Carlina Durán Baldera, 25, the representative from the town of La Vega, was crowned Miss Dominican Republic Universe 2012 on April 17th at the Jaragua Hotel in Santo Domingo. She will compete in Miss Universe 2012 in December. She was crowned by her predecessor Dalia Fernández. The current Miss Universe Leila Lopes (above) helped put on the sash. Baldera's court includes 1st runner-up Dulcita Lieggi, Miss Distrito Nacional; 2nd runner-up Carolyn Hawa Rodríguez, Miss Santiago; 3rd runner-up Alondra Peña, Miss Peravia; and 4th runner-up Luz Quezada, Miss San José de Ocoa.
A local beauty pageant is attracting ample mockery on social media after a trans-identified male was crowned the winner of the competition and awarded a scholarship intended for young women. Brían Nguyen , 19, was awarded the crown in the Miss Greater Derry pageant, held on November 8 in the Greater Derry area of New Hampshire. The competition is a locally-run event under the national Miss America series of pageants. In addition to winning the crown, Nguyen will receive the Miss Greater Derry Scholarship , a financial award established to support young women. Nguyen, who is male, is a freshman at Nashua Community College majoring in Business Management. After his win, Nguyen wrote on Facebook : “ I am ecstatic to be the FIRST transgender woman to be a Miss America local titleholder, and I hope to make everyone proud and become the first to walk the Miss America stage. I am Brían Nguyen, your Miss Greater Derry 2023 .” Nguyen had previously announced on Instagram that he has intention