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When eloquence meets charism, meet the alluring sensation of Indian male pageantry, Shouryaditya Singh
It is often said that a man’s charisma and appeal enhance when eloquence and intellect get added to it. Something similar happened this year, at India’s most celebrated male pageant - Rubaru Mr. India, when Jharkhand’s Shouryaditya Singh won the coveted title. Along with winning the title, he also topped the preliminary as well as the final interview segments of the contest by receiving the highest scores from all the members of the judging panel. This was confirmed by a public statement released by the Rubaru Mr. India organization. With this remarkable accomplishment, Shouryaditya Singh joined the elite league of the most eloquent and intellectual beauty pageant titleholders.
Source: Rubaru Mr. India Organization and Newsfrenzy. Org.
Watch my amazing interview with Chantal Wiertz, Miss Universe Curacao 2020 who placed in the top 21 of Miss Universe 2020 held in Hollywood, Florida last May 16. Chantal's platform is autism awareness which is seldom discussed in social circles.
April 8, 2021, witnessed the election of the most handsome man in the world’s largest democracy – India. Standing at a towering height of 6 ft. and 2 inches, Ankit Sharma hailing from the city of Jammu, was proclaimed the most handsome man in India, at the nation’s biggest and most celebrated male pageant – Rubaru Mr. India.
Ankit Sharma was announced the winner of the 17th edition of Rubaru Mr. India competition, culminated on April 8, 2021, at Hibis Resort in Goa, India. Along with winning the prestigious title of Rubaru Mr. India Worldwide 2020-21, he also won ‘Face of the Year’ special award, after unanimously receiving all the votes from the judging panel of the competition. He is also regarded as one of the most handsome Mr. India winners ever to get elected.
Ankit Sharma is a fashion model and entrepreneur in India. He holds a master’s degree in business administration and management. He took up modelling as a leisure activity while pursuing his higher education in business management, and subsequently established himself as a professional model. Apart from being a model, this academically driven Indian gentleman is also a successful entrepreneur and runs his own restaurant.
In 2020, he was selected to compete at Rubaru Mr. India contest, however, the pageant was postponed to 2021. The organization released an official statement that the winner of the contest would carry the title for both the years - 2020 and 2021. Thus, allowing Ankit to hold the Mr. India title for the years 2020 and 2021. Along with winning the title, he also won the opportunity of representing India at an international modelling competition.
Source: NewsFrenzy.org, 5/24/2021
Filipino fashion designer Rian Fernandez has shared his harrowing experience with Miss Universe Canada Organization some years ago.
On Facebook, Fernandez broke his silence following the hullabaloos circulating the social media on how the Canadian team allegedly “deceived the great Michael Cinco, a well-renowned Filipino designer based in Dubai.”
“I just want to share the dreadful experience I had with them as well. An awful experience that almost cost my life!,” he said.
“I wanted my voice to be heard NOW because I am one with M5 when he mentioned that FILIPINO DESIGNERS SHOULD NO LONGER TRUST Miss Universe Canada Organization, under the directorship of Denis Martin Davila. I will not allow this VILE & CHEATERY of Denis to continue!”
A few days ago, Cinco called out Miss Universe Canada 2020 Nova Stevens and MGmode’s Migüel Martinez and Denis Martin Davila who allegedly spread fake news about his team as being “unprofessional.”
In there, he belied the claim that Stevens’ “unfitted” gowns arrived “late,” seemingly “to sabotage” her win.
But Stevens was quick to address the controversy she got embroiled in with Dubai-based Filipino renowned Fashion designer.
Anyway, Fernandez said he and Davila go way back. They had several collaborations before, but netizens only took notice of their partnership when he dressed Siera Bearchell during Miss Universe 2016.
“I know everyone remembered that white serpentine gown that was bashed online. Yes, I did that. Yes, I was criticized because of that! But I have another gown that I wanted her to wear for the finals. This was the brown high-slitted gown with sweetheart bustline that Nick Verreos, a famous US-based blogger, ranked 1st for the Miss Universe 2016 Red Carpet event worn by Cynthia Bailey. Since Denis mentioned that Siera wanted to wear the white serpentine gown, I just lent Cynthia the said gown. Just to know that Siera didn’t even see the brown gown! (BTW, Siera and I are still good friends, and I even made her wedding gown.)”
But that was not the “drama” yet, as he just left that all behind him because he felt that he has a “great collaborative relationship” with Davila, or so he thought.
According to him, sometime in September 2018, when Marta Stepien was just crowned as Miss Universe Canada, he and Davila were already discussing the gowns for the beauty queen.
To make sure that Stepien would have several options for her preliminary and final gowns (and other functions like red carpet and dinner events), he made five outfits in deep red, blue, green, gold, and nude.
He had shown those gowns to the two before the fitting.
“They said they were excited. So, my team & I went to Thailand on Nov. 28, 2018, for Marta’s fitting, then went back to Manila on the 30th. And returned to Thailand again on Dec. 9 to make sure that Marta will get all the assistance. My team and I stayed in Thailand for weeks… ALL EXPENSES FOR MY TEAM WAS SHOULDERED BY ME! The gowns were made out of love for the reason that Denis promised me that I will get the exposure & media mileage,” he said.
“But alas, the preliminary competition happened, and I was shock that Marta is wearing a Michael Cinco creation. I have nothing against M5 because he is an icon! My point is, we were promised by Denis that Marta will wear me to the preliminary and final competition because we have a group chat of continuous updates on how the 5 gowns are going.”
Since such thing happened, he asked Davila to return to him all the five gowns so that other ladies can wear his on the final night, even just for an “outfit of the day” backstage so that people will see the creations that he and his team worked hard for.
“Denis didn’t return the gowns (except for the one Miss Cambodia wore… the deep red gown) for he promised me that Marta will really wear me for the finals, but you all know that it didn’t happen and Marta still wore M5… THAT HE B*$H!+ ME TWICE!,” he said.
Fernandez said he was “devastated” and even cried in his hotel room.
“I FELT FRUSTRATED, CHEATED… and I questioned my talent and skill as a designer! Until the stress and anxiety level escalated, and I felt half of my body paralyzed. It was the scariest moment of my life. Luckily, there was this supporter of Catriona, a licensed Physical Therapist in Dubai, who helped me. If not, I might not have seen the light of day,” he shared.
After that incident, he never received any explanation or apology from their team, he continued.
“I know that I shouldn’t be counting the cost of that dreadful experience (both financially, mentally & psychologically) because I wanted to be part of Marta’s Miss Universe journey. To sir Michael Cinco’s point, a simple THANK YOU would do! But those 2 simple words that could have eased my anxiety was not even uttered by Denis Martin Davila, Marta Magdalena Stepien and Miss Universe Canada organization.”
He hopes it will be a lesson to all of the Filipino designers.
“Never shall we be scammed again by this MUC organization!”
Fernandez also sent his message to Denis and his team.
“Please have some gratitude and a little sense of professionalism when dealing with people who want to help your queen. Please have a little shame. May this be the end of your swindler personality!”
Source: Manila Bulletin, 5/24/2021
And the new Miss Universe is --- Miss Mexico, Andrea Meza. She was crowned this year's Miss Universe at Sunday night's pageant at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Critical Beauty's official coverage of Miss Universe 2020 will officially kick off on May 13 beginning with the National Costume Show which begins at 8:00 PM EST (can be viewed via the Miss Universe YouTube channel)
The group chat was conducted via Zoom on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 9:00 PM EST. My guests include Peter Sereno, Hector Joaquin Colon Gonzalez, Antonio Rivadeneira and Vagisha Mishra. The discussion revolves around the racist attacks by toxic fans against Miss Universe Canada 2020 Nova Stevens who is black. Nova posted a meme on her Instagram account with her headshot and a collage of texts written in Filipino expressing racist comments directed at her. We discuss how to deal with racist and toxic fans, the evolution of perception of beauty across the globe, and we attempt to answer Nova's question, "Is it really that difficult to spread love instead of hate?"
MANILA, Philippines — Nova Stevens, Canada’s representative to the Miss Universe pageant, has clapped back on racial insults hurled against her, saying people who make such remarks seem to be stuck in ignorant ideologies.
This video is an excerpt from the Miss Universe VIP Experience Q&A with Kent Parham (MUO producer and choreographer) and David Profeta (MUO costume designer & supervisor) hosted by MUO Director of Communication, Meg Omecene. The event was held on May 3, 2021 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT.