Saturday, November 25, 2017

Miss Universe 2017 TOP 16 Post Preliminary Competition

Miss Universe preliminary competition was on November 20, 2017, at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Finals and the crowning of the 66th Mis Universe will be telecast on FOX at 7 PM ET/PT on November 26, 2017.

Top 16 Post Prelims Favorites based on LIVE performance. 




4 Wild Cards explained


Philippines - Rachel Peters. Miss Philippines got beauty and brains and she's adventurous. Did we mention she resembles Blake Lively? Her advocacy is about "celebrating your self-identity." Be fearless! Something that Miss Universe Organization is looking for.

Mexico - Denisse Franco. Miss Mexico is very strong on stage plus she is fighting for women's rights in her country. Women's rights and issues are very relevant in today's society because there are countries that aren't giving freedom, particularly to women. 

Peru - Prissila Howard. Miss Peru is a silent killer on stage. Her presence lingers even after her presentation. She believes that following your dreams will take you far in life, do whatever it takes because we only live once.

Thailand - Maria Poonlertlarp. Miss Thailand's biggest card is her Vogue Thailand beauty cover and the strong support from her country is definitely putting her in the spotlight.





**disclaimer: Online Votes not included. Photos are from Miss Universe Organization and credits to photographer Patrick Prather.
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TOP 10 Miss Universe 2017 Evening Gown Preliminary Competition

Miss Universe preliminary competition was held on November 20th at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The final competition and crowning of the new Miss Universe will take place on November 26, 2017.

Three words come to mind when it comes to evening gown: elegance, style and presentation! In evening gown it doesn't matter who the designer is, how intricate the design or how simple it look. It all matters on how the contestants present the gown. Is she able to sell the piece if she's on the runway and we are the side buyers?

Please keep in mind that the TOP TEN was based on the performance of the preliminary LIVE competition.

TOP 10 Favorites

1. Miss Venezuela - Keysi Sayago. Miss Venezuela is a version of a barbie doll. She paired her classic high chignon with a modern twist of lingerie-inspired, silverish-white jewelled with gold lined mesh gown. Perfect statuesque for a perfect 10!



2. Mexico - Denisse Franco. Miss Mexico's white gown was simply elegant and the way she presents it during the prelims seals the deal.



3. Nicaragua - Berenice Quezada. Miss Nicaragua has been consistent in her performance. Her 3D-flowered leaves embellished green ballroom gown with flower accessories reminds us of Mother Nature.



4. Peru - Prissila Howard. Miss Peru wore a classic hourglass and nude effect embellished gown.



5. Philippines - Rachel Peters. Miss Philippines looked stunning in gold and it seems like it's her favorite hue. Is she eyeing to get the gold too? She was wearing a nude effect gown with gold details. 



 6. Spain - Sofia del Prado. Miss Spain wore a feather adorned white gown which surprisingly doesn't look tacky. Miss Spain can wear anything and still look amazing!



7. Colombia - Laura Gonzales. Miss Colombia's vintage styled white gown was modernized by the bodice of flowy feathers.



8. Austria - Celine Schrenk. Miss Austria mixed all the trends in one and as a matter of fact, it looks phenomenal! 



 9. Australia - Olivia Rogers. Miss Australia wore a beaded blue gown with high slit which differs from the prototype and looked fantastic!



10. France - Alicia Aylies. Miss France wore an embellished nude effect gown and a nude modern cape with trinket. 








**Disclaimer: Photos are from Miss Universe Organization and credits to photographers David Becker and Matt Petit.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

TOP 10 Miss Universe 2017 Swimwear Preliminary Competition

Miss Universe preliminary competition was held on November 20th at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The finals and the coronation will take place on November 26, 2017, which coincides with American Thanksgiving! How lucky would she be!

Swimsuit competition is one of the most exciting presentations in the competition because everyone can evaluate the contestants based on the definition of their frames and their self-confidence, especially when they are in the scrutiny of the public eye. It sends a significant impression to the judges and the audience on how well each of the contestants prepared themselves physically, mentally and emotionally towards their journey to Miss Universe crown. In short, swimsuit emanates confidence and grace of the wearer.

Please keep in mind that the TOP TEN was based on the performance of the preliminary LIVE competition. All contestants were confidently beautiful in their Yamamay swimwear and Chinese Laundry footwear.

TOP 10 Favorites 

1. Philippines - Rachel Peters. Miss Philippines is 26 years old. This 5'9" beauty says, she "kind of" addicted to surfing. No wonder this bewitching lady possesses this Baywatch bikini body and personality to watch out for! She studied International Baccalaureate degree at the British International School in Thailand and earned her Bachelor's degree in Business, Tourism and Events from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Beauty and brains indeed!


2. Colombia - Laura Gonzales. This 22-year-old and 5'10" Colombian actress and beauty queen believes that being different is just fine and thus makes us special. Did we mention that she has amazing dance moves? Yes, she does! She also speaks three languages which are English, French and Spanish. She had appeared in telenovela La Cacica and several other films in Colombia.


3. Venezuela - Keysi Sayago. Miss Venezuela is 24 years old, stands 5'11" and is the third Afro-Venezuelan woman to win the Miss Venezuela title. She loves volunteering and wanted to have a great impact on the society. 


4. Mexico - Denisse Franco. Miss Mexico is already a professional model at age 19! She stands 5 ft. 10 inches tall. She says, "I'm proud to be a Mexican because Mexican women are brave, we fight for what we want and we always achieve it." She added, "We should be proud of who we are, accept our imperfections and learn to love ourselves as we are." 


5. Spain - Sofia del Prado. This 23-year-old, 6 feet beauty queen graduated a degree in International Relations and plans to further her studies to Master's degree in International Business and Commerce. She says, "Keep dreaming and focus on what unites us instead of our differences."


6. Peru - Prissila Howard. Miss Peru is 26 years old and stands 5'8". She graduated in Human Resources and Business Administration but works as an actress, TV host and a model.


7. Nicaragua - Berenice Quezada. Miss Nicaragua is 24 years old, stands 5 foot 10 inches and holds a degree in Tourism and Hotel Management. If ever she wins, she will be the first Nicaraguan to bring home the Miss Universe crown.


8. Canada - Lauren Howe. Miss Canada is 24 years old, stands 5'10" tall, graduated Engineering and still have quite a resume on her list. She's an actress, Toronto Maple Leafs sports personality, model and an entrepreneur, where she owns a start-up company. She believes that "A woman can be powerful when she set her mind to something!" - a lesson she learned from her Mom.


9. Iceland - Arna Yr Jónsdóttir. Miss Iceland had quite a story to share... This 5'8" tall, 22-year-old beauty quit MGI when she was told to lose weight in 2016. We should really learn a lesson from her, that no matter what people tell you - don't let the negativity control you! Three words to describe Miss Iceland: strong, determined and inspirational!


10. Thailand - Maria Poonlertlarp. This 25-year-old, 6 feet beauty began to train as a model with Elle Thailand at age 14 and was the beauty cover for Vogue Thailand in August 2016. She's very inclined to helping young mothers especially the teenage moms to get back on their feet and to get back into pursuing their dreams.





**disclaimer: Photos credited to Miss Universe Organization by photographer David Becker. 
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

TOP 10 Miss Universe 2017 National Costume


Miss Universe contestants debuts their National Costume which took off on November 18th at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. The National Costume Show is an international tradition where the contestants displayed an authentic costume of choice that best represents her country. 

TOP 10 Favorites

1. Canada - Lauren Howe. Miss Canada's national costume in the past was either the mounties or the maple leaf emblem. This time Canada chose to wear true north spirit. 


2. Iceland - Arna Yr Jónsdóttir. Miss Iceland represented a Viking Warrior Woman, the costume includes homage to several Icelandic animals - a ram's head, the raven's feathers and fish scales.
  

3. Philippines - Rachel Peters. Miss Philippines wore a chicken headpiece, sarimanok in Tagalog, and it is a symbol of good fortune for the Maranao people in her country.


4. Costa Rica - Elena Correa. Miss Costa Rica represents the golden museum in San Jose. Her costume consists of golden peacock feathers and golden crystals.


5. Dominican Republic - Carmen Muñoz. Miss Dominican Republic represents the monarch butterflies in her hometown.


6. Ecuador - Daniela Cepeda. Miss Ecuador represents the continental regions that makes up her nation. Her costume weighed 22 pounds!


7. Ireland - Cailín Áine Ní Toibín. Miss Ireland represents a modern super hero. Will the Hollywood costume designers going to pick this up? Will see..


8. Japan - Momoko Abe. Miss Japan's costume was transformed from ninja ensemble into Japanese traditional kimono. 


9. Mexico - Denisse Franco. Miss Mexico wears a costume that represents "feminism" because she wanted to promote more of "women's rights" in her country.


10. Peru - Prissila Howard. Miss Peru's costume was inspired by a warrior sun.




** disclaimer: some wordings are from Miss Universe organization and photos credited to Patrick Prather.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Miss Globe United States 2017 Highlights and Winners

Miss Globe United States pageant was held in Hyatt Regency Hotel in Herndon, Virginia on September 21st to 24th, where Christina Denny of Washington, D.C. was selected to represent the country and potentially bag the Miss Globe crown for the second time in Beijing, China on November 10 to 18, 2017.

The Highlights

Day 1. The New Crown

The unveiling of the new crown with a matching ring was creatively designed by our very own PageantLIVE CEO Pamela Privette in collaboration with Miss Globe United States National Director, Kyle Ean Haggerty, and created by Elementz by Prerna. The crown's focal point is amethyst which is the Miss Globe symbolic color surrounded by clear stones.


Day 2. Evening Gown photoshoot by AJ Photoz and Vizcaya Swimwear photoshoot 

Day 3. A Black-tie affair: The celebration of Life Continues...



We Will Survive Cancer (WWSC) is the official beneficiary of the Miss Globe United States. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose purpose is to assist families affected by cancer, without financial, or other resources to adequately address their needs. WWSC's assistance includes, but not limited to, child care, arranging family transportation for visitation, managing household finances and family counselling. The Celebration of Life Continues honors survivors of cancer and loved ones lost to cancer. 

The event was produced by PageantLIVE CEO Pamela Privette in collaboration with the Founder of We Will Survive Cancer, Gayela Bynum. It was attended by Miss Globe United States state winners, Miss Globe President Albert Xhaferri, families of cancer survivors and whose loved ones have passed away from cancer. There was a fun fashion show modelled by empowered women namely Kimberly Wilde Warfield, Jana Sedlakova, Patricia Peple, Josie Valdez, Tyeast Brown, Susan Young, Shersher Matthew, Consuelo Perez and Maria; bringing enlightenment in the atmosphere from this devastating disease. There was also an auction where the items were presented by the Miss Globe United States state winners.
The Influencer Models
The Influencer models with EILiveTV Hung Viet Trinh and Chintana Vann
Honored guests who are the families and friends of those affected with cancer
Franz Orban and Lisa Opie
Joyce Cortez and Pamela Privette

The Director's Ball and Preliminary Award Ceremony

The second part of the Black-tie affair was the celebration of National Director Kyle Ean Haggerty's 50th birthday and awarding of the Preliminary winners. 

Kyle Ean Haggerty
Birdy Haggerty

Preliminary Award Winners

The only award that was carried over to advanced in Top 15 was the Interview preliminary winners.

Best Interview


Diamond Group - Washington, D.C., Christina Denny
Emerald Group - North Carolina, Alexis Drury
Sapphire Group - California, Candice Cruz

Best Evening Wear

Diamond Group - Washington, D.C., Christina Denny
Emerald Group - Florida, Jade Richardson
Sapphire Group - California, Candice Cruz

Best Swimwear


Diamond Group - Arizona, Deanna Decker
Emerald Group - Florida, Jade Richardson
Sapphire Group - Michigan, Tamika Vantifflin

Best Performance


Diamond Group - Arizona, Deanna Decker
Emerald Group - Florida, Jade Richardson
Sapphire Group - Mississippi, Ahdis Beruk

Finals and Crowning of Miss Globe United States 2017

Top 15

Miss Arkansas got the lucky card when she was picked on a draw by the reigning Miss Globe, Mary Ryelle Espiritu.
L-R: North Carolina, Alexis Drury; Califonia, Candice Cruz; Michigan, Tamika Vantifflin; Arkansas, Jennifer Wright; Massachusetts, Brittanny Bearden; Minnesota, Mandy Faye; Colorado, Logan Torres; D.C., Christina Denny; Florida, Jade Richardson; Arizona, Deanna Decker; Maine, Patricia Lyons; Texas, Lakesha Clark; Oklahoma, Natalie Camille Miller; Mississippi, Ahdis Beruk; Indiana, Brionna Middlebrooks 

Top 6
L-R: Minnesota, Mandy Faye; Colorado, Logan Torres; D.C., Christina Denny; Florida, Jade Richardson; Arizona, Deanna Decker; Maine, Patricia Lyons

Non-finalists Awards

Interview

Arkansas, Jennifer Wright
 Nevada, Bianca Gaden

Evening gown

South Carolina, Gabriella Bryce
Illinois, Katrina Jones
Swimwear

South Carolina, Gabriella Bryce

Alabama, Ashley Wright

Self-expression

Wyoming, Morgan Weaver
Alabama, Ashley Wright

World Championship Of Performing Arts Scholarship

Florida, Jade Richardson

Vizcaya Swimwear Winner (Photo courtesy by Vizcaya Swimwear owner Franz Orban)

Minnesota, Mandy Faye

Top 5 Finalists

L-R: Florida, Jade Richardson; Minnesota, Mandy Faye; Maine, Patricia Lyons; Colorado - Logan Torres; and D.C., Christina Denny

Crowning Moment

Special Appearance by Miss Universe Guyana, Rafaiya Husain.

Fifth Runner-up - Arizona, Deanna Decker
Fourth Runner-up - Maine, Patricia Lyons
Third Runner-up - Minnesota, Mandy Faye
Second Runner-up - Colorado, Logan Torres
First Runner-up - Florida, Jade Richardson

Congratulations Christina Denny - Miss Globe United States 2017! Good luck in China!

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