Miss World Malta 2013 crowned

The new Miss World Malta 2013 is Donna Borg Leyland, 21, of Attard, who was crowned last April 27th. She will compete in Miss World 2013 in Indonesia this September. The contest was organised by Modelle International under the direction of Sue Rossi and Claudia Calleja. The 1st runner-up is Maria Galea, and the 2nd runner-up is Christine Mifsud. 

Miss Honduras World 2013 crowned

The new Miss Honduras World 2013 is Monica Elwin, 19, representing Islas de la Bahia, who was crowned April 27th in Expocentro.  Twenty-two young women took part in the competition.  Elwin will  represent Honduras during the 63rd Miss World finals in Indonesia on September 18.

The 1st runner-up was Andrea Lopez (second from right) representing Siguatepeque. After the pageant, national director Eduardo Zablah announced that the outgoing queen, Jennifer Valle, will represent Honduras in Miss International 2013 pageant to be held in Vietnam in October.

Miss Botswana 2013 crowned

The new Miss Botswana 2013  is Rosemary Keofitlhetse who was crowned at the end of the national event held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre on April 27, 2013. She will represent Botswana in the upcoming Miss World 2013 pageant, scheduled to take place in Jakarta, Indonesia this September 28. The first runner-up was Betty Seatlholo and the second runner-up was Khumo Leburu.


El Salvador queens for 2013 crowned

The new Nuestra Belleza El Salvador World 2013 is Paola Ayala, 18, from San Salvador (left). The new Nuestra Belleza El Salvador Universe 2013 is Alba Delgado, 22, also from San Salvador (right). Both women were crowned April 26th at the Decameron Real hotel in Salinitas, Sonsonate.

Alba Delgado

Miss World Argentina 2013 crowned

The new Miss World Argentina 2013 (Miss Mundo Argentina) is Maria Teresa Kuster, 24,  from Villa Urquiza, Buenos Aires who was crowned during a pageant held in Santa Fe on April 26th. She will compete in Miss World 2013 pageant to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 18th. Second place went to Zaida Schoop from Cordoba and who was crowned Miss International Argentina 2013. She will compete in Miss International 2013 to be held in Japan. The 1st runner-up is Luciana Robles from Salta.  .


New Zealand queens for 2013 crowned

The new Miss World New Zealand 2013 is Ella Liliane Langsford who was crowned at the Te Pai Centre of the Netball Waitakere in Auckland on April 27. The 20-year-old beauty will represent New Zealand in Miss World 2013 beauty pageant to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 28.

Kylie Miller was crowned Miss Tourism Queen International New Zealand 2013 and will represent her country in the next Miss Tourism Queen International pageant.

Casey Radley was crowned Miss International New Zealand 2013 and will represent her country in Miss International 2013 pageant to be held in Japan sometime in September or October.


Miss & Mister Latvia 2013 crowned

The new Miss and Mister Latvia 2013 are Liliana Garkalne and Mareks Mohovikovs. The couple won their respected titles during a ceremony held at the International Exhibition Center in Kipsala on April 21st. 

Runners-up in the 25th annual contest were Beate Baranovska (vice-Miss Latvia, second from right) and Guntars Logins (vice-Mister Latvia, farthest right). The other finalists were Alexander Dmitriev (farthest left) and Egija Gailuma (second from left).


Miss Massachusetts USA 2011 Alida D'Angona & her pageant coach Rafa Delfin appear on TLC's "I Found The Gown"

     Ex-Miss Massachusetts USA 2011 Alida D'Angona, who competed in Miss USA 2011 pageant, appears on the new season of the hit show "I Found The Gown" on TLC (The Learning Channel). The episode, entitled "Family Knockdowns and Dress Knockouts," debuted on Saturday, April 19th at 10 PM EST.

     The show was filmed last November at Vows Bridal Boutique in Watertown, a suburb of Boston. The boutique, owned by Leslie and Rick DeAngelo, specializes in selling high-end designer gowns at discount prices. Assisting Alida in her quest for her ideal wedding gown are her mother Miriam, her sister Cynthia, her best friend Casey, and her pageant coach Rafa Delfin of Critical Beauty. Did Alida find her ideal wedding gown? You'll just have to watch and find out!

     If you missed the premier of the episode, don't worry. Check the schedule for repeats. Meanwhile, you can watch this two-minute preview.

Looks like someone is being very critical!

Looks like Alida sees something she really likes!

L-R: Miriam (Alida's mom), Rafa, Alida, Casey and Cynthia pose for the camera after the filming of the show.

Miss Hercules 2013 crowned

Miss Hercules 2013 Kristiana Sunga with 1st runner-up Courtney Dawson and 2nd runner-up Janet Lares, with American Idol finalist, DeAndre Brakensick who was the featured entertainer.

     Two years ago, I had the privilege of judging the first ever Miss Hercules pageant. Don't be fooled by the name: it is not a body building competition, but a scholarship pageant based in the small city of Hercules in California, just less than 30 minutes from San Francisco. The pageant is owned and produced by Richard James White, the president of the Miss Hercules Organization (MHO) who is a successful realtor as well as a big aficionado of pageants. Richard has been following Critical Beauty for many years and we have known each other for almost ten. Richard had always dreamed of giving back to his community, and what better way to do it than providing an opportunity for young ladies to shine and to compete in a pageant. The first pageant turned out to be a huge success!

     Last Sunday, April 14th, the pageant returned and I was asked to judge again. But this time, it was more memorable for several reasons: it had the full support of the entire city, took place in a bigger venue (Hercules Community Center), attracted more sponsors and attendees, had a distinguished and more diverse panel of judges, featured an American Idol finalist, introduced its own theme song ("Miss Hercules") sung by a choir of girls dubbed as the Little Sisters of Miss Hercules (reminiscent of the Little Sisters from Miss Universe), and selected its first Mister Hercules, Michael Sanchez, among the 9 young, male escorts. And even though the number of contestants (9) was smaller than that of the first pageant (12), each young woman who competed this year came more prepared and competitive. 

     The winner of the 2013 Miss Hercules pageant is Kristiana Sunga, 15, who represented the district of Bayside. The 1st runner-up is Miss Gem Stones Courtney Dawson, 18, and the 2nd runner-up is Miss Baywood Janette Lares, 18. Sunga's prize package includes a $5,000 scholarship, an all-expenses paid trip to Puerto Vallarta, an exquisite sash, and a beautiful crown by renowned Venezuelan jewelry designer George Wittels who designs crowns for the Miss Venezuela pageant. Sunga also received the following special awards:  Miss Talent, Miss Charity, Miss Photogenic, Miss Eloquence, and Miss Critical Beauty that included $200 worth of beauty and skin care (and animal test-free) products from Lush Cosmetics.

     On a personal note, I wish to thank Richard for inviting me to judge the pageant again - which gave me the opportunity to say hello again to his amazingly talented and congenial staff; to reunite with the first Miss Hercules, Domonique Jones (who looked grown up and even more beautiful now); and to finally meet the fabulous Peter Sereno, who coached Jennifer Hawkins to win Miss Universe 2004 and who runs Dear Pageant Girl, a popular pageant consultation resource based in Sydney, Australia. Yup, Richard flew Peter all the way from the Land Down Under to judge the pageant. Thank you, Richard, for organizing a marvelous event and for enriching the lives of everyone involved with it! - Rafa Delfin

Kristiana with Mister Hercules 2013, Michael Sanchez
Kristiana with MHO President Richard James White

With ab-fab Peter Sereno of Dear Pageant Girl


Miss World South Sudan 2013 crowned

Manuela Mogga Matong, 21, won the Miss World South Sudan 2013 title at the Freedom Hall in Juba on Saturday, April 13th. She was crowned by Miss World Africa 2012 Atong DemachMatong will compete in Miss World 2013 pageant to be held in Indonesia in September. The 1st runner-up is Gigita Grace and the 2nd runner-up is Ajak Abiel.


Miss Wales 2013 crowned

Photo courtesy Wales Online

Gabrielle Shaw, a 19-year-old beauty from Wrexham, was crowned Miss Wales 2013 in front of a packed auditorium at St. David’s Hall on April 13th. She will compete in the 63rd Miss World contest in September to be held in Indonesia. She was crowned by Miss World Europe (and Miss World 2012 1st runner-up) Sophie Moulds.

Miss Slovakia 2013 crowned

The new Miss Slovakia 2013 (Miss Slovak Republic) is Karolina Chomistekova, a 19-year old student of Business Management from Oravský Podzámok, who was crowned during the annual event held in Bratislava on April 14th. She will represent Slovakia in Miss World 2013 pageant to be held in Indonesia this September.
The 1st runner-up is Luciána Čvirková, who will compete in Miss International in October. The 2nd runner-up is Nikoleta Duchoňová.


New Philippine queens for 2013

Ariella Arida of Laguna reacts as 2012 Miss Universe 1st runner-up Janine Tugonon turns over the crown to her last night at the Bb. Pilipinas pageant at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. - (Photos by Dexter Rodrigo Matilla)

MANILA, Philippines – Ariella Arida describes herself as just an average person but for the next 365 days, she’ll be anything but as she is now Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2013.
The 24-year-old Arida brought home the crown last night at the culmination of the 50th year of Bb. Pilipinas at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao and will represent the Philippines in this year’s Miss Universe pageant.
Arida, who also won the Best in Swimsuit Award, hails from Laguna and has a Chemistry degree at the University of the Philippines. She enjoys sports including volleyball, swimming, and running, having finished a 21K recently. She considers 2010 Miss Universe 4th runner up Venus Raj as her idol.
Twenty-three year-old Bea Santiago brought home the Bb. Pilipinas-International title while Nueva Ecija’s Joana Cindy Miranda is Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism. Bb. Pilpinas-Supranational went to Johanna Datul of Isabela.  Pia Wurtzbach of Cagayan de Oro was named first runner-up.

First runner-up Pia Wurtzbach, Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism Joana Cindy Miranda, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2013 Ariella Arida, Bb. Pilipinas-International Bea Santiago, and Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational Johanna Datul.

Rounding up the top 15 are Grace Yann Apuad, Maria Angelica de Leon, Charmaine Elima, Rhea Nakpil, Amanda Noelle Navasero, Camille Carla Nazar, Ellore Noelle Punzalan, Imelda Schweighart, Merry Joyce Respicio, and Parul Shah.
The event was hosted by Martin Nievera and Dawn Zulueta. Judges of the pageant were ABS-CBN Chairman Gabby Lopez, Cabinet Secretary of the Philippines Rene Almendras, Chilean Ambassador Roberto Mayorga, Italian Ambassador Massimo Roscigno, Boy Abunda, Hirofumi Hashimoto, Louis Ng of Macau, Philippine National Police Director General Allan Purisima, Miss Universe 1969 Gloria Diaz, James Younghusband, and Liliana Marquez Zawadsky.
Source: Philippine Star, 4/15/2013


Former Miss Venezuela International 2009 survives gunshot in the chest

Laksmi Rodríguez, 27, a former Miss Venezuela International 2009, is in stable condition in a Caracas clinic after surviving a gunshot wound to the chest while she was getting home last Thursday night accompanied by a male friend, Elias Jimad Webber, 23. Webber, who received gunshots in the chin and the neck, did not survive.

The incident happened as such: Webber, who was driving a Fortuner truck, was dropping off Rodriguez at her house. Suddenly, a Chrysler Neon sedan stopped in front of the truck, two armed men got off the car and ordered the couple to get out of the truck. When Webber tried to escape, the armed men shot the pair. Despite his serious wounds, Webber was still able to drive to the clinic. The pair was rushed to the emergency unit and told the authorities what had happened. Webber suffered a respiratory failure and eventually died.

Source: El Nacional, Caracas, 4/11/2013

Laksmi Rodriguez represented the state of Monagas in Miss Venezuela 2009 pageant

Miss Peru 1953 dies at 77

Mary Ann Sarmiento, Miss Peru 1953, has died at the age of 77. She was Peru's first representative in the Miss Universe pageant. In the last few years, she had been living alone in a wooden house in the city of Miraflores, destitute, depressed and suffering from alcoholism. During her prime, she was courted by prominent suitors including the King of Spain. She was once dubbed as "la novia del Perú” ("Peru's sweetheart"). She married  Rafael Graña, 17 years her senior and with whom she had three children. The couple divorced only after seven years of marriage. Many said that the divorce was the beginning of Sarmiento's slippery slope. 

Mary Ann Sarmiento

Miss Peru 2008 Karol Castillo dies of cardiac arrest

Karol Castillo. Photo courtesy of El Comercio

Miss Peru 2008 Karol Castillo has died of cardiac arrest in Australia. She was 23. Castillo competed in Miss Universe 2008 pageant held in Vietnam. She had traveled to Australia three weeks ago be part of the staff in preparing contestants for the Miss Teen Australia pageant, according to Diego Alcade Sangalli, a pageant coach who had traveled with Castillo. Sangalli, who had always known that Castillo had heart problems, discovered the ex-beauty queen dead in her bed. 


Miss Thailand World 2013 crowned

The new Miss Thailand World 2013 is Kanyapak Poksomboon who was crowned April 9 in Bangkok. She will compete in Miss World 2013 to be held in Indonesia in September. The 1st runner-up is Racha Rakkaphan and the 2nd runner-up is Sukonnij Methangsuwej


Mr. Brazil 2013 selected

The new Mister Brazil 2013 is Reinaldo Augusto Dalcin, 27 (center), representing Ilhas do Delta do Jacuí, who was crowned last night at Portobello Resort & Safari near Rio de Janeiro. He will compete in the next Mr. World contest. The first runner-up is Mister Santa Catarina, Diego Novicki (left) and 2nd runner-up is Mister Rio Grande do Sul, Jhonatan Marko (right). 

Miss Brazil World 2013 crowned

Sancler Frantz, 21, was crowned Miss Brasil World 2013 Saturday night at Portobelo & Safari Resort in Mangalore, Rio de Janeiro. She will compete in Miss World 2013 in Septembner. The new Miss Brasil World received her crown from Miss Brasil World 2012 Mariana Notarangelo.
Second place went to Miss Espírito Santo World, Raquel Benetti, and third place went to Miss Santa Catarina World, Thainara Latenik. The pageant was attended by the reigning Miss World from China Wenxia Yu who, on April 1st, was detained by Brazilian authorities at Rio's international airport for not having a visa to enter the country. She was forced to take a flight back to London and to request the Brazilian embassy in London to approve a visa. Finally, she was able to enter Brazil legally on April 3rd.


Tunisia to Compete in Miss World

For the first time since 1978, the young woman crowned “Miss Tunisia” this Saturday will participate in the Miss World competition held September 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia, Miss Tunisia National President Aida Antar said today on Mosaique FM.

Sondes Zammouri, one of the contestants for Miss Tunisia.
Fourteen women are competing for the title and each must propose a humanitarian project based in Tunisia. For example, Miss Gabes is putting forth an initiative that would tackle pollution in her home region, where there is a great deal of manufacturing activity, Antar said.

In order to qualify for the competition, applicants must be Tunisian citizens, between the ages of 17 and 25, at least 1.7 meters tall, single, and have at least a high school diploma, according to the Miss Tunisia website. This year’s competition began March 16 and participants have been featured in a reality TV program following their experiences.

Although only the winner of Miss Tunisia will go to Miss World in Jakarta, runners-up will also compete in other pageants. The first runner-up will be sent to Miss International; the second runner-up will go to Miss Earth; the third runner-up will compete in Miss Mediterranean; and the fourth runner-up will be sent to Miss Arab World.

More information about the competition and contestants is available on the Miss Tunisia website.

The last Tunisian representative to Miss World was Nemlaghi Malek in 1978.

Jacqueline Tapia of Tunisia was 3rd runner-up in Miss World 1957.

Source: Tunisia-live.net, 4/2/2013