Miss World Mexico 2013 selected

 During the preliminary show of Nuestra Belleza Mexico 2013 yesterday, Maria Elena Chagoya Triana, an 18-year-old business student from Veracruz, was crowned Nuestra Belleza Mexico Mundo 2013 and will represent Mexico in Miss World 2013 pageant. The remaining candidates will compete tomorrow (Sept. 1st) for the Nuestra Belleza Mexico 2013 title and the chance to represent Mexico in Miss Universe 2013 pageant.

Miss Venezuela 2012 crowned

The new Miss Venezuela 2012 is Maria Gabriela Isler, the 24-year-old representative of Guárico, who was crowned last night during a glitzy 60th anniversary of the pageant. She will represent Venezuela in Miss Universe 2013 pageant. The 1st runner-up and also named Miss Venezuela International 2013 is Elian Herrera (Miss Aragua). She will compete in Miss International 2013. The 2nd runner-up and also crowned Miss Venezuela Earth 2013 is Alys Herich (Miss Falcón) who will compete in Miss Earth 2013. Miss Tachira, Ivana Vale, finished in 4th place, and Miss Yaracuy, Maria Julia Alvarez, placed 5th.



Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2013 crowned

Monic Pérez, 22, Miss Arecibo, was crowned Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2013 last Thursday night at Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan. She will compete in Miss Universe 2013. She was crowned by Bodine Koehler who is competing in Miss Universe 2012 in December. Completing the top five were 1st runner-up
Génesis Dávila, Miss Arroyo who will compete in Miss Intercontinental 2013, 2nd runner-up Miss Mayagüez Cristina María Franceschini who will compete in Miss Continente Americano 2013, 3rd runner-up Miss Cayey Desireé del Río who will go to Miss Supranational 2013, and 4th runner-up Miss Orocovis Amanda Ortiz who will go to Top Model of the World 2013.


Miss Hong Kong 2012 pageant turns ugly

Carat Cheung Ming-nga (center) is the new Miss Hong Kong 2012

Hackers are suspected of attacking TVB's Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant server on Sunday, thwarting the broadcaster's attempt for online voting in American Idol style.

TVB has set up a team to investigate the alleged cyberattack, which forced a panel of judges to pick the winner.

In an ugly turn, netizens condemned the judges' choice and others complained to the Communications Authority.

Tracy Chu Chin-suet, the public's hot favorite to become Miss Hong Kong, landed second runner-up while Carat Cheung Ming-nga, who was earlier named Miss International Goodwill, was chosen Miss Hong Kong. She will compete for the Miss World title next year.

"I thought it was a 'beauty' pageant," a netizen wrote on an online forum. "Can we ask for a re-election?"

Initial investigations revealed there were millions of page-hits during the pageant, suggesting an attack by hackers, said a spokesman of Microsoft, which provided technical support for TVB for the event.

TVB's deputy director for foreign affairs Tsang Sing-ming apologized for the blunder.

Tsang claimed that the station had expected half a million viewers to vote during the 10-minute slot from 10.45pm to 10.55pm on Sunday, but the traffic exceeded the server's capacity.

TVB general manager Cheong Shin-keong said it will hire an independent consultant to analyze the data before deciding whether to make a report to the police.

Cheong said the excessive number of hits were "deliberately made."

The probe came as the Communications Authority was flooded with more than 447 complaints yesterday about suspicions of misleading the audience and unfair results. An authority spokesman said it will handle the complaints accordingly.

TVB had announced it would give away a Mini Cooper to a randomly selected voter to attract viewers to vote on Sunday, but no one was picked due to the server crashing.

The names of winners should be released as soon as possible after the close of a contest.

"We will announce another contest related to the pageant for the viewers in a couple of days to give away the prize," Tsang said.

"The new contest will be launched within two weeks."

TVB promoted the pageant with the slogan "one person, one vote for Miss Hong Kong."

Despite the public discontent, Carat Cheung is confident she would have won if the online voting had worked.

"I think I would still have won," she said.

Chu was gracious in defeat, saying the judging was fair and she was happy to come in the top three.

SOURCE: The Standard, Hong Kong, 8/28/2012


Czech & Slovak reps chosen for Mister International 2012

 Karol Partika (left), 29, is the new Mister Slovak Republic International 2012. Robert Anderle (right), 24, is the new Mister Czech Republic International 2012.  Both men were chosen as winners of their respective countries during the Men of the Year competition held on August 24th in Nachod, Czech Republic. Both men will compete in Mister International 2012 whose dates and venue are still to be disclosed. Partika confessed that he's been married for 4 years and is a father of a young child.

Karol Partika, Mister Slovak Republic International 2012

Robert Anderle, Mister Czech Republic International 2012

Miss Earth Canada 2012 crowned

The new Miss Earth Canada is Valérie Rémillard, 23, of St. Felix de Valois, Quebec who was crowned August 25th at the Holiday Inn Montreal. She will compete in Miss Earth 2012 in Bali, Indonesia on October 28. Her court includes 1st runner-up Cynthia Lowen of La Salle, Ontario;  2nd runner-up Angel Bhathal of Winnipeg, Manitoba; 3rd runner-up Suzette Hernandez of Vancouver, BC; and 4th runner-up Chanel Beckenlehner of Caledon, Ontario.

Ivian Sarcos not invited to Miss Venezuela 2012

Miss World 2011 IVIAN SARCOS

J*Lu Blog reports:

Former Miss World 2011, Ivián Sarcos was slammed by some fans in Venezuela after they learned that the ex-Miss allegedly tried to negotiate with the Miss World organization, in order to get the franchise of the pageant for her country, which has been in Osmel Sousa’s hands and the Miss Venezuela Organization for over 30 years.
The news leaked on a local TV show on Saturday night followed by a storm of offensive comments on Twitter towards Sarcos, who was called “backstabber,” “hypocrite” and “ungrateful.”
Many others considered “disappointing” the fact that the Miss Amazonas 2010 openly supports Venezuela’s President, Hugo Chávez.
Shortly after this year’s Miss World pageant – where Venezuela did not place, it was announced that Osmel decided not to crown a winner for Miss World during the finale of 2012. Instead, the Miss Venezuela Mundo will be elected during a special event early next year.
Ivián who just finished her reign last Saturday hasn’t been invited to the finale of Miss Venezuela 2012, which will take place next Thursday, August 30th.

SOURCE: J*Lu Blog, 8/25/2012

‘Yes I shoved Miss New Zealand’

Miss Malawi Susan Mtegha has admitted that she pushed Miss New Zealand during the Miss World 2012 grand finale held last Saturday in China.

She told The Weekend Times that she did so as it was her time to be on the spot.

Mtegha (right) with Miss Zimbabwe
"It is true I pushed Miss New Zealand but not because I was rude but because she was in my close up spot. Each contestant had only 30 seconds to be seen by the world. I told her to move but she didn't so I had to push her aside otherwise I would have missed my close up."
The 24-year-old Malawi queen added that later at the back stage the Miss World stage director acknowledged that she was right by pushing her to the side.
"It was said time and time again during rehearsals that no one at any point shall be in a fellow contestants' close up mark and that if that happens, you had the right to push them to the side and that is what I did," she said.
Mtegha said it was sad to note that some of her fellow Malawians wanted her to stand in the background whilst they had mentioned her name.
She said she apologised to her later for her action but insisted she was simply following procedures and that Miss New Zealand also admitted to her she was wrong.
"I understood her because being a world event where you are being seen by millions of people, you panic so that's what happened to her and she failed to move," said the Malawi queen revealing that Miss New Zealand was one of her friends.
She said she was in the same group with Miss New Zealand since all contestants were divided into groups of three.
"It's a shame it had to happen that way but between us there are no hard feelings. We had contestants stepping on other dresses and falling over that is how hectic it was but the world couldn't have seen this because it was backstage.
"All these were accidents that occur during the pageant," said Mtegha whose roommate was Miss Botswana and that her close friends were Miss Nepal, Mongolia, Tanzania and Uganda.
Mtegha. who is currently in China and failed to come back home on Wednesday after she fainted at the airport leading to her missing the flight said:
"I am fine. It was a once off thing as I have never fainted before and this was due to exhaustion and lack of sleep. I must admit it takes a lot to prepare for the competition and my body just couldn't take it anymore."
She said that she fainted at the bathroom after she checked in and was getting ready to go to the boarding gate.
"I felt dizzy and wanted to go and wash my face that is when it happened. Malawians should not worry much as I am fine. I went to the Malawian Embassy here in Beijing and I am being hosted by the Malawian Bello family and I am very grateful to them," said Mtegha.
Mtegha will be with the Bello family until her flight is rescheduled and she is not sure when will be home.

SOURCE: Bnltimes.com, 8/24/2012

Mister Switzerland 2012 selected

The new Mister Schweiz (Mister Swizterland) 2012 is Sandro Cavegn, 27, who was crowned Saturday, August 25th, in Zurich. He celebrates his 28th birthday on September 3rd. Fourteen young men competed in Switzerland's most prestigious male pageant. The winner of this pageant never competes internationally.

Photo credit: Schweizer Illustrierte


Pageant push 'surreal,' says beauty queen

Collette Lochore arrives back in Auckland yesterday after appearing in the Miss World competition in China. Photo / Natalie Slade

It's the moment dubbed the "pageant push", and it has had more than 115,000 YouTube views. The victim, Kiwi beauty queen Collette Lochore, says it was just plain "surreal". The 18-year-old Miss World New Zealand, was posing on stage when she was jostled out of camera view by Miss Malawi, Susan Mtegha

After a short verbal exchange between the two, Ms Mtegha elbowed Ms Lochore out of view and stood smiling in her place. "It's crazy. It was streaming live ... and there I am getting pushed off my mark on stage," Ms Lochore told the Herald when she arrived at Auckland Airport last night.

 Ms Lochore, who did not see the video until a transit stop in Sydney yesterday, said she was still in a state of disbelief. 

"All you can do is just hold your own and represent New Zealand how you want to."

The competition in the inner Mongolian city of Ordos in China pitted 116 beauty queens against one another. The top prize was was won by Miss China, Yu Wenxia.

But it was the on-stage jostle that caught everyone's attention.

Despite the incident, Ms Lochore said she harboured no bad feelings towards Miss Mtegha, a fashion designer and dancer. 

Speaking from Shanghai on Monday, the director of Miss World NZ, Desmond Foulger, said he would complain about the incident. 

However, Ms Lochore said she had asked Mr Foulger not to make an official complaint. "I think it has nothing to do with the Miss World pageant. "They just had no control over what the contestants were doing and it wasn't at the standard we felt it should have been." 

This year's pageant is likely to be Ms Lochore's last, but she would like to help the next Miss World NZ do her best and focus on the pageant's association with charity work. 

Ms Lochore said she had raised $26,000 which will go towards helping children and the disadvantaged around the world. She teaches drama to young people aged 3 to 18. This year she was inducted as the youngest member of the New Lynn Rotary Club. 

By Harry Pearl SOURCE: New Zealand Herald,  8/22/2012  


China’s First ‘Dairy Cow Beauty Pageant’

Bikini models pose with dairy cows during the Miss Dairy Cow Pageant on August 18, 2012 in Shuozhou, Shanxi Province.

For years China has been known for its generous deployment of bikini models to spice up industry conferences and meetings. But news that scantily clad models were recently recruited to enliven the country’s first “dairy cow beauty pageant” is being described some as utterly — or should that be udderly? — ridiculous.
Designed to promote the dairy indus try of Shanyin County in the central Chinese province of Shanxi, the weekend contest pitted more than 200 cows against each other based on looks, milk and pedigree.
The concept is a strange one even for a country with more than its fair share of mystifying events. But it’s the eight bikini models hired for the bovine pageant – and made to pose awkwardly next to, and even milk, the cows – that has churned the controversy.
Photos of the girls — all of them, perhaps understandably, wearing masks — spread around traditional and social media websites on Monday, and even earned an editorial on the website of the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily.
While noting that the popularity of beauty contests has been rising (China’s Yu Wenxia won the Miss World pageant over the weekend), the editorial argues that in this case things seem to have gone a bit too far. “Beautiful girls have far greater ability to attract attention that the milk cow contestants,” it reads. “How do you think that makes the cows feel?”
The editorial also calls attention to one model who said given the natural setting of the dairy farm, posing in a bikini felt “harmonious.”
The article allows the girl might simply have been embarrassed and making excuses, but reserves little sympathy for the organizer of the conference, who it sarcastically declares must have a peculiar understanding of what adds excitement to an event.
On Sina Corp.’s popular Weibo microblogging service, most users milked the ample potential to make puns about the contest, but a few were more critical of the proceedings. “Shanxi’s ‘cow models” — an inconceivable objectification of women,”wrote one user posting under the screen name Ariel_Meow.
Organizers of some Chinese promotional events have recently tried to move away from reliance on bikini girls — in one case replacing them with cross-dressing men. But given the success Shanyin had in drawing attention to its dairy industry over the weekend, China likely hasn’t seen the last of the cow belles.
– Paul Mozur
SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal, 8/20/2012


Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2013 crowned

     Rachel Wyatt of South Carolina was crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2013 Saturday night in Orlando, Florida. The teen pageant is the younger-sister pageant within the Miss America Organization.

     Wyatt, 17, reigned as Miss Greater Mauldin Teen before earning the state crown. The new Miss South Carolina Teen will be Sydney Hill, who was first runner-up at the state pageant. Wyatt is a “senior honor student at Wren High School, is class president and member of the Beta Club,” according to the Williamston Journal. “She is the recipient of the Presidential volunteer service award and the Duke of Edinburgh silver award.”

     An avid dancer, she hopes to major in speech pathology. Others honored at the national pageant were:
first runner-up: Jaine Coann LeFebvre of Connecticut; second runner-up: Laura Leigh Turner of Arkansas; third runner-up: Jameson Kenerly of Georgia; and fourth funner-up: Molly May of Mississippi.


 SOURCE: Examiner.com, 8/19/2012


China is crowned Miss World 2012

ORDOS, China—China's Yu Wenxia has been crowned 2012 Miss World. It was the second time a Miss China contestant was awarded the title. The last time was in 2007 when Zhang Zilin took the honor. The 23-year-old Ms. Yu is a music student who said she wants to become a music teacher.
     The first runner-up was Sophie Elizabeth Moulds of Wales and the second runner-up is Jessica Michelle Kahawaty of Australia. Completing the top 7 were Mariana Notarangelo of Brazil, Deanna Robbins of Jamaica, Atong Demach of South Sudan, and Vanya Mishra of India.
     Completing the top 15 were Aranzazu Estevez of Spain,  Nathalie Den Dekker of the Netherlands, Charlotte Holmes of England, Mariana Berumen of Mexico, Claudine Book of the United States, Queenierich Rehman of the Philippines,  Ines Putri of Indonesia, and Shamin Nabil of Kenya.
     Winners of special awards were Wales (Beach Fashion), South Sudan (Top Model), India (Multimedia), Sweden (Sports), China (Talent), and India (Beauty With a Purpose). 
     It was the first time that the Inner Mongolian city of Ordos had hosted the international beauty pageant. The city is part of one of the richest regions in China, thanks to its abundant natural resources. City officials expressed hope that the Miss World event would raise its profile for economic development and tourism. Sanya, a beach-resort city on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, has hosted the contest several times.
     Pageant fans who were not satisfied with the results posted their comments via Facebook and other social networks. Many speculate that Julia Morley, the chief executive officer and owner of Miss World, had been bribed by Chinese officials to rig the results in China's favor. Some pageants also claim that the reason  Kenya, Indonesia and India placed was because the pageant organizers had paid for Morley's trip to those countries. Indonesia, incidentally, will host the 2013 pageant.


The parents of pageant star Honey Boo Boo were accused of child abuse according to a new report

Honey Boo Boo's controversial mother June, the coupon queen, was arrested on January 3, 2008 for theft and contempt of court.

A mugshot of 33-year-old June Shannon (above), the mother of six-year-old Alana Thompson, aka Honey Boo Boo, has surfaced as well as details of her arrest which took place in Henry County, Georgia.

According to Starcasm, there are also additional court reports which show that the mother-of-three was the defendant in two child support cases around the same time, which may explain the theft charges, though it is not entirely clear. 
It comes just days after learning that child services made an unannounced visit to her and husband Mike Thompson's family home in rural McIntrye, Georgia in March of this year.

The coupon queen, as she is commonly referred to, was arrested in a location that is more than halfway to Atlanta when measured from her current home, suggesting that she may have been trying to escape police. 

The family were visited by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services in March, according to The National Enquirer.

A source told the magazine that authorities who made the visit 'found reason to bring the case to court' but a 'court-appointed attorney' for June convinced the judge to 'throw it [the case] out'.

The source said investigators were called to the home as a result of June and Mr Thompson's unorthodox, and highly-publicised, parenting methods which include feeding Alana caffeinated drinks as well as roadkill for dinner.

Controversy: The parents of pageant star Honey Boo Boo (front) were accused of child abuse according to a new report. June (behind the youngster) and Mike (to the right) and her three sisters, are shown
Controversy: The parents of pageant star Honey Boo Boo (front) were accused of child abuse according to a new report. June (behind the youngster) and Mike (to the right) and her three sisters, are shown.

The family now star in their own spin-off reality series, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which has also showed Alana go mud belly flop diving, adopt a pet pig named Glitzy, attend local food auctions with June and help her buy more than a dozen packets of chocolate milk powder, during one supermarket visit, using discount coupons.

The source added: 'Honey Boo Boo's upbringing raised eyebrows with neighbours.'

The initial visit by authorities is said to have occurred 'shortly after filming began' on the new TLC series which premiered on August 8. It attracted 2.2million viewers.

Although June sparked outrage back in January when she was seen on Toddlers & Tiaras feeding Alana 'Go Go Juice', a mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull, the authorities visited the family after catching wind of an online video that showed Alana dancing for dollars in a bar.

Secret weapon: The youngster, who was first seen on Toddlers & Tiaras, was fed 'Go Go Juice' by June. The mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull was offered to the little girl after she had consumed 15 packets of sugar
Secret weapon: The youngster, who was first seen on Toddlers & Tiaras, was fed 'Go Go Juice' by June. The mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull was offered to the little girl after she had consumed 15 packets of sugar.

Crazy: Once she had consumed the Juice, she was seen spinning around on the floor, her energy heightened
Crazy: Once she had consumed the Juice, she was seen spinning around on the floor, her energy heightened

Loud and proud: The pageant queen showed off her flabby belly on a previous episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. The child has been shown to feast on roadkill and ample sugary sweets on several occasions
Loud and proud: The pageant queen showed off her flabby belly on a previous episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. The child has been shown to feast on roadkill and ample sugary sweets on several occasions.

The video, which can still be found on YouTube, was not filmed by the network however showed Alana in a darkened room, dancing atop of table as coloured lights flash around her.

June defended her daughter's actions by explaining that Alana had been dancing in a college bar, not a sleazy one.

The 'Go Go Juice' incident, which saw Alana being fed the liquid after having downed 15 bags of Pixy Stix, tubes of powdered sugar commonly referred to as 'pageant crack', attracted negative criticism of its own.
June was filmed instructing Alana to take 'two big gulps' from an unlabelled bottle. 

Within seconds, the change was apparent and the pageant hopeful was seen rapidly swinging her arms over her head and spinning around on the floor, exclaiming: 'My Go Go juice is kicking in right now!'

Beauty pageant insiders speculate that some mothers' 'special juice' blends may even contain alcohol.
Lewd: June was seen in the debut episode of her new reality series, grinding up against a young man
Lewd: June was seen in the debut episode of her new reality series, grinding up against a young man

Stealing the limelight: June (left) has arguably become more of a focus in the reality show than her beauty pageant star daughter (right). The pair were seen on CNN earlier this month promoting the new TLC show
Stealing the limelight: June (left) has arguably become more of a focus in the reality show than her beauty pageant star daughter (right). The pair were seen on CNN earlier this month promoting the new TLC show

Describing how the drink made her feel, Alana said: 'Go Go juice makes me laughy, and play-ey, and makes me feel like I want to pull my mommy's hair.'

June has stolen much of the limelight away from her daughter in the new reality series.

During its debut episode, she was seen grinding up against a young man as her daughter played in a giant mud pit.

She has also been filmed taking her family to the supermarket to help her shop using discount coupons and take Alana to their local food auction, June's favourite weekly activity, in order to bid on what appeared to be sugary donuts.

She has also admitted that she is obsessed with 'couponing', labeling it 'better than sex' in a teaser for tonight's new episode of the reality series.

The coupon queen, as she is commonly referred to, continued: 'Couponing is a serious obsession. Anybody who uses coupons will tell you that it is an addiction.'

SOURCE: The Daily Mail, UK, 8/17/2012


2013 Miss America Pageant to Air on ABC, Jan 12

LAURA KAEPPELER, Miss America 2012

ABC Television Network and Sam Haskell, Chairman of the Board of the Miss America Organization, have announced that "The 2013 Miss America Competition" returns to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for a week of preliminary competitions, culminating in a live telecast on SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2013 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

"The 2012 Miss America telecast on ABC was a tremendous success, taking the ratings crown as the most-watched non-sports program on Saturday night," said Haskell. "With the success of our re-branding Miss America, we have attracted a new audience. We look forward to working with ABC and Planet Hollywood to make the 2013 broadcast event even more memorable for our viewers."

The three nights of preliminaries will take place on January 8, 9 & 10 at Planet Hollywood's PH Live Tickets for the preliminaries, as well as the Miss America live event, will be available soon. For information on ticket sales visitwww.missamerica.org. Laura Kaeppeler, of Kenosha, Wisconsin is Miss America 2012.

The Miss America Organization is the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women and one of the nation's leading achievement programs. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local affiliates made available more than $45 million in scholarship assistance. The 2013 Miss America Competition will mark its third consecutive year on ABC. The show will air on Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. ET. For more information, visitwww.missamerica.org.

SOURCE: Tv.broadwayworld.com, 8/15/2012

Ex-Miss USA Kenya Moore, launches the Miss More 2012 pageant

Beauty pageants have a pretty bad rep.
Up until 1970 some beauty pageants refused to allow women of color to vie for the crown. Even Miss Black France, Mbathio Beye, was caught up in a controversy this year after protestors called the pageant "stupid," "dangerous" and "hostile. "  
But the former Miss USA, Kenya Moore (photo), is ready to give the world of pageants a much needed makeover.
This September, Kenya is hosting Miss More 2012, a "modern day beauty pageant, for the modern day woman." Kenya's pageant is inspired by today's female CEO's, presidents, educators, philanthropists, motivators, and leaders. Beauty queens without drive need not apply. The competition will be hosted on a major news network and will feature a special appearance by the beautiful Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011.
“I wanted to create a positive platform for women of color that exemplifies who we are in this day and age, in this century and to make a positive contribution to society as a whole," Kenya said in a press release. "Women rule the world, and Black women own it."
So what kind of women is Kenya looking for? Fabulous single women of color between the ages of 18 and 40 that live in the U.S. College students in the state of Georgia are also welcome to apply. And even if the thought of winning a beauty pageant isn't high on your bucket list, the prizes may entice you. The winner gets $2,000 in cash, an expense paid trip for two to Barbados and a role in the next film or production made by Kenya's media company, Dark Horse Productions, along with a yearlong appearance contract. You also get to don a custom made gown, sash, and crown.
To sign up for a chance to claim your crown, check out The Miss More 2012 website.
SOURCE: The Huffington Post, 8/15/2012

Miss Italy pageant dumps the bikini

Miss Italy: Organisers hope the move will add a 'sober element' to the pageant

It's a step forward for women – but perhaps a step too far for male television viewers in Italy. The Miss Italia beauty contest has banned bikinis in favour of swimsuits.

The organisers said the move would ‘add a sober element’ to the contest and that ‘interior beauty as well as exterior beauty’ was important.

Pageant organiser Patrizia Mirigliani said: 'With this type of costume we will be returning to the classical beauty of the 1950’s, the era of female legends who we still admire and respect even today.
'The costumes will really highlight feminine beauty and for next years competition I am already thinking of environmentally friendly outfits so the girls will do their bit for the environment.'

'Revolutionary': Organisers are in talks to add Jane Fonda to the judging panel this year
'Revolutionary': Organisers are in talks to add Jane Fonda to the judging panel this year
The pageant is a national institution and will be broadcast live in September.

Other rules for this year’s contest include no tattoos or body piercings, while women who have had plastic surgery are barred from entering.

In another surprising twist to the format, campaigner Tara Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, will join the judging panel as a  special guest. 

The position has previously been reserved for Hollywood hunks such as Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone.

Mrs Mirigliani also said talks were ongoing to have actress Jane Fonda on the jury for the final show. She said: 'Jane is a woman who knows how to age well, she was also a revolutionary and meant business.'

Among those taking part in this year’s contest is Chiara Danese, who is representing the north west region of Valle D’Aosta and who is a witness in the bunga bunga sex case against former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi

SOURCE: The Daily Mail, UK, 8/14/2012


Miss British Virgin Islands 2013 crowned

(L to R): Lavanta Thompson (Miss Popularity and finalist), Michelle Parsons (2nd runner-up), Sharie De Castro (winner), Anna John (1st runner-up), and Latoya Donovan (finalist).  De Castro will now represent the British Virgin Islands in Miss Universe 2013.


Miss Namibia 2012 crowned

Tsakana Nkandih (center), 21, was crowned Miss Namibia 2012 this past weekend at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort. She will compete in Miss World 2013. First Princess was Patricia Hanstein (left) and Second Princess was Monique Peters(Photo: New Era)

Allegations of corruption in Miss World 2009?

     Almost three years after Johannesburg hosted the Miss World pageant the municipality wants to silence its critics. It’s called on Thuli Madonsela to investigate claims of mismanagement, a political move not hiding the fact the city should have never hosted the event in the first place.

Saturday 12 December 2009 was a historic day for Gibraltar. “In unison Gibraltarians triumphantly cheered, with wild screams, and spontaneous applause they jumped out of their seats, filled with tears of joy—an entire population realising a dream, proud that their representative at Miss World had achieved what everyone had always felt was simply out of reach,” reported the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Kaiane Aldorino won the country’s first Miss World crown at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand. “A Gibraltarian once again puts Gibraltar on the map!” declared the Rock’s chief minister.

Kaiane Aldorino

     For the hosts, the Miss World contest has been remembered for a different reason. On 11 December 2009, Mail & Guardian exposed allegations of financial mismanagement in the City of Johannesburg. Rumours of corruption have surrounded the contract to host the beauty pageant in the years since.

     The municipality tried to silence its critics on Monday by inviting the Public Protector to investigate its role in securing and financing the event. It has asked Thuli Madonsela to look into the bidding and procurement of rights for the pageant, the budgeting process and whether the city officials had the authority to sign the agreement.

     The contract caused a stir when the Johannesburg Tourism Company (JTC), a section 21 company, agreed in 2008 with World Awards Limited to host the 59th Miss World pageant, just as the Council was being downgraded by Moody’s for liquidity pressures.

     The city said the pageant would cost R45-million, while the contract seen by Mail & Guardian indicated costs would reach R90-million. JTC agreed to pay a £6-million hosting fee and cover venue, accommodation, transport and make-up costs as well as a return trip for beauty queens from countries competing in the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

     Allegations the deal amounted to wasteful expenditure and involved corruption resurfaced in July when Council passed a resolution to develop a framework to deal with contract confidentiality clauses. The Municipal Public Accounts Committee has seen the Miss World contract but a confidentiality clause has prevented its further release.

     Rubi Mathang, MMC for Economic Development, said multiple investigations have been conducted, but Mayor Parks Tau insisted they request the Public Protector to probe the deal.

     “We thought the matter would be dead, buried and completed but it continues to enjoy attention in the media,” Mathang in a 6 August press conference.

     Mathang said the city will co-operate fully with Madonsela and “in the interest of transparency” provide all relevant documents. “We are confident the protector will deal will this matter sufficiently and ensure a thorough investigation of all allegations. Nobody will be left out of the investigations and any wrongdoing will be punished.” The public protector’s office confirmed it received the council’s letter and will decide whether to investigate.

     The ANC dominates the council, and Mathang accused other parties of using the Miss World pageant to manipulate the public and brew a storm over the confidentiality clause resolution. Opposition parties, however, are worried of a repeat of the Miss World mystery.

     “The principle of the matter is that tomorrow we can decide which contracts are sensitive and which ones to put in the public space,” said DA spokesman Mmusi Maimane on the day the resolution was passed. “The great news was that for the first time all the opposition parties agreed on one issue together.” On the same day, all opposition parties walked out of the council chamber over an ANC member’s claim the DA used a racial slur.

     Calling on the public protector to investigate an issue in which one is implicated is become a handy political move. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe did it when implicated with his partner Gugu Mtshali in soliciting a R104-billion bribe.

      It seems to silence the pundits. Letting Madonsela audit your accounts is like welcoming a Stephen Sackur interview; no one wants that sort of scrutiny if you’re in the wrong.
     But don’t bank on a public protector’s report into the pageant just yet. First, her office must find it worthwhile to look into. Second, she’ll need access to the elusive information.

     After almost three years of controversy, was hosting a competition that upholds Western values of beauty and judges contestants on how they can rock a bikini (the event which won Kaiane Aldorino the crown) really worth the trouble? Mathang explained that South Africa is a diverse country where some people enjoy slaughtering sheep and others enjoy pageants.

     Gibraltar might buy that, but it doesn’t depend on the City of Johannesburg for basic services, nor would it care that the money used to host its win could have been used towards solving the diabolical billing crisis.

By Greg Nicolson for The Daily Maverick, Gibraltar, 8/6/2012


Malaysia: Selection not based on Pan-Asian looks, say local beauty pageant finalists

PETALING JAYA: It's about talent, confidence and ability to represent the country and not the colour of skin, say local beauty pageant finalists.
Miss World Malaysia 2011 finalist Jessica Fang, 23, said pageant selections are based on the contestants' Malaysian spirit rather than Pan-Asian looks.
“The crown goes to whoever can best portray significant knowledge of Malaysia, its culture and people.
“Contestants from white or mixed backgrounds may have a better command of English, giving them an edge over those who are less fluent and lack a Western accent.
“It is their right to take part in beauty pageants. They are capable of representing Malaysia if they can identify with local culture and are clear about their identity as Malaysians,” she said.
US-based International Business Times (IBTimes) recently carried an article titled: “The Politics Of Beauty: Is Malaysia's Miss Universe Contestant Too White?”
Among other things, the writer wrote: “Caucasians do not make up one of Malaysia's dominant ethnic groups. Not by a long shot.

“That (Miss Universe Malaysia 2012 Kimberley) Leggett's heritage is 75% white raises interesting questions about Malaysian standards of beauty. Are Western norms changing the game?
Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation (Mumo) national director Andrea Fonseka responded to the article on Friday by saying that the writer should have defined the “Malaysian look” mentioned to justify it, adding there was only “Malaysian beauty”.
Miss Universe Malaysia 2012 finalist Sugeeta Chandran (pic), described Penangite Legget as “a true-blue Malaysian”.
“People say the best things in Malaysia can be found in Penang, and this is true for Kimberley.
“She is a friendly local girl who often uses lah' in conversations, and even talks in Bahasa Malaysia,” she said.
Sugeeta, 23, said she did not feel intimidated in the contest with Leggett despite murmurs among her friends that an Eurasian was likely to win.
“No one can define what a Malaysian should look like. Kimberley really is capable of representing the country,” she said.
Mass communication student K.J. Ong, 20, said contestants of mixed Eurasian parentage should not have their “Malaysianness” questioned just because they had Western parentage.
“It should not be an issue if they won fair and square.
“The purpose of the pageant is to select the best candidate to represent us,” she said, adding that the essence of beauty was reflected in one's confidence.
Magazine writer Patrick Loh, 23, said a contestant was beautiful regardless of race or skin colour, adding that winners should be picked on talent.
“It is important that she has lived long enough in this country to be a Malaysian in spirit and not just in name,” he said.
Trainer Webster Ku, 27, said that while Miss Universe contestants had to meet certain physical criteria, it was important that they also balanced it with an understanding of local culture.
“It is not about having darker skin or being raised in Malaysia, it's about living the Malaysian attitude.
“For me, what defines the Malaysian beauty is how her smile makes us want to smile back,” he said.

SOURCE: The Star, Malaysia, 8/5/2012


Meet Ms. Alabama Nursing Home 2012

Viola Thomas, 92, dances in this classic photo after being crowned Ms. Alabama Nursing Home, 2012. Ten finalists from around the state competed for the title.
Thomas is also President of the Resident Council and a member of the Welcoming Committee at her local nursing home, according to ABC. Ms. Alabama Nursing Home is responsible for being an ambassador for other nursing home residents at theAlabama Nursing Home Association events.
Viola Thomas was excited to win the competition and was crowned by Ms. Alabama, Anna Bryan.
"These ladies are wonderful ambassadors of their individual nursing homes and Alabama's long-term care profession," Alabama Nursing Home Association representative Eddie Jackson told ABC.

SOURCE: The Huffington Post, 8/3/2012