10.25.2018

Paraguay Wins Miss Grand International 2018



 Clara Sosa of Paraguay was crowned Miss Grand International 2018 on October 25 at The ONE Entertainment Park in Yangon, Myanmar. She is the first woman from her country to win the crown since the pageant began in 2012.  After hearing her country's name as the winner, Sosa was in state of shock, fainted, and fell on the stage floor while her first runner-up, Meenakshi Chaudhary from India, looked for help. 



After being revived by the pageant staff, Sosa managed to regain her strength, be crowned, and do her victory walk. 


Completing her royal court were (l-r):   3rd  Runner-Up Nicole Colón of Puerto Rico, 2nd runner-up Nadia Purwoko of Indonesia, 1st runner-up Meenakshi Chaudhary of India, and 4th runner-up Haruka Oda from Japan. 

Sosa will be staying in Thailand for one year during her reign and taking her journey to over 15 countries around the world to promote the campaign  "Stop the War and Violence."

Photo credit: Miss Grand International Facebook

10.21.2018

Miss Globe 2018




The 2018 edition of Miss Globe was held on October 21 at the Amfiteatri i Tiranës in Tirana, Albania. The lucky winner is Yu Yizhou of China. Her court includes:

1st runner-up  -  Montana Lynette Farrah-Seaton, AUSTRALIA
2nd runner-up  - Perihan Koz, TURKEY
3rd runner-up  -  Rosa Fariello, ITALY
4th runner-up  - Alba Bajrami, ALBANIA

Completing the top 15 were the delegates from 
Canada, Russia, Brazil, Vietnam, Myanmar, Estonia, France, Portugal, Philippines and Romania.

Special Award Winners:

MISS BEST NATIONAL COSTUME - Jasmeet Kaur Arneja, INDIA
MISS GOLDEN GIRL - Valērija Mickēviča, LATVIA
MISS TOURISM GLOBE - Paula González Falcón, SPAIN
MISS DREAM GIRL - Michele Theresa Imperial Gumabao, PHILIPPINES
MISS ELEGANCE - Yekaterina Sergeyevna Grudtsova, TATARSTAN
MISS PASSION - Paola Sofía Tanguma Villarreal, MEXICO
MISS PHOTOGENIC - Natalia Roczniak, POLAND
MISS BIKINI - Alba Bajrami, ALBANIA
MISS FRIENDSHIP - Paula González Falcón,  SPAIN
MISS TALENT - Laurène Gildas Via, FRANCE
MISS SOCIAL MEDIA - Michele Theresa Imperial Gumabao, PHILIPPINES

Forty-five young women from all over the world competed in the Albanian-based pageant.

Source: Miss Globe

10.20.2018

Miss Earth Lebanon 2018 Dethroned Over Photo With Miss Israel


Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 20) — A photo with an Israeli fellow has cost a Lebanese beauty queen her title.
Miss Earth Lebanon 2018 Salwa Akar had lost her title after posting a picture with her Israeli counterpart Dana Zerik on Facebook. The photo, which shows the two gesturing a peace sign with their hands, comes with the caption, "My advocacy is to help people find peace and love within themselves so they can love each others (sic) and become peaceful with our mother earth."
Akar, later on, took down the post.
The spokesperson of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday took to Twitter to react to the revocation of Akar's title. He also condemned "Lebanese apartheid."
Miss Lebanon Salwa Akar who participates in the pageant had her title revoked today in Lebanon b/c she "dared" to take this photo w/ Miss Israel.

Miss Israel Daza Zreik is an Israeli-Arab, who proudly represents her country.

Lebanese apartheid must be condemned.
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In what seems to be an act of defiance, Akar posted on Instagram, saying she would "finish what I started with or without your support and love."

Lebanon and Israel have been at war with each other for years now. In fact, people who hold Israeli-issued passports are prohibited to enter Lebanon. There are ongoing efforts to stop the conflict, but the two nations have still yet to sign a ceasefire agreement.
The management of Miss Earth has yet to comment on the incident.
The coronation night of the annual pageant will be held in the Philippines on November 3.
Source: CNN Philippines, 10/20/2018

10.09.2018

Miss America Leaders Strike Back At Rebel States


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The other heel has dropped at the Miss America Organization, which had endured a revolt by dozens of states this summer against the national leadership of the pageant headed by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson.
The crowning of the latest Miss America took place last month with the pageant's national leadership largely silent on the calls for their resignation from many states.
But now the national organization is undertaking a purge of rebellious state officials, terminating the licenses of four states, threatening about 15 with probation — and thanking others whose officials stood by the national leadership in the first Miss America pageant without a swimsuit competition.
States whose licenses are terminated must replace current leaders. They can request an appeal hearing from Miss America's executive committee.
The Miss America Organization would not say how it decided which states to terminate and which to threaten with probation, issuing a statement to The Associated Press that read, in its entirety:
"The process regarding Miss America state licensees is confidential."
State officials say their dissatisfaction stemmed not from the elimination of swimsuits, but by the way Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper ran the organization since taking over in January.


Georgia and West Virginia are among states that were notified in recent days that their state licenses are being terminated, Paul Perkins, a lawyer representing both states, told The Associated Press. And a Pennsylvania state pageant official, Chet Welch, confirmed his state has gotten a termination notice as well.
One other state also has been terminated, according to state officials and a former national board member, but its officials did not respond to messages seeking comment Monday.
Other states have been asked to explain — in writing — why they acted as they did in the run-up to the pageant.
A state organization that has its license terminated can no longer claim to be affiliated with the Miss America Organization and must, among other things, turn over bank accounts with scholarship money to the national organization.
Vaden Barth formed a GoFundMe account called the Miss America Organization Leadership Change Fund that has raised over $22,000 to help states defend themselves and advocate for new leadership at the top.
When this year's pageant was held last month, 46 of the 51 state pageant organizations (the District of Columbia is included) had called on the two to resign, along with 23 former Miss Americas.


It followed the release of a remarkable letter from the outgoing Miss America, Cara Mund, in which she said she had been marginalized and bullied by top pageant leaders. An investigation commissioned by the Miss America Organization found no evidence to back up that claim, but investigators did not interview Mund for the report, which was issued the day after the most recent pageant was held.
Carlson, who was Miss America 1989, and Hopper depict the opposition as a "noisy minority" resistant to change, particularly one as large as the elimination of the pageant's swimsuit competition.
But many state officials say their opposition is rooted in a lack of transparency and communication from national leaders, and does not involve the swimsuit decision.

Source: USA Today, 10/8/2018

10.07.2018

Miss World Philippines 2018




Katarina Rodriguez, 26, was crowned Miss World Philippines 2018 at SM Mall Asia Arena in Manila on Saturday, October 6. She will now represent the Philippines at Miss World 2018 pageant to be held in Sanya, China on December 8. Rodriguez is a pageant veteran; she was 1st runner-up at Miss Intercontinental 2017 pageant.


At the same pageant, three other winners were crowned. Maureen Montagne, 25, was crowned Miss Eco Philippines 2018 and will compete in Miss Eco International 2018 pageant in Cairo, Egypt. Alyssa Muhlach Alvarez was crowned Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2018 and will compete in Reina Hispanoamericana 2018 in Bolivia. Kim-Lei Mugford is Miss Multinational Philippines 2018 and will compete in Miss Multinational 2018 pageant to be held in India. The First Princess is Chanel Morales and the Second Princess is Pearl Hung.

Photo credit: GMA

10.04.2018

Miss Asia Pacific International 2018



Hometown girl Miss Philippines, Sharifa Areef Mohammed Omar Akeel, was crowned Miss Asia Pacific International 2018 during the pageant's 50th anniversary at the Newport Performing Arts Theater,  Resorts World Manila on Thursday, October 4. 

Akeel's court includes 1st runner-up Gabriela Palma of  Brazil, 2nd runner-up Melania Gonzales of Costa Rica,  3rd runner-up  Misheelt Narmandakh of Mongolia, , and 4th runner-up Mariani Nataly Chacon Angarita of  Venezuela. 



PHOTO CREDITS: Miss Asia Pacific International Facebook

10.02.2018

Miss Colombia 2018



Valeria Morales, 20, representing the department of  Valle del Cauca, was crowned Miss Colombia 2018 on September 30th during a special "Rumbo a Miss Universo 2018" ("Road To Miss Universe 2018). She will represent Colombia at Miss Universe 2018 to be held in Bangkok, Thailand on December 16.  Her court includes Virreina (Vice-Queen) or 1st runner-up Isabella Atehortua Zapata (Antioquia) and 2nd runner-Alma Beatriz Díaz Bonilla (Chocó) .


Photo credits: Facebook