Scandal At Miss Earth Venezuela 2019

     Michell Castellanos (above, second from left), 24, representing the state of Guarico, was crowned Miss Earth Venezuela 2019 last August 25. She will now represent Venezuela in the 2019 Miss Earth pageant to be held in the Philippines in October.

     Castellanos's victory was marred with scandal as the majority of the contestants walked off the stage and refused to congratulate her. According to this Spanish-language article  two contestants - Ly Casanova (Miss Costa Oriental) and Andrea Cesin (Miss Monagas) -  came out to the press and accused Castellanos of taking too many liberties, like for example, arriving late at certain events whereas the rest of the girls were always punctual. They also said that the other girls who share their sentiment were afraid to speak up due to threats that they have received. Also, the representatives of Navicu, a major sponsor, were also part of the jury and they stated that their choices did not match those that were read by the announcer. They also said that Stephany Zreik, Miss Miranda who was crowned Miss Earth Fire, is the girlfriend of the president of Navicu. And according to some Venezuelan missosologists, it looks like Prince Julio Cesar, the president of Miss Earth Venezuela, has engaged in fraudulent activities and they have stopped supporting the pageant.

Noticias Al Dia Y A La Hora, 8/26/2019
El Nacional, 8/27/29



Miss Universe Laos 2019

Vichitta Phonevilay was crowned Miss Universe Laos 2019 on August 25. She will now compete in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have not been confirmed.

CB Director Rafa Delfin: Reacting To Mr. World 2019 Results

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Miss Universe Japan 2019

Ako Kamo was crowned Miss Universe Japan 2019 on August 22. She will now represent Japan in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have yet to be announced.

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England Wins Mr. World 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Jack Heslewood of England was declared Mr. World 2019, beating 71 candidates for the title during the pageant finals held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday, August 23. Heslewood's victory marks the first time that England has won the contest.

Jack suceeded India's Rohit Khandelwal, who completed his reign of 3 years.

South Africa's Fezile Mkhize was 1st runner-up while Mexico's Brian Faugier was 2nd runner-up. The other finalists were Alejandro Martinez of the Dominican Republic and Carlos Franco of Brazil.

Completing the top 12 were the delegates from Austria, Ireland, Lebanon, Nepal, Northern Ireland, Philippines and Tonga.

The Continental King titles were distributed as follows:

Mr World Europe: Austria, Alberto Nodale
Mr World Africa: South Africa, Fezile Mkhize
Mr World Americas: Mexico, Brian Faugier
Mr World Caribbean: Dominican Republic, Alejandro Martinez
Mr World Asia Pacific: Philippines, JB Saliba

The show was hosted by Miss World 2013 Megan Young from the Philippines and Mikael Daez, a Filipino actor and television presenter.

Here's an interesting trivia about Heslewood: he competed in Mister England 2016 where he placed 1st runner-up to the original winner, Jack Eyers. But Eyers was forced to give up his title (for undisclosed reasons) and he was succeeded by Heslewood whose sister, Kirsty Heslewood was Miss England 2013 and placed in top 10 at Miss World 2013. 

Mr. World began in 1996 as the male counterpart of the Miss World competition. Like Miss World, the Mr World titleholder travels around the world as an ambassador of the organization and takes part in various charity events. But unlike Miss World which is held every year since 1951, Mr. World has only been held nine times so far.


Ms. Nevada State Banned From Ms. America Pageant Because of Conservative Views

Katie Jo Williams says she lost her Ms. Nevada crown for her conservative political beliefs. 
Photo Courtesy: Katie Jo Williams

She's a US combat veteran, holds the rank of Sergeant First Class in the US Army National Guard, and is a Trump supporter. Until Sunday, she also was the current Ms. Nevada State set to compete in the Ms. America Pageant this weekend. But Katie Jo Williams says after she refused to clear her personal social media of all things political, including her support for President Trump, she was stripped of her title. 
"I was officially disqualified from competing in the Ms. America pageant for 2019," said Williams in an Instagram video. She says organizers told her she was "too political" to be involved.
So what did pageant organizers deem "too political"?  According to Summit News, the director of the pageant sent screenshots to Williams showing which pictures she needed to delete. They included pictures of her wearing a Trump 2020 hat, as well as photos of her professing her love for America, and her opposition to Antifa. She says the director's message made it clear these pictures all needed to be erased.
Yet earlier, Ms. America Pageant CEO Susan Jeske appeared to show support for Williams' social media posts.  A Facebook conversation posted to The Gateway Pundit between Jeske and Williams reveals that Jeske encouraged Williams to have a photo taken of herself wearing her Ms. Nevada State sash, standing beside President Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. at an upcoming Turning Point USA conference that was held in Washington in July.
Despite that support, on Sunday Williams was asked to remove her posts. After she refused, her pageant title was taken from her.  According to Williams, in addition, organizers then told her that in order to get a refund for her entry fee, she would have to send back her Ms. Nevada State sash and crown and agree not to discuss her removal from the competition with anyone.
"The pageant's actually this Saturday," she said in the video she posted to Instagram Monday night. "So, that means everything's been paid for. Everything's been done. All the sponsor money has been collected, and now I don't get to compete."
According to The Gateway Pundit, Williams believes it's not her views, but her conservative views that got her canned. 
"I feel like if I have more liberal views and less conservative views then this wouldn't even be an issue," she explained. She (Jeske) assured me that that was not the case. And yet as soon as I turn around there are posts about the Human Rights Campaign, which are great. I'm all for the Human Rights Campaign. But for them to not say anything about that and then for them to criticize me for supporting my sitting president? I couldn't even believe it."   
The Human Rights Campaign is a group that lobbies for LGBTQ issues.
This is not the first time a beauty queen has been stripped of her crown for her political views.  CBN News reported in July about Kathy Zhu, who was competing as Miss Michigan in the Miss World America contest.  Zhu claimed she lost her title because of discrimination against her conservative views.
Zhu received a letter from Miss World America (MWA) stating that several social media posts contained offensive, insensitive and inappropriate content. Zhu posted on her Twitter page that the pageant director accused her of being "racist, Islamophobic, and insensitive."
Apparently most concerning to the MWA was Zhu's tweet about refusing to wear an Islamic headscarf after a Muslim woman tried to 'forcibly' put a hijab on her head during World Hijab Day at her college campus in 2018.
Townhall.com reported Zhu argued that the Islamic headscarf is used to oppress women in certain Muslim countries, saying, "There is a 'try a hijab on' booth at my college campus. So you're telling me that it's now just a fashion accessory and not a religious thing? Or are you just trying to get women used to being oppressed under Islam?"
MWA also took issue when Zhu tweeted, "Did you know the majority of black deaths are caused by other blacks? Fix problems within your own community before blaming others," according to the Detroit Free Press.
Williams is baffled by what has happened to her.  But losing her title and the chance to compete in this weekend's Ms. America contest has not shut her up.  
"I am so tired of being labeled as this crazy, right-wing, whatever you want to call it," she said. "I just don't understand how you could censor someone with conservative values when I'm not even really saying anything that's bad."
Source: CBN.com, 8/20/2019

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Outrage As Miss Universe US Virgin Islands Is Won By Someone With No Ties To Territory

 Andrea Piecuch, center, will represent the US Virgin Islands in the next edition of
Miss Universe whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed.

ST. CROIX — Six of the ten contestants who participated in Sunday evening’s Miss Universe U.S. Virgin Islands were women from outside the USVI, most with no known ties to the territory and some of whom had participated in other pageants just months prior. The competition, held in a banquet room at the Divi Carina Bay Casino, was the qualifying event whose winner will represent the U.S. Virgin Islands on the world’s biggest and most prominent pageantry stage: Miss Universe.

But what was a relatively engaged audience turned somewhat raucous when not one of the four local young women who represented their home, the USVI, was chosen by the judges — non of whom were local — as part of the top five finalists. The mood in the room went from cheerful to cheerless, and when the last of the top 5 was called, dismay gripped the crowd and things started to get unruly.

As the host was preparing to announce the winner, calling the would-be victor your Miss Universe U.S. Virgin Islands, a voice yelled out from the audience, “the judges’ Miss Universe [U.S. Virgin Islands].

The displeasure among Virgin Islanders was rife. Inside and outside the banquet room, they spoke of the pageant’s results as a disgrace to the territory, with some calling the event fraudulent. One particular scene cut deep among some locals: as the top five finalists were called forward, the local girls remained at the back. A local individual told the Consortium that the scene brought her back to a grisly moment of her youth when she was raped.
Five top five competitors stand upfront as the four local girls who did not place, stand at the back. 
(Ernice Gilbert, VIC)
Later, a commotion broke out between the event’s official photographer and some attendees.
At the heart of the chagrin was the fact that the Miss Universe U.S. Virgin Islands winner, Andrea Piecuch, who moved to St. Thomas a few months ago to meet the 6-month residency requirement of the competition, had no known ties to the territory. It was only January that Ms. Piecuch participated in the Miss Utah USA 2019, where she placed third. The year before, she participated in Miss Florida USA.

Additionally, the website of one of the runner-ups in the top five, Destani Noel Huffman-Jefferson, says she is a native of Richmond, Washington but lives in DC. This puts in question whether Ms. Huffman-Jefferson met the residency requirement to participate in the competition as per its criteria.

Miss Universe is owned by WME/IMG. The agency purchased the organization from current U.S. President Donald Trump, back in 2015. According to Lulu Orange Tyson, the local director of the competition, WME/IMG changed the rules so that any individual living in a certain region can compete in any of the region’s Miss Universe competitions — provided that the competitor meets the participation criteria, which includes six months of living in the jurisdiction where the competition is being held, or enrolling in this jurisdiction’s university.
Miss Universe USVI 2019 winner Andrea Piecuch, embraces the 2018 winner, Aniska Tonge (Ernice Gilbert, VIC)
Ms. Tyson said the winner, Ms. Piecuch, met the residency requirement. She also said that some of the other participants were enrolled at the University of the Virgin Islands, a criteria that does not include a duration.

The requirements to participate shocked some at last evening’s pageant, as it allows persons with no intimate connection to the U.S. Virgin Islands to compete.

This was on full display Sunday when multiple contestants referred to the U.S. Virgin Islands as a country, and the leader of the USVI, president. The U.S. Virgin Islands is a U.S. territory/dependency, and it is led by a governor, not a president.

Janeisha John, a Virgin Islander who participated and won the Miss Universe U.S. Virgin Islands in 2010, expressed her dissatisfaction with this year’s pageant outcome.

“I have to say that this is absolutely absurd and unacceptable!!! I’m all for a great competition and good sportsmanship but WHO ARE THESE WOMEN that you guys have appointed to represent our TERRITORY?!?!” Ms. John wrote on her Facebook page.

“Most of these women have no real ties to the USVI, they’ve competed for various pageants outside of the USVI. The winner Andrea just competed for Miss UTAH USA on January 26th of THIS YEAR, and Miss Florida USA just last year. How is she even a resident?! and NO a WAPA bill in your name does not make someone qualified enough to represent an entire territory or community of people. Quite frankly many of these women are simply seeking an easy way in to compete at the Miss Universe pageant, due to our smaller preliminary competition size and simpler entry process. This is unfair and distracts from choosing representatives who are deeply rooted, and invested in our culture, our people, our territory!” she wrote.

She added, “How can you honestly expect to have the full support and love of our people, or to get strong local contestants if they feel like they can’t trust your organization?! This is an opportunity for our queen to wear our VI PRIDE on that Miss Universe stage, how can someone who’s not from the VI genuinely do that for us?! It’s not about just sending any pageant girl, it’s about sending someone that represents US, that little girls in the Virgin Islands can relate to and see themselves being one day. It’s about having someone truly shine a light on our territory, our people, our culture, our islands! This really has to be addressed!!!!!” 

As the pageant came to a close, the USVI Department of Tourism was announced as a platform sponsor of the competition.

SOURCE: Viconsortium.com, 8/18/2019


New Aruban Queens For 2019

 New Aruban queens for 2019 were crowned on August 10 at the Grand Ballroom of the Aruba Hilton Resort. Left, Danna Garcia is the Miss Aruba 2019 and will compete in 2019 Miss Universe whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed. Right, Ghislaine Mejia, is Miss World Aruba 2019 and will fly to London in December to compete in Miss World 2019.

  Danna Garcia, Miss Universe Aruba 2019

Left to Right: Whitney Luciana, Danna Garcia Miss Universe Aruba, Aninha van der Linden, Lorraine Oduber, Ghislaine Mejia Miss World Aruba.

Thanks to Karl Genser for this info. / Photos courtesy of Miss Aruba Pageant.


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Miss South Africa 2019

 25-year-old Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss South Africa 2019 on Friday. The 61st anniversary of the Miss South Africa pageant took place at the Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria. Miss South Africa 2018 Tamaryn Green presented her successor with Buhle - the locally designed glittering masterpiece worthy of her prestigious title.  Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray and Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters were part of the judging panel. Tunzi will now represent her country in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have yet to be announced.

 Source: Eyewitness News, South Africa, 8/9/2019


NASA Analyst Crowned Miss Universe Ireland

Fionnghuala O’Reilly (25), from Swords, Dublin was named unanimously by a panel of judges Miss Universe Ireland 2019 at Dublin’s Mansion House, on Thursday.
O’Reilly who works remotely from Dublin as a NASA data analyst wowed the judges and told the competition she plans to use her position as an engineer and as a bi-racial woman to promote diversity and equality, the Irish Independent reports. (She is the first bi-racial woman to be crowned Miss Universe Ireland).
The engineer studied at George Washington University, in Washington DC, and while her work continues to be based in the United States capital, she works remotely from her home in Dublin.
Through her position as Miss Universe, Ireland O’Reilly plans to increase the number of women in science.
"I really hope to do a lot of work for my cause, which is women in tech and women in STEM [Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics], and really empowering women to excel to the tops of their industry in general, all industries deserve to have women in the top."
After learning the results, she said “I feel absolutely amazing.
“This is like a dream come true for me."
She added, “I’m very proud to be wearing this sash and crown, it’s very exciting.”

O’Reilly prepared for the big night by getting involved in a lot of fundraising and charity work.
She said, “This has been months and months in the making and tonight is really so special because I’ve been working on it for a very long time, so it’s absolutely fabulous to see how everything turned out.”
On Thursday night, O’Reilly walked away with over €70,000 worth of prizes which includes a year’s supply of hair and makeup treatments as well as all expenses paid trips to New York, Miami, and South Korea.
The winner will now go on to represent Ireland in the International competition on Dec 19 in South Korea and compete against women from all over the world in the hopes of becoming Miss Universe.
Source: Irish Central, Aug. 2, 2019


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Miss Venezuela 2019

 Miss Delta Amacuro Thalia Olvino was crowned Miss Venezuela 2019 on August 1, 2019, in Caracas, Venezuela. She will now represent Venezuela in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have not yet been announced.  She was crowned by outgoing queen Isabella Rodriguez who will compete in Miss World 2019 in London in December.

Melissa Jimenez, representing the state of Zulia, was crowned Miss International Venezuela 2019 and will compete in Miss International 2019 pageant in Tokyo in November.

For the first time in the history of the pageant, the measurements of the contestants were not publicly announced as the pageant is trying to change the stereotypical image of Venezuelan beauty queens as Barbie doll types with perfect statistics.

Photos: Miss Venezuela Official

Miss England Crowns Its First Indian-Origin Winner

Miss England 2019 Bhasha Mukherjee CREDIT:  MERCURY PRESS

A junior doctor with two medical degrees started her first day in hospital just hours after being crowned Miss England. 

Bhasha Mukherjee, 23, from Derby, was forced to get on a 4am train on Friday morning to attend her first shift after winning the prestigious beauty pageant on Thursday night. 

This year’s contest was the first time a ‘make-up free’ round was introduced after the competition was criticised for setting an unhealthy beauty standard and being too critical of women’s bodies.

 Before competing in the 2019 heats, entrants were required to submit photographs of themselves with no makeup, filters or editing.

This year also saw a woman wear a wetsuit in the optional bikini round because she was a Muslim, signaling to a more inclusive line-up in the competition. Ms Mukherjee who was raised in India but now lives in Derby, snagged the crown despite competing against a plethora of non-traditional pageant finalists. 

Before competing in the 2019 heats, entrants were required to submit photographs of themselves with no makeup, filters or editing.


Dr Mukherjee has an IQ of 146 and speaks five languages including German, Hindi and French.

Following her win she said: “I couldn't tell if I was more nervous about Miss England or about starting my job as a junior doctor.”

Other competitors included the current Miss Lincolnshire, Aysha Khan, who wore a wetsuit during the swimwear round.

She said: “I don’t really show much skin, because that’s what makes me feel comfortable.

“I didn’t wear a wetsuit just because my religion prohibits me.’”

Also among the finalists were Eleanor Farr, who has a titanium hip caused by rheumatoid arthritis and Lucy Krogdahl, who showed her self-harm scars.

Angie Beasley, director Miss England Ltd said: "England is a country that is completely occupied by people of all sorts. The Miss England contest has always been there for, and indeed encouraged, participation by every group and every type. We encourage entries from every ethnicity."

SOURCE: The Telegraph, UK, 8/2/2019