12.06.2017

Philippines Wins Miss Tourism International 2017


Miss Tourism International 2017/2018 winner Jannie Loudette Alipo-on from the Philippines being crowned by the previous winner Ariel Pearse from New Zealand at the Sunway Resort Hotel, Sunway on Dec 6, 2017.— Sunpix by Adib Rawi Yahya

PETALING JAYA: Philippines beauty queen Jannie Loudette Alipo-on was crowned Miss Tourism International 2017/2018 beating 46 other contestants at the pageant finals held at a hotel here tonight.
Beaming with joy, the 25 year-old received the crown from last year's winner Ariel Pearse of New Zealand.
Jannie walked away with a scholarship worth RM60,000 from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, RM10,000 cash, trophy and other prizes.
Maja Aleksandra, 17, of Poland was Miss Tourism Metropolitan International; Lois Merry Tengel, 20, of Indonesia (Miss Tourism Cosmopolitan); Diana Hills, 20, of Australia (Miss Tourism Global); Julia Do Vale Horta, 23, of Brazil (Dreamgirl of the Year); and Kamolrut Tanon, 20, of Thailand (Miss South East Asia).
Melissa Ng Sook Khuan, 24, of Malaysia, won the Miss Glowing Glojas title.

(From left) Kamolrut Tanon, 20, of Thailand (Miss South East Asia), Diana Hills, 20, of Australia (Miss Tourism Global), Lois Merry Tengel, 20, of Indonesia (Miss Tourism Cosmopolitan), Malaysia Book of Records founder Tan Sri Datuk Danny Ooi, Miss Tourism International 2017/2018 winner Jannie Loudette Alipo-on from the Philippines, Maja Aleksandra, 17, of Poland (Miss Tourism Metropolitan International), and Julia Do Vale Horta, 23, of Brazil (Dreamgirl of the Year) at the Sunway Resort Hotel, Sunway on Dec 6, 2017. — Sunpix by Adib Rawi Yahya

The pageant themed, "Promoting Tourism, Culture and Friendship", is an international talent search platform aimed at promoting Visit Malaysia Year 2020. 
This is the fourth time the Philippines has won the pageant (2000, 2012, 2013, 2017). 

Source: The Sun Daily, Malaysia, 12/7/2017

12.05.2017

Miss Universe Beauties To Promote Philippines




Nel-Peters of South Africa, Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere of France and candidates of Canada, China, Great Britain, India, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and the US will start arriving today. AP Photo/John Locher, File


MANILA, Philippines — Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters and selected candidates of the Miss Universe pageant will be tapped as ambassadors of Philippine tourism as they are set to promote some of the country’s tourist destinations during their four-day visit this week.

Nel-Peters of South Africa, Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere of France and candidates of Canada, China, Great Britain, India, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and the US will start arriving today.

They will be joined by Philippines’ bet Rachel Peters, who returned to the country yesterday.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is still awaiting confirmation from Miss Thailand.

The beauty queens will stay in the country until Dec. 10, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said.

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will not be able to join them as she is still in the US, according to Teo.

The beauty queens’ Philippine visit will start with a tour around Rizal Park and the walled city of Intramuros tomorrow, Teo said.

They will also attend the DOT’s Christmas party and charity ball on Dec. 7.

The beauty queens will visit Batanes, Bohol and Camiguin on Dec. 8.

Teo said they chose the three provinces because these were not part of the destinations visited by the Miss Universe candidates during the 2016 pageant in Manila.

Teo said the beauty queens would attend the “Women of Significance” gala night and a fashion show in Pasay City on Dec. 9.

The gala night costs P50,000 per table. Teo said 20 tables are available during the event.

The beauty queens’ Manila visit is part of the DOT’s “Bring Home a Friend” campaign, which encourages Filipinos and other tourism ambassadors to promote the country’s tourism industry.

Philippines eyed as Miss Universe 2018 host

The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) has expressed interest in getting back the Philippines to host the Miss Universe 2018 pageant, Teo told reporters.

“They wanted us to host the Miss Universe again this year,” she said.

Teo said the MUO appreciated how the Philippines hosted the Miss Universe 2016 pageant.

After hosting the Miss Universe 2016 earlier this year, the DOT said the country’s tourism arrival increased by 11 percent from January to August.

Teo expressed hope that the candidates’ visit this week would help them reach the DOT’s tourist arrival target for this year.

Source: Philstar.com, 12/5/2017

 

12.02.2017

Venezuela Wins Mister Supranational 2017





Gabriel Correa, a 28-year-old actor from Caracas, Venezuela (center) was declared the winner of Mister Supranational 2017 held Saturday, December 2, at Krynica-Zdrój, Poland. His court includes (left to right):  4th runner-up Héctor Parga of Mexico, second runner-up Matheus Song of Brazil, third runner-up Michal Gajdosech of Slovak Republic and first runner-up Alejandro Cifo Capilla of Spain.

Semi-finalists were the representatives of Malta, Justin Axiak (6th place and Mister Supranational Europe), India, Altamash Faraz (7th place and Mister Supranational Asia and Oceania), United States, Cody Ondrick (8th place and Mister Supranational Americas), Poland, Jan Dratwicki (9th place), Indonesia, Gilbert Pangalila (10th place). Indonesia was the winner of the Vodi Fan Vote.

Among the 20 quarter-finalists were Chile (11th), Romania (12th), Puerto Rico (13th), Japan (14th), Suriname (15th), Panama (16th), Afghanistan (17th), Myanmar (18th), Netherlands (19th) and Philippines (20th).

"Close shots", who did not make it to the top 25 by very little were: Pakistan (21st), Germany(22nd), Jamaica (23rd), China (24th) and Gibraltar (25th).

Correa was crowned by Miss Supranational 2017, Jenny Kim of Korea, who was crowned the night before.  (SOURCE: MISTER SUPRANATIONAL)



PHOTO CREDIT: MISTER SUPRANATIONAL

12.01.2017

Korea Crowned Miss Supranational 2017



Miss Korea Jenny Kim, 24, was crowned as the new Miss Supranational 2017 during a lavish production of the finals held on December 1 in Poland's Spa Resort of Krynica- Zdroj. Her court includes 1st runner-up Tica Martinez of Colombia, 2nd runner-up Bianca Tirsin of Romania, 3rd runner-up Britaniya Josef of Ethiopia and 4th runner-up Larissa Santiago of Puerto Rico. Miss Supranational is the first major pageant that Korea has ever won. She was crowned by outgoing queen Srinidhi Ramesh Shetty of India.


Completing the top 10 were the representatives from Poland, Philippines, Thailand, Portugal, Costa Rica. Rounding up the top 25 were the delegates from Indonesia, Vietnam, Albania, Brazil, South Sudan, India, Serbia, Mexico, Australia, Italy, Wales, Peru, Japan, Jamaica, and Bolivia.

Jenny Kim is a pageant veteran, having represented Korea at Miss Universe 2016 held in the Philippines last January 30th. 


PHOTO CREDIT: MISS SUPRANATIONAL

11.30.2017

Brazil Wins Miss Asia Pacific International 2017





     Francielly Ouriques, a 25-year-old model from Brazil, was crowned the new Miss Asia Pacific International  2017 on Wednesday, November 29, at Resorts World Manila in Parañaque City, Philippines. Her court includes first runner-up Acacia Walker of New Zealand, second runner-up Valeria Cardona of Honduras, third runner-up Morgan Doelwijt of the Netherlands, and fourth runner-up Ilene de Vera of the Philippines. Ouriques was crowned by last year's winner, Tessa Le Conge of the Netherlands.
  During the final interview, the Top 5 candidates were asked a common question: “Do you think the advocacy of fostering love, appreciation and unity in diversity is relevant in this day and age? Why or why not?”
    Ouriques replied: “Absolutely. Fostering love nowadays is essential. I believe that we are all equal before God and all of us should be able to respect love and spread good things among everybody;
    “Respect, unity and love are things that my parents taught me and everybody should foster them. Thank you very much.”

    Completing the top ten were the delegates from Nicaragua, Mongolia, Costa Rica, South Africa and Japan. Rounding up the top fifteen were the delegates from Russia, Peru, Cook Islands, Egypt and Colombia.
    The Miss Asia Pacific International pageant is said to be the mother of all pageants in  Southeast Asia. It made a comeback in 2016 following a 10-year hiatus.
PHOTO CREDIT: MISS ASIA PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL



11.26.2017

South Africa Crowned Miss Universe 2017



CREDIT: MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters won the second Miss Universe crown for her country, South Africa, on Sunday, November 26, from the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 22-year-old beauty queen zoomed all the way to the final judging after acing her final question. Crowning her was Miss Universe 2016, Iris Mittenaere, of France, who won the 65th edition in the Philippines.
The last time South Africa won the title of Miss Universe was in 1978 with the then-18-year-old Margaret Gardiner in Acapulco, Mexico. Her win made South Africa the first nation in Africa win, and her the first African woman to win the prestigious title.
She clinched the title through the final question round where she was asked, “What quality in yourself you are most proud of and how will you apply it in your time as Miss Universe?”
“As Miss Universe, you have to be confident of who you are as an individual. A Miss Universe is a woman that overcome many fears. And by that, she will be able to help other woman overcome their fears. She is a woman that nothing is ever too much to ask for and I think that is exactly who I am. Thank you.”
The brunette beauty from Sedgefield, Western Cape, bested 91 other delegates from all over the world. Miss Colombia Laura González and Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett finished as first runner-up and second runner-up, respectively. Meanwhile, Keysi Sayago (Venezuela) and Maria Poonlertlarp (Thailand) completed the top 5.
Misses USA, Philippines, Canada, Spain, and Brazil aced the swimsuit competition and advanced to the Top 10. Completing the top 16 were delegates from Sri Lanka, Ghana, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, and China.
CREDIT: MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION


Monopolizing the pageantry gig, Steve Harvey was back as host of the Miss Universe 2017. The veteran host infamously announced the wrong winner in 2015. That live television brouhaha snatched the world’s attention and attracted many partners and sponsors supporting the organization.

At the start of the telecast, Harvey interrupted the viewers announcing major changes in the selection of the top 16. The 66th edition of Miss Universe used a different process to select the semifinalists. For the first time in the pageant’s history, nine girls in the top 16 would be selected from three subdivided continental regions, namely, the Americas, Africa and Asia-Pacific, and Europe. Completing the semifinalist sets were the wildcard candidates, which aced preliminary rounds regardless of their region.
Tasked with the toughest job in the competition were the panel of judges, chaired by Farouk Shami, with Ross Matheus, Lele Pons, Jay Manuel, Pia Wurtzbach, Megan Olivi, and Wendy Fitzwilliam serving on the panel.
Also returning as backstage host was supermodel and body positivity activist Ashley Graham, with Lu Sierra and Carson Kressley providing the analysis and commentary during the telecast. Fergie and Rachel Platten were the guest performers for the night.
Miss Japan Momoko Abe won the Best National Costume Award. Be sure to check out the colorful showcase of culture and international artistry at Miss Universe 2017 National Costume here.

Source: The Inquisitr, 11/26/2017

11.25.2017

Miss Universe Submits To Islamic Sharia Law; Deletes Miss Iraq's Bikini Photos



Miss Iraq Sarah Idan  in her national costume / Credit: Miss Universe Organization



MISS IRAQ'S DILEMMA: The last time that Iraq competed in Miss Universe pageant was in 1972. The contestant, Wijdan Burhan El-Deen Sulyman, wore a one-piece swimsuit which hardly caused a stir within the Muslim world. Fast forward 45 years later to 2017, Iraq is back with a beautiful representative, Sarah Idan, 27, born and raised in Baghdad. However, her participation in the world's most prestigious pageant has enraged fundamentalist Muslims in her country and elsewhere. As a result, her family has been receiving death threats and the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) has been forced to take down all of her bikini photos from the official website. This is Islamic Sharia law at its best. By removing all of Miss Iraq's swimsuit photos, MUO has caved in to Sharia. Not only has Miss Iraq's individual freedom been curtailed by a primitive and savage law, MUO's control rights have also been compromised. Next year, should Iraq send another representative, better not send a Muslim!

Miss Iraq Sarah Idan  in her evening gown / Credit: Miss Universe Organization

Miss Iraq Sarah Idan  in her bikini / Credit: Miss Universe Organization

During the preliminary competition held on November 20th at Planet Hollywood, Idan competed both in the evening gown and swimsuit segments. She actually wore a bikini (above). The event was live streamed via Facebook. However, when the stream was shown again on Saturday, November 25, Miss Iraq's swimsuit performance was deleted. Go figure. Critical Beauty has received a message from a reliable source that Idan might very well earn a spot in the Top 16 because "she has a story to tell" and that her inclusion is good for publicity and ratings. We'll just have to see about that. 

The 2017 Miss Universe pageant will air LIVE from The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, November 26, on FOX. Steve Harvey is set to return as host.

11.19.2017

Miss Faroe Islands 2017 Crowned




Benita Winther Jensen, Miss Sandoy, 18, was crowned as the first official Miss Faroe Islands 2017 on November 18 in Torshavn. The first runner-up is Monika Nolsøe, Miss Suðuroy, 18, and the second-runner-up is Birgit Johannessen, Miss Klaksvík, 18. The winner of Miss Critical Beauty Faroe Islands was Leyvoy Í Gerðinum, Miss Vestmanna, 18.

Jensen was crowned by Turið Elinborgardóttir, Miss Earth Denmark 2015, who is also the owner and director of the pageant. Elinborgardóttir launched the pageant with the hope of sending the winner to Miss Universe next year, pending license approval. 


Left to right: Benita Jensen, Monika Nolsøe and Birgit Johannessen

Eight young women from all over the country competed in the first edition of the pageant. The remaining four contestants included: Sissal Magnussen, Miss Streymoy, 18; Maria Andreasdóttir Sørensen, Miss Gjógv, 24; Hananja Dánjalsdóttir, Miss Kollafjørður, 20;  and Sólja Johannessen, Miss Tórshavn, 18.

The judging panel included Klaudia ParsbergMiss Earth Denmark 2016 and Rafa Delfin, director of Critical Beauty which is the official media partner of Miss Faroe Islands. Native Faroese Elin I Stórustovu hosted the event.

Critical Beauty Director Rafa Delfin poses with the winner of Miss Critical Beauty Faroe Islands 
Leyvoy Í Gerðinum, Miss Vestmanna

The pageant was one of multiple events - such as boxing, weightlifting, power lifting, crossfit, kettleball and men's and women's fitness - that took place during the weekend of November 17. The events - collectively promoted under the name Burn Showdown - were produced and organized by Burn Fitness. 


Photo credits: Critical Beauty

SEE PHOTOS FROM THE PAGEANT




  

India Wins Miss World 2017




SANYA, CHINA - India's Manushi Chhillar has won the Miss World beauty pageant for the year 2017. The win comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home the coveted title in the year 2000. Andrea Meza, who is Miss Mexico was the first runner up and Stephanie Hill from England was second runner up. Around 108 women from across the world participated in the beauty pageant.

Ms Chhillar, a 20-year-old from Haryana, studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat.
According to Ms Chhillar's profile on the Miss World website, Ms Chhillar aims to be a cardiac surgeon and has plans of opening non-profit hospitals in rural areas.

Ms Chhillar's profile also says she is a trained classical dancer and has a passion for outdoor sports like scuba diving, snorkelling and bungee jumping.

After reaching the top five, Ms Chhillar was asked during the Question and Answer round, which profession she thought deserved the highest salary and why.
Replying to the question, Ms Chhillar said it was not a question about a person's salary and that a mother was worthy of the highest respect.

"I think a mother is of highest respect. I don't think its just about cash but love and respect she gives to someone. She is the biggest inspiration in my life. Mother should get highest respect."

Ms Chhillar is the sixth Indian woman to win the coveted title of Miss World. Reita Faria was the first Indian woman to claim the title back in 1966, followed by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 1994, Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Ms Chopra in 2000.

The winner of last year's title, Puerto Rico's Stephanie Del Valle passed on her crown to Ms Chhillar.


Source: NDTV.com, 11/19/2017


11.14.2017

Faroe Islands To Hold Its First Official Pageant

Miss Faroe Islands 2017 Crowned





Benita Winther Jensen, Miss Sandoy, 18, was crowned as the first official Miss Faroe Islands 2017 on November 18 in Torshavn. The first runner-up is Monika Nolsøe, Miss Suðuroy, 18, and the second-runner-up is Birgit Johannessen, Miss Klaksvík, 18. The winner of Miss Critical Beauty Faroe Islands was Leyvoy Í Gerðinum, Miss Vestmanna, 18.

Jensen was crowned by Turið Elinborgardóttir, Miss Earth Denmark 2015, who is also the owner and director of the pageant. Elinborgardóttir launched the pageant with the hope of sending the winner to Miss Universe next year, pending license approval. 


Left to right: Benita Jensen, Monika Nolsøe and Birgit Johannessen

Eight young women from all over the country competed in the first edition of the pageant. The remaining four contestants included: Sissal Magnussen, Miss Streymoy, 18; Maria Andreasdóttir Sørensen, Miss Gjógv, 24; Hananja Dánjalsdóttir, Miss Kollafjørður, 20;  and Sólja Johannessen, Miss Tórshavn, 18.

The judging panel included Klaudia ParsbergMiss Earth Denmark 2016 and Rafa Delfin, director of Critical Beauty which is the official media partner of Miss Faroe Islands. Native Faroese Elin I Stórustovu hosted the event.

Critical Beauty Director Rafa Delfin poses with the winner of Miss Critical Beauty Faroe Islands 
Leyvoy Í Gerðinum, Miss Vestmanna

The pageant was one of multiple events - such as boxing, weightlifting, power lifting, crossfit, kettleball and men's and women's fitness - that took place during the weekend of November 17. The events - collectively promoted under the name Burn Showdown - were produced and organized by Burn Fitness. 


Photo credits: Critical Beauty

SEE PHOTOS FROM THE PAGEANT

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The Faroe Islands, a self-governing territory of Denmark, will hold its first official beauty pageant on Saturday, November 18, 2017 in the capital city of Torshavn. The pageant is one of multiple events - such as boxing, weightlifting, power lifting, crossfit, kettleball and men's and women's fitness - that will take place starting Friday, November 17. The events are produced and organized by Burn Fitness. 

Turið Elinborgardóttir is the national director for Miss Faroe Islands. Turið was Miss Earth Denmark 2015  and competed in Miss Earth 2015 pageant in Austria. 

Meet the 8 official contestants for Miss Faroe Islands 2017 (Miss Føroyar 2017):



Sissal Magnussen, Miss Streymoy, 18 
Maria Andreasdóttir Sørensen, Miss Gjógv, 24
Birgit Johannessen, Miss Klaksvík, 18
Sólja Johannessen, Miss Tórshavn, 18
Monika Nolsøe, Miss Suðuroy, 18
Hananja Dánjalsdóttir, Miss Kollafjørður, 20
Benita Winther Jensen, Miss Sandoy, 18
Leyvoy Í Gerðinum, Miss Vestmanna, 18


 


     Critical Beauty is the official media partner of Miss Faroe Islands, and we are happy to present the first Miss Critical Beauty Faroe Islands 2017 award to the contestant who receives the most number of likes on their Instagram photos. The winner will be crowned during pageant show on November 18. Please check out the photos of each of the contestant in the official Miss Faeroe Islands Instagram account by clicking the banner above.

     The winner of the national pageant will have the opportunity to represent the islands at the next edition of Miss Universe, pending approval of the license.


Indonesia Wins Miss International 2017


Kevin Lilliana, 21, from Bandung, Indonesia was crowned Miss International 2017 on November 14 at the Tokyo Dome City in Tokyo, Japan. She is the first woman from her country to have won the world's fourth biggest pageant which began in 1960. She was crowned by her predecessor, Kylie Versoza from the Philippines.

The new queen waves to the crowd during her victory walk


The first runner-up is Chanelle De Lau, 22, from Curaçao

 The second runner-up is Diana Croce, 20, from Venezuela

 The third runner-up is Amber Dew, 21, from Australia

 The fourth runner-up is Natsuki Tsutsui, 23, from Japan


Completing the Top 8 were the delegates from Ecuador, Laos and the United Kingdom. Rounding up the Top 15 were the delegates from Finland, Ghana, Honduras, Panama, Slovakia, South Africa and Thailand. 

PHOTO CREDIT: MISS INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION

11.10.2017

New Venezuelan Queens For 2018




Sthefany Gutierrez, 18, representing the state of Delta Amacuro, was crowned Miss Venezuela 2018 last night in Caracas. She will represent her country in the 2018 Miss Universe pageant. She succeeds Keysi Santiago who will be competing in 2017 Miss Universe to be held on November 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada.



Veruska Ljubisavljevic Rodríguez, 25, from Vargas was crowned Miss World Venezuela 2018 and will compete in Miss World 2018.



 Mariem Claret Velazco García from Barinas was crowned Miss Venezuela International 2018 and will compete in 2018 Miss International to be held in Tokyo a year from now.

The first runner-up was Biliannis Álvarez of Falcón and the second runner-up was Megan Beci of Amazonas.



Photo credit: Miss Venezuela Official Website