Image: Miss Universe fighting AIDS in India

Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera, who is visiting India to spread awareness on HIV/AIDS, had to cut short her walk through Kamathipura.

The huge crowd that had gathered to catch a glimpse of Rivera went berserk and the police had to advice her to cancel the programme.

Rivera’s bodyguards were also concerned with her security and promptly cancelled the walk, taking her back to the hotel.



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Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera, of Puerto Rico, left in black top, is welcomed with a flower by former commercial sex worker (CSW) Amruta Bhaimani,

Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera, of Puerto Rico, left in black top, is welcomed with a flower by former commercial sex worker (CSW) Amruta Bhaimani, Giovedì 26 Ottobre 2006, 18:17

Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera, of Puerto Rico, left in black top, is welcomed with a flower by former commercial sex worker (CSW) Amruta Bhaimani, right, belonging to the Asha Mahila Sanstha, an NGO involved in the prevention and control of HIV in CSW’s Mumbai, India, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006. In the background are fashion models from New York. Rivera is in India on a tour for AIDS awareness. (AP Photo/Gautam Singh)

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Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera, of Puerto Rico, left in black top, is welcomed with a flower by former commercial sex worker (CSW) Amruta Bhaimani,

Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera, of Puerto Rico, left in black top, is welcomed with a flower by former commercial sex worker (CSW) Amruta Bhaimani, Giovedì 26 Ottobre 2006, 18:17

Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera, of Puerto Rico, left in black top, is welcomed with a flower by former commercial sex worker (CSW) Amruta Bhaimani, right, belonging to the Asha Mahila Sanstha, an NGO involved in the prevention and control of HIV in CSW’s Mumbai, India, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006. In the background are fashion models from New York. Rivera is in India on a tour for AIDS awareness. (AP Photo/Gautam Singh)

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Miss America Jennifer Berry to visit Ganado

Jennifer Barry answers questions at a radio station in Atlanta, Ga. Berry will be in Ganado Friday to talk about alcohol issues. [Courtesy Photo]

By Natasha Kaye Johnson
Diné Bureau

GALLUP — Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry will be in Ganado at 10 a.m. Friday to talk with high school students about the dangers of underage drinking and drunk driving.

“With Mothers Against Drunk Driving as my platform partner, I will take every opportunity to raise awareness and educate the public about the dangers and consequences of drunk driving and underage drinking,” Berry stated in a press release.

After being crowned Miss America in January, Berry became a MADD national spokesperson in March, and began promoting her platform of “Building Intolerance to Drunk Driving and Underage Drinking.”

Berry’s visit is being coordinated by First Lady Vikki Shirley, who has spearheaded the formation of the Navajo Nation MADD Chapter and serves as chairwoman of the Navajo Nation MADD-DUI Task Force

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Miss Christmas Beauty Pageant 2006

by di-ve.com

Wednesday, 25 October, 2006

Creatrix Modelling Agency and Catwalk Productions have once again started their preparations for the 17th edition of Miss Christmas Beauty Pageant, which will be held at the Park of Friendship, Marsascala on Saturday, 2 December, 2006. The winner of this prestigious beauty pageant will have the opportunity to represent Malta in the international beauty contest Miss Globe.

During the show, other models will also be chosen to participate in international beauty contests abroad. Last year the contest was won by the 17-year-old Sacha Seguna from Qormi. Sabrina Farrugia placed second while Alexia Fenech came third.

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Winning life’s pageant and living well with diabetes

Wednesday, October 25, 2006 By David Templeton, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Standing in her evening gown as finalist in the 1999 Miss America pageant, Miss Virginia was awaiting the judges’ decision when one motioned to her.

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Nicole Johnson Baker shows her Dexcom continuous glucose sensor to her 9-month-old daughter, Ava. The wireless sensor allows Ms. Johnson Baker, who has Type I diabetes, to continuously monitor her glucose levels.
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“Are you wearing it?” he asked. “If so, where is it?”

The judge was curious. Where had Nicole Johnson stashed her insulin pump? She quietly told him she’d strapped it inside her leg to keep it hidden under the form-fitting gown.

Nicole Johnson Baker, Miss America 1999, is a Type I diabetic, diagnosed at 19. During the pageant she talked much about her diabetes. But overcoming its challenges to emerge as Miss America is the story behind her accomplishment.

“Never to my knowledge was a Miss America contestant wearing an external medical device, other than a hearing aid,” she said. “Young diabetic patients love hearing that story.”

Diabetes requires discipline and continual maintenance. But, as Ms. Johnson Baker proves, it’s no obstacle to success.

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Tara Conner, Miss USA(R) 2006, to Visit Troops on USO/AFE Tour to Italy and Turkey

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 20 /U.S. Newswire/ — Service members in Italy and Turkey will be treated to a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour Oct. 27 – Nov. 4, featuring Tara Conner, Miss USA(R) 2006. Conner will visit several bases, meet and greet service members, pose for pictures and judge a family and teen talent show involving service members and their families.

Conner — a 20-year-old business administration major at Somerset Community College — is the first woman from Kentucky to win the crown. The Russell Springs native will spend the next year fulfilling the responsibilities of Miss USA, raising awareness about breast and ovarian cancer education, research and legislation. She served as a presenter at the USO 65th Anniversary Gala last month in Washington, D.C.

As part of her duties, Conner also will travel nationwide as an advocate for organizations such as the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, the National Breast Cancer Coalition and Gilda’s Club. Conner recently represented the United States at the 2006 Miss Universe(R) pageant, finishing fourth runner-up. It was only the fifth time in the history of the pageant that the Miss USA winner placed fourth runner-up.

The USO has a long-standing relationship with the Miss Universe Organization. In recent years, pageant winners have traveled on overseas tours to Korea and Cuba, and domestic trips to California and Colorado.

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