5.28.2021

Meet Shouryaditya Singh - Mister Tourism World India 2021

 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.


This year’s Rubaru Mr. India pageant followed a very intricate and complex selection process. The candidates had multiple rounds focusing on their communication skills and articulation. The first segment of the interview was made available to the public. It vividly portrayed Shouryaditya Singh’s concrete thought process and command over his words. He easily aced all these rounds and made his way straight to the winner’s title.


Shouryaditya Singh is the first Mr. India winner from the Indian state of Jharkhand. After winning the contest, he was signed by a London-based international modelling organization. Along with that, he has also been chosen to walk the ramp at the World Tourism Fashion Festival, launched in Italy. His winning package also bestowed him with the opportunity to serve as India’s representative at the international championship - Mister Tourism World, scheduled to happen at the end of the year.


Source: Rubaru Mr. India Organization and Newsfrenzy. Org.

5.27.2021

Interview With Chantal Wiertz - Miss Universe Curacao 2020

 

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. 




5.24.2021

Ankit Sharma Named The Most Handsome Man In India




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

 


5.23.2021

Another Filipino Fashion Designer Echoes Michael Cinco’s Rant About Miss Universe Canada Organization

 

RIAN FERNANDEZ


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


Filipino Designer Michael Cinco Calls Out Miss Universe Canada Team For Being ‘Ungrateful’

 

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 23) -- Dubai-based Filipino fashion designer Michael Cinco called out the Miss Universe Canada team after he was blamed for her failure to land in the semifinals of the Miss Universe pageant.



Cinco said the team has been spreading lies about him, including sabotaging Miss Canada Nova Stevens' chances in the international pageant.

“Now this is for you, to the whole Miss Canada team Migüel Martinez, Denis Martin Davila, and Miss Canada Organization and your ungrateful Miss Canada Nova Stevens,” said Cinco in a lengthy Facebook post on Saturday.

“You have been spreading fake news about me and my team being unprofessional days before the pageant but I chose to be quiet and calm. But this time, I need to stand up for me and my team, as it is just so unfair!” he added.

The fashion designer also posted a screenshot of a comment from an Instagram account named MG Mode, where it claimed that Cinco’s gowns arrived late.

“The gowns arrived on time. Or how could you have sent me photos and videos of her wearing them, showing how the gowns perfectly fitted her, days before each event,” said Cinco.

“You even posted a video of Nova in her last fitting and she was happy. You were forcing me to make Nova’s 26'' waist line to be cinched to 23'', which I obviously didn’t heed even if you said that in pageants, comfort doesn’t matter. But please don't say that her gown was ill-fitting,” he added.

Moreover, Cinco said that it was him who shouldered the photo shoots of Stevens while wearing his creations.

“Her life story was supposedly inspiring and I even went out of my way hiring a team of world-class photographer and filmmaker to shoot her in my couture gowns at a world-class location in Dubai just to give her extra publicity mileage and create for her a balance of glam and luxury as opposed to her humble homecoming in Africa. And everything in that shoot was paid for by me. Did you get that?” he said.

Cinco pointed out that other Miss Universe candidates who wore his designs, such as Miss Romania and Miss Czech Republic, expressed their gratitude to him. Even eventual winner Miss Mexico sent him a message, despite not being able to wear his gown both in the preliminary and finals night.

“But for Nova and your team, not only have I not got a curt ‘thank you,’ but even seemed so upset with me for (Steven) being eliminated in the pageant. Am I the judge?” said Cinco.

He also warned the team not to hire him or any Filipino designers anymore.

“You all are ungrateful, vile, and professional users. Next time don’t ask me or any Filipino designers to dress up your candidates. Ask your Canadian designers to showcase their works in world stage,” said Cinco.

For her part, Stevens said in a video she has nothing but “love” and “gratitude" towards Cinco.

“You have created the most beautiful gowns I could think of. I’ve never once imagined that I would work with you because you’re Michel Cinco. So the fact that I was able to work with you is honestly a highlight of my career as Miss Universe Canada,” she said. So I just want you to know that – that gratitude would never be diminished no matter what. And I’ll express that gratitude publicly and privately.”

Stevens has now made her Instagram account private.

Source: CNN, 5/23/2021

5.19.2021

Reacting To Miss Universe 2020 Finals

 

Watch my reaction to the Miss Universe 2020 finals. Click the banner to go the link.




Fans React To Miss Universe 2020 Show

 

This discussion was conducted live via Zoom on May 18, 2021 at 9:00 PM EST. My guests include Jan-Michael Recto Rañada of Critical Beauty Philippines, Ko Phanasa of KP1 Worldwide (Thailand), Antonio Rivadeneira of Ecuador (Canadian resident), and Brian Javier of @Brian Javier (U.S.).




Mexico Wins Its Third Miss Universe Crown

 



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. 

Hosted by Mario Lopez and former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, who won the crown in 2012, the award show was held after being delayed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the closing rounds of the beauty pageant, Meza was questioned about how she would've handled the pandemic.

"I believe there is not a perfect way to handle this hard situation such as COVID-19," she explained. "However, I believe that what I would have done, was create the lockdown even before everything was that big because we lost so many lives and we cannot afford that. We have to take care of our people. That's why I would have taken care of them since the beginning."

Miss Mexico also addressed the topic of changing beauty standards during a final statement, stressing that beauty goes beyond looks.

"We live in a society that more and more is more advanced and as we have advanced as a society, we have advanced with stereotypes," Meza shared via a translator. "Nowadays, beauty is not only the way we look. For me, beauty radiates not only in our spirits, but in our hearts and the way we conduct ourselves. Never permit someone to tell you that you are not valuable."

The new Miss Universe beat out beauty queens from 73 countries and territories Sunday night, including first runner-up Miss Brazil, Julia Gama; second runner-up Miss Peru, Janick Maceta; third runner-up Miss India, Adline Castelino; and fourth runner-up Miss Dominican Republic, Kimberly Jimenez.

The last time the Miss Universe pageant was held was in 2019, when Miss South Africa, aka Zozibini Tunzi, took home the crown. Miss Puerto Rico, Madison Anderson, was the first runner-up and Miss Mexico, Sofía Aragón, was the second runner-up.

This article first appeared on ETOnline.com.

Source: MSN.com, 5/17/2021

5.12.2021

Follow Us On Instagram And YouTube For Miss Universe 2020 Updates

 

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)

To get real updates, follow us on Instagram at @criticalbeautyofficial and on YouTube at Critical Beauty Salon




5.09.2021

Racism In Pageantry - Racist Attitude Towards Miss Universe Canada Nova Stevens

 

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?"




5.06.2021

Miss Universe Canada Nova Stevens Responds To Racist Filipinos

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.

On her Instagram account, Stevens posted a photo of her with superimposed racist remarks — obviously from Filipino netizens as the insults were expressed in the local language.


Stevens conveyed her disappointment as the racial slurs she received happened despite flourishing movements against racism and hatred toward Asians.


“With all that has been going on in the world ‘black lives matter’, ‘Asians are human’ you would think this would bring us together. Instead, looks like some people are still stuck in their ignorant and racist ideologies,” she wrote in social media post.


“I’m really disappointed with some Pageant fans from certain countries. Your hate takes away the fun and enjoyment from this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she added.


According to the model-turned-beauty queen, people should spread love and stop spewing hate, and be open to accepting that there are other standards of beauty instead of highlighting differences between people and races.


“Is it really that difficult to spread love instead of hate? No one is saying you HAVE to support all contestants, all we’re saying is that you support your delegate without bringing others down. You don’t need to dim someone’s light in order for you to shine,” Stevens said.


“The world is evolving, people are realizing that beauty is not exclusive to one specific group of people. The definition of beauty applies to all; because beauty can be seen in different shapes, shades, and sizes. Please see the beauty that is in this world. We don’t need to look the same, we just need to treat each other the same,” she added.


Stevens’ post has garnered over 22,500 likes as of Wednesday night. Other Filipinos including Miss Philippines Rabiya Mateo have extended their apologies for the unkind and unruly attitude displayed by some Filipino netizens.


The put-down remarks that Stevens received made references to her skin color. The remarks were merely translated for her by some people. She said she did not know that most of the comments were made by Filipinos, and acknowledged that not all Filipinos think the same.


“Hi everyone, thank you for the kind comments and messages. Please know that I am ok. This post is not a generalization, which is why I said ‘some’. Also, I was not sure of the language these comments are from until reading some of the comments,” Stevens noted.


“In case it’s not clear. I don’t think all Filipinos are racist. That would be ridiculous to say. This picture with texts was constantly being sent to me recently which is why I shared it. I’m well aware that there are multiple countries that think this way. I’m sharing this as a teaching moment so that we can make Pageants fun and enjoyable for all,” she added.


Recent movements like the #BlackLivesMatter have taken the world by storm as well-known personalities from athletes to industry leaders and other civil society organizers condemned the racial abuse and maltreatment that Black Americans have experienced, including the death of George Floyd.

 

Ironically, Filipinos in the United States were also subjected to racist attacks, which has led to another campaign against Asian hate.


Source: Inquirer.net, 5/5/2021


 

5.05.2021

Miss Universe 69th Edition: What To Expect

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. MUO President Paula Shugart joined the virtual meeting halfway through the event which was held on May 3, 2021 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT. S Shugart reveals who the analysts/commentators will be, and what the mood of the opening number will be like. She also chimes in on the significance of advocacy and social media presence. #MissUniverse​ #MissUniverse2020​ #ConfidentlyBeautiful






5.04.2021

What Does It Take To Be Miss Universe?

 

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.