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|ALEXANDRA MILLER / COURTESY MISS USA|
"I was [current Miss USA] Olivia Jordan's first runner-up when she won the title of Miss Oklahoma USA, and she actually won Miss USA on my 26th birthday, which meant I had to decide if I wanted to compete my last year or take over her title," Miller tells PEOPLE.
Miller decided to step in as Miss Oklahoma USA, meaning she would no longer be able to compete for the Miss USA crown.
However, thanks to a fan vote for a 52nd contestant, the pageant pro will be able to compete. Miller was chosen from 10 ladies vying for the final spot, after competing in a nationwide search for Miss 52, a woman who best embodies Miss USA based on originality, personality and a web interview.
"This is a chance for me to resurface a dream that I thought was long gone," says Miller, who has been competing in pageants for the past eight years – and who has been first runner-up twice for the Miss Oklahoma USA crown.
Miller first became interested in the pageant world when she saw her older sister competing in their hometown pageant, and decided to try it herself when she was a senior in high school.
"I didn't even place but I enjoyed it so much," she says. "I come from a competitive background – I was an athlete for the majority of my life – so this was just another avenue for me to push myself and my limits."
Miller has always wanted to be a part of the Miss USA competition in particular because she feels its mission is in line with her personal goals.
"The Miss Universe organization wants to promote confidence and believing in yourself and perseverance. I think that's who I am as a person, and that's why I was always interested in it," she says. "You have a unique opportunity as a title holder within the organization to inspire other people – whether it be young females or males across the world. That's why I want to be a part of the organization, and I'm so honored to have this incredible opportunity."
Source: PEOPLE Magazine, 5/18/2016
|COURTESY: RIMA FAKIH'S FACEBOOK|
|PHOTO CREDIT: ALCHETRON|
Anke Van dermeersch was Miss Belgium 1991 and represented Belgium at Miss Universe 1992 pageant in Bangkok, Thailand where she placed in the top six. Today, the 6'1" blond stunner is married, a trained lawyer, and a senator of the anti-immigration party Vlaams Belang (Flemish Interest) which is also vehemently anti-Islam. It is rare for a beauty queen, even if she has pursued a political career, to speak out against Islam that seeks to destroy Western society from within and replace it with Sharia law, but Anke is an exception. She knows that Belgian culture is under Islamic threat, especially now that her country has become the largest producer of Islamic jihadists in the world.
|WHILE COMPETING IN MISS UNIVERSE 1992, ANKE'S AVERAGE SCORE OF 8.983 WAS ENOUGH TO SAVE HER A TOP 10 SPOT.|
Anke is not new to controversy. On September 19, 2013, she started a campaign called "Freedom or Islam?" ("Vrijheid of islam?") in which she lent her legs for an image suggesting the consequences and reactions that women could face regarding the length of their skirts, alluding to the growing Islamic threat to Belgian culture. Consequently, French shoe designer Christian Louboutin sought an injunction against the party's campaign, which he claimed had associated his iconic brand (the red soles) with a poster entitled "Women Against Islamization." Anke had words etched along her naked leg marking potential skirt lengths - ranging from "Sharia compatible" at the ankle, to "stoning" high up her thigh. Louboutin argued that the poster tarnished the image of his luxury footwear brand. A month later, the Belgian court ordered Anke to stop using Louboutin's shoe wear in her campaign materials. Immediately after the verdict, Anke slightly modified the posters showing seemingly identical shoes but with yellow soles. When asked whether it is the same brand, she replied: "I got rid of the Louboutin shoes. These ones are my Flemish nationalist shoes."
|PHOTO COURTESY OF AFF.SKYNETBLOGS.BE|
|PHOTO CREDIT: ALCHETRON|
|ANKE WITH SOME MEMBERS OF THE GROUP "WOMEN AGAINST ISLAMISATION"PHOTO CREDIT: ALCHETRON|
|ANKE AND HER PARTY THOUGHT THIS WAS CUTE, BUT LITTLE DID THEY KNOW ABOUT THIS |
MUSLIM WOMAN'S DEEP HATRED TOWARDS JEWS / FACEBOOK
Multiculturalism is bad for our own European culture because we allow and even pamper foreign cultures on European territory. Our culture is the breeding ground of our pluralistic society and, therefore, it shouldn’t be replaced with blind multiculturalism that undermines pluralism.
Tolerance has its limits. To a certain extent, Western society is a result of mass immigration and a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society. But such a “multicultural” society does not work, has never worked and never will work.
In practice, multiculturalism is equivalent to blindly accepting and embracing Islam, which automatically leads to the Islamization of Europe.
Islamization is not a mere local problem. This is a phenomenon that is taking place in almost all Western European countries and cities. Within a few decades, many Western European cities are likely to be confronted with Islamic majorities due to the fast demographic increase in the Muslim population living in the West.
The first and foremost victims of Islamization are indeed women. Not only in the Muslim world, but also in the Islamic communities of Europe, females are systematically discriminated against, oppressed and molested.
According to Islam, women are subordinate to men and they owe their fathers and husbands their unquestioning obedience. In the Islamic tradition, the men invariably take all important decisions over their wives and daughters. For example, Islam dictates that a man can chasten his wife if necessary in order to keep her in line.
With respect to the treatment of women, Islam is synonymous with humiliation and discrimination. Muslim women can only inherit half as much as a man can and according to Islamic jurisprudence, the testimony of a woman is only half as trustworthy as that of a man’s. Furthermore, Islam forces females into wearing head scarves, veils and even burqas since women are deemed responsible for men’s sexual restraint. Islam also considerably curbs women’s liberty of action. Without the permission of her husband, a Muslim woman cannot even leave the house.
Savage practices such as honor killings, forced marriage, polygamy and circumcision are making inroads into our society through Islam.
I made a “leg-poster” campaign for WomenAgainstIslamization.org where I measured the degree of Islamization with the length of my skirt covering my legs. This poster is famous for many different reasons, but notably because it is still being shared across the world on the internet to this day. A famous French shoemaker sued the organization and myself because he didn’t want me wearing his shoes on the poster because I’m a right-wing, conservative politician. After a dubious, media-spun court process, I was sentenced to never wear the shoes again and to stop spreading the poster. As soon as any campaign by WomenAgainstIslamization.org is successful, we are harshly attacked and/or subpoenaed.
The Belgian state security services estimate the number of Muslim extremists in our country to be at 2% of the population while worldwide it is in fact 8 to 10% of the Muslim population that turns to Salafism and considers violence a legitimate means to spread Islam. Belgium also produces the largest number of jihadists in the world. Almost 500 fighters went to Syria to fight, including women. Between 10 and 30% of those jihadists have left the war zone and most of them have returned and now pose a major threat to Western countries.
People are usually silent about the position of women when debating Islam. In most debates, Muslims’ violation of Western equality between men and women is mentioned, but it is rarely debated in detail.
But the position of women in Islam is indeed questionable. The Korean elevates the man as superior and according to the Koran men have authority over women because Allah has taught the one to be superior to the other. Men and women have different roles in the Koran and therefore, women do not enjoy the same rights as men. In the Muslim world, men are seen as superior to women, which obviously has negative effects on family life, where the oldest man of the family is the boss. Disobedience or disagreement on the part of the woman leads to “discussions” and sometimes even to violence. Men traditionally have their way with women and this happens without any consultation with their wives. Muslim women are indeed condemned to submission.
Since multiculturalism in practice is equivalent to blindly accepting and embracing Islam, it is necessarily bad for women and contradicts the objectives and ideals of feminism. Feminism thrives only thanks to Western values such as equality between men and women, autonomy, freedom, and individuality. Non-Western cultures, such as Islamic culture, do not know these values and thus naturally collide with feminism.
The feminist movement has a turbulent history. However, what is currently taking place is an existential conflict. On the one hand, the emancipation of women with different ethnic and religious backgrounds is encouraged. On the other hand, the so-called ‘freedom of choice' to wear head scarves is defended. As I understand it, political correctness has led to absolute schizophrenia.
In our country, Islam often comes into conflict with our legal provisions on family law. This is because the Koran imposes its own rules related to marriage and divorce, child custody, and rights of inheritance. In the context of migration, it is important to act strictly against marriages of convenience and arranged or forced ones. Legislation on family reunification should be strict and efficient in the field of immigration policy. In addition, society must have the courage to deny access to our territory to partners with a criminal record. Clearly, what’s needed is a tough approach in various legal and policing areas. Reluctance to integrate is facilitated by allowing the partner of a forced or arranged marriage in the home country to come and “reunite” with the other partner. This is undermining our society.
Some Muslims and multicultural propaganda say that Muslim women wear the burqa or niqab thanks to "free choice." Do you think this is true?
There are young girls who wear the headscarf and claim that they have taken this choice in full freedom. Of course, everything depends on the interpretation of “freedom” and “choice.” Wearing a headscarf is warm, annoying, and uncomfortable; therefore most Muslim women are constantly fiddling with it. At the same time, they must also constantly make sure that their hair does not come peeping out. After all, the purpose of the headscarf is to completely cover the hair. No woman on earth freely keeps such an uncomfortable scarf at hand at all times. Instead, the point is that there are consequences for not wearing it. In Schaerbeek in our country, a 32-year-old Muslim woman of Pakistani origin experienced just how bad these consequences are when she was killed by her three brothers because she refused to wear a head scarf.
We know that mass immigration to Europe has also brought the grooming practices of Islamic gangs (especially among Pakistanis and Somalis). Non-Muslim, underage girls are sexually abused and prostituted by these groups when under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Muslim group-rapes of non-Muslims have everything to do with the hate for women that is part of the culture of Islam. What happened in Cologne is an example of the Arab ‘taharrush’, or sexual jihad, which is described in the Koran.
Women are discriminated in many ways and considered inferior in Islam. This is expressed, for example, in the inhumane and unjust treatment of women seen in such rapes. The completely twisted sexual morality of Islam says that men carry no responsibility for their sexual behavior. It is a fact that men go unpunished for such acts in the Islamic community. Letting this happen is based on the mistaken assumption that the values and standards of the surrounding society will be automatically absorbed by immigrants over time. This also ignores the fact that these cultural and religious groups within Western society have their own ideological agendas and empower themselves based on reactionary forms of identity. I fear, as the figures already confirm, that there will be more and more such serious crimes against women in Europe.
Enough is enough. We must put a stop to the immigration of such foreigners and put a definitive stop to Muslim immigration!
|ALLIE DUNN / PHOTO CREDIT: FADIL BERISHA|
RPM Productions, the franchise owner of Miss North Carolina USA, has released a statement today announcing that Miss North Carolina USA 2016, Allie Dunn, will be unable to compete in Miss USA 2016 pageant in Las Vegas on June 5 due to illness. Dunn has resigned from her position and has been replaced by her first runner-up, Devin Gant. We wish Allie a full recovery and we wish Devin the best of luck in Miss USA 2016.
|DEVIN GANT IS NOW MISS NORTH CAROLINA USA 2016 FOLLOWING ALLIE DUNN'S RESIGNATION|
/ PHOTO CREDIT: DEVIN GANT'S FACEBOOK PAGE
|Ta’alin Abu Hanna, shortly after winning the Miss Trans Israel pageant on May 27, 2016. (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)|
Ta’alin Abu Hanna, 21, from the northern city of Nazareth, wore a white bridal dress as she was declared the first “Miss Trans Israel” on Friday at HaBima, Israel’s national theater, in Tel Aviv.
|Ta’alin Abu Hanna celebrates winning the Miss Trans Israel pageant on May 27, 2016. (Luke Tress/Times of Israel)|
|Merve Büyüksaraç modelling in 2013|
A former Miss Turkey has been convicted of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a social media post.
Merve Buyuksarac was handed a 14-month suspended sentence meaning she will be sent to jail if she does anything in the period deemed to qualify as “reoffending”.
The 27-year-old model, who won the Miss Turkey contest in 2006, was briefly detained for sharing a satirical poem on her Instagram account in 2014.
|A previously little-used law is being used to prosecute people for insulting |
President Erdogan (Getty Images)
“I shared it because I found it funny. I had no intention to insult President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan,” Ms Buyuksarac was quoted as saying at the time.
Prosecutors deemed it to be insulting to Mr Erdogan, who has filed close to 2,000 defamation cases since becoming president in 2014, using a previously little-used law that bars insulting him.
Foreign leaders and international observers have raised concern over deteriorating freedoms in the country, where critical voices in the media and politics have been targeted by a wave of new laws and arrests cracking down on dissent.
Source: Independent, UK, 6/1/2016
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This year is the first in its history that the Miss USA pageant will feature a 52nd contestant.
|Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber reacts as she is crowned Miss USA 2016 by Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)|
|PHOTO CREDIT: GMA NEWS ONLINE|
A German-Filipino student based in Puerto Princesa City bagged the 2016 Miss Philippines Earth crown in ceremonies held at the UP Theater in Quezon City Saturday night.
Imelda Bautista Schweighart (center), 21, bested 45 other aspirants from all over the country and from overseas Filipino communities to inherit the national crown. She will try to secure a “three-peat” for the Philippines in the global Miss Earth pageant later this year.
Kiara Giel Gregorio (second from right) from the Filipino community in London placed second and was proclaimed Miss Philippines-Air. She was also named Miss Hana Shampoo and Miss Oasis Dental.
Loren Artejos (second from left) from Laoag was crowned Miss Philippines-Water while Shannon Rebecca Bridgman (farthest right) from Rosales, Pangasinan, was hailed as Miss Philippines-Fire.
Melanie Mader (farthest left) from the Filipino community in Vienna was proclaimed Miss Philippines-Ecotourism.
Schweighart is a veteran of beauty contests. She joined the Binibinibing Pilipinas in 2013, the same year 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach joined the said national tilt. She is the reigning Miss Puerto Princesa and placed second in the Miss Palawan pageant.
Siera Bearchell, 22, from Saskatchewan was crowned Miss Universe Canada 2016 on June 11th at St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. In her bio, Siera describes herself as a law student, entrepreneur, runner, golfer, and an avid photographer. She will now represent Canada in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue have not been confirmed.
Siera's court includes 1st runner-up Amber Bernachi, 2nd runner-up Kesiah Papasin, 3rd runner-up Camila Gonzalez, and 4th runner-up Zoe Bennett.
|CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES|
|CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES|
|CREDIT: MISS VENEZUELA ORGANIZATION|
So last night at Club Café in Boston, I was fortunate to have judged the first ever Miss New England Continental female impersonation pageantry (a/k/a drag pageantry). I have judged and attended countless pageants, mostly traditional female ones, but none of them could have been more exciting, more entertaining, and more fabulous than this drag pageant. Produced and owned by J. Cardin Moore (a/k/a Jovan I. Cardona), a former Mr. Boston Pride 2015, the Miss New England Continental show was a phenomenal success. For its first year, Moore's production team put on a highly memorable, energetic and professional show. And it didn't matter if there were only six contestants, because each contestant projected two other personae, so essentially I felt like I was judging 12 contestants overall. One was already too much to handle!
The show started around 6:30 PM. and was held in the theater section of the café. The stage was small, but it was adequate to allow the contestants to showcase their talents and runway skills. The show was hosted by Jai Wilson, a professional makeup artist who did a fabulous impersonation of Katy Perry, and by the outgoing Miss Continental 2015, the gorgeous Tiffany Hunter. Besides myself, the other judges included my favorite pageant brother, Rocky Graziano (Executive Director of Miss Boston Scholarship Organization), Tiffany Bishop (Department Manager of Cosmetics/Fragrances at Neiman-Marcus), Ana Barbara Fontanez (New York City Promoter), Bambi Starr (Entertainer), Noah Von Ark (Public Affairs Officer at Massachusetts General Hospital), and Amara Bear (Miss Rhode Island World 2015).
Although the two other contestants, Serenity Lōckhart and Alexandra Dior did not win anything, both of them displayed true sportsmanship by maintaining their grace and poise during the rest of the evening. Congratulations to all six contestants! They are all winners in my book!