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    Michiko Tanaka, 23, was crowned the title of  Miss World Japan 2013  on July 29th. She will represent Japan in the upcoming Miss World 2013 pageant, scheduled for September 28th, 2013 in Indonesia. She is the first ever Miss World Japan to be crowned; past Japanese representatives to Miss World had been first runner-ups to Miss International Japan. Michiko had competed in Miss Universe Japan 2011 where she placed 2nd runner-up.

    Michiko Tanaka and her court

    Photo credit: Miss World Japan official website

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    Heny Tavares, 21, was crowned as the first ever Miss World Guinea-Bissau 2013 n July 26th at the Hotel Azalai in Bissau. Tavares will represent Guinea-Bissau for the first time in the upcoming Miss World 2013 pageant to be held on September 28th in Indonesia. Guinea-Bissau is a small country in West Africa bordered by Senegal to the north, Guinea to the south and east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.

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    The 2013 queens for Martinique were crowned July 27th.

    Julie Lebrasseur is Miss World Martinique 2013 and will compete in Miss World 2013 in Indonesia on September 28th.

    Rhani Charles is Miss Earth Martinique 2013 and will compete in Miss Earth 2013 in November at a venue that has not yet been confirmed.

    Cindy Jolie is Miss Supranational Martinique 2013 and will compete in Miss Supranational 2013 in Minsk, Belarus on September 6.

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    The new Miss Malaysia World 2013 is Melinder Bhullar (center), a 21-year-old psychology student who who was crowned August 2  at the Corus Hotel in Jalan Ampangin, Kuala Lumpur.  In the photo she is flanked by (from left to right): 3rd Runner-Up Rubini Sambanthan, 1st Runner-Up L'oreal Mok, 2nd Runner-Up Tanisha Demour& 4th Runner-Up Kim Low. Bhullar will now compete in Miss World 2013 to be held in Indonesia on September 28.

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    The new Miss World Romania 2013 is Andreea Chiru, 21, who was crowned August 1st in Bucharest. She will compete in Miss World 2013 to be held in Indonesia on September 28.

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    The evolution of the Miss Universe crown

    ARMI KUUSELA  -1952
     1952: the Romanoff crown that once belonged to the Russian czar and contained 1,529 flawless diamonds with a combined weight of 300 karats. At the time it was insured for half-a-million dollars.

    1953: the Metallic Bronze crown. Simple yet unique design.

    1954-1959: The first official Miss Universe crown. Made of approximately 1,000 Oriental cultured and black pearls set in solid gold and platinum frame.

    MARLENE SCHMIDT - 1961  /  NORMA NOLAN - 1962
    1960-1961: The first Rhinestone crown (designed to commemorate the 10th Anniversary 
    of the pageant)

    LINDA BEMENT - 1960
    1960: Linda Bement was crowned with the old design (left) but would later wear 
    a newer design (right).

    IEDA MARIA VARGAS - 1968  /  GLORIA DIAZ - 1969
    1962-1969: The rhinestone crown designed with the symbol of the Miss Universe Organization on top (a woman stands holding a scepter) which has become a legendary icon of the pageant.

    1970-2001: The classic Miss Universe crown designed by Sarah Coventry. Pageant fans dub it as the "chandelier crown".

    OXANA FEDOROVA - 2002  / JUSTINE PASEK - 2002  /  RIYO MORI - 2007
    2002-2007: The Mikimoto crown, reportedly valued at $250,000. The intricate design depicts the ancient symbol of the phoenix rising, which signifies status, power and the vision of great beauty. The crown contains diamonds and cultured pearls.

    2008: When the pageant was held in Vietnam, the Vietnamese company CAO Fine Jewelry created a special crown for the winner. The crown, valued at $120 thousand dollars, is made of 18K white and yellow gold. It is comprised of over 1,000 precious stones; including 555 white diamonds (30 carats), 375 cognac diamonds (14 carats), 10 smoky quartz crystals (20 carats) and 19 morganite gemstones (60 carats). The colors of the jewels chosen for the crown have great significance. The yellow luster of the gold represents the prosperous thriving economy in Vietnam. White, light pink and cognac are the main hues in the crown which represent inspiration and feeling. Each piece of the crown was designed to represent an important attribute of the Miss Universe Pageant. The curves of inlaid precious stones represent the strong development and potential of each country. The image of the crane (Lac Bird) symbolizes Vietnamese spirit and culture. The image of the heart represents unified breath, rhythm and vision, which are powerful internal forces that stress faith, hope and unity.

    2009 to present: The Peace crown. Since 2009, Diamond Nexus Labs has been crafting the Miss Universe crown and tiara. The crown is set with 1,371 gemstones, weighing a total of 416.09 carats (83.22 g). It contains 544.31 grams of 14k and 18k white gold as well as platinum. The crown features synthetic rubies to represent Miss Universe's HIV/AIDS education and awareness platform. Diamond Nexus Labs is the first ever eco-friendly Official Jeweler of Miss Universe and was selected as part of NBC Universal's "Green is Universal" initiative.

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    The new Miss Dominican Republic Universe 2013 is Yaritza Reyes, 18, (Miss Elias Piña), who was crowned August 2nd in Santo Domingo. She will compete in Miss Universe 2013 to be held in Moscow on November 9. The 1st runner-up is Anyelina Sánchez (Miss Distrito Capital) and the 2nd runner-up is Alma Álvarez (Miss Samaná).

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     The new Miss World Denmark 2013 is Malene Riis Sørensen (center), 20, who was crowned August 3rd at the First Hotel in Copenhagen. She will represent Denmark in Miss World 2013 to be held in Indonesia on September 28. The 1st runner-up is Sofie Schjølin (left) and the 2nd runner-up is Freia Anemone Harmundal Petersen. Completing the top 5 were  3rd runner-up Karolina Krystyna Hansen and 4th runner-up Frederikke Engholm Schmidt.

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    The new Miss Republic of Portugal 2013 (Miss Republica Portuguesa 2013) is Catarina Sikiniotis (center), 18, who was on August 3rd at the Olga Cadaval Cultural Centre in Sintra. She will represent her country in the Miss World 2014 pageant to be held in Indonesia on September 28. The 1st runner-up is Ana Bomfim (left) and the 2nd runner-up is Gilda Marisela Silva (right).

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  • 08/04/13--11:35: Miss Namibia 2013 crowned

  •  The new Miss Namibia 2013 is Paulina Malulu, 24, who was crowned at the Windhoek Country Club Resort on August 3rd, 2013. She will represent Namibia in theMiss World 2013 pageant scheduled for September 28th in Bogor, Indonesia. If she does not win Miss World 2013, she will represent Namibia in the Miss Universe 2013 pageant to be held in Moscow, Russia on November 9.

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    The Face of Lesotho, the owner of the Miss World license for Lesotho, has just appointed 19-year-old Mamahlape Matsoso as Lesotho's representative in Miss World 2013 pageant to be held on September 28, 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The last time Lesotho competed in Miss World was in 2010.

    Mamahlape Matsoso

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    Beautiful Native American women from all over the country represented their tribes at the second annual Miss Native American USA pageant at the Tempe Center for the Arts on Saturday, August 3, 2013. Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Sarah Ortegon (center) took the title of Miss Native American USA 2013-2014, with Mekah Abbey (left) and Shelby Williams (right) taking second and third place respectively.

    Sarah Ortegon of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho from Denver

    18-year-old Mekah Abbey of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, from Phoenix.

    20-year-old Shelby Williams of the Walker River Paiute, Western Shoshone, and Navajo Tribes
    from Elko, Nevada.

    Photos by Melissa Fossum
    Phoenix New Times, 8/3/2013

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    The new Miss British Virgin Islands 2013/2014 (Miss BVI 2013/2014) is Rosana Chichester who was crowned at the Multipurpose Sports Complex on August 4, 2013. She will represent the British Virgin Islands at the Miss Universe 2014 pageant whose date and venue will still have to be confirmed. The 1st runner-up was Brianna Henley. Two other women competed in the pageant:  Raemona Maloney and Mekyla Phillips who won Miss Congeniality.

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    The new Miss Dominican Republic Universe 2013 is Yaritza Reyes, 18, representing Elias Piña, who was crowned August 4 in the city of Punta Cana. The 1st runner-up was Anyelina Sánchez (Miss Distrito Capital) and the 2nd runner-up was Alma Álvarez (Miss Samaná). Reyes will represent the Dominican Republic in Miss Universe 2013, in Moscow, Russia, on November 9.

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    The new Miss World Dominican Republic 2013 is Joely Bernat, 24, who was crowned during the Dominican National Queen of Beauty 2013 pageant on August 6th at the Jaragua Renaissance & Spa Hotel in Santo Domingo. She will represent the Dominican Republic in the upcoming Miss World 2013 pageant, scheduled for September 28th, 2013 in Bogor, Indonesia. 

    Joely Bernat

    At the same event, Marcela Trujillo, 21, was crowned Miss Supranational Dominican Republic 2014 and will compete in Miss Supranational 2014 pageant.

    And lastly, Carmen Muñoz, 21,  was crowned Miss Dominican Republic International 2013 and will compete in Miss International 2013 pageant later this year.

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    Kristi-Mari Agapiou, 21, has just been appointed as Miss World Cyprus 2013. She will represent Cyprus in the upcoming Miss World 2013 pageant, scheduled for September 28th, 2013 in Bogor, Indonesia. Agapiou was first runner-up in Star Cyprus 2011 pageant.

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    Cassidy Wolf, 19, representing California, was crowned the new Miss Teen USA 2013 on August 10th at the Atlantis Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas. Her court includes 1st runner-up Tori Sizemore of South Carolina, 2nd runner-up Haley Holloway of West Virginia, 3rd runner-up Julia Martin of Georgia, and 4th runner-up Maggie McGill of Minnesota. Completing the top 16 were the delegates from Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Miss Congeniality was awarded to Nebraska's Jasmine Fuelberth and Miss Photogenic was won by Oklahoma's Graham Turner. Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady assisted with the coronation. Wolf's victory marks California's first Miss Teen USA crown since Shauna Gambill won in 1994.

    Cassidy Wolf is crowned by her predecessor Logan West while Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady sashes her.

    Photos courtesy of The Official Miss USA Facebook Page

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  • 08/11/13--17:40: Miss Cameroon 2013

  • The new Miss Cameroon 2013 is Denise Valérie Ayena, 23,  who was crowned at the Yaounde Conference Centre on August 9th. The 1st runner-up is Bodianga Bodi Nsang and the 2nd runner-up is Awaya Ayukoso Gwladys. She will represent Cameroon in the upcoming Miss World 2013 pageant, scheduled for September 28th, 2013 in Bogor, Indonesia. Cameroon will make its debut in this year's Miss World competition.

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  • 08/11/13--17:54: Miss World Venezuela 2013

  • The new Miss World Venezuela 2013 is Karen Andrea Soto Lugo, 21, representing Zulia, who was crowned  in Caracas on August 10. She will represent Venezuela in Miss World 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia, on September 28. The 1st runner-up is Yuly Angarita (right, Miss Amazonas) and the 2nd runner-up is Andrea Escobar (left, Miss Yaracuy).

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    Andy Cohen, Giuliana RancicAndy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic  /  Photo by Richard D. Salyer/Miss USA
    The Miss Universe pageant will be missing one familiar face this year.
    Andy Cohen will not be taking his regular post as cohost of the 2013 Miss Universe competition, which will be held on Nov. 9 at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia.
    The Watch What Happens Live star told his friend and pageant cohost of the past two years, E! News' Giuliana Rancic, that he turned it down because he's "concerned for his safety."
    "The law is that anyone under suspicion of homosexuality can be arrested," he told Rancic, adding that he "didn't feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia."
    Implemented last month, a controversial new law banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations around minors" bars the public discussion of gay rights and relationships anywhere children might hear it. The law has been condemned by Russian and international human rights groups as highly discriminatory.
    Ben Gabbe/Getty Images
    The anti-gay propaganda law quickly stirred up controversy, with people calling for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia to gay bars in Los Angeles planning "vodka-dumping" protests.
    Even celebs have spoken out against the country's view on the homosexual community, including Lady Gaga.
    "Sending bravery to LGBTs in Russia. The rise in government abuse is archaic. Hosing teenagers with pepper spray? Beatings? Mother Russia?" she first tweeted.
    Gaga continued, "The Russian government is criminal. Oppression will be met with revolution. Russian LGBTs you are not alone. We will fight for your freedom...Why didn't you arrest me when you had the chance, Russia? Because you didn't want answer to the world?"
    There is no word as to who will step in to replace Cohen at this year's pageant.
    (NBC and E! are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

    Source:, 8/14/2013

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