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Trump: NBC, Univision abandoned '51 wonderful girls'

Donald Trump says Univision and NBC "abandoned" the 51 women vying for the Miss USA crown by canceling the upcoming pageant telecast. Organizers of the annual event, half-owned by Trump and scheduled for July 12, are arranging for a live-stream of the pageant now that the two networks have backed out of airing it. Univision and NBC did so, they said, because of the offensive nature of Trump's comments about Mexican immigrants. The broadcasters were facing sustained protests from Hispanic leadership groups. Trump, however, didn't mention the Hispanic community's outcry during an event for his presidential campaign in New Hampshire on Tuesday evening. Instead he focused on the "51 wonderful girls" who were affected by the cancellation. "What NBC and Univision did to these young women was disgraceful," Trump said. Trump said he'd be traveling to Louisiana next week to attend the pageant. The controversy over Trump's depictio

NBC dumps Trump; bows to Mexican pressure

Donald Trump with Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady (Associated Press) NBC Universal – under pressured from Hispanic groups – is cutting ties with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. The Miss USA pageant was scheduled for July 12, but will no longer air on NBC after the network decided to sever its business relations with Trump – who owns the pageant – following his statements on the southern border and illegal immigrants during his announcement speech this month. “At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” the company said, according to  CNN . “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.” “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best… They’re sending people who have lots of problems,” Trump said during his formal announcement speech in New York City. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I a

Miss World Brazil 2015 dethroned and replaced

(Foto: Leonardo Rodrigues/MMB) Less than 48 hours after being crowned Miss World Brazil 2015,  Ana Luísa Castro (Miss Sergipe, right) was forced to give up her crown when it was discovered that she is married to a Belgian model and actor. Castro's first runner-up, Catharina Choi Nunes , 25 (Miss Ilhabela, left) has been elevated as the new queen. Choi represented Korea in Miss Earth 2013 where she placed fourth and earned the title of Miss Earth Fire 2013. She is also known by her Korean name  Choi Song-ee. Catharina was born and raised in São Paulo,  Brazil . Her mother is Korean and her father is half-Spanish and half-Portuguese born in Brazil.  (Foto: Leonardo Rodrigues/MMB) (Foto: Divulgação) ANA LUISA & HER BELGIAN HUSBAND TANGUY /  Foto:  Reprodução

Miss World Brazil 2015 and Mister Brazil 2015

Ana Luisa Castro  Anderson , 23, representing Sergipe, became the second black woman to be crowned Miss World Brazil on July 27, 2015 in Florianopolis. She will now compete in Miss World 2015 pageant to be held in Sanya, China in December. At the same event,  Anderson Tomazini , 26, of Ilhabela was selected as Mister Brazil 2015 and will compete in the next edition of Mr. World. Hours after her coronation, a Brazilian news outlet "O Globo" published an  article  claiming that Castro is married to Belgian model and actor,  Tanguy Backer . If the claim proved to be true, then her first runner-up,  Catharina Choi,  could take over her crown.

Miss Universe Great Britain 2015

Narissara Nena France  was crowned Miss Universe Great Britain 2015  on June 27 at The Gate in Cardiff, Wales. She will now compete in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have not been confirmed. Nena France with 2nd runner-up Victoria Winterfold (left) and 1st runner-up Kelly Rowland (right).

Donald Trump fires back, threatens to sue Univision for pulling out of Miss Universe

Presidential candidate and mogul Donald Trump says he plans to sue media giant Univision for "hundreds of millions of dollars" for severing ties with him and the Miss Universe Pageant organization. Univision had said earlier Thursday that because of offensive comments Trump made about Mexico and Mexicans when he launched his campaign, it was breaking off with the pageant organization – of which Trump is an owner – and that it would not air the event on July 12. Trump told Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson that Univision was breaching its contract to air the pageant for five years. “I’m going to have to sue Univision now because I speak negatively about trade with Mexico," he said. "Univision says you have to stop talking badly about Mexico... They have a signed contract." Trump, during the interview, did not back down from the statements he said about Mexico – but he said his words were twisted and he did not disparage all Mexicans or Latinos in general

Univision dumps Trump, cancels Miss USA over his comments about Mexicans

An NBC spokesperson said, " Donald Trump's opinions do not represent those of NBC, and we do not agree with his positions on a number of issues, including his recent comments on immigration." Trump fired back on Twitter and with a statement. "The Mexican government and others are putting tremendous pressure on Univision to break their signed and fully effective contract with the Miss Universe Organization because Mr. Trump has been exposing to the public, and the world, the significant damage that is being done at the southern border, and the terrible and costly trade deals that the United States is incompetently making with Mexico," Trump said in a statement. In a tweet, Trump said, "Mexican gov doesn't want me talking about terrible border situation & horrible trade deals. Forcing Univision to get me to stop- no way!" Shortly after Univision pulled the plug on Trump, the man who was scheduled to be the Hispanic host of the Mis

Miss Universe 2015: Lupita Jones May Remove Mexico From Competition Following Donald Trump's Controversial Comments

Lupita Jones is not happy with the comments Donald Trump made about Mexicans, and it is because of this that the pageant director is considering removing Mexico from the Miss Universe competition. The Mexican ex-beauty queen posted a statement on her  Twitter account  stating that due to the recent comments about Mexico the actress was concerned about the participation of the country in the popular competition. "Following the first statements made by Donald Trump, where he openly showed his enmity with Mexico, as national Director of Nuestra Belleza Mexico I go in direct contact with the director of the organization, Paula Shugart , to know the position of the Mexican representative in the Organization," said Jones. "She assured me that there will be a respectful, dignified and fair treatment of Wendy Esparza . I trust in the seriousness, honesty and professionalism of Paula Shugart." The comments to which Jones refers are those made by Trump when a

Miss Tahiti 2015 / Miss World France 2015

Vaimiti Teiefitu , 18, was crowned Miss Tahiti 2015 Friday night at an outdoor ceremony at the Mairie de Papeete. Her court includes 1st runner-up Wayan Dedieu , 23 , and 2nd runner-up Océane Duchemin , 22. Heru Shan Hang, 19, was named Miss Heiva Vaimiti will represent Tahiti at Miss France 2016 to be held in December in Lille. During the ceremony, the president of the Miss France Organization, Sylvie Tellier , awarded Hinarere Taputu (above)  with the Miss World France 2015 title. Taputu was  Miss Tahiti 2015 and  first runner-up to Miss France 2014 Camille Cerf.  Hinarere will represent France at Miss World 2015 to take place in Sanya, China in December.

Miss World Italy 2015

Greta Galassi , 17, from Rovereto, was crowned Miss World Italy 2015 Saturday, June 13 at Teatro Italia di Gallipoli. She will compete in 2015 Miss World pageant to be held in Sanya, China in December. Greta Galassi with Claudia Russo (left) and Sarah Baderna, Miss World Italy 2008 and 2012 respectively.

Miss Curacao 2015

Kanisha Sluis was crowned Miss Curacao 2015 crown this Saturday night, June 13, at the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort. The first runner-up is  Neyda Lithgow and the second runner-up is  Shaedith Adriana . Seven young women competed in this year's pageant whcih was graced by 2014 Miss Universe fourth runner-up Kaci Fennell of Jamaica. Sluis will represent Curacao in the next edition of Miss Universe pageant whose date and venue have not been confirmed.

Miss Côte d’Ivoire 2015

Andréa Kakou N’guessan was crowned Miss Côte d’Ivoire 2015 during a gala that started Saturday night and which dragged on until early Sunday morning, June 7th. The first runner-up is Hyllène Légré and the second runner-up is Alicia Kobénan. Kakou N’guessan will now compete in Miss World 2015 pageant to be held in Sanya, China in December.

Miss Universe Hungary 2015

Nikoletta Nagy , 20, was crowned Miss Universe Hungary 2015 on June 6 in Budapest.  She will represent Hungary in 2015 Miss Universe whose date and  venue have not yet been confirmed.

Miss Earth Switzerland 2015

Corinne Schädler, a 22-year-old flight attendant, was crowned Miss Earth Switzerland 2015 in Spreitenbach (AG). She will represent her country in Miss Earth 2015 whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed. Her court includes  Gaby Fondja (Miss Fire), Dona Shatrolli (Miss Air) and Irmela Sabotic (Miss Water).

Bosnian refugee crowned Miss Universe Australia 2015

A Bosnian refugee whose parents arrived in Australia with little more than "the shirts on their backs" has been crowned Miss Universe Australia. Monika Radulovic , from NSW, and her parents fled their wartorn homeland when she was four. "My parents basically had their shirts on their backs, so they are definitely my inspirations and my heroes so it's great to do them proud," the 24-year-old said at the ceremony in Melbourne. The psychology graduate beat 34 others to the title on Friday night at the fifth annual Miss Universe Australia pageant and will next represent Australia at the Miss Universe international final early next year.  "It's been an amazing journey," she said. "I don't know what I'm thinking, I just know that I'm so excited." Women in the pageant were scrutinised across three categories, swimwear, eveningwear and questions and answers. Questions in the final round of the competition centred

Miss Peru Universe 2015

Laura Spoya Solano , 23 was crowned Miss Peru Universe 2015 in Lima on June 2nd. She  will now represent Peru at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed. The first runner-up is Lorena Larriviere and the second runner-up is Marsi Fernandez.

Miss Israel 2015

Miss Israel Maayan Keren (R) and first runner-up Avigail Alpatov (Photo: Ido Erez) Maayan Keren , a 17-year-old high school student from Ashdod, was crowned Miss Israel 2015 on Tuesday night, in the very first competition conducted entirely online.  "I never expected to get this far," she said a moment after the crown was placed on her head. "I saw on ad on Facebook and applied for the competition on my own. Even when I was included among the four finalists, I didn’t believe I would win." The first runner-up was Avigail Alpatov , an 18-year-old IDF soldier from Acre, who was Israel's fencing champion in 2014 and appeared slightly disappointed by the second place in the beauty pageant. "I am used to the first place," she admitted. "I won't lie that I wasn't a bit hurt by not winning, but I'm here and I have my crown and my title, and I plan to leverage it in the best way possible." The winner of the 65th Miss Israel pa