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    Manuela Mogga Matong, 21, won the Miss World South Sudan 2013 title at the Freedom Hall in Juba on Saturday, April 13th. She was crowned by Miss World Africa 2012 Atong DemachMatong will compete in Miss World 2013 pageant to be held in Indonesia in September. The 1st runner-up is Gigita Grace and the 2nd runner-up is Ajak Abiel.

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  • 04/20/13--14:45: Miss Hercules 2013 crowned

  • Miss Hercules 2013 Kristiana Sunga with 1st runner-up Courtney Dawson and 2nd runner-up Janet Lares, with American Idol finalist, DeAndre Brakensick who was the featured entertainer.

         Two years ago, I had the privilege of judging the first ever Miss Hercules pageant. Don't be fooled by the name: it is not a body building competition, but a scholarship pageant based in the small city of Hercules in California, just less than 30 minutes from San Francisco. The pageant is owned and produced by Richard James White, the president of the Miss Hercules Organization (MHO) who is a successful realtor as well as a big aficionado of pageants. Richard has been following Critical Beauty for many years and we have known each other for almost ten. Richard had always dreamed of giving back to his community, and what better way to do it than providing an opportunity for young ladies to shine and to compete in a pageant. The first pageant turned out to be a huge success!

         Last Sunday, April 14th, the pageant returned and I was asked to judge again. But this time, it was more memorable for several reasons: it had the full support of the entire city, took place in a bigger venue (Hercules Community Center), attracted more sponsors and attendees, had a distinguished and more diverse panel of judges, featured an American Idol finalist, introduced its own theme song ("Miss Hercules") sung by a choir of girls dubbed as the Little Sisters of Miss Hercules (reminiscent of the Little Sisters from Miss Universe), and selected its first Mister Hercules, Michael Sanchez, among the 9 young, male escorts. And even though the number of contestants (9) was smaller than that of the first pageant (12), each young woman who competed this year came more prepared and competitive. 

         The winner of the 2013 Miss Hercules pageant is Kristiana Sunga, 15, who represented the district of Bayside. The 1st runner-up is Miss Gem Stones Courtney Dawson, 18, and the 2nd runner-up is Miss Baywood Janette Lares, 18. Sunga's prize package includes a $5,000 scholarship, an all-expenses paid trip to Puerto Vallarta, an exquisite sash, and a beautiful crown by renowned Venezuelan jewelry designer George Wittels who designs crowns for the Miss Venezuela pageant. Sunga also received the following special awards:  Miss Talent, Miss Charity, Miss Photogenic, Miss Eloquence, and Miss Critical Beauty that included $200 worth of beauty and skin care (and animal test-free) products from Lush Cosmetics.

         On a personal note, I wish to thank Richard for inviting me to judge the pageant again - which gave me the opportunity to say hello again to his amazingly talented and congenial staff; to reunite with the first Miss Hercules, Domonique Jones (who looked grown up and even more beautiful now); and to finally meet the fabulous Peter Sereno, who coached Jennifer Hawkins to win Miss Universe 2004 and who runs Dear Pageant Girl, a popular pageant consultation resource based in Sydney, Australia. Yup, Richard flew Peter all the way from the Land Down Under to judge the pageant. Thank you, Richard, for organizing a marvelous event and for enriching the lives of everyone involved with it! - Rafa Delfin

    Kristiana with Mister Hercules 2013, Michael Sanchez
    Kristiana with MHO President Richard James White

    With ab-fab Peter Sereno of Dear Pageant Girl

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         Ex-Miss Massachusetts USA 2011 Alida D'Angona, who competed in Miss USA 2011 pageant, appears on the new season of the hit show "I Found The Gown" on TLC (The Learning Channel). The episode, entitled "Family Knockdowns and Dress Knockouts," debuted on Saturday, April 19th at 10 PM EST.

         The show was filmed last November at Vows Bridal Boutique in Watertown, a suburb of Boston. The boutique, owned by Leslie and Rick DeAngelo, specializes in selling high-end designer gowns at discount prices. Assisting Alida in her quest for her ideal wedding gown are her mother Miriam, her sister Cynthia, her best friend Casey, and her pageant coach Rafa Delfin of Critical Beauty. Did Alida find her ideal wedding gown? You'll just have to watch and find out!

         If you missed the premier of the episode, don't worry. Check the schedule for repeats. Meanwhile, you can watch this two-minute preview.

    Looks like someone is being very critical!

    Looks like Alida sees something she really likes!

    L-R: Miriam (Alida's mom), Rafa, Alida, Casey and Cynthia pose for the camera after the filming of the show.

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    The new Miss and Mister Latvia 2013 are Liliana Garkalne and Mareks Mohovikovs. The couple won their respected titles during a ceremony held at the International Exhibition Center in Kipsala on April 21st. 

    Runners-up in the 25th annual contest were Beate Baranovska (vice-Miss Latvia, second from right) and Guntars Logins (vice-Mister Latvia, farthest right). The other finalists were Alexander Dmitriev (farthest left) and Egija Gailuma (second from left).

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    The new Miss World New Zealand 2013 is Ella Liliane Langsford who was crowned at the Te Pai Centre of the Netball Waitakere in Auckland on April 27. The 20-year-old beauty will represent New Zealand in Miss World 2013 beauty pageant to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 28.

    Kylie Miller was crowned Miss Tourism Queen International New Zealand 2013 and will represent her country in the next Miss Tourism Queen International pageant.

    Casey Radley was crowned Miss International New Zealand 2013 and will represent her country in Miss International 2013 pageant to be held in Japan sometime in September or October.

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    The new Miss World Argentina 2013 (Miss Mundo Argentina) is Maria Teresa Kuster, 24,  from Villa Urquiza, Buenos Aires who was crowned during a pageant held in Santa Fe on April 26th. She will compete in Miss World 2013 pageant to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 18th. Second place went to Zaida Schoop from Cordoba and who was crowned Miss International Argentina 2013. She will compete in Miss International 2013 to be held in Japan. The 1st runner-up is Luciana Robles from Salta.  .

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    The new Nuestra Belleza El Salvador World 2013 is Paola Ayala, 18, from San Salvador (left). The new Nuestra Belleza El Salvador Universe 2013 is Alba Delgado, 22, also from San Salvador (right). Both women were crowned April 26th at the Decameron Real hotel in Salinitas, Sonsonate.

    Alba Delgado

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  • 04/30/13--19:43: Miss Botswana 2013 crowned

  • The new Miss Botswana 2013  is Rosemary Keofitlhetse who was crowned at the end of the national event held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre on April 27, 2013. She will represent Botswana in the upcoming Miss World 2013 pageant, scheduled to take place in Jakarta, Indonesia this September 28. The first runner-up was Betty Seatlholo and the second runner-up was Khumo Leburu.

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    The new Miss Honduras World 2013 is Monica Elwin, 19, representing Islas de la Bahia, who was crowned April 27th in Expocentro.  Twenty-two young women took part in the competition.  Elwin will  represent Honduras during the 63rd Miss World finals in Indonesia on September 18.

    The 1st runner-up was Andrea Lopez (second from right) representing Siguatepeque. After the pageant, national director Eduardo Zablah announced that the outgoing queen, Jennifer Valle, will represent Honduras in Miss International 2013 pageant to be held in Vietnam in October.

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    The new Miss World Malta 2013 is Donna Borg Leyland, 21, of Attard, who was crowned last April 27th. She will compete in Miss World 2013 in Indonesia this September. The contest was organised by Modelle International under the direction of Sue Rossi and Claudia Calleja. The 1st runner-up is Maria Galea, and the 2nd runner-up is Christine Mifsud. 

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    The new Miss Panama Universe 2013 is Carolina Brid Cerrud (Miss Veraguas) who was crowned at the Anayansi Theater in the ATLAPA Convention Center on April 30th. She will compete in Miss Universe 2013 whose date and venue are still to be announced.

    The 1st runner-up is Miss Los Santos, Sara Bello (right) who will represent Panama in the Miss Intercontinental 2013 pageant to be held in Egypt in November. The 2nd runner-up is Miss Panama Centro, Maria Gabrielle Sealy (left),  who will compete in the Miss Continente Americano pageant in September in Ecuador. Critical Beauty's Héctor Joaquín Colón González was one of the distinguished judges that also included Miss Venezuela 2012 Irene Esser.

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    The new Miss Equatorial Guinea 2013 is Restituta Mfumu, 22, who was crowned at the Sipopo Conference Center in Malabo on April 27th.  Lisa De Bata and Joana Nsomo were the runner-ups. Mfumu will represent Equatorial Guinea during the 63rd Miss World finals in Indonesia in September. 
    The director of the Mogue Agency, Consuelo Obiang, organized the event, and was the main person responsible for the entire organization, recalled that the slogan of this competition was "No to early pregnancy, no to abandonment of studies, no to juvenile alcoholism" and expressed the importance that the Equatoguinean girls experienced the opportunity of working for their future from all the areas possible, and of avoiding these realities that many times complicate their lives." 
    Source: Guinea Ecuatorial Press, 4/27/2013

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    Last Saturday, the Miss France Committee president Sylvie Tellier announced that Hinarani de Longeaux, who represented Tahiti in the 2013 Miss France competition and placed 1st runner-up, will officially represent France in the 2013 Miss Universe pageant. This information was taken from the French-language site,, which also cites that the Miss Universe 2013 pageant will be held in Las Vegas on December 19th. Critical Beauty does not acknowledge the date and venue since no official statement has been released yet from the Miss Universe Organization. However, Tellier claims that the change was made due to schedule conflict. The Miss France 2014 pageant will be held on December 7th in Dijon and requires the presence of  the actual Miss France Marine Lorphelin.  Meanwhile, Lorphelin will compete in Miss World 2013 in September in Indonesia. This is the second year in a row that France is not sending the actual national titleholder to Miss Universe. In 2012, France was represented by Marie Payet, who was second runner-up to actual winner Delphine Wespiser.

    Marine Lorphelin

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    The new Miss Caribbean World 2013 is Sharie Watchman de'Castro of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) who was crowned May 4th during the contest at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Tortola, BVI.
    In the photo above, Sharie (3rd from right) is flanked by (L-R): 4th runner-up Barbie Adams of St. Kitts & Nevis, 3rd runner-up Joy-Ann Biscette of St. Lucia, Miss Caribbean World 2012 Nadira Lando of Dominica, Sharie, 2nd runner-up  Carice Glasgow of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and 1st runner-up Leslassa Armour Shillingford of Dominica.
    In addition to winning the crown, de'Castro copped five sectional prizes including Miss Poise, Best Talent, Best Evening Wear and Miss Intellect. She tied with Miss Dominica to win the Best Swimwear category. Miss Dominica is also Miss Photogenic.

    SOURCE:, 5/4/2013

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  • 05/07/13--18:43: Miss Finland 2013 crowned

  • The new Miss Suomi 2013 (Miss Finland 2013) is Lotta Hintsa, 24, who was crowned at the Långvik Congress Wellness Hotel in Kirkkonummi on May 5th.  Hintsa will represent Finland at the Miss Universe 2013 pageant whose date and venue are yet to be confirmed. The first runner-up is Maija Kerisalmi, 20, from Nokia. She will represent Finland in Miss World 2013 pageant to be held in Indonesia in September. The second runner-up is Helianna Ylimaula, 23, who will compete in Miss International 2013 in Japan.
    Photos courtesy MTV Finland

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    Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan reacts as she is crowned Miss America 2013 in Las Vegas. (AP/Isaac)

    “There she is, Miss America"... except this year’s winner won’t be hearing those words.
    Due to a licensing dispute, Miss America 2013 will be crowned in September without the iconic “Miss America” song.
    Miss America Organization vice president Sharon Pearce confirmed to the Press of Atlantic City that the familiar tune, played almost every year since 1955, will no longer be used at the pageant.
    The dispute stems from a lawsuit filed by the late songwriter Bernie Wayne’s wife, who claimed the song was used without a proper license in 2011 and 2012.
    For a few years in the 1980s, the “Miss America” song was silent during another contract dispute, and last year, the pageant played instrumental music instead for Laura Kaeppeler’s crowning. This year, organizers could also choose to use another tune like “Look at Her” and “Miss America the Beautiful.”
    Wayne first wrote the song while sitting in a barber’s chair in 1955. In that year’s pageant, host Bert Parks sang it on the televised broadcast to winner Lee Meriwether. Before his death in 1993, Wayne also wrote the song “Blue Velvet,” as well as many other familiar jingles, commercial tunes, and television and movie songs.
    SOURCE:, 5/8/2013

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    The new Miss Universe Hrvatske 2013 (Miss Universe Croatia 2013) is  Melita Fabečić, an 18-year old beauty from Zagreb who was crowned among 20 contestants during the annual beauty competition which took place on May 10th. She will now represent Croatia at the Miss Universe 2013 pageant at a venue and date that have still to be announced. 
    The 1st runner-up is Antea Valenta and the 2nd runner-up is Mia Milinovic. 

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    The new Miss Universe Thailand 2013 is Chalita Yaemwannang, 25, who was crowned on May 11, 2013 at Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon in Bangkok.  She will represent Thailand at the Miss Universe 2013 pageant whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed. 

    The first runner-up is Chonticha Tiangtham, 18, who received the title of Miss International Thailand 2013 and will represent Thailand in the Miss International 2013 pageant in Japan. The second runner-up is Sakaowan Singhapreecha, 19, who received the title of Miss Tourism Thailand 2013 and will compete in the Miss Tourism Queen International 2013 pageant. The third runner-up is Wanvisa Prapasirivichaikul19,  and the fourth runner-up is  Sunitporn Srisuwan, 23.

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    The new Miss Philippines-Earth 2013 is Angelee Claudett delos Reyes (center), 25, of Olongapo City who was crowned Sunday, May 19 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. In the photo she is joined by her court (L-R): Miss Philippines Eco-Tourism Bernadette Mae Aguirre of Sta. Maria, Bulacan, Miss Philippines-Water Nancy Leonard from Zamboanga City, Miss Philippines-Air Kimverlyn Suiza from Nagcarlan, Laguna, and Miss Philippines-Fire Alma Cabasal representing PHL-West Coast (USA). Angelee will now represent the Philippines in Miss Earth 2013 pageant to be held in December.

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    The new Miss Northern Ireland 2013 is Meagan Green, 23, who was crowned in Belfast’s Europa Hotel last May 20th. She will now represent her country in Miss World 2013 to be held in Indonesia on September 18th. Green placed second last year to winner Tiffany BrienThe gala final was a glamorous affair hosted by ex-Miss Northern Ireland and TV presenter Zoe Salmon, alongside news broadcaster Marc Mallett.
    The runner-up was Anna Henry, 18,  from Portglenone and Belfast girl Emma Ward, 22, was third.  

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