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    No more beauty queens in Oaxaca?

    Women's affairs secretary wants legislation to ban rewarding women for their sexual and physical appeal

    A Oaxaca politician is looking for support from state lawmakers in a bid to ban beauty pageants in the state.
    “The Women’s Affairs Secretariat joins the voices that demand a ban on beauty pageants in Oaxaca, [events] that objectify women, especially girls and teenagers,” Women’s Affairs Secretary Ana Vázquez Colmenares said.
    Vázquez explained that the “objectification” to which women are subjected to in such events doesn’t allow them to assume a full role in society, limiting them to becoming an object of pleasure.
    Legislation is required to prohibit granting prizes to the women with the most sexual and physical appeal, a parameter that should not be used to measure a woman’s worth, much less that of a girl, she said.
    Vázquez’s proposal also calls for sanctions that range from fines and reprimands to charges of human trafficking.
    The initiative is part of a broader plan designed to ensure respect for gender equality after a gender alert was issued for the state in early September.
    The gender alert mechanism was created in 2007 and is described by the federal government as “a set of emergency government actions to confront and eradicate violence” against women.
    The Oaxaca Women’s Affairs Secretariat also intends to install offices in the 570 municipalities of the state, with special attention to those governed by ancestral indigenous customs and traditions, a form of government known as usos y costumbres.
    Source: Milenio (sp), Dec. 2, 2018

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    Nia Franklin was crowned 2019 Miss America last October in Atlantic City. Photo credit: Miss America

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — There they go. Miss America state groups in three more states have had their licenses revoked by the Miss America Organization following a bitter, high-stakes clash between state pageants and the national leadership headed by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson.
    The Miss America Organization sent termination letters Friday to New Jersey, New York and Florida. The Associated Press obtained two of the letters, and confirmed with leaders of the third state that it, too, had been revoked.
    So far, the parent organization has sent termination letters to seven states, and leaders in an eighth state have resigned in protest.
    The latest targets included the pageant’s current and traditional home — New Jersey, whose Boardwalk Hall hosts it each year in Atlantic City — and the state that has produced four of the last six Miss Americas (New York), including the current Miss America, Nia Imani Franklin.
    Earlier this year, the Miss America Organization had moved against Georgia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, while Colorado’s leaders quit.
    The letter to Florida cites “the State Organization’s default under the Agreement,” but does not spell out what the violations were. The letter to New Jersey states that its agreement with the parent organization is not being renewed.
    States whose licenses are terminated can request an appeal hearing within 10 days from Miss America’s executive committee. After an appeal is heard, the Miss America Organization has the right to seek a new licensee.
    The Miss America Organization declined to discuss the shakeup. “The revocations are subject to a confidential appeal process and we are unable to comment on the status of the licensees or their leadership,” it said in a statement.
    They would not say whether any of the targeted state leadership groups has been replaced.
    The turmoil involves a revolt by dozens of states this summer against the national leadership of the pageant headed by Carlson.
    State officials say their dissatisfaction stems not from this year’s elimination of swimsuits, but by the way Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper have run the organization since taking over in January. Their biggest change was dropping the swimsuit competition and focusing more on the contestants’ platforms and talents in an attempt to make the pageant more relevant.
    But most state leadership groups chafed under the new national leaders, and even the outgoing Miss America, Cara Mund, released a remarkable letter in which she said she had been marginalized and bullied by top pageant leaders. An investigation commissioned by the Miss America Organization found no evidence to back up that claim, but investigators did not interview Mund for the report, which was issued on Sept. 10, the day after the 2018 pageant was held.
    Source: The Washington Post, Dec. 5, 2018

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     Valeria Vasquez waves to the crowd while holding her cash prize

      Puerto Rico's Valeria Vázquez Latorre was crowned Miss Supranational 2018 during the tenth anniversary edition of the pageant held at  Hala Sportowa Krynica-Zdrój in Krynica, Poland on Friday, December 7.  The 24-year-old beauty won over 71 contestants from around the world. Her court includes 1st runner-up Katrina Dimaranan representing the United States, 2nd runner-up Magdalena Bieńkowska of Poland, 3rd runner-up Wilda Octaviana Situngkirof Indonesia, and 4th runner-up Diana Romeroof Mexico.
    Dimaranan, a Filipino-American, competed in the Binibining Pilipinas 2012 pageant where she won the Bb. Pilipinas Tourism 2012 title. She was expected to compete in Miss Tourism Queen International 2012 but the pageant was cancelled. Six years later, she was appointed as Miss Supranational United States 2018 by Cecilio Asuncion, the CEO of Slay Model Management and new franchise holder for the United States.

    Rounding up the top 10 were the delegates from Romania, Brazil, Vietnam, Philippines,  and Venezuela. Completing the top 25 were the delegates from Belarus, Russia, Mauritius, Netherlands, Equatorial Guinea, Ukraine, Slovakia, India, Australia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Denmark, Colombia, and Myanmar.

    Photo credit: Raymond Saldana for Miss Supranational

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    Vanessa Ponce de León, a 26-year-old model from Mexico, was crowned Miss World 2018 on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan on Saturday, December 8. Ponce is the first woman from her country to win the coveted title. She was crowned by last year's winner, Manushi Chhillar from India. 

    Ponce de León has a degree in international business and volunteers for "Migrantes en el Camino". She is also on the board of directors of a rehab center for girls, according to the Miss World website.
    This year, the top five consisted of the winners of the Continental Queens category: Miss World Americas (Mexico), Miss World Africa (Uganda), Miss World Caribbean (Jamaica), Miss World Europe (Belarus) and Miss World Asia & Oceania (Thailand). However, after Mexico was selected as Miss World, the second placer in the Miss World Americas category, Panama's Solaris Barba was declared as the new continental queen for the Americas.
    Top five (L-R): Belarus, Jamaica, Mexico, Uganda, Thailand
    Rounding up the top 12 were the delegates from France, Martinique, Mauritius, Nepal, New Zealand, Panama and Scotland. Completing the top 30 included the delegates from ompared to previous years' announcement of results, besides the winner, only the first runner-up was announced - Thailand's  Nicolene Limsnukan. Miss Belarus Maria Vasilevich, Miss Jamaica Kadijah Robinson and Miss Uganda Quiin Abenakyo were also among the final five. This is eighth time that the Miss World pageant has been held in Sanya, which first hosted the event in 2003.
     Photo credit: Miss World Organization

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    Prathamesh Maulingkar, a 27-year-old football player and model from India won the Mister Supranational 2018 title during the third edition of the pageant that took place in Krynica-Zdrój, Poland. He bested 39 other finalists to clinch the title for India for the first time. He wins a cash prize amounting to 12,000 dollars.

    Maulingkar was sashed by Gabriel Correa Mister Supranational 2017 and he received the trophy from Miss Supranational 2018 Valeria Vazquez who herself was crowned the night before. The other top five finalists included 1st runner-up Mister Supranational Poland Jakub Kucner, 2nd runner-up Mister Supranational Brazil Samuel Costa, 3rd runner-up Mister Supranational Thailand Kevin Dasom, and 4th runner-up Mister Supranational Netherlands Ennio Fafieanie.

    Rounding up the top 10 were the delegates from Sri Lanka, Slovakia, Dominican Republic, United States and Norway. Completing the top 20 were the delegates from Puerto Rico, Philippines, Argentina, Malta, Czech Republic, Panama, Myanmar, Russia, Mexico and Spain. 

    Photo Credit: Mister Supranational

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          An anonymous individual created a Facebook page called "Exposing Miss World Contest" that aims to expose the corruption that has been plaguing the world's most popular pageant  The author/creator of the page claims to have worked with the Miss World Organization for decades. This author also tagged Steve Douglas on the page to elicit a reaction from Douglas, who is the son of Julia Morley, the pageant CEO who took over the organization after its founder, her husband Eric Morley, passed away in 2000.

         The author makes several allegations: Steve Douglas is a felon and sexual predator, MWO sued an American pageant organizer for infringing on the word "World," the winner is predetermined, Venezuela and India will never win again, Mexico's current win is political, and that the MWO has been engaging in charity fraud.

         Below is the screenshot of the page, followed by the posting in its entirety.

    Corruption at Miss World: EXPOSED
    Dear Delegates and National Directors, this is how you were conned by the international Miss World organisation. It was an organisation I have worked with for over two decades. Things that you wouldn’t know or never even heard of would be exposed here. You will be shocked that you can’t even deny the facts. These are things would have never heard of. There are receipts of proof. It is with a good conscience I cannot keep quiet, There needs to be an investigation in Fraud at Miss World.
    1. Son of Julia Morley
    Okay, so let me start with the SON OF JULIA MORLEY, (Stephen Douglas Morley). You may wonder why he goes by Steve Douglas and not Stephen Morley. Well, in the 80’s he went to jail for fraud. Stealing money in a scam. He was involved in sex trafficking also in the 90’s. Eric Morley never liked him. In fact, he was the black sheep of the family. Eric Morley never liked fraud. He was an honest man but Eric too would have went down with the #MeeTOO movement. He had sexual relations with women to work for him. One of which is a writer of a very popular pageant book that I refused to name. But if you are a true pageant fan, you would know whom I am speaking about. It was only until Eric died, Steven Morley became involved in the pageant. Today, he is the event planner of Miss World since 2003. Eric Morley would be monitoring the ladies on the internet when they arrive and giving Gem (as we called her) updates on behaviour, beauty.
    2. Why Alexandira Mills won over Emma Warreus?
    It is no secret Emma won Miss World 2010 for Botswana. However, Alexandria Mills won before she entered Miss World. In fact, Stephen Morley aka Steve Douglas had selected her from Elite Model Management. At that time, Elite Models sent delegates to the Miss World competition. She was seen as the most beautiful girl on the profiles. But why did Alexandria won? Why did they choose Alexandria? Here is the reason, MWO sued Miss Teen World director, Gaspar Cruz for copyright infringement on the word ‘world’. He won in the first attempt but MWO appealed and Gaspar Cruz lost! This was in (2010-2011). Miss World wanted to show their presence in the US and using the word 'world' is a copyright infringement. They even made a teen Miss World website showcasing all the teen contestants of Miss World 2010 class. That is the reason why up to today, MWO favours Emma more than Alexandria. Emma was the chaperone, visited more countries and did more interviews than Alexandria as Alexandria didn’t speak well… The director of Miss United States pageant (not related to MWO) Chris Wilmer helped the MWO because he wasn't on good terms with Gaspar. Three (3) years later he became the director of Miss World in the United States.
    3. Manipulations of Results
    Working with the organisation, I have been exposed to the inside secrets. You guys wouldn’t know this but MWO is a pack. The winner is predetermined. Hence no matter who answers the question the best would only get a runner up spot if she is lucky. There are tabulators but what those tabulators and the audience don’t know is how the results are manipulated throughout. Here is how! Julia Morley and Steven Douglas goes into a private room with the team. Mike Dixon, Donna Walsh (she goes by the name Donna Derby) and Andrew Minarik. They decide the results from monitoring the contestants for a month and suitable business transactions countries. Then every year, they will sit on the judging panel (all smiling). The other judges on the panel don’t even know this takes place as they think the results will be fair. Ksneia Sukhinova and Zang Zilin knows much about this. This is the reason why Aishwarya Rai and Giselle Laronde didn’t judged in 2014. Only certain Miss World are always allowed to judge because they do know the process. Ask yourself, why are the same judges are on the judging panel every year?
    4. Venezuela and India (Countries with the Most Miss World)
    These countries will not be crowned as Miss World until Julia Morley is no longer the president. 2018 was the last year for India winning under Julia Morley directorship. It doesn’t matter how strong a delegate is. MWO has recognised they need to give other countries a chance. And that some countries have never been crowned Miss World. They are giving new countries that are seen business wise a chance. Sorry India and Venezuela. Miss India 2018 was intentionally left out of the TOP 25 of Beauty with a Purpose for this reason. France is one of the options to win MW in the future.
    5. Mexico win was POLITICAL
    Miss Mexico 2018, Vanessa Ponce De Leon victory was a political move. She knew she had won Miss World as she was told by the team. Everything was a plan and she was a part of it. Vanessa knew about the Multimedia challenge before anyone. Since July. Hence she started on Mobstar (an app used for the contest) prior every other contestants. She wasn’t the one operating her Mobstar account. There were several people back in her country posting for her. Nepal became a threat for Vanessa. They led the Multimedia competition. A competition Vanessa thought she had. France win in the Top Model fast track was also determined beforehand. They tried to saved her as there wasn’t any other preliminary contest she could have done well in. As I said, France is geared towards winning in the future. This is because of a potential host country of Miss World and before Miss World 1953 from France dies. It is her dream to see France wearing the converted royal blue crown. Stephen Douglas Morley on the day for the Head to Head challenge (round two) told the judges that T&T would get in through the judges choice hence for the three (3) Miss World judges to choose Vanessa. Vanessa upon an invitation with Steve, Eric, Mike and Donna choose the remaining 13 contestants. Possible threats for her such as Australia, Philippines and Trinidad and Tobago (Oxford University Lawyer) were left out. Those three (3) countries should never send delegates to Miss World again. Hence you have seen girls that cannot speak well got in. Also, countries that are good business wise. Delegates were intentionally kept out.
    6. Millions for Charity FRAUD
    Julia has an offshore bank account in the Cayman Islands under her eldest son’s name Julien Morley with millions from charity. An investigation needs to be done for this. Please, please investigate. Money for sick children are being used for fraud. God don’t sleep!
    I know it is a bit long but stay tuned for PART 2
    Exposing Miss World official email and phone number (which isn't posted no way online) Email: and phone contact +442078200111

        *** Critical Beauty has reached out to the author/creator of the page who advised CB that more details about the claims would be provided soon. Stay tuned!

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    Miss USA is hearing it on social media about remarks she made regarding two Miss Universe pageant contestants on the Instagram account of another pageant queen.
    Sarah Rose Summers is getting slammed for comments caught on video about Miss Vietnam, H'Hen Nie, and Miss Cambodia, Sinat Rern, not understanding English.
    In a video captured by Miss Colombia Valeria Morales, Summers, 24, asks, and then answers, "What do you think of Miss Vietnam Nie?"
    Miss Vietnam H'Hen Nie
    Miss Vietnam H'Hen Nie

    "She's so cute and she pretends to know so much English, and then you ask her a question after having a whole conversation with her and she goes [smiles and nods]," Summers said, chuckling. She added, "She's adorable."
    Summers repeated her impression of Nie upon Morales' request.
    Later in the video, Summers expressed sympathy for Rern not knowing English.
    "Miss Cambodia is here and doesn't speak any English and not a single other person speaks her language. Can you imagine? [Miss Australia] Francesca [Hung] said 'that would be so isolating,' and I said, 'Yes, and just confusing all the time.' Poor Cambodia."
    Miss Cambodia Sinat Rern
    Miss Cambodia Sinat Rern
    Some on social media, however, did not agree with mom, and were quick to offer furious reactions to Summers' behavior.
    Others were upset not just at Summers' words and actions, but also at how she portrayed America on the global stage.
    Reps for Miss Universe declined Fox News' request for comment, but Summers spoke out after the backlash in a contrite statement on Instagram — accompanied by a photo of herself, Rern and Nie in a group hug with some other contestants.
    "@MissUniverse is an opportunity for women from around the world to learn about each other's cultures, life experiences, and views. We all come from different backgrounds and can grow alongside one another," she wrote.
    "In a moment where I intended to admire the courage of a few of my sisters, I said something that I now realize can be perceived as not respectful, and I apologize. My life, friendships, and career revolve around me being a compassionate and empathetic woman," she continued. "I would never intend to hurt another. I am grateful for opportunities to speak with Nat, Miss Cambodia, and H'Hen, Miss Vietnam, directly about this experience. These are the moments that matter most to me." 

    Souirce: FoxNews, December 13, 2018

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