12.31.2020

End Of The Year Review 2020

 And the winner is... Miss Coronavirus! Runners-up include Ms. Lupita Jones, Miss Global, Miss Handicapable and Miss Racism.


      2020 pageantry was dominated by cancellations, postponements, delays, and defiance caused by the Coronavirus pandemic that has so far killed nearly two million people around the world. It also triggered heated debates on personal liberties, tests, lockdowns, mental and emotional health and the availability of a vaccine. Despite the gravity of the pandemic, it has not stopped pageant aficionados from pursuing their passion. In fact, it has brought the pageant community much closer together through endless virtual meetings and social media interactions.


TROUBLE AT MISS GLOBAL  The year began with a huge scandal that broke out at the finals of Miss Global 2020 pageant which was held in Oaxaca, Mexico on January 18. The woman representing Colombia, Jesenia Orozco, caused a scene on stage claiming that the pageant was rigged and confronted a man named Ramiro Gutierrez who was part of the Mexican hosting committee. Van Pham, the CEO of Miss Global, stated that Gutierrez “put pressure on the organization to favor the home country candidate, Miss Mexico. This violates our rules, integrity and ethics. When we informed Mr. Gutierrez of our unwillingness to compromise our integrity, he immediately pulled the plug on the telecast." You can watch the entire drama on Critical Beauty Salon.

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OUT ON A LIMB  Ana Gabriela Molina de los Santos (above) is a 24-year-old psychology graduate, model and motivational speaker who was born without arms. She won the Miss Nanchital 2020 competition (a preliminary to the state pageant, Miss Veracruz) and has garnered international attention since.   “When I wake up and look in the mirror, I see it, it’s there,” she said. “It’s physical. But, I’ve been living 24 years with this disability so, for me, it’s not a disability. I feel like any other normal person because I’ve lived my life like that. So, for me, my disability is not a limit… on the contrary.” 

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PUTTING HIS BEST FOOT FORWARD  Hendson Baltazar (above) representing Ceará, became the first amputee contestant to win Manhunt Brazil 2021 contest held on December 5.  The 29-year-old personal trainer also won the Best in Swimwear award. He will now represent Brazil in the next edition of Manhunt International.

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RACISM IN PAGEANTRY   On June 1, former Miss Universe Malaysia winner Samantha Katie James (above) caused a furor 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.”

An upset online user rebuked James by saying, “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?" Shortly after James' posts, Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation (Mumo) issued a statement to condemn her remarks as "inappropriate, offensive, unacceptable and hurtful". Meanwhile, netizens Marcus Gan and Yee Heng Zeh were so enraged by James' remarks that they started a change.org petition to strip her of her Miss Universe Malaysia title.

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April Benayoum (above), 21, who came second in Miss France 2021 pageant last December 19 representing Provence, became the target of anti-Semitic attacks which began when, in an on-stage interview, she called herself Italian-Israeli which then triggered a wave of abuse on Twitter. Some of the tweets invoked the Holocaust. One insult read "Hitler forgot about this one" and another "Don't vote for a Jew." Benayoum, who was born to a Serbo-Croatian mother and an Israeli father. "It is sad to witness such behavior in 2020," she told Var-Matin newspaper following the abuse. "But it does not affect me at all." Pageant organizers were swift to condemn the abuse, saying it was "totally contrary to the values of the channel, the production and the show." The Union of Jewish Students in France said that "Miss France 2021 is no longer a beauty contest, it is an anti-Semitism contest."

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Unintentional racism? Miss Universe Romania 2020 Bianca Tirsin got herself in hot water with sensitive netizens when an artistic image of her wearing #blackface makeup surfaced on her social media on December 30. After receiving backlash from black pageant fans who were offended by the image, Tirsin was compelled to make a public apology to the "Miss Universe global community" via her Instagram stories. The beauty queen stated that she has been working with an artist that specializes in black and gold art and that the "offending" image was never an issue. She also said that it was an "unfortunate" incident for which she gave her sincerest apology. On its official Instagram page, the Miss Universe Romania Organization posted on December 31: "The images have unfortunately been released before we, as an organization, had the chance to review them. We assure you Miss Bianca and Miss Universe Romania 2020 organization are working on ensuring something similar never happens again. We apologize to everyone this has hurt or offended." 
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FIGHTING QUEEN Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray (above) has demanded the tabloid newspaper Bulgar to pay a P10 million settlement and issue a public apology for spreading fake topless photos of her. The photos were posted on Bulgar's Facebook page on July 18, and were featured in a print article on July 19. Catriona's camp said that the photos were digitally altered and the beauty queen herself went to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on July 21 to file a complaint against those who spread the photos. Catriona's legal team sent a demand letter to the Bulgar office on July 30. In the letter, they said that the photos have caused "immeasurable damage" to Catriona, and calling the photos "malicious, defamatory, and libelous."  
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CREDIT: LUPITA JONES INSTAGRAM

MEXICO MAY BAN PAGEANTS  Lupita Jones broke the silence after announcing that beauty pageants could be banned in Mexico, since the Chamber of Deputies' Committee on Gender Equality considers that they are a type of symbolic violence against women and cannot be considered entertainment. Through a post on her Instagram account dated July 9, the former Miss Universe posted a video to express her annoyance at this possible measure. Lupita wrote (translated into English): "Trying to typify these platforms as Symbolic Violence seems to me completely wrong and without any support. How can training, training, training and strengthening women be considered violence against women, both internally and externally? Teach her to cultivate her self-esteem, self-confidence and security. Provide you with professional opportunities so that you can stand out in what you are passionate about. Where is the violence?" Watch my reaction to this proposed ban on Critical Beauty Salon

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LUPITA VERSUS SOFIA  On November 16, Mexicana Universal 2019 (Miss Universe Mexico 2019) Sofia Aragon posted a video on her social media saying that she was not invited by her national director, Lupita Jones, to crown her successor. The video prompted pageants fans to speculate on the reasons for the non-invite. Sofia later went live on her social media to reveal the reasons.  Sofia claimed that she is the first Miss Universe Mexico in history to have not received financial support, and blamed Lupita for not reaching out to her in her time of need. Sofia had to pay for her own food, gas, and other essentials while living in Mexico City. Lupita defended herself from Sofia's allegations on a video where she is seen addressing the contestants of the Mexicana Universal 2020 contest. Lupita stated that it was TV Azteca's job to pay for Sofia's regular expenses as she was contracted with the TV station, but that Lupita ended up paying for Sofia's liposuction, nose job and trip to New York out of her own pocket. Lupita, who has earned the reputation of being strict and sometimes cruel to her contestants, also denigrated and belittled Sofia in public, calling the beauty queen an ingrate, fake and ugly - which angered Sofia's fans and caused Lupita to apologize in a lengthy video that was panned by critics for sounding insincere and scripted. 
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CROWNED BY CORONA 

Several beauty queens and other pageant personalities have contracted COVID-19. 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.

Former Miss Mississippi Toni Seawright  posted on her Facebook page dated March 16 that she has tested positive for the Coronavirus.  

Jeanné Kapela, who was crowned Miss Hawaii 2015 and competed in the Miss America pageant the following year, wrote on Facebook on March  20 that she had contracted the Coronavirus during a recent trip to New York City.

Sydney Taylor, 19, Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2020, tested positive for COVID-19 in June, along with her boyfriend Laine Hardy, winner of American Idol 2019.

On June 26, Miss Florida Michaela McLean posted on her Instagram that she had tested  positive for the Coronavirus.

On July 15, Miss Alabama Tiara Pennington announced that she and her mother have tested positive for  the Coronavirus. Pennington made the announcement on the Miss Alabama social media channels.
 

Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate and front runner Isabela Galeria (above) posted on September 27 that she had contracted the virus, which forced her to withdraw from the competition. Isabela said that after 14 days, she was supposed to be released but still had some of the symptoms. On October 11, she and her dad, who also tested positive for COVID-19, survived the virus. 

On March 26, Magali Febles, the national director for Miss Universe Dominican Republic, has announced on her Instagram account that she has been infected with COVID-19. Three weeks later, she announced that she survived the virus.

THE EFFECTS OF THE CORONAVIRUS ON PAGEANTS

Practically all the major pageants that were supposed to take place in 2020 such as Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International, Miss Supranational and Miss America have been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic and are scheduled to resume in 2021. Several pageants were held either virtually, or physically but with several required restrictions to comply with safety guidelines. This was the case with Miss South Africa 2020 held on October 24 in Cape Town, Miss Universe Philippines 2020 held in Baguio City, Philippines on October 25 and Miss USA 2020 held in Memphis, Tennessee on November 9. All the contestants had to wear mask while rehearsing and on stage when social distancing was not possible. In Miss Universe Canada 2020, the contestants had to wear a face shield during the entire show.  

Contestants for Miss International Queen 2020 pose wearing mask during rehearsals. The pageant was held in Pattaya City, Thailand on March 7, 2020 during the peak of the pandemic in Asia. Credit: Lehtikuva

Some pageant organizations handpicked/appointed their 2020 representatives, and some did virtual casting/pageant like Miss Universe Ireland. Miss Venezuela 2020 was held on September 24  at the Estudio 1 de Venevisión in Caracas; there were two pageants during one night - Miss Venezuela World 2020 and Miss Venezuela 2020.

Return to normalcy? Miss Universe Thailand 2020 took place on October 10 at the True Icon Hall in Bangkok; the audience members were seated close to each other and no one wore mask. The Miss Globe 2020 pageant took place in Tirana, Albania on November 12 despite a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases. Luckily, none of the contestants or the staff was infected by the virus. Similar situation with Miss Universe Myanmar 2020 and Miss Universe Nepal 2020.

An informal pageant "celebrating" the pandemic was held on June 22 in an outdoor patio in the Guatemalan municipality of Santa Catarina Mita Jutiapa. There were only three candidates and the winner was appropriately crowned "Miss Covid-19." 
 
Miss Earth, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020, decided not to follow the steps of its rival major pageants of cancelling a real pageant but instead proceeded to produce a virtual pageant that surprisingly turned out to be well executed and intriguing.

On December 19, the Miss Universe Great Britain 2020 pageant in London was shut down by police hours before the city entered Tier 4 of Covid-19 restrictions.  The organizers were allegedly told the event was "not in the spirit of Covid" – even though they claimed to have been social distancing and wearing masks. The pageant team is going to wait until February "when things are more clear" to continue the competition. Great Britain will need to have selected a representative by April in order to compete in the next edition of Miss Universe.
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HONORABLE MENTIONS: 2020 pageantry was also filled with fake news, speculations, and uplifting stories. Fake news: Top model Halima Aden, who made history by being the first hijabi contestant in Miss USA (Miss Minnesota USA 2016 to be specific), announced in a series of Instagram stories that she had quit runway modeling as it compromised her Islamic beliefs and that she would participate in Miss Universe 2020 representing her native homeland, Somalia. Pageant websites - except Critical Beauty - were too quick to "confirm" Halima's participation in Miss Universe even though no official announcement has ever been made by the Miss Universe Organization (MUO). MUO later stated that Somalia does not have a license to send a representative. 

Vicente Leonel Rodriguez Almeida, a hair stylist who used to work for CHI (who used to sponsor Miss Universe) had posted on his social media in early December that a new owner would be taking over MUO. The post generated a lot of buzz among pageant fans who speculated that the owner must be very rich and passionate about pageants. Two entities came up frequently - Chavit Singson, the Filipino billionaire who partly sponsored the Miss Universe 2016 pageant when it was held in Manila, and the Kardashians who became global household names due to the tremendous popularity of their reality show. However, MUO President Paula Shugart - responding to an inquiry by a fan on her Instagram account on December 30 - dispelled the rumor of new ownership by stating that MUO is still owned by Endeavor/IMG. 

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On a positive note, USA's Lindsey Coffey (above) won her country's first Miss Earth crown via  a virtual pageant. Mississippi's Asya Branch won her state's first Miss USA title. Miss Universe Nepal accepted its first transgender contestant, Angel Lama. Cheslie Kryst makes history by being the Miss USA with the longest reign, from May 2, 2019 to November 9, 2020 - a record of 18 months and one week.  Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants separated from Miss Universe and will be now directed by Miss USA 2008 Crystle StewartThe winner of the Miss USA 2021 competition will move to Los Angeles instead of living in New York City like previous winners.
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IN MEMORIAM
We honor pageant royalties who have left us in 2020

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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.

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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.


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Navajo Nation mourned the loss of former Miss Western Navajo and tribal employee, Valentina Blackhorse, who passed away on April 23 at the young age 
of 28 to COVID-19.


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Phyllis George, Miss America 1970 who became a female sportscasting pioneer on CBS's “The NFL Today” and served as the first lady of Kentucky, died on May 14. 
She was 70.

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Miss World 1960 Norma Cappagli died at the age of 81 on December 22 in Argentina from complications suffered from a skull fracture after being run over by a bus on December 17. She was sent on induced coma before her passing.



Miss Universe Myanmar 2020 Crowned

 



Thuzar Wint Lwin, 21, has been crowned Miss Universe Myanmar 2020. Hailing from Hakha, Myanmar, she is a professional model and a beauty blogger.

The Miss Universe Myanmar 2020 coronation night took place at Novotel Max Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar on December 30, 2020. Aye Chan Moe hosted the ceremony, which was aired on Channel ME.

It was the second edition of Miss Universe Myanmar. Including Thuzar, 35 candidates competed for the crown.

Aside from Thuzar, four more queens were crowned. First runner-up Han Lay, 20, of Myawaddy was crowned Miss Grand Myanmar 2020 while second runner-up May Thazin Oo, 18, of Myitkina was crowned Miss Intercontinental Myanmar 2020.

Racheal, 20, of South Yangon was third runner-up and was crowned Face of Beauty Myanmar 2020. Fourth runner-up Mya San Thidar, 23, of Pathein was World Beauty Queen Myanmar 2020 and fifth runner-up Naw Christine, 19, of Bamaw was Miss Globe Myanmar 2020.

Han was Miss Beautiful Smile while Naw was voted as the Let Me Choose winner. Eaint Chue Thar, 19, of Dawei was Best in National Costume.

Aside from winning the Miss Universe Myanmar 2020 title, Thuzar also won four special awards. She was Miss Photogenic, Miss Healthy Skin, Miss Dentiste Award and Best in Evening Gown.

Thuzar is a student in East Yangon University  in Thanlyin, Myanmar. She is studying English and she is in her final year.

The Hakha native will be the 11th woman to represent Myanmar at Miss Universe. All the 10 women who previously represented the Asian country in the international beauty pageant were unplaced.

Source: The Conan Daily, 12/30/2020

Miss Universe Nepal 2020 Crowned

 



Anshika Sharma, a Nepali residing in Sydney, Australia, was crowned Miss Universe Nepal 2020.

Miss Nepal Universe 2017 Nagma Shrestha, National Director of Miss Universe Nepal, crowned the 24-year-old at an event held on December 30.

Impressing the judges with her answer to the question, ‘What is the one life lesson that you have learned after COVID-19 and its effects?’, she was able to take home the coveted crown.

Her winning answer was: “The one lesson that I have learnt after COVID-19 is always to be ready for all the challenges that life throws at you because life is uncertain. Also for the government and for the individuals, be economically prepared because COVID-19 has taught us that economy is so important that we need to always be aware and always secure our finances to be moving forward in life.”

Sharma won a cash prize of Rs 10 lakhs and a chance to participate in the Miss Universe pageant among others.

Sharma, who calls herself an advocate for education and a go getter, also won the subtitle of Miss Fierce.

Likewise, Sujita Basnet, a non-resident Nepali residing in the US, became the first runner-up, Nina Kant Mandal, a mental health advocate and professional model from Moscow, Russia was named the second runner-up, Dr Dikta Thapa from Chandragiri became the third runner-up while Nancy Khadka from Biratnagar was the fourth runner-up. Basnet also bagged Miss Lifestyle subtitle, Khadka was announced Miss Fabulous, while Mandal was chosen the winner of Brave, Bold, Beautiful Social Advocacy Winning Cause for her video on mental health.

The grand finale that saw Top 18 contestants on the stage was adjudged by a panel of judges comprising former Miss Nepal and media personality Malvika Subba, Anupama Khunjeli, CEO of Mega Bank Limited, actress Usha Rajak, Prerana Shah, international holistic health and transformation specialist, editor Charu Chadha, and rockstar Abhaya Subba.

The Top 10 were selected from Top 18, which was followed by the selection of Top 5 — based on judges’ selection and public votes. The grand finale also saw a swimsuit catwalk round where contestants sashayed the ramp in swimsuits.

This is the first time Miss Universe Nepal has been conducted as an independent event, separate from Miss Nepal. The winner gets a chance to participate in Miss Universe.

Source: The Himalayan Times, 1/1/2021

12.29.2020

Miss Universe Nepal Accepts First Transwoman Contestant

 



KATHMANDU, Dec 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Angel Lama sashays down the catwalk in the Miss Universe Nepal finals on Wednesday she will make history as the first transgender woman to be a finalist in the Himalayan nation's most glamorous annual event.

Nepal ranks among fewer than a dozen countries in the world that accept trans contestants in their national pageants and only the third in Asia after Myanmar and Mongolia, according to LGBT+ activists.

The move comes after new management relaxed the criteria for height, weight and appearance, and allowed any "bold, beautiful and confident woman" between 18 and 28 years to participate.

"I have come to Miss Universe Nepal to show the diversity of people in the society," Lama, 21, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, who will compete against 17 other finalists.

"If I stand on that stage and showcase this, that will be the biggest crown ever."

Majority-Hindu Nepal has become more accepting of LGBT+ people since a decade-long Maoist insurgency ended in 2006 and the feudal monarchy was abolished two years later. In 2008, an openly gay legislator was elected.

The Supreme Court ruled on an anti-discrimination measure in 2007 and put in place measures to guarantee LGBT+ people equal rights as citizens, leading to the first Pride parade in 2010, and committed to including LGBT+ people in its 2021 census.

For Nagma Shrestha, national director of the Miss Universe Nepal organisation, "everyone is equal, whatever their sexual orientation".

"If they say they are women, they are women, and they should be treated like women," said Shrestha, 29, who was the first Miss Nepal to represent her country in the Miss Universe contest in 2017.

She said she changed the rules to allow trans women to compete as she had always wanted to do "something good" for LGBT+ people. The 18 finalists will take to the catwalk in swimsuits and gowns with the event televised live.

"It is super-special for me," said Shrestha. "I want to amplify the message for inclusivity through the pageant which is very important now."

Nepal, along with Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, legally recognises transgender people, which often include intersex people and eunuchs, as a third gender.

But some families still find it hard to accept trans people.

Lama said her parents, who did not have any formal education, wanted their child to get married and have a family, but instead she opted to work for the Blue Diamond Society, an LGBT+ rights group.

In 2018, she competed in an LGBT+ pageant and was crowned Miss Pink Nepal, which helped her family come to terms with her as a trans woman, Lama said.

"I could openly say that I am a trans woman and my mom slowly started accepting me," she added.

Source: Reuters, 12/29/2020

12.21.2020

Miss France 2021 Crowned

 



Miss France 2021 was held on December 19, 2020 at Puy du Fou in Les Epesses, 

Pays de la Loire. Miss Normandie 2020 Amandine Petit was crowned as the new 

Miss France 2021 and she will represent France either at Miss Universe 2021 or 

Miss World 2021. Clémence Botino of Guadeloupe crowned her successor at the 

end of the spectacular finale that celebrated the pageant's 100th anniversary. 


 Amandine is 23-years-old and comes from Bourguébusand. She is a student at 

IAE Caen in a master's 2 Management of establishments and gerontological 

structures. Her court includes 1st Runner-Up April Benayoum, Miss Provence; 

2nd Runner-Up Lara Gautier, Miss Côte d'Azur; 3rd Runner-Up Aurélie Roux. 

Miss- Alsace; and 4th Runner-Up Lou-Anne Lorphelin, Miss Burgundy who 

is the younger sister of Marine Lorphelin, Miss France 2013. 





12.16.2020

Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo Slams Indonesian Bashers


Credit: Rabiyamateo / Instagram


Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo is speaking her truth on Instagram Story on Tuesday evening after a leaked edited video of her is seen circulating online.

In the said video, the 24-year-old beauty queen was interviewed by pageant vloggers for the Critical Beauty Salon YouTube channel, originally uploaded last December 12.

In one of the segments, Rabiya mentioned that her dream was to become an actress and if given a chance to play one, she would love to play the role of the antagonist.

The vloggers then challenged her to live her dream and gave her a scenario where she won the Miss Universe crown. However, the First Runner-up disagreed with the results.

Rabiya complied and acted her heart out.

She even had her final line all thought out: “I'm a Filipina, so don't mess with me!”

The sad news reached the beauty queen, prompting her to respond to her bashers on her personal Instagram account.

She said, “This needs to stop. This video was cut, and some people are making issues out of this and trying to bully me on IG.

“In the first part of the video, which was not included here, we talked about the fact that if I'm gonna accept any role in the future, I wanted to be an antagonist because I really wanna challenge myself.

“The hosts gave me a situation, and I had a disclaimer that this is just a role -- before and after this video -- which was also cut.”

In a follow-up post, Rabiya said she has never done anything to discredit or “insult other candidates,” and that pageantry is all about empowering and uplifting women.

“I have never done anything to discredit or insult other candidates, but putting words in my mouth and creating problems out of nothing is just toxic and it has to stop,” she said.


“No one should be bullied (even public figures) because that is unkind and pure evil.

“We can support our own candidates without destroying others. This needs to stop. I have nothing but love and admiration for Indonesians.”

She continued, “Pageants should be fun. We need to create a positive image in empowering women.

“I know bashers will always be there, but can we not normalize things that are evil and not right? Hatred is an acquired behavior. We can surely unlearn it and start doing the right thing.”

Rabiya Mateo is an Indian-Filipino beauty queen who was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2020 last October 25. Rabiya represented Iloilo City at the competition after winning Miss Iloilo Universe 2020 at the West Visayan State University Cultural Center.

Source: GMA Network, 12/16/2020

12.14.2020

Miss Universe Jamaica 2020 Crowned

 

Miqueal-Symone Williams (centre), Miss Universe Jamaica, is flanked by Abigail Pinnock (left), first runner-up, and Monique Thomas, second runner-up, at the pre-recorded final of the competition aired on Saturday


THREE years after withdrawing from the competition due to a family tragedy, 23-year-old Miqueal-Symone Williams was crowned Miss Universe Jamaica in a pre-recorded final on Saturday night.

Despite winning the title, Williams — who wore the sash Miss QORIHC — had one regret.

“I really wish my mother was here to see this,” she told the Jamaica Observer. “But I'm overjoyed. I'm so grateful to so many people for supporting me and believing in me. I am happy I could make them proud.”

Williams's mother was murdered in 2017, causing her to step away from the competition that year.

Selected from a field of 10, she also won the sectional prize for Best in Evening Gown. Williams felt confident going into the finals.

“Without confidence, you are twice defeated in the race of life. I expected to win because I put in the work to get here, and also because I am confident in my ability to reign as this year's Miss Universe Jamaica,” she said.

The contest, dubbed Bahia Principe Miss Universe Jamaica Beauty, Fashion & Wellness pageant, was pre-recorded at the Ocho Rios property on December 6. It saw Abigail Pinnock (Miss Bluedot Comuna) selected first runner-up, while Monique Thomas (Miss Curves) was awarded second runner-up. Pinnock and Thomas won sectional prizes, Altruism Award and Best in Swimwear, respectively.


Source: Jamaica Observer, 12/14/2020

12.10.2020

Miss Aruba 2020 Crowned

 


Helen Hernandez was elected Miss Aruba 2020 out of five women who had applied for the position. She was crowned by the Minister of Finances, Economy and Culture, Xiomara Maduro. Hernandez will now represent the small island nation in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed.



Helen Hernandez & Xiomara Maduro



Information and Photos courtesy of Karl Genser.

12.04.2020

Critical Beauty Team Chats With Miss Earth 2020 & Her Elemental Court

 

The Critical Beauty Team Chats With Miss Earth 2020 & Her Elemental Court - Dec. 4, 2020

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12.02.2020

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly About Lupita Jones

 

Watch my latest vlog on Lupita Jones, Miss Universe 1991 and national director of Mexicana Universal. Click the banner to go to the link.