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  • 01/06/18--10:28: Miss Universe Vietnam 2018

  • 25-year-old H'Hen Niê was crowned Miss Universe Vietnam 2018 at Crown Center in Nha Trang on January 6, 2018. She will represent Vietnam in Miss Universe 2018.  Niê makes Vietnamese pageant history by being the first woman from the ethnic minority group, Ede, to win the national pageant.   The first runner-up is Hoang Thuy and the second runner-up is Mau Thuy.

    Source:, 1/6/2018

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  • 01/14/18--07:11: Miss Universe Malaysia 2018

  • KUALA LUMPUR: Speechless Jane Teoh could only shed tears when she was crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2018 at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur.
    As the ballroom erupted in cheer, the 20-year-old was in shock as her predecessor, Miss Universe Malaysia 2017 Samantha Katie James, presented her with the crown and sash.
    The accounting and finance student said she wanted to be an agent of change and to inspire those around her. “I want to be remembered as a woman who made a difference. My wish as Miss Universe Malaysia is to spread my philanthropic work,” said Teoh moments before she was crowned.
    The 178cm-tall part-time model, who was also named Miss Online Personality, beat 16 other hopefuls for the crown and also the chance to represent the country at the Miss Universe 2018 pageant.
    She also received RM50,000 cash, sponsored prizes worth over RM150,000 and a full education scholarship from HELP University.Teoh said she was not afraid of challenges or to step out of her comfort zone to achieve her goals, including to help the less fortunate.

    Joining her on stage was first runner-up Alexis SueAnn Seow Su-Yin, 22, second runner-up Liliana Fernandez, 20, and third runner-up Jasebel Shalani Robert, 22. The trio are from Kuala Lumpur.
    “It’s our dream that this pageant can inspire young girls to use this stage to achieve greater things and to be positive role models,” said Miss Universe Malaysia Organisation (Mumo) national director Datin Elaine Daly at the grand finale event.
    She added that the theme Beauty Beyond You was chosen this year because they wanted to break down stereotype of what a beauty pageant is and instead show that it can be a platform for contestants to be inspired, empowered and to become leaders.
    “This can only be achieved with mentorship, training and a willingness to transform, so we have included a full educational scholarship for our winner this year,” she said.
    Apart from wowing the crowd with a show of stunning evening gowns and swimwear by the contestants, there were also performances by local talents including singer-songwriter Yuna.
    Star Media Group is the official media partner for this event.

    Source: The Star, Malaysia, 1/13/2018


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  • 01/14/18--07:34: Miss Belgium 2018


    Angeline Flor Pua, a 22-year-old student pilot from Antwerp, was crowned Miss Belgium 2018. She will represent her country at Miss Universe and Miss World later this year. She is the first woman of Filipino descent to win the Miss Belgium title. Her court includes first runner-up Zoe Brunet, second runner-up Dhenia Covens, third runner-up Lotte van Lingen, fourth runner-up Helene Fredericks, and fifth runner-up Vanille Seurs.


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    Beauty pageant veteran Alex Liu reportedly died of a sudden heart attack while in a taxi on Jan 22, 2018. PHOTO: MANHUNT INTERNATIONAL

    SINGAPORE - Beauty pageant veteran and founder of the Manhunt competition, Mr Alex Liu, died on Monday (Jan 22). He was 57.
    According to a spokesman for his company, Exclusive Resources Marketing, he died of a heart attack in a taxi en route to Tan Tock Seng Hospital from his house in Toa Payoh at about 2pm.
    Described as "the godfather of beauty pageants in Singapore", Mr Liu organised women's beauty pageants such as Miss Singapore Universe and Miss Chinatown after he set up Metromedia Marketing in 1984.
    Noticing an increase in men's products at a department store, he came up with the idea of the first male model contest in Singapore. He settled on the name "Manhunt" because it was catchy, and organised the debut edition with 16 contestants at a local disco in 1988.
    By 1993, Manhunt had become so popular that he staged the first global edition in Gold Coast, Australia. He formed Exclusive Resources Marketing (ERM) in 1997 and opened offices in China, Malaysia and Thailand, and established associate companies in Australia, India, South Korea and Taiwan.
    Mr Liu was present at the last international edition held in Bangkok last November.
    Over the years, he also organised numerous other contests, including Mrs Universe, Miss Tourism Queen International Beauty Pageant, Miss Global Beauty Queen Beauty Pageant and Miss Bikini International.
    Entertainment lawyer Samuel Seow, who had known him for 15 years, says that Mr Liu was "always very driven".
    "He was very proud that he had built up Manhunt into the world's largest male pageant."
    Mr Seow, who owns Beam Artistes, a management company that organises Manhunt Singapore and Malaysia, adds: "Clearly, he had a keen eye for talent and how pageants work."
    Mr Liu's life was not without controversy. In 1994, a German Manhunt contestant, Christian Klein, made a police report accusing him of molestation. Manhunt 1995 winner Andrew Poh made a similar report but both cases were later dropped by the police.
    Addressing the accusations, Mr Liu, who was not married and had no children, told The Straits Times in 1997: "If I had done it, don't you think the police would have put me in the slammer already?"
    Source: Straits Times, Singapore, 1/23/2018

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    Vallejo (left) reacts to her win as Rodriguez (right) comforts her

    Veronica Salas Vallejo of Mexico was crowned Miss Intercontinental 2017 at a gala event held on January 24 at the SUNRISE Garden Beach Resort in Hurghada, Egypt. She is the first Mexican to win the crown. Her court includes 1st runner-up Katarina Rodriguez of Philippines, 2nd runner-up Cathelijne Heppenhuis of the Netherlands, 3rd runner-up Amanda Cardoso of Brazil, 4th runner-up  Lizeth Villanueva of Colombia, and 5th runner-up Lee Su Jin of Korea. 

    The 2017 pageant was initially scheduled to take place last October, but was delayed for three months due to unforeseen circumstances. The entire show was live streamed via the official Miss Intercontinental Facebook page as well as YouTube. The production was below average (poor co-hosts, mediocre stage, annoying entertainers, no flowers for the finalists, and awfully long four-hour program).

    Credit to owners of photos

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     After four decades as president of the prestigious Miss Venezuela pageant, and after having brought six Miss Universe crowns, Osmel Sousa has decided to retire from his position. Sousa, better known as the "Czar of Beauty" ("El Zar de la Belleza"), announced his retirement on Tuesday, February 6, on his social media.
    “Realicé muchos sueños, traje muchos triunfos y di alegría a una nación. Hoy decido retirarme de la presidencia de la Organización Miss Venezuela por la puerta grande, por la misma puerta que entré hace casi 40 años de la mano de mi gran amigo Gustavo Cisneros”. (Translation in English: "I made my dreams come true, I brought many triumphs and happiness to a nation. Today, I am resigning as president of the Miss Venezuela Organization by the big door, by the same door through which I entered almost 40 years ago with the help of my great friend, Gustavo Cisneros," he posted on his Instagram account.)
    Even though he did not give a specific reason for his retirement, Sousa stated that he will continue to struggle and work for a better country.
     The champion beauty queen maker made it in Guinness Book of World Records for having trained two Venezuelan women who were crowned Miss Universe in two consecutive years: Dayana Mendoza in 2008 and Stefanía Fernández in 2009.
    Sousa was born in Cuba but was raised in Maracaibo and Caracas.

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    Saffron Hart was one of five girls selected for the top prize at Miss Tourism World 
    in Malacca when the final was scrapped and started again

    Miss Great Britain has told of her disgust after she was chosen as a finalist in a 'farcical' Malaysian beauty pageant – only to be replaced by the home talent. Saffron Hart was one of five girls selected for the top prize at Miss Tourism World in Malacca when the final was scrapped and started again.

    The official reason given was that there had been a technical hitch in adding up the judge's points, meaning three of the original finalists - including Saffron - did not make it through to the rebooted final. 

    However several members of the audience, including Saffron's mum, claim they saw a row between the sponsors and organisers of Miss Tourism World. Saffron told MailOnline: 'I'm no sore loser. I'm just disgusted that we were all treated so appallingly. This has put me off beauty pageants for life.'

    Half of the girls refused to return to the stage when Miss Colombia was eventually crowned Miss Tourism World 2018 - by embarrassed presenters and in front of a stunned audience.
    Saffron, 27, from Hull, told MailOnline: 'I was so in shock that I couldn't believe that this farce was happening. 

    'The other girls were more outraged than I was. Everybody was so embarrassed. People were crying.

    'My mum, my step dad and I had spent £7,000 and we'd all taken three weeks off work to travel to the other side of the world for a contest where we'd get to experience different cultures.

    'But instead all I did was rehearse all day and night and on my limited time off tour building sites that the sponsor was promoting.'

    Saffron (pictured before leaving for the pageant) said: ‘The Miss Tourism World team didn’t even acknowledge us girls afterwards, never mind apologise. And I flew home with one of them two days later' 

    The model, hair dresser, salon owner and nutrition business entrepreneur – who's been competing in beauty pageants for two years - was invited to take part in the all travel expenses paid event as her prize for being crowned Miss GB in September last year.

    She spent £3,000 on outfits need for the competition while her proud parents, social worker Louise, 50, and trucker Alan Atwill, 47, spent £4,000 on flying out to join her in the Melaka beach resort last month.

    But when they arrived Saffron was rehearsing for the event daily until as late as 5am, perfecting routines including a complex dance number for the show. 

    Her only free time was spent being taken around all the developments being managed by the sponsor, Kerjaya Prospek – the firm which built the Swiss Garden Hotel they all stayed in.
    Saffron continued: 'I didn't mind all the work and the tours. I was just really excited to be representing Great Britain at this global event.

    'Then I made the line-up for the final five. I was delighted!'

    The girls were invited to talk on stage while someone waited backstage with sashes to present to them all. 

    Then the presenters claimed there'd been a technical error and that they would be recalling the finalists again.
    Saffron said: 'They left us standing on stage for 20 minutes before myself, Miss Panama and Miss Venezuela didn't make the re-count, and we all went off stage. 

    'Only 18 girls went back on stage when the winner was eventually crowned, including myself. But it wasn't the winner Miss Colombia's fault!

    'The Miss Tourism World team didn't even acknowledge us girls afterwards, never mind apologise. And I flew home with one of them two days later.'

    Her mum Louise added: 'I've been shocked, disgusted and in utter disbelief. How can they treat Miss GB like this?

    'The number of people who expressed their disgust and sympathy, even the organiser's staff, spoke volumes.

    'It was so amateur and unprofessional. What an embarrassment!'

    Giorgiana Rosas

    Giorgiana Rosas who competed as Miss Venezuela and was similarly removed from the final, said she burst into tears when the competition was recalled.

    The 18-year-old told MailOnline:‘I felt publicly humiliated because beauty pageants are part of our national culture and this left my whole family in floods of tears. 'It was ridiculous and unfair.’

    A Miss GB spokeswoman said: 'A Miss Tourism World statement has explained that there was a technical glitch in the computer involving one of the judge's scores not being recorded correctly.

    'They had an immediate manual check and the re-count of the top five at their grand final on 27th January.

     'We're incredibly proud of Saffron and how she represented the Miss GB brand in Malaysia. 
    'We're saddened on Saffron's behalf that she hasn't received a personal explanation or apology.

    'Saffron is a smart, funny and beautiful lady whom we hold in very high regard and we hope the remainder of her reign brings great opportunities and memories because this is what she truly deserves.' 

    Miss Tourism World has refused to respond to a MailOnline request for a comment. 

    Source: Daily Mail UK, 2/10/2018

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    New Indonesian queens for 2018 were crowned during a gala event in Jakarta on March 9.  Sonia Fergina Citra, 25, from Bangka Belitung (center) is the new Puteri Indonesia and will represent her country in the 2018 edition of Miss Universe. Vania Fitryanti Herlambang, 20, from Banten (left) was crowned first runner-up and will compete in 2018 Miss International. Wilda Octaviana Situngkir, 24, from Kalimantan Barat (right) was second runner-up and will compete in 2018 Miss Supranational. 

    The current Miss Universe from South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (second from right), wearing the traditional Indonesian dress for women called abaya, assisted in the coronation of the winners. The other special guests included the current Miss International Kevin Liliana who is from Indonesia and the current Miss Supranational Jenny Kim from Korea.


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    New Philippine queens were crowned during a gala event at the Smart Araneta Coliseum that began around 8 PM, Sunday, March 18, and ended just after 1 AM, March 19, 2018. 

    The new winners are:

    Catriona Gray, 24, is Miss Universe Philippines 2018 and will compete in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue are yet to be announced. Gray makes history by becoming the first Filipina to have won both the Miss Universe Philippines and Miss World Philippines (2016) titles.

    Maria Ahtisa Manalo, 20, is Binibining Pilipinas International 2018 and will compete in Miss International 2018 pageant in Japan sometime in November.

    Jehza Mae Huelar, 23, is Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2018 and will compete in Miss Supranational 2018 in Poland in December.

    Eva Patalinghug, 23, is Binibining Pilipinas Grand International 2018 and will compete in Miss Grand International 2018 in Poland in Myanmar on October 28.

    Karen Gallman, 25, is Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2018 and will compete in Miss Intercontinental 2018 whose date and venue have not been confirmed.

    Michele Gumabao, 25, is Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2018 and will compete in Miss Globe 2018 whose date and venue have not been confirmed.

    Vickie Rushton, 25, is the First Runner-Up.

    Samantha Bernardo, 25, is the Second Runner-Up.

    Congratulations to all!

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    Kara McCullough, Miss USA 2017 / Credit: Miss USA

     The 2018 Miss USA pageant and Miss Teen USA will be held in Shreveport at the Hirsch Coliseum, according to city officials and the Miss USA Facebook page. The Miss USA pageant, hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey, is scheduled for May 21 at 7 p.m. CST and will air live on the FOX network. 

    Vanessa was crowned Miss Teen USA 1998 and has served as a backstage correspondent for MISS USA(R) in 2001 and co-host of the 2007 MISS UNIVERSE(R).

    First appearing together at last year's Miss Universe, TV personality and fashion expert Carson Kressley and top model and catwalk trainer Lu Sierra reprise their roles for Miss USA as competition insiders to provide analysis and commentary throughout the live telecast. 

    Kara McCullough, the current Miss USA, will crown her successor from a field of contestants from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia.

    Details on the Miss Teen USA competition have not yet been announced.

    Sources:, Shreveport Times, 3/19/2018

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  • 03/19/18--19:21: Miss Universe Japan 2018

  • 21-year-old Yumi Kato, representing the prefecture of Mie,  was crowned Miss Universe Japan 2018 at the Chinzanso Hotel in Tokyo on the night of March 18. She will now represent Japan at Miss Universe 2018 whose date and venue have not yet been announced. Nozawa Reika of Tokyo finished second while the delegates from Hokkaido and Niigate finished third and fourth places respectively

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    Image Credit: AP
    Miss Venezuela President Osmel Sousa poses in front of the ten semi-finalist during the Miss Venezuela 2014 beauty pageant in Caracas, Venezuela. The Miss Venezuela Organization said in a statement on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 it will temporarily suspend its activities to do an internal review of its ethics policy.

    The Miss Venezuela beauty pageant said it will investigate possible unethical conduct by its contestants following a vitriolic social media spat that saw former participants accusing each other of inappropriate behaviour.
    A group of ex-Miss Venezuela contestants, in a confused flurry of social media posts this month, insinuated that other participants had sought to enrich themselves through romantic relationships with corrupt businessmen and officials.
    “Given the events recently described on social media ... a decision has been made to begin an internal review to determine if anyone linked [to the pageant], during the course of their involvement, violated the values and ethics of the contest,” the Miss Venezuela Organization said in a statement.
    The organisation added that it was temporarily closing a Caracas training facility and halting casting for the pageant as well as the lower-profile Mister Venezuela event.
    It was not immediately evident how this would affect the Miss Venezuela pageant, which is typically held toward the end of the year.
    The rights to Miss Venezuela are owned by Grupo Cisneros, of the wealthy Venezuelan Cisneros family.
    Grupo Cisneros referred questions to the Miss Venezuela Organization, which did not respond to a voice mail message seeking further comment.
    The allegations drew outrage in Venezuela, where triple-digit inflation and chronic food and medicine shortages have spurred a mass exodus of migrants.
    They also drew ribbing from critics, who noted the beauty queens’ numerous spelling mistakes.
    Venezuelans are among the world’s most successful beauty show contestants and have won global pageants including Miss Universe and Miss World more than a dozen times.
    The country has also historically had one of the world’s highest rates of breast implants and cosmetic surgery.
    Source:, 3/23/2018

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  • 04/11/18--14:55: New Nepal Queens for 2018

  • Shrinkhala Khatiwada has won the title of Miss Nepal World-2018 surpassing other 24 contestants at the beauty pageant grand finale held in Kathmandu on Wednesday evening, April 11, 2018. Khatiwada will now compete in Miss World 2018 to be held in China in December.

      A total of 25 ladies across the nation were selected for the final race in the competition.

    Manita Devkota won the title of Miss Nepal-Universe 2018 and will compete in the next edition of Miss Universe whose date and venue are yet to be confirmed.

     Ronali Amatya was declared as Miss Nepal-International 2018 and will compete in Miss International 2018 in Tokyo in November.

    Priya Sigdel bagged the title of Miss Nepal-Earth 2018 and will compete in Miss Earth 2018 to be held in the Philippines in November.

    Source:, 4/11/2018

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  • 04/14/18--17:10: Miss Russia 2018

  • Yulia Polyachikhina, 18 (center), from Chuvashia, was crowned as Miss Russia 2018 during a gala event on April 14 at the Barvikha Luxury Village concert hall near Moscow. She will now compete in Miss World 2018 to be held in China in December. The First Vice Miss Russia 2018 is Violetta Tyurkina (left) from Belgorod and the Second Vice Miss Russia 2018 is Natalia Stroyeva (right) from Yakutia.

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    The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority has overlooked a major scandal in the Miss America Organization, approving state funds that will ensure the pageant will remain in Atlantic City through September. 
    After CRDA officials repeatedly called for a review of its contract with the pageant in the wake of a major controversy over the former Miss America CEO's leaked emails last year, the authority on Tuesday approved $4.3 million in state subsidies for the pageant, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
    Former pageant CEO Sam Haskell's email correspondence with staffers, leaked to HuffPost, which published a report in December, referred to former Miss Americas with derogatory slang for female genitalia and contained negative comments about the physical appearance of a former Miss America, among other offenses. 
    "The CRDA is encouraged by the Miss America Organization's description that the 2019 competition will be updated to include a focus on women's empowerment and other related projects," said Robert Mulcahy, chairman of the CRDA board of directors.
    Though local officials, including Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam, had initially bristled at the notion of the pageant proceeding unchecked, they seemed to warm to the idea of supporting the pageant's efforts to rebrand under a female leadership largely composed of previous pageant winners. 
    "They are trying to right the wrongs of the previous administration," Gilliam told the Press of Atlantic City in February. 
    $12.5 million over three years, with this being the final year of that agreement. (That deal was actually an increase from the previous deal that brought the pageant back to Atlantic City from Las Vegas in 2013, to the tune of $7.3 million over three years.)
    The decision, made on Tuesday, means the pageant will be able to stay in Atlantic City for the 2019 pageant in September. That event was the final year included in Miss America's three-year contract with the CRDA.
    But the validity of the pageant's contract was called into question after emails between former CEO Haskell, a pageant scriptwriter and Miss America executives revealed misogynistic language and disparaging comments about former Miss Americas. In response, former Miss Americas banded together to call for Haskell's resignation. He resigned in December alongside other Miss America executives, and the pageant board was reconstructed with former Miss America and former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson as chairwoman and other former titleholders in leadership positions.
    CRDA officials took issue with the content of Haskell's emails. Yet Dick Clark Productions, the pageant's partner, had also dropped the pageant after being presented with the content of emails from Haskell and Miss America executives. That was a problem because under the pageant's contract with the CRDA, Dick Clark Productions was supposed to work to promote Atlantic City during its programs. It turns out CRDA officials were also aware that Dick Clark Productions had severed ties with the pageant two months before the HuffPost report on the emails went public. 
    This is also the pageant's last year of its three-year contract with ABC. In the wake of the scandal over Haskell's emails, the pageant faced losing not only its relationship with Dick Clark Productions -- which had made Miss America a presence at its shows, including the Billboard Awards -- but also potentially any future deals with the CRDA and ABC, meaning the competition could scramble to find a new host city and broadcast partner. 
    But Carlson, the new head of the pageant, is banking on major changes to the pageant, with the aim of focusing on empowerment and leadership. She has been dropping hints that she intends to reform the nearly 100-year-old event, and possibly drop the infamous swimsuit competition in the process. 
    In recent years, there have also been other changes within the pageant ranks.
    In 2016, Miss Missouri, Erin O'Flaherty became the first openly gay Miss America contestant. Just this week, Deidre Downs, Miss America 2005 -- the last Miss America to be crowned in Atlantic City before the pageant moved to Las Vegas for seven years -- made headlines when she married her girlfriend.
    In September, the reigning titleholder, Miss America 2018, Cara Mund, an alumna of Brown University bound for law school, became the first Miss North Dakota to win the pageant. 

    Source:, 4/17/2018

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    Cynthia Thomalla, 23, from the Philippines was crowned Miss Eco International 2018 on April 28 in Cairo, Egypt. She is the first woman from her country to win the pageant which celebrates its fourth edition this year. 

    Her court includes first runner-up 
    Astira Vernadeina of Indonesia, second runner-up Kelin Rivera Kroll of Peru, third runner-up Nguyen Thi Dung of Vietnam, and fourth runner-up Glennys Medina Segura of Costa Rica. 

    Completing the top 10 were the delegates from Brazil, Egypt, India, Poland and Portugal.

    The show dragged on for five hours and was riddled with gaffes, notably the hosts' incessant talking, long musical numbers, and announcing the 2nd runner-up first before the 3rd and 4th runners-up. Many fans have criticized the pageant for being a rip-off of Miss Earth which gained worldwide popularity due to its environmental cause. 

    Thomalla's win is significant because she becomes the third woman from the Miss World Philippines 2017 top 5 to win an international title. The first one was Teresita Ssen Marquez who was crowned Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 in Bolivia last November 4th, and the second one was Sophia Senoron who was crowned Miss Multinational 2018. Both women won their respective international titles for the Philippines for the first time.


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    Seung Hwan Lee of Korea won the 12th edition of Mister International held in Yangon, Myanmar on April 30th. He succeeds Paul Iskandar of Lebanon who could not attend the finals due to "unforeseen circumstances." Lee is the first man from his country to win the title. The 2017 pageant was supposed to be held last November but was postponed until April 2018. Technically, Lee is the winner for 2017.
    Completing Lee's court are first runner-up Manuel Molano of Colombia and second runner-up Dwayne Geldenhuis of South Africa. The remaining top five included Minh Trung of Vietnam and Alessandro Costantini of Switzerland. 
    Completing the top 10 were the contestants from Japan, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Philippines and Puerto Rico. Rounding up the top 16 were the contestants from Poland, Indonesia, Spain, Lebanon, Netherlands and Mexico.  

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    Miss USA 2017 Kara McCullough (pictured) will crown her successor at the 2018 Miss USA pageant at George’s Pond at Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana. 

    Well, well, what do you know? The 2018 Miss USA winner will now be chosen by a "selection committee" - which is a politically correct term for "judges." For some reason, the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) has found the word "judge" rather unpleasant and trivial. Not only that, but the "selection committee" will comprise of an all-female jury. That's right. Miss USA has gone sexist! Not one male judge on the panel, not even a gay one. Hmmm. 
    Here's the report from The Shreveport Times:
    The selection committee has been announced for the 2018 Miss USA competition that will be held in Shreveport on May 21.
    For the first time, Miss USA will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of female entrepreneurs, business leaders, and industry experts—including former Miss USA contestants—offering a depth of expertise, insight and sustained commitment previously unavailable from one-off telecast judges.
    The committee’s diverse perspectives and industry knowledge will help The Miss Universe organization to determine the woman who will become integral to the ongoing growth of the company as a spokesperson for the brand.
    The selection committee includes:  
    Natasha Curry: Award-winning television host and anchor of HLN’s Weekend Express with Natasha Curry; Miss Washington USA 1998.
    Jamie Kern Lima:  Founder & CEO of IT Cosmetics, which recently became the largest acquisition in L’Oreal history, making Jamie the first female CEO in L’Oréal’s 100+ year history; 2017 Forbes Magazine’s Most Successful Self-Made Women List; Miss Washington USA 2000.
    Crystle Stewart: Television host, model and actress; founder of MISS Academy (Manners, Image, Style, and Success), an organization committed to translating traditional values through pop culture; Miss USA 2008.
    Lilliana Vazquez: Emmy Award-winning host and producer, TODAY show contributor and style expert. 
    Denise White: Founder and CEO of EAG Sports Management, one of the most powerful and influential sports management and PR/crisis management firms of professional sports; Miss Oregon USA 1994.
    The 2018 Miss USA pageant will air live from George's Pond in Shreveport on the Fox network at 7 p.m. CST May 21.

    Source: The Shreveport Times, 5/17/2018

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    Congratulations, Miss Teen Kansas — the 2018 Miss Teen USA winner.
    Thunderous cheers erupted as Hailey Colborn was announced Friday in Shreveport as the new Miss Teen USA.
    Colborn is a 17-year-old student from Wichita, Kansas.  
    She was one of 51 participating contestants, representing the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
    The young women went through rounds of preliminary interviews, then on-stage presentations in athletic wear and evening gowns on Wednesday at Horseshoe Casino's Riverdome.
    Friday's final event was held at George's Pond at Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport.
    The 15 semifinalists announced at the finals were: Janeice Love (California), Caleigh Shade (Maryland), Sydni-Dion Bennett (Illinois), Britney Barnhart (Nevada), Savannah Miles (Georgia), Chloe Zambrano (Colorado), Anane Loveday (Michigan), Sofie Rovenstine (Tennessee), Kaaviya Sambasivam (North Carolina), Madilen Kellogg (Utah), Kirby Elizabeth Self (South Carolina), Lindsey Conque (Louisiana), Hailey Colborn (Kansas), Trinity Tiffany (West Virginia) and Lou Schieffelin (Florida).
    he 15 moved forward to on-stage presentations in the categories of athletic wear.
    The top 10 were announced, taking California, Maryland, Nevada, Michigan, West Virginia and Florida out of the running. They were presented in the evening gown round.
    Then five moved on, getting a final question from the judges. They ended the competition as follows: fourth runner-up, North Carolina; third runner-up, Illinois; second runner-up, Colorado; and first runner-up, South Carolina.
    Before the big announcement, the Miss Congeniality award was presented to Kennedy Cromeens of Alabama.
    And in an outpouring of cheers and tears, Miss Teen Kansas was deemed winner and given the crown by her predecessor, the 2017 Miss Teen USA Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff.
    Source: Shreveport Times, 5/18/2018

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  • 05/21/18--20:30: Nebraska Wins Miss USA 2018

  • Miss Nebraska, Sarah Rose Summers, has been named Miss USA.
    Cheers rang out, confetti flew and celebratory music blared as Summers — a 23-year-old from Omaha — accepted the sash, the dazzling crown and a bouquet of flowers on Monday evening. She takes over from Kára McCullough of the District of Columbia and now goes on to represent the United States in the Miss Universe competition. 
    For the next year, she'll be a spokeswoman for the Miss Universe Organization. Her responsibilities will include performing charitable acts, attending galas and fundraisers, and making special appearances, among many other duties.
    By nabbing the Miss USA crown, Miss Nebraska joins Miss Kansas — the winner Friday of the 2018 Miss Teen USA crown, also in Shreveport — for a heartland sweep of the events held this year in Shreveport and Bossier City.
    The selection committee included a host of female entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry experts and former Miss USA contestants. Viewers were able to vote online for their favorites throughout the competition.  
    The two-hour final event began with the announcement of the 15 semifinalists. In addition to Summers, they were: Madison Nipe (South Dakota), Marianny Egurrola (Georgia), Marina Gray (Maine), Logan Lester (Texas), Alexa Noone (New Jersey), Génesis Dávila (Florida), Carolina Urrea (Nevada), Allissa Latham (Massachusetts), Brittinay Nicolette (Maryland), Alexandra Harper (Tennessee), Toneata Morgan (Oregon), Caelynn Miller-Keyes (North Carolina), Elizabeth Johnson (Michigan) and Kelley Johnson (California).  
    The semifinalists were selected after a round of preliminary interviews and live on-stage presentations last week. Monday, the 15 contestants kicked off the final event with the swimsuit round.
    Next, the top 10 were announced and presented in evening gowns. The 10 represented South Dakota, Georgia, Maine, New Jersey, Nebraska, Florida, Nevada, Tennessee, North Carolina and California. 
    The field then was cut in half, leaving five to answer a question from the judges. The five finalists were Nevada, Florida, Nebraska, North Carolina and South Dakota. 
    Two more competitors were cut, leaving the top three: Nebraska, North Carolina and Nevada. The three were asked the same question and presented for "the final look."
    After scores were tallied, the runner-ups and winner were declared: second runner-up, Miss Nevada Carolina Urrea; first runner-up, Miss North Carolina, Caelynn Miller-Keyes; and winner, Miss Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers.
    The Miss USA finals were co-hosted by model and former Miss Teen USA winner Vanessa Lachey and her husband, Nick Lachey, who rose to fame with 98 Degrees. 
    Lee Brice, a Grammy-nominated American country singer, performed as the 10 contestants presented their evening gowns. Lachey's band performed as the three finalists presented their final looks.
    Fashion expert Carson Kressley and supermodel Lu Sierra checked in with behind-the-scenes footage, analysis and commentary about the competition. 
    On Friday, Hailey Colborn, of Kansas, was crowned the 2018 Miss Teen USA.

    Source: USA Today, 5/21/2018
    Photos courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization

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