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Ethiopian-Israeli Wins Miss Israel Pageant for First Time

          Yityish Aynaw , a former Israeli army officer, became the first Ethiopian-Israeli to win the Miss Israel pageant.      A panel of judges awarded the title to Aynaw, a 21-year-old model who came to Israel about a decade ago, at the International Convention Center Haifa on Wednesday.  “It’s important that a member of the Ethiopian community wins the competition for the first time,” she was quoted by Israeli media as telling the judges in response to a question. “There are many different communities of many different colors in Israel, and it’s important to show that to the world.”      Aynaw came to Israel with her family when she was 12. Acclimating to Israel was difficult at first, Aynaw said, but she picked up the language quickly with the help of a friend.      She has been working as a saleswoman at a clothing store since her army discharge.      During the competition, Aynaw cited the slain American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr .

Miss Delaware Teen USA Melissa King resigns after sex video surfaces Miss Delaware Teen USA Melissa King denies she is this woman in a porn video that has surfaced online. Miss Delaware Teen USA relinquished her crown Tuesday amid speculation that she starred in a porn video that surfaced online the day before. Melissa King , 18, is aware of the video but said she is "absolutely not" the woman in it. "I would like to confirm to you that the Miss Delaware Teen USA pageant has received a resignation letter from Miss King's attorney," pageant spokeswoman Dara Busch confirmed to The News Journal of Delaware. @RealMissDETeen/via Twitter Miss Delaware Teen USA Melissa King resigned her crown after an online porn video with a woman looking very much like her came to light. The video in question runs slightly over five minutes and features a woman, who resembles and sounds like King, performing various sexual acts with a

Miss Spain Pageant Organizer Files for Bankruptcy

    The company that organizes the Miss Spain beauty contest is the latest victim of Spain's crippling economic crisis.      Spain's official state gazette said Wednesday that Certamen Miss España S.L. had declared insolvency and would have a month to present its debts. The company could not be immediately contacted for comment.      The organizer of the Miss Spain beauty pageant has been experiencing financial difficulties for some time and lost the right to participate in the last Miss Universe pageant.      The case is being handled by a bankruptcy court in Madrid, where the bankruptcy petition was filed on Feb. 7.        The bankruptcy judge overseeing the case ordered the debtor's assets seized and appointed a receiver. The country is struggling to emerge from its second recession in three years following the collapse of the construction sector. The unemployment rate is 26 percent.      The announcement about Miss Spain came a day after

Critical Beauty Exclusive: Behind The Scene Videoclips from Miss Asia Pacific World 2011 Scandal

Dethroned beauty queen Florima Treiber tells her story by Ra fa D elfin FLORIMA TREIBER / Photo courtesy of Florima's Facebook page      On October 15, 2011, the Miss Asia Pacific World 2011(MAPW) pageant was held in Busan, South Korea. The pageant was founded and organized by Lawrence Choi of Elite Asia Pacific Company. Choi's critics had claimed that Choi was infringing on the name of a pageant of a similar title - Miss Asia Pacific International - organized by Filipinos which ran from 1968 until 2005. Choi dismissed the claims and proceeded with his pageant which sought to discover new talents among beauty queens and models competing with each other. The original winner, Jung Eun A of Korea, presumably resigned one day after her coronation and was replaced by Florima Treiber of France (I say presumably because other reports say that she was forced to resign by Choi.) Seven months later, Florima was dethroned and was succeeded by Diana Starkova of the Ukraine

Scandal rocks Miss Asia Pacific World 2011 pageant

(Th is article was originally published on Oc tober 21 , 2011 on Critical Beauty's old server. I am re publishing it on CB's new server in conjunction with the article on F lorima Treiber, the det hroned Miss Asia Pacific Wo r ld 2011 who contacted CB to tell her side of the story. - Rafa Delfin)   • INTERNATIONAL PAGEANTRY was rocked by heavy scandal this past week when several contestants of the first edition of the Miss Asia Pacific World (MAPW) pageant protested their mistreatment and abuse by the Korean organizers. The pageant finale was held at the Busan Yachting Center in Busan, Korea on October 15. Hours before the finals, three contestants videotaped their harrowing experience with local pageant authorities who had been accused of irregularities in the competition. Some of these irregularities included the placement of certain delegates in the talent competition even though they did not compete, and the geographical ignorance of the judges for awarding

Miss Montenegro 2013 crowned

Ivana Milojko , an 18-year-old student from Kotor, was crowned Miss Montenegro 2013 on January 22nd in Bečići. She will compete in Miss World 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 28. The first runner-up was Nikoleta Jovanović , 17, who will represent Montenegro in Miss Universe 2013. Bojana Čejović , 19, and Valentina Mićić, 16, tied for second runner-up position.

2013 Uruguay queens crowned

Micaela Orsi , 18 , was crowned Miss Uruguay Universe 2013 on January 20, 2013 at Chihuahua Resort in Punta del Este.  She will represent Uruguay in Miss Universe 2013 beauty pageant.  At the same event, Mercedes Bissio w as crowned Miss World Uruguay 2013 and will compete in Miss World 2013 in J akarta, Indonesia on September 28. A t hird cont estant,  Natalia Sanchez , was crowned Miss Uruguay International 2013 and will represent her country at the Miss International 2013 pageant later this year.  

Miss America returns to Atlantic City

Mallory Hytes Hagan of New York was crowned Miss America 2013 last January 12 in Las Vegas. ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Miss America , Atlantic City 's prodigal pageant, is coming home, and the spectacle that became synonymous with the New Jersey seaside resort is being assured all is forgiven after a six-year fling in Las Vegas.    The pageant will be back where it started 93 years ago and where it was a fixture until 2006, when organizers moved to Nevada in the hopes of attracting a younger TV audience.  "It was always my dream that this would return here," said Art McMaster , president and CEO of the Miss America organization. "Sadly, this organization went west for a while. That sadness is over. We are back to the city where the Miss America pageant began, where the Miss America pageant was raised, and where the Miss America pageant belongs."  Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson , who worked with Gov. Chris Christie's o

New modeling competition, "The Face," features two ex-beauty queens

     Oxygen's newest model reality show is "The Face." The premiere will be on Feb. 12, but last night (Feb. 5), Oxygen aired a one-hour special called "The Face: The Fight to Make the Final 12." Find out what happened when 24 model hopefuls become the lucky final 12.      Thousands of models auditioned in the hopes of being one of the girls chosen to make the final cut to be "The Face." The prize? To become the face of ULTA Beauty, and in the process, be mentored by either supermodel Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova or Coco Rocha in the process.      From thousands, the girls were pared down to a mere 24, and those girls were invited to New York Fashion week, where they saw Naomi, Karolina and Coco strut their stuff on the runway during Zac Posen's Spring Runway Show. After the show, the 24 hopefuls meet with "The Face" host, Nigel Barker , who tells them what comes next. Nigel, Naomi, Karolina and Coco greet t

Times Group reacquires Miss Universe franchise for India

VINEET JAIN           The Times of India Group has bagged the franchise rights for the Miss Universe pageant in India. An agreement to this effect was recently signed at the Miss Universe headquarters in New York.       Speaking on the occasion, Times Group MD Vineet Jain , said, "I am happy that the Miss Universe pageant is back once again with the Times Group."  The Miss India Universe pageant will be produced in isolation as a stand-alone contest end of June to choose a winner who will represent India at the Miss Universe pageant.         Marc Robinson , Director Operations, Miss India, added, "Miss Universe is back where it rightfully belongs, with The Times Group. It is the oldest and most credible organisation in India capable of conducting and producing pageants on an international level, while keeping in mind international pageant requirements and standards. Both Sushmita Sen and Lara Dutta rose to fame after winning the Miss Indi