Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Paula Helwanger, Miss World Ilha dos Marinheiros, is the winner of the Beauty With a Puerpose Award

Road to Miss Brazil World 2011

Paula Helwanger, Miss World Ilha dos Marinheiros, is the winner of the Beauty With a Puerpose Award with her “Miss’ Little Angels” project. She spent 10 days in one of the poorest regions in Brazil, in the state of Piauí, helping children with medicine, food, cloth, entertainment, and a library.

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All 34 candidates presented their projects. Miss Rio Grande do Sul, Juceila Bueno, was 2nd, and Miss São Paulo, Ana Cecília Cunha, was 3rd.

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Miss Brazil World 2011 Talent Competition winner is Camila Serakides, Miss Tocantins

Road to Miss Brazil World 2011

Camila Serakides, Miss Tocantins, won the Talent Competition dancing to the sound of Michael Jackson. She won by unanimity, being voted by all 11 judges. Miss Rio Grande do Norte, Kesya Cortez, was 2nd, and Misses Maranhão, Nataly Uchoa, and São Paulo, Ana Cecília Cunha, tied in 3rd place.

Camila advanced to the semi-finals, which will be webcast to the whole world on Saturday, at 8 PM, Brasilia time, at

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China Battle Ready…for Miss Universe 2011

Road to Miss Universe 2011

I’ve just come across a piece about Miss Universe China 2011 Luo Zilin by reporter Ray Kwong on Forbes under the tittle: “China Battle Ready…for Miss Universe”.

Luo Zi Lin was crowned Miss Universe China 2011 on July 10, 2011

Meet Miss China
Luo Zilin—her Western friends call her Roseline—is gorgeous. Sure, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that, but if looking at her doesn’t make your eyeballs pop out, I don’t know what will.
The statuesque 24-year-old from Shanghai officially tapes in at 1.82 meters, which makes her about six-foot-five with heels on. That’s just an inch shy of high-flying Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (and, yes, the mega-star guard will more than likely play basketball in China next season if the NBA lockout isn’t resolved).

The odds-on favorite to win Miss Universe, the planet’s top international beauty contest, Luo isn’t caught up with all the glitz, glamour and pageantry. Nor are there any signs of shallowness some might expect.

“I’m excited and love what I’m doing,” Luo told me, “but it’s important to keep things in perspective. I understand that I am in a position to make a real impact on any number of important humanitarian causes, not only as a role model, but as a doer. And that responsibility stays with me whether I win or lose.”

Miss China “does not want to disappoint.”

Race for Face
The weight of China and its 1.3 billion populace, however, has got to be a compelling factor to win. “I don’t want to disappoint,” said Luo.

Yue-Sai Kan, national director of Miss Universe China, puts it succinctly: “This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Miss Universe pageant with China recently celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. If Luo Zilin can bring home a win, it would be a matter of great national pride. That being said, it’s also not a matter of life or death.”

Luo will compete against 80 other contestants from around the world. This year’s two-hour Miss Universe telecast will air live from São Paulo, Brazil on September 12, 2011 and is expected to draw a worldwide audience of a whopping one billion viewers.

For fun comparison, last year’s must-watch World Cup attracted “only” 700 million viewers and this year’s U.S. audience for Super Bowl XLV was a mere 111 million, a record-breaker nonetheless. Former U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has owned the Miss Universe contest since 1996, will no doubt make a lot of money. (Before you ask, the Beijing Olympics attracted the largest global TV audience ever: 4.7 billion viewers—or 70% of the world’s population—tuned in to watch the Games, according to Nielsen.)

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“Roseline is certainly very poised and beautiful, but what really struck me was her genuine and kind demeanor,” says Jim Robinson, managing partner of RRE Ventures. L to R: Roseline Luo Zilin, Robinson, Hannah Li Hanzi, Miss China first runner-up.

In New York to get battle ready for São Paulo, Luo Zilin’s schedule is brutal. Daily dance classes, cat walk training and photo sessions are the norm. As are wardrobe fittings, visits from local celebrities and dignitaries (including the head of French multinational luxury goods conglomerate LVMH) and English immersion training, although to me her English skills are more than adequate.

Toss in excursions to galleries, museums and Broadway for a little local flavor, and you have a busy girl with wall-to-wall days.

Apparently, Luo is used to the pace. “I’ve known Luo Zilin for a very long time,” said Kan, “and she’s the hardest working girl I know. She’s polished and confident, and there’s very little I need to teach her.” Kan knows what she speaks of, as she personally managed the transformation of all 32 of this year’s Miss China contestants, many of which “you would not recognize” from the first day under Kan’s tutelage. Victor Melling would be proud.

Kan, for reference, is a Chinese American television personality, author, entrepreneur, and humanitarian. Her series One World and Yue-Sai’s World, which aired on national Chinese TV, introduced Chinese viewers to Western cultures, various celebrities and other phenomena. Kan is also the official Miss Universe licensee for the People’s Republic of China.

Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, said of Kan earlier this year: “We could not be more excited to partner with the woman we believe to be China’s greatest beauty expert. With Yue-Sai’s efforts, we hope the world will see the first Miss China Universe of which all of China can be proud.”

Bringing Home the Crown

Roseline Luo Zilin was crowned Miss Universe China 2011 at the Mastercard Arena in Beijing on July 10.

China’s netizens seem to be in sync, as millions of netizens from Weibo (China’s Twitter) have already named Luo the “most popular Miss Universe,” according to news reports.

To cover all the bases, Luo Zilin has a world-class support team including Lu Sierra, the runway coach for Miss USA; 5-year Miss Universe trainer Akiko Shimizu, the author of Hello, Elegant; chief fashion stylist Lizzette Kattan, who was fashion director and editor-in-chief for Harper’s Bazaar France; make-up artist Yuko Takahashi, who has worked with pop divas Lady Gaga and Beyonce; and celebrity fashion photographer Fadil Berisha.

Luo, incidentally, recently met Miss USA, Alyssa Campanella, and they seem to have hit it off. If pageant officials approve, Miss China and Miss USA will be roommates for the three weeks they’ll be in Brazil leading up to the Miss Universe final competition. (Can you say ‘reality’ show?)

For the record, no entrant from China, including Hong Kong, has ever won the Miss Universe competition. The best ever contender was Zhuo Ling, Miss China 2002, who was second runner-up. For the best showing before that, you’d have to go back to Judy Dan, Miss Hong Kong 1952, who was third runner-up at the very first Miss Universe pageant.

Oh, yes, it would be thoughtless of me not to tell you that: Luo Zilin prefers sipping water over Coke or Pepsi and noshing on steamed cauliflower instead of KFC or McD’s. Her favorite movie is Sex in the City and her taste in music ranges from jazz to hip hop, depending on her mood. She also doesn’t have a boyfriend. (Good luck with that.)

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More photos of Karin Ontiveros, Nuestra Belleza México 2010

Road to Miss Universe 2011

Karin Ontiveros was crowned Nuestra Belleza México 2010 or Miss Universe Mexico 2011 on September 25th, 2010. She is 22 year old and stands 1.80 m (5’11″). She will represent Mexico in Miss Universe 2011 in Brazil.

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Victoria Phạm Thúy Vy is Miss Vietnam World 2011

Road to Miss World 2011

Victoria Phạm Thúy Vy, the second runner-up of Miss Vietnam World 2010, has been selected to represent Vietnam in Miss World 2011 in London this November. Victoria Phạm Thúy Vy is 21 year old and stands 1.71 m.

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More photos of Laura Goncalves, Miss Universo Portugal 2011/Miss Universe Portugal 2011

Road to Miss Universe 2011

Laura Goncalves was crowned Miss Universo Portugal 2011 on July 29, 2011 at the Hotel Miragem in Cascais. Laura is 22 year old and stands 5’9”. She will represent Portugal in Miss Universe 2011 Pageant.

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Photos of Miss Universe Australia 2011 Scherri Lee Biggs in her National Costume

Road to Miss Universe 2011

Photos of Miss Universe Australia 2011 Scherri Lee Biggs in her National Costume for Miss Universe 2011.

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Mariana Albuquerque, Miss World Mato Grosso, won the Sports fast-track event

Road to Miss World Brazil 2011

Mariana Albuquerque, Miss World Mato Grosso, won the Sports fast-track event and advanced to the semi-finals of Miss World Brazil 2011. Miss Piauí was 2nd, and Miss Amazonas was 3rd.

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The 2011 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant will be held on Aug 20

The 2011 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant will be held on Aug 20, 2011 at the Linda Chapin Theatre, Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL. Preliminaries are scheduled on Aug 16-18, 2011.

Lacey Russ, Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2010

Each year, the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization hosts a national competition that encourages and rewards the talent, communication skills, community service, and academic achievements of girls between 13 and 17 years of age.
The Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Organization has also established community-based initiatives and mentoring programs aimed at helping our nation’s youth build character and gain the skills necessary for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, community and business leaders, as well as participants from the national competition, the Organization has been implementing programs aimed at helping young people develop strong values, leadership skills, social conscience, self worth and conviction about their own potential.

Funds raised by the Organization are being used to fund scholarships for deserving young women according to guidelines established by the Organization’s Board of Directors in accordance with Internal Revenue Service rules and regulations. Funds are also being used to establish and develop the Organization’s mentoring program and community-based initiatives.
On August 20th, 2011 the city of Orlando, FL will again host 53 of America’s best and brightest female teenagers as they disembark upon the City Beautiful Orange County Convention Center and Rosen Center Hotel for the Annual Miss America Outstanding Teen Competition. Check out the complete list of contestants for this year’s edition:

Alabama: Mi’a Callens;
Alaska: Hannah Rockwell;
Arizona: Marissa Mezzatesta;
Arkansas: Ashton Jo Campbell;
California: Jessa Carmack;
Colorado: Meredith Winnefeld;
Connecticut: Nicole Nemense
Delaware: Victoria Brown- O’Brien;
District of Columbia: Lauren Alexa Kekailani Seely
Florida: Elizabeth Fechtel
Georgia: Julia Martin
Hawaii: Briana Garrido
Idaho: Melanie Ross
Illinois: Summer Robbins
Indiana: Brianna DeCamp
Iowa: Francesca Lubecki-Wilde
Kansas: Caitlyn Webb
Kentucky: Erynn Landherr
Louisiana: Justine Ker
Maine: Alison Folsom
Maryland: Ally Soule
Massachusetts: Sydney Rachael Levin-Epstein
Michigan: Marissa Cowans
Minnesota: Alexis Houle
Mississippi: France Beard
Missouri: McKensie Garber
Montana: Jalyssa Gorder
Nebraska: Brooke Ludemann
Nevada: Bailey Gumm
New Hampshire: Lauren Percy
New Jersey: Natalie Ragazzo
New Mexico: Nicolette Noel Young
New York: Lauren Molella
North Carolina: McKenzie Faggart
North Dakota: Kylie Helm
Ohio: Kelsey Barrett
Oklahoma: Clytee Burchett
Oregon: Alexi Provost-Shean
Pennsylvania: Kaitlynne Kline
Puerto Rico: Aylin Mari Torres
Rhode Island: Ivy Shen
South Carolina: Caitlen Patton
South Dakota: Alexis Kosiak
Tennessee: Madison Snipes
Texas: Reilly Johannsen
Utah: Tiare Keeno
Vermont: Sophia Hadeka
Virgin Islands: Kaylah Galloway
Virginia: Dominick Fink
Washington: Nicole Renard
West Virginia: Isabel Raese
Wisconsin: Annie Jorgensen
Wyoming: Montana Sannes

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Gabriele Marinho Crowned Miss Teen World 2012

On Friday August 5, 2011, The Teen World Competition – a beauty pageant – held the spectacular final show replete with gorgeous staging, high energy dance moves and a packed house.

The finale of The Teen World 2012 Competition was held at the Hilton Post Oak in Houston, Texas on August 5, 2011. Gabriele Marinho, Teen Brazil-World, was the winner. The 4th runner up was Teen Canada-World – Lauren Howe, 3rd runner up Teen Guatemala-World – Carmen De Ramirez, 2nd runner up was Teen USA-World – Devin Gant and 1st runner up was Teen India-World – Emily Shah.

Teen Brazil-World, Gabriele Marinho won the most photogenic award. Gabriele is a 17-year-old model and high school senior from the town of Maceio, the capital and largest city of Alagoas, Brazil. She’ll spend her year promoting the Teen World Competition and their motto “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful”.

Gabriele won a prize package valued over $30,000 including a $5,000 educational scholarship. The crown, cash, wardrobe, jewelry, media training and travel opportunities are just some of the luxuries she will experience during her year. She receives several photo shoots from official photographer See What Develops in Houston.


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Photos of Olesya Stefanko, Miss Ukraine Universe 2011 in her national costume

Road to Miss Universe 2011

Photos of Miss Ukraine Universe 2011 Olesya Stefanko in her national costume for Miss Universe 2011.

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More photos of Priyani Puketapu, Miss Universe New Zealand 2011 in Swimsuit

Road to Miss Universe 2011

Priyani Puketapu was crowned at the Duxton Hotel in Wellington on May 1, 2011. Priyani Puketapu will represent New Zealand in Miss Universe 2011 pageant.

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Daniela Nguyen Nova or Nguyen Thu May in Vietnamese is Miss Supranational Vietnam 2011

Road to Miss Supranational 2011

Daniela Nguyen Nova or Nguyen Thu May in Vietnamese is Miss Supranational Vietnam 2011. Her photo and profile has been published on the Pageant’s website. Daniela Nguyen Nova is 22 year old and stands 1.68 m. She is a student of International Business and Relations in Praha University.

Nguyen Thu May entered top 15 of Miss Vietnam World 2010. Earlier, she won the title of Miss Vietnam in Europe 2010.

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