The new Miss USA is Rima Fakih of Michigan !

Leden 2009

Miss Universe Slovakia 2009 finalists

29. ledna 2009 v 19:31 | Martina A. |  National pageants
The final of Miss Universe Slovakia 2009 pageant will be held on March 21st at the SIBAMAC Arena in Bratislava. The winner will represent Slovakia at Miss Universe, 1st Runner Up goes to Miss Earth and 2nd Runner Up to Miss Intercontinental.

The 12 finalists:

Lea Šindlerová
Diana Hágerová
Ingrid Áčová
Lenka Kramolišová
Vladimíra Borguľová
Katarína Slamková (Miss Slovakia 2008 finalist)
Eva Martinková
Marcela Ševčíková
Denisa Mendrejová (Miss Czech Republic 2006 finalist)
Jasmína Alagičová
Simona Silošová
Ivana Žáková

Source: Pravda

Latin America has a new queen

29. ledna 2009 v 19:19 | Martina A. |  Other international pageants
Yesterday, Vivian Noronha of Brazil was crowned as Reina Hispanoamericana 2008. It happened at a press conference in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. She was accompanied by Gloria and Tatiana Limpias from Promociones Gloria(organisers of RH). After the conference, the new queen signed a contract with Opal to participate at Fexpo 2009, and received an Aerosur travel card which will allow her to travel for free to all Aerosur's destinations for a year.

Vivian placed second at the Miss World Brazil pageant and the same placement she reached also at Reina Hispanoamericana last autumn. But as the original winner Laura Zuniga of Mexico was dethroned, Vivian took over the title and responsibilities. She will try to win another crown at Miss Tourism Queen International in April in China.

Source: Global Beauties

BREAKING NEWS: Miss Czech Republic 2009 press conference

28. ledna 2009 v 19:54 | Martina A. |  National pageants

Today, the Miss CR press conference took place, after the pageant was taken over by the Central Group company and former Miss World Taťána Kuchařová last autumn.

According to the press report, the 21st addition of our oldest pageant shall begin in March and conclude on October 24th. Both events are supposed to be broadcasted by the Česká televize channel, which last happened about 15 years ago. Another change relates to the main purpose - the pageant will be mainly focused on charity. Every year, one charity projec
t will be supported. In 2009, it is two: "Children health foundation" and "Help the children !" projec

Czech delegates to Miss World 2010 and Miss International 2010(our representatives to both 2009´s competitions to be announced in April) will be chosen among 12 finalists. The traditional People´s Choice Award stays but it is unknown whether the winner will represent our country internationally. The reigning Miss Czech Republic is Zuzana Jandová, who has been elected last April.

You can read the whole report in Czech at the


USA at Miss World during the 80´s

26. ledna 2009 v 21:33 | Martina A. |  What did not fit any category but is worth reading !
Miss World is not particulary known in the US, yet, their record in that pageant is nearly as outstanding as their performance at Miss Universe. During the 80´s and early 90´s, it was the main national contest, Miss USA, that used to send its 1st Runner Ups to compete in what is nowadays the largest beauty event on Earth.

Lisa Lynn Moss, Miss Louisiana and 2nd Runner Up to Miss USA 1981, Kimberly Seelbrede of Ohio, went to that year´s Miss World where she placed 7th. The winner was Pilin Leon of Venezuela.

Elizabeth Luann Caughey was Miss Texas and 1st RU to Miss USA 1982, Terri Lea Utley of Arkansas. At Miss World in London Elisabeth finished 5th. The winner that night was Mariasela Alvarez Lebrón from the Dominican Republic.

Another Miss Texas, Lisa Gayle Allred, was 1st RU to Miss USA 1983, Julie Lynne Hayek of California. At Miss World held in London Lisa placed 7th behind that year´s winner and the home-girl, Sarah-Jane Hutt.

West Virginia´s Kelly Lea Anderson placed as 1st Runner Up behind Miss USA 1984, Mai Therese Shanley of New Mexico. In London, where Miss World was held, Kelly reached finals and the 5th position. The winner was Venezuela´s Astrid Carolina Herrera Irrazábal.

New Mexico almost did it again a year later with Brenda Denton, who finished second at Miss USA 1985 won by Laura Elena Martínez-Herring of Texas. Brenda´s success continued when she placed as 2nd Runner Up behind that year´s Miss World Holmfridur Karlsdóttir from Iceland.

The carrier of future Hollywood super-star, Ohio´s very own Halle Berry, started in 1986, when she placed second to Miss USA, Christiane Fichtner of Texas. Halle went to Miss World in London and eventually reached the 6th position behind lovely Giselle Laronde of Trinidad&Tobago.

Miss Florida, Clotilde Helen Cabrera, was 1st RU to Miss USA 1987 Michelle Renee Royer of texas. Clotilde also represented the USA at Miss World held in London and won by Austria´s Ulla Weigerstorfer.

California´s Diana Magaña, 1st Runner Up to Miss USA 1988, Courtney Ann Gibbs from Texas, returned her country back on the Miss World map by advancing into the semifinals. The winner was Linda Pétursdóttir of Iceland.

Jill Renee Scheffert, Miss Oklahoma, was 1st RU to Miss USA 1989 Gretchen Lynn Polhemus of Texas and also 4th Runner Up to Miss World 1989, Aneta-Beata Kreglicka.

Representing South Carolina, Gina Marie Tolleson, placed second behind Miss USA 1990, Carole Anne Marie Gist from Michigan. A bigger success was waiting for her, however because on November 8th Gina became the second American woman in history to win the blue Miss World crown.

The last time the MUO officially sent a delegate to Miss World was New Jersey´s very own Charlotte Ray, 1st Runner Up to Miss USA 1991, Kelli Rachelle McCarty of Kansas. Charlotte didn´t disappoint and was called among the ten semifinalists.
Credits: Pageantopolis, Miss Universe Crystal Ball, US state pageants websites &, and

The state of Indiana takes their first ever Miss America crown

26. ledna 2009 v 7:30 | Martina A. |  National pageants

On Saturday night, the new Miss America was crowned in Las Vegas, USA. She is Katie Stam of Indiana, the first winner comming from there in the 88 year-long history of the pageant.

Complete final results were as follows:

1ST RUNNER UP: Chasity Hardman - GEORGIA
2ND RUNNER UP: Olivia Myers - IOWA
3RD RUNNER UP: Leigh-Taylor Smith - NEW YORK
4TH RUNNER UP: Sierra Minott - FLORIDA

Top 7:
CALIFORNIA - Jackie Geist
TENNESSEE - Ellen Carrington

Top 10:
HAWAII - Nicole Fox
MICHIGAN - Ashlee Baracy

Top 12:
KENTUCKY - Emily Cox
ARKANSAS - Ashlen Batson

Top 15:
ALABAMA - Amanda Tapley
SOUTH DAKOTA - Alexandra Hoffman
DELAWARE - Galen Giaccone

Last year´s winner was Kirsten Haglund of Michigan.

Source: Global Beauties,, YouTube & The Associated Press

The world shall never forget: Mariana Bridi passes away after a brave fight for life

24. ledna 2009 v 9:29 | Martina A. |  Miss World
Mariana Bridi Costa, the Brazilian beauty queen who had both her hans and feet amputated due to an infection, passed away at 3AM this morning, after bravely fighting for survival for weeks. People from all over the globe keep praying and thinking of her and her family and friends.

May you rest in peace, Mariana. You were an example of true strenght and courage. The world shall never forget...

Up-comming national pageants for 2009 (1/26 URUGUAY)

22. ledna 2009 v 19:31 | Martina A. |  National pageants
We are just at the start of the 2009 season and only a few countries have already crowned their queens. Yet, somewhere out there, waiting for their moment of glory, there are future legends or disappointments, nice/not so nice surprises, role-models, scandal queens or drama queens. The future of pageantry...
Miss Universe Uruguay will be chosen on February 28 at Hotel Conrad in Punta del Este. The winner will represent this Latin country at Miss Universe 2009. Meet the candidates here.

Pictured from L-R: Karen Gutierrez, Nadia Teodulos(Miss Uruguay Universe 2004) and Rocio Torrez
Source: Reinas de Belleza & Miss News

In April, the new Slovakian queen will be crowned. 12 finalists have already been selected and luckiest of them will soon become the country´s representative to Miss World. Official portraits can be seen at

Pictured from L-R: Mária Zelinová, Monika Macharová and Viktória Bobríková
The USA not only have a new president, they are also going to have a new queen soon. In March, 51 beautiful contestants will compete for one of the most coveted national crown and the right to represent her country at Miss Universe. All US states have already selected their 2009 winners and you can meet them at Miss USA Magic.

Pictured from L-R: Chanley Painter(Arkansas), Maria Montgomery(Kentucky) and Tata Turnure(Washington)
Both last year´s Miss Ukraine pageants were literally flooded by stunning delegates of international calibre. Some of them returned this year and so it seems the Ukrainian strike can continue in 2009. These are the finalists for Miss Ukraine Universe to be held on February 20th:

Pictured from L-R:
Oksana Ostrovskaya (Miss Ukraine World 2008 1st Runner Up), Tatyana Nuestruyeva (Miss Ukraine World 2008 2nd Runner Up) and Christina Kots-Gotlib

Norway has chosen their 40 quater-finalists, out of which 12 will be selected in the comming weeks. Miss Norway World and Miss Norway Universe should both be crowned in March. List and photos of the contestants can be seen at

Pictured from L-R:
Anna Karina Bacca, Eli Landa and Charlotte Rustad

Czech Miss 2009: official portraits

22. ledna 2009 v 18:15 | Martina A. |  National pageants
While enjoying the beauties and sights of Kenya, this year´s Czech Miss finalists found time to work a bit and take their official head-shots.

The final night is scheduled for the end of February.

Source: Ellarose-beauty

Beáta Bocková
Hana Mücková

Iveta Lutovská
Julie Zugarová
Klára Rychtaříková
Leona Grešáková
Nikola Mináriková

Nikol Smetanová
Tereza Budková
Tereza Šimsová
Veronika Žídková
Zina Šťovíčková

Brazilian beauty queen bravely fights for life

21. ledna 2009 v 19:56 | Martina A. |  What did not fit any category but is worth reading !
Her story seems that one of a cindarella. With little money and only a small wardrobe, Mariana Bridi Costa first competed at Miss World Brazil in 2006. She kept on advancing and eventually finished as 3rd Runner Up.
Months later, she was sent to Ghana, where she competed for the new Face of the Universe title. She placed 4th again, as the best candidate from the American continent. Her fame reached the stars and soon an invitation from the state director of Sergipe arrived. She took part in Miss World Brazil again, this time with full support not only from the organisation but also from fans from all over the world. She made the finals again and again shined internationally - at Miss Bikini in Shanghai she placed 6th and won the "Best in Swimsuit" Award.
Unfortunately, life took another direction for Mariana as she was taken to a hospital with an urinary tract infection, which soon became a generalized infection. The doctors believed she didn´t stand much chances to survive. She did survive, however, but because of the strong medicines she had to take both her feet and hands had to be amputated. Still at risk of dying, Mariana is conscious and made it clear that, even under such critical conditions, she wants to live. Newspapers and websites have been asking people to donate blood(type 0 negative), which she desperately needs. The sad case and strong will and braveness of this young woman drew the attention of people not only in Brazil but also from all over the world.

Let´s all pray and hope things will soon turn for the best possible for Mariana. You are an admirable girl, God Bless you.

My soft-spot: Gabriela Justinová

20. ledna 2009 v 20:33 | Martina A. |  What did not fit any category but is worth reading !
There are beauty queens we all love and beauty queens we all disapprove. Beauty queens popular or totally unknown, successful or lost. And also beauty queens that became close to our heart for some mysterious reasons. She may not be the most beautiful and you maybe cannot name one reason why she always takes your breath away. But still, that one beauty is a soft-spot in your history of being a pageant fan...

Gabriela Justinová placed as second runner-up in the enormously competitive pageant that was Miss Czech Republic 1997. Later, she represented our country at Miss International in Japan. Nowadays, she is building up her own Central European introduction agency.
Source:, Tajemství deseti královen

Lu Parker launches website

19. ledna 2009 v 19:55 | Martina A. |  What did not fit any category but is worth reading !
Former Miss USA and an Emmy Award winning journalist, Lu Parker, opened recently her own and official website.

Enjoy !

(Photo credit: El Anecdotario)

Miss Slovak Republic 2009 finalists introduced

18. ledna 2009 v 12:21 | Martina A. |  National pageants
Yesterday, the 2009 Miss Slovak Republic finalists were first introduced to the public. The final will be held on April 17th but before that the girls will attend special preparation in Egypt.

Winners of Miss Slovak republic are supposed to represent the country at Miss World, Miss Europe and Miss International pageants later this year.

The 12 lucky finalists are:

1. Alexandra Kiš Bandiová
2. Barbora Franeková
3. Mária Zelinová
4. Michaela Štítová
5. Martina Sabová
6. Viktória Bobríková
7. Katarína Príkazská
8. Soňa Skoncová
9. Ivana Smolková
10. Aneta Valentová
11. Petronela Pribilová
12. Patrícia Jakabová
Source: TV Noviny
Photo credit: SITA
Thanks to Paul Palmero !

Being a beauty queen with: Zeynep Sever, Miss Belgium 2009

18. ledna 2009 v 12:08 | Martina A. |  National pageants
Recently crowned Zeynep will represent Belgium at Miss Universe and Miss World pageants this year...
Source: p-magazine
Special thanks to greg of Belgium !

Being a beauty queen with: Chloé Mortaud, Miss France 2009

18. ledna 2009 v 12:04 | Martina A. |  National pageants
Also Miss France is busy during her reign. Besides charity work, Chloé attended for example the NRJ Music Awards event...
...or flew to Washington DC to witness Barack Obama's inauguration as the 44th President of the United States of America on January 20th. Pictured with Comité Miss France Director and former Miss France, Sylvie Tellier.

Chloe Mortaud won her crown on December 7th and should represent France at Miss Universe and Miss World this year.

Source: Belga Picture, Xavie de Fenoyl/LA
Thanks to Paul Palmero !

Being a beauty queen with: Whitney Toyloy, Miss Switzerland 2009

18. ledna 2009 v 11:56 | Martina A. |  National pageants
Attending the SwissAward at the Hallenstadion in Zürich-Oerlikon(the awards are given annually to the best Swiss personalities)...

The Hotel Campari Party at The Dolder Grand in Zürich...

18 year-old Whitney Toyloy won the national title last September and is supposed to represent Switzerland at Miss Universe in July.

Thanks to Paul Palmero !

Links update: my favourite pageant blogs

17. ledna 2009 v 22:13 | Martina A. |  Links
Over time, I happened to grow on blogging more than I thought I ever could. At first, I only wanted to give a brief or wider view into pageants but as crownings went on, I often found myself thinking that a blog is more about speaking out oneself´s mind. Yet still in the most objective way that is possible, though.

Here are blogs that I´ve learnt to visit and read often and recommend every pageant fan interested:

The newest addition under a new address is:

Enjoy !

Miss World in Vietnam - part II

15. ledna 2009 v 21:52 | Martina A. |  Miss World
Zilin Zhang, Miss World 2007, joined this week her successor, Ksenia Sukhinova and MWO director , Julia Morley, on their charity tour of Vietnam.

Source:, YouTube, Pageant-mania, The Pageant Café

Gabon to debut in 2009 !

14. ledna 2009 v 12:39 | Martina A. |  National pageants
Yesterday night, Marlyne Eyene Ella, 22, was crowned Miss Gabon 2009 and won herself the right to represent Gabon at Miss Tourism Queen International pageant later this year.

Her runner-ups, Marie-Thérèse Palysandre Bert and Cynthia Mboumba, are supposed to participate at Miss International and Miss Earth 2009 pageants.

18 contestants competed for the crown.

This will be the first time Gabon takes part in Grand-Slam pageants.

Source: Global Beauties

Czech Miss 2009 updates

13. ledna 2009 v 21:02 | Martina A. |  National pageants
Czech Miss 2009 finalists left this week for Kenya, where they are going to participate in several photo and video shootings and also travel around a little bit. The big final night is scheduled for the end of February.

Source: Czech Miss website, tý & Pageant-mania

From L-R: Iveta Lutovská, Tereza Šimsová, Leona Grešáková, Julie Zugarová, Zina Šťovíčková, Nikol Mináriková, Hana Mücková, Veronika Žídková, Klára Rychtaříková, Tereza Budková, Beáta Bocková and Nikol Smetanová

(Tereza Budková, Julie Zugarová and Beáta Bocková)

Flashback: Juhi Chawla, Miss India 1984

12. ledna 2009 v 21:26 | Martina A. |  What did not fit any category but is worth reading !
Juhi Chawla, originally from in Ludhiana, Punjab, is nowadays a known Indian actress, film producer and television presenter. But at the beginning of her successful career, there was a crown - she was Miss India in 1984...