Tag: Beauty pageants

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International

25-year-old Venezuelan is new Miss Universe

Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, from the United States, right, places the crown on Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) Venezuela churns out beauty queens amid crisis by Jim Heintz and Jorge RuedaAssociated Press Writers MOSCOW (AP) — A 25-year-old Venezuelan who appears on TV in her country and is an accomplished flamenco dancer is the new Miss Universe. Gabriela Isler was crowned Saturday night in the pageant at a sprawling exhibition hall on Moscow’s outskirts. Born in the city of Valencia, Isler works as an anchor for Venevision, a channel owned by the Cisneros business group that also has the rights to the annual Miss Venezuela pageant, one of the nation’s most-watched televised events. The 5-foot, 10-inch brunette edged out finalists from Spain, Brazil, Ecuador and the Philippines to take the crown in its 61st edition.

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Lifestyle

Cultural pride is a fashionable asset in beauty pageants

Chiniqua Pettaway on her humanitarian mission as Ms. America 2013. (Photo courtesy Studio M Creative Services) Two beauty pageant winners set a tone for social cohesion as they display cultural fashions in the forefront during their humanitarian missions Self pride is beneficial for individual self-esteem. In some cultures, showing pride is almost mandatory to illustrate one’s love and appreciation for community or a cause. In the world of pageantry, contestants are quite selective over the pageant gown that is worn as it is an anticipated segment of the pageant. Judges and audiences typically expect contestants to wear traditional pageant gowns and wardrobe. However we found two accomplished women (Ms. Florida America 2013 – Amanda Wamunyima and Ms. America 2013 – Chiniqua Pettaway) who embrace ethnic fashions and display cultural pride in their community.

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International

Miss Philippines wins Miss World in Indonesia

by Firdia LisnawatiAssociated Press Writer BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Miss Philippines, Megan Young, was crowned Miss World on Saturday amid tight security on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, where the contest’s final round was moved following protests by Muslim hardliner groups. “I promise to be the best Miss World ever,” Young, 23, said after winning the 63rd annual event, as a large number of Filipino fans who traveled with her celebrated by jumping and waving the country’s flag.

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National

Indian Miss America resonates as symbol of change

In this Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 file photo, Miss America Nina Davuluri poses for photographers following her crowning in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) by Jesse Washington AP National Writer “Miss America is evolving. And she’s not going to look the same anymore.”

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Lifestyle

New Miss America cheers pageant diversity; Asian Americans finish 1st and 2nd

Miss New York Nina Davuluri walks down the runway after winning the the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) by Wayne ParryAssociated Press Writer ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Moments after winning the 2014 Miss America crown, Nina Davuluri described how delighted she is that the nearly century-old pageant sees beauty and talent of all kinds. The 24-year-old Miss New York is the first contestant of Indian heritage to become Miss America; her talent routine was a Bollywood fusion dance. “I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity,” she said in her first press conference after winning the crown in Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk Hall. “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.”

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People

Judge OKs defamation ruling vs. Pa. beauty queen from Cranberry

Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin competes during the 2012 Miss USA Presentation Show in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Miss Universe Organization, Darren Decker, File) by Collen Long Associated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge in New York has upheld an arbitrator’s ruling that a Pennsylvania beauty queen must pay the Miss USA pageant $5 million for defaming Donald Trump’s pageant organization.

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People

Miss Connecticut wins Miss USA contest in Vegas, Miss S.C. 5th runner up

Fifth runner-up Miss South Carolina Megan Pickney walks the runway during the introductions of the Miss USA 2013 pageant, June 16, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari) by Hannah Dreier LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 25-year-old contestant from Connecticut won the title of Miss USA in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Erin Brady of South Glastonbury, Conn., won the beauty pageant at the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino after strutting in a white sparkly gown and answering a question about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding widespread DNA tests. Asked if she agreed with the decision, Brady said she did.