Monday, May 22, 2017

Miss SA 2017: Seven Time Demi #Slayed During Her Reign

Miss South Africa 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, was crowned South Africa's fairest almost two months ago. Since she was crowned, Demi-Leigh has been a busy, busy lady. Here are seven photos which will help you understand why she's already a firm favourite for the Miss Universe and/or Miss World titles with local and international fans:

Brazil wins Mister Global 2017

Pedro Henrique Gicca (29) was recently crowned Mister Global 2017 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He defeated 29 other delegates to win Brazil's first title at this pageant. The runner-up was Mr. South Africa, Gerrie Havenga, and the second runner-up was Chris Bramell, Mr. England. Mr. Chile, Fabian Esteban, finished in fourth place, while Mr. Vietnam, Thuan Nguyen, finished in fifth place. Misters China, India, Indonesia, Puerto Rico and Spain made it to the top 10, while the top 16 were completed by the delegates from Kazakhstan, Korea, Myanmar, Panama and Philippines.
Seems like it was a great show with great results! 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Miss Moldova 2017

Ana Badaneu (19) was recently crowned Miss Moldova 2017. She will represent her country at Miss World 2017 in China at the end of this year.
She's pretty but I am not expecting too much. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Miss Universe Organization Sues Czech Crown Makers

The producer of the Miss Universe pageant on Tuesday sued the Czech company hired to make the winners' iconic crowns, saying it kept touting its association with the pageant even after it breached its 10-year sponsorship agreement.

IMG Universe, whose parent company bought the pageant from Donald Trump in 2015, said it canceled Diamonds International Corp's (DIC) contract last August after financial problems caused the Prague-based company to miss two required payments.

DIC nonetheless kept advertising its ties to the pageant, including on its website where it displayed its logo atop the Miss Universe name, according to the lawsuit.

Miss Universe trademarks are "famous and distinctive," and DIC's use of them deceived the public and caused "substantial and irreparable harm" to the pageant, IMG said in its complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

DIC did not immediately respond to requests for comment after business hours in the Czech Republic. Lawyers for the plaintiff did not immediately respond to similar requests.

The lawsuit seeks triple damages for the alleged trademark infringement, $2.04 million of contractual payments, and unspecified damages for breaching the sponsorship agreement, which was to run from 2015 to 2024.

IMG Universe also produces the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants. Its parent, the talent agency William Morris Endeavor, known as WME/IMG, bought the Miss Universe Organization from Trump in September 2015 for an undisclosed price. The purchase came a few days after Trump bought NBCUniversal's 50 percent stake, giving him full ownership.

Miss Universe's crown has undergone many changes in the pageant's 65-year history.
According to the complaint, DIC said its crown was "designed to blend the Czech roots of DIC with the beautiful skyline of New York City, home of the Miss Universe Organization and its title holders." — Reuters

Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Leslie Adler

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Miss USA 2017: Interesting Facts

Miss District of Columbia, Kara McCullough was named the 66th Miss USA on Sunday night and has now moved to New York City where she will be working for the Miss Universe Organization alongside Miss Universe and Miss Teen USA.

Here are some interesting facts about this year's pageant:

* District of Columbia won a back to back title at the pageant for the first time ever. It was also the first back to back since the Texas streak from 1985 to 1989. It was their fourth Miss USA title in total.

* Kara was born in Italy and became the 7th foreign born Miss USA. The others were Marite Ozers (1963, Latvia), Maria Remenyi (1966, Denmark), Laura Martinez-Herring (1985, Mexico), Rachel Smith (2007, Panama), Rima Fakih (2010, Lebanon), Nana Meriwether (2012, South Africa). She is a scientist and works for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

* She was first runner-up in 2015 and 2016. When Deshauna Barber was named Miss USA 2016, McCullough had the opportunity to assume the title of Miss DC USA. That would have meant that she would not be able to compete in Miss USA. She declined this opportunity, came back to win the title in her own right and the rest is history.

* New Jersey's Chhavi Verg equalled her state's best placement ever, first runner-up. New Jersey had not placed since 2014.

* Minnesota's Meredith Gould secured her state's 5th ever top 5 placement. The last time they placed in the top 5 was in 2002 and the last time they placed was also in 2014.

* Whitney Wandland gave Illinois their first top 5 placement since 2013. South Carolina's Megan Gordon did the same for her state.

* 2017's top 5 mirrored the top 5 of 2002 when 4 of the top 5 were non-Caucasian. Interestingly enough, that edition was also won by the District of Columbia.

* Alyssa London became only the 5th ever woman from Alaska to place at Miss USA. They have not had a placement since 1990.

* Tennesse also placed for the first time since 2014.

Special thanks to Arjan Wolfs and Sally-Ann Fawcett for helping me to improve this article! 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Anna Henry crowned Miss Northern Ireland 2017

22 year old Anna Henry was crowned Miss Northern Ireland 2017 last night. She will represent Northern Ireland at Miss World 2017 in China at the end of this year. The first runner-up was Rachel Jones and the second runner-up was Fionnula Mooney.
Great choice for Northern Ireland!