30 junho 2008
Zilin Zhang, la première Miss Monde chinoise, a été choisie par L'Oréal pour devenir son ambassadrice. Elle incarnera ainsi le visage du groupe en Asie, à l'exception du Japon. La grande griffe de cosmétiques poursuit ainsi sa philosophie qui est la promotion de toutes les formes de beauté et de féminité.
L'Oréal Paris est par ailleurs la première marque mondiale à avoir réuni, dès 1996, plusieurs actrices et acteurs chinois, comme l'actrice Gong Li, pour devenir ambassadeurs de la marque. Aujourd'hui, Zilin Zhang est aux anges, d'autant plus qu'il s'agit d'une grande première pour une femme chinoise d'être élue Miss Monde.
|Miss World 2007 pour des activités philanthropiques - 30/06/2008 |
Miss World 2007, Zhang Zilin (de nationalité chinoise) est arrivée le 28 juin au Vietnam à côté de la présidente, Pdg de la compagnie Miss World, Julia Morlay pour entreprendre un programme d'activités philanthropiques de plus de 10 jours.
Aujourd'hui, Miss World 2007, Zhang Zilin, accompagnée de la 1re dauphine du concours de beauté Miss Vietnam du monde, Teresa Sam doit participer de 17h45 à 19h30 à un défilé de chars fleuris à la ville de Nha Trang, province de Khanh Hoà (Centre), en guise de saluer le concours Miss Univers 2008. Cet événement sera retransmis en direct sur plusieurs chaînes de télévision : HTV2, Binh Duong et Khanh Hoà.
Natalya Shmarenkova ganhou a disputa do Mrs. World 2008.
Concurso de beleza contou com a participação da brasileira Adriana Jackson.
A ucraniana Natalya Shmarenkova venceu o Mrs. World 2008, sendo coroada a mais bela mulher casada do mundo. O concurso de beleza que permite apenas mulheres casadas há mais de seis meses foi realizado neste domingo (29) na cidade de Kaliningrad, na Rússia.
Shmarenkova é cantora na Ucrânia. Ela se apresenta com o pseudônimo de Kamaliya. Eleita a esposa mais bela do mundo, recebeu a coroa a e a faixa de nova rainha da beleza das mãos da norte-americana Diana Tucker, vencedora em 2007.
O concurso reuniu 42 representantes de vários países. O Brasil foi representado por Adriana Jackson, de 34 anos, que nasceu em Aracaju e atualmente mora em Salt Lake City, no estado de Utah, nos Estados Unidos.
Brooke Daniels, Miss Harris County, was crowned Miss Texas USA at the pageant in Laredo on Sunday night.
Daniels was one of three contestants from the Houston area to make it into the final five.
Miss Houston, Elise Horner, was first runner-up.
Also a finalist was was Miss Montgomery County, Taylor Britton.
Winning the People's Choice Award, chosen by vote of TV viewers, was Miss Bayou City, Lauren Sapaugh.
Daniels has big shoes to fill. Last year's winner, Crystle Stewart of Missouri City, went on to become Miss USA and will compete in the Miss Universe pageant next month in Vietnam.
Miss Harris County, Brooke Daniels is crowned the 2009 Miss Texas USA winner by 2008 Miss Texas Teen Lauren Guzman at the Laredo Entertainment Center Sunday, June 28 2008.
( AP Photo/ Laredo Morning Times/ Ulysses S. Romero)
Newly crowned 2009 Miss Texas USA Pagent Winner Brooke Daniels,from Harris County, walks down the catwalk as she celebrates her victory at the Laredo Entertainent Center Sunday June 29, 2008.
(AP Photo/ Laredo Morning Times/ Ulysses S. Romero)
The 2009 Miss Texas USA Winner Brooke Daniels from Harris County takes center stage along with the other contestants at the Laredo Entertainment Center Sunday June 29, 2008
(AP Photos/ Laredo Morning Times/ Ulysses S. Romero)
Son las seis de la mañana en Hanoi, al norte de Vietnam. Y las seis de la tarde en Colombia. Taliana Vargas, la actual Señorita Colombia se oye cansada y somnolienta al otro lado de la línea.
No fue fácil localizarla: sus jornadas en estos últimos días en el concurso de Miss Universo han sido maratónicas. Las candidatas se levantan muy temprano para recorrer las diferentes ciudades de Vietnam. Van a orfanatos y otras obras de caridad. A pesar del agotamiento, Taliana dice sentirse feliz y maravillada con la calidez y la belleza de este país.
Llegó allí el 20 de junio. Dice no extrañar nada, ni siquiera la comida -ya había probado la gastronomía vietnamita y dice que le encanta-. El recibimiento y el cariño que les han dado los nativos a todas las candidatas, la han hecho sentir como en casa, dice que en eso se parecen Colombia y Vietnam.
La Señorita Colombia se confiesa segura y tranquila. Confía en su preparación, que ha incluido expresión facial y corporal, pasarela, fogueo periodístico y entrenamiento físico y un vestuario elaborado por Alfredo Barraza, Beatriz Camacho y Silvia Tcherassi. "Ha sido un sacrificio inmenso pero estoy dichosa".
Las imágenes de los tres virreinatos universales empiezan a diluirse en la memoria de los colombianos seguidores de los reinados de belleza. De ahí en adelante, cada año se repite la historia: el nombre de Colombia suena entre las favoritas y cuando llega el momento de la verdad, la figuración de las candidatas es mínima. Pero esto no preocupa a esta reina, estudiante de comunicación e idiomas en Estados Unidos. Dice que se siente satisfecha de su papel en Vietnam y confía en Dios.
"La esencia de cada mujer es lo que cuenta. En un certamen como estos lo más importante es dejar huella, porque una sonrisa verdadera y unos ojos que brillen de felicidad solo se logran desde el interior. La belleza que está adentro sale afuera".
No se anima a dar favoritas, porque cree que la ganadora será la que cumpla con el perfil que tiene en mente el jurado.
"Estoy compitiendo conmigo misma. Somos todas jóvenes, compartimos la misma experiencia y tenemos diferentes sueños. No hay envidias ni rivalidades", asegura.
Si es elegida Miss Universo, será la segunda colombiana en alcanzar el título después de Luz Marina Zuluaga, coronada hace 50 años. Taliana sabe que el próximo 13 de julio puede ser el día en que cambie su vida radicalmente. Pero prefiere no pensar en eso. "El presente es lo que importa y quiero disfrutar cada instante".
SHE comes from the land of leisure and now she has the title to go with it.Territorian Allina Leal has been crowned the inaugural Miss Leisure at a beauty pageant in China.
Leal, 21, of Bakewell, Palmerston, beat a field of 75 to take home the crown in the Chinese city of Suzhou.
The beauty pageant was aimed at promoting tourism in China and was beamed to more than 800 million TV viewers around the world.
Territorians will be able to attest to Leal's outdoor leisure credentials.
The self-confessed revhead won the Miss Summernats competition last year.
She recently featured in the Sunday Territorian with her hotted up Holden VR V8 ute.
She was chosen by modelling agency Procon Leisure to represent Australia in the competition after impressing in local modelling competitions.
Her boyfriend, Chris Green, said Allina was over the moon after she took out the prize early yesterday.
"We got the phone call at 2am (yesterday) morning -- everyone's pretty excited about it,'' he said.
29 junho 2008
Well I was finally able to get through to Ms. Ayoung-Chee in Vietnam (the phone services are difficult to get through there and the connection died very quickly so I will try again tomorrow). I was able to tell her about her placements online and chat a bit about what she has done during her trip. With regards to her activities so far she has visited 3 cities in Vietnam: Hanoi the capital, Ho Chi Minh City and Hué, and the experience has been unforgettable. She is really in awe of the unique culture and the people of Vietnam.
After I told her the placements on the various websites and a few of your well wishes, I asked if there was anything she wanted to say:
“Wow, I can’t believe that I am leading, it is so hard to tell what’s going on here because information is secular and our schedules are very packed. I really want to so say that the support from everyone is overwhelming and very touching! It gives me a lot of motivation to perform the best that I can to represent my country and my people! Thank you all so much again, you have no idea just how much it means to me.”
Keep the love coming guys! I will have more for you tomorrow for sure!
I wish to give special thanks on behalf of Anya and the Pageant Company to Mr. Akanath Singh on for all of the good work he has done promoting Anya! He started our group, and handed out materials on his own initiative to really push for support! Kudos Akanath!
That’s all for now, thanks again for the overwhelming support! We need your clicking fingers again very soon, this year the National Costume Competition will be done via online votes! More information on this will be forthcoming very soon.
Anya's National Gift
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In a white T-shirt and black pants, the 24-year old beauty smiled to local media and said she loved the beauty of the HCMC Post Office and Vietnamese noodles, especially Pho 24, a well-known chain of noodle soup restaurants.
This is Zhang’s second trip to Vietnam. The first was a year and a half ago, before she won the crown.
Zhang, accompanied by Miss World Organization’s Chairwoman and President Julia Morley and the first runner-up to Miss Vietnam Global, Teresa Sam, is expected to do a series of charity events sponsored by U.S.-based blood product producer RAAS Group during her trip.
These include visiting HIV/AIDS centers, attending ceremonies to present charity houses and scholarships throughout Vietnam.
Zhang and Sam will also attend a flower parade next Monday in Nha Trang Town to welcome the upcoming Miss Universe 2008 competition.
“I’m very happy to be [back] here to help out because when I went home, I missed Vietnam,” said Sam, who told the Vietnam beauty at Miss Universe to “smile” and “show the world exactly how Vietnam is.”
RAAS CEO Hoang Kieu, a Vietnamese American, told local media before the trip that he invited Morley to drop by Vietnam as the preliminary step to the country bidding to host Miss World in 2010.
“We are not yet making a full plan, we are only looking to understand,” Morley said after landing in Vietnam for the first time yesterday.
Morley said the most important factor for Vietnam in her bid to host Miss World would be for the Vietnamese people to really “want it”.
“It’s not just Miss World coming in, it must be with the people’s blessing and it must be the people and Miss World working together.”
But the first step, she said, was for Miss World and Vietnam to “get to know each other.”
28 junho 2008
Zang Zi Lin, Miss World 2007, has arrived in Vietnam to participate in social and charitable activities organised by the U.S-based RAAS Group.
Mr. Hoang Kieu, CEO of RASS, said that Zang Zi Lin and Teresa Sam, the runner-up of the Miss World Vietnam, would take part in a float parade to welcome Miss Universe 2008 in Nha Trang.
According to Mr. Hoang Kieu, a Vietnamese American, who has done many charitable activities in Vietnam, Zang Zi Lin arrived in Vietnam at 5.50 pm local time.
The float parade will take place on June 30th in Nha Trang and will be televised by many local TV channels.
Prior to that, Zang Zi Lin and Teresa Sam will join a ceremony to present 28 houses, worth a total of VND 280 million, to poor people in Van Ninh District, Khanh Hoa Province.
They also will take part in many other ceremonies throughout Vietnam and will present houses, money, and scholarships to poor people, HIV-positive patients and students.
Mr. Hoang Kieu also revealed that Julia Morley, President and event-organiser of the Miss World Pageant, visited Vietnam on June 29th to prepare for Vietnam’s campaign to host Miss World 2010.
Source: Tien PhongTranslated by Ngoc Hun
At 5' feet 11" inches, All Saints resident Athina James is hoping to stand tall above the other delegates during the hosting of this year’s Miss Universe Pageant and bring the title back to her homeland of Antigua and Barbuda.
Unable to host a local pageant due to financial constraints, Director of the Miss Universe Organisation Calvin Southwell undertook a search where a number of pageant hopefuls were interviewed.
It was James, though, who stood out and who was selected as this year’s representative.
Perhaps little known by the masses, James is a homegrown woman who has her roots set firmly in All Saints Village. Her early education began at the J. T. Ambrose Primary School and later continued at the Antigua Girl’s High School and the Antigua State College.
As James suggests in her biography, growing up for her wasn’t about being the little "sugar and spice" wearing frilly dresses.
“I was an adventurous tomboy who enjoyed fishing in nearby ponds, taking long walks in the countryside…,” she shares.
Recently she has taken up dance class to improve her dance ability and she is currently signed on as a model with Southwell Inc.
Speaking to the Antigua Sun, Southwell said James is currently in Vietnam working alongside 79 other delegates in preparation for the pageant which will be hosted on 14th July. While in Vietnam, James will participate in fashion shows and charity auctions.
As is customary, each delegate is required to bring two national gifts from her country which will be auctioned for local charity.
James opted to take along a coal pot (complete with a yabba) and a warri board, two items that can be regularly found in Antigua and Barbuda.
Southwell shared that it hasn’t been easy to send a delegate to the Miss Universe Pageant on a yearly basis.
Funds in the form of donations and sponsorship have been practically non-existent, but Southwell is of the view that one year Antigua and Barbuda will rise to the top of the pageant scene internationally.
“Antigua and Barbuda has always done well. Shermain [Jeremy] was judged the most talented woman in the world when she went in for Ms. World and we all remember when Kai [Davis] did us proud when she won Miss Congeniality when she entered the Miss Universe Pageant,” he revealed.
So with lack of funds how does Calvin Southwell send delegates year after year?
“I dig into my own pocket,” he said resignedly. “I do it because I have high hopes that one day Antigua and Barbuda will excel.”
Fortunately for him, because he’s a designer and a trainer he has effectively managed to cut costs considerably. Rather than having to hire people to design and make her clothes Calvin Southwell created her entire wardrobe and offered her modelling training as well.
He credits Sascha Cosmetics of Trinidad and Tobago for being the only corporate entity that has stepped forward to donate a full make-up line of products for James.
Despite the challenges, Southwell has sent James off to Vietnam (spending $10,000 out of his own pocket for her airfare) and is hoping to join her shortly to cheer her on 14th July when James steps onstage and thrusts Antigua and Barbuda into the heart of the universe.
Nguyen Thuy Trang (Thuy Lam) performs in the National Costume Show held in Binh Duong Province last Sunday. She finished in the top 10.
The Vietnamese contestant at next month’s Miss Universe pageant in Nha Trang is getting along well with the other girls but is keen to take them on.
Nguyen Thuy Trang, the 2008 Miss Vietnam Universe, has always had a high profile. Trang, also known as Thuy Lam, was one of the 10 winners at last Sunday’s National Costume Show where she wore a dazzling, elaborately hand-embroidered ao dai.
In a less elaborate but stunning white traditional tunic, she was also among the five nominees for the Best in Ao Dai title at Thanh Nien’s charity show Duyen Dang Ao dai (Charming Ao Dai) last Tuesday.
Thanh Nien spoke to her to find out how she is preparing for next month’s Miss Universe grand finale.
Thanh Nien: How do you feel at the moment?
Nguyen Thuy Trang: I feel quite tired and under pressure, but I take good care of myself and keep to the schedule drawn up by the organizers.
I’m eating a little more than usual these days to gain some more weight.
You can’t see your family or friends now. Are you affected by this? Who is your roommate now?
I feel quite sad, but we still keep in touch by telephone. I haven’t been in the best frame of mind since my family and I have to take care of many things [preparations for the contest] ourselves.
I’m sharing a room with Anya Ayoung-Chee of Trinidad and Tobago. She is very nice and eager to discover Vietnamese cuisine.
You have lived for more than a week with the other contestants. What are your impressions of them?
They are quite different from each other but what they have in common is their sound knowledge of make-up, fitness and clothes.
From our conversations, I discovered they all got professional training to become beauty queens. When representing their country at international beauty pageants, they get advice from agencies to choose outfits and performing styles. This puts them at an advantage.
What aspects of Vietnam have you introduced to the others?
They ask me about a lot of things. What they are most interested in is the ao dai I wore a few days ago.
I explained to them the differences between the traditional ao dai and stylized modern ones. I also showed them the most attractive ways of sitting, walking and performing in the traditional Vietnamese costume while preparing for Thanh Nien’s charity show Duyen Dang Ao dai (Charming Ao dai). They have all marveled at the bewitching, demure beauty of our ao dai.
The girls are also very excited about sampling Vietnamese cuisine. They are so eager to try different dishes and I promised to show them around Ho Chi Minh City and introduce local dishes to them some day.
However, the hot weather has taken its toll on them.
The media blew up your last-minute change from Vo Viet Chung’s five-meter-long ao dai to a Thuan Viet piece at the National Costume Show. Were you affected by this?
My family and I were quite upset about it. But I don’t read newspapers or care much about what people have said about me in the last few days. My family and I have to take care of so many things on our own, so I really hope people are understanding.
I’ve been giving my best. I always keep in mind that I participate in this pageant not just for myself but for my country, which spurs me on.
Actually, I didn’t think there would be such a fuss about my ao dai change. I simply thought I’ll wear the outfit I feel most comfortable in while on stage.
Themed Vu khuc hac (Dance of Cranes), the ao dai designed by Thuan Viet was modeled on those worn by Queen Nam Phuong [wife of Bao Dai, the last king of Vietnam]. The outfit is a gorgeous blend of red and royal yellow, which accentuates the elegant grace of Vietnamese women and conveys a triumphal significance.
The combination of intricate hand-embroidered patterns in gilded thread, crystal, pearls and diamonds makes it a resplendent work of art. The costume was to my liking and I think I made a right choice.
So what are your major difficulties now?
There are several difficulties ahead.
One of them is that we’re pressed for time, having to make preparations in just 15 days while the other contestants have had one year’s preparation before their coronation and entry into this pageant. I don’t even have enough time for make-up, hairstyling and choosing outfits.
Some people don’t understand my worries; they just kept asking me to do this and not to do that, which stresses me. I represent the host country, so I need to be stress-free. I need everyone’s encouragement and cooperation to fulfill my mission.
What do you want to say before the pageant’s final stages?
I’m quite perplexed these days. Encouragements from the audiences will be a great source of strength for me to compete in the pageant.
I promise I’ll make the most of what I have. But I hope whatever the results are, I’ll always have everyone’s enthusiastic support.
Reported by Da Ly
La labor social en el certamen Miss Universe 2008, en donde la Isla es representada por Ingrid Marie Rivera, continúa a todo vapor en Vietnam.
El viernes se hizo sentir con la llegada de las candidatas a las villas SOS de Hanoi, que cobija a niños y familias de escasos recursos económicos.
Este proyecto inició en 1967 cuando la primera villa fue establecida en Ciudad de Ho Chi Minh (en ese momento Saigón).
Cincuenta casas pre fabricadas en Austria sirvieron de techo a más de 500 huérfanos y afectados de la guerra.
Actualmente, hay 31 villas relacionadas con este proyecto.
En las visitadas el viernes por las aspirantes al título de belleza Miss Universe 2008 hay alrededor de 14 familias, una residencia juvenil, un cuido de niños y una escuela de grados primarios y secundarios que actualmente atiende a 100 estudiantes.
El sábado, las concursantes tendrían la mañana libre y después del mediodía partirían en un viaje en autobús por cinco horas para llegar hasta Halong.
“Estoy ansiosa porque llegue el sábado, pues nos darán un tour por un lugar maravilloso donde hay picos de montaña en medio del agua y vistas espectaculares y únicas de este país”, dijo Rivera en su diario que envía por Internet.
País sede logra objetivo
Vietnam, sede de este año del concurso Miss Universe 2008, al parecer ha logrado su finalidad de disparar el turismo, pues según reportes de prensa locales, ya los hoteles de Nha Trang no tienen vacantes para la semana en que se realizará el concurso.
“Hemos tenido cientos de clientes que se han quedado sin poder ir porque no encontramos habitaciones en los hoteles de Nha Trang”, dijo Luong Duy Nga, director de la agencia Newstar Tour.
Los viajes desde Ho Chi Minh hacia Nha Trang están estimados en los $114 por persona, sin incluir los boletos del concurso ni alojamiento.
Miss Universe 2008 será el 13 de julio y en la Isla será transmitido por Telemundo.
VietNamNet Bridge – Travel firms are now refusing all requests to book tours to Nha Trang city to see the Miss Universe 2008 pageant.
Miss Universe contestants
“This is a rare chance to directly watch the Miss Universe pageant. Foreigners have to travel thousands of kilometres to Vietnam for this event. My family is ready to pay several thousand USD for a trip to Nha Trang but all travel agents say they are out of tickets for the pageant,” said Long, a businessman in Hanoi.
Hong Yen, an employee of a media company in Hanoi, was lucky to book a tour to Nha Trang two weeks ago. She said: “My family and two other families decided to combine summer holiday with Miss Universe pageant. This is the first time Vietnam has hosted the contest so we are very keen on it.”
Schedule of Miss Universe pageant in Nha Trang:
- June 29 evening: welcome party
- July 2 evening: swimsuit show at Vinpearland
- July 3, 4, 6 evenings: Gala Night
- July 8 evening: final performance
- July 13 evening: final competition
- July 14 morning: crown ceremony
Travel agents say it is very difficult to book tours to Nha Trang at present because hotels in the city are fully booked. “We have had to refuse hundreds of customers because we couldn’t book rooms for them,” said Luong Duy Nga, Director of Newstar Tour.
Viettran Tour offered tours to Nha Trang very early and it has booked 200 visitors. “We are very surprised to see many Vietnamese book tours for Miss Universe pageant but we can’t meet their demands at this moment because it is too late to book hotel rooms now,” said a representative of Viettran Tour.
Saigontourist carefully prepared for Miss Universe tours so it can serve a large number of tourists. Tours from HCM City to Nha Trang city to see the Miss Universe competition are priced at VND1.8-2.9 million per person (not including Miss Universe tickets). However, Saigontourist only offers tickets for the three major shows of Miss Universe 2008: the final performance, final competition and the crown ceremony. Tickets for the two first events are between $25-500 and $50-1,800 for the third.
27 junho 2008
Stuff.co.nz | Saturday, 28 June 2008
Doménica Saporiti, Miss Ecuador 2008, afirma que se ha adaptado al intenso trajín en Vietnam. Aquí con Jennifer Barrientos, Miss Filipinas.
“He asimilado la cultura de los vietnamitas”.
Sobre ese tema y otras experiencias la soberana nacional dialogó con este matutino, vía correo electrónico.
¿Cómo describe sus primeros días en Vietnam?
Espectacular e inolvidable. Esta experiencia me ha ayudado a crecer como ser humano. Diariamente aprendo algo nuevo. No me quejo de nada, al contrario, el trato es excelente para Ecuador y el lugar bellísimo. Creánme que me encanta escuchar a la gente cuando me dice Ecuador y les respondo, en el idioma de Vietnam.
¿Ha sido difícil su adaptación? ¿Con qué candidata se lleva mejor?
¿Difícil? Nada, quizás las jornadas que son algo agotadoras, pero eso se me va con una siesta. Pensaba que tendría complicaciones con la alimentación pero en cada hotel hay comida internacional y la de acá es deliciosa. En cuanto a mis compañeras, me llevo bien con todas. No me quedo en un grupo, voy rotando. Mi compañera de cuarto es Miss Panamá.
¿Qué cree que hasta el instante ha aprendido del país sede y de sus compañeras?
De Vietnam he asimilado su cultura. Aprovecho los almuerzos y cenas para conversar sobre nuestros países con mis compañeras.
¿Confía en su preparación?
Sí, en estos días que faltan solo pulo ciertos detalles. Mi deber es destacar el nombre de mi país y darle el puesto que se merece.
¿Ha sentido el respaldo de las personas en Vietnam?
El respaldo uno se lo gana en el momento que ven una sonrisa, sin fingir y una mano franca. Eso he sentido al máximo gracias a Dios.
¿La prensa vietnamita está pendiente de Ecuador?
Hasta ahora he conseguido que esté pendiente.
Miss Universe contestants visit Ha Noi as beauty pageant begins
|Miss Universe contestants on The Huc Bridge at Ngoc Son Temple in the heart of the capital. —VNA/VNS Photo Nhat Anh|
|Beauty floods into town: Eighty-one contestants participating in the Miss Universe 2008 beauty pageant met with ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions in Ha Noi at the Ambassadors Gala Dinner last night. The event aimed to promote cultural exchange between Viet Nam and the rest of the world. — VNS/VNA Photo Nhan Sang|
HA NOI — The 81 contestants participating in the Miss Universe 2008 beauty pageant began their first visit to Ha Noi yesterday.
Yesterday morning they met with representatives of Ha Noi’s People Committee, visited the Temple of Literature and walked along the Hoan Kiem Lake.
Paula Mary Sugart, president of the Miss Universe Organisation, expressed her joy at the hospitality shown to them by the Vietnamese people which she and the contestants would always treasure.
Last night, they met with their respective ambassadors to Viet Nam and heads of diplomatic missions during the Ambassadors Gala Dinner to promote cultural exchanges between Viet Nam and the rest of the world.
"With its tradition of hospitality, benevolence, faithfulness and respect for beauty as well as its pursuit for truth, good, and beautiful, Viet Nam has the great honour of hosting this year’s event," said Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan at the gala dinner.
Nhan also commented on the participants saying that they weren’t only contestants of the Miss Universe 2008 but were special beauties visiting Viet Nam from around the world.
"I hope when you return to your home countries, you will become good will ambassadors for Viet Nam and spread the message that ours is a hospitable, peace-loving nation desiring to be friends with all countries in the world," he added.
"The ambassador gala not only shows the Vietnamese government’s consideration for such a significant cultural event, but also expresses the Viet Nam’s gratitude to all the countries and regions for sending their beauty queens and also co-operating with the country in many sectors," said Pham Sanh Chau, head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of Culture, during the press conference in HCM City last week when the contestants first came to HCM City.
Before coming to Ha Noi, the contestants visited the historic city of Hoi An in Quang Nam Province on Wednesday.
They spent time visiting Nam Hai Resort and the Palm Garden Resort, and joined in entertainment activities including beach volleyball, surfing, and playing Vietnamese folk games on Hoi An beach. The contestants also observed the daily lives of local fishermen.
In the evening, the contestants took in the sights on cyclos via a parade through Hoi An’s main streets, and joined a performance of traditional costumes, where each participant’s country dress was represented.
The 57th Miss Universe beauty pageant will be held at the Crown Convention Center (Diamond Bay Resort) in Nha Trang on July 14 where outgoing title holder Riyo Mori will crown her successor. — VNS
|Miss Univers 2008 : "Gala dîner des ambassadeurs" à Hanoi - 27/06/2008 |
Dans le cadre de la visite à Hanoi des candidates au concours de beauté Miss Univers 2008, s'est déroulée le soir du 26 juin dans la capitale vietnamienne le "Gala dîner des ambassadeurs " (Ambassadors Gala Diner).
Ce programme d'échange entre les ambassadeurs des pays et territoires ayant leur reine de beauté candidate à ce concours avait pour but de resserrer davantage les relations d'amitié entre les nations, concrètement entre le Vietnam et ses amis du monde. Une cinquantaine de représentations diplomatiques étrangères accréditées à Hanoi y ont pris part.
Selon une annonce faite par Paula M. Shugart, présidente de Miss Univers sur le site web officiel du concours (www.missuniverse.com), le MC américain Jerry Springer et l'ex-membre du groupe anglais Spice Girls, Melanie Brown (Mel B), seront les 2 animateurs de la soirée de la finale du concours de beauté Miss Univers 2008 prévue le 14 juillet dans la ville de Nha Trang, province de Khanh Hoà (Centre).
"Je suis très excitée de voir de mes propres yeux les reines de beauté de Miss Univers. Je crois que la diversité et les contributions des candidates susciteront un vif intérêt chez le plus large public possible et encourageront les femmes du monde à s'affirmer avec une pleine confiance en soi", déclare Mel B, qui s'est fait un nom dans divers métiers allant de chanteuse jusqu'à styliste en passant par actrice et productrice...
Jerry Springer, lui aussi très réputé en tant que MC dans des programmes télévisés américains comme "America's Got Talent", "The Jerry Springer Show", "Dancing with the Stars", considère qu'il s'agit pour lui "d'un grand honneur"
Hôi An accueille les Miss
Le vieux quartier de Hôi An, province de Quang Nam (Centre) était en pleine effervescence lorsqu'il a accueilli mercredi les Miss venues de 80 pays et territoires du monde, dans le cadre des activités d'échanges Miss Univers 2008. L'événement a attiré l'attention d'un grand nombre d'habitants locaux, et bien sûr des touristes, lesquels se sont rués en masse dans les rues pour profiter de l'occasion unique qui leur était faite d'admirer de visu ces reines de beauté. Quatre-vingt belles ont participé à de nombreuses activités culturelles, philanthropiques et de promotion de tourisme à l'occasion de l'inauguration de la Saison touristique maritime de Quang Nam 2008. Elles ont fait une course de cyclo-pousse autour du vieux quartier en costume traditionnel, participé à des activités sportives et discuté avec les habitants de Hôi An dans la zone touristique maritime du Palm Garden Resort. "Je suis très étonnée de découvrir que le Vietnam a encore un quartier antique aussi magnifique. J'y suis déjà si attachée sentimentalement que je le présenterai à mes concitoyens", déclare Crystle Stewart, la Miss États-Unis. "Hôi An est une destination idéale en tant qu'espace architectural antique très distingué. Nous sommes par ailleurs très impressionnés par le réseau hôtelier et des habitants très chaleureux. Ce sont des conditions idéales pour que les échanges des Miss à Hôi An rencontrent le succès", déclare Loraine German, directrice chargée de l'organisation des communications du concours Miss Univers 2008.
Natália Anderle visita orfanato no Vietnã
Miss Brasil cumpre agenda das candidatas ao Concurso Miss Universo
Renata Mendonça Do EGO no Rio com Reuters
Natália Anderle cumpriu mais um dos compromissos das candidatas do Concurso de Miss Universo. Nesta sexta-feira, 27, ela visitou a SOS Village, um orfanato em Hanoi, no Vietnã. A Miss Brasil posou para fotos quando chegou ao local. Na quinta-feira, 26, ela participou de um jantar de Gala em um hotel do país. O concurso anual de Miss Universo no Vietnã acontece no dia 13 de julho.
No Vietnã, a miss Brasil Natália Anderle, de 23 anos, participa de um jantar de Gala nesta quinta-feira, 26, em um hotel em Hanoi. A morena participará do concurso Miss Universo, que será realizado no dia 13 de julho, no país. Na terça-feira, 24, a Miss Brasil fez ajustes no traje criado pelo estilista Sherri Hill no hotel onde está hospedada, New World Hotel, em Ho Chi Minh (antiga Saigon).
Miss Universe contestants on stage
(L-R) Miss Canada Samantha Tajik, Miss Jamaica April Jackson, Miss Finland Satu Tuomisto, Miss Cayman Islands Rebecca Parchment, Miss Japan Hiroko Mima, Miss France Laura Tangua, Miss China Ziya Wei and Miss Georgia Gvantsa Daraselia appear onstage at the Ambassadors' Gala Dinner
(L-R) Miss Kosovo Zana Krasniqi, Miss Australia Laura Dundovic, Miss Israel Shunit Faragi, Miss Curacao Jenyfeer Natividad Mercelina, Miss Georgia Gvantsa Daraselia and Miss Montenegro Dasa Zivkovic are seen on a beach in Hoi An June 25, 2008. The 57th annual Miss Universe pageant will be held in Vietnam's central Nha Trang resort city on July 14, 2008. [Agencies]
Miss Brazil 2008 Natalia Anderle smiles on a beach in Hoi An June 25, 2008. The 57th annual Miss Universe pageant will be held in Vietnam's central Nha Trang resort city on July 14, 2008. [Agencies]
China Daily - China
26 junho 2008
By REYMA BUAN-DEVEZA abs-cbnNEWS.com The Philippines' bet for Miss Universe, Jennifer Barrientos was given an official Miss Universe sash that misspelled her country's name. "Philippines" was spelled with two Ls instead of one. In a photo published in seattlepi.com's Miss Universe Gallery, picture number 22 shows that Barrientos wore the misspelled sash, while sitting with Madina Taher, Miss Germany; Charlotte Labee, Miss Netherlands; and Vera Krasova, Miss Russia, during a party on June 20th. Reports said it took almost three days for the Miss Universe Organization to correct the error. Other reports say the error remains in the official program book. In an exclusive statement sent to abs-cbnNEWS.com by Lark-Marie Antón, the spokeswoman of the Miss Universe Organization, she admitted that a mistake was committed but said they instantly rectified it. "Unfortunately, there was an error which was immediately corrected," Antón said. Antón didn't explain further regarding who was responsible for the error. She just appealed to all Filipinos to support Barrientos by tuning in to the pageant. "We hope the Philippines will be watching as Jennifer competes for the crown on July 13th on NBC," Antón said. Names of countries are occasionally misspelled on official pageant sashes, sometimes causing ill feelings. During the 2006 Miss Earth pageant the official sashes for Guadeloupe and Bosnia & Herzegovina were misspelled- Guadaluope, Bosnia & Hercegovina. All set for Miss Universe 2008 Two weeks from now, viewers will be fixing their eyes on television screens as 80 beautiful candidates from all over the world compete for the 2008 Miss Universe crown. Vietnam will play host to the event, to be held at the Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa. Prior to the final night the candidates have already been presented to the press. They have also finished their pre-pageant show, for the parade of their national costumes. The Miss Universe Organization has already announced that the host of NBC’s hit summer show, "America’s Got Talent," Jerry Springer and actress-singer Mel B will host the 2008 Miss Universe Pageant live on NBC. The announcement of the show's hosts was made by Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization. It was published on the official Miss Universe website www.missuniverse.com. http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/
By REYMA BUAN-DEVEZA
The Philippines' bet for Miss Universe, Jennifer Barrientos was given an official Miss Universe sash that misspelled her country's name. "Philippines" was spelled with two Ls instead of one.
In a photo published in seattlepi.com's Miss Universe Gallery, picture number 22 shows that Barrientos wore the misspelled sash, while sitting with Madina Taher, Miss Germany; Charlotte Labee, Miss Netherlands; and Vera Krasova, Miss Russia, during a party on June 20th.
Reports said it took almost three days for the Miss Universe Organization to correct the error. Other reports say the error remains in the official program book.
In an exclusive statement sent to abs-cbnNEWS.com by Lark-Marie Antón, the spokeswoman of the Miss Universe Organization, she admitted that a mistake was committed but said they instantly rectified it.
"Unfortunately, there was an error which was immediately corrected," Antón said.
Antón didn't explain further regarding who was responsible for the error.
She just appealed to all Filipinos to support Barrientos by tuning in to the pageant.
"We hope the Philippines will be watching as Jennifer competes for the crown on July 13th on NBC," Antón said.
Names of countries are occasionally misspelled on official pageant sashes, sometimes causing ill feelings.
During the 2006 Miss Earth pageant the official sashes for Guadeloupe and Bosnia & Herzegovina were misspelled- Guadaluope, Bosnia & Hercegovina.
All set for Miss Universe 2008
Two weeks from now, viewers will be fixing their eyes on television screens as 80 beautiful candidates from all over the world compete for the 2008 Miss Universe crown.
Vietnam will play host to the event, to be held at the Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa.
Prior to the final night the candidates have already been presented to the press. They have also finished their pre-pageant show, for the parade of their national costumes.
The Miss Universe Organization has already announced that the host of NBC’s hit summer show, "America’s Got Talent," Jerry Springer and actress-singer Mel B will host the 2008 Miss Universe Pageant live on NBC.
The announcement of the show's hosts was made by Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization. It was published on the official Miss Universe website www.missuniverse.com.
Simone Burke winner of the Miss Earth Jamaica 2008 at the Knutsford Court Hotel, last Sunday. - Colin Hamilton/Freelance photographer
Simone Burke will represent Jamaica, in Manila on November 9, in the third largest global pageant, as the first Miss Earth Jamaica following her crowning at the Knutsford Court Hotel in St Andrew, on Sunday.
After a brief introduction, Ms Burke was invited onto the stage. Shortly after, the smiling but speechless Burke was sashed and crowned 'Miss Earth Jamaica', by Jo-Anne Archbald, a representative from the Ministry of Information and Culture, to the flashing of lights from a significant number of cameras.
Criteria for selection
The criteria for the selection of the queen were not given (despite attempts to ascertain them) except that Ms Burke, a former Immaculate Conception High School head girl, was chosen from a number of applicants after pre-screening and interviews and that next year, a committee will be formed to choose the new Miss Earth Jamaica.
The Posh Entertainment Production's one hour programme, preceded by cocktails, started promptly at 7:30 p.m., and was hosted by broadcaster and singer Andrew Lawrence. Lawrence was also one of two performers on the show.
In his melodious voice he filled the small Blue Mountain Suite with John Denver's Annie's Song, Jeffrey Osbourne's The Greatest Love Affair and after the crowning of the Queen he serenaded her with Eric Clapton's Change the World.
Also, providing entertainment was Tanice Morrison with Michael Jackson's Heal the World and her original, For You Mother, in this case mother is in reference to 'mother earth'.
While the organisers can be complimented on their attempt to help save the environment by participating in yet another 'beauties for a cause' pageant, it is recommended that next year's selection process is transparent and well publicised. After all, the queen will be representing Jamaica. Is that asking too much?
Established in 2001 and organised by Carousel Productions, the Miss Earth pageant, which is ranked third behind Miss World and Miss Universe promotes the event to address issues concerning the environment.
Final acontece em julho, em Angra dos Reis (RJ).
O concurso Miss Mundo Brasil 2008 terá algumas particularidades, para marcar os 50 anos de participação das brasileiras no Miss Mundo. Dessa vez, no lugar de candidatas que representem os estados do país, vão concorrer ao título de mulher mais bela do Brasil dez finalistas que participaram dos concursos de 2006 e 2007.
Veja fotos das candidatas ao Miss Mundo Brasil 2008
“Mudamos esse aspecto do concurso este ano porque o Miss Mundo está marcado para setembro e não teríamos muito tempo para preparar a candidata brasileira. Assim que o Miss Mundo acabar vamos começar a nos dedicar ao Miss Mundo Brasil 2009, que será tradicional, com uma candidata vinda de cada estado brasileiro”, afirma Henrique Fontes, organizador do concurso.
Outra mudança prevista para o Miss Mundo Brasil 2009 é a prova de modalidades esportivas a que deverão ser submetidas as candidatas. “Provas esportivas e de talento já são tradição no Miss Mundo, mas começarão a ser aplicadas no Brasil a partir do próximo ano. Estamos em fase de escolha das modalidades”, diz Fontes.
A Miss Mundo Brasil 2008 será escolhida em julho, em Angra dos Reis (RJ). O Miss Mundo 2008 acontecerá entre 5 de setembro e 4 de outubro, na Ucrânia.
Além de representantes dos 27 estados do país, concorrerão pela primeira vez ao título de Miss Mundo Brasil representantes de sete ilhas brasileiras. A idéia, segundo a organização do evento, é chamar a atenção para a importância da preservação ambiental.