Friday, May 25, 2018

Five Amazing Things We Love About Miss USA 2018



Miss USA 2018 is NEBRASKA!

Let's imagine for a moment the excitement on location, in her home state and on-stage when Miss Summers heard she is MISS USA!

Sarah Rose Summers is set to compete at Miss Universe in the rumoured host country The Philippines or Macau in November 2018, she was crowned Miss USA on May 21, 2018, in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana. 

Here are FIVE amazing things we love about Miss USA 

1. She is charming! Her charming wit and bubbly personality made her stand out! Sarah just magically changed the perspectives in the beauty pageant's on-stage Q&A department. Usually, we see the contestants looking very serious or tensed but with Sarah, she was cheerful, she seems like she was enjoying every second of the Top 3 Q&A and she delivered! 

2. She is the first Miss USA from Nebraska! It's for the books!

3. She loves her body! Her platform "eating disorder" is a serious issue especially with Instagram perfect posts all over the internet. Sarah partners with National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) to bring awareness of this issue where she also acknowledged the severity it causes through her personal experiences on her own family and friends. According to National Institute of Mental Health, eating disorders are actually serious and often fatal illnesses that cause severe disturbances to a person's eating behaviours. Obsessions with food, body weight, and shape may also signal an eating disorder. Common eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder.

4. She graduated Cum Laude and got double degrees! Sarah graduated with Bachelor's Degree in Strategic Communications and Child Development from Texas Christian University and have recently completed her clinical rotations as a certified child life specialist which she referenced during the Top 5 Q&A round.

5. She gives credits! Sarah is very vocal about her faith and gratefulness to people who helped her grow --- is genuine. Who does that? Well, we all know that humility makes the great becomes greater. 

Hat's off to the newly crowned Miss USA!





By: Joyce Cortez

Disclaimer: Photo credit to MUO official photographer Frank L. Szelwach and Miss USA Facebook photo by Noam Galai.
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Sunday, May 20, 2018

TOP 10 Miss USA 2018 Evening Gown Preliminary Competition

Miss USA preliminary competition was held on May 17th at Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana. The final competition will be aired LIVE on FOX on Monday, May 21st at 8 pm ET.

Like we always say here on PageantLIVE, the presentation is the key when it comes to evening gown! Here are our TOP 10 who we thought delivered elegance, gracefulness and, ladies who are ready to represent Miss USA at any given time.

TOP 10 Favorites

1. Miss Oklahoma - Cheyene Darling. Miss Oklahoma is a breath of fresh air whenever she hits the stage. Her fluid flowing, high slit red beaded gown is giving us a hint of mystery and the way she carried herself sealed the deal.


2. Miss Nevada - Carolina Adriana Urrea. Miss Nevada's jeweled, nude underlay gown by Sherri Hill with cut-out neckline, vertical lines following her toned statuesque and long sleeves made her look like she is ready to take over the Miss Universe stage.



3. Miss New Jersey - Alexa Noone. Miss New Jersey perfected her overall stage performance wearing a Sherri Hill strapped nude gown with iridescent gold leaf applique paired with Stephanie Somer's diamond-shaped dangle earrings. 



4. Miss California - Kelley Johnson. Miss California is giving us a combination of classic and modern Hollywood glam, which is true to her state! Her Renè Atelier beaded deep V-neck, black lace bodice with a high slit and chic messy bun made her stand out!



5. Miss Texas - Logan Lester. Miss Texas is a shimmering golden goddess! She wore a sheer, body fitting, bustier and unconventional gold gown by New York-based fashion designer Naeem Khan.



6. Miss Mississippi - Laine Alden Mansour. Miss Mississippi's Lainey Berry couture gown looked heavenly. Her golden nude sheer gown with aquamarine beads and attached flowy aquamarine sky bluish hue chiffon reminds us of Elsa and Ariel in one. A fairytale on the Miss USA stage!



7. Miss Georgia - Marianny Egurrola. Miss Georgia is wearing a bohemian-blue-rhapsody inspired gown by Sherri Hill. Her beaded, regal blue, fringe gown with sheer paneling complemented with her natural black hair is a match made for elegance and charismatic persona.



8. Miss Virginia. Ashley Vollrath. Miss Virginia looked stunning! Her classic volumized combed back hair matched with exotic hybrid cheetah inspired, electric pleated gown she designed with Sherri Hill made her look like the Miss USA total package.



9. Miss Tennessee - Alexandra Harper. Miss Tennesse looked ethereal in her Jovani champagne gown with rose gold applique that complements her skin perfectly. Her presence on the stage looked effortless and could easily get the Miss USA crown.


10. Miss Nebraska - Sarah Rose Summers. Miss Nebraska is delivering a glamorous yet girl next door persona. Her classic black gown and bustling train by Sherri Hill, against her blonde hair and flawless skin look exquisite.





By: Joyce Cortez and Natalie Mc Govern

Disclaimer: Photos are from Miss Universe Organization and credits to official photographers Patrick Prather and Alex Mertz.
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Saturday, April 7, 2018

PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Ardelle Dickerson, Miss Teen DC United States 2018


Ardelle Dickerson, Miss Teen District of Columbia United States 2018

Claim to Fame:

I inherited my late grandmother’s name that just so happened to be the same as a cosmetic company. So, whenever I introduce myself to people (girls specifically), they always respond: “Oh Ardell(e)! Like the eyelashes?!” 

Fun Fact About You:

I work as a secret shopper at an amusement park. I get paid to ride roller coasters all day. 

If you have one wish to be granted in 2018, what is it and why?

I would wish for 1,000 more wishes! If that’s not an option, my one wish would be to receive acceptance letters from all of the universities I applied to. 

Tell us about your platform or yourself, choose one or both.


Falling into the stigma as an African American battling mental adversities, I felt conflicted to open up about my severe depression and anxiety. I want to ensure that minorities in my state understand the importance of being self-aware regarding their mental health. 

Working as a Suicide Hotline Responder, I console many adolescents who are LGBTQ+, low-income and are Hispanic or black. From my experience, teens in this demographic deal with so much social backlash. It’s imperative that they know the available resources in order to prevent the prolonging of an invisible illness. 

As Miss Teen DC United States, it’s my obligation to provide support because of representation matters.

What is your passion or interest outside pageantry?

I love filming makeup tutorials! I’m high school, I dealt with cystic acne and covering my blemishes was an everyday thing. A once problematic routine turned into an artistic passion of mine. I even spent my summers working at Sephora showing girls proper skincare and how to feel beautiful even with hectic pimples.

Where can we follow you on social media?

Instagrams: @Ardelledickerson & @MissTeenDCUS






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Monday, April 2, 2018

PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Summer Raquel Keffeler, Miss Washington Teen USA 2018


Summer Raquel Keffeler, Miss Washington Teen USA 2018
Hometown: Monroe, Washington

Claim To Fame: 

Pageantry runs in my family.

Fun Fact About You: 

I have been to Disneyland over 25 times!

If you have one wish to be granted in 2018, what is it and why?

I would wish to be Miss Teen USA! I believe that I am qualified and have the characteristics to be a strong and empowering title holder. Pageantry has been a part of my life for many years now and being involved with the Miss Universe Organization has always been a goal of mine. I am so humbled to have the opportunity to carry my state title. I hope to grow not only my organization but as an individual with the national title.

Tell us about your platform or yourself, choose one or both.

About my platform: I am an advocate for a happy and healthy lifestyle, I grew up watching my sister play every sport under the sun but I lacked in the field of athletics until I found Dance and that completely changed my life. 

I am now the Vice President of the “Play On Sports” organization. The organization is geared towards young athletes in low-income families, we raise money to supply the athletic footwear, apparel, and equipment because I believe everyone should have the opportunity to pursue their passion.


About me: I am a 16-year-old honor roll student at Monroe High School, as well as a competitive dancer at Platinum Dance Center. I love yoga, kickboxing, and sports medicine. 

I am currently deciding between getting a degree in early childhood education and pursuing the career of a preschool teacher or becoming a pharmaceutical representative while attending undergraduate school to become a registered nurse in hospice care. 

And finally I am a very family oriented person, my favorite past time is watching Disney movies or football games with my family.

What is your passion or interest outside pageantry?

I especially enjoy dance and literature.

Where can we follow you on social media?


You can follow my journey at @misswateenUSA or @summerkeffeler 



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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Mandy Peterson, Miss Minnesota United States 2018


Mandy Peterson, Miss Minnesota United States 2018


Claim to fame:

After three years of competing for the Minnesota United States title, I am honored and humbled to represent the bold North. I also am an honor roll student with academic achievement status in addition to graduating two years ahead of schedule. 

Fun Fact About You:

Fun fact about me, well I am slightly obsessed with Oreos.

If you have one wish to be granted in 2018, what is it and why?

I would love to see more resources available to adolescents and teens who are battling depression. We, as not only a state but a country have seen a rise in teen self-harm and suicide. Together we can stop this epidemic and aid our up and coming generations. 

Tell us about your platform or yourself, choose one or both.

My platform actually affects me both personally and professionally.  As a suicide attempt survivor, I know how debilitating depression and anxiety can be. I have decided I want to overcome my dark battle and use my voice to shed light on the subject of mental illness. I am also a future adolescent counsellor with a current position in a day treatment facility focusing on pre-adolescent children who struggle with severe emotional and behavioral disorders.

What is your passion or interest outside pageantry?


I love to cook! I recently was challenged to a vegan “diet”, if you will, and it has broadened my horizons and knowledge when it comes to food. Cooking (and eating) is certainly a comfort for my soul.

Where can we follow you on social media?

Facebook: Miss Minnesota United States 



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Thursday, March 22, 2018

PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Allison Kratz, Miss Maryland United States 2018


Allison Kratz, Miss Maryland United States 2018


Claim to Fame:

My claim to fame is probably my decision to go to law school. I completely switched from pre-med to pre-law my senior year of college. My friends and family called me Elle Woods because I "woke up one day and decided to go to law school."

Fun Fact About You:

I'm a third generation pageant girl! Both my mother and grandmother competed in pageants when they were younger so for me, competing is a special bond with my family.

If you have one wish to be granted in 2018, what is it and why?

I wish that the book I'm working on would be finished and published this year. The book talks about my journey with healing after sexual assault and the importance of redefining your story in terms of what you've accomplished and overcome rather than the negative things you've experienced. 

Tell us about your platform or yourself, choose one or both.

My platform is "From Pain to Power" and focuses on prevention of and healing after sexual assault. Not only do I share my story of healing and advocacy after the assault, I educate students on healthy relationships, consent and bystander intervention. My hope is to decrease the occurrence of sexual assault and help survivors reclaim their personal power.

I am a second-year law student in Washington, DC and I currently sit on the executive board of the Women's Law Association. Outside of classes, I like to spend my time reading, crocheting, serving my community and spending time with my family. 


What is your passion or interest outside pageantry?

Empowering women in my community. It's always been incredibly important to me to build other women up. I, like so many other women, have experienced "mean girl behavior," bullying, unrealistic expectations and pressures to look and act a certain way. In a time where media and celebrities put so much pressure on us, it's incredibly important to encourage and uplift one another. 

Where can we follow you on social media?

Personal accounts:
Instagram: @allisonkratz 

Miss Maryland United States accounts:
Instagram: @missmdus 



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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Miss Philippines List of Winners, Catriona Gray crowned as Miss Universe Philippines 2018


The 55th edition of Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) was held on Sunday night of March 18th, Philippines time, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, Philippines.

Catriona Gray debuted on the international stage when she represented her country at Miss World 2016 where she placed Top 5, then, eventually gained supporters all over the world. When she joined Miss Philippines this year, there’s no doubt she is the favorite for Miss Universe Philippines.

Here are the list of winners and awardees

Winners


Universe 2018: Binibini 20 Catriona Gray




International 2018: Binibini 17 Maria Ahtisa Manalo
Supranational 2018: Binibini 31 Jehza Mae Huelar
Grand International 2018: Binibini 32 Eva Patalinjug
Intercontinental 2018: Binibini 38 Karen Gallman
Globe 2018: Binibini 19 Michele Gumabao

1st Runner-up: Binibini 1 Vickie Rushton
2nd Runner-up: Binibini 14 Samantha Bernardo
Top 15 Finalists




Binibini 38 Karen Gallman
Binibini 3 Muriel Orais
Binibini 21 Anjame Magbitang
Binibini 26 Wynonah Buot
Binibini 14 Samantha Bernardo
Binibini 15 Juliana Kapeundl
Binibini 31 Jehza Mae Huelar
Binibini 35 Sandra Lemonon
Binibini 11 Aya Abesamis
Binibini 17 Maria Ahtisa Manalo
Binibini 24 Edjelyn Gamboa
Binibini 1 Vickie Rushton
Binibini 19 Michele Gumabao
Binibini 20 Catriona Gray
Binibini 32 Eva Patalinjug
Top 25




Binibini 37 Patrizia Garcia
Binibini 3 Muriel Orais
Binibini 31 Jehza Mae Huelar
Binibini 17 Ahtisa Manalo
Binibini 32 Eva Patalinjug
Binibini 13 Kristie Rose Cequena
Binibini 7 Sigrid Grace Flores
Binibini 35 Sandra Lemonon
Binibini 10 Kayesha Chua
Binibini 26 Wynonah Buot
Binibini 15 Juliana Kapeundl
Binibini 21 Anjame Magbitang
Binibini 4 Ana Patricia Asturias
Binibini 23 Ena Velasco
Binibini 20 Catriona Gray
Binibini 39 Trixia Marie Marana
Binibini 14 Samantha Bernardo
Binibini 1 Vickie Marie Rushton
Binibini 9 Agatha Lei Romero
Binibini 24 Edjelyn Gamboa
Binibini 34 Mary Joy De Castro
Binibini 11 Aya Abesamis
Binibini 38 Karen Gallman
Binibini 8 Sherry Ann Tormes
Binibini 19 Michele Gumabao
Special Awards

Pitoy Moreno Best in National Costume Binibini 20 Catriona Gray



Miss Ever Bilena Binibini 20 Catriona Gray



Jag Denim Queen Binibini 20 Catriona Gray



Manila Bulletin’s Readers’ Choice Award Binibini 14 Samantha Bernardo


Miss Friendship Binibini 8 Sherry Ann Tormes


Best in Talent Binibini 8 Sherry Ann Tormes



The Face of Binibini (Miss Photogenic) Binibini 32 Eva Patalinjug



Miss Philippine Airlines Binibini 3 Muriel Orais



Best in Swimsuit Binibini 20 Catriona Gray


Best in Long Gown Binibini 20 Catriona Gray


Miss Cream Silk Binibini 19 Michelle Gumabao






Disclaimer: We give credits to the video owners who uploaded the contents on Youtube. Photos are from Binibining Pilipinas.
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