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    The new Miss World Costa Rica 2013 is Yarly Marin, 23, who was crowned at the Asociación Casa China Costarricense, in San Jose last May 23rd. She will compete in Miss World 2013 pageant in Indonesia in September.  Other winners included Miss International Costa Rica 2013 Andrea Rojas, 20 and Miss Intercontinental Costa Rica 2013 Brenda Muñoz, 18. The runner-up was Fabiola Charpentier, 20.

    Yarly Marin, Miss World Costa Rica 2013

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    An eloquent 18- year-old Senior High School graduate, Hanniel Jamin was crowned Miss Universe Ghana at a ceremony held at the LaPalm Royal beach hotel in Accra on Friday, May 24.
    Hanniel won the hearts of the judges – Leila Lopes, 2011 Miss Universe winner; actress Yvonne Nelson; presenter Benny Blanco; Brian D. Hogan, founder of investment firm Paradigm Capital Group; and model Veronica Varekova – and was subsequently declared winner.
    For her prize, Hanniel won GH¢5,000 worth of a wardrobe, a New York Film Academy scholarship, a management and public relations deal, and a one year gym membership and other packages.
    Hanniel is born to Ghanaian and Nigerian parents.

    Source: -AmeyawDebrah, 5/25/2013

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    The new Miss Universe Canada 2013 is Denise Garrido, 26, from Bradford, Ontario, whomwas crowned during the 11th edition of the pageant held in Toronto on May 25th. Denise is a pageant veteran, having won Miss Earth Canada 2008 and Miss World Canada 2010. She is the first Canadian woman to have won three major national titles in the history of Canadian pageantry. She will now compete in Miss Universe 2013  pageant at a venue and date that have yet to be announced. The 1st runner-up was Riza Santos, who herself was a former Miss Earth Canada 2006 and Miss World Canada 2011; the 2nd runner-up was Sierra Bearchell; the 3rd runner-up was Michelle McKay; and the 4th runner-up was Diana Martin.

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    Denise Garrido - the morning after she was crowned Miss Universe Canada 2013

         Just barely two days after she was crowned Miss Universe Canada 2013, Denise Garrido has been demoted to 3rd runner-up position due to a tabulation error.  Riza Santos,  26, who was 1st runner-up, has now been declared as the true winner. Beauties of Canada, the organizer of the pageant, has released the following statement:


    The 2013 Miss Universe Canada pageant took place on Saturday, May 25 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in Toronto.  During the validation of the computerized scoring results (which occurs the following day), a typo was discovered in the top 5 entries, which significantly impacted the final results of the competition.  This is the first instance of this type of error in the 11 years that Beauties of Canada (BOC) has produced the Miss Universe Canada pageant.
    This is an unfortunate circumstance where a human error was made, and in such a situation, as difficult as it is, it is only right to correct the error.  Therefore, the official results of Miss Universe Canada 2013 are as follows:
    Miss Universe Canada 2013 ­ Riza Santos (Calgary, AB)
    1st runner-up ­ Siera Bearchell (Moose Jaw, SK)
    2nd runner-up ­ Diana Martin (Mississauga, ON)
    3rd runner-up ­ Denise Garrido (Bradford, ON)
    4th runner-up ­ Michelle McKay (Sarnia, ON)
    We would like to offer our sincere apology to Denise Garrido for this human error discovered while validating the results. Miss Garrido’s example and grace represents all we look for at Miss Universe Canada. We have no doubt she will continue to succeed in her endeavours and we wish her well. We truly hope she remains a strong part of the Miss Universe Canada Organization.
    Beauties of Canada congratulates Riza Santos as the winner of Miss Universe Canada 2013 competition, and looks forward to working with her as she prepares to represent our country at Miss Universe 2013. BOC would also like to congratulate all the runners-up on their proper placements at the pageant, as well as the other 52 extraordinary young women who competed for the title in Toronto.
    For more information or for Interview/Photo requests with MUC 2013 Riza Santos
    Please Contact:
    Andrew Lopez
    PR for Miss Universe Canada
    The original results from last Saturday's finals revealed that Denise Garrido (center) won the pageant. She was followed in order of ranking by  Riza Santos, Siera Bearchell, Michelle McKay and Diana Martin.
    Riza Santos: from 1st runner-up to Miss Universe Canada 2013 

         It is indeed unfortunate that a tabulation error has shattered the dream of Denise Garrido of competing in Miss Universe 2013 pageant. When she won two days ago, she automatically made history by being the first woman in Canadian pageantry to have won three grand national titles (Miss Earth Canada 2008, Miss World Canada 2010, and Miss Universe Canada 2013). Now this record has been claimed by Riza Santos. Santos, like Garrido, boasts of two grand national titles under her belt (Miss Earth Canada 2006, Miss World Canada 2011). And now the Miss Universe Canada 2013 title has just been added to her accolades.

    Riza Santos during the evening gown competition of Miss Universe Canada 2013 pageant last May 25th.

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    Miss Massachusetts USA 2013 Sarah Kidd, 20, who is a Critical Beauty pupil, greets her fans in three languages: English (to her U.S. fans), Spanish (to her Latino fans), and Filipino (and to her Filipino fans):

    Sarah leaves for Las Vegas this Friday, May 31st, to join fifty other beautiful contestants who are vying for the 2013 Miss USA crown! We wish Sarah all the best!

    Sarah poses for Rafa Delfin, Director of Critical Beauty

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  • 05/31/13--19:34: Miss Scotland 2013 crowned

  • Jamey Bowers made it third time lucky last night as she was crowned Miss Scotland 2013.

    The beauitiful brunette wowed the judges to land the coveted title and an whopping £10,000 in prize money.
    Stunning Jamey, 24, from Edinburgh, was runner-up in the 2009 contest then finished in third place the following year.
    But last night it was her turn to be named the nation’s favourite beauty.
    And as she accepted her glittering crown, she said: “I can’t believe I’ve won — It really has been third time lucky for me.
    “I was Katharine Brown’s runner-up in Miss Scotland 2009 and the following year I was third when Nicola Mimnagh took the title.
    “Now it’s finally my turn and I’m over the moon.
    “I can’t think of anything more worthy than being an ambassador for Scotland and I will work hard to do everyone proud.
    “I’m so honoured — I feel overwhelmed and so happy.”
    She will now get ready to represent Scotland in Miss World 2013, on September 28, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    Jamey Bowers (center) with 1st runner-up Mhairi Fergusson (left) 
    and 2nd runner-up Laura Paterson (right) 

    SOURCE: The Scottish Sun, UK, 5/30/2013

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    New Turkish queens for 2013 were crowned May 31st in Istanbul. From left to right: 3rd runner-up Ahu Ağırbaş (Miss Turkey International 2013) , 1st runner-up Berrin Keklikler (Miss Turkey Universe 2013) national winner Ruveyda Öksüz (Miss Turkey World 2013)  and 2nd runner-up Ezgi Avci (Miss Turkey Earth 2013). Each young woman will compete in their respective international pageants.

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  • 06/01/13--11:17: Miss World Fiji 2013 crowned

  • The new Miss World Fiji 2013 is Caireen Marie Erbsleben who was crowned at Pearl South Pacific Resort and Spa in Pacific Harbour on June 1st.  She will represent Fiji in Miss World 2013 pageant to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 28.

    The winner is flanked by the 1st Princess Ashna Mani, her national director Andhy Blake
    and 2nd Princess Tara Thomas

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    The Miss Korea title has been in existence for over 50 years, but the title has now been officially changed to Miss Universe Korea 2014, the winner of which, 21-year-old Yoo Ye-Bin (above) will compete in Miss Universe 2014 pageant. Yoo was crowned in Seoul on June 4th. The 2012 winner of Miss Korea, Kim Yu-Mi, will compete in Miss Universe 2013 whose date and venue are yet to be announced.

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    Last year's Miss World entrants in bikinis in Mongolia. Allah hates this! (Barcroft Media)

         Bikinis have been banned from this year's Miss World contest - to ward off Islamic hardliners in Indonesia who threatened Lady Gaga.

         The pageant is taking place in the Far East country for the first time and organisers are wary of upsetting Muslim fanatics. In a bid to calm any tensions, the 137 women will ditch the traditional swimsuit round and instead wear more conservative outfits like sarongs.

         The move comes after pop icon Lady Gaga was last year forced to scrap a gig in the world's most populous Muslim country. The Born This Way singer had sold out a 52,000-seat stadium in Jakarta, but cops ordered her to pull out because of threats. Fundamentalists accused her of "satanic teaching" and called her "vulgar".
    They even threatened to stop the megastar from setting foot on Indonesian soil.

         Habib Salim Alatas, of the Islamic Defenders Front, said: “She had better not dare spread her satanic faith here. Her style is vulgar, her sexual and indecent clothes will destroy our children’s sense of morality. “She wears only panties and a bra when she sings and she stated she is the envoy of the devil’s child.”

         Beyonce and the Pussycat Dolls were also both reportedly urged to "cover up" during her gig in Indonesia. Much of this year's Miss World will take place on the idyllic island of Bali where thousands of holidaymakers are allowed to wear bikinis. But the pageant's chairwoman Julia Morley said: "I do not want to upset or get anyone in a situation where we are being disrespectful. "We treasure respect for all the countries that take part in the pageant," she said. 

         Miss World 2013 will take place in September.

    Source: The Sun, UK, 6/6/2013

    Related stories:

    Indonesian Muslims vow to stop Miss World 

    Miss World chief cancels bikini round to avoid offending Muslims


         To those of us who are avid followers of beauty pageants, particularly of Miss World, this latest decision by Miss World chairwoman Julia Morley to eliminate bikinis at the 2013 pageant is not surprising, considering that she has had a history of submitting to the customs of the host country even when these customs call for limiting a woman's freedom of choice.

    - When the pageant was held in India back in November 2002, it had been been dogged for more than two months by protesters who claimed that it was demeaning to women and undermined India's 5,000-year-old cultural heritage. About 1,500 people, including many supporters of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, were arrested during street protests which culminated with an Indian man burning himself to death outside the venue in Bangalore. 

    - In early November 2002, Morley took the pageant to Nigeria, but several contestants boycotted the pageant because an Islamic Sharia court had sentenced a young woman named Amina Lawal to be stoned to death for having been accused of adultery. On Nov. 16 a Nigerian daily ThisDay, published an article written by 21-year-old journalist Isioma Daniel in which she had suggested that the prophet Mohammed might have married one of the contestants. Her statement deeply offended many Muslims. Then on Nov. 20th, Muslim youths in Kaduna sacked and burned a local office of the  newspaper. The violence escalated into a deadly sectarian fight between Muslim and Christian rival gangs. Morley, concerned for the safety of the girls, flew them out of Nigeria to London where the remainder of the pageant was held. 

    - Apparently, Morley has not learned from her Nigerian experience; now she's taking the pageant to Indonesia and she still naively believes that her girls would be safe! Morley, like most British liberals, is totally clueless about Islam - the most oppressive ideology in the world specially towards women. And like most liberals, she considers Islamic misogyny as part of the Islamic culture that should be respected by non-Muslims - a belief not shared by individuals who are critical of Islam and many ex-Muslims who have left Islam. Ironically, by not allowing the contestants to wear bikinis, Morley is actually restricting their freedom of choice! This should not be about appeasing the Indonesian Muslims as much as it should be about celebrating womanhood -  free from religious, political, cultural or traditional restraints. As one Critical Beauty Facebook poster commented, "Miss World is a beauty pageant, a beauty with a purpose, not beauty in the eyes of Muslim people!"

         Unlike Islam which forbids women to expose their bodies, Hinduism, on the other hand, tolerates female nudity and the depiction of sexual behavior. I am assuming that the Miss World Organization had not done any research about the dress code in Bali, which is nearly 93% Hindu. Or that MWO had erroneously assumed that the entire country of Indonesia - though secular in its form of government - was controlled by Islamic Sharia Law which imposes severe punishment on "immodestly" attired women, Muslim or not. Perhaps MWO could use the following information the next time it brings the pageant to Bali:

    • Dress code in Bali:Bali in a Hindu island and therefore enjoys relaxed attitudes to things of a sexual nature. Hindu art and Balinese dances, often contain deliberately suggestive material. On the beach you can go topless, without too much to worry about, though nude bathing is not cool.

    • Out at night you can wear pants, a dress, a skirt, or shorts, no worries. Indonesian women out late in the party scene often wear skimpy outfits, so you can enjoy the tropical climate, and not feel you have to cover up.

    • One place where you should cover up, is a Balinese temple. You’ll need a long sleeve, non-revealing shirt, sarong & sash (which you can often rent). You may not enter a Balinese temple during menstruation, as the Balinese consider you ‘sebel‘ (ritually unclean). (Source:

    By Rafa Delfin


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    The new Miss World Curaçao 2013 (Señorita Mundu Kòrsou 2013) is 17-year-old Xafira Urselita who was crowned June 4th in Willemstad. The pageant was organized by Dushi Magazine. Urselita will compete in Miss World 2013 in Indonesia in September. 

    The first runner-up was Ruanda Reinilla and was crowned Miss Supranational Curaçao 2013 and will compete in Miss Supranational 2013. 

    The second runner-up was Silvienne Winklaar and was crowned Miss Earth Curaçao 2013 and will compete in Miss Earth 2013.

    Xiohenne Renita was crowned Miss Intercontinental Curaçao 2013 and will compete in Miss Intercontinental 2013 pageant.

    Ashley Burgrust was crowned Miss Teen Curaçao 2013.

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    The new Miss Switzerland 2013 is Dominique Rinderknecht, 23, who was crowned at the end of the pageant held at Hallenstadion in Zurich on June 8th. She will now represent Switzerland in Miss Universe 2013 pageant whose date and venue are still to be announced. The first runner-up is Sara Wicki and the second runner-up was Janine Baumann.

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    The new Miss Universe Great Britain 2013 is Amy Willerton, 20, who was crowned in Birmingham on June 8. She will represent Great Britain in Miss Universe 2013 pageant whose date and venue are still to be announced.  The 1st runner-up is Roxy Osborne and the 2nd runner-up was Maise Lake

    Willerton made the pageant headlines two years ago when she and other contestants took to YouTube and the media to denounce the mistreatment they had experienced in the Miss Asia Pacific World 2011 pageant in Korea. Last year, Willerton became a national celebrity by winning the modeling reality show, "Signed by Katie Price."

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    Several states crowned new queens to compete for Miss America 2014:

    Jessica Marfeo is Miss New Hampshire 2013. She was crowned on June 2nd.

    Crystal Lee is Miss Hawaii 2013. She was crowned on June 8.

    Laura Harmon is Miss North Dakota 2013. She was crowned on June 8.

    Theresa Vail is Miss Kansas 2013. She was crowned on June 8.

    Jacee Pilkington is Miss Nebraska 2013. She was crowned on June 8.

    Chandler Champion is Miss Alabama 2013. She was crowned on June 8.

    Kelsey Griswold is Miss Oklahoma 2013. She was crowned June 8.

    Shelby Ringdahl is Miss Missouri 2013. She was crowned June 8.

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         After a grueling three-day competition, Nicole Kelly was named Miss Iowa on Saturday. The 23-year-old will go on to compete in the Miss America 2014 pageant in September, where she will speak about the importance of overcoming disabilities.

         Kelly was born without her left forearm, according to her biography on
    “As I grew up I learned to counterbalance the initial stares I received from people with an outgoing personality that would not give into ‘no,’” she writes on the Iowa pageant site. “This means that I tried everything. From baseball, to dance, to diving - there is nothing I would not try. I found my passion within a world where I was giving people permission to stare: the stage.”

         Kelly studied theater at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She graduated in May 2012.
    “If you would have told me a year ago that ‘pageant queen’ was in my future I would have laughed,” she wrote, adding that she is excited to have the opportunity to discuss overcoming disabilities publicly.“Giving voice to a platform is a great honor and I am excited to continue my adventure of speaking out and touching lives.”

         Earlier this year, Alexis Wineman, of Montana, made history when she became the first autistic contestant to ever participate in the Miss America pageant in January.

         Mallory Hytes Hagan of Brooklyn, NY, won the 2013 competition and is the reigning Miss America.

    Source: FoxNews, 6/10/2013

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    Don't forget!  Tonight is the night as 51 contestants of Miss USA 2013 pageant will compete in the preliminary round of the competition. They will be judged on their swimsuit and evening gown presentation.

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    Miss USA pageant winners Susie Castillo (2003), Shandi Finnessey (2004), Shanna Moakler (1995), and Alyssa Campanella (2011) bare it all in their jaw-dropping new ad for PETA - shot by famed photographer Fadil Berisha - in a united effort to urge the pageant industry to do away with fur.
    Every year, millions of animals - including foxes, minks, raccoons, rabbits, chinchillas, and even cats and dogs - are electrocuted, beaten, drowned, strangled, and skinned alive.
    Despite knowing about the horrors that animals go through to make fur coats, some pageants still award furs to winners.
    "I was so disgusted that I would wear this skin of this living being on my body and consider myself beautiful," Shandi said. What would happen if that happened to a human being? We would be outraged. So what's the difference?"
    Check out their exclusive interview with PETA to find out why these beauties shed their gowns (and crowns) for animals:

    These women show that the greatest role models and community ambassadors are those who extend kindness to animals—after all, you can be a queen without making innocent animals endure terrible suffering. They are taking a strong position to protect animals by choosing to be fur-free. How about you?

    Be a Trend-Setter and Pledge to Go Fur-Free!
    Fight cruelty by giving up fur today. Learn more about the cruel fur industry and make a conscious choice to practice compassion and spare animals horrendous suffering.


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  • 06/14/13--15:46: New Bolivian queens crowned

  • New Bolivian queens were crowned at the Siriono hall of Fexpo on June 13th. From left to right: Adriana Delgadillo is Miss Bolivia International 2013 and will compete in Miss International 2013 in Japan in November; Claudia Tavel Antelo (center) is Miss Universe Bolivia 2014 and will compete in Miss Universe 2014; Teresa Talmas is Miss Supranational Bolivia 2013 and will compete in Miss Supranational 2013 in Belarus in September; and Alejandra Castillo is Miss World Bolivia 2013 and will compete in Miss World 2013 in Indonesia in September.

    Claudia Tavel

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  • 06/14/13--16:01: Miss Estonia 2013 crowned

  • The new Miss Estonia 2013 is Kristina Karjalainen, 23, who was crowned at the Toompea Castle in Tallinn, on June 12. She will represent Estonia in Miss Universe 2013 whose venue and date are still to be confirmed.

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