Category Archives: Pageantry

June 8, 2014: Miss USA Crowns Winner!

Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez is crowned Miss USA
Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez is crowned Miss USA

The 63rd Miss USA was crowned on June 8, 2014 at the Baton Rouge Civic Center in Louisiana.

Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, a fourth-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo, was crowned winner. Sanchez will go on to represent the U.S. at the Miss Universe competition later this year.

Final Results:

1st Runner-up: Miss North Dakota USA, Audra Mari
2nd Runner-up: Miss Georgia USA, Tiana Griggs
3rd Runner-up: Miss Louisiana USA, Brittany Alyson Guidry
4th Runner-Up: Miss Florida USA, Brittany Oldehoff
5th Runner-up: Miss Iowa USA, Carlyn Bradarich

Top 6
Top 6

Top 10:
Miss California USA, Cassandra Kunze
Miss Maryland USA, Taylor Burton
Miss Wisconsin USA, Bishara Dorre
Miss South Carolina USA, Christina Isabelle Zapolski

Top 10
Top 10

Top 20:
Miss Virginia USA, Arielle Saige Rosmarino
Miss Indiana USA, Mekayla Diehl
Miss Tennessee USA, Kristy Landers Niedenfuer
Miss Alabama USA, Jesica Warren Ahlberg
Miss Arizona USA, Jordan Alyssa Wessel
Miss Minnesota USA, Haley O’Brien
Miss Oklahoma USA, Brooklynne Young
Miss New Jersey USA, Emily Shah
Miss Nebraska USA, Amanda Marie Soltero
Miss Pennsylvania USA, Valerie Gatto

MISS PHOTOGENIC USA™ Award: Miss California USA, Cassandra Kunze.

MISS CONGENIALITY USA™ Award: Miss Rhode Island USA, Christina Palavra.

Opening Number
Opening Number
The new Miss USA!
The new Miss USA!

Miss Universe Canada 2014 Crowned


Congratulations to Chanel Beckenlehner, Miss Universe Canada 2014! Chanel will be representing Canada at the 2014 Miss Universe pageant later this year.

Official Results:

Miss Universe Canada 2014: Chanel Bechenlehner, Caledon, ON

1st Runner-up: Kesiah Papasin, Etobicoke, ON
2nd Runner-up: Lauren Howe, Toronto, ON
3rd Runner-up: Sarah Harrison, Halifax, NS
4th Runner-up: Nicole Lacz, Milton, ON


Top 12 Semi Finalists:

Amber Bernachi, Amherstburg, ON
Ashley Cooper, Ottawa, ON
Laura Guzman, Vancouver, BC
Niala Moallem, Anmore, BC
Nyawal Bukjok, Toronto, ON
Olawumi Adeniyi, Calgary, AB
Sara Winter, Duncan, BC


Top 20 Quarter Finalists:

Jessica Grimmon, Edmonton, AB
Laura Woodworth, St. John’s, NL
Lindsay Goff, Edmonton, AB
Maria Isabel Massironi, Montreal, QC
Missy Chareka, Calgary, AB
Nickta Jowhari, Richmond Hill, ON
Prosha Hussein, Guelph, ON
Tara Mobayen, Toronto, ON

Special Awards:

Miss Photogenic: Kesiah Papasin, Etobicoke, ON
Best Hair: Lauren Howe, Toronto, ON
Miss Congeniality: Shayla Sabbagh, Vancouver, BC



November 23, 2013 – Mrs America is crowned Mrs World 2013!


On November 23, 2013 in Guangzhou, China the Mrs. World Finals took place… and Mrs America Kaley Sparling was crowned Queen!


2013 MRS. WORLD – Kaley Sparling – AMERICA
First Runner-Up – ENGLAND – Robyn Morrison
Second Runner-Up – SINGAPORE – Kim Marie Martin


Top 6:

Top 10:
VIETNAM – Tran Rhi Quynh
INDIA – Shilpa Bhaqat
SOUTH AFRICA – Chantelle Swart
SINGAPORE – Kim Marie Martin
AMERICA – Kaley Sparling
SERBIA – Jelena Kis
ENGLAND – Robyn Morrison
SWEDEN – Harmit Kaur
RUSSIA – Antoniya Petrova Beredin


Other Awards:
BEST COSTUME – CRIMEA –Khropata Zarema
ORIGINAL COSTUME – SRI LANKA – Radika Thilini Gunawardhana
WHIMSICAL COSTUME – DENMARK – Nathalle Bickedal Nielsen
MRS. CONGENIALITY – THAILAND – Wanphen Chailomrong
MRS. PHOTOGENIC – MACAU – Wong (Irene) Juat Kim



Monday September 12, 2011: The 60th Anniversary Winner of Miss Universe is… Miss Angola!

The winner of the Miss Universe Pageant's 60th Anniversary is Miss Angola! 🙂
Miss Angola being crowned the new Miss Universe.

Last night’s 60th Anniversary of Miss Universe was held in São Paulo Brazil, broadcast live from Credicard Hall. Miss Angola, Leila Lopes, age 25 was crowned Miss Universe, beating out 88 competitors from around the world.

But was it surprising? Not really.

Although probably not considered a front runner in the pre-pageant polls, the moment she walked on stage in the opening number introductions, you were hooked. Yes, she is beautiful, just like the other 88 contestants, but there was also something else. She had a genuine sweetness and likeability about her. And as a spectator, you found yourself cheering for her as she got continually better and better as the pageant continued. Then when the dreaded final question was presented to the Top 5, her answer just sealed the deal. She was asked what physical trait she would change if she could. “Thank God I’m very satisfied with the way God created me and I wouldn’t change a thing,” Lopes said. “I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty. I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life.” And although not a particularily difficult question, it was answered very well. Miss Angola’s win was definitely deserved! 😀

The Miss Universe Pageant began a little differently this year. Usually beginning with the parade of National Costumes, this year the contestants came out in matching dresses and introduced themselves by name and country. It felt very much like the typical Miss USA pageant, and lost that international feel that Miss Universe usually has.

Miss Universe 2011 Opening Number Introductions.

The pageant then moved onto the announcement of the Top 16. In the past, it has always been the Top 15. But just like this past year at the Miss USA pageant, they added an additional finalist (Miss Portugal) voted by the viewers in advance via an online voting system. The Top 16 contestants then re-competed in Swimwear, followed by the announcement of the Top 10. What was most surprising about the Top 10 contestants was more about who wasn’t in the Top 10, than who was in the Top 10. Front runners like Miss Venezuela, Miss Puerto Rico, Miss Kosovo, Miss Netherlands, and Miss USA were shut out. Especially when you consider that all previous scores were wiped clean and the only scores that mattered were those Swimwear scores. How does Miss Venezuela, who was in the best shape and obviously gorgeous, get eliminated? Yet, contestants like Portugal made the Top 10? No idea…

The Top 10 contestants then re-competed in Evening Gown. After that the Top 5 were announced: Angola, Ukraine, Brazil, Philippines, and China. These five were then asked the infamous Final On-Stage Questions. In general, they all answered their questions well, though China was by far the weakest, and the answer was even a little bit odd. Yet a couple of the finalists answered their questions extremely well, definitely stronger than in years past where the answers tend to be drastically different in terms of quality level, this year the results were much closer. Then one final look of the judges as each of the Top 5 posed one by one.

One final look at each of the Top 5 as they pose before the judges one by one.

Ultimately the Top 5 were slowly announced backwards.. 4th Runner Up – China… 3rd Runner Up – Phillipines (who really should have been in the Top 3, or maybe even in the Top 2)… 2nd Runner Up – Brazil… then the new Miss Universe – Miss Angola.. thus making the 1st Runner Up – Miss Ukraine.

Top 5.

Top 5:
Miss Universe 2011: Angola – Leila Lopes
1st Runner Up: Ukraine – Olesya Stefanko
2nd Runner Up: Brazil – Priscila Machado
3rd Runner Up: Philippines – Shamcey Supsup
4th Runner Up: China – Zilin Luo

Top 10.

Miss Universe 2011 Top 10:
Australia, Costa Rica, France, Ukraine, Portugal, Panama, Philippines, Angola, China and Brazil.

Top 16 in Swimwear.
Top 16.

Miss Universe 2011 Top 16:
France, Kosovo, Colombia, China, Angola, Australia, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Netherlands, USA, Ukraine, Panama, Costa Rica, Portugal, Philippines and Venezuela.

Special Awards:
Miss Congeniality: Montenegro – Nikolina Lončar
Miss Photogenic: Sweden – Ronnia Fornstedt
Best National Costume: Panama – Sheldry Sáez

Miss Angola Leila Lopes is congratulated by the other contestants after being named Miss Universe 2011 during the Miss Universe pageant in Sao Paulo Brazil.
After being crowned the new Miss Universe.

Saturday August 27, 2011: The Winner of Mrs Globe 2011 is….. Mrs Russia!

On Saturday August 27, 2011 the 15th annual Mrs. Globe Pageant crowned its new queen in Rancho Mirage California. Her name is Alisa Krilova – Mrs Russia.

Contestants from around the world arrived in the Palm Springs area Wednesday. They took part in the interview phase of competition Thursday at the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage. On Wednesday, contestants shopped at Desert Hills Factory Outlet Stores before going to Lulu California Bistro. On Friday contestants attended a “Rhinestone Cowboy” party, and on Saturday, a luncheon, finals and the afterparty.

 Contestants serve as spokeswomen for the WIN Foundation, an abuse recovery program for women and children.

Saturday August 6, 2011: Galaxy International Queens

On Saturday August 6, 2011 the 10th Anniversary of the Galaxy International Pageant took place in Chicago Illinois  at the Northshore Center for the Performing Arts. It was a night filled with glamour and excitement climaxed with the crowning of the new 2012 Galaxy International Queens. Congratulations ladies!! :D:

Miss Teen Galaxy International 2012:    Teen Midwest – Aunjanna’ Million
Miss Galaxy International 2012:
              Miss Wales – Jamie Lee Williams
Ms. Galaxy International 2012:               
Ms. Colorado – E-Dee Martin
Mrs. Galaxy International 2012:              
Mrs. North America – Kellie Lightbourn

June 25, 2011: The new Miss Universe Canada is crowned!

Last night in Toronto, Chelsae Durocher, was crowned Miss Universe Canada 2011! She will be representing Canada at the 2011 Miss Universe pageant to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 12th.

L to R: Miss Universe 2005 & Miss Universe Canada 2005 Natalie Glebova, newly crowned Miss Universe Canada 2011 Chelsae Durocher, and outgoing queen Miss Universe Canada 2010 Elena Semikina. 🙂

Top 5:

Miss Universe Canada 2011: Chelsae Durocher, Tecumseh, ON 
1st Runner-up: Elishia Sahota, North Delta, BC
2nd Runner-up: Brooke Boyle, Edmonton, AB
3rd Runner-up: Emily Kiss, Windsor, ON
4th Runner-up: Krystal Bedard, Pointe Claire, QC

Top 5.

Top 12 Semi Finalists
Celine LaFlame, Toronto, ON
Ivanna Tarnowecky, Kingston, ON
Kim Savard, Chicoutimi, QC
Linsay Willier, Burnaby, BC
Maxime Mastrojoseph, Saint-Bruno, QC
Pablita Thomas, Mississauga, ON
Victoria Volkova, Thornhill, ON

Top 12.

Top 20 Quarter Finalists
Anastasia Florin
Jennifer King
Linda Wang
Mannu Sandhu
Mariah Dixon
Rana Khaled
Sarah Gheisari
Sonia Judge

June 19, 2011: A New Miss USA Is Crowned!

The 2011 Miss USA pageant was held Sunday June 19, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Theatre for the Performing Arts at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. And this year’s 60th Miss USA winner was Miss California – Alyssa Campanella!

The 21-year-old New Jersey native beat out 50 other hopefuls from the States,  plus Washington D.C. Campanella was crowned by 2010 winner Rima Fakih and will represent the United States in the Miss Universe pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Sept. 12.

Top 4
Miss USA 2011: Miss Califonia – Alyssa Campanella
1st Runner Up: Miss Tennessee – Ashley Durham
2nd Runner Up: Miss Alabama – Madeline Mitchell
3rd Runner Up:  Miss Texas – Ana Rodriguez.

Final Two!
Alyssa Campanella, Miss California, reacts as she is announced as the 2011 Miss USA as Miss Tennessee, Ashley Elizabeth Durham looks on, Sunday, June 19, 2011, in Las Vegas.
Top 4!

Remainder of the Top 8:
Miss Maine – Ashley-Lynn Marble
Miss South Carolina – Courtney Turner
Miss Hawaii – Angela Byrd
Miss Maryland – Allyn Rose

Top 8 in Swimwear.
Top 8 in Eveningwear.

Remainder of Top Sixteen:
Miss Georgia USA – Kaylin Reque
Miss Arizona – Brittany Dawn Brannon
Miss Utah – Jamie  Lynn Crandall
Miss Indiana – Jillian Wunderlich
Miss South Carolina – Courtney Turner
Miss Florida – Lissette Garcia
Miss Missouri – Hope  Driskill
Miss New Mexico – Brittany Toll

Top 16.

Miss Arizona – Brittany Brannon. The general public voted  for the delegate who  exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera. She was awarded a $1,000 cash  prize as well as a pair of Asteria earrings from Diamond Nexus Labs.

Miss Kentucky – Kia Hampton.  The award reflects the respect and admiration of the contestant’s peers, who  voted for her as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant.  She was awarded a $1,000 cash prize as well as a pair of Asteria earrings from Diamond Nexus Labs.

The MISS USA® 2011 prize package includes:
– a custom diamond tiara and jewelry  designed by Diamond Nexus Labs;
a one year scholarship  (including housing) from the New York Film Academy;
a year’s worth ofhair care products and tools from Farouk Systems;
– an assortment of  high fashion bracelets made in Rwanda by women of the Same Sky Trade  Initiative;
an eveningwear wardrobe by Sherri Hill;
– a swimwear wardrobe by Kandy Wrappers;
– a shoe wardrobe from Chinese Laundry;
– a year’s supply of nail care products from OPI Products, Inc.;
– a year’s  worth of sun care products from Australian Gold;
– luxury accommodations in  a New York City apartment for the duration of her reign, including living expenses;
– a year-long salary as Miss USA; personal services  including membership to Gravity Fitness and hair services from John  Barrett Salon;
– a year’s worth of cosmetics from Rain  Cosmetics;
modeling portfolio by leading fashion photographer Fadil Berisha;
– dermatology and skincare services provided by Dr.  Cheryl Thellman-Karcher;
– professional health and nutrition consultation by Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD and dental services by Dr. Jan Linhart,  D.D.S.;
– casting opportunities and professional representation by the Miss Universe Organization;
– extensive travel opportunities representing sponsors and charitable partners; access to various New York City events including movie premiers and screenings,  Broadway shows and launch parties; year long consultation with Miss Universe Organization’s Official Fashion Consultant, Alisha Crutchfield and access to a personal appearance wardrobe;  professional media/public relations training and representation by Rubenstein  Public Relations in New York City and the opportunity to represent the USA at the  2011 Miss Universe pageant this September in São Paulo, Brazil.

Former Miss USA Titleholders pose on stage with the newly crowned Miss USA, at the conclusion of the 60th Anniversary Miss USA 2011 Telecast.