5.30.2019

Miss India Pageant Under Fire For Its All-White Contestants




The Miss India beauty pageant has faced criticism over a lack of diversity in its finalists. 
The organisation came under fire after a newspaper published headshots of all 30 women competing to take home the crown. 
Twitter user LeBrown James shared a photo of the collage, asking: 'What's wrong with this picture?'
The question sparked dozens of responses from social media users who pointed out that all the women have 'fair skin', with one saying simply: 'This is so white!' 
Colourism in India pre-dates colonialism to the 1600s, when social hierarchy was based on a caste system and manual labourers often had darker from spending days outside working. This made it more desirable to have lighter skin. 
The issue was compounded during the colonial era and eventually became so ingrained that in the 1970s India's first 'fairness' cream, Fair and Lovely, was launched. 
The market is expected to be worth 50bn rupees ($716m; £566m) by 2023.
The Miss India finalists won regional competitions across the country and will now take part in the national finals next month
Ahead of the event, the Times of India dedicated an entire page of the newspaper to featuring short profiles of each of the women, accompanied by headshots. 

They were published under the headline: 'Who will be crowned Miss India this year?' 
James was among the social media users struck by the apparent similarities in the contestants' appearance. 
Followers were quick to agree. One posted: 'Same beauty filter has been used on everyone leaving no scope for diversity and inclusiveness.'
Another commented: 'They’re all fair toned women of colour, look almost the same and represent the idea of “ideal beauty” in our country.'
A third pointed out: 'Because competition is about beauty and this is what they consider as beautiful...'  
The winner of Miss India will go on to represent India at the Miss World pageant in Thailand in December. 
Miss India has been a career launchpad for a number of past contestants, including Priyanka Chopra, who came runner-up and won Miss World in 2000, and Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai, who came runner-up and won Miss World in 1994. 
The rules have since changed so the winner of Miss India represents the country in Miss World. 
Another pageant, Femina Miss India 2019, raised some questions this week, after the 30 state winners were unveiled - all boasting similarly light skin. 

Source: The Daily Mail, 5/30/2019

Colour bias in India and its history 

Colourism in India began before colonialism in the 1600s, when social hierarchy was based on caste systems. 
The wealthy, royals and priests were at the top, while those with manual labour jobs were at the bottom.
Those working agricultural jobs in the fields became darker due to their sun exposure, starting the association that those with darker skin were lower in social hierarchy. 
This was further ingrained into society during the colonial times, when European invaders cemented the belief that those with lighter skin were more powerful and therefore had access to more privileges. 
The common belief was that those of higher social hierarchy weren't as exposed to the sun as the lower castes, and could stay indoors. 
A Washington University Global Studies Law Review found that invaders including Mughals, Portuguese, and British came to India as early as AD 712.
They note that 'Arab and Muslim invaders, including the Mughals, came from the Arabic and Persian Belt and had a fairer skin tone than the majority of the local Indian population', and were seen as more powerful.
The belief became so ingrained into society, that India's first fairness cream 'Fair and Lovely' for women was introduced in the 1970s.
In 2005, India's first fairness cream for men followed, Fair and Handsome, and was even endorsed by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
The market for women's fairness products is expected to be 50bn rupees ($716m; £566m) by 2023. 
According to Kavitha Emmanuel, the founder of Women of Worth, colourism often starts from birth, where parents favour the children with lighter skin. 
Some of the biggest Bollywood stars, including Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Aishwarya Rai, are widely considered to have a lighter 'more desired' skin tone. 
However in recent years colour bias has come under fire, with a 'Dark is Beautiful' campaign launching in 2008, started by Kavitha Emmanuel.
In 2013, Fatima Lodhi, from Pakistan, launched a Dark is Divine campaign, speaking to children in school across India.
In answer to the rising backlash, in 2014, the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), issued guidelines banning commercial to depict those of darker skin as 'unattractive, unhappy, depressed or concerned'.
By Jessica Rach 

Critical Beauty Is Now On YouTube



 


Critical Beauty has recently launched its official YouTube Channel, Critical Beauty Salon. Click the banner above to go directly to the site.

The channel is run by CB director, Rafa Delfin. For the first vlog, Rafa featured the King & Queen of Boston Pride 2019 Pageant which he judged. What better way to start the channel by celebrating Pride Month! 


5.26.2019

Miss World Bahamas 2019



CREDIT: HECTOR JOAQUIN COLON GONZALEZ

Nyah Bandelier, 18, representing the district of Eleuthera, was crowned Miss World Bahamas 2019 at the Atlantis Paradise Island Theatre in Nassau on Sunday night, May 26. She will now represent the Bahamas at the Miss World 2019 pageant to be held in Thailand later this year. 

The First Princess is Shakera Hall of Balmoral Island and the Second Princess is La'tiquah Smith of Crystal Cay. Rounding up the top six were Rotalya Williams of Ocean Cay, Jerchovia Moxey of New Providence, and Lydia Cooper from the University of the Bahamas who was voted in by the public.


CREDIT: MISS BAHAMAS ORGANIZATION

5.23.2019

Sushmita Sen Celebrates 25th Coronation Anniversary as Miss Universe 1994



     Sushmita Sen celebrated her twenty-fifth coronation anniversary as Miss Universe 1994. Sushmita was crowned on May 21, 1994 in Manila, Philippines. On her Instagram account, she posted a couple of photos - one showing her wearing a costume crown and gleefully admiring a cake topped with a crown and decorated with images from her Miss Universe experience - and another showing her mother, two daughters, her younger brother, and her fiancรฉ, Roman Shawl.





     In her lengthy comment, she expresses her pride being the first Indian to be crowned Miss Universe, thanks the Philippines which she considers as her second home, and acknowledges the then staff of the Miss Universe Organization for helping her in her personal growth.

     Of course, we at Critical Beauty wishes to congratulate Sushmita on her coronation anniversary as we love her dearly; she is definitely one of our favorite Miss Universes!

     Here's to you, Sush! #CriticallyBeautiful

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❤️๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป❤️๐Ÿ˜What a journey!!! Thank you my Motherland India, for giving me my proudest identity #INDIAN ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ The love,respect & adulation I have been showered with for 25 years, is undoubtedly my life’s greatest earning!!๐Ÿ™❤️๐Ÿค— As we celebrate 25years of making History, of India winning Miss Universe for the very first time...I want to remember & Thank the people of my second home #philippines ๐Ÿ™❤️๐Ÿ˜ I Thank God for the privilege of having Won Miss Universe in their beautiful country, they continue to overwhelm me with their love & belonging to this day, even naming their children ‘Sushmita’ ๐Ÿ˜❤️#mahalkitaphilippines ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ‘❤️My gratitude to Mr. Martin Brooks (then President of MU organisation) all the chaperones, travel managers, Ms. Barbara, resident manager Ms. Jane, for being such a FORCE of change, for teaching an 18year old me in 1994, the power of professionalism, Value for one’s word, earning of reputation, commanding of respect & to always have a inclusive Global view ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘❤️ Their teachings have helped me make many important decisions in the past 25yrs, thereby shaping the Woman I am today ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿค— I remember with great love all 77 contestants who competed for Miss Universe 1994!! And, of course, the beyond gracious Miss Colombia @carogomezfilm who won first runners up that year, and yet celebrated India’s first victory as if it were her own!!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘❤️ Thank you God, family, friends, my children & all of you, who have consistently inspired me to keep growing & be more of my authentic self!!! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿค—❤️๐Ÿ‘ Your wishes came pouring in & have me overwhelmed, THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH!!! “May the Universe always conspire in your favour”๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Š❤️ I love you guys, #yourstruly #43rdmissuniverse#indiasfirst #missuniverse1994 #india๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป❤️ #duggadugga

5.05.2019

Brazilian Beauty Queen Gabriela Mendes Viegas Commits Suicide


CREDIT: INSTAGRAM


Model Gabriela Mendes Viegas, crowned Miss Ilhรฉus 2018, was found dead on Saturday, May 4, in Bahia. According to family members, she was struggling with depression. Several online Brazilian sites are reporting that Viegas had committed suicide.

She was studying medicine at the Federal University of Bahia.  The university issued a note of regret (translation in English from the original Portuguese):

"Today is a sad day. In this moment of extreme grief, words and even breathlessness are lacking. With great pain, AAAACVL reports the death of their colleague Gabriela Alexandre Mendes Viegas, of the 253rd class of FMB-UFBA.

We wish all comfort and strength for friends and family. The loss of a person so affable and full of goodness is distressing. The various expressions of affection and the impact of the news only reinforce the immeasurable loss of an incredible human being."

On Instagram, Ricardo Mello, a pageant expert, lamented the death of the model and said that the young woman was facing depression.

"@Gabrielamviegas has just lost the battle against depression. My sincere feelings to friends, family and all the pageant fans who suffer when discovering in the worst way that their goddesses are not immune to this sad disease, "he said.

Source: Osul.com.br, 5/5/2019


     Back in July 10, 2016, Gabriela posted this photo of herself with her boyfriend at that time, fitness model Lucas Ferrara:




     Two years ago, Gabriela represented the city of Ilheus at the Miss Bahia pageant (a state preliminary to Miss Brazil), but she did not win. She thanked her supporters on Facebook a day after the pageant:


Philippines Wins Mr. Gay World 2019


Janjep Carlos (center) with 2nd runner-up Oliver Pusztan of Hungary (left) and 1st runner-up Francisco Alvarado of Spain (right)

MANILA - John Jeffrey "Janjep" Carlos became the second Filipino and Asian to win the Mr. Gay World crown after winning this year's pageant in South Africa. 
Carlos, who hails from Cavite, bested 21 other candidates in the final round of the pageant in Cape Town, South Africa on May 4 (May 5 in Manila). 
He joins fellow Filipino John Fernandez Raspado took the crown in 2017. 
Carlos succeeded Mr. Gay World 2018 Jordan Bruno, an Australian national, for the crown. 
Spain's Francisco Alvarado was crowned 1st runner up, followed by Hungary's Oliver Pusztan (2nd runner up), Thailand's Cjayudhom Samibat (3rd runner up) and Belgium's Nick Van Vooren (4th runner up) 
In his introduction video posted on the Mr Gay World 2019 Youtube channel, Carlos said mental health awareness was one of his main advocacies, particularly the fight against depression. 
"Depression is real, and it has caused the tragic loss of lives. Depression is a real illness that can be treated if properly diagnosed," he said.
"With love and understanding of people undergoing depression, this illness can be transformed into wellness." 
Source: ABS-CBN, 5/5/2019

5.03.2019

For the First Time, All of America’s Top Pageant Winners Are Black


For the first time in American history, three Black women have been crowned as winners of the country’s top beauty pageantsBecause of Them We Can reports.
On Thursday, North Carolina lawyer Cheslie Kryst won the Miss USA title. She is a civil litigation attorney who works on behalf of prison inmates.
During her last question in the final round, she addressed the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. “What #MeToo and #TimesUp are about are making sure that we foster safe and inclusive workplaces in our country, ” she said. “As an attorney, that’s exactly what I want to hear and that’s exactly what I want for this country. i think they’re good movements.”
Kryst is slated to appear in the forthcoming Miss Universe pageant, where only five Black women have ever been crowned winner.
Connecticut native Kaliegh Garris was crowned Miss Teen USA on Sunday. The 18-year-old showcased her natural curls while competing in the acclaimed pageant.
She opened up about how she prepared her tresses before the big event. “The night before, I finger curled every single piece of my hair in the shower, which led to a very long shower, but it was for the greater good,” she told Refinery29. “I know what I look like with straight hair, with extensions, and with my curly hair, and I feel more confident and comfortable with my natural hair.”
In September, New York contestant Nia Franklin wowed viewers and judges with her performance of “Quando’ m’en vo” from the opera La Boheme, while competing for the Miss America title.
Franklin, a native of North Carolina, explained her appreciation for the Big Apple. “I have New York grit. As a New Yorker, I understand what it takes to work hard,” she said.
Congratulations to the historic beauty queens.
Source: Ebony.com, 5/3/2019

Older Miss Titleholders: Will We See More Of Them?


CHESLIE KRYST, 28, IS MISS USA 2019 / CREDIT: MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION



     So it seems that Cheslie Kryst, at 28, is the oldest contestant to be crowned as Miss USA.  The North Carolina native won the coveted title on May 2nd in Reno, Nevada.

     The average age of Top 15 semi-finalists is 24. The youngest semi-finalist is Hawaii at 20 years of age. The average age of the top 5 is 26. It seems that crowning “older” girls (to me, anyone above 24) has been the trend since Olivia Jordan won in 2015 at 26. Deshauna Barber in 2016 at 26. And Kara Cullough In 2017 at 25.

     Raising the age limit to 28 allows for “more accomplished” women to compete. But the question is, how could an 18-year old compete with 28-year old when the former hasn’t accomplished much? Could this be the reason why no contestant under the age of 20 cracked the semifinals? Will the next Miss Universe be 25 or over?

Top 15  

Florida - Nicolette Jennings. 22
New Mexico - Alejandra Gonzalez. 26
Arkansas - Savannah Skidmore. 24
Ohio - Alice Magoto. 21
Oklahoma - Triana Browne. 26
Iowa - Baylee Drezek. 21
Minnesota - Cat Stanley. 23
District of Columbia - Cordelia Cranshaw. 26
Louisiana - Victoria Paul. 26
North Carolina - Cheslie Kryst. 28
Kansas - Alyssa Klinzing. 21
Pennsylvania - Kailyn Marie Perez. 27
Maryland - Mariela Pepin. 23
Hawaii - Lacie Choy. 20
Nevada - Tianna Tuamoheloa. 26

By Rafa Delfin, 5/3/2019

Dead Ex-Miss Uruguay Fatimih Davila Sosa May Have Had Ties To Escort Ring