Friday, May 27, 2016

Miss USA 2016: North Carolina Resigns, Runner-Up Sent to Vegas


It is with great regret that we, RPM Productions, Inc., have accepted the resignation of Miss North Carolina USA 2016, Allie Dunn. Allie became quite ill in the days leading up to the Miss USA pageant and her condition has continued to deteriorate. A decision was made with the help of her parents, her doctors, the Miss Universe Organization and our office that is was in her best interest to step down as Miss North Carolina USA and return home to North Carolina.
Allie has been an exemplary titleholder since she was crowned in October and has represented the state of North Carolina with grace and class. Our hope is that Allie gets the medical help, rest, and recuperation needed to return her to a healthy state. We are all heartbroken that her dream has come to an abrupt end.
We have informed the first runner-up, Devin Gant, of the situation and she has agreed to assume to roles and responsibilities of the Miss North Carolina USA title, including competing on stage at the Miss USA pageant on June 5. She will be joining her fellow contestants in Las Vegas this evening and we are excited to have her join the RPM Productions family.
We ask that you respect the wishes of the Dunn family and allow Allie to fully recover in private.
Courtesy of Miss North Carolina USA! 

Miss USA 2016: Hosts, Performers, Judges

This year's MISS USA® competition is a not-to-be-missed three-hour special programming event, airing Sunday, June 5 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX, which will conclude withMISS USA 2015 Olivia Jordan crowning her successor. Fans should stay tuned for more exciting announcements about the competition.

HOST: Terrence J 

Host of FOX's new dating series, COUPLED (airing Tuesdays @ 9/8c), Terrence J is a charismatic television and film actor, philanthropist and author. A former co-anchor of the international news program "E! News," the three-time daytime Emmy® Award nominee also spent seven years hosting the long-running music countdown show "106 & Park." Most recently, Jenkins starred and produced the hit film "The Perfect Match," opposite Paula Patton. He also has appeared in films including the "Think Like a Man" franchise and is the best-selling author of "The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom."

HOST: Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham has worked in numerous areas of the fashion industry including editorial, catalogue, runway, commercial, television and film. In 2015, she starred in #CurvesinBikinis, a campaign with swimsuitsforall that made her the first plus size model to appear in an ad in Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit edition. In 2016, she was selected as a SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT Rookie and also landed one of three covers for the magazine, making her the first plus size model to ever be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated. In January 2016, Graham was named to Forbes magazine's coveted "30 Under 30" list. A business-savvy entrepreneur, Graham has collaborated with Canadian brand Addition Elle on her own line of size-conscious lingerie available at Nordstrom and on, launched "Beyond by Ashley Graham," an exclusive dress collection, in collaboration with Dressbarn, and launched her first swimwear collection with swimsuitsforall in May 2016.

PERFORMERS: Backstreet Boys

For 23 years the Backstreet Boys, one of the most successful groups in music history, has continually delivered the finest pop music one has to offer, making them one of pop's most influential performers. With countless No. 1s, record-setting tours, countless awards and worldwide sales in excess of 130 million, BSB has been recognized as the best-selling boy band in history. In 2013, BSB celebrated their 20th Anniversary with the release of the album "In A World Like This," which saw the group receive a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame, perform for the President of the United States, and make an unforgettable appearance in the Seth Rogen hit film "This Is The End." Due to the overwhelming demand, the "In A World Like This" world tour was extended multiple times, amounting to what became the group's biggest tour in over 10 years. BSB are currently in the studio working on their next album.

PERFORMER:  Chris Young

With five albums to his credit, Chris Young has amassed eight No. 1 singles, and 14 Gold/Platinum certifications. Among the RCA Records artist's hits are "Gettin' You Home," "Voices," "Tomorrow," "I'm Comin' Over" and "Think Of You," a duet with Cassadee Pope, Young's latest No. 1 and fastest-rising single of his career. Released in November of 2015 and debuting at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, Young's first co-produced album, "I'm Comin' Over," also features the new single, "Sober Saturday Night and the three-week No. 1 smash title track. The single and album earned him four ACM Awards nominations, including his first in the coveted Album of the Year category as both the artist and producer, and aBILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS nomination for Top Country Song. This fall he'll embark on the second leg of his headlining "I'm Comin' Over Tour," with 25 shows from coast-to-coast.

JUDGE: Laura Brown

Laura Brown joined Harper's BAZAAR in 2005. In addition to securing and conceptualizing Bazaar's cover stories, she has orchestrated some of the magazine's greatest coups: she sentTHE SIMPSONS to Paris, America's greatest designers to SESAME STREET and has made others - thanks to a partnership with artist Liu Bolin - completely disappear. She has also collaborated with directors Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, Mike Nichols, James Cameron, Pedro Almodovar, Tim Burton and The Artist's Michel Hazanavicius on film and fashion portfolios. Brown broke the exclusive interview with Janet Jackson after the death of her brother Michael and has profiled influential women including Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama alongside celebrities Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, Drew Barrymore, Kate Winslet, and Jane Fonda, among others. Brown hosts her own Youtube series "The Look" and "In and Out of Fashion," on Apple TV's M2M network. She was a featured judge alongside Iman and Isaac Mizrahi on "The Fashion Show."

JUDGE:  Joe Zee 

Joe Zee is currently the Editor in Chief and Executive Creative Officer of Yahoo Fashion. Zee co-hosts FABLife, and has just released his new lifestyle & fashion memoire "THAT'S WHAT FASHION IS: Lessons and Stories from My Non-Stop, Mostly Glamorous Life in Style." In 2010, Zee became host, mentor and Executive Producer of non-fiction series, "All On The Line With Joe Zee." Also on television, Zee has been a judge on reality show, "Stylista," and has had multiple guest spots on "Ugly Betty," "Gossip Girl," and "The City." In film, he was the Fashion Consultant for Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson's characters in "Zoolander." Zee was formerly the Creative Director of ELLE magazine, and prior to that held positions at Details, W, Allure, House and Garden, Vanity Fair and also served as Editor-in-Chief of his own magazines that he conceived at Conde Nast/Fairchild as Vitals and Vitals for Women.

JUDGE: Ali Landry

Ali Landry is a former Miss Louisiana USA and Miss USA. She became a household name as the Doritos spokeswoman and 1998 SUPER BOWL heartthrob, later earning a starring role on "Eve" from 2003 to 2006, and recurring roles on "Felicity," "Two Guys and a Girl," "Sunset Beach," "Superstars" and "Popular." She also has hosted THE GOLDEN GLOBES Awards pre-show, "Fashion Wrap," the music-talk show "," "Spy TV" and "Full Frontal Fashion." In film, she's starred in "Bella" and "Little Boy." In 2012, Landry co-created, co-executive produced and co-hosted TV Guide Network's reality series, "Hollywood Girls Night."

JUDGE:  Crystle Stewart

Crystle Stewart is a former Miss USA. After placing in runner-up positions several times, Stewart won the title of Miss Texas on her fifth attempt. Stewart currently stars in the Tyler Perry sitcom "For Better or Worse." She is a silver medal winner in the 4x400 meter relay during the 1994 Junior Olympics. The University of Houston graduate is a fourth generation educator and teacher. She is also the founder of her own company, Inside/Out. Stewart works closely with many charitable causes including Best Buddies, as a spokesperson for breast and ovarian cancer education, research and legislation, and also has worked as a Special Education Teacher's Aid at Elkins High School.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

If I were a judge: Miss World Thailand 2016

The 30th anniversary of Miss Thailand World will take place this weekend and thirty young women from all over Thailand will battle it out for the crown. The winner of Miss Thailand World 2016 will represent Thailand at Miss World 2016. Who will be the next Thai delegate at Miss World? If I were a judge:

Miss Thailand World 2016: #21 - Jinnita Buddi 

1st runner-up: #22 - Malinee Boon-on

2nd runner-up: #16 - Parichart Boonyuen 

3rd runner-up: #3 - Thunjitra Kongka 

4th runner-up: #9 - Sakaorat Kruithong 

#20 - Pichitra Kongson 

#19 - Juthamanee Parasing 

Miss Sierra Leone 2016

Aminata Adialin Bangura (22) was recently crowned Miss Sierra Leone 2016. She is expected to represent her country at the 66th Miss World Pageant later this year.
Not to bad for Sierra Leone! 

Photos courtesy of Miss Sierra Leone Facebook Page! 

Monday, May 23, 2016

If I were a judge: Miss Seychelles 2016

Twelve contestants will battle it out for the 2016 Miss Seychelles... Another World beauty title on May 28. The winner will represent the Seychelles at the 66th Miss World Pageant later this year. Who will be Miss Seychelles 2016? I were a judge:

Miss Seychelles 2016: Lianne Barbe 

1st runner-up: Hemma Hoffman 

2nd runner-up: Anais Nourrice 
Juanita Porice
Photos: Miss Seychelles 

If I were a judge: Miss World Guyana 2016

Miss World Guyana 2016 will be crowned on May 27. The winner will represent Guyana at the 66th Miss World Pageant later this year. Who will be the next Miss World Guyana? If I were a judge:

Miss World Guyana 2016: Divya Yabindranauth

1st runner-up: Ashmini Ramnauth

2nd runner-up: Najuma Nelson 

Treasure James 

Photos courtesy of Miss World Guyana Organisation!