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  • Miss Universe owner files for bankruptcy days before this year's pageant - one year after Thai tycoon and activist Anne Jakrajutatip bought organization for $20m and began accepting trans contestants

    11/15/2023 9:13:43 AM PST · by algore · 16 replies
    The trans activist company behind the Miss Universe pageant has sensationally filed for bankruptcy just days before the pageant is due to take place in El Salvador. Thai-native and trans woman Anne Jakrajutatip acquired the event for $20 million in 2022 from IMG Media, adding it to the portfolio of JKN Global Group. Between 1996 and 2015, the Miss Universe Pageant was part of Donald Trump's business empire. The company also owns Miss USA and Miss Teen USA. The bankruptcy comes after the company missed out on fulfilling a $12 million loan repayment. Despite the setback, JKN has been bullish...
  • Utah's Noelia Voigt is crowned Miss USA in glitzy ceremony that featured first married state titleholder following Miss Universe rule change

    09/30/2023 8:47:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/30/23 | Jessica Green
    Utah's Noelia Voigt has been crowned Miss USA in a glitzy ceremony that saw the contestants showcase their fashion prowess in shimmering mini dresses and stunning gowns. The 72nd pageant also featured the first married state titleholder following a rule by Miss Universe that has allowed married women and mothers to compete for the first time in its seven-decade history. Noelia Voigt, 23, oozed glamour last night in a silver frock with a thigh-high split, before swapping into an eye-catching gem-covered gold gown ahead of being crowned Miss USA. Savannah Gankiewicz of Hawaii placed as first-runner up at the Grand...
  • Trans men enter Miss Italy pageant in droves after trans women are told they can’t compete

    07/28/2023 5:22:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    NBC News / Comcast ^ | July 28, 2023 | By Jo Yurcaba
    More than 100 transgender men have entered the Miss Italy pageant this week, according to an activist leading a protest against recent comments by the pageant’s organizer, who said trans women wouldn’t be allowed to compete. The comments came after another European pageant, Miss Netherlands, crowned its first transgender winner, Rikkie Valerie Kollé, this month. About a week later, Patrizia Mirigliani, the official organizer of Miss Italy, told an Italian radio station that Miss Italy wouldn’t allow trans women to compete. “Lately, beauty contests have been trying to make the news using strategies that I think are a bit absurd,”...
  • Congratulations, a Man Just Won the Miss Netherlands Pageant

    07/09/2023 7:04:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 86 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 07/09/2023 | Michael Van Der Galien
    What a time to be alive! The Miss Netherlands pageant has taken a rather unexpected turn, ladies and gentlemen. This year, the crown goes to… a trans woman — Rikkie Valeria Kolle. You heard that right, a person who was assigned male at birth but now identifies and presents as a woman. This quite literally adds a whole new dimension to the beauty pageant scene. Who needs historical gender norms when we can just rewrite them, right? A man just won “Miss Netherlands” 2023. Considering the fact that we live in a post-Truth world, I wasn’t even expecting anything else....
  • Enraged husband smashes beauty pageant winner’s crown — after wife places second (LGBTQIAP+ beauty pageant)

    05/29/2023 9:27:13 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 43 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 29, 2023 | Asia Grace
    Second best apparently just wasn’t good enough for this pageant gal’s No. 1 fan. With rage in his eyes and destruction in his heart, an unhinged husband stormed the stage of an “LGBTQIAP+ beauty pageant” in Brazil, hijacked the winner’s crown and furiously slammed it to the ground after his wife was awarded the second-place honors, local news outlet Globo reported.
  • Miss Israel beauty pageant canceled after more than 70 years

    11/13/2022 12:11:15 PM PST · by Saije · 32 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 11-12-2022 | TOI Staff
    The Miss Israel beauty contest will not be held this year, ending a run of annual competitions that started in 1950. As a result, Israel will not be sending a contestant to the international Miss Universe contest to be held January in the US. The move by organizers of the Israel contest, which was quietly announced last week, drew a range of responses from past winners, from lamenting the development to welcoming the event’s demise. In recent years the pageant has faced criticism for judging women on their physical appearance.
  • BDS Is Lying About Global Attendance at Miss Universe - Opinion

    12/02/2021 1:40:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | NOVEMBER 29, 2021 | EMILY SCHRADER
    Since the announcement that the Miss Universe pageant would be held in Eilat, BDS groups have been up in arms over the event, targeting and harassing dozens of participants from around the world and urging them to cancel their attendance at the event. While multiple countries have announced they would not attend, no country has canceled due to political convictions. Yet that hasn’t stopped BDS from lying about it. Shortly after the announcement was made, the Miss Malaysia organization officially announced that they would not be able to participate because COVID restrictions had prevented them from holding the qualifying pageant...
  • Miss USA 2020 gives statement on Gun Laws

    06/08/2021 6:04:53 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 35 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2020 | Asya Branch
    Miss Mississippi USA and the winner of Miss USA 2020 pageant was asked about the 2nd Amendment during the Q&A portion of the event. See how she answered here:
  • 'Combat Barbie' who was sent to Iraq as a teen wants beauty queen glory again

    01/10/2021 10:05:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Daily Star (U.K.) ^ | 9 JAN 2021 | Charlotte Penketh-King
    Katrina Hodge was crowned Miss England over a decade ago while she was a serving Army soldier - now she wants to make a triumphant return to the world of beauty pageantsEx-soldier Katrina Hodge is shooting for glory in a beauty pageant again – more than a decade after being crowned Miss England. The mum of two, now 33, earned the nickname Combat Barbie when she won the title in 2009 while still serving in the Army. But she now wants to return in the Ms Great Britain contest to boost her own confidence and encourage body positivity in over-30s....
  • Miss ("Ms.") Nevada Banned From Entering Ms. America Over Her Support For Trump

    08/20/2019 4:17:05 PM PDT · by Drago · 39 replies
    Summit News ^ | 8-20-2019 | Paul Joseph Watson
    Miss Nevada says she was banned from competing in the upcoming Ms. America beauty contest because of her refusal to hide her support for President Trump. “I was officially disqualified from competing in the Ms. America pageant for 2019,” said Katie Jo Williams in an Instagram video. She says organizers told her she was “too political” to be involved.
  • Trump-supporting Miss Michigan stripped of title.

    07/19/2019 8:33:53 PM PDT · by Rudolphus · 60 replies
    Yahoo Lifestyle ^ | July 19, 2019 | Kerry Justich
    The Miss World America organization is under fire after stripping a President Donald Trump–supporting model of her Miss Michigan title over “racist, Islamophobic, and insensitive” tweets. Kathy Zhu, 20, is a University of Michigan student who won the 2019 Michigan World America title on Sunday. However, her reign was cut short after organizers became aware of Zhu’s controversial Twitter account days later.
  • Miss Universe 2018 Winner Predictions & Favorites

    12/16/2018 3:33:10 PM PST · by conservative98 · 45 replies
    Heavy ^ | 12/16/18 22 minutes ago
    There are 94 contestants heading into the 2018 Miss Universe Pageant, but only one of them will walk away a winner. Ahead of the pageant and the results, fans may be eager to hear about some of the favorites or predictions. We've put together a short gallery on some of our top picks, as well as reported front-runners in this year's competition, starting with the above three women.[cut] [#3] Miss Spain Angela Ponce Miss Spain Angela Ponce is the first openly transgender woman to be a contestant in the 2018 Miss Universe Pageant. According to the NY Post, Ponce proclaimed,...
  • Miss America yanks N.J. pageant's license, throwing congeniality out the window

    12/06/2018 3:37:51 AM PST · by SMGFan · 37 replies
    NJ Advanced Media ^ | December 5, 2018
    n the weeks before the Miss America competition in September, various factions of the pageant faithful were at war over changes to the traditional Atlantic City event implemented by new pageant leaders. Somehow, the pageant weathered the drama long enough to crown Miss America 2019, Nia Franklin, onstage at Boardwalk Hall. Now, the pageant's internal strife is entering the public arena once again. The Associated Press reports that pageant leaders have terminated the licenses of several state pageants, including the Miss New Jersey pageant. Miss America has already moved to replace the directors of five other state pageants. Now, the...
  • Ratings: Sunday Night Football Down vs. Year Ago, Miss America Plunges

    09/10/2018 11:12:09 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 51 replies
    TV Line ^ | September 10, 2018 | Matt Webb Mitovich
    NBC Sunday Night Football‘s coverage of the Packers’ win over the Bears averaged about 19.4 million total viewers and a 6.6 demo rating in the fast nationals, down 11 and 17 percent from last season’s Sunday opener. Last year’s Cowboys/Bears match-up went on to report 24.4 million viewers and a 9.1 rating in finals. Over on ABC, Miss America (4.3 mil/0.7) dropped 20 and 26 percent from last year’s pageant. Elsewhere, CBS’ Big Brother (5.7 mil/1.5) rose 21 percent and two tenths from last Sunday, while Fox’s Rel sneak preview drew 5.1 million viewers and a 1.7 demo rating leading...
  • Miss New York named 2019 Miss America

    09/10/2018 2:23:18 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 45 replies
    ABC 7 New York ^ | September 10, 2018
    ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey -- Miss New York Nia Imani Franklin was named Miss America 2019 in Atlantic City. Her victory Sunday night resurrected a string of successes the Empire State has had in the pageant in recent years. Mallory Hagan, Nina Davuluri and Kira Kazantsev won the title from 2013 to 2015 competing as Miss New York. A classical vocalist whose pageant platform is "advocating for the arts," Franklin sang an operatic selection from the opera La Boheme on Sunday night.
  • Beauty queen resigns title rather than cover tattoos

    08/04/2018 11:42:34 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 96 replies
    WRAL.com ^ | 8/3/2018 | Staff
    <p>PHELAN, CALIF. — A beauty queen in the Southern California desert community of Phelan has given up her crown rather than cover up her tattoos.</p> <p>Sierra Leyde didn't have tattoos when she was named Miss Phelan at age 17.</p> <p>But she celebrated her 18th birthday with tattoos of flowers on her upper arm and shoulder, and a shark on her forearm.</p>
  • It’s not just about bikinis: Inside the battle for the future of Miss America

    07/26/2018 5:56:36 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 48 replies
    Washington Post / MSN ^ | July 26, 2018
    In January, two dozen former Miss Americas were bunking in a grand rental home in Kissimmee, Fla., for a weekend of sisterhood. There was swimming and spa treatments and kitschy fun with an old Miss America board game. But Gretchen Carlson — the veteran TV news host and 1988’s first violin-playing Miss America — could stay only an hour or two. She was there on business. Weeks earlier, she had been named the new chair of the Miss America Organization, taking over after a leak of nasty emails prompted a sweeping purge of old leadership. Now Carlson was here to...
  • Spain decides most beautiful woman in Spain...is a man

    07/14/2018 11:39:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/14/2018 | Ed Straker
    Spain has selected a beauty queen for 2018 – and it's a man in disguise!  That's right: Spanish people think a man looks prettier than all the women in Spain!  What does this say about the Spanish culture? After winning Spain's national beauty contest last month, [Mr.] Ponce will become the first transgender woman [sic] to compete in the Miss Universe pageant. "Having a vagina doesn't make a woman," [he] said in an interview.  "Even if many people don't want to see me as a woman, I clearly belong among them.  There are women with a penis and men with a vagina, because...
  • Miss America Organization Split by #MeToo Era Swimsuit Decision

    07/09/2018 6:18:00 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 103 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 8, 2018 | Valerie Bauerlein
    Nearly half of Miss America’s board has quit or been forced to resign in the wake of the organization’s decision to eliminate the swimsuit competition from the contest, and 22 state pageant leaders are seeking to oust Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson over concerns about the pageant’s new direction. Ms. Carlson, a former Miss America and an early leader in the #MeToo movement, announced on June 5 that Miss America was dropping the swimsuit and evening-gown competitions and replacing them with an extended onstage interview. She said it was important to make women’s voices heard during a “cultural revolution in our country.”...
  • Miss Massachusetts contestant resigns her title over pageant’s #MeToo mockery

    07/09/2018 12:22:08 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 30 replies
    VOX ^ | Jul 9, 2018 | Aja Romano
    A sexual assault survivor, Maude Gorman took a stand over a joke about the cancellation of the Miss America swimsuit competition.A beauty queen has turned in her tiara after a skit mocking the #MeToo movement was featured in the final moments of the Massachusetts Miss America competition. Maude Gorman, 24, announced in an Instagram post that she had resigned her title as Miss Plymouth County after the June 30 event featured an unexpected skit that lamented the demise of the Miss America swimsuit competition by referencing the #MeToo movement. In the skit, which was reportedly unscripted and unauthorized by pageant...