Tag: South America

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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

Argentina: Women will now collect welfare money

Andrea Nerone, center, sits with her daughters Malena, right, and Candela at their home during an interview in Buenos Aires, Argentina.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) by Debora Rey BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Andrea Nerone lost her home and later was denied welfare to support her family after her husband abandoned her and their four children late last year. Unemployed and no longer able to pay the rent on their previous home, Nerone crowded with her kids into a modest house owned by her mother and collected welfare for a few months. But the payments were cut off when the government determined that the children’s father was employed and thus able to support them. The big problem: the family was no longer in contact with him and he wasn’t giving them any money.

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National

Protesters across globe rally against Monsanto

People carry signs during a protest against Monsanto in Montpelier, Vt. on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Marches and rallies against seed giant Monsanto were held across the U.S. and in dozens of other countries Saturday. (AP Photo/Mark Collier)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Protesters rallied in dozens of cities Saturday as part of a global protest against seed giant Monsanto and the genetically modified food it produces, organizers said.