28 fevereiro 2009

Miss Brasil pode deixar a Grande Rio no carnaval de 2010

Natália Anderle declarou sua simpatia pela Beija-Flor de Nilópolis

Léo Martinez Do EGO, no Rio

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Natália Anderle

A miss Brasil Natália Anderle pode estar com os dias contados na Acadêmicos do Grande Rio, escola de samba onde fez sua estréia no carnaval carioca. Na noite desta sexta-feira, 27, Anderle comentou sua participação na agremiação de Caxias e declarou simpatia pela Beija-Flor:

“Fiquei muito emocionada quando pisei na avenida e senti a vibração do povo. Vou querer desfilar mais vezes no carnaval do Rio. Se não for pela Grande Rio, vou tentar na Beija-Flor, uma outra escola que eu acho linda e bem organizada”, disse a miss ao EGO.

Natália Anderle desfilou na Grande Rio como destaque de chão, usando uma fantasia que representava a ala dos aviões. Para a miss, o primeiro contato com a folia carioca foi literalmente um processo de decolagem: “Acho que fui bem no desfile, eu decolei”, concluiu.


Miss Universo, tras los pasos de Irene Sáenz

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Miss Universo 2008, Dayana Mendoza, declaró hoy en Praga que no le importaría seguir las huellas de Irene Sáenz, una de sus antecesoras que se dedicó luego a la política.

EFE Sáenz fue coronada como reina de la belleza en 1981, siendo una de las cinco mujeres del país caribeño en lograr el título, y luego se ocupó de la alcaldía de Caracas en la década pasada.

Sobre la posibilidad de emprender una trayectoria política, mendoza dijo a Efe: "No me molestaría, creo que sería bien interesante", y añadió que "uno nunca sabe qué pueda pasar, el mundo da muchas vueltas".

De momento, "siendo miss universo no tengo sitio para hablar de política y más a hablar sobre lo que pasa en mi país y en otros países", consideró Mendoza tras declinar cualquier valoración sobre la situación interna de Venezuela.

Miss Universo se reunirá hoy con el ministro checo de Asuntos Exteriores, Karel Schwarzenberg. "Es una reunión bien informal, bien casual, y bien divertida", matizó.

En el país centroeuropeo, la venezolana se entrevistó ya con la Miss República Checa 2008, Eliska Buckova.


Rumbo al Miss Ecuador

Gabriela Ulloa Quiñónez

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La belleza de la mujer esmeraldeña se hace presente en el concurso Miss Ecuador 2009 con su representante Gabriela Ulloa Quiñónez.

La joven de 21 años, que estudia periodismo en la Universidad Laica de Guayaquil, participó en el 2006 en el reinado de su localidad y fue cuarta finalista; y en el Super Model of the World en el 2007.

La también modelo de la agencia Klasse asegura que de ganar la corona su plan de trabajo estará dirigido hacia los niños de las salas de quemados de todo el Ecuador.

“Me gustaría implementar centros de atención especializados en todo el país, para que ellos sean debidamente atendidos”, señala.

Sobre su decisión de participar en el concurso, afirma que los principales motivos han sido el apoyo de su progenitora, la promesa realizada a un familiar fallecido, así como el deseo de servir a los demás y cumplir su sueño de la niñez: ser reina de belleza.

Gabriela cuenta que la visita a la Amazonía ha sido una de las que más ha disfrutado, por su maravilloso paisaje.

Comenta que sus pasatiempos favoritos son la lectura y la escritura.


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Countdown begins for Miss India beauty contest

Mumbai, Feb 28 (ANI): It is countdown time for the Miss India 2009 pageant in Mumbai.

Sixty-five dazzling contenders appeared at an event on Friday ahead of the contest, which is to be held on April this year. The sixteen finalists will be announced on March 9.

Some of the contestants were excited and enjoying the media attention.

‘It’s the most renowned and well known contest in the country. Just being a part of it, is amazing. I really hope that I am selected. I am really looking forward to the training,’ said Ridhima Shahni, a nineteen-year-old aspirant from Pune.

These contestants are to be put through an intensive training programme to ensure that the eventual winners fare exceptionally well at international pageants.

The finalists will undergo a month-long training under the supervision of experts and professionals.

Contestants are imparted training in catwalk, skin and hair care, make-up and grooming, diet and fitness, speech and diction, workshop on Indian heritage, culture, music and art.

‘I tell them one thing, keep and maintain your Indian values and Indian culture that at end of the day when you go abroad and integrate in the modernization, globalization, you will that is what will make you the winner,’ said Marc Robinson, a contestant director.

India first won a Miss World title in 1966 with the crowning of Reita Faria. Thereafter, it took another 28 years for an Indian woman to secure another world beauty title.

In 1994, Sushmita Sen won the Miss Universe crown, while Aishwarya Rai secured the Miss World title. Both are now Bollywood actresses. (ANI)


27 fevereiro 2009

Tesia Burton- Miss World St. Kitts-Nevis Pageant Contestant

Tesia Burton

Tesia Burton is a contestant in the first ever Miss St. Kitts Nevis World Pageant. She will compete along with four other contestants on Saturday, March 7, at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort.

Today we feature Burton and more information about this contestant can be found below:

Determined, friendly and confident are three attributes used to highlight the resounding personality of Tesia Burton, a 21 year old Aquarian, born on January 24th 1987. Tesia considers herself fortunate to have been welcomed into a unique ethnic family which blossomed from her Antiguan mother and Vincentian father, coupled with the foundation laid by her Kittitian grandmother. She is a multi-cultural Kittitian beauty that was raised in the historic village of St. Paul’s.

Having graduated high school and the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College with a Diploma in Arts/Science & General Studies, she is now employed at the Bank of Novia Scotia as a Loans Officer. Currently, Tesia is pursuing a degree in Financial Management through the AICB-Institute of Canadian Bankers.

Tesia finds much joy participating in pageants. She was afforded the opportunity in 2007 to represent St. Kitts-Nevis at the Miss Carnival and Miss Caribbean Jaycees Pageants where she was adjudged winner in swimsuit, evening gown and talent. As an active member of the Island Soul Entertainment Group, she coordinates the Miss Big and Beautiful Pageant that is held during the annual Carnival celebrations.

Her drive to pursue these interests is fueled by the positive examples from her country’s history, customs and the achievement of its people.

The traditions of excellence and examples of success that surrounds Tesia have encouraged her development in self expression, creativity and academics. She therefore views this inaugural Miss World St. Kitts-Nevis Pageant, as the ideal platform to share these experiences.


Babes and the beach party

West Australian finalists will hit the catwalk.

West Australian finalists will hit the catwalk.

A stunning line-up of 20 of the hottest girls in the State will compete to be crowned Miss Universe WA tonight.

At what promises to be a super hot beach party complete with fashion parades, champagne, seafood and samba, the girls will fight to prove they deserve the title and chance to compete in the Australian final.

See the pictures of the finalists here

The Miss Universe WA State Final will be nothing like the average beauty pageant.

Organisers Greg Erskine and Troy Barbagallo are determined to host a fabulous outdoor party minus the cheesy calls for world peace and endless twirling around in ball gowns normally associated with pageants.


Seven int’l beauties to come to Vietnam this June

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Miss World 2008 Ksenia Sukhinova and Hoang Kieu, Chairman and General Director of the US-based RAAS group.

VietNamNet Bridge – Hoang Kieu, Chairman and General Director of the US-based RAAS group on February 26 said that Miss World 2008 Ksenia Sukhinova, Miss World 2007 Zhang Zilin and Misses representing five continents will go to Vietnam this June to do charity.

They will join a music show named “Arms of Compassion,” which is jointly organized by RAAS and the Vietnamese Ministry of Health in the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho on June 5, 2009; RAAS – Words of Love on June 7; and a procession on June 9 on Tran Phu Road, under the Nha Trang Sea – Rendezvous Festival (June 5-12 in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province).

RAAS is holding the copyright to organize the Miss World Vietnam to choose the Vietnamese representative for the international Miss World pageant. RAAS has submitted its detailed plan for the Miss World Vietnam 2009 to the Vietnamese government.

Owing to the new rules on organizing beauty contests in Vietnam, which stipulates that only one national pageant will be held in Vietnam within a year, RAAS planed to organize the Miss World Vietnam 2009 in Las Vegas (USA) for all Vietnamese contestants in America and in London (UK) for Vietnamese in Europe. The semi-final round for European contestants is scheduled on June 27 in London and on July 4 in Las Vegas.

After her first charity tour and leaving Vietnam on the first day of the lunar year 2009, Miss World Ksenia Sukhinova continued her charity activities in the US. So far, she has raised more than $3 million for charity.

On February 17, Ksenia Sukhinova and Hoang Kieu paid a visit to the centre for homeless people in Los Angeles and presented 10,000 food rations to homeless people.


26 fevereiro 2009

Los narcotraficantes dominan los concursos de belleza en México

Los capos de la droga dominan México

Los capos de la droga dominan México

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Ser la reina del Carnaval en el estado mexicano de Sinaloa puede ser el principio de una carrera como modelo o de una pesadilla.

Los narcotraficantes hacen su particular actuación en esta fiesta: ofrecen a las chicas joyas, viajes y todo tipo de lujos y luego, les obligan a mantener relaciones sexuales con ellos.

Un ejemplo de esta situación es el caso de Laura Zuñiga, Miss Sinaloa en 2008, que después de participar en el concurso de Miss Mundo, fue detenida el pasado diciembre junto a varios traficantes.

Durante su arresto, la policía se incautó de armas y más de 50.000 dólares.

Zuñiga ya está en libertad, pero la detención ha terminado con su carrera como modelo.

Por esta razón, las aspirantes a reinas de belleza en el estado de Sinalaoa luchan para no se repita su caso en una región dominada por los narcotraficantes.


El vuelo de Taliana Vargas, nuestra apuesta en modelaje

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Reconocida modelo y ex-señorita Colombia

Para muchos, Taliana es una de esas reinas que, aunque hayan entregado la corona, seguirá instalada por mucho tiempo en la memoria del país.

Y es que a esta samaria (de padre paisa y mamá costeña), la vida le ha enseñado a disfrutar cada segundo con una pasión contagiosa. En Miss Universo se robó el show invadiendo con su energía cada uno de los escenarios, y ni hablar de la noche de coronación en la que su pasarela fue impecable.

Taliana tiene estilo, conoce sus movimientos y sobre todo sabe conectarse con el público que tiene al frente. Esas son las claves para llegar lejos. Ahora que Donald Trump la fichó como una de las suyas (hará parte de la agencia de modelos del dueño de Miss Universo), seguramente se le abrirán muchas puertas más. En su cabeza ya tiene una idea fija: en unas semanas tendrá la oportunidad de hacer casting para ser uno de los ángeles de la firma Victoria's Secret (donde aparecen mujeres como Heidi Klum, Karolina Kurkova, Adriana Lima y Alessandra Ambrosio) y quiere verse con las alas puestas. Nosotros ya la vemos cogiendo vuelo como una de las modelos de mayor peso en Latinoamérica.


Wrong way to the crown

Vietnamese contestant Nguyen Dieu Hoa competes in Mrs World 2008 in Russia. Mrs Vietnam 2009 will be the only national beauty contest approved by the Department of Performance Arts this year.
A new regulation limiting Vietnam to only one national beauty contest a year could stymie the country’s chances of crowning an international beauty queen.

Experts say authorities have shackled Vietnamese beauty queens’ ability to compete at the global level by limiting the country to one national contest beauty per year.

As Mrs Vietnam, a competition for successful married women, will be the only national pageant allowed by a new regulation this year, industry insiders worry that its winners will not be able to compete against the younger beauties vying for international crowns.

“The regulation is ridiculous,” local newswire VnExpress quoted former editor-in-chief of Tien Phong (Pioneer) newspaper Duong Xuan Nam as saying.

Tien Phong has organized the Miss Vietnam pageant since 1988.

“It’ll be a great disadvantage for young beauty queens if only Mrs Vietnam is held this year,” Nam said, adding that women without families and successful careers would lose their chance to compete internationally while the representatives selected from Mrs Vietnam would be at a disadvantage against younger global competition.

By allowing only one national competition per year, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Performing Arts Department said it hoped to increase the quality of national contests to give Vietnamese winners a better competitive edge at international beauty pageants.

“Vietnam doesn’t need to hold so many competitions while most of them are unprofessionally organized,” said Le Ngoc Cuong, head of the Performing Arts Department. “And not all international contests require contestants to be the winners of the national events.”

But many in the industry do not have the same point of view.

Chi Bao, deputy general director of Miss Universe Vietnam organizers Universe Shareholding Co., was quoted by VnExpress as saying that Miss Universe does not accept contestants that have not competed in national pageants.

He criticized the department’s decision to make Mrs Vietnam this year’s national event as it makes Vietnam’s only eligible Miss World and Miss Universe participants significantly older than the global competition.

Cuong defended the decision to choose Mrs Vietnam for eligibility by saying it was the only competition that had applied for approval since the new rules were announced last year.

“We haven’t received any plans from Miss Vietnam... we’re not favoring contests on a first-come-first-serve basis,” Cuong said, “We’ve simply chosen the only contest that applied.”

Experts say the department should only approve more traditional contests for national status, noting that the Mrs World criteria were very open and that Vietnam had sent contestants to the event without an official national contest in the category.

But the more traditional Miss Vietnam and Miss World have more rigid requirements that can only be fulfilled at official national competitions.

Big players bow out

While Bao has said his company would follow the regulation and not hold Miss Universe Vietnam this year, perhaps a bigger absence will be that of Elite Vietnam, an agency that liaises between Vietnamese competitions and international pageants.

Shortly after debate on the regulation was sparked, the agency announced a halt to its role as middleman in favor of focusing on training.

“Elite Vietnam won’t work to send contestants to global competitions this year due to a lack of funding and sponsorship,” said Thuy Hanh, the company’s professional director.

“We’ve spent a lot of money sending women to several global pageants, but they haven’t achieved the desired results. We think we should spend more time discovering and training talent rather than hastily sending under-qualified contestants to global competitions.

“After 10 years working in Vietnam, the company wants to develop and expand the local modeling industry by organizing training tours to countries where Elite subsidiaries are based,” Hanh said, adding that the difficulties posed by the new regulation in sending qualified contestants to Miss Universe and Miss World had deterred the company.

Reported by Do Tuan


PHOTOS Chloé Mortaud, Miss France 2009 au salon de l'agriculture

PHOTOS - Chloé Mortaud et Sylvie Tellier se sont rendus au salon de l'agriculture, qui s'est ouvert ce week-end à Paris.

Comme toutes les Miss qui l'ont précédée, Chloé Mortaud s'est rendue au grand rendez-vous fermier de la capitale : le salon de l'agriculture. La franco-américaine a visité le stand des éleveurs de l'Ariège, son département d'origine. Sur place, elle a reçu un cadeau unique particulièrement original : une vache répondant au doux nom de déesse.

Quand on se souvient de la peur que Chloé Mortaud a eu en s'approchant d'un cheval il y a quelques semaines, on ose espérer qu'elle sera plus à l'aise avec sa nouvelle amie...



24 fevereiro 2009

Binibining Pilipinas

Candidates for this year's Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) beauty pageant pose by the spiral stairway of a posh hotel in Manila, Philippines, during its media presentation Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. Twenty four Filipino beauties will vie for this year's contest for a chance to represent the country in the international competition as Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Bibiining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) beauty pageant 2009 contestants pose for the photographer during a media presentation in Manila February 24, 2009. Twenty-four Filipino beauties will vie for this year's contest for a chance to represent the country in international competition as Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES)

Courtesy of Yahoo News.

23 fevereiro 2009

Natália Anderle decola como destaque da Grande Rio

A miss Brasil veio apresentando uma ala de aviões no primeiro dia de desfiles do Rio

Léo Martinez Do EGO, no Rio

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Usando uma fantasia bem comportada, a miss Brasil Natália Anderle desfilou na noite deste domingo, 22, pela escola de samba Grande Rio. A miss foi bastante aplaudida pelo público e não economizou sorrisos para os foliões que lotam a Marquês de Sapucaí.


A Miss Sinaloa “no se le regresará ningún título”: Lupita Jones

La ex Miss Universo y directora de Nuestra Belleza México, dijo que a Laura Zúñiga no se le regresara ninguna corona, ni la que ganó para México.

La ex Miss Universo Lupita Jones, como directora de Nuestra Belleza México (NBM), reiteró que a la ganadora para competir por México en Miss Mundo 2009, Laura Zúñiga, no se le regresará ningún título, aun después que quedó exonerada de lo que se le acusaba.

Lo sucedido con la belleza Sinaloa tampoco cambiará la manera de NBM para elegir a las mujeres mexicanas más bellas de nuestro país, pues la intención de la organización es traer coronas mundiales para México, demostrando que la mujer mexicana está por encima de cualquier situación que pueda empañar la imagen de nuestro país a nivel internacional.

Lo anterior se desprendió de una entrevista con Lupita Jones, quien asistió al debut teatral de Dalilah Polanco como actriz alternante de Chicas católicas, y con quien ha compartido el escenario en algunas de sus presentaciones en Los monólogos de la vagina.

¿Cómo va el tema de Laura Zúñiga?

“Pues ya todos ustedes lo saben, pues ha sido un tema que ha ido y venido con los medios hasta cansarse, entonces, gracias a Dios salió libre de cualquier sospecha o culpabilidad que se le pudiera imputar, así que eso nos da mucho gusto por ella”.

¿Has podido hablar con ella desde que salió libre?

“No, la hemos buscado, pero no se ha dado el acercamiento, pero ojalá se dé, porque sí me gustaría platicar con ella”.

¿Le devolverán alguna corona?


¿Ninguna, ni la internacional que ganó para México?

“No, bueno, pero eso depende de la organización del concurso internacional de Bolivia, ya que fue Reina Hispanoamericana. Ellos aplicaron sus reglas y, pues nosotros no tenemos ninguna ingerencia.

“En el caso de México, pues también, ahora sí que en ciertas cosas hay que ser fríos y aplicar las reglas como están, pues de esa manera no tienes cómo desviarte, está por escrito, está firmado, fue un acuerdo y tenemos que aplicar las reglas.

“Si no somos firmes o si no somos honestos con las cosas que estamos planteando, pues perderemos está credibilidad o perdemos la confianza, pues las cosas las estamos haciendo sobre una guía que está en el concurso”.

¿Qué tanto le ha afectado al concurso?

“Pues, bueno, ustedes se dedican a esto, a dar información, a dar notas y demás, pues imagínense, sí, ha sido un trance muy doloroso para nosotros como organización, por supuesto también en el sentido de ponernos en el lugar de Laura, que vivió una situación sumamente triste.

“Y como organización, pues simple y sencillamente seguir adelante, que es algo que a todos nos sorprendió muchísimo, pero también es una triste realidad que está viviendo nuestro país. Afortunadamente para Laura, como lo decía, cualquier culpabilidad está descartada.

“Lo que le queda a ella es seguir adelante igual que a nosotros, que como organización estamos echando a andar lo que es la campaña de este año y vamos a filmar con Carla y Perla.

“Entonces, estamos lanzando la nueva campaña, buscando a la nueva chica y todo sigue igual, seguimos adelante”.

¿Cambiará este hecho algo en la selección de concursantes?

“Nosotros seguimos con nuestra mecánica de la misma forma, nosotros nos dedicamos a organizar concursos de belleza, que las autoridades se dediquen a hacer lo suyo’’.

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Miss Brasil 2008 na Grande Rio, desfilandona Sapucaí

Grande Rio leva o ano da França no Brasil à Sapucaí
Escola enfoca o diálogo cultural entre Brasil e França.
Enredo mostra história e cultura francesas e sua influência sobre os brasileiros.

A Grande Rio, segunda escola a desfilar na noite de domingo (22) na Marquês de Sapucaí, entrou na avenida às 22h44 com um enredo que festeja o ano da França no Brasil.

O enredo “Voilá, Caxias! Para sempre Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Merci beaucoup, Brésil! Não tem de quê”, na voz de Wantuir, é contado por 3,8 mil componentes, distribuídos em 33 alas e sete carros alegóricos na Sapucaí.

O carnavalesco Cahê Rodrigues leva a França para a avenida ao refletir o encanto que a natureza brasileira exerceu sobre os europeus e as influências culturais herdadas desde a Queda da Bastilha à revolução urbanística no Rio, no século XIX.

À frente da bateria do Mestre Odilon Costa, que comanda 264 ritmistas, a atriz Paola Oliveira agita os foliões, ocupando o posto que já foi de Deborah Secco, Suzana Vieira e Grazi Massafera.

A comissão de frente da Grande Rio mostra a exuberância da corte francesa. Quem assina a coreografia é o bailarino Renato Vieira. O rei Luís XIV, mais conhecido como o Rei Sol, chega à avenida com pompa e circunstância para ser o centro das atenções.

Desfilam na escola a atriz Susana Vieira, a miss Brasil Natália Anderle e o cantor Zeca Pagodinho, que se empolgou com o samba da Império Serrano, escola que antecedeu a Grande Rio Na Sapucaí.


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Natália Guimarães diz que é uma honra desfilar pela Vila Isabel

Natália Guimarães diz que é uma honra desfilar pela Vila Isabel
23 de fevereiro de 2009 • 00h58 • atualizado às 05h56

Nathália Guimarães, vencedora do Miss Brasil 2007, desfilou como rainha da bateria da Vila Isabel neste domingo
Nathália Guimarães, vencedora do Miss Brasil 2007, desfilou como rainha da bateria da Vila Isabel neste domingo
23 de fevereiro de 2009
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A vencedora do Miss Brasil 2007, Natália Guimarães, desfila pela segunda vez à frente da Vila Isabel, no Rio de Janeiro, e garante que a emoção é a mesma. Este ano, ela pôde comparecer a mais ensaios e estar mais entrosada com a bateria. "É o dia mais importante da minha vida. É uma honra", disse.

A escola de samba Vila Isabel, terceira escola do Grupo Especial, entrou na avenida por volta da 0h10 desta segunda-feira. A agremiação azul e branca busca o topo com o enredo Neste palco da folia, é minha vila que anuncia: Theatro Muncipal - A centenária maravilha, em homenagem ao palco mais imponente da cidade.


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22 fevereiro 2009

Thanh Tuyen competes in Miss Bikini International 2009

Top model Huynh Thanh Tuyen will take part in the Miss Bikini International 2009, which is scheduled to be held on Hainan Island in China from April 13th to 28th.

Thanh Tuyen, who is currently represented by the PL Model Company, was selected as Vietnam's contestant by the organization board of the Miss Bikini International 2009.

The holder of the Golden Award of the Model of the New Generation said that she was very proud of being named as one of the contestants at the event.

With a cheerful a,d like-able face, Thanh Tuyen is 1.77m tall, and has a measurements of 85-60-93.

She is now preparing for her departure to China, and preparing for the competition.

The top model has said that she was very impressed with the winner of Mister International 2008, Tien Doan, who is currently also working for the same modeling agency.

Source: vnexpress

Translated by Mai Huong

21 fevereiro 2009

Miss Ukraine Universe 2009

Kristina Koc-Godliyb, right, smiles after winning the 2009 Miss Universe of Ukraine at the Freedom casino in Kiev, Ukraine, late Friday Feb. 20, 2009.

Kristina Koc-Godliyb smiles after winning the 2009 Miss Universe of Ukraine at the Freedom casino in Kiev, Ukraine, late Friday Feb. 20, 2009.

Kristina Koc-Godliyb competes in the evening gown competition during the Miss Universe of Ukraine at the Freedom casino in Kiev, Ukraine, late Friday Feb. 20, 2009. She was later crowned Miss Universe of Ukraine 2009.

Kristina Koc-Godliyb competes in the swimsuit competition during the Miss Universe of Ukraine at the Freedom casino in Kiev, Ukraine, late Friday, Feb. 20, 2009. She was later crowned Miss Universe of Ukraine 2009.
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Jennifer Hawkins

Myer Winter 2009 Collection Launch
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 21: Jennifer Hawkins showcases a design on the catwalk by Nicola Finetti at the Myer Winter 2009 Collection Launch at the Murray Street Myer Store on February 21, 2009 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images)

20 fevereiro 2009

Levin to host Miss Universe NZ final

Miss Wanganui from the 2008 Miss Universe New Zealand Wanganui pageant. Photo / Nikki Williams

Miss Wanganui from the 2008 Miss Universe New Zealand Wanganui pageant. Photo / Nikki Williams

New Zealand's Miss Universe competition is ditching city lights for farm charm.

After being hosted in Auckland since the pageant was relaunched in 2006, the competition is now being shifted to the Horowhenua town of Levin, the Dominion Post reported.

Levin was well-suited to host the final, particularly given this year's theme was "small-town charm", national director Val Loft said.

"We are really looking forward to holding it in Horowhenua it is a wonderful opportunity for lots of people to see many beautiful spots in the area I did not even know about," Mrs Lott said.

Horowhenua was also the home to last year's Miss Universe New Zealand winner, Samantha Powell of Paraparaumu.

The pageant returned to New Zealand in 2006 after a five-year absence


Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2009 - Ports 1961 - Front Row and Backstage
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 19: Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart attends Ports 1961 Fall 2009 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Promenade in Bryant Park on February 19, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/WireImage)

Custo Barcelona - Front Row - Fall 09 MBFW
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 19: Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart attends the Custo Barcelona Fall 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in the Promenade at Bryant Park on February 19, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for IMG)

18 fevereiro 2009

Un concours de Miss SDF fait scandale en Belgique

Par LEXPRESS.fr, publié le 18/02/2009 14:13 - mis à jour le 18/02/2009 16:29

Un appartement pendant un an. Tel est le prix qui sera décerné à la plus belle des lauréates d'un concours de Miss en Belgique. Jusque là rien d'exceptionnel... sauf que les candidates au titre sont toutes SDF.

Samedi 14 février alors que la plupart des femmes se faisaient belles pour leur Saint Valentin, d'autres se mettaient sur leur 31 pour un concours de Miss un peu particulier. Ces demoiselles ont beau avoir un joli minois, ce n'est pas pour devenir mannequins qu'elles défilaient. Mais pour trouver un toit. Toutes les candidates vivent en effet dans la rue et espèrent trouver une issue à leur précarité avec ce concours.

Une voie de réinsertion dans la société qui n'est pas du goût de certaines associations de sans-abris qui ont fait part de leur indignation devant ce concept.

Le voici résumé en images sur une chaîne belge:

La finale du concours est prévue pour le 10 octobre. Les organisateurs assurent qu'aucune des candidates ne sera pénalisée: si la lauréate aura droit à un toit pendant un an, les autres devraient bénéficier d'un encadrement et d'une soutien personnalisé, comme le souligne RTL info.be


Miss USA Crystle Stewart

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 17: Miss USA Crystle Stewart attends Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2009 at Bryant Park on February 17, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Katy Winn/Getty Images for IMG)

17 fevereiro 2009

Sabrina Houssami

The Combination - Australian Premiere
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: Sabrina Houssami formerly Miss World Australia arrives for the premiere of `The Combination' at the Riverside Theatre on February 17, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)

Juan García, un Míster Mundo aspirante a actor


Juan García Postigo, un malagueño de 27 años, ojos azul celeste y 1,91 de estatura, entregará en unos meses el título de Míster Mundo que obtuvo en 2007 y que se concede cada dos años. Hasta la fecha es el único español que se ha hecho con el máximo galardón de la belleza masculina. El cotizado modelo explicó a EL DÍA algunas de sus vivencias en los últimos meses.

?¿Cómo describiría su experiencia como Míster Mundo?

Ha sido un año cargado de viajes, en los que he podido conocer un montón de sitios como Los Ángeles, Tokio, o Brasil, entre otros. He conocido a gente muy interesante que creo me ha aportado muchísimo tanto a nivel personal como profesional. Además, me he sentido muy feliz de representar a España internacionalmente. Pero, lo que más me satisface es que esto me ha facilitado vivir de algo que me encanta y con lo que disfruto.

?¿Qué ha sido lo mejor y lo peor del reinado?

Lo peor ha sido estar tanto tiempo lejos de mi gente. Esto ha provocado que no haya podido ver con mucha frecuencia a mi familia y amigos, que son lo más importante para mí; y lo mejor de este período es poder trabajar con mi imagen, que gente que no me conocía de nada me haya demostrado tanto cariño y apoyo por ser el primer Míster Mundo español.

¿Ha asegurado que le gustaría seguir los pasos de su paisano Antonio Banderas. ¿Está siguiendo algún tipo de formación en interpretación?

Sí, sigo con mis clases de arte dramático y estoy en pleno proceso de grabación de la serie A ver si llego en la que haré un papel en próximos capítulos. Además hago todo lo que puedo para formarme en este campo, como clases de dicción y otros cursos.

¿Algunos anteriores místers se han convertido en presentadores de televisión. ¿Se ha planteado hacer lo mismo?
Lo he probado ya y me gusta, por ello no descarto seguir haciéndolo. Pero de momento me atrae mucho más la interpretación y, por supuesto, la moda, que es lo que siempre he hecho y lo que me ha llevado hasta este mundo. ?Ha tenido ocasión de viajar mucho y de conocer a numerosos personajes.

¿Cuál le ha impresionado más?

En Los Ángeles conocí al cantante Robbie Williams; me pareció increíble. Es un artista mediático y que ha llegado muy lejos, y eso impresiona.

¿Su familia sigue siendo su principal apoyo?
Sí, por supuesto. Ver que ellos disfrutan porque me ven feliz con mi trabajo es muy satisfactorio. ?Ha manifestado que a un míster le resulta difícil tener vida privada.

¿Cómo se las arregla ahora para compaginar lo profesional y lo privado?
Hago lo imposible por sacar tiempo para llevar una vida normal cuando no estoy trabajando porque es muy importante desconectar de vez en cuando lo profesional de lo personal. Creo que por ahora lo voy consiguiendo.

¿Qué le parece la nueva Miss España, la tinerfeña Patricia Rodríguez? ?Guapísima, además como persona es todavía mejor, es una niña muy dulce. La veo con mucha proyección de futuro porque tiene rasgos muy diferentes a cualquier otra Miss España. ?

Considera que tiene la madurez suficiente para afrontar los retos que se le avecinan? ?Sí, por supuesto, para eso y para mucho más. Es muy joven, pero mira hasta dónde ha llegado ya. Interés y ganas de trabajar no le faltan.

?En una agenda con tantos compromisos, le queda tiempo libre para alguna afición? Procuro sacar un hueco para mis cosas. En cuanto puedo me escapo a Málaga y allí me encanta pescar. En Madrid, aprovecho los ratos libres para ir de compras y hacer deporte.

¿Cuál fue la última película que vio en el cine? ¿O prefiere el teatro?
Me gustan ambos. Lo último que he visto de teatro fue ?La Cubana? y la última película, ?Australia?. Me gustó mucho, porque este director tiene una forma muy particular para enfocar siempre sus películas.

?¿Le siguen gustando las palmeras de chocolate? (Recordemos que Juan García fue descubierto en plena calle cuando se comía una). ?(Risas). Claro que sí, y cuando la dieta me lo permite me como alguna que otra

?Por favor, ordene por orden de preferencia: pasarela, cine, televisión. ?
Cine, pasarela y televisión

Sabemos que es un enamorado de las Islas. ¿Cuándo lo volveremos a ver por aquí? ?Espero que pronto porque es cierto que me encantan; siempre que voy, me lo paso genial y el clima y la gente me recuerda mucho a mi tierra. Además me encanta trabajar allí, porque tengo muy buenos amigos, como el equipo de la Delegación de Miss España en Tenerife, Cres del Olmo y Daniel Montesdeoca, que siempre me tratan genial y los considero mis amigos.


Vietnam may not join Miss World, Miss Universe 2009

11:28' 17/02/2009 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – Elite Vietnam refused to buy copyright to send Vietnamese candidates to the Miss World, Miss Universe 2009 pageants. It means that Vietnam may miss the two big beauty contests this year.

Elite Vietnam's Managing Director Thuy Nga and Miss Vietnam Global 2007 Ngo Phuong Lan.

Elite Vietnam Managing Director Thuy Nga said the firm’s withdrawal was planned in 2008, not because of being afraid of the new strict rules of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on beauty contests.

“If we want, we can choose beauties of previous years. But it is not a good method. It’s time to solve the matter at its roots. We should start from training to have ‘good products’,” she said.

Other firms can replace Elite Vietnam but in this context, it is quite risky for them to pay huge money to hold the copyright to send Vietnamese contestants to these beauty pageants.

Under the new rules, there will have only one national beauty contest, Mrs. Vietnam 2009. Other contests will be local-level events. Contestants at Miss World and Miss Universe must be the winners of national contests.

Miss Vietnam Global 2007 Ngo Phuong Lan, who refused twice to take part in the Miss World pageant, said that if she is invited to attend an international beauty contest in 2009, she would have to refuse because she is busy with the new job and new life in Vietnam, before continuing study.

The first runner-up of the Miss Universe Vietnam 2008, Hoang Yen, said she is willing to represent Vietnam at any international beauty contest.

Son Ha



NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 16: Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza poses with a new Coca-Cola aluminum bottle at the William Rast fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2009 at Bryant Park on February 16, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for The Coca Cola Company)

15 fevereiro 2009

Miss Universe 2008

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: Miss Universe 2008 Diana Mendoza attends the Mara Hoffman/Nicholas K/Sergio Davila Fall 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in the Promenade at Bryant Park on February 15, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for IMG)

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: (L-R) Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt and Miss Universe 2008 Diana Mendoza attend the Mara Hoffman/Nicholas K/Sergio Davila Fall 2009 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in the Promenade at Bryant Park on February 15, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for IMG)

Miss Germany 2009

Doris Schmidts (C), winner of the Miss G
Doris Schmidts (C), winner of the Miss Germany 2009 beauty pageant, poses with second placed Maria Ishutova (L) and Kristina Rohder (R, third) on February 14, 2009 at the Europapark in Rust, southwestern Germany. AFP PHOTO DDP/MICHAEL LATZ GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read MICHAEL LATZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Miss India Worldwide 2009

US Nikkitasha Marwaha, 19, is crowned Qu
US Nikkitasha Marwaha, 19, is crowned Queen during the 18th Miss India Worldwide 2009 beauty pageant in Durban on February 14, 2008. 25 girls from all over the world partecipated in the annual event. She is crowned by 2008 winner Shagun Sarabhai from India. AFP PHOTO/RAJESH JANTILAL (Photo credit should read RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images)

14 fevereiro 2009

Three leading ladies say 'I do'

By EMMA PAGE - Sunday Star Times | Sunday, 15 February 2009

Fairfax Media

LOVE IS IN THE AIR: New Zealand television stars Lorraine Downes, Jaquie Brown and Joe Cotton all got married on Valentine's Day.

The celebrity cupid was shooting true this Valentine's Day with three of the country's leading ladies getting hitched.

Former Miss Universe Lorraine Downes and television stars Jaquie Brown and Joe Cotton married their beaus yesterday.

Although the skies opened up, no amount of rain was going to put a damper on Downes' and cricket star Martin Crowe's wedding.

About 70 guests travelled by bus to Omaha, north of Auckland, to attend the ceremony at a mansion above Pink Beach. Downes' agent, Andy Haden, said the couple were calm and happy, despite the stormy weather that threatened to foil plans of an outdoor ceremony.

"It will take a lot more than a bit of rain to spoil their day... They're thrilled and very happy," he said.

Haden wouldn't spill any details on what the former beauty queen was wearing.

But New Zealand's first and only Miss Universe, and the 2006 Dancing with the Stars winner, told Woman's Day a few months ago she was turning down a traditional white dress in exchange for a one-off piece by designer Jane Yeh.

She emphasised that the rest of the wedding wouldn't be conventional either. "We're not getting married in a church, so it's going to be very relaxed."

Crowe's five-year-old daughter Emma, to former partner Suzanne Taylor, and Downes' daughter Jasmine, 11, were flower girls.

Security around the wedding was tight, with the Australian Women's Weekly magazine protecting its exclusive rights with a posse of six security guards who blocked the driveway and clifftop in four-wheel-drives.

It is the second marriage for both - Downes' first husband was All Black Murray Mexted, while Crowe was married to interior designer Simone Curtice.

Meanwhile, Brown tied the knot with her partner, advertising agency creative Guy Denniston, in a garden wedding at a private home on the outskirts of Havelock North.

Two buses and four mini-vans ferried guests to the McLean Rd home, near Te Mata Peak, for the 4pm ceremony.

Brown is believed to have designed her off-white dress herself.

Talking to the Star-Times yesterday, Brown said she was excited about the big day.

"I'm happy, I'm thrilled, I'm excited, but I'd prefer not to talk about it in the press."

Former True Bliss star Joe Cotton, 30, married her bar manager fiance Daniel Shields, 32, in Auckland.

Like Downes, Cotton wore a gown by Yeh. Cotton declined to talk to the Star-Times yesterday but told Woman's Day her gown was "anything but simple".




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