4.25.2021

All About Miss Universe (the 69th Edition) - Three Weeks Before The Finals

 

Watch the group chat that I hosted with three guests: Phil Pugeda of Missosology, Hector Joaquin, and Kelly King, an Australian multi-title pageant queen. 



4.21.2021

My Top 21 Pre-Arrival Favorites For Miss Universe 2020


In my latest vlog, I reveal my top 21 pre-arrival favorites for Miss Universe 2020. Click the banner to go to the link.




4.11.2021

Interview In French With Miss Universe Cameroon 2020 Angèle Kossinda

 

If you speak or understand French, watch my interview with the beautiful and charming Miss Universe Cameroon 2020 Angèle Kossinda.
Si vous parlez ou comprenez le français, regardez mon entretien avec la belle et charmante Miss Univers Cameroun 2020 Angèle Kossinda.

Click the banner to access the interview / Cliquez la vignette pour accéder à l'entretien.



4.08.2021

What I Think Of Transgender And Ethnic Pageants

 

I had the pleasure of guesting at the Polish American Brotherhood channel hosted by Tara Anne Szczepanski who herself has several pageant titles under her belt. The podcast was live streamed on April 6, 2021 starting at 9:00 PM EST. Tara and I discussed the issues surrounding transgender pageants and transgender women competing in traditional female pageants. We also discussed heritage pageants that specialize in promoting one's ethnic/racial/cultural background such as Miss Black America. Other topics discussed include COVID-19, the recent Miss Eco International COVID scandal, plus-size contestants, Miss America, Miss Earth, Miss World, and Miss Universe. Click the banner to go the link.




4.06.2021

COVID-19 Scandal At Miss Eco International 2020

 


Dr. Amaal Rezk has gone AWOL

     Less than 48 hours after the coronation of South Africa's Gizzelle Uys as Miss Eco International 2020 in Egypt, the news broke out on social media claiming that several of the contestants have contracted COVID-19.

     Apparently, the pageant owner herself Dr. Amaal Rezk is also positive but didn’t tell anyone about it. Now these contestants are crying foul because they feel that the organization has abandoned them, and that they have to stay in Egypt indefinitely and pay for their own accommodations. When I was watching the live stream of the pageant, I did notice that not too many people in the audience were wearing mask or following social distancing. This is so revolting and irresponsible of the organization not to follow safety guidelines and be transparent about the situation. 

     Jessica Newton, the national director of Peru for Miss Eco International, is getting tremendous backlash specially from angry Filipino fans after she posted the Covid-positive test result of Miss Eco Philippines Kelley Day on her Instagram story. She shouldn’t have done this because it’s a private information. How would she feel if someone had posted her medical history online? I wonder how in the world did Jessica have access to the test result? According to Newton, Dr. Rezk and her daughter have flown out of the host city with the winner, Gizzelle Uys, and are nowhere to be found.

     Also, on her latest IG story, she posted that the Miss Peru Organization will no longer send representatives to the pageant after the abuse and mistreatment that the candidates received from the organizers.

     Meanwhile, MEI organization released a statement claiming that they “will ensure the safety of all our candidates.” Newton copied and pasted the statement on her IG story and superimposed the word “Falso” which is “false” in Spanish. I agree with Jessica. The statement is a pathetic attempt to fix the damage that has been done and will never be repaired.

     The bottom line is that Miss Eco International should NOT have held a physical pageant if they couldn’t guarantee the safety of all participants (including the staff and visitors), and that the national directors should NOT have sent their representatives without the assurance of safety. Bravo to the national directors who were wise enough not to send representatives this time.

     MEI organization should be ashamed for their gross negligence in causing foreseeable grave harm to anyone who attended the pageant. We can only hope that anyone who tested positive will take all the necessary steps to fully recover from the virus.

     Nawat Itsaragrisil, the CEO of Miss Grand International as well as Thailand's director at Miss Eco International, did a live talk with condemning MEIO's negligent action. You can see the details of the talk on the Instagram page of Ko Phanasa, an independent Thai pageant journalist. According to Ko's postings, several countries have dropped the franchise including Thailand, that MEIO and Miss World Philippines organization (Miss Eco Philippines Kelley Day's director) already knew that Day has been infected with Covid-19 up until the finals but was allowed by Dr. Rezk to compete anyway. 

     This news is still ongoing as new details come in. Follow Ko Phonasa's Instagram for updates at @kophanasa



4.04.2021

South Africa Wins Miss Eco International 2020

 

L-R: Costa Rica, USA, South Africa, Philippines, Venezuela. Credit: Miss Eco International

24-year-old Gizzelle Uys of South Africa was crowned Miss Eco International 2020 at the Baron Resort in Sharm el-Sheik in South Sinai, Egypt on the evening of April 4, 2021. She is the first woman from her country to win the pageant that seeks to promote environmental awareness and eco-tourism. 

Her court includes first runner-up Kelly Day of the Philippines, second runner-up Alexandra Kelly, third runner-up  Steffanía Alejandra Rodríguez Vivas of Venezuela and  fourth runner-up Kristel Ruiz Freeman of Costa Rica. Completing the top ten were the contestants from Thailand, Indonesia, Panama, Ecuador and Belgium. 


Gizzelle Uys