10.29.2017

Miss Egypt Universe 2017




Farah Sedky was crowned Miss Egypt Universe 2017 on October 28 at the ballroom of the Cairo Marriott Hotel. Current Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere was a special guest and assisted in the coronation. Sedky has less than a month to prepare for the Miss Universe 2017 pageant to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 26. Egypt began competing in Miss Universe in 1987 with Hoda Abboud who is the new national director, but the country has never placed. The last time Egypt competed in the pageant was in 2014.


PHOTO CREDIT: MISS EGYPT UNIVERSE

10.25.2017

Peru Wins Miss Grand International 2017


 Maria José Lora of Peru who was crowned in Phu Quoc, Vietnam on Oct. 25. The 27-year-old beauty bested over 70 other contestants to win the fifth edition of the pageant. The new queen will spend her year-long reign to promote the pageant’s campaign “Stop The War and Violence.”  



Lora is flanked (from left to right) by 4th runner-up Nikola Uhlirová of Czech Republic, 2nd runner-up Elizabeth Durado Clenci of the Philippines, 1st runner-up Tulia Alemán of Venezuela, and 3rd runner-up Brenda Azaria Jiménez of Puerto Rico.

Completing the top 10 were the delegates from Indonesia, Ukraine, South Sudan, Thailand and host country Vietnam. Rounding up the top 20 were the delegates from Australia, Brazil, Netherlands, Paraguay, Costa Rica, China, Laos, Russia, Mexico and India.

Special Awards:
Miss Popular Vote - Indonesia
Miss Health & Beauty - Vietnam
Best In Swimsuit - Costa Rica
Best In Social Media - Paraguay
Best National Costume - Indonesia


WATCH MISS PERU'S CROWNING MOMENT


PHOTO CREDITS: MISS GRAND INTERNATIONAL 

10.22.2017

Miss Earth South Africa Gets The Short End Of The Stick



CREDIT: FACEBOOK

     Scandal rocked the Miss Earth 2017 pageant that is currently being held in the Philippines when pageant organizers decided to eliminate Miss Earth South Africa,  Irini Moutzouris (above), from the competition because she failed to meet the minimum height requirement of 5'4" (165 cm).  

     On the official Facebook page of Miss Earth South Africa, the national director Ella Bella Leite posted the following statement:


“Our delegate will not compete at the international event, and the decision has been made to bring her home. The international body have a different set of rules to our local programme, their event is governed by rules and requirements on height and weight, and they made the decision to not allow Irini to compete in the final leg of the competition based on the height requirement. We accept this as their prerogative and have decided to rather bring our ambassador back home to support our end-of-year programe”

     Pageant fans are divided on how they feel about Irini's disqualification. Some blame the national director Leite for sending Irini to the pageant despite the height regulation, and/or that Leite had neglected to inform Irini of the minimum height requirement. Some fans argue that Carousel Productions, the owner of Miss Earth, should have bent its rules this one time alone instead of giving the boot to Irini when the pageant has already entered its third week. On the Critical Beauty Facebook page, former national director of Australia, Kelly Louise Maguire (Miss Earth Australia 2010), posted that she was annoyed by the pageant's seemingly arbitrary rules; she also posted a photo of herself with a much shorter Miss Earth Denmark who apparently had not met the minimum height requirement but nevertheless was allowed to compete:

CREDIT: CRITICAL BEAUTY FACEBOOK


     The new Miss Earth will be crowned on November 4 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. Meanwhile, the country of South Africa will not get to see its earthly representative shine on stage just because she's petite. 

10.19.2017

Miss Universe China 2017




Qiu Roxy Qiang, a six-foot tall 27-year-old professional model, was crowned Miss Universe China 2017 earlier this week. She will now represent China in Miss Universe 2017 pageant to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 26. 



10.11.2017

Miss Universe India 2017 & Miss Supranational India 2017



Shraddha Shashidhar was crowned Miss Diva 2017 (Miss Universe India 2017) on October 11, 2017 at the Hotel Sahara Star in Mumbai. She will now compete at Miss Universe 2017 pageant to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 26.  


During the same event Peden Ongmu Namgyal (below) was crowned as Miss Supranational India 2017 and will represent her country at Miss Supranational 2017 pageant to be held in Poland on December 2.  Apeksha Porwal was awarded second runner-up. 


The colorful event was graced by the presence of Lara Dutta (Miss Universe 2000) and Iris Mittenaere (Miss Universe 2016) who served as judges. 


Photo Credits: Miss Diva Facebook

10.08.2017

Miss Grand International 2017 Kicks Off In Vietnam

Ariska Putri Pertiwi, Miss Grand International 2016 



The contestants from 75 countries around the world headed to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to compete in Miss Grand International 2017. This year, Vietnam is the host of the pageant with the great support of the Government of Vietnam and Let's Viet TV Channel. On 7 October, the Miss Grand International 2017 Welcome Ceremony was officially held for the beautiful contestants from around the world at Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC) among several Vietnamese celebrities, honored guests and the press.

Michelle Leon, 4th runner up, Miss Grand International 2016, served as the co-host with Phuong Uyen Le to invite Mr. Tran Minh Tien, Chief Executive Officer of LASTA Multimedia Co., Ltd. and Let's Viet TV Channel and the head of the management team of Miss Grand International 2017 Vietnam to give the opening speech and Mr. Nawat Itsaragrisil, President and Founder of Miss Grand International Organization expressed his thanks to the host country for the warm welcome, Mr. Tran Minh Tien gave Mr. Nawat Itsaragrisil some souvenirs; a Vietnamese bamboo palm leaf conical hat (Non La) and blue and white scarf which are the symbol of Vietnam.

After leaving the stage, there was a self-introduction of 75 beautiful contestants wearing their long evening dresses amid the cheers of each country. The ceremony was ended with the beautiful presence of Ariska Putri Pertiwi, Miss Grand International 2016 wearing her beautiful evening dress on the stage. After the reception, 75 beautiful ladies joined the gala dinner on the 1st floor of Pullman Saigon Centre Hotel which some contestants had the chance to show their singing and dancing talents on stage including Premika Pamela Miss Grand Thailand 2017. For this year, the contestants of Miss Grand International 2017 have to participate in the pageant together for 20 days with the following major competitions:

- On October 12, 2017, Best National Costume Competition in Quang Binh
- On October 17, 2017, Best in Swimsuit Competition by the luxurious swimming pool of Vinpearl Phu Quoc Resort & Golf, Phu Quoc Island
- On October 23, 2017, Preliminary Show at Musical Water Fountain Stage, Vinpearl Land
- On October 25, 2017, Final Show at Musical Water Fountain Stage, Vinpearl Land

For the Thai and worldwide fans, you can watch all live events via Facebook Live: Miss Grand International or www.missgrandinternational.com.

Information courtesy of  Public Relations Department, Miss Grand International 2017

10.07.2017

Miss Universe Canada 2017




Lauren Howe of Toronto was crowned Miss Universe Canada 2017 at the John Bassett Theatre in Toronto on October 7. She will now represent her country at Miss Universe 2017 pageant to be held in Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 26.

Howe succeeded Siera Bearchall who made the top 9 at Miss Universe 2016 held in the Philippines last January 30.