Here She Comes, America’s Perfect Teen, From Wales
The crowning of 16-year-old Anysha Panesar, who was allowed to enter the America’s Perfect Teen beauty pageant as an international contestant, is causing waves on both sides of the pond. A former Miss Teen Wales, she beat out 80 others for the title, winning $2,000 and an $18,000 scholarship in the process. Panesar, who hails from Llangan, Wales, some 3,500 miles from U.S. shores, says she found out about the contest while on a family vacation in Kissimmee, Fla. Families of aspiring American beauties are furious about the snub to their U.S. girls, pageant founder Michael Galanes tells London’s Daily Mail. “Yes, her win caused a bit of a stir because she is British. But that is perfectly within the rules of the competition and those people are just nay-sayers,” Galanes, whose toddler’s pageant, Little Miss Perfect, has become a big hit. “One of the judges told me she liked Anysha because she was just a breath of fresh air.” parentdish.com Read more…
Miss Universe® 2010: Oddsmakers Predict Miss Ireland Will Take the Tiara
Bookmakers at betting agency Paddy Power have calculated the odds for the beauty pageant. And at a 9-2 favorite, they predict Miss Ireland Rozanna Purcell will walk away with the coveted Miss Universe® tiara. The odds show that Purcell will be in close competition with Miss Philippines Venus Raj, Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete, and Miss USA®Rima Fakih. As for Miss Venezuela Marelisa Gibson, bookies think the 21-year-old contestant has a 14-1 chance of winning. Read more www.cbsnews.com
2010 Miss Universe Pageant Judges Announced.
CRISS ANGEL, WILLIAM BALDWIN, SHEILA E, TAMRON HALL, EVAN LYSACEK, CHAZZ PALMINTERI, CHYNNA PHILLIPS, JANE SEYMOUR AND NIKI TAYLOR TO JUDGE THE ‘2010
Miss Universe® PAGEANT’ ON NBC MONDAY, AUGUST 23 Presented by Farouk Systems, Makers of CHI and BioSilk Las Vegas, NV – August 18, 2010 — NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, President of the Miss Universe® Organization (MUO) announced the celebrities and experts who will judge NBC’s “2010 Miss Universe® Pageant, ” which will broadcast live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on August 23 at 9 p.m. ET.
The celebrity panel of judges are: Criss Angel, illusionist and mystifier; William Baldwin, actor, producer and writer; Sheila E, world-renowned percussionist and drummer; Tamron Hall, anchor of “MSNBC Live”; Evan Lysacek, 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2009 World Figure Skating Champion; Chazz Palminteri, Oscar nominated actor and director best known for his work in A Bronx Tale; Chynna Phillips, American singer and actress; Jane Seymour, multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner and Niki Taylor international supermodel.
“When you combine the world’s most beautiful women, bikinis, a rock star, and a panel of top celebrity judges, you have a recipe for success,” said Donald J. Trump. “The Miss Universe® pageant is a worldwide phenomenon and you won’t want to miss this show!”
“We look forward to hosting next week’s 2010 Miss Universe® pageant at Mandalay Bay,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “The Mandalay Bay team, and the larger MGM Resorts family, stands ready to deliver a stellar event for all of the participants and for the worldwide audience.”
The pageant’s Presenting Sponsor, Farouk Systems, Makers of CHI and BioSilk will be featured throughout the telecast with various ‘glam on the go’ hair care tips.
“Farouk Systems is proud to be presenting the Miss Universe® competition,” said Farouk Shami, Founder and Chairman of Farouk Systems. “Beauty knows no bounds or barriers and this international event brings the world together.”
As previously announced, the hosts of the show are multi-platinum superstar singer and season three winner of NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” Bret Michaels and Natalie Morales, NBC’s “Today” show co-host and correspondent. In addition, John Legend & The Roots will perform during the evening gown competition. During the swimsuit competition, Viva ELVIS by Cirque du Soleil will perform a medley of songs from the hit show which can be seen exclusively at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Miss Universe® 2009, Stefania Fernandez, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the live broadcast.
Teen Pageant Winner Loses Crown After Dyeing Hair Brown
Fifteen-year-old Olivia O’Neil recently won the title of Miss Teen Wanganui, but her reign was short-lived. According to The New Zealand Herald, Facebook photos surfaced of her newly dyed brown hair (she was blond when she was crowned), and pageant organizer Barbara Osborne was incensed. “Is that a wig?” Osborne wrote. “I hope it is, don’t give me heart failure.” Read more Shine.yahoo.com
Miss USA®controversies storm the blogosphere
And you thought the infighting among beauty pageant contestants was fierce. The
Miss USA® Pageant crowned Miss Michigan, a Lebanese-American immigrant named Rima Fakih, the event’s first Muslim winner — at least so far as the pageant’s incomplete record-keeping on matters of faith is able to indicate. And like clockwork, today saw the political blogosphere light up with the world-shaking culture-war implications of a beauty-pageant title. Read more–yahoo.com
The 2010 Miss Universe Pageant Will Air Live on NBC on Monday, August 23.
Miss Universe Pageant will air live on NBC and Telemundo, Monday, August 23 (8-10 p.m. ET) from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. “Las Vegas is so fabulous, we had to come back again for the Miss Universe pageant,” said Paula M. Shugart. “The world will be watching as women from all around the globe descend on Mandalay Bay to compete for the crown and the title!”
“Las Vegas was built to host special events and attracts millions of visitors from around the world each year,” said Cathy Tull, Senior Vice President of Marketing at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). “We are delighted to host the 2010 Miss Universe® Pageant and look forward to showcasing the destination to our guests and the television viewers that will be joining us for this global event.”
“We are thrilled that Mandalay Bay and Las Vegas have been selected to host Miss Universe in August,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM MIRAGE. “The Mandalay Bay team, and the larger MGM MIRAGE family, stands ready to deliver a stellar event for all of the participants and for the worldwide audience.”
Each contestant, representing over 80 countries around the world, will compete in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Worldwide distribution of the competition has topped over 190 countries in past years.
Donald J. Trump will again serve as executive producer for Miss Universe. The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is the Official Host Hotel of the 2010 Miss Universe competition
Michigan’s Rima Fakih Wins Miss USA® Pageant
A 24-year-old Arab American from Michigan beat out 50 other women to take the 2010 Miss USA® title Sunday night, despite nearly stumbling in her evening gown. Rima Fakih of Dearborn, Mich., won the pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip after strutting confidently in an orange and gold bikini, wearing a strapless white gown that resembled a wedding dress and saying health insurance should cover birth control pills. When asked how she felt about winning the crown, she said, “Ask me after I’ve had a pizza.” Read full article
North Carolina Rep Files Bill To Regulate Child Beauty Pageants
Someone with some power has realized that tanning lotion and false eyelashes might not be the best thing for toddlers.
North Carolina Representative Annie Mobley introduced a bill on April 8 to establish a legislative study committee on the “regulation of beauty pageants for youth under 13,” which includes the “use of excessive makeup.”
The bill calls for an allotment of funds to form a committee called the North Carolina Agency to Regulate Beauty Pageants for Girls Under Thirteen — comprised of five members of the House and five members of the Senate — to study the psychological effects of beauty pageants on children under 13, developing an agency to regulate them, and what criteria to impose (e.g. minimum age requirements, parental participation, and gluing false lashes to a two-year-old).–www.jezebel.com Read more…
Miss Teen USA Appears in Teen Vogue
Miss Teen USA 2009 Stormi Henley recently appeared in Teen Vogue magazine! Congratulations Stormi.
NBC Signs on to Broadcast Miss Universe® and Miss USA® Pageants for Three Years
NEW YORK and UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – March 8, 2010 – NBC has renewed its exclusive agreement with Donald Trump and the Miss Universe® Organization to broadcast the “Miss Universe®” and “Miss USA®” pageants on the network for three additional years effective in 2011. Telemundo is also on board to continue its hugely successful Spanish language simulcast of “Miss Universe®” as well as its top-rated pageant lead-in special, “Camino a la Corona.” The announcement was made today by Donald Trump, Miss Universe® Organization president Paula Shugart and Jeff Gaspin, Chairman, NBC Universal Television Entertainment.
“There’s been renewed interest in this series of beauty pageants, especially among a new generation of younger viewers,” said Paul Telegdy, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming and Production, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. “NBC is proud to maintain this unique American cultural tradition as a viable series of competitive programming specials that continue to be a popular source of entertainment.”
“I am honored to continue this partnership with NBC,” said Trump. “The Miss Universe® Organization continues to outshine its competitors by showcasing the most beautiful women in some of the most exotic locations around the world on the best television networks. Last year ‘The 2009 Miss Universe® Pageant’ alone was seen in over 195 countries worldwide and ‘The 2009 Miss USA® Pageant’ was viewed in 100. There are very few live worldwide broadcasts that come close to competing with Miss USA®and Miss Universe®.”
“NBC continues to be a wonderful broadcast partner,” said Miss Universe® Organization president, Paula M. Shugart. “Together over the past eight years we have proven these pageants continue to be relevant in the worldwide marketplace. Telemundo’s Spanish language simulcast and preshow have added to the glamour and glitz of one of the most well known, sought after organizations in the world, the Miss Universe® Organization.”
“The 2010 Miss USA® Pageant” is set to air live on NBC on Sunday, May 16 (7-9 p.m. ET) from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. “Las Vegas has proven to be the perfect location for our worldwide broadcast,” Shugart added. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority by making Las Vegas our home for the years to come.”
Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron Visits Hawaii!
Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron takes her official dip in the ocean — the Pacific Ocean that is! Within weeks of being crowned, Miss America 2010, Caressa Cameron hit the beach in Maui, and while most in the country were digging out from snowstorms, our Miss America was in sunny Hawaii on her first official visit with our cosmetic and skincare provider, Artistry by Amway Global. This wonderful trip, sponsored by Amway, was to support their annual event on the big island.
Caressa was able to work with the sponsors and their VIP’s and shoot some beautiful promotional videos. “The trip to Hawaii was absolutely wonderful. It has been an incredible month and I can’t wait to see what the months ahead will bring. It has been a dream come true,” said Caressa. While in Hawaii, Caressa officially dipped her toes in the Pacific and followed the tradition established long ago in Atlantic City when Miss America would take the first dip after being crowned. Congratulations Caressa – you have made a splash!
Strangest Pageants: Miss Jumbo Queen…
Check out the strangest pageants… Forget Miss America! There she is … we all know the song, the wave (elbow-elbow, wrist-wrist), and the slim, beautiful women who make their way up the beauty pageant ladder. –www.msnbc.com Read full article
Miss Universe®, Miss USA®and Miss Teen USA appear in the New York Daily News!
On February 12, 2010, Miss Universe® Stefania Hernandez, Miss USA®Kristen Dalton and Miss Teen USA Stormee Henley, appeared in the New York Daily News when they made an appearance at the James Peters Veteran’s Medical Center in the Bronx where they gave out Valentine’s Day cards and gifts to injured veterans. They are show visiting disabled soldier, pfc Roberto Reyes.
Miss America to Appear on Fox
Miss America 2010, Caressa Cameron, will appear on Fox Business News. Cameron will visit Fox Business Channel’s Bulls & Bears program, today, Feb. 16 to talk about becoming Miss America 2010 and her national media tour that has included memorable moments in New York and at the Superbowl! Don’t miss it!
Miss America begins her national media tour
Tune-in as our newly crowned Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron embarks on a New York City media tour following her crowning in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. As part of her media tour, Caressa will also appear on Inside Edition to discuss her being crowned the new Miss America! Monday, February 1, 2010. She will appear on Live! with Regis and Kelly at 9:00 a.m. and on Extra at 7:00 p.m. >> Caressa Cameron interview on Inside Edition
Carrie Prejean is Engaged!
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Carrie Prejean is engaged. The embattled beauty queen, who was dethroned from the Miss California title last year, became engaged over the weekend to St. Louis Rams quarterback Kyle Boller, Carrie’s mother, Francine Coppola, told Access Hollywood on Monday. According to Francine, Carrie, 22, described the proposal as similar to a scene out of 2004’s romance film “The Notebook,” which starred Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Kyle, 28, presented his bride to be with a 5 carat diamond ring…—www.omg.yahoo.com
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Miss Michigan and Miss Oregon win Miss America Thursday Preliminaries
Las Vegas, NV – January 28, 2010 – Miss Michigan Nicole Blaszczyk was named Thursday night’s preliminary talent winner for her lyrical dance performance to “Lifetime,” during the last preliminary night of competition of the 2010 Miss America Pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Nicole will receive a $2,000 scholarship.
Also in the spotlight was Miss Oregon CC Barber, who was the preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness winner in a black Winnwear swimsuit. CC will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Be sure to tune in to the one-hour special, Miss America: Behind the Curtain on Friday, January 29 at 10:00 p.m. on TLC. And watch live as a new Miss America is crowned at the 2010 Miss America Pageant airing live on TLC, Saturday, January 30, at 8 p.m. EST and 7 p.m. Central. The 2010 Miss America Pageant will be tape delayed to air at 8 p.m. PST and 9 p.m. Mountain.
Miss America 2010 Contestants are online!