Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mis un Misters Latvija 2014

Mis un Misters Latvija 2014
RIGA, Latvia - Lāsma Zemene (23) was crowned Mis Latvija 2014 at the Avalon Hotel in Riga on July 31. She will represent Latvia in Miss World 2015. Malvine Stučka was her runner-up. At the same event, Kristaps Vilde won the Misters Latvija 2014 title and will compete in Mister World if the international pageant is held during his reign. Martidš Line was his runner-up.

Miss World Japan 2014

Miss World Japan 2014
TOKYO, Japan - Hikaru Kawai was crowned Miss World Japan 2014 at the Ana InterContinental Hotel in Tokyo on July 31. She will represent Japan in Miss World 2014 in London, England on December 14. Asayu Kubota, Eri Yasuda and Hitomi Yoshioka were the runners-up.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Miss World Switzerland 2014

Miss World Switzerland 2014
ZÜRICH, Switzerland - Aline Morger (19, Lucerne) was crowned Miss World Switzerland 2014 at the Sektor11 Event Hall in Zürich on July 26. She will represent Switzerland in Miss World 2014 in London, England on December 14. The first runner-up was Dijana Cvijetic and the second runner-up was Anja Koller. 

Special thanks to Vilanda Aeberli, national director of Miss and Mister World in Switzerland!

Miss World Trinidad and Tobago 2014

Miss World Trinidad and Tobago 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago - Sarah Jane Waddell (24) was crowned Miss World Trinidad and Tobago 2014 at the Central Bank Auditorium in Port of Spain on July 27. She will represent Trinidad and Tobago in Miss World 2014 in London, England on December 14. Jessica Didier and Afeya Jeffery finished in second and third place, respectively.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Miss World Australia 2014



 Miss World Australia 2014
POKOLBIN, New South Wales - Courtney Thorpe (23) was crowned Miss World Australia 2014 at the Cypress Lakes Resort in Pokolbin on July 27. She will represent Australia in Miss World 2014 in London, England on December 14. Alex Hecker was the first runner-up and Laura Jane Corker was the second runner-up.

Miss Guiné-Bissau 2014



Miss Guiné-Bissau 2014
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau - Laila Francisca Elawar da Costa (19) was crowned Miss Guiné-Bissau 2014 at the Azalaï Hôtel 24 de Setembro in Bissau on July 26. She will represent Guinea-Bissau in Miss World.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Miss Universe Myanmar 2014

Miss Universe Myanmar 2014
YANGON, Myanmar - Sharr Htut Eaindra (20, 1.71m) was crowned Miss Universe Myanmar 2014 at the National Theatre of Yangon on July 26. She will represent Myanmar in Miss Universe 2014. The first runner-up was Yoon Mhi Mhi Kyaw and the second runner-up was Shwe Sin Ko Ko.

A Week in Review: Week of July 20, 2014

Miss Universe Hungary 2014 is underway and is accepting applications until August 25. This is the first time since 2007 that a separate Miss Universe Hungary pageant  is celebrated. From 2008-2013, Tímea Vajna was in association with Magyarorszag Szepe Kft. to select Hungary's representatives to Miss World and Miss Universe in one event. The first runner-up was sent to Miss Universe.

Mis un Misters Latvija 2014 will be crowned on July 30. The winner will represent Latvia in Miss World 2015. Meet the contestants by clicking here!

Miss Universe Singapore 2014 will take place on August 22. Ten contestants are competing for the opportunity of representing Singapore in Miss Universe 2014.

30 contestants are competing for Miss República Dominicana Universo 2014. The finals will be held on August 17 at the Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana. The winner will represent Dominican Republic in Miss Universe 2014.

Bahamas will select their Miss World and Miss Universe representatives on August 3. Miss World Bahamas 2014 will be a matinee show from 3 to 5pm and Miss Universe Bahamas 2014 will be an evening show from 7 to 9pm. Both will be held at the Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island. Seven contestants are competing for Miss World Bahamas and six are competing for Miss Universe Bahamas. For the latest, visit the official Facebook of the pageant by clicking here!

Miss Fiji 2014

Miss Fiji 2014
PACIFIC HARBOUR, Fiji - Charlene Sulueti Tafunai'i (20, Nadi) was crowned Miss Fiji 2014 at the Pearl South Pacific Resort in Pacific Harbour on July 26. She will represent Fiji in Miss World 2014 in London, England on December 14. Asena Rokotuiwai and Vasiti Radekedeke finished in second and third place, respectively.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Miss Cameroun 2014



Miss Cameroun 2014
YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon - Larissa Ngangoum (24, 1.80m, Yaoundé) was crowned Miss Cameroun 2014 at the Palais des Congrès in Yaoundé on July 25. She will represent Cameroon in Miss World 2014 in London, England on December 14. The first runner-up was Florence Ngasse Epee and the second runner-up was Genevieve Abbe.


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Magyarország Szépe 2014



Magyarország Szépe 2014
BUDAPEST, Hungary - Edina Kulcsár (24, Budapest) was crowned Miss World Hungary 2014 at the conclusion of the Magyarország Szépe 2014 pageant held at the MTV studios in Budapest on July 20. She will represent Hungary in Miss World 2014 in London, England on December 14. The first runner-up was Gitta Katona and the second runner-up was Sydney Van den Bosch.


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Miss Universe Poland 2014

Miss Universe Poland 2014
Marcela Chmielowska (23, 1.75m, Nowy Sącz) is Miss Universe Poland 2014 and will represent Poland in Miss Universe 2014. Her designation is due to the rescheduling of the Miss Polonia pageant to December 2014.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Miss Ireland 2014

 Miss Ireland 2014
DUBLIN, Ireland - Jessica Jean Hayes (20) was crowned Miss Ireland 2014 at the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin on July 19. She will represent Ireland in Miss World 2014 in London, England on December 14. Shannon Howe was the first runner-up and Fionnuala Short was the second runner-up.



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Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2014

Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2014
YENAGOA, Nigeria - Iheoma Amanda Nnadi (19) was the overall winner of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2014 pageant and was crowned Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria World 2014 at the Gabriel Okara Cultural Center in Yenagoa on July 18. She will represent Nigeria in Miss World 2014 in London, England on December 14. The first runner-up was Celestine Queen (22) and was crowned Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Universe 2014. She will represent Nigeria in Miss Universe 2014. The second runner-up was Chinyere Adogu.

A Week in Review: Week of July 13, 2014

Portugal returns to Miss Universe!
The Miss and Mister República Portuguesa Organization (MMRP), presided by Isidro de Brito, successfully acquired the Miss Universe license for Portugal. The organization is currently in plans to organize Miss Universo Portugal which will be held in late September or early October. The winner will represent Portugal in Miss Universe 2014 marking the return of the nation after a 3-year hiatus. Portugal last competed in Miss Universe 2011 after Brazil-based Gaeta Promoções e Eventos organized a contest that year.  MMRP also organizes Miss República Portuguesa which is the national preliminary for Miss World.

Nuestra Belleza Paraguay launched
The Nuestra Belleza Paraguay organization launched castings to recruit contestants for Nuestra Belleza Paraguay 2014 to select Paraguay's representatives to Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International. The finals will be held on September 13 at the Resort Yacht and Golf Club Paraguayo in Asuncion.

Miss Guiné-Bissau 2014 starts
A national casting was held on July 16 to select the contestants for Miss Guiné-Bissau 2014 that will be held on July 26 at the Azalaï Hôtel 24 de Setembro in Bissau. The winner will represent Guinea-Bissau in Miss World 2014.

Miss Saint Barth 2014 contestants presented
The four contestants vying for the Miss Saint Barth 2014 title were presented to the press. The winner of Miss Saint Barth 2014 will represent Saint Barthélemy in Miss World 2014 or Miss World 2015. Finals will be held on August 9 in Gustavia.

Miss Mundo Brasil 2014 on TV
Miss Mundo Brasil keeps getting bigger. It was revealed that Redevida will broadcast the pageant live nationwide on August 9 from the Costão do Santinho Resort in Florianopolis. It will also be streamed online via UOL.

Magyarország Szépe on July 20
The Magyarország Szépe 2014 pageant is concluding soon with the selection of Miss World Hungary 2014 on July 20. 20 contestants are vying for the title. You can meet the contestants by clicking here.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Miss Korea 2014

 Miss Korea 2014
SEOUL, Republic of Korea - Seo-yeon Kim (22, 1.73m) was crowned Miss Korea 2014 at the Olympic Hall in Seoul on July 15. She will represent Korea in Miss Universe 2015. Soo-min Shin and Seo-bin Lee were the runners-up.

Miss International UK 2014-2015

Miss International UK 2014-2015
MANCHESTER, England - Victoria Tooby was crowned Miss International UK 2014-2015 at the Palace Hotel in Manchester on July 13. She will represent the United Kingdom in Miss International 2014 in Tokyo, Japan on November 11.

Miss International Spain 2014

Miss International Spain 2014
ALICANTE, Spain - Rocio Tormo Esquinas (21, Barcelona) was crowned Miss International Spain 2014 at the Benidorm Palace in Alicante on July 12. She will represent Spain in Miss International 2014 in Tokyo, Japan on November 11.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Miss Jamaica World 2014


Miss Jamaica World 2014
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica - Laurie-Ann Chin (21, 1.73m) was crowned Miss Jamaica World 2014 at the Montego Bay Convention Center on July 12. She will represent Jamaica in Miss World 2014 in London, England on December 14. The first runner-up was Shelliann Young and the second runner-up was Kimberly Webb.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

History of Miss World in the United States



The United States is one of the few nations to have participated in Miss World every year since the pageant's inception in 1951. Despite this, Miss World have had a difficult ride in the United States throughout the pageant's history. The nation have managed to place 47 times in 66 years, winning the title three times with Marjorie Wallace (1973), Gina Marie Tolleson (1990) and Alexandria Nichole Mills (2010). Among the representatives are Lynda Carter (1972) who landed the leading role in Wonder Woman back in 1975, and Halle Berry (1986) who won an Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in 2002 for her role as Leticia Musgrove in the 2001 film Monster's Ball. The United States is the only nation in the Americas that have hosted the Miss World pageant. The 41st Miss World pageant was held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia on December 28, 1991 and the 66th Miss World pageant was held at The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland on December 18, 2016. The Times of Beauty compiled some historical information about Miss World in the United States from different sources and is presented herein.
The first runner-up of Miss USA went to Miss World between 1953 and 1957. Alfred Patricelli was license holder of Miss World in the United States from 1958 to 1977. From 1958 to 1961, the winner of Miss United States went to Miss World. From 1962 to 1966, a Miss USA World pageant was held annually. In 1967, the Miss World USA pageant began and was held every year until 1977. The editions of 1978 to 1980 were held as Miss World America and organized by Griff O'Neil under BBS Productions Inc.

 Marjorie Wallace, winner of Miss World USA 1973, and winner of Miss World 1973

After Miss World America concluded, Miss Universe Inc became the license holders of Miss World in 1981 and the second runner-up of Miss USA went to Miss World 1981 and subsequently the first runner-up of Miss USA went to Miss World between 1982 and 1991. From 1992 to 1997, Richard Guy and Rex Hold, "GuyRex", were the national directors of Miss World in the United States and organized the Miss World America pageant in 1992 and 1993 and a Miss United States in 1994. The winners of the three pageants organized by GuyRex between 1992 and 1994 went to Miss World. GuyRex discontinued the pageant in 1995 but handpicked a representative from 1995 to 1997. As an interesting fact, the United States national pageants for Miss World in 1993 and 1994 were merged with the Mexican national preliminaries of Miss World. Therefore, the Miss World representatives from United States and Mexico were selected at the same event in 1993 and 1994.

In 1998, Hirsh Wilck succeeded GuyRex and became the license holder and sent contestants from 1998 to 2000. In 2000, an online contest was organized by Wilck in partnership with internet company, iLive. The winner, Angelique Breaux, was crowned in an event held in Los Angeles, California. In 2001, the Miss World organization asked Pageantry Magazine to choose a contestant for Miss World 2001 since they did not have a license holder at that time. They handpicked Carrie Ann Stroup with the approval of the Miss World organization and was crowned in a ceremony held in Orlando, Florida. In 2002, Jean Renard and Miss World Holdings Inc, became license holders and handpicked Rebekah Revels. They dropped the license afterwards due to legal issues with Revels. In 2003, Bruce Vermeulen and Geoff Kearney founded the US Miss World Organization. They chose the 2003 representative by mail-in entry and telephone interviews and in 2004 they held the US Miss World pageant in Dallas, Texas. In 2005, Barbizon Modeling became license holders and organized the US Miss World pageant in San Francisco, California.

 Gina Marie Tolleson, first runner-up of Miss USA 1990, and winner of Miss World 1990

In 2007, Neil Hamil and Elite Models, became the license holders of Miss World in the nation. The agency handpicked their contestants from 2007 to 2011 without a national pageant. During this time, it was common to know who was going to represent the United States in Miss World a week or two before the international pageant began. Among their designees was Alexandria Nichole Mills who in 2010 became one of the few Miss World winners to have won the international pageant without winning a national pageant. Mills, in an interview with The Kentucky Standard after her reign, indicated that "the license holder for Miss United States World hand-selected me to represent the United States".
It is unknown to this date who was in charge of selecting the contestants in 1951, 1952, 2006, 2012 and 2013. In 2012 there was an audition process to examine the backgrounds and charities of the contestants but the person who organized this audition is unknown. In 2013, the Miss World representative was crowned at Crown Diva Boutique and Pageant Academy in Santa Monica, California. However, it is unknown if the Miss World Organization asked Crown Diva to choose the representative. The 2012 and 2013 contestants were living in the same area of Los Angeles County in California at the time of their selection.

 Alexandria Nichole Mills, handpicked as Miss World United States 2010, and winner of Miss World 2010

On July 6, 2014, it was revealed that Christopher Wilmer became the license holder of Miss World in the nation. Wilmer presently is responsible of sending the United States' entry to Miss World through the Miss World America pageant.


List of United States' representatives to Miss World from 1951-2015
1951: Annette Gibson (Louisville, Kentucky)
1952: Telly Richards (New York, New York), 4th runner-up
1953: Mary Kemp Griffin (Florence, South Carolina), 5th runner-up
1954: Karin Hultman (Rochester, New York), 1st runner-up
1955: Margaret Ann Haywood (Jonesboro, Arkansas), 1st runner-up
1956: Betty Lane Cherry (Orangeburg, South Carolina), 1st runner-up
1957: Charlotte Sheffield (Salt Lake City, Utah)
1958: Nancy Anne Corcoran (New York, New York)
1959: Loretta Powell (Bridgeport, Connecticut)
1960: Judith Ann Achter (St. Louis, Missouri), 4th runner-up
1961: Jo Ann Odum (Huntington, West Virginia), 5th runner-up
1962: Amadee Chabot (Northridge, California), Top 7
1963: Michele Bettina Metrinko (Arlington, Virginia), Top 8
1964: Jeanne Marie Quinn (East Meadow, New York), Top 14
1965: Dianna Lynn Batts (Jacksonville, North Carolina), 1st runner-up
1966: Denise Estelle Blair (Layton, Utah), Top 7
1967: Pamela Valari Pall (Norwalk, California), Top 15
1968: Johnine Leigh Avery (Olympia, Washington)
1969: Gail Renshaw (Arlington, Virginia), 1st runner-up
1970: Sandra Ann Wolsfeld (Chicago, Illinois), Top 15
1971: Karen Brucene Smith (Port Lavaca, Texas), Top 7
1972: Linda Jean Córdova Carter (Phoenix, Arizona), Top 15
1973: Marjorie Wallace (Indianapolis, Indiana), MISS WORLD 1973
1974: Terry Anne Browning (Daytona Beach, Florida), 4th runner-up
1975: Annelise Ilschenko (Middleburg Heights, Ohio)
1976: Kimberley Marie Foley (Southfield, Michigan)
1977: Cindy Darlene Miller (Chesapeake, Virginia), 4th runner-up
1978: Debra Jean Freeze (Mooresville, North Carolina), Top 15
1979: Carter Wilson (Harrisonburg, Virginia), Top 15
1980: Brooke Alexander (Kailua, Hawaii), Top 7
1981: Lisa Lynn Moss (Shreveport, Louisiana), Top 7
1982: Elizabeth LuAnn Caughey (Abilene, Texas), Top 7
1983: Lisa Gayle Allred (Fort Worth, Texas), Top 7
1984: Kelly Lea Andersen (Clarksburg, West Virginia), Top 7
1985: Brenda Denton (Hobbs, New Mexico), 2nd runner-up, Miss World Americas 1985
1986: Halle Maria Berry (Cleveland, Ohio), Top 7
1987: Clotilde Helen Cabrera (Tampa, Florida), Miss Personality
1988: Diana Magaña (Rancho Palos Verdes, California), Top 10
1989: Jill ReNee Scheffert (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), Top 5
1990: Gina Marie Tolleson (Charleston, South Carolina), Miss World Americas 1990, MISS WORLD 1990
1991: Charlotte Ray (Camden, New Jersey), Top 10
1992: Sharon Flynn Belden (Coral Gables, Florida), Top 10
1993: Maribeth Brown (Natick, Massachusetts), Top 10
1994: Kristie Harmon (Conyers, Georgia)
1995: Jill Ankuda (El Paso, Texas)
1996: Kelly Webber (El Paso, Texas)
1997: Sallie Toussaint (Hartford, Connecticut), Top 10, Miss World Americas 1997
1998: Shauna Gene Gambill (Acton, California), Top 10
1999: Natasha Heather Allas (Oahu, Hawaii), Top 10
2000: Angelique Sue Breaux (San Diego, California), Top 10
2001: Carrie Ann Stroup (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
2002: Rebekah Chantay Revels (St. Pauls, North Carolina), Top 10, Miss World Talent
2003: Kimberly Ann Harlan (Marietta, Georgia)
2004: Nancy Valeria Randall (Chicago, Illinois), 2nd runner-up, Miss World Beach Beauty
2005: Lisette Diaz Martinez (Chula Vista, California)
2006: Brooke Elizabeth Angus (Burlington, Vermont)
2007: Abigail McCary (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Top 16, Miss World Sports
2008: Merica Lane Lindell (Tampa, Florida), World Dress Designer Award
2009: Lisa-Marie Kohrs (Malibu, California)
2010: Alexandria Nichole Mills (Louisville, Kentucky), Miss World Americas 2010, MISS WORLD 2010
2011: Erin Cummins (Arlington, Washington)
2012: Claudine Book (Malibu, California), Top 15
2013: Olivia Jordan Thomas (Tulsa, Oklahoma), Top 20
2014: Elizabeth Safrit (Kannapolis, North Carolina), 2nd runner-up, Miss World Americas 2014, Miss World Multimedia
2015: Victoria Mendoza Barragán (Phoenix, Arizona)
2016: Audra Diane Mari (Fargo, North Dakota), Top 11, Miss World Americas 2016
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