viernes, 27 de diciembre de 2013

Miss Guinea 2014

 Miss Guinée 2014

CONAKRY, Guinea - Halimatou Diallo (22, Conakry) was crowned Miss Guinée 2014 at the Palace of the People in Conakry on December 27. She will represent Guinea in Miss World 2014 in London, England. Mariama Ciré and Clémence Lama finished in second and third place, respectively.

lunes, 23 de diciembre de 2013

Miss São Tomé e Príncipe 2013

Miss São Tomé e Príncipe 2013

SÃO TOMÉ, São Tomé and Príncipe - Djeissica Barbosa Hamilton Ivna Farinha Cassandra (19, 1.75m) was crowned Miss São Tomé e Príncipe 2013 at the Palace of Congress in São Tomé on December 22. She will represent São Tomé and Príncipe in Miss World 2014 in London, England. Helena de Pina was the first runner-up and Vanilza Tavares dos Santos was the second runner-up.

domingo, 22 de diciembre de 2013

Miss World Lesotho 2014

 Miss World Lesotho 2014

MASERU, Lesotho - Nthole Foxie Matela was crowned Miss World Lesotho 2014 at the conclusion of the  Face of Lesotho 2014 finals held at the Lesotho Cooperative College in Maseru on December 21. She will represent Lesotho in Miss World 2014 in London, England.

domingo, 8 de diciembre de 2013

Miss Netherlands 2013

 Miss Nederland 2013

HILVERSUM, Netherlands - Tatjana Maul (25, The Hague) was crowned Miss Nederland World 2013 at the conclusion of the Miss Nederland 2013 pageant on December 8. She will represent Netherlands in Miss World 2014 in London, England. Yasmin Verheijden (19, Amsterdam) was crowned Miss Nederland Universe 2013 at the same event held at the Studio 21 in Hilversum. She will represent Netherlands in Miss Universe 2014. Brendalina Charlotta van Dorp was the runner-up.



Miss Polski 2013

Miss Polski 2013

PLOCK, Poland - Ada Sztajerowska (21, 1.77m, Piotrków Trybunalski) was crowned Miss Polski 2013 at the Orlen Arena in Płock on December 8. She will represent Poland in Miss World 2014 in London, England. Paulina Maślanka and Anna Pabiś finished in second and third place, respectively.

PHOTOS | Piotr Augustyniak, Agencja Gazeta

Miss Kazakhstan 2013

The beauty from Almaty Aigerim Issayeva, 24, has been selected the most beautiful girl of Kazakhstan at the nationwide pageant Miss Kazakhstan 2013, Tengrinews reports.

Aigerim Issayeva is a student of Kazakh National Medical University.

The winner of the country's main beauty pageant will sign a one-year contract with Miss Kazakhstan organizers. According to the contract Miss Kazakhstan title holder has to attend charity event and participate in social campaigns. Besides, she will be an Ambassador to the Winter Universiade 2017, take part in the charity ball as a debutante and represent Kazakhstan at the international beauty contest Miss World 2014.

The first runner-up title was awarded to this year's Miss Kokshetau Laura Shamgulova. Miss Catwalk Vera Dushina won the second runner-up title at the pageant, the third runner-up title of Miss Kazakhstan went to Miss Karaganda Diana Kenessova and Miss Semei Alem Makanbekova gained the forth runner-up title.

The jury included Kazakhfilm studios president Yermek Amanshiyev, designer Kuralai Nurkadilova, businessmen Armanzhan Baitasov, Timur Kuvatov, Alexandr Orlov, photographer Danil Oleinik, Aigul Mukei, Sovet Seitov, Karlygash Mukhametzhanova, Nurlan Alimzhanov and TV presenter Serik Akishev. The organizers were not using SMS-voting this year, so the jury had the sole right to select the Miss Kazakhstan 2013.

25 most beautiful girls from all over Kazakhstan cities except representatives of Taraz and Kyzylorda (regional contests were held improperly in these cities) participated in the contest.

Kazakhstan singer Makpal Issabekova, TV presenter Ilya Urazakov, top-models Marina Gaivanovskaya and Saltanat Bekzhigitova were the masters of the ceremony.

Miss France World 2014

  Miss France 2014

DIJON, France - Flora Coquerel (19, 1.82m, Mont-Saint-Aignan) was crowned Miss France 2014 at the Zenith de Dijon on December 7. She will represent France in Miss World 2014 in London, England and/or Miss Universe 2014. The first runner-up was Mehiata Riaria and the second runner-up was Laëtizia Giovannelli.

Miss Mundo Argentina 2014

Miss Mundo Argentina 2014

ROSARIO, Argentina - Yoana del Carmen Don (23, Rosario) was crowned Miss Mundo Argentina 2014 at the City Center Rosario on December 4. She will represent Argentina in Miss World 2014 in London, England. The first runner-up was Martina Lehman and the second runner-up was Rocio Robles.

lunes, 2 de diciembre de 2013

Miss World 2013 Megan Young: Beauty with a Purpose

Three weeks after visiting the east coast, 2013 Miss World Megan Young was back in Newark, New Jersey to attend a fundraiser for the survivors of super typhoon Haiyan.

Megan was also able to make a guest appearance in the ABC morning show Good Morning America, where she also asked for support for the millions affected by the calamity.

“We’ve been here for a couple of days now and we’ve been campaigning for our cause. I’m saddened by the event that happened back home. What we can do now is to help them,” Megan said moments before the fundraising dinner. “We will be raising money that will go to the people, for the relief goods. We can offer prayers, good messages to the people to inspire them.”

Organized by the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc., the fundraising event was initially meant to raise funds for the orphanage Tuloy and the victims of the earthquake in Cebu.

Because of the gravity of the situation brought about by typhoon Haiyan, organizers decided to give one hundred percent of the proceeds to the rehabilitation efforts of the provinces battered by the typhoon.

Asked to give a message of hope to her struggling kababayans in the south, Megan replied: “Hang in there. A lot of people all over the world are helping out. We have so many other countries that are willing to help even without us asking. It’s going to be a long-term process.”

Before the evening’s program closed, the organizers led by PIDCI president Fe Martinez presented a $20,000 check to Miss World organization.

Megan  (who will visit the ravaged cities of Ormoc and Tacloban upon her return to the Philippines) thanked everyone who attended and contributed to the evening’s fundraising efforts.

“Nakakataba ng puso. Maraming salamat sa inyong tulong, maliit man o malaki ang naibigay ninyo, malayo ang mapupuntahan nito para matulungan ang mga kababayan nating nangangailangan,” she said.

After the New York and New Jersey leg of her trip, Megan flew to Los Angeles to attend another community fundraiser there. She will be visiting the eastern Visayas on November 28 and 29.

“I see the Philippines as a beautiful place. Bad things happen once in a while but that doesn’t mean we can’t rise up from that, and I think that’s where our strength as a nation and as Filipinos come from, we’re able to unite and work together as one to bring that beauty back. And that will happen in the next couple of years,” Megan said.

Bringing Filipinos together

On October 23, Miss World 2013 Megan Young paid a courtesy call to Consul General Mario L. de Leon, Jr. at the Philippine Center here in New York. She was accompanied by Steve Douglas, events director of Miss World and met with consulate officials before meeting the local media.

“I’m really very happy to be back in the States. The last time I was here was in 2009,” Megan said as she explained the reason for the New York leg of her trip. “We’re here in New York because we want to get the Filipino community together hopefully very soon [and the reason for that is] because we are supporting two foundations back in the Philippines.”

“What we want to do coming to the US is to bring together the Filipino community and show them what we’re doing and to get them involved. Itong pagkapanalo ko, hindi lang ito para sa akin. As cliché as it may sound, para sa Pilipinas talaga ito. It’s not just about winning, it’s about what you can do in a year. For me, it’s getting the Filipinos together. Why not let people know what Miss World is doing and get the community involved as well and that’s what we’re hoping to do this year,” Megan said, eliciting applause from people who joined the briefing.

Steve Douglas, events director of Miss World said, “Megan is a very special Miss World and she is really proud of her heritage and she wants to use that in a positive way and unite people throughout the world and Miss World is the best platform to do that, that’s what we aim to give her.”

Julia Morley, chairman and CEO of Miss World, will be announcing shortly what they have decided during their earlier meeting.

“We had initial talks and we will announce that as soon as we finalize it. We have a Miss World, born in the US but every inch a Filipina. She is representing the best of the Filipino,” Consul General  de Leon said.

While no other details were given, Douglas said that there will very shortly be an opportunity for the community here to get behind Megan and get behind these projects and to have a celebration as well.

“What better thing to celebrate than the brand new Miss World, the first Filipina Miss World,” he said.

Beauty with a purpose

“Miss World is more than just a beauty pageant. It is a platform for young women to make a difference.

This year, Megan will travel to 40 countries and she will make a huge difference in the world.  She will be making that real difference. Every now and then, you get a fantastic Miss World who is able to translate that into something even more special and I think that’s what we’re going to find this year,” Douglas said.

The projects Megan mentioned include Tuloy Foundation, based in Alabang and headed by Father Rocky Evangelista, who started the foundation years ago with only 12 children from the streets.  The group now has over 900 children in their compound. They’ve built a gymnasium and a church and they’ve been schooling these children, aside from housing 200 to 300 children.

Megan echoed what Father Rocky has told her: You can give these children material things but at the end of the day, they can get that elsewhere. The number one thing you can give them is your time, and they learn to cherish that.

“What he hopes to bring back to these kids is their dignity and appreciation of themselves. We want to bring that to the table and show the Filipino community what he has done,” Megan explained.

The other charity they are supporting in the Philippines the Philippine General Hospital.

“Hopefully, we will be able to put up a center for kids who have been staying in the hospital for a long period of time na hindi na nakakapag-aral,” she said.

Aside from that, they are also hoping to raise money for ventilators for little babies because the hospital only has five and they need so much more.  One ventilator costs about P800,000.

As Miss World, Megan will be visiting various countries during her one-year reign.

Her first stop is Haiti, which she will be visiting by the end of the month.

“We will be there for a couple of days. It is a five-year project [Miss World has] with Haiti. They drill holes there for their water. Pagkakuha pa lang nila ng tubig nila, contaminated na. They thought of a plan where they can get water and they have buckets with filters in them and they’re raising money for that. It’s $35 a bucket and there are Haitians who make the buckets so the money stays with them. At least alam nila na malinis yung tubig nila from these buckets with filters,” Megan said.


Asked about the kind of legacy she plans to make as the first Filipina in Miss World’s roster of winners, she remarked that her reign will include all community efforts to help the causes she considers as priority.

“The legacy that I really want to leave is to make a mark with the Filipino community, na nakatulong sila, na hindi lang ako ang nakagawa. That I was able to bring the Filipino communities not just in the Philippines but also here and in other parts of the world as well. Mapagsama-sama ang mga Pilipino para sa isang mabuting gawa. To get people informed on how they can actually help, hindi lang puro salita pero sa gawa na rin,” she explained.

Megan won the crown in Bali last September 28, besting 126 other candidates. It has only been three weeks but she feels it has been longer.

“Steve was telling me that I’ve only been crowned for three weeks and I couldn’t believe it because it actually has felt like two months. It’s a whirlwind thing for me. Once I see Haiti and how it is there and the other countries we will visit, that’s when my life will start to change, my views will begin to change. I can’t wait to see how Megan is after this year,” Megan said.

“When they asked me what I really wanted to do this year, I told them that I wanted to get the Filipinos together in helping me with my cause in Miss World and that’s what I want to achieve,” Megan added.


Asian Journal had a chance to interview Megan back in 2009 in Manila to promote the upcoming Star Magic shows in California and New York. Back then (and even earlier), she has been prodded to join beauty pageants. She declined and focused on her career as an actress.

“When you’re 19 years old, you don’t really know what you want in life. You don’t know which path to take. I didn’t feel that I was mature enough to take that leap. I didn’t think I’d be able to handle myself,  I was dependent on people around me,” she said.

Things changed when she turned 23 this year.

“When I turned 23, I came to the realization that I was ready. I had a gut feeling that maybe even if 13 could be an unlucky number for some people, it felt very lucky for me. I just felt good about it and when you feel good about something, go for it. That’s what I did,” Megan added.

“I am here to enjoy the moment and enjoy it with the Filipinos. Sama-sama tayong lahat sa journey ko na ito,” she said.

sábado, 30 de noviembre de 2013

Miss Gabon World 2014

 Miss Gabon 2014

LIBREVILLE, Gabon - Maggaly Omrnellia Emmanuelle Nguema (21) was crowned Miss Gabon 2014 (photo above) on November 30. She will represent Gabon in Miss Universe 2014. Pulcherie Nze Nzoughe (24) was crowned Miss Monde Gabon 2014 (photo below) at the same event held at the Botanical Gardens of Libreville. She will represent Gabon in Miss World 2014 in London, England.

PHOTOS | Ed Dominguez,

lunes, 11 de noviembre de 2013

Miss Swaziland World 2013/2014

Newly crowned Miss Swaziland Samukelisiwe Magagula was a firm crowd favourite from the beginning of the event up until her crowning.
Newly crowned Miss Swaziland Samukelisiwe Magagula was a firm crowd favourite from the beginning of the event up until her crowning. 
This was during the glitzy event which was held at the Royal Swazi Convention Centre on Saturday night. 
The 24-year-old oozed confidence and poise on stage.
 Her fans screamed her name throughout the night. 
She had a large audience of supporters. The beauty who said during an interview with this publication, she was unaware of this was surprised when her fellow finalists told her that she had the loudest screams and support on the night.  
“I was told that I was the crowd favourite but honestly did not know this as I would be lying if I admitted to have heard those screams,” she said. 
The beauty who takes over from retired Miss Swaziland Ayanda Dube said she is prepared to be a different beauty ambassador from the rest of those who were crowned before. 
Samukelisiwe revealed that the great thing about her crowing is that she already has a ten month itinerary that the organisers have planned for her therefore, will not be one of those idle queen. 
“I will be hard at work doing ambassadorial duties and I am most excited to work with the youth and put their issues in the forefront during my reign as my passion does lie mostly with young people,” she said.  Samu, as she is affectionately known, expected to win.
 She revealed during the interview, though she said  a moment of doubt came after the question and answer section.  “I couldn’t hear the judge and had to ask her to repeat that question three times. 
Even when I answered I wasn’t sure I was giving the right answer,” she added.  
Despite bagging lots of votes during the telephonic voting period, Andile Silenge failed to make it to the top five. She won neither the Miss Personality nor Miss Congeniality titles. 
The Miss Personality title was taken by Temndeni  Zwane and Miss Congeniality by the eventual winner, Samukelisiwe Magagula. 
The top five was then selected. Temndeni Zwane, Melissa Marvis, Nadia Nascimento, Sebenzile Tsabedze and Samukelisiwe Magagula were chosen.
The event was an overall success. 
It was well organised except that time keeping was an issue.
 Programme director Maandan, who is a South African comedian, managed to keep the audience occupied with his brilliant sense of humour. 
Princess Sikhanyiso was the guest of honour. 
She sent a representative in the person of Imbali Indvuna Nonduduzo Zubuko.

...Miss SD prize package to remain
a mystery until November 23
The Miss Swaziland winners will have to exercise a considerable amount of patience when it comes to their winnings.
They will only know what it is they have to show for their titles on November 23.
The official prize presentation will be held at the Swaziland National Council of Arts and Culture (SNCAC) offices in Manzini. 
This was announced during the finals on Saturday.  
Pageant director Thandeka Matse told the programme director Maandan to notify guests about this so that no questions or interrogations are posed about this to the girls or the committee after this pageant is over. Many guests who were interviewed on the night expressed the hope that maybe for the first time in a long while the Miss Swaziland pageant would have worthwhile prizes. 
“Judging by how glitzy the finals were, the prizes had better not undermine the standard they have managed to set. 
It would be a shame to create such hype then fail to deliver on the one thing that is most important about this pageant,” said Fikile Manana, who said she had a great time at the Miss Swaziland finals. 
Another guest also said he had faith that Thandeka handled the prizes well.
 “She has managed to host a great finale so the bar has been raised high. I believe she will surprise us,” said Sipho Kunene.  

domingo, 10 de noviembre de 2013

Miss & Mister Luxembourg 2014

Miss & Mister Luxembourg 2013

(LW) - Am Samstagabend wurden in Bad Mondorf die neuen Miss und Mister Luxembourg gewählt. Der Titel der attraktivsten Dame ging an Frédérique Wolff, während Osvaldo Sanchez Rivera sich für das kommende Jahr Mister Luxembourg nennen darf. Unterstützt wird das Paar von der Première Dauphine Cynthia Da Moura Varela und der Deuxième Dauphine Barbara Nijhuis.

viernes, 8 de noviembre de 2013

Miss Cyprus 2013/2014

 Pancyprian Official Beauty Contest 2013

NICOSIA, Cyprus - Elísa Georgíou (19) was crowned Star Kypros 2013 (Star Cyprus 2013) at the conclusion of the Pancyprian Official Beauty Contest 2013 on November 7. She will represent Cyprus in Miss Universe 2014. Ioánna Filíppou (19) finished in second place and was crowned Miss Kypros 2013 (Miss Cyprus 2013) at the same event held at the Mega TV studios in Nicosia. She will represent Cyprus in Miss World 2014 in London, England. The runner-up of Star Cyprus is Katerína Theodorou and the runner-up of Miss Cyprus is Maírii Zavoú.

sábado, 2 de noviembre de 2013

Miss Mundo Nicaragua 2014

 Miss Mundo Nicaragua 2014

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - María Esther Cortés Molina (21) was crowned Miss Mundo Nicaragua 2014 at the Rubén Darío National Theatre in Managua on November 2. She will represent Nicaragua in Miss World 2014 in London, England. The first runner-up was Yumara López and the second runner-up was Daniela González. This is the first Miss Mundo Nicaragua pageant organized by Denis Dávila who obtained the license for the nation in 2011. The pageant also featured a reality series.

viernes, 18 de octubre de 2013

Nuestra Belleza Mundo México 2013

 Nuestra Belleza Mundo México 2013

TOLUCA, Mexico -  Daniela Álvarez Reyes (19, 1.74m, Cuernavaca) was crowned Nuestra Belleza Mundo México 2013 at the Adolfo López Mateos International Airport in Toluca on October 17. She will represent Mexico in Miss World 2014 in London, England. The runner-up was Vanessa López Quijada. The remaining contestants will proceed to compete in the Nuestra Belleza México 2013 grand final on October 19.

PHOTOS | Televisa

miércoles, 16 de octubre de 2013

Mis Srbije 2013

Mis Srbije 2013

BELGRADE, Serbia - Milica Vukliš (20) was crowned Mis Srbije 2013 at the RTV Pink studios in Belgrade on October 15. She will represent Serbia in Miss World 2014 in London, England. The first runner-up was Arnela Zeković (20) and will represent Serbia in Miss Universe 2014. Jovana Maksimović was the second runner-up.


viernes, 11 de octubre de 2013

Miss World 2013 regresa a su casa, Filipinas!

The Philippines welcomes its first ever Miss World!

Since landing in the Philippines yesterday afternoon, triumphant Miss World 2013 Megan Young has been received with open arms and scenes of amazing joy wherever she has traveled. The airport was full of fans and press photographers and journalists when she arrived, and this afternoon the streets of Manila were lined in her honour, with thousands of fans cheering her name and welcoming their champion home.

martes, 1 de octubre de 2013

Hola Londres, Inglaterra - Miss World 2014

En la reunión de Directores Nacionales celebrada el sábado 28, la Presidenta de la Organización Miss Mundo, Julia Morley, anunció que la edición 64va del certamen se llevara a cabo en Londres y las delegadas estarán visitando adicionalmente dos países que no fueron revelados. La fecha estimada es octubre del próximo año.