Sunday, November 28, 2010

Miss and Mister Luxembourg 2011

Miss and Mister Luxembourg 2011
Stéphanie Ribeiro (22, 1.73m, Luxembourg City) was crowned Miss Luxembourg 2011 at the Cat Club in Luxembourg City. She will represent Luxembourg in Miss World 2011. The first runner-up is Melanie Santiago and the second runner-up is Vanessa Beauchet. On the same event, David Florentin won the Mister Luxembourg 2011 title and will participate in the next edition of Mister World if it is held during his reign.
Photo/Armand Wagner,

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Miss World Japan 2011

Miss World Japan 2011
Midori Tanaka (22, 1.70m, Okayama) was crowned Miss World Japan 2011 at the conclusion of the Miss International and Miss World Japan 2010 pageant in Tokyo. She will represent Japan in Miss World 2011. Her runner-up is Nao Ichikawa.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Señorita Colombia 2010-2011

Señorita Colombia 2010-2011
María Catalina Robayo Vargas (22, 1.75m, Cali) was crowned Señorita Colombia 2010-2011 at the conclusion of the Concurso Nacional de Belleza de Colombia 2010. The pageant was held at the Getsemaní Auditorium of the Julio César Turbay Ayala Convention Center in Cartagena de Indias. She will represent Colombia in Miss Universe 2011. Lizeth Carolina González Romero finished in second place and Natalia Valenzuela Cutiva finished in third place.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Welcome home, Miss World 2010!

Miss World winner, Alexandria Mills, returns to Louisville, vows to make city proud

By Tamara Ikenberg, The Courier Journal. November 11, 2010

Last month, Alexandria Mills, 18, was working at American Eagle in Louisville's Jefferson Mall. Now she’s Miss World.

Mills, a Shepherdsville native, returned on Wednesday from China, where the Miss World pageant was held. And Thursday morning she was honored as a distinguished citizen of Louisville, by Mayor Jerry Abramson in the Mayor’s Gallery at Metro Hall

"I don't think it's quite set in yet," Mills said. "When I catch a glimpse of myself (in the crown), it's still amazing to me."

Wearing a dazzling replica of the original crown, accented with turquoise and dark blue semi-precious stones, an elegant white dress and approximately five-inch, white patent-leather heels, the 5-foot-9 Mills looked every inch the international beauty queen. But she made it clear that she belongs to Louisville.

"I wouldn't trade (home) for the world," she said. "I want to make Louisville proud."

She'll have a chance to represent the River City over the next year as she travels the world, meeting dignitaries and raising awareness for environmental and children's issues.

Miss World was the first beauty pageant Mills ever competed in. She was elected to participate by her modeling agency, Elite Modeling Management Miami, which works with the Miss World pageant to select the competitors.

Mills was discovered at a model search in New York City when she was 13 and has mostly appeared in swimsuit catalogs. Her interest in modeling dates to her days at Hebron Middle School, where school counselor Marla Squires recalled that Mills already had a photo portfolio.

Mills was home-schooled for high school, and intends to go to college after her Miss World duties are complete. She said she's not sure what school she wants to attend. She's considering environmental studies and broadcast journalism as majors.

"After her reign, we'll get her to go to UofL or UK," said Abramson, smiling.

Mills was joined at Thursday's event by her parents and her best friend, Rhiannon Jones, who all received keys to the city. Her mother, Susan, works at JC Penney at Jefferson Mall. Her father, Kenny, is employed by UPS. Mills' older brother Brad, who also works at UPS and goes to the University of Louisville, couldn't be there.

Susan Mills said she is still in awe of her daughter's achievement.

"I'm almost afraid to touch her when she's wearing her crown," she said, adding that she's happy Alexandria would be home for Thanksgiving.

The family will host Julia Morley, the chairwoman of the Miss World organization, for the holiday. Morley, who was also on hand for the mayor's presentation, described Alexandria as "spirited and bubbly. She's got a happy heart."

During the presentation, Mills shared some of her favorite experiences in China, including walking the Great Wall. "I'd done a report on the Great Wall in sixth grade," she said. "It was on my bucket list."

Mills has two weeks with her family and friends — but guys, there's no boyfriend — before she's whisked off to perform her Miss World duties. At the top of her Louisville to-do list is eating a cheese Papa John's pizza. Then she'll get some beauty sleep.

"I really need to relax and breathe a little bit," she said. 

Friday, November 5, 2010

Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2011

 Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2011
Viviana Ortiz Pastrana (24, 1.76m, Corozal) was crowned Miss Universe Puerto Rico 2011 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan. She will represent Puerto Rico in Miss Universe 2011. Stephanie Román (Bayamón) was the first runner-up and Jessica Joan Santiago (Gurabo) was the second runner-up. Desirée del Río (Ciales) and Ashley Beth Pérez (Humacao) completed the Top 5.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Réunion to debut in Miss World

Castings are being held to select the contestants for Queens Réunion 2011. The selected group will compete in the national preliminary next year and the winner will represent Réunion in Miss World 2011 marking the debut of this African island in the pageant.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Miss World 2010 results tainted by Chinese politics?

 Numerous international newspapers are reporting an apparent Chinese influence to keep Norway's Mariann Birkedal out of the Top 5 of Miss World 2010 as a result of the current diplomatic relations between Norway and the People's Republic of China after Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. You can see some of the articles in the following links.


The Times of Beauty Est. 2008