The new Miss USA is Rima Fakih of Michigan !

Listopad 2008

Miss World Beach Beauty results - Mexico wins (UPDATED 12/6)

29. listopadu 2008 v 15:32 | Martina A. |  MISS WORLD 2008 coverage

According to MWO website, the official Beach Beauty results for 2008 are the following:

WINNER: Ana Gabriela Espinoza - MEXICO
1ST RUNNER UP: Tansey Coetzee - SOUTH AFRICA
2ND RUNNER UP: Ksenia Sukhinova - RUSSIA

Completing the Top 10:

Angola
Lebanon
Venezuela
Philippines
India
Spain
Puerto Rico

The rest of the Top 25:

Australia
Colombia
Croatia
Egypt
Kazakhstan
New Zealand
Paraguay
Serbia
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
Ukraine
United States
Uruguay
Zimbabwe


Congratulations to the first MISS WORLD 2008 SEMIFINALIST - MISS MEXICO !

The next fast-track event is going to be the Talent final on Monday.

More info&photos inside !

Source: Agerpres, ANP, Pageant-mania, Belga picture, Joburg Tourism, Global Beauties


Miss World close-ups

29. listopadu 2008 v 11:20 | Martina A. |  MISS WORLD 2008 coverage
Some of the close-up videos published at MWO website and YouTube.

Enjoy !


The tour of South Africa - part IV (UPDATED 11/30)

28. listopadu 2008 v 20:11 | Martina A. |  MISS WORLD 2008 coverage
The girls are already in Durban, preparing for tomorrow´s Beach Beauty final, which will give us the first semifinalist to this year´s Miss World. Here are first photos of this event and also some additional pictures of the first two weeks of the contest.

Source: Pageant-mania, Global Beauties, Skye Chan Forum, El Anecdotario


Top 25 for Beach Beauty selected. Final event tomorrow.

28. listopadu 2008 v 11:28 | Martina A. |  MISS WORLD 2008 coverage

Twenty-five Beach Beauty semifinalists have been selected today during a closed-door preliminary competition. The winner is going to be chosen tomorrow and she will become the first official Miss World 2008 semifinalist !

The 25 lucky women are Misses:

Angola
Australia
Colombia
Croatia
Egypt
India
Kazakhstan
Lebanon
Mexico
New Zealand
Paraguay
Philippines
Puerto Rico
Russia
Serbia
South Africa
Spain
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago
Turkey
Ukraine
United States
Uruguay
Venezuela
Zimbabwe

Czech Miss 2009 update - Prague casting

26. listopadu 2008 v 20:33 | Martina A. |  National pageants
Last Sunday, the first Czech Miss 2009 casting took place at the Prague Marriott hotel in Prague. About 400 young contestants presented themselves to a group of judges that included also Eliška Bučková(the reigning Czech Miss and Miss Universe 2008 semifinalist) and Renata Langmannová(who won the pageant in 2006).

17 lucky girls were chosen for the semifinal competition on December 8th. This event will be held after two other castings in Brno and Ostrava conclude next week. At the end, 12 finalists will be announced. The big night is on February 28th, winners will represent our country at Miss Universe, Miss Earth and Miss Intercontinental pageants.

Photos of the semifinalists inside !


Miss Kazakhstan 2008 crowned

26. listopadu 2008 v 20:09 | Martina A. |  National pageants
Last Friday, the 2008 Miss Kazakhstan pageant took place at the Congress Hall in Astana. At the end, 20 year-old Olga Nikitina from Karaganda walked away with the crown, becoming the first Russian ever that will represent Kazakhstan at Miss Universe.

Source: MIR TV & Samat Iskakov/Astana.dan.kz

The tour of South Africa - part III (UPDATED 11/26)

25. listopadu 2008 v 8:36 | Martina A. |  MISS WORLD 2008 coverage

The pageant continues with more activities and sightseeing. First photos of Aruba, Antigua/Barbuda and Honduras posted.

This week, the girls took part for example at the Legend Golf & Safari Resort on the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in Limpopo Province. Miss Paraguay won the Miss World Golf Tournament and recieved a trophy for it.

Also, today, all the 112 contestants left for the city of Durban, where the first fast-track event, the Beach Beauty, takes place this Saturday. The winner advances automatically into the semifinals.

Source: Pageant-mania, Global Beauties, Skye Chan Forum & The Pageant Café


Miss Curaçao 2009 results

23. listopadu 2008 v 12:36 | Martina A. |  National pageants
Yesterday, the new Miss Curaçao was crowned at World Trade Center Curaçao in Willemstad. She is former Miss Teen Playa Mundial Ashanta Mafalda Macauly, 23.

1st Runner Up was Angenie Simons and 2nd Runner Up Fabina Martis.

The winner will compete at Miss Universe 2009, while the runner-ups may go to Miss Intercontinental and Miss World 2009.

More photos to follow !

Source: The Pageant Café

The tour of South Africa - part II (UPDATED 11/22)

21. listopadu 2008 v 19:41 | Martina A. |  MISS WORLD 2008 coverage
The contestants continue their journey and discover all beauties of South Africa !

Contestants´ update:
  • The last delegates to have arrived in South Africa for the 2008 Miss World contest were Misses Honduras (yesterday), Paraguay and Lebanon(Wednesday). Panama won´t be represented this year, after all, due to visa problems.
  • Also, seven Miss World contestants were chosen too take part in the official draw for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. They were Misses Brazil, Egypt, USA, New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Spain, accompanied by the reigning Miss World Zilin Zhang of China.
  • Yesterday, the contestants visited a Ndebele tribe in Pretoria.

Source: Images24, Pageant-mania, missespana.com

Visit to Soweto

20. listopadu 2008 v 13:10 | Martina A. |  MISS WORLD 2008 coverage
Photos of this event inside !

Some countries have not shown up, yet. They are Antigua&Barbuda, Honduras and Lebanon, among others. Egypt´s delegate is Sanaa Ismail Hamed, not Myriam George, as previously reported at the MWO website. Sanaa competed at Miss Egypt in 2002.


The tour of South Africa - part I (UPDATED 11/20)

19. listopadu 2008 v 9:18 | Martina A. |  MISS WORLD 2008 coverage


During the following week, the 110 Miss World delegates are going to visit South Africa´s most beautiful sights, do some charity work and shoot swimsuit videos. First photos inside.

Source: Global Beauties, Pageant-mania, Unofficial Miss PR MB, Miss Brazil on Board MB, Sunday times


Srta. Colombia 2008 - 2009 (UPDATED 11/19)

18. listopadu 2008 v 11:43 | Martina A. |  National pageants
Yesterday, the new Colombian queen was crowned at the Julio Cesar Turbay auditorium in Cartagena . She is Miss Cauca, Michelle Rouillard, 22-year old student of international business. She will represent Colombia at the 2009 Miss Universe pageant in July.

Miss Chocó, Lina Marcela Mosquera, is 1st Runner Up and will be the Colombian bet for the next Miss International.

Among other finalists were Misses Antioquia (1st princess), Bogotá (2nd princess) and Cundimarca (3rd princess). They will represent Colombia at Miss Intercontinental, Miss Continente Americano and Reina Hispanoamericana 2009.

Inside, you will find some day-after photos and a crowning video.

Source: Global Beauties, Terra Colombia & chinadaily.net


Welcome Dinner photos (UPDATED 11/19)

18. listopadu 2008 v 10:24 | Martina A. |  MISS WORLD 2008 coverage


Yesterday, the first official event took place in Johannesburg - the Welcome Dinner.

111 contestants are now departing Johannesburg for the tour of South Africa for tourism and filming purposes.

Source: Tamara Almeida, Xinhuanet, Global Beauties, Images24, Sunday Times, Pageant-mania, Unofficial Miss Puerto Rico MB, Miss PR Beauty Journal MB, zilinzhang.net & Foro de Reinas de Belleza Univision


Updates from South Africa

17. listopadu 2008 v 22:56 | Martina A. |  MISS WORLD 2008 coverage


PEOPLE´S CHOICE WINNER TO BE FAST-TRACKED INTO MISS WORLD SEMIFINALS
MWO and the online game service Amuso announced today that one of this year´s semifinalists is going to be chosen by the public vote. This award was first given in 2003 and the winner was Olivia Stratton of Australia. You can cast your vote through the newly designed Miss World website.

Source: MWO & Amuso

LOST AND FOUND: MISS SWAZILAND MAKES IT TO SOUTH AFRICA, AFTER ALL
After her a little mysterious disappearance only a few days before her departure for South Africa, Miss Swaziland, Tiffany Simelane arrived safely in Johannesburg to attend this year´s Miss World pageant.

"I am in my hotel room right now and will be meeting the other contestants later in the day," she said.

Source: Global Beauties, Mphikeleli Msibi & Albin Beart of the Pageant Café
UNITED STATES AND EGYPT TO COMPETE AT MISS WORLD IN THE END
After several weeks of discussions and concerns, the US representative to this year´s Miss World is Lane Lindell, a model from Florida(photo left).

Egypt´s delegate is suprisingly Meriam George, a pageant veteran, whom we already know from Miss Universe 2005(non-finalist), Miss Intercontinental 2005(semifinalist) and Miss Earth 2006(Top 8 finalist)(photo right).

Also, FYRO Macedonia and Zambia confirmed their participation. On the other hand, Slovenia, Liberia and Nepal will unfortunately miss the pageant this year.

Source: MWO website, Ed Dominiguez & Alexandros of the Pageant Café

Miss World 2008 kicks-off ! (UPDATED 11/20)

17. listopadu 2008 v 10:04 | Martina A. |  MISS WORLD 2008 coverage
See the first arrival/departure photos, as well as some more images from delegates´ preparation for the contest !

Source: Pageant-mania, The Pageant Café, voy.com/206289/, ANP, Miss Brazil On Board MB & Henrique Fontes


Pre-arrival report: Getting ready for South Africa

15. listopadu 2008 v 8:49 | Martina A. |  MISS WORLD 2008 coverage
The 2008 Miss World pageant officially starts tomorrow but the girls already presented their wardrobe to the public. Some of them are pictured here.

Source: Global Beauties, missespana.com & The Pageant Café(special thanks to Jean, Carmen, Albin and Arturo !)


Miss WORLD 2008 coverage

14. listopadu 2008 v 19:00 | Martina A. |  Miss World
This year´s Miss World is going to be chosen in Johannesburg, South Africa, on December 13th. During several weeks prior to the big final night, over 100 contestants are going to attend many activities and events in their honour. At the end, Zi-lin Zhang of China will relinquish her blue crown to the new Miss World. Our country´s bet is Zuzana Jandová, Miss Czech Republic 2008, while Slovakia is sending Edita Krešáková, Miss Slovak Republic 2008.

You can follow the whole pageant at: Miss WORLD 2008 coverage.

The best sites for more photos and further Miss World information: Global Beauties, Missosology, MWO official website, Pageant-mania & Getty Images.

Enjoy and good luck to all the girls !

1951-2009 Grand-slam ranking update (as of 9/12 2009)

12. listopadu 2008 v 14:03 | Martina A. |  Grand Slam Rankings
Grand-slam ranking after Miss Universe and Miss Tourism Queen International...

2000-2009 Grand-slam ranking update (as of 9/12 2009)

12. listopadu 2008 v 8:21 | Martina A. |  Grand Slam Rankings
After Miss Universe and Miss Tourism Queen International concluded, some changes occured in the grand-slam ranking of this decade.

Russia jumped into the Top 5, leaving the Philippines on the 7th place.

After almost winning the Miss Universe crown, the Dominican Republic is near entering the best ten, while Japan did just the opposite and is on the 15th position.

Our country didn´t move anywhere, yet earned important points and is close behind Canada.

South Africa jumped into the Top 20, while Thailand disappeared from there.

Another significant improvement did Sweden (is now 43rd), Singapore (now 68th), Belarus (now 69th), Albania (now 72nd), Croatia (now 78th), Kyrgyzstan (now 88th), Belgium (now 104th)

Guinea, French Polynesia, Altai (Russia), Turkmenistan, Phuket (Thailand), Tatarstan (Russia) all entered the statistic thanks to their succes at Miss TQI 2009.

Karla Henry, Miss Earth 2008 from the Philippines

9. listopadu 2008 v 18:53 | Martina A. |  Miss Earth
2008 November 9th, Philippines
85 contestants

MISS EARTH 2008: Karla Henry - PHILIPPINES
MISS EARTH AIR 2008: Miriam Odemba - TANZANIA
MISS EARTH WATER 2008: Abigail Elizalde Romo - MEXICO
MISS EARTH FIRE 2008: Tatiane Kelen Barbosa Alves - BRAZIL

Top 8 finalists:
COLOMBIA - Mariana Rodríguez Merchán
SPAIN - Adriana Reverón Moreno
SWITZERLAND - Nasanin Nuri
VENEZUELA - Maria Daniela Torrealba

Semifinalists:
CZECH REPUBLIC - Hana Svobodová
KOREA - Seo Seol-hee
NIGERIA - Uko Ezinne
POLAND - Karolina Filipkowska
ROMANIA - Ruxandra Popa
RUSSIA - Anna Mezentseva
THAILAND - Piyaporn Deejing
USA - Jana Murrell

Special Awards:
MISS PHOTOGENIC: Karla Henry - PHILIPPINES
BEST IN NATIONAL COSTUME: Shassia Ubillus Falcón - PANAMA
BEST IN SWIMSUIT: Abigail Elizalde Romo - MEXICO
MISS TALENT: Rachael Smith - AUSTRALIA
BEST IN LONG GOWN: Maria Daniela Torrealba - VENEZUELA
MISS FRIENDSHIP: Andrea Carolina León Janzso - ECUADOR