Global Asian Model 2019

The first edition o Global Asian Model 2019 search took place at The Cove Theatre,
Okada Manila, last November 21, 2019 The contest was presented by Frontrow Philippines and Empire.ph.  

The Official Results:

Male Global Asian Model 2019 - Falco Sornnarin (Thailand) 
Female Global Asian Model 2019 - Artittaya Promchart (Thailand) 

1st Runners-Up:
Male Category - Alexander Tomohiro  (Japan)
Female Category - Ella Lubag (Philippines)

2nd Runners-Up:
Male Category - Luke Pereira (Singapore)
Female Category - Runa Matsui (Japan)

3rd Runners-Up:
Male Category - Vince Marcelo (Philippines)
Female Category - Anyssa Mendez (USA)

4th Runners-Up: 
Male Category - Tran Quang Thang (Vietnam)
Female Category - My Duyen (Vietnam)

Artittaya Promchart and Falco Sornnarin 

Photos by Peter Pe, MD for Critical Beauty Philippines


CB Director Rafa Delfin Selects His Top 20 Pre-Arrival Favorites for Miss Universe 2019

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Getting To Know Vartika Singh - Miss Universe India 2019

VARTIKA SINGH is India's representative to the Miss Universe 2019 pageant to be held in Atlanta, Georgia on December 8. Critical Beauty wishes this beautiful multi-faceted young woman the best of luck as she attempts to bring home India's third Miss Universe crown.

1. Why should you be Miss Universe?
It's the fact that I've built who I am from the ground up, with hard work and an insatiable hunger to learn and evolve, that gives me an unshakable kind of rootedness. I've been working towards the betterment of public health for years now, and am deeply committed to the cause irrespective of pageantry. I've also been able to build a name for myself in the fashion industry in India very quickly, and have a significant amount of professional experience in the industry.
The fact that I've been through various struggles, personal and professional, and been able to navigate them sensibly makes me want to connect with other women in the hope that my journey can help them, just as other amazing women have taught and inspired me through their lives. I'm all about building a positive community that make every single woman out there feel no less than a Miss Universe!
2. What makes you stand out from the other contestants?
It is perhaps my interest in learning about others that makes me stand out. Of course, I have my own thoughts, experiences and opinions, and I have the strongest voice speaking on issues that truly matter; but in general, in my personal interactions, I am keenly interested in listening - in having real conversations, building bonds that mean something, and learning more about other people and their cultures.
I would also like to add my journey from a small town to a big city, my professional experience, my effort, and so on, but I trust many of the other wonderful women at Miss Universe will have a similar history!

3. If you could meet (have lunch with) any person in history who would it be and why?
If it's lunch we're talking about, perhaps Joël Robuchon? Jokes apart, I would love to meet Jane Austen, Anne Frank, or, if I had to pick just one - Maya Angelou. These strong women with their strong voices have inspired me in numerous ways, and I would have loved the opportunity to get to know them in person. I find Maya Angelou's writing especially moving, hence the choice.
4. Describe your dream job.
I'm living it! A large part of my job requires me to keep working on myself in a well-rounded way, I get to meet the most wonderful people in all parts of the world as I shoot in different places, and I do manage to find the time to pursue my other passion - making healthcare more accessible - as well. Being Miss Universe would be a macro version of this, so, for now, I would say that is my dream job!

5. Tell us about your biggest disappointment and how you bounced back from it. Not winning the first pageant I participated in! Looking back, I feel like things couldn't have panned out any better. In the moment, yes, I was disheartened, but as a result of that, I grew so much as a person, sought out so many wonderful mentors who have brought me to where I am today, and when I tell a young girl today to not take failures to heart, I know how she feels, and I know how to guide her out of that dark place. The kind of empathy I've developed as a result is a blessing.
6. What do you think is the biggest problem facing young people today?
The biggest issue the world at large is facing today is certainly environmental damage. But for younger people, specifically, I would have to say mental health is a huge challenge. There are multiple factors leading to a kind of loneliness and apathy that isn't doing the younger generations any good. We have to find ways to reconnect and recognize each other's humanness.


7. What would you say to someone that says pageantry degrades women?

I would say - try it yourself! One can sit on a high horse and judge all things, but it's not until you immerse yourself into something that you can have a valuable opinion on it. Speaking from my experience - and I do have significant pageant experience - it's a platform to discover yourself and revel in that discovery. It's a place to be the best version of yourself. I truly fail to recall any moment through all this time that I found pageantry degrading. Maybe I've just had the best people around me, but well, the truth is that this is how amazing my experience has been!
8. What was the hardest sacrifice you had to make when preparing for this pageant?
Sleep, yes, but I wouldn't say that's been the "hardest" because more often than not I myself am most excited to wake up early and hit the gym to prepare myself for Miss Universe. Giving up on time with family has been the hardest sacrifice. My schedules are blocked with preparations and various commitments, and not getting to see my parents and siblings enough is truly the only sacrifice I find hard to make.

9. Is social media bringing people together or causing separation?
I'm extremely optimistic about social media! I've been able to connect with some very interesting people from across the world, and also find it useful to stay in the know of my friends' lives. Connecting with people has become so easy thanks to social media. Any tool can be used to help or to harm; it's about how each person uses it. I highly recommend being conscious about what kind of content one consumes on their social feeds, weeding out everything that brings you down, and adding in more that inspires you.
10. If you could have any superhuman power what would it be? I'd love to heal people with a touch, or maybe even just a thought. Being in the public health sector has shown me suffering due to lack of access to healthcare, and if I could possibly have a magical power, it would certainly be to heal them all. However, if I can't do it by magic, I am determined to do it in all the real ways that I can.

11. What is your biggest flaw?
Overthinking! Being empathetic is nice, but very often I find myself focused on others' feelings a little too much. I also tend to delay major life decisions because I always want a little more time to think! I've overcome many of my flaws in the last few years, and becoming more decisive is what I'm working on currently.
12. What is one thing that we would not know about you just by looking at you?
You wouldn't know that I have a green thumb! I'm a great plant mom and grow my own herbs as well.
13. Would you like to be born as a man or a woman in your next life? Why?
If, from this life, I can carry forward may understanding of what women want, I'd love to be a man in the next incarnation and make the women in my life very happy! I would also use my privilege to work towards gender equality.

14. What quality do you like most about yourself and why?
A friend said to me recently, that I'm like a "calm, but unstoppable force," and I figured that's my favourite thing about myself. Like a swan, I tend to appear calm, even if I'm paddling furiously beneath the surface. That's especially useful in this industry where one must appear poised while multitasking.
15. What topic are you an expert on, and why?
I would consider myself an expert on public health, as that has been my area of education as well as professional experience.
16. Who or what inspires you and why?
My real-life interactions inspire me the most. I strongly believe, if at all one listens, everyday people have incredible stories to tell. Stories of love, of strength. Not all heroes wear capes, and I am all for seeking them out and acknowledging their heroism with all my heart.

17. Tell us something that will make us remember you. Whenever you're in a dark place, I hope you know you matter, and everything gets better. That's all I'd like you to remember!
18. If money and skill were no object, what would be your ideal career?
Even if money and skill were no object, I would want to be doing exactly what I'm doing right now!
19. What is your guilty pleasure?
I do enjoy my share of Indian sweets, although I still won't call them a "guilty" pleasure - I eat them (in moderation) with pride and joy!
20. With everything that you have going on, how will you handle the responsibilities of the crown if you are selected Miss Universe?
Since most of my other work-related responsibilities are short-term in nature, I've been able to plan my life around the Miss Universe pageant. I am more than ready to take on the responsibilities that come along with this prestigious crown, and do justice to this amazing platform.


Photos courtesy of Vartika Singh Facebook Page.
A special shout-out to Lymarina Hayden for facilitating the interview.


Australia Wins Miss Scuba International 2019

Michaela Shuttleworth of Australia was crowned Miss Scuba International 2019 on November 16, 2019 at Magellan Ballroom Sutera Harbour Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Her court includes 1st Runner Up Anavaliza Atmadja of Indonesia and 
2nd Runner Up Flordeliz Mabao of the Philippines. 

The Special Awardees were:

Miss Photogenic - Australia (Michaela Shuttleworth)
Miss Marine Conservation - Benelux (Lisa Van Roozendaal)
Miss Congeniality - Benelux (Lisa Van Roozendaal)
Best in Talent - Hong Kong (Rouella Chan)
Best in National Costume - Philippines (Flordeliz Mabao)

Photos by Peter Pe, MD



Thailand Wins Miss International 2019

 Screenshot from YouTube/Miss International

Sireethorn Leearamwat of Thailand, a 25-year-old pharmacist, was crowned the new Miss International 2019 at Tokyo Dome in Japan, on Tuesday, November 12. Leearamwat's victory marks her country's first ever Miss International title.  She succeeded Mariem Velazco of Venezuela. Eighty-three countries were represented in this year's pageant which was streamed live via Facebook and YouTube starting at 4:00 P.M., Tokyo time.

Her court includes (in the above photo from left to right) 3rd runner-up Alejandra Vengoechea of Colombia, 1st runner-up Andrea Toscano of Mexico, 2nd runner-up Evelyn Namatovu Karonde of Uganda, and 4th runner-up Harriotte Lane of United Kingdom.

Rounding up the top 8 were Bea Patricia Magtanong of the Philippines, Nguyễn Tường San of Vietnam,  and Jolene Marie Rotinsulu of Indonesia. Completing the top 15 were Melissa Jiménez of Venezuela, Pawani Vithanage of Sri Lanka, Ivana Carolina Irizarry of Puerto Rico, Elize Joanne de Hong of the Netherlands, Kaye Cheung of Hong Kong, Jutta Kyllönen of Finland, and Maria Perviy  of Belarus.


Philippines Wins Miss Tourism International 2019

Cyrille Payumo from the Philippines was crowned Miss Tourism International 2019 on November 8 at the Grand Ballroom of Sunway Resorts Hotel & Spa in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Payumo's victory marks her country's fifth Miss Tourism International crown (2000, 2012, 2013, 2017, 2019). She was crowned by outgoing queen, Astari Verdideani from Indonesia. Payumo also won the Best National Costume Award.

Aside from Payumo, the other finalists that won their respective titles include:

Miss Tourism Dream Girl of the Year International 2019:
 Chan Sotima, Miss Tourism International Cambodia 2019

Miss Tourism Cosmopolitan International 2019:
 Joanna Babynko, Miss Tourism International Poland 2019

Miss Tourism Global 2019:
 Kateryna Kachashvili, Miss Tourism International Ukraine 2019

Miss Tourism Queen of the Year 2019:
 Gabriela Patricia Mandolang, Miss Tourism International Indonesia 2019

Special Award - Miss South East Asian Tourism Ambassador 2019:
 Chompoonut Phungphon, Miss Tourism International Thailand 2019

Source: Miss Tourism International

Iranian Beauty Queen Granted Refugee Status In The Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 8)— The Philippines has granted refugee status to Iranian beauty queen Bahareh Zare Bahari, who was seeking asylum in the country after being detained at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport for about three weeks now.
The Justice Department, in a document dated November 6 and released Friday, granted Bahari the status under the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol.
Bahari, the Iranian representative in the Miss Intercontinental 2018 pageant held in Manila, has been in the custody of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) due to assault and battery charges in her home country.
The BI initially barred the pageant contestant from entering the Philippines when she arrived from Dubai in October due to an Interpol red notice issued against her related to her case.
According to the United Nations, a refugee is a person “who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.”
The Justice Department said it will recommend to the Foreign Affairs Department the issuance of a travel document should Bahari need one.
Source: CNN Philippines, 11/8/2019 
Bahari (farthest right) represented Iran during the Miss Intercontinental 2019 pageant held in Manila, Philippines last January 27, 2019. Photo credit: Playa Calatagan

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Atlanta To Host Miss Universe 2019 Pageant

Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry’s new Atlanta studio will be home to the 2019 Miss Universe competition. The three-hour-event, hosted by Steve Harvey for the fifth consecutive year, will air live from Tyler Perry Studios on Sunday, December 8 at 7 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Fox. Additionally, the event again will be simulcast live in Spanish exclusively on Telemundo.
“The Miss Universe telecast is distributed to more than 170 countries,” said Paula M. Shugart, president of The Miss Universe Organization. “We have always been proud to give a global platform to diverse, ambitious and strong young women – our leaders of tomorrow.”
Women representing more than 90 countries will compete in multiple categories, including personal statement, swimsuit, evening gown and interview, culminating with the reigning Miss Universe, Catriona Gray from the Philippines, crowning her successor.
Perry opened his 330-acre 12-stage facility on the former Fort McPherson Army Base earlier this month. The writer, producer, director and actor recently premiered his two newest series Sistas and The Oval on BET, the first projects stemming from his mega film and TV deal with Viacom he inked back in 2017. Perry writes, directs and executive produces both series, with Tyler Perry Studios’ Michelle Sneed serving as EP on both.
Source: Deadline.com, 11/1/2019


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