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- 10/16/15--20:38: Getting To Know BRITTANY ANN PAYNE - Miss Earth United States 2015
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- 10/18/15--15:58: Miss World Philippines 2015
- 10/18/15--18:20: Getting To Know BRITTANY HAZELMAN - Miss World Fiji 2015
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I get my passion for health from my two parents, who both work as doctors. Everyday their aim is to give others full healthy and vibrant lives. Growing up they encouraged my two sisters and me that, ‘girls can do anything’ and to use our gifts to contribute to our communities as best we can, through living with a mantra of asking, "How can I help?"
I am fortunate to have received a diverse education. I have a First Class Honours Degree in Bioethics and a Masters in Entrepreneurship with Distinction. Over the last six years I have been studying medicine at the University of Otago and the day I leave for Miss World 2015 is the day I become a doctor!
The Miss World Organisation empowers individuals and communities. I saw this as a wonderful opportunity to empower myself – through improving my confidence, public speaking and skills as an ambassador. More importantly, I saw the Miss World Organisation as a way to spread a message of empowerment through the ‘Beauty with a Purpose’ aspect of the competition.
I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to share New Zealand’s story at Miss World; the story of a small country who 123 years ago changed the world by becoming the first country to give women the right to vote. This led the way for the rest of the world for equal rights and a brighter future. I am looking forward to bringing New Zealand’s spirit of empowerment to Miss World.
Passionate, determined and caring.
As a part of my medical degree, I spent ten weeks working at a hospice, a place where people spend the final days of their lives. It was heartbreaking to meet families who were losing their loved ones, yet enriching to support people through this. In this experience I witnessed the essence of what it is to be human – to live, to love and to create a legacy – regardless of the circumstances.
I believe that there is no more powerful way to see your vision fulfilled than by living it, and sharing the journey with others. I love this quote by Gandhi; it encourages people to live out their dreams, living from the heart and sharing from the heart.
I love learning and getting involved in projects in my community. This led me to join Toastmasters International where I discovered my passion for public speaking and sharing my knowledge with others. I am so grateful this has created the opportunity for me to speak nationally and internationally about causes I am passionate about, especially the empowerment of others through health and education.
As the saying goes, my greatest strength is also my greatest weakness. I work really hard at the things I care about which allows me to make real progress for causes that I believe in. However, the downside of this is that at times balancing my medical degree, LearnCoach (my social enterprise) and my other community involvements becomes a real challenge. It can feel like the time I put aside for sleep gets shorter and shorter. However, it is definitely worth it!
Love is universal, and I believe that the commitment of two people is special and should be celebrated. I am proud that New Zealand made same sex marriage legal in 2013, making steps towards a culture that is accepting all of people.
New Zealand is a country of open spaces, open hearts and open minds. My beautiful hometown, Dunedin, is one of the only places in the world where you can surf at our beaches and ski on our mountains in the same day. I am grateful to have grown up in such a breathtaking and close-knit community.
I would love to be featured on the cover of Time magazine. This is because if I had created enough of a global impact to be featured on the cover of this magazine, it would mean that I had started to realize my vision of the empowerment of others through health and education all around the globe.
I love the emperor penguin. They are beautiful nurturing creatures. They huddle together to protect each other from the cold, taking turns to stand on the outermost part of the huddle. They are loyal partners and family members, standing for months in a blizzard to ensure their partner is supported and their offspring grow up healthy and strong.
Three years ago I co-founded LearnCOACH a social enterprise that delivers free online tutorials to New Zealand students. We aim to reach those in the poorest and most remote areas, and our vision is to change the statistic that every year over 10,000 students leave high school in New Zealand with no qualifications and few future prospects.
Over the last three years we have worked very hard and I am proud to say that we have delivered over 1.7million free tutorials, reaching over 10,000 students across 150 high schools.
As a doctor I am passionate about the empowerment of others through health. As a lover of learning and co-founder of LearnCOACH I am passionate about the empowerment of others through education. The Miss World Organisation is a very special organisation that is passionate about the empowerment of individuals and communities all around the globe. I would love to have the opportunity, as Miss World, to share their message of empowerment and the spirit of New Zealand all around the globe.
I grew up in Central California where I was involved in Competition Dance, Girl Scouts, Soccer, Riding Horses, Softball, Church Organizations, and so much more. I was home-schooled therefore I traveled with my family to dozens of National Parks across the United States. After graduation I ventured off to pursue modeling where pageantry has truly helped me gain opportunities and guide me where I am today. It was a last minute decision, a decision I am extremely glad I made to compete for Miss Earth California title, but when I won state and then won at nationals every moment fell into place. I had a feeling inside me that proved that it was my time. That fire is still inside me, burning even more fiercely, so best believe I am ready for Austria!
I competed in my first pageant when I was 18 when my focus was on the pretty crown and wearing a big dress. After I was able to attend Miss USA 2011 in Las Vegas and my heart fell in love with what pageantry has to offer beyond the crown and a big dress. I have worked extremely hard each year competing, becoming stronger, better and more focused within several different organizations and doing my research on every aspect of pageantry. It is not only a strong passion, but an important part of my life.
It is an absolute dream to be able to say into a microphone 'representing the USA, Brittany Ann Payne' I am representing MY country and every woman that continues to compete for their dream. While I am fulfilling my dream, a part of me feels I am fulfilling the dreams of many others. I hope to encourage every woman who has that same, to never give up, to continue to dream and to seek out every opportunity.
Goofy, Fierce, and Hilarious
This past Spring I was in a very scary car accident. Had a few factors changed, I would not be here today. I am extremely blessed to be alive and live each day to the fullest with thankfulness and caution.
I would never smoke cigarettes, poach an animal, or give up on anything.
|NO MAKEUP! :)|
I really love spending time outside being active whether it's hiking, running, surfing or riding horses. And when I'm not at the gym or spending time with friends, I truly love to sit in on Sunday's watching new released movies from bed.
A perfect evening to me would be after spending an overcast and rainy afternoon hiking, to drift off on a sailboat watching the setting skies in the sunset over a romantic pizza dinner and merely listening to the waves of the ocean.
9. Tell us a little bit about the United States and what makes the country different from the rest of the world?
The United States is a melting pot of all ethnicities and all cultures creating a nation that is not only a free nation but also hard working, striving to come together to represent the every walk of life
I believe that the biggest environmental problem facing the United States is the lack of drive and positive energy towards Eco Issues. While knowledge is out there that can illustrate the ill effects and how each of us can do our part, as a country we cannot even agree that Climate Change/Global Warming even exists. Our politicians, scientists and environmentalists argue the merit with one another, which in turn causes confusion and distracts the importance to take action now. The best way to make a change is to be the change, live by example and continue to educate and ask questions. A question I would like ask is what is the harm to reduce, reuse and recycle? What is the harm to reduce carbon emissions & footprints, to remove litter or debris from oceans, rivers, lakes, parks, streets and highways or to support more organic, eco-friendly products, companies and organizations?
Motivation comes from directly demonstrating and showing the positive possibilities that sustainable living can provide. Speaking out and being the voice for change will influence many people to make the right decisions. Showing them what can and will happen if we let the lack of concern continue.
In a non- literal sense I would put in courage because our generation has shown that our opinions do matter, that we won't stop when someone tells us no and that we are a strong, determined generation. Our life today can be represented with bravery and strength!
Hands down teleportation so I could travel anywhere in the world instantly. Having the ability to teleport allows me to save others from devastation during disaster and provide for others across the world.
A positive note on losing one sense is gaining strength in the other four. You don't need to have sight to know what beauty is. I would encourage the blind to listen to all of natures' sounds from animal noises, the blowing wind, the crashing waves and water; to feel the texture of the ground, plants, warmth or cold. Mother Earth is full of beauty and full of life.
Ultimately I want to make a difference. I want our Earth to be beautiful again where everyone's mindset is focused on appreciating the world God has given us. I believe I can be that voice to encourage every person to do so.
|Shaima Qassem Abdulrahman|
This year, the organizers hope the contest will offer the chance to show a calmer, more fun-loving side to their troubled country.
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|Shaima Qassem Abdulrahman|
Abdulrahman, the 20-year-old contestant, said she had to convince her parents to let her enter after they initially banned her from participating.
Hillarie Danielle Parungao, 24, from the province of Nueva Vizcaya, was crowned Miss World Philippines 2015 on October 19 at The Theater of Solaire Resorts and Casino. She will now represent the Philippines at the 2015 Miss World finals in Sanya, China on December 19.
I was born and raised in Suva, the capital of Fiji. I originally hail from Savusavu, which is another island north of Fiji and is Fiji’s hidden paradise. I come from a family of 6 - I have two brothers and one sister including my mum and dad. I attended Holy Trinity Primary School and Yat Sen Secondary School. I later furthered my studies at the University of the South Pacific pursuing a double degree in Political Science and Economics. I later completed my studies on a basketball scholarship at Brigham Young University - Hawaii (BYUH) and graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Political science. I returned to Fiji and started work at the regional organisation, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) as an Information’s and communications assistant. I work in the Land Resources Division (LRD) under a European Union (EU) support programme, the Pacific Agriculture Policy Project (PAPP). It was really not by choice signing up to be part of this Miss World Fiji journey. It just so happened that I was in the area where the castings were taking place to choose the top ten contenders for Miss World Fiji. I was later asked to try out and I thought to myself, "What have I got to lose" and went for it. I really didn’t expect to get far in this journey, but all I can say that it’s been a real blessing and was definitely God ordained.
I will be completely honest and say that I was never into pageants and did not pay much attention to it, even our local pageants in Fiji. I am a very athletic and sporty person, so I lived my life according to my sporting dreams and career. However, in entering this incredible platform, I now see its significance and how I am now able to advocate for things that I am passionate about. I have a deep passion to work with children and also share my experiences on the true meaning of inner beauty to young women and this platform have provided me with this amazing opportunity.
I am very privileged to be representing my home country at Miss World. I have represented Fiji on a number of occasions for basketball as part of the Fiji team, but representing Fiji on a beauty platform is a completely different feeling. It is overall a very humbling experience.
Funny, compassionate and supportive.
5. Tell us about one life-changing experience in your life.
A life-changing experience in my life would have had to be after I had knee surgery after a basketball injury. It really made me realize that things are not handed to anyone on a silver platter, if I wanted something, I needed to get out there and work for it myself. My rehabilitation was the most challenging journey of my life but because of my passion to get back on the court, I worked hard for what I wanted to achieve and after 3 months I was back on the court.
Yes, I completely agree with this statement. I am all about being original and genuine and I believe that these aspects will make you stand out of the crowd. It is better for people to see who you really are and your originality than a mask covering your uniqueness.
I play basketball and love watching a whole season of TV series when I unwind.
My strength is team work. Given my experience of playing basketball and working and playing in a team has granted me the ability to build and encourage team members. I strongly believe that there is no "I" in TEAM, and being able to work together and lift each other up is the best way forward to progress and development - whether it be your work colleagues, family or sporting team.
Given the opportunity to change one thing in the world, I would change people’s approach to addressing poverty on an international scale. It saddens me to see poverty stricken families, especially children struggling to make ends meet. I believe that if we place more emphasis on addressing the issue of poverty rather than having numerous planning meetings and workshops, action should be initiated by national governments. Budget allocation should be increased for these social issues. I know it is easier said than done, but sky is the limit so why not take action now?
10. What makes Fiji stand out from the other countries in Oceania?
Fiji's location is incredible - it located in the Pacific Ocean and consists of 332 islands in total. Fiji represents an array of cultures and ethnic groups and is known for its friendly isles. In addition, we have a booming tourism industry, and as a result of this, we Fijians have become so accustomed to working and living with people from different backgrounds and upbringings.
I am not big on reading magazines unless it is work related - agriculture/forestry magazines. However, I would not mind being featured on a magazine with a write-up highlighting my advocacy on this platform in hopes of inspiring young people, particularly women.
My message would definitely be about inner beauty and how one can use their values and morals to serve others. People that truly matter will choose to see past your physical flaws and will begin to see you for who you really are because of attributes and standards.
In 2014, we recognized the need for a new Ventilator in The Children’s Ward at The Colonial War Memorial Hospital. Our 2014 title holder, Charlene Tafuna’i began fundraising efforts and raised awareness in Fiji about the importance of a Ventilator, a machine that assists new born babies that have difficulty with breathing and saving lives.Our Beauty with a Purpose efforts attracted corporate donations from our National Airline, Fiji Airways who generously donated $50,000.
At our national finals on July 24th, 2015, our Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Mr. Faiyaz Koya pledged a further $20,000 towards our fundraising efforts towards the purchasing of a new Ventilator Machine.
As Miss Fiji 2015, I am continuing with the fundraising efforts to raise the balance of $30,000 required to purchasing of the new machine.
This year and as part of our Beauty with a Purpose platform, Miss World Fiji is working on various creative concepts to bring awareness and raise the much needed balance in the purchasing of a new ventilator and gift to The Children’s ward at The Colonial War Memorial Hospital.
Fiji’s largest bakery chain, The Hot Bread Kitchen alongside our Miss World Fiji Family are creating cupcakes that will be sold throughout their stores nationwide and a dollar from each cupcake sold will be donated towards our Beauty with a Purpose campaign.As a former Basketball representative for Fiji, I am also working alongside Bulalicious, an innovative new active wear brand that provides clothing with a conscience. All of the garments are designed and made in Fiji. Bulalicious partnered with Miss World Fiji in order to create funds for our Beauty with a Purpose Fundraising efforts to purchasing of a new ventilator. Myself and Bulalicious took part in a children's "Art attack' afternoon in The Children’s ward at The Colonial War Memorial Hospital. This artwork will then inspire the new Bulalicious 'Miss World Fiji' line. I will work closely with the design team using my Basketball experience to influence the design and manufacturing process. Once the clothing line is developed, these will be sold and a percentage of profits from each garment will be donated towards Fiji’s BWAP project.
This project relates to the platform of Miss World’s Beauty with a Purpose as it is a Humanitarian effort in that of identifying the need for a Ventilator to assist new born babies at our local hospital while in the process, saving precious lives.A life saved is a skilled gained as I believe, each and every Fijian is responsible to how far our country has developed, inspired and impacted our Pacific Island Community. Our children are our future – we are raising up future leaders and that in itself is the essence needed to make a unique Miss World.
I would like to be Miss World 2015 because I believe that this role is about serving, which has always been a deep passion of mine. Serving others and being able to put their needs before my own is the most satisfying thing I can achieve from being crowned Miss World 2015. It is having that position to make more of an impact with a wider outreach to communities that need that assistance and help. This is what is holding this title is all about and I am passionate and determined to fulfil this duty to my country and others on an international scale.
1. Tell us a little about yourself, your family background, education, and how you became Miss Earth Australia 2015.
I was born in Bolivia and moved to Australia with my family when I was 2 years old, where I grew up in Sydney. Since I can remember I have loved nature and animals, I have been looking after orphaned and injured wildlife since I started school. When I was 14 I found out I could volunteer at animals shelters as a cadet from St John Ambulance and since then I began volunteering everywhere I could. Charity became a lifestyle for me.
When I finished school it was inevitable for me to study animal and veterinary bioscience at university and travel around the country and overseas to study and volunteer with animal conservation groups. After graduating I was offered a job at Taronga Conservation Society where I worked as a zoo keeper, taking care of all sorts of animals and educating children about them.
Today I still passionately volunteer for humanitarian and wildlife conservation charities such as Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services and Hands and Feet (feeding the homeless). I am a passionate bush care volunteer for my local city council and community and an ambassador for Operation Restore Hope who provide surgical care for the less fortunate children of the Philippines with cleft lip and palate deformities, and more recently for Take 3 for the sea, a clean beach initiative.
Basically my life’s passion and everything that I do is about taking care of our earth and the earthlings that share its land and oceans, so when I found out about Miss Earth it became my dream. So when I finished my first university degree I went for it, wholeheartedly, and never gave up.
2. How did you become interested in pageants?
I became interested in pageants because of Miss Earth. I stumbled across a Miss Earth bio whilst doing some research on a science assignment. I was crazy actually! I was so inspired and in awe by the mission and purpose of Miss Earth because it resonated so deeply with me. I admired the Miss Earth and the projects she was involved in and affiliations with charities I admired, and looked up to her as role model for a young 14 year old child. I dreamed that one day I would become like her and be the voice for our animals and nature and initiate change for the better.
3. How does it feel to represent Australia in Miss Earth 2015?
It feels like a dream come true! It feels like the I’ve been given the biggest privilege so far as I feel like an ambassador for a country that I love and admire with all my heart, the country that has shaped me into the woman I am today and taught me so much about life. I am so happy but at the same time I want to do so much more to help my people go in the right direction for the benefit of our planet.
Loving, kind, hardworking
5. Tell us about one life-changing experience in your life.
Since it’s still fresh in my mind, I’d have to say being unfairly dethroned last year after I won Miss Earth 2014 has been the biggest life-changing experience for me. It was without a doubt the hardest challenge in my life that I had to cope with because I was robbed of something so special and so meaningful to me, which I had worked hard to achieve and was so happy to have accomplished. It really hurt. But I got through it with the support and love of my family and friends and of course my faith in God. I had to find inner strength I never knew I had. I learnt a lot about how strong I really am and how resilient we can be emotionally and mentally. I also had to grow a whole lot of courage to return again to Miss Earth Australia 2015. But I did it, and I am grateful that I never gave up. I’ve learnt that if you have a dream…It doesn’t matter what happen in the past, the past is like an anchor that holds us back, we have to let go of the past to become who we want to be.
6. Name three things that you would never do.
I would never ride on an elephants back because it actually hurts them, I would never litter and I would never buy a fur coat.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
Go the beach, go shopping with friends, and visit the zoo or a nice botanical park.
8. What would constitute a "perfect" evening for you?
A delicious dinner with great food, and great company with lots of laughs and shared stories followed by a walk on the beach listening to the ocean waves under the stars.
9. Tell us a little bit about Australia and what makes the country different from the rest of the world?
Australia is the world’s largest island and the 6th largest country. With more than 500 national parks and 15 World Heritage-listed wonders it is a country abundant in natural beauty. We have some of the rarest and strangest flora and fauna too with 80% of our plants, mammals, reptiles and frogs being unique only to Australia. Some of these animals include the kangaroo, koala, echidna, dingo, platypus and wombat,
The Aboriginal people of Australia have a rich, living culture stretching back at least 50,000 years. They believe in living with the land, not off it and teach one another to preserve not destroy the land. Land is fundamental to their wellbeing, it is not just soil or rocks or minerals, but a whole environment that sustains and is sustained by people and culture.
We are also home to the world’s largest reef system, the Great Barrier Reef which is so big that is visible from outer space! It is made up of over 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres and is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs, 1625 species of fish, 30 species of whales and dolphins and much more!
Every corner of Australia has something interestingly different and beautifully colourful to see.
10. What do you think is the biggest environmental problem facing Australia and what can you do about it?
The biggest environmental problem Australia is facing today is climate change. Climate change is affecting our temperatures around the country as we have experienced an increase in flash flooding, bush fires and prolonged drought. We have had our hottest days ever recorded this year as our temperatures continue to rise. We are also still burning fossil fuels for our main source of energy leading to an increasing amount of carbon dioxide in out atmosphere which is being absorbed by our oceans and increasing the water’s acidity levels. This is causing a detrimental impact on our coral reef which plays a critical role in our Great Barrier Reef ecosystem, forming habitats and food sources for thousands of species.
As Miss Earth Australia I want to bring about awareness and education amongst the people in my country so they are aware of the factors which contribute to climate change and provide them way and ideas on how we can reduce our carbon footprint (the amount of carbon dioxide we each produce) and ways to live more sustainably. This can be done through school visits, community gatherings and appearances on television and news prints, raising the issue of climate change. I also want to speak to environmental politicians to motivate them to push forward renewable energies into our homes, schools and businesses and replacing oil and goal generated energy all together. Within my community I can get more involved with organisations and campaigns that promote sustainable living and lead by example for others to follow and highlight the importance of climate change. It is no longer just an environmental issue it is a humanitarian and ethical issue. Droughts and drastic temperature fluctuations cause food shortage and bushfires and floods cause the loss of many lives and homes.
11. How will you motivate others to practice sustainable living choices?
I believe that to motivate others we first need to help them to understand the importance of a cause. Through educational campaigns I want people to realise the direct effect our way of life and our actions impact and damage our ecosystems from the accumulations of plastics in our oceans to the expelling of carbon dioxide from our homes and cars. But more importantly I want to focus on creating solutions and alternatives, to give them tools and ways to change their way of living and embracing a life of harmony with our earth. Starting simple and at home and eventually changing communities, governments and the world! I am sure that once people share the same vision and understanding they will feel so happy and grateful for our earth. They’ll realise the positive impact they are having and will encourage others to follow also.12. If you were to make a time capsule to represent life today, what would you put in it?
I would put an iPad that contains images of the world as it is today, a mixture of our culture, music, arts and pictures of our landscapes.
13. If you woke up tomorrow and gained any one ability or quality, what would you want it to be and why?
I would definitely want to be able to fly! Then I would be able to fly to different countries to save animals all over the world that are being neglected or mistreated. I would also be able to take pictures from up in the sky to show people and governments of the effects of our actions are having on our environment, such as land clearing and pollution.
14. How would you describe Mother Earth to a blind person?
Mother Earth is more than just a visual experience. It is an experience of all our senses. You can feel the warmth of sun’s rays, breathe in the fresh ocean air, touch the textures of the forests, taste the fruits and listen to the songs of birds. There aren’t enough words to describe the wonders of Mother Earth so instead I would take the blind person to Mother Earth and let her do the talking.
15. Why do you want to be Miss Earth 2015?
I want to be Miss Earth because this title represents everything that I believe in, that I am passionate about, that I have lived up to and everything that I am. The mission of Miss Earth is my mission, with or without a crown. I have and always will be an earth warrior but with the crown I would be more influential. My heart is in this cause as I have always wanted to help those who are less fortunate than me especially those without a voice. I grew up rescuing animals and reading about the devastating circumstances our environment faces and every time my heart would break. I grew more determined to fight against the destruction, and now as a woman with a voice, I want to create change to stop the suffering, to stop the pouching, to stop the burning, to stop the destruction and to save our earth. Miss Earth is more than just a pageant. For me, it’s the honor and responsibility of being an ambassador, an educator, a role model and a protector of our earth for every creature on this earth. I want to share this passion with the world so that people everywhere can teach our future generations to also care for our earth, like crating ripples of change that go on forever.
Singer/Musician – Ed Sheeran
Actor – Tom Hanks
Actress – Anne Hathaway
Color – Baby pink
Fashion Designer – Vera Wang
Perfume – Creed Spring Flower
Flower – Roses
Writer – Nicholas Sparks
Book – Awaken the giant within by Anthony Robbins
Movie – Interstellar
Quote – “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
|ANEA GARCIA AS MISS RHODE ISLAND USA 2015|
Buchis George (born Prince Buchi George) is a Nigerian national in his early 40s who has been promoting himself as the president of Face of World Organization and founder of more than 30 international beauty pageant and fashion/model events. He also uses the names "Buchi George," "George Buchi Nwabueze," "Prince George Buchi Nwabueze," and "Honorable Nwabueze Buchi George." For the sake of brevity, we will refer to the subject simply as "Buchi" since he uses it more often than "Buchis." Buchi made the pageant headlines nearly two years ago when a Taiwanese woman named Yeh Hai Wei reported to a Taiwanese news outlet that the beauty pageant she had attended called "Face of World 2013" (FWO) in Johannesburg, South Africa was actually a scam used for human trafficking. With the help of her family, Yeh rushed to contact the South African Embassy in Taiwan. Authorities discovered that Buchis has been scamming gullible individuals (contestants as well as national directors) by persuading them to pay franchise or entry fees for pageants or modeling competitions that do not exist. Attempts to retrieve their money back from Buchi has proved to be fruitless. Wei's story was uploaded on YouTube over a year ago:
I hate to sound like a broken record, but for years I have been warning directors to do thorough research about the organizer(s) before sending their contestants to a "new" pageant. The "Face Of World 2013" scandal should serve as ample warning to naive individuals, but it seems that this warning is falling on deaf ears as we see that Buchi is back in business and reining in new victims. His latest international event: the United Nations Fashion Week (UNFW) to be held in New York City's Waldorf Astoria Hotel and Resort from October 20 to 26, 2015. Below is a screenshot of Buchi's Facebook "Public Figure" page (his old one - under "George Buchi Nwabueze" - had been deleted). Notice that the new one uses "Buchi George" instead of "Buchis George." Buchi's seems to suffer from delusions of grandeur, as suggested by his questionable "résumé" on his Page Info. For someone who is supposed to be well-educated ("a law graduate student"), he does not mention the educational institutions that he has attended (that is, if ever attended any). And for someone who claims to be a "reformed education advocate," he can't even spell the words "business" and "activist" correctly.
But in the second one, posted by Buchis's now former associate IPEN (International Professional Entertainment Network), run by Edgar Sulit in Toronto, Canada, it advertises the exact dates, the location (Manila), and that five Mister titles would be awarded. No indication of titles for females:
How exactly did Edgar Sulit get involved with Buchi? Enter Ovette Ricalde (real name: Lamberto Ricalde) a Filipino who passes himself as the "managing director, international pageant director, and pageant consultant" at MegaStar Production based in the Philippines. Ovette himself had engaged in some shady business in the past (and continues to do so). He has a long history of "crowning" winners who can afford to pay their own way to their respective pageants. For example, he sent a young woman by the name of Princess Ramos to Miss Globe International 2014 in Azerbaijan, but it was Princess herself who paid for her own airfare and the franchise fee. However, the Philippine delegate to the 2014 Face of Beauty International pageant held in Taiwan last November - a deaf-mute teenage girl from a poor family named Princess Alanis Pura - could not compete because she could not afford the airfare. Rumor has it that the only reason Ovette had chosen her as the representative was to gain publicity by exploiting her handicap.
|On his Facebook page, Ovette Ricalde promotes himself as the "Mother Of All Pageants" because he believes he owns the most number of pageant franchises in the Philippines.|
Edgar had forwarded to me an exchange of e-mails between Buchi and Ovette (courtesy copies had been sent to Edgar by Buchi as well). Edgar also forwarded to me all pertinent documentation referencing his professional relationship with Buchi. The correspondence between the three men began in July 2014. Here's a summary of the content of each e-mail:
June 9, 2014 - Edgar sends Buchi a copy of a letter written by Edgar - dated June 9, 2014 - and addressed to the Canadian Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria requesting the Embassy to secure a Canadian visitor’s visa for Buchi so he could be the "special guest" and "celebrity judge" at the 2014 Mister Global Tourism Canada and 2014 Miss United Continents Canada to be held at St. Cyril and Methody Hall in Toronto on July 12, 2014.
July 18, 2014 - Buchi writes to Ovette inviting him "to be part of 2014 Mister Global Tourism and Face of World pageant in Manila, Philippines." (Side note: Buchi's English is rather mediocre with plenty of misspelled words, faulty syntax and run-on sentences, so for the benefit of clarity, I have purposely edited and corrected his written English). Buchi then explains his side of the story (what exactly happened in South Africa).
July 21, 2014 - Buchi sends a letter (in JPEG format) to Edgar officially appointing him as Face of World Organization's "vice-president of administrations and franchising." Edgar's responsibility would be to lead FWO's administration office in Canada, to be the "vice-global coordinator" of Global Family Funds (the charity and humanitarian arm of FWO), and that he would be entitled to "25% of proceeds of profits" of all of FWO's business dealings.
July 23, 2014 - Ovette proposes to Buchi that if Buchi wants to clear his name, he should conduct a media press conference and invite pageant sites like Critical Beauty, Missosology, OPMB Worldwide, Philippines Pageants and Sash Factor, plus Prime Lens Photography - to cover the conference. Ovette requires Buchi to pay him an honorarium for the amount of "$200 x 6 people = $1200" (I assume that a representative for each pageant site as well as the Prime Lens photographer would be paid $200 just for showing up at the press conference, so that would make 6 people in total attendance). Ovette also requires Buchi to pay $600 for a luncheon for 20 people and to send his public statement to be distributed to the media. Ovette ends the e-mail by providing detail of his bank account to Buchi (should Buchi decide to accept Ovette's proposal, then he would wire money directly to Ovette 's bank account). (***Buchi failed to send any money to Ovette ; therefore, the press conference never materialized.)
August 14, 2014 - Buchi asks Edgar to send him a budget proposal. Buchi promises Edgar that he will send money to pay for all the expenses. Edgar advises Buchi that he will reimburse him after the pageant in Toronto.
August 18, 2014 - Edgar sends Buchi a copy of the agreement between Edgar's company (IPEN) and Westin Harbour Castle Toronto where the pageant would be held.
August 20. 2014 - Edgar sends his bank account information to Buchi. (***Edgar claims that he never received a penny from Buchi and that he had already spent so much money from his own pocket.)
September 2, 2014 - Edgar sends two documents to Buchi: 1) a contract ("Memorandum of Agreement") between his company (IPEN) and Buchi's (FWO). The contract lays out the respective obligations of each party; and 2) a copy of a letter written by Edgar - dated September 1, 2014 - and addressed to the Canadian Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria requesting the Embassy to secure a Canadian visitor’s visa for Buchi so he could be the "special guest of honour" at the Toronto pageant.
Buchi failed in fulfilling his obligations to Edgar, which prompted Edgar to ask Buchi to take down all of Edgar's contact information from Buchi's multiple fake pageant websites, and to end all communications with him. That was two months ago. Meanwhile, Buchi blocked Edgar on Facebook and continues to promote fake events. His latest one is the UNFW event.
An agreement between Danny's company, MPU (Maharlikang Pilipino USA) and Buchi's FWO (Face of World Organization) was drafted on January 22, 2015; the agreement stated that MPU would be the host and events partner and would be responsible for the following: securing the venue; hiring professional models, glam squad, dressers to assist the models, ushers, photographer, videographer, cleaning crew; providing dressing and styling space, racks and clothes hangers; creating a webpage with thumbnail photos from the show; and publishing program books and press release. It was also agreed that FWO would fund the entire project, and that net sales and profit from the project would be divided in this manner: 70% to MPU and 30% to FWO. Danny signed the agreement, but Buchi did not - which made Danny suspicious of Buchi's intentions. On January 24, 2015, Danny posted on his Facebook page that the UNFW event "has been cancelled" and that he does "not want to deal with them anymore" (them meaning Buchi, Collins and Ovette). Danny officially cut ties with the trio on February 2015.
With Danny out of the picture, Buchi, Collins and Ovette are currently promoting UNFW as a week-long project "designed as a glamorous celebration of artistry honoring excellence in fashion" featuring fashion designers from all over the world, as well as consisting of supermodel search, a gala ball, a live charity concert, awards, and other fashion-related events. Originally, it was scheduled to be held from August 24 to 29 at the historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, but now it has been changed from October 20 to 26, 2015. A skeptical Danny met with the Waldorf Astoria events executive on March 11, 2015 who informed him, sure enough, that the October dates have not been secured for the event and that the publicity that Buchi and his accomplices have been posting on social media is completely false.
On Twitter, the event is advertised as being managed by "Lavin & Asociados" ("Lavin & Associates"):
I contacted the United Nations Organization via e-mail to inquire if the UNFW event is sanctioned and authorized by UNO, but I have not yet received any response. Though I have a feeling that I will never get a response because UNO has far more important things to do than to waste precious time investigating a UNQ (United Network of Quacks). Has the UNO actually sponsored or organized fashion events in the past? A simple Google search generated several results:
UN teams up with fashion industry to fight poverty (Published by the UN News Centre on June 28, 2012. In collaboration with the Fashion for Development Initiative founded by former Bangladesh-born international model, Bibi Russell).
The United Nations hosts fashion show for Palestinian-Italian designer Jamal Taslaq (Published on November 12, 2014 by Bustle.com)
Notice that these fashion shows actually took place at the UN Headquarters, and not at some hotel in New York City. So if UN could deliver fashion shows at its headquarters, why would it hold an October 2015 fashion week at an event space that is not affiliated with the organization? Buyer, beware!
UPDATE: Sunday, October 18, 2015: On 10/14/2015, received an e-mail from Brenda De La Fuente of UNO who confirmed that the UNFW event is neither sanctioned nor authorized by UNO. Unfortunately, UNO will not pursue the case as there are too many scam artists using the UN name and logo:
Meanwhile, Buchis's accomplice, Ovette Ricalde, posted on his Facebook that UN will present him with an award as "Humanitarian Personality of the Year & Style Person of the Year." Notice the rather amusing description underneath: "A strong Man / Woman with pure dedications to His / Her works, family and social matters." Whoever created the graphics couldn't even make up their mind if Ricalde is a male or a female. It remains to be seen if Ricalde will actually travel to New York City to receive the award at the fleabag of a hotel.