Miss Indonesia 2017

Achintya Holte Nilsen was crowned Miss Indonesia 2017 in MNC Studio, Kebon Jeruk, Jakarta on April 22nd. She was crowned by her predecessor Miss Indonesia 2016 and Miss World 2016 2nd runner-up Natasha Mannuela. The reigning Miss World Stephanie Del Valle also assisted in the coronation. Astrini Putri was named as the first runner-up whiel Ivhanrel Eltrisna Sumerah was the second runner-up.  Nilsen, who is half-Norwegian, speaks fluent English. She will now compete in Miss World 2017 to be held in Sanya, China later this year.



Miss World Sweden 2017

 Hanna-Louise Haag Tuvér was crowned Miss World Sweden 2017 at Grand Hotel Stockholm on April 18. She is 20 years old and comes from Gavle.  She will now represent her country in Miss World 2017 pageant to be held in China later this year. 

On the same evening, Adam El Mallah, a 23-year-old gym instructor, was elected Mr. Sweden World 2017 and will compete in the next edition of Mr. World.

Photo credits: Miss Queen of Scandinavia Facebook Page


Miss Russia 2017

MOSCOW, April 15. /TASS/.  Polina Popova, representing the Sverdlovsk Region in the Urals, was crowned Miss Russia-2017 during the final show held in the Barvikha Luxury Village concert hall in Moscow on Saturday night.

Polina is 21 years old. She enjoys playing tennis and cooking, and studies Chinese. Her favorite book is Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

The winner was crowned by Miss Russia-2016, Yana Dobrovolskaya of Tyumen, with a crown of white gold, decorated with diamonds and pearls and worth more than $1 million. She also receives a prize of 3 million rubles (over $53,000 at the current exchange rate), a car and an opportunity to represent Russia at the Miss World and Miss Universe competitions.

Ksenia Alexandrova of Moscow was named first runner-up, Albina Akhtyamova of Bashkortostan - second runner-up.

The new Miss Russia Polina Popova (center) is flanked by second runner-up Albina Akhtyamova (left)
and first runner-up Ksenia Alexandrova (right)

Every year, the Miss Russian National Beauty contest meets with tens of thousands of women across Russia’s 85 regions, who apply to become one of the 50 final contestants. This year, no applications were received from girls representing North Caucasus republics, but, for the first time, applicants of the Far Eastern Sakhalin Island and northern Russian city of Syktyvkar took part.

Miss Russia is the country’s national beauty pageant, which was held for the first time among Russian emigrants in Paris in 1927. In Soviet Union, the pageant was first held in 1989, under the name Miss USSR and has since been held annually in Moscow.
Since 2016, the pageant is held under the aegis of the Culture Ministry of Russia. TASS is an information partner of the event.

Source: Tass.com, 4/15/2017



Las Vegas To Host Miss USA 2017 Pageant

The Miss Universe Organization has still not sent out an official statement regarding the date and the venue of the Miss USA 2017 pageant; however, several Miss USA 2017 contestants and state directors have been posting that the pageant will be held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 14. The banner above was posted by RPM Productions. This will be the eighth time for the City of Lights to host the pageant which is now owned by WME/IMG company. 

The current Miss USA is Deshauna Barber (above) from the District of Columbia who was crowned last June 5 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo credit: MUO)


Former Miss World Kaiane Aldorino Lopez Becomes Mayor of Gibraltar

New mayor Kaiane Lopez broke records yesterday as both Gibraltar’s youngest and the first Miss World to be a mayor.

The 30-year old former beauty queen crowned Miss World 2009 is also Gibraltar’s third female to take on the role of mayor.

In her honour Miss World Chairwoman Julia Morley attended the ceremony and donated $10,000 on behalf of the ‘Beauty with a purpose’ campaign to Gibraltar for children in need.
Mrs Morley told the Chronicle she plans on visiting the Rock in the coming months to work further with the former Miss World and new Mayor.

Yesterday outgoing Mayor Adolfo Canepa passed on the mayoral medallion to Mrs Lopez at an Investiture Ceremony held at the City Hall, marking the start of her tenure.

John Gonçalves now takes over Mrs Lopez position as Deputy Mayor.

“You were Miss Gibraltar, you were Miss World and now you are Mrs Mayor,” said Chief Minister Fabian Picardo at the ceremony which was attended by the Governor Lieutenant General Edward Davis.

“When Kaiane Aldorino became Miss World she was someone who carried the dreams of Gibraltarians around the world. She became a free woman of Gibraltar and she has Gibraltar’s medallion of honour, our highest civic distinction. Therefore asking her to become mayor was something that the house was able to do unanimously,” he said.
Mr Picardo thanked Mr Canepa for his work as Mayor and welcomed Mrs Lopez and Mr Gonçalves into their new roles.

In her own address the new Mayor Kaiane Lopez spoke of how grateful she was to have been given this opportunity.

“Having served as deputy mayor for the last few years I have witnessed the hard work and dedication required to fulfil this role. I would therefore like to thank our former mayors for all they have contributed to the significance to the mayoralty,” she said.

“They are all truly an inspiration.”

Source: Gibraltar Chronicle, 4/5/2017

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Puteri Indonesia 2017


Bunga Jelitha Ibrani, a 25-year-old professional model, entrepreneur and communications student representing DKI Jakarta, was crowned Puteri Indonesia 2017 in Jakarta on March 31st. She will represent Indonesia in the next edition of Miss Universe pageant whose date and venue have yet to be announced.

The first runner-up is Lilliana Kevin, 21, who will compete in the Miss International 2017 to be held later this year in Japan. The second runner-up is Karina Nadila Niab, 24 who will compete in Miss Supranational 2017 in Poland sometime in December.

A new title, Miss Grand International Indonesia, was awarded to 23-year-old Dea Goesti Rizkita Koswara. She will compete in Miss Grand International 2017 pageant to be held in Vietnam on October 25th. She will attempt to win a back-to-back crown for Indonesia.


 Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere attended the pageant as a special guest, while former Miss Universe 2005 Natalie Glebova sat as judge. Natalie was supposed to attend the 2005 pageant but was unable to come due to travel advisory from her native country, Canada.


Miss South Africa 2017

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, a 21-year-old business student, was crowned Miss South Africa 2017 on March 26 at the Sun City Superbowl. She is expected to compete in either Miss World or Miss Universe pageant (whichever comes first) later this year. 

The First Princess is Adè van Heerden (left) and the Second Princess is Boipelo Mabe (right). Priyeshka Lutchman and Shané Naidoo completed the Top 5


Miss Colombia 2017


 Laura González Ospina, 22, was crowned  Señorita Colombia 2017 (Miss Colombia 2017) on March 20 at Las Americas Convention Center in her hometown of Cartagena. She will now compete in the next edition of Miss Universe pageant.  The second place or "Virreina" position went to Vanessa Pulgarín, 25, from Antioquia who earned the title of Miss Colombia International 2017 and will compete in Miss International 2017 in Japan later this year. The First Princess position went to Jennifer Hernandez of Santander, the Second Princess is Vanessa Dominguez of Bogota, and the Third Princess is Maria Fernanda Betancourt of Magdalena.


Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere's Homecoming Parade in Lille


Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere was warmly received by her compatriots during her homecoming in her native France that started last Thursday, March 16. She has met with French president Francois Hollande, and was mobbed by photographers and adoring fans at her homecoming parade last Sunday, March 19, in Lille. 


After her reunion in Paris with her mother, Iris reunited with her grandmother in Lille. On Instagram, the beauty queen posted a nice shot of her hugging her beloved grandmother  whom she nicknamed Mamé affectionately. 

In an interview with TV Mag , Iris Mittenaere explained why she was so upset when she found her grandmother.  "I had not seen her since I left for M
anila. I was extremely moved to see her again. She did not want me to win because I was going to be away from her. She was too cute!" So it was a relief for her grandmother who was able to see her granddaughter who had promised to visit her regularly .



Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere Gives A Press Conference During Her Homecoming In France


The new Miss Universe, 23-year-old Iris Mittenaere, declared Friday proud to "represent France a little" in the world, on her first trip to her country since she was crowned in the Philippines and before meeting François Hollande on Saturday.

"I am honored to meet him because, although I am not president, I feel like representing a little bit of France on my scale, like him!" she said during a press conference at the Hotel Marignan in Paris on Friday.

"I had missed it: my family, the croissants, French gastronomy and even speaking French!", The young woman said, "very, very happy" to finally come back to France.

Her "only anguish" concerned the reception of the French. "I said to myself," How are they going to receive me? Are they going to be happy? But I was better received than I had thought, "she said.

Present for a week in French territory, Mittenaere displays a busy schedule, between media tour and reunion with her family. After the press conference at the Hotel Marignan, she had dinner with her family.

She must spend a few days in Lille, her home town, where the public can come to meet her on Sunday, at a grand parade, starting at 11:00 AM.

As for her future, Iris Mittenaere is "still asking questions". "I always want to be a dentist of course," says the young woman who was in 5th year of dental surgery before becoming Miss France.

But "I always told myself that I could do everything, so I want to try everything to see if I'm gifted." Cinema, modeling, television: it excludes nothing except singing. "I am the only one, with my mother, to think that I sing well!", joked the young beauty queen.

Crowned as the 65th Miss Universe on January 30 in the Philippines, Iris Mittenaere had previously been elected Miss France and Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais 2016.

Source: Associated Press, France, 3/17/2017


Nuestra Belleza Mexico 2017 Crowned

 Denisse Franco, 18, from Culiácan in the state of Sinaloa, was crowned Nuestra Belleza Mexico 2017 on March 11, 2017. She will represent Mexico in the next edition of Miss Universe pageant.

If for any reason Franco fails to compete in Miss Universe, she will be replaced by Citlaly Higuera of the state of Tamaulipas who came in second.

 Karla Berúmen of Aguascalientes came in third.

PHOTO CREDITS: Facebook, Nuestra Belleza Mexico


Miss Malaysia World 2016 Dethroned

Tatiana says she has conducted herself with utmost professionalism as Miss Malaysia World 2016.
Picture by Malay Mail  

PETALING JAYA, March 8 — Tatiana Kumar, who was stripped of her Miss Malaysia World title on Monday, has denied she breached the pageant organiser’s code of conduct. 
She said the decision of the pageant’s national director Datuk Anna Lim to terminate her agreement with her company, Meridian Surf Sdn Bhd, after she won the title last August, was unjustifiable. 
“The termination of the agreement and the removal of my title are wrongful and wholly unjustified as I have certainly not breached the agreement or any so-called code of conduct,” Tatiana, 18, said in a statement. 
“More importantly, the allegations made against me are false and unacceptable. I am upset and disappointed with the allegations as I have conducted myself with utmost professionalism as Miss Malaysia World 2016.”
Tatiana said she was seeking legal redress and she had been advised not to make any more public statements.
Lim on Monday said Tatiana, had among others, offended one of her sponsors at the pageant’s finale in the United States in December by refusing to wear its garments. She also said Tatiana had disregarded her advice. 
Lim said yesterday Tatiana had also embarrassed her on her Facebook page by giving the impression her company failed to pay for her air tickets for the grand finale. 
She said Tatiana had posted a thank you note on Facebook to Tourism Malaysia and her father for sponsoring her business class ticket, which generated criticisms about Lim when her company was going to pay for her economy class fare.
“I am upset and ashamed by the posts on her Facebook page,” said Lim, who also said she had engaged a lawyer on the matter. 
After Tatiana was stripped of the title, Lim had announced Shweta Sekhon, the first runner-up, as the new Miss Malaysia World 2016. 

Tatiana was stripped of her crown for ‘offensive’ comments online. — Instagram screengrabTatiana was stripped of her crown for ‘offensive’ comments online. — Instagram screengrab

Source: The Malay Mail Online, 3/8/2017