St. Paul Pioneer Press | 02/08/2007 | Miss USA ‘the face’ of Trump’s catering facility

St. Paul Pioneer Press | 02/08/2007 | Miss USA ‘the face’ of Trump’s catering facility: “Miss USA ‘the face’ of Trump’s catering facility

It was probably not the day at the beach that Miss USA Tara Conner had in mind. With winds whipping on a frigid February afternoon, the 21-year-old Conner was at Jones Beach near Wantagh, N.Y., on Tuesday, doing a photo shoot to promote Donald Trump’s $40 million planned catering facility, Trump on the Ocean. ‘I’m good,’ said Conner, modeling off-the-shoulder bridal dresses. ‘I’m cold, but I’m fine.’ Trump told Newsday in Wednesday’s editions that using Conner as ‘the face’ of Trump on the Ocean will help revamp her image. She recently completed a stint in an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center after nearly losing her crown for hard partying in New York nightclubs.”

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Future is bright for Miss Washington

Photo by Kassie Korich

Miss Washington Kristen Eddings, being named Top 10 at the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas last month, is looking forward to entering the Peace Corps after she crowns the next Miss Washington in July.

By Kassie Korich
Feb 07 2007

When Miss Washington Kristen Eddings recalls her experience at the Miss America Pageant, the word “blessing” comes to mind.

“I thought everything was a blessing, I was reminded of that over and over again,” she said. “Making the Top 10, I can’t even describe how I feel about that.”

On the morning of the national competition, she says she was calm and had a feeling that she would place in the semifinals. As she stood on the stage waiting for her name to be called (she was the ninth contestant out of 10 to be named), she says she began to second-guess herself.

“As they went on, I began to distrust my own feelings … You start to question ‘Am I in the Top 10?’” she said. “But you can never give up hope ’til the very end.”

Although she was not named Miss America, Eddings has confidence in Miss Oklahoma Lauren Nelson, the 20-year-old recipient of the crown.

“You kind of get an idea of everyone there,” she said. “I think she’ll do a wonderful job of representing everyone. We all support her and think she’s going to do a good job.”

As for her future, Eddings says “my life picks back up again.”

She will dive right back into appearances and will continue to speak at a number of rotaries throughout the state. She also hopes to contribute as much as she can to the incoming Miss Washington, who will be crowned in July.

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Preeti’s pride at being Miss Great Britain

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07 February 2007
Miss Great Britain Preeti Desai says she is “ashamed"" of her predecessor
Miss Great Britain Preeti Desai says she is “ashamed”” of her predecessor

PREETI Desai has found herself an ambassador for British Indians.

The 25-year-old, who moved from North Yorkshire about six months ago, now lives in Islington.

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Profile in courage

Canadian activist scores human rights victory

By Beryl Wajsman, The Suburban

Afshin-Jam used her celebrity to great effect.

Canadians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity when it comes to celebrating our own heroism. It is therefore not surprising, though still disappointing, that Vancouver’s Nazanin Afshin-Jam’s successful campaign to free Nazanin Fatehi from Tehran’s infamous Evin prison received relatively sparse news coverage.
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$”>Fatehi languished in prison for two years after being sentenced to death for stabbing the man who tried to rape her. Fatehi’s case had drawn some world attention, but it was not until Afshin-Jam took the lead in an international effort to save the life of this young girl facing the hangman’s noose because of Sharia law that the world sat up and took notice. Under Sharia law, since there were not four male witnesses to the attempted rape, Fatehi was convicted of pre-meditated murder. The decision by Iran’s judiciary to reverse itself is almost unprecedented.
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$”>Afshin-Jam not only made Fatehi’s specific case a worldwide “cause célèbre” but expanded her work to draw attention to the general abuse of women in Iran, and throughout the radical Muslim world. She put aside a budding singing career she had embarked on after winning the Miss World Canada competition, and plunged head-long into human rights advocacy using her celebrity to great effect. Helping in relief efforts from Africa to Asia, she also took up Fatehi’s case and cause at the UN, in London and in Berlin. She received a United Nations Human Rights award in the process.

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Former Miss Brazil tells police she’s OK

By TALES AZZONI

The Associated Press

Taiza Thomsen, pictured in 2002, told Brazilian police she didn’t want to be found.

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — The former Miss Brazil, who disappeared five months ago, has contacted Brazilian police from London to say she is well and does not want to be bothered, authorities said Monday.

Taiza Thomsen, 24, had not talked to her family since September, prompting her parents to request help from authorities last month. In her last conversation with her family, she said she was in London.

The Brazilian federal police said Thomsen called investigators Saturday to say she was in England and nothing had happened to her.

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Former Miss Brazil tells police she’s OK

By TALES AZZONI

The Associated Press

Taiza Thomsen, pictured in 2002, told Brazilian police she didn’t want to be found.

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — The former Miss Brazil, who disappeared five months ago, has contacted Brazilian police from London to say she is well and does not want to be bothered, authorities said Monday.

Taiza Thomsen, 24, had not talked to her family since September, prompting her parents to request help from authorities last month. In her last conversation with her family, she said she was in London.

The Brazilian federal police said Thomsen called investigators Saturday to say she was in England and nothing had happened to her.

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Miss America: Terry Meeuwsen Unedited interview

Carole Meekins

She’s the only Wisconsin woman to win the Miss America crown: Terri Meeuwsen.

But even the tiara can’t erase her dark memory. A brutal attack that changed her outlook on life, and her purpose for living.

Watch Part 1 of Carole’s uncut interview with Terry

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Terry was a down to earth beauty queen from De Pere. “I have I found out a lot about what kind of a person I’d like to be also I have also found out about what kind of person I don’t want to be,” she reflects. “I’ve had so many people introduce me on their shows and say well here she is ladies and gentlemen the most beautiful girl in america today..and I just cringe, I don’t even want to walk out..when they say something like that.”

You may remember Terry from the WTMJ show “A New Day.” Back in 1978, she was also a regular on our MACCathons to fight childhood cancer.

Before then, she had pursued a singing career. But the nightclub life was tough. It became unbearable after Terry was raped. The only thing that saw her through… Was God.

“He picked me up out of the pit and set my feet on a rock.My life was in a lost place,” she said.

She was surprised it brought her closer to her faith. “I had been approached by people…We called them jesus freaks at the time..I wanted no part of them..and I was like tell these people to leave me alone..what is their issue.”

Not anymore. In 1993, Terry joined Pat Robertson as co-host of the 700 Club at the CBN broadcasting studios in Virginia Beach. The religious show is transmitted around the world. For Terry, the Christian Broadcasting Network is like a family.

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