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Monday, June 6, 2016

THANK YOU... SEE YOU AGAIN!

It is with much sadness and regret that I have to announce that the time has come for me to take a break from Eye For Beauty. For the last 5 and a half years, this blog has been like my baby. In the darkest of days, it gave me something to hold on to. It was with immense pride that I watched it grow and it gave me an opportunity to share a passion with those of you who came back time after time to read what I had to say. I have received so many lovely messages these last few years, I have made amazing friends all around the world through my involvement in beauty pageants and I had the opportunity to just be creative and do something I truly loved. Let's face it, it's just a pageant blog... but if my passion gave you one reason to smile or touched your heart, then I am grateful that I had the ability to do that.

Sometimes, though, things happen. On rainy days in May, things might change. Your world might change. There comes a time when you get stumped (by life) and you just can't put your words together a la Caitlin Upton:





You might want to have the fierceness of Pia and give everyone the look, saying I'm untouchable... or giggle and do a few eye rolls like Olivia Jordan... but sometimes life has a way of shaking you around until you need to just take a break, and go into hiding to try and find yourself... a la Ariadna Gutierrez after the shock of realizing that she was not Miss Universe and actually the first runner-up. Sometimes you just have to go away for a while and let it all sink in.


There's a person behind this blog and that person has invested so much time, energy and effort into this. It was disappointing at times to see my ideas being copied, but also a validation that what I was doing was actually not too bad.

Of the countless highlights over the last few years, three truly stand out:

1. The moment when Julia Morley announced S...outh Africa, watching Rolene Strauss react to becoming Miss World and seeing Megan Young excitedly doing a little jiggle... that moment still gives me goosebumps.

2. Meeting Rolene Strauss in Sanya was absolutely unforgettable. It was a meeting that almost never happened. (Thanks to my dear friend Werner for working hard to make it happen.) But when it did, it was magical. She made me feel so special and I felt like I was floating around. It just proved to me that sincerity, honesty and true beauty might still prevail... sometimes.

3. My beautiful interview with Miss World 1964, Ann Sidney. It was so heartfelt and sincere and some of the work I'm most proud of. Ann is mostly to thank for that. She is an incredible lady and getting to know her (online) was a privilege and honor.

As I bid you all farewell for now, I just want to say THANK YOU. Thank you for the support, thank you for taking time to visit my silly, little blog and most of all thank you for sharing this passion with me.

As I take some time to rest and deal with a devastating personal loss, I will definitely remain grateful for all the wonderful moments I have had thanks to this passion. I definitely am sad that I have to stop doing Eye For Beauty, because a lot of hard work went into it, but I know I need to take a break.

We never know how life will work out. Maybe this isn't good bye, maybe (and hopefully) it's see you again!

Andre


Miss District of Columbia wins Miss USA 2016



DeShauna Barber (26), Miss District of Columbia, was just crowned Miss USA 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She stands 1.78m tall and will represent the United States of America at Miss Universe 2016. Chelsea Hardin, Miss Hawaii, finished as the runner-up and will assume the title of the 65th Miss USA should Barber be unable to fulfill her duties. Miss Georgia, Emanii Davis, finished as the second runner-up.

Nadia Mejia from California and Peyton Brown made it to the top 5. Mejia was voted into the top 15 by fans of the pageant.

The delegates from Arkansas, Connecticut, Missouri, South Dakota and Virginia made it to the top 10 before being eliminated. Misses Arizona, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and West Virginia were included in the final 15.

Love the winner. So many surprises and shocks though. Totally unexpected things happened this year. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Miss USA 2016: FINAL Stairway to the Crown

Photos courtesy of www.missusa.com 

Miss World Myanmar 2016 Crowned

17 year old Myat Thiri Lwin (Bella) was crowned Miss World Myanmar 2016 last night. She stands 1.7m tall and will represent Myanmar at Miss World 2016. M Ja Seng finished in second place and La Yate Pyar finished in third place.
She's cute! 

Miss Gibraltar 2016: Results


Kayley Mifsud was crowned Miss Gibraltar 2016 last night. She will represent Gibraltar at the 66th Miss World later this year. The first runner-up was Joseanne Bear, who is expected to represent her nation at the Miss International Pageant in Tokyo, Japan this October. Stunning Aisha Benyahya finished in third place. She will possibly represent Gibraltar at the Miss Supranational Pageant in Poland on December 2nd.


The second runner-up is SO gorgeous. Why did they let her slip through their fingers? 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Miss USA 2016 Review: South Carolina - Miss 52 USA

The 65th Miss USA will be crowned on June 5th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Olivia Jordan from Oklahoma will crown her successor at the conclusion of the event. This year, 52 young women have been battling it out for the crown. As always, the 50 states and the District of Columbia will appear on stage, but this year Miss 52 USA was selected by fans of the pageant. In a twist of fate, that contestant happens to be the girl who as Olivia Jordan's first runner-up in Oklahoma took over the title and lost out on her dream at competing on the Miss USA stage before this new element was added to the competition. This also means that Oklahoma will have two delegates in the running for the title. The 52 young women have been in Las Vegas for the last 10 days, but only one of them will move to New York City to spend the next year working for the Miss Universe Organization as Miss USA 2016. Here are our final thoughts about this year's group:


POSSIBLE WINNER - ******
POSSIBLE TOP 5 FINALIST - *****
POSSIBLE TOP 10 SEMI-FINALIST - ****
POSSIBLE TOP 15 QUARTER FINALIST - ***
UNLIKELY TO PLACE - **
HIGHLY UNLIKELY TO PLACE - *




South Carolina: Leah Lawson *****

I must admit. I overlooked Leah, but once she hit Vegas, she proved that she was ready to fight for the title. She has been looking fantastic throughout the whole competition and she was on fire during the preliminaries. Expect her to do really well.

South Dakota: Madison McKeowan ******


Underdog alert! South Dakota has only placed twice at Miss USA and the last time was in 1974. Madison pretty much ruled the preliminaries in my opinion. And if there’s any justice in this pageant, she will make it. And if she can replicate her preliminary performances, she might win the whole thing. Wouldn’t that make a nice story!

Tennessee: Hope Stephens ***


She’s young, she’s fresh and she’s got that girl-next-door vibe going on. Hope has been on my radar since she was crown. Her evening gown performance  was slightly better than her swimsuit performance for me, but she was strong in both.

Texas: Daniella Rodriguez *****

When Daniella was crowned Miss Texas USA, I was not a fan. But she proved me wrong. She came prepared, ready to fight for the crown and hungry to win… in typical Texas style. There are fierce competitors out there, but this girl is not going to let that stop her. Watch out for her.

Utah: Teale Murdock **


Utah usually does quite well and Teale, who won her state title on her eighth attempt, is a firm fan favorite. Will they vote her into the top 15?

Vermont: Neely Fortune *


Neely seems like a fun, strong, modern woman. It was enjoyable to watch her compete on the Miss USA stage.

Virginia: Desi Williams ******


Don’t count Desi out. She didn’t quite slay as I expected, but she’s beautiful enough to go to the final stages of the competition. And as a former Miss America competitor, don’t expect her to stumble in the Q&A. That might help her take the crown for Virginia.

Washington: Kelsey Schmidt *

Kelsey was originally the runner-up in her state, but took over the title when the winner was forced to resign. She’s photogenic, but quite raw on stage.

West Virginia: Nichole Green ***

Nichole has one of the most beautiful faces of the competition. She didn’t quite make an impact on stage, but she was strong in evening gown. It would be nice to see her make the cut.

Wisconsin: Kate Redeker ******

Kate is one of the major favorites for the title. She is the strongest bet Wisconsin has sent in years. She is young, cool, fresh and gorgeous. If she wins, she will be the youngest Miss USA since 1974. Now the big question is: will she be able to handle the pressure?

Wyoming: Autumn Olsen **


Autumn has a really beautiful face. She was stronger in gown than in swimsuit. She does not carry a powerful sash, but let’s hope for the best.

Miss 52 USA: Alexandra Miller *****


Alexandra was the lucky winner of Miss 52 USA. Wait, what am I talking about. She was the only logical choice. Her Miss USA dream was pretty much over until Miss 52 USA was announced and she knew it and came ready to give it her all. She was absolutely on fire on stage and showed that not only does she deserve to be there, but she’s also going to fight for a spot in the top 5.


Photos: Miss USA