This is the classic Miss Universe crown used for decades in the pageant. The one above was presented in honor of former Miss Universe President Harold Glasser who passed away last 2011.
There is always an affected sentimental soul inside of me whenever I look at the old Miss Universe crown that has been used for decades before the evolution of the new ones changed hands from Mikimoto to Diamond Nexus Lab to the present maker, DIC Holding.
Aside from being the same crown worn by the Philippines’ two winners – Gloria Diaz and Margarita Moran – it also brings back memories of the past that have significantly molded my growing-up years as a pageant fan and chronicler. I can still remember trying my darndest best to look for one that closely resembled its shape and design, only to end up playing around with a cheaper alternative worn by my two sisters during their respective Santacruzan duties in the province.
This is the new, shiny and sleek Miss Universe crown to be placed on the head of whoever will win in the Miami finals
Now that we have a shiny new head adornment for the 63rd Miss Universe, it clearly beckons us all to move forward more aggressively and in a trajectory that looks into an ultra-modern pageant odyssey only our favorite worldwide beauty search can offer.
The first wearer of the DIC Holding crown will definitely feel the sense of woman empowerment that it brings. And it is my sincere hope that the 63rd will do her best to expand her reign even wider than what the 62nd so richfully served in hers. 🙂
Gabriela Isler of Venezuela being crowned Miss Universe 2013 by Olivia Culpo.
Top five (L-R) Venezuela, Philippines, Spain, Brazil and Ecuador
Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler of Venezuela
We have a new Miss Universe. And she is Gabriela Isler of Venezuela.
At the close of glittering 2013 finals inside Moscow’s Crocus City Hall, the beauty delegate from Venezuela conquered eighty-five (85) other contenders and walked away with the Diamond Nexus Lab crown. She will take over Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo as well as get the opportunity to wear the USD1,000,000.00 Yamamay swimsuit for her first photoshoot in front of the pageant’s international press corps.
Placing 1st Runner-Up is Miss Spain Patricia Rodriguez, with the remaining Top 5 placements being filled up, as follows: 2nd Runner-Up Miss Ecuador Constanza Baez, 3rd Runner-Up Miss Philippines Ariella Arida and 4th Runner-Up Miss Brazil Jakelyne Oliveira.
The new Miss Universe will now be based in New York City where she will be staying in a well-appointed, Trump-owned high-rise apartment building, together with Miss USA Erin Brady.
Congratulations to all the winners!
A 4-Peat for the Philippines! 🙂
Sneak peek of the million dollar Yamamay swimsuit
What a lucky lucky girl Miss Universe 2013 will be! Aside from winning the Diamond Nexus Lab crown, she will be given the rare opportunity to slip into Yamamay’s million dollar swimsuit to be worn in her first official photoshoot as the winner. Whoever will be crowned this Saturday will literally feel like a million.
Who could its first wearer be? 🙂
Miss Universe Mexico 2012 Karina Gonzalez
Karina Gonzalez is in Las Vegas for one important reason: do a Ximena Navarrete and claim her country’s third Miss Universe crown. You see, this is the same city where her named compatriot won the title more than two years ago. And would it be too much to ask for another victory after just a one-year skip? Not if you’re Mexican. And since Venezuela has already accomplished the near-impossible with a back-to-back win a few years back, then Mexico is definitely not dreaming too big. Besides, what’s the use of sending your best delegate if the only purpose is to participate?
Karina is definitely a contender. And if luck stays by her side all throughout, then she could be spending the Holidays with a pretty Diamond Nexus Lab crown on top of her head. 😉
P.S. Karina and Janine Tugonon will do separate shoots for the upcoming boxing match of Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. This should be interesting.
courtesy of OPMBvids
Just yesterday afternoon, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 2011 Shamcey Supsup was given a formal send-off by Bb. Pilipinas Charities, Inc. as she leaves Wednesday for South America for a little-over-a-month-long journey which will take her first to Bogota, Colombia where she will have her final pasarela training and fittings for the Evening Gown and National Costume with renowned designer Alfredo Barraza. From there, she will hop on another plane for a 6-hour trip to her final destination -Sao Paulo, Brazil – where she will join more than 80 other dreamers in search for the title and the Diamond Nexus Lab crown that will sit on the head of Miss Universe 2011 on September 12.
What fate awaits our delegate? Too early to tell. But if her intensive local preparations under Venus Raj & Co. plus final polishing in Colombia are any indications, then she will surely give the other candidates a run for their money. The road to victory won’t be smooth, bumpy even. And if she is destined to make us proud in whatever accomplishment she reaches, then so be it!
Shamcey, nawa ay kasihan ka ng pinag-ibayong suwerte, katatagan ng dibdib at walang pag-aalinlangang pagpapakita ng tunay na kagandahan ng Pilipina sa buong mundo! 🙂
Note: Shamcey’s glam and swimsuit photos above are courtesy of BPCI and OPMB Worldwide.
I Am She Miss Universe India 2011 Vasuki Sunkavalli
The past weekend, I have read a lot of mostly negative online comments about Vasuki Sunkavalli’s victory as I Am She Miss Universe India 2011. Many of these – coming from both Indians and Non-Indians alike – speak of their displeasure in having a weak representative to Miss Universe 2011 who is not even at par with Ushoshi Sengupta – India’s 2010 bet who had a relatively forgettable stint in Las Vegas. Some of the feedbacks were so harsh that I wouldn’t even think of quoting them in this blog, with a majority asking Sushmita Sen to return India’s Miss Universe franchise to its previous owners.
Well, all I can say is this. Let’s give the 26 year-old fashion model from Hyderabad the benefit of our doubts. She may not be our idea of a Miss India based on their outstanding national winners from the mid-90s up to the early parts of the new millennium. But she remains to be one determined and supremely confident lady who wants to get a clear aim for the Diamond Nexus Lab crown in Sao Paulo. And I reckon that she will do what it takes to up the ante and do better than what her predecessor failed to deliver last year.
1st Runner-Up Parul Duggal
Personally, I find her 1st Runner-Up and I Am She Miss Globe International India 2011 Parul Duggal more attractive, but that’s just me. At least, Vasuki is miles better than 2nd Runner-Up and I Am She Miss Asia Pacific World India 2011 Tanvi Singla. Then again, that’s just me thinking out loud.
All things being equal, the Asian region has, in my opinion, three leading contenders this year from China, Malaysia and the Philippines. If Vasuki transforms big time and suddenly wows everyone in Brazil, then I will have renewed faith in Sushmita Sen’s ability to bounce back from what she has started with mediocrity in 2010.
Good luck, Vasuki! 😉