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  • 02/25/16--08:41: Miss Indonesia 2016


  • The new Miss Indonesia 2016 is Natasha Manuella, representing Bangka Belitung, who was crowned in Jakarta on February 24th. She will now represent Indonesia in Miss World 2016 pageant whose date and venue have yet to be confirmed. The outgoing Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna of Spain and Miss Indonesia 2015 Maria Harfanti assisted in the coronation.



    Manuella's court includes 1st Princess Editha Aldillasari from Bengkulu,  2nd Princess Dian Bernika from Sumatera Utara, 3rd Princess Song Paramadita of Lampung, and 4th Princess Nabila Astrid of Kepulauan Riau. The pageant was broadcast live via RCTI.


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    Yolande Betbeze Fox, a convent-educated Alabamian who defied convention, and set new standards, by refusing to tour the country as Miss America of 1951 in revealing bathing suits, died on Monday in Washington. She was 87.

    Her death was confirmed by the Joseph Gawler’s Sons funeral home in Washington.

    By the time Ms. Fox won her title on Sept. 9, 1950, in Atlantic City, pageant officials, trying to calibrate propriety and sex appeal amid changing mores, had already decided to stop crowning Miss America while she was wearing a swimsuit. That pageant staple had been confined to the swimsuit competition, an event Ms. Fox — Ms. Betbeze at the time — had already won. She began her reign in a gown.

    But given that the swimsuit competition’s chief sponsor, Catalina, manufactured swimwear, Ms. Fox was still expected to model bathing suits as the reigning Miss America.

    What the organizers did not expect was her response. “Yolande declared, ‘I’m an opera singer, not a pinup!’ and refused posing in a bathing suit again,” according to her official biography on the pageant’s website.

    As a result, Catalina withdrew as the pageant sponsor and began the rival Miss USA contest.

    “In Yolande’s words, she made a stand for ‘propriety’ that has gone down as a significant flash of pageant history and altered the course of its future,” the official biography says.

    Ms. Fox put it another way in an interview with The Washington Post in 1969: “There was nothing but trouble from the minute that crown touched my head.”

    Ms. Fox never fulfilled her goal of becoming a professional opera singer, though she belted out “Caro Nome” from “Rigoletto” in the talent competition. But she used her newfound fame to become a model, theatrical producer and social activist.

    Yolande Betbeze Fox picketed a Woolworth’s in Times Square in 1960 in support of black sit-ins in the South.CreditNeal Boenzi/The New York Times


    She participated in a vigil in 1953 at Sing Sing prison to protest the impending execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the Manhattan couple convicted of conspiring to commit espionage. She joined civil rights protesters in picketing a Woolworth’s in Times Square in 1960 to support black sit-ins at the store’s lunch counters in the South. (“I’m a Southern girl, but I’m a thinking girl,” she said.) And she joined demonstrations against nuclear weapons.

    In a 2006 profile, Smithsonian magazine said Ms. Fox’s “exotic Basque looks” — she was of Basque ancestry — and her rebellious streak may have made her “the most unconventional Miss America ever.”

    Yolande Betbeze (her mother picked her given name from a book of medieval history) was born in Mobile, Ala., on Nov. 29, 1928, the daughter of William and Ethel Betbeze. Her father was a butcher.

    She was educated in Roman Catholic convent schools and the extension division of the University of Alabama. She began her beauty contest career in 1949, when she won Spring Hill College’s Miss Torch pageant. She entered the Miss Alabama competition hoping to win a scholarship to study singing in New York.

    After her one-year reign, she studied philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York; married Matthew Fox, a movie executive (they had a daughter, Yolande Fox Campbell, who survives her, along with a granddaughter); and produced theater in a playhouse on East Houston Street.

    She later moved to Washington, where she bought the Georgetown mansion formerly owned by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and became a fixture of the capital’s social scene.

    In the 1960s, Ms. Fox criticized the Miss America pageant for its lack of ethnic and racial diversity. “ ‘How could we say it’s Miss America,’ I asked, ‘if it’s not open to all Americans?’ ” she was quoted saying in “Alabama Afternoons: Profiles and Conversations,” a 2011 book by Roy Hoffman. In the 1970s, she said the pageant perpetuated sexist attitudes.

    “Today,” the Miss America website says, “Yolande feels her actions have been pivotal in directing pageant progress towards recognizing intellect, values and leadership abilities, rather than focusing on beauty alone.”

    Source: New York Times, Feb. 26, 2016

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  • 03/01/16--15:06: Miss Universe Japan 2016


  • Sari Nakazawa, 22, Miss Shiga, was crowned Miss Universe Japan 2016 on March 1st. She will represent Japan in Miss Universe 2016 pageant whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed. Her court includes first runner-up was Miss Kumamoto, Sayaka Matsumoto; second runner-up Miss Fukushima, Kaori Arike; third runner-up Miss Kochi, Sayaka Nishimura; and fourth runner-up Miss Shizuoka, Yukari Shiotsuka. Nakazawa was crowned by her predecessor, Ariana Miyamoto, Japan's first biracial queen and a semifinalist in Miss Universe 2015 pageant.






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    Contestants pose for the judges during the auditions for the first Miss Trans Israel beauty pageant in Tel Aviv, Thursday, March 3, 2016 (AP Photo/Ariel Shalit)

    Auditions for the first ever Israeli transgender beauty pageant, Miss Trans Israel,  took place in Tel Aviv this past week. Around thirty transwomen went to the auditions, organized by Israela Stephanie Lev. The pageant will be held on May 28, according to the pageant's Facebook page.

    Lev said living as a transwoman in Israel had been “terrible” in the past, but that now things were improving.
    “Definitely we are achieving, enlightening the people to accept and empower transsexuals,” she told the Associated Press.

    Contestants such as Abu Hanna, a 21-year-old whose family is Catholic Arab took part in the pageant.
    She said her family is supportive of her, and that she can sing, dance and play the trumpet.

    “I have something to give the people”, Hanna said, going on to say “We are normal people. This is normal.”
    A pageant final will take place in May, and the winner is to represent Israel at the Miss Trans Star international pageant.

    The Trans Star pageant will take place this summer in Spain.

    Campaigners earlier this year criticized a transgender beauty pageant which offers the winner gender reassignment surgery. The Miss Gay and Ms Transsexual Australia 2016 pageant was branded “irresponsible” by campaigners.

    A finalist in the Miss Galaxy beauty pageant contest also in January spoke out – to claim she was disqualified for being trans.
    Jossy

    29-year-old Jossy Yendall says she was elated to find out that she had made it through to the final of the UK competition.

    However, she told ITV she was shocked to be told by organizers that she had been dropped from the contest because she’s not ‘biologically’ female.

    The winner of the Miss Transgender UK pageant was last month stripped of her crown for not being “full-time” transgender, the organizer has claimed.

    The pageant launched for the first time last year – but attracted controversy for offering all-expenses-paid gender reassignment surgery in India as a ‘prize’.

    Scottish trans woman Jai Dara Latto was initially named the winner of the contest – but organizer Rachael Bailey hit out at her this week, amid coverage of Latto going on a charity hike.


    Source:  Pink News, 3/4/2016
    ***The first paragraph was modified to correct Pink News' statement that the pageant took place, which is false. The pageant will take place on May 28.



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  • 03/13/16--05:53: Miss Ecuador Universe 2016

  • Credit: El Universo


    Connie Jimenez was crowned Miss Ecuador Universe 2016 on March 12 at the Hotel Oro Verde in Machala. She will represent Ecuador in the 2016 Miss Universe pageant whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed. The first runner-up is Bianka Fuentes, 22, who will compete in Miss International 2016 to be held in Japan sometime in November. The second runner-up is Ivanna Abad, 22, who will compete in Miss Supranational 2016 to be held in Poland in December. Former Miss Universe Stefania Fernandez served in the judging panel.



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    KRISTHIELEE CARIDE (Archivo/GDR Media)

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's 2016 Miss Universe contestant has been stripped of her crown because of what officials say is an attitude problem.
    Officials said Thursday that Kristhielee Caride will no longer represent the U.S. territory in the upcoming international beauty contest. Caride won the crown four months ago but recently did an interview with a local newspaper in which she was criticized for being dismissive and saying she did not like cameras. Officials said Caride told them she had a personal problem and that she canceled other appearances because of a doctor's appointment.
    Caride said in a Facebook post that beauty queens are not exempt from having a bad day and that she was sincerely sorry.
    The new Miss Universe contestant will be former first finalist Brenda Jimenez of Aguadilla.

    Source: Yahoo News, 3/17/2016

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  • 03/19/16--16:01: Miss South Africa 2016

  • PHOTO CREDIT: VIRAL SOUTH AFRICA


    Ntandoyenkosi Kunene has been crowned as Miss South Africa 2016 in Johannesburg on March 19th.
    Kunene, a 23-year-old education honours student from Mpumalanga, said she was determined to make a difference during her reign.
    She said, “As a little girl growing up in the township – modelling around the house and practicing my speech in front of the mirror – I had always hoped, prayed and believed that one day my name would be called as the new Miss South Africa.”
    The event saw 12 finalists from across the country compete for the crown along with R2 million worth of prizes.

    Tayla Skye was named as second princess and Elizabeth Molapo as the first princess.
    TV personality Sophie Ndaba and writer Kojo Bafoe were part of the panel of judges. 

    Kunene is expected to compete in the next edition of Miss Universe or Miss World, whichever comes first.
    Source: Eyewitness News, South Africa, 3/19/2016
    PHOTO CREDIT: MISS SOUTH AFRICA



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    Miss Universe Puerto Rico messed with the wrong puertorriqueña.

    Less than a week after Kristhielee Caride was dethroned of her Miss Universe Puerto Rico title for her alleged bad attitude and unwillingness to take photos, fans of the Isabela beauty queen created a Facebook page demanding she be returned her rightfully earned crown.
    "We want Kristhielee Caride back," reads the Facebook page’s description in Spanish. "The community is tired of their outrage and exploitation of our favorites."
    But her fans didn’t stop there. They’re also calling for the removal of those who stripped Caride of her title.
    “Luisito and Desiree, be gone. The people are tired of your abuses and exploitation of our models,” it reads, referring to Miss Universe Puerto Rico franchise holders Desiree Lowry and Luis Vigoreaux.
    In a recent interview, Caride addressed accusations of her rude behavior.
    "At no point in the video do you see a disrespectful Kristhielee, to the organization or the reporter," she says on the Puerto Rican talk show Lo Sé Todo. "I see a scared Kristhielee, full of panic."
    More than 3 thousand people have liked the Facebook page and others are using the hasgtag #YoApoyoMiReina to support Caride.
    Caride was replaced by Aguadilla beauty queen Brenda Jiménez.

    Source: Latina.com, 3/23/2016


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          Anea Garcia, who was crowned Miss Grand International 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand last October 25th, has stepped down from her position because she is unable to fulfill her duties, according to a message posted on MGI's official Facebook page on Thursday, March 24th. The message states:



    CLAIRE PARKER / Photo credit: Heidi Hannele

         Replacing Anea is her first runner-up, Australia's Claire Parker.  On her Facebook page, Parker expresses her joy after finding out that she would take over Anea's duties:

    Minutes ago the news was broken by the Miss Grand International organization that effective immediately I will be stepping into the role of Miss Grand International 2015.
    Unfortunately due to personal reasons Anea made the decision not to continue, a very difficult decision to make and one I am sure has come with a lot of sacrifice and sadness so I hope you will all continue to support her. I wish her all the very best in her future and I will always have fondness in my heart for her. Keep shining beautiful girl!

    As for me, I am utterly shocked and thrilled to have had this opportunity presented to me, as a first runner up in any pageant it is your duty to support the winner and step in if she is no longer able to fulfill her responsibilities, however it is incredibly rare for such a situation to occur and I am so grateful that it is written in the stars for me.

    Thank you so much to the MGI organization and all involved for this once in a lifetime chance, during the next 6 months of my reign I promise to uphold all the ideals of the organization and all the expectations of a queen and will work hard to advocate our message to 'stop the war and violence'. I am so excited for the doors this opportunity will open and the amazing people I will be able to work with along the way and can't wait to see what this journey brings me.
    To all my friends, family and fans, in Thailand, in Australia and all over the world; thank you guys for your unending support and love, it means so much to me and I'm so happy to be able to share this with all of us! The messages of congratulations have been flooding in and I will do my best to get back to each and every one of them! But know that they are appreciated from the bottom of my heart.
    Less than 12 hours ago my whole world was turned on it's head, you can never expect the amazing things life will bring to you and I'm so blessed and thankful for these incredible, unexpected gifts every single day. I am truly honoured and humbled. I will be seeing you very soon Thailand!
    Claire Elizabeth Parker
    Miss Grand International 2015

         Meanwhile, Global Beauties published a statement from MGI's Vice-President, Teresa Chaivisut who explains the reasons behind Anea's resignation:

    Although we believe Anea was the deserving winner at MGI coronation event, she has failed to fulfill her obligations as the reigning queen. First, her studies were in the way, making it very hard for us to schedule her activities. At several times we had to reschedule, cancel events, change or lose international flights. Miss Grand International should be ready and focused on her job and charitable work.
    In addition, she has also become very demaning*, always asking for things which were not promised or part of the contact she signed, including bringing her grandmother to Bangkok, to live with her. She demanded for additional services which truly made no sense. (*demanding?)
    Her actions were disrespectful to the organisation and Mr Nawat does not appreciate this kind of attitude, which brought us to make this decision.
    Claire Elizabeth Parker is very happy and ready to take over the duties as Miss Grand International 2015. She will move to Thailand shortly and we will hold a press conference on April 1st for her official crowning. We expect Claire to vist at least 7 or 8 countries as Miss Grand International and we are sure that she will suit the title properly and do an excellent job.
    We take this opportunity to inform that soon we will also announce the host country for Miss Grand International 2016.
    This is the truth and we have nothing to hide, so please publish it”

         Anea Garcia's resignation has amplified the pageant's shaky and troubled reputation since its inception in 2013.  The owner of the pageant, Nawat Itsaragrisil, is known to rule with an iron fist and has burned bridges with the media and pageant fans. The pageant's campaign, "Stop The War and Violence," seems unrealistic and frivolous. And the first three titleholders including Anea are of Hispanic descent and all carry an American passport, which makes one wonder if the organizer has a soft spot for American-raised Hispanic/Latina beauties. Rumor has it that Anea wants to compete in the 2016 Miss Dominican Republic pageant set for April 24, and if she wins, she gets to compete in the next edition of Miss Universe. But even if the rumor were true, why would the judges crown a young woman who failed to fulfill her reign as Miss Grand International? I am sure the Miss Universe Organization has already picked up her story and has placed her name in a folder for "Undesirable Girls". 

         As for Chaivisut's statement, it reeks of impropriety and tackiness. There is no need to shame Anea and to go into details of her "prima donna" attitude. When Oxana Fedorova was stripped of her Miss Universe crown in 2002, MUO did not make an elaborate, pernicious statement about her character; they simply declared that she was unable to fulfill her duties because they were interfering with her academic pursuit. For any unflattering details there might have been about Oxana, they were subtly kept under wraps. Because of Chaivisut's harsh judgment of Anea's character, Anea will now be remembered forever as the girl who demeaned, degraded, and humiliated the Miss Grand International organization. 



    by Rafa Delfin, 3/24/2016


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    Kristhielee Caride wins the Miss Universe Puerto Rico pageant on Nov. 12. PHOTO: EPA

    A Puerto Rican beauty queen who was stripped of her crown checked into a psych unit because she’s so devastated over the loss, according to reports.
    Brunette bombshell Kristhielee Caride — who lost her Puerto Rico Miss Universe title last week due to a bad attitude — claims she was struck by such a dark depression that she can’t eat, Univision reported.
    “I [have] depression. I’m not eating, but it is something that I have controlled,” she told the station.
    Caride, 24, now plans to sue Miss Universe honchos if they don’t return the crown, she said.
    But organizers of the pageant have already awarded stunning 21-year-old model Brenda Jimenez the title.
    Caride won the pageant four months ago, but directors seized her crown March 17 after she snubbed the press, saying, “I just do not like cameras.”
    Miss Universe director Desiree Lowry said she was embarrassed by Caride’s attitude and claimed she did “damage to the organization,” according to the Associated Press.

    Source: New York Post, 3/25/2016

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    ANEA GARCIA / Photo credit: MGI

       On March 24th, the Miss Grand International Organization  (MGI), on its official Facebook page, posted that Anea Garcia has been relieved of her duties as Miss Grand International because "due to unable to fulfill and follow the contractual agreement with Miss Grand International" and that her 1st runner-up, Claire Parker, has taken over the duties of the titleholder. Meanwhile, Global Beauties published a statement written by MGI's Vice-President Teresa Chaivisut which seems to imply that Anea was fired because "she has also become very demanding, always asking for things which were not promised or part of the contact she signed, including bringing her grandmother to Bangkok, to live with her. She demanded for additional services which truly made no sense. "

         However, screenshots of Anea's correspondence with MGI before and after her dismissal have surfaced all over the Internet. Critical Beauty received these screenshots via e-mail from a regular fan who claims to not know who might have posted them originally (we assume it could be someone who is close to Anea).   


    Screenshot #1 reveals that Anea was concerned about her safety while traveling to and staying in South Sudan. She expresses a need for a traveling manager who should accompany her during her trips to foreign countries, especially when these countries are unsafe. She also mentioned one unsavory incident when a man "tried to force himself" on her (sexual harassment) at the hotel where she was staying. We ask, "What kind of pageant organization would neglect to provide total security to the ambassador who is representing them?" This is just totally uncalled for.  When we compare MGI with the more established Miss Universe or Miss World, it is very rare that the titleholders of these two latter pageants are left to fend for themselves while they travel. 



    Screenshot #2 - Anea enumerates the issues that MGI need to address concerning her "safety and success for the remainder" of her reign: 1) traveling companion  2) MGI should not be posting quotes by her without first consulting with her, as this could lead to her being misrepresented  3) publication of high quality photos of her on social media  4) a stipend to buy substantial (healthy) food during her travels. We question, "If MGI is supposed to be a decent pageant organization, then why has it failed to provide the basic necessities to their titleholder?" 



    Screenshot 3: Continuation of Screenshot #2. Anea reiterates the legitimacy of her requests (MGI calls them "demands"). We wholeheartedly agree when she says "I will be limited to perform my duties to the best of abilities." How could a titleholder be an excellent organization representative or ambassador when the organization itself neglects the basic needs of its representative?



    Screenshot #4: Teresa Chaivisut's response to Anea's requests. 


     Screenshot #5: Anea acknowledges Teresa's letter, but she also requests that the agreement should be in writing, as it should be because a written agreement will never be actually dusted down and scrutinized after signature. 


     Screenshot #6: Anea's response to MGI revealing that three out of four of her concerns had not been met, which prompted her to conclude that the organization did not take her concerns seriously. We can imagine Anea's frustration now.


     Screenshot #7: Two days after expressing her disappointment with MGI's apathy towards her concerns, Anea submits her resignation as Miss Grand International (March 24, 2016).

         In the final analysis, MGI's has failed to meet Anea's basic needs and simply failed to realize the gravity of her crisis. If MGI seeks to be in the same league as its more established and more prestigious counterparts, then it needs to step up to the plate and they can start by protecting and caring for their titleholder at all cost.

         They better treat Claire Parker better than they treated Anea.

    By Rafa Delfin, 3/29/2016


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    Andrea Bezděková (center) was crowned as Miss Universe Czech Republic 2016 by the outgoing titleholder, Nikol Švantnerová at the coronation night of Ceská Miss 2016, which was held at the Municipal House in Prague on April 2nd. Andrea will represent her country in the 2016 edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have not been confirmed. 

    The other winners are Natálie Kotková (right) who was crowned Miss World Czech Republic 2016 and Kristýna Kubícková (left) who was chosen as Miss Earth Czech Republic 2016. 

    Andrea Bezděková 

    Kristýna Kubícková

    Natálie Kotková  




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    Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan is serenaded by singer Seal at Miss Universe 2015 pageant.
    Photo credit: Miss Universe Organization

    The Miss USA Pageant now on Fox is returning to the Strip on June 5. It’s expected to land back at Planet Hollywood and is just one month after our Miss Nevada America Pageant winner is chosen May 6 at Tropicana (the Miss Nevada USA Pageant winner was crowned in November).
    The annual pageant since 1952 winds up selecting the American entrant for the Miss Universe Pageant. Both were owned by real-estate mogul and Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump until he sold them after his headline remarks about Mexican immigrants crossing the border.
    Miss USA was here from 2008 through 2013, then moved to Baton Rouge, La., for the 2014 and 2015 contests, where Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma was crowned July 12, 2015. Olivia returns here to crown her successor.
    Steve Harvey served as host for the Miss Universe Pageant in December at Planet Hollywood where he made global headlines for incorrectly naming the winner as Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez instead of Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach, who was actually voted to receive the crown.
    Although he is signed to a six-year contract with Miss Universe, Steve won’t have the opportunity to redeem himself at Miss USA. Todd Newton, Alex Wehrley and Julie Alexandria served as hosts last time.
    By Robin Leach
    Source: Las Vegas Sun, April 4, 2016

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  • 04/08/16--18:34: New 2016 Queens for Nepal




  • Asmi Shrestha, 22, from Chitwan was crowned the 21st Miss Nepal World during a nationally televised show on Nepal Television held at Hotel Annapurna in Kathmandu on April 7th. She will now compete in Miss World 2016 pageant whose date and venue have not been confirmed. Roshni Khatri placed second and was crowned Miss Nepal Earth 2016, while Barsha Lekhi place third respectively and will compete in Miss International 2016 to be held in Tokyo sometime in October.




     

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    Miss Dominican Republic Kimberly Castillo participates in Miss Universe Yamamay Swimsuit Runway Show at Trump National Doral on January 14, 2015 in Doral, Florida. Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

    Kimberly Castillo, Miss Dominican Republic 2014, feels lucky to be alive after having survived a tragic car accident earlier this week. Although she feels very blessed to be able to share her story with only a few scratches on her body, Castillo is very upset with certain bystanders and cops present at the accident scene Thursday afternoon. 
    The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. when Castillo was on her way to Santo Domingo for a business meeting. According to the former Miss Universe contestant, a red truck changed lanes and impacted Castillo's white vehicle. "He decided to change lanes without paying attention, without putting on his signal, and without a purpose (considering no one was in his lane)," she expressed on Instagram, revealing that this caused her car to swirl five times on the road before falling on a ditch upside down. 
    "I almost lost my life because of this animal," she stated. In an interview with CDN 37, the 27-year-old beauty queen opened up about the tragic mishap, describing the moment she tried to unbuckle her seatbelt as the most desperate three seconds of her life.
    Slipping through shattered glass and making it out alive, Castillo told reporters the aftermath was a shocking experience. "A lot of people came to help me, but instead, they start stealing my stuff," she said, feeling upset that robbers took her bag that had important paperwork and samples. 
    "I was going to Santo Domingo because I had an important meeting," she said. "The meeting was to finalize the launch of my brand. I had many samples and they robbed everything," she added, begging those who have the bag to not leak the information beforehand. 
    On her Instagram post and on the show, Castillo called out Dominican authorities for their lack of service, revealing that one of the officers from the Autoridad Metropolitana de Transporte (AMET) was no help. "The only thing he did was scream at me and ask for my license," she said, adding that he did not care about her health condition or about the suspect who fled the scene. 
    Despite her horrible experience, Castillo said she's grateful for her father-in-law and a man calledRamon, both men helped her during the accident. 
    Source: Latintimes.com, 4/8/2016

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  • 04/09/16--16:21: Miss India World 2016


  • Priyadarshini Chatterjee (center) was crowned Miss India World 2016 on April 8 at Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai.  The 1st runner up is Sushruthi Krishna (right) and the 2nd runner-up is Pankhuri Gidwani (left). The current Miss World Mireia Lalaguna assisted in the coronation. Chatterjee will represent India in Miss World 2016 pageant 

     


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    Son Van Nguyen, Mister Global 2015


    Pradit Pradinunt, the President & CEO of Pradinunt Production Company Limited, released the following statement on April 9th:

    "We are pleased to announce that Mister Global Limited has partnered with M Group Company to produce the 3rd edition of the Mister Global Pageant. M Group Company Limited, one of leading entertainment companies in Northern Thailand, has been organizing world class events both nationally and international for the past 20 years.

    This year, some 30 contestants along with the guests and media of Mister Global 2016 will not only visit Chiangmai but also Chiangrai, Lampoon and Lamphang to promote eco-tourism and advancing the pageant's advocacy "Saving Environment Program".

    M Group, as well as the business and civic groups, citizens and volunteers of Northern Thailand are committed to making Mister Global 2016 one of most remarkable events of the year.

    The Mister Global 2016 Preliminary and Finals Competition are scheduled to be held at Chiangmai Hall in Chiangmai, Thailand on May 5 and 6 respectively. Both events will be webcast on www.misterglobal.net.

    Contestants will be judged in three categories: swimwear, evening wear and interview, as they vie to become Mister Global 2016. The webcast will conclude with Mister Global 2015 Son Van Nguyen from Vietnam crowning his successor.




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    Photo: Jennifer Kline, LinkedIn 

     A former Mrs. America and home shopping network host from Wayzata, Minn. was charged with theft by swindle, in a scheme that cost Macy’s more than $5,000, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.

    Jennifer Susan Kline, 50, allegedly conducted multiple fraudulent returns of merchandise purchased at Southdale Mall in Edina, and returned to Macy's at Mall of America.

    On Nov. 5, 2015, Kline purchased $2,884 worth of designer clothing at the Southdale Macy’s, and spent $2,907 more at the same Macy’s the next day. On Nov. 11 and Nov. 30, she returned several articles of clothing to the Macy’s at Mall of America and was refunded $5,501.

    In early December, a Macy’s detective was told about the returns and discovered “the tags and labels had been switched on all of the clothing items returned," court documents said. Kline had allegedly removed the labels from her early November purchases and affixed them to other clothing items.

    “Several of the clothing items returned to Macy’s were dirty and showed signs of wear,” court documents stated. “Due to the label switching, it is not possible to identify the original brand of the item of the store from which the item was originally purchased.”

    In a search conducted at her residence, Edina Police located approximately 24 clothing items that had been purchased on Nov. 5 and Nov. 6, and were supposedly returned on Nov. 11 and Nov. 30.

    “Macy’s sustained a total loss on the refunded items,” the criminal complaint stated.

    Kline made her first court appearance Tuesday afternoon and will return to court on May 9. She is currently not in custody, but faces up to 10 years in prison and/or $20,000 for the felony.

    Kline was crowned Mrs. America in 1989 and had been a host on ShopNBC/EVINE Live. She was also a member of the "Real Housewives of the Twin Cities," in a segment created by Mpls.St. Paul Magazine.



    Source: FoxNews.com, 4/13/2016

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    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A beauty queen who was dethroned as Puerto Rico's representative at this year's Miss Universe contest after organizers accused her of having an attitude problem is taking her fight to court.
    Kristhielee Caride filed a $3 million lawsuit Thursday in which she demands the return of her crown and the multiple gifts she won, including a car, plastic surgery and a seven-day cruise. She was stripped of her title nearly a month ago.
    The lawsuit alleges breach of contract and contractual damages. It was filed against PR Crown Entertainment and officials including Desiree Lowry, national director of Miss Universe Puerto Rico.
    Lowry's attorney, former Puerto Rico Justice Secretary Antonio Sagardia, told The Associated Press that he declined to meet with Caride's attorneys at their request.
    "There's nothing to talk about," he said. "Our decision is final."
    Caride's attorney, Ernie Caban, did not return a call for comment.
    Caride was stripped of her title after she was criticized for being dismissive and saying she did not love cameras in an interview with a local newspaper.
    "That's like an athlete saying, 'I don't like to train,'" Sagardia said.
    Lowry told reporters at the time that Caride never apologized and said only that she was having personal issues and that such an incident would not happen again. However, Lowry said Caride then canceled other appearances because of a doctor's appointment she refused to reschedule.
    The lawsuit says Caride underwent an unspecified surgical intervention in late February and needed to rest for a month. It said she then made a required public appearance and did not wear unspecified, required post-operation accessories on Lowry's orders. The lawsuit also states that a friend of Caride's suffered a hemorrhage during that time and it affected her emotional state.
    The lawsuit says Caride was briefly hospitalized for depression after she was stripped of her title.
    Caride said in a Facebook post last month that beauty queens are not exempt from bad days and that she allowed her feelings to come before her job. She apologized and said she was turning over her sash even though she disagreed with the decision.
    In a screen-grab of her Instagram page, Caride still refers to herself as, "Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2016."
    Source:  CBSNews.con, 4/14/2016


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  • 04/16/16--15:34: Miss Russia 2016


  • 18-year-old dancer and model Yana Dobrovolskaya, representing Tyumen, was crowned Miss Russia 2016 at the Barvikha Luxury Village near Moscow on Friday, April 15. She will compete either in Miss Universe 2016 or Miss World 2016 whichever comes first.
    The first runner-up is Yuliana Korolkova of Orenburg and the second runner-up is Yulia Khoroshavina of Kirov.





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