Miss Scotland 2013 crowned

Jamey Bowers made it third time lucky last night as she was crowned Miss Scotland 2013.

The beauitiful brunette wowed the judges to land the coveted title and an whopping £10,000 in prize money.
Stunning Jamey, 24, from Edinburgh, was runner-up in the 2009 contest then finished in third place the following year.
But last night it was her turn to be named the nation’s favourite beauty.
And as she accepted her glittering crown, she said: “I can’t believe I’ve won — It really has been third time lucky for me.
“I was Katharine Brown’s runner-up in Miss Scotland 2009 and the following year I was third when Nicola Mimnagh took the title.
“Now it’s finally my turn and I’m over the moon.
“I can’t think of anything more worthy than being an ambassador for Scotland and I will work hard to do everyone proud.
“I’m so honoured — I feel overwhelmed and so happy.”
She will now get ready to represent Scotland in Miss World 2013, on September 28, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Jamey Bowers (center) with 1st runner-up Mhairi Fergusson (left) 
and 2nd runner-up Laura Paterson (right) 

SOURCE: The Scottish Sun, UK, 5/30/2013


Miss Massachusetts USA 2013 greets her fans in 3 languages

Miss Massachusetts USA 2013 Sarah Kidd, 20, who is a Critical Beauty pupil, greets her fans in three languages: English (to her U.S. fans), Spanish (to her Latino fans), and Filipino (and to her Filipino fans):

Sarah leaves for Las Vegas this Friday, May 31st, to join fifty other beautiful contestants who are vying for the 2013 Miss USA crown! We wish Sarah all the best!

Sarah poses for Rafa Delfin, Director of Critical Beauty


Original Miss Universe Canada 2013 winner Denise Garrido is demoted to 4th place due to tabulation error

Denise Garrido - the morning after she was crowned Miss Universe Canada 2013

     Just barely two days after she was crowned Miss Universe Canada 2013, Denise Garrido has been demoted to 3rd runner-up position due to a tabulation error.  Riza Santos,  26, who was 1st runner-up, has now been declared as the true winner. Beauties of Canada, the organizer of the pageant, has released the following statement:


The 2013 Miss Universe Canada pageant took place on Saturday, May 25 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in Toronto.  During the validation of the computerized scoring results (which occurs the following day), a typo was discovered in the top 5 entries, which significantly impacted the final results of the competition.  This is the first instance of this type of error in the 11 years that Beauties of Canada (BOC) has produced the Miss Universe Canada pageant.
This is an unfortunate circumstance where a human error was made, and in such a situation, as difficult as it is, it is only right to correct the error.  Therefore, the official results of Miss Universe Canada 2013 are as follows:
Miss Universe Canada 2013 ­ Riza Santos (Calgary, AB)
1st runner-up ­ Siera Bearchell (Moose Jaw, SK)
2nd runner-up ­ Diana Martin (Mississauga, ON)
3rd runner-up ­ Denise Garrido (Bradford, ON)
4th runner-up ­ Michelle McKay (Sarnia, ON)
We would like to offer our sincere apology to Denise Garrido for this human error discovered while validating the results. Miss Garrido’s example and grace represents all we look for at Miss Universe Canada. We have no doubt she will continue to succeed in her endeavours and we wish her well. We truly hope she remains a strong part of the Miss Universe Canada Organization.
Beauties of Canada congratulates Riza Santos as the winner of Miss Universe Canada 2013 competition, and looks forward to working with her as she prepares to represent our country at Miss Universe 2013. BOC would also like to congratulate all the runners-up on their proper placements at the pageant, as well as the other 52 extraordinary young women who competed for the title in Toronto.
For more information or for Interview/Photo requests with MUC 2013 Riza Santos
Please Contact:
Andrew Lopez
PR for Miss Universe Canada
The original results from last Saturday's finals revealed that Denise Garrido (center) won the pageant. She was followed in order of ranking by  Riza Santos, Siera Bearchell, Michelle McKay and Diana Martin.
Riza Santos: from 1st runner-up to Miss Universe Canada 2013 

     It is indeed unfortunate that a tabulation error has shattered the dream of Denise Garrido of competing in Miss Universe 2013 pageant. When she won two days ago, she automatically made history by being the first woman in Canadian pageantry to have won three grand national titles (Miss Earth Canada 2008, Miss World Canada 2010, and Miss Universe Canada 2013). Now this record has been claimed by Riza Santos. Santos, like Garrido, boasts of two grand national titles under her belt (Miss Earth Canada 2006, Miss World Canada 2011). And now the Miss Universe Canada 2013 title has just been added to her accolades.

Riza Santos during the evening gown competition of Miss Universe Canada 2013 pageant last May 25th.


Miss Universe Canada 2013 crowned

The new Miss Universe Canada 2013 is Denise Garrido, 26, from Bradford, Ontario, whomwas crowned during the 11th edition of the pageant held in Toronto on May 25th. Denise is a pageant veteran, having won Miss Earth Canada 2008 and Miss World Canada 2010. She is the first Canadian woman to have won three major national titles in the history of Canadian pageantry. She will now compete in Miss Universe 2013  pageant at a venue and date that have yet to be announced. The 1st runner-up was Riza Santos, who herself was a former Miss Earth Canada 2006 and Miss World Canada 2011; the 2nd runner-up was Sierra Bearchell; the 3rd runner-up was Michelle McKay; and the 4th runner-up was Diana Martin.

Miss Universe Ghana 2013 crowned

An eloquent 18- year-old Senior High School graduate, Hanniel Jamin was crowned Miss Universe Ghana at a ceremony held at the LaPalm Royal beach hotel in Accra on Friday, May 24.
Hanniel won the hearts of the judges – Leila Lopes, 2011 Miss Universe winner; actress Yvonne Nelson; presenter Benny Blanco; Brian D. Hogan, founder of investment firm Paradigm Capital Group; and model Veronica Varekova – and was subsequently declared winner.
For her prize, Hanniel won GH¢5,000 worth of a wardrobe, a New York Film Academy scholarship, a management and public relations deal, and a one year gym membership and other packages.
Hanniel is born to Ghanaian and Nigerian parents.

Source: -AmeyawDebrah, 5/25/2013

Miss World Costa Rica 2013 crowned

The new Miss World Costa Rica 2013 is Yarly Marin, 23, who was crowned at the Asociación Casa China Costarricense, in San Jose last May 23rd. She will compete in Miss World 2013 pageant in Indonesia in September.  Other winners included Miss International Costa Rica 2013 Andrea Rojas, 20 and Miss Intercontinental Costa Rica 2013 Brenda Muñoz, 18. The runner-up was Fabiola Charpentier, 20.

Yarly Marin, Miss World Costa Rica 2013


Nick Jonas, Giuliana Rancic to host Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas


Miss Northern Ireland 2013 crowned

The new Miss Northern Ireland 2013 is Meagan Green, 23, who was crowned in Belfast’s Europa Hotel last May 20th. She will now represent her country in Miss World 2013 to be held in Indonesia on September 18th. Green placed second last year to winner Tiffany BrienThe gala final was a glamorous affair hosted by ex-Miss Northern Ireland and TV presenter Zoe Salmon, alongside news broadcaster Marc Mallett.
The runner-up was Anna Henry, 18,  from Portglenone and Belfast girl Emma Ward, 22, was third.  


Miss Philippines Earth 2013 crowned

The new Miss Philippines-Earth 2013 is Angelee Claudett delos Reyes (center), 25, of Olongapo City who was crowned Sunday, May 19 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. In the photo she is joined by her court (L-R): Miss Philippines Eco-Tourism Bernadette Mae Aguirre of Sta. Maria, Bulacan, Miss Philippines-Water Nancy Leonard from Zamboanga City, Miss Philippines-Air Kimverlyn Suiza from Nagcarlan, Laguna, and Miss Philippines-Fire Alma Cabasal representing PHL-West Coast (USA). Angelee will now represent the Philippines in Miss Earth 2013 pageant to be held in December.


Miss Universe Thailand 2013 crowned

The new Miss Universe Thailand 2013 is Chalita Yaemwannang, 25, who was crowned on May 11, 2013 at Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon in Bangkok.  She will represent Thailand at the Miss Universe 2013 pageant whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed. 

The first runner-up is Chonticha Tiangtham, 18, who received the title of Miss International Thailand 2013 and will represent Thailand in the Miss International 2013 pageant in Japan. The second runner-up is Sakaowan Singhapreecha, 19, who received the title of Miss Tourism Thailand 2013 and will compete in the Miss Tourism Queen International 2013 pageant. The third runner-up is Wanvisa Prapasirivichaikul19,  and the fourth runner-up is  Sunitporn Srisuwan, 23.

Miss Universe Croatia 2013 crowned

The new Miss Universe Hrvatske 2013 (Miss Universe Croatia 2013) is  Melita Fabečić, an 18-year old beauty from Zagreb who was crowned among 20 contestants during the annual beauty competition which took place on May 10th. She will now represent Croatia at the Miss Universe 2013 pageant at a venue and date that have still to be announced. 
The 1st runner-up is Antea Valenta and the 2nd runner-up is Mia Milinovic. 


Miss America 2014 will be crowned without the Miss America theme song

Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan reacts as she is crowned Miss America 2013 in Las Vegas. (AP/Isaac)

“There she is, Miss America"... except this year’s winner won’t be hearing those words.
Due to a licensing dispute, Miss America 2013 will be crowned in September without the iconic “Miss America” song.
Miss America Organization vice president Sharon Pearce confirmed to the Press of Atlantic City that the familiar tune, played almost every year since 1955, will no longer be used at the pageant.
The dispute stems from a lawsuit filed by the late songwriter Bernie Wayne’s wife, who claimed the song was used without a proper license in 2011 and 2012.
For a few years in the 1980s, the “Miss America” song was silent during another contract dispute, and last year, the pageant played instrumental music instead for Laura Kaeppeler’s crowning. This year, organizers could also choose to use another tune like “Look at Her” and “Miss America the Beautiful.”
Wayne first wrote the song while sitting in a barber’s chair in 1955. In that year’s pageant, host Bert Parks sang it on the televised broadcast to winner Lee Meriwether. Before his death in 1993, Wayne also wrote the song “Blue Velvet,” as well as many other familiar jingles, commercial tunes, and television and movie songs.
SOURCE: http://ca.omg.yahoo.com, 5/8/2013


Miss Finland 2013 crowned

The new Miss Suomi 2013 (Miss Finland 2013) is Lotta Hintsa, 24, who was crowned at the Långvik Congress Wellness Hotel in Kirkkonummi on May 5th.  Hintsa will represent Finland at the Miss Universe 2013 pageant whose date and venue are yet to be confirmed. The first runner-up is Maija Kerisalmi, 20, from Nokia. She will represent Finland in Miss World 2013 pageant to be held in Indonesia in September. The second runner-up is Helianna Ylimaula, 23, who will compete in Miss International 2013 in Japan.
Photos courtesy MTV Finland


Miss Caribbean World 2013 crowned

The new Miss Caribbean World 2013 is Sharie Watchman de'Castro of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) who was crowned May 4th during the contest at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Tortola, BVI.
In the photo above, Sharie (3rd from right) is flanked by (L-R): 4th runner-up Barbie Adams of St. Kitts & Nevis, 3rd runner-up Joy-Ann Biscette of St. Lucia, Miss Caribbean World 2012 Nadira Lando of Dominica, Sharie, 2nd runner-up  Carice Glasgow of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and 1st runner-up Leslassa Armour Shillingford of Dominica.
In addition to winning the crown, de'Castro copped five sectional prizes including Miss Poise, Best Talent, Best Evening Wear and Miss Intellect. She tied with Miss Dominica to win the Best Swimwear category. Miss Dominica is also Miss Photogenic.

SOURCE: BVINews.com, 5/4/2013

Hinarani de Longeaux to represent France in Miss Universe 2013

Last Saturday, the Miss France Committee president Sylvie Tellier announced that Hinarani de Longeaux, who represented Tahiti in the 2013 Miss France competition and placed 1st runner-up, will officially represent France in the 2013 Miss Universe pageant. This information was taken from the French-language site, Lesnouvelles.pf, which also cites that the Miss Universe 2013 pageant will be held in Las Vegas on December 19th. Critical Beauty does not acknowledge the date and venue since no official statement has been released yet from the Miss Universe Organization. However, Tellier claims that the change was made due to schedule conflict. The Miss France 2014 pageant will be held on December 7th in Dijon and requires the presence of  the actual Miss France Marine Lorphelin.  Meanwhile, Lorphelin will compete in Miss World 2013 in September in Indonesia. This is the second year in a row that France is not sending the actual national titleholder to Miss Universe. In 2012, France was represented by Marie Payet, who was second runner-up to actual winner Delphine Wespiser.

Marine Lorphelin


Miss Equatorial Guinea 2013 crowned

The new Miss Equatorial Guinea 2013 is Restituta Mfumu, 22, who was crowned at the Sipopo Conference Center in Malabo on April 27th.  Lisa De Bata and Joana Nsomo were the runner-ups. Mfumu will represent Equatorial Guinea during the 63rd Miss World finals in Indonesia in September. 
The director of the Mogue Agency, Consuelo Obiang, organized the event, and was the main person responsible for the entire organization, recalled that the slogan of this competition was "No to early pregnancy, no to abandonment of studies, no to juvenile alcoholism" and expressed the importance that the Equatoguinean girls experienced the opportunity of working for their future from all the areas possible, and of avoiding these realities that many times complicate their lives." 
Source: Guinea Ecuatorial Press, 4/27/2013

Miss Panama Universe 2013 crowned

The new Miss Panama Universe 2013 is Carolina Brid Cerrud (Miss Veraguas) who was crowned at the Anayansi Theater in the ATLAPA Convention Center on April 30th. She will compete in Miss Universe 2013 whose date and venue are still to be announced.

The 1st runner-up is Miss Los Santos, Sara Bello (right) who will represent Panama in the Miss Intercontinental 2013 pageant to be held in Egypt in November. The 2nd runner-up is Miss Panama Centro, Maria Gabrielle Sealy (left),  who will compete in the Miss Continente Americano pageant in September in Ecuador. Critical Beauty's Héctor Joaquín Colón González was one of the distinguished judges that also included Miss Venezuela 2012 Irene Esser.