queens For 2018


New Aruba queens for 2018 were crowned on June 7. In the photo above, from left to right: Miss Aruba Reina Internacional de Cafe 2018 - Hannah Arends - 21; Miss Aruba World 2018 - Nurianne Arias -23; Miss Universe Aruba 2018 - Kimberly Julsing - 20; and Miss Aruba Hispanoamerica 2018 - Raquel Reeberg - 25.


 Kimberly Julsing - Miss Aruba Universe 2018 - will compete in the next edition of Miss Universe whose venue and date have not been confirmed.


 Nurianne Arias - Miss Aruba World 2018 - will compete in Miss World 2018 to be held in Sanya, China in December.


 Raquel Reeberg - Miss Aruba Hispanoamerica 2018 - will compete in Reina Hispanoamericana 2018 pageant to be held in Bolivia sometime in November.


Hannah Arends - Miss Aruba Internacional del Cafe 2018 - will compete in Reinado Internacional del Café 2019 which will take place in Manizales, Colombia in January 2019.


Thank you to Karl Genser for providing this information.
Photo credit: Miss Aruba Organization / Facebook

6.06.2018

Miss Universe Mexico 2018

PHOTO: QUIEN.COM


Andrea Toscano, representing the state of Colima, won the first edition of Mexicana Universal pageant. She will now represent Mexico in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed. She was crowned by Lupita Jones, the national director and franchise owner. The selection for Mexico's representative for Miss Universe was for several years conducted by Nuestra Belleza Mexico Organization run by Jones, but Jones changed the name to Mexicana Universal.

Jones with Toscano / Photo: Mexicana Universal Facebook

Miss America Ditches The Swimsuit Competition


Miss America is scrapping its swimsuit competition and will no longer judge contestants based on physical appearance, the organization announced Tuesday.

"We are no longer a pageant," Gretchen Carlson, the first former Miss America to be named chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization, said on "GMA." "We are a competition."


PHOTO: The new logo for the Miss America pageant is pictured here. Courtesy Miss America Organization
The new logo for the Miss America pageant is pictured here.

In place of the swimsuit portion of the competition, Miss America contestants will now take part in a live interactive session with the judges, according to the organization.


PHOTO: The 2018 Miss America Competition at Atlantic Citys Boardwalk Hall, Sept. 10, 2017, in New Jersey.Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images,FILE
The 2018 Miss America Competition at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, Sept. 10, 2017, in New Jersey.

The contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia will be asked to demonstrate their passion, intelligence and overall understanding of the job of Miss America.
The organization is also getting rid of the evening gown portion of the competition and instead asking contestants to wear attire that makes them feel confident and expresses their personal style. The contestants will also discuss how they will advance their chosen causes, called "social impact initiatives" by the Miss America Organization.


PHOTO: The 2018 Miss America Competition at Atlantic Citys Boardwalk Hall, Sept. 10, 2017, in N.J.Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images
The 2018 Miss America Competition at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, Sept. 10, 2017, in N.J.

"We’ve heard from a lot of young women who say, ‘We’d love to be a part of your program but we don’t want to be out there in high heels and a swimsuit,’ so guess what, you don’t have to do that anymore," Carlson said. "Who doesn’t want to be empowered, learn leadership skills and pay for college and be able to show the world who you are as a person from the inside of your soul."
She continued, "That’s what we’re judging them on now."
In addition to being crowned Miss America in 1989, Carlson has more recently been an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual harassment and a champion of the #MeToo movement. In 2016, she settled a lawsuit against former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, who stepped down from his role after mounting pressure from additional employees with similar accusations.


PHOTO: Gretchen Carlson attends the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, March 4, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif.Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic via Getty Images
 Gretchen Carlson

 
"I could have never expected what would happen when I sued my former employer at Fox News for sexual harassment 22 months ago, but look what has happened," she said. "Thousands of women have been inspired to know that they can stand up and speak up and their voices will be heard."
Carlson added, "If I’ve been a beacon of hope to any woman in that process, it has been worth it."
The sweeping changes to Miss America aim to help the organization be more inclusive and empowering for all women. Carlson also said that she hopes the revamped competition will resonate more with young people.
"We are now open, inclusive and transparent and I want to inspire thousands of young people across this country to come and be a part of our program," she said. "We want you and we want to celebrate your accomplishments and your talents and then we want to hand you scholarships."
The Miss America organization courted controversy earlier this year when internal emails were released from the group's former CEO Sam Haskell. In the leaked emails, Haskell, who later resigned, and others were insulting the appearance, intellect and personal lives of former pageant winners, including Carlson.
Carlson is now part of an all-female leadership team at Miss America.
"This is a new beginning and change can sometimes be difficult but I know a lot about change," she said. "My life has worked in mysterious ways. I never thought I’d be the chairwoman of the Miss America Organization, but here I am and we’re moving it forward and we’re evolving in this cultural revolution."
The 2019 Miss America Competition airs live on ABC on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 9 p.m. EST.
Source: ABC News, 6/5/2018

5.28.2018

Miss World Bahamas 2018




     BRINIQUE GIBSON, a 22-year old beauty representing New Providence, was crowned Miss World Bahamas 2018 in the Imperial Ballroom of the Atlantis Paradise Island on Sunday, May 27. She was crowned by her predecessor Geena Thompson. Gibson will now represent the Bahamas in Miss World 2018 pageant to be held in Sanya, China on December 8. Gibson's court includes 1st Princess Serena Greene from Grand Bahama and 2nd Princess Shelly Elisee from the University of the Bahamas who advanced to the top 6 via online voting. Rounding up the top 6 were Angel Cartwright of Long Island, Angel Culmer of Andros, and Chinasa Outten of Balmoral Island.

CREDIT: MISS BAHAMAS ORGANIZATION

     Ten young women competed in this year's national pageant. The remaining contestants were Alexis Denoye of Abaco, Alexis Sawyer of Crystal Cay, Desire Edwards of Ragged Island, and Caitlyn Walker of San Salvador.  

     The show was hosted by Jerome Sawyer, Vice-President of Media Relations of MBO (Miss Bahamas Organization) and  by Leslia Brice, Bahamian pageant veteran and fashion model. Backstage commentating was conducted by popular Puerto Rican TV personality, Héctor Joaquín Colón González. The social media correspondents were Shenique Miller and Pischia Adderley. Entertainment was provided by musical artists Lady E, Julien Believe, and Angelique Sabrina. The show was live streamed on Facebook and nationally televised.

     The panel of judges included E. Jay Saunders, chairman of the Turks & Caicos Aviation Civil Aviation Authority; Ashley Hamilton, Miss World Bahamas 2016; Grace Fontecha, the legendary beauty queen maker from Puerto Rico who appears in Guinness Book of World Records for training back to back Miss Universe winners (2008, 2009) from Venezuela; K. Darren Turnquest, counseling psychologist and motivational speaker; Carlos Ramirez, musical and pageant show producer from Puerto Rico; and yours truly, Rafa Delfin, director of Critical Beauty.


     The contestants were judged primarily on three categories: interviews, swimsuit, and evening gown.  Last Saturday, the contestants underwent rigorous one-on-one interviews with the judges, followed by a closed-door scrutiny in their swimsuits. Special awards were distributed Sunday night to the following recipients: University of the Bahamas (Best in Swimsuit, Spirit Award, Top Model), New Providence (Miss Amity, Multi-Media, People's Choice, Fashionista), Long Island (Aliv Challenge Video, Sportswoman, Best Costume, Miss Popularity), Ragged Island (Beauty With a Purpose), and Andros (Miss Photogenic, Miss Critical Beauty Bahamas).

With ANGEL CULMER, Miss World Andros, who won the Miss Critical Beauty Bahamas 2018 award. Her prizes include $300 worth of fashion accessories and $200 in cash.


     This was the third time for me to judge the Miss Bahamas pageant, and I have to say that the production has become bigger and better, as well as the sponsorship and prize package. A big thank you to MBO President Michelle Malcolm for being a gracious host. Initially, she had assigned me as a social media correspondent but due to the high-caliber quality of this year's contestants, she reassigned me to judge instead. I think she made the right decision! The Bahamas has selected a strong contender for Miss World this year!


Left: With the beautiful new queen. Right: With MBO President Michelle Malcolm

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