28 agosto 2007

Miss South Carolina Teen USA Explains Her TV Meltdown

MONDAY AUGUST 27, 2007 08:00 PM EDT UPDATED




Don't know much about ... geography?

Lauren Caitlin Upton, Miss South Carolina Teen USA, whose mangled response to a pageant question has become an Internet sensation, will have a second chance to answer it on Tuesday morning's Today show.

"I didn't do anything wrong," she told South Carolina's The State newspaper. "I wasn't expecting [the question]. I lost my train of thought."

She added she "completely misunderstood" the question, which she'll get a second stab at on Today.

The show's host, Mario Lopez, tells PEOPLE he wanted to help her, but was told that he couldn't talk to the contestants while they were answering questions.

"It was a very intense moment. It's live TV. You don't know what the question is until you get up there. And I believe that she misunderstood it. She went down the wrong road and couldn't figure out how to get back to the right one," he says. "I felt really badly for her."

The beauty contestant's video on YouTube has received more than 2 million hits thanks to her amazingly off-the-mark answer at Friday night's pageant, when she was queried about why Americans are so bad at geography.

Specifically, she was asked why one-fifth of Americans can't find the United States on a map.

"I personally believe that U.S. Americans are unable to do so because some people out there in our nation don't have maps," she ventured.

During her meandering response, she also tossed in out-of-the-blue references to "the Iraq" and "Asian countries" and their need for the support of the American educational system in identifying the United States on the map.

Upton is described as a varsity athlete and student leader at Lexington High School, where she graduated in June with a 3.5 GPA.

Despite the on-camera gaffe, Upton finished as third runner-up.

People

Miss Venezuela

Bellezas para detener el tránsito
Las 27 candidatas del Miss Venezuela 2007 sonrieron frente al flash de las cámaras en la sede de "El Universal" (Marcel Cifuentes)



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Las aspirantes al título de la más bella visitaron el diario El Universal

SONIBERTH JIMÉNEZ

EL UNIVERSAL

Jeans ceñidos, melenas batidas, tacones altos, el texto de "Miss Venezuela" en plateado sobre franelas negras, las bandas de cada estado y el maquillaje impecable fueron el común denominador de las candidatas al mayor concurso de belleza del país en la visita que realizaron ayer a la sede de El Universal, en Caracas.

¿Hay que hacer algún sacrificios para ser una de las más bellas de Venezuela? ¡Son muchos, muchos los sacrificios! Que lo diga Miss Táchira, Alexandra Serrano, que tuvo que rebajar 24 kilos entre tres y cuatro meses. "He tenido que hacer mucha dieta y ejercicios, es difícil, pero se puede lograr. Todavía me falta rebajar tres o cuatro kilos más", advierte la muchacha oriunda de Ureña, estudiante de Comunicación Social de la Universidad de Los Andes.

Otro de los sacrificios para participar en el concurso es interrumpir los estudios universitarios y alejarse de las respectivas familias. Tal como lo hicieron Miss Zulia, Laura Montero, que estudiaba Arquitectura en Maracaibo, y Miss Lara, María Gabriela Garmendia, que cursaba Comunicación Social en Barquisimeto.

Son 28 las candidatas que participan en el concurso de belleza más importante del país. Pero ayer, sólo 27 muchachas realizaron la visita oficial a los medios de comunicación ubicados en Caracas. Miss Miranda, Miriam Abreu, no asistió a la cita. "No sabemos por qué no vino. La estuvimos esperando bastante tiempo antes de salir. Pero nunca llegó", aseguró Soraya Castillo, jefa de Prensa del Miss Venezuela.

El grupo de las participantes del Miss Venezuela 2007 se conforma así: muchachas con estatura de 1,74 a 1,83 metros, medidas de 90-60-90 (o muy cercanas a ellas) y con menos de 60 kilos de peso. Al parecer, mantenerse delgadísima es requisito obligatorio en toda aquella que quiera ser bonita y más aun si desea participar en el concurso de la "noche tan linda como esta". Las chicas aseguran que deben "comer sano" para mantener la figura.

Algunas extrovertidas, otras más calladas. Las 27 muchachas estuvieron muy dispuestas a posar para las diversas fotografías. Entre flash y flash, ya sea sentadas sobre una pila de periódicos o al lado de un camión que transporta los ejemplares del mismo, las misses hablaban, reían, bromeaban. Eso sí, sin perder ni un segundo la sonrisa, sin dejar que el viento desordene el peinado y mirando directamente a la cámara.

Una de las más desenvueltas y risueñas es Miss Península Guajira, Kelly García. No en vano, sus compañeras la señalaron como la más simpática del grupo. "No sé por qué. Quizás es por mi forma de ser. Pero siempre me llevo bien con todo el mundo", dijo la candidata.

Por su parte, Miss Nueva Esparta, Josephine Karam, leía el artículo El arte de reclamar de Maytte en la revista Estampas. "Yo lo vi el domingo. Está buenísimo", le recomendaba a sus compañeras.

Las candidatas al Miss Venezuela no pasan desapercibidas. Mucho menos si están en grupo y con las bandas puestas. Durante la actividad, a las afueras de El Universal, se aglomeró un grupo de transeúntes para poder contemplar a las muchachas. Varios celulares con cámara salieron a cumplir sus funciones para guardar un recuerdo de la sorpresiva visita en el centro de Caracas. Lo mismo ocurrió en las instalaciones del diario.

Algunos empleados del periódico (cámara en mano) se movilizaron para poder ver a las muchachas. "¡Son unos mujerones!", "¡Qué bellas!", "¡No todas son tan bonitas!", fueron algunos de los comentarios que se pudieron escuchar.

Miss Amazonas, Dayana Mendoza; Miss Barinas, Yohany Calderón; Miss Dependencias Federales, Antonieta Lugo; Miss Monagas, Carolina Siegler; Miss Nueva Esparta, Josephine Karam; Miss Península Guajira, Kelly García; y Miss Sucre, Andrea Mathies, se llevaron el favoritismo entre los empleados del periódico. Su estampa consiguió llamar la atención a más de uno. Restará esperar si su opinión coincide con el jurado.

sojimenez@eluniversal.com

http://www.eluniversal.com/

Las candidatas al Miss Venezuela en PANORAMA

Foto: ALBERTO ALVARADO
La redacción de este rotativo recibió ayer a las 27 concursantes al máximo trono de la belleza nacional, cuya presencia paralizó el tránsito por los alrededores. Se preparan con todo para la elección del Miss Venezuela el próximo 13 de septiembre. Kellyn García, Laura Montero y Ruthmili Soto van por el Zulia. Isalmar Burgos, de Yaracuy (abajo), disfrutó de la edición de ayer.

Texto: Luis del Villar

Caracas

La tarde de ayer fue todo un bululú alrededor de la sede del Diario PANORAMA en Caracas. No era para menos, la presencia de 27 mujerones que compiten por ser la más bella del país, paralizó el tráfico y retrasó las labores del personal de los edificios cercanos.

Cumpliendo con el acostumbrado recorrido anual por los principales medios impresos del país, las representantes de los 28 estados venezolanos (faltó Miranda)invadieron la redacción de este rotativo para comentar algunas anécdotas del certamen.
“Nunca imaginé estar viviendo este tipo de experiencias. Antes me parecía algo frívolo, ahora entiendo porqué lloran cuando tienen la banda ganadora. Es una oportunidad que no cambio por nada”, expresó Dayana Colmenares, de Carabobo.Según cuentan las misses, además de los ensayos de baile y pasarela; los días se les hacen cortos para cumplir con una apretada agenda donde hay pruebas de vestuario, calzados y rutinas de ejercicios en el gimnasio. Todo a partir de las 7:00 am sin saber la hora de salida.

Compañerismo

El grupo luce bastante diverso y, a simple vista, parecen amigas. “La pelea por la banda de miss Simpatía puede ser entre Portuguesa y Delta Amacuro, pero la maracucha Kelly García (Península Guajira) le ganará a las dos”, comentó Lucía Soto, miss Bolívar.En esta edición son cuatro las que nacieron en el estado Zulia, pues la representante de Barinas, Yohany Calderón es nativa de Maracaibo. Al preguntar por el gentilicio, las caraqueñas predominan, seguidas de las occidentales y las andinas.
Entre los cuentos: hay diez candidatas que usan lentes correctivos, pero la organización se los cambió por unos de contacto. Las que tienen novios, como Amazonas, Monagas y Vargas, aseguran que el romance se ha limitado a los mensajes de texto por el celular.
La dieta es lo más difícil de cumplir, pero por verse como unas estrellas durante la noche del 13 de septiembre, el sacrificio bien vale la pena.
“Esta mañana desayunamos dos claras de huevo, una mandarina y un té de tilo”, según Andreína Elías (Distrito Capital) y Alexandra Serrano (Táchira).

Confidencias

Ante la pregunta de por qué Miriam Abreu, (miss Miranda), no cumplió el recorrido por los medios de comunicación, confidencialmente se conoció: “Bueno, ella en realidad vive haciendo lo que le da la gana, la esperamos y no llegó ni se sumó después”.
Mientras duró el encuentro, acompañadas por el personal de seguridad de Venevisión, el profesor de oratoria y las “chaperonas”, las 27 bellezas no perdieron la oportunidad de merendar casi a escondidas con refresco dietético y galletas de todos los sabores.De las sorpresas que este año trae el espectáculo de TV del Miss Venezuela, con discreción se supo que está confirmado una producción al ritmo de reggaetón, que han estado ensayando. Al respecto, miss Aragua soltó: “Parece que es con Wisin & Yandel o Don Omar".

http://www.panodi.com

27 agosto 2007

Beauty takes a bullet: 'Teen USA' tanks

Fourth pageant this year to see its ratings tumble

Aug 27, 2007

The future is looking uglier for televised beauty pageants.

Friday’s “Miss Teen USA” pageant became the fourth this year to dip to an all-time worst rating. With the “Miss America” pageant moving to its third television home in four years, suffering from lack of interest, and the broadcast networks ushering the remaining pageants to little-watched Friday nights, even lower ratings seem likely in the future.

The two-hour “Miss Teen USA,” which aired Friday at 8 p.m. on NBC, averaged just a 3.1 household rating, according to Nielsen overnights. If that number holds when final ratings come out later today, it would become the lowest-rated telecast in the event’s history.

The rating fell 18 percent from the 3.8 final household rating last year’s event earned, which was the previous all-time low.

Part of that ratings slide can be attributed to the fact that “Miss Teen USA” aired on a Friday night for only the second time since it started being televised in 1983. Friday night, especially during the summer months, is typically low-rated and in recent years has been reserved mainly for reruns and second-tier game shows.

But NBC’s decision to air the event on Friday could very well be its own admission that viewers just aren’t that interested anymore.

“Miss Teen USA” isn’t the only beauty pageant that’s fading. Big sister “Miss USA” averaged a 5.0 final household rating back in March, making it the lowest-rated telecast in that event’s history.

NBC’s other pageant, “Miss Universe,” pulled just a 4.5 household rating in May, also an all-time low. And “Miss America,” which aired for the second time on cable network CMT this year after not being televised in 2005, averaged just a 1.5 household rating in January, great for the network but the worst ever for the event.

NBC does point out that, for a Friday night, “Miss Teen USA” did decently. It averaged a 1.4 overnight rating among viewers 18-49, the highest for the network in that timeslot since May 25.

With an NFL preseason game, CBS took Friday night among households, averaging a 3.5 overnight rating and a 7 share. NBC was second at 3.2/6, ABC third at 3.1/6, CW fourth at 2.4/5 and Fox fifth at 2.3/4. Univision ratings were not available at press time.

CBS led at 8 p.m. with a 3.2 household rating for its first hour of football, followed by NBC with a 2.9 for the first hour of “Miss Teen USA.” ABC was third with a 2.8 for “Set for Life,” CW fourth for its first hour of “Friday Night Smackdown” and Fox fifth with a 2.2 for the first hour of the movie “The Animal.”

At 9 p.m. CBS led again with a 3.7 for its second hour of football, with NBC second with a 3.2 for the second half of “Miss Teen USA.” CW was third that hour with a 2.5 for its second hour of “Smackdown,” Fox fourth for the last half of its movie and ABC fifth with a 2.2 for an hour of “George Lopez” reruns.

ABC took the lead at 10 p.m. with a 4.3 for “20/20,” while NBC held onto second with a 3.6 for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and CBS fell to third with a 2.9 for another hour of football.

Among 18-49s, CBS led the night with a 1.6 average overnight rating, followed by ABC and NBC at 1.4, CW at 1.3 and Fox at 1.2.

http://www.medialifemagazine.com

Miss Indonesia: What makes a 'princess', beauty or brains?


Tiffany Wan, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

Beauty queens don't always seem like the most approachable type. With their model good looks, it's easy to imagine a bit of prima donna behavior to go along with it.

But spending five seconds with the 2006 winner of Puteri Indonesia, Agni Pratistha, dashes any stereotype that has ever surrounded pageant girls.

A lean, towering figure -- even in flats -- Agni's unabashed honesty and warmth are immediately apparent. And this is a girl who won the Puteri Indonesia -- also known as Miss Indonesia -- while sporting some heavy-duty braces on her now flawless teeth. At 19, she's still young, but carries an air of maturity.

Perhaps this is because like many Puteri Indonesia before her, Agni gave up a year of her life, touring Indonesia as a social ambassador and conducting community service activities in her preferred humanitarian field.

On Aug. 3, Agni passed her crown to Puteri Indonesia 2007, Putri Raemawasti of East Java, and along with it, a legacy of hard work and months of humanitarian service.

In short, being Miss Indonesia isn't just about smiling and waving at crowds while donning a sparkling tiara.

"A lot of the girls want the moment of being crowned," said Agni at a press conference last month at the Hotel Nikko Jakarta, noting the fame that often followed Puteri Indonesia winners. "But the work is hard."

Winners of Puteri Indonesia train for nine months to compete in the Miss Universe contest, which is held every May in a different country.

According to Agni, Indonesian representatives have never had much luck at the Miss Universe pageant.

"Indonesia is a small Asian country, and we are still developing our country. For them, they do not think of us as a threat," she said of the other contestants. "Sometimes, I don't want to put too much hope for the next Miss Indonesia."

After receiving her crown last year, Agni attended mandatory classes six days a week to train for the international pageant, studying philosophy, English and dance, as well as Indonesian history and culture. She also set aside her Sundays to visit underprivileged schools in Bekasi to teach the students a variety of subjects ranging from math to biology and to history.

Winners need not only beauty, but also brains and public charisma, stressed Agni.

"We have to influence people and we have to do charity work," she said.

Agni likened her role as Puteri Indonesia to that of a "good-looking politician", explaining how she communicated with the government about the desires of ordinary citizens in the capital and across Indonesia.

"Every time I visit a part of the country, I always ask them, `Do you want me to say something to the government?' I'm like the postman," she joked of her role.

Evidently, much of Agni's post-Puteri Indonesia activities -- excepting the Miss Universe pageant -- have had little to do with her looks.

Still, pageants like Puteri Indonesia ultimately provoke the age-old question: What is more important, beauty or brains?

Three former Miss Indonesia representatives gave varying answers when reflecting upon their experiences. Agni and 2005 winner Nadine Chandrawinata don't quite see eye-to-eye with Indira Soediro, winner of the inaugural Puteri Indonesia in 1992.

For the most part, they agree that a big difference separates Miss Universe and Puteri Indonesia. The former is merely "a beauty pageant", stressed Agni, who was asked to lose 10 kilograms before participating in the contest.

Going into the experience this May with the hopes of finding out whether beauty really triumphed over brains, Agni was disappointed to see that those who weren't "pretty" or "hot" enough were pushed aside. She was also appalled by the amount of plastic surgery some of her fellow contestants had undergone.

"They're like a bunch of Barbies!" exclaimed Agni. "When I asked them about some international issues, they just (said), `I don't know, I don't know.' International pageants, sometimes they really put physique as number one."

She felt the opposite was true regarding Puteri Indonesia.

"The first thing they are really concerned with is brains," said Agni. She then described the demanding 10-day procedure for Puteri Indonesia finalists, who must take written tests about Indonesian history and psychological evaluations, not to mention attend seminars on politics and economics.

"My year, there were a lot of girls who were really much, much more beautiful than me," she said. "When I won, people said, 'Agni is not that pretty, how can she win?' You don't have to be that pretty, but you have to have that charisma to talk."

In an interview days before the Puteri Indonesia 2007 pageant, Nadine, 23, found Puteri Indonesia and even Miss Universe to be more of a revelatory cultural experience for her.

"(Puteri Indonesia) opened my eyes that we have a lot of different cultures in every city, and that makes us a unique country," said Nadine, who is now finishing her studies in advertising at the London School of Public Relations in Sudirman Park.

At Miss Universe, she was excited to meet women from all over the world, joking that they would soon be her personal tour guides once she got the chance to travel more.

But Nadine also stressed the importance of inner beauty in the Puteri Indonesia contest.

"All women have the 'Three Bs'," she said, referring to the pageant's motto of brains, beauty and behavior. "But to get our inner beauty out is difficult. Beauty pageants help us to increase our potential skills and to show we have inner beauty."

Indira, on the other hand, was more honest about the role of physical beauty in Puteri Indonesia.

"Of course it is a beauty pageant," she said candidly ahead of this year's contest.

She also criticized the decision of many former Puteri Indonesia to join the entertainment industry and discontinuing their humanitarian duties.

"You can see from the other Miss Indonesia winners -- after they were chosen, they worked as an entertainer or a model," said Indira, now 34. "Not for me. After Miss Indonesia, I just did whatever I was studying before."

Indira said only she and a couple of others had avoided the entertainment-modeling path. She went on to earn a Masters degree in music performance from the Royal School of Music in London, and is now self-employed while raising six children with her husband.

Meanwhile, Puteri Indonesia 2001 Angelina Sondakh is now a member of the House of Representatives and 1995 winner Shanti Manahutu is a prominent businesswoman.

Despite declaring Puteri Indonesia a beauty pageant, Indira also stressed that participants had an opportunity to shoot down the negative stereotypes surrounding pageants.

"I said to all these finalists that this is our duty to prove this is not only a beauty contest," she said. "You have to have the beauty, the brain, the behavior, and one more thing you have to be is bright, so people will see you not only as just a beauty queen, but that there is something more valuable in your life that you can do.

"After you finish your duties as Miss Indonesia, then you do something for the people," Indira said.

The writer is completing an internship at the Post
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Yendi tops Miss Jamaica World

published: Monday | August 27, 2007

Carolyn Johnson, Freelance Writer

Miss Jamaica World 2007, Yendi Phillipps, is sandwiched by Rosina Casserly (left) who finished first runner-up and Jody Shaw, second runner-up, shortly after being crowned at the Miss Jamaica World coronation show, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Saturday.

t was hardly a competition on Saturday at the Miss Jamaica World (MJW) coronation show, at least as far as the audience was concerned. Judging from the shouts and screams that erupted the first time Yendi Phillipps' silver heels touched the stage, the winner had already been decided. So when Phillipps exchanged the sash Miss Perfectil for the title Miss Jamaica World 2007 with the characteristic crown, fate was sealed.

And with the petite 18-year-old Rosina Casserly by her right hand, as first princess, the audience at The Jamaica Pegasus would have had it no other way. On the left, was Jody Shaw, second princess, while Renae Ellis and Racquel Powell completed the top five.

But it was definitely Phillipps' night to shine. The wide-grinning, playful 21-year-old also won the public vote, Most Aware and three of the four mini-competitions which fast-tracked the winner to the top 10.

Phillipps won the Supreme Ventures MJW Sport Title, the talent competition for her feverish dance routine and the Ting MJW Beach Beauty title. The fourth competition, the SoftSheen-Carson model title, went to Ellis, and top Most Congenial,Simone Poot who placed among the top 10.

Beautifully planned show

The coronation show was as beautifully planned and executed as the 16 women sauntering gracefully against a backdrop of silver and white silk. More extravagant, however, were the designs from Uzuri International, accessorised by jewellery from Xtra's, which truly portrayed the theme Rhythm in Colour.

Emceed by Paula-Ann Porter-Jones and Adrian Atkinson, the show began with Dance Xpressionz and led to the introduction of the 16 ladies shaking maracas, among other things. There were inserts of the talent competition, with performances by the top three contestants, and other inserts of pre-competition activities as the audience learned almost as much about the girls as the judges. Between presentations and questions were Dance Xpressionz and cabaret singer DiMario McDowell. The question segments went well, with the top five ladies earning their positions at the top of the group.

Phillipps will represent Jamaica at the Miss World pageant in Sanya, China, on December 1. Sara Lawrence, Miss Jamaica World 2006, placed sixth and went on to win the title Miss World Caribbean Queen of Beauty at last year's competition in Poland.


Yendi Phillipps receives her crown from Miss Jamaica World 2005, Terri-Karelle Griffith. - photos by Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer

Miss Jamaica World 2007, Yendi Phillipps, is sandwiched by Rosina Casserly (left) who finished first runner-up and Jody Shaw, second runner-up, shortly after being crowned at the Miss Jamaica World coronation show, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on Saturda

http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com

Estréia adiada


A miss Natália Guimarães adiou sua estréia como atriz. Ela foi convidada para participar do Sítio do Picapau Amarelo, mas teve que recusar. É que não teria tempo para gravar e ensaiar o Dança no Gelo, do Domingão do Faustão. Capa da Figurino Festa, a bela garante que é vaidosa na medida certa: “Faço caminhadas diárias e vou à academia quando estou em Belo Horizonte”.

http://www.jornaldoestado.com.br/

26 agosto 2007

To Miss Universe —and beyond!


By Anna Theresa Licaros
Inquirer
Last updated 04:13am
(Mla time) 08/26/2007


MANILA, Philippines – My most distinct memory from the Miss Universe pageant this year was that of Miss France holding a cheeseburger served us at Hard Rock Café Mexico. Holding half a burger with her delicate fingers, she looked at me and said: “Ye know, Tu-ress, ze first thing I learn to zay in eve-ree langu-egh is ze word, hamburguer.”

I looked at her, nodded and bit into my burger. I was so hungry after all that walking up and down the Basque de Chapultepec in four-inch heels. It’s not easy being a beauty queen. Try fitting a mirror, lipstick, lip gloss, face powder and extra eyelash glue into a tote and carrying it around with poise while you negotiate palatial staircases in your heels and miniskirt. Every day was a marathon for us at Miss U.

Meanwhile, Miss France continued her train of thought: “Like here in Mexico… zey call it hamburguesa. What about you, Tu-ress? What do zey call it in ze Philippines?” I was taken aback. I’m a pretty articulate person with above average capacity for witty retorts, but in this pageant, all sorts of questions were hurled at me from nowhere! It was like the question and answer portion, only worse: they were mostly everyday stuff about me and my country that I never really thought about before joining the pageant. I tried to buy some time by sipping my Coke light, sin hielo, lest I find myself running to the loo every five minutes. I struggled for the Filipino word for hamburger: Ham-barger?

Oops, too late. Someone mentioned another topic and the conversation shifted. Ham-barger it was. I reeled at the thought of how this might affect how the Philippines is perceived by the next person that Miss France meets to whom she repeats this conversation. That was my everyday reality as Miss Philippines in the Miss Universe pageant. I ceased to be just Theresa or Tu-ress to Rachel/Miss France. I became the Philippines.

Early on, I became aware of what representing my country really means. Having to wear the banner “Philippines” across my breast every single day kept me on my toes, careful of how I’ve been projecting myself and of everything I say or do. To some extent it was scary, but also a source of pride. Every smile I flashed, each pose I struck was done with the thought that it should be my best because this wasn’t just about me anymore.

For the most part, the other contestants were fantastic. Contrary to popular belief that women who join beauty pageants are airheads or bimbos, most are college graduates with full time jobs in their own countries. They are opinionated and know what they want.

When I came back from Mexico, I was always asked if acts of sabotage really took place during the pageant. (Reportedly the most controversial in years, the 2007 Miss Universe pageant saw Miss USA being booed by some Mexicans unhappy over a pending immigration bill in the US, Miss Sweden pulling out after complaints in her country described the contest as degrading to women, and Miss Mexico being asked to change costumes because the original was deemed in poor taste.—Ed.)

I’m happy to report that I didn’t experience any such incident firsthand. The closest thing to intrigue that I encountered was a remark from a fellow candidate that was perhaps meant to psych me out. During one rehearsal, I was called onstage to do the evening gown pattern, after which I had to look at the camera and pose. Suddenly, everyone was clapping and cheering. I must have done something right, I thought.

Indeed, when I got off stage, Miss Tanzania approached me, saying “Girl, that was an amazing face!” Most everyone thought so, except for Miss Bolivia who told me flat out: “You look dead onstage. Your eyes are just blank. Maybe you should, like, move your eyebrows or something.” Just friendly advice, she said, because she wanted me to do well. That was odd, I told her; another candidate had just told me the exact opposite. Miss Bolivia simply rolled her eyes and said I should trust her instead. Well, I thought afterwards, when you do something significant, you’ll get both good and bad reactions.

As an insider, I also learned that the Miss Universe organizers and production team wanted to veer away from the traditional pageant look and feel. They discouraged stiff and exaggerated posturing and encouraged sexy, relaxed, fluid and model-like movements. A Miss Universe, said our catwalk teacher, Lu Sierra, must know how to smile. She hated it when the contestants sported sexy I’m-gonna-eat-you-alive looks. The pageant organizers had a “look” in mind and I was personally sold to the subtle but sexy models’ stance that they advocated.

There were so many things to learn and it wasn’t always smooth sailing. There were really days when I just wanted to put a paper bag over my head and not wear any makeup. I had to keep telling myself that I was in Mexico to do a job and that the job requires me to put on makeup at five in the morning. So I’d just shake off whatever negative feelings I felt, play some dance music and sing along while putting on my pageant face. That was how I got through the doldrums.

Apparently, I did that so well that some contestants would ask me to close my eyes so they could check out my eye makeup. They said they liked the way I blended the colors. One photographer even took a photo of my right eye. Just my right eye! He said it looked so beautiful that he wanted a shot of it. My thanks go to Jay Lozada, Allen Rosales, Lia Ramos and Jenny Tan for selflessly sharing their makeup tips with me.

That kind of team work, or collaboration, also defined my Miss Universe experience. There were so many teachers who shared their knowledge with me, as well as family and friends who flew all the way to Mexico to become my cheering squad and support group. I got a lot of joshing when I gave my guest list: 25 people strong. Not bad for a pacific islander who lives roughly 12 time zones away. It was the kind of support that others could only envy. My roomie, Miss Thailand, wanted to “borrow” a brother because she didn’t have any family around during the pageant. I gladly obliged, telling the bunso in our family to go wild when Thailand gets called. I think he did go wild —for all the girls—so that was substantial compliance.

The reality of representing one’s country can be daunting, but it also enhanced me as a person. While it might have been a source of insecurity to pose beside Barbie lookalikes, it boosted my confidence nonetheless. I looked at them and felt that I deserved to be there. Cheesy, I know, but when I stood there in high heels beside the most beautiful women in the universe, something changed. I was no longer a passive participant to whom things happen; instead, I chose to embrace the experience and learn from it. That made all the difference for me.

More than just another beauty pageant, this year’s Miss U put things into perspective for me. In a nutshell, my 30 days in Mexico with 76 other women from all over the world was a crash course in culture, diplomacy, confidence, and worst of all, geography. I’ll always remember— with amusement tinged with shame—how I had managed to put so many countries in the wrong continent and historical era and unwittingly displayed such ignorance by asking the delegate about it. So, I asked Miss Egypt, “You’re from Cairo. How are the pyramids?” She smiled and giggled: “They’re in Giza.” Getting my witty retort mode back, I countered: “Well, maybe if you’d take me around the Middle East one of these days, it won’t be so confusing.” As she wiped her fingers on a tissue, Miss France interjected: “Isn’t Egypt in Africa?”

Licaros is a junior at the UP College of Law. She plans to visit Egypt and see the pyramids next summer, and find out how they say “hamburger” in Arabic.

http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net

Alicia Machado. Exporta a EU su desnudo

Exporta a EU su desnudo
Machado en las páginas de la revista para adultos / Cortesía Playboy

25 Agosto 2007
Actualizado: 09:04 PM hora de Cd. Juárez
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Los Angeles— La ex Miss Universo Alicia Machado regresa a la revista del conejito, para aparecer en las páginas interiores de su edición estadunidense correspondiente a octubre próximo.

La publicación para caballeros publicará un estudio fotográfico realizado por David Einsenberg, quien se encargó de retratar a la escultural venezolana; No es la primera ocasión que la modelo posa para la revista.

Machado apareció en febrero de 2006 en Playboy México y en la edición especial editada en Venezuela en abril del mismo año. Ambas revistas sumaron un tiraje de 260 mil ejemplares.

Con ese logro editorial la también actriz desplazó el récord de ventas impuesto por la mexicana Fabiola Campomanes. Fue en las Bahías de Huatulco donde la lente de Einsenberg captó a la frágil figura de Machado.

Talentosa y multifacética, ella presentará en septiembre próximo su segundo disco, titulado ‘Malicia’, el cual incluye el tema ‘El Día más Triste de mi Vida’, compuesto por el cantante mexicano Juan Gabriel.

La aparición de Alicia Machado en esa revista para caballeros ratifica que la publicación tiene en su edición mexicana una enorme plataforma internacional para las bellezas latinoamericanas, informó en un comunicado de prensa.

http://www.diario.com.mx/

Natália Guimarães estréia na Dança Do Gelo este domingo

Natália tem conquistado a todos e na "Dança no Gelo" não tem sido diferente. O patinador Anderson Borges é só elogios ao falar da sua aluna famosa: "Ela é determinada e tem uma supersegurança. Mas tem um medo que todo adulto tem. Esse é o maior bloqueio dela, mas, de resto, não tenho o que reclamar, ela é a melhor aluna que eu tive até hoje, de muitas".



A estréia de Natália nas pistas de gelo está marcada para o próximo domingo 26/08 ao vivo no Domingão do Faustão.

http://www.buxixo.com.br/

25 agosto 2007

Hilary Carol Cruz, Miss Colorado Teen USA, - MISS TEEN USA 2007


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Hilary Carol Cruz

In this photo released by Miss Universe L.P., LLLP., Hilary Carol Cruz, Miss Colorado Teen USA 2007, reacts, as she is crowned Miss Teen USA 2007 at the conclusion of the Live NBC broadcast of the 25th annual Miss Teen USA competition from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif., on Friday, Aug. 24, 2007. (AP Photo/Miss Universe L.P., LLLP, Darren Decker) (Darren Decker)

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PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This evening, during one of the year's most exciting live television events, a star-studded panel of judges chose Hilary Carol Cruz, Miss Colorado Teen USA, as MISS TEEN USA(R) 2007.

"Extra's" Mario Lopez hosted the live telecast from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in California on Friday, August 24th, 2007 from 8:00p.m. to 10:00p.m. ET/PT. Nineteen-year-old singing superstar, Kat DeLuna performed "Whine Up" and the sensational Jonas Brothers performed a medley of their hits "Hold On" and "S.O.S." during the telecast.

The judges for this year's competition included: Coty Beauty Vice President, Jay Clarke; Victoria's Secret model, Selita Ebanks; William Morris Agency's Senior Vice President, John Ferriter; actress, Melissa Joan Hart; former Miss Teen USA 2004 and "Days of our Lives" actress, Shelley Hennig; actor, Joey Lawrence; Warner Bros. Records Vice President of Artist Development, Nick Light; professional skateboarder and MTV's "My Life of Ryan" star, Ryan Sheckler; "Friday Night Lights'" actress, Aimee Teegarden; and President of YMI Jeans, David Vered.

Throughout the live television event, the contestants competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview, and the "Top Five" finalists were selected. Katie Blair, Miss Teen USA 2006, crowned her successor at the conclusion of this two-hour primetime telecast, before an estimated worldwide viewing audience of more than 250 million in over 70 countries.

FINAL RESULTS:

First Runner Up: Alyssa Campanella, Miss New Jersey Teen USA, will assume the duties of Miss Teen USA 2007 if for some reason Hilary Carol Cruz cannot fulfill her responsibilities.

Second Runner Up: Kaitlin Coble, Miss North Carolina Teen USA Third Runner Up: Lauren Caitlin Upton, Miss South Carolina Teen USA Fourth Runner Up: Chelsea Welch, Miss West Virginia Teen USA Rest of Top Ten: Canden Bliss Jackson, Miss Alabama Teen USA Jaymie Stokes, Miss Kansas Teen USA Emily Bruce, Miss Virginia Teen USA Vanessa Marie VonBehren, Miss Minnesota Teen USA Rochelle Rose, Miss Rhode Island Teen USA Rest of Top Fifteen: Macy Paterese Erwin, Miss Tennessee Teen USA Mollie Smith, Miss Wyoming Teen USA Serena Karnagy, Miss Hawaii Teen USA Victoria Davis, Miss Illinois Teen USA Elizabeth Kranz, Miss New Mexico Teen USA

Photogenic Award: Allison Farrow, Miss Maryland Teen USA. The general public voted on http://www.nbc.com/ for the delegate who exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera.

Congeniality Award: Anne Elise Parks, Miss Mississippi Teen USA. The award reflects the respect and admiration of the delegate's peers, who voted for her as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant.

Sponsors of MISS TEEN USA(R) 2007 include: Mikimoto, "Official Jewelry" sponsor; BSC Swimwear Thailand, "Official Swimwear" sponsor; Farouk Systems, "Official Haircare" sponsor; Nina, "Official Footwear" sponsor, YMI Jeanswear, "Official Jeanswear" sponsor; Rogaska, "Official Crystal" sponsor; Ritmo Mundo, "Official Time Piece" sponsor; American Airlines, "Official Travel" sponsor and a scholarship from The New York Film Academy.

The Miss Universe Organization, producers of the MISS UNIVERSE(R), MISS USA(R) and MISS TEEN USA(R) Pageants, is a Donald J. Trump and NBC Universal partnership. Miss Teen USA spends her year building relationships with organizations committed to education and action, such as Best Buddies, Outside the Classroom, Do Something, Sparrow Clubs and D.A.R.E.

The Miss Universe Organization
http://www.earthtimes.org/

24 agosto 2007

Polícia investiga morte de ex-miss de 24 anos

FotoElaine Lopes da Silva morreu na terça-feira em um acidente no Paraná.
Delegado quer falar com testemunhas para descobrir como ocorreu o capotamento.
Luciane Scarazzati Do G1, em São Paulo

A ex-miss Paraná Elaine morreu em um acidente no Paraná (Foto: Divulgação)


A polícia de Mandaguari (PR) está investigando o acidente que resultou na morte da ex-miss Elaine Lopes da Silva, de 24 anos. Ela perdeu o controle da direção na BR-376 na terça-feira (21). O carro subiu em uma mureta de concreto e capotou. Elaine, que estava sozinha, morreu na hora.
"Todos os acidentes com morte são investigados. Não fui procurado pela família, mas instaurei inquérito para saber o que provocou o capotamento", disse o delegado Zoroastro Nery do Prado Filho ao G1. "Geralmente, esses acidentes ocorrem em pista molhada. Mas, no dia do acidente com a Elaine, não estava chovendo. Precisamos saber as condições da pista, a velocidade do veículo e outras informações."
Segundo ele, um investigador de Mandaguari passou pela BR-376 logo depois do acidente. "Ele parou no local, chamou a perícia e fez algumas observações. As investigações começaram nesse mesmo dia", afirmou Prado Filho.
A Polícia Rodoviária e a Viapar, que administra a estada, disseram que não é comum acontecer acidente no local onde o carro de Elaine capotou. A concessionária afirmou ainda que as condições da pista são consideradas boas e que, no dia do capotamento, um viaduto estava sendo pintado e o trecho estava sinalizado. "Vamos falar com os operários para saber o que aconteceu e com testemunhas que não têm ligação com a concessionária", comentou o delegado.

G1 - Globo.com


Concurso planeja homenagem à ex-miss Paraná morta

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A modelo Elaine Lopes da Silva, 24 anos, Miss Umuarama em 2002 e Miss Paraná no ano seguinte, morreu na tarde de terça-feira vítima de um acidente de trânsito. Foto Divulgação

CURITIBA - Os organizadores do concurso Miss Paraná planejam realizar uma homenagem à ex-miss Elaine Lopes da Silva, de 24 anos, que era modelo e morreu em um acidente nesta terça-feira na rodovia BR-376, na região de Mandaguari (PR). O concurso será lançado em 30 de setembro e vai ser realizado em 8 de março de 2008.

- Vamos fazer homenagens na revista que publicamos sobre o concurso - diz Elaine Barrinuevo, que participa da organização do evento.

- Elaine era uma modelo jovem e todo mundo ficou abalado com a notícia. Foi uma tragédia.

Elaine foi Miss Umuarama em 2002 e Miss Paraná no ano seguinte. Em 2004, ela passou o título para Grazielli Massafera, que ficou famosa por participar do "Big Brother Brasil 6" e atualmente é atriz.

Acidente

Na terça-feira, Elaine perdeu o controle da direção de seu carro, que bateu em uma mureta de concreto e capotou. Ela morreu na hora. Cerca de 100 pessoas participaram do enterro, que aconteceu na quarta-feira.

A esteticista Iraci de Lima Medina, de 45 anos, que era amiga de Elaine, diz que a família ainda está abalada.

- Ela se casou há um ano, estava conciliando uma agenda cheia de trabalho e o último ano da faculdade (de Administração), e ainda planejava ter um filho no ano que vem - afirma.

- Elaine tinha a vida inteira pela frente. Todo mundo na cidade está triste.

Miss Jamaica World finals tomorrow

Friday, August 24, 2007

Some of the contestants of the Miss Jamaica World 2007 pageant pose with Professor Rex Nettleford (standing centre) and NDTC dancers (in front) on July 22 during the company's 45th Season of Dance held at the Little Theatre in Kingston. The contestants are (from left) Yendi Phillips, Simone Poot, Natalia Godfrey, Kristin Metz, Marika Hornsby, Camesha Powell, Angena Thomas, Rosina Casserly, Sasha Leigh Gordon, Jody Shaw, Tina Ingram and Renae Ellis.

The finals of the Miss Jamaica World Beauty Pageant are scheduled for tomorrow night at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

The pageant, which will choose Jamaica's representative to the prestigious Miss World Pageant, scheduled for December 1 in Sanya, China, was postponed from last Saturday because of Hurricane Dean which brushed the southern coast of the island on Sunday night.

A total of 16 young ladies are vying for the Miss Jamaica World crown. They have been undergoing intensive training and grooming in preparation for tomorrow night's show, scheduled to start at 8:00 pm.

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com

23 agosto 2007

Ex-miss morta em acidente será homenageada

s organizadores do concurso Miss Paraná planejam realizar uma homenagem à ex-miss Elaine Lopes da Silva, de 24 anos, que era modelo e morreu em um acidente na terça-feira (21), na rodovia BR-376, na região de Mandaguari (PR). O concurso será lançado em 30 de setembro e vai ser realizado em 8 de março de 2008.
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Elaine (à esquerda) entregou título de Miss Paraná para Grazi Massafera (dir.) em 2004. Em destaque, fotos das duas nos anos em que ganharam o concurso (Fotos: Divulgação/ Pró Vita Eventos e site do Miss Paraná)

"Vamos fazer homenagens na revista que publicamos sobre o concurso", diz Elaine Barrinuevo, que participa da organização do evento. "Elaine era uma modelo jovem e todo mundo ficou abalado com a notícia. Foi uma tragédia."

Veja fotos da modelo Elaine Lopes

Elaine foi Miss Umuarama em 2002 e Miss Paraná no ano seguinte. Em 2004, ela passou o título para Grazielli Massafera, que ficou famosa por participar do Big Brother Brasil e atualmente é atriz.

http://g1.globo.com/

Acidente

Elaine estava voltando para Umuarama depois de fazer uma campanha publicitária e perdeu o controle do seu carro, na terça-feira. O veículo bateu em uma mureta de concreto e capotou. Ela morreu na hora. Cerca de 100 pessoas participaram do enterro, que aconteceu na quarta-feira (22).

A esteticista Iraci de Lima Medina, de 45 anos, que era amiga de Elaine, diz que a família ainda está abalada. "Ela se casou há um ano, estava conciliando uma agenda cheia de trabalho e o último ano da faculdade [de Administração], e ainda planejava ter um filho no ano que vem", afirma. "Elaine tinha a vida inteira pela frente. Todo mundo na cidade está triste."

It's not easy being Miss World

Taťána Kuchařová promotes pet causes around the globe

By Julie O'Shea
Staff Writer, The Prague Post
August 22nd, 2007

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Kuchařová beat out 105 beauty queens from other countries to win this year's Miss World crown. Her "life-changing experience" includes a hectic travel schedule.
Miss World is expected to raise $10 million for charity during her reign.
Taťána Kuchařová wants to make one thing perfectly clear: She is not just another dumb blonde. “Many people think that when you’re a model you are stupid; when you’re blonde you’re stupid. But there is so much more [to me] than that,” Kuchařová says between sips of water at Chez Marcel Sur La Butte, a quaint little French bistro in the heart of Vinohrady, where she recently stopped by for an early afternoon chat. “I want to do work that is deeper than modeling,” she says. “I like modeling, but it’s only my hobby.” The statement is a little surprising coming from a woman who only last year was quoted as saying she dreamed of one day having a professional career on the catwalk. Kuchařová seems genuinely surprised when reminded of this, adamantly shaking her head at this “false” image that’s been circulated on the Internet. As it turns out, a lot can change in 12 months. Last September, Kuchařová was crowned Miss World, the first Czech woman to hold the title; nine months later, she graduated from high school. She will start taking classes this fall at Prague’s University of Public Administration and International Relations and now hopes to someday represent the country as an ambassador.“I’ve met a lot of people from government,” she says. “I would love to continue representing our country abroad.”

‘Not just a beauty contest’

Since winning her crown, Kuchařová, 19, has been flying all over the world, helping to raise millions of dollars for various charities associated with the Miss World Organization. “It’s not just a beauty contest, even though a lot of people think it is,” she says of the competition that was held in Poland last fall. “It’s about doing important things. It’s about helping charities — we want to help everyone.”Indeed, Miss World officials report that the organization has funneled roughly half a billion dollars into numerous charities over the past 33 years of its existence. By the time Kuchařová’s reign comes to a close this December, her bosses estimate this university-bound student will have added another $10 million (207 million Kč) to the pot.“The job of being Miss World is a very serious one. It has amazing highs and amazing lows,” explains Steve Douglas, the group’s director of events. “Miss World is an ambassador. She has to be able to translate her thoughts into words, because just looking at her won’t cut it.”But looks are important, right? Could, say, an ugly, overweight woman with dynamic public speaking skills ever be Miss World? Douglas pauses before replying, “She’s got to be able to stand up and have charisma.”More than 100 women competed for last year’s Miss World title. The month-long affair sees the contestants flitting around the host city, participating in various events like, “Miss Sport,” “Miss Talent,” “Miss Designer Show” (aka the evening-gown competition) and, of course, “Miss Swimsuit.”Contrary to popular belief, contestants can pick and choose which events they’d like to partake in, Douglas says, noting that finalists all submit a written and video statement that’s played before a television audience explaining their goals and what they’d do if they were crowned Miss World.This is “a very big worldwide event,” Douglas says, and “we feel we attract the best candidates.”As for those who blast these types of competitions as “trivial” and “unimportant,” Douglas swiftly dismisses such criticism. “You can disregard anything as trivial,” he says. “You could say American Idol is trivial.”Winning Miss World proved to be a life-changing experience for Kuchařová.“I wasn’t thinking about being the winner,” she insists. “I know that every Miss World says that, but you really don’t believe it could be you.” Standing on the stage the night of the finals, “I remember I couldn’t hear anything. I was totally in shock” when it was announced that she had taken first place and the crown. “It was just so emotional for me,” Kuchařová says, and then smiles, her fair hair reflecting nicely against her royal-red sweater and the small gold crucifix hanging around her neck. For a split second, it’s not hard to imagine what Kuchařová must have looked like on the night she won Miss World.“After winning, I had a lot of boyfriends,” she laughs, eyes glinting mischievously. “A lot of boyfriends.” A globe-trotting gig Born in Trnava, a city just on the other side of the border in Slovakia, Kuchařová, who is the oldest of three sisters, moved with her family to Opočno in east Bohemia, where she grew up. When she turned 14, she began modeling, which eventually led to her involvement in the pageant world.“I grew up so much,” she says. “My friends and parents and sisters would help keep me grounded.”Her modeling jobs would sometimes take her to exotic locations around the globe, serendipitously preparing Kuchařová for what has become the biggest gig of her young life.From the United States to Asia to countries all around Europe, Kuchařová has quickly come to realize that Miss World hardly gets any down time.Within the past year, she has taken more than 180 flights, set up children’s homes in Mexico and participated in a charitable telethon in Iowa. In March, she wowed folks at the Variety telethon, one of the largest fundraising events in the United States. “Taťána was terrific,” says Stan Reynolds, a producer at Variety. “What an asset to Miss World and her country and herself.”The event, which raised $3.4 million for sick and underprivileged kids, was a star-studded affair. Reynolds notes that Brandon Roth, the big screen’s next Superman, was also in attendance. “Miss World and Superman,” Reynolds cracks. “You don’t get much better than that.” Kuchařová has hardly slowed down. Later this month, she is heading to Ukraine to do more fund-raising.“I just want to relax,” she says. “Really, one year is enough — seriously.”Kuchařová has no regrets, though. She says she knows in her heart that she has accomplished everything she set out to do since she won the title and hopes to continue working with charities even when she no longer is Miss World. It may be at a less hurried pace, however.“There will be a few things I will miss,” she says, but “I will be really happy to not have so much attention.” In the meantime, she is still a woman on the go. Kuchařová’s mobile phone continuously rings throughout the interview. Apologetically, she keeps reassuring the person at the other end that she will be at her next appointment as soon as she can. Finally, able to delay things no longer, she looks up, eyebrows knotting together. “I’m sorry, but I have to go,” she says.Smiling, she gets up and breezes out of the restaurant in the same manner as she arrived. The lunch crowd inside Chez Marcel is sparse on this cool Tuesday afternoon, but all eyes are transfixed as Miss World waves and hurriedly makes her way down the street, disappearing into the crowd.

Miss Intercontinental

Candy buscará ganar en África

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Bermúdez tiene 21 años, es vecina de Alajuelita, su estatura es de 1, 70 metros y sus medidas son: 89-61-91.
Herbert ArleyLa Miss Costa Rica Intercontinental irá a una isla exótica en la costa este, para participar en el prestigioso certamen

Allan Andino

Una nueva y lejana aventura le espera a la hermosísima Miss Costa Rica Intercontinental Candy Bermúdez.

La hora de representarnos le llegó a la chica de ojos claros, cuando este 13 de octubre se mida contra otras 47 candidatas en la final del Miss Intercontinental, en la exótica isla de Seychelles, en la costa este de África.

“Candy tiene que estar a más tardar el 4 de octubre, y viene de regreso entre el 14 y 15 de ese mes. Ella tiene que llevar traje de gala, dos trajes de coctel, de baño, y ropa para hacer ejercicios”, dijo Helga Koberg, la organizadora del concurso a nivel nacional.

La delegada de nuestro país arribará al aeropuerto de Mahe, en esa isla, y se hospedará en el hotel patrocinador del concurso, “Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove”, de cinco estrellas.

Desde ya Bermúdez recibirá entrenamiento en etiqueta, pasarela y movimiento escénico, más las sesiones de gimnasio –que son dos horas, cuatro veces por semana– para llegar en el mejor estado físico.

“Es una experiencia que me va a llenar de riquezas. Aprender de otras culturas me enseñará a crecer como persona”, dijo Candy.

De echo si ingresa al sitio oficial del concurso www.missintercontinental.com, podrá observar la fotografía de la tica y de las otras candidatas.

Canadá

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Judith Martínez de 26 años también dará pelea.

Colombia

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La guapa Lady Rincón mide 90-61-90 y tiene 23 años.

Rep. Eslovaca

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Barbora Palovicova es otra de las bellas candidatas.

http://www.aldia.co.cr/

Multidão se despede de ex-miss Paraná em enterro

PARANÁ - A ex-miss Paraná, Elaine Lopes da Silva, 24 anos, foi enterrada às 16h desta quarta-feira no cemitério municipal de Umuarama. Segundo Iraci de Lima Medina, 45 anos, amiga de Elaine, aproximadamente mil pessoas estiveram na cerimônia de despedida da paranaense. Ela morreu em um acidente de carro na terça-feira.

De acordo com a Polícia Rodoviária Federal, o veículo dirigido por Elaine colidiu contra um cone de sinalização, em seguida ela perdeu o controle e bateu na base de sustentação de uma placa. O carro ficou totalmente destruído e a ex-miss morreu na hora.

Iraci afirmou que a família está muito abalada com o acidente. Elaine e o marido, o empresário Jeremias Júnior Silva, haviam completado um ano de casamento no último dia 16 de julho e planejavam ter um filho em seguida.

http://jbonline.terra.com.br/

Concours Miss Univers 2008 : le Vietnam sera le pays organisateur si…



Dans sa lettre envoyée à Doàn Thi Kim Hông, présidente du conseil d'administration de la Compagnie de la publicité et des foires commerciales CIAT (qui sera le partenaire principal du comité d'organisation du concours Miss Univers 2008 si le Vietnam est choisi pour accueillir l'événement), Paula Mary Shugart, présidente dudit concours, a insisté sur les conditions sine qua non pour que le pays puisse organiser la manifestation.

Parmi les conditions requises, il faut retenir les points suivants : avoir une salle climatisée de 7.500 places, équipée d'une grande scène, pouvoir investir 7 millions de dollars dans les programmes télévisés, disposer de bonnes conditions en termes de services et de logistique, etc.

Selon Mme Hông, en se basant sur ces critères, la ville de Nha Trang (province de Khanh Hoà, Centre) et la ville de Dà Lat (province de Lâm Dông, hauts plateaux du Centre) seront à même d'accueillir cet événement planétaire. Cette semaine, les dirigeants provinciaux tiendront des réunions avant de soumettre le projet au ministère de la Culture, du Sport et du Tourisme.

En plus de Khanh Hoà et Lâm Dông, d'autres localités ont été inspectées du 7 au 9 août dernier par une mission du comité d'organisation. Parmi elles, figurent Hanoi, Hô Chi Minh-Ville, Quang Ninh... Selon Mme Hông, des représentants du comité d'organisation du concours Miss Univers 2008 reviendront au Vietnam pour travailler avec les autorités provinciales et les responsables du complexe touristique Vinpearl Land, basé à Nha Trang.

À noter aussi qu'à part le Vietnam, le comité d'organisation s'intéresse de près aux candidatures du Japon, de la Chine, de la Russie, de l'Espagne et de l'Arabie Saoudite.

Diêu An/CVN

http://lecourrier.vnagency.com.vn/

22 agosto 2007

Presentación de candidatas al Miss Venezuela


Las 28 candidatas del Miss Venezuela 2007 fueron presentadas a la prensa. En el evento, celebrado en el Hotel Tamanaco de Caracas, la representante del estado Aragua, Mónica Besereni, se alzó con el título de Miss Rostro Ebel, convirtiéndose así, en la primera ganadora de la contienda que terminará el 13 de septiembre con la elección de la mujer más bella del país.

eluniversal.com

Kimberley's magic face in a million

MISS Universe Australia, Kimberley Busteed, will be the face of next year's Magic Millions carnival.

The 19-year-old was last night confirmed as the cover girl for the booming event which begins in January.

The stunning blonde became a clear choice after it emerged her family had strong links with the Magic Millions carnival.

Her grandfather, the late Richie Mannion, had a runner in the inaugural Magic Millions 2YO Classic in 1987.

Busteed, who now lives on the Gold Coast, said she had long been interested in the Magic Millions because of her family's involvement.

"Coming from a family with a long-time interest in the thoroughbred industry, I know that the Magic Millions carnival is one of the biggest and best in the country," she said.

"I'm really looking forward to my role."

http://www.goldcoast.com.au/

Pageant organisers appeal for support

22 August, 2007

FRANCISTOWN - Although there were a lot of doubting Thomases, when 19-year-old Mpule Kwelagobe emerged Miss Universe 1999, her achievement brought pride to the nation sending shockwaves through the whole world.

Batswana were so proud of her achievement that even composed songs, slogans as well as naming their newly born babies Mpule, and for a short while beauty pageants were held in high esteem.

However all that was short lived. The popularity of beauty pageants has waned. As the search for a new Miss Botswana begin, the organisers, despite their commitment and need to improve the pageant, they still decry lack of support from the nation at large.

We are trying very hard to make something of the Miss Botswana pageant but without the nations support it is hopeless. Miss Botswana is a national event, but people think that it is a Botswana Council of Women event.

We need Batswana to rally behind us as well and not only associate themselves with beauty queens after they had won, said one of the organisers, Daisy Botsoba in an interview during an audition in Francistown, recently.

Ms Botsoba said Batswana are the ones who can brand the Miss Botswana pageant adding that if we could encourage those girls who have the qualities of a beauty queen to enter that would help, she said.

She said most people still feel that beauty pageants are a waste of time especially in Botswana, where many still believe that winners of such pageants are cheated and do not get the promised prizes.

Ever since I got involved with the pageant there has never been a time when winners did not get their prices, its just that people do not understand procedures followed in the pageants, she said.

She appealed to girls between the ages of 18 and 23 to come for auditions, adding that they should enter the pageant for a good cause not greed.

The girls should understand that being Miss Botswana is a huge responsibility in that you become the countrys ambassador. They should enter the pageant with the aim of flying the Botswana flag high as well as showing the spirit of volunteerism, she said.

However there are those who still view the pageant as a waste of time and not appealing. I dont see any point in having the pageant because no one benefits from it, we only benefited when Mpule won but really there was and still there is nothing to consider when you think of Miss Botswana, said Naledi Moatswi.

Ms Moatswi also said culture has a major role to play when it comes to beauty pageants as such events were never in Setswana culture taken in high regard.

Concurring with Ms Moatswi, Lucy Dibeela said Miss Botswana does not work out as those who compete are unsuitable.

Wrong people audition for the pageant, and I think the organizers should put more effort in looking for girls. They should look at the Nokia face of Africa arrangement and try doing something of that sort to look for contestants, she said.

She disagreed with the statement that Batswana were not doing enough to support the pageant, attributing the problem to the organizers of the pageant.

The public should feel the Miss Botswana vibe, people should want to get involved with it but the organizers are cold and the pageant is cold too, she said.

However there were those who felt the pageant was a good thing and with time it will improve. BOPA

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Ex-miss Umuarama morre em acidente


Depois de perder o controle do Corolla que dirigia Elaine Lopes Silva bateu de lado contra a base de concreto que sustenta uma placa de sinalização
Umuarama
Cleverson E. Zanquetti

A ex-miss Umuarama e Paraná Elaine Lopes da Silva, 24, morreu na tarde de ontem quando trafegava, sozinha, com seu Corolla, prata de placas AEJ-6500, de Umuarama, pela BR-376, no trecho entre Mandaguari e Marialva.
De acordo com a Polícia Rodoviária de Marialva, a modelo perdeu o controle do carro depois de se chocar contra um cone de sinalização e bater contra a base de sustentação de uma placa de sinalização. Elaine usava cinto de segurança, mesmo assim, não resistiu ao impacto e teve morte instantânea.
O soldado Evaldo de Gois, esteve no local. Ele contou que depois de bater no cone ela percorreu 150 metros para depois derrapar por outros 40 metros e colidir, de lado, contra a base de concreto. "Pelo fato de ter habilitação recente, acreditamos que ela tenha ficado nervosa depois de bater no cone e então acabou derrapando mais adiante", analisou.
O atendente do Instituto Médico Legal (IML), de Maringá, Ademilson Lanzoni revelou à reportagem que Elaine foi vítima de um traumatismo craniano. "Ela teve afundamento de crânio e tórax", sintetizou.
Além de ter sido eleita a mulher mais bonita de Umuarama (2002) e do Paraná (2003), Elaine ficou entre as cinco mais belas do país no Concurso Miss Brasil (2003). Casada há um ano e um mês com o empresário Jeremias Júnior da Silva, Elaine cursava o último ano de administração e via sua carreira de modelo ganhar projeção nacional.
Recentemente ela havia fotografado para a Crimys moda esportiva. Nilda Santana, amiga de Elaine disse à reportagem que o acidente ocorreu quando voltava de Cornélio Procópio. "Ela havia fotografado para a Dudony. Ontem havia ligado para sua mãe dizendo que estava bem e feliz. Ela tinha planos de ser mãe, se formar e ajudar o marido na empresa. Mas antes pretendia cumprir alguns compromissos profissionais", lembrou.
Elaine era a caçula de três irmãs. A mais velha chegou a fotografar para uma agência de Curitiba, mas abandonou a carreira para se dedicar a família.
A Acesf informou à reportagem que a chegada do corpo estava prevista para a zero hora de hoje. O velório será na capela mortuária do Cemitério Municipal. O sepultamento deverá ocorrer no fim desta tarde.
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21 agosto 2007

Vietnam chosen to host Miss Universe 2008


VietNamNet Bridge – Doan Thi Kim Hong, Chairwoman of CIAT Advertisement Company, Miss Universe Organisation’s Vietnamese partner, yesterday said Vietnam had been chosen to host Miss Universe 2008.

Ms. Hong said she had received a letter from Miss Universe President Paula Mary Shugart two days before, which was only 10 days after the Miss Universe delegation’s trip to the country and much earlier than expected since during her trip, Ms. Shugart said she would give a definite answer within two months.

“So after receiving the letter, Lam Dong province’s Vice Chairman Truong Van Thu and I personally reported the good news to Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh, who received it warmly.

“The minister told me to immediately work with Khanh Hoa provincial authorities to make sure that Khanh Hoa was also determined to host this event. Khanh Hoa leaders and I have developed a plan to submit to the ministry and government and will await the government’s final answer,” said Doan Thi Kim Hong.

Asked why it was Khanh Hoa province rather than Hanoi or HCM City that she contacted, Ms. Hong explained that after receiving Ms. Shugart’s response she did talk with Hanoi and HCM City authorities, who said that the two cities would be unable to meet requirements for infrastructure and stages in so short a period of time.

“Khanh Hoa is more determined. Of course, with the support and approval of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism as well as the government, though Khanh Hoa will host the event, other cities like Hanoi, HCM City, Da Lat and Da Nang can join in by hosting such activities as talent contests or exchanges,” added she.

According to Ms. Hong, Khanh Hoa leaders and sponsors will soon discuss what they will have to do to build a 7,500-seat arena in the next 8 months, as well as come up the US$7million for Miss Universe copyrights required by Miss Universe Organisation.

As long as Vietnam promises to address these two concerns, it will be the destination of Miss Universe 2008. Ms. Hong said money wasn’t a problem since she had received many offers to help pay for the event from domestic and overseas business quarters.

“Yet, since this will be one of the biggest events ever for Vietnam, there must be lots of both material and non-material support from the government, and ministries, especially the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism,” said she.

Vietnam should give an answer to Ms. Shugart’s letter as soon as possible since there are other countries eagerly waiting for a chance to host the event. Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori, for instance, is still actively campaigning to bring Miss Universe 2008 to her home country, Japan.

(Source: VNN, TP)

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Oman is my home: Miss India 2007

THE current Miss India World, Sarah Jane Dias, is working hard to win the Miss World crown this year. In a telephone interview with Associate Editor Palazhi Ashok Kumar, Sarah said: “Oman is my home, and I talk about it and miss it all the time”. Her well-wishers opine: “Sarah’s ‘never give-up’ attitude in life, will again make history, and she will win the Miss World crown for India.

Excerpts:

What was your feeling when you have been crowned the Miss India World 2007?

I was elated. For a while, the ground beneath my feet vanished, I really couldn’t move. It’s not everyday that one gets to realise a childhood dream that up until now seemed almost impossible.
Could you name the qualities that made you Miss India?

Only humbleness.

How do you keep fit?

Water, water and more water. Work out as often as I can, and try to avoid fried and sweet food but I do indulge every now and then.

Could you tell us about your lifestyle?

It’s very organised. I can be quite the control freak. Wake up, work out, meetings, but I always make time for friends and family because without them, I’d be nowhere.

Who is your role model?

Aretha Franklin...

Why she is your role -model?

Music is my life, and if someone who’s long gone can still evoke such strong emotions just by her voice, I’d admire her.

According to you, what is success and what’s failure?

One is meaningless without the other. It is my failures that have led me to my success.

Where do you see yourself three years from now?

I have no clue! But I will definitely be singing wherever I may be!

Can you name the person/ persons you admire?

My parents.

Can you name two things you can’t live without?

Music and music.

Could you share with us your best word of advice onhow a person can be successful?

Never let anyone control your mind because it’s the most powerful tool you possess.

Now you are Miss India World 2007. What’s your role in India and abroad?

To represent Indianness wherever I may be. All that’s diversity and culture.

Worst moment(s) in your life

I tend to forget them ...

Name those countries/cities you like to visit

Oh dear! The list is endless! Spain, Portugal, France, Iceland, Cuba, Mexico, Istanbul and many, many more...

Can you advise those who plan to join beauty pageants?

Be yourself, no matter what anyone tells you. Your personality will set you apart.

A few words about Oman, your family

Oman is my home, and it will always stay that way. I talk about it and miss it all the time. The government hasmade our community feel sowelcome, and I am extremely thankful for it. About my family, I wouldn’t know where to start and if I did I wouldn’t end. They are my all, Dada, Mama and Ele, my strength and my weakness.

About Indian schools in Oman

Fantastic! Look at me! I think I’ve turned out fine! Kids from Muscat, no matter which school, they always stand out.

What you think about grandparents?

I unfortunately never had the chance to quite enjoy them but wherever they are, I know they pray for me.

What are the areas you need to work on for becoming Miss World?

I should be careful with what I eat. Of course, proper diet and good sleep.

Do you feel under some kind of pressure to win Miss World?

No.

Do you like reading newspapers, I mean Times of Oman, THURSDAY, etc.?

Love it!

(Sarah Jane was born in Mumbai, and at the age of seven moved to Oman where she did her schooling till her Xth standard at Indian School Wadi Kabir, and her next two years at Indian School, Muscat. In 1995, Sarah won Miss India Oman. Sarah will host the ‘Anup Jalota concert’ organsied under the Unity — A Relief Effort humanitarian initiative by Light & Shadow Enterprises here tomorrow)

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Vietnamese beauties falling behind on international stage


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Miss Vietnam Mai Phuong Thuy
VietNamNet Bridge – As Vietnam is likely the host of Miss Universe 2008, attention is being directed towards beauty pageants and queens and one problem stands out: domestic beauties haven’t been successful in the international arena.

To many who are interested in Vietnamese beauty queens, the question is – why?

Why is it that most candidates from Vietnam have returned from such large-scale contests as Miss World or Miss Universe with only very modest prizes valued chiefly for their “cultural friendship” meanings?

Indeed, in 2004, Miss Vietnam Nguyen Thi Huyen ranked among the top 15 of Miss World. And Miss Vietnam 2006 Mai Phuong Thuy also went as far as the top 17 at the same pageant. These are the highest achievements so far for Vietnam though every year, she sees off about 10 candidates to represent her at international beauty contests with many expectations.

According to Thanh Chung, Vice President of Tien Phong, who has many times accompanied Vietnamese beauty queens to international contests, two major reasons explaining Vietnamese beauty queens’ unimpressive records are language barriers and difficulties in mingling with others and showing their best qualities.

Though the culture ministry does require Vietnamese representatives to be “fluent” in at least one foreign language most of them only know enough to introduce themselves and their country in a simple and mechanical way, falling behind other international beauties during sideline activities and exchanges when confident communication is essential.

There have been instances of Vietnamese candidates skipping activities for fear they would be unable to give adequate answers to questions in English. Critics have pointed out other shortcomings, including unoriginal performances in talent and gown contests.

For instance, traditional music and dance have been resorted to too frequently and when it comes to choosing a dress to show off the best of their bodies, most Vietnamese beauties automatically wear ao dai (traditional dress) or ao dai-style gowns.

At Miss World 2006, there was great hope for 18-year-old Mai Phuong Thuy, who can speak English like a “native” and is 1.79 m in height. Yet, she appeared on the two most important nights of the contest in a heavy-looking black velvet ao dai and an ao dai-style dress, which rather hid than highlighted her attractive curves.

Originality, on the contrary, seems to be more conducive to victory. At Miss Earth 2006, Vu Nguyen Ha Anh boldly struck out on a different path by wearing a dazzling and sexy ensemble, playing the piano and singing Colours of the Wind and ended up being first runner for the Miss Talent title.

Considering that Vietnam has been holding around 10 beauty pageants every year, she seems to be quite interested in promoting beauty pageants and beauty queens. Yet, according to critics, her beauties need to think outside the box, so to speak, in order to impress the world.

(Source: Phu Nu)

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20 agosto 2007

Miss Earth chilena entrega corona y dice que se sacó "poco provecho" a su reinado

Mientras se apronta para viajar a Filipinas y entregar su título, la maniquí hace un balance de lo que han sido estos meses para ella. Reconoce que ha encontrado poco apoyo en su labor como "embajadora medioambiental" en Chile. Dice que afuera su labor contó con mucha más difusión que acá.

"Durante este año ha habido campañas internacionales, como la visita que hice a Singapur en abril a la Unep, que es la división de la ONU encargada de los problemas medioambientales, donde se premia a siete lideres por su aporte a la enseñanza sobre los problemas que tiene nuestro medio ambiente", asegura.

Gracias a este tipo de visitas, la maniquí de 23 años tuvo la posibilidad de "aprender mucho", dice ella. Pero se lamenta que todo se haya dado más que nada en el plano internacional, ya que su labor como Miss Earth pasó casi inadvertida en Chile. "Yo tengo toda la intención aún, y la tuve en el momento en que gané el certamen, de trabajar, y puse toda mi intención de hacerlo aquí, pero en realidad no recibí una respuesta favorable", comenta con un poco de desazón.

Y agrega que "pretendo que sirva de algo la difusión que tengo internacionalmente. Quizás aquí no se pudo hacer mucho pero espero que más adelante se pueda".

"Podría decir que acá se quedaron un poco dormidos, se podría haber sacado mucho más provecho (de su reinado) y no se hizo".

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Wendy Fitzwilliam: What I want for my son


Wendy and her son Ailan.
Wendy Fitzwilliam

BC: Your son will have a father present, even if not in the same country all the time?

WENDY: That is so. Once Ailan gets to school age, that's going to have to change. I haven't figured it out yet. We have to figure that out. Even in terms of David, the requirement is not just on his part. We're determined to make it work in the best interest of our child, and his big brother. But we haven't figured it out. We have a little time before Ailan starts school.

BC: Should being single hold back parenthood?

WENDY: Not at all! Once you are ready to be a parent. I am not a child, I know very much how to not get pregnant and how to un-pregnate myself [chuckling] if you know what I mean. The decision to have a child is very deliberate for someone like me. I got into this fully aware of the challenges and, hopefully, the joys.

BC: Which makes it all the more ironic, the criticism of you as a role model, when you have made a responsible choice?
Wendy and her son Ailan.

WENDY: I get why, though. And I was fully aware of what the response would be. I didn't [laughing] expect the BBC and Fox News to call me about it, but I did expect to take a lot of heat in Trinidad and the Caribbean for that decision; but I also recognise I can't live my life based on the opinions of anybody else. I don't want to be 45 and alone and angry like so many of my friends. Family is very important to me. Any woman who tells you she doesn't want the traditional family model is lying: we all want it! Does that mean I will wait to start a family because it doesn't fit the ideal structure and I'm not comfortable with a person in my life for me at the moment? My son's Dad is a wonderful man, a good man. I need to come to terms with some of my own issues but I will do so while rearing my family. It will never be perfect, but I, Wendy Fitzwilliam, am gun shy about marriage. I chose very carefully the medium to reveal my pregnancy I could easily have held a press conference. I choose that forum because the Guardian was under contract to report what I said very specifically and I very much wanted young people to hear Wendy's version of, not anybody's interpretation of, and if you go back to that time, the letters to the editor that came from people of school age: they got it: this is a decision that's right for Wendy; it may not be for anybody else. It' certainly not a decision Wendy would have taken in school.

BC: You should have been universally acclaimed, and forget the hypocrisy criticising such a responsible decision?

WENDY: I would have hoped debate would have come out of it. I did a story once about our acceptance of homosexuality and the double standard. We ridicule men in the closet moreso than lesbians, because lesbianism is exotic. A lesbian girlfriend is every man's fantasy whereas I know no woman who wants to get with two gay men. I wrote about our insensitivity forcing men into the closet. That started a whole debate which I think really contributed to an ongoing debate. I hoped my pregnancy would have generated discussion about abortion and the tremendous pressure we put on women. I'm here at a time when women are economically more powerful than any time in our history but we're still raising our sons the way we did at the turn of the last century. It's very tough for a lot of guys to come to term with successful women. A few years ago I was dating a guy from South Africa who is obscenely successful, exceptionally wealthy, ran a company of 60,000 employees. He was ten years older than me, were friends five years before dating and I thought it was great. He knew Wendy at her best, worst and everything in-between. He'd been here several times. As I said, I don't do the public displays of affection so no one knew he was my boyfriend. He saw everybody hailing me out, that was fine. We did a charity event in Puerto Rico together and I had a couple of fun days with him. The first thing that ticked him off, he gets to the hotel after me and they greet him as, "Mr Fitzwilliam". And then, nobody took him on at the event, he was pushed aside by everyone, successful business people, not screaming little children, people he was used to interacting with, the cream of the crop. In his world, his significant other always plays a secondary role; now, suddenly, he's the guy who holds the handbag. It's a reality I live with all the time. So I have to be really comfortable you can handle that about me, because that will always be a part of being me; and I have to be comfortable with your ability to love me, not who I am. There are guys who get totally caught up with Wendy Fitzwilliam and I'm very attuned to that, to the point maybe of neurosis.

BC: Is that still a problem, with your being Miss Universe such as?

WENDY: Long time ago? Yes! Very much. That same book-signing, there were like 20 title holders, the girl on the cover, the whole nine. A couple of friends I'd invited, even the Universe staff, were blown away by the attention I still get. All the title holders from the Sixties and Seventies who'd dieted themselves down to nothing to look fabulous for the occasion were like, "You show up and [we're forgotten]". That is hard to explain. It's something I can never live down so I don't try to any more. I'm sure [TT's first Miss Universe] Penny [Commissiong] has the same experience. There are some title holders people, for some reason, just latch on to. That doesn't define me in my head but I have to be sure the people in my life can deal with that. Like my mother, father, sister. It aggravates Denise to death! Not so much here where she has her network of friends but when she comes with me to Mexico or somewhere and she just gets shoved aside.

It's something I have to deal with and it's something, in terms of Ailan, I'm a bit wary about because I knew "normal". I don't want him growing up in that environment thinking it's normal.

BC: How did you react to us not having a Miss Trinidad in this year's Miss Universe?

WENDY: I was disappointed, primarily because the young women who represent countries at these pageants, anywhere in the world, not just Trinidad and Tobago, are not from the upper echelons of society, the girls who go to boarding school in Canada. They are generally working class, maybe middle-class, and it does open tremendous opportunities. Now we have a very effective system to train our girls up. For the last five or six years, we have been in the top ten in Miss Universe. That's a tremendous feat for a small country like ours. Look at the difference in how Magdalene Walcott carries herself. You are more aware of her presence, a tremendous tool for a young woman from a disadvantaged background. We don't yet appreciate the value of the entertainment industry here. I don't know any Trinidadian engineer who has done as well as a Michael Jordan, Bill Crosby. Machel Montano has achieved a lot but he could do more with corporate support. We don't value the entertainment industry as business. There's not an appreciation of the arts here, or entertainment, the frivolous aspect of the arts; but there is a benefit to a society in investing in your entertainment industry.

BC: And the investment wasn't made this year?

WENDY: No. When we speak to national development, we mustn't only speak to IT and energy downstream-industries which is very important, yes, our bread and butter at this time, but we must have a little vision in terms of what Arts can do. When you think of Italy, you think of Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo? Do you think Pirelli tyres?

BC: Do you see yourself staying in E-Tech, as a businesswoman?

WENDY: Not forever but definitely for some time. I'm very enthused about the Tamana project, an attempt to create more manufacturing and industry and to allow our human resource to use their brain power. The UTT model is phenomenal. It's a university partnered with the best in the world in various disciplines focussed on the development of business skills and risk-taking culture, which is sadly lacking now. In our business community, we just have traders. Think of the mid-nineties, when Lawrence Duprey invested in methanol, which was a sure bet! But, because a national had not invested in [something like it] before, [he was criticised as] wasting his insured's money. There was almost a run on Clico created by his peers! Tamana and UTT are our most aggressive attempts to [get away from that]. Point Lisas was a renegade in its time: everywhere in the world was flaring gas.

BC: Will you ever work as a lawyer?

WENDY: No! Unless I absolutely have to. But no. I enjoyed the degree. An LLB is a tremendous asset but there are so many other things I'm more interested in and I find the practice of law very limited.

BC: How has motherhood changed your life?

WENDY: This may sound clichÈ but it's so not about me any more. Every decision I make is informed by what is best for my son. I've gotten more serious. I also don't sleep anymore - not that I ever did much. If he breathes too heavily or too lightly, I wake up. If

he wants to play at 2am, I say, 'Okay, honey, let's vet some documents". His first word may be, "proposal"; [smiling] his Mom's always reading those!

BC: Has being a mother changed you as a daughter?

WENDY: Oh yes. I appreciate both parents but my Mom so much more now, the sacrifices she made for me.

BC: Will there come a time when you look at your son and not feel the rush of love?

WENDY: No. I want the best for him. I hope not to transfer my aspirations to him. Unconditional love means just that; that's why my Mom still refers to us as, 'her babies'. My mother is 70!

BC: What do you want for your son?

WENDY: For him, I want to one-up my experiences as a child. I had a very good childhood with both parents at home in the same house for most of my childhood; but I am a child of divorce, which was very difficult for my sister and me. I want him to have an appreciation of women. I don't want to raise a young man that I wouldn't want for my spouse. I hope I set a good example for him, in terms of how I relate to his father and what I demand of how they relate to me. In terms of academics, I leave that to his Dad and my sister. That will take care of itself. I want to make sure his parents do the best by him in the example we give him.

BC: Is he christened?

WENDY: Oh yes, he has dual citizenship and dual religion. He's Catholic, like me, and Anglican. His Dad's paternal grandfather is an Anglican priest. So when we're in the US with his Dad, he is Anglican and in Trinidad, he's Catholic.

BC: Isn't it unfair to a child to teach him religion as fact?

WENDY: I don't think so. It's very important to instill in a child, and this is for Wendy, a sense of God. I believe in God and the usefulness of religion.

BC: But hasn't the best thing in your life, your son, come from your defiance of religion, as a woman who got pregnant out of wedlock?

WENDY: No. I think my religion keeps me grounded and provides that peace-calm. The form of worship of a Catholic Mass, I love! I believe in a lot of that stuff but I take what works for me. I'm fully aware religion is a business, just as I'm fully aware that a Prada turban is not worth US$700 but there may be something about that Prada turban that really gets me off. [Laughs] The Cyril Ross Home, the only one for children living with HIV for a long time, was started by the Catholic Church, who downcry sex!

BC: Are you happy with how the home is going?

WENDY: In terms of quality of care the kids receive, yes. In terms of some of the projects, a little too slowly. It's been difficult finalising approvals for the new home and construction costs are skyrocketing but we are determined to start that project by the end of this year.

BC: My editor's final question: how'd you get back into shape so quick?

WENDY: I worked out very hard. And I still do. Never did before but, after Ailan was born, I was very lucky I was back in my pre-pregnancy by the weekend after. But I was a little loose in the tummy. I started walking three weeks after he was born. About five weeks after, I started with a trainer. I work out three days a week; but I'm lucky, I have to admit.

BC: You breastfeed?

WENDY: Very much so. It's best for Ailan. Additionally, I found out, very late in my pregnancy, a girlfriend from LA faxed me a 20-page document with the area underlined that, when you breastfeed, you burn 500 calories a day without any effort. Literally, you feel your stomach shrinking when you're breastfeeding. And it's a very special bonding moment for a mother and a child. Now he's a big man and thinks my breasts belong to him. He just boldly thinks he can just whip one out whenever, and I'm like, "Hello!"

BC: On his birth certificate, does he have a double-barrelled surname?

WENDY: Oh, no! His name is Ailan Andrew Panton.

Wendy Fitzwilliam will appear in the upcoming September issue of SHE magazine

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