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


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.


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.

Click the banner to go to the link. 



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.


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



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


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


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.



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


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.