Farouk Systems the maker of CHI withdraws sponsorship of Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageant

Farouk Systems officially announced today its withdrawal of its sponsorship of Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe pageants including any involvement in "The Celebrity Apprentice" program.

Farouk Systems does not agree with or endorse the statements recently made by Donald Trump about immigrants,” said Farouk Systems CEO, Basim Shami. “Our company is multicultural with people of Latin American descent making up a large percentage of our employees and loyal customers. As a company proudly founded on the concept of coming to the USA in pursuit of the American Dream, Mr. Trump’s comments do not and will never reflect our company’s philosophy or practices.

NBC Universal is cutting ties with Donald Trump

After Univision previously announced that they will cease their contract with Trump, now its NBC Universal.

"At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstone of our values. Due to the recent derogatory staments of Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump." NBC said in a statement.

The network will no longer air the Miss Universe pageant and Miss USA 2015 pageant which is scheduled to be held on July 12, 2015. Both pageants were jointly owned by NBC and Trump.

In a statement, Trump said: "If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the united States, coupled with the horrendous and unfair trade deals we are making with Mexico, the their contract violating closure of Miss universe and Miss USA will be determined in court."

As of press time, no reports made if Miss USA will be aired. 

Catharina Choi Nuñes is now Miss Mundo Brasil 2015

Miss Earth Fire 2013 who represented Korea in the Miss Earth pageant is now Miss World Brazil 2015.

25, Catharina Choice Nuñes, 1st runner-up at the recently concluded Miss Mundo Brasil 2015 has taken over the crown after the main winner, Ana Luisa Castro was stripped of the title. Castro was discovered married already thru several reports.

Castro will still help the Miss Mundo Brasil organization while Nuñes will now prepare for the upcoming Miss World 2015 pageant which is expected to be held in Sanya, China later this year.

WIGAN’S Ben Guymer made it through the finals of Mister England 2015.

Remember the guy who drove his girlfriend to Miss England audition? Yes, the hunk who was spotted to enter Mister England-- Ben Guymer.

Read Here: Hunk who drove fiancee to Miss England is spotted for Mr. England

Ben, 25, was spotted when his accompanying his fiancee Nina Higham to the regional rounds of Miss England pageant.

From then, he made it to the finals of Mister England 2015. "I think I am going to have to get some professional photos taken. Most of the contestants seem to have them, but because I didn’t think this would ever happen, they just had to use my Facebook picture."

He also said: “I just wasn’t expecting it at all. I’m just a normal guy, I hadn’t ever considered doing the pageant myself.”

“I’m equally as excited and nervous about what is to come now. I have a lot of competition coming up, and it would be incredible to get through. It’s been a really fun ride.”

Ben also juggles a full time job as a Building Surveyor yet he still managed to hit the gym. He will be competing against 19 other men on August 13, 2015 in Torquay, Devon.

Univision cuts ties with Miss Universe after Trump's remarks against Mexican

Univision cancels contract with Miss Universe

“Today, the entertainment division of Univision Communications Inc. announced that it is ending the company’s business relationship with the Miss Universe Organization, which is part-owned by Donald J. Trump, based on his recent, insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants,” the company said. “At Univision, we see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country. We will not be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12th or working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization.”

When Trump announced his candidacy for US President in 2016. He said in his speech that Mexican (as well as South American and other Latin American) immigrants are “rapists” and are “bringing drugs” and “bringing crime” into the United States. He also said he wanted to build a “great wall” between the U.S. and Mexico and force Mexico to pay for it.

Miss USA 2015 Hosts support Univision

While Roselyn Sanchez and Cristián de la Fuente who were set to host the Miss USA 2015 voiced out their support to Univision's decision. Sanchez and de la Fuente took time to post their sentiments via social media accounts. In her instagram post she said "As LATINA proud of my roots , culture and everything q we have contributed to this nation , I decided to cancel my participation as co host the Miss USA pageant . Not tolerate the so disrespectful and hurtful words out of the mouth of Mr. Trump. It seems incredible that in a speech to announce his candidacy has had that amount of intelligence and decency. Mexicans like all Latin brother if it contributes positively to this great nation . We are the force that keeps this country afloat. I was very excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve as co cheerleader of this great event in which many Latinas have shone , but more excited I have loyalty to my people. Enough of racism and people." ( Translated by Google ).

Cristian de la Fuente Facebook video statement saying "Mr. Trump,  As a #Latino I cannot work in an event associated with your name. The statements you made against Mexicans and immigrants show that you are ignorant. It is unacceptable to launch your presidential candidacy creating rhetoric of hatred and discrimination in calling Mexicans drug traffickers and rapists. It's a shame that such an important institution as #MISSUSA is now in the hands of a clown ." 

Austria to Host the Crystal Year of Miss Earth

Finally, Miss Earth will be held outside the Philippines.

Miss Earth is the youngest among the Big 4 Pageants. This pageant focuses on environmental campaign.

Week ago, the heads of Carousel production were seen in Austria, many of the pageant fans then believed that Miss Earth 2015 will be held in that beautiful country. And yes, it was confirmed by Miss Earth official facebook page last June 22, 2015 that in celebration of its CRYSTAL YEAR (15 years ), Miss Earth pageant will be in Austria. 

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A Closer Look at Kamel Raad: The Very First Mister United Continents

May 29, 2015 was a momentous day for male pageantry as it was the Final Night of the newest international male pageant on the block, Mister United Continents 2015 produced by Blue Circle Events and Management.

17 young, handsome and talented gentlemen from the 7 continents of the world competed, promoting peace, friendship and charity. Ultimately Mister Lebanon Kamel Raad was elected as the first ever Mister United Continents. The Pageant Queens had the privilege of talking to Kamel and know what's on his mind and in his heart.
1. How would you describe Kamel Raad as a person?

Kamel Raad is a hard working person, I love achieving my goals no matter what and loyal to what I believe in. I grew up in a family full of love and respect and accepting others as they are, no one is perfect. We all have mistakes but what is important is what we learn from it and that is my key for success. I enjoy helping others and I care a lot about homeless or poor kids because i believe that kids are the future of this world and if we want better future, better planet we have to start from the bottom which is our beautiful children.
2. Please give us a glimpse of your life in Beirut (family, job, leisure).

In my home country, family is a big deal to me, I have a big family full of love and caring for each other, we meet every Sunday for lunch or dinner and we share our good moments. As for my job, I have good experience in handling responsibilities in any job I get since I started to work at early age because I like to depend on my self. When it comes to pleasure I enjoy my time as much as i can. I am an outgoing person who loves to experience all the fun and benefit from the good moments like partying, social life, traveling, meeting new cultures and sports activities.
3. How did you get into pageants? Who convinced you to give pageants a try?

Getting into pageants was by coincidence, my mother was insisting to try Mister Lebanon as an added experience to me so I did it and I was lucky to get to the finals, this was my first step. and here I am now Mister United Continents which is a great achievement in my life.

4. How long did you prepare for Mister United Continents? What were your preparations for it?

I started to prepare for Mister United Continents since I knew I was going to attend this pageant. That was almost three months before May 29. I already had the shape and good physique so all I did was organizing my things that I need for this competition plus maintaining my good shape.

5. Lebanon is considered a powerhouse of male pageants. Did that add up to the pressure of taking home the title?

Of course Lebanon is well known in organizing pageants with the highest quality and best production. As me representing Lebanon of course I felt the pressure to get this title back home and make my country proud of me and that was my main goal.
6. Throughout the activities you've know your fellow candidates more. who did you think was your best buddy? Your closest competitor for the title?

Honestly, all the candidates were great and polite. I lived with them 15 days and it was enough to gain friends for ever. My best friends were my roommate from Guam his name is Robert and Larry from Dominican republic and Regi from Namibia. but of course I like them all.

7. Let's talk about the final. What were your thoughts on these stages of the final night?

A. The selection of the top 12
B. The selection of the Top 6
C. When you and Indonesia were the last 2 remaining.
The selection of Top 12 was fair but the top 6 was little bit weird to me because I think mister Guam and Mister Dominican Republic should be in because they had good answers on the questions. I felt sorry for them. As me reaching the finals was a great feeling and proud for where I am but still nervous about who is gonna be the winner. Standing next to Indonesia was a tough competition because he had a lot of fans but at at the end only winner one king. That was Lebanon!
7. You gave a great answer in the Top 6 final question. Care to tell us more about it? Are you planning to do the same charity work in your country?

The Top 6 question was not easy at all, but when you answer from the deep of your heart nothing is hard anymore, I love helping others as much as I can specially the kids because I believe that they are the future. educated generation for a better future.
8. As early as now do you already have plans on how to spend your reign?

I have no plans yet but what I have in mind is to enjoy this title as much as I can and make my country proud of me.
9. Your message to the following people:

Your family and friends
Mister United Continents candidates, Sponsors, organizers and staff
The Pageant Queens and all pageant media
Your fans

My message to my family is: I thank God that I have a great family full of love and hope and without them I am sure I couldn't achieve this level in my life. As for my friends thank you all for your support and wishes because you always raise my hope when I am down and be there whenever I need help.

Mister United Continents candidates: I love you all and I really hope to see you again all of you, you made this pageant unforgettable. As for the sponsors , organizers and staff, you did a great job and I am sure the best is yet to come!

The Pageant Queens and pageant media thank you for your effort to share this event with the entire world. You did a great job.

MY FANS: i love you all and thank you for your support and wishes, you made my trip unforgettable, and I am so sorry if I am not replying on all the messages but I am doing my best.

Have a wonderful reign Kamel and we will see you soon!

TPQ Exclusive: Getting to know Nomer Yuzon, Mr. Gay World Philippines 2015

The Philippines has a LOT of LGBT heroes-people who champion LGBT rights and promote equality. One hero in the making is Mr. Gay Philippines Nomer Yuzon who valiantly represented his country in Mr. Gay World 2015. Let's get to know Nomer, his Mr. Gay World journey and his commitment to promoting LGBT rights.

Currently which organization represents Mr. Gay World Philippines and how were you elected as the Filipino representative for this year's competition?
Winstruck Events Production and Marketing is the Philippine's franchise holder of Mr. Gay World. This is managed my Mac Bordallo and Noemi Alberto. Their address is 4K Plaza Bldg. 677 Shaw Boulevard, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. I joined Mr. Gay World Philippines in 2010 and I placed 2nd Runner-up. This year, there was no national competition and I was handpicked by the organizers to represent the Philippines in Mr. Gay World 2015 in South Africa.

Please give us a glimpse of your life before the competition (job, family, leisure)
Before the competition, I was working as a flight attendant for United Airlines based in San Francisco, California. Currently, I teach Speech Communication parttime at Asia Pacific College in Makati City. I also train flight attendant students in Aircraft Emergency Procedures. I am also a parttime actor appearing in some local teleseryes.
What were your preparations for Mr. Gay World 2015 (workout/diet/catwalk/speech lessons?)
I have been active in physical fitness even before the competition. I work out regularly at the gym. I do yoga every Sunday and I am also a member of a Dragon Boat Team under Philippine Dragon Boat Federation. I underwent catwalk training with Kagandahang Flores under Rodgil Flores, and make-up sessions with Gio Flores.

What do you think sets Mr. Gay World apart from other pageants/competitions of its kind?
Mr. Gay World is not a beauty pageant. This is a search for a role model in the LGBT community and a spokesperson for equality. In this competition, they select the winner not only by his physical attributes but more importantly, on how can he represent the LGBT community in our fight for equal rights, fight against bullying, the right to get married, and other global problems that we are facing.
Please tell us more about your advocacy.
My advocacy is "Being gay is OK." Here in the Philippines, being gay is tolerated but not completely accepted. Some people still think that being gay is an embarrassment to the family; that being gay is a sin or a disease; that being gay hinders a person in achieving their dreams and goals in life; that being gay is not OK. And this is what i would like to change, the mindset of the people about being gay - and use myself as an example.

To date the Philippines does not have a Mr. Gay World yet. What do you think are the areas for improvement that future Filipino representatives to this contest could focus on?
It is very hard to identify what areas need improvement. I believe that all of the seven guys who represented our country in MGW since 2009 are qualified and fit for the title. However, we really don't know what the judges are and will be looking for the next winner. I believe that luck has something to do with it as well. Let me just say, to the next Filipino delegate, to just be yourself, have the sincerest intentions and objectives in the competition, be focused, and most importantly, have fun. The title is only a bonus, but the real prizes are the experience and the friendships you will gain during the competition.

What is next for Nomer Yuzon after Mr. Gay World?
I am now back to my normal life - working as an educator, working out, yoga, dragon boat training, acting, and all the other stuff I normally do. But I'm still very much connected with the advocacy i brought to the the Mr. Gay World competition, perhaps more active than before. After meeting all the other delegates from all over the world, I now have more connections from people with the same or similar advocacy and I have the intention to bring it globally. We now help each other in our fight for equality.
Your message to everyone who supported you in your Mr. Gay World journey.
I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to all my friends and family, to my colleagues and to my students, and to those I don't personally know who supported me in this journey to Mr. Gay World. To everyone who voted and cheered for me, thank you! I will never forget this experience and I will never forget all of you.

Thank you, Nomer and we wish you success on your campaign. TPQ loves you!

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