If for any reason, the winner cannot fulfill her duties, the 1st runner-up will take her place…
We always hear the statement above before a new Miss Universe is crowned. And it was back in 2002 when the 1st Runner-Up Justine Pasek of Panama took over Oxana Fedorava of Russia.
Now over at Miss USA, the line of succession is more standard (and non-complicated) in practice.
From 1967 onwards, the first runner-up automatically replaced any Miss USA titleholder who won the Miss Universe pageant. Here are the ones who benefitted, in reverse order:
Nana Meriwether of Maryland – 2012
Brandi Sherwood of Idaho – 1997 (she was also crowned Miss Teen USA 1989 prior)
Shanna Lynn Moakler of New York – 1995
Jineane Ford of Arizona – 1980
Cheryl Patton of Florida – 1967 (She was 2nd Runner-Up but took over the Miss USA title after 1st runner-up Susan Bradley of California declined when Sylvia Hitchcock won Miss Universe)
Wow, I must have put everything on a single day – an exclusive with the upload of the new photos of Puteri Indonesia 2018 Sonia Fergina, a special with the union of Catriona Gray & Sarah Rose Summers in New York and now, a senti feature with the death of Miss Universe 1995 Chelsi Smith who succumbed to liver cancer. A sad day in the (Miss) Universe, I should add.
The sisterhood has lost a member today with her demise. And it is just fitting that I share a video of her crowning moment in Windhoek, Namibia more than twenty years ago today.
Miss Texas Ali Nugent wants another Miss USA crown for her state.
Texas is to Miss USA as USA is to Miss Universe. The Lone Star State has won more Miss USA titles than any other – nine (9) in total (1977, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1995, 2001, 2008) with one of them (Chelsi Smith) claiming the Miss Universe crown in Windhoek, Namibia back in ’95.
This year, Texas is pinning its hopes on 20 year-old Alexandria “Ali” Nugent who is currently a Marketing/Entrepreneurship major at Collin College in Frisco. From the day she set foot in Las Vegas, the bubbly lady has steadily become one of the favored ones to figure out well in the June 16 finals. Her beautiful face, good height (5’9″) and engaging personality have helped push her bid to greater heights. Add to that her Latina vibe and you can see a contender who is competing with all her might.
Will Ali make it ten (10) Miss USA crowns for Texas in 2013? I don’t see why not. She certainly has what it takes to represent the country in Miss Universe 2013. And Donald Trump can only give his thumbs up without a doubt. Will all the judges agree? 😉
It is interesting to note how past international beauty queens preserve themselves through the years – it’s either they age beautifully or expand horizontally. Take the case of Miss Universe 1995 Chelsi Smith who won the crown in Windhoek, Namibia and ended the 14-year drought of the US in the beauty pageant (Shawn Weatherly was the last American to wear the crown before her) back then. She actually fills in both the aforementioned eventualities of a previous winner – she remains as beautiful as ever but could no longer fight the battle of the bulge as can be seen in the “then-and-now” photos below.
Miss Universe 1995 Chelsi Smith during her reign.
Flash Forward to 2010: Chelsi Smith attending a recent event hosted by Hawaiian Tropic.
I have nothing against Chelsi becoming a chubbier beauty. If at any, she must be happy with her life right now and it shows in her radiant aura. I just wished she did not let herself grow this big because the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) may no longer be interested in inviting her for a possible reunion of Miss Universe winners in conjunction with a future finals of the event. Oh well, I don’t really see the point of getting excited for such because Donald Trump has and will always be a slave to slim Central European beauties. Not a big loss for Chelsi.
Have a great Tuesday, my dear readers! 😉