Cidada de Fortaleza, Brazil
And so it came to pass that Brazil – as earlier buzzed – will host Miss Universe 2014 in early October.
But where exactly is this place they call Fortaleza? We all know Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia. Let it be known that it is a beach city (the 5th largest in the South American country) which makes hosting this year’s edition of Miss Universe more exciting.
I bet the ladies who will join Bb. Pilipinas 2014 are now giddy upon knowing the host city. Who won’t be? Your blogger is just as thrilled.
Okay, will the Portuguese-speaking applicants please stand up? ;-)
At the reception (left to right): Miss Singapore Universe 2011 Valerie Lim, Jonas Gaffud and Miss Korea Universe 2011 Sora Chong
I had to blog this photo because it is heartwarming to see Shamcey Supsup-Lee’s closest friends from Miss Universe 2011 coming over for her wedding – Miss Korea Universe 2011 Sora Chong and Miss Singapore Universe 2011 Valerie Lim.
Back in Sao Paulo, Sora was Shamcey’s roommate. They shared almost a month of friendship and non-stop bonding that has delightfully extended beyond the competition and up to now that she has become a must-attendee in her pal’s grand wedding.
Valerie, on the other hand, became Shamcey’s other very close Asian competitor in the said edition of the pageant. In fact, she was also present during the engagement party last year.
This is valid proof that pageant friendships do last. :-)
Mrs. Shamcey Supsup-Lee
Lovely bride Shamcey!
Shots from the wedding
Familiar faces among the guests
It’s now official! Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2011 and Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up has already tied the knot with dashing Lloyd T. Lee. She was the picture of blissful radiance wearing a heavenly Cherry Veric creation (hair and make-up by Albert Kurniawan) as she walked down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams. It was reported that tears started to flow when the two exchanged their vows, but moreso when they gave a touching tribute to their parents.
From this blogger, my warmest congratulations to the newly-married couple. May you have the good life and may your children grow up to be the best that you want them to be. :-)
So many beautiful guests. Can you name all of them?
Photo grid credit: Queenie Rehman
No diet for now: the sumptuous food served during the Lee-Supsup Nuptials at the Grand Ballroom of EDSA Shangri-la Hotel (Photo credit: Gerry Diaz)
On the afternoon of December 29, Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2011 and Miss Universe 2011 3rd Runner-Up Shamcey Supsup will walk down the aisle to marry Lloyd T. Lee, the man she will spend the rest of her life with.
The Holy Matrimony will take place at the Church of the Risen Lord (inside U.P. Diliman), with strictly-by-invitation reception following at the Isla Ballroom of EDSA Shangri-la Hotel.
I’m pretty sure the entourage will include some of our most beautiful beauty queens to make it the most celebrated Binibini wedding – not only of 2013 but in a long while.
Best wishes to the sweet couple!
Alyssa pours her heart out
Read Alyssa’s complete account HERE.
It took Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella more than two years to finally come out in the open and share her personal pains during Miss Universe 2011 and how she was able to propel herself back to some degree of normalcy in life thereafter.
It is true that advancements in social media have done us both good and bad. In the case of beauty pageants, gone were the days when the competition would start and end with everyone relying on just traditional news reports and scattered photographs of what is actually happening in the host city. Except for eyewitness stories of people who are actually in the same place, there was no way to directly bash candidates and put down their feelings with great impact.
Nowadays, anyone can post anything online, upload non-regulated videos, alter photographs to make a humorous – albeit hurtful – statement, and fire away loose cannons in message boards. And Alyssa’s dangerously anorexic built during her stay in Sao Paulo was something feasted upon in more destructive ways than one.
I sympathize with her, especially during accounts of almost always binging on food just to gain more weight (and fat) on her body and not seeing any kind of “improvement” in size. Some people might actually fault her for even complaining about not gaining weight despite taking in so much calories. But this one is such a unique problem that would be hard to understand unless you are the one on the hot seat experiencing the endless bombardment of negativity and foul comments.
But beyond the specifics of Alyssa’s concerns, what really did her in and practically spoiled her entire stay in Sao Paulo was the constant pressures from other people (both live and online) pushing her to the edge of misery and downheartedness. There will always be those (both open and/or hiding behind a poster name) who find extreme satisfaction in dealing others an un-healthy dose of unhappiness. And at the rate our technology is advancing, there’s no guessing how much more sophisticated they can get in the near future.
My hope is that we extend some reasonable degree of understanding as to what these pageant ladies actually undergo in their attempts of winning a crown. Criticisms will always be welcome, but constant bashing and bullying should be self-regulated.
Zilin (right) basking in Ibiza with Naomi Campbell's ex.
Zilin (right) and mentor Naomi Campbell during happier times on ‘The Face’
After registering a near-win in Oxygen’s The Face, Chinese model (and Miss Universe 2011 4th Runner-Up) Luo Zilin appears to be headed to a rising career in New York City. But all of that is crumbling to pieces at this point. Aside from getting bad feedbacks about her attitude and work ethics, she hammered another nail to her already questionable personality when she was seen spending time with (of all men) the ex-husband of her mentor Naomi Campbell in Ibiza.
Read the screenshot of the article on dlisted.com below:
I can’t say “poor Zilin” because everything is her own doing, be it in front of or behind the camera. If she had practiced more indiscretion, then an international modeling career would’ve still been on the right track. With this, she has nowhere to go but down and out. :-(
Venus Raj (left, back facing the camera) training the ladies in pasarela.
Back-to-back Miss Universe Top 5 placers Venus Raj and Shamcey Supsup did not rest on their laurels right after their respective achievements in the international pageant arena. The two ladies had the initiative and commitment to share what they’ve learned and experienced in Las Vegas and Bogota/Sao Paulo, respectively. And the recency of their actual participations makes it all more apt and useful.
For this year’s Bb. Pilipinas, both ladies took time out from their busy schedules to introduce/polish the current crop of candidates in the highly demanding (and important) pasarela (way of pageant walk) which forms part of pre-pageant activities. In addition, they added a personality development segment which, while tailor-made for Miss Universe, can also apply for Miss International, Miss Supranational and the like. Most of the candidates – especially the greenhorns – took to the sessions with wide-eyed enthusiasm. There may be some whose skills have already been hardened by previous national/international pageant exposures, but nothing that would make them averse to learning from the experts, so to speak.
So this is how Venus and Shamcey are paying it forward. I hope to see Janine Tugonon in a separate talk with the ladies because her experiences are far more fresh and updated. ;-)
Miss Universe China 2011 Luo Zilin can now be seen on Oxygen’s The Face.
Supermodels Naomi Campbell (center), Karolina Kurkova (R) and Coco Rocha headline “The Face” together with Nigel Barker.
Don’t look now, but Miss Universe China 2011 and Miss Universe 2011 4th Runner-Up Luo Zilin has grabbed the opportunity to extend her international modeling career to yet another avenue, however riskier the move could be. She is all set to appear as one of the twelve finalists who will fight to win an exclusive global modeling contract with Ulta Beauty plus the title of “The Face
” on US cable’s Oxygen Channel.
I actually heard about the show when Nigel Barker served as one of the judges in Miss Universe 2012. And the other day, the first episode – titled ‘The Fight to Make Top 12′ – was made available for free on iTunes. I downloaded right away and watched the same with much gusto. Imagine my pleasant surprise to see Luo Zilin as one of the 24 short-listed ladies judged by Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha. And imagine my even more pleasant surprise when I saw all three supermodel-coaches wanting (so bad) to get the Chinese stunner on their respective teams. In the end, she opted to join Team Naomi as expected.
Watch the Official Trailer of “The Face” (courtesy of ultabeauty) below:
Let’s see how far Zilin will go on ‘The Face’
This early, Zilin is already being pegged as a top favorite to make it all the way to Top 3 in the show. And her coach Naomi is very confident that she will be a real force to reckon with. Let’s see in the succeeding episodes so she can make up for her disappointing fifth-place Miss Universe finish (behind our own Shamcey Supsup).
I’m not sure yet which channel will carry ‘The Face‘ in the Philippines, but my best bets would be TLC, Star World or 2nd Avenue. It will premiere in the U.S. on February 12, but if you’re an eager beaver and want to watch the first episode right away, then head over to iTunes and click the link under the TV Shows section. ;-)
Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes (in right photo) handed the award of Miss Photogenic to Miss Kosovo Diana Avdiu during the Trump Holiday Party.
I think MUO made the right choice in naming Diana Avdiu of Kosovo as this year’s Miss Photogenic. While there are a lot of other possible winners of this award (like Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia and even Serbia who should have gotten the fancy of Donald Trump by now), the Catherine Zeta-Jones deadringer was clearly the camera-friendliest, and in various moods and poses at that. Good thing the award is no longer voted upon online. Otherwise, it would have robbed the rightful winner of the special recognition. ;-)
Miss Universe Brazil 2012 Gabriela Markus
We all know that Brazil placed in the Top 5 last year when Priscila Machado was named 2nd Runner-Up to eventual winner Leila Lopes. But that was Sao Paulo hosting and the homecourt advantage was in full swing, even including a healthy sweep for two other Portuguese-speaking candidates like Lopes and Portugal’s Laura Goncalves (Top 10 placer). Will Gabriela Markus achieve what her predecessor did on foreign soil? Why not? Natália Guimarães and other former Miss U reps of the country have made it far in years past. But the crown itself continues to be elusive. After Iêda Maria Vargas in 1963 and Martha Vasconcellos in 1968, Brazil has not had a crowned victor for 43 years now. Will 2012 be a year to rejoice for them? Or will it be a better-luck-next-year denouement once more? ;-)