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  • 10/07/17--21:27: Miss Universe Canada 2017

  • Lauren Howe of Toronto was crowned Miss Universe Canada 2017 at the John Bassett Theatre in Toronto on October 7. She will now represent her country at Miss Universe 2017 pageant to be held in Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 26.

    Howe succeeded Siera Bearchall who made the top 9 at Miss Universe 2016 held in the Philippines last January 30.

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    Ariska Putri Pertiwi, Miss Grand International 2016 

    The contestants from 75 countries around the world headed to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to compete in Miss Grand International 2017. This year, Vietnam is the host of the pageant with the great support of the Government of Vietnam and Let's Viet TV Channel. On 7 October, the Miss Grand International 2017 Welcome Ceremony was officially held for the beautiful contestants from around the world at Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC) among several Vietnamese celebrities, honored guests and the press.

    Michelle Leon, 4th runner up, Miss Grand International 2016, served as the co-host with Phuong Uyen Le to invite Mr. Tran Minh Tien, Chief Executive Officer of LASTA Multimedia Co., Ltd. and Let's Viet TV Channel and the head of the management team of Miss Grand International 2017 Vietnam to give the opening speech and Mr. Nawat Itsaragrisil, President and Founder of Miss Grand International Organization expressed his thanks to the host country for the warm welcome, Mr. Tran Minh Tien gave Mr. Nawat Itsaragrisil some souvenirs; a Vietnamese bamboo palm leaf conical hat (Non La) and blue and white scarf which are the symbol of Vietnam.

    After leaving the stage, there was a self-introduction of 75 beautiful contestants wearing their long evening dresses amid the cheers of each country. The ceremony was ended with the beautiful presence of Ariska Putri Pertiwi, Miss Grand International 2016 wearing her beautiful evening dress on the stage. After the reception, 75 beautiful ladies joined the gala dinner on the 1st floor of Pullman Saigon Centre Hotel which some contestants had the chance to show their singing and dancing talents on stage including Premika Pamela Miss Grand Thailand 2017. For this year, the contestants of Miss Grand International 2017 have to participate in the pageant together for 20 days with the following major competitions:

    - On October 12, 2017, Best National Costume Competition in Quang Binh
    - On October 17, 2017, Best in Swimsuit Competition by the luxurious swimming pool of Vinpearl Phu Quoc Resort & Golf, Phu Quoc Island
    - On October 23, 2017, Preliminary Show at Musical Water Fountain Stage, Vinpearl Land
    - On October 25, 2017, Final Show at Musical Water Fountain Stage, Vinpearl Land

    For the Thai and worldwide fans, you can watch all live events via Facebook Live: Miss Grand International or

    Information courtesy of  Public Relations Department, Miss Grand International 2017

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    Shraddha Shashidhar was crowned Miss Diva 2017 (Miss Universe India 2017) on October 11, 2017 at the Hotel Sahara Star in Mumbai. She will now compete at Miss Universe 2017 pageant to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 26.  

    During the same event Peden Ongmu Namgyal (below) was crowned as Miss Supranational India 2017 and will represent her country at Miss Supranational 2017 pageant to be held in Poland on December 2.  Apeksha Porwal was awarded second runner-up. 

    The colorful event was graced by the presence of Lara Dutta (Miss Universe 2000) and Iris Mittenaere (Miss Universe 2016) who served as judges. 

    Photo Credits: Miss Diva Facebook

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  • 10/19/17--13:54: Miss Universe China 2017

  • Qiu Roxy Qiang, a six-foot tall 27-year-old professional model, was crowned Miss Universe China 2017 earlier this week. She will now represent China in Miss Universe 2017 pageant to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 26. 

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         Scandal rocked the Miss Earth 2017 pageant that is currently being held in the Philippines when pageant organizers decided to eliminate Miss Earth South Africa,  Irini Moutzouris (above), from the competition because she failed to meet the minimum height requirement of 5'4" (165 cm).  

         On the official Facebook page of Miss Earth South Africa, the national director Ella Bella Leite posted the following statement:

    “Our delegate will not compete at the international event, and the decision has been made to bring her home. The international body have a different set of rules to our local programme, their event is governed by rules and requirements on height and weight, and they made the decision to not allow Irini to compete in the final leg of the competition based on the height requirement. We accept this as their prerogative and have decided to rather bring our ambassador back home to support our end-of-year programe”

         Pageant fans are divided on how they feel about Irini's disqualification. Some blame the national director Leite for sending Irini to the pageant despite the height regulation, and/or that Leite had neglected to inform Irini of the minimum height requirement. Some fans argue that Carousel Productions, the owner of Miss Earth, should have bent its rules this one time alone instead of giving the boot to Irini when the pageant has already entered its third week. On the Critical Beauty Facebook page, former national director of Australia, Kelly Louise Maguire (Miss Earth Australia 2010), posted that she was annoyed by the pageant's seemingly arbitrary rules; she also posted a photo of herself with a much shorter Miss Earth Denmark who apparently had not met the minimum height requirement but nevertheless was allowed to compete:


         The new Miss Earth will be crowned on November 4 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. Meanwhile, the country of South Africa will not get to see its earthly representative shine on stage just because she's petite. 

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     Maria José Lora of Peru who was crowned in Phu Quoc, Vietnam on Oct. 25. The 27-year-old beauty bested over 70 other contestants to win the fifth edition of the pageant. The new queen will spend her year-long reign to promote the pageant’s campaign “Stop The War and Violence.”  

    Lora is flanked (from left to right) by 4th runner-up Nikola Uhlirová of Czech Republic, 2nd runner-up Elizabeth Durado Clenci of the Philippines, 1st runner-up Tulia Alemán of Venezuela, and 3rd runner-up Brenda Azaria Jiménez of Puerto Rico.

    Completing the top 10 were the delegates from Indonesia, Ukraine, South Sudan, Thailand and host country Vietnam. Rounding up the top 20 were the delegates from Australia, Brazil, Netherlands, Paraguay, Costa Rica, China, Laos, Russia, Mexico and India.

    Special Awards:
    Miss Popular Vote - Indonesia
    Miss Health & Beauty - Vietnam
    Best In Swimsuit - Costa Rica
    Best In Social Media - Paraguay
    Best National Costume - Indonesia



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  • 10/29/17--12:03: Miss Egypt Universe 2017

  • Farah Sedky was crowned Miss Egypt Universe 2017 on October 28 at the ballroom of the Cairo Marriott Hotel. Current Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere was a special guest and assisted in the coronation. Sedky has less than a month to prepare for the Miss Universe 2017 pageant to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 26. Egypt began competing in Miss Universe in 1987 with Hoda Abboud who is the new national director, but the country has never placed. The last time Egypt competed in the pageant was in 2014.


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    The state’s pageant world is grappling with a loss this week after the newly crowned Miss Chadron 2018 was found dead in her dorm room over the weekend.
    Kaelia Nelson, 21, a 2015 graduate of Hemingford High School, was discovered in Morgan Hall, a female dormitory at Peru State College, Sunday afternoon, according to Nemaha County Sheriff Brent Lottman. It is believed she took her own life and no foul play is suspected, he said.
    “We are heartbroken at the loss of Kaelia,” Rachel Daly, Executive Director of the Miss Nebraska organization, said in an emailed statement. “She was a confident, talented young woman and we were thrilled that she was going to join us once again this summer. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kaelia’s family and all of those who loved her.”
    Nelson was crowned Miss Chadron 2018 in September and was scheduled to compete for the Miss Nebraska title next June. She already had competed at the state competition this past June, previously having earned the Miss Alliance title. She was recognized at the 2017 competition for having raised the most money for the Children’s Miracle Network.
    “Kaelia was a young woman exemplifying the phrase ‘big things come in little packages’: she was a petite powerhouse, exuding talent and energy when she danced, and demonstrating leadership and confidence in every part of her life. She devoted herself to a cause she was extremely passionate about, ‘Stomping the Stigma: Creating Conversations about Mental Illness.’ Kaelia was truly a bright light, shining everywhere she touched throughout our state,” Daly’s statement continued.
    Before her appearance at Nebraskaland Days this past summer, Nelson told the North Platte Telegraph in April that her platform was a deeply personal one.

    “I live with anxiety, depression, bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorder. People are afraid to step forward and admit to having a mental illness because society has made it such a taboo thing to the point where people are afraid to even talk about it,” she told the Telegraph. Statistics on suicide, prevention and treatment and her own personal story of attempting to take her life in 2016 were topics of discussion when she visited classrooms across the state.
    “I felt extremely alone and hopeless in the battle against my own illnesses. Individuals are scared of what people may think of them and therefore do not seek treatment. The consequences can be life threatening. I never want anyone else to feel alone or ashamed like I did, especially not for something they cannot control. This is why I have made it my mission to speak out and share my story in hopes that people will see and understand that it can happen to anyone and it definitely is not something to be ashamed of,” she told the Telegraph.
    Monday, the Miss Nebraska Organization also recalled Nelson’s words from last spring about possibly winning the state title:
    “I would absolutely love to win Miss Nebraska and get to represent this amazing state, but my main goal isn’t about the crown on my head,” said Nelson last spring.  “Instead, it’s the message I have to share and the people I get to meet because of it.  It’s what you set your mind and heart to that will count in the long run.”
    In addition to her Miss Alliance and Miss Chadron titles, Nelson was crowned Miss Chadron Outstanding Teen in 2011 and Miss Alliance Outstanding Teen in 2012; she was first runner up at the state competition in 2012 for the Miss Nebraska Outstanding Teen crown. She also represented Nebraska at the 2015 installment of America’s Homecoming Queen, where she was named second runner-up.
    Nelson was studying elementary education, K-12 special education and coaching at Peru State, which she began attending in January after spending a year and a half at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Peru State College President Dan Hanson expressed condolences to Nelson’s family and friends in an email sent to students and faculty at the college Sunday night. Nelson was a junior at the school and a member of the cheerleading squad.
    “Kaelia has a ladder of personal goals and dreams that she just keeps climbing, it is amazing to watch,” said her Peru State cheerleading coach Brooke Earnest after Nelson was crowned as Miss Chadron this fall. “She is truly a joy to be around; her passion and drive are simply contagious.”
    Services for Nelson, the daughter of Mark and Shardel Nelson, are planned for Saturday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Alliance.
     Source: Rapid City Journal, Oct. 31, 2017

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    This country’s Miss Universe T&T pageant first runner-up Martrecia Alleyne (left) is now being considered to replace stripped delegate Yvonne Clarke (center).
    The local franchise holder for the pageant, Jenny Douglas, was weighing this option yesterday after she stripped Clarke of her title over an alleged breach of contract nine days before she was due to leave for the international event in Las Vegas.
    Less than two weeks after winning the title, Clarke was told via email from Douglas that she would no longer be able to represent the country.
    But during a press conference at the St James studio of soca artiste Fay Ann Lyons yesterday, Clarke demanded an apology from Douglas, saying she did nothing wrong in seeking sponsorship on her own, including from Lyons. She claimed she was left with no choice after all she received from Douglas was an “old black dress” and an admittance they did not have “all the resources” to get her to the competition.
    “I asked her if there was anything else the franchise could give me beside a dress and she (Douglas) said no. I did not do anything without the authorisation of the franchise holder. She even sent me letterhead from the Miss Universe TT which to this day I did not use,” Clarke maintained at the press conference.
    She said Douglas told her she could seek sponsorship from anyone locally “except from the Government.” She said from day one of the local pageant she felt something was wrong, as there were several “hiccups” along the way. This, she said, prompted her to document all her conversations with Douglas, including taping telephone conversations.
    Saying she was forced to dip into her personal finances to prepare herself, Clarke said through a friend she was told to approach Lyons for help.
    Yvonne Clarke, who was disqualified from representing T&T at the Miss Universe 2017 Pageant, responds to questions from the media during yesterday’s press conference.
    At left is soca artist Fay-Ann Lyons.

    Lyons, Clarke said, had been instrumental in getting her a plane ticket, professional hair and make-up artists and even organising several professional photo shoots.
    As she went through hardship getting sponsorship, Clarke, who broke down in tears at some points, said she also offered advice to Douglas regarding how to deal with issues on social media.
    “I said to Jenny digital media management is important because she was getting into feuds with citizens on social media about the way in which the franchise was being run. I told her to avoid social media conflict because it not only brings the Miss Universe pageant into disrepute but it also brings me, as a delegate, into disrepute,” Clarke said.
    “The reason why I am so hurt by this was because when T&T was bashing her and saying she was unprofessional I was the one who supported her.”
    She also accused Douglas of deliberately withholding her contract after she signed it some months ago.
    Douglas also hinted that Clarke may not have had a US visa but yesterday Clarke said she did.
    Lyons, who also spoke, said she too wanted an apology from Douglas, as all she did was help a “beautiful and talented young lady” realise her dream. She described the incident as unfortunate, saying too many times “we as a people” refuse to support each other.
    “I was very disappointed because some people had some ridiculous comments to make,” Lyons said.
    In a statement yesterday, Douglas said, “The Miss Universe T&T committee has voted unanimously to disqualify Miss Yvonne Clarke from representing Trinidad and Tobago in this year’s Miss Universe 2017 Pageant competition.
    “We are saddened by this turn of events, however, we have to maintain our strict contractual agreements. We will, however, make sure another suitable representative will go and who will abide by the Miss Universe T&T rules and regulations under their contractual agreement.”
    In an interview with Guardian Media, Douglas also accused Clarke of making statements which “misrepresented” the franchise and of “being on television and begging for money.”

    Source: The Guardian, TNT, 11/1/2017

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  • 11/03/17--18:32: Miss Universe Iraq 2017

  • Sarah Abdali Idan was crowned the new Miss Universe Iraq 2017 on November 1st in a special ceremony held at Miss Iraq Organization headquarters in Qadisiya, Baghdad. She has been chosen via an open casting in consultation with Miss Universe Organization after the dethronement of the original winner of Miss Iraq. Former Miss Iraq 2015 and Miss Universe 2016 designate, Shaymaa Qasim, did the honours of crowning the new winner.
    Sarah is 27 years old, 5'7" tall and was raised in Baghdad, but her parents originally hail from the city of Hillah in Babylon. She is a singer, songwriter and musician by profession and graduated with a degree in performance arts.

    After the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Sarah worked with the American led coalition forces in Baghdad in 2009 through which she received the opportunity to travel to United States. She is also the reigning Miss Iraq USA having won the title last year in Michigan.

    Sarah will make history as the first Iraqi woman in over 40 years to participate in the Miss Universe contest this year which is slated to be held on 26 November 2017 at the AXIS Theater of Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, USA. Iraq last participated in this prestigious international beauty contest in 1972 when our country was represented by Wejdan Sulyman in Puerto Rico.

    About Miss Iraq:
    Miss Iraq national beauty pageant was founded in 1972 by Hotel & Tourism Association of Iraq under former governor of Mosul, Aladdin Bakri. Before 1972, the pageant was known was Miss Baghdad (created in 1947) until it was renamed as Miss Iraq by the Hotel & Tourism Association. It is one of Iraq’s oldest surviving national cultural event. Miss Iraq is the only official national beauty pageant of Iraq including Iraqi Kurdistan as recognized by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Antiquities of Iraq. It is also the only national beauty pageant authorized by the Ministry to send representatives to international contests: Miss World and Miss Universe from Iraq (including Iraqi Kurdistan).​​​​​

    Information provided by the Miss Iraq Organization, 11/3/2017

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  • 11/04/17--20:08: Vietnam Wins Miss Globe 2017

  • Do Tran Khanh Ngan of Vietnam was crowned Miss Globe 2017 on November 3 in Tirana, Albania. She was crowned by the outgoing queen Dimple Patel of India. Over fifty contestants from around the world competed in this year's edition.

    L-R: Siberia, Vietnam, Philippines, Albania, Cape Verde

    Ngan's court includes first runner-up Nelda Ibe of the Philippines, second runner-up Elena Latypova of Siberia, third runner-up Alessia Çoku of Albania, and fourth runner-up Simone Heijligers of Cape Verde.

    Completing the Top 15 semifinalists were Lilit Martirosyan (Armenia), Amberly Jantzi (Canada), Emma Ostergren (USA), Chatchadaporn Kimakorn (Thailand), Lady Russell Panaguiton (Denmark), Denise Portone (Italy), Jekaterina Petsonkina (Estonia), Csillag Szabo (Hungary), Andrijana Ilioska (Macedonia) and Leah Addo Brown (Ghana).


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    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ Karen Ibasco, a 26-year-old licensed physicist and university instructor from Manila,  won the Miss Earth 2017 pageant to the cheers of a hometown crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City last night.
    The crown was passed on to her by outgoing queen Katherine Espin from Ecuador.
    Other winners in the pageant were Australia’s Nina Robertson as Miss Earth Air 2017; Russia’s Lada Akimova, Miss Earth Fire 2017; and Colombia’s Juliana Franco, Miss Earth Water 2017. 
    Completing the top 8 were Paweensuda Drouin (Thailand), Ninoska Vasquez (Venezuela), Iva Uchytilova (Czech Republic), and Faith Landman (Netherlands).
    Miss Colombia (left) congratulates Miss Philippines for her win.

    Ibasco, who studied applied physics and medical physics at the University of Santo Tomas, impressed both the judges and the audience with her reply during the question and answer segment of the pageant.
    For the first segment, the Top 8 finalists were given 30 seconds to express their thoughts on a selected hashtag. Ibasco picked the hashtag#biodiversity.
     “Biodiversity is very important. We are very known in the Philippines to have a lot of biodiversity, and they’re very important because they also balances the ecosystem. It’s very important for us to protect them, because as we protect them, we protect the environment to help save our home, our planet, our Earth, to be a better place to live in. Thank you,” she said.
    For the next segment, thev four finalists were asked the question: “Who or what do you think is the biggest enemy of Mother Earth and why?”
    Karen 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. Thank you.”

    Ibasco's victory marks her country's fourth Miss Earth crown. Karla Henry won in 2008, followed by Jamie Harrell in 2014 and Angelia Ong in 2015.

    PHOTO CREDIT: SITA/AP Bullit Marquez

    NEWS SOURCE:, 11/5/2017

    Just a few thoughts about Miss Earth 2017:

    1. Miss Philippines Karen Ibasco was not on my list of favorites for the crown at all. At best,  she was number 20 on my list. Like many pageant fans, I just don't find her facially attractive, as evidenced by the fact that she failed to make the top 15 of the Beauty and Poise category) and that I was totally turned off by her severe acne problem. However, I cannot deny that Karen's performance was consistently outstanding throughout the entire competition.

    2. When Karen was crowned the winner, I didn't see any contestant on stage displaying any kind of resentment, bitterness or anger. Everyone - at least most of them - seemed happy with her victory. No one seemed to have stormed off the stage,  and this suggests that she was well liked by the girls. I read that Karen's closest friend at the pageant was Miss Colombia Juliana Franco ("I am always with her," she quipped). "Always" being the operative word. 

    3. I watched the final Q & A segment several times, and it was clearly Karen's portion to lose. But it was obvious that she gave the best response. She was eloquent, articulate, and spoke with passion. The others could not hold a candle to her outstanding speaking skills. It seems that Miss Earth - like Miss America - is one pageant that determines the results based on the quality of the answer of each finalist. "Make it or break it," the old saying goes.

    4. As it happens every year, the results did not please everyone, and that's okay. It comes with the territory. If you think Philippines did not deserve to win, that's okay. But your opinion counts little in the grand scheme of things, so you can bitch and whine and scream until hell freezes over and that still will not change the results. Nor will it convince the judges to recast their votes. It's a done deal. Move on.

    5. So in the last 17 years, Miss Earth has produced winners whose facial beauty ranges - and this is just my opinion - from as low as a 4 (2017), to an average 6 (2001-2002, 2006, 2011, 2014), to a perfect 10 (2012). What does this suggest? That Miss Earth constantly rethinks its idea of beauty and recycles a particular type of beauty -  perhaps to reduce the risk of being labeled as a superficial pageant and consequently to gain respect from unforgiving critics who reuse their vitriolic language every chance they get. 

    - Rafa Delfin, 11/5/2017

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    Teresita Ssen “Winwyn” Marquez, first-time Philippine representative to the pageant, was crowned Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia on Saturday night, November 4. She bested 26 other candidates in a competition that aims to promote Hispanic-American culture across the globe.

    In the photo above, Marquez is flanked by her court that includes (from left to right): Katherine Añazgo Orozco of Bolivia, fourth runner-up; Karla Maria Lopez Berumen of Mexico, third runner-up; Akisha Albert of Curaçao (Virreina Hispanoamericana 2017); Maria Laís Berté of Brazil, first runner-up; and María Victoria D’Ambrosio Díaz of Venezuela, second runner-up.
    Marquez’s victory came only hours after her compatriot Karen Ibasco was crowned Miss Earth 2017 on Saturday night in the Philippines.
    During the question-and-answer segment Marquez was asked how she would promote Hispanic-American culture despite language barriers.

    She replied: “Language can be learned but the will and determination to contribute to the organization cannot. It has to come from the heart. It has to be natural. I believe that kindness is a universal language that if you treat people with tolerance, patience and love, you will understand each other.
    “The Hispanic culture is not about language only. It’s about love for God, love for country, love for history and culture and love for family. As a Filipina with a unique heritage, I have instilled that. I am ready to promote the Hispanic culture not just in Asia but in the whole world. It is time to celebrate the Hispanic culture. It is meant to be celebrated,” she said.
    Beauty runs in the Marquez family. Teresita's aunt is Melanie Marquez, who was crowned Miss International 1979.

     The top 10 semifinalists being interviewed by the backstage commentator


    SOURCE:, 11/6/2017

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    Sthefany Gutierrez, 18, representing the state of Delta Amacuro, was crowned Miss Venezuela 2018 last night in Caracas. She will represent her country in the 2018 Miss Universe pageant. She succeeds Keysi Santiago who will be competing in 2017 Miss Universe to be held on November 26 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Veruska Ljubisavljevic Rodríguez, 25, from Vargas was crowned Miss World Venezuela 2018 and will compete in Miss World 2018.

     Mariem Claret Velazco García from Barinas was crowned Miss Venezuela International 2018 and will compete in 2018 Miss International to be held in Tokyo a year from now.

    The first runner-up was Biliannis Álvarez of Falcón and the second runner-up was Megan Beci of Amazonas.

    Photo credit: Miss Venezuela Official Website

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    Kevin Lilliana, 21, from Bandung, Indonesia was crowned Miss International 2017 on November 14 at the Tokyo Dome City in Tokyo, Japan. She is the first woman from her country to have won the world's fourth biggest pageant which began in 1960. She was crowned by her predecessor, Kylie Versoza from the Philippines.

    The new queen waves to the crowd during her victory walk

    The first runner-up is Chanelle De Lau, 22, from Curaçao

     The second runner-up is Diana Croce, 20, from Venezuela

     The third runner-up is Amber Dew, 21, from Australia

     The fourth runner-up is Natsuki Tsutsui, 23, from Japan

    Completing the Top 8 were the delegates from Ecuador, Laos and the United Kingdom. Rounding up the Top 15 were the delegates from Finland, Ghana, Honduras, Panama, Slovakia, South Africa and Thailand. 


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    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, 18 
    Maria Andreasdóttir Sørensen, Miss Gjógv, 24
    Birgit Johannessen, Miss Klaksvík, 18
    Sólja Johannessen, Miss Tórshavn, 18
    Monika Nolsøe, Miss Suðuroy, 18
    Hananja Dánjalsdóttir, Miss Kollafjørður, 20
    Benita Winther Jensen, Miss Sandoy, 18
    Leyvoy Í Gerðinum, Miss Vestmanna, 18


         Critical Beauty is the official media partner of Miss Faroe Islands, and we are happy to present the first Miss Critical Beauty Faroe Islands 2017 award to the contestant who receives the most number of likes on their Instagram photos. The winner will be crowned during pageant show on November 18. Please checkout the photos of each of the contestant in the official Miss Faeroe Islands Instagram account by clicking the banner above.

         The winner of the national pageant will have the opportunity to represent the islands at the next edition of Miss Universe, pending approval of the license.

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  • 11/19/17--04:10: India Wins Miss World 2017

  • SANYA, CHINA - India's Manushi Chhillar has won the Miss World beauty pageant for the year 2017. The win comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra brought home the coveted title in the year 2000. Andrea Meza, who is Miss Mexico was the first runner up and Stephanie Hill from England was second runner up. Around 108 women from across the world participated in the beauty pageant.

    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.
    According to Ms Chhillar's profile on the Miss World website, Ms Chhillar aims to be a cardiac surgeon and has plans of opening non-profit hospitals in rural areas.

    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.

    After reaching the top five, Ms Chhillar was asked during the Question and Answer round, which profession she thought deserved the highest salary and why.
    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."

    Ms Chhillar is the sixth Indian woman to win the coveted title of Miss World. Reita Faria was the first Indian woman to claim the title back in 1966, followed by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in 1994, Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Ms Chopra in 2000.

    The winner of last year's title, Puerto Rico's Stephanie Del Valle passed on her crown to Ms Chhillar.

    Source:, 11/19/2017

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    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. 

    Left to right: Benita Jensen, Monika Nolsøe and Birgit Johannessen

    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 ParsbergMiss 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. 

    Photo credits: Critical Beauty


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    Miss Iraq Sarah Idan  in her national costume / Credit: Miss Universe Organization

    MISS IRAQ'S DILEMMA: The last time that Iraq has competed in Miss Universe pageant was in 1972. The contestant, Wijdan Burhan El-Deen Sulyman, wore a one-piece swimsuit which hardly caused a stir within the Muslim world. Fast forward 45 years later to 2017, Iraq is back with a beautiful representative, Sarah Idan, 27, born and raised in Baghdad. However, her participation in the world's most prestigious pageant has enraged fundamentalist Muslims in her country and elsewhere. As a result, her family has been receiving death threats and the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) has been forced to take down all of her bikini photos from the official website. This is Islamic Sharia law at its best. By removing all of Miss Iraq's swimsuit photos, MUO has caved in to Sharia. Not only has Miss Iraq's individual freedom been curtailed by a primitive and savage law, MUO's control rights have also been compromised. Next year, should Iraq send another representative, better not send a Muslim!

    Miss Iraq Sarah Idan  in her evening gown / Credit: Miss Universe Organization

    Miss Iraq Sarah Idan  in her bikini / Credit: Miss Universe Organization

    During the preliminary competition held on November 20th at Planet Hollywood, Idan competed both in the evening gown and swimsuit segments. She actually wore a bikini (above). The event was live streamed via Facebook. However, when the stream was shown again on Saturday, November 25, Miss Iraq's swimsuit performance was deleted. Go figure. Critical Beauty has received a message from a reliable source that Idan might very well earn a spot in the Top 16 because "she has a story to tell" and that her inclusion is good for publicity and ratings. We'll just have to see about that. 

    The 2017 Miss Universe pageant will air LIVE from The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, November 26, on FOX. Steve Harvey is set to return as host.

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    Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters won the second Miss Universe crown for her country, South Africa, on Sunday, November 26, from the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 22-year-old beauty queen zoomed all the way to the final judging after acing her final question. Crowning her was Miss Universe 2016, Iris Mittenaere, of France, who won the 65th edition in the Philippines.
    The last time South Africa won the title of Miss Universe was in 1978 with the then-18-year-old Margaret Gardiner in Acapulco, Mexico. Her win made South Africa the first nation in Africa win, and her the first African woman to win the prestigious title.
    She clinched the title through the final question round where she was asked, “What quality in yourself you are most proud of and how will you apply it in your time as Miss Universe?”
    “As Miss Universe, you have to be confident of who you are as an individual. A Miss Universe is a woman that overcome many fears. And by that, she will be able to help other woman overcome their fears. She is a woman that nothing is ever too much to ask for and I think that is exactly who I am. Thank you.”
    The brunette beauty from Sedgefield, Western Cape, bested 91 other delegates from all over the world. Miss Colombia Laura González and Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett finished as first runner-up and second runner-up, respectively. Meanwhile, Keysi Sayago (Venezuela) and Maria Poonlertlarp (Thailand) completed the top 5.
    Misses USA, Philippines, Canada, Spain, and Brazil aced the swimsuit competition and advanced to the Top 10. Completing the top 16 were delegates from Sri Lanka, Ghana, Ireland, Croatia, Great Britain, and China.

    Monopolizing the pageantry gig, Steve Harvey was back as host of the Miss Universe 2017. The veteran host infamously announced the wrong winner in 2015. That live television brouhaha snatched the world’s attention and attracted many partners and sponsors supporting the organization.

    At the start of the telecast, Harvey interrupted the viewers announcing major changes in the selection of the top 16. The 66th edition of Miss Universe used a different process to select the semifinalists. For the first time in the pageant’s history, nine girls in the top 16 would be selected from three subdivided continental regions, namely, the Americas, Africa and Asia-Pacific, and Europe. Completing the semifinalist sets were the wildcard candidates, which aced preliminary rounds regardless of their region.
    Tasked with the toughest job in the competition were the panel of judges, chaired by Farouk Shami, with Ross Matheus, Lele Pons, Jay Manuel, Pia Wurtzbach, Megan Olivi, and Wendy Fitzwilliam serving on the panel.
    Also returning as backstage host was supermodel and body positivity activist Ashley Graham, with Lu Sierra and Carson Kressley providing the analysis and commentary during the telecast. Fergie and Rachel Platten were the guest performers for the night.
    Miss Japan Momoko Abe won the Best National Costume Award. Be sure to check out the colorful showcase of culture and international artistry at Miss Universe 2017 National Costume here.

    Source: The Inquisitr, 11/26/2017

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         Francielly Ouriques, a 25-year-old model from Brazil, was crowned the new Miss Asia Pacific International  2017 on Wednesday, November 29, at Resorts World Manila in Parañaque City, Philippines. Her court includes first runner-up Acacia Walker of New Zealand, second runner-up Valeria Cardona of Honduras, third runner-up Morgan Doelwijt of the Netherlands, and fourth runner-up Ilene de Vera of the Philippines. Ouriques was crowned by last year's winner, Tessa Le Conge of the Netherlands.
      During the final interview, the Top 5 candidates were asked a common question: “Do you think the advocacy of fostering love, appreciation and unity in diversity is relevant in this day and age? Why or why not?”
        Ouriques replied: “Absolutely. Fostering love nowadays is essential. I believe that we are all equal before God and all of us should be able to respect love and spread good things among everybody;
        “Respect, unity and love are things that my parents taught me and everybody should foster them. Thank you very much.”

        Completing the top ten were the delegates from Nicaragua, Mongolia, Costa Rica, South Africa and Japan. Rounding up the top fifteen were the delegates from Russia, Peru, Cook Islands, Egypt and Colombia.
        The Miss Asia Pacific International pageant is said to be the mother of all pageants in  Southeast Asia. It made a comeback in 2016 following a 10-year hiatus.

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    Miss Korea Jenny Kim, 24, was crowned as the new Miss Supranational 2017 during a lavish production of the finals held on December 1 in Poland's Spa Resort of Krynica- Zdroj. Her court includes 1st runner-up Tica Martinez of Colombia, 2nd runner-up Bianca Tirsin of Romania, 3rd runner-up Britaniya Josef of Ethiopia and 4th runner-up Larissa Santiago of Puerto Rico. Miss Supranational is the first major pageant that Korea has ever won. She was crowned by outgoing queen Srinidhi Ramesh Shetty of India.

    Completing the top 10 were the representatives from Poland, Philippines, Thailand, Portugal, Costa Rica. Rounding up the top 25 were the delegates from Indonesia, Vietnam, Albania, Brazil, South Sudan, India, Serbia, Mexico, Australia, Italy, Wales, Peru, Japan, Jamaica, and Bolivia.

    Jenny Kim is a pageant veteran, having represented Korea at Miss Universe 2016 held in the Philippines last January 30th. 


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    Gabriel Correa, a 28-year-old actor from Caracas, Venezuela (center) was declared the winner of Mister Supranational 2017 held Saturday, December 2, at Krynica-Zdrój, Poland. His court includes (left to right):  4th runner-up Héctor Parga of Mexico, second runner-up Matheus Song of Brazil, third runner-up Michal Gajdosech of Slovak Republic and first runner-up Alejandro Cifo Capilla of Spain.

    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)


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    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. AP Photo/John Locher, File

    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:, 12/5/2017


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    Miss Tourism International 2017/2018 winner Jannie Loudette Alipo-on from the Philippines being crowned by the previous winnerAriel Pearse from New Zealand at the Sunway Resort Hotel, Sunway on Dec 6, 2017.— Sunpix by Adib Rawi Yahya

    PETALING JAYA: Philippines beauty queen Jannie Loudette Alipo-on was crowned Miss Tourism International 2017/2018 beating 46 other contestants at the pageant finals held at a hotel here tonight.
    Beaming with joy, the 25 year-old received the crown from last year's winner Ariel Pearse of New Zealand.
    Jannie walked away with a scholarship worth RM60,000 from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, RM10,000 cash, trophy and other prizes.
    Maja Aleksandra, 17, of Poland was Miss Tourism Metropolitan International; Lois Merry Tengel, 20, of Indonesia (Miss Tourism Cosmopolitan); Diana Hills, 20, of Australia (Miss Tourism Global); Julia Do Vale Horta, 23, of Brazil (Dreamgirl of the Year); and Kamolrut Tanon, 20, of Thailand (Miss South East Asia).
    Melissa Ng Sook Khuan, 24, of Malaysia, won the Miss Glowing Glojas title.

    (From left) Kamolrut Tanon, 20, of Thailand (Miss South East Asia), Diana Hills, 20, of Australia (Miss Tourism Global), Lois Merry Tengel, 20, of Indonesia (Miss Tourism Cosmopolitan), Malaysia Book of Records founder Tan Sri Datuk Danny Ooi, Miss Tourism International 2017/2018 winner Jannie Loudette Alipo-on from the Philippines, Maja Aleksandra, 17, of Poland (Miss Tourism Metropolitan International), and Julia Do Vale Horta, 23, of Brazil (Dreamgirl of the Year) at the Sunway Resort Hotel, Sunway on Dec 6, 2017. — Sunpix by Adib Rawi Yahya

    The pageant themed, "Promoting Tourism, Culture and Friendship", is an international talent search platform aimed at promoting Visit Malaysia Year 2020. 
    This is the fourth time the Philippines has won the pageant (2000, 2012, 2013, 2017). 

    Source: The Sun Daily, Malaysia, 12/7/2017