Former Miss Earth Olga Alava Tested Positive For Coronavirus

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.


Miss Ecuador Cristina Hidalgo Tests Positive For Coronavirus

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 Has Tested Positive For Coronavirus

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


Former Miss World Dominican Republic Jenny Polanco Dies From Coronavirus

Jenny Polanco, a well-knowDominican 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) 

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New Indonesian Queens For 2020


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 2019Zozibini Tunzi of South AfricaMiss International 2019Sireethorn Leearamwat of Thailand; and Miss Supranational 2019, Anntonia Porsild of ThailandPia WurtzbachMiss Universe 2015 from the Philippines served as one of the judges.




Photos courtesy of Puteri Indonesia


Miss New Hampshire’s Ties to Fur Prompt PETA Action

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.
John Conley
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.
Danielle Katz
Campaigns Director


Miss Universe India 2020 Crowned

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.
Adline Castelino

Aavriti Choudhary

Neha Jaiswal

Photos courtesy of The Times Of India

Netherlands Wins Manhunt International 2020

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 Hern├índez, Spain; and 4th Runner-Up Mayur Gangwani, India. 

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Mexico Wins Reina Hispanoamericana 2020

Regina Peredo from Puebla, Mexico has been crowned Reina Hispanoamericana 2020 on February 8 in Bolivia. Her court includes Virreina (Vice-Queen) Gabrielle Vilela of Brazil and first runner-up Laura Claro of Colombia. The remaining finalists were the delegates from Puerto Rico and Venezuela. 



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Michele McDonald, Miss USA 1971, Passes Away

Michele McDonald Boeke, who was crowned Miss USA 1971 representing the state of Pennsylvania, passed away on January 24, 2020. Her daughter, Shana Boeke, posted on Facebook the sad passing of her mother who was 67:

Michele underwent a life-saving double lung transplant in the summer of 2018 as she could not breath and she needed oxygen all the time. She had dealt with asthma for years even though she was not a smoke (her parents were). The doctor had given her two to three years to live. Even though her transplant was successful, she nevertheless suffered complications including pneumonia and high medical bills. 

Critical Beauty wishes to express our deepest condolences to Michele's family. 
May she rest n peace.


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Miss Belgium 2020

Celine Van Ouytsel (center), 23, from the province of Herentals, was crowned Miss Belgium 2020 on January 11. She will compete either in Miss World 2020 or Miss Universe 2020, whichever comes first.  During the introduction in the beginning of the show, Van Ouytsel lost her balance, fell but quickly recovered. However, it appears that her bra also came off!