CB Director Rafa Delfin: 6 Things I Like About Miss Earth

CB Director Rafa Delfin reveals the six things that he likes about the Miss Earth pageant. Click the banner to take you to the link.


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.


Should Miss Grand International 2019 Pageant Be Cancelled?

CB Director Rafa Delfin ponders whether the Miss Grand International 2019 should be cancelled because of the severe political and economic crisis in Venezuela where the pageant will be held in October. Click the banner to take you to the link.


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. 

Miss Earth India 2019 & Miss Intercontinental India 2019

Tejaswini Manogna was crowned Miss Earth India 2019 on August 31 during the Miss Divine Beauty 2019 pageant. She will now represent India at Miss Earth 2019 pageant to be held in the Philippines in October. 

The newly crowned 23-year-old beauty boasts of an impressive resumé. She is a licensed loctor and a yoga practitioner, a motivational speaker, a trained dancer of the Indian classical dance Bharatnatyam, and is the Youth Ambassador of India. She was crowned by the current Miss Earth from Vietnam, Nguyen Phuong Khanh.

At the same event, Surina Jaidka was crowned Miss Intercontinental India 2019 and will compete in the next edition of Miss Intercontinental pageant. She was crowned by the current Miss Intercontinental from the Philippines, Karen Gallman.

Photo credit: Miss Divine Beauty

Miss Universe Germany 2019

The new Miss Universe Germany 2019 is Miriam Rautert of Berlin. She is of German and Trinidadian extraction and was born in Trinidad & Tobago. Rautert will now represent Germany in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have not been confirmed. 

The first runner-up is Christine Annabelle Keller and the second runner-up is Alena Krempl.

Miss Universe Jamaica 2019

Miss Universe Jamaica 2019 Iana Tickle Garcia believes many of Jamaica's youth are voiceless and are not afforded opportunities to make a difference in society. She hopes to be a change agent for the marginalised during her year-long reign.

“I want to get the youth more involved because right now they feel like they don't have a voice. They feel they are unimportant, but it's for them to understand that they too can make a difference in the society,” she said.
The 19-year-old former Montego Bay Community College student was crowned in a spectacular grand coronation showcase at the National Arena Saturday night. She also won the Sectional Prize for Best in Evening Gown.

“I never thought that I would be standing here with the Miss Universe Jamaica title, and I am so happy right now,” Tickle Garcia said in a post-pageant interview. “There are a lot of causes, such as the environment, that are being overlooked, and I want to let my voice be heard where that is concerned. I Also felt that this was the year for me to come out of my comfort zone and for me to also experience personal growth.”
She has her sights set on attending the University of the West Indies, where she has been accepted to study International Relations and Law.

Tickle Garcia will represent Jamaica at the Miss Universe contest at a date and location to be announced.
Toni Ann Lalor, a 25-year-old farmer from Wigton, Manchester, was first runner-up.

“I envisioned myself wearing the crown, however, I support the new queen and I believe that she will do us proud,” said Lalor, a graduate of the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts.

“I have been a farmer for seven to eight years now. It's the proceeds from farming that I used to send myself to the Edna Manley College,” Lalor added.

Sian Graham Connolly, who finished third, stated that beauty pageants have a lot to offer to young women.
“I believe that pageants are an amazing experience despite the outcome. You can achieve so much and you can build yourself as an individual. You can also gain opportunities that can take you far in life,” she said.
The 20-year-old Graham Connolly resides in St Ann and is in her third year at the University of the West Indies, where she studies Psychology.

Although getting off to a late start, the event was entertaining with singer Gem Myers opening proceedings with a lively set, complemented by dancers. Alaine, Gyptian and 2016 Digicel Rising Star winner Elton Earlington also performed.

The 18 contestants appeared in swimwear, then evening wear. Also making the Top 10 were Leah Hollingsworth, Umeko Chin, Imani Jenkins, Chevonne Beadle, Sasha Henry, Jenelle Baldie, and Aiysha Hemmings.

Beadle, Henry and Hemmings joined Tickle Garcia, Lalor and Graham Connolly in the Top six.
After the top-three finalists were announced, they were asked the question: “The Miss Universe Jamaica tagline is 'Confidently Beautiful while enhancing lives'. Explain what this means to you, and how would you apply this concept to your reign as Miss Universe Jamaica 2019.”

Tickle Garcia, Lalor and Graham Connolly were placed in a secluded area, which prevented them from hearing the question and their response.

Lalor won the sectional prize for Congeniality, while Sasha Henry won three awards: Essence of Style Award, Altruism Award and People's Choice Award. Imani Jenkins was adjudged Best in Swimwear, while the Photogenic Award went to Umeko Chin.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, crowned the new queen in the absence of last year's winner Emily Maddison, who is overseas studying.

The event was guided by media personality and former Miss Jamaica World Terri Karelle Reid and Daytime Live host Joel Nomdarkham.

Source: The Jamaica Observer, 9/2/2019