5.31.2014

Miss Costa Rica 2014



Karina Ramos, a 20 year-old student of Public Relations, was crowned Miss Costa Rica 2014 last night at Teletica's Marco Picado Studio in San Jose. She will represent her country in Miss Universe 2014 later this year. Runners-up for the Miss Costa Rica 2014 title were Carolina Rodríguez, 24, and Carolina Arias, 24.  



Photo credit: Teletica.com

Miss Seychelles 2014



Camilla Estico was crowned Miss Seychelles 2014 last night at the new Savoy Resort and Spa at Beau Vallon. She also won the Miss Talent and Miss Photogenic awards. 
The First Princess was Lisa Rose and the Second Princess was Marvel Godley.
Twelve young women competed in this year's pageant. Estico will represent the Seychelles in 2014 Miss World pageant to be held in London on December 14th. 



Photo credit: Miss Seychelles Organization

5.30.2014

Miss Teenager 2013 resigns for being bullied by pageant organizers


SOURCE: FACEBOOK

Jasmine Stringer, the reigning Miss Teenager Universe, has resigned because of bullying.

Organizers in Guatemala “bullied” her financially, she says.

Stringer had fullfilled all her commitments until Miss Teenager Australia organizers Mark Williams and Thelma Rodriguez decided not the hold their competition this year because they’ve moved from Australia to Miami for work.

International organizers then told Jasmine, who is 17, that she would have to find her own Australian contestant, pay their entry fee, and also pay her own way to Guatemala, where this year’s competition is to be held. That’s despite her contract including a return trip to the contest where she was to crown her successor.

“If you cannot follow he (sic) crown you must give the title to first runner up and in this way we will make a formal statement to publicise the news,” organizer Walter Guillen told her in an email

“If you want to follow with the title of Miss Teenager 2013 and come to Guatemala to deliver your crown and receive the second part of the award, you must pay $2000 USD to the organisation Miss Teenager Pageant.”

Jasmine says that she was supposed to get $4,000 in prize money but has only received $2,000. 

“When I first entered the pageant, my main cause was to make a stand against Cyber bullying however, for the past 3 months I have been bullied by the Miss Teenager Universe organisation run by Toni Berganza in Guatemala who has sent me threats and ultimatums involving finances which as a 17 year old I do not have,” she said in a statement.

“I have represented as Miss Teenager Universe at an exceptional level expected of a beauty queen but unfortunately the organisation has not shown me any respect in return. 

“Under the guidance of my former National Director Thelma Rodriguez, I have made the decision to resign from this role as I do not wish to be associated with an organisation that is so unprofessional and bullies their teenage queens. 

“I would highly recommend that teenage girls from around the world do their own research before entering a contest.”

The Australian organizers issued a statement of support, saying that the “bullying” of her is “very unprofessional.”

“I had to put emotion and business into very different categories because they were trying to intertwine the two to get me to do what they wanted, which is morally so wrong,” Jasmine told the Gold Coast Bulletin. 

“Putting myself and my emotions aside, I would like the world to recognise that this is my way of encouraging teenagers to speak up if something’s not right and take a stand for what they believe in. “Beauty contests should not be focused on outer beauty alone, but more on using your title to make a difference.”

Jasmine is now modeling in Thailand.

SOURCE: Epochtimes.com, 5/28/2014



Related article: 

Miss Teenager Universe, 17, gives up her crown after being 'bullied' into finding her successor and paying to fly to Guatemala out of her own pocket 


Miss USA 2014 Pageant Kicks Off in Baton Rouge



The 51 contestants and Erin Brady, Miss USA 2013, onstage at the 2014 Miss USA Welcome Event & Reception at Capitol Park Museum, a Louisiana State Museum, on Thursday, May 29, 2014. They will spend the next two weeks touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the title of Miss USA 2014. The final telecast will air on June 8, 2014 LIVE on NBC at 8/7c from The Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP







5.28.2014

New Turkey queens for 2014





Four new Turkish queens for 2014 were crowned during the annual event held at the Star TV Studios in Istanbul on May 27th. The big winner was Amine Gülşe (sitting on the throne), 21, who was crowned Miss Turkey World 2014 and will compete in Miss World 2014 to be held in London on December 14th. The 1st runner-up, Dilan Cicek Deniz, 19, was crowned Miss Turkey Universe 2014. The 2nd runner-up, Aybüke Pusat, was crowned Miss Turkey Earth 2014 and will compete in Miss Earth 2014. Lastly, the 3rd runner-up, Gizem Koçak, was crowned Miss Turkey International 2014 and will compete in Miss International 2014.

Amine Gülşe 
Dilan Cicek Deniz


5.26.2014

Miss Barbados World 2014




Zoé Trotman (2nd from right) was crowned Miss Barbados World 2014 at the Hilton Barbados Resort in Bridgetown on May 24th, 2014.  She will compete in Miss World 2014 pageant scheduled for December 14 in London, England. In the photo, Trotman is flanked by (L-R) her 2nd runner-up Shakela Bellamy, 1st runner-up Melanie Mark, and the current Miss World 2013 Megan Young who assisted in the coronation. 

The new queen poses with her court, her predecessor Regina Ramjit (to her right), Miss World Megan Young, and the rest of the eight young women who competed in this year's pageant.
Photo credits: Miss Barbados World Online Facebook page

5.24.2014

Miss Universe Canada 2014



Chanel Beckenlehner, 26, of Caledon, Ontario was crowned Miss Universe Canada 2014 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in Toronto on May 24th. She will compete in Miss Universe 2014 pageant whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed. Her court includes 1st runner-up Keshia Papasin, 2nd runner-up Lauren Howe, 3rd runner-up Sarah Ainsley, and 4th runner-up Nicole Lacz. Beckenlehner represented Canada at the 2009 Miss International where she landed in the top 15. 




5.22.2014

Bolivia wins Miss Progress International 2014



Arantza Barba, 24, from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia was crowned Miss Progress International 2014 in Puglia, Italy on May 18. Three sub-titles were awarded respectively to Darline Marie Exume of Haiti, Miss Human Rights 2014; to Jorreni Marcon of Brazil, Miss Progress Health 2014; and to Esterina Rumè of Italy, Miss Cultural Integration 2013. Sweden's Dorotha Bartlewska won the most popular Internet votes.


The pageant boasts itself as "the only competition in the world that emphasizes the role of women for their social commitment." Arantza's platform is to ban the use of plastic bags. The first pageant took place in 2010, but no pageants were held from 2011 to 2013. According to pageant organizer Giuseppe Borillo, the pageant did not materialize in 2011 because of "extremely serious health problems suffered by the President". In 2012, there was no pageant because Christine Huang from Taiwan "did not fulfill a signed agreement as host in Wuhan, China." And in 2013, the organization "had to recover from the heavy damages suffered from Huang's lack of professionalism."

Revised: June 1, 2014



5.18.2014

New Guatemala queens for 2014



New Guatemalan queens were crowned last night at Mini Magic Kingdom in Guatemala City. Ana Luisa Montufar Urritia (center), 20, is Miss Universe Guatemala 2014. Keyla Lisbeth Bermudez Nuñez (right), 22, is Miss World Guatemala 2014. Claudia Maria Herrera Morales (left), 21, is Miss International Guatemala 2014.

Ana Luisa Montufar Urritia

Keyla Lisbeth Bermudez Nuñez
Claudia Maria Herrera Morales

Miss Universe Thailand 2014



Weluree Ditsayabut, 22, was crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2014 on May 17th, 2014 at Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon in Bangkok. She will represent Thailand in the Miss Universe 2014 pageant.The first runner-up was Pimbongkod Chankaew and the second runner-up was Sunannipar Kritsanasuwan.

5.12.2014

Miss World Canada 2014




Annora Bourgeault of Regina, Saskatchewan was crowned Miss World Canada 2014 at the annual pageant’s closing gala Sunday night in Surrey.

Bourgeault wowed judges and the crowd at the Bell Performing Arts Centre late Sunday night, beating out 40 other finalists.

Bourgeault will represent Canada at the Miss World pageant, which welcomes contestants from over 120 countries.

The beauty queen took to Facebook to thank her fans and supporters.

“I am so thankful, shocked, and excited to tell all of you that I have been crowned Miss World Canada 2014,” she posted to her Facebook page Sunday night. “I will never be able to express the gratitude I have for all of your support this past year on this journey, you all made this happen and for that I am truly thankful.”

Miss World Canada, which bills itself as a philanthropic pageant, raises funds for Variety children’s charity.

Source: VancouverDesi.com, 5/12/2014



5.11.2014

Miss Philippines Earth 2014


(Photo by Francis Malasig/European Pressphoto Agency)

Jamie Herrell of Cebu City was crowned Miss Philippines Earth 2014 during the beauty pageant's grand coronation night held at the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday night.

The 19-year-old beauty from the Queen City of the South is an animal rights advocate, according to the Miss Philippines Earth website.

"My environmental advocacy is anti-animal cruelty. Because I have seen how some people treat animals in a wrong way and I believe animals should be treated with love or at least in a proper manner," she said.

During the question-and-answer portion, Herrell was asked by former Akbayan lawmaker Risa Hontiveros, "Do you think that we, human beings, have been good children to Mother Earth?"

Herrell answered: "Honestly, in my opinion, we haven’t been good children. In fact, I believe that we are the number one cause of her problems, we are the reason why we're having climate change, and we are the reason why we're having floods. But in return, if we can only help her and salvage her, she will help us back and take care of us too."

Herrell's court includes 25-year-old Diane Carmela Querrer who was crowned Miss Philippines Air 2014; Kimberly Covert, Miss Philippines Water 2014; Bianca Paz, Miss Philippines Fire 2014; and Monique Manuel, Miss Philippines Eco Tourism 2014.

Herrell will now compete in Miss Earth 2014 to be held later this year in the Philippines.


Source: ABS-CBN, 5/11/2014


5.05.2014

Miss World El Salvador 2014 & Miss Universe El Salvador 2014


Larissa Vega was crowned Nuestra Belleza El Salvador Mundo 2014 (Miss World El Salvador 2014) on May 2nd at the Studio 5 of Telecorporación Salvadoreña in San Salvador. She will compete in Miss World 2014 pageant to be held in November in an unconfirmed location.


At the same event, Patricia Murillo, 21, from San Salvador was crowned Miss Universe El Salvador 2014. She will compete in Miss Universe 2014 whose date and venue are still to be confirmed.


Miss Finland 2014 and Miss Universe Finland 2014



Bea Toivonen, from Jyväskylä was crowned Miss Finland 2014 Sunday night. She will compete in Miss Universe 2014 pageant whose date and venue are still to be confirmed.
Bea is the second generation of her family to win the title, as her mother Marja Kinnunen was Miss Finland back in 1985.




At the same event, 24-year-old Krista Haapalainen from Helsinki was crowned Miss Maailma Suomi 2014 (Miss World Finland 2014). She will compete in Miss World 2014 to be held sometime in November in an unconfirmed location.

5.04.2014

CB Loves Caroline Lunny, Miss Massachusetts USA 2014!


PHOTOGRAPHY BY FADIL BERISHA

How does it feel being Miss Massachusetts 2014?


I feel like such a grown up! When I was Miss Massachusetts Teen USA in 2008, I remember looking up to Jessica Rafalowski, Amy Diaz, Jackie Bruno, and so many of the other Miss girls from that year. Now it’s my turn to play in the big leagues.

Name three things that you value most in life and why.

1)  Great acting. I love being moved by an honest and great performance. 
2) Traveling adventures. It’s so important to see the world. I learn so much from traveling and observing other cultures. 
3) Friends and family. Otherwise none of this is worth it.

Describe your idea of happiness.

My mom and I caught a flight to Philly on our way out of Atlantic City. It’s on my bucket list to travel to all 50 states (I’ve been to 25) but I cannot check a place off the list unless I have done something there- simply driving through doesn’t count. We ran as fast as we could across the lawn to see the Liberty Bell and then to Market Street to grab a Philly Cheesesteak so we wouldn’t miss our flight. It was short and sweet, but it was so much fun. We laughed like crazy and made an adventure out of nothing. Little things like that make me very happy.

What makes Massachusetts stand out from the other 49 states?

Ah, there’s so much to choose from! The history, Cape Cod, the sports teams! I’m a huge fan of the New England Patriots. I put myself on the (12 year) wait list for season tickets two years ago. The Patriots Nation in Massachusetts is something that can’t be beat!


PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGINA VAUGHAN

If you were a fruit, what would you be and why?

I would be a green apple. I eat so many of them; I would probably just turn into one. I love to add slices of them to grilled cheeses and turkey sandwiches.  Weird, but delicious, I swear!

Describe your dream man.

I love a tall, dark, and handsome man, but I need to be able to laugh with him. I really love when you find someone who inspires you to be the best version of yourself. It’s important for me to have someone who I can go on adventures with, but also snuggle on the couch with. Balance is key. PS, opening the car door for your lady goes a long way!

Are you more like your mother or father, and why?

My mom! She can make friends anywhere she goes and can talk to anyone.

Why is it that people who are attractive tend to be more successful?

I think passionate people are the most attractive people in the world. Anyone who is passionate about what they do is bound to be incredibly successful.



Do you support gun owners’ rights? Should homeowners be allowed to own guns to protect their families?

Violence is never the answer. However, I support everyone’s second amendment right to protect themselves. But I also feel that strict background checks must be given. People with past criminal history and those who suffer from mental illness should be extensively evaluated.

Do you think pageants matter to anyone outside of pageantry?

I hope so! Pageant women are able to touch so many lives, not just those directly associated with the inner circle of the pageant world. With my title, I have been able to spread my story and struggle with domestic violence, and inspire those that I may not have otherwise had a chance to reach, to stand up for themselves and help recognize and abusive relationship they may be in.

Do you believe that global warming exists or do you agree with critics who say it is a big fraud?

I wouldn’t mind a little warmth after this brutal New England winter, but I do believe that we need to be more conscious of our footprint and educate ourselves on how we can be better about our environment.


PHOTOGRAPHY BY TODD WARD

What do you think about so-called “reverse discrimination” against white males in jobs?

I think we need to stop seeing, judging, and labeling everyone based on their race, gender, sexuality, etc. It’s 2014. People need to be seen for their drive, work ethic, and talent.

If you were to have dinner with three celebrities, who would they be and why?

1)  Jennifer Lawrence. She’s so hilarious and honest. She’s just brilliant. 
2) Ellen Degeneres because I think we would have a blast together and I want to persuade her to let me dance with her on her show. 
3) Giada De Laurentiis. I would like to cook this said “celebrity dinner” with her, YUM!

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

I see myself having my own TV show and hopefully traveling the world.

Why do you want to be the next Miss USA?

If I can inspire one person to leave an abusive relationship with my story, I will have done my job. I want to use my voice as Miss USA and ultimately Miss Universe to inspire others to stand up for their freedom and safety, and to leave someone who may be physically or verbally abusing them.

…and I want to cross it off my bucket list!



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5.02.2014

Miss Nepal 2014







Subin Limbu from Dharan, Sunsari has been crowned Fanta Miss Nepal 2014 on Friday.

Prinsa Shrestha from Kathmandu was crowned first runner up while Sony Rajbhandari from Pokhara was crowned second runner up. 

Limbu will represent Nepal in the Miss World 2014 while Rajbhandari and Shrestha will compete in  Miss Earth 2014 and Miss International 2014 respectively.


Source: MyRepublica.com, 5/2/2014