5.22.2022

New Mexican Queens Crowned



Here are the official results of Mexicana Universal 2022 pageant that took place last night in San Luis Potosí:

Mexicana Universal 2022 for Miss Universe 2022 - Irma Cristina Miranda of Sonora
Mexicana International 2023 for Miss International 2023 - Itzia Garcia of Colima
Mexicana Hispanoamericana 2022 for Reina Hispanoamericana 2022 - Diana Robles of Guanajuato
Mexicana Latinoamericana 2023 for Nuestra Latinoamericana Universal 2023 - Veronica Gamboa of Nayarit

La Suplente (replacement, should any of the above winners cannot fulfill their obligations) - Mayra Valencia of Nuevo León




Initially, Mayra Valencia (center) was crowned Mexicana International 2023 until co-host Ximena Navarrete, Miss Universe 2010, announced that the announcement was read in error and that the real winner of Mexicana International 2023 is Itzia Garcia (left). Mayra graciously relinquished her crown and sash to Itzia. Many Mexican fans think that Mayra should have been crowned Mexicana Universal 2022 instead of Irma.


Photo credit: Mexicana Universal Facebook page/Debate.com/mx


5.16.2022

Amelia Tu Crowned Miss Universe Canada 2022

 



Hailing from Vancouver, BC, Amelia is a 20-year-old Chinese-Canadian currently pursuing a simultaneous program in Biology and Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She is deeply passionate about sustainability and spreading environmental awareness. As the front cover of Avessa Magazine’s Summer 2021 issue, she discusses her journey of realizing this passion and how she is planning on achieving her goals.

Although she has a vast variety of interests, her all-time favourite hobby would have to be exploring different genres of dance. In fact, Amelia has been dancing since the age of 3 and won the gold medal at the International Models & Talent (IMTA) Dance Competition. She has also previously competed in Rose Queen and Princess Pageant hosted in Oregon State and was crowned the 2020 Miss Chinese Rose Princess.

Source: 
https://missuniversecanada.ca/amelia-tu-miss-universe-canada-2022/





Interview With Gwendolyne Fourniol - Miss World Philippines 2022 Contestant #25

 

This interview was conducted via Zoom on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 9:00 EST (May 15 at 9:00 AM Philippines). Gwendolyne Fourniol is competing in Miss World Philippines 2022 representing Negros Occidental.





5.09.2022

Interview With Maria Isabela David (Lala Vinzon) - Bb. Pilipinas 2022 Contestant #18

 


Maria Isabela David (Lala Vinzon) is Bb. Pilipinas 2022 Contestant #18, representing Bacolod City. She first came to fame when she became a finalist at 2017 The Voice Teens Philippines singing competition.




5.08.2022

Interview With Sam Santamaria - Miss World Philippines 2022 Contestant #17



Ingrid "Sam" Santamaria is contestant #17, representing Parañaque City, in Miss World Philippines 2022 contest which takes place on June 5, 2022.




 

5.02.2022

My Recap & Review of Miss Universe Philippines 2022

 

In this vlog I do a recap and review of Miss Universe Philippines 2022 competition that took place on April 30 at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City, Philippines.







4.30.2022

Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Crowned

 



MANILA, Philippines — Pasay’s Celeste Cortesi bested 31 other finalists to emerge as the Miss Universe Philippines 2022 held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena tonight. 

Raised in Italy, Celeste won the Miss Philippines Earth title in 2018.

At the preliminary competition, Celeste bagged Miss Aqua Boracay and Miss Avana. She also won the Miss Photogenic and Best in Swimsuit special awards at the coronation night. 

At the question and answer segment, Celeste was asked by host Pia Wurtzbach: “If you could stop time for a day, how would you spend it?” 

“If I could stop time, I will spend it with my family, especially my mother. It's been two years since I didn't see my family because they live in Italy and I came here in the Philippines just by myself. So if I had a chance to spend one day I would definitely be with my mom. And I will tell her how much I love her and miss her,” she answered.  

Hosted by Miss Universe queens Pia Wurtzbach, Iris Mittenaere and Demi-Leigh Tebow, the pageant hailed other winners such as:

Miss Universe Philippines Tourism is Makati's Michelle Dee,
Miss Universe Philippines Charity is Bohol's Pauline Cucharo Amelinckx,
Misamis Oriental’s Annabelle MacDonnell is 1st runner-up and
Taguig’s Ma. Katrina Llegado is 2nd runner up.

The panel of judges included US lawyer and philanthropist Francis Padua, resort owner Tonee Co See, lawyer Margarita Gutierrez, MUPH’s Richelle Singson Michael, Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu, FrontRow CEO Sam Verzosa, business mogul Lia Andrea Moss, FrontRow president RS Francisco, pediatric doctor Jennifer Olay, veterinarian-model Joshua Sorrentino.



Source: https://www.philstar.com/entertainment/2022/04/30/2177881/pasays-celeste-cortesi-wins-miss-universe-philippines-2022

4.27.2022

Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu Is In The Philippines

 

Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu of India, accompanied by Narvacan City Mayor and LCS Group Chairman Chavit Singson and LCS Group Vice Chairman Architect Richelle Singson-Michael, is met by adoring fans at the Platinum Skies Hangar Domestic Airport Compound on her arrival on April 24. She will grace the Miss Universe Philippines 2022 coronation on April 30 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO



HARNAAZ Sandhu, winner of Miss Universe 2021, arrived in the Philippines on Sunday, April 24, where she held court at the Platinum Skies Hangar Domestic Airport Compound.

Hosting the welcome were Narvacan City Mayor Chavit Singson and Architect Richelle Singson-Michael, LCS Group Vice Chairman, Ako Ilokano Ako partylist first nominee, and host committee chairman of the 65th Miss Universe that took place here in the Philippines.

Both Mayor Singson and Singson-Michael have tirelessly continued to represent the country in the organization to make Miss Universe one of the most anticipated and inspired events in the country.

The LCS Group vice chairman shared the delightful moments she had with the reigning Miss Universe.

"We are more than happy to welcome Harnaaz. We had the opportunity to learn from each other as we tackled topics she wishes to address throughout her reign. Like a true beauty queen, she is confident yet humble, with the influence to make a positive change in a global scale," she said.

Mayor Singson also expressed his exuberance with Harnaaz's visit.

"Having her (Sandhu) visit our country and share her goals with us Filipinos is an inspiration. It's also an opportunity for us to learn about her plans and advocacies as Miss Universe and extend to her all the help to promote her causes," the mayor said.

"The Philippines has always been one of my dream destinations because of its stunning beauty, but more importantly, I feel that it is a country full of opportunities for me to contribute as Miss Universe. I'm excited to work with people who share my passion for putting advocacy into action," Sandhu shared when asked how she felt when she first arrived in the country.

Menstrual Equity is one of the advocacies of the current Miss Universe.

"This is a topic near and dear to my heart because I grew up watching my mother deal with this issue. So now that I'm able to address this problem globally, I'm going to devote my time and energy to help young girls and women overcome this challenge. I firmly believe that when women support other women, incredible things happen," she continued.

Her arrival ramped up excitement among Filipino pageant fans who are looking forward to see her in the upcoming Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Coronation Night. Her followers are also interested as to which destinations in the country she would visit. The Philippines has hosted two Miss Universe coronation nights and having the reigning title holder sparks joy among Filipinos.

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-ph/news/other/miss-universe-2021-harnaaz-kaur-sandhu-in-ph-for-mup-2022/ar-AAWDZaS


4.22.2022

My Top Ten Favorites For Miss Universe Philippines 2022 - Who Will Wear The New Crown?

 

On this vlog, I reveal my top 10 favorites for the Miss Universe Philippines 2022 title. The winner will be crowned on April 30 and will represent the Philippines in the next edition of Miss Universe.


4.10.2022

Are Gay Men The Harshest Pageant Critics?

 

What an awesome chat we had! Thank you to my amazing guests Gaspar Cruz, Peter Sereno and Rocky Graziano for such an engaging and entertaining discussion on the gay men’s role in pageantry. And yes, we can be the harshest pageant critics, but at least we do so with love. 🥰

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3.30.2022

Sisters Win Miss Vermont and Miss Vermont Teen USA Crowns




The theme song for the  2022 Miss Vermont USA and Miss Vermont Teen USA pageants could be the Eurythmics’ “Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves.”

Kelsey and Kenzie Golonka of Montpelier were crowned Miss Vermont USA and Miss Vermont Teen USA, respectively, on Sunday at Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe. It marks the first time in 40 years — since a teen division was added to the event — that sisters were victorious in the same year.

“My heart was pounding and I was over-the-moon excited when Kenzie was getting called,” Kelsey, 22, said. “Obviously, I was super-excited for myself. But I was even more excited for her. That was super special.”

Kenzie, 16, is a junior at Montpelier High School. She said she was “super-shocked” to win the teen competition, which preceded her sister’s Miss Vermont USA event.

“When my sister won, too, it was really surreal,” Kenzie said. “And I’m excited to be able to do this with her.”

The sisters will represent Vermont at the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA 2022 pageants later this year.

“We’re going to be spending the year promoting the Miss USA Vermont organization,” Kelsey said. “And go around and talk in schools and inspire other people across the state of Vermont.”

The Golonka sisters are two of  five children — three sisters and two brothers — of Thomas and Cynthia Golonka. Kelsey is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and a registered nurse who works in the NICU at a local hospital.  The second oldest in the family, she was crowned Miss Vermont Teen USA in 2017.

The Miss Universe organization, which oversees the Miss Universe, USA and Teen USA pageants, "is all about empowering women and exploring their confidence,” Kelsey said, explaining her interest in pageantry. “To me, that was incredibly appealing.

“I wanted to be able to go into a room no matter who I was with,” she continued, “and hold my own and have that confidence.”

Kenzie, the youngest in the family, said she was impressed by her sister’s Miss Vermont Teen USA experience.

“That inspired me,” Kenzie said. “And I wanted that confidence for myself.”


Source: Seven Days, VT, 3/28/2022



3.21.2022

Former Miss France Claims That Shree Saini's Parents Bought Her Miss World Second Place Position

 

On March 17, 2022, former Miss France Delphine Wespiser, who competed in Miss World 2012, appeared on the popular French TV show, "Touche pas à mon poste," where she claims that the rich parents of Shree Saini, the American representative to Miss World 2021, had bought her first runner-up placement at the pageant whose finals took place in Puerto Rico on March 16, 2022. Click banner to go to the link.






3.20.2022

What Advice Would We Give To Miss World 2021 Karolina Bielawska

 

During a group chat where we reacted to the Miss World 2021 Telecast, my three guests (Hector Joaquin, Ko Phanasa, Yasir Kemalzadeh) and I gave some advice to the new queen, Karolina Bielawska of Poland.

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3.18.2022

Reacting To Miss World 2021 Telecast

 

This chat was conducted via Zoom on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 8:00 PM EST. My guests include Hector Joaquin, Syed Kemal and Ko Phanasa of KP1 Worldwide. Timestamps have been provided so you watch the segments that interest you.




3.17.2022

Poland Wins Second Miss World Crown

 

Poland's Karolina Bielawska is crowned by her predecessor Toni-Ann Singh of Jamaica.
Photo credit: Miss World Organization


 

Poland's Karolina Bielawska won the Miss World 2021 crown amidst controversy in a gala that was held at the Coca-Cola Music Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This is the second time Poland won the crown, the first being in 1989 with Aneta Kreglicka.

The other two finalists were United States' Shree Saini and one of the favourites to win the 70th edition of the gala, Olivia Yace, from the Ivory Coast.

"When I heard my name, I was surprised, I still can't believe it, I feel honoured," said Bielawska after being crowned by Jamaican Toni-Ann Singh, who won the 2019 edition.

The 23-year-old model, who is studying for a master's degree in administration and enjoys doing volunteer work, decided to be "more authentic" and "enrich the lives" of other people.

"If you want to discover something new, try to learn to be richer in empathy, gratitude and compassion," she answered in the round of questions.

Controversy sparked during the gala due to legal problems between the organisers and the fact the no Latina candidate made it to the Top 12.

The final of the contest was scheduled for December 16 at the Puerto Rico Coliseum, but it had to be postponed after 38 positive COVID-19 cases were recorded between candidates and staff.

The top 12, which this time was made up of 13 women due to a tie, included candidates from Vietnam, Mexico, Northern Ireland, the Philippines, Poland, Somalia, the United States, Colombia, the Czech Republic, France, India, Indonesia and the Ivory Coast.

Some of the main favourites such as Venezuela's Alejandra Conde and the Puerto Rican Aryam Diaz.

Meanwhile, the company Puerto Rico with a Purpose (PRwaP) has sued Miss World 2016 and president of the organisation Reignite Puerto Rico Inc., Stephanie Del Valle, for alleged fraud.

PRwaP demanded the payment of 1,225,000 dollars, a sum earned from public funds that the former Puerto Rican beauty queen allegedly had not returned.

Del Valle countersued PRwaP, requiring more than 31 million dollars for moral damages, and announced that she would not participate in the Miss World 2021 final events.

In fact, the attendees showed their support to Del Valle and booed some of the organisers or sponsors of the event, such as the cryptocurrency mogul Brock Pierce, who is in charge of PRwaP, and the president of the Miss World Organization, Julia Morley.


Source:  https://www.marca.com/en/lifestyle/2022/03/17/623324bfe2704ee13b8b45f5.html


 

3.15.2022

Spain Wins Mister Global 2022

 



Miguel Angel Lucas, 21, of Spain won the Mister Global 2022 title in Thailand on March 15, 2022. The 6'5" model and firefighter in training bested 31 other contestants. 

The other four finalists include 1st runner-up Danh Linh of Vietnam, 2nd runner-up Dongwoo Shin of Korea, 3rd runner-up Juan Carlos da Silva of Venezuela, and 4th runner-up Gabriel Ortiz of Mexico.




Photos courtesy of Mister Global

3.11.2022

Interview With Alissa Anderegg - Miss World America 2020. Why She Was Unable To Compete in Miss World 2021 Contest

 

Alissa was supposed to represent USA at Miss World 2021 contest in Puerto Rico, but was later banned by the Miss World America Organization who mysteriously replaced Alissa with Shree Saini. Alissa shares her heartbreaking experience with the organization that betrayed her. She chronicles her travails on this page which I recommend to viewers to read: mwatimeline.wordpress.com Last December, the online publication Jezebel published an article featuring Alissa and Miss World America contestants who have been mistreated and abused by the organization. You can read the entire article here: https://jezebel.com/miss-world-america-contestants-speak-out-about-being-ex-1848189200





3.07.2022

Our Top 5 Favorites For Miss World 2021


My guests Luis Portelles, Ko Phanasa and I select our respective Top 5 favorites for the Miss World 2021 crown. The finals will be held in Puerto Rico on March 16, 2022. 






Miss Supranational Bans Russian Contestants



When the news broke out that Russia had began to invade Ukraine two weeks ago, the Miss Supranational Organization, headed by CEO Gerhard Parzutka von Lupinski, who is Polish, made an executive decision to ban Russia contestants from his pageant.



 

3.06.2022

Group Chat on Current Hot Topics: Pageant World Reacts To The Russian Invasion of Ukraine, Miss France, Miss World, Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Contestants

 

This live chat was conducted via Zoom on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 9:00 PM EST. My guests include Ko Phanasa of KP1 Worldwide and Luis Portelles who runs his own YouTube channel under his name. In this chat, we discussed the following topics: 1. Russia banned from Miss Supranational after Russia invaded Ukraine 2. Reaction of Russian and Ukrainian queens towards the Ukrainian crisis 3. Miss Grand International's reaction to the Ukrainian crisis; MGI road show to Latin America 4. Stephanie del Valle boycotting Miss World 2021 finals on March 16, and her legal battles. 5. Miss France changes its rules and Miss Universe 2016 from France Iris Mittenaere supports the changes. 6. The official 50 candidates for Miss Universe Philippines 2022




3.01.2022

Stephanie Del Valle Boycotts Miss World 2021 Finals

 


On her Instagram account on February 28, 2022, Miss World 2016 Stephanie Del Valle posted that she decided not to attend the finals of Miss World 2021 - to be held on March 16 in Puerto Rico -for this reason: "It is contrary to my ethics and moral principles to continue working with an organization that has acted in a defamatory, frivolous and unfair manner; solely for the purpose of causing harm. "

Stephanie's post is originally in Spanish but has been translated into English:


To my dear people of Puerto Rico and fans around the world:

At 19 years old, young and inexperienced, I traveled with a suitcase full of enthusiasm and hope for Washington, DC to represent PR in the Miss World 2016 competition. I did not travel alone, I carried PR in my heart. I prepared myself, and the rest is history. After 41 years, the Miss World crown returned to PR. It was a year full of enriching experiences, achieved dreams and lots of learning. Through my duties as queen I discovered my true passion: to do work for the good of humanity. In 2018 and 2019 I had the privilege of becoming the first Beauty with a Purpose Ambassador, with the endorsement of MWO that has counted on my loyalty and integrity since I was crowned.

Bringing the MW contest to our Island on its 70th anniversary was an idea that was born in my heart as a Puerto Rican. The intention of creating a worldwide positive impact for PR is and will always be my greatest wish. The events that have occurred in recent weeks are far from the reasons for which the Reignite Puerto Rico, Inc. corporation was created as a vehicle to achieve this objective. What was once my biggest dream has turned into a great and unfair nightmare.

It is contrary to my ethics and moral principles to continue working with an organization that has acted in a defamatory, frivolous and unfair manner; solely for the purpose of causing harm. Something I still can't understand. That is why, with great sadness, I decided that I will not be participating in the Miss World 2021 Final.

To all the candidates of MW 2021: thank you for becoming ambassadors of my country with love and enthusiasm. To the new sovereign, congratulations and remember to continue the legacy of Beauty with a Purpose as we cannot wait to see how you will impact the world.

To my dear PR, family, sponsors and followers, thanks for your support and solidarity. I'm sure PR will shine in the final. It fills me with satisfaction to know that this beautiful celebration will be achieved thanks to my initiative as a Puerto Rican, my team and the work of many, after 45 long years.

Let us never forget everything we have experienced together.

With love, Steph


Source:  https://www.instagram.com/p/CaihfygrHmp/ 

Just to be clear: Stephanie is not boycotting the finals because of Miss World, but because of the company that sued her, Puerto Rico With A Purpose, allegedly for embezzlement, which Stephanie strongly denied. 

The finals will go ahead on March 16 as planned, according to a communication sent to the contestants today by the Miss World Organization.
    

2.28.2022

Interview With Destiny Wagner - Miss Earth 2021


 Get to know Destiny Wagner, Miss Earth 2021, the first woman from Belize to have won a major international beauty pageant title.




2.26.2022

Former Miss Grand Ukraine Joins Army To Fight Russians

 


A former Miss Grand Ukraine beauty queen has joined her nation's army to fight off invading Russian forces.

Anastasiia Lenna was crowned a national pageant winner aged 24 in 2015, as she dazzled in dresses and high heels but the model has swapped her glamorous lifestyle to put her body on the line for Ukraine.

The brave model's step into the battlefield to defend her country is a far cry from her previous job working across Turkey as a public relations manager.

According to her Instagram highlights titled Airsoft, Anastasiia is no stranger to wielding a weapon albeit those that typically fire plastic projectiles rather than real bullets.

Streams of snaps show her in full military gear in wooded arenas and indoor training grounds over the past couple of years but now she will be hoping her experience comes in handy.

Since Vladimir Putin waged war on Ukraine this week, the former beauty queen has been using her platform of over 40,000 social media followers to rally support for her country.

Saturday saw Anastasiia share various patriotic content on Instagram as well as her own captions to photos of war.

She warned Russian troops: "Everyone who crossed the Ukrainian border with the intent to invade will be killed!"

Another post expressed her pride in Ukraine's resistance so far which has already seen Russia lose more men than Putin had encountered for, according to intelligence.

Anastasiia said: "Our army is fighting in such a way that NATO should apply for entry into Ukraine."

Sharing content praising the example set by Ukraine's former comedian president by walking among soldiers, she wrote: "A true and strong leader. This is the President of Ukraine"

Anastasiia also shared a plea from world champion boxer Usyk Oleksandr who appealed to his Russian social media followers to not send loved ones into battle with Ukraine.

The marketing and management graduate from Slavistik University in Kyiv has called on her follow country people to remove all road signs to make it harder for invading troops to navigate through Ukraine.

A translation of her call to action reads: "Dismantling road signs on all roads of the country. The enemy has a pathetic connection, they don't orientate the terrain. Let's help them go straight to hell.


Source: https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/former-miss-grand-ukraine-anastasiia-26337504

2.24.2022

Miss Alabama Zoe Bethel's Cause of Death Revealed

 



Miss Alabama 2021 Zoe Bethel died after suffering "blunt force trauma," the Miami Police Department, citing the medical examiner, confirmed to Fox News Digital.

Per authorities, the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner ruled the beauty queen's tragic death an "accident."

According to a statement, officers responded to a call on Feb. 11 around 12:05 a.m. Per a preliminary police investigation, Bethel had fallen out of a third-story window. After officers arrived on the scene, Bethel was transported by Miami Fire Rescue to Jackson Memorial hospital in "critical condition."

Per the statement, officers had "responded to a call of a possible suicide attempt;" however, that has since been clarified with the statement noting, "This was a tragic accident." No foul play is suspected.

Her family released a statement to Fox News Digital characterizing her as a devout believer in Jesus Christ and a patriotic, strong conservative.

"She loved God and valued her life as well as the lives of those around her," the statement read. "She was growing and becoming more successful each year of her life, and she was only just beginning. And if she had a choice, she would still be here with us today."

"No matter who you were, Zoé always looked for the good in people," the statement continued. "At the core she was a creative minded person."

Bethel's family described her as a loving mother to a 5-year-old daughter and noted that she loved being in nature.

"She found joy in the outdoors and whenever her family around her had an ailment, she was ready with her natural remedies to find a cure," the family's statement read. "Even though she was glamorous in her modeling and as a pageant queen, She was not afraid to get her hands dirty for a good cause."

Bethel's family initially confirmed she passed away on Friday, Feb. 18 in a post shared to her public Instagram account.

 Zoe Bethel's tragic death was ruled an "accident" by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's office, the Miami Police Department confirmed to Fox News Digital. (Instagram @zosobe)

Zoe Bethel's tragic death was ruled an "accident" by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's office, the Miami Police Department confirmed to Fox News Digital. (Instagram @zosobe)

"On Friday, February 18, 2022, at approximately 5:30AM Eastern time in Miami, Florida, our beloved Zoe Sozo Bethel passed from this life into the next as a result of succumbing to her injuries," the post reads.

https://www.instagram.com/p/CaDa9oRuoj8/

The beauty queen's family members previously revealed she sustained "severe damage" to her brain and brainstem after an accident took place on the night of Feb. 10. She was placed in a coma, and doctors had informed the family she "may not have much time left."

In addition to being the current Miss Alabama for American Strong, Bethel was active in several organizations and groups. She was a political commentator for RSBN, a brand ambassador for Turning Point USA and Liberty University's Falkirk Center, according to her family's post.

Fox News' Melissa Roberto contributed to this report.

Source: https://www.fox5ny.com/news/miss-alabama-zoe-bethels-cause-of-death

2.22.2022

My Top 10 Top 2s At Miss Universe - On 2-22-2022

 

February 22, 2022 will never happen again so I figured I'd make the date memorable by at least coming up with my top 10 favorite top 2's at Miss Universe. Click to watch!




2.18.2022

What I Learned From Judging World Top Model 2022 & Other Stuff

 

I had the privilege of judging the World Top Model 2022 Competition that took place at The New Yorker Hotel in New York City from February 10 - 13. The competition was produced and organized by Beauty It's Everywhere Inc. in conjunction with the 2022 New York Fashion Week. In this vlog, I recap the event and reveal what I have learned from it as well as show some of the highlights.




2.15.2022

World Top Model 2022 Competition - Crowning Moments & Post-Coronation Interviews

 



I had an amazing time judging the World Top Model 2022 competition held Sunday night, February 13, at The New Yorker Hotel Ballroom. Nineteen women of all shapes, shades, and ages from around the world competed in the fifth edition of the contest. Three titles were awarded for each age division. Here are the official results (photo from left to right): World Top Model Teen 2022 - Landyn Exarhos (Greece), World Top Model Miss 2022 - Natalie Miller (Ireland) and World Top Model Ms. 2022 - Lidia Szczepanowski (East Coast). Silver Medalist - Hulda Vigdísardóttir (Iceland) Bronze Medalist tie) - Reya Mico (Philippines) and Kayla Wilson (North America) Thank you to Rene Bionat of @beautyitseverywhere for inviting me to judge this unique and inspirational competition.



2.10.2022

How Pageant Titleholders Deal With Bullying

 

This video is a compilation of video clips from my 2020/2021 interviews with six pageant titleholders who each gave their respective answer to the question, “How do you deal with bullying?”’ The titleholders include: Lindsey Coffey - Miss Earth USA 2020 & Miss Earth 2021 Felix Martin II - Mister Supranational USA 2021 Nadia Sayers - Miss Universe Ireland 2020 Sanjay Ramcharan - Mister Gay Netherlands 2021 Nathalie Yasmin Mogbelzada - Miss Grand Netherlands 2021 Chantel O’Brian - Miss Universe Bahamas 2021




2.02.2022

Interview With Sienna Evans - Miss World Bahamas 2021

 

Watch my fun interview with the bubbly and charming Sienna Evans, Miss World Bahamas 2021. Click the banner to go to the link. Skip to 6:29 where Sienna starts to appear.






1.31.2022

Former Miss USA Jumps to Her Death From New York City Skyscraper



Cheslie Kryst, who won the Miss USA sash in 2019, has died after a fall from her high-rise Manhattan apartment building. She was 30.

Her family confirmed Kryst’s death in a Sunday statement. “Her great light was one that inspired others around the world with her beauty and strength,” it read. “She cared, she loved, she laughed and she shined.” The family said that the pageant-winner had “embodied love and served others” and that “her impact will live on.”

Her body was found on the sidewalk outside the Orion Condominium building in Midtown just after 7 a.m. Kryst lived on the ninth floor of the building, according to the New York Post. She was last seen on a terrace 29 stories above the ground.

Though her family did not provide a cause of death, sources in the New York Police Department have confirmed that Kryst had died by suicide, according to the Post and The Hollywood Reporter. The Post reported that Kryst had left behind a note leaving her possessions to her mother.

“May this day bring you peace and rest,” Kryst wrote in an Instagram caption posted just hours before her fatal fall.

In a phone interview with the New York Daily News, Kryst’s grandfather, Gary Fimpkins, recalled her “infectious” laugh and “generous” spirit.

“She was such a fantastic person,” he said. “She felt for other people. She tried to help other people. She was just one of those rare people that had a heart for people.”

“To be extinguished so fast is just devastating,” the grandfather added. “So hard to imagine one minute they’re here and one minute they’re not. And you know that the only [way] you’ll ever see them again is when you yourself pass away.”

Following news of her death, tributes from friends and fans poured in. “Rest peacefully sister,” Olivia Jordan, who won the Miss USA title in 2015, wrote on Kryst’s final Instagram post. “The world will miss you and the light you shone so bright.”

The 30-year-old began competing in pageants as a teenager, following in the footsteps of her mother, April Simpkins, who was crowned Mrs. North Carolina US in 2002. Kryst remembered being in middle school and watching Simpkins “clean up all these awards” in a 2020 interview with The Charlotte Observer.

“I didn’t have a lot of friends, I was a nerdy weird kid who just liked to read during class, and it was so cool that people knew my name because of my mom,” she said. “And so from that moment, I knew I was going to compete at some point in time.”

Kryst won the Miss USA title in 2019, just months after she’d clinched the Miss North Carolina USA crown. While competing, she remembered in a 2021 essay for Allure magazine, she spoke openly about her views “on the legalization of marijuana, the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, anti-abortion laws, the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, and the successes and failures of criminal justice reform.”

“I openly supported the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement and marched in protests over the summer,” Kryst continued. “I wasn’t searching to collect more awards or recognition during my reign. Rather, I fed the passion that made waking up each morning feel worthwhile: speaking out against injustice.”

At 28 years old, Kryst became the oldest woman to ever be crowned Miss USA. She went on to also become the longest-reigning victor, thanks to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, holding the title for a record 557 days.

Outside of pageantry, Kryst practiced as a civil litigation attorney, having earned her law degree and an MBA from Wake Forest University. She worked as a global impact ambassador with Dress for Success, a nonprofit supporting low-income women searching for jobs, and wrote about business attire on a blog called White Collar Glam.

After her Miss USA win, Kryst also became a New York correspondent for celebrity and entertainment program Extra. Her work on the show garnered her two Daytime Emmy nominations.

“Our hearts are broken,” a Sunday statement from Extra read. “Cheslie was not just a vital part of our show, she was a beloved part of our Extra family and touched the entire staff. Our deepest condolences to all her family and friends.”

In her Allure essay, Kryst said she felt “giddy” about “laying the groundwork” for her future. Having hit her third decade, Kryst wrote, she was “searching for joy and purpose on my own terms—and that feels like my own sweet victory.”

Source: The Daily Beast, 1/31/2022


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