Miss U.S. International 2014 & Miss U.S. Supranational 2014

Samantha Brooks (right), representing California, was crowned Miss U.S. International 2014 and will compete in Miss International 2014 in Japan in November. Allyn Rose (left), representing the Atlantic Coast, was crowned Miss U.S. Supranational 2014. The coronation took place at the Holiday Inn in Kissimee, Florida on June 27th.  Rose is a pageant veteran; her previous titles include Miss Sinergy 2010, Miss Maryland USA 2011 and Miss District of Columbia 2012 (for Miss America). Brooks competed in Miss California USA 2013 where she placed in the Top Ten.

Allyn Rose

Samantha Brooks

Miss Florida pageant crowns wrong woman after scoring error

Demoted miss Florida, Elizabeth Fechtel, in the pageant's Facebook photo from after the pageant where she was named the winner. The new winner is Victoria Cowen, pictured second from the left. (Source: Facebook)
Demoted miss Florida, Elizabeth Fechtel, in the pageant’s Facebook photo from after the pageant where she was named the winner. The new winner is Victoria Cowen, pictured second from the left. (Source: Facebook)
After Elizabeth Fechtel was crowned Miss Florida 2014 on Saturday, sorority sisters gushed on social media. Several news outlets interviewed the Leesburg native. Fechtel called the pageant life-changing, saying she was “privileged and thrilled to have become Miss Florida.”
The excitement was short-lived.
Late Thursday, pageant officials visited Fechtel to inform her of a massive error: The crown should’ve gone to the first runner-up instead.
The Miami-based organization released a press release Friday saying that a tabulation mistake resulted in the title being awarded to Fechtel instead of runner-up Victoria Cowen.
Fechtel planned to take a year off from her studies at the University of Florida to prepare for the Miss America Pageant, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The university shared a congratulatory message on Twitter and sent out a press release. By Friday evening, the statement was updated to reflect the pageant error. But the Miss Florida website still showed Fechtel next to a sparkling “Miss Florida” graphic.
Florida isn’t the only state making news for pageant blunders.
Amanda Longacre, Miss Delaware, had her title revoked Tuesday because she turns 25 in October, which violates Miss America rules. Participants cannot turn 25 before the end of 2014.
While Longacre will reportedly keep the $9,000 in scholarship money she received with the crown, the Tampa Bay Times reports that Fechtel will have to give her scholarship winnings to Cowen.
The national pageant will be held in Atlantic City, N.J. Calls to the pageant’s president and executive director Mary E. Sullivan weren't returned as of Friday afternoon.
Late Friday, the Miss America organization shared a headshot of Cowen on its Facebook page and congratulated her on her new title.
“We thank Elizabeth Fechtel and wish her the very best,” the post adds.
Further down, there’s a post with nearly 3,000 likes from earlier in the week — a smiling portrait of Fechtel.
The caption reads, “Congratulations to Elizabeth Fechtel on being crowned Miss Florida 2014!”

Source: Miami Herald, 6/27/2014


Miss Delaware Loses Her Crown Because She's "Too Old" at 24

PHOTO: Amanda Longacre, left, was crowned Miss Delaware 2014 on June 14, 2014 but her crown has been passed to runner-up Brittany Lewis, seen during the competition, because Longacre turns 25 in October.
The Delaware beauty queen whose title was revoked after it was revealed she is too old to meet the pageant’s requirements will keep her $9,000 in scholarship money.
Officials with the Miss America Organization confirmed to ABC News today that Amanda Longacre, 24, will still be awarded the scholarship money she won June 14 when she was crowned Miss Delaware, even though she will no longer represent Delaware in September’s Miss America pageant.
PHOTO: Amanda Longacre is crowned Miss Delaware 2014 in the Rollins Center of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware on June 14, 2014.
Andre Lamar/Dover Post
PHOTO: Amanda Longacre is crowned Miss Delaware 2014 in the Rollins Center of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware on June 14, 2014.
Longacre’s crown was revoked Tuesday after national Miss America officials learned that she will turn 25 in October, a violation of the contract pageant officials say Longacre signed prior to the pageant confirming she would not turn 25 before Dec. 31, 2014.
“When the contract arrived in the national office and her birth date arrived we realized a mistake had been made on behalf of the Delaware pageant,” Miss American Chairman and CEO Sam Haskell told ABC News today. “I don’t know how they missed it and I don’t know how she missed it.”
“It breaks my heart that she went through all of this but she is not eligible and we have to honor the rules,” Haskell said.
Brittany Lewis, also 24 and the former Miss Wilmington, who finished first runner-up to Longacre, was crowned Miss Delaware Thursday night at a ceremony in Dover.
PHOTO: Brittany Lewis of Wilmington competes during the evening wear phase of the Miss Delaware 2014 pageant in the Rollins Center of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware on June 14, 2014.
Andre Lamar/Dover Post
PHOTO: Brittany Lewis of Wilmington competes during the evening wear phase of the Miss Delaware 2014 pageant in the Rollins Center of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware on June 14, 2014.

Haskell said that Lewis will also get the $9,000 in scholarship money awarded to the Miss Delaware winner, and each additional contestant who placed will also move up a spot and earn the additional scholarship money of the higher place finish.
“Because we are a scholarship organization we’re going to make sure Amanda gets that scholarship and the new Miss Delaware gets the same scholarship,” Haskell said, noting that the Miss Delaware pageant alone distributes over $30,000 in scholarship money each year.
Longacre, who could not be reached today by ABC News, is being told today by Miss Delaware officials that she will keep her scholarship money, according to Haskell, who says he has not spoken to either Longacre or Lewis.
The Miss Delaware website, which previously featured photos of Longacre along with other contestants, is now blank and contains only the message, "The Miss Delaware Website is currently being updated. Please check back soon."
Source: ABCNews.com, 6/27/2014


Miss World Italy 2014

Silvia Cataldi, 24, was crowned Miss World Italy 2014 last June 14 in Area Portuale Bleu Salento  in Gallipoli. She will now compete in Miss World 2014 to be held in London on December 14.


Miss Universe Great Britain 2014

The new Miss Universe Great Britain 2014 is 24-year-old Grace Levy of Greater London who was crowned in Cardiff, Wales on June 21. She will represent Great Britain in Miss Universe 2014 pageant whose date and venue are still to be confirmed.

Amy Willerton, last year's winner and top 6 in Miss Universe 2013, opted not to attend the event to crown her successor. In her Instagram posted two days ago, Willerton cited the following: 

#heartbroken sending all my love and thoughts to the girls competing in #MissUniverseGB. It's not my choice that I won't be there to support you all and hand my crown over. Women 3 times my age decided money was more important than dignity and respect for the contestants. I am so disappointed in their behaviour - that attitude will NEVER bring true success. For a company that claims to female empowerment I have never seen such hypocrisy.

Miss Thailand World 2014

Maeya Nonthawan Thongleng, a 20-year-old singer and model, was crowned Miss Thailand World 2014 on June 21st. She will compete in Miss World 2014 to be held in London later in November. The 1st runner-up is Venus Nanthachai, 21 and the 2nd runner-up is Crattrika Sittipom.


Anne Ransom - Miss Massachusetts U.S. International 2014

  Anne Ransom is a 21 year-old model who resides in Seekonk, Massachusetts. She is the current Miss Massachusetts U.S. International 2014 and will compete in the Miss U.S.International 2014 pageant in Orlando, Florida on June 27.  Anne is a member of Rhode Island's branch of Project Heal, which is a non-profit organization that raises awareness for young people suffering from eating disorders, and she has recently joined the board of chairmen for the Rhode Island SPCA, where she will educate young people on the importance of treating animals with love and respect. Besides volunteering with various organizations and charities, her hobbies include weight lifting, reading motivational books, singing, traveling, modeling, studying nutrition and health, watching movies, and creating vision boards.

If you were to come back in the next life as an animal, what would you be and why?

     If I were to come back as an animal in the next life, I would want to be an elephant! I think 
elephants are so wise and so huge! They are amusing, people love them, they give rides to people, and they're just a lot of fun! They are gentle giants, and I'd love to be a gentle giant!

What is your favorite color and why?

     Red! I love red because it's passionate, it's fiery, it's spicy! Kinda like me!

How did you get involved in pageants?

     I actually got involved in pageants through charity work. It sounds really funny, but I had been doing so many years of volunteer work that finally someone told me, "You know, Anne, have you actually considered pageants?" I didn't really think much of it until I researched and realized that it's such a positive network for meeting other young women who love charity work and helping out with their community as much as I do.

Would you advise your younger sister to compete in pageants? Why or why not?

     I would definitely advise my younger sister to compete in pageants because they bring out confidence in young women, help cultivate their inner and outer beauty, give them many opportunities to reach out to the community and to prepare them for their life ahead.

What would you never do to the person you love?

     First of all, I would never betray the person that I love. I believe in honesty and being true to someone. I also would never go behind someone's back and lie to them.

Name three adjectives that your friends would describe you.

     I definitely would say that I am very nerdy. I'm a big karate, horseback-riding, TV geek. I'm very genuine; I'd do anything to help someone out. And I'm also humble; I believe in showing that you are proud of yourself but not too much.

Name three of your pet peeves.

     One of my pet peeves would be rude people. I don't see any sense in being mean; I'm a very nice person myself and I like nice people. I don't like lying; I'm an honest person and that's how I was raised - to be honest person. And fighting: I am not a confrontational person and I believe in being nice and kind to others.

Name two people who inspire you.

     Two inspire who inspire me would be my grandmother who is the hardest worker I know. She takes care of our whole family, she provides for us and she always has a spiritual, positive attitude. I would also say that my father inspires me. He is also someone who has worked very hard his whole life to provide for us and I believe that through hard work you shape your life and the people's lives around you as well.

What do you see when you look in the mirror?

     When I look in the mirror, I see a strong young woman who has overcome lots of obstacles to get where she is today. I also see someone who is incredibly positive and who would do anything to help out someone. I see someone who is beautiful not only on the outside but in the inside as well, and that's very important to me.

Why do you want to be Miss U.S. International 2014?

     I would love to have the opportunity to be Miss U.S. International 2014 because I believe I possess the qualities of Miss U.S. International should have. I'm not only strong both mentally and physically, I also care about people and I want to raise awareness of the charities that I believe in and support, and I can be a wonderful role model for many young women and men out there. I think I can give my heart and soul to be Miss U.S. International and to be an excellent representative of the country at Miss International. 

Should you win Miss U.S. International 2014, what will be the first thing you will do?

     If I am lucky enough to win Miss U.S. International 2014, the first thing I will do is to eat a big piece of cake, celebrate with my family, and promote my favorite charities!

Photography by Michael Cole

Anne's Favorites

Music: Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Broadway show tunes, classical, oldies

Musical Artist/Entertainer: Lana Del Rey, The Killers, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, The Beatles, Adele, Bruno Mars, J. Cole, Frank Ocean

Movies: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Godfather, Casablanca, Gone With The Wind, Roman Holiday, Ferris Bueller's Day Off  and all James Bond films

Actor: Robert Downey Jr. and James Dean

Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep or Marilyn Monroe 

Author: Libba Bray, Stieg Larsson and F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Book: "A Great and A Terrible Beauty" by Libba Bray or "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson 

Flower: red rose

Perfume: Burberry Body and Jo Malone Ginger Biscuit 

Fashion Designer: Hervé Léger

Fruit: apple

Vegetable: broccoli or cauliflower 

Proverb:  “More than anything else, I believe it's our decisions, not the conditions of our lives, that determine our destiny.” - Anthony Robbins 

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Miss England 2014

The reigning Miss Cambridgeshire,  Carina Tyrell, was crowned Miss England 2014 on June 16th, 2014 at the Riviera International Conference Center in Torquay. The 24-year-old beauty from Cambridge will represent England in the upcoming Miss World 2014 pageant scheduled for December 14 in London, England. The first runner-up was Holly Desai, Miss Leicestershire, 
and the second runner-up was Mary Kate McKay, Miss Lancashire.  


Review of Miss USA 2014 Telecast

     I WATCHED the live telecast from the comfort of my living room, like I did last year and the year before. I had originally planned to go to Baton Rouge to cover the pageant for Critical Beauty, but I opted to stay home instead for personal reasons. Besides, I am always guaranteed a good seat and the best view from my seat!

     I must say that this year's production impressed me in more ways than one. First, the stage looked absolutely fabulous, and I am not using the adjective loosely. Oh, no. Fabulous as in "having no basis in reality; mythical." If I had gone to the theater, the stage would have looked too real, and eventually ordinary. But seeing the stage remotely from my living room, on television, generated a sense of awe: all of a sudden, the stage seemed majestic and grandiose, like fairy tales. The dazzling, huge lit chandeliers only enhanced the contestants' glamorous getups. And speaking of getups, notice the diverse styles of gown worn by each of the top 10 semifinalists below:

     My eyes were immediately drawn to Miss Louisiana USA Brittany Guidry's empire-waist royal blue gown. To me, she had the most impeccable look - from head to toe (well, at least to the bottom of the dress). That gown was made for her. On Critical Beauty Twitter, I tweeted "LA Queen" (short for "Louisiana Queen"). Her detractors might say that her gown was old-fashioned and hideous, but these are the same people who are perhaps culturally and historically illiterate. If they had done some research, they would have at least speculated that Brittany's gown was probably inspired by Empress Josephine de Beauharnais (Napoleon I's first wife), and thus she was emoting the Empire look - much like this Josephine Barbie doll: 

     The pageant, after all, took place in an area which was part of a much bigger area that used to be controlled by the French, until the United States paid the French $50 million dollars in 1803 to acquire this huge territory stretching from Montana to what is now modern-day Louisiana. Does the Louisiana Purchase ring a bell? So yeah, as a Francophile, I could not ignore the French Empire subtext in Brittany's gown. The Mardi Gras theme was immediately evident when all 51 contestants "rode" on stage in quasi-floats, each waving a mask. Bright lights, prominent carnival colors, cascading confetti, boisterous Bayou sound and the vibrant energy emanating from every corner transformed the show into a veritable audio-visual feast. 

     Perhaps the most significant aspect of all was the change in the format. For decades, viewers have been accustomed to a two-hour show where all 51 contestants were whittled down to 15 semifinalists, and then to 10, and then to the final 5. This time, there was a top 20 - which was cut in half after the swimsuit competition. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, it was great! Adding five more girls to the usual Top 15 actually increases the excitement and tension in the theater as the girls' supporters continue to cheer for her. Now we understand why a third hour was added. Since time immemorial, many fans had been badgering the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) for not giving the girls substantial airtime, protesting that most of it is spent on promoting sponsors (like CHI executive Farouk Shami and his glossy red shoes). Another new element that I find innovative was the introduction of the judges on stage. We're so accustomed to see the judges being introduced while they are already seated, thus it is a breath of fresh air to see them come out, to see what they wear, to strike a pose, and to share the limelight with all 51 contestants on the same stage. 

     At last, MUO yielded to the fans' demand. They got exactly what they wanted. However, some fans did not appreciate the seemingly interminable revelation of the top 20, as it took away the thrill and the excitement. The announcement of a semifinalist was immediately followed by a quasi-biographical hometown video which lasted an average of 1 minute, but which probably felt like an eternity. Imagine the remaining 31 contestants who had to endure standing on their heels - and anguishing over their elimination - during this lengthy revelation. Well, they certainly got plenty of air time. However, their lengthy standing on stage is not as painful compared to the one of contestants in the 1970s and 1980s when everyone of them had to remain on stage until after all 10, 12, or 15 semifinalists had been interviewed for two or three minutes long. Perhaps the most telling aspect of the top 20 format - the first ever in the 62-year history of the pageant - is that this year proved to be extremely competitive that MUO was compelled to add five more girls to the usual roster of top 15.

     I find it odd that despite the highly entertaining quality of the show, there was hardly any humor in it. The co-hosts Thomas Roberts and Giuliana Rancic made a cute couple, but I doubt if they could even bring a smile to any of the Nigerian girls kidnapped and enslaved by the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram. Color commentator Jeannie Mai's comments absolutely brought nothing new or fresh that we avid pageant fans did not already know or expected. She's got to go, and should be replaced by someone who had actually competed in Miss USA and whose opinion truly matters to pageant followers. If you have to look for unintentional humor, it is in Miss Maryland USA's gaffe for not removing her mask as she introduced herself. It is also in Farouk Shami's playful comportment and footwear while judge Rumer Willis was reading her question to Miss Nevada USA. And lastly, in the shy guy in the background whose face didn't want to be shown on TV while judge Ian Ziering was reading his question to Miss Louisiana USA. Why even bother sitting in the front row if you didn't want to be seen on TV? Heck, if it had been me, I would have been making faces and brandishing a Critical Beauty banner!

Mysterious Maryland: If only Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton had a daughter.
A sponsor's red shoes. A judge's red hair. A winner's red gown.
The Shy Guy. Or did he rob a 7-Eleven store just hours before the telecast?

     Karma gotcha? Months before the new Miss USA was crowned, I had solicited all 51 contestants to do an interview with Critical Beauty. Twenty-six of them graciously took the challenge; some of the remaining twenty-five did not respond or acknowledge my request - either on social network or e-mails with their respective state directors. The titleholders from Ohio, Connecticut, Oregon, Vermont, Wyoming, Virginia, and Oklahoma all replied that they would submit their interview answers "as soon as possible,"  but they never did (which makes you wonder if they understand the concept of commitment or that they were too lazy to answer the questions). California's state director, Top10 Productions, had the audacity to inquire about the authenticity and reputation of CB and ended up declining my request. Tennessee has "seen" my Facebook PMs but never had the courtesy to reply. So I felt nothing but contempt towards the delegates from these states for being rude and disrespectful, and I swore that I would not promote them on this site, on Twitter and on Facebook. So imagine my relief when none of these girls advanced any further. Haha. MUO, please take note of state directors who shun the media and turn down interviews, because clearly these directors have no interest in promoting their titleholder and your company. And take note, too, of state titleholders who think they're too good to be interviewed by the world's most fabulous pageant website! 

     As for the results, I was disappointed that my personal favorite, Charisse Haislop, Miss West Virginia USA, was not called to the top 20. Of all the delegates with whom I have corresponded regarding the interviews, Charisse never failed to acknowledge my e-mails. She was always so gracious, warm and kind - traits of a true beauty queen. On the other hand, I did not expect for Carlyn Bradarich, Miss Iowa USA, to even make the top 10; did she hire a public relations firm that sent those "#savethequeen Iowa" tweets that saved her? Whatever she did, it certainly worked in her favor; although I would have replaced her with the bubbly Haley O'Brien, Miss Minnesota USA, or with the charming Amanda Soltero, Miss Nebraska USA. Nevertheless, Carlyn's fifth runner-up position was the best placement for Iowa since Carol Morris won the Miss USA 1956 crown representing the Hawkeye State. 

     I didn't have Nia Sanchez on my top 5 at all, and when she and Audra Mari were the last two standing, I was rooting for Audra to win because she was Miss Universe-ready. Audra was first runner-up in Miss Teen USA 2011, and it is heart-breaking to see her place second again this time. It is too bad that a state titleholder can only compete in Miss USA once, because if this rule were broken, then exceptional girls who almost won in the past could return and try again - which is the case in several pageant-crazy countries. Let's hope after Audra's reign as Miss North Dakota USA, or until she has fulfilled her commitment with MUO, that she will consider competing in another worthy pageant like Miss Earth United States, or get handpicked by the American franchise holder to represent the U.S. in Miss World 2015 or 2016. 

     The best and the worst: The real stunner of the evening was none other than my favorite Miss Universe from Venezuela, Barbara Palacios, who was one of the 9 celebrities invited to judge the pageant. There is a certain truth that beautiful women start looking even more beautiful with age, but only if they possess Barbara's natural elegance, poise and passion for life. To think that she was crowned Miss Universe almost 30 years ago (1986), looking even more stunning than some title holders fifteen or twenty years her junior. I was looking forward to her being interviewed by Jeanne Mai during the live telecast, or at least her name being picked by a Top 6 finalist during the Q & A portion, but alas, neither moment materialized. And that was the worst - not hearing Barbara speak. 

"Mi nombre es Venezuela..."  Barbara's radiant beauty offered a respite from the deplorable political and economic crisis in her country. 
     And lastly, outgoing queen Erin Brady never looked beautiful when she reappeared on the stage to do her final walk and farewell speech.
Thank you, Erin, for bringing back class, grace and humility to the title!

by Rafa Delfin, 6/15/2014

Photo credits: Miss Universe Organization

Denmark wins Mr. World 2014

Nicklas Pedersen, 23, from Denmark won the Mr. World 2014 contest in Torbay, England on June 15th. He bested 45 contenders for the title of the world's most desirable man. The 1st runner-up is Emmanuel Ikubese of Nigeria and the 2nd runner-up is José Pablo Minor of Mexico. Pedersen was crowned by last year's winner, Francisco Escobar of Colombia. 

Completing the top 10 were the delegates from the Netherlands, Curacao, Ukraine, Moldova, England, Puerto Rico, and India. Heavy favorites from Argentina and the Philippines were completely shut out. The live show was telecast on YouTube for over two hours. 

Earlier during the show, five contestants who had won special awards were fast-tracked to the top 10: Demian Overduijn of the Netherlands (Multi-Media award), Valeriu Gutu of Moldova (Extreme Sports Challenge winner), Nicklas Pedersen (Mr. World Sports), and Emmanuel Ikubese of Nigeria (Fashion & Style Challenge winner). 

The judging panel consisted of Chairman and CEO of Miss World LTD, Julia Morley; musical director Mike Dixonchoreographer & stage director Donna Derbyhair, make-up and stylist expert Andrew Minarik; Mister World 2012 Francisco Escobar; Miss World 1981 from Venezuela Pilín León; and Miss World Australia 2013 Erin Holland

Nicklas kisses his crystal trophy. His victory marks Denmark's first ever major international win in male pageantry.
The new king takes his first selfie as Mr. World with his predecessor Francisco Escobar

Critical Beauty had the privilege of interviewing Nicklas before he left for England. 
If you missed his interview, you can read it here.

Photos courtesy of Mr. World Facebook Page


Is Former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres a Gold-Digger?

Case closed. Marc Anthony has settled an ongoing court battle this week with his ex-wife Dayanara Torres regarding child support. Us Weekly has confirmed that a judge ordered Anthony to pay $26,800 per month in child support for his two kids with Torres, sons Christian and Ryan.
Anthony, 45, was previously paying $13,400 a month. Torres requested that amount be raised to $123,426 a month in November 2013, citing lifestyle changes, in addition to child support needs. Part of the ten-fold child support increase included the need for a nanny and housekeeper, which would cost Torres up to $7,000 a month.
Us obtained the court documents detailing the exact amounts Anthony has been ordered to pay. Anthony's legal team offered $28,000 per month -- the judge ordered $26,800. According to the documents, his team also offered $30,000 per year for travel -- the judge ordered $12,000.
The documents also revealed that the original judgment required Anthony to pay support until the kids were 21 plus college education. The judge terminated support when the kids turn 18 per California law.
The Latin sensation and former Miss Universe, 39, were married from 2000 to 2004. One week after their divorce was finalized, Anthony married Jennifer Lopez; the two announced they were separating in July 2011. (Anthony filed for divorce in 2012, but the parents to 6-year-old twins Emme and Max have yet to finalize their split.)
Anthony is currently linked to Topshop heiress Chloe Green, while Lopez most recently datedCasper Smart for two years. A source close to the "Dance Again" singer confirmed to Us last Friday, June 6, that the two are no longer together.

Source: https://ca.celebrity.yahoo.com/news/marc-anthony-ordered-pay-ex-wife-dayanara-torres-164500726-us-weekly.html 

Miss Panama Universe 2014

 Yomatzy Hazlewood De la Rosa, 23, from Darien was crowned Miss Panama 2014 at the RIU Hotel in Panama City on June 12th.  She will represent the country in the 2014 Miss Universe pageant.  The 1st runner-up was Stephanie Gonzalez (right) who will travel to Germany to compete in Miss Intercontinental 2014;, and the 2nd runner-up was Carmen Jaramillo (left) who was crowned as Miss Latinoamericana del Mundo.


Nevada's Nia Sanchez crowned Miss USA 2014

     Nia Sanchez, a 24-year-old  fourth-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo, was crowned Miss USA 2014 on Sunday night, June 8, at Baton Rouge Civic Center in Louisiana. Her court includes 1st runner-up Audra Mari of North Dakota, 2nd runner-up Tiana Griggs of Georgia, 3rd runner-up Brittany Guidry of Louisiana, 4th runner-up Brittany Oldehoff of Florida, and 5th runner-up Carlyn Bradarich of Iowa. Bradarich got a second chance when the viewing audience gave her the most votes on Twitter in the pageant’s first-ever “Save the Queen” option. Sanchez's win marks Nevada's first ever Miss USA crown. It was also the first time in the 63-year history of the pageant that the show was broadcast live for three hours. 

Top 6: Nevada, North Dakota, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Iowa
Top 10: California (Cassandra Kunze), South Carolina (Christina Zapolski), Maryland (Taylor Burton), Wisconsin (Bishara Dorre)
Top 20: Alabama (Jesica Ahlberg), Arizona (Jordan Wessel), Indiana (Mekayla Diehl), Minnesota (Haley O'Brien), Nebraska (Amanda Soltero), New Jersey (Emily Shah), Oklahoma (Brooklynne Young), Pennsylvania (Valerie Gatto), Tennessee (Kristy Landers Niedenfuer), Virginia (Arielle Rosmarino)

    The Miss Photogenic award went to California and  Christina Palavra is the first woman to have won the Miss Congeniality award  representing Rhode Island.

     The telecast judges included Miss Universe 1987 Barbara Palacios, actress Rumer Willis, Miss Teen USA 2005 Allie LaForce, actor Ian Ziering, actor and retired martial artist Randy Couture, actress and comedian Melissa Peterman, ex-'N SYNC member Lance Bass, retired basketball player Karl Malone, and reality TV star Dolvett Quince.

   Sanchez will now represent the United States in 2014 Miss Universe pageant whose date and venue have not yet been officially confirmed.

Review of the telecast to come soon!


Miss Ukraine Universe 2014

Anna Andres, 20, was crowned Miss Ukraine Universe 2014 during a contest at the InterContinental Hotel in Kiev on June 4th. She will compete in Miss Universe 2014 whose date and venue have not been confirmed. The national pageant was much smaller this year - with only 9 contestants - due to the current political turmoil in the country. 

Miss Universe Australia 2014

Tegan Martin from Sydney was crowned Miss Universe Australia 2014 after a glittering ceremony in Melbourne Friday night. The 21-year-old took the title over Natalie Roser, 24, from Newcastle. It’s third time lucky for Martin, after being runner-up in the past two years.
“It has been a massive journey for me, so this is overwhelming, I’m shaking,” she said.
“I came second twice, I thought it just wasn’t my destiny, I can’t quite believe it.”
Third place went to Danielle Johnson, 23, from Queensland.
Martin said she brushed aside criticism from last year where she attracted headlines for being too thin.
“I’m just more relaxed in my own skin and comfortable,” she said.
The final five girls had to answer questions about everything from fashion globalisation, domestic violence in relationships, the gender gap in pay and the latest Government budget.
The judges that crowned Miss Universe Australia included Gina Liano from The Real Housewives Of Melbourne, Olympic swimming champion Liesel Jones and choreographer Jason Coleman.
Source: News Corp Australia, 6/6/2014