This interview was conducted via Zoom on Monday, September 26, 2022 at 8:00 AM EST (8:00 PM Malaysia Time). Charissa Chong is Malaysia's representative to Miss Grand International 2022 which will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia on October 25.
IMAGE COURTESY: MISS ACADEMY Max Sebrechts, the husband of Crystle Stewart, President of Miss USA organization (and formerly Miss USA 2008), has been accused of sexual improprieties by several Miss USA 2021 contestants, according to a YouTube video “Miss USA Scandal?” by Natly Denise, a “truther and pop-culture enthusiast.” You can watch the entire video here: https://youtu.be/8xM2jXL6MXw On her video, Natly displays a screenshot of an anonymous email sent to the affiliates of IMG/Endeavor including to Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization (MUO). The email was cc’d to Crystle and Michael Hannah (franchise director of Miss USA). The author of the email claims that MUO has been sent substantial evidence of Sebrechts’ sexual predatory behavior and Shugart has known about it for a while but didn’t say anything (obviously to cover it up and to protect Crystle). Natly also displays screenshots of direct messages sent to her by former Miss USA contestants (the names hav
CREDIT: MISS UNIVERSE ITALY Virginia Stablum , 24, was crowned Miss Universe Italy 2022 on September 18. She will now represent Italy in the next edition of Miss Universe to take place on January 14, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Virginia is a professional model (signed with Elite Model Management Miami) and social media influencer who has over 370K Instagram followers. Her intro reel on Miss Universe Italy IG page has garnered nearly 10K likes. She first gained attention as a participant on the Italian dating show “Uomini e Donne” (“Men and Women”) in 2017. She was romantically linked to Italian rapper Luchè. Her maternal grandmother is German, while her paternal grandfather is Luxemburger. Her paternal grandmother is Nigerian while her paternal grandfather is an Italian from Trentino. Both of her parents were born in Italy, just like her. (Source: https://www.donnemagazine.it/uomini-donne-virgina-stablum-scelta-nicolo/) She was crowned Miss Mondo Madonna di Campiglio in 2017, Miss
Last weekend, I had the privilege of being part of a judging panel to select the winners of the junior divisions of American Coed Pageants. The system, which is celebrating its 40th edition this year, offers wonderful opportunities for young girls and women of all ages and status to showcase their personalities, talents, speaking skills, natural beauty, and of course, to shine on stage. There is no swimsuit competition. The event took place at the ballroom of Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Orlando, Florida. The preliminary interviews, personal introductions and evening gown competition were held on Saturday, September 3, followed by the finals on Sunday, September 4. There were two sets of judges. My set was tasked to judge the contestants in the junior and intermediate divisions: Princess (ages 3-6), Sweetheart (ages 7-9), Pre-Teen (ages 10-12), and Junior Teen (ages 13-15). The other set was tasked to judge the senior divisions: Teen (16-18), Miss (19-24), Ms. (25-34), Wom
Congratulations to Danielle Kaczanowski , 20, of Illinois for winning the Miss American Coed 2023 title at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Ballroom in Orlando, Florida on September 4, 2022. First Runner-Up - Alexis Jenkins Second Runner-Up - Holly Sealover Third Runner-Up - Cailee Blackington Fourth Runner-Up - Tyara Whitted Miss American Coed is one of the 9 age divisions of American Coed Pageants. Congratulations to Mackenzie Gardner for winning Miss American Teen 2023 at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Ballroom in Orlando, Florida on September 4, 2022. First Runner-Up - Gabriella Campo Second Runner-Up - Bailey Williams Third Runner-Up - Isabella Caruso Fourth Runner-Up - Amber Spatafora Miss American Teen is one of the 9 age divisions of American Coed Pageants. Follow Miss American Coed on Instagram - @missamericancoed and Facebook - Miss American Coed Pageants
Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu, of India, poses for photos after winning the 70th Miss Universe beauty pageant in Israel’s southern Red Sea coastal city of Eilat. AFP via Getty Images Famed superagent Ari Emanuel’s Endeavor is having an ugly time trying to find a buyer for his struggling beauty pageant business, and refuses to chop the price, The Post has learned. Emanuel, the inspiration for fictional Hollywood agent Ari Gold in HBO’s hit show “Entourage,” has been shopping around his Miss Universe business for the last six months for $20 million, with no luck, a source with knowledge said. The hard-charging CEO of Endeavor, which owns the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the William Morris Talent Agency, snapped up the beauty pageant organization from Donald Trump in 2015 ahead of his presidential bid . Although the sale price was not disclosed, financial statements related to Trump’s political campaign said the organization was worth between $5 million and $25 million and