Road to Miss USA & Miss Teen USA 2013: Colorado, Utah, Louisiana, West Virginia

New Miss and Teen USA queens were crowned last Sunday, October 28 in their respective states:

Amanda Wiley was crowned as Miss Colorado USA 2013 at Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley.  

 Chloe Brown, 18, of Grand Junction was crowned as Miss Colorado Teen USA 2013. 

Kristen Girault, 21, of New Orleans was crowned as Miss Louisiana USA 2013 

Bailey Hidalgo, 14, of Denham Springs was crowned as Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2013

Marisa Hidalgo, 20, of Salt Lake City was crowned as Miss Utah USA 2013

Chloe Crump, 16, of Highland was crowned Miss Utah Teen USA 2013

Chelsea Welch, 22, of West Union was crowned Miss West Virginia USA 2013


    Haley Holloway, 17, of Morgantown was crowned Miss West Virginia Teen USA 2013


Miss Universe Chile 2012 crowned

Ana Luisa K├Ânig, 22, was crowned as the new Miss Universe Chile 2012 on Friday night. She will compete in Miss Universe 2012 pageant to be held in Las Vegas on Dec, 19th.


Pageant Knew Of Miss U of A’s Drunk Driving Arrest, Attorney Says


Pageant coordinators knew about Miss University of Arkansas’ arrest on suspicion of drunken driving before she was crowned Sunday, the pageant winner’s attorney said Thursday.
Sarah Gafvert’s attorney came to her defense with a statement and a list of accomplishments Thursday, saying her public service outweighs her recent arrest.
“Sarah is a serious student who gives freely of her time to humanitarian causes,” Bo Morton said in a statement. “It is unfortunate that this single incident has attracted so much attention, and her many accomplishments so little.”
Gafvert, 21, was arrested Sept. 26 in connection with driving while intoxicated and several traffic violations. She was named Miss University of Arkansas at the university’s scholarship pageant Sunday.
Steve Voorhies, university spokesman, said pageant rules apparently require contestants to notify officials of such an incident.
“We’re still in the process of finding out what we can say about that,” he said early Thursday.
Voorhies noted the pageant is a registered student organization, and its events are not official university functions. He added the student is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Morton noted in his statement that Gafvert was stopped by police for not using her turn signal, not for erratic driving. Her breathalyzer registered 0.13 percent. The legal alcohol limit while driving in Arkansas is 0.08 percent.
Morton goes on to list several of Gafvert’s accomplishments, including raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network, her status as valedictorian in high school and her 4.0 grade-point-average at the university last semester.
Gafvert is set to be arraigned Monday at Fayetteville City Court. She faces misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated, having an expired drivers license, having an expired vehicle license and failure to use a signal device.
Toni Bahn, pageant co-executive director, said she could not comment on the incident or the student, but added officials are looking into what happened.
She would not say what the process is for determining whether the title and crown should be taken from Gafvert.
Fayetteville police stopped Gafvert at 2:12 a.m. on Sept. 26 at East Rockwood Trail and North Sequoya Drive, according to a Fayetteville District Court preliminary report.
Several minutes earlier she had been driving north on North Mission Boulevard but failed to signal a turn onto East Rockwood Trail, the report states.
The arresting officer said Gafvert had bloodshot and watery eyes and slurred speech. Her car gave off an odor of “intoxicants,” the report states.
Gafvert performed “a battery” of field sobriety tests, indicating she was drunk, according to the report.
Gafvert had an expired drivers license, and the Mercedes had an expired tag, the report states.
Gafvert then was booked into the Washington County Detention Center, and at 3:37 a.m. registered .13 on a blood-alcohol test, the report states. In Arkansas, .08 is considered above the legal limit.
Gafvert was released from the detention center the same day on $1,200 bond, according to booking records from the center.
SOURCE: 5newsonline.com, 10/24/2012


Philippines to host Miss Earth 2012 pageant

October 22, 2012, 7:53pm
MANILA, Philippines --- International beauties will gather once again in the Philippines as they compete in the 2012 Miss Earth beauty contest to be held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on November 24, 2012.

Up to 90 candidates from around the world will compete in the environment-driven beauty pageant, which was earlier announced to be held in Bali, Indonesia but was later transferred to the Philippines.

This developed as Miss Philippines Nicole Schmitz placed in the Top 15 at the 2012 Miss International beauty contest held in Okinawa, Japan last Sunday night. This is the fifth time in a row that the Philippines made it to the Top 15 semis of the same pageant, in which the country has already won four times since 1960. Miss Japan Ikumi Yoshimatsu won this year's beauty contest, the first for her country.

Now on its 12th year, organizers said that this year's Miss Earth beauty pageant aligns itself with the United Nations General Assembly Declaration of 2012 as the "International Year of Sustainable Energy for All."
"The search is now on for the next environmental beauty who will serve as an ambassadress and protector of the Earth's natural resources. This year, our Earth has experienced increased calamities and the need to restore it has reached an alarming level. Coming together for a special advocacy, the Miss Earth beauties will also address the urgency of the Earth's restoration and healing in a powerful motion for environment awareness through the power of prayer to give that light of hope to every nation, to be as one towards a renewed Earth,'' said Lorraine Schuck, EVP, Carousel Productions, at the pre-launch for this year's beauty contest.

Countries expected to debut in the pageant are Angola, Cook Islands, Moldova, and Reunion Island. Returning countries for the contest are Albania, Argentina, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, Gabon, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malta, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Poland, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Turks and Caicos, and Uruguay. So far, 78 candidates have been selected to take part in the contest. 

SOURCE: Manila Bulletin, 10/22/2012

Miss Universe Trinidad & Tobago 2012 crowned

 Avionne Mark was crowned Miss Universe Trinidad and Tobago 2012 at the National Academy for the Performing Arts in Port of Spain on Sunday, October 21st. Marks, a student at the University of the West Indies, competed against nine other finalists. The other contestants to make the Top Five finalists were Jessica Dedier, Sarah Jane Waddell, Ria Da Costa and Mauricia De Peza.

She will represent the country in the upcoming Miss Universe 2012 beauty pageant to be held in 
Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood December 19, 2012.

Miss Florida Teen USA 2013 crowned

 Brianne Bailey of Fort Lauderdale was crowned Miss Florida Teen USA 2013 Sunday, Oct. 21st. 
She will compete in Miss USA 2013 pageant. 

Her court includes (L-R): 4th runner-up Elise Lobb, 1st runner-up Jourdan Thayer,  
2nd runner-up Olivia Caputo, and 3rd runner-up Rachel Gibbons

Miss New Jersey USA & Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2013 crowned

 Libell Duran is the new Miss New Jersey USA 2013. She will compete in Miss USA 2013.

Christina Thompson, 16, is the Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2013. 
 She will compete in Miss Teen USA 2013.

Miss Washington USA & Miss Washington Teen USA 2013 crowned

Cassandra Searles, a 24-year-old bank employee was crowned Miss Washington USA 2013 Sunday, October 21, at Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien.

Searles will represent Washington at the Miss USA 2013 pageant. The pageant is owned by Donald Trump and NBC Universal. The winner of the national pageant will represent the United States at the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.

She entered the pageant as Miss Redmond USA.
"I’m a 24 year old graduate of the University of Washington-Bothell and an employee of Sterling Bank’s Bellevue Commercial office," Searles wrote in her autobiographical snippet. "My personal platform is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy through non-profits such as Junior Achievement. I share my personal experiences with youth of becoming a homeowner at 20 years old while working full time and attending school full time at night. My hope is to inspire youth."
She previously was a contestant in the Miss Washington USA 2012 pageant.

SOURCE: Examiner.com, 10/22/2012

Imani Blackmon was crowned Miss Washington Teen USA 2013 and 
she will compete in Miss Teen USA 2013 pageant

Miss Hawaii USA & Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2013 crowned

Brianna Acosta (left) was crowned Miss Hawaii USA 2013 while Samantha Neyland (right) was crowned Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2013 on Sunday night, October 21st at the Ala Moana Hotel. Acosta will compete in Miss USA 2013 and Neyland in Miss Teen USA 2013.


Jamaican woman wins Miss Humanity International 2012

 Lesa Gayle Wee Tom of Jamaica was crowned Miss Humanity International 2012 on October 20 in Georgetown, Barbados. Her court includes 1st runner-up Meleesa Natasha (Guyana, Best in Talent), 2nd runner-up Ayelee Marie Dasalla (Philippines People's Choice), 3rd runner-up Romina Verdoorn (Netherlands) and  4th runner-up Cleo Howman (Australia)

Japan wins its first Miss International title

More than 60 women competed for the title of Miss International Beauty 2012 in Okinawa, Japan. Nearly 200,000 people from around the world tuned in to the live six hour broadcast on Ustream as Ikumi Yoshimatsu (Japan), was crowned Miss International Beauty 2012. Yoshimatsu is the first woman from Japan to win the title which is produced and organized by the Japanese.

Yoshimatsu's court includes from L-R: 4th runner-up, Nicole Huber (Paraguay),  2nd runner-up, Madusa Mayadunne (Sri Lanka), 1st runner-up Viivi Suominen (Finland), Yoshimatsu, and 3rd runner-up, Melody Mir (Dominican Republic).
The Miss International Beauty Pageant prides itself on having contestants who serve as “Ambassadors of Peace and Beauty.” According to the history of the competition, contestants are expected to “show tenderness, benevolence, friendship, beauty, intelligence, ability to take action, and a great international sensibility.” The goal of the international beauty pageant is to, “promote world peace, goodwill, and understanding.”
Completing the top 15 were the delegates from the Philippines, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Namibia, United Kingdom, Venezuela, USA, India and Haiti.

Photo credit: Missosology.org


Miss Ukraine Universe 2012 crowned

Anastasia Chernova, 19, from Kharkiv, has been crowned Miss Ukraine Universe 2012. She will compete in Miss Universe 2012 to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 19th.


Lara Dutta to launch own ethnic wear line

Lara Dutta attends the L'Oreal Paris Femina Women Awards 2012


Mumbai, Oct 17 — Former Miss Universe (2000) and actress Lara Dutta is excited about launching her own fashion line, an ethnic Indian wear collection.

"Excited to launch my own line of ethnic Indian wear that will be available in stores this coming festive season! Have worked hard on it," tweeted Lara.

"It's my very first collection and I think it looks good," added the 34-year-old, who gave birth to her first child, a daughter, with tennis ace Mahesh Bhupathi, in January.

This is not her first foray as a business woman. She turned film producer with "Chalo Dilli" under her banner Bheegi Basanti Productions, in 2011.

Lara has also earlier launched fitness DVDs.

(IANS This article was distributed through the NewsCred Smartwire. Original article © IANS / Daily News 2012)



Meet the candidates for Miss Universe Trinidad & Tobago 2012

The new queen will be crowned on October 21st at the Trinidad Hilton and will compete in Miss Universe 2012 in December
in Las Vegas.

Name: Renee Bhagwandeen 
Hometown/neighbourhood: Siparia 
Age: 23

Name: Ria Da Costa aka Riri 
Hometown/neighbourhood: Cascade
Age: 24

Name: Jessica Didier
Hometown/neighbourhood: Cumuto
Age: 22

Name: LaToya Franklyn
Hometown/neighbourhood: Born in Point Fortin and grew up in Vessigny Village La Brea. 
Moved to Brooklyn, New York as a child.
Age: 27

Name: Sheneille Sarah Leelah
Hometown/neighbourhood: Arima
Age: 27

Name: Sarah Jane Waddell
Hometown/Neighbourhood: Carenage, St. George
Age: 23

Name : Avionne Mark
Hometown / Neighbourhood: Champs Fleurs
Age: 23

Name: Mauricia Michelle De Peza
Hometown/neighbourhood: Gonzales, Belmont
Age: 21 

Name: Amanda Chedu
Hometown/neighbourhood: Woodbrook, P.O.S. - where I have most of the memories from my formative years
Age: 24 

Name: Mary Esdelle

Hometown/neighbourhood: Chase Village, Carapichaima
Age: 22

Miss Iowa USA & Miss Iowa Teen USA 2013 crowned

Richelle Orr of Hampton was crowned as Miss Iowa USA 2013 on October 14 at the Newton High School Auditorium in Newton, Iowa. She will compete in Miss USA 2013 pageant.

Morgan Kofoid of Leon was crowned as Miss Iowa Teen USA 2013 at the same event. She will compete in Miss Teen USA 2013 pageant.


Miss Indiana USA & Miss Indiana Teen USA 2013 crowned


 Emily Hart of Fort Wayne was named Miss Indiana USA 2013 on October 14 at the Renaissance North Hotel  in  Carmel, Indiana. She will compete in Miss USA 2013 pageant.

Darrian Arch of Chesterton was named Miss Indiana Teen USA 2013  at the same pageant. She will compete in Miss Teen USA 2013.

Getting to Know Mr. Denmark Manhunt International 2012, Alexander Bach

ALEXANDER BACH was selected by the Miss & Mister of Denmark Organization as Denmark's representative to Manhunt International 2012 competition scheduled to be held in Bangkok, Thailand from November 1 to 11, 2012.  Critical Beauty is grateful to Alexander and to his national director, Lisa Lents, for allowing this e-mail interview.

How does it feel to represent Denmark in Manhunt International 2012?
     I’m very proud to represent Denmark at this spectacular event! It’s a great opportunity for me to show the rest of the world what Denmark has to offer. Even though Denmark is a small country I still believe that I can be a valid contestant in this competition, and that I will show the positive Danish attitude we are known for. I will represent Denmark in the best manner I can.

What three adjectives would your friends use to describe you?

1. Open-minded
2. Hard worker
3. Creative

You speak fluent Chinese after having lived in China. What aspects of Chinese culture did you like best? 
     What I really enjoyed about the Chinese culture was their way of being very fond of success. They respect hard work, and if you work hard, success will come your way. They don’t stop until they are number 1, and that’s why I think China is becoming such a dominant financial competitor on the global market.
They also look up to, and respect the seniors, which is very inspiring. 


What do you like to do for fun?

     I love being active! Physical activities such as riding my skateboard and playing basketball is something I often do in the summertime. I also enjoy carpentry. My family has a farm in the countryside where I help my dad renovate the barn and the main house. 

     When I don’t do physical work I hang out with my friends and we do all kinds of fun stuff. Traveling is also one of my favorite things to do. I love to see the world, explore new countries and cultures, and meet new people. 

     Knowing what goes on in the world is important to me, so I keep myself updated by reading the newspaper and watch the news on TV every day. By doing so, I get a better understanding of what problems the world is facing and it gives me a bigger perspective of the world, which I believe is important.  

What do you say to critics who think that male beauty pageants emasculate men and make them softer?

     They often don’t know much about what they’re criticizing, which just gives them a poor standpoint. But you just have to be tolerant and explain to them what it actually is about. Tell them that it’s about representing your country to the rest of the world, and showing your personality while bringing out the best in you. Once you explain that to them, they usually have a more positive perspective on male beauty pageants.  

Which person or persons do you admire and why?
     I would have to say one of my teachers I had in high school. He has this ability to always make me understand things from different perspective. It didn’t matter what topic he was teaching us at the time, he always made it sound interesting and compelling. It was an hour of pure inspiration every time I had his class. 

     I  still remember he once told me: “When something can’t be done, do it, because if you don’t do it, it doesn’t exist.” I still apply the phrase whenever I’m stuck with a problem. It gets me motivated to solve it.


Do you believe in God or the afterlife? Why or why not?

     I believe that there is something bigger than us that we cannot comprehend or understand. I have no idea what is awaiting me, but when I die I think that all my questions about life will be answered. And I would love to believe that when I die some part of me would live again.

What is your position on same-sex marriage?

     Everyone is different. Therefore, people will always have different opinions about whom they love and wish to be with. I don’t think that anyone should control that. 

What is the worst problem currently facing Denmark and what do you propose to resolve it?

     Well, the economy has been slowing Denmark’s production down over the last 3-4 years, but that pretty much goes for most of the countries in the world because of the financial crisis in the global economy. 

     Pollution and global warming are problems all countries are dealing with as well. However, the problem that  Denmark in particular is facing is the amount of people going to retirement compared to the amount coming to the workforce. We have a lack of young people in the workforce, which means that production in Denmark will slow down even more because there are simply not enough people to fulfill all the job positions.
     However, I believe that this can be solved with technology and innovation. Examples such as rather complicated jobs will be done by a computer in the near future will bring down the high demand for people in the workforce.


How are you preparing yourself for Manhunt International 2012?
     I just try and prepare the best way I possibly can by finding the right wardrobe, researching as much as I can about the competition, get my friends and family involved in supporting Manhunt International, making my portfolio stronger before the competition. I’m making this competition my TOP priority right now! In other words, I’m doing everything I can to be prepared very well for the pageant together with my national sirector Lisa Lents, so I can go as far as possible and become the first winner from Denmark at Manhunt International 2012.  

Why do you want to become Manhunt International 2012?

     To become Manhunt International 2012 would mean that I would have the chance to show everybody that the goals they strive for can be achieved and encourage people to believe in their dreams and follow them. I would have the opportunity to help and reach out to a lot more people in need. The satisfaction of giving to others who deserve it is so fulfilling that it would mean everything to me if I could do that by becoming Manhunt International 2012.

How do you see yourself five years from now?

     I’m very determined that I have accomplished certain goals at that point in my life. I’m not sure what kind of job I will have, but I know it has to involve helping out other people achieve their goals. And hopefully be able to give back to as many people as possible, especially those who have helped me through out my life. Having graduated business school I would like to work in international settings, and maybe even work abroad. But for the moment I want to keep as many options as possible open, because there is so much more in life I want to explore. I really enjoy modeling and would love to explore more about the modeling world.   

 Alexander's Favorites

Singer/Musician Michael Jackson
ActorTom Hanks
ActressJulia Roberts 
Color – Blue
Fashion Designer – Made by Ernesto, or Nike
CologneCarolina Herrera
Flower Passion Flower
Writer – Malcolm Gladwell
Book Blink
Reality Show“I used to be fat” on MTV
Movie – Forrest Gump

Photo credits: Miss & Mister of Denmark Organization.


Nigeria: Strutting Beauty for Peace

In Abuja recently some beautiful women came out to contest the Miss Peace Ambassador 2012 Pageant. Our reporter was there and brought back this report.

The elusive quest for peace in Nigeria has gone to the catwalks with young beauties strutting their stuff on their way to becoming the Miss Peace Ambassador.

The peagent is an initiative of the publisher of Alpha Plus Mega Magazine, Amb. Kingsley Amafibe who put together the Miss Ambassador for Peace contest to pick up a lady that would help fight for peace in the country.

He said the aim of the contest is the promotion of peace and the environment in the country. The search is with the aim of getting a volunteer to join in the fight against violence and bring peace.

The government has used various means to tackle violence and insecurity amongst other vices that have bedevilled the nation; therefore Amafibe urged the government to support the Miss Ambassador for peace programme and work with the winner in promoting peace.

28 of the 36 states of the federation were represented. The organizers had wanted more. "The remaining states didn't show interest and as well didn't buy the form, so we went ahead with the ones that had shown interest," Amafibe said.

One of the highlights of the night was a song, "We Need Peace" performed by various Abuja-based artistes.
The contestants appeared in different outfits and had a dance performance. To determine the winner, there were various stages. Amongst the contestants, 10 were selected and asked questions on current affairs.

Five of the contestants scaled into the final stage in which they were asked what they intend to do if they emerge as the winner of the competition.

Miss Delta emerged the first runner up while Miss Cross River emerged the second runner up of the competition.

And after the graceful beauties had strutted their stuff, Miss Beauty Istifanus, who represented Kaduna State emerged Miss Ambassador for peace.

She is a student of Mass Communications from the University of Jos. Her first pet project in order to achieve peace in the country will be to create a forum where she should create an understanding between the Christians and Muslims. She also plans to visit schools and eligthen fellow students on embracing peace.

One of the guests at the show was the 2011 winner of the M-Net Glo Naija Sings Christian Doherty also known as Ceedee who noted that the event would go a long way in promoting peace while he expects the queen to use the 'spirit of peace' in her to promote peace in the country.

"As she travels around the country, she will keep talking about peace. Peace is all we need in Nigeria. Whatever her strategies are, I am sure it would be channelled to bringing peace in the country," Doherty said.

"The more we continue to preach peace, the more it gets to the minds of the people that it is necessary to live peacefully," Kevin Pam, 2009 winner of Big Brother Africa said.

"Though not all the ladies would win the competition he said, "The ladies are all Ambassadors for Peace, the wise ones would want to promote peace in their various capacities."

Contesting in the pageant shouldn't be the main thing but Pam said they shouldn't be scared of taking their peace campaigns to anywhere in the country no matter the situation as the crown on the head of the winner is a call for sacrifice.

In his words: "The thing is that if you want to promote peace, you shouldn't be scared of going to any place that is affected because if you are called to look after the people living in abject poverty, you can't be scared of going to such places, if they are called to promote peace, they should have the confidence to go there. Like when we wanted to celebrate our daughter's one year birthday with the refugees in Jos, it was risky but we still travelled with her, I told my wife that we had to do it. It's all about sacrifice."

Various awards were given to some of the contestants. Miss Benue won the Most Promising African Model, Miss FCT won the Most Social Model, Miss Edo won the Most Well-behaved Model, Miss Adamawa won the Best Cat walking Model, while Miss Delta won the Most Active Model among others.

The winner, Miss Beauty said after her tenure as Miss Ambassador for Peace in Nigeria, she would want to aim for global and world competitions. She was presented with a Volks Wagen Bug car.

SOURCE: AllAfrica.com, 10/14/2012