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Officials and organizers of the Miss Universe 2016 competition confirmed on Wednesday the next pageant will be held in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, in January 2017.
Miss Universe Organization Vice President Shawn McClain signed contracts with Philippine sponsors led by former governor Chavit Singson who will invest $11 million into the event.
Singson said he was glad to see the Miss Universe pageant "back home."
McClain said the Miss Universe Organization wants to host the pageant in Manila again for its "energetic" and "engaged" fan base.
The live broadcast of the competition draws 500 million viewers worldwide, including many from the Philippines, according to McClain.
The Philippines was the first Asian country to host the annual competition in 1974 and again held the pageant in 1994.
|Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach|
(Reporting by Reuters TV in Manila; Editing by David Gregorio)
Source: Reuters, 11/16/2016
|Shawn McClain, VP of Business Development and Marketing of MUO (far right),|
toasts with the representatives of private sectors that will provide financial
backing for the hosting of the 65th edition of Miss Universe pageant.
Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide
***Side Note: I called the Miss Universe Organization early this afternoon to get clarification about the 65th edition of the pageant. I was transferred to the voicemail of MUO Public Relations Director, Jackie Shahinian, to whom I had previously sent two e-mails that remained unanswered (I also sent one to MUO President Paula Shugart). I left a voicemail message for Jackie to call me back. In my e-mails I had asked when MUO would send out a press release confirming the date and the venue of the next pageant. That was a week ago. I find it odd that MUO has not posted an official announcement, even though the current Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach has been telling the world via her social media that the 65th edition will indeed be held in the Philippines on January 30, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. Usually, I rely on MUO's official press release to confirm everything, and I was not about to make any travel arrangements to the Philippines without first verifying with MUO, especially when a rumor arose claiming that the pageant would be cancelled.
Anyway, I am so relieved to know that the venue and date have been officially announced at today's press conference at the Makati Shangri-La.
And since Paula Shugart has not responded to my e-mails, and that she has not been visible lately in the last few months, I would guess that she has either resigned or has been dismissed from her position and that Shawn McClain has now taken her place.
|Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach waves Philippine flag during her homecoming parade|
in January.Philstar.com / Efigenio Toledo IV, file
In an interview with Rudaw, Shaima Qassem, the Kurdish winner of Miss Iraq in 2015 expressed her regret for being crowned with the title as she claimed she did not receive any financial support from the Iraqi government or any other group to support her activities. She said she did her charity activities on her own.
Qassem, 20, was born in the Kurdish oil rich city of Kirkuk. She was crowned Miss Iraq in January 2016 in Baghdad.
Rudaw: You became Miss Iraq nearly a year ago, what have you done so far?
Shaima Qassem: When I was crowned, I wanted to get involved in charity activities for refugees and children suffering from cancer. Every month, I provided necessities for children and food for the refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as well as chemotherapy for children suffering cancer at my own expense. I have also helped in elderly care houses.
Have the government, officials, or Iraqi companies assisted you?
No. I felt obliged to sell a house I owned in Kirkuk for $120,000 believing that I had responsibilities to hold. With this sum, I finished projects valued at $40,000. I sacrificed the house to people because before I was crowned I was a civil activist and knew how these people were living.
It is intermediate. However, my father agreed with me to sell the house to finish my projects since I became Miss Iraq due to the people.
You sold your own house and helped refugees and sick kids. Why was this not published in the media?
I have done these projects for the sake of God, not social media or people. I do not have to hurt people by making advertisements and making myself rich out of these projects.
If I did not do these projects, I would be able to purchase a house in Baghdad with the money I received from selling the Kirkuk house. Now, I pay rent in Baghdad. I fled Kirkuk due to threats and cannot return.
Has not the Iraqi government allotted a salary to you?
No, just the culture minister recognized me as Miss Iraq on an international level.
Have not you visited the Kurdistan Region to obtain help?
I only visited Sulaimani. A businessman allotted a sum for us in order to take part in the Miss Earth Pageant. Some companies pledged to help me, but they did not fulfill their promises.
Is there any plan to choose a new Miss Iraq?
Yes, it is supposed to take place in March of next year.
What would you ask of the next Miss Iraq?
I would like that a new winner will be chosen because the work is very difficult but I hope the troubles I went through she does not face. I call on the government to consider the next winner as she serves her country. I am ready to help her, too.
What do you think the next Miss Iraq should focus on the most?
Children, especially those infected with cancer.
Do you have plans to nominate yourself for Miss World?
I have already been accepted onto the Miss Earth Pageant competitions and I should go to the Philippines in December of 2017. But if I am not financially supported then I will not be able to make it. (***We think she meant to say "Miss Universe Pageant")
After you take off the crown, where are you going to stay?
I will stay in Baghdad since I am a presenter on Mada Channel.
Has being in the pageant created any problems for your current job?
I faced problems with the director of Miss Iraq as they tried to force me to disappear from the media, but I did not listen to them. I do not have contact with them now.
From what are you saying, it appears you regret becoming Miss Iraq.
Yes, because nobody helped me and I do not feel like I am the winner.
Do you study?
Yes, I am a student in the economics department at Isra College, which is a private college.
Do you work with Miss Kurdistan?
No.How are you doing with social media?
I am active on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and have some pages and accounts.
Source: Rudaw.net, 12/1/2016
|Miss Universe candidates take a ‘groupie’ withTourism Secretary Wanda Teo in Rizal Park yesterday.|
MIGUEL DE GUZMAN
|Anastasia Lin, Canada’s Miss World entrant, spoke out about murky, government-sanctioned organ transplant programs in China. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press|
Photos courtesy of Getty Images.
Pageantry in 2016: Creating Safe Spaces For Marginalized Belles, Redefining Beauty, And Filling The Void Left By Trump
|PHOTO CREDIT: MISS UNIVERSE|
TRANSFORMING TEEN: The Miss Universe Organization decided to scrap the swimsuit portion of the Miss Teen USA pageant and to replace it with an athletic wear competition. "This decision reflects an important cultural shift we're all celebrating that empowers women who lead active, purposeful lives and encourage those in their communities to do the same," Miss Universe presidentPaula Shugart wrote in a memo to the pageant's state directors. "Our hope is that this decision will help all of Miss Teen USA's fans recognize these young women for the strong, inspiring individuals they are." Michael Antinoro of IMG, the talent agency that bought the Miss Universe Organization including Miss Teen USA, said that the switch is aimed at "highlighting a healthy lifestyle" for younger viewers.
PHOTO CREDIT: MISS TEEN USA
The newly crowned Miss Teen USA Karlie Hay was able to retain her crown despite controversy that erupted after the discovery of tweets wherein the pageant winner repeatedly used a racial slur. Social media users discovered the tweets where Karlie Hay, 18, hours after she won her crown on July 30, 2016. In the tweets, Hay is shown using the “N-word” multiple times. Her Twitter account has since been made private, but users captured images of the tweets in 2013. Hay issued an admission and apology via her Instagram account. “Several years ago, I had many personal struggles and found myself in a place that is not representative of who I am as a person,” she wrote. “I admit that I have used language publicly in the past which I am not proud of and that there is no excuse for."
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HOLY BOOTY! Brazil's Miss Bumbum 2016 beauty pageant sparked anger after bikini-clad contestants posed for a recreation of the iconic religious painting The Last Supper - with the woman with the 'sexiest' bottom playing Jesus. In the photo, eight hopefuls in the popular 'rear of the year' contest are portrayed as Christ and his disciples on the night before his crucifixion in a scene that has offended many in the deeply Catholic country. Religious leaders branded the remake of the Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece 'deeply disrespectful' while even Brazil's religious intolerance commission waded in to the debate as anger over the picture grew. And even the women competing for the 'best bottom' title last night expressed dismay at being made to pose for the controversial scene, with one claiming she had 'asked forgiveness from God for a great sin'. After a public vote, the 27 contestants, each representing a Brazilian state, are whittled down to 15 who then battle it out in a live final on November 9. Daiana Fegueredo, representing the state of Ceara, was chosen to play Jesus in the photo as her bottom received the most number of phone votes, making her the front-runner in the race for the coveted title. Will she be riding an ass as she enters Jerusalem during Palm Sunday like Jesus did? lol
|PHOTO CREDIT: MISS GRAND INTERNATIONAL|
|PHOTO CREDIT: EPA|
PHOTO CREDIT: MIRROR UK
PHOTO CREDIT: INSTAGRAM
Pageantry lost several of its brightest stars in 2016
|PHOTO CREDIT: MISS AMERICA ORGANIZATION|
|PHOTO CREDIT: HOLLYWOODLIFE.COM|
Susana Djuim from Venezuela, who was crowned Miss World 1955, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016. She was 79. The cause of death was stroke. Susana was the first Latin American and first Venezuela to win the Miss World crown. She was born in Aragua de Barcelo in the state of Anzoategui on August 11, 1936. She remained active by conducting a radio program called "De todo a tono con Susana" in Isla de Margarita and she was preparing notes for her new topic, “La vuelta al mundo en 80 años” ("Return to World in 80 Years") in reference to her 80th birthday which would be included in her radio show.
PHOTO CREDIT: MISS WORLD MEXICO FACEBOOK
International pageantry was terribly shocked and saddened by the tragic death ofHugo Castellanos, who had acquired the Mexican franchise for Miss World just last May. Castellanos was gunned down in his car early Sunday morning (August 7, 2016) in Culiacán, Sinaloa, hours after he crowned Melissa Lizárraga as the new Miss Sinaloa. His death was announced on the Facebook page of Miss Mexico. The authorities have not revealed any link between the two events, although beauty pageants in Mexico have long had a connection to the drug world. Abductions and murders are not uncommon in the state of Sinaloa, the birthplace of Mexico's infamous drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.
With less than two weeks left until the next Miss Universe is crowned on January 30, pageant host country Philippines gave at least 86 candidates a taste of Filipino hospitality in a welcome dinner attended by several cabinet secretaries, senators, mayors, and A-list celebrities in a Governor’s Ball Monday night.
The Governor’s Ball, held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, was named after former Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson of the pageant host committee, LCS Group of Companies. Singson, in his opening remarks, mentioned how it took the Philippines 22 years to bring the prestigious pageant back to its shores. “Tonight we officially mark the opening of the 65th Miss Universe competition. The long haul to bring the pageant back to the Philippines has ended. We have succeeded,” Singson said.
Singson also thanked the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) for the opportunity and blessing “to show the world the generosity of the Filipino spirit and the richness of culture.” He, meanwhile, expressed hope that even after the pageant, the candidates and their fans and supporters would visit the Philippines again. “To many of you, we know this is your first visit to the Philippines and hope that you return again and again to visit our spectacular beaches and other tourist spots,” the former governor said.
Reigning Miss Universe-Philippines Pia Wurtzbach, in an interview, expressed excitement in finally being able to meet the candidates from different countries. “I can’t wait to meet them, hear their stories, hear about their experience and I look forward to making more friends,” Wurtzbach said. Wurtzbach arrived the SMX Convention center accompanied by Singson.
Former Miss Universe-Philippines Gloria Diaz (1969), in a separate interview, said that the Philippine hosting of Miss Universe was an opportunity to showcase the “good side” of the Philippines amid negative news. Diaz added she was also excited to finally meet Philippine bet Maxine Medina. Asked if she was looking at a back-to-back win, Diaz said that it was a “once in a million chance” but possible. The 65-year-old former beauty queen, meanwhile, urged Medina and other candidates to just enjoy the pageant whether they win or lose.
Officials present were Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello, boxer-senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, and Metro Manila mayors led by Manila Mayor and former president Joseph “Erap” Estrada. Also present were members of the MUO led by president Paula Shugart, former Miss Universe-Philippines Gloria Diaz and Margie Moran, and other beauty queens and title holders. Celebrities and other members from the high society present were actress Gretchen Barreto, Gwen Zamora, San Miguel Corporation president Ramon Ang, Philippine Airlines Chair and chief executive officer Lucio Tan, among others. Performers present were singersRadha, Jed Madela, Frenchie Dy, and Jona Viray, among others. (PNA)
Source: Sunstar, Philippines, 1/17/2017