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         Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady, a 25-year-old financial accountant from East Hampton, Connecticut, was crowned Miss USA 2013 during a televised show at  Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on June 16th. The show was hosted by Giuliana Rancic, “E! News” co-anchor, and Nick Jonas of The Jonas Brothers. Brady graduated from Central Connecticut University with a degree in Finance and a minor in Criminal Justice. Brady was crowned by outgoing titleholder Nana Meriwether who was promoted to Miss USA 2012 when the original winner, Olivia Culpo, won Miss Universe 2012. Brady's victory marks Connecticut's first Miss USA title.

         Brady's court includes 1st runner-up Miss Alabama USA, Mary Margaret McCord, who will assume the duties of Miss USA 2013 if the titleholder is named Miss Universe 2013 or if for some reason Miss USA cannot fulfill her duties; 2nd runner-up Miss Illinois USA, Stacie Juris;  3rd runner-up Miss Utah USA Marisa Powell; 4th runner-up Miss Texas USA, Ali Nugent; and 5th runner-up Miss South Carolina USA, Megan Pinckney. This year, fans were able to vote their favorite contestant into the top six, using Twitter, and chose Miss Texas USA, Ali Nugent.

         The rest of Top Ten were Miss Ohio USA, Kristin Smith, Miss Louisiana USA, Kristen Girault, Miss North Carolina USA, Ashley Love-Mills, and Miss Nevada USA, Chelsea Caswell.

         The rest of Top Fifteen included Miss Massachusetts USA, Sarah Kidd, Miss California USA, Mabelynn Capeluj, Miss West Virginia USA, Chelsea Welch, Miss Pennsylvania USA Jessica Billings, and Miss Maryland USA, Kasey Staniszewski.

          Miss Photogenic USA Award was given to Miss Utah USA, Marissa Powell. A blue ribbon panel selected the delegate who exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize. The Miss Congeniality USA Award was given to Miss Oregon USA, Gabrielle Neilan. The award reflects the respect and admiration of the contestant’s peers, who voted for her as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant. She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize. Neilan learned about the award when color commentator Jeannie Mai approached her backstage to surprise her with the announcement.

     
    Erin Brady is crowned by her predecessor, Nana Meriwether

         The judging panel  included: Bob Harper, Health and Fitness Expert, Author and Star on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser;” Betsey Johnson, Legendary Fashion Designer and Star of Style Network’s “XOX Betsey Johnson;” NeNe Leakes, Actress “Glee,” Bravo star of “Real Housewives Atlanta” and “I Dream of NeNe;” Wendie Malick, Actress, Star of TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland;” Jessica Robertson, Reality TV Personality on A&E’s “Duck Dynasty;” Larry Fitzgerald, MVP Wide Receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, Seven-time Pro Bowl Selection; Nikki Bella, Former WWE® Diva Champion and TV Personality on E!’s “Total Divas;” Mo Rocca, Correspondent, “Sunday Morning” with Charles Osgood, Host of Cooking Channel’s “My Grandmother’s Ravioli;” and Christina Milian, American Actress, Singer-songwriter, Social Media Correspondent on NBC’s “The Voice.”


    2013 Miss USA Recap



    COMMENTARY:

         I had originally planned on attending the Miss USA 2013 pageant in Las Vegas. I had already booked my hotel reservation and my JetBlue flight, but I ended up canceling my trip so I could continue my recovery from gall bladder surgery that I underwent on June 5th. I wanted badly to attend so I could cheer for my pupil, Sarah Kidd, Miss Massachusetts USA 2013, but as fate would have it, my recovery is taking longer than I had expected. Nevertheless, just because I have taken a medical leave of absence from work does not mean I have become totally useless; on the contrary, there was not a day that I didn't vote online at least ten times a day for Sarah, using all 5 of my various e-mail addresses! Ha! I'd like to think that my tireless voting - as well as the voting of many of Sarah's fans and supporters - earned her a spot in the Top 15. If not, then Sarah certainly earned a spot on her own merit!

         So again, like last year, I watched the live telecast of the pageant in the comfort of my living room. I treated myself with a dish of sliced-up plantain sweetened by melted brown sugar, a large bowl of rice chips, and a small bowl of mixed nuts. I know, I know - bad carbs (the kind I wouldn't feed my pageant girls) - but I didn't care. I had lost 5 lbs. due to surgery and regaining a pound or two wouldn't be that traumatic, so I munched away! I had three gadgets ready to document the show - my laptop, my iPad, and my iPhone. In the olden days, I would jot down everything on a notepad, but I have gotten so used to documenting everything digitally that I have virtually lost all capacity to write in cursive fashion - except when I have to sign legal documents (which has even become quite a struggle! lol)

         Anyway, as far as the telecast is concerned, I thought that it's nothing more than a slight downgrade from last year's, and I'll tell you why. First, the infamous fan vote. Could someone please tell me what exactly happened to it? The Miss USA website had been aggressively advertising for a 16th spot for the contestant who would receive the most number of online votes, but the actual telecast only named top 15 contestants. Did MUO (Miss Universe Organization) use the Top 16 gimmick only to draw netizens to the voting page which was sponsored by OPTX Rhode Island hoping that it would trigger massive purchase of fashionable sunglasses? Why, of course! It's business, you silly goose! Even if it entails false advertisement. So fans are left to wonder if the fan vote was integrated in the official scores or was eliminated at the last minute to give way to a new twist - selecting the 6th finalist via Twitter!

         And guess who won the Twitter vote? Why none other than Miss Texas USA Ali Nugent! Never mind that the Pacific, Mountain and Central states had a delayed broadcast and therefore had not been informed of the Twitter Twist, which prevented fans from those regions to Twittervote for their favorite candidate from the rest of the Top 10! Gross injustice? Yes! I was already happy with the Top 5 (Alabama, Connecticut, South Carolina, Illinois, Utah), but the Twitter Twist just messed up my usually good projections! Adding Texas as the 6th finalist automatically ruined the other finalists' chance of getting a better placement or even winning, and this is what exactly happened to the adorable Miss South Carolina USA Megan Pinckney - whom I was expecting to place at least as 2nd runner-up, but ended up as a horrific 5th runner-up! Yeah, 5th runner-up! Since when has Miss USA been awarding a 5th runner-up? Never! Until last night! Blechhh! Overall, I don't think Twitter Heads should determine the outcome of the pageant, specially if they have zilch knowledge of how pageants work and how hard contestants prepare themselves for the competition.

         A few days before the telecast, I had posted on my Facebook the following: "Pageant girls, please do not make a YouTube sensation of yourself!" I guess Miss Utah USA Marisa Powell didn't read my status. She was virtually on everyone's list as the favorite to win, and rightly so. Who couldn't resist those big, mesmerizing dark eyes? Those pouty lips? That hot bod? That gloriously CHI-iefied hairdo? No one. The judges were essentially giving her the crown, until she opened her luscious bouche. She was asked this question by judge NeNe Leakes: "A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?" And here's her stumbling response:  "I think we can relate this back to education and how we are continuing to try to strive to … figure out how to create jobs right now and that is the biggest problem. Especially the men are um, seen as the leaders of this and so we need to figure out how to create education better so that we can solve this problem." Watch the video clip of her response on YouTube which has so far received over 1.6 million hits in less than 24 hours:


         Powell's response immediately drew comparisons to Caitlin Upton, Miss South Carolina Teen USA in the Miss Teen USA 2007 pageant. When Upton was asked why a fifth of Americans cannot locate the United States on a world map, she gave a similarly convoluted answer - though much worse, including an explanation that “some people out there in our nation don’t have maps.” Upton became an international Internet sensation and sadly the butt of joke of practically every comedian or late night talk show host. Parodies of her answer soon became dime a dozen. It was reported that Upton increasingly became so despondent over the embarrassing incident that she struggled hard in the following years to shed her "bimbo" image. She made a guest appearance on the "Today" show in August 2007 where she was given a chance to properly respond to the question which she claims to have not understood completely. Upton's notoriety proved to be a double-edged sword: not only did she become a high-demand model with the Trump Modeling Agency, but she also received lucrative offers to appear in commercials and parodies exploiting her pageant mishap, as well as appearing on "The Amazing Race 16" in 2010. Despite her many attempts to shed her "bimbo" image, she will always be remembered as that "dumb" and "stupid" blond teen beauty queen. Will the same fate behold Powell? Yes, but nefariously less. Why? Because Powell is not blond.

         To those of us who are involved in training beauty queens in the art of interview, we are well aware of the fact that no matter how well prepared a girl is, we always dread the possibility that she could have a brain freeze during the actual Q & A segment. Things could be worse: she could choke completely and walk away. Or things could be forgiving: she could fumble the first portion of her answer, but deliver with a good punch the last portion of her answer. Either way, there is no good or bad answer. It's all about sincerity and great delivery. Unfortunately, society tends to focus more on a person's failures and bad choices than on his/her successes and good choices. Yes, we've seen Miss Utah USA fumble her answer, but have we bothered to check her profile on the Miss USA website? It's rather outstanding: "Marissa Powell is a singer who has performed with her group ‘Geniveve’ in numerous venues across the state of Utah, singing the National Anthem for over 10,000 people at the Rocky Mountain Cup for ReAL Salt Lake, as well as writing and performing original songs for the past six years."

         And much more: "As a model and an actress she has been involved in runway, print and film; featured in Fitness Magazine, television commercials and recently appearing on ABC’s What Would you Do? TV episode as a lead actress. She played volleyball throughout High school and was awarded All-Region two years in a row and Deseret News First Team All-State 5A Defensive Specialist of the Year 2009.  She played volleyball for Westminster College in 2010. Marissa’s community involvement includes volunteering for Primary Children’s Hospital for the last five years as a member of the Kids Crew in the Forever Young Zone. She plans on helping to promote programs at Primary Children’s Hospital this year during her reign as Miss Utah USA and serve as an ambassador for Healing Hands for Haiti International Foundation."

        Heck, why didn't MUO make up questions based on the contestants' life experience instead? It would have been so much easier, right? Yes. But it would betray the essence of live TV that craves drama, spontaneity and surprises. You know how Trump loves publicity and sensationalism! And to Powell's unforgiving, harsh critics: I dare you to put yourself in her shoes, er, six-inch heels and face unknown questions under pressure, amidst all those blinding lights on stage and in front of thousands of people - and millions of televiewers around the world. Can you do it, huh? Can you do it? I'll give you one of my kidneys if you can. 


    Last laugh: "I'm still and forever will be Miss Utah USA, while you will never amount to anything!"


    By Rafa Delfin

       
    UPDATE: June 18, 2013. Miss Utah USA Marissa Powell appeared on "Today" show this morning to try to redeem herself. Also on the same segment, Erin Brady appeared for the first time since she was crowned Miss USA 2013 two days ago.


       



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  • 06/19/13--14:23: Miss England 2013 crowned

  • Enthroned: The former Miss North London being crowned by Charlotte Holmes, Kirsty's predecessor

    Kirsty Heslewood, 24, was voted Miss England 2013 on June 16 in the final round of the competition.
    The blonde bombshell, from Hertfordshire, said in an interview that after working towards the title for three years, she is 'overwhelmed'. 

    'I'm so glad it's all paid off,' Kirsty gushed. 'My dream's come true.'

    The former Miss North London competed against 59 of the country's most stunning women. They vied for the coveted crown one last time tonight at the Riviera International conference centre in Torquay.

    Kirsty's victory is all the more meaningful to her as she used to suffer from 'selective mutism'. It's a childhood disorder that renders children so shy they are unable to speak, even though they are capable of doing so. 
    Kirsty entered the competition because she 'suffered with confidence' and hoped that by competing she might 'make friends, have fun and build confidence.'

    Kirsty will now represent England in Miss World 2013 pageant to be held in Indonesia in September.



    Source: The Daily Mail, UK, 6/17/2013







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    The new Miss Bosnia & Herzegovina 2013 is Sanda Gutic who was crowned June 20th. She will represent Bosnia & Herzegovina at the Miss World 2013 pageant to be held in Bali, Indonesia on September 28. The first runner-up is Husneta Tupkovic and the second runner-up is Jelena Stevanovic.




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    The new Miss Universe Hungary 2013 is Rebeka Kárpáti (left), 18, who was crowned Friday night in Budapest along with the new Miss World Hungary 2013, Annamária Rákosi (right), 21. Scandal erupted  during the live telecast when the 3rd placer, Korinna Kocsis, refused the Miss Hungary Intercontinental 2013 crown and title because she had expected to win either one of the two major titles (World or Universe). Kocsis, who represented Hungary in Miss Earth 2009, immediately took to Facebook to express her disappointment, hinting that the pageant had been rigged, while at the same time congratulating the two winners. Kocsis  Watch the video of Kocsis's dramatic renunciation of her title.

    Seconds after she was named Miss Hungary Intercontinental, Korinna Kocsis tells the hosts that they can basically take the Miss Hungary Intercontinental title and shove it, 'cause it ain't good enough for her! lol

    Annamária Rákosi

    Rebeka Kárpáti

    Korinna Kocsis




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    Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2012

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — With the Miss America pageant returning this September, Atlantic City is trying to make it a year-round draw rather than a two-week attraction at the end of the summer.
    The Miss America Organization and Atlantic City tourism officials on Friday unveiled pageant-themed attractions designed to draw visitors all year.
    They include a walking tour and window-front exhibits of pageant history, replicas of Miss America memorabilia such as crowns, gowns, sashes and scepters, a video booth to record pageant memories and places to pose for Miss America-related photos.
    Still to come is a Miss America attraction on the Boardwalk.
    “It was really an initiative to show people that summer is never over in Atlantic City,” said Liza Cartmell, president of the Atlantic City Alliance, the new marketing arm of the casinos. “Our best weather is really in the fall. Miss America brings thousands and thousands of visitors to Atlantic City, visitors who otherwise never would have come to Atlantic City.”
    The goal is to keep them returning and interested in the pageant — and all the resort’s other attractions — throughout the year.
    One attraction is the Road To The Crown, a walking tour starting at the Sheraton hotel, where Miss America memorabilia, replica crowns, gowns and sashes are on display, and continuing for blocks to the Boardwalk. A downloadable app will assist the self-guided tour, but brochures are available for the digitally challenged.
    The Rose Walk Journey will wind through the city’s downtown outlet shopping district.
    Sidewalk plaques about specific Miss America winners and the history of the pageant have been installed, and a Miss America Through The Decades windows display of pageant history is ready as well.
    The nationally broadcast pageant will be held in Boardwalk Hall Sept. 15.
    Mallory Hagan, the current Miss America whose reign will be cut short by four months due to the pageant returning to its traditional September date from January, said she is excited about its return to New Jersey.
    “I can’t wait to be here in September and walk the long runway,” she said.
    Source: Associated Press, 6/21/2013


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    New state queens were crowned this past weekend. They will represent their respective states in Miss America 2014 pageant in Atlantic City in September.



    The new Miss New Mexico 2013 is Alexis Duprey. Duprey was Miss New Mexico Teen USA 2009.



    The new Miss Wyoming 2013 is Rebecca Podio.



    The new Miss Georgia 2013 is Carly Mathis.



    The new Miss Tennessee 2013 is Shelby Thompson.


    The new Miss Vermont 2013 is Jeanelle Achee.



    The new Miss Maine 2013 is Kristin Korda.



    The new Miss Ohio 2013 is Heather Wells.



    The new Miss Arizona 2013 is Jennifer Smestad.



    The new Miss Utah 2013 is Ciera Pekarcik.



    The new Miss Wisconsin 2013 is Paula Mae Kuiper.



    The new Miss Connecticut 2013 is Kaitlyn Tarpey.



    The new Miss Maryland 2013 is Christina Denny.



    The new Miss North Carolina 2013 is Johna Edmonds.



    The new Miss Indiana 2013 is Terrin Tomas.




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  • 06/24/13--18:25: Miss Austria 2013 crowned



  • The new Miss Austria 2013 is Ena Kadic, 23, from Tyrol who was crowned June 23rd at the Casino Barden, in Niederösterreich. The 1st runner-up is Doris Hoffman (left) from Upper Austria and the 2nd runner-up is Jacqueline Sappert from Vienna. Kadic will represent Austria in 2013 Miss World pageant to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 28.







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  • 06/24/13--18:40: Miss Bermuda 2013 crowned


  • Young model Katherine Arnfield was last night named as Miss Bermuda.
    After a three-hour competition, where seven young beauties showcased their best and brightest traits at Fairmont Southampton, Ms Arnfield was handed the top spot.
    She sparkled in a gold sequinned ball gown and stunning necklace and earrings and beamed from ear to ear after the announcement was made.
    Miss Arnfield was also voted the People's Choice Award in a recent BerNews poll.
    Moments after winning, the 17-year-old said it felt "very surreal". She told The Royal Gazette: "I don't actually believe it's happening. I am just so proud of myself and feel so lucky and can't believe this is happening to me. It feels like I am in a dream.
    "I never expected to get this far," she added.
    The pageant winner has been modelling for the past few years and had the privilege of appearing on the world stage at London Fashion Week 2011 and 2012.

    Arnfield will represent Bermuda in 2013 Miss World in Indonesia in September.

    Source: Royal Gazette, Bermuda, 6/24/2013


    Photo by Mikaela Ian Pearman


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    Four new Paraguay queens were crowned on June 27 in Asuncion during the Nuestra Belleza Paraguay 2013 pageant. The new Miss Universe Paraguay 2013 is María Guadalupe González Talavera, 21, who will compete in Miss Universe 2013 in Moscow, Russia on November 9. The new Miss World Paraguay 2013 is Coral Ruiz Reyes, 22, who will compete in Miss World 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 28. 

    Other major winners include Miss International Paraguay 2013 Marta Raviolo who will compete in Miss International 2013 in Japan in September, and Miss Earth Paraguay 2013 Karen Duarte who will compete in Miss Earth 2013 in the Philippines in December.

    Minor winners include:

    Laura Garcete - Miss Continentes Unidos 2013

    Zulma Galeano - Miss Tourism Queen International 2013
    Daisy Lezcano - Miss Tourism Queen of the Year 2013
    Agustina Mendoza - Reina Mundial de la Piña Paraguay 2013
    Leticia Caceres - 1st Princess
    Lilian Fragueda - 2nd Princess


    Visit the Official Facebook page of The Perfect Miss - Paraguay to see pictures from the event.
     

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    Jaleeza Weibolt, 21, was crowned Miss Tropical Beauties Suriname 2013 last Saturday, June 29th, at the Ballroom of Hotel Tora Rica. Weibolt will represent Suriname at Miss Supranational in Belarus later this year. The first runner-up was Janet van Klaveren (left) who will represent Suriname in Miss International 2013 to be held in Japan in November. Kyran Rampersad (right) was the second runner-up. Eleven young women competed in the pageant.





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    New state queens were crowned this past weekend. All will compete in Miss America 2014 pageant to be held in Atlantic City in September.



    The new Miss Delaware 2013 is Rebecca Jackson



    The new Miss Massachusetts 2013 is Amanda Narciso



    The new Miss Illinois 2013 is Brittany Smith



    The new Miss Oregon 2013 is Allison Cook



    The new Miss South Dakota 2013 is Tessa Dee



    The new Miss Alaska 2013 is Michelle Taylor



    The new Miss Kentucky 2013 is Jenna Day



    The new Miss California 2013 is Crystal Lee



    The new Miss Virginia 2013 is Desiree Williams




    The new Miss Colorado 2013 is Meg Karlos



    The new Miss Louisiana 2013 is Jaden Leach




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    Andrea Neu, representing Coloradowas crowned Miss U.S. International 2013 at the Osceola High School Theater in Kissimmee on June 29th, 2013. She will represent the United States in Miss International 2013 pageant to be held in Japan in September.




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    Elena Ibarbia Jiménez, 18, representing Pais Vasco, was crowned Miss World Spain 2013 at Lago Martiánez Complex in Puerto de la Cruz in the island of Tenerife on June 29th, 2013. The beauty from Donostia, Basque Country will represent Spain at the upcoming Miss World 2013 pageant in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 28.  The first runner-up was Inés Baquera and the second runner-up was Cristina Mesa PostigoThis is the first edition of Miss World Spain pageant under the leadership of Guillermo Escobar, the president of Be Beautiful Spain and also the national director of Miss World in Spain. Escobar took over the license from the now defunct Miss España pageant.






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    The new Miss United States Intercontinental 2013 is Chrissy Reynoso (center) who was crowned atHilton Houston Post Oak in Houston on June 29, 2013. She will represent the U.S. in Miss Intercontinental 2013 later this year. Her court includes from left to right: 3rd Runner-Up Miss Mississippi Intercontinental Jazmyn Jones,  1st Runner-Up Miss Georgia Intercontinental McKenzie Beach2nd Runner-Up Miss California Intercontinental Mary Maldonado, and 4th Runner-Up Miss Ohio Intercontinental Jordan Brown. (Photo by Kevin Hoehne)

    Chrissy Reynoso
     

    The day before (June 28th), three separate pageants were held at the same venue: Miss T.E.E.N. United States 2013, Miss T.E.E.N. 2013, and JR T.E.E.N. United States 2013:

     The new Miss T.E.E.N. United States 2013 is Ashley Southern (center) of Idaho who is flanked by her court (L-R): 4th Runner-Up Miss T.E.E.N. Connecticut Sydney West (she is the younger sister of the current Miss Teen USA Logan West), 1st Runner-Up Miss T.E.E.N. Alabama Carmella Rauth, 2nd Runner-Up Miss T.E.E.N. California Emily Shah, and 3rd Runner-Up Miss T.E.E.N. North Carolina Allison Howel.  (Photo by Kevin Hoehne)



     The new Miss T.E.E.N. 2013 is Astrid Diaz, 18, of Puerto Rico. Her court includes (L-R):
    3rd Runner-Up Miss T.E.E.N United States, 1st Runner-Up Miss T.E.E.N. United Kingdom, 2nd Runner-Up Miss T.E.E.N. Scotland and 4th Runner-Up Miss T.E.E.N.Brazil.
    (Photo by Kevin Hoehne)



     The new JR. T.E.E.N. UNITED STATES 2013 is Kaylyn Slevin of Nevada. The 1st Runner-Up  is from California, (left) and the 2nd Runner-Up is from Pennsylvania (right). (Photo by Kevin Hoehne)


    All four pageants are owned and run by Gaspar Cruz .

     


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    Gloria Karsis was selected as the "Beauties of South Sudan 2013" on June 30th at the Freedom Hall of Juba, the capital city of South Sudan. She was crowned by the current Miss Earth Tereza Fajksova from the Czech Republic. Karis will represent her country in Miss Earth 2013 pageant to be held in November. The 1st runner-up is Ayak Abiel, who will compete in Miss International 2013. 

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  • 07/05/13--08:22: Miss Slovenia 2013 crowned



  • The new Miss Slovenia 2013 is Maja Cotic who was crowned on July 4th, 2013. The first runner-up is Laura Skvorc and the second runner-up is Eva Matijasevic. Cotic will now represent Slovenia at Miss World 2013 pageant in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 28. 




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    The new Miss World Ecuador 2013 is Laritza Parraga, 19, who was crowned on July4th, 2013 at MAAC (Museum of Anthropology and Contemporary Art) in Guayaquil.  Her court includes 1st runner-up Daniela Guerrero2nd runner-up Stefanía Camacho, 3rd runner-up Ariana Vilela, and 4th runner-up Emilia Diaz.  Parraga will represent Ecuador in Miss World 2013 pageant in Bali, Indonesia on September 28.




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    The new Miss Universe Singapore 2013 is Shi Lim, a 24-year-old business executive, who was crowned on July 6th, 2013 at the Singapore Shangri-La Hotel. The 1st runner-up is Cheryl Desiree Chan and the 2nd runner-up is Cordelia Low. She will represent Singapore in Miss Universe 2013 pageant in Moscow, Russia on November 9th.

    The new queen Shi Lim is flanked by 1st runner-up Cheryl Desiree Chan and 2nd runner-up Cordelia Low.

    Despite Singapore's multiracial composition, all of the contestants in this year's pageant are Chinese.




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  • 07/07/13--17:07: Miss Texas 2013 crowned



  • Miss North Texas, Ivana Hall, was crowned Miss Texas 2013 on July 6th at the 78th Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant by DaNae Couch, Miss Texas 2012. Ron Corning and Miss Texas 1982, Gloria Gilbert Barron co-hosted the event at the Allen Event Center in Allen.

    Ivana Hall



    At the same event, Sheridan Donevant was crowned Miss Texas’ Outstanding Teen 2013. She will represent the Lone Star state at the upcoming Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2014 pageant.

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  • 07/10/13--19:12: Miss Nigeria 2013 crowned



  • The new Miss Nigeria 2013 is Anyaoha Ezinne Akudo, 22, who was crowned on July 7th, 2013 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos. The 1st runner-up is Celestine Queen, 21,  and the 2nd runner-up Olive Sadiq , 18.  Unfortunately, Akudo is not competing in Miss Universe 2013 as the Nigerian franchise is owned by Silverbird Productions which produces The Most Beautiful Girl of Nigeria that sends its winner to Miss Universe.


     


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