Pedro Gicca from Brazil won the Mister Global 2017 contest held at Chiangmai Hall in Chiang Mai, Thailand on May 21. The 29-year-old Brazilian electrical engineer is the first man from his country to win the title.
In the photo above, Gicca is flanked by his court, from left to right: 4th runner-up Thuận Nguyễn of Vietnam, 1st runner-up Gerrie Havenga of South Africa, 2nd runner-up Christopher Joseph Bramell of England and 3rd runner-up Fabián Esteban Vera Abello of Chile. Completing the top 16 are the candidates rom Myanmar, China, Panama, India, Korea, Spain, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and Philippines.
Miss USA Kára McCullough Clarifies Controversial Health Care Comment: 'I Do Believe It Should Be a Right'
Newly crowned Miss USA Kára McCullough has clarified the controversial comment she made about health care during Sunday’s live competition in Las Vegas.
The District of Columbia contestant drew social media ire after she called health care a “privilege” during the question-and-answer portion of the competition. However, she reversed her answer during an appearance on Good Morning America Tuesday — instead deeming it a “right.”
“I am privileged to have health care and I do believe that it should be a right,” McCullough, 25, told co-host Michael Strahan. “I hope and pray moving forward that health care is a right for all worldwide.”
McCullough, who is a nuclear scientist at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, also explained why she gave her initial answer during the competition: “I just want people to see where I was coming from. Having a job, I have to look at healthcare like it is a privilege.”
The pageant winner’s initial response came near the end of the competition, when McCullough and four other contestants faced the question-and-answer portion of the show. She was asked whether “affordable health care for all U.S. citizens is a right or a privilege.”
“I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege,” McCullough responded to Julianne Hough at the time. “As a government employee, I am granted health care. And I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have jobs. So therefore, we need to continue to cultivate this environment that we’re given the opportunities to have health care as well as jobs to all the American citizens worldwide.”
In addition to the health care social media firestorm, viewers also reacted to McCullough’s response when asked if she considered herself a feminist.
“So as a woman scientist in the government, I’d like to lately transpose the word ‘feminism’ to ‘equalism,’ ” McCullough, who started an outreach program called Science Exploration for Kids, said on Sunday. “I don’t really want to consider myself — try not to consider myself like this die-hard, you know, like, ‘Oh, I don’t really care about men.’ But one thing I’m going to say, though, is women, we are just as equal as men when it comes to opportunity in the workplace.”
McCullough was named the winner over first runner-up Miss New Jersey, Chhavi Verg, and second runner-up Miss Minnesota, Meridith Gould.
Her win marked back-to-back victories for the District of Columbia after Deshauna Barber took home the crown in 2016.
Source: People.com, 5/16/2017
John Fernandez Raspado, a 37-year-old professional online marketing businessman from the Philippines, won the Mr. Gay World 2017 contest held in Maspalomas, Spain on May 10. He is the first man from his country to win the title. Raspado also won several awards: Mr. Popularity, Mr. Social Media, Best in Interview, Best in Formal Wear and Best in Swimwear. His court includes 1st runner-up Cándido Arteaga of Spain, 2nd runner-up Jamie Debliek of Belgium, 3rd runner-up Marco Tornese of Switzerland and 4th runner-up Alexander Steyn of South Africa.
Danyeshka Hernandez, 20, representing San Juan, was crowned Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2017 on May 4th at the Centro de Bellas Artes in San Juan. She will now represent her island country in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have yet to be confirmed. Her court includes 1st runner-up Jailene Rivera of Ponce (who was the favorite to win), 2nd runner-up Kimberly Jiménez of Dorado, 3rd runner-up Gretchen Colón of Aibonito and 4th runner-up Ivana Irrizary of Río Grande.
The pageant was hosted by Jaime Mayol, a former Mr. Manhunt International, with color commentary by Desirée Lowry, the pageant owner and former Miss Puerto Rico 1995. The show also paid homage to the 25th coronation anniversary of Dayanara Torres as Miss Puerto Rico and who eventually won Miss Universe 1993.
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FIRST-EVER MISS TEEN WORLD AMERICA TO BE CROWNED IN AUGUST 2017
America’s Miss World Organization and the Miss World Organization introduce the annual Miss Teen World America pageant ORLANDO, FL, MAY 3, 2017
The America’s Miss World Organization, together with the Miss World Organization, is proud to introduce the first Miss Teen World America pageant. This competition does not currently lead to an international pageant, but will select a titleholder to represent the Miss World Organization nationally and spread the message of Beauty with a Purpose. This titleholder will travel with America’s Miss World and will represent internationally-renowned designer Mac Duggal as a brand ambassador and model.
To celebrate this announcement, the America’s Miss World Organization will offer free entry to the first candidate who submits an application to compete for the title of Miss Teen World America. The teen application page can be found on https://americasmissworld.org on the “Teen” page. The winner of the free entry for the Miss Teen World America pageant will be announced Friday, May 5, 2017.
Miss Teen World America National Finalists will compete onstage at the Linda Chapin Theatre alongside the America’s Miss World National Finalists in both preliminary (Friday, August 11) and final competitions (Sunday, August 13). The onstage competition will consist solely of Top Model, where Teen National Finalists will model their evening gowns of choice. As for the other phases of competition, Teens National Finalists will compete in Interview, Beauty with a Purpose, and Multimedia. The Miss Teen World America pageant will be modeled after the Miss World international competition, with the exception of the sports and fitness competition.
The Top Miss Teen World America finalists will be announced on Sunday, August 13, during the final America’s Miss World competition and will compete onstage again in Top Model and onstage question. The first-ever Miss Teen World America will be crowned on August 13, 2017 in the Linda Chapin Theatre. This event will be live streamed.
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“Miss Teen World America is a reflection of Miss World,” said Elizabeth Safrit, National Director of America’s Miss World and Miss Teen World America. “This is a fun, fresh, and young spin on the oldest international pageant in the world, one whose values withstand the test of time.”
The qualifications to compete for Miss Teen World America are as follows:
Be a natural born female.
Be a citizen of the United States of America.
Be enrolled in either junior high, high school, or early college program.
Be at least 13 years of age by August 13, 2017 and no more than 18 by August 13, 2017.
Have never been married.
Have never given birth to a child.
Have not committed any crime.
Possess good moral character and good health to meet the demands of the job requirements. Have adopted or willing to adopt a charity or community support organization as a “Beauty with a Purpose” project.
It is free to apply to become a National Finalist in the Miss Teen World America pageant. Candidates will be notified within 48 hours of receipt of their application if they have been accepted and will be competing in Orlando, FL August 10-13. There are no state titles at Miss Teen World America, all representatives will compete as “National Finalists”.
The cost to compete at Miss Teen World America is $550. This will include opening number Mac Duggal wardrobe, National Finalist sash, photo shoot, and 3 workshops to learn about modeling with the AMW Top Model coaches, makeup with the AMW makeup coach, and an informational session about Miss World. Teen National Finalists will have a session during these workshops with the most recent Miss World from the United States, Alexandria Mills, who became Miss World when she was only 18 years of age in 2010.
For more information about Miss Teen World America, visit https://americasmissworld.org and visit the “Teen” page.