11.30.2017

Brazil Wins Miss Asia Pacific International 2017





     Francielly Ouriques, a 25-year-old model from Brazil, was crowned the new Miss Asia Pacific International  2017 on Wednesday, November 29, at Resorts World Manila in Parañaque City, Philippines. Her court includes first runner-up Acacia Walker of New Zealand, second runner-up Valeria Cardona of Honduras, third runner-up Morgan Doelwijt of the Netherlands, and fourth runner-up Ilene de Vera of the Philippines. Ouriques was crowned by last year's winner, Tessa Le Conge of the Netherlands.
  During the final interview, the Top 5 candidates were asked a common question: “Do you think the advocacy of fostering love, appreciation and unity in diversity is relevant in this day and age? Why or why not?”
    Ouriques replied: “Absolutely. Fostering love nowadays is essential. I believe that we are all equal before God and all of us should be able to respect love and spread good things among everybody;
    “Respect, unity and love are things that my parents taught me and everybody should foster them. Thank you very much.”

    Completing the top ten were the delegates from Nicaragua, Mongolia, Costa Rica, South Africa and Japan. Rounding up the top fifteen were the delegates from Russia, Peru, Cook Islands, Egypt and Colombia.
    The Miss Asia Pacific International pageant is said to be the mother of all pageants in  Southeast Asia. It made a comeback in 2016 following a 10-year hiatus.
PHOTO CREDIT: MISS ASIA PACIFIC INTERNATIONAL



11.26.2017

South Africa Crowned Miss Universe 2017



CREDIT: MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters won the second Miss Universe crown for her country, South Africa, on Sunday, November 26, from the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 22-year-old beauty queen zoomed all the way to the final judging after acing her final question. Crowning her was Miss Universe 2016, Iris Mittenaere, of France, who won the 65th edition in the Philippines.
The last time South Africa won the title of Miss Universe was in 1978 with the then-18-year-old Margaret Gardiner in Acapulco, Mexico. Her win made South Africa the first nation in Africa win, and her the first African woman to win the prestigious title.
She clinched the title through the final question round where she was asked, “What quality in yourself you are most proud of and how will you apply it in your time as Miss Universe?”
“As Miss Universe, you have to be confident of who you are as an individual. A Miss Universe is a woman that overcome many fears. And by that, she will be able to help other woman overcome their fears. She is a woman that nothing is ever too much to ask for and I think that is exactly who I am. Thank you.”
The brunette beauty from Sedgefield, Western Cape, bested 91 other delegates from all over the world. Miss Colombia Laura González and Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett finished as first runner-up and second runner-up, respectively. Meanwhile, Keysi Sayago (Venezuela) and Maria Poonlertlarp (Thailand) completed the top 5.
Misses USA, Philippines, Canada, Spain, and Brazil aced the swimsuit competition and advanced to the Top 10. Completing the top 16 were delegates from Sri Lanka, Ghana, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, and China.
CREDIT: MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION


Monopolizing the pageantry gig, Steve Harvey was back as host of the Miss Universe 2017. The veteran host infamously announced the wrong winner in 2015. That live television brouhaha snatched the world’s attention and attracted many partners and sponsors supporting the organization.

At the start of the telecast, Harvey interrupted the viewers announcing major changes in the selection of the top 16. The 66th edition of Miss Universe used a different process to select the semifinalists. For the first time in the pageant’s history, nine girls in the top 16 would be selected from three subdivided continental regions, namely, the Americas, Africa and Asia-Pacific, and Europe. Completing the semifinalist sets were the wildcard candidates, which aced preliminary rounds regardless of their region.
Tasked with the toughest job in the competition were the panel of judges, chaired by Farouk Shami, with Ross Matheus, Lele Pons, Jay Manuel, Pia Wurtzbach, Megan Olivi, and Wendy Fitzwilliam serving on the panel.
Also returning as backstage host was supermodel and body positivity activist Ashley Graham, with Lu Sierra and Carson Kressley providing the analysis and commentary during the telecast. Fergie and Rachel Platten were the guest performers for the night.
Miss Japan Momoko Abe won the Best National Costume Award. Be sure to check out the colorful showcase of culture and international artistry at Miss Universe 2017 National Costume here.

Source: The Inquisitr, 11/26/2017

11.25.2017

Miss Universe Submits To Islamic Sharia Law; Deletes Miss Iraq's Bikini Photos



Miss Iraq Sarah Idan  in her national costume / Credit: Miss Universe Organization



MISS IRAQ'S DILEMMA: The last time that Iraq competed in Miss Universe pageant was in 1972. The contestant, Wijdan Burhan El-Deen Sulyman, wore a one-piece swimsuit which hardly caused a stir within the Muslim world. Fast forward 45 years later to 2017, Iraq is back with a beautiful representative, Sarah Idan, 27, born and raised in Baghdad. However, her participation in the world's most prestigious pageant has enraged fundamentalist Muslims in her country and elsewhere. As a result, her family has been receiving death threats and the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) has been forced to take down all of her bikini photos from the official website. This is Islamic Sharia law at its best. By removing all of Miss Iraq's swimsuit photos, MUO has caved in to Sharia. Not only has Miss Iraq's individual freedom been curtailed by a primitive and savage law, MUO's control rights have also been compromised. Next year, should Iraq send another representative, better not send a Muslim!

Miss Iraq Sarah Idan  in her evening gown / Credit: Miss Universe Organization

Miss Iraq Sarah Idan  in her bikini / Credit: Miss Universe Organization

During the preliminary competition held on November 20th at Planet Hollywood, Idan competed both in the evening gown and swimsuit segments. She actually wore a bikini (above). The event was live streamed via Facebook. However, when the stream was shown again on Saturday, November 25, Miss Iraq's swimsuit performance was deleted. Go figure. Critical Beauty has received a message from a reliable source that Idan might very well earn a spot in the Top 16 because "she has a story to tell" and that her inclusion is good for publicity and ratings. We'll just have to see about that. 

The 2017 Miss Universe pageant will air LIVE from The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, November 26, on FOX. Steve Harvey is set to return as host.

11.19.2017

Miss Faroe Islands 2017 Crowned




Benita Winther Jensen, Miss Sandoy, 18, was crowned as the first official Miss Faroe Islands 2017 on November 18 in Torshavn. The first runner-up is Monika Nolsøe, Miss Suðuroy, 18, and the second-runner-up is Birgit Johannessen, Miss Klaksvík, 18. The winner of Miss Critical Beauty Faroe Islands was Leyvoy Í Gerðinum, Miss Vestmanna, 18.

Jensen was crowned by Turið Elinborgardóttir, Miss Earth Denmark 2015, who is also the owner and director of the pageant. Elinborgardóttir launched the pageant with the hope of sending the winner to Miss Universe next year, pending license approval. 


Left to right: Benita Jensen, Monika Nolsøe and Birgit Johannessen

Eight young women from all over the country competed in the first edition of the pageant. The remaining four contestants included: Sissal Magnussen, Miss Streymoy, 18; Maria Andreasdóttir Sørensen, Miss Gjógv, 24; Hananja Dánjalsdóttir, Miss Kollafjørður, 20;  and Sólja Johannessen, Miss Tórshavn, 18.

The judging panel included Klaudia ParsbergMiss Earth Denmark 2016 and Rafa Delfin, director of Critical Beauty which is the official media partner of Miss Faroe Islands. Native Faroese Elin I Stórustovu hosted the event.


Critical Beauty Director Rafa Delfin poses with the winner of Miss Critical Beauty Faroe Islands Leyvoy Í Gerðinum, Miss Vestmanna

The pageant was one of multiple events - such as boxing, weightlifting, power lifting, crossfit, kettleball and men's and women's fitness - that took place during the weekend of November 17. The events - collectively promoted under the name Burn Showdown - were produced and organized by Burn Fitness. 


Photo credits: Critical Beauty

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India Wins Miss World 2017




SANYA, CHINA - India's Manushi Chhillar has won the Miss World beauty pageant for the year 2017. The win comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home the coveted title in the year 2000. Andrea Meza, who is Miss Mexico was the first runner up and Stephanie Hill from England was second runner up. Around 108 women from across the world participated in the beauty pageant.

Ms Chhillar, a 20-year-old from Haryana, studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat.
According to Ms Chhillar's profile on the Miss World website, Ms Chhillar aims to be a cardiac surgeon and has plans of opening non-profit hospitals in rural areas.

Ms Chhillar's profile also says she is a trained classical dancer and has a passion for outdoor sports like scuba diving, snorkelling and bungee jumping.

After reaching the top five, Ms Chhillar was asked during the Question and Answer round, which profession she thought deserved the highest salary and why.
Replying to the question, Ms Chhillar said it was not a question about a person's salary and that a mother was worthy of the highest respect.

"I think a mother is of highest respect. I don't think its just about cash but love and respect she gives to someone. She is the biggest inspiration in my life. Mother should get highest respect."

Ms Chhillar is the sixth Indian woman to win the coveted title of Miss World. Reita Faria was the first Indian woman to claim the title back in 1966, followed by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 1994, Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Ms Chopra in 2000.

The winner of last year's title, Puerto Rico's Stephanie Del Valle passed on her crown to Ms Chhillar.


Source: NDTV.com, 11/19/2017


11.14.2017

Faroe Islands To Hold Its First Official Pageant

Miss Faroe Islands 2017 Crowned





Benita Winther Jensen, Miss Sandoy, 18, was crowned as the first official Miss Faroe Islands 2017 on November 18 in Torshavn. The first runner-up is Monika Nolsøe, Miss Suðuroy, 18, and the second-runner-up is Birgit Johannessen, Miss Klaksvík, 18. The winner of Miss Critical Beauty Faroe Islands was Leyvoy Í Gerðinum, Miss Vestmanna, 18.

Jensen was crowned by Turið Elinborgardóttir, Miss Earth Denmark 2015, who is also the owner and director of the pageant. Elinborgardóttir launched the pageant with the hope of sending the winner to Miss Universe next year, pending license approval. 

Left to right: Benita Jensen, Monika Nolsøe and Birgit Johannessen

Eight young women from all over the country competed in the first edition of the pageant. The remaining four contestants included: Sissal Magnussen, Miss Streymoy, 18; Maria Andreasdóttir Sørensen, Miss Gjógv, 24; Hananja Dánjalsdóttir, Miss Kollafjørður, 20;  and Sólja Johannessen, Miss Tórshavn, 18.

The judging panel included Klaudia ParsbergMiss Earth Denmark 2016 and Rafa Delfin, director of Critical Beauty which is the official media partner of Miss Faroe Islands. Native Faroese Elin I Stórustovu hosted the event.

Critical Beauty Director Rafa Delfin poses with the winner of Miss Critical Beauty Faroe Islands 
Leyvoy Í Gerðinum, Miss Vestmanna

The pageant was one of multiple events - such as boxing, weightlifting, power lifting, crossfit, kettleball and men's and women's fitness - that took place during the weekend of November 17. The events - collectively promoted under the name Burn Showdown - were produced and organized by Burn Fitness. 


Photo credits: Critical Beauty

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Faroe Islands To Hold Its First Official Pageant

The Faroe Islands, a self-governing territory of Denmark, will hold its first official beauty pageant on Saturday, November 18, 2017 in the capital city of Torshavn. The pageant is one of multiple events - such as boxing, weightlifting, power lifting, crossfit, kettleball and men's and women's fitness - that will take place starting Friday, November 17. The events are produced and organized by Burn Fitness. 

Turið Elinborgardóttir is the national director for Miss Faroe Islands. Turið was Miss Earth Denmark 2015  and competed in Miss Earth 2015 pageant in Austria. 

Meet the 8 official contestants for Miss Faroe Islands 2017 (Miss Føroyar 2017):



Sissal Magnussen, Miss Streymoy, 18 

Maria Andreasdóttir Sørensen, Miss Gjógv, 24
Birgit Johannessen, Miss Klaksvík, 18
Sólja Johannessen, Miss Tórshavn, 18
Monika Nolsøe, Miss Suðuroy, 18
Hananja Dánjalsdóttir, Miss Kollafjørður, 20
Benita Winther Jensen, Miss Sandoy, 18
Leyvoy Í Gerðinum, Miss Vestmanna, 18


 


     Critical Beauty is the official media partner of Miss Faroe Islands, and we are happy to present the first Miss Critical Beauty Faroe Islands 2017 award to the contestant who receives the most number of likes on their Instagram photos. The winner will be crowned during pageant show on November 18. Please check out the photos of each of the contestant in the official Miss Faeroe Islands Instagram account by clicking the banner above.

     The winner of the national pageant will have the opportunity to represent the islands at the next edition of Miss Universe, pending approval of the license.


Indonesia Wins Miss International 2017


Kevin Lilliana, 21, from Bandung, Indonesia was crowned Miss International 2017 on November 14 at the Tokyo Dome City in Tokyo, Japan. She is the first woman from her country to have won the world's fourth biggest pageant which began in 1960. She was crowned by her predecessor, Kylie Versoza from the Philippines.

The new queen waves to the crowd during her victory walk


The first runner-up is Chanelle De Lau, 22, from Curaçao

 The second runner-up is Diana Croce, 20, from Venezuela

 The third runner-up is Amber Dew, 21, from Australia

 The fourth runner-up is Natsuki Tsutsui, 23, from Japan


Completing the Top 8 were the delegates from Ecuador, Laos and the United Kingdom. Rounding up the Top 15 were the delegates from Finland, Ghana, Honduras, Panama, Slovakia, South Africa and Thailand. 

PHOTO CREDIT: MISS INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION

11.10.2017

New Venezuelan Queens For 2018




Sthefany Gutierrez, 18, representing the state of Delta Amacuro, was crowned Miss Venezuela 2018 last night in Caracas. She will represent her country in the 2018 Miss Universe pageant. She succeeds Keysi Santiago who will be competing in 2017 Miss Universe to be held on November 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada.



Veruska Ljubisavljevic Rodríguez, 25, from Vargas was crowned Miss World Venezuela 2018 and will compete in Miss World 2018.



 Mariem Claret Velazco García from Barinas was crowned Miss Venezuela International 2018 and will compete in 2018 Miss International to be held in Tokyo a year from now.

The first runner-up was Biliannis Álvarez of Falcón and the second runner-up was Megan Beci of Amazonas.



Photo credit: Miss Venezuela Official Website

11.05.2017

Philippines Crowned Reina Hispanoamericana 2017



Teresita Ssen “Winwyn” Marquez, first-time Philippine representative to the pageant, was crowned Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia on Saturday night, November 4. She bested 26 other candidates in a competition that aims to promote Hispanic-American culture across the globe.


In the photo above, Marquez is flanked by her court that includes (from left to right): Katherine Añazgo Orozco of Bolivia, fourth runner-up; Karla Maria Lopez Berumen of Mexico, third runner-up; Akisha Albert of Curaçao (Virreina Hispanoamericana 2017); Maria Laís Berté of Brazil, first runner-up; and María Victoria D’Ambrosio Díaz of Venezuela, second runner-up.
Marquez’s victory came only hours after her compatriot Karen Ibasco was crowned Miss Earth 2017 on Saturday night in the Philippines.
During the question-and-answer segment Marquez was asked how she would promote Hispanic-American culture despite language barriers.

She replied: “Language can be learned but the will and determination to contribute to the organization cannot. It has to come from the heart. It has to be natural. I believe that kindness is a universal language that if you treat people with tolerance, patience and love, you will understand each other.
“The Hispanic culture is not about language only. It’s about love for God, love for country, love for history and culture and love for family. As a Filipina with a unique heritage, I have instilled that. I am ready to promote the Hispanic culture not just in Asia but in the whole world. It is time to celebrate the Hispanic culture. It is meant to be celebrated,” she said.
Beauty runs in the Marquez family. Teresita's aunt is Melanie Marquez, who was crowned Miss International 1979.

 The top 10 semifinalists being interviewed by the backstage commentator


PHOTO CREDIT: REINA HISPANOAMERICANA FACEBOOK


SOURCE: Philstar.com, 11/6/2017

Philippines Wins Miss Earth 2017



MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ Karen Ibasco, a 26-year-old licensed physicist and university instructor from Manila,  won the Miss Earth 2017 pageant to the cheers of a hometown crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City last night.
The crown was passed on to her by outgoing queen Katherine Espin from Ecuador.
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Other winners in the pageant were Australia’s Nina Robertson as Miss Earth Air 2017; Russia’s Lada Akimova, Miss Earth Fire 2017; and Colombia’s Juliana Franco, Miss Earth Water 2017. 
Completing the top 8 were Paweensuda Drouin (Thailand), Ninoska Vasquez (Venezuela), Iva Uchytilova (Czech Republic), and Faith Landman (Netherlands).
Miss Colombia (left) congratulates Miss Philippines for her win.

Ibasco, who studied applied physics and medical physics at the University of Santo Tomas, impressed both the judges and the audience with her reply during the question and answer segment of the pageant.
For the first segment, the Top 8 finalists were given 30 seconds to express their thoughts on a selected hashtag. Ibasco picked the hashtag#biodiversity.
 “Biodiversity is very important. We are very known in the Philippines to have a lot of biodiversity, and they’re very important because they also balances the ecosystem. It’s very important for us to protect them, because as we protect them, we protect the environment to help save our home, our planet, our Earth, to be a better place to live in. Thank you,” she said.
For the next segment, thev four finalists were asked the question: “Who or what do you think is the biggest enemy of Mother Earth and why?”
Karen replied: “I believe that the real problem in this world is not climate change; the real problem is us because of our ignorance and apathy. What we have to do is to start changing our ways, to start recalibrating our minds, and redirecting our steps, because together, as a global community, our micro efforts will have a macro effect to help save our home, our planet. Thank you.”

Ibasco's victory marks her country's fourth Miss Earth crown. Karla Henry won in 2008, followed by Jamie Harrell in 2014 and Angelia Ong in 2015.


PHOTO CREDIT: SITA/AP Bullit Marquez

NEWS SOURCE: PhilStar.com, 11/5/2017


Just a few thoughts about Miss Earth 2017:

1. Miss Philippines Karen Ibasco was not on my list of favorites for the crown at all. At best,  she was number 20 on my list. Like many pageant fans, I just don't find her facially attractive, as evidenced by the fact that she failed to make the top 15 of the Beauty and Poise category) and that I was totally turned off by her severe acne problem. However, I cannot deny that Karen's performance was consistently outstanding throughout the entire competition.

2. When Karen was crowned the winner, I didn't see any contestant on stage displaying any kind of resentment, bitterness or anger. Everyone - at least most of them - seemed happy with her victory. No one seemed to have stormed off the stage,  and this suggests that she was well liked by the girls. I read that Karen's closest friend at the pageant was Miss Colombia Juliana Franco ("I am always with her," she quipped). "Always" being the operative word. 

3. I watched the final Q & A segment several times, and it was clearly Karen's portion to lose. But it was obvious that she gave the best response. She was eloquent, articulate, and spoke with passion. The others could not hold a candle to her outstanding speaking skills. It seems that Miss Earth - like Miss America - is one pageant that determines the results based on the quality of the answer of each finalist. "Make it or break it," the old saying goes.

4. As it happens every year, the results did not please everyone, and that's okay. It comes with the territory. If you think Philippines did not deserve to win, that's okay. But your opinion counts little in the grand scheme of things, so you can bitch and whine and scream until hell freezes over and that still will not change the results. Nor will it convince the judges to recast their votes. It's a done deal. Move on.

5. So in the last 17 years, Miss Earth has produced winners whose facial beauty ranges - and this is just my opinion - from as low as a 4 (2017), to an average 6 (2001-2002, 2006, 2011, 2014), to a perfect 10 (2012). What does this suggest? That Miss Earth constantly rethinks its idea of beauty and recycles a particular type of beauty -  perhaps to reduce the risk of being labeled as a superficial pageant and consequently to gain respect from unforgiving critics who reuse their vitriolic language every chance they get. 

- Rafa Delfin, 11/5/2017

11.04.2017

Vietnam Wins Miss Globe 2017



Do Tran Khanh Ngan of Vietnam was crowned Miss Globe 2017 on November 3 in Tirana, Albania. She was crowned by the outgoing queen Dimple Patel of India. Over fifty contestants from around the world competed in this year's edition.

L-R: Siberia, Vietnam, Philippines, Albania, Cape Verde

Ngan's court includes first runner-up Nelda Ibe of the Philippines, second runner-up Elena Latypova of Siberia, third runner-up Alessia Çoku of Albania, and fourth runner-up Simone Heijligers of Cape Verde.

Completing the Top 15 semifinalists were Lilit Martirosyan (Armenia), Amberly Jantzi (Canada), Emma Ostergren (USA), Chatchadaporn Kimakorn (Thailand), Lady Russell Panaguiton (Denmark), Denise Portone (Italy), Jekaterina Petsonkina (Estonia), Csillag Szabo (Hungary), Andrijana Ilioska (Macedonia) and Leah Addo Brown (Ghana).





PHOTOS COURTESY OF DELIART ASSOCIATION

11.03.2017

Miss Universe Iraq 2017







Sarah Abdali Idan was crowned the new Miss Universe Iraq 2017 on November 1st in a special ceremony held at Miss Iraq Organization headquarters in Qadisiya, Baghdad. She has been chosen via an open casting in consultation with Miss Universe Organization after the dethronement of the original winner of Miss Iraq. Former Miss Iraq 2015 and Miss Universe 2016 designate, Shaymaa Qasim, did the honours of crowning the new winner.
Sarah is 27 years old, 5'7" tall and was raised in Baghdad, but her parents originally hail from the city of Hillah in Babylon. She is a singer, songwriter and musician by profession and graduated with a degree in performance arts.

After the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Sarah worked with the American led coalition forces in Baghdad in 2009 through which she received the opportunity to travel to United States. She is also the reigning Miss Iraq USA having won the title last year in Michigan.

Sarah will make history as the first Iraqi woman in over 40 years to participate in the Miss Universe contest this year which is slated to be held on 26 November 2017 at the AXIS Theater of Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, USA. Iraq last participated in this prestigious international beauty contest in 1972 when our country was represented by Wejdan Sulyman in Puerto Rico.

About Miss Iraq:
Miss Iraq national beauty pageant was founded in 1972 by Hotel & Tourism Association of Iraq under former governor of Mosul, Aladdin Bakri. Before 1972, the pageant was known was Miss Baghdad (created in 1947) until it was renamed as Miss Iraq by the Hotel & Tourism Association. It is one of Iraq’s oldest surviving national cultural event. Miss Iraq is the only official national beauty pageant of Iraq including Iraqi Kurdistan as recognized by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Antiquities of Iraq. It is also the only national beauty pageant authorized by the Ministry to send representatives to international contests: Miss World and Miss Universe from Iraq (including Iraqi Kurdistan).​​​​​

Information provided by the Miss Iraq Organization, 11/3/2017


11.01.2017

Miss Universe Trinidad & Tobago 2017 Dethroned




This country’s Miss Universe T&T pageant first runner-up Martrecia Alleyne (left) is now being considered to replace stripped delegate Yvonne Clarke (center).
The local franchise holder for the pageant, Jenny Douglas, was weighing this option yesterday after she stripped Clarke of her title over an alleged breach of contract nine days before she was due to leave for the international event in Las Vegas.
Less than two weeks after winning the title, Clarke was told via email from Douglas that she would no longer be able to represent the country.
But during a press conference at the St James studio of soca artiste Fay Ann Lyons yesterday, Clarke demanded an apology from Douglas, saying she did nothing wrong in seeking sponsorship on her own, including from Lyons. She claimed she was left with no choice after all she received from Douglas was an “old black dress” and an admittance they did not have “all the resources” to get her to the competition.
“I asked her if there was anything else the franchise could give me beside a dress and she (Douglas) said no. I did not do anything without the authorisation of the franchise holder. She even sent me letterhead from the Miss Universe TT which to this day I did not use,” Clarke maintained at the press conference.
She said Douglas told her she could seek sponsorship from anyone locally “except from the Government.” She said from day one of the local pageant she felt something was wrong, as there were several “hiccups” along the way. This, she said, prompted her to document all her conversations with Douglas, including taping telephone conversations.
Saying she was forced to dip into her personal finances to prepare herself, Clarke said through a friend she was told to approach Lyons for help.
Yvonne Clarke, who was disqualified from representing T&T at the Miss Universe 2017 Pageant, responds to questions from the media during yesterday’s press conference.
At left is soca artist Fay-Ann Lyons.
PICTURE SHIRLEY BAHADUR

Lyons, Clarke said, had been instrumental in getting her a plane ticket, professional hair and make-up artists and even organising several professional photo shoots.
As she went through hardship getting sponsorship, Clarke, who broke down in tears at some points, said she also offered advice to Douglas regarding how to deal with issues on social media.
“I said to Jenny digital media management is important because she was getting into feuds with citizens on social media about the way in which the franchise was being run. I told her to avoid social media conflict because it not only brings the Miss Universe pageant into disrepute but it also brings me, as a delegate, into disrepute,” Clarke said.
“The reason why I am so hurt by this was because when T&T was bashing her and saying she was unprofessional I was the one who supported her.”
She also accused Douglas of deliberately withholding her contract after she signed it some months ago.
Douglas also hinted that Clarke may not have had a US visa but yesterday Clarke said she did.
Lyons, who also spoke, said she too wanted an apology from Douglas, as all she did was help a “beautiful and talented young lady” realise her dream. She described the incident as unfortunate, saying too many times “we as a people” refuse to support each other.
“I was very disappointed because some people had some ridiculous comments to make,” Lyons said.
In a statement yesterday, Douglas said, “The Miss Universe T&T committee has voted unanimously to disqualify Miss Yvonne Clarke from representing Trinidad and Tobago in this year’s Miss Universe 2017 Pageant competition.
“We are saddened by this turn of events, however, we have to maintain our strict contractual agreements. We will, however, make sure another suitable representative will go and who will abide by the Miss Universe T&T rules and regulations under their contractual agreement.”
In an interview with Guardian Media, Douglas also accused Clarke of making statements which “misrepresented” the franchise and of “being on television and begging for money.”

Source: The Guardian, TNT, 11/1/2017