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- 11/25/17--10:29: _Miss Universe Submi...
- 11/26/17--21:09: _South Africa Crowne...
- 11/30/17--18:55: _Brazil Wins Miss As...
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- 12/02/17--20:16: _Venezuela Wins Mist...
- 12/05/17--18:46: _Miss Universe Beaut...
- 12/06/17--15:20: _Philippines Wins Mi...
- 12/15/17--14:54: _Family Of Miss Iraq...
- 12/16/17--19:44: _Miss France 2018
- 12/17/17--20:04: _Dethroned Miss Flor...
- 12/20/17--16:35: _Miss Saudi Arabia F...
- 12/21/17--20:06: _ Miss America CEO A...
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- 12/27/17--19:22: _Review Of Miss Univ...
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- 11/14/17--20:09: Faroe Islands To Hold Its First Official Pageant
- 11/19/17--04:10: India Wins Miss World 2017
- 11/19/17--05:40: Miss Faroe Islands 2017 Crowned
- 11/26/17--21:09: South Africa Crowned Miss Universe 2017
- 11/30/17--18:55: Brazil Wins Miss Asia Pacific International 2017
- 12/01/17--19:48: Korea Crowned Miss Supranational 2017
- 12/02/17--20:16: Venezuela Wins Mister Supranational 2017
- 12/05/17--18:46: Miss Universe Beauties To Promote Philippines
- 12/06/17--15:20: Philippines Wins Miss Tourism International 2017
- 12/16/17--19:44: Miss France 2018
- 12/17/17--20:04: Dethroned Miss Florida USA 2017 Competes In 2018 Pageant And Wins!
- 12/27/17--19:22: Review Of Miss Universe 2017 Telecast
- 01/01/18--18:34: End Of The Year Review 2017
The Faroe Islands, a self-governing territory of Denmark, will hold its first official beauty pageant on Saturday, November 18, 2017 in the capital city of Torshavn. The pageant is one of multiple events - such as boxing, weightlifting, power lifting, crossfit, kettleball and men's and women's fitness - that will take place starting Friday, November 17. The events are produced and organized by Burn Fitness.
Turið Elinborgardóttir is the national director for Miss Faroe Islands. Turið was Miss Earth Denmark 2015 and competed in Miss Earth 2015 pageant in Austria.
Meet the 8 official contestants for Miss Faroe Islands 2017 (Miss Føroyar 2017):
Sissal Magnussen, Miss Streymoy, 18Maria Andreasdóttir Sørensen, Miss Gjógv, 24Birgit Johannessen, Miss Klaksvík, 18Sólja Johannessen, Miss Tórshavn, 18Monika Nolsøe, Miss Suðuroy, 18Hananja Dánjalsdóttir, Miss Kollafjørður, 20Benita Winther Jensen, Miss Sandoy, 18Leyvoy Í Gerðinum, Miss Vestmanna, 18
Ms Chhillar, a 20-year-old from Haryana, studied in St. Thomas School in New Delhi and Bhagat Phool Singh Government Medical College for Women in Sonepat.
Ms Chhillar's profile also says she is a trained classical dancer and has a passion for outdoor sports like scuba diving, snorkelling and bungee jumping.
Replying to the question, Ms Chhillar said it was not a question about a person's salary and that a mother was worthy of the highest respect.
"I think a mother is of highest respect. I don't think its just about cash but love and respect she gives to someone. She is the biggest inspiration in my life. Mother should get highest respect."
The winner of last year's title, Puerto Rico's Stephanie Del Valle passed on her crown to Ms Chhillar.
Benita Winther Jensen, Miss Sandoy, 18, was crowned as the first official Miss Faroe Islands 2017 on November 18 in Torshavn. The first runner-up is Monika Nolsøe, Miss Suðuroy, 18, and the second-runner-up is Birgit Johannessen, Miss Klaksvík, 18. The winner of Miss Critical Beauty Faroe Islands was Leyvoy Í Gerðinum, Miss Vestmanna, 18.
Jensen was crowned by Turið Elinborgardóttir, Miss Earth Denmark 2015, who is also the owner and director of the pageant. Elinborgardóttir launched the pageant with the hope of sending the winner to Miss Universe next year, pending license approval.
Eight young women from all over the country competed in the first edition of the pageant. The remaining four contestants included: Sissal Magnussen, Miss Streymoy, 18; Maria Andreasdóttir Sørensen, Miss Gjógv, 24; Hananja Dánjalsdóttir, Miss Kollafjørður, 20; and Sólja Johannessen, Miss Tórshavn, 18.
The judging panel included Klaudia Parsberg, Miss Earth Denmark 2016 and Rafa Delfin, director of Critical Beauty which is the official media partner of Miss Faroe Islands.
The pageant was one of multiple events - such as boxing, weightlifting, power lifting, crossfit, kettleball and men's and women's fitness - that took place during the weekend of November 17. The events - collectively promoted under the name Burn Showdown - were produced and organized by Burn Fitness.
Semi-finalists were the representatives of Malta, Justin Axiak (6th place and Mister Supranational Europe), India, Altamash Faraz (7th place and Mister Supranational Asia and Oceania), United States, Cody Ondrick (8th place and Mister Supranational Americas), Poland, Jan Dratwicki (9th place), Indonesia, Gilbert Pangalila (10th place). Indonesia was the winner of the Vodi Fan Vote.
Among the 20 quarter-finalists were Chile (11th), Romania (12th), Puerto Rico (13th), Japan (14th), Suriname (15th), Panama (16th), Afghanistan (17th), Myanmar (18th), Netherlands (19th) and Philippines (20th).
"Close shots", who did not make it to the top 25 by very little were: Pakistan (21st), Germany(22nd), Jamaica (23rd), China (24th) and Gibraltar (25th).
Correa was crowned by Miss Supranational 2017, Jenny Kim of Korea, who was crowned the night before. (SOURCE: MISTER SUPRANATIONAL)
MANILA, Philippines — Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters and selected candidates of the Miss Universe pageant will be tapped as ambassadors of Philippine tourism as they are set to promote some of the country’s tourist destinations during their four-day visit this week.
Nel-Peters of South Africa, Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere of France and candidates of Canada, China, Great Britain, India, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain and the US will start arriving today.
They will be joined by Philippines’ bet Rachel Peters, who returned to the country yesterday.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is still awaiting confirmation from Miss Thailand.
The beauty queens will stay in the country until Dec. 10, Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said.
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will not be able to join them as she is still in the US, according to Teo.
The beauty queens’ Philippine visit will start with a tour around Rizal Park and the walled city of Intramuros tomorrow, Teo said.
They will also attend the DOT’s Christmas party and charity ball on Dec. 7.
The beauty queens will visit Batanes, Bohol and Camiguin on Dec. 8.
Teo said they chose the three provinces because these were not part of the destinations visited by the Miss Universe candidates during the 2016 pageant in Manila.
Teo said the beauty queens would attend the “Women of Significance” gala night and a fashion show in Pasay City on Dec. 9.
The gala night costs P50,000 per table. Teo said 20 tables are available during the event.
The beauty queens’ Manila visit is part of the DOT’s “Bring Home a Friend” campaign, which encourages Filipinos and other tourism ambassadors to promote the country’s tourism industry.
Philippines eyed as Miss Universe 2018 host
The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) has expressed interest in getting back the Philippines to host the Miss Universe 2018 pageant, Teo told reporters.
“They wanted us to host the Miss Universe again this year,” she said.
Teo said the MUO appreciated how the Philippines hosted the Miss Universe 2016 pageant.
After hosting the Miss Universe 2016 earlier this year, the DOT said the country’s tourism arrival increased by 11 percent from January to August.
Teo expressed hope that the candidates’ visit this week would help them reach the DOT’s tourist arrival target for this year.
Source: Philstar.com, 12/5/2017
Last July 16, Genesis Davila was crowned Miss Florida USA 2017 but was dethroned six days later after being accused of violating rules, according to , the then executive producer of the Miss Florida USA pageant. Davila allegedly used her own professional hair and makeup artists rather than using the ones provided by the show. A month later, Davila sued the Miss Florida USA organization for $15 million, seeking damages for defamation. The lawsuit was settled out of court. Meanwhile, Gravitt was fired by IMG (the new owner of Miss USA) and was replaced by new franchise owner, Todd Chrisley, the star of the reality show, "Chrisley Knows Best."
Fast forward December 17, 2017. Davila competes again in Miss Florida USA 2018 and wins - again! Davila makes pageant history by becoming the first woman to win the same state title two years in a row! Her court includes first runner-up Nicolette Jennings, second runner-up Monique Evans, third runner-up Olivia Caputo, and fourth runner-up Kailyn Perez.
Davila's dream of competing nationally will now be fulfilled as she represents Florida in the Miss USA 2018 pageant slated next summer.
A beauty queen from Saudi Arabia dropped out of the Miss Arab World contest after she was heavily attacked online for participating in the beauty pageant.
CEO Sam Haskell speaks on stage during a Miss America pageant in New Jersey this September.
The emails, obtained by HuffPost, paint a disturbing picture of how CEO Sam Haskell frequently used shocking and sexually-charged terms to refer to contestants, including 2013 winner Mallory Hagan and Gretchen Carlson, the ex-Fox News anchor who won the pageant in 1989.
The 62-year-old executive's harshly worded correspondences at times took on the entire pageant community.
In an August 2014 email to a prominent Miss America telecast writer, Haskell said that he wanted to stop calling former contestants "Forever Miss Americas" and instead refer to them as "Former Miss Americas."
Olivia Munn calls for a ‘zero-tolerance policy’ on sexual abuse
"I'd already changed 'Forevers' to 'C---s.' Does that work for you?" the writer, Lewis Friedman, responded.
Within minutes, Haskell replied, "Perfect…bahahaha."
Haskell appears to have particular disdain for Hagan.
In the summer of 2014, Haskell forwarded an email to Friedman and two other executives from someone he knew who had commented about Hagan's sex life and recent weight gain.
Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson was also targeted by Haskell.
Source: NY Daily News, 12/21/2017
Nel-Peters was crowned by outgoing queen Iris Mittenaere from France. Nel-Peters' victory marks the second time that South Africa has won the Miss Universe crown (Margaret Gardiner won in 1978). According to the Miss Universe website: "... in her spare time, Demi-Leigh is passionate about a program she helped develop to train women in self-defense in various situations called the Unbreakable campaign. She was inspired to launch it by the attempted hijacking she experienced earlier this year in Johannesburg. She plans to share these workshops and help as many women as she can." One wonders if Demi-Leigh had not been hijacked, then she would not have any interesting story to tell and perhaps might have barely made the cut.
The panel of judges included former Miss Universe winners Pia Wurtzbach (2015) and Wendy Fitzwilliam (1998), TV personality Ross Mathews, makeup artist and entrepreneur Jay Manuel, social media celebrity Lele Pons, and UFC backstage correspondent and host Megan Olivi.
A record total of 92 countries were represented in the 66th edition of the pageant which was held ten months after the 65th edition which was held on January 30, 2017 in the Philippines. Hopefully, the pageant from now on will take place consistently once a year.
First Runner-Up: Colombia, Laura Gonzalez
Second Runner-Up: Jamaica, Davina Bennett
Top Five: Colombia, Laura Gonzalez; South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters; Jamaica, Davina Bennett; Thailand, Maria Poonlertlarp; Venezuela, Keysi Sayago
Top Ten: Colombia, Laura Gonzalez; South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters; Jamaica, Davina Bennett; Thailand, Maria Poonlertlarp; Venezuela, Keysi Sayago; Brazil. Monalisa Alcantara; Canada, Lauren Howe; Philippines, Rachel Peters; Spain, Sofia del Prado; USA, Kára McCullough.
Top Sixteen: Colombia, Laura Gonzalez; South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters; Jamaica, Davina Bennett; Thailand, Maria Poonlertlarp; Venezuela, Keysi Sayago; Brazil. Monalisa Alcantara; Canada, Lauren Howe; Philippines, Rachel Peters; Spain, Sofia del Prado; USA, Kára McCullough; China, Roxette Qiu; Croatia, Shanaelle Petty; Ghana, Ruth Quashie; Great Britain, Anna Burdzy; Ireland, Cailín Toíbín; and Sri Lanka, Christina Peiris.
Usually, special awardees were announced during the telecast but MUO has scrapped this tradition over a decade ago. Now, the awardees are announced either during an après party or posted on social media, which I find tacky and undignified. This year, Miss Panama Laura de Sanctis was voted as Miss Congeniality. This is the second time that a Miss Photogenic award was not distributed (the first being in 2015) - which is pathetic especially since there were so many girls that looked stunning in photographs. Is MUO really on a tight budget that they can't afford to splurge another $1,000 as prize cash for a Miss Photogenic? With the astronomical figure that they had paid Steve Harvey to host for the third time, $1,000 is peanuts.
Misses Thailand and Venezuela were eliminated after the Top 5 question round, which left Misses South Africa, Colombia and Jamaica at the Top 3. Don't you just love Colombia's infectious ecstatic reaction?
CREDIT: ASSOCIATED PRESS
The opening number and the new selection format. The stage is a repeat of the 2015 show when it was held at the same venue (AXIS) in Las Vegas. It had gigantic LED screens that featured the respective flags of each contestant. But the introduction is an almost repeat of last year's when the candidates did not get to introduce themselves. Instead, a feminine voice-over introduced each contestant - not alphabetically - but by region, which is reminiscent of the regional introductions that first began in the early 1990s. However, a new component was added: the selection of top four scorers from each region (the Americas, Europe, Asia/Africa/Oceania) plus wild cards (the top four scorers regardless of the region). This new selection format sought to offer an equal and fair opportunity especially to countries that have never or rarely placed, but to me it reeked of political correctness. Why should the judges be compelled to advance a mediocre contestant just because her country has not done well in the last 40 or 50 years? I supposed the pageant's new owners, IMG, wishes to perpetuate the notion of global inclusion by telling the world that it is not okay to ignore countries with non-existent pageant tradition.
Lauriela Martins, Miss Universe Angola 2017, struts her stuff during the opening number.
Las Vegas, baby. For the fifth time, the pageant was held in the City of Lights, Las Vegas. And for the second time at the AXIS. Critics claim that the only reason Las Vegas hosted the pageant again was that no other country would host it and/or that no country could afford the exorbitant hosting fees charged by MUO. So naturally, Las Vegas automatically became the default host city. Nothing wrong with that. The city was designed to host all sorts of events, and it is fully equipped with everything that MUO needs to put on a good show. One major concern that was brought up by naysayers was that the city had been the target of a crazy gunman who had opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip last October 1, killing 58 innocent people. What if a similar incident occurred at the Miss Universe pageant? It was a legitimate concern; however, MUO's security staff is one of the toughest in the pageant world. It is so tough that even national directors are prohibited from seeing or speaking to their delegates during the entire competition.
The swimsuit and evening gown presentations return to tradition. I guess this year MUO yielded to the demands of pageant fans who hated last year's presentations where the finalists had to come out in groups of three. This time, it was back to the 2015 format with the girls being introduced one by one, and thus giving each of them more airtime. In the swimsuit segment, the girls with the best bodies are Philippines, Ghana, USA, Colombia and South Africa, but Venezuela and Brazil ruled the catwalk. Thailand was the only one who opted to wear a one-piece (what was she hiding?) In the evening gown segment, Jamaica's bright and intricately designed yellow gown was a real showstopper and complimented her glowing ebony complexion. Philippines looked the sexiest in her sleeveless, crystal-studded light-blue gown with a plunging neckline and high slit which enhanced her ridiculously hot body. Although I don't particularly care for South Africa's long-sleeved nude gown, she did give the best stage projection with her exquisite face and killer smize! As commentator Lu Sierra would constantly stress, "It's all about the girl, the face, the eye contact."
Smizin' To Win: South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
Miss-Matched / Separated At Birth? Did anyone notice the striking resemblance between Miss USA Kára McCullough (left) and Miss Brazil Monalysa Alcântara (right) especially during the swimsuit line-up? Matching hairdo, matching smile, matching leg stance, matching swimsuit. Imagine if they had been the last two standing finalists. Who do you think would have won?
Diverse swimsuit styles: This year's top 16 reflected a true rainbow coalition of beauties from all shades and colors. But did you notice, too, that they also sashayed in diverse swimsuit styles and wrap? Cool, isn't it?
Surprises, surprises! Let's face it: it is rare for a pageant expert or fanatic to successfully predict which countries will make the cut, as every year there will always be one, two or more non-favorite countries that will always pull a surprise. This year, there were five: Croatia, Ireland, China and in the photo below, Sri Lanka (Christina Peiris) and Ghana (Ruth Quashie). Croatia has been participating consistently since 1997 and so far has placed twice in the top 15 (2009, 2012); its representative, Shanaelle Petty, was nowhere on the list of favorites of most fans, as she was just as shocked as I was when her country was called. Ireland started competing in 1961 but has never won; Cailín Áine Ní Toibín's top 16 placement is the first for Ireland since Rozanna Purcell's Top 6 position in 2010. Ruth Quashie gave Ghana its second Top 16 placement since 1999, whereas China also got its second since 2013.
And speaking of China, let's appreciate her quasi-androgynous look:
Wild card, wild fans. The Philippines has been placing consistently at Miss Universe since Venus Raj in 2010, and Rachel Peters was not about to break that streak. When her country was not called as a top scorer from the Asia/Africa/Oceania region, it caused much anxiety to her huge league of Filipino fans. Thank God this anxiety quickly turned to rambunctious tranquility when Rachel's country was called as the first wild card.
Rachel Peters' sigh of relief
Filipino fans going wild when their country's rep made the cut. It's hard to imagine a Miss Universe pageant without wild, passionate and entertaining Filipino fans in the audience, as they add so much color and amusement to the show!
When everything around me starts to fallI rise up again to the callWe're all just a little bit broken (yeah)We're all just a little bit hurt (yeah)We've all got wounds half open (yeah)We all can use a little workA little workA little
Pageantry in 2017: Dayanara & Sushmita Return To Their Second Home, Asian Domination, and Miss America Emailgate
STRIPPED AND UN-STRIPPED: Less than two weeks after winning the Miss Universe Trinidad & Tobago 2017 title, Yvonne Clarke was told via email from Jennifer Douglas, the local franchise holder, that she would no longer be able to represent the country, citing a breach of parts of her contract by making public statements in the media without Douglas’s express permission. Having claimed that she was left to handle her own finances and preparations for Miss Universe 2017, Clarke got the help of soca artiste Fay-Ann Lyons. After a series of accusations and denials, Clarke was reinstated and left for Las Vegas to compete in Miss Universe, but that was after Lyons pulled her company’s sponsorship support.
Sarah initially made headlines when she had posted a selfie with Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, on her Instagram during the pageant. A number of people threatened to kill her and her family. The threats finally forced her family to flee Iraq. “My mom was freaking out,” Idan told CNN. “I told her ‘Mom, just get out. Get out.’ I told her, ‘I’m sorry’ and asked if she wants me to leave the competition. I was ready to drop out right then.”
PHOTO CREDIT: MISS INTERNATIONAL
SIGNIFICANT WINS: Kevin Liliana, 21, was crowned Miss International 2017 in Tokyo on November 14. Her victory marks Indonesia's first ever win of a major global pageant, and makes Indonesia as the fourth Asian country to win the coveted crown (after the Philippines, Lebanon and Japan). Her parents were expecting a baby boy and they had intended to name him Kevin, but when the baby turned out to be a girl, they decided to call her Kevin anyway after the character Kevin from the hit movie, "Home Alone."
PHOTO CREDIT: REINA HISPANOAMERICANA
Ten days earlier, Teresita Ssen “Winwyn” Marquez, first-time Philippine representative to the pageant, was crowned Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia on November 4. She bested 26 other candidates in a competition that aims to promote Hispanic-American culture across the globe. Critics argue that the Philippines - located in Asia - should not have been allowed to compete since the country is not geographically situated in Latin America. Alas, these critics do not realize that the Philippines was colonized by Spain for nearly 400 years and shares many traditions and customs with the Hispanic world.
PHOTO CREDIT: MISS SUPRANATIONAL
On December 1 in Krynica-Zdrój, Poland, Jenny Kim of Korea was crowned Miss Supranational 2017, making her as the fourth Asian winner in the pageant's 9-year history. Kim had competed in Miss World Korea 2015 where she placed 1st runner-up. The following year, she was appointed as her country's representative to Miss Universe 2016 where she won the Miss Congeniality award.
Hometown girl Karen Ibasco was crowned Miss Earth 2017 on November 4 in Manila, Philippines. Her victory marks the Philippines' fourth Miss Earth title in less than 10 years (2008, 2014, 2015, 2017). During the competition’s final Q & A portion, Ibasco was asked who or what she thinks is the biggest enemy of Mother Earth and why. Ibasco replied: “I believe that the real problem in this world is not climate change. The real problem is us because of our ignorance and apathy. What we have to do is to start changing our ways, to start recalibrating our minds and redirecting our steps because together, as a global community, our micro-efforts will have a macro-effect to help save our home, our planet.”
PHOTO CREDIT: INDIA TV NEWS
On November 19 in China, Manushi Chhillar, 20, became the sixth Indian woman to win the prestigious Miss World crown. India now ties with Venezuela for the most number of Miss World crowns - six each. Her victory ended India's dry spell of 17 years. Priyanka Chopra, now a successful Bollywood and Hollywood star, won the title for India way back in 2000.
Three of the world's biggest pageants (Miss International, Miss Earth, Miss World) have crowned winners from the Asian continent in 2017, which suggests that Asian beauties have now become the most competitive and prepared pageant contestants.
On December 23,1989 Miss America Gretchen Carlson, tweeted a statement from herself and Kate Shindle, 1998 Miss America, Saturday calling the resignations "reassuring" but adding "this by no means fulfills the need for a thorough housecleaning of the Board. We will continue to demand the resignations of every individual who either participated in the abuse of women or stood by and was complicit," the statement said.
PHOTO CREDIT: ABS-CBN
COUNTRY OF THE YEAR: For the 3rd consecutive year, the Philippines has remained unbeatable in terms of pageant successes in 2017 and deserves once and for all the title "Country Of The Year" in pageantry. The country has produced two major wins (Miss Earth, Mr. Gay World), two minor wins (Miss Progress International, Miss Tourism International) and over a dozen other trivial titles that only a true Filipino pageant fanatic would know. Except in Miss International, the country placed in the other big league pageants for women (top 10 in Miss Universe, top 20 in Miss World, 1st runner-up in Miss Globe (Albania version), and 2nd runner-up in Miss Grand International) and a few placements in pageants for men (1st runner-up in Mister Universal Ambassador, 4th runner-up in Mister Grand International, top 15 in Manhunt International, top 16 in Mister Global, top 20 in Mister Supranational).
Photo: Teresita Ssen “Winwyn” Marquez clutching the Philippine flag during the Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 pageant in Bolivia, just a few days before she won the title.
Miss Grand Uthai Thani 2017 Rattana Ramchatu, nicknamed Fies, died on June 1st just four days after winning the contest. She died in a car accident while traveling from Chomphon to Bangkok where she had some business to attend.
Ruby Ann Laufa, Miss South Pacific Papua New Guinea 2012, died on February 11 at the main of campus of the University of Papua New Guinea where she was fatally injured.
Trudi Ferguson, who won the Miss Jamaica Universe crown in 1996, died on November 10 after a battle with breast cancer. Miss Universe Jamaica made the announcement via Facebook on November 11 on the same day pageant organizers sent current title holder Davina Bennett off to Las Vegas, Nevada to represent the island in the Miss Universe contest.