Thailand Wins Miss International 2019

 Screenshot from YouTube/Miss International

Sireethorn Leearamwat of Thailand, a 25-year-old pharmacist, was crowned the new Miss International 2019 at Tokyo Dome in Japan, on Tuesday, November 12. Leearamwat's victory marks her country's first ever Miss International title.  She succeeded Mariem Velazco of Venezuela. Eighty-three countries were represented in this year's pageant which was streamed live via Facebook and YouTube starting at 4:00 P.M., Tokyo time.

Her court includes (in the above photo from left to right) 3rd runner-up Alejandra Vengoechea of Colombia, 1st runner-up Andrea Toscano of Mexico, 2nd runner-up Evelyn Namatovu Karonde of Uganda, and 4th runner-up Harriotte Lane of United Kingdom.

Rounding up the top 8 were Bea Patricia Magtanong of the Philippines, Nguyễn Tường San of Vietnam,  and Jolene Marie Rotinsulu of Indonesia. Completing the top 15 were Melissa Jiménez of Venezuela, Pawani Vithanage of Sri Lanka, Ivana Carolina Irizarry of Puerto Rico, Elize Joanne de Hong of the Netherlands, Kaye Cheung of Hong Kong, Jutta Kyllönen of Finland, and Maria Perviy  of Belarus.


Philippines Wins Miss Tourism International 2019

Cyrille Payumo from the Philippines was crowned Miss Tourism International 2019 on November 8 at the Grand Ballroom of Sunway Resorts Hotel & Spa in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Payumo's victory marks her country's fifth Miss Tourism International crown (2000, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2019). She was crowned by outgoing queen, Astari Verdideani from Indonesia. Payumo also won the Best National Costume Award.

Aside from Payumo, the other finalists that won their respective titles include:

Miss Tourism Dream Girl of the Year International 2019:
 Chan Sotima, Miss Tourism International Cambodia 2019

Miss Tourism Cosmopolitan International 2019:
 Joanna Babynko, Miss Tourism International Poland 2019

Miss Tourism Global 2019:
 Kateryna Kachashvili, Miss Tourism International Ukraine 2019

Miss Tourism Queen of the Year 2019:
 Gabriela Patricia Mandolang, Miss Tourism International Indonesia 2019

Special Award - Miss South East Asian Tourism Ambassador 2019:
 Chompoonut Phungphon, Miss Tourism International Thailand 2019

Source: Miss Tourism International

Iranian Beauty Queen Granted Refugee Status In The Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 8)— The Philippines has granted refugee status to Iranian beauty queen Bahareh Zare Bahari, who was seeking asylum in the country after being detained at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for about three weeks now.
The Justice Department, in a document dated November 6 and released Friday, granted Bahari the status under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol.
Bahari, the Iranian representative in the Miss Intercontinental 2018 pageant held in Manila, has been in the custody of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) due to assault and battery charges in her home country.
The BI initially barred the pageant contestant from entering the Philippines when she arrived from Dubai in October due to an Interpol red notice issued against her related to her case.
According to the United Nations, a refugee is a person “who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.”
The Justice Department said it will recommend to the Foreign Affairs Department the issuance of a travel document should Bahari need one.
Source: CNN Philippines, 11/8/2019 
Bahari (farthest right) represented Iran during the Miss Intercontinental 2019 pageant held in Manila, Philippines last January 27, 2019. Photo credit: Playa Calatagan

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Atlanta To Host Miss Universe 2019 Pageant

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry’s new Atlanta studio will be home to the 2019 Miss Universe competition. The three-hour-event, hosted by Steve Harvey for the fifth consecutive year, will air live from Tyler Perry Studios on Sunday, December 8 at 7 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Fox. Additionally, the event again will be simulcast live in Spanish exclusively on Telemundo.
“The Miss Universe telecast is distributed to more than 170 countries,” said Paula M. Shugart, president of The Miss Universe Organization. “We have always been proud to give a global platform to diverse, ambitious and strong young women – our leaders of tomorrow.”
Women representing more than 90 countries will compete in multiple categories, including personal statement, swimsuit, evening gown and interview, culminating with the reigning Miss Universe, Catriona Gray from the Philippines, crowning her successor.
Perry opened his 330-acre 12-stage facility on the former Fort McPherson Army Base earlier this month. The writer, producer, director and actor recently premiered his two newest series Sistas and The Oval on BET, the first projects stemming from his mega film and TV deal with Viacom he inked back in 2017. Perry writes, directs and executive produces both series, with Tyler Perry Studios’ Michelle Sneed serving as EP on both.
Source: Deadline.com, 11/1/2019




Puerto Rico Wins Miss Earth 2019

Left To Right: Miss Earth Fire, Miss Earth 2019, Miss Earth Air, and Miss Earth Water

Nellys Pimentel, 21, of San Juan, Puerto Rico was crowned Miss Earth 2019 on October 25 at Cove Manila at Okada Manila, Parañaque City, Philippines. She is the first Puerto Rican woman to win the title since the pageant began in 2001. Pimentel's court includes Miss Earth Air Emanii Davis of USA, Miss Earth Water Klara Vavruskova of Czech Republic, and Miss Earth Fire Alisa Manenok of Belarus. A few days ago, Pimentel had been crowned "Miss Earth Flora 2019" in Naga City.

Rounding up the top 10 were the contestants from Chile, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Poland and Russia. Completing the top 20 were the delegates from Colombia, England, Ghana, Guam, Guyana, Japan, Philippines, Portugal, Spain and Thailand.

Over 80 contestants competed in the 2019 edition which was hosted by James Deakin and carried by five television networks. Entertainment was provided by Barbados-born artist, Shontelle. Pimentel was crowed by outgoing queen, Nguyen Phuong Khanh of Vietnam. 

Venezuela Wins Miss Grand International 2019

Hometown girl Valentina Figuera, 19, of Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela was crowned Miss Grand International 2019 at the Poliedro de Caracas on October 25. Her victory marks the first time that her country has won the title since the pageant began in 2013. Figuera was crowned by her predecessor, Clara Sosa of Paraguay who co-hosted the show. Famous Venezuelan jewelry designer George Wittels, who was one of the judges, designed the new crown which is to be used until 2021.

Her court includes 1st runner-up Maria Malo of Mexico, 2nd runner-up Coco Arayha Suparurk of Thailand, 3rd runner-up Carmen Drayton of Panama, and 4th runner-up Marjorie Marcelle of Brazil. Completing the top 10 were the delegates from Ecuador, Australia, Peru, Puerto Rico and Vietnam.

Rounding up the top 20 were the contestants from Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain, Guatemala, Ireland, Japan, Paraguay, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic and South Africa. 

Special awards went to Ecuador (Best National Costume), Panama (Best in Swimsuit), Peru (Best in Evening Gown), and Vietnam (Miss Popular Vote) which automatically catapulted her to the top 10. 

Minutes before the show ended, the co-hosts announced that Venezuela will host the 2020 edition of the pageant, much to the excitement of the audience. As the new titleholder, Figuera now has the grand task of realizing the pageant's purpose - "stop the war and violence." 

Valentina Figuera


First Miss Universe Bangladesh Crowned

Shirin Akter Shela has been crowned Miss Universe Bangladesh at the grand finale of the first-ever competition in the country, at International Convention City Bashundhara in Dhaka.
The winner was crowned by Bollywood actor Sushmita Sen, who herself won the title of Miss Universe in 1994.
Alisha Islam was announced as the first runner up of the competition and the second runner up title went to Jessia Islam. The other contestants in the top ten were Tamanna Ishrat Sohani, Maria Mumu, Sanowar Tayefa, Afla Arman, Irana Ishrat, Smriti Akter, and Toshiba Anita Islam.
The winner Shela will represent Bangladesh in the main event of 68th Miss Universe competition, to be held in United States this December. This will be the first time Bangladesh will participate in the main event of the competition.
Judges of this grand event were Bollywood actor Sushmita Sen,  who won the main event of 1994 Miss Universe competition, singer Tahsan Khan, Persona’s Managing Director Kaniz Almas, President of Bangladesh Heritage Craft Tootli Rahman, Founder of Pulse Health Care Rubaba Dowla, Managing Director of Green Delta Insurance Farzanah Chowdhury, Managing Director of Flora Bank Rafiul Islam, commentator and former cricketer Athar Ali Khan,  Former Miss Ventura County California & Johnson County USA Star Faruque, and Dr Zareen Delawar Hussain.
Earlier on October 15, the crown of Miss Universe Bangladesh was unveiled in a gala event held in Amisheé Fine Jewelry store in Gulshan of Dhaka.
The registration of contestants began in the end of July. The first round of audition started with over 12,000 registrations. Then the elimination process started and after three months of boot camp a winner was finally chosen.    
The franchise owner for Miss Universe,is a consortium between Riz Events, Off Track and Trilogy. Rizwan Bin Farouq is the chairman of Miss Universe Bangladesh and Sohel A Chaklader Duke, Shafik Islam and Mithun Zaman are directors of the company. 
Source: Dhaka Tribune, 10/24/2019


Miss Universe Kenya 2019

Stacy Michuki, 18, was crowned Miss Universe Kenya 2019 on October 20 at the Panari Hotel in Nairobi. She will represent Kenya in Miss Universe 2019 pageant on December 8 in the United States, although the venue has not been confirmed

Michuki is the granddaughter of the late Kenyan politician and businessman, 

Photo credit: Miss Universe Kenya Facebook

Miss Universe Egypt 2019

Diana Hamed, 24, was crowned Miss Universe Egypt 2019 at the Al Masa Hotel in Cairo, Egypt on October 21. She will now represent Egypt in Miss Universe 2019 pageant to be held on December 8. The venue has not been confirmed.

Egypt has been competing in Miss Universe since 1987 but has never placed. Will Diana be the first Egyptian delegate to do so?

Photo credit: Miss Egypt Universe Facebook


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Miss Grand Philippines 2019 Samantha Lo Breaks Her Silence

Miss Grand Philippines 2019 Samantha Lo (Instagram)

MANILA, Philippines — After keeping quiet for almost a week, Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2019 Samantha Lo took to Instagram early Sunday, October 20, to clear the story on what happened during her transit to Venezuela for the Miss Grand International pageant.

In a lengthy post, Samantha said that she chose to remain silent first and speak up only when she arrived in Venezuela.
"I know people have been waiting to hear from me but this past week has been such a rollercoaster of stress and uncertainty that I felt it was unnecessary to involve the public," said.

"I chose to break my silence until I arrived in Venezuela because I wanted to make sure I got here safely. Despite what happened last week and the trauma that came with it, I have moved forward and pursued this journey knowing that I did not intentionally commit any of the acts that have been unfairly attributed to me. But yes, my local organizer, who handled my travel preparations, failed to equip me with the proper transit visa that may have enabled me to complete my earlier trip to this host country. Moreso, it wasn’t them who got me out of detention and put me safely on that plane to come back home. It was my family and other well-meaning Filipinos who did — and they are still not resting until this is over."
Samantha said that it has not been easy in the past few days considering what she endured. However, she's determined to do her best in the competition. (READ: Samantha Lo on Miss Grand International 2019 pageant: I'm going to bring that crown home)
"And when this is all over, I hope to bring home the crown and glory to the Philippines and our people. It is not easy for me to do this — I still struggle with the fear and the trauma of recent days — but I know there is a bigger picture here and I will not let such fear silence me or deter me from the grand task ahead.
"I have come here not only as the candidate from the Philippines but as the voice of those who have faced similar situations like mine, the voice of those who have been abandoned of opportunity and pressured to remain silent," she said.
She thanked the Miss Grand International Organization for welcoming her despite what happened and showing nothing but support.
Source: Rappler, October 19, 2019

Miss Grand Philippines 2019 Samantha Lo looking fresh and elegant in her high-slit red gown. Bottom right, Samantha poses with MGI President Nawat Itsaragrisil. (Photo credit: Miss Grand International)


Miss Universe Singapore 2019

Mohana Prabha, a 24-year-old biomedical science undergrad, was crowned Miss Universe Singapore 2019 at Zouk Singapore on October  17. She will now represent Singapore at the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed.

Prabha competed in last year's national pageant and made the top 5. 

Photo credit: The Female Culture


Miss Universe Argentina 2019

Mariana Varela, 23, was crowned Miss Universe Argentina last Wednesday night in Buenos Aires. She will now represent Argentina in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed. The first runner-up is Julieta Garcia and the second runner-up is Luisina Ojeda. The Miss Universe Argentina pageant is now directed by Osmel Sousa, the legendary beauty queen maker responsible for Venezuela's multiple successes in international pageantry. 

The last time that Argentina placed in Miss Universe was in 2014 when Valentina Ferrer made the top 10. And in 1962, Norma Nolan won the first Miss Universe crown for the country. 


Miss Universe Tanzania 2019

  Shubila Stanton (Shubby Stanton) was crowned Miss Universe Tanzania 2019 on October 12 at the Serena Hotel in Dar es Salaam. The 23-year-old six-footer  model will now represent Tanzania in the next edition of Miss Universe pageant whose date and venue have not been announced. 

 Photo credit: Miss Universe Tanzania Facebook


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Spain Wins Miss Asia Pacific International 2019

Chaiyenne Huisman of Spain was crowned the new Miss Asia Pacific International 2019 on Wednesday, October 9 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila. Her court includes: 1st runner-up Miss Dominican Republic, Eoanna Constanza; 2nd runner-up Miss Canada, Jessica Cianchino; 3rd runner-up Miss Brazil, Carolina Schuler; and 4th runner-up Miss Costa Rica, Fiorella Cortez Arbenz. Huisman's victory marks her country's first time in winning the pageant which began in 1965 as a regional pageant for Asia but changed its name to Miss Asia Pacific International in 2005 to accommodate countries outside Asia.
Miss Asia Pacific International Chaiyenne Huisman (center) beams with (from left) fourth runner-up Fiorella Cortez Arbenz, third runner-up Carolina Schuler, second runner-up Jessica Cianchino, and first runner-up Eoanna Constanza. (Photo by Armin P. Adina / Contributor) Lifestyle Inquirer, 10/9/2010



Philippines Teen Queen Dethroned For Misrepresenting Herself

Vanessa Mae Walters (center) shares the stage with Miss Multinational Philippines Isabelle de Leon (left) and Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas Katrina Llegado after their proclamation as winners./ARMIN P. ADINA

MAKATI, Philippines—Following a social media frenzy among pageant circles involving an alleged racy photo of 2019 Miss Eco Teen Philippines Vanessa Mae Walters, the Miss World Philippines organization has finally announced it stripped the queen of her title.
In a statement sent to media scribes, and posted on its social media accounts, Miss World Philippines National Director Arnold L. Vegafria said, “after observing due process, the organization deems it proper to strip Walters of her title and crown as Miss Eco Teen Philippines.”

Walters became the first woman to receive the Miss Eco Teen Philippines crown in the 2019 Miss World Philippines pageant held last month. Michelle Dee, daughter of 1979 Miss International Melanie Marquez, bagged the coveted Miss World Philippines crown.
Four other winners were proclaimed—Miss Eco Philippines Kelley Day, Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas Katrina Llegado, Miss Multinational Philippines Isabelle de Leon, and Miss Philippines Tourism Glysa Perez.

The Miss Eco Teen international pageant has already posted the photo of Mary Daena Resurreccion as the Philippines’ official representative to the contest’s inaugural edition in Egypt next month./MISS ECO TEEN INTERNATIONAL FACEBOOK PAGE.
The statement cited “misrepresentation of her credentials,” “unprofessional behavior,” and “indecency” as grounds for Walters’ dethronement.

“Miss World Philippines Organization will not tolerate any actions which may jeopardize the integrity and dignity of the organization,” the statement continued.

Walters, a Harvard University student, is not new to pageantry. In 2014, she was proclaimed Miss Teen Earth Philippines, an environment-driven competition, which would have been a fitting prelude to her supposed quest for the Miss Eco Teen International crown.

She was proclaimed Best in Swimsuit in the Miss World Philippines pageant, where she advanced to the Top 22 by topping the “Beach Beauty” competition.

Resurreccion, 18, was among the 40 delegates in the national search in September but missed the first cut.

The Miss Eco Teen International organization has accepted Resurreccion to its roster of 2019 delegates and has already posted her photo on the global tilt’s Facebook page.

The Miss Eco Teen International pageant will stage its inaugural edition in Cairo, Egypt, next month.

Source: Cebu Daily News, Oct. 5, 2019


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Miss Universe India 2019

Vartika Singh has been crowned Miss Universe India 2019 and will now represent India at Miss Universe 2019 pageant whose date and venue have yet to be announced.  

Singh's pageant experience is quite extensive. She made the top 7 in Miss Universe India 2014, placed 2nd runner-up in Femina Miss India 2015, and then won Miss Grand International 2015 and finished 2nd runner-up at Miss Grand International 2015.

She holds a Bachelor's degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, and a Master's degree in Public Health. She has been part of state government and World Bank's health care project in Uttar Pradesh, India.

Photo credit: Facebook


Miss World Philippines 2019

Michelle Dee was crowned Miss World Philippines 2019 on September 15t at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Manila. She will now represent the Philippines in Miss World 2019 contest to be held in London on December 14. Dee is the daughter of Melanie Marquez, Miss International 1979 from the Philippines.

Courtesy of Michelle Dee, Facebook

At the same event, other new queens were crowned. Dee (fourth from right) is flanked by her court that includes from left to right: 2nd Princess Casie Banks, Miss Multinational Philippines 2019 Isabelle De Leon, Miss Eco Teen Philippines 2019 Vanessa Mae Walters, Reina Hispanoamericana Filipinas 2019 Katrina Llegado, Dee, Miss Eco Philippines 2019 Kelley Day, Miss Tourism Philippines 2019 Glyssa Perez, and 1st Princess Christie Kerver.


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New Korean Queens For 2019

 Miss Queen Korea 2019  pageant was held at the Grand Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul on September 5. Lee Yeon-Joo, a 20-year-old fashion model, was crowned Miss Universe Korea 2019  and will  now compete in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have yet to be confirmed.  

At the same event Lim Ji-Yeon was crowned Miss World Korea 2019 and will compete in Miss World 2019 to be held in London on December 14.  

Laura Kwon Whee was crowned Miss Supranational Korea 2019 and will compete in Miss Supranational 2019 to be held in Poland on December 6.

Photo credit: Miss Queen Korea


Miss Universe Chile 2019

Geraldine González, 19, representing Escuela SuperMiss, was crowned Miss Universe Chile 2019 during the finals held on September 1 at Casino Dreams in Punta Arenas. She will now represent Chile in the next edition of Miss Universe pageant whose date and venue have not been confirmed.  

New Icelandic Queens For 2019

Three new queens were crowned during the Miss Universe Iceland 2019 pageant that took place in Reykjavik on August 31. From left to right: Hugrún Egilsdóttir, Miss Supranational Iceland 2019 who will compete in Miss Supranational 2019 pageant in Poland in December;  Birta Abiba Þórhallsdóttir, Miss Universe Iceland 2019, who will compete in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have not been announced; and Hulda Vigdísardóttir, Queen Beauty Iceland 2020, who will compete in Queen Beauty Universe 2020.

Birta (center) makes Icelandic pageant history as the first woman of color to be crowned Miss Universe Iceland.