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Adalgisa Colombo, Miss Brazil 1958, dies at 73

Adalgisa Colomb o, who was Miss Brazil 1958 and placed 1st runner-up in Miss Universe 1958, passed away last January 17, 2013 in a Rio de Janeiro hospital. Her family has never disclosed the cause of her death. Adalgisa is survived by her three children and her husband   Flávio Teruszkin. During Miss Universe 2007 pageant in Mexico, Adalgisa drew attention when she commented that first runner-up   Natália Guimarães  of Brazil should have won instead of Riyo Mori of Japan. In a 2008 interview, Adalgisa expressed her continuous resentment for losing to Colombia's Luz Marina Zuluaga in Miss Universe 1958. She said:  "Perdi para uma colombiana [Luz Marina Zuloaga]. Só para você ter uma ideia, ela media 1,58 m e eu, 1,70 m. Dá para entender?"  ["I lost to a Colombian. Just so you have an idea, she was 5'2" tall and I was 5'7". Just so you understand."] In the following year, Adalgisa was honored for her 50th coronation anniversary as Mi

Former Miss Universe Japan director Inés Ligron calls current pageant "beyond horrible" and "old-fashion"

In her Facebook page dated January 24, 2013, Inés Ligron , the French woman who directed the Miss Universe Japan pageant from 1997 to 2010, criticized the "beyond horrible" and "old-fashion" image of the current Miss Universe Japan competition. Before Ligron's directorship, Japanese women had fared very poorly in Miss Universe competition. When Ligron took the helm in 1997, she did a major makeover of the national competition which included intense preparations of the contestants as well as attracting multi-million dollar sponsors. It also became a popular televised event. Under her directorship, Japan placed in the finals 3 times (2003, 2006, 2007), won its second crown in 2007, and placed in the semifinals in 2008. Though her last two years proved to be unsuccessful (2009, 2010). Pageant fans nevertheless expressed sadness in Ligron's departure and hope for her return. Contestants for the Miss Universe Japan 2013 competition pose with pageant of

Former Miss Russia Anna Litvinova dies at 29

  Anna Litvinova , who represented Russia in Miss Universe 2006 pageant in Los Angeles where she placed in the Top 20, has died from cancer in Germany on January 22, 2013. She was only 29. Litvinova had won the Miss Russia 2003 pageant. From Wikipedia: In 2003 Litvinova won the title of the most beautiful woman in the "Miss Kuzbass", and entered the top five on the All-Russian competition of beauty, with the title of "Miss Grace." She became the first runner-up in "Miss Siberia" contest. In 2006 she won Miss Universe - Russia contest and then went to Los Angeles to represent Russia in Miss Universe. She did not win, but finished in the Top 20. After winning the regional beauty competition of Novokuznetsk, she went to Moscow and started a modelling career. In Moscow she worked as a manager, she was organizing competitions and helping models to find work abroad. There she worked as second degree designer too. About her life in Mosc

Miss France 2013 versus Miss Prestige National 2013

  Last December 8, 2012, Marine Lorphelin, Miss Burgundy, was crowned Miss France 2013. For several decades, the pageant was presided by Geneviève de Fontenay , otherwise known as La Dame au chapeau (The Lady With a Hat). Eventually, de Fontenay lost the franchise to the giant entertainment and media company, Endemol.  In 2010, de Fontenay created a rival pageant to Miss France called Miss Nationale which crowned Barbara Morel, Miss Provence (above). But due to a trademark dispute with another group who had already trademarked "Miss Nationale," de Fontenay was forced to change her pageant's title to "Miss Prestige National" in 2011.    The 2011 winner of Miss Prestige National was Christelle Roca , Miss Cerdagne-Roussillon (above).    On December 10, 2012, Auline Grac , Miss Provence, was crowned Miss Prestige National 2013 at the Lido in Paris. Grac, 21,  is a first-year osteopathy student at the Université de Limoges. She w

Miss New York crowned Miss America 2013

  Mallory Hagan , 23, from Brooklyn, New York was crowned Miss America 2013 last night at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in  Las Vegas. She won the pageant after tap dancing to James Brown's "Get Up Off Of That Thing" and answering a question about whether armed guards belong in grade schools by saying "we should not fight violence with violence." S he wins a $50,000 scholarship and platform is fighting child sexual abuse. Hagan is the first New Yorker to win the title after Vanessa Williams who won in 1983. Williams was later dethroned. Hagan's court include 1st runner-up Ali Jones of South Carolina, 2nd Alicia Clifton of Oklahoma, 3rd runner-up Lexie Madden of Wyoming and 4th runner-up Mariah Cary of Iowa. Completing the top 16 were the delegates from Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, Uta h, Tennessee, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Monta na (America's Choice ) and Washington (Judges' C hoice). I watched the live

Nana Meriwether is crowned Miss USA

Nana Meriwether , 27, Miss Maryland USA 2012 and first runner-up to Olivia Culpo in Miss USA 2012, has taken over the Miss USA title three weeks after Olivia won Miss Universe 2012 in Las Vegas. Nana was crowned today in New York City during an informal ceremony by Olivia with MUO owner Donald Trump assisting with the coronation. Miss Teen USA 2012 Logan West also graced the ceremony. Nana is the second woman from Maryland to be crowned Miss USA. In 1957, Leona Gag e won the title but was disqualified during the Miss Universe competition when it was discovered that she was married.

Critically Engrossing Highlights of 2012 Pageantry

And why we like Honey Boo Boo more than Sheena  Queen of Disgrace : A now former Miss Pennsylvania USA  Sheena Monnin  (photo), 26,  has accused the Miss Universe Organization, owned by Donald Trump , of rigging the Miss USA 2012 competition last June. On her Facebook page, she wrote: "I witnessed another contestant who said she saw the list of the Top 5 BEFORE THE SHOW EVER STARTED proceed to call out in order who the Top 5 were before they were announced on stage. Apparently the morning of June 3rd she saw a folder lying open to a page that said 'FINAL SHOW Telecast, June 3, 2012' and she saw the places for Top 5 already filled in." Former Miss USA 2010  Rima Fakih , 26, said via twitter, "To Miss Pennsylvania 2012 so u didn't win or place in Miss USA last night but don't u dare disrespect my organization! Maybe that's y u lost." The Daily's  Richard Johnson , a former editor at  Page Six  and a three-time Miss Universe judg

Sushmita Sen terminates ownership of Miss Universe franchise for India

     Sushmita Sen , the first Miss Universe from India and director of I AM SHE Pageant that selects India's representative to Miss Universe and minor global pageants,  announced today that she has terminated her ownership of the Miss Universe franchise after three years. Below is the message she had posted on the official I AM SHE website:      Speculations are brewing that Femina Miss India - which held the Miss Universe franchise for decades - may be interested in reclaiming it. Under Femina Miss India, the country has produced two Miss Universe winners (besides Sushmita who won in 1994, Lara Dutta won in 2000), fourMiss Worlds ( Aishwarya Rai in 1994, Diana Hayden in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999, Priyanka Chopra in 2000, and one Miss Asia Pacific ( Diya Mirza in 2000). Under Sushmita's helm, India has had below average success in global pageantry. Himangini Singh Yadu's victory in Miss Asia Pacific World 2012 is a farce, since the Korean organizers of th

Miss Belgium 2013 crowned

Miss Liége  Noémie Happart , 19, was crowned Miss Belgium 2013 Saturday night at Knokke-Heist Casino in Knokke-Heist, a seaside resort. Runners-upwere Miss Namur Shérine Dandoy, 21, and Miss Vlaams-Brabant Melissa Vingerhoed, 21. Happart will compete in Miss World 2013 pageant.