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    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, who said President Donald Trump was wrong to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, was named Miss America 2018 Sunday night in Atlantic City.

    Mund, 23, topped a field of 51 contestants to win the crown in the New Jersey seaside resort, where most of the 97 Miss Americas have been selected.

    In one of her onstage interviews, Mund said Trump, a Republican, was wrong to withdraw the United States from the climate accord aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

    "It's a bad decision," she said. "There is evidence that climate change is existing, and we need to be at that table."



    Image: Miss America Cara Mund
    Miss North Dakota Cara Mund reacts after being named winner of the Miss America competition
    Sunday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Mark Makela / Reuters

    In an interview with The Associated Press before preliminary competition began, Mund, who lives in Bismarck, North Dakota, said her goal is to be the first woman elected governor of her state.
    She said she wants to see more women elected to all levels of government.
    "It's important to have a woman's perspective," Mund, who had an internship in the U.S. Senate, told the AP. "In health care and on reproductive rights, it's predominantly men making those decisions."
    An Ivy League graduate from Brown University who is headed to law school, Mund went to high school with Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.
    "I said, 'If Carson Wentz can do it, Miss North Dakota Cara Mund can become Miss America,'" she said after winning the title.
    She is the first contestant from her state to win the Miss America crown.
    Trump also figured in another question asked of a finalist onstage. Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis, who was first runner-up, was asked whether Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russia last year.
    She said she doesn't think enough information has been revealed to support such a charge.
    "We should investigate it to its fullest extent, and if we do find evidence, the justice system should do their due diligence," she said.
    The second runner-up was Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel, third runner-up was Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey and fourth runner up was Miss Texas Margana Wood.
    Earlier Sunday, as a deadly hurricane was slamming her home state, Miss Florida Sara Zeng sent a message of support to those in harm's way — and was then eliminated.
    As judges were narrowing the field of 51 contestants (each state plus the District of Columbia), they interviewed Zeng, 22, of Palm Coast, who noted that her family was safe.
    But she expressed concern and support for friends and strangers endangered by Hurricane Irma, which was tearing its way up the Florida gulf coast on Sunday.
    "I'm thinking about everyone in Florida every single day, but I know that regardless what happens, we'll all get through this together," Zeng said.
    Zeng won Friday's swimsuit preliminary and promised that she'd be part of the post-Irma cleanup and recovery effort, whether as Miss America or not.
    Source: Associated Press, 9/11/2017


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    Itir Esen, center, is crowned as Miss Turkey World in Istanbul, Turkey, on Sept. 21, 2017.

     Photographer: Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images


    Ankara, Turkey (AP) -- Organizers have stripped Miss Turkey 2017 of her crown over a social media posting that was deemed insulting to the memory of the 250 people killed while opposing last year's failed military coup.
    Miss Turkey organizers said the 18-year-old Itir Esen was dethroned on Friday, a day after she won the contest and the right to represent Turkey at the Miss World contest in China. The organizers said in an emailed statement that her title was revoked because of a tweet in July that they described as "unacceptable."
    Runner-up Asli Sumen will now represent Turkey in China.
    Media reports said Esen, a model and university student, caused a storm on social media after she posted a remark on Twitter as the country held memorials for the victims on the first anniversary of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt.
    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    According to Sozcu newspaper and other media the tweet, which has since been erased, said: "I got my period on the morning of the July 15 martyrs' day. I'm marking the day by bleeding as a representation of the martyrs' blood."
    Esen reportedly denied the account was hers. But Can Sandikcioglu, who heads the Miss Turkey Organization, said the committee said it confirmed she was the author of the tweet.
    "We are sad to announce that we have reached the conclusion that the tweet was posted by Itir Esen," the organization quoted Sandikcioglu as saying. "It is not possible for the Miss Turkey Organization, whose aim is to promote Turkey worldwide and to contribute to its image, to accept such a posting."
    The organization said the tweet came to their attention after the competition and that it took them "hours" to determine that was Esen's.
    Source: Bloomberg.com, 9/22/2017


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  • 09/25/17--19:51: Miss Universe Iceland 2017



  • Arna Yr Jonsdottir was crowned Miss Universe Iceland 2017 in Reykjavik on September 25, 2017. Ten young women from all over Iceland competed in this year's pageant. Jonsdottir will now compete in Miss Universe 2017 pageant whose date and venue have not yet been confirmed. Jonsdottir is a pageant veteran, having represented Iceland in Miss World 2015. But her biggest claim to fame so far is having withdrawn from Miss Grand International 2016 held in Las Vegas last October after she was told by the pageant organizer that she was "fat"



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  • 09/30/17--19:06: Miss World China 2017


  • Guan Siyu, 23, was crowned Miss World China 2017 on September 30th. She will now represent China at Miss World 2017 pageant to be held in Sanya, China on November 18. China has won the Miss World crown twice: Zhang Zilin (2007) and Yu Wenxia (2012), both of whom were crowned in China. Will Guan follow their suit and become the third Chinese woman to be crowned in her home country?



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  • 09/30/17--19:43: Miss World Guam 2017


  • Miss World Guam 2017 is Destiny Cruz, 19, from the village of Inarajan, was crowned Miss World Guam 2017 on September 30 at the Sheraton Laguna Guam resort. Her charity of choice was the Down Syndrome Association of Guam. She will now represent Guam in Miss World 2017 pageant to be held in Sanya, China on November 18. The first runner-up was Annania Nauta, second runner-up was Erin Wong and the third runner-up was Alana Santos


    Photo credit: Miss World Guam


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    The first ever Miss International Brazil pageant took place on September 29 in Rio de Janeiro. The winner is Bruna Zanardo, 26, from São Paulo. Miss Earth fans will recognize Bruna as Miss Earth Fire 2016, but she had to relinquish the title to compete in Miss Universe Brazil 2017, which she failed to win. Will Lady Luck be on her side at Miss International 2017 which takes place in Tokyo, Japan on November 14? Brazil has won Miss International only once, in 1968 with Maria da Glória Carvalho.



    Photo credits:  Miss Beleza Internacional Brasil Facebook/Bruna Zanardo Facebook

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  • 09/30/17--20:39: Misters of Filipinas 2017


  • The 2017 edition of Misters of Filipinas 2017 took place on September 30 in Manila. 
    Here are the official results:

    Misters of Filipinas 2017 International - Raven Renz Lansangan - Mabalacat, Pampanga
    Misters of Filipinas 2017 Man of the World - Clint Karkliñs - Camarines Sur 
    Misters of Filipinas 2017 Supranational - Yves Campos - Filipino Community of Hawaii
    Misters of Filipinas 2017 Man of the Year -
    Rubi Küst - Filipino Community of Germany
    Misters of Filipinas 2017 Ocean -
    Carlo Pasion - Laoag
    Misters of Filipinas 2017 Universe Tourism -
    Ion Perez - Capas, Tarlac 
    Misters of Filipinas 2017 1st Runner-up -
    Jonathan Dizon Maniquis - - San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
    Misters of Filipinas 2017 2nd Runner-up -
    John Joseph Hipolito - Filipino Community of Italy


    Critical Beauty is a corporate sponsor of the pageant. CB correspondent Jan-Michael Recto  Rañada (right) presented the first-ever Mister Critical Beauty award to Ion Perez, who eventually won the Misters of Filipinas 2017 Universe Tourism title.

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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 www.missgrandinternational.com.

    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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    CREDIT: FACEBOOK

         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:

    CREDIT: CRITICAL BEAUTY FACEBOOK


         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


    WATCH MISS PERU'S CROWNING MOMENT


    PHOTO CREDITS: MISS GRAND INTERNATIONAL 

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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.


    PHOTO CREDIT: MISS EGYPT UNIVERSE


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    PHOTO CREDIT: KAELIA NELSON
    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.
    PHOTO CREDIT: MISS ALLIANCE 2017 KAELIA NELSON FACEBOOK

    “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.
    PICTURE SHIRLEY BAHADUR

    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).





    PHOTOS COURTESY OF DELIART ASSOCIATION

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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.
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    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: PhilStar.com, 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


    PHOTO CREDIT: REINA HISPANOAMERICANA FACEBOOK


    SOURCE: Philstar.com, 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. 

    PHOTO CREDIT: MISS INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION


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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: NDTV.com, 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