5.28.2018

Miss World Bahamas 2018




     BRINIQUE GIBSON, a 22-year old beauty representing New Providence, was crowned Miss World Bahamas 2018 in the Imperial Ballroom of the Atlantis Paradise Island on Sunday, May 27. She was crowned by her predecessor Geena Thompson. Gibson will now represent the Bahamas in Miss World 2018 pageant to be held in Sanya, China on December 8. Gibson's court includes 1st Princess Serena Greene from Grand Bahama and 2nd Princess Shelly Elisee from the University of the Bahamas who advanced to the top 6 via online voting. Rounding up the top 6 were Angel Cartwright of Long Island, Angel Culmer of Andros, and Chinasa Outten of Balmoral Island.

CREDIT: MISS BAHAMAS ORGANIZATION

     Ten young women competed in this year's national pageant. The remaining contestants were Alexis Denoye of Abaco, Alexis Sawyer of Crystal Cay, Desire Edwards of Ragged Island, and Caitlyn Walker of San Salvador.  

     The show was hosted by Jerome Sawyer, Vice-President of Media Relations of MBO (Miss Bahamas Organization) and  by Leslia Brice, Bahamian pageant veteran and fashion model. Backstage commentating was conducted by popular Puerto Rican TV personality, Héctor Joaquín Colón González. The social media correspondents were Shenique Miller and Pischia Adderley. Entertainment was provided by musical artists Lady E, Julien Believe, and Angelique Sabrina. The show was live streamed on Facebook and nationally televised.

     The panel of judges included E. Jay Saunders, chairman of the Turks & Caicos Aviation Civil Aviation Authority; Ashley Hamilton, Miss World Bahamas 2016; Grace Fontecha, the legendary beauty queen maker from Puerto Rico who appears in Guinness Book of World Records for training back to back Miss Universe winners (2008, 2009) from Venezuela; K. Darren Turnquest, counseling psychologist and motivational speaker; Carlos Ramirez, musical and pageant show producer from Puerto Rico; and yours truly, Rafa Delfin, director of Critical Beauty.


     The contestants were judged primarily on three categories: interviews, swimsuit, and evening gown.  Last Saturday, the contestants underwent rigorous one-on-one interviews with the judges, followed by a closed-door scrutiny in their swimsuits. Special awards were distributed Sunday night to the following recipients: University of the Bahamas (Best in Swimsuit, Spirit Award, Top Model), New Providence (Miss Amity, Multi-Media, People's Choice, Fashionista), Long Island (Aliv Challenge Video, Sportswoman, Best Costume, Miss Popularity), Ragged Island (Beauty With a Purpose), and Andros (Miss Photogenic, Miss Critical Beauty Bahamas).

With ANGEL CULMER, Miss World Andros, who won the Miss Critical Beauty Bahamas 2018 award. Her prizes include $300 worth of fashion accessories and $200 in cash.


     This was the third time for me to judge the Miss Bahamas pageant, and I have to say that the production has become bigger and better, as well as the sponsorship and prize package. A big thank you to MBO President Michelle Malcolm for being a gracious host. Initially, she had assigned me as a social media correspondent but due to the high-caliber quality of this year's contestants, she reassigned me to judge instead. I think she made the right decision! The Bahamas has selected a strong contender for Miss World this year!


Left: With the beautiful new queen. Right: With MBO President Michelle Malcolm

#MissWorldBahamas #Bejeweled #CriticalBeauty 

5.27.2018

New South Africa Queens for 2018




Tamaryn Green is Miss Universe South Africa 2018


Two new South Africans queen were crowned during the 60th edition of Miss South Africa pageant on May 27, 2018 at the Sun Arena. Tamaryn Green was crowned as  Miss Universe Africa 2018 and she will represent her country at Miss Universe 2018 whose date and venue have not been announced. Thulisa Keyi was declared as the winner of Miss World South Africa 2018 title and will now represent South Africa at Miss World 2018 later this year in China. Completing the top five were Karishma Ramdev, Noxolo Ndebele and Thandokazi Mfundisi.

Thulisa Keyi is Miss World South Africa 2018


Source: Miss South Afica Facebook Page

Miss Brazil 2018




Mayra Dias, representing the state of Amazonas, was crowned Miss Brasil Be Emotion 2018 in Rio de Janeiro last Saturday, May 26. The journalist defeated 26 other young women from all over Brazil for the coveted crown.  The other top three finalists included Teresa Santos from Ceará, and Maria Isabel from Bahia. Dias will now represent Brazil in the next edition of Miss Universe who date and venue have yet to be confirmed. 



Source: Purepeople.com, 5/27/2018


5.21.2018

Nebraska Wins Miss USA 2018






Miss Nebraska, Sarah Rose Summers, has been named Miss USA.
Cheers rang out, confetti flew and celebratory music blared as Summers — a 23-year-old from Omaha — accepted the sash, the dazzling crown and a bouquet of flowers on Monday evening. She takes over from Kára McCullough of the District of Columbia and now goes on to represent the United States in the Miss Universe competition. 
For the next year, she'll be a spokeswoman for the Miss Universe Organization. Her responsibilities will include performing charitable acts, attending galas and fundraisers, and making special appearances, among many other duties.
By nabbing the Miss USA crown, Miss Nebraska joins Miss Kansas — the winner Friday of the 2018 Miss Teen USA crown, also in Shreveport — for a heartland sweep of the events held this year in Shreveport and Bossier City.
The selection committee included a host of female entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry experts and former Miss USA contestants. Viewers were able to vote online for their favorites throughout the competition.  
The two-hour final event began with the announcement of the 15 semifinalists. In addition to Summers, they were: Madison Nipe (South Dakota), Marianny Egurrola (Georgia), Marina Gray (Maine), Logan Lester (Texas), Alexa Noone (New Jersey), Génesis Dávila (Florida), Carolina Urrea (Nevada), Allissa Latham (Massachusetts), Brittinay Nicolette (Maryland), Alexandra Harper (Tennessee), Toneata Morgan (Oregon), Caelynn Miller-Keyes (North Carolina), Elizabeth Johnson (Michigan) and Kelley Johnson (California).  
The semifinalists were selected after a round of preliminary interviews and live on-stage presentations last week. Monday, the 15 contestants kicked off the final event with the swimsuit round.
Next, the top 10 were announced and presented in evening gowns. The 10 represented South Dakota, Georgia, Maine, New Jersey, Nebraska, Florida, Nevada, Tennessee, North Carolina and California. 
The field then was cut in half, leaving five to answer a question from the judges. The five finalists were Nevada, Florida, Nebraska, North Carolina and South Dakota. 
Two more competitors were cut, leaving the top three: Nebraska, North Carolina and Nevada. The three were asked the same question and presented for "the final look."
After scores were tallied, the runner-ups and winner were declared: second runner-up, Miss Nevada Carolina Urrea; first runner-up, Miss North Carolina, Caelynn Miller-Keyes; and winner, Miss Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers.
The Miss USA finals were co-hosted by model and former Miss Teen USA winner Vanessa Lachey and her husband, Nick Lachey, who rose to fame with 98 Degrees. 
Lee Brice, a Grammy-nominated American country singer, performed as the 10 contestants presented their evening gowns. Lachey's band performed as the three finalists presented their final looks.
Fashion expert Carson Kressley and supermodel Lu Sierra checked in with behind-the-scenes footage, analysis and commentary about the competition. 
On Friday, Hailey Colborn, of Kansas, was crowned the 2018 Miss Teen USA.

Source: USA Today, 5/21/2018
Photos courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization

5.18.2018

Kansas Wins Miss Teen USA 2018



Congratulations, Miss Teen Kansas — the 2018 Miss Teen USA winner.
Thunderous cheers erupted as Hailey Colborn was announced Friday in Shreveport as the new Miss Teen USA.
Colborn is a 17-year-old student from Wichita, Kansas.  
She was one of 51 participating contestants, representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The young women went through rounds of preliminary interviews, then on-stage presentations in athletic wear and evening gowns on Wednesday at Horseshoe Casino's Riverdome.
Friday's final event was held at George's Pond at Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport.
The 15 semifinalists announced at the finals were: Janeice Love (California), Caleigh Shade (Maryland), Sydni-Dion Bennett (Illinois), Britney Barnhart (Nevada), Savannah Miles (Georgia), Chloe Zambrano (Colorado), Anane Loveday (Michigan), Sofie Rovenstine (Tennessee), Kaaviya Sambasivam (North Carolina), Madilen Kellogg (Utah), Kirby Elizabeth Self (South Carolina), Lindsey Conque (Louisiana), Hailey Colborn (Kansas), Trinity Tiffany (West Virginia) and Lou Schieffelin (Florida).
he 15 moved forward to on-stage presentations in the categories of athletic wear.
The top 10 were announced, taking California, Maryland, Nevada, Michigan, West Virginia and Florida out of the running. They were presented in the evening gown round.
Then five moved on, getting a final question from the judges. They ended the competition as follows: fourth runner-up, North Carolina; third runner-up, Illinois; second runner-up, Colorado; and first runner-up, South Carolina.
Before the big announcement, the Miss Congeniality award was presented to Kennedy Cromeens of Alabama.
And in an outpouring of cheers and tears, Miss Teen Kansas was deemed winner and given the crown by her predecessor, the 2017 Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff.
Source: Shreveport Times, 5/18/2018

5.17.2018

Miss USA Drops "Judges" In Favor Of "Selection Committee"



Miss USA 2017 Kara McCullough (pictured) will crown her successor at the 2018 Miss USA pageant at George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana. 


Well, well, what do you know? The 2018 Miss USA winner will now be chosen by a "selection committee" - which is a politically correct term for "judges." For some reason, the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) has found the word "judge" rather unpleasant and trivial. Not only that, but the "selection committee" will comprise of an all-female jury. That's right. Miss USA has gone sexist! Not one male judge on the panel, not even a gay one. Hmmm. 
Here's the report from The Shreveport Times:
The selection committee has been announced for the 2018 Miss USA competition that will be held in Shreveport on May 21.
For the first time, Miss USA will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of female entrepreneurs, business leaders, and industry experts—including former Miss USA contestants—offering a depth of expertise, insight and sustained commitment previously unavailable from one-off telecast judges.
The committee’s diverse perspectives and industry knowledge will help The Miss Universe organization to determine the woman who will become integral to the ongoing growth of the company as a spokesperson for the brand.
The selection committee includes:  
Natasha Curry: Award-winning television host and anchor of HLN’s Weekend Express with Natasha Curry; Miss Washington USA 1998.
Jamie Kern Lima:  Founder & CEO of IT Cosmetics, which recently became the largest acquisition in L’Oreal history, making Jamie the first female CEO in L’Oréal’s 100+ year history; 2017 Forbes Magazine’s Most Successful Self-Made Women List; Miss Washington USA 2000.
Crystle Stewart: Television host, model and actress; founder of MISS Academy (Manners, Image, Style, and Success), an organization committed to translating traditional values through pop culture; Miss USA 2008.
Lilliana Vazquez: Emmy Award-winning host and producer, TODAY show contributor and style expert. 
Denise White: Founder and CEO of EAG Sports Management, one of the most powerful and influential sports management and PR/crisis management firms of professional sports; Miss Oregon USA 1994.
The 2018 Miss USA pageant will air live from George's Pond in Shreveport on the Fox network at 7 p.m. CST May 21.

Source: The Shreveport Times, 5/17/2018

5.01.2018

Korea Wins Mister International 2018




Seung Hwan Lee of Korea won the 12th edition of Mister International held in Yangon, Myanmar on April 30th. He succeeds Paul Iskandar of Lebanon who could not attend the finals due to "unforeseen circumstances." Lee is the first man from his country to win the title. The 2017 pageant was supposed to be held last November but was postponed until April 2018. Technically, Lee is the winner for 2017.
Completing Lee's court are first runner-up Manuel Molano of Colombia and second runner-up Dwayne Geldenhuis of South Africa. The remaining top five included Minh Trung of Vietnam and Alessandro Costantini of Switzerland. 
Completing the top 10 were the contestants from Japan, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Philippines and Puerto Rico. Rounding up the top 16 were the contestants from Poland, Indonesia, Spain, Lebanon, Netherlands and Mexico.