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 depictions of some immigrants as "rapists" and "drug-dealers" came to a head last week when Univision canceled its plans to air Miss USA and all future events produced by the Miss Universe Organization.

Trump owns half of the organization that oversees both the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. NBCUniversal owns the other half.

NBC followed Univision on Monday and said it would not air Miss USA, either.

On Tuesday afternoon Trump said he was filing a $500 million lawsuit against Univision. He did not mention a potential suit against NBC.

Trump with Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady

Earlier on Tuesday, the organizers of Miss USA vowed to move forward with the event, despite NBC's decision to pull it from the schedule.

"We are disheartened by recent events but the show will go on," the Miss Universe organization said in a statement Tuesday morning. "We are moving forward, full-steam ahead as planned for the next two weeks, culminating in the crowning of a new Miss USA on July 12."

But the event faced another setback in the afternoon when professional dancer Cheryl Burke said she'd no longer serve as co-host of the pageant. A short while later, a spokesman for NBC confirmed that the other co-host, MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, had also withdrawn from hosting duties.

Cheryl Burke, Thomas Roberts and Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez attend the 2015 NBC New York Summer Press Day on June 24, 2015 in New York City

"In light of the recent statements made by Donald Trump and the subsequent decision by NBC to cut ties with Mr. Trump, I cannot in good conscience move forward with participating in this year's Miss USA Pageant as its co-host," Burke wrote on Facebook. "Effective today I have withdrawn from my duties with Miss USA."Roberts tacitly confirmed his exit in a tweet on Tuesday: "Best of luck to all #MissUSA2015 contestants this year & THX to the good people behind the scenes @MissUniverse - been a joy working w/you!" 

NBC had no further comment on the pageant.

Meanwhile, Miss Kansas USA Alexis Railsback, said that the pageant was "kind of taking the brunt for Donald Trump's speech." Railsback, a third-generation Mexican-American, told the Kansas City Star that Trump "does not organize the pageant, he does not run what goes on."
Miss Kansas Alexis Railsback says the Miss USA pageant is suffering because of Trump.
Miss Kansas Alexis Railsback says the Miss USA pageant is suffering because of Trump
 "That's a personal decision that he made to make that speech and to run for president, and I don't think it is really related to the pageant in any way, other than the fact that he is the co-owner," Railsback said. 

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 assume, are good people.”
“These comments caused a firestorm and widespread condemnations, leading Univision to end a five-year contract to air Miss USA and Miss Universe after only five months,” CNN reported.
NBC originally said Trump’s statements during his speech, “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.”
However, now – like Univsion – NBC will not broadcast the Miss USA pageant.
Source: Breitbart.com, 6/29/2015

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Miss World Brazil 2015 dethroned and replaced

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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. 

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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.
Latinas have played a major role in the Miss Universe pageant, winning the crown 23 times since 1952. In 2014, contestants from roughly 24 Latino countries participated.
The contract with Univision, which Trump said was a five-year, $15 million deal, was signed in January.
"They can't do this," he said. "They want me to stop saying the facts."
Univision officials told Fox News Latino they would not comment beyond this morning's statement.
But some of the news division's biggest stars -- including anchors Maria Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos, both Mexican-American -- didn't hesitate to weigh in or suggest they agreed with Univision's move.
Anchor Maria Elena Salinas tweeted ‏"@Univision ends it's relationship with Donald Trump over insensitive comments re Mexican immigrants. Miss universe will not be broadcast."
Ramos tweeted: "Mr. Trump. Words matter and have consequences. Try running your hotels without Mexicans." And later he tweeted: "Mr. Trump: words matter. Univision won't broadcast his Miss Universe."
Michael Cohen, one of Trump's lawyers, said he was in the process of hiring outside counsel to take legal action. 
"We intend to pursue all legal rights and remedies available to Mr. Trump pursuant to the terms of the license agreement as well as a defamation case against Univision," Cohen said.
Trump said in his campaign speech that Mexico imports to the United States drug dealers, rapists, and others who have an adverse impact on this country. 
The candidate says, "I love the Mexican people, but I'm running for President and our country comes first."
Trump said Univision apologized to him after it made its announcement about the pageant, and told him they found themselves in a difficult spot. 
In Thursday's statement, Univision said it had seen the "the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country. We will not be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12th or working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization."
"Univision News and the local news division will continue to provide comprehensive coverage of all candidates, including Mr. Trump, to ensure our audience continues to have access to all points of view."
The mayor of Doral, Fla., the most recent location to host the Miss Universe Pageant, said Univision is right not to air the event.
“What he said about Mexicans was wrong, it was rude,” said Mayor Luigi Boria, who is of Venezuelan descent, in an interview with Fox News Latino. “The whole Latino community should care about what he said about Mexicans. We are all part of the Hispanic community. I agree with the Mexican community, they deserve respect.”
Boria said Trump must apologize.
“He better retract what he said before this grows even bigger,” Boria said. Many Latinos here and in Latin America, he said, “grow up watching Miss Universe.”
SOURCE: FoxNews Latino, 6/25/2015

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 Miss USA pageant also quit.
In a statement addressed to Trump, Cristian de la Fuente, a popular actor from Chile who has appeared in TV shows like "CSI Miami" and "Ugly Betty," said, "You are ignorant, racist and anti-Hispanic."
Univision emphasized that the decision involved its entertainment programming, not news.
"Univision News and the local news division will continue to provide comprehensive coverage of all candidates, including Mr. Trump, to ensure our audience continues to have access to all points of view," the company said.
Univision president and CEO Randy Falco made the decision to break ties with Trump. He considered the views of both his Spanish-speaking audience and his employee base, which is 80 percent Hispanic.
The decision is a remarkable reversal, given that Univision struck a long-term deal with the Miss Universe Organization just five months ago.
The deal -- reportedly five years long -- called for Univision to broadcast and co-produce the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.
With Univision out of the picture, NBCUniversal might seek to televise the pageants on its competing Spanish-language network Telemundo instead.
But NBCUniversal may also face calls to break -- or at least suspend -- its business ties with Trump, given his incendiary comments and his ongoing bid to be president.
SOURCE: CNNMoney, 6/25/2015


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 announcing his bid for the presidency last week. Trump made comments about immigrants from Mexico, which caused a stir online and had many celebrities and Latinos criticizing him and denouncing his campaign.
Trump called Mexican immigrants "people with lot of problems" and said Mexico is sending the U.S. "drugs and crime" as well as "rapists."
It is due to such negative comments, according to La Opinión, that Jones made a public statement about Mexico's future in the Miss Universe competition, which is run by Trump. 
"I will keep in touch with her and in the moment I think I'm putting at risk the integrity and dignity of our representative, I will put in consideration the participation of Wendy in Miss Universe," Jones said. 
Jones won the title of Miss Universe for Mexico in 1991. She went on to produce a variety of winners for Mexico in several pageant competitions as pageant director. In 2010, 19 years after she won the competition herself, her efforts produced a winner for Mexico at the Miss Universe pageant.
Wendy Esparza, who is 23 and a journalist, is set to represent Mexico when the Miss Universe pageant takes place later this year.
Source: Latinpost.com, 6/22/2015


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 on social issues, including bullying, social media and governmental responses to violence. "I hope in 50 years time we won't be asking this question at Miss Universe Australia," Miss Radulovic said in her response to a question about extremism posed by a judging panel that included Sydney neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo, Real Housewives Of Melbourne cast member Gina Liano, former Today show entertainment reporter Richard Reid and Miss Universe director Deborah Miller. 

Runner-up was Queenslander Madeleine Cowe, 22, and Chanel Stewart, 19, also from NSW, was placed third.  

Miss Radulovic, who joins former winners Jennifer Hawkins, Laura Dundovic and Jesinta Campbell, said she intends to claim the world title for Australia.

"It's been a while since we won Miss Universe, and I plan to hopefully win."

Fairfax Media
Source: SMH.com.au, June 6, 2015


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 pageant, sponsored by women's magazine Laisha, was announced during a ceremony held at the Reading 3 club at the Tel Aviv Port in front of relatives of the 16 candidates, former beauty queens and senior members of Israel's beauty industry. 

It was the first time that the Miss Israel pageant was conducted on the Internet.

About half a million Ynet readers voted for the four finalists out of the 16 candidates after having the chance to view to their pictures for a week, and then voted for the beauty queen and the first runner-up.

The readers' votes were combined with a selection made by a professional panel of judges. The crowning ceremony was broadcast live and exclusively on Ynet.

Source: YnetNews.com, 6/2/2015