Samantha Katie James, who won the title in 2017, caused a furore by saying African-Americans "chose to be born as a coloured person in America".
The Miss Universe Malaysia Organization (MUMO) issued a statement late Monday (Jun 1) on Instagram to distance themselves from recent remarks made by former Miss Universe Malaysia winner Samantha Katie James.
MUMO said that James’ views were her own and not affiliated with the organisation. They added: “MUMO stands for a non-racial society and strongly condemns all acts of racism and prejudice anywhere in the world.”
The statement comes after James caused a furore online with her comments on the Black Lives Matter protests in the US, following the death of George Floyd.
James, who won the title in 2017, posted her thoughts on her Instagram Stories on Monday afternoon, reported the Malay Mail. She wrote: “I don’t live in America, it has nothing to do with me, but to me, it seems like the ‘whites’ won.”
“If you’re angry, you respond in rage and anguish and that means it has power over you. They have power over you,” she added. “Foolish humans.”
She later posted again on her Stories, saying: “To the black people, relax, take it as a challenge, makes you stronger. You chose to be born as a ‘coloured’ person in America for a reason. To learn a certain lesson. Accept it as it is, till now hunger and poverty still exists. It is what it is. It’s inevitable. Best you can do is remain calm, protect heart, don’t allow it to crumble. That’s your responsibility.”
Understandably, social media users were incensed with her remarks, with one user questioning her assertion that black people “chose” to be born so.
James posted her reply to the DM on her Stories, in which she explained: “Like our souls chose this life, this country, this race, this human form specifically for a reason. I always wondered why I was born in Malaysia as a white girl with a Chinese mum and Indian grandparents and a Brazilian dad. But I chose this all for a reason, as a soul.”
Many users are still calling her out for her comments, with one person saying, “Imagine telling black people to ‘just relax’ as if this isn't something they've been dealing with for YEARS. you should've just sat there and ate your food.”
Another user commented on James’ recent post: “No one CHOSE to be born a certain color. Black people have been protesting for YEARS and yet they still get racially profiled and killed because white privilege allows it. Perhaps don’t comment on things you don't have any clue of?"
Source: CNA Lifestyle, 6/2/2020
George Floyd: Outrage after former Miss Universe Malaysia says black Americans should ‘relax’ as they ‘chose to be born coloured’
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|Phyllis George of Denton, Texas, the 21-year-old newly crowned Miss America, waves against backdrop of the beach and ocean at Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 13, 1970. (Associated Press)|
Phyllis George, the former Miss America who became a female sportscasting pioneer on CBS's “The NFL Today” and served as the first lady of Kentucky, has died. She was 70.
|At a Super Bowl pregame taping, Phyllis George is seen with, from left, former NFL players Paul Horning and Joe Namath, and "All in the Family" star Carroll O'Connor, in Beverly Hills, Calif., Jan. 21, 1980. (Associated Press)|
CAMILLE SCHRIER, MISS AMERICA 2020
May 8, 2020
Miss America Postpones Annual Broadcast and Competitions to 2021
NEW YORK, NY (May 8, 2020) – The Miss America Organization announced Friday that the Miss America 2021 Competition, previously scheduled for December, is being delayed to next year due to the nation-wide impact of COVID-19.
For the safety, health and welfare of the enormous community necessary to make the Miss America competition possible, including participants, volunteers, organizers, and fans, the Miss America Board of Directors has unanimously voted in favor of postponing the Miss America 2021 Competition and has advised the 51 qualifying competitions across the country to do so as well.
“As we all know, this moment in our history is one that will change the course of many programs, businesses, and institutions, and the Miss America Organization is not alone in navigating these challenges,” said Shantel Krebs, Board Chair. ”At this time, as an organization, our greatest concern is to make sure the thousands of people who are involved in or volunteer for our program are safe. This coming year will be our 100th anniversary for this iconic American institution, and we want to make sure that we take the time to ensure our annual broadcast and the surrounding experiences reflect our time-honored tradition.”
Miss America 2020 Camille Schrier was crowned live on NBC from Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut in December of 2019. An honors graduate of Virginia Tech with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Systems Biology, Schrier is now pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University.
“As Miss America 2020, a large part of my message is that science really is all around us,” said Schrier. “It is imperative that science and safety are at the forefront of our concern during this pandemic year, and it is with that in mind that I applaud the Miss America Organization’s decision to move this year’s competition to 2021.”
As a participant in the Miss America Organization, Schrier has earned over $77,000 in scholarship assistance to further her education. Camille will continue to serve in her role as Miss America 2020 until she passes the torch to her successor in 2021.
“While I am sad that I am unable to promote my social impact initiative, Mind Your Meds, at events in person, I am grateful for the innovative ways we are broadening the conversation around prescription drug safety at home, such as the four-part webinar series on opioid addiction with Advanced Recovery Systems that launched this week. I remain hopeful that it will be safe to share my message in person soon. In the meantime, I will continue promoting the mission of Miss America while creating lasting change with my social impact initiative.”
The Miss America Organization is working with the state qualifying organizations to amend rules and eligibility for the 2020 and 2021 competition years. For updates on the Miss America 100th Anniversary, please visit MissAmerica.org.
Source: Miss America Organization
REIGNING MISS PHILIPPINES EARTH JANELLE TEE
It’s all systems go for the Miss Philippines-Earth 2020 beauty pageant as it prepares for a virtual presentation tentatively on May 24.
With no cheering live fans and less spectacle, the environment-driven beauty contest will be aired on ABS-CBN and on the social media platform of the pageant.
“We are now preparing for a virtual presentation of MPE 2020 that will be aired on ABS CBN and in our social media account. Our tentative date is May 24, 2020,” said Lorraine Schuck, Executive Vice President, Carousel Productions, organizer of the annual pageant, during an exclusive interview on Sunday.
Reigning Miss Philippines Earth television host Janelle Lazo Tee will crown her successor at the end of the show. Other details of the pageant’s virtual presentation will be revealed in the coming days, she said.
Should MPE pushes its pageant plans next month, this would be the first time that a national beauty pageant would be presented on virtual reality.
Schuck admitted that the MPE preparations for this year have been greatly affected by the pandemic, considering that they have prepared early for the pageant. As early as December 2019, MPE already announced the staging of 2020 pageant. Later, organizers opened the screening of its official candidates.
“COVID19 prevented our preparations for below the line events and a pageantry, an elaborate presentation for the coronation night the normal way, but it did not stop Miss Earth from promoting its main cause — awareness on environmental issues,” she said.
Schuck also thanked the media for helping the MPE promote environmental causes.
The former beauty queen believed that it would still be very difficult to stage public shows until next year due to worldwide health crisis.
“I agree we cannot do pageants this year or maybe even next year because we may not be allowed to congregate until we all get the vaccine,” Schuck said.
The winner of the 20th MPE 2020 will represent the Philippines in the international edition of the competition.
Schuck, whose group also organizes the annual Miss Earth contest, said that they have not yet discussed plans for the Miss Earth contest, one of five prestigious pageants in the world.
She also said that the MPE is holding a series of Facebook forum featuring MPE winners and candidates on environmental issues and their uses to fight COVID-19.
Source: Manila Bulletin, April 27, 2020
Two weeks ago, the Miss World Organization (MWO) denied on its official Instagram account that MWO CEO Julia Morley had contracted the Coronavirus (COVID-19), indicating that it is "not true" and that Morley "is well and is working at her office in London." The pageant world was relieved that Morley, who is 80 and belongs to a group considered most vulnerable to the virus, had not been contaminated.
However, two days ago, Miss World license holders (national directors) received an e-mail from Morley herself stating that she is "just getting over Corona Virus myself" and that she is "glad to be back on my feet again." A partial screenshot of the e-mail was posted by the anonymous author of the Facebook page, "Exposing Miss World Contest." Her statement clearly contradicts the announcement on Instagram. Why the cover up? Did Morley fear economic loss if her license holders renounced their licenses? Did she fear becoming a social pariah? What exactly did she have to gain by hiding and denying her condition? After all, her pageant has never been completely transparent.
Well, whatever her real reasons are to hide her COVID-19 status, we are relieved to learn that she is on her road to full recovery.
Olga Alava, Miss Earth 2011 from Ecuador, posted on her Instagram account on April 1 that she has tested positive for the Coronavirus. She wrote (translation to English from Spanish) "Today my test resulted positive and I would like to share a few things with you. My best advice: don't wait until you have severe symptoms to ask for help. In time, everything will be much easier. Stay at home and take care of yourself. Wishing you strenght and have faith everyone!"
Alava is the first titleholder of a major pageant to be contracted the deadly virus. Her compatriot, the current Miss Ecuador Cristina Hidalgo, also announced a few days ago that she has the virus. Likewise, the co-hosts of Ecuavisa, Samantha Mora and Gretta Cordova, have been affected by the virus, according to Ecuadorian news outlet, Expreso (4/1/2020).
The official Miss Earth Instagram account confirmed the story. We wish Olga a quick recovery from the virus and we strongly urge everyone to stay at home and observe the guidelines on social distancing.
The current Miss Ecuador, Cristina Hidalgo, announced on her Instagram account on March 28 that she has contracted the Coronavirus. Hidalgo wrote that she had been experiencing symptoms of the virus in the last few days - coughing, body aches, high fever, fatigue, difficulty in breathing, among others.
She also advised her followers to stay home and to take all necessary safety measures. Hidalgo represented Ecuador in 2019 Miss Universe pageant last December 8 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Source: El Universo, 3/28/2020
Magali Febles, the national director for Miss Universe Dominican Republic, has announced on her Instagram account that she has been infected with the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. Febles was also the franchise holder of Miss Universe Puerto Rico for several years.
Febles recounted how it was a "pesadilla" (nightmare) to get tested for the virus as she had to wait nine days to get the testing done. She blames the Dominican government for its inefficiency and lack of testing kits. It wasn't until her private doctor intervened to receive her test.
Febles is the second Dominican celebrity to have acquired Coronavirus. Jenny Polanco, a world-renowned designer and former Miss World Dominican Republic, succumbed to the virus two days ago. Critical Beauty wishes Magali Febles a quick recovery and strength.
Source: El Nuevo Dia, 3/26/2020
Jenny Polanco, a well-known Dominican fashion designer and former Miss World Dominican Republic 1978, died on March 24 from Coronavirus which she contracted from Spain where she was promoting her line of clothing. She arrived in Santo Domingo on March 4 and told a reporter that she was feeling fine and did not have any symptoms, but on March 9 she started getting ill. Her health worsened as she suffered from respiratory failure.
Polanco is the first Latino celebrity to have succumbed to the deadly virus. May she rest in peace.
(Source: El Imparcial, 3/24/2020)
Jenny Polanco Is The First Latino Celebrity To Die From Coronavirus
Three new Indonesian queens were crowned on March 6 at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta. Ayu Maulida of East Java (Jawa Timur) was crowned Puteri Indonesia 2020 and will represent Indonesia in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have yet to be announced. Announced as 1st runner-up was Putu Ayu Saraswati of Bali, who will represent her country in Miss International 2020 to be held in Yokohama, Japan on October 29. The 2nd runner-up was Jihane Elmira Chedid of Central Java (Jawa Tengah) who will compete in Miss Supranational 2020 in Poland in early December.
The finale was attended by Miss Universe 2019, Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa; Miss International 2019, Sireethorn Leearamwat of Thailand; and Miss Supranational 2019, Anntonia Porsild of Thailand. Pia Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015 from the Philippines served as one of the judges.
Photos courtesy of Puteri Indonesia
Miss New Hampshire 2020 Sarah Tubbs (left) and an unidentified woman model fur jackets provided by the New Hampshire Trapping Association
Derry, N.H. – Following accounts that Miss New Hampshire organizers reportedly forced pageant winners to wear fur coats provided by the New Hampshire Trapping Association—which has sponsored the pageant for more than two decades—PETA sent a letter calling on the pageant to stop awarding winners with fur coats and stop accepting blood money from the association. The action comes as a bill to prohibit recreational trapping is currently under legislative review in the state.
“Animals can languish for days after a trap cuts into their bones, sometimes even chewing off their own legs to return to their babies, before the trappers return to shoot, stomp, or bludgeon them to death,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “PETA is calling on this beauty pageant to stop associating with something so ugly and drop fur immediately.”
PETA’s letter points out that pageants are evolving. Miss America dropped its swimsuit competition and no longer requires contestants to wear evening gowns. The Miss Florida USA pageant stopped awarding fur coats to winners nearly a decade ago. Miss New Hampshire is long overdue for a humane makeover and should take a progressive stand by going fur-free.
PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear,” and the group opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.
PETA’s letter to Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Foundation President John Conley follows.
Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
Dear Mr. Conley,
Greetings from PETA. I’m writing on behalf of our 6.5 million members and supporters worldwide, including nearly 29,000 in New Hampshire, in light of former Miss New Hampshire contestant Kacie Flahive’s revelation that winners are pressured to accept and wear a real fur coat. It’s time for the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Foundation to stop accepting blood money from the New Hampshire Trappers Association and end the archaic tradition of awarding fur coats to winners.
Real fur is as outdated and out of touch as corsets and calling women “baby doll.” Major fashion brands—including Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Versace, Burberry, and Michael Kors—are dropping fur in droves, more than a dozen countries around the world have banned fur farms, and New Hampshire is considering a ban on recreational trapping.
Animals who are trapped for their fur can suffer for days from blood loss, shock, dehydration, frostbite, gangrene, and attacks by predators before being shot, stomped on, or bludgeoned to death. Mother animals who are desperate to return to their starving babies have even chewed off their own legs. Pressuring contestants to ignore their conscience and wear the product of this cruelty seems the opposite of Miss New Hampshire’s mission to “empower” young women.
Compassionate women like Flahive shun fur because they know that it’s deadly for animals and destructive to the environment. Producing an animal fur product is up to 10 times more damaging to the environment than producing a faux-fur one. Rivers and lakes often become contaminated with the toxic chemicals that are used to prevent real furs from rotting in buyers’ closets.
Pageants are evolving. Miss America dropped its swimsuit competition and no longer requires contestants to wear evening gowns. The Miss Florida USA pageant stopped awarding fur coats to winners nearly a decade ago. Miss New Hampshire is long overdue for a humane makeover: Please, take a progressive and kind stand by going fur-free.
Adline Castelino was crowned Liva Miss Diva Universe 2020 during a star-studded gala event on February 22 at Yash Raj Studio, Andheri West, in Mumbai. Castelino will represent India in the next edition of Miss Universe. Aavriti Choudhary was chosen as Liva Miss Diva Supranational 2020 and will compete in the next edition of Miss Supranational pageant. The first runner-up was Neha Jaiswal.
The judges include big Bollywood celebrities Anil Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapoor, the current Miss Supranational from Thailand, Anntonia Porsild, and Miss Universe 2000 Lara Dutta who is also the mentor for the contestants.
Photos courtesy of The Times Of India
Paul Luzineau of the Netherlands was declared the new Manhunt International 2020 on February 22 at the New Frontier Theater in Quezon City, Philippines.
His court includes 1st Runner-Up Nikos Antonopoulos, Greece; 2nd Runner-Up Matheus Giora, Brazil; 3rd Runner-Up Yeray Hidalgo Hernández, Spain; and 4th Runner-Up Mayur Gangwani, India.