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Miss Universe Thailand 2019

Paweensuda Drouin , also known by her Thai nickname Fahsai, has been crowned Miss Universe Thailand 2019 on June 29 at Thunder Dome, Muang Thong Thani in Pak Kret. She will now represent Thailand in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed. Drouin was born and raised in Canada, but moved to Thailand to pursue a modeling and DJ career. She is a pageant veteran, having competed in Miss Universe Thailand 2017 where she placed second runner-up. She also represented Thailand in Miss Earth 2017 where she made the top 8. Drouin was crowned by outgoing Miss Universe, Catriona Gray . Her court includes first runner-up  Miriam Sornprommas and second runner-up Thanatchaphon Boonsang . Photo credit: Miss Universe Thailand Facebook Page

Miss Universe Australia 2019

The new Miss Universe Australia is Priya Serrao , 26,   who was crowned on June 27  at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins Hotel. Serrao  was born in India, raised in the Middle East and moved to Australia when she was 11. Her story resembles that of the new Miss Universe Panama Mehr Eliezer who is also Indian-born and of Indian descent. Serrao represented the state of Victoria. She will now compete in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have yet to be confirmed.  Serrao's court includes  first runner-up Bella Kasinga , second runner-up Marijana Radmanovic , third runner-up Julia Edwards and fourth runner-up Madeline Cowe who  is Miss World Australia  2016. Claire Parker , who was Miss Grand International 2015, was shut out from the top five. Photos taken from Facebook

Miss England Pageant Adds "Make-Up Free" Round

Miss England 2019 hopefuls better back away from the contouring cream, as the U.K. beauty pageant has launched a “makeup-free” round of the national competition for the first time ever. On June 25, it was announced that all contestants will now compete in a barefaced round to promote body positivity and natural beauty, The Telegraph reports, a breath of fresh air in today’s social media-crazed society full of unrealistic beauty standards. The creative idea was dreamt up by pageant organizer Angie Beasley, who hopes that the new element of the competition will encourage participants to “wear less makeup,” according to The Independent. Contestant Bhasha Mukherjee, pictured, has already embraced the makeup-free round, sharing two barefaced selfies to Instagram.  (Mercury Press) "Recently we have been shocked to see Miss England contestants as young as 19 undergoing lip filler treatments and even Botox, and so many entering with full faces of thick makeup covering

Beauty Pageant Winner Accuses Ex-Gambia President Of Rape

 FATOU "TOUFAH" JALLOW DAKAR, Senegal — A Gambian beauty pageant  winner  has accused the country’s former dictator Yahya Jammeh of raping her four years ago, the latest allegation of human rights abuses committed by the ex-president now living in exile in Equatorial Guinea. Fatou “Toufah” Jallow , now 23, made an announcement to journalists Tuesday and said she plans to testify later this year before Gambia’s truth and reconciliation commission, which is investigating abuses committed under the Jammeh regime. The dictator of 22 years is accused of ordering opponents tortured, jailed and killed. The sexual abuse allegations raised by Jallow and others directly implicate him in personally committing violence against Gambians. Jallow and other young women interviewed by Human Rights Watch say the president was a sexual predator who coerced young women into sexual relationships by promising scholarships and even putting some on the state  payroll . YAYAH JA

What? The New Miss Panama Is From India?

Watch Critical Beauty director Rafa Delfin discuss the controversy surrounding the new Miss Panama for Miss Universe 2019. Click the banner to go to the link.

Mexicana Universal 2019 (Miss Universe Mexico 2019)

  Sofia Aragón , 23, representing the state of Jalisco, was crowned Mexicana Universal 2019 on June 23rd. She will now represent Mexico in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have not been confirmed. Yuridia Durán , representing Nayarit, was crowned Miss International Mexico 2019 and will travel to Japan on November 12th to compete in Miss International 2019.   Regina Peredo, representing Puebla, was crowned Mexicana Universal Reina Hispanoamericana and will travel to Bolivia sometime in November to compete in Reina Hispanoamericana 2019 pageant. The pageant was attended by the outgoing Miss International, Mariam Velasco (center) and by its director, Lupita Jones (farthest right), Mexico's first Miss Universe. Watch Sofia Aragón's coronation:

Miss Universe Panama 2019

Mehr Eliezer , a 22-year-old student of International Relations, representing Isla Flamenco, was crowned Señorita Panama 2019 on June 20th in Panama City. She will now compete in Miss Universe 2019 whose date and venue have yet to be announced. Eliezer was born in Delhi, India and her parents, who are Indians, emigrated to Panama when she was a little girl. Also crowned in the same event were  Betzaida Rodríguez from Los Santos as Miss International Panama 2019 and will compete in Miss International 2019 pageant in Tokyo sometime in November, whereas   Carmen Drayton from Portobelo was crowned Miss Grand Panama 2019 and will compete in Miss Grand International 2019 to be held in Caracas, Venezuela on October 25. The first runner-up is  Carmen Jaramillo from Panama Este and the second runner-up is  Ana Lucía Tejeira from Coclé. Photo credit: La Estrella, Panama

Review Of Binibining Pilipinas 2019 Finals

Watch Critical Beauty director Rafa Delfin share his thoughts on the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 pageant. Click the banner for the link to the video.

Miss India 2019

Suman Rao , 20, representing the state of Rajasthan, was crowned Miss India 2019 on June 15 at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium in Mumbai. She will now represent India in Miss World 2019 pageant in Thailand in December. She was crowned by her predecessor Anukreethy Vas. The second place went to Shivani Jadhav (left) of Chhattisgarh who was named Miss Grand India 2019 and will compete in Miss Grand International 2019 in Venezuela in October.  She was crowned by her predecessor, Meenakshi Chaudhary ( right). The third place went to Shreya Shanker (left) of Bihar who was also named Miss India United Continents 2019 and will compete in Miss United Continents 2019 pageant in Ecuador later this year. She was crowned by her predecessor Gayatri Bhardwaj (right). Photo credits: Femina Miss India

Review of Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2019 Finals

Watch Critical Beauty director Rafa Delfin give his two cents on the Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2019 Finals. Click the banner for the link to the video.

Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2019

Madison Anderson Berrios , 23, was crowned Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2019 at Centro de Bellas Artes in Santurce on June 13. Madison, who was born in Florida of American father and Puerto Rican mother, will now represent the Enchanted Isle in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have not yet been announced. She was crowned by the outgoing queen, Kiara Liz Ortega . Madison is a pageant veteran, having competed in Miss Florida Teen USA 2014 (4th runner-up), Miss Florida USA 2018 (first runner-up) and Miss Grand International 2016 (3rd runner-up). She was heavily criticized for not speaking Spanish very well, claiming that English is her native language. Nevertheless, the judges looked past her lack of proficiency in Spanish and gave her the highest marks on overall performance. The first runner-up is Estefania Soto , Miss San Sebastian, and the second runner-up is Fabiola Valentin , Miss Camuy. The remaining six finalists were the delegates from Dorado, Caroli

New Philippine Queens For 2019

New Philippine queens were crowned on June 9, 2019 at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Manila. Thank you to correspondent Peter Pe for covering the show for Critical Beauty. Here are the official results: Miss Universe Philippines 2019 - Gazini Ganados (Talisay City, Cebu) Bb. Pilipinas International 2019 - Bea Patricia Magtanong (Bataan) Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2019 - Resham Ramirez Saeed (Maguindanao) Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2019 - Samantha Ashley Lo (Cebu) Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2019 - Emma Mary Tiglao (Pampanga) Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2019 - Leren Mae Bautista (Laguna) 1st Runner-Up - Aya Abesamis (Pasig City) 2nd Runner-Up - Samantha Mae Bernardo (Palawan) - same position as last year Gazini Ganados was crowned by her predecessor and current Miss Universe, Catriona Gray .   Ganados will now represent her country in the next edition of Miss Universe who venue and date have not been confirmed.    Magtanong will co

Miss Universe Albania 2019

American-born Cindy Marina , 21, was crowned Miss Universe Albania 2019 on June 7 at the Palace of the Congresses in Tirana. She will now represent Albania at the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have yet to be confirmed. The statuesque Marina plays for the Albanian volleyball team. Watch her coronation:

Critical Beauty Chooses Top 15 Favorites For Binibining Pilipinas 2019

Watch Critical Beauty Director Rafa Delfin's Top 15 Picks For Binibining Pilipinas 2019 which will be held on Sunday, June 9 starting at 7:00 PM at Smart Araneta Coliseum.  Get to know the official 40 contestants

Gretchen Carlson Steps Down As Miss America Chairwoman

FILE — In this April 5, 2019  File  photo, Gretchen Carlson attends Variety’s Power of Women: New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street Miss America-Carlson in New York. Carlson is stepping down as board chairwoman of the Miss America Organization. The former Fox News host and former Miss America says in a statement Wednesday, June 5, that she has helped make the organization more relevant. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)  Evan Agostini ATLANTIC CITY — One year ago, Gretchen Carlson was on “Good Morning America” announcing a new Miss America Competition without swimsuits, kicking off months of strife and  division  within the organization. On Wednesday, Carlson announced she is stepping away from her position as chairwoman of the Miss America Organization. “I’ve agreed to stay on as an adviser to the board to allow this work to continue,” Carlson said in a  statement , “Miss America will always be a part of who I am, and I will enthusiastically wat

Miss Universe Myanmar 2019

Swe Zin Htet from the state of Kayin was crowned Miss Universe Myanmar 2019 in Yangon on May 31st. She will now compete in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have yet to be announced. Myanmar began competing in Miss Universe in 2013 but has never placed, though the country won the Best National Costume award in 2016. Htet competed in Miss Supranational 2016 pageant where she placed in the Top Ten. PHOTO CREDIT: WWW.NEWS.CNN