29 novembro 2009

Miss World contestants try their hand at modelling

112 contestants from this year’s Miss World competition have modelled for Miss World Top Model in Johannesburg South Africa, showcasing the ‘Gold Creative’ designs.

The dresses were designed by seven South African fashion designers including: Diamond Face Couture, Haroun Hansrot, JJ Schoeman, Kluk CGdT, Marc & Michael, RJKay and Thula Sindi.

Miss Mexico - Perla Beltran Acosta - won the Miss World Top Model contest and she now joins the four contestants who will be fast tracked to the semi finals, Miss Japan (Miss World Sportswoman), Miss Sierra Leone, Miss Canada (joint tie winners of World Talent Show) and Miss Gibraltar (Miss World Beach Beauty).

Second in Miss World Fashion was Miss Vietnam, Tran Thi Huong Giang with Miss Martinique Ingrid Litter in third spot.

The talented Miss Sierra Leone - Mariatu Kargbo - wearing her country’s designer dress by Danny Tabet, was overcome with joy as she won an Award for Miss World Fashion designer of the year.

"I want to cry it is so great for me because it was like my dream, my dream is coming true” she said.


In Pictures: 'Miss World in South Africa'

By James Wray Nov 29, 2009, 20:27 GMT

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Miss Barbados, Leah Marville (R), joins other Miss World 2009 contestants in the fashion segment of the annual beauty contest in Johannesburg, South Africa, 28 November 2009. The contestants will find out who the winner is at the final on the 12 December in Johannesburg.  EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Miss Barbados, Leah Marville (R), joins other Miss World 2009 contestants in the fashion segment of the annual beauty contest in Johannesburg, South Africa, 28 November 2009. The contestants will find out who the winner is at the final on the 12 December in Johannesburg. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Natália Guimarães estreia na TV em 14 de dezembro

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    A ex-Miss brasil Natália Guimarães


    A agenda de Natália Guimarães vai ficar ainda mais atribulada, a partir de 14 de dezembro. É que, além de atuar em Bela, a Feia, da Record, a partir desta data a mineira vai comandar o matinal Hoje em Dia, direto de Belo Horizonte, em Minas Gerais.

    Sobre a novidade, que O Fuxico inclusive já havia contado, a ex-Miss Brasil deu detalhes em seu blog.

    "Com muito orgulho, venho contar para vocês que, a partir do dia 14 de dezembro (já está chegando!), farei parte da família Hoje em Dia! Isso não é o máximo? E melhor: estarei ao vivo, no novo estúdio do programa em Belo Horizonte, direto para todo o Brasil.

    Ainda estou me acostumando com a ideia dessa nova fase da minha carreira, uma mistura de sensação de vitória com aquele friozinho gostoso na barriga", declarou a bela morena.

    Com isso, Natália, que pensava em estudar Jornalismo logo após o fim da novela, contou que vai antecipar este projeto.

    "Já estava me programando para iniciar um curso de Jornalismo numa universidade, assim que terminassem as gravações de Bela, a Feia, mas agora estou decidida a adiantar os estudos para o início do próximo semestre!! Ai, ai... estou voltando pra minha amada terrinha!!! Êta trem danado di bão sô (risos)!", brincou Natália.

    Esta não é a primeira vez que Natália apresenta um programa na emissora do Bispo Edir Macedo. Em 2008, a morena já apresentou o + Moda, na Record Rio.

    O objetivo do programa na capital mineira é alavancar a audiência do matinal.


A los 38, murió Miss Argentina 1994

Una modelo del staff de Roberto Piazza falleció víctima de una embolia pulmonar luego de realizarse una cirugía estética. Conmoción en el mundo del modelaje.

TOP MODEL. Soledad Magnano había vuelto al país para encarar su propio emprendimiento de moda, lejos de las pasarales que caminó en Europa. (La Voz de San Justo)

Fotografía de la nota

TOP MODEL. Soledad Magnano había vuelto al país para encarar su propio emprendimiento de moda, lejos de las pasarales que caminó en Europa. (La Voz de San Justo)

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La modelo cordobesa Solange Magnano, ex Miss Argentina 1994, murió en una clínica de Avellaneda víctima de una embolia pulmonar que contrajo luego de una cirugía estética, noticia que conmociona al mundo del modelaje.

Magnano, de 38 años y oriunda de la localidad cordobesa de San Francisco, permanecía bajo custodia médica desde el jueves acompañada de varios familiares, entre ellos su esposo, según informó Cadena 3.

Solange abrió en el 2007 una escuela de modelos en San Francisco, llamada Actitud Models. Desarrolló una exitosa carrera profesional en Europa y era una de las modelos del diseñador Roberto Piazza.


28 novembro 2009

Mother who sacrificed for world beauty

Nov 29, 2009 12:00 AM | By Santham Pillay
When Miss India 2009 Pooja Chopra was born, her mother had to choose between her marriage and her children.

Chopra, in Durban this week as part a national road show ahead of the Miss World pageant next month, said her mother, Neera, made the tough decision to start a new life away from the man who could not accept a second daughter.

Boys in India are traditionally regarded as future bread-winners, while girls are considered a financial burden because their families must pay dowries to get them married.

"I don't know how a woman could have been so strong to take a 20-day-old baby and a seven-year-old and walk out of a home with nothing," said the 24-year-old beauty from Pune.

"The last I heard of my father was that he had married again and has two sons."

Chopra, a commerce graduate, lifted the title of Miss India World earlier this year. She believes it was her answer to a question posed by the judges that landed her crown.

"My question was: 'If you were to meet God, what question would you ask?' I said: 'God, I see you in my mother's eyes, and they say you cannot be everywhere, that's why you have given us all a mother. I am lucky enough that I have my mother, but there are so many people in this world who don't. Why?'"

Chopra downplays her modest 1.73m height, saying it was not as important as it seemed. "It just goes to show you that it is not important how tall you are, but how tall your personality is."

She believes that competitions like Miss World are necessary to create platforms for young women. "Here one person can become an icon from the good she does."

Miss South Africa Tatum Keshwar agrees.

"There is this concept of fame in a can. But this platform provides the opportunity to create a global ambassador who is a good, wholesome role model," she said.

The 1.81m-tall model is hoping to impress the judges in the pageant finals, saying she would love to do well. "It would be a victory for South Africa."

The finals will be held in the Gallagher Convention Centre on December 12.


Miss Model of the World est française, cocorico !

Miss Model of the World est française, cocorico !

Miss Model of the World ça ne vous dit rien ? Figurez-vous que c'est l'un des concours préférés de Geneviève De Fontenay ! Eh oui, il n'y pas que les Miss France, les Miss Monde et les Miss Univers. Il y a aussi les Miss Model of the World et en plus cette année, c'est une Française qui a remporté la couronne.

Geneviève De Fontenay est ravie. Son choix audacieux a payé. Plutôt que d'envoyer Chloé Mortaud à cette compétition, la dame au chapeau a préféré faire participer Éméné Nyamé, âgée de 20 ans et d'origine algéro-camerounaise. Cette jeune femme avait été élue Miss Flandres en 2008, elle n'avait même pas été dans les 12 finalistes de l'élection Miss France.

Une décision qui vient renforcer la volonté de
Geneviève De Fontenay De voir une jeune femme maghrébine remporter le concours de Miss France.

Éméné Nyamé a remporté le titre de Miss Model of the World dans la nuit de jeudi, à Shenzen, en Chine, devant Miss Turquie et Miss Ukraine, rapporte le magazine

Rappelons que le concours de Miss France 2010 aura lieu le décembre prochain. Pour le moment, d'après les sondages
Miss Normandie est donnée favorite. Ce sera au jury farfelu, mais aussi au public de choisir la Miss France 2010 parmi toutes les candidates.

Crédit photo : TF1.fr


Miss International 2009

CHENGDU, CHINA - NOVEMBER 28: (CHINA OUT) Anagabriela Espinoza of Mexico is crowned by Miss International 2008 Alejandra Andreu from Spain, after she won champion of the Miss International Beauty Pageant 2009 during the finals on November 28, 2009 in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, China. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

Jennifer Hawkins, Miss Universe 2004

Jennifer Hawkins

Jennifer Hawkins. Picture: Tim Carrafa Source: Herald Sun

FORMER Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins will be flying the Aussie flag in America next year with her sexy swimsuit range being showcased for the lucrative US market.

Hawkins will show off her killer curves when she takes to the catwalk in her green and gold Cozi bikini at a fashion parade put on by Myer at the G'Day LA Ball in Hollywood in January.

Myer has thrown its weight behind the hugely popular event to become a sponsor.

Myer designers attending the G'Day LA gala include Jayson Brunsdon, Camilla and Marc Freeman, Wayne Cooper, Nicola Finetti, and Aurelio Costarella.

Myer communcations manager Mitch Catlin said "This is a really exciting opportunity for Myer to showcase its Australian designers in an international forum."

Hawkins said she was thrilled have her swimwear label on the catwalk in LA.

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"To have Cozi on stage is just insane for me," Hawkins said yesterday.

"We are showing a little sneak peek of our 2010 range, so it has been a bit of a rush to get everything ready."

The Mentalist star Simon Baker and Emmy winner Toni Collette will be honoured for their acting achievements at the dinner.

The 1000-seat gala, which will be held at the Renaissance Hotel in LA on January 16 and is already sold out, is part of the G'Day USA week, which promotes Australian-made goods, services and talent in the US.


Shermine Shahrivar, Miss Europa em 2005

Ator Thomas Kretschmann admira o decotão da namorada, a modelo alemã Shermine Shahrivar, na premiação Bambi Awards Foto: Montagem/Terra/AP/Getty Images

Ator Thomas Kretschmann admira o decotão da modelo alemã Shermine Shahrivar na premiação Bambi
27 de novembro de 2009
Foto: Montagem/Terra/AP/Getty Images

A modelo alemã Shermine Shahrivar, coroada Miss Europa em 2005, foi a sensação dos prêmios Bambi, em Potsdam, Alemanha, na noite dessa quinta-feira (26). Ela chamou atenção no evento usando um vestido com um decote profundo.

O namorado da modelo, o ator Thomas Kretschmann (dos filmes O Procurado, 2008, e Operação Valquíria, 2008), ainda fez graça na festa pós-premiação e foi fotografado olhando para os seios da amada.

O Bambi Awards - uma espécie de Emmy alemão, que premia os melhores do cinema, música e TV, consagrou neste ano a atriz Kate Winslet, que ganhou o prêmio de melhor atriz por seu papel em O Leitor; o ator Christoph Walz, pelo papel em Bastardos Inglórios; e a cantora Shakira, que ainda subiu ao palco para cantar Did It Again, sua nova música de trabalho.


Qory prepared herself for Miss Universe

(Waspada Online/Dedy Rzky Ginting)

JAKARTA - The new Puteri Indonesia, Qory Sandioriva vows to perform her best ahead 2010 Miss Universe, despite she yet to set winning the international beauty contest. However, she would not join the competition, just as ordinary contestant.

"I'd prefer to be realistic. Surely, I would performed the best of me," she said in Jakarta, as she accepted her prizes as 2009 Puteri Indonesia in Graha Mustika Ratu, Souh Jakarta, Tuesday (Nov.11). Qory won recent Puteri Indonesia held by Puteri Indonesia foundation last October.

She expressed carrying out well preparation, such as to learn rich cultures found in Indonesia, from Sabang up to Merauke.

"Of course, I have to keep my fitness, consuming adequate nutrition, plus feeding up my brain about Indonesia," she told.

Miss Universe is an annual international beauty contest run by the Miss Universe Organization. The contest was founded in 1952 by California clothing company Pacific Mills. The pageant became part of Kayser-Roth and then Gulf and Western Industries, before being acquired by Donald Trump in 1996.

Along with its rival contests — Miss World and Miss Earth — this pageant is one of the most publicized beauty contests in the world. The current Miss Universe is Stefanía Fernández, from Venezuela. She won the title on August 23, 2009.


Dath threats to drug busts: Top ten dethroned beauty queens

By Ursula Hirschkorn
Last updated at 11:02 PM on 27th November 2009

1 Carrie Prejean

After stirring up a storm with her views on gay marriage, the winner of Miss California 2009 was stripped of her crown in June after allegedly missing public appearances.

2 Keishla Villafane Rivera

The pint-sized Miss Puerto Rico Petite was sacked earlier this year after being accused of making death threats to pageant staff.

Miss California Carrie Prejean
Former Miss Nevada Katie Rees

Miss-demeanor: Miss California Carrie Prejean and Miss Nevada Katie Rees

3 Katie Rees

Miss Nevada had her sash snatched away in 2006 after saucy pictures of her were released.

4 Christina Silva

Hours after winning the title of Miss California in 2008, Silva lost her crown thanks to an 'accounting error' that revealed she wasn't the winner after all.

Miss Universe Oxana Fedorova
Vanessa Williams

Fallen angels: Miss Universe Oxana Fedorova and Vanessa Williams

 Majorie Wallace

Celebrity dates: After losing her Miss World crown in 1973 Majorie Wallace went on to become a TV presenter

5 Lindsey Evans

Just 11 days before the end of her reign, Miss Teen Louisiana had to hand back her crown last year after she was arrested for leaving a restaurant without paying and carrying marijuana.

6 Oxana Fedorova

The first Miss Russia to win the title of Miss Universe, Fedorova soon lost it again after being dethroned in 2002 amid rumours that she had put on weight.

7 Leona Gage

Scandals aren't a modern day phenomenon. The winner of the Miss USA Pageant lost her title in 1957 after she was found to have lied about her age.

8 Vanessa Williams

The Ugly Betty star may be squeaky clean now, but back in 1984 she was forced to resign as Miss America after risque photos of her were printed in Penthouse.

9 Ashley Harder

Crowned Miss New Jersey in 2007, Harder had to hand back her crown when she became pregnant. Her daughter, Ava Marie, was born on her 21st birthday.

10 Marjorie Wallace

The winner of Miss World 1973 was stripped of her title after dating celebrities including Tom Jones and George Best. She had the last laugh though, going on to become a top TV presenter.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1231484/Death-threats-drug-busts-Top-dethroned-beauty-queens.html#ixzz0Y9U2udNe

26 novembro 2009

Miss America Katie Stam

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 26: Miss America Katie Stam attends the 83rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 26, 2009 in New York, New York. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in Canada and the United States and traditionally it is a time to give thanks for the harvest. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)

Miss France is still going strong

Connexion edition: December 2009

MISS France is a big draw, attracting nine million viewers for last year’s final on TF1 - making it the second most popular “entertainment” show of the year on France’s most watched TV channel.

This year’s final comes from Nice on December 5, featuring Robbie Williams as the star guest and a judging panel of French celebrities including Jean-Paul Gaultier.

Miss World – which was started in the UK in 1951 – once also attracted strong audiences in its home country, but now suffers from a non-PC image there while thriving elsewhere. It was dropped from mainstream TV in 1988 and the final is no longer held in the UK. Miss France, which dates from 1921, seems to suffer from no such qualms among the French.

The finals are held each year in December to crown the “Miss” for the following year. Miss France 2009 is Miss Albigeois Midi-Pyrénées, Chloë Mortaud, a mixed-race girl with French and American nationality who was dubbed “Miss Obama” by the press.

For 2010 the show on TF1 will once again be presented by Jean-Pierre Foucault, along with la dame au chapeau Geneviève de Fontenay, who has been involved in the contest since the 1950s (see the December issue of Connexion for an exclusive interview with her)

Miss France presides at events during her year in office and gets a salary and use of a smart Paris flat as well as other perks. She is eligible to compete in Miss World and its American international rival Miss Universe.

Candidates (37 this year) are the regional finalists from the 22 regions of France métropolitaine (the "Hexagon" and Corsica) as well as overseas teritories.

In the week before the final a preselection jury will pick 12 semi-finalists who will be announced on the final night. During the evening they will be whittled down to five girls, who will become Miss France and her four dauphines (deputies), with voting weighted half to the panel of judges on the night and half to the spectators. This year, for the first time, only the spectators will pick Miss France from the last five.

The candidates had a week relaxing in Martinique, before heading for the capital of the Côte d’Azur where they have been practising their modelling and getting ready.

The candidates can be seen at: www.tf1.fr/miss-france/les-miss/

Who can take part?

To take part in Miss France you have to be: Born female, French, 18–25, at least 1.70cm (5ft7in) tall, unmarried and unpacsed, not cohabiting, not divorced, childless, with a clean criminal record, not use any “artifices” like a wig or coloured contact lenses, with no tattoos or piercings (other than ears) and you should never have posed for “partially or totally” nude photographs in “dubious” poses or outfits. There are local, departmental and regional heats.

History and controversies

1920: Agnès Souret from the Midi-Pyrénées is the first Plus Belle Femme de France (the forerunner of Miss France)

1930: This year’s winner, Yvette Labrousse, later marries the Aga Khan

1941–1946: Competition stops during the Second World War

1956: Controversy over the choice of Miss Côte d’Azur at the final at the Palais de la Méditéranée in Nice. Following protests, she is replaced two days later by Miss French Africa

1983: Isabelle Turpault, Miss Paris, loses her title after posing naked in a magazine

1987: The final is shown on TV for the first time. Winner Nathalie Marquay appeared in the show La Ferme Célébrités in 2005 and married TV presenter Jean-Pierre Pernaut in 2007

2001: (False) rumours that Miss France, Elodie Gossuin (now a regional councillor), used to be a man during elections for Miss Universe

2002: This year’s winner, Sylvie Tellier, went on to become head of the Société Miss France

2004: Lucie Degletagne temporarily loses her title after posing in Playboy; regains it after public apologies

2006: Controversy after Miss Languedoc wins despite being the fifth choice of the public. Jury president Laetitia Hallyday is also from the Languedoc-Roussillon

2007: The public is again upset that its favourite by a big margin (a deaf candidate) is passed over, due to the jury having two-thirds of the vote – the system is changed to 50/50 the following year

2008: Geneviève de Fontenay refuses to be seen at events around France with Miss Réunion Valérie Bègue after risqué photos of her (taken years before the competition) are published by a magazine. They include one of her posing on a crucifix in a swimming pool and another in which she is licking spilled yoghurt suggestively. Later, a different set is published by another magazine. She keeps her title after the public and the Société Miss France show support, but is unable to compete in Miss World and Miss Universe or appear at the next year’s regional heats.

2009: Controversy over voting again – winner Chloë Mortaud is only third favourite with the public and a jury member claims to have been influenced in her choice by the production team. An unsuccessful legal challenge over Miss Mortaud’s original election as Miss Albigeois Midi-Pyrénées – which would have disqualified her as Miss France - is launched by a rival who says her family used local influence to help her win

How is the competition run?

Louis de Fontenay (real name Poirot, de Fontenay being, he stated, a pseudonym he used in the Resistence) took up the running of the competition in 1954, as president of the Comité Miss France.

His partner Geneviève and son Xavier took over the running of it after his death in 1981. In 2002 they sold the television and commercial rights to Endemol, who now run La Société Miss France as a subsidiary.

Geneviève remains president of the comité, which now mainly supervises the committees that run the regional heats and “supplies the candidates” for the final.

She also helps the société to organise the final and helps present the show, and she is paid a salary by them as “directrice adjointe” (assistant director).

Xavier de Fontenay was the managing director of the société until 2008 when Sylvie Tellier, 2002’s Miss France, took over.

Mr de Fontenay is no longer involved and has recently written a book of memoirs about Miss France, in which he accuses Endemol of trying to sideline his mother of whom he says they are afraid and says Ms Tellier is their “puppet.”

About Geneviève de Fontenay

Known as la dame au chapeau as she is never seen without a hat, Ms de Fontenay is known for her traditional moral views.

Originally from Moselle, she became model and was elected Miss Elegance in Paris in 1957. She has been involved with running Miss France since 1954.

She has been embroiled in controversies including the magazine photos scandal relating to the 2008 winner (see above) and recently having to pay a €500 fine after calling the 1961 winner, Luce Auger, a salope (slut) in the press.

Ms Auger, supporting Miss Bègue, had alleged the Fontenays asked candidates in the sixties to pose topless, a claim which Ms de Fontenay said made her feel “revolted and scandalised.”

Auger was supported by Michel le Parmentier, head of a rival beauty contest organisation.

She supported Lutte Ouvrière leader Arlette Laguiller for the 2002 presidential elections and Ségolène Royal in 2007.


25 novembro 2009

Peach on the beach



SAND-TASTIC Katharine Brown was celebrating last night after coming third in the Miss World Beach Beauty contest. Golden girl ... Katharine, centre, in sexy Dax bikini
Golden girl ... Katharine, centre, in sexy Dax bikin

Sizzling Miss Scotland, 22, dazzled the judges in a sexy gold Dax bikini.

The blonde beauty was pipped by Miss Panama and Miss Gibraltar.

But speaking last night from Durban in South Africa, delighted Kat said: "I can't tell you how thrilled I am to have come third. It's a big achievement.

"To have beaten more than 100 girls from some of the world's most exotic countries is amazing. I'm having the time of my life."

Competing for Scotland ... Katharine Brown
Competing for Scotland ... Katharine Brown

Kat is in her third week in South Africa, where she's busy preparing for the Miss World finals on December 12.

She has been recording all her adventures in her weekly diary for The Scottish Sun.

And Kat is hoping to become the first Scot to win the title when the big event is held in Johannesburg.

Next week she'll compete in the Miss World Top Model contest.

Kat said: "I just hope I can win it for Scotland."


Miss World Beach Beauty 2009

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Some 40 beauties of the 112 selected contestants participate in the finals of the top 20 during the Miss World Beach Beauty 2009 Pageant held at Zimbali Lodge some 55 kilometres north of Durban on 25 November 2009. The Miss World pageant takes place at the Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg on 12 December 2009. AFP PHOTO RAJESH JANTILAL (Photo credit should read RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images)

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Miss France Chloe Mortaud participates in the finals the Miss World Beach Beauty 2009 Pageant held at Zimbali Lodge some 55 kilometres north of Durban on 25 November 2009.The Miss World pageant takes place at the Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg on 12 December 2009. AFP PHOTO RAJESH JANTILAL (Photo credit should read RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Miss USA 2010, Kristen Dalton

22 November 2009 - Palm Springs, California - Miss USA 2010, Kristen Dalton. Miss California 2010 Pageant Held Agua Caliente Casino . Resort . Spa. Photo Credit: Kevan Brooks/AdMedia Photo via Newscom

Vencedora “importada” gera polêmica no Miss Brasil-USA 2009 em New Jersey

image A vencedora Marcela Granato, 21 anos, natural de Ponte Nova (MG), brilhou no salão de festas do Hotel Robert Treat, em Newark - NJ

Leonardo Ferreira

Marcela Granato, 21 anos, natural de Ponte Nova (MG), vinda diretamente do Brasil, conquistou o título de “a brasileira mais bonita dos Estados Unidos”

A decisão do promotor de eventos Geraldo “Kaká” Santos de “importar” candidatas profissionais do Brasil para participarem do concurso Miss Brasil – USA 2009, realizado no último sábado (21), causou polêmica entre os familiares das jovens participantes radicadas nos EUA. Indignados, vários deles questionaram a vitória de Marcela Granato, 21 anos, natural de Ponte Nova (MG), que veio aos EUA especialmente para participar do concurso. Esbanjando experiência e segurança, a jovem destacou-se no salão de festas do Hotel Robert Treat, localizado no centro de Newark (NJ), e levou para casa um veículo zero quilômetro, avaliado em US$ 30 mil, a quantia de US$ 10 mil, entre vários brindes.

Indignação e contradição

Parentes das candidatas demonstraram insatisfação pelo fato das jovens, a maioria aspirante local, concorrerem com modelos profissionais vindas do Brasil exclusivamente para o concurso. Muitos deles argumentaram que, se o concurso, realizado há 18 anos, historicamente visa reverenciar a beleza das imigrantes brasileiras e suas descendentes, não faz sentido “importar” profissionais já inseridas no mundo da moda no Brasil com experiência internacional para concorrer com novatas locais.

“As candidatas da Flórida, Massachussets, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut e todos os outros estados são jovens com nacionalidade brasileira, mas que vivem nos USA. Estas candidatas (locais) não são modelos profissionais, elas não têm experiência de passarela, mas são ­universitárias, indepen­dentes e com um bom histórico de vida”, questionou a brasileira Geisa ­Kryszczynski, residente em Connecticut, cuja filha Juliana Zalfa participou do concurso, através de um e-mail enviado à redação do BV. “Os deveres de uma Miss Brasil - USA no período de seu mandato devem ser cumpridos aqui nos Estados Unidos e não no Brasil. Isto não é um concurso para (receber) como prêmio um carro, pois a Miss eleita tem deveres com a comunidade que devem ser cumpridos aqui nos EUA. Quando votamos no presidente da república no Brasil, esperamos que ele cumpra seus deveres lá no Brasil e não aqui nos EUA”, frisou ela.

“De acordo com informações que recebemos diretamente de New Jersey e até dos familiares (das concorrentes) é que já foi eleita a Miss desta noite, seu nome é Marcela, vem de Minas Gerais, e (ela) está recebendo tratamentos especiais. Para as outras candidatas que estão competindo honestamente isto não é justo. Antes do evento, todas já estão com o espírito de derrota em seus corações. Todas as candidatas têm o direito de receber o mesmo tratamento. Dinheiro, tempo, sacrifícios foram feitos e, mais do que tudo, todas têm o direito de serem julgadas igualmente. Para que decisões mais sérias não sejam jogadas nas mãos dos juízes, por favor, usem seu melhor julgamento, marmelada não será tolerada!”, denunciou Geisa no dia anterior antes do concurso através de e-mail. Ela afirmou ter gasto aproximadamente US$ 5 mil com sua filha ao longo da competição.

“Eu preciso realizar uma reunião com o Kaká, que é o coordenador, para poder entender, pois no regulamento que eu tenho, quando assinei a franquia ano passado, dizia que as meninas tinham que ser residentes aqui (EUA). Realmente, a menina (Marcela) não é residente aqui, ela é de Minas Gerais. Isso foi muito chato porque as pessoas já contavam logo no início que ela seria a ganhadora; já havia um comentário antes. Foram somente comentários, por isso, é complicado falar quando não se têm provas”, disse uma das pessoas franqueadas, que pediu para não ter seu nome revelado em virtude de seu envolvimento com o concurso.

“Atalho” ao título

O evento no Estado Jardim reuniu dezenas de concorrentes residentes em vários estados norte-americanos, mas apesar da noite de glamour, a coroação de Marcela gerou controvérsia na comunidade, pois familiares das outras jovens participantes alegam que, por não morar nos EUA e sequer falar inglês, ela não deveria ter participado do concurso. Além disso, muitos questionaram o fato de alguém que não pertença à comunidade levar o título de “a brasileira mais bonita dos Estados Unidos” e que a jovem vencedora não passou pelas etapas regionais antes de chegar à final em New Jersey.

Geisa Kryszczynski, residente em Connecticut, e a filha
Juliana Zalfa, que participou do concurso Miss Brasil – USA 2009

O promotor de eventos Geraldo “Kaká” Santos defendeu a participação da jovem vencedora baseando-se no regulamento do concurso. Ele alegou que o Miss Brasil – USA atingiu dimensão internacional e, por isso, é permitido que jovens residentes no Brasil e outros países participem da competição; desde que um produtor pague e adquira a franquia. Através de uma carta enviada pelo escritório de seu advogado, Moses Apsan, à redação do BV na última segunda-feira (23), foi citado que no Regulamento Miss Brasil – USA consta que “Podem participar do evento Miss Brasil – USA brasileiras nascidas no Brasil ou em qualquer outro país, sendo estas filhas de pais brasileiros (ambos ou um deles), maiores de 15 anos de idade. As (jovens) menores de 18 anos de idade só poderão se inscrever no concurso com a com a autorização dos pais ou de um responsável”.

“Me deixa repetir novamente para você, pode ser de qualquer lugar dos Estados Unidos ou do mundo. Ela (Marcela) tem um produtor franqueado do Brasil, está escrito aí (no regulamento)”, disse Kaká Santos, via telefone, à reportagem do BV. “Ninguém está fazendo nada contra a lei. Ele (o produtor) é que a trouxe. Ele pagou a franquia está aí, US$ 1 mil. Trabalhei a semana toda, estou super cansado e as pessoas não estão dando trégua”.

Com relação às etapas regionais, a carta enviada pelo advogado cita que o regulamento determina que “as brasileiras que residem nos Estados Unidos deverão se inscrever numa etapa regional para então disputarem a classificação para a final nacional do Miss Brasil – USA”.

Granato não passou por nenhuma etapa regional e, conforme a carta, ela está amparada pelo regulamento que dita “as brasileiras que residem fora dos Estados Unidos só poderão se inscrever no Miss Brasil - USA por intermédio de um produtor, seja ele atuante nos Estados Unidos ou em qualquer outro país. Este agente deverá comprar uma franquia do Miss Brasil - USA para adquirir o direito de trazer a sua candidata que mora fora dos Estados Unidos. Esta candidata só se classificará para a final do concurso após passar por um processo seletivo feito pelos coordenadores do evento”.

Vários pais e franqueados nos EUA questionaram o fato de Marcela Granato ter representado Seattle; mesmo ela tendo vindo diretamente do Brasil e nunca sequer ter visitado tal cidade. “A vencedora utilizou uma faixa representando Seattle. Por que ela utilizou uma faixa de Seattle?! Em que concurso ela participou (no Brasil)? O coordenador tem que trazer a finalista desse concurso. Em que concurso ela participou? Qual ano? Porque a informação que eu tenho é que ela não ganhou o concurso Minas Gerais e veio para cá como um acerto, mas eu não tenho certeza”, comentou uma franqueada à reportagem do BV em condições de anonimato.

Através de uma ligação telefônica com a equipe de reportagem do BV, Cacá disse que o concurso envolvia cerca de 50 candidatas e que, simbolicamente, cada uma delas representava um estado norte-americano.

Profissional da beleza

Marcela Granato ficou em 2º lugar no concurso Miss Minas Gerais 2009 e como parte da premiação o direito de participar do Miss Brasil EUA 2009. A bela morena é estudante de Direito e Ciências Contábeis e foi preparada pela agência de modelos Look Top Beauty para participar do concurso nos EUA, segundo a página eletrônica: MissesGerais.Com.br.

Este é o terceiro título internacional conquistado em 2009 por misses preparadas pela Look Top Beauty, do empresário José Alonso Dias. Em abril, Débora Lyra conquistou o Top Modelo of the World 2009; na noite do dia 22 de novembro, nas Filipinas, e Larissa Ramos conquistou o Miss Earth 2009. A agência Look Top Beauty Ltda é responsável pela realização dos concursos de beleza Miss Minas Gerais, Miss Terra Brasil e das franquias internacionais: Miss Universitária, Miss Intercontinental, Top Modelo of the World e Miss Terra (Fonte: MissesGerais.Com.br).

Até o fechamento dessa edição, a equipe de reportagem do BV tentou contatar Marcela Granato, através do promotor Kaká Santos, sem obter sucesso.


24 novembro 2009

We even play football during the preparations

Author: M. Radojkovic
24.11.2009 - 11:11

We even play football during the preparations

This year Jelena Markovic will represent Serbia at the Miss World Beauty Pageant which will take place in Johannesburg on December 12. Two weeks ago she went to South Africa to prepare for the competition with over one hundred beauties from the whole world. Jelena has written a diary in which she describes the preparations.

The preparations started in London and the girls are currently in South Africa. They have also visited Abu Dhabi where Jelena had a successful casting for a very important fashion week.
“Our first destination was magnificent Abu Dhabi where we arrived for the opening of the “Yah” hotel and opening of the fashion week. I was delighted because I passed casting and was included in the group of twenty girls who will do a fashion week in Abu Dhabi organized by Miss World Beauty Pageant,” says Jelena.
“We arrived in South Africa on November 14. There has been very good media coverage, there is even an article written about me published in a local newspaper. People here are fantastic, cheerful, they are always singing, playing, dancing,” our beauty points out not hiding her excitement.
Although they have numerous obligations during the preparations, Jelena says that they don’t find it difficult. She mentions a visit to “Shamwari Game Reserve” as a very interesting experience.
“I was fascinated by so many animals in one place. I spent most of the time with a little elephant and it liked my attention,” says Jelena who is also very good at sports. She managed to score a goal during a football game.
“After the visit to the Game Reserve, sports games were organized at the Nelson Mandela stadium. I have been selected to be among top ten athletes and I am the only one in the group who scored a goal. I competed in running and football,” says Jelena.
Jelena had a unique opportunity to meet the president Jacob Zuma who wished them warm welcome.


CHENGDU, CHINA - NOVEMBER 23: (CHINA OUT) Contestants pose with a giant panda as they visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding during an event of the Miss International Beauty Pageant 2009 on November 23, 2009 in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, China. Seventy contestants will attend the beauty pageant final held in Chengdu on November 28. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

Mineira Marcela Granato vence concurso Miss Brasil USA

Foto: Divulgação Zoom Marcela Granato, eleita a Miss Brasil USA 2009

Marcela Granato, eleita a Miss Brasil USA 2009

Da Redação


A modelo mineira Marcela Granato conquistou o título de Miss Brasil USA 2009 na noite deste sábado, dia 22.

Ela havia ficado em segundo lugar no concurso Miss Minas Gerais 2010 e como parte da premiação o direito de participar do concurso que aconteceu em New Jersey, no Robert Treat Hotel.

A bela morena tem 21 anos, é estudante de Direito e de Ciências Contábeis e, como prêmio, a vencedora do título de Miss Brasil USA, recebeu um carro 0 Km e US$ 10 mil (aproximadamente R$ 16 mil).

Neste domingo, outra brasileira coroada foi Larissa Ramos, como Miss Terra no concurso internacional de beleza realizado nas Filipinas, no qual disputavam mulheres de cerca de 80 países. Larissa, de 20 anos, nasceu em Manaus, e é a atual miss Amazonas


23 novembro 2009

Miss Earth 2009

Larissa Ramos crowned Miss Earth 2009

Miss Earth 2009 winners walk on a beach on the island of Boracay in Aklan province, central Philippines November 23, 2009. The winners are (L-R): Miss Earth Water Jessica Barboza of Venezuela, 22, Miss Earth Air Sandra Seifert of the Philippines, 25, Miss Earth Larissa Ramos of Brazil, 20 and Miss Earth Fire Alejandra Echevarria of Spain, 20. Ramos beat about eighty contestants from around the world to win the Miss Earth 2009 title on Sunday.[Agencies]

Miss World Talent Show has two winners

Miss World Talent Show has two winners

In an unprecedented move, the six judges of the 2009 Miss World Talent show held at the Victory Theatre, yesterday, made two ladies joint-winners- securing them each a spot in the finale

Miss Yanbing Ma (Canada), who performed an Opera piece and Miss Mariatu Kargbo (Sierra Leone) a traditional dance, scored points for the December 12 event to be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre.

"I feel very proud, of course. It's a good way to inspire under-privileged people with our talent," Kargbo said.

"I'm very excited and proud. I don’t think my country has ever had a talent winner, so I’m very happy to be able to show some of my talent," said a beaming Ma.

The two ladies will again showcase their respective talents in front of an audience of over a billion during the final evening.

Musical Director for this year's pageant, Mike Dixon, who also choreographed the Princess Diana concert in Wembley, and "We will rock you", spoke glowingly about the organisation of the show.

"This has been a really impressive afternoon, especially from the girls, who improved dramatically during the rehearsals.

"If Simon Cowell thinks his bunch is special, then we've just showed that Miss World has also a talented bunch of ladies with a purpose," added Dixon, who's worked on 16 previous Miss World pageants.

While the judges, among them designer J.J Schoeman, were huddled to decide the winner, the cast of Umoja gave a colourful 10-minute show.

"We're having a wonderful time; it's been a week already. It's an opportunity for the ladies to learn about each other's cultures," Miss South Africa Tatum Keshwar said.

Korea's Joo Ri Kim (2nd), Norway's Sara Skjoldnes (3rd), and Australia's Sophie Lavers (4th) also shared the stage with the winners.

The ladies will be in Durban today (Monday) for the bikini contest, where another will secure a spot in the top 15.

Johannesburg Tourism Company's Lindiwe Mahlangu, who was also part of the judging panel: "Africa's time, and especially Johannesburg, has come. We are really proud, but also ready to host more events of this magnitude."


Miss Earth 2009

Miss Brazil Larissa Ramos, 20, a biology student, jumps during a photo session at the Boracay beach resort in Aklan province, central Philippines November 23, 2009. Ramos beat about eighty contestants from around the world to win the Miss Earth 2009 title on Sunday.




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