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|Dilan Cicek Deniz|
Organizers in Guatemala “bullied” her financially, she says.
Stringer had fullfilled all her commitments until Miss Teenager Australia organizers Mark Williams and Thelma Rodriguez decided not the hold their competition this year because they’ve moved from Australia to Miami for work.
International organizers then told Jasmine, who is 17, that she would have to find her own Australian contestant, pay their entry fee, and also pay her own way to Guatemala, where this year’s competition is to be held. That’s despite her contract including a return trip to the contest where she was to crown her successor.
“If you cannot follow he (sic) crown you must give the title to first runner up and in this way we will make a formal statement to publicise the news,” organizer Walter Guillen told her in an email
“If you want to follow with the title of Miss Teenager 2013 and come to Guatemala to deliver your crown and receive the second part of the award, you must pay $2000 USD to the organisation Miss Teenager Pageant.”
Jasmine says that she was supposed to get $4,000 in prize money but has only received $2,000.
“When I first entered the pageant, my main cause was to make a stand against Cyber bullying however, for the past 3 months I have been bullied by the Miss Teenager Universe organisation run by Toni Berganza in Guatemala who has sent me threats and ultimatums involving finances which as a 17 year old I do not have,” she said in a statement.
“I have represented as Miss Teenager Universe at an exceptional level expected of a beauty queen but unfortunately the organisation has not shown me any respect in return.
“Under the guidance of my former National Director Thelma Rodriguez, I have made the decision to resign from this role as I do not wish to be associated with an organisation that is so unprofessional and bullies their teenage queens.
“I would highly recommend that teenage girls from around the world do their own research before entering a contest.”
The Australian organizers issued a statement of support, saying that the “bullying” of her is “very unprofessional.”
“I had to put emotion and business into very different categories because they were trying to intertwine the two to get me to do what they wanted, which is morally so wrong,” Jasmine told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
“Putting myself and my emotions aside, I would like the world to recognise that this is my way of encouraging teenagers to speak up if something’s not right and take a stand for what they believe in. “Beauty contests should not be focused on outer beauty alone, but more on using your title to make a difference.”
Jasmine is now modeling in Thailand.
SOURCE: Epochtimes.com, 5/28/2014
Miss Teenager Universe, 17, gives up her crown after being 'bullied' into finding her successor and paying to fly to Guatemala out of her own pocket
On June 8 in Baton Rouge, the new Miss USA will be crowned. The winner will represent the U.S. in the 2014 Miss Universe pageant whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed. After having viewed all the videos (Road To The Crown, Hot Seat) - sadly, there was no live streaming of the prelims this year - after having read the bios, seen all the glam shots and personal pics on the Miss USA website and on the candidates' social network, and compared notes with pageant fans from all walks of life, we have concluded that the winner will emerge from this group of 20 formidable, beautiful and articulate young women. Here they are in alphabetical order:
|ALABAMA - Jesica Ahlberg|
|CALIFORNIA - Casssandra Kunze|
|FLORIDA - Brittany Oldehoff|
|GEORGIA - Tiana Griggs|
|HAWAII - Moani Hara|
|INDIANA - Mekayla Diehl|
|LOUISIANA - Brittany Guidry|
|MASSACHUSETTS - Caroline Lunny|
|MINNESOTA - Haley O'Brien|
|MISSISSIPPI - Chelsea Reardon|
|NEBRASKA - Amanda Soltero|
|NEVADA - Nia Sanchez|
|NEW JERSEY - Emily Shah|
|NEW YORK - Candace Kendall|
|NORTH DAKOTA - Audra Mari|
|OKLAHOMA - Brooklyne Young|
|PENNSYLVANIA - Valerie Gatto|
|SOUTH CAROLINA - Christina Zapolski|
|UTAH - Angelia Layton|
|WEST VIRGINIA - Charisse Haislop|
|THE NEW LUCY?|
Review of the telecast to come soon!
|Nicklas kisses his crystal trophy. His victory marks Denmark's first ever major international win in male pageantry.|
|The new king takes his first selfie as Mr. World with his predecessor Francisco Escobar|
Critical Beauty had the privilege of interviewing Nicklas before he left for England.
If you missed his interview, you can read it here.
Photos courtesy of Mr. World Facebook Page
I must say that this year's production impressed me in more ways than one. First, the stage looked absolutely fabulous, and I am not using the adjective loosely. Oh, no. Fabulous as in "having no basis in reality; mythical." If I had gone to the theater, the stage would have looked too real, and eventually ordinary. But seeing the stage remotely from my living room, on television, generated a sense of awe: all of a sudden, the stage seemed majestic and grandiose, like fairy tales. The dazzling, huge lit chandeliers only enhanced the contestants' glamorous getup. And speaking of getups, notice the diverse styles of gown worn by each of the top 10 semifinalists below:
At last, MUO yielded to the fans' demand. They got exactly what they wanted. However, some fans did not appreciate the seemingly interminable revelation of the top 20, as it took away the thrill and the excitement. The announcement of a semifinalist was immediately followed by a quasi-biographical hometown video which lasted an average of 1 minute, but which probably felt like an eternity. Imagine the remaining 31 contestants who had to endure standing on their heels - and anguishing over their elimination - during this lengthy revelation. Well, they certainly got plenty of air time. However, their lengthy standing on stage is not as painful compared to the one of contestants in the 1970s and 1980s when everyone of them had to remain on stage until after all 10, 12, or 15 semifinalists had been interviewed for two or three minutes long. Perhaps the most telling aspect of the top 20 format - the first ever in the 62-year history of the pageant - is that this year proved to be extremely competitive that MUO was compelled to add five more girls to the usual roster of top 15.
I find it odd that despite the highly entertaining quality of the show, there was hardly any humor in it. The co-hosts Thomas Roberts and Giuliana Rancic made a cute couple, but I doubt if they could even bring a smile to any of the Nigerian girls kidnapped and enslaved by the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram. Color commentator Jeannie Mai's comments absolutely brought nothing new or fresh that we avid pageant fans did not already know or expected. She's got to go, and should be replaced by someone who had actually competed in Miss USA and whose opinion truly matters to pageant followers. If you have to look for unintentional humor, it is in Miss Maryland USA's gaffe for not removing her mask as she introduced herself. It is also in Farouk Shami's playful comportment and footwear while judge Rumer Willis was reading her question to Miss Nevada USA. And lastly, in the shy guy in the background whose face didn't want to be shown on TV while judge Ian Ziering was reading his question to Miss Louisiana USA. Why even bother sitting in the front row if you didn't want to be seen on TV? Heck, if it had been me, I would have been making faces and brandishing a Critical Beauty banner!
|Mysterious Maryland: If only Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton had a daughter.|
|The Shy Guy. Or did he rob a 7-Eleven store just hours before the telecast?|
I didn't have Nia Sanchez on my top 5 at all, and when she and Audra Mari were the last two standing, I was rooting for Audra to win because she was Miss Universe-ready. Audra was first runner-up in Miss Teen USA 2011, and it is heart-breaking to see her place second again this time. It is too bad that a state titleholder can only compete in Miss USA once, because if this rule were broken, then exceptional girls who almost won in the past could return and try again - which is the case in several pageant-crazy countries. Let's hope after Audra's reign as Miss North Dakota USA, or until she has fulfilled her commitment with MUO, that she will consider competing in another worthy pageant, like Miss Earth United States, or get handpicked by the American franchise holder to represent the U.S. in Miss World 2015 or 2016.
|"Mi nombre es Venezuela..." Barbara's radiant beauty offered a respite from the deplorable political and economic crisis in her country.|
|Photography by Michael Cole|