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Philippines Wins Universal Woman 2024

  Maria Gigante , 30, representing the Philippines, has been crowned Universal Woman 2024 on March 22, 2024 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She is the first woman from her country to win the title. She was crowned by outgoing queen Valentina Sanchez Trivella of Venezuela. Her court includes: 1st runner-up - Lisandra Chirinos - Venezuela 2nd runner-up - Elise Mysyshyne - France 3rd runner-up - Brianna Mai - Cambodia 4th runner-up - Tavera Pena Chabeli - Dominican Republic Making the top 12 were the delegates from Zimbabwe, Denmark, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Great Britain. A total of 42 contestants competed in the second edition of the pageant whose aim is to “unite, celebrate and advance women’s contribution, diverse beauty and accomplishments.” The contest is open to women between 25 to 45 years of age regardless of marital status.

Miss Universe Costa Rice Bans Transwomen

       The Miss Universe Costa Rica Organization, in charge of choosing the Costa Rican representative for Miss Universe 2024, confirmed that trans women will not be able to participate in this edition of the contest.      This was announced by Yessenia Ramírez , director of the beauty contest, during an interview with La Nación: “In the last beauty contests (in the world) trans women have been participating, who are medically and legally recognized as women. What about that requirement? Are they no longer going to be allowed?”      Ramírez replied: “I want to handle this in a very sensitive way, for the respect that that population deserves. For me we are all the same and we all deserve the same respect, but, in this specific case, this contest is for women and that is something that even the same people demand. It is not our issue, if it is not something that is to do justice to women, so to speak.” Source:

Czech Republic Is Crowned The 71st Miss World

The new Miss World is Krystyna Pyszkova , 23, of Czech Republic who was crowned in March 9, 2024 at Jio World Convention Centre in Mumbai, India.   The first runner-up is Yasmina Zaytoun , 21, of Lebanon. The other two finalists are Lesego Chombo of Botswana and Aché Abrahams of Trinidad and Tobago.  Completing the top 8 and winning the continental queen titles are: Leticia Frota of Brazil (Miss World Americas & Caribbean), Jessica Gagen of England (Miss World Europe), Sini Shetty of India (Miss World Asia & Oceania) and Hannah Tumukunde of Uganda (Miss World Africa).   Krystyna is the second woman from her country to win Miss World, the first being Tatana Kucharova in 2006. Congratulations to the winner and finalists!

Who Will Be Crowned The 71st Miss World?

This group chat was conducted via Zoom on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 10:00 PM EST. My guests include Ed Dominguez, Antonio Rivadeneira, Julio Rodriguez, George of the Pageant Empress and Lenka Vomocil. Watch with timestamps.  

Did Paula Shugart & Amy Emmerich Destroy Miss Universe?

  In this clip, I share a message that pageant and Critical Beauty follower Sabrina Solomon of Singapore had sent me on Instagram expressing her sentiment on the Miss Universe video scandal. This is an excerpt from a group chat from February 25, 2024 that you can watch in full here:

Why Was Paula Shugart Absent At The MUO Executive Meeting In Mexico?

  Guest Ed Dominguez, who is the franchise owner of Miss World Panama, raised the question as to why Paula Shugart was not present at the Miss Universe Organization executive meeting that took place in Mexico last October 23, 2023. Shugart resigned from MUO a month later. This is an excerpt from a group chat from February 25, 2024 that you can watch in full here: