Former Miss Brazil Adalgisa Colombo has said that this year`s Miss Universe pageant, which was won by Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez, was “rigged” in favour of Venezuela that has taken the last two titles.
“It was rigged. The contest was very dumb, very commercial, with the special interests of (pageant co-owner) Donald Trump, who must have interests in Venezuela,” Colombo told the O Globo newspaper`s online edition.
Colombo, who was Miss Brazil 1958, said her country`s representative this year, Larissa Costa, was one of the favourites and should have been one of the 10 semifinalists, but she did not even make the final 15.
The former beauty queen said her favourite contestant in this year`s pageant was Miss Dominican Republic Ada Aimee de la Cruz, who made it to the final three.
Japanese tyre company Bridgestone has provided footage of its hosting of Miss America 2009 Katie Stam at its US arm’s United Way event in Nashville, Tenn. The video features Miss Stam, and Bridgestone Americas chairman and CEO Mark Emkes.
CARACAS — Venezuela’s afterglow of winning yet another Miss Universe crown has not only illuminated national pride in its Latin beauties — but also its women’s widespread recourse to cosmetic surgery.
Surgical enhancement to the body has become such a norm in the South American nation that it has emerged as a top destination for “scalpel tourism” by foreigners looking for a lift or new contours at a cheaper price.
“There are patients who come from Colombia, the United States, Ecuador, the Caribbean islands… They have surgery and then spend a few days on vacation,” explained Rosi Oyon, head of a French subsidiary selling silicon brest implants.
For non-Venezuelans visiting to improve their neckline, the difference in cost can be significant. In Caracas, breast enlargement goes for around 2,500 dollars, compared to several thousand more in other countries.
Breast implants, facelifts and liposuction have taken the place of swimsuits and talent competitions as criterion on which contestants will be judged in a beauty pageant in Hungary.
Women competing in the “Miss Plastic Surgery” pageant, which celebrates beauty achieved through cosmetic surgery, must submit their medical records along with their vital statistics.
The contest is open to women between 18 and 30 years old who have undergone at least one cosmetic procedure that involved general or local anaesthesia.
A team of judges drawn from the country’s best plastic surgeons will judge the peageant, the final of which is on October 9. The winner will receive a new flat, the runner up a new car, and the bronze prize recipient will win a trip for two to Kenya.
In 2004, Chinese women competed in a Miss Artificial Beauty pageant.
Last week I made an exciting trip to Orlando to support Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen, Brianna Godshalk, as she competed at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. First off, Brianna performed brilliantly and truly represented Georgia well! She also earned a full scholarship to Troy State University in Alabama, which I know she (and her parents) are thrilled about!
Today, I’m going scuba diving at the Georgia Aquarium! I am so very excited about this and have to say many thanks to the Miss Georgia Board, the Georgia Aquarium, and the Atlanta Georgia Constitution for setting this up. I gave the Miss Georgia Board a “bucket list” of things I wanted to do during my year as Miss Georgia, and this is the first item we have accomplished! Look for a spread in the AJC sometime this week!
Miss USA is actually an offshoot of the Miss America Pageant. The Catalina Swimsuit Company, a sponsor of the Miss America Pageant in the 1950’s, walked off in a huff when Yolanda Betbeze, Miss America 1951, a serious opera singer, refused to model the sponsor’s swimsuits during her reign. She told them to start their own pageant – and they did.
Yes, I’ll watch Miss Universe on NBC this weekend, and I’ll cheer on the winner. These young women still show admirable qualities of persistence and discipline. But frankly, they’re no Miss America.
Did anyone watch the Miss Universe 2009 Pageant Sunday night? I sure did. It has been years since I last watched a Miss Universe or any beauty pageant for that matter live on television. I recall my elementary school days when I used to watch these pageants year after year and admire these pretty ladies parading around in swimsuits and gowns with their gorgeous figures. I guess as I mature, these pageants are less entertaining to me.
I recalled trying out for the local Miss Universe pageant when I was 19….didn’t make it very far in the competition but still at least I had a slight taste of it. There weren’t any cat fights but there were certainly some very mean contestants who were just bullies. They got special attention, the best selection of sponsored clothing, jewelry, swimsuits, make up artists….and the list just goes on. Anyway, that’s not what this blog post is all about. It’s about the Miss Universe crown falling…check out this video! Click here.