3.31.2017

Puteri Indonesia 2017


CREDIT: FACEBOOK

Bunga Jelitha Ibrani, a 25-year-old professional model, entrepreneur and communications student representing DKI Jakarta, was crowned Puteri Indonesia 2017 in Jakarta on March 31st. She will represent Indonesia in the next edition of Miss Universe pageant whose date and venue have yet to be announced.


The first runner-up is Lilliana Kevin, 21, who will compete in the Miss International 2017 to be held later this year in Japan. The second runner-up is Karina Nadila Niab, 24 who will compete in Miss Supranational 2017 in Poland sometime in December.


A new title, Miss Grand International Indonesia, was awarded to 23-year-old Dea Goesti Rizkita Koswara. She will compete in Miss Grand International 2017 pageant to be held in Vietnam on October 25th. She will attempt to win a back-to-back crown for Indonesia.

CREDIT: NATALIE GLEBOVA'S FACEBOOK

 Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere attended the pageant as a special guest, while former Miss Universe 2005 Natalie Glebova sat as judge. Natalie was supposed to attend the 2005 pageant but was unable to come due to travel advisory from her native country, Canada.


3.26.2017

Miss South Africa 2017



Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, a 21-year-old business student, was crowned Miss South Africa 2017 on March 26 at the Sun City Superbowl. She is expected to compete in either Miss World or Miss Universe pageant (whichever comes first) later this year. 


The First Princess is Adè van Heerden (left) and the Second Princess is Boipelo Mabe (right). Priyeshka Lutchman and Shané Naidoo completed the Top 5

3.23.2017

Miss Colombia 2017



CREDIT: EFE

 Laura González Ospina, 22, was crowned  Señorita Colombia 2017 (Miss Colombia 2017) on March 20 at Las Americas Convention Center in her hometown of Cartagena. She will now compete in the next edition of Miss Universe pageant.  The second place or "Virreina" position went to Vanessa Pulgarín, 25, from Antioquia who earned the title of Miss Colombia International 2017 and will compete in Miss International 2017 in Japan later this year. The First Princess position went to Jennifer Hernandez of Santander, the Second Princess is Vanessa Dominguez of Bogota, and the Third Princess is Maria Fernanda Betancourt of Magdalena.




3.21.2017

Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere's Homecoming Parade in Lille



CREDIT: MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION

Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere was warmly received by her compatriots during her homecoming in her native France that started last Thursday, March 16. She has met with French president Francois Hollande, and was mobbed by photographers and adoring fans at her homecoming parade last Sunday, March 19, in Lille. 


CREDIT: LE HUFFINGTON POST



After her reunion in Paris with her mother, Iris reunited with her grandmother in Lille. On Instagram, the beauty queen posted a nice shot of her hugging her beloved grandmother  whom she nicknamed Mamé affectionately. 

In an interview with TV Mag , Iris Mittenaere explained why she was so upset when she found her grandmother.  "I had not seen her since I left for M
anila. I was extremely moved to see her again. She did not want me to win because I was going to be away from her. She was too cute!" So it was a relief for her grandmother who was able to see her granddaughter who had promised to visit her regularly .

CREDIT: INSTAGRAM

3.17.2017

Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere Gives A Press Conference During Her Homecoming In France




 AFP / PATRICK KOVARIK 


The new Miss Universe, 23-year-old Iris Mittenaere, declared Friday proud to "represent France a little" in the world, on her first trip to her country since she was crowned in the Philippines and before meeting François Hollande on Saturday.

"I am honored to meet him because, although I am not president, I feel like representing a little bit of France on my scale, like him!" she said during a press conference at the Hotel Marignan in Paris on Friday.

"I had missed it: my family, the croissants, French gastronomy and even speaking French!", The young woman said, "very, very happy" to finally come back to France.

Her "only anguish" concerned the reception of the French. "I said to myself," How are they going to receive me? Are they going to be happy? But I was better received than I had thought, "she said.

Present for a week in French territory, Mittenaere displays a busy schedule, between media tour and reunion with her family. After the press conference at the Hotel Marignan, she had dinner with her family.

She must spend a few days in Lille, her home town, where the public can come to meet her on Sunday, at a grand parade, starting at 11:00 AM.

As for her future, Iris Mittenaere is "still asking questions". "I always want to be a dentist of course," says the young woman who was in 5th year of dental surgery before becoming Miss France.

But "I always told myself that I could do everything, so I want to try everything to see if I'm gifted." Cinema, modeling, television: it excludes nothing except singing. "I am the only one, with my mother, to think that I sing well!", joked the young beauty queen.

Crowned as the 65th Miss Universe on January 30 in the Philippines, Iris Mittenaere had previously been elected Miss France and Miss Nord-Pas-de-Calais 2016.


Source: Associated Press, France, 3/17/2017

3.12.2017

Nuestra Belleza Mexico 2017 Crowned




 Denisse Franco, 18, from Culiácan in the state of Sinaloa, was crowned Nuestra Belleza Mexico 2017 on March 11, 2017. She will represent Mexico in the next edition of Miss Universe pageant.




If for any reason Franco fails to compete in Miss Universe, she will be replaced by Citlaly Higuera of the state of Tamaulipas who came in second.


 Karla Berúmen of Aguascalientes came in third.


PHOTO CREDITS: Facebook, Nuestra Belleza Mexico

3.08.2017

Miss Malaysia World 2016 Dethroned


Tatiana says she has conducted herself with utmost professionalism as Miss Malaysia World 2016.
Picture by Malay Mail  


PETALING JAYA, March 8 — Tatiana Kumar, who was stripped of her Miss Malaysia World title on Monday, has denied she breached the pageant organiser’s code of conduct. 
She said the decision of the pageant’s national director Datuk Anna Lim to terminate her agreement with her company, Meridian Surf Sdn Bhd, after she won the title last August, was unjustifiable. 
“The termination of the agreement and the removal of my title are wrongful and wholly unjustified as I have certainly not breached the agreement or any so-called code of conduct,” Tatiana, 18, said in a statement. 
“More importantly, the allegations made against me are false and unacceptable. I am upset and disappointed with the allegations as I have conducted myself with utmost professionalism as Miss Malaysia World 2016.”
Tatiana said she was seeking legal redress and she had been advised not to make any more public statements.
Lim on Monday said Tatiana, had among others, offended one of her sponsors at the pageant’s finale in the United States in December by refusing to wear its garments. She also said Tatiana had disregarded her advice. 
Lim said yesterday Tatiana had also embarrassed her on her Facebook page by giving the impression her company failed to pay for her air tickets for the grand finale. 
She said Tatiana had posted a thank you note on Facebook to Tourism Malaysia and her father for sponsoring her business class ticket, which generated criticisms about Lim when her company was going to pay for her economy class fare.
“I am upset and ashamed by the posts on her Facebook page,” said Lim, who also said she had engaged a lawyer on the matter. 
After Tatiana was stripped of the title, Lim had announced Shweta Sekhon, the first runner-up, as the new Miss Malaysia World 2016. 

Tatiana was stripped of her crown for ‘offensive’ comments online. — Instagram screengrabTatiana was stripped of her crown for ‘offensive’ comments online. — Instagram screengrab


Source: The Malay Mail Online, 3/8/2017


 

Miss World Runner-Up Gains American License For Miss World

Elizabeth Safrit represented the United States in Miss World 2015 pageant where she placed 2nd runner-up.
Credit: Facebook


ORLANDO, FL, MARCH 8, 2017 - Former Miss World Second Runner-Up, Ms. Elizabeth Safrit and Dr. Lynne Scott Safrit, have accepted the license for ownership of the United States franchise for Miss World. The mother-daughter team will be leading the official United States preliminary to Miss World, newly re-named America’s Miss World, effective immediately, as co-National Directors.

The pageant will be held this summer in Orlando, F.L., with more details to come regarding venue and production. The reigning Miss World, Stephanie Del Valle of Puerto Rico, is visiting Orlando this week to tour the city and assist in the announcement of the host location.

The new leaders are also introducing the Americas Miss World Foundation, a charitable organization (IRS Charitable status pending). The Foundation strives to embody the philanthropic spirit of Miss World’s Beauty with a Purpose program by raising awareness and funds for various charitable causes across the country. The Organization will feature a charity gala during the week of the National Final in Orlando to raise money for the foundation, which will then be donated to aid the project of the Beauty with a Purpose competition winner, as well as a National charity to be announced soon. “This pageant will be different in that the focus on philanthropy will be not only be expected of the contestants, but of the organization itself,” said Ms. Elizabeth Safrit. “We want the organization to make a positive impact on the United States in more ways than just the stellar young women who participate in the program.”

Elizabeth Safrit is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Public Relations and Cooperate Communication from Georgetown University. Elizabeth represented the United States at Miss World in 2014, where she placed second runner-up to Miss World. Elizabeth became a tourism ambassador following her placement at Miss World, traveling to over 30 countries. Safrit also served as a spokesperson for numerous American companies and charities, including American Airlines, Rock the Vote, and Save the Children US. Elizabeth recently accepted the “Titleholder of the Year” award from Prestige Pageantry Awards.

Dr. Lynne Scott Safrit served as the President of Castle & Cooke North Carolina for over 30 years where she oversaw the development of the North Carolina Research Campus. Dr. Safrit graduated Cum Laude with a BA from Catawba College, received an MA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and earned a Doctorate of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Safrit was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the most prestigious award in the state of North Carolina, by Governor Pat McCrory in 2016.

“It is with great honor that we accept leadership of Miss World in the United States”, said Elizabeth Safrit. “Having experienced Miss World firsthand, I can attest to the value of the organization with the platform that Miss World gives women to embrace new cultures and experiences, all while encouraging them to purse higher achievement. Never have I been in the presence of so many accomplished women in one place as I am every year at Miss World; the competition features women who are doctors, lawyers, athletes, and Ivy League students. Miss World is a true celebration of women around the world.”

This announcement comes following the annual Miss World competition being held in the United States for the first time in history in December 2016. “Our biggest priority is positioning Miss World as the strongest advocate for the young women of the United States by providing them with a stellar outlet to showcase their talents and achievements,” Dr. Safrit said.

About Miss World
Miss World is the oldest and largest international pageant in the world. Miss World was established in London, England in 1951, making this the 67th year of Miss World competitions. The organization received international acclaim when it eliminated the swimsuit portion of the competition in 2014, choosing to focus instead on more progressive competitions designed to celebrate the many attributes of women around the world.

Miss World is held annually with representatives from over 130 countries worldwide.The winner of Miss World is determined by accumulative scores of “fast track events”, which are designed to test the candidates’ fitness, talent, modeling skill, public speaking, social media interaction, and philanthropic endeavors.These fast track events include: Sports,Top Model, Talent, Multimedia, Interview, and Beauty with a Purpose.

The Miss World final is one of the world’s most watched annual events, with a worldwide viewing audience of over 1 billion people. Miss World is televised every year in the United States on E! Entertainment. Miss World’s fan base is widespread, boasting 3 million likes on Facebook.

About America’s Miss World
The America’s Miss World Organization holds an annual competition to identify young American women who exemplify beauty, talent, intelligence and compassion. It aims to create and empower role models who will serve as ambassadors to charity, enrich the perception of beauty, and enhance a new strength, energy and spirit for the advancement of women, while positively impacting their communities. The winner of America’s Miss World represents the United States at Miss World and will compete in the international final alongside women from over 130 countries. Notable representatives include Halle Berry and Lynda Carter.

For more information about Miss World and America’s Miss World, visit www.missworld.com and www.americasmissworld.org.

3.06.2017

Former Miss America Nina Davuluri to speak as part of International Women's Week



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Former Miss America Nina Davuluri will speak as part of International Women's Week 6:30 p.m. Thursday (March 9) in Stewart Center’s Loeb Playhouse. The event is free and open to the public.
Davuluri will speak about "Promoting a Platform of Inclusion: Achieve Your Dreams by Embracing Your Identity."
The presentation highlights the importance of understanding our own multiple identities and the identities of those around us, developing skills to communicate effectively across difference, addressing stereotypes and misinformation and building a more inclusive community.
Messages about culture, socially constructed beauty standards and identity created and/or strengthened by media representations, as well as the impact of social media on society and cultural norms, also will be discussed.
Davuluri is a multi-lingual, Indian-American who graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in brain behavior and cognitive science.
During her year of service as Miss America in 2014, she logged 250,000 miles traveling across the country to address an array of audiences on her platform: “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency.” As part of her consciousness-raising efforts on behalf of diversity, she also launched a social media campaign, Circles of Unity, to encourage constructive and civil dialogue on diversity issues. More information about her can be found here.
The event is sponsored by Office of the Provost Division of Diversity and Inclusion, Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center, LGBTQ Center, Brian Lamb School of Communication, Purdue Student Government, International Programs, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence, ADVANCE-Purdue and the Center for Faculty Success, South Asian Student Alliance, Asian American Studies Program, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Purdue University Asian American Association and the Asian Student Union Board.
Also as part of International Women’s Week, the Purdue Asian American Association will host Sarah Crulcich, leader of the Ideal Asian Body Campaign 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (March 7) in the Recitation Building, Room 103. She will speak on "Body Image: An Asian American Perspective." The conversation will explore how stereotypes about body image impact people, specifically women, in Asian American communities. The event is free and open to the public. 


Source: Purdue.edu, 3/6/2017