Road to Miss USA & Miss Teen USA 2013: Delaware, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Oregon and Texas

New Miss and Teen queens were crowned this past weekend:

Rachel Baicco, 22, of Bear is Miss Delaware USA 2013.

Melissa King, 18, of Frankford is Miss Delaware Teen USA 2013.

Danielle Hooper, 20, of Inver Grove Heights is Miss Minnesota USA 2013

Maggie McGill of Plymouth is Miss Minnesota Teen USA 2013

Amber Faucher, 22, is Miss New Hampshire USA 2013

Kelsea Campbell, 17, of Auburn is Miss New Hampshire Teen USA 2013

Gabrielle Neilan of Gresham is Miss Oregon USA 2013

Summer Pilcher of Milwaukie is Miss Oregon Teen USA 2013

Danielle Rodriguez, 16, of Laredo is Miss Texas Teen USA 2013


Lebanon wins Mister International 2012

Ali Hammoud,  23, representing Lebanon, won the title of Mister International 2012 during the annual male competition held in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 24th. Hammoud's victory marks Lebanon's second time of winning the title since Wissam Hanna in 20006.
Hammoud's court include 1st runner-up Ron Teh from Singapore, 2nd runner-up Marko Sobot from Slovenia, 3rd runner-up Ricardo Magrino from Brazil and 4th runner-up Jan Haraslin from Slovakia.
Completing the top 10 were the delegates from Turkey, Malaysia, France, Korea and Indonesia while Italy, Thailand, China, Venezuela, Macedonia and Serbia were part of the Top 16.

Colombia wins Mr. World 2012

Francisco Escobar Javier Parra, a 21-year-old Business Administration student from Cali, Colombia, was selected as the Mr. World 2012 on Nov. 24 at Kent Event Centre in Maidstone, Kent, England. His court includes 1st runner-up Andrew Wolff of the Philippines and 2nd runner-up Leo Delaney of Ireland. Completing the top 10 were the delegates from Lebanon, Belgium, England, Croatia, Vietnam, Canada and Peru. The last time the pageant was held was in 2010 with 74 entries. This year, over 30 countries withdrew and dropped the total number of entries to 48.


Czech Republic wins Miss Earth 2012

Tereza Fajksová, a 5'11" 23 year-old beauty from the Czech Republic was crowned Miss Earth 2012 during a festive gala event held at Versailles Palace in Alabang, Muntilupa City, Philippines on Saturday night, Nov. 24. In the above photo, Tereza (2nd from left) is flanked by her court which includes (L-R): Miss Fire 2012 - Brazil, Camila Brant; Miss Air 2012 - Philippines, Stephany Stefanowitz and Miss Water - Venezuela, Osmariel Villalobos

Completing the top 8 list were Nagma Shrestha of Nepal,  Natalia Pereverzeva of Russia, Tamerin Jardinem of South Africa, and Siria Bojorquez of USA.

Making the top 16 were Fabiana Granados of Costa Rica, Nel-Linda Zublewitz of Germany, Giulia Capuani of Italy, Megumi Noda of Japan, Sara Kim of Korea, Paola Aguilar Concha of Mexico, Justyna Rajczyk of Poland, and Sara Pender of Scotland.


More than just a pretty face: Entrants for Miss France beauty pageant subjected to general knowledge quiz

Entrants for this year's Miss France beauty pageant have been subjected to a new general knowledge quiz, sparking "panic" among contestants forced to prove they are more than just a pretty face.

The 33 girls were informed they would have to take the test after arriving on the French-speaking Indian Ocean island of Mauritius this week for the annual televised competition.
The exam included such probing questions as: "Who is the prime minister of France?", "What's the average price of a baguette?" and "Complete the sequence: A, E, I...".
Competition organiser and 2002 Miss France winner Sylvie Tellier said it was important for contestants to demonstrate they possessed not only beauty, but intelligence as well.
According to Sud Ouest newspaper, which obtained the list of questions, they were designed to "fight against clichés and to check whether their brains were as up to the mark as their interminable legs".
The new test appeared to be an attempt by owners Endemol France to fend off claims they had lowered the tone of the contest by allowing contests to bare more than in previous years.
Miss Tellier and the girls' bodyguards ensured there was no cheating when the competitors took a 60-minute test together under exam conditions in their luxury hotel.
According to Sud Ouest newspaper, whose reporter was on the scene, when the girls, aged 18 to 24, took the exam papers: "Many had the look of panic in their eyes." The test involved 40 questions divided into ten categories. Questions like "Which historic event do the French celebrate on 14th July?", "Who is Usain Bolt?" and "What is the square root of 9?" would clearly not have made it onto Mastermind.
Others were a tad trickier, such as: "What country does Gisele Bundchen come from?," or "What is the net minimum wage in France on November 1, 2012?"
The most taxing mental arithmetic question was: "You leave for New York on a flight at 2pm (French time) with a flight time of 5 hours and 30 minutes.
What time do you arrive in New York local time given that the time difference is minus six hours?"
According to La Montagne, another regional French paper, Miss Burgundy came top with 17.5 out of 20, ahead of Miss Brittany and Miss Picardy, both on 16. However, the average score was not revealed.
The general knowledge addition follows a bitter legal battle with the woman who ran Miss France for over 50 years.
Geneviève de Fontenay, 79, known as La Dame au Chapeau (The Lady with the Hat), reigned supreme over the beauty pageant as its self-styled moral guardian prepared to strip beauty queens of their crown for baring too much flesh.
In 2010, she stormed out, accusing Endemol France of turning Miss France into trash.
"Those (girls) who like opening their legs will be with Endemol and those with a bit of class will stay by my side," said the formidable matriarch.
Last month, a French court banned her from holding or broadcasting a rival pageant called Miss Prestige National, which she claims respects her moral and dress codes.
She has pledged go ahead with the contest all the same at Paris' Lido on December 10, just two days after the official Miss France.
Miss Tellier said: "The fact that Geneviève is no longer there doesn't mean we won't keep her values of politeness, elegance, punctuality, sociability and the absence of vulgarity." The contest has been regularly hit by scandals of past winners baring all in glossy magazines – the latest was Miss France 2011 who posed nude in Paris Match in August.
Miss Tellier said the temptation to strike a PR coup was huge. "Every morning I wake up wondering which of these girls will I find nude on the Internet?," she told Le Parisien.

SOURCE: The Telegraph, UK, 11/23/2012


Road to Miss USA & Miss Teen USA 2013: Georgia, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia

Seven states crowned new Miss and Teen queens this past weekend.

Brittany Sharp, 22, of Roswell is Miss Georgia USA 2013. She was Miss Georgia Teen USA 2006.

Julia Martin, 18, of Marietta is Miss Geogia Teen USA 2013. She was also Miss Georgia's Outstanding Teen 2011.

Sarah Kidd, 20, of Leominster is Miss Massachusetts USA 2013. 

Madyson Milordi, 18, of Boston is Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2013.

Stephanie Erickson of Fargo is Miss North Dakota USA 2013

Emilee Mahar is Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2013

Makenzie Muse, 20, of Surrey Hills is Miss Oklahoma USA 2013,

Graham Turner is Miss Oklahoma Teen USA 2013.

Megan Pinckney, 21, of North Charleston, is Miss North Carolina USA 2013

Tori Sizemore, 17 of Anderson is Miss South Carolina Teen USA 2013

Sarah Westbrook, 24, of Burlington is Miss Vermont USA 2013

Sophia Hadeka, 14, of Fair Haven is Miss Vermont Teen USA 2013

Shannon McAnally, 23, of Arlington is Miss Virginia USA 2013

Caelyn Miller-Keyes of Fredericksburg is Miss Virginia Teen USA 2013


New Greek beauties crowned

L-R: Eleni Kokkinou (Miss Young 2012), Vasiliki Tsiroyianni (Star Hellas 2012 who will compete in Miss Universe 2012), Athina Pikraki (Miss Hellas 2012 who will compete in Miss World 2013) 

The three most beautiful women in Greece were selected through the Star Hellas Beauty contest on Nov. 14, a glamorous and special designed place in Dream City, where 19 young women impressed the judges and the audience. Ten of the 19 ladies moved on to the second part of the show to answer questions to show their poise and intelligence, along with their beauty.
The hostess was Eleonora Meleti, though Vasiliki Tsiroyianni stole the show when  she was chosen the 2012 Star Hellas. She said: “I am really excited and overcome with emotion. The night was great! I was a little worried but in a good way, something that helped me to do my best.”
Former pageant queens Evi Adam and Evangelia Ravani as well as Yiannis Spaliaras, were the group of judges. One of the great surprises of the night was the performance of the singers, Eleni Foureira and Katerina Stikoudi, who pumped up the crowd.
The runner-up, as Miss Hellas 2012 is Athina Pikraki while third went to Miss Young 2012 Eleni Kokkinou.  Alternative Star Hellas is Eftihia Lazarou, alternative Miss Hellas Christina Georgopoulou and Alternative Miss Young is Fani Patouhea.

Star Hellas, Miss Hellas, and Miss Young

SOURCE: GreekReporter.com, 11/15/2012

Miss Universe Haiti 2012 crowned

Christela Jacques, a 22-year old model from Port-au-Prince, was crowned Miss Universe Haiti 2012 during a casting on November 14th. She will now represent her country in the 2012 Miss Universe pageat in Las Vegas on December 19th.

Miss Universe Germany 2012 crowned

Alicia Endemann, 23, a student of business management and also a professional actress from Hamburg, has been crowned Miss Universe Germany 2012 and will represent Germany in the 2012 Miss Universe finals in Las Vegas, USA, December 19th.


Miss Colombia 2012-2013 crowned

The new Señorita Colombia (Miss Colombia) 2012-2013 is Carmen Lucía Aldana Roldán, Srta. Valle. She won the title on November 12th during a glittering gala ceremony in Cartagena. She will compete in Miss Universe 2013. First-runner-up, or Virreina, was Srta. Huila, Lorena Hermida. Rounding out the top five were Srta. Meta, Margarita Peralta; Srta. Antioquia, Laura Trujillo; and Srta. Atlántico, Yuliana Mejía.

Road to Miss USA & Miss Teen USA 2013: Ohio and North Carolina

New state queens were crowned on the weekend of November 10, 2012.

Ashley Mills, 24, of Raleigh is Miss North Carolina USA 2013

Kelsey Barberio, 17, of Apex is the Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2013

Kristin Smith, 21, of Dayton is Miss Ohio USA 2013

Brittany Reid, 18, of Apex is Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2013


Miss Ghana 2012 crowned

Naa Okailey Shooter, a 22-year-old medical student of the University of Ghana used her wits and intelligence to beat other 17 ladies to win the coveted Miss Ghana 2012 beauty pageant held Saturday at the Accra International Conference Centre. She will compete in Miss World 2013 pageant. 23-year-old Nadia Ntanu and 22-year-old Jennifer Annan who took the second and third positions respectively.

Philippines wins Manhunt International 2012

June Macasaet, 29, from the Philippines was named Manhunt International 2012  at the Scala TheatreSiam SquareBangkokThailand on November 9. From left to right: 4th runner-up Jason Chee of Singapore, 2nd runner-up Martin Wang of Macau, Macasaet, 1st runner-up Peter Bo Jonsson of Sweden and 3rd runner-up Jimmy Perez Rivera.


Miss Universe Argentina 2012 crowned

Camila Solórzano, 23, won the coveted Miss Universe Argentina 2012 title last night during a glittering gala at the Hotel Metropolitan in Buenos Aires. She will compete in Miss Universe 2012 in Las Vegas on December 19th. Runners-up were Camila Valdéz and Antonella Ponso.