1.26.2019

Philippines Wins First Miss Intercontinental Crown



Hometown girl Karen Gallman, 26, made history by becoming the first woman from the Philippines to be crowned Miss Intercontinental during a festive coronation night at MOA Arena in Pasay City, Philippines last night. Gallman, who is half-Australian, impressed the judges with her overall performance. It was the pageant's 47th edition and the third time it was held in Asia (China hosted in 2004 and 2005).

During the Q & A round,  she was asked the question, "How do you define success?" She answered, "For me, success is not just about winning in life. It is about setting goals, achieving your dreams, working hard for everything you want, and always looking up to God and be thankful for everything. For me, that is success."



Gallman's court includes first runner-up Adriana Moya of Costa Rica, second runner-up Laura Longaurova of Slovak Rwpublic, third runner-up Hillary Hollman of Colombia, fourth runner-up Ngen Anh Le Au of Vietnam, and fifth runner-up Bella Lapso of Ethiopia. Apart from Vietnam who won the People's Choice Award which catapulted her to the top 6, the others automatically advanced to the top 5 after being named the top winner from their respective continents.

I watched the live stream of the pageant both on YouTube and on Facebook. Just a few comments. First, the introduction of the contestants was done hastily, which resulted in the contestants rushing on and off the stage. Second, the breaks in between segments were too long, averaging 10 minutes. Third, the co-hosts kept screaming to the top of their lungs instead of modulating their voices. Fourth, the president of the Miss Intercontinental Organization Detlef Tursies sat as a judge, which gave the impression that he had the final saying in selecting the winner. And fifth, the selection of continental winners left out several more outstanding contestants who deserved a placement. Overall, compared to past productions, this year's production was a slight upgrade.

By Rafa Delfin, 1/26/2019




1.25.2019

Former Miss Universe Gabriela Isler Returns To The Philippines For Charity Work


Venezuelan beauty queen Gabriela Isler this week returned to Coron for a charity mission in partnership with Cordaid. 
Gabriela, who was crowned Miss Universe in 2013, was one of the first to visit the area after it was hit by super typhoon Haiyan. She raised $250,000 for the people affected by the devastating storm through the Miss Universe Relief Foundation. 
“That first visit to Coron helped me appreciate, transform and realize my role in helping others through charity”, the beauty queen was quoted as saying in an official Cordaid news release. 
Cordaid, in partnership with the Miss Universe Relief Foundation, has helped improve water and environmental management in Malawig. They also provide support for alternate sources of livelihood like basket weaving using the local pandan plant.  
Source: GMA News, January 25, 2019

1.10.2019

Former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters Is Engaged!





Former Miss Universe 2017 from South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, got engaged today to Tim Tebow, the former New York Jets quarterback and current New York Mets minor-leaguer. On her Instagram, the beauty queen posted a photo of Tibow proposing to her at his family farm outside of Jacksonville, Florida.

According to People magazine:
The couple strolled along the property, and stopped next to a small lake, where Tebow had installed an arbor and a specially made bench that was engraved with the date the couple first met.

For about five minutes, Tebow and Nel-Peters talked about their relationship and its future in hushed tones before Tebow, 31, dropped to one knee. “Demi Leigh Nel-Peters, I love you,” he said. “Demi Leigh Nel-Peters, will you marry me?”

As Nel-Peters said yes, Tebow slipped a 7.25-carat solitaire ring on her finger. “This ring is internally flawless,” he said. “Just like you.”



Critical Beauty warmly congratulates the couple for their engagement and wishes them all the happiness in the world!



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