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
Donald Trump Calls Mosque Near Ground Zero ‘Absolutely Wrong’ “Extra” caught up with Donald Trump in Las Vegas at the Miss Universe® Pageant where he gave his two cents on the announcement that Muslims have the right to build up a mosque near New York’s 9/11 Ground Zero. “It’s very insensitive and it shouldn’t be there,” the media mogul said. “I’m a big believer in freedom of religion, but I think the mosque being in that location is absolutely wrong.” Read more Extra TV
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.
Miss Haiti: A Country’s Hope Can be Found in a Smile
It might sound cliché, but even if Miss Haiti doesn’t go on to win the Miss Universe® pageant, her singular story of overcoming tragedy, multiple obstacles and Haiti’s ruinous situation following the devastating earthquake earlier this year is something to be celebrated across the world. In an exclusive interview with Celestrellas at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas where Sarodj Bertin, Miss Haiti, is staying in preparation for the big event on August 23, she shared her story with us: As a nine-year old, Bertin witnessed her mother’s murder, an obviously traumatic experience which has shaped her outlook on life and absolute desire to succeed. Read more www.celestrellas.com
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
MTV Casting: Crazy New TV Family Series
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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.”
Miss Universe 2009, Stefania Fernandez, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour telecast. She has spent her reign traveling all over the world as an advocate for HIV/AIDS education, research and legislation. The woman crowned Miss Universe 2010 will continue to do the same.
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
Has Political Correctness Gotten to Beauty Pageants?
Has political correctness gotten to beauty pageants? This is Pipes’ and Malkin’s thesis. Malkin at least has an empirical toehold in observing that right-wing contestants might be treated differently than left-wing ones. Fakih is no former Miss South Carolina — but if the AP story picked up the contrast between her performance and her victory, well, that justifies some further inquiry. Pipes’ assertion, however, is just horses**t. He manages to dredge up the names of five Arab/Muslim women in the span of five years to suggest affirmative action. Let’s be ultraconservative and assume that there are a combined 100 pageants a year in the countries of concern to Pipes. That means that out of 500 possible contest winners, a whopping 1% of them are Arab and/or Muslim in countries far lower than the percentage of Arab/Muslim populations living in these countries. That’s nothing close to resembling affirmative action. Read full article–drezner.foreignpolicy.com
Muslim beauty’s win at Miss USA pageant Unleashes the Beast.
There is no doubt that Rima Fakih is a beauty. One look and you understand why Miss Michigan captured the Miss USA®crown. Fakih is also a Lebanese immigrant, an Arab American. In the charged climate we live in, with angry pundits polarizing even insignificant events, those facts are a bigger draw than her
pretty face. At 24, she may have no clue what she sashayed into. Or maybe she does.
The Miss USA® Pageant is co-owned by Donald Trump, a master marketer and no stranger to controversy. Critics say Fakih’s pageant win has been a boon to an event that garners only middling TV ratings. The same was said last year when Miss California Carrie Prejean and her conservative Christian supporters claimed she lost her shot at the top tiara for voicing her opposition to gay marriage. Read full article The Miami Herald
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
Miss USA®Defends Pole-arizing Stripper Pics
And here we thought Lindsay Lohan had a lock on offering up the oddest excuse of the day. Well folks, a new challenger has stepped into the ring! Pole-friendly Miss USA®Rima Fakih stopped by the Today show this morning and, after paying lip service to her world-peace-seeking win on the pageant circuit, she addressed the controversy du jour. Rima, you see, was doing nothing more than being a solid friend. “I just want to say, I can’t deny the pictures, obviously people can see them on TV right now,” she told Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer this morning. Read full article — www.eonline.com
Leftist Hollywood Injects Divisive Politics Into Miss USA® Pageant… Again
You would think that after last year’s Perez Hilton debacle Miss USA®officials would have put some serious controls over the questions this year’s judges were allowed to ask the pageant contestants. Instead, Sunday’s event had actor Oscar Nuñez of NBC’s “The Office” grilling Miss Oklahoma on the recently passed anti-illegal immigration law in Arizona….
The question itself is nearly incomprehensible but Miss Oklahoma, Morgan Woolard, handles it with grace, aplomb, and intelligence. Naturally, she didn’t win. Read full article www.bighollywood.breitbart.com/
Miss Oklahoma lost Miss USA®2010 crown due to Arizona immigration law?
Miss Oklahoma lost Miss USA®2010 crown due to Arizona immigration law? New York, May 18 : It has emerged that Miss Oklahoma Morgan Elizabeth Woolard may have lost the coveted Miss USA®2010 title due to the Arizona immigration law. Read full article
Miss Russia is Arrested
Miss Russia Anna MalovaArrested for Narcotics and Rima Fakih Naked Pics Online. The former Miss Russia beauty queen pageant winner, Anna Malova, has been arrested in connection with a string of crimes. Anna Malova, the former winner of the Miss Russia crown, is being charged with forgery, possession or narcotics and criminal impersonation of a physician. Read full article — www.showbizgossips.com
Miss USA® Pageant finds itself in another controversy involving pictures
The Internet is abuzz today with a new wrinkle in the marketing of the once squeaky-clean Miss USA® Pageant. Instead of merely sporting the beautiful ball gowns for their official portrait the contestants typically don; this year the beauty queens are posing in lingerie, fishnet stockings, and racy bras – quite a departure from when the pageant first started in 1950.
Read full article —latimesblogs.latimes.com
Miss Russia is Way More F-ed Up Than Miss USA®.
Leave it to Russia to one-up our ridiculous national scandals (or delights, depending on your point of view). Anna Malova, a former Miss Russia, just got arrested today outside a drug store in Greenwich Village for possession of narcotics, forgery, and criminal impersonation of a physician. If I were Rima Fakih right now, I’d be like, “Ahemm? Can we all just take second to examine exibit B and then reconsider the tragedy of what happened with me and my awesome tan body and that pole? Read full article www.deathandtaxesmagazine.com
Miss USA Skunked Again Courtesy of Liberal Hollywood
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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…
Should Child Beauty Pageants Have More Legal Restrictions?
Finally, someone with some power has realized that tanning lotion and false eyelashes might not be the best thing for toddlers. Representative Annie Mobley has introduced a bill that would establish a regulatory body called the North Carolina Agency to Regulate Beauty Pageants for Girls Under Thirteen. The agency, comprising 10 Congressmembers, would look into the effects of beauty pageants on young girls and make recommendations based on the findings, such as how involved parents should be and what minimum age is appropriate to start participating in pageants. www.babble.com
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!