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- 02/25/16--08:41: _Miss Indonesia 2016
- 02/26/16--15:25: _Yolande Betbeze Fox...
- 03/01/16--15:06: _Miss Universe Japan...
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- 03/19/16--16:01: _Miss South Africa 2016
- 03/23/16--18:21: _Fans of Dethroned M...
- 03/24/16--19:00: _Miss Grand Internat...
- 03/25/16--18:09: _Dethroned Puerto Ri...
- 03/29/16--04:11: _ The Real Scoop Beh...
- 04/02/16--14:28: _New 2016 Queens for...
- 04/05/16--17:11: _Miss USA pageant re...
- 04/08/16--18:34: _New 2016 Queens for...
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- 04/09/16--16:21: _Miss India World 2016
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- 04/16/16--15:34: _Miss Russia 2016
- 02/25/16--08:41: Miss Indonesia 2016
- 02/26/16--15:25: Yolande Betbeze Fox, Miss America Who Defied Convention, Dies at 87
- 03/01/16--15:06: Miss Universe Japan 2016
- 03/05/16--16:51: Israel To Hold Its First Transgender Beauty Pageant
- 03/13/16--05:53: Miss Ecuador Universe 2016
- 03/17/16--15:34: Puerto Rico's Miss Universe 2016 contestant stripped of crown
- 03/19/16--16:01: Miss South Africa 2016
- 04/02/16--14:28: New 2016 Queens for Czech Republic
- 04/05/16--17:11: Miss USA pageant returns to Las Vegas
- 04/08/16--18:34: New 2016 Queens for Nepal
- 04/09/16--16:21: Miss India World 2016
- 04/10/16--15:31: Chiang Mai To Host Mister Global 2016
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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)|
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.
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.
|KRISTHIELEE CARIDE (Archivo/GDR Media)|
|CLAIRE PARKER / Photo credit: Heidi Hannele|
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
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.
|Kristhielee Caride wins the Miss Universe Puerto Rico pageant on Nov. 12. PHOTO: EPA|
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 #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).
|Son Van Nguyen, Mister Global 2015|
|Photo: Jennifer Kline, LinkedIn|
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.