Miss Universe Norway 2013

Mari Ekeløf Chauhan was crowned Miss Universe Norway 2013 on September 28th, 2013 at the Scandic Fornebu Hotel in Oslo. Thirteen women competed in this year's pageant. The 24-year-old beauty will represent Norway 2013 in Miss Universe 2013 pageant in Moscow, Russia on November 9.

Miss Universe China 2013

Ye Jin (Kim Jin Ye) was crowned Miss Universe China 2013 on September 28th, 2013 at the Shanghai Jing An Shangri-La Hotel. The 25-year-old beauty will represent China in Miss Universe 2013 pageant, scheduled for November 9th 2013 in Moscow, Russia. Ye Jin’s court includes first runner-up Lillian Liu, second runner-up is Alano Wang, third runner-up Shanshan Zhang and  fourth runner-up Jennifer Wei. Ye Jin had competed in the Miss World China 2009, 2011 and 2013 pageants but did not place in any of them. One would think that she had picked the wrong pageant to compete in!

Miss Brazil Universe 2013

Jakelyne Oliveira was crowned Miss Brazil Universe 2013 Saturday night, September 28th, 2013 in Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais state. Twenty-five young women competed in this year's pageant. Oliveira, 22, will represent Brazil in Miss Universe 2013 pageant to be held in Moscow, Russia on November 9. Oliveira is a pageant veteran, having won the Miss Globe International crown in 2012. 


Philippines wins Miss World 2013

     For the first time in the 63-year-long history of the Miss World pageant, the Philippines - a pageant-crazy nation - won the coveted crown in Bali, Indonesia on Saturday evening, September 28. Megan Young, a 23-year-old aspiring filmmaker born in the United States, was crowned by outgoing titleholder Wenxia Yu of China at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center. Young's court includes 1st runner-up Marine Lorphelin of France and 2nd runner-up Naa Okailey Shooter Ghana. The remaining three finalists were Sancler Frantz of Brazil, Elena Ibarbia of Spain, and Maroua Kharbouch of Gibraltar who had won the People's Champion Award (via public online voting).

     Completing the top 10 were Eric Victoria Holland of Australia, Gina Hargitay of Jamaica, Vania Larissa of Indonesia, Kirsty Heslewood of England, and Ishani Shrestha of Nepal.  Included in the top 20 were the delegates from Aruba, Belgium, Canada, Dominica Republic, India, Italy, Netherlands, Slovakia, Ukraine, United States

       All top 6 finalists were asked the same question, "Why should you be the next Miss World?" This was Megan Young's response: “The Miss World for me treasures the core values of humanity and a guide to understanding people, why they act the way that they do, the way they live their lives, and I will use these core values and my understanding – not only by helping others but to show other people how they can understand others, so that as one, together, we shall help society. Thank you.”

A beaming newly crowned queen

  "I promise to be the best Miss World ever," Young, 23, said after winning the crown, as a large number of Filipino fans who traveled to Bali celebrated by jumping and waving the country's flag. Young was born in the United States and moved to the Philippines at age 10, according to her biography. The new Miss World is a college student who has appeared on screen as an actress and presenter since she was 15. Young wants to move behind the camera and become a director, according to her bio. Despite threats from the Islamic Defenders Front to disrupt the contest, police said no rallies were staged Saturday and the show proceeded smoothly in front of a sell-out audience. 

     Miss World's 127 contestants competed in beach fashion, fitness, world fashion, talent and "Beauty with a Purpose" meant to honor charitable work. The top 10 models - from Ukraine, South Sudan, Brazil, the Philippines, France, Cameroon, Cyprus, England, Italy and the United States - were announced earlier this week. During the coronation party, the continental queens were handed out to the following: Megan Young of the Philippines (Queen of Asia), Marine Lorphelin of France (Queen of Europe), Erin Victoria Holland of Australia (Queen of Oceania), Sancler Frantz of Brazil (Queen of the Americas), Gina Hargitay of Jamaica (Queen of the Caribbean) and Naa Okailey Shooter of Ghana (Queen of Africa).

     The show was hosted by Mr. World 2010 Kamal Ibrahim and British singer and media celebrity Myleen Klass.

     Megan Young's victory now makes the Philippines as the first country in Asia to have won all major international crowns (Miss Universe 1969, 1973; Miss International 1964, 1970, 1979, 2005; Miss Earth 2008; Miss World 2013), and two minor international crowns (Miss Supranational 2013; Miss Tourism Queen International 2006). 

The new Miss World and her court

     I saw the live telecast from E! Channel that started at 8:00 AM Boston time. The telecast was crispy clear and on the dot, compared to a few seconds' delay of the live streaming from various sites. I was really impressed by the opening number featuring Indonesian artists performing indigenous dances. And of course, my favorite segment - "Dances Of The World" - featuring selected contestants performing their respective national dances. I have never seen such a colorful, vibrant and grandiose production in any pageant show, and this is what pageantry is all about - theatricality. The production was not entirely perfect; there were several glitches, both audio and visual, which spoiled the live transmission, such as in the case of Miss Bolivia whose face was never seen during the introduction. Then Miss Ghana whose name had to be called three times before realizing that she had been voted in the top 10. When it was time for Miss Philippines's video to be shown, it was Miss Poland's face that appeared on the screen; it took the technical crew a good 15 seconds to retrieve Miss Philippines's video. The Indonesian co-hosts were just awful; they were either talking too fast in English - sometimes unintelligible - or were simply trying too hard to sound like professional emcees. At one point, the audio faded for a few seconds while Kamal Ibrahim was talking; luckily, he realized the glitch and repeated what he was saying.

     There was also a handful of precious moments - which you will rarely see in a Miss Universe telecast, by the way. Moments such as the sweet introduction of Denise Perrier, who looks regal and still beautiful 60 years after she was crowned Miss World in 1953; the touching video on Miss Nepal's work with underprivileged children in her country (she eventually won the Beauty With A Purpose award); and Kamal interviewing Megan's mother in the audience: when asked what the biggest piece of advice she gave to Megan before she came to the pageant, she replied, "Be Kind. You can never go wrong with kindness." Awwwww... 

     Watch Megan Young's coronation:


     But the most precious moment of all was when the Filipino fans in the audience erupted in joy as their country won its first ever Miss World crown since the Philippines first competed in 1966. Megan's victory sealed the Philippines's reputation as the leading pageant powerhouse in Asia, and as long as the Filipino fans continue to support their beauty queens with the same level of support they have showered Megan, it is very likely that the Philippines will win its second Miss Tourism Queen International crown in October, its third Miss Universe crown in November, its fifth Miss International crown and its second Miss Earth crown in December! Mabuhay, Philippines! 

By Rafa Delfin


Miss Tanzania 2014

Happiness Watimanya was crowned Redd’s Miss Tanzania 2013 at Mlimani Conference Hall in Dar-es-Salaam on September 21st, 2013. The beauty from Dodoma is 19 years old and will represent Tanzania in Miss World to be held next year at a place to be announced later. The first runner-up was Latifa Mohamed and the second runner-up was Clara Bayo.

Miss Universe Slovenia 2013

Nina Đurđević (Nina Djurdjevic) was crowned Miss Universe Slovenia 2013 on September 21st, 2013 in Portorož, in the Municipality of Piran in the southwestern Slovenia. With the title, Nina walks away with a scholarship worth 20,000 euros for Economy and Management at University in Zagreb. She will also represent Slovenia in Miss Universe 2013 pageant to be held in Moscow, Russia on November 9th.

Miss Bulgaria Universe 2013

Veneta Kristeva (Veneta Krŭsteva) was crowned Miss Bulgaria Universe 2013 on September 22, 2013 at the Sofia Event Center in Sofia. The 21-year-old beauty from Sofia will represent Bulgaria in Miss Universe 2013 pageant scheduled for November 9th, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.


Miss Universe Ethiopia 2013

Mhadere Tigabe has been crowned Miss Universe Ethiopia 2013 after winning the final contest held on Friday evening at the Radisson Blu hotel in Addis Ababa on Friday, Sept. 20th. Mhadere will represent Ethiopia at the upcoming Miss Universe competition in Moscow, Russia on November 9th, 2013.

Miss Universe Trinidad & Tobago 2013

Catherine Miller, 21, was crowned Miss Universe Trinidad and Tobago 2013 on September 21, 2013. She will represent Trinidad and Tobago in Miss Universe 2013 pageant on November 9th in Moscow, Russia. The first runner-up was Jessica Didier and the second runner-up was Sarah Radday

Miss Universe Curaçao 2013

Eline de Pool was crowned Miss Universe Curaçao 2013 at the Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort in Willemstad on September 21st, 2013. The 19-year-old beauty will represent Curaçao in Miss Universe 2013 pageant in Mosco, Russia on November 9th. Eline's court includes first runner-up Stephany Francisca and second runner-up Yolanda Smallegange.


Mister China 2013

Say hello to model and chef, Mister China 2013 Zeyong Tan.

Zeyong Tan of DongAn, 24, was elected as Mister China 2013 under the new directorship of Adam Lee. He will be representing China at the 2013 Mister International Competition in Indonesia this November.
During his spare time, Zeyong enjoys going to the gym, cooking, petting dogs, dancing and motorcycling. The newly elected Mister China is also a chef , having graduated from a cooking institute in Guangzhou.

Thanks to Adam Lee of Charm Press for this info.

Miss Universe Argentina 2013

20-year old Brenda Gonzalez (Miss Santa Fe) was crowned Miss Universo Argentina 2013 during the Feria Internacional de Turismo in “La Rural” in Buenos Aires on September 14th. She will now represent Argentina at the Miss Universe 2013 pageant on November 9th in Moscow, Russia. The 1st and 2nd runner-ups were Maria Jose Leiva (Miss Caba) and Maria Elliot (Miss Chaco).  

Miss Mongolia 2013

Namshir Anu was crowned Miss Mongolia 2013 last September 13th at the State Academic Drama Theatre in Ulaan Bataar. She will now represent Mongolia in Miss International 2013. The1st runner-up is Bat-Erdene Nomin-Erdene who will compete in Miss World Tourism 2013 to be held in Equatorial Guinea and the 2nd runner-up is Buyantogtokh Battogtokh who will compete in World Miss University 2013 in Seoul, Korea. The national pageant  is produced by the Miss Mongolia Organization.


Nigerian wins World Muslim beauty pageant 2013

Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola of Nigeria was crowned World Muslimah 2013 (REUTERS)

A Nigerian woman tearfully prayed and recited Koranic verses as she won a beauty pageant exclusively for Muslim women in the Indonesian capital Wednesday, a riposte to the Miss World contest that has sparked hardline anger.

The 20 finalists, who were all required to wear headscarves, put on a glittering show for the final of Muslimah World, strolling up and down a catwalk in elaborately embroidered dresses and stilettos.

But the contestants from six countries were covered from head to foot, and as well as beauty they were judged on how well they recited Koranic verses and their views on Islam in the modern world.
After a show in front of an audience of mainly religious scholars and devout Muslims, a panel of judges picked Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola from Nigeria as the winner.
While the event in a Jakarta shopping mall paled in comparison to Miss World on the resort island of Bali, in which scores of contestants are competing, Ajibola was nevertheless overwhelmed.
Upon hearing her name, the 21-year-old knelt down and prayed, then wept as she recited a Koranic verse.
She said it was “thanks to almighty Allah” that she had won the contest. She received 25 million rupiah ($2,200) and trips to Mecca and India as prizes.
Ajibola told AFP before the final that the event “was not really about competition”.
“We’re just trying to show the world that Islam is beautiful,” she said.
Organisers said the pageant challenged the idea of beauty put forward by the British-run Miss World pageant, and also showed that opposition to the event could be expressed non-violently.
Eka Shanti, who founded the pageant three years ago after losing her job as a TV news anchor for refusing to remove her headscarf, bills the contest as “Islam’s answer to Miss World”.
“This year we deliberately held our event just before the Miss World final to show that there are alternative role models for Muslim women,” she told AFP.
“But it’s about more than Miss World. Muslim women are increasingly working in the entertainment industry in a sexually explicit way, and they become role models, which is a concern.”
Hosted by Dewi Sandra, an Indonesian actress and pop star who recently hung up her racy dresses for a headscarf, the pageant featured both Muslim and pop music performances, including one about modesty, a trait the judges sought in the winner.
The pageant, which also featured bright Indonesian Islamic designer wear, is a starkly different way of protesting Miss World than the approach taken by Islamic radicals.
Snowballing protest movement
Thousands have taken to the streets in Indonesia in recent weeks to protest Miss World, denouncing the contest as “pornography” and burning effigies of the organisers.
Despite a pledge by Miss World organisers to drop the famous bikini round, radical anger was not appeased and the protest movement snowballed.
The government eventually bowed to pressure and ordered the whole pageant be moved to the Hindu-majority island of Bali, where it opened on September 8.
Later rounds and the September 28 final were to be held in and around Jakarta, where there is considerable hardline influence.
But there are still fears that extremists may target the event — the US, British and Australian embassies in Jakarta have warned their nationals in recent days of the potential for radical attacks.
More than 500 contestants competed in online rounds to get to the Muslimah World final in Indonesia, one of which involved the contenders comparing stories of how they came to wear the headscarf.
The contest was first held in 2011 under a different name and was only open to Indonesians, Shanti said, but after the media began comparing it to Miss World, it was rebranded as a Muslim alternative to the world-famous pageant.
Because of its popularity, organisers accepted foreign contestants this year for the first time, with Iran, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Nigeria and Indonesia represented.

Source: Vanguard, 9/18/2013

France to ban 'sexualised' child beauty pageants?

France to ban 'sexualised' child beauty pageants?
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The French Senate voted early Wednesday to ban beauty pageants for children under 16 – and to impose up to two years in prison and steep fines for adults who try to enter children into such a contest.


It looks like the French won’t be getting their version of “Little Miss Sunshine” or “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” anytime soon.

France’s Senate voted early Wednesday to ban beauty pageants for children under 16, and to punish any adult who tries to enter a child into such a contest with up to two years in prison and a steep 30,000-euro fine.

The amendment is part of a broader bill on women’s rights, which will now proceed to the National Assembly, French Parliament’s lower house, for debate and another vote.

The senators who voted in favour of the measure argue that it will protect children from being prematurely “sexualised” through the use of heavy make-up and often provocative attire.

The amendment was prompted by a a parliamentary report entitled “Against Hyper-Sexualisation: A New Fight For Equality”, which, in addition to calling for an end to the pageants, encouraged a ban on adult-style clothing for children, including padded bras and high-heeled shoes.

“Let us not make our girls believe from a very young age that their worth is based only on their appearance,” the author of the report, former sports minister and current senator Chantal Jouanno, said in an interview with free French daily “20 Minutes” last year.

Paris’s 'Mini-Miss' pageant…in Belgium?

Controversy surrounding the issue peaked in December 2010, when French Vogue published a photo spread featuring images of a 10-year-old French girl, Thylane Loubry Blondeau, decked out in a tight dress, jewellery, high heels and make-up.

The magazine argued that the photos were meant to capture a classic fantasy of young girls – to dress up like their mother.

But the images sparked outrage both at home and abroad.

If the bill is signed into law, as expected, pageants like the annual “Mini-Miss” contest in Paris will no longer take place.

The pageant’s creator, Michel Le Parmentier, has protested the amendment, saying that regulations, rather than an across-the-board ban, would be more appropriate.

Le Parmentier has said that if the law is passed, he might move his pageant to Belgium – but close to the French border, in order to accommodate French contestants who want to compete without having to worry about legal consequences.

Source: France24.com, 9/17/2013


France Is Close To Passing A Law That Could Get Pageant Moms Thrown In Prison



Miss Universe Guam 2013

Alixes Scott was crowned Miss Universe Guam 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Guam in Tamuning on September 16th, 2013. The 18-year-old beauty will represent Guam in the upcoming Miss Universe 2013 pageant on November 9th in Moscow, Russia.

Runner-up Lirone Veskler earned the second top score by judges to be crowned Miss International Guam. The 20 year-old will fly to Japan to represent the island in Miss International 2013 pageant in December.


New York crowned Miss America 2014

(Photo: Mel Evans, AP)

Miss America returned to Atlantic City for the first time in six years to crown a new 2014 winner.
"Atlantic City has survived Hurricane Sandy!" said Good Morning America's Lara Spencer, who co-hosted the ABC show with Chris Harrison.
And now it has survived the mother of all beauty pageants.
After a night of big numbers, long evening gowns, tight swimsuit strutting, dancing, singing and, yes, answering those tough judges' questions (including ones about Miley Cyrus and Syria!), the 53 Miss America contestants (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) were narrowed down to one winner.
Miss New York Nina Davuluri, 24, from Syracuse, sashayed off with the tiara and the $50,000 scholarship cash. She performed a Bollywood fusion dance (after missing her cue at first) and answered a question about plastic surgery. ("Be confident in who you are!") She said she hopes to become a doctor, like her father, who is an obstetrician. She once battled bulimia, according to a Syracuse.com July story, and is the first Indian-American to serve as Miss New York/ She is the first Miss America winner of Indian descent.
Here's how it all played out:
The contestants introduced themselves in a taped segment with those quippy catchphrases, including:
•"From the state known for its national football championships, here's your champion tonight, I'm Miss Alabama, Chandler Champion."
•"Tweet me, like me, text me! Streaming to you from Silicon Valley, I'm Crystal Lee, Miss California.
•"Listening to your phone calls from the Nation's Capital. Just kidding! I'm Miss District of Columbia, Bindhu Pamarthi."
•"Once most famous for the fountain of youth, now we're known as America's weirdest state. I am Miss Florida, Myrrhanda Jones."
•"Out of 5,500 Kansas Army National Guardsmen, Uncle Sam wanted me. Hoping you will too, I am Miss Kansas Theresa Vail."
•"From the home of Duck Dynasty, I'm here to trade in my duck call for the Miss America crown. I'm Miss Louisiana Jaden Leach."
•"From the home of the reigning Super Bowl champions, you bet I'm wacko for Flacco. I'm Christina Denny, Miss Maryland."
•"The Jersey shore is back and, no, I don't mean the TV show. Welcome home, Miss America. I'm Cara McCollum, Miss New Jersey."
•"I'm not Breaking Bad. I'm breaking through. Say my name, Alexis Duprey, Miss New Mexico."
•"From the state with the lowest unemployment, I'm looking for a job tonight. I am Miss North Dakota Laura Harmon."
•"From the birthplace of Brad Pitt, Chuck Norris and Kristin Chenoweth — beauty, brawn and talent, I'm Kelsey Griswold, Miss Oklahoma.
•From the state where 20% of our homes are mobile, because that's how we roll, I'm Brooke Mosteller, Miss South Carolina."
•"Even though I'm lactose intolerant, Ben and Jerry are still my two favorite guys. I'm Miss Vermont, Jeanelle Achee."
The celeb judges for the night: Lance Bass, Mario Cantone, Carla Hall, Barbara Corcoran, Joshua Bell, Amar'e Stoudemire and the last Miss America to be crowned in Atlantic City, Deidre Downs Gunn,
Co-host Harrison got the crowd pumped up for the first part of the competition — announcing the semifinalists.
First up was "America's choice," chosen by online vote: Miss Kansas Theresa Vail (talking about tattoos and Army life paid off for her!) "I am so honored," she said. "To be fair, I did have the backing of an entire army, literally."
Joining her in the semifinals:
Miss California Crystal Lee 
Miss New York Nina Davuluri
Miss Oklahoma Kelsey Griswold
Miss Connecticut Kaitlyn Tarpey
Miss Georgia Carly Mathis
Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick
Miss Texas Ivana Hall
Miss Arkansas Amy Crain
Miss Missouri Shelby Ringdahl
Miss Kentucky Jenna Day
Miss Maryland Christina Denny
Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones 
Miss Wisconsin Paula Mae Kuiper
Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh
And then came the swimsuit competition, featuring a parade of bikinis in red, white, black, green and animal prints.
Miss Kansas showed off her tattoos, as promised. Miss Florida went barefoot and wore a bedazzled knee brace after tearing two ligaments on Thursday night after a fall during her baton-twirling talent rehearsal. Everyone else showed long legs and spray tans, concave tummies and big smiles.
Judge Bass assured that Miss Florida's knee brace wouldn't affect the judges at all. "God bless her," he said.
The Top 12 finalists:
Miss Maryland Christina Denny
Miss Connecticut Kaitlyn Tarpey
Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones
Miss Missouri Shelby Ringdahl
Miss Oklahoma Kelsey Griswold
Miss New York Nina Davuluri
Miss Wisconsin Paula Mae Kuiper
Miss Texas Ivana Hall
Miss California Crystal Lee
Miss Kansas Theresa Vail
Miss Georgia Carly Mathis
Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh
Judge Hall said, "Judging is much harder than competing because judging you have someone's life or future in your hands."
The evening wear featured "beautiful girls in beautiful gowns," said Harrison but the judges were looking for "style and panache."
The gowns were sparkly, plunging, slit up high and weighed down with long trains. Miss Florida wore flat sandals with hers.
Top 10 Talent Performances:
Miss Oklahoma Kesley Griswold sang Everybody Says Don't. Fun facts we learned while she sang: Rides horses bareback, appeared on the Rosie O'Donnell Show.
Miss New York Nina Davuluri performed a Bollywood dance. (Lara Spencer had to yell her name three times before she realized she was being called on stage.) Fun fact: Egypt is her favorite place to travel.
Miss Kansas Therea Vail sang Puccini's Nessun Dorma. She wanted to do some sort of archery but it wasn't allowed, so she learned the song by watching it on YouTube.
Miss California Crystal Lee performed a ballet dance. Fun facts: She is fluent in Mandarin and Chinese and obtained a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford in four years.
Miss Connecticut Kaitlyn Tarpey did an Irish step dance. Fun fact: French is her first language.
Miss Georgia Carly Mathis sang On My Own from Les Miserables. Fun facts: Her feet are two different sizes. Her dog has met the president.
Miss Texas Ivana Hall sang a jazzy Fever. Fun fact: She cannot live without coffee.
Said judge Mario Cantone: "It's overwhelming. I feel like I'm in some gay to straight conversion therapy right now!"
Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh played a scherzo on the violin. Fun fact: She still fears the Snow White witch and is always 15 minutes early.
Miss Maryland Christina Denny sang a song from Wicked. She wants to ride elephants in Thailand and she enjoys cutting hair.
Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones took the stage with her knee brace on and performed a baton-twirling routine. She managed to twirl and spin through it flawlessly, juggling three batons at one point.
Top Five Who Answered Questions:
Miss Oklahoma Kelsey Griswold was asked a question by Cantone. He said that "Miley Cyrus has caused a media sensation... What do you think of her? "I'm going to be honest. I don't think her performance was twerking for me. Get it?" She added, "It was not super tasteful but ... I have to respect her creativity."
Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh was asked by Lance Bass about political wives supporting cheating, scandalous husbands. Should they stand by them? "I think they're doing the right thing by standing by that man they fell in love with ... That husband needs to get it together, though."
Miss California Crystal Lee was asked by Joshua Bell about Syria. "I believe as one of the most powerful countries in the world we do have an ethical obligation to prevent a leader of a country who is using chemical weapons on his people. I believe we should use congressional support if we can. And the U.N."
Miss New York Nina Davuluri was asked by Carla Hall about Julie Chen's decision to have plastic surgery about making her eyes less Asian. "I don't agree with plastic surgery, however I can understand that from a standpoint. More importantly I've always viewed Miss America as the girl next door. And Miss America is always evolving... I wouldn't want to change someone's looks. Be confident in who you are."
Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones was asked about minorities having low-incomes and high-unemployment and incarceration rates. What should the country do to address this? "My father is unemployed. It took a lot for me to be able to stand on this stage. ... We need to have more jobs in America." She was cut off before she could continue.
"Don't make me the bad guy," Harrison said. "OK, I'm the bad guy."
But it was time to crown the winner.
Fourth runner-up: Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh
Third runner-up: Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones
Second runner-up: Miss Oklahoma Kesley Griswold
It came down to two Asian-Americans.
Runner up: Miss California Crystal Lee
And the winner: The new Miss America is Miss New York Nina Cavuluri!

***New York wins for the second straight year in a row, as last year's Miss America Mallory Hagan was also from the Empire State.
Source: USAToday.com, 9/15/2013


Miss Universe Sri Lanka 2013

Twenty-three-year-old Amanda Rathnayake was crowned Miss Universe Sri Lanka 2013 last night at a glittering event at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. She will represent Sri Lanka at the Miss Universe 2013pageant in Moscow on November 9th.  Simerene Rabot (left) was adjudged the runner up and Kristina Palliyaguruge (right) the second runner-up. Wijeya Newspapers Ltd was the print media sponsors of the event.

Source: SundayTimes.lk, 9/15/2013


Miss Universe Romania 2013

Roxana-Oana Andrei, 26, was crowned Miss Universe Romania 2013 at TVR Studios in Bucharest on September 14. She will represent her country at Miss Universe 2013 pageant to be held in Moscow, Russia on November 9th. The 1st runner-up: Ioana Mihalache, the 2nd runner-up: Laura Maria Iordache, the 3rd runner-up: Anda Iuliana Parasca, and the 4th runner-up: Mihaela Roxana Luca.