Monday, January 7, 2019

Man Of The World 2017, Mostafa Elezali Shows Support To Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray

Something old, something new, something exciting! 

We first caught up with Mostafa in June 2018 when he still holds the Man of the World title; now, his career life is like a whirlwind. So what's new with him? Well, there's a lot of changes, and they are compelling! But first, let's ask him about Catriona Gray's recent win as the fourth Miss Philippines to take home the Miss Universe crown. 

Let's Talk About Miss Universe 

Today, Catriona embarks the official first day as Miss Universe 2018. As a pageant titleholder himself, Mostafa remarks, "They are all well deserving to be on TOP 5," when asked of his thoughts about the finalists choice this year. And his opinion regarding transgender in pageants? He answered, "I'm not against any gender as long as they respect other's private life."

Mostafa has known of his support to Catriona and her participation at Miss Universe pageant. Ever wonder how they met? Well, here's the story, "I met Catriona through my manager who introduced us, we are acquaintances but what I know about her is that she is a friendly person." Mostafa added, "Her attitude, I believe is an epitome of a true Filipina. She is really friendly and smiles a lot, and is very accommodating." We asked if he has an inspirational message to Catriona as the new Miss Universe, "Stay humble, and make the Philippines proud," he says.  

Speaking of Miss Universe, are we expecting more news about you and Catriona?

Maybe next year because I heard that my manager would co-manage her.

His New Career in the Entertainment Industry

You are now pursuing your goals in your acting career by signing up with Star Magic. How are they building up your celebrity image? Are you taking workshops?

I'm undertaking Tagalog and acting workshops for the meantime. So I hope it will fast track my career as I work hard to study Tagalog.

As a pure foreigner in Philippine Showbiz, do you think this path will help you join the big ranks of stars in the near future? 

I believe so, by working hard and being humble because showbiz makes people famous.

You have just joined ABS-CBN Star Magic and Cornerstone Entertainment, the most prominent Talent Agency in the Philippines, will we see you soon in a movie with one of Cornerstone’s biggest talents?

I’m not sure but yes I will once I manage the language and acting skills.

Any movies or shows you're currently shooting? Can you share your roles in these films?

I have a guest appearance in the movie, "The Girl in the Orange Dress." It's a romance flick which is included at the Metro Manila Film Festival, something like the Oscars in Philippine Film Industry. Also, I am currently shooting in an "I-Flix" series (which is equal to Netflix). The title of the series is "Mystified," and I play the role of Lucifer. These are few of the roles I was offered.

You are the first Man of The World titleholder, first Male Egyptian winner in an International pageant, first Muslim to win a Male pageant, the first pure foreigner in the Philippine Entertainment Industry. Will we expect another first from you?

Hahahahaha! You don’t know me yet. I’m excited to make history so I will work hard to make something new in the showbiz. I wanna surprise my audience.

Any inspirational message to your fans who have followed you and continue to support you in your endeavors?

Keep supporting me, and I will always make you proud.

By: Joyce Cortez

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Franchesca Nival, Queen Beauty Massachusetts 2019

Franchesca Nival, Queen Beauty Massachusetts 2019

Francesca is on her senior year at the University of Massachusetts taking a Degree in Communications with a concentration in Journalism and minor in Entrepreneurial Business. This beauty is already advancing her knowledge by applying the practical concept of her studies - as an inside sales manager and the CEO of FTA which is a Talent Academy.

Originally from Lowell, Massachusetts, Francesca currently resides in Merrimack, New Hampshire. On her free time, she likes to hit the gym, playing Volleyball, working on her business ideas, networking, watching funny movies, and spending time with family, friends and loved ones.

Why should models/delegates choose to compete in Queen Beauty USA? 

Queen Beauty USA is honestly one of the most well-rounded pageants I’ve been a part of, the team is amazing, and the support is unbelievable. They work really hard to help your dreams come true! If you’re looking to do something different, wanting to get into the modeling or acting industry, then this is the pageant for you.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In the next five years, I see myself living in California, most likely working in the acting industry, expanding my businesses, and having an academy in L.A., as well. Owning a home, and possibly starting a family of my own. 

How about in ten years?

In ten years, I still see myself working in the entertainment industry and business. Of course, married and with kids, expanding my business options, and growing in the industry in Hollywood.

If you only have one wish, what is it and why?

I’d love to have the opportunity to be the leading actress in a film or on a TV show within the next year or so. That would be amazing!

One thing about you that no one else knows?

I founded a non-profit organization named "Olive Cross" to help kids in poverty all over the world, for them to be able to attend school.

Fun Questions

Favorite color: 

Favorite food: 
Rice beans and salmon

Who is your celebrity crush? 
Quincy Jones, haha!

Favorite band, you love to listen? 
Bethel worship 

Favorite movie?
The Kissing Booth

Inspirational Message

"God doesn’t give up on you, so we should never give up on ourselves. As long as we work hard, good things will come!"

By: Joyce Cortez

PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight is a special feature of Ask The Crown. We are proud to be the pioneer of publishing titleholders exclusive interviews nationally and internationally.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight: Yamilet Gonzalez, Queen Beauty Rhode Island 2019

Yamilet Gonzalez, Queen Beauty Rhode Island

Yamilet was born in Mexico and grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This 19-year-old beauty loves taking pictures, shopping and spending time with family. She likes to plan ahead of time and clean in her spare time.

Why should models/delegates choose to compete in Queen Beauty USA? 

I think models should compete in pageants to gain experience and pageantry exposure is a great way to start.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

What do I see in my future? I see myself in magazines, walking runways and working hard. 

How about in ten years?

Ten years? I see myself starring in a telenovela. 

If you only have one wish, what is it and why?

I want to be able to provide for my family, why? Because they're the reason, I'm here in the U.S. 

One thing about you that no one else knows?

Something no one really knows about me, I get sad when I think about my three cats not being with me anymore all the time.

Fun Questions

Favorite color: 

Favorite food: 

Who is your celebrity crush? 
Tom Holland 

Favorite band, you love to listen? 
I don’t have one 

Favorite movie?
The Shallows 

By: Joyce Cortez

PageantLIVE Red Carpet Highlight is a special feature of Ask The Crown. We are proud to be the pioneer of publishing titleholders exclusive interviews nationally and internationally.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year 2019, Let's Celebrate!

2018 Highlight

Winner of The Global Beauty Awards for BEST Social Media and/or Vlog

Bellevue, Washington. PageantLIVE Lead Editor, Joyce Cortez accepted the awards.

TGBA Photo booth Fun Moments


Sunday, December 16, 2018

Miss Universe 2018 Final TOP 10 Predictions

It will go down to one lucky lady! Who will take home the crown? 

Tonight is the night!! Tune in at 7/9PM ET on FOX.

Final TOP 10 Predictions


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Miss Universe 2018 TOP 20 Post Preliminary Competition

Miss Universe 2018 preliminary competition was held on the 13th of December at IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Finals competition and coronation will be telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, December 16th, from the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

TOP 20 Post Preliminary Competition

TOP 3 Strongest Contestants 

1. Miss Philippines - Catriona Gray. This girl came to win! Miss Philippines started strong, and she maintained being a dark horse. We think Catriona is a total package that Miss Universe could ever have - if she wins. Catriona researched the whole Philippines culture and even rediscovered the history of the pre-colonial Philippines, which she showcased in her National Costume. Based on her social media posts, she was involved in designing her gowns, bags, and accessories for the competition.

Catriona debuted her album, "We're In This Together," to raise funds for Young Focus Philippines. Young Focus’ “DNA” is all about education: educating children all the way from preschool to college. Young Focus believes that education is the most effective way to end poverty in a child’s life. (Source: Young Focus Philippines)

2. South Africa - Tamaryn Green. It won't be a surprise if South Africa will have a back to back win. As a medical student and a Tuberculosis survivor, she has been instrumental in the fight against the disease. Tamaryn says, "The world is on the cusp of a global push to deal with this killer disease. I am very grateful to have the power of Miss South Africa platform – which is so much bigger than I could ever have imagined – and to be in a position to make my voice heard. Because of my title, I have an opportunity to help as many people as I can."

3. Thailand - Sophida Kanchanarin. Sophida graduated Magna Cum Laude at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas with the Degree of Business Administration in Finance. At age 23, she became the youngest female manager in TMB Bank. She advocates professional credibility in female leaders, Equal Pay, and the Gender pay gap.

By: Joyce Cortez and Natalie Mc Govern
Photos: Wasan Puengprasert
HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Meaning Behind Miss Universe Philippines, Catriona Gray's Nonconforming National Costume

Catriona Gray, Miss Universe Philippines carried the whole country on stage. Her National Costume represents the three largest islands of the Philippines: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

"I want to represent the Philippines in all forms," Catriona told ABS-CBN News Dyan Castillejo. She added, "When people see the Philippine sash, it's just a word on a sash, but really, we're made up of so many different places and so much different aspects to our culture."

She collaborated with various artists in the Philippines where she says, "We researched. We consulted historians."

Fans around the "universe" have mixed reactions. But will this be the start of an elaborate, more in-depth concept of National Costumes in the future?

These videos explained how Catriona came up with her nonconforming  National Costume.

Furthermore, she told Vogue Thailand that her accessories represented Mindanao, while her body suit and the Christmas lantern behind her represented the Visayas and Luzon.

The Miss Universe 2018 National Costume Show was held on the 10th of December at Nongnooch Pattaya International Convention Exhibition (NICE) in Thailand.

Will Catriona bag the fourth Miss Universe crown for her country? 

Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, December 16, 2018 from the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. 

By: Joyce Cortez
Photographer: Patrick Prather
HO/The Miss Universe Organization
Videos: Catriona Gray's Youtube Channel, Cat-Elle
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