My Semi-Grand Reaction To Miss Grand International 2020 Finals


Watch my recap of and reaction to the recently concluded Miss Grand International 2020 Finals held in Bangkok, Thailand on March 27, 2021. Click the banner to access the link.


USA Wins Miss Grand International 2020


Representing the United States, Abena Appiah, 27, has been crowned Miss Grand International 2020. She is the first woman crowned in a major international beauty pageant amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2021.

Appiah is a model, singer and philanthropist. She is of Ghanaian descent.

In 2019, Appiah represented Ghana in the 19th edition of Miss Earth, which was held in the Philippines. She finished in the Top 20.

It was not the first time Appiah represented Ghana in an international beauty pageant. In 2014, she represented the African country in the 63rd edition of Miss Universe, which took place in the U.S. but she was unplaced.

Hosted by Matthew Deane, the Miss Grand International 2020 coronation night took place at the SHOW DC in Bangkok, Thailand on the evening of March 27, 2021. It is the eighth edition of the international beauty pageant, which made its debut in 2013 and is based in Thailand.

Aurra Kharishma, Samantha Bernardo, Abena Appiah, Ivana Batchelor, Lala Guedes

Including Appiah, a total of 63 candidates competed for the crown. Samantha Bernardo, 27, of the Philippines was first runner-up while Ivana Batchelor, 22, of Guatemala, Aurra Kharishma, 20, of Indonesia and Lala Guedes, 27, of Brazil were the respective second, third and fourth runners-up.

Five former Miss Grand International titleholders served as the judges. They were Janelee Chaparro of Puerto Rico, Daryanne Lees of Cuba, Ariska Putri Pertiwi of Indonesia, Maria Jose Lara of Peru and Clara Sosa of Paraguay, who were crowned in 2013, in 2014, in 2016, in 2017 and in 2018, respectively.

Guedes also won Best in Swimsuit while Angela Yuriar, 19, of Mexico was Best in Evening Gown. Batchelor, Ruri Saji, 25, of Japan and Patcharaporn Chantarapadit of Thailand all won Best in National Costume, marking the first time the award was given to three candidates in the competition.

Chivly Liv, 22, of Cambodia was Country’s Choice of the Year giving her an automatic spot in the Top 20. Jasebel Robert, 25, of Malaysia won the Miss Popular Vote Award, which put her in the Top 10.

Source: Conan Daily, 3/27/2021


Critical Group Chat On Miss Grand International 2020


I had an amazing time chatting with three other pageant fans about our thoughts on Miss Grand International, the competition taking place in Bangkok right now, the pros and cons of the pageant, and we also reveal our respective Top 10 and Top 5 favorites for the golden crown, and who they think will win versus who do they want to win! My guests include Vagisha Mishra (pageant vlogger from India), Antonio Rivadeneira (originally from Ecuador now living in Canada), and Jan Michael Recto Rañada of Critical Beauty Philippines.


Grand Chat With Ko Phanasa of M Pageantry - All About Miss Grand International


I had an amazing grand chat (2 hours 12 minutes) with Ko Phanasa, an admin of M Pageantry, a new and fastly growing multinational pageant media outlet based in the Philippines.


Transgender Woman Is The First to Win Nevada Pageant


Credit: Kataluna Enriquez Instagram

History has been made as Kataluna Enriqueza biological male, won the Miss Silver State USA pageant this week and will continue on to compete for Miss Nevada USA pageant. The event is considered the biggest preliminary competition for Miss Nevada USA.

KVVU-TV called this a “monumental win” for Enriquez, who will compete for Miss Nevada USA, leading to Miss USA, and eventually the Miss Universe competition. According to the Blaze, “The pageants, collectively run by the Miss Universe Organization, were once owned by former President Donald Trump and are widely recognized for awarding among the most coveted crowns in the pageant world.”

Enriquez said the experience was, “a celebration of womanhood and diversity and this celebration of being your true self,” but also explained how she has not been very popular within the pageant world. She explained how at a previous unnamed competition, when the organizers found out she was transgender, she was required to provide medical documents to prove she was in fact female. They also refused to assign her a roommate. She said, “I was asked to provide documents that were invasive in my opinion physically asking me to get a letter from my doctor. It brought me back to a time where I felt like I was not welcome.”



Critical Thoughts on Miss Universe 2020 Delegates From Asia & Oceania


I invited three pageant connoisseurs to share their thoughts on each of the contestants from Asia & Oceania. After assessing each contestant, we rated her on a scale of 1 to 10. Then at the end of the show, we each reveal our top 5 favorites. Click the banner to go to the link.



Miss World 2016, Puerto Rico's own Stephanie del Valle  / Photo by Josian E. Bruno Gómez

Miss World Ltd. confirms that Puerto Rico will host the international final of Miss World 2021, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

The pageant will take place on December 16, 2021 at the Coca-Cola Music Hall, located at the Convention Center District in San Juan.

“It is a great opportunity to be able to promote Puerto Rico, especially during a live international broadcast with an audience of 2 billion people in 100 countries where the island will be highlighted as a prime tourist destination,” said Stephanie Del Valle, Miss World 2016 and coordinator of the Miss World 2021 Final.

Telemundo Puerto Rico has been selected to be the official TV channel to air the Miss World 2021 Final.

“It’s a great honor for Telemundo Puerto Rico to be reconnected with Miss World, a recognized franchise known for their social community work. The Beauty with a Purpose concept makes us unite forces and what better way to do it then to broadcast a special program from Puerto Rico to the World,” said Jose Cancela, president and general manager of Telemundo Puerto Rico.

In conjunction with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, the Miss World 2021.

Final will draw international attention to the island, reactivating the tourism industry. It is estimated that Puerto Rico as a tourism destination will get close to $150 million worth of non-paid publicity and increased awareness through news coverage on television, digital platforms, and print media as well as gain destination branding for the island.

Also, the Miss World 2021 pageant will produce approximately 3,800 hotel nights from the contestants and pageant staff during a one-month period and an additional 10,000 room nights during the last week from fans, families, and franchise holders.

It’s the first time the Miss World Final will be held in a Spanish-speaking country and Puerto Rico has been awarded this great honor. The president and CEO of the organization, Julia Morley, appointed Del Valle through her foundation, Reignite Puerto Rico, to lead the negotiations for the 2021 event. Reignite Puerto Rico was created to attract events of economic impact for Puerto Rico and to help major social causes on the island.

For Morley, the competition is a festival of women empowerment and its main purpose is to help incredible charities around the world. This is why the heart of the pageant is known as “Beauty with a Purpose.”

Del Valle is the Miss World who has raised the most money during her reign for “Beauty with a Purpose” foundation that represents Miss World Ltd. After handing over her crown, Del Valle was hired for two additional years as the “Beauty with a Purpose” Ambassador for the organization. She has been the only Miss World winner with this special distinction. Through this experience, Del Valle has benefited from the opportunity to train with the organization in everything related to the production and realization of the event.

In the past 69 years, only 15 Latinas have managed to win this prestigious British competition. Among the winning countries include six-time winner Venezuela, Puerto Rico, with two title holders, as well as Peru and Argentina. The Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Mexico have had one winner.

All of the previous title holders of the event will be invited to the 70th anniversary and Miss World 2021 Final. Around 120 contestants are expected to participate in the event held in Puerto Rico from November 19 to December 17, 2021. There will be six mini competitions – talent, sports, Top Model, multimedia, Beauty with a Purpose, and the Head-to-Head challenge - the winners of which have the opportunity to enter directly into the group of semifinalists.

Source: The Weekly Journal, Puerto Rico, 3/10/2021

Join Us For A Live Chat On Miss Universe 2020 Delegates From Asia & Oceania!


Join a group of pageant connoisseurs this Saturday/Sunday (depending where you are) for a LIVE CHAT on the Critical Beauty Facebook page. They will give their critical opinion on each of the 2020 @missuniverse candidates from Asia and Oceania and then reveal their top five at the end of show! You don’t want to miss this!

March 13, Saturday:
6 PM - Los Angeles
9 PM - New York City
10 PM - Puerto Rico
March 14, Sunday:
10 AM - Manila
1 PM - Sydney 


Critical Thoughts on Miss Universe 2020 Delegates From Europe & Africa

  The fabulous Peter Sereno of Dear Pageant Girl and I discuss and critique each of the Miss Universe 2020 contestants from Europe and Africa. After assessing each contestant, we rated her on a scale of 1 to 10. Then at the end of the show, we each reveal our top 5 favorites. Click the banner to go to the link.


Announced: Date And Venue For Miss Universe 69th Edition


The 69th Miss Universe event will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in Hollywood, Florida. 

Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, said in a press release Wednesday that organizers have spent months planning a safe competition. It will follow similar guidelines as November’s 2020 Miss USA competition in Memphis.

Whether there will be a limited live audience is still being considered.

The Miss Universe competition will air in more than 160 territories and countries across the globe. In the U.S. it will air in Spanish on Telemundo. English-language broadcasters will soon be announced. 

In 2019, South Africa, Mexico and Puerto Rico were the finalists, and the three women faced off for the crown as the evening came to a close. 

Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi was named the winner. Because of the coronavirus pandemic delaying the 2020 competition, she has worn the crown longer than anyone. 

A host has not been announced. Comedian Steve Harvey has hosted for the past five years with a series of blunders.

Source: USA Today, 3/3/2021