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CB's Hector Joaquin goes to Colombia!

Critical Beauty's very own  H é ctor Joaqu ín  Col ó n Gonz á lez has been hired by a Colombian TV company, Fox Telecombia, to appear in a new reality show featuring former beauty queens who will be competing with each other for the crown.  H é ctor Joaqu ín  will be coaching and preparing the ladies for the competition, and he will also judge them on the finals. The show is based in Bogot á . Due to confidentiality, neither the title of the show nor the names of the contestants have been revealed. We are very happy for Hector Joaquin's new assignment and we wish him the best of luck! Last week, H é ctor Joaqu í n  was interviewed in Spanish by renowned Puerto Rican journalist  Julio N uñez  in "Como Cosa Mia" where HJ talks about his passion for pageantry.

ABC will broadcast Miss America Pageant from Atlantic City Sept. 15

A national live television audience will watch the crowning of the next Miss America in Atlantic City later this fall, Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday. Eight years after relocating to Las Vegas, the pageant will return to the resort where it originated and culminate in the crowning of the new winner on Sunday Sept. 15, Christie said, adding the day also is his wife’s birthday. The pageant will be broadcast live on ABC, he said. The final night of the contest will be preceded by 13 days of events, including the signature “Show Us Your Shoes” parade and three nights of preliminary competitions at Boardwalk Hall, Christie said. Financial terms of the agreement between the state and pageant officials are expected to be approved at the next Casino Reinvestment Development Authority on April 16. Source: Press of Atlantic City, 3/21/2013

Miss India 2013 crowned

Navneet Kaur Dhillon, 20 (center),  the daughter of an army officer from Patiala, was crowned Miss India 2013  Sunday night.  She will represent India in Miss World 2013 pageant to be held in Indonesia this September. The first runner-up was Sobhita Dhulipala (right) of Visakhapatnam who will compete in Miss Earth 2013. And the second runner-up is Zoya Afroz (left) who will compete in Miss International 2013. This year's pageant, held at Yashraj Studios, Andheri, marked a double milestone, given that 2013 celebrates the centenary of Indian cinema as well as the 50th year of the Miss India contest. In this span of time, India has won 34 international titles — second only to Venezuela.  Host Manish Paul opened the evening with a nostalgic audiovisual tracing the golden history of the contest. From Nutan, Meher Castelino Mistry, Persis Khambatta and Zeenat Aman , down to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sushmita Sen and Priyanka Chopra , the winners have done the country proud.

New Czech Queens for 2013

Three new Czech queens for 2013 were crowned Saturday night in Prague. From left to right:  Lucie Kovandov á  is Miss Czech Republic World and will compete in Miss World 2013,  Gabriela Kratochvílová  is Miss Czech Republic and will compete in Miss Universe 2013, and  Monika Leová  is Miss Czech Republic Earth and will compete in Miss Earth 2013. The gala event was graced by Italian actress Ornella Muti who announced the winner of Miss Czech Republic and by the current Miss Earth Tereza Fajks ov á who assisted in the coronation of Miss Czech Republic Earth. Two months ago, Fajks ov á accompanied all ten finalists for an adventurous trip to the Philippines as part of their pre-pageant activities.

The Incredible Rise Of Yityish Aynaw, The First Black Miss Israel

This is Yityish Aynaw , the first black woman ever to become Miss Israel. Source: Israel is only 65 years old, but the Miss Israel pageant has occurred each of the past 63 years. Aynaw is the first Ethiopian to win the pageant. She made a significant impression on judges (and the world, obviously) when she told them she should win because it was time for a black woman to hold the title. Her crowning in February came amidst ongoing protests of discrimination against Israel's Ethiopian community. In January of this year, Israeli officials admitted to administering contraceptive shots to Ethiopian women without their consent, which many activists blame for the 50% decline in the Israeli Ethiopian community's birthrate. Thousands of Ethiopians were airlifted to Israel in 1984 and 1991 to escape civil war, but Aynaw's grandparents moved there in 2000. She went to live with them in March 2003 at age 12 following the death of her mother, who had become

Miss Nepal 2013 crowned

Miss Nepal World Ishani Shrestha (middle), first runner up Rojisha Shahi (Miss Nepal Earth 2013) and Miss Nepal International 2013 Shritima Shah posing for a photo after winning the coveted crown held in Kamaladi, Kathmandu, on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.  Photo: Naresh Shrestha Ishani Shrestha was crowned Fanta The Hidden Treasure Miss Nepal 2013 in Kathmandu on March 20. Chief Judge Former Chief Secretary Tirtha Man Shakya asked the top five beauties, “What do you prefer — nuclear family or joint family?” Shrestha won the hearts of the judges and the audience with her answer, “I prefer joint family. Growing up in a joint family has taught me to be a people’s person. It has taught me to use my lips for kindness, my vision for passion, my ears for help, hands for charity and heart for love. My joint family has taught me great morals and values that I will hold for the rest of my life. It has made me become the strong, reliable, humble, helpful and independent woman that I am to

Miss India pageant documentary a study in contradictions

The World Before Her chronicles the clash between a modern India and fundamentalist Hindu religious values TORONTO, ON, Mar. 15, 2013/ Troy Media/ – On March 24, the Miss India pageant will be seen by close to one billion television viewers worldwide. It is an incredibly popular spectacle: glamorous, vibrant, and sexy. It is also the target of vigorous protest and scorn. Two years ago, the pageant was filmed by Canadian director Nisha Pahuja and her crew. The resulting documentary is  The World Before Her , a powerful film that continues to make waves almost a year after its world premiere. When Pahuja first conceived of this documentary, she imagined that it would focus squarely on the Miss India pageant. Following the 20 competitors, it would explore the individual women’s aspirations and the larger changes India is undergoing. That would have been a fascinating film in itself. But, luckily for viewers, the film that emerged is about so much more. In a recent phone intervi

Miss Ecuador 2013 crowned

   Constanza Báez , 22,  was crowned Miss Ecuador 2013 during a televised gala at the Teatro Centro Cívico Eloy Alfaro in Guayaquil on March 8th. She will compete in Miss Universe 2013. The first runner-up and winner of the title Miss Ecuador International was Nathaly Arroba who will compete in Miss International 2013. The second runner-up and winner of the title Miss Ecuador Supranational was Giuliana Villavicencio who will compete in Miss Supranational 2013.

Ex-Miss New Mexico Teen USA being sued by ex-boyfriend for squandering his money

LIZ KRANZ, Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2007 who placed in Top 15 of Miss Teen USA 2007 She’s pretty shady. That’s according to a new lawsuit filed by a Manhattan hedge-funder who claims his ex-beauty-queen girlfriend took him for a $96,000 ride during and after their brief relationship. Rishi Bajaj , 33, says he opened his heart, then his wallet, to Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2007 Liz Kranz after she told him she was considering selling her eggs to raise cash for a relative in rehab. The sob story got the beauty a $20,000 loan from Bajaj, he claims in a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit. Bajaj, who co-manages the $620 million hedge fund Altai Capital, then told Kranz, 24, to pick out a car for the couple to share — and was “surprised” when she selected a 2012 BMW that came with a $17,070 down payment. They met in July 2012 and dated for “several months,” even vacationing together in Italy, where, Bajaj said in court papers, he let Kranz use his American E

Miss Universe Japan 2013 crowned

Yukimi Matsuo, 25, from Mie prefecture was crowned Miss Universe Japan 2013 at the Kokusai forum in Tokyo on March 4th.  She will represent Japan at the Miss Universe pageant to be held later in the year.

Miss Nicaragua 2013 crowned

Nastassja Bolivar,  24, from Diriamba, was crowned Miss Nicaragua 2013 last night in Managua's  Teatro Nacional Rubén Darío . . She will represent her country in Miss Universe 2013 pageant in a venue and date that still have to be disclosed.   Bolivar became an instant celebrity when she won the 2011 edition of the reality show “Nuestra Belleza Latina." 

Miss Russia 2013 crowned

Elmira Abdrazakova , 18, from Mezhdurechensk in Kemerovo Oblast, was crowned Miss Russia 2013 Saturday at the Barvikha Luxury Village Concert Hall outside Moscow. She will represent Russia at Miss World and Miss Universe 2013 pageants. The 1st runner-up was Anastasia Yazykova (left) and the 2nd runner-up was Irina Tumanova (right).   The winner poses with Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo , Miss Russia 2012 Elizaveta Golovanova ,  and Miss World 2012 Wenxia Yu