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My Recap & Review of Miss Earth 2023 Finals

  In this vlog, I do a recap and review of Miss Earth 2023 finals that took place in Vietnam on December 22, 2023.

Albania Wins Miss Earth 2023

  Drita Ziri , 18, of Albania has been crowned Miss Earth 2023 in Van Phuc City, Vietnam on December 22. She is the first Albanian to win the Miss Earth title and the first to win a major international pageant. Ziri previously competed at The Miss Globe 2022 competition representing Albania and placed 2nd Runner-up. Her court includes: Miss Earth Air 2023 - Yllana Aduana, Philippines Miss Earth Water 2023 - Do Thi Lan Anh, Vietnam Miss Earth Fire 2023 - Cora Bliault, Thailand Rounding up the top 8 (all named “Miss Earth 2023 Runner-Up”) were: Morgana Carlos - Brazil Dilnaz Tilaeva - Kazakhstan Noa Claus - Netherlands Daria Lukonkina - Russia Congratulations to the winners!

My Top 10 Favorites For Miss Earth 2023

  In this vlog, I reveal my top 10 favorites for Miss Earth 2023 whose finals will take place in Vietnam on December 22, 2023.

Miss Nicaragua Director Resigns

  Karen Celebertti  The director of the Miss Nicaragua pageant, Karen Celebertti, has resigned one week after the country’s national police charged her, along with her husband and son, with   conspiracy and treason , accusing them of involvement in a plot to overthrow the government. Celebertti, who has led Nicaragua’s   Miss Universe franchise for more than two decades, made the announcement on Tuesday via her Instagram account. The whirlwind, controversial turn of events came on the heels of Sheynnis Palacios’   groundbreaking win   at Miss Universe 2023 — which was hosted in El Salvador last month — as the Central American country’s first representative to secure the title. “For 23 years I have worked with zeal and effort to exalt the name of my homeland Nicaragua… I have done it with transparency, with a lot of love and believing in each and every one of the Nicas because talent and beauty abound in every corner of the country,” Celebertti wrote in a  post  on Instagram, without di

Single Mother Is Crowned Miss Venezuela 2023

Ileana Marquez , representing Amazonas, has been crowned Miss Venezuela 2023 and will represent Venezuela in the next edition of Miss Universe. Marquez, 28, makes history by being the first mother to win Miss Venezuela. She has an 11-year-old daughter named Guadalupe. Sakra Guerrero , 24, representing Guárico, has been crowned Miss International Venezuela 2023 and will compete in Miss International 2024 and will attempt for a back-to-back win for her country. She was crowned by outgoing Miss International Andrea Rubio from Venezuela. The first runner-up is Giorgiana Rosas of Anzoátegui, the second runner-up is Daniela Celis of Mérida, and the third runner-up is Caine Granadillo of Yaracuy.

Beauty Pageant Director Accused of Using Contestants to Overthrow Government

Karen Celebertti, director of Miss Nicaragua Organization A beauty pageant director planning to overthrow an oppressive Central American regime with some of the country's most stunning, intelligent, and anti-government women could be an amazing plot line for Miss Congeniality 3. But according to the Nicaraguan government, this is an actual conspiracy to take down authoritarian president, Daniel Ortega. Nicaraguan police  announced Friday  that they want to arrest Karen Celebertti, the director of the Miss Nicaragua beauty pageant, for allegedly fixing the competition to favor anti-Ortega beauty queens to win. The shocking announcement from the authoritarian government came less than two weeks after Nicaraguan beauty queen Sheynnis Palacios won the Miss Universe competition, placing the country at the forefront of the beauty queen world. It was the first time a Nicaraguan had ever won the competition. The Nicaraguan government, helmed by 78-year-old Daniel Ortega, has slowly become

State Directors Dump Miss USA

In this vlog, I discuss the exodus of several state directors who have decided to leave the Miss USA organization that runs Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants.  

Reacting To Miss Universe 2023 Finals

In this vlog, I react to the finals of Miss Universe 2023 held in El Salvador on November 18, 2023. Watch my reaction to Top 20, Top 10, Top 5, R’Bonney Gabriel’s farewell look, Top 3, and the announcement of the winner.  

Nicaragua Wins Miss Universe 2023

  Sheynnis Palacios , a 23-year-old communications graduate representing Nicaragua, has been crowned Miss Universe 2023 at the José Adolfo Pineda Arena in San Salvador, El Salvador on November 18. Sheynnis becomes the first woman from Nicaragua to win the coveted title. It is also Nicaragua’s first ever major crown. Anntonia Porsild, 27, of Thailand, whom many pageant pages had selected as the winner, placed first runner-up instead. If she had won, she would have been the first woman to have won two Grand Slam pageants (she won Miss Supranational 2019). Moraya Wilson, 22, of Australia was second runner-up. The other two finalists were Karla Guilfú of Puerto Rico, 25, and Camila Avella of Colombia, 28, who made history by becoming the first married mother to compete in Miss Universe since 1956. Rounding up the top 10 were the delegates from the Philippines, El Salvador, Peru, Venezuela and Spain. Completing the top 20 were Chile, India, Jamaica, South Africa, Namibia, USA, South Africa,

Miss Universe Judge Reveals Bankruptcy Likely Due To 'Outrage' Over Transgender Organizer

  A 2022 Miss Universe judge is revealing why the organizer behind the event has filed for bankruptcy just days before the next main event. "I think the outrage about a trans woman coming to Miss Universe and preaching, 'Bring the power back to women,' couldn't be more of an oxymoron," television host and reporter Emily Austin said Thursday on " Varney & Co. " "I think her company in Thailand has its own financial issues," she continued, "but socially and morally it's just wrong. And people are starting to catch on that." Thai business tycoon and transgender activist   Anne Jakrajutatip of the JKN Global Group   bought the Miss Universe organization for $20 million in 2022. Jakrajutatip, who has international fame as a transgender celebrity ,   described the purchase at the time as "a strong, strategic addition to our portfolio." But one year later, the franchise itself appears unstable. A public document sent to the

Let’s Talk About Miss Universe 2023 Before The Prelims

This group chat was conducted via Zoom on Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 9:00 PM EST. My guests include Peter Sereno, Brian Javier, Phil Pugeda, Antonio Rivadeneira, and Hector Joaquin. The original gang of Critical Beauty group chat!  

Reacting To Miss Grand International 2023 Finals. Also Miss International 2023 & Miss Universe 2023

  This group chat was conducted via Zoom on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 10:00 PM EST. My guests include Lenka Vomocil, Mrs. National Universe 2022; Emma and Guru of the Pageant Gurus; Wilfredo Lopez, runway coach and pageant mentor; Melvyn Noronha, costume designer; Ed Dominguez, formerly of Global Beauties; George of the Pageant Empress; and Noemi Melendez, national director of Miss International Cuba and co-director of Miss Grand Cuba.

Venezuela Wins Miss International 2023

  Andrea Rubio , 24, of Venezuela has been crowned Miss International 2023 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan on October 26. The first runner-up is Sofia Osío of Colombia, second runner-up is Camila Diaz of Peru, third runner-up is Nicole Borromeo of the Philippines and fourth runner-up is Vanessa Hayes of Bolivia. Completing the top 7 were Supaporn Ritthipruek of Thailand and Itzia Garcia of Mexico. Completing the top 15 were the delegates from Côte d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Greece, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Panama, Puerto Rico and Vietnam. Rubio’s victory marks the ninth crown for Venezuela which has won in 1985, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010, 2015, and 2018. I only saw the last two hours of the live stream because when it started, I was still in bed. After I showered, the top 15 had still not been selected. Despite promises by the organization to produce a “better” show, I found it dull and dragging. Having the girls crowd the small stage in their national costu

Peru Wins Miss Grand International 2023

  Luciana Fuster , 24, of Peru was crowned Miss Grand International 2023 on October 25 at the Phú Thọ Indoor Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She is the second Peruvian woman to win the crown after Maria José Lora won in 2017. Fuster was one of the front runners in this year’s contest. She has over four million followers on her Instagram account, and she embodies the four B’s that the organization is looking for: beauty, brains, body and business (she is a brand ambassador for Adidas, Samsung Peru and Olimpo Bet). Completing the top five are first runner-up Ni Ni Lin Eain of Myanmar, second runner-up Maria Alejandra Lopez of Colombia, third runner-up Sthephanie Miranda of USA, and fourth runner-up Lê Hoàng Phương of Vietnam. Rounding up the top ten and crowned fifth runners-up are Eugénia das Neves of Angola, Melissa Bottema of the Netherlands, Skarxi Marte of the Dominican Republic, Ritassya Wellgreat of Indonesia and Thaweeporn Phingchamrat of Thailand. Joining the top we are th

Who Will Win Miss Grand International 2023?

This group chat was conducted via Zoom on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 10:00 PM EST (Thursday, October 19 at 9:00 AM Vietnam) My guests include George of Pageant Empress, Brian Javier, Gautam and Emma of The Pageant Gurus, Lenka Vomocil, Ed Dominguez (formerly of Global Beauties), Antonio Rivadeneira, and Noemi Melendez.

Review Of Miss USA 2023 Telecast: Laylah Rose's Vision Comes To Life

             Noelia Voigt , a 23-year-old interior design student and a published children's book author from Park City, Utah was crowned Miss USA 2023 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada on September 29, 2023. Voight's victory marks the second time Utah has won the coveted title, which does not count Charlotte Sheffield's promotion to Miss USA 1957 after the original winner, Leona Gage of Maryland, was dethroned for being married with children. In 1960, Utah's Linda Bement won Miss USA and was crowned later as Miss Universe. Voigt also makes history by being the first Venezuelan-American to win the title.        Voigt's  court includes 1st runner-up  Savannah Gankiewicz  of Hawaii, 2nd runner-up  Alexis Loomans  of Wisconsin, 3rd runner-up  Jasmine Daniels  of Pennsylvania and 4th runner-up  Lluvia Alzate  of Texas.      Rounding up the top 2 0 were the contestants from Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, M

Noelia Voigt Of Utah Is Crowned Miss USA 2023

Miss Utah USA Noelia Voigt, 23,  was crowned Miss USA 2023 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno on Sept. 29. She succeeds North Carolina’s Morgan Romano, who took on the role after original winner R’Bonney Gabriel became Miss Universe 2022. Miss Hawaii USA Savannah Gankiewicz was awarded first runner-up, Miss Wisconsin USA Alexis Loomans was second runner-up, Miss Pennsylvania USA Jasmine Daniels was third runner-up, and Miss Texas USA Lluvia Alzate was fourth runner-up. Voigt is a licensed esthetician, certified lash technician and model from Park City, Utah. Her mother is from Venezuela. She will represent USA in Miss Universe 2023 to be held in El Salvador on November 18. In July, Voigt reflected on becoming the first Venezuelan-American named Miss Utah. "I am honored to be the first Venezuelan-American woman to hold the title of Miss Utah USA, and I am truly looking forward to breaking barriers and bridging the gap between communities by being able to speak Spanish and connect w

New Jersey’s UmaSofia Srivastava Wins Miss Teen USA 2023

    Here she is, the new   Miss Teen USA ! On Thursday night, Miss New Jersey Teen USA UmaSofia Srivastava was crowned Miss Teen USA 2023 after prevailing over 50 other competitors at the live-streamed pageant in Reno, Nevada. Among the other top finishers, Miss New York Teen USA Stephanie Skinner was named first runner-up, Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA Maggie Ross was second runner-up. Srivastava, a high school student, nabbed the night’s biggest honor after a week full of activities including interviews, preliminary rounds and a costume contest. "IS THIS REAL???  I am so grateful and honored  that I’m the first Mexican-Indian, first New Jersey, your MISS TEEN USA 2023!!!" the teen wrote social media. "This night is truly the best night of my life because I was crowned with the people that have loved and supported me throughout everything cheering for me in the audience." "The class of 2023 is truly so special. Getting to stand along side each of my intelligent,

Thailand Wins Mister International 2023

  Kim Thitisan Goodburn of Thailand has won the 2023 Mister International title in Crystal Design Center Ballroom, Khwaeng Khlong Chan, Bangkok on September 17, 2023. This is Thailand’s first win in the pageant’s 15-year history. The 24-year-old actor, model and entrepreneur bested 35 other contestants from around the world.  The first runner-up is William Badell of Venezuela. The second runner-up is Edward Taiye Ogunniya of Brazil. The remaining top five were Lucas Schlacter of France and Shashwat Dwivedi of India. Congratulations to Thailand!

Miss Universe Pakistan Crowned, But Not Recognized By The Pakistani Government

  The first ever Miss Universe Pakistan has been crowned. Erica Robin , 24, a professional model who lives in Karachi, won the title over four other finalists. The event took place in the Maldives because pageants are not allowed in Muslim-majority Pakistan. Swipe to the last slide to watch her coronation. Once the news of Robin’s coronation was posted on social media, Pakistan’s Information Minister Murtaza Solangi said that the government had not nominated anyone to represent Pakistan at Miss Universe pageant. Solangi was responding to a journalist’s post on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter) who had asked as to who in the government had given permission to five women in the contest. “The government and the state of Pakistan are represented by the state and government institutions. Our government has not nominated any non-state or non-governmental person or institution for any such activity, nor can any such person or institution represent the state or government. Period,