Mireia Lalaguna arrives in Kenya

Miss World on NTV's 'Power Breakfast' this morning, speaking about BWAP & her time as Miss World

Miss World arrived in Nairobi yesterday to start her week long tour of Kenya, where she will be visiting various charity works associated with the National Organisation, and presenting prize funds to the 2014 Beauty with a Purpose winner Idah Nguma, for her work with Smile Train in the run up to Miss World 2014.

Miss World & Miss Indonesia 2015 Maria Harfanti, Nairobi press conference

Earlier today Mireia appeared on the popular morning TV show Power Breakfast alongside Kenya National Director Terry Mungai, to talk about the visit and the works of Beauty with a Purpose.

Julia Morley speaking at Nairobi press conference

A press conference to kick start the tour was then held at the Nairobi Serena Hotel, where members of Smile Train joined Miss World, Miss World CEO Julia Morley, and MW2015 Beauty with a Purpose winner Maria Harfanti (Indonesia) in discussing this week’s agenda.

Source: Miss World

Peru's Joshua Soto wins Mr. Golden Universe 2016

Joshua Soto wearing his national costume.

Joshua Soto of Peru was named Mr. Golden Universe 2016 during the finals held May 28 in Manaus, Brazil. Soto bested other delegates from around the globe.

Soto, right after he was proclaimed as winner.

Joshua Soto of Peru was named Mr. Golden Universe 2016 during the finals held May 28 in Manaus, Brazil. Soto bested other delegates from around the globe.

Jay Daniel Chuong, a mountaineer from Davao who won the rights to represent his country last April 24, 2016 during the finals of Mister United Continents Philippines finished first runner-up.

Host delegate, Felipe Beriba who works at Leo Burnette Tailor Made finished second runner-up.

The pageant was held in Manaus, Brazil on 24-29 of May 2016.

From L-R; second runner-up Felipe Beriba, Mr. Golden Universe 2016 Joshua Soto, first runner-up Jay Daniel Chuong

Miss World 2015, Mireia Lalaguna to visit Kenya

Reigning Miss World Mireia Lalaguna will be travelling to Kenya next week alongside Miss World CEO Julia Morley. During a 4-day visit, the duo will see local programs for Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity, and the anti-jigger campaign.

Kenya’s Idah Nguma was one of five winners of the Beauty with a Purpose award at Miss World 2014, for the work done through her partnership with Smile Train. Miss World will be awarding Idah with a SH1 million prize for this achievement, to benefit smile train.

“We are excited that Mireia will be joining Smile Train’s local programs in Kenya and have the chance to meet with some of the cleft children we help as part of the initiative."” said Smile Train Africa regional director Dr Esther Njoroge, continuing “Miss World’s Beauty with a Purpose program gives contestants the opportunity to advocate for a cause and make a meaningful impact across global communities.”

Idah Nguma with her fellow winners of the Beauty with a Purpose award at Miss World 2014

The visit will also be an opportunity to monitor the development of the Anti-Jiggers campaign, an initiative which raises awareness of Jiggers and fights to eradicate the devastating condition. Miss World Kenya 2005 Cecilia Mwangi is the HSC Director & Campaign Ambassador for the campaign, and has been working on the initiative for the past decade.


Ta'alin Abu Hanna takes Crown in Israel's First Transgender Beauty Pageant

12 equally beautiful trans were the finalists aimed to be the first ever "Miss Trans Israel." They spent long hours of training over a week to perfect their routines.

Ta'alin Abu Hanna, an Israel Arab from Nazareth won the crown last Friday night, in an event that brought together contestants from the Holy Land's three main faiths on Friday in an unconventional show of tolerance and coexistence.


Hanna will be Israel's representative to the Miss Trans Star International pageant in Barcelona, Spain in September. Hanna said that Israel deserves to come out on top.

"Our country allowed me, a Christian Arab from Nazareth, to end the war between my soul and my body. So if it made peace for me, our country is only a country of peace," she added.

Hannah, will receive a $15,000 package of plastic surgery treatments from the Kamol Cosmetic Hospital in Bangkok, including airfare and a hotel stay during recovery. 

Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach was Honored at the APICHA's 26th Anniversary Gala

Pia Wurtzbach was an honoree at the Apicha 26th Anniversary Gala to celebrate her work on HIV/AIDS Awareness. 

Months after Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach became an official ambassador of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention by Aid for AIDS in February, she received an award at the Apicha Community Health Center’s “A Thousand and One Champions” Gala in New York for her advocacy.

Apicha CEO Therese Rodriguez said that it was nice of Pia to use her celebrity status to spread an important cause.

Prior to the recognition, Wurtzbach attended a workshop for Aid for AIDS in New York. The workshop focused on the global statistics of HIV around the world and its relation to gender, sexuality and the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.

Miss World visits Russia in support of UNAIDS mission

"I know how important it is for the world to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. This goal may seem ambitious, but if each of us does what depends on us – to start with, to learn our HIV status – then we will succeed", said Mireia Lalaguna, Miss World 2015.

During her first visit to Russia, Miss World 2015 Mireia Lalaguna and Miss World 1st runner-up Sofia Nikitchuk called for the UNAIDS “90-90-90 Strategy” to become the new standard for health and beauty. Together they were tested for HIV in Moscow, and they called for everyone who cares about their health and the health of their loved ones to do the same.

They were met by UNAIDS Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Vinay P. Saldanha, who outlined the UNAIDS mission and took the ladies on a tour of the facilities used in the fight against HIV.

The UNAIDS 90-90-90 target aims to ensure that by 2020, 90% of people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of people who are diagnosed with HIV will access antiretroviral treatment, and 90% of people on treatment will achieve viral suppression.

According to Steve Douglas, representative of the Miss World Organization, “Miss World is a contest that promotes ‘Beauty with a Purpose.’ As the AIDS epidemic is a global challenge faced by almost every country, including Russia, we are proud to be here in Moscow to support the important message about HIV testing as the first step towards 90-90-90”.

"I am proud to join the efforts of organizations and people in Russia and around the world who are working together to end the AIDS epidemic", said Sofia Nikitchuk, Miss Russia 2015, 1st Vice-Miss World 2015.

As part of the visit, Mireia and Sofia took part in an HIV test, something UNAIDS are promoting as an important step to combat HIV.


Meet the Miss USA Pageant - 2016 Contestants

Miss USA 2016, will be the 65th Miss USA pageant. It will be held on June 5, 2016 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. All fifty states and the District of Columbia will compete. Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma will crown her successor at the end of the event. It will be the first Miss USA pageant to be broadcast on Fox. The winner will represent the USA at the Miss Universe 2016 pageant.

For the first time, a 52nd entrant for the pageant was selected  via a nationwide search through social media. This year is the first time that a 52nd contestant takes part of the competition. The Miss Universe Organization along with the fashion agency Sherri Hill decided to make a competition online where different women from all the US competed.

Click here to meet the 52 Miss USA Contestants!

Training supervisor and multilingual; 10 Interesting Things You Need to Know About MUCP - Luzon, Mark Carluz Guiuo

Mark Carluz Guiuo of Guimba, Nueva Ecija won the Mister United Continents Philippines - Luzon title on April 24, 2016 at the Tangahalang Pasigueno, Pasig City defeating some other contestants from around the country.

During the pageant, we saw how dedicated and responsible he is. Despite not being included in different pageant sites' predictions, he work hard towards winning by giving out his best. And while we wait to see what is in store for Mark in being a Mister United Continents Philippines - Luzon, we think that it's good time to know some interesting things about him. So, here are the 10 things that you probably didn't know about Mark Carluz Guiuo.

1.He was a Disc/Radio Jockey in a Provincial Radio Station. He previously worked as a disc and radio jockey under Manila Broadcasting Company in Nueva Ecija.

2.AB Development Communication  Graduate at CLSU. He finished his Bachelor of Arts in Development Communication at the Central Luzon State University.

3.Training Head Supervisor. He is currently working as a training head supervisior.

4.Boxer is his fave sleep wear. He feels comfortable sleeping wearing boxer shorts.

5.He loves his family so much. It's a no secret how he adores his family. He went home every now and then just to check on them. He is also a good provider.

6.He doesn't like "users". He finds user with no integrity. He doesn't like backstabber person either and those who doesn't know how to value respect.

7.He's in love. After the pageant he found his other sort of happiness and guess what, he is falling in love with someone?!. "I love C.....H.... and A. You will find out soon" he shared.

8.He's very observant. He wants everything to be validated and doesn't believe in hearsy unless proven.

9.He speaks 5 langauges. Aside from English and Filipino he speaks 3 other languages; Spanish, Mandarin and Nihongo.

10.He loves MUCP so much. He shared that MUCP taught him a lot of things and that made him more mentally prepared. "Thank you MUCP", he added.

Miss Universe Dominican Republic 2015 Clarissa Molina wins Nuestra Belleza Latina

Fellow Dominican and last year's winner Francisca Lachapel crowned Molina in a grand finale held last night.

Clarissa Molina marks a back to back victory for Dominican Republic by winning the Season 10 of Nuestra Belleza Latina VIP edition on May 22, 2016.

Setareh Khatibi was announced as the first runner up and was awarded the CEA Scholarship. Catherine Castro from Puerto Rico was adjudged as second runner up and Bárbara Turbay from Colombia was titled as third runner up of “Nuestra Belleza Latina VIP”.

Molina won 53% of the votes of the public and this allowed her to take the crown and other prizes worth $200,000, among which are a car and a one-year contract with Univision.

Clarissa Molina channeled her inner JLo in performing a sexy dance medley. Osmel said he was happy he went to New York to get her to come to this season of the competition. Daniel Arenas called her “a 10” and Jacky said she was totally envious of her body and how she looked on stage.

Send-off to Manaus, Brazil for Mr. Golden Universe Philippines 2016 Jay Daniel Chuong

Mr. Golden Universe Philippines 2016, Jay Daniel Chuong

Reigning Mr. Golden Universe Philippines titleholder, Jay Daniel Chuong is set to leave for Brazil to comptete in the Mr. Golden Universe pageant - the finals of which is slated on May 24-29, 2016. This is the pageant's 2nd year and features contestants from all over the globe.

Chuong, a 23-year old mountaineer and model from Davao City has been active in his environmental advocacy, he is a member of the Sagip Kagubatan corp., since 2009. Chuong, aims to win the Mr. Golden Universe 2016 title.

Jay being interviewed by MJ Felipe of ABS-CBN.

"Thank you MUCP Org., for trusting and giving me the oppurtunity to represent our country in an international pageant," he said.

Mr. Golden Universe Philippines 2016 Jay Daniel Chuong is all smile as he faces the members of the press during his send-off party held last May 19, 2016 at the Jardin Garden, Remington Hotel in Pasay City. He answers questions coming from them too.

"I think, Brazil is my greatest competitor If I were to base from the photos online, but I will do my best to make you proud of me." Chuong said when asked who is his greatest competitor.

Right after he was declared as Mr. Golden Universe Philippines 2016, he went on to learn the language of the country he will be sent to. He now knows the basic of Spanish and Portuguese. He had catwalk, personality development and physical fitness trainings as well, as part of his preparation for the competition.

Mister United Continents Philippines 2016 semifinalist Joeser Sinfuego and Mr. Real Universe Philippines 2016 Verge Llego were among in attendance of the said event. They also gave their message of support to Mr. Golden Universe 2016 Jay Daniel Chuong.

Chuong is the first winner of MUCP to compete abroad. Last year, MUCP winners were among the semifinalists in their international pageants.

This year's winners aim to duplicate or even surpass the success of last year's winners.

#FindingMiss52 is Alexandra Miller

Alexandra Miller is no stranger to the pageant world, she was Miss Oklahoma's first runner-up last year and a year before. She succeeded Jordan as Miss Oklahoma USA after Olivia won Miss USA.

Miller was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma but grew up in Derby, Kansas. She has a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Wichita State University, with Minors in Management and Spanish (2012). Today she is employed as a Technical Recruiter at TEKsystems; and works as a Professional Model at Brink Model Management.

"I was Olivia Jordan's first runner-up when she won the title of Miss Oklahoma USA, and she actually won Miss USA on my 26th birthday, which meant I had to decide if I wanted to compete my last year or take over her title," Miller tells PEOPLE.

When she decided to step in as Miss Oklahoma USA last year, she just cut-off her dream of competing for the Miss USA crown. Luck might be on her side over the course of a month, the Finding Miss52 announcement and search sparked national attention and encouraged women across the country to apply. An expert judging panel selected the 10 finalists after interviewing the top contenders to find women who embody The Miss Universe Organization’s mission to be Confidently Beautiful. Fans were able to vote for their favorite finalist this past week which ultimately determined the winner who will compete at MISS USA.

"This is a chance for me to resurface a dream that I thought was long gone," says Miller, who has been competing in pageants for the past eight years.

"The Miss Universe organization wants to promote confidence and believing in yourself and perseverance. I think that's who I am as a person, and that's why I was always interested in it," she says. "You have a unique opportunity as a title holder within the organization to inspire other people – whether it be young females or males across the world. That's why I want to be a part of the organization, and I'm so honored to have this incredible opportunity."

Miss Northern Ireland 2016 is Emma Carswell

Emma Carswell, Miss Northern Island 2016

Emma Carswell from Gilford was the eventual winner, and she has booked her place at Miss World 2016, taking place later this year.

The 21-year-old and psychology student at Ulster University, from Gilford in Co Down, who volunteers at a suicide prevention charity, said she “did not expect to win the title.” 

Reigning Miss World 2015, Mireia Lalaguna Royo sat as judge.

“She is a fantastic representative for Northern Ireland, and she did so well last night… I wish her luck in her preparations, and look forward to seeing her again later this year.” Lalaguna said.

L-R: Chloe Moore (2nd runner up), Mireia Lalaguna (Miss World), Emma Carswell (Miss Northern Ireland 2016), Leanne McDowell (Miss Northern Ireland 2015), Megan Geddis (1st runner up)

Speaking at her crowning Emma said “I am absolutely delighted to wear the Therapie Miss Northern Ireland crown and be given the opportunity to represent Northern Ireland in this way! I’ve always looked up to previous Miss Northern Ireland winners, so I hope to follow in their footsteps and become a positive role model for other local girls!”

Megan Geddis and Chloe Moore were the first and second runners-up respectively. 

Israel's first Trans Pageant: Miss Trans Israel 2016

Miss Trans Israel contestants

Tel Aviv was proclaimed as the most gay friendly destination in 2011, in a world-wide survey hosted by and American Airlines, standing in sharp contrast to most of the rest of the Middle East, where gays can face persecution.

Last 12th of May, transgender women strutted the runway at a Tel Aviv club vying for a chance to be a candidate of the first ever "Miss Trans Israel" pageant.

According to the pageant organizer, in the past living as a transgender woman in Israel was terrible but today people learn to accept it.

The applicants of Miss Trans Israel pageants

"Definitely we are achieving, enlightening the people to accept and empower transsexuals," Israela Stephanie Lev the head organizer said.

Among the applicants was Talleen Abu Hanna, a 21-year-old from a Catholic-Arab family in the northern city of Nazareth. "I have this something, I am a dancer, and I am a singer, I play the trumpet. I have something to give the people," she said. She decided to join the pageant because she wants to do something with her life.

Tallinn Abu Hana having her measures for the judges.

Abu Hanna said her family accepts and supports her. "We are normal people. This is normal," she said.

A 20-year-old applicant Elian Nesiel, said she believes that being transgender is "gradually accepted more and more."

"Yes, it's a process, like everything," she said. Israel is generally tolerant toward gays and transgender people. Gays openly serve in Israel's military, as does at least one openly transgender soldier.

Elian Nesiel poses in front of the judges during the screening.

Finalists will compete at a pageant in May, and the winner will represent Israel at the Miss Trans Star International pageant to be held in Spain in August.

Miss Universe Barbados is back!

Miss Barbados representatives in Miss Universe

The newly established Crown Events Inc. announced on Saturday May 14, 2016 that it has acquired the rights to produce the national event to send a contestant to the prestigious Miss Universe pageant for 2016. Almost a decade since the last time Barbados has competed in Miss Universe. Now, the new owner is ecruiting Barbadian women between the ages 18 to 27 to represent the island on the international stage.

Sharon Nightingale, Miss Universe Barbados 1976 

“As the new owner of the Miss Universe license in Barbados, I am extremely honored, and very proud in the trust and confidence placed in us by Ms. Paula Shugart and her entire team at the Miss Universe Organization”, a WME | IMG company. Our goal is to change the culture of how Barbados and Barbadians interact with this franchise – said Brian A.M. Green, The new National Director for the franchise.

The official name of the contest will be Miss Universe Barbados and will change the culture of the Miss Universe Pageant in Barbados, offering a very unique opportunity to the contestants, with image building, health & fitness, beauty and confidence seminars, combined with a myriad of social and corporate networking commitments. The pageant intends to become the opportunity for the young ladies of Barbados to truly become “Confidently Beautiful."

Jewel Garner, Miss Universe Barbados 2007

Miss Universe Barbados franchise intends to promote the empowerment of young women throughout the country, as well as being strong advocates for those talents in the fashion, health, and beauty industries.

The last Barbadian woman who competed in the Miss Universe pageant was Jewel Garner in 2007 which was won by Riyo Mori of Japan. And the first Miss Universe Barbados was Sharon Nightangle who competed in Hongkong in 1976. 

Slimmers World Miss Bikini Philippines Pageant 2016 Press Presentation

The 30 official candidates of Slimmers World Miss Bikini Philippines slay the runway and introduce themselves to the public at the press presentation held at Diamond Hotel Manila on May 15, 2016.

The candidates also shared their healthy lifestyle advocacy to the press after they danced to the Slimmers World Miss Bikini Philippines theme song which was followed by showing-off their figure in creative posing and their elegance in evening gown competition.

The aspirants’ figures are scrutinized using scientific measures such as body fat percentage, and the proportions of the body parts are carefully inspected. Beauty of face, as a criterion, also incorporates an inspection of the condition of the ladies’ skin.

The 30 finalists are Casey Austria, Zyralyn Gabuya, Clarise Perez, Apple Ferrer, Michko Magno, Venus Johnson, Regine Anilo, Crystal Saringo, Joanna Alajar, Trixie Ong, Marie Cajayon, Solaire Ralos, Grace Castillo, Geri Camargo, Angelica Nilo, Gregeli Pahilga, Hayah Hamoc, Japril Makilig, Elle Hollman, Diana Dela Peña, Cyrill Ybanyez, Rjfajda Babudin, Jankka Nicolas, Christine Opiaza, Ivy Tapic, Karina Dizon, Maribel Aga, Menachen de Asis, Antonette de Peralta and Dawn Dogma.

Aside from the right to represent the country in an international competition, the winner will also receive over P300,000 worth of cash and prizes. The 2016 Miss Bikini Philippines coronation night will take place at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila in Pasay City on May 20.

Kimberly Rose Peñones wins Miss Pearl of the Philippines 2016

L-R; 2nd runner-up Charlene Maninang, Miss Pearl of the Philippines President Praxedes Tan, , Miss Pearl of the Philippines 2016 Kimberly Penones, and 1st runner-up Dionne Sade Nicha

Winning Miss Taytay 2016 automatically qualified her as an official candidate of Miss Pearl of the Philippines 2016.

Kimberly Rose Peñones was crowned Miss Pearl of the Philippines 2016 last May 14, 2016 at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium of the RCBC Plaza in Makati City. She bested 29 other ladies in becoming the first ever Miss Pearl of the Philippines. Her court includes Dionne Sade Nicha of Makati City, first runner-up and Charlene Maninang from the City of Manila, second-runner up. Completing the top 5 were, Marian Joy Laureano of Paranaque City and Anne Lennie Zobio from Bay, Laguna.


Special Awards were given to;

Miss Congeniality - Keena Alyssa Prell Dacubor
Best in Talent - Kimberly Rose Peñones
Best in Swimsuit - Jessica Macapagal
Best in Regional Costume - Gazzini Ganados
Best in Philippine Terno - Ricalyn Ponce


Top 10

Kimberly Rose Peñones
Dionne Sade Nicha
Charlene Maninang
Marian Joy Laureano
Anne Lennie Zobio
Gazzini Ganados
Esraphelle Beltran
Ricalyn Ponce
Jessica Macapagal
Keena Alyssa Prell Dacubor

In attendance was Bb. Pilipinas 1998 Jewel Mae Lobaton.

Congratulations ladies!

Miss Bikini Philippines 2016: Press Launch

Celebrating its 9th year, Slimmers World Miss Bikini Philippines continues to take the country by storm as it brings out the best bikini figures in the nation. After months of screening, 30 candidates have been chosen to heat up the ramp as the competition takes on high fashion for this year's theme.

The road to being a beauty queen isn't only about glitz and glamour; it's also about being a catalyst of change through different advocacies. On May 15, Miss Bikini Philippines opens the competition with a press launch and the pre-pageant at the Diamond Hotel Manila. The candidates are housed together and will be undertaking a regimen implemented by certified physical therapists, licensed nutrionists and dieticians from Slimmers World. This ensures that all candidates are well-prepared for the Grand Coronation night on May 20 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila.

*Miss Bikini Philippines Press Kit

First Indigenous model in history makes the finals of Miss World Australia 2016

"As a young Yolngu woman growing up on the tip of Australia I have big dreams and want to do so much for my people here in Yirrkala."

For the first time in the competition's history, an indigenous model has been selected to represent the Northern Territory at the Miss World Australia national finals. Maninydjama Maymuru is the first ever indigenous model to make it to the finals of Miss World Australia.

The 19-year-old Maymuru will represent Northern Territory in Miss World Australia which will be held in July. She goes by name Magnolia in the modelling industry. Maymuru comes from the remote community of Yirrkala in Est Arnhem Land.

"I don't read magazines or go onto E! News. I'm more of an outdoorsy girl. I like to hunt and go camping and go netting with my family," she said.

Maymuru was spotted by the director of NT Fashion Week, Mehali Tsangaris. She was seen taking money out of an ATM in Darwin in 2014. She was offered a job by Tsangaris under his management but she rejected it. Last year, Tsangaris saw her again and convinced her to take his offer. Her first modelling show was at NT Fashion week in October that year, and she has since done other work, including entering Miss World.

 “I’m very nervous,” she said. “It’s the first time I’ll be representing my state in such a well-known event and I know a lot of people will be watching me. My family at home, all of Arnhem Land … and all over Australia.”

Maymuru currently works as a recreational officer for children in her community and is passionate about the education and development of younger generations. She says that she is using this opportunity to inspire young Australians.

While being very happy for the opportunity, Maymuru, who is very connected to her culture, told NITV about how she wants to transition into the modelling industry gradually and carefully.

"Culture is very important up here and Arnhem Land is made up of different people, different languages and different communities," she says.

"Depending on which tribe we come from, which totems or skin name that we have, there are specific things that we can't use or do," 

"Before I do anything, like even wearing some clothing with a particular animal on it, I talk to my family, because I don't want to offend anyone in my community or from another tribe. Since I got the opportunity, my family and I have talked about the difference of living up here and going down south and thinking of the best ways that I can blend culture, so that its respectful and there are no cultural misunderstandings."

“I feel very privileged and thankful that I was chosen for this. I just want to do my best and hopefully be a really good role model and inspire many young people.”

Miss World is the oldest, one of the largest and leading international beauty pageant and hosts a variety of stunning ambassadors from 130 different countries. But this year, a young woman from Yirrkala is pioneering diversity in Miss World Australia. Magnolia Maymuru is a Yolngu woman representing her home state, Northern Territory in the event, competing for a chance to be crowned Miss Australia. Hopefully she will be  the first of many traditional Indigenous Australians to challenge beauty standards.

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