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These are the days we can call the “calm before the storm”. Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo is spending her remaining time in Fort Lauderdale relaxing her mind and body before she gets all pumped up for Hollywood, Florida and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – the places where the 69th Miss Universe will happen starting early next week till May 17.
Let us wish her the best of health all the way through. She will need a second wave of our unstinting support very soon!
#69thMissUniverse #RabiyaMateo #MissUniversePhilippines
This coming Monday at 10am ET (or 10pm Philippine time), join Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, Miss USA Cheslie Kryst and Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris alongside Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart for #universeunited Unfiltered!
These remarkable women will share a conversation about what participating in pageants has meant to them, behind-the-scenes secrets from their competitions, and the intangibles which set them apart to take the crown. Proceeds from this discussion benefit the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
Click the link below to reserve your spot!
Entry fee costs US$25.00
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Oxana Fedorova inarguably ranks high as one of the most beautiful faces – if not the most beautiful – to be ever crowned Miss Universe. And as the first Russian winner of the title, it must have really been a big honor to her countrymen. But it was a fairy tale that did not have a happy ending. Barely four months after her victory, she had to be terminated for not being able to fulfill her duties. Her first runner-up – Justine Pasek of Panama – took over.
Let’s watch the 2002 Finals to reminisce her dominance during this edition.
According to MUO President Paula Shugart in this news article by CBS News:
“She needed to spend a lot of time in Russia,” Shugart said in a broadcast interview. “I believe her mother was ill at one point.”
When asked about reports that Fedorova was fired because she was married or pregnant, Shugart said, “No, I honestly have no idea where any of that came from.” Miss Universe cannot be married or have children, according to pageant rules.
Fedorova, a police lieutenant pursuing a graduate law degree at St. Petersburg’s Police Academy, denied she had been fired and said she gave up the title herself.
“The duties of a world beauty are wonderful. However, my prime goal is my studies and career in Russia,” Fedorova told RTR state television. “I know I will remain Miss Universe for Russian citizens and for myself.”
She, too, denied she was married or pregnant.
As far as the other highlights of her professional life are concerned, Oxana is the founder of her own fashion line, Oksana Fedorova Design Studio, which debuted its fall collection during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia last 2016. She also pursued a film, music and television career that included being a voice actress in animated US movies – such as Toy Story 3 and Tinker Bell – that were dubbed for the Russian audience.
Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray got first dibs in actually holding the new crown made by Mouawad. But very soon, one of the 90 candidates around her will be the first to wear it as the new titleholder.
By the way, Catriona wore a Manny Halasan gown during the unveiling of the crown.
In the meantime, here are newly-posted photos of Queen Cat taken by Fadil Berisha.
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At around 12noon of December 5 at the Marquis Ballroom A of Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia (or 1:00am of Friday in Manila), the new Miss Universe crown will be officially unveiled in the presence of MUO’s Paula Shugart with Fred & Pascal Mouawad – the people behind Mouawad (the internationally-renowned jewel company).
Below is a sneak peek into one of the hundreds of diamonds that are handset in the Mouawad Miss Universe Crown. Looking forward to the big reveal soon!
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And an interview with MUO President Paula Shugart below.
I wanted so much to end 2018 with a big bang. If only clarity on the issue of whether the Miss Universe franchise remains with BPCI or crosses over to LCS has been settled in the last few days, then it would make for an explosive year-end blog entry. But then again, that would be asking for way too much confirmation during the uber busy Holiday Season.
Pageants fans and followers are divided on the matter. But I reckon that – if we play by percentages – there would be a lot more who are in favor of the franchise staying put with Bb. Pilipinas to maintain the prestige of the country’s biggest national pageant as well as to preserve its glorious place on top of the pedestal in full hierarchial view of the entire Philippines. Besides, the record of the leadership of Madame Stella Marquez de Araneta is something that other National Directors can only hope to achieve in their lifetime.
On the other side of the coin, there is this side of business that doesn’t give much premium on sentimentality or loyalty or time-honored tradition. As the line goes, “…the only thing constant is change.” And with the ties that bind the Miss Universe Organization (MUO) and the LCS Group of Companies, the partnership could only move to a logical next step of having the franchise be placed under the latter’s care. That way, both MUO and IMG will have a more direct hand in controlling/advising how the brand is managed and sustained with progressive exclusivity.
This is me in the middle. Having grown up with Bb. Pilipinas, I would love to see MU stay with BPCI. But I’d also like to see how MU will grow nationally as a stand-alone pageant. I won’t take sides now. I will just let destiny speak for itself. Because with what I have been hearing, it could be a done deal – unless some kind of a unique arrangement can be finalized in the coming month or two.Since the issue has not been settled yet, let me end 2018 with lyrics from the song written/composed by Prince and made more famous by Sinéad O’Connor because I personally feel that some of the lines simply fit:
Nothing Compares 2 U
It’s been seven hours and fifteen days
Since you took your love away
I go out every night and sleep all day
Since you took your love away
Since you been gone I can do whatever I want
I can see whomever I choose
I can eat my dinner in a fancy restaurant
I said nothing can take away these blues
‘Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares to you
It’s been so lonely without you here
Like a bird without a song
Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling
Tell me baby where did I go wrong…
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In this news report by Asaree Thaitrakulpanich for Khaosod English last October 24, 2018, the hosting of Miss Universe 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand was in peril of not pushing through as the original financier – TW Investment – pulled out due to “misbehaviours” of some its shareholders. Read the entire report below:
BANGKOK — The fate of this year’s Miss Universe pageant, set for December in Bangkok, was briefly in doubt after its domestic financier was forced to pull out.
The US-based Miss Universe Organization revoked the rights granted to TW Investment, the Thai company in charge of making the pageant happen, due to shady practices the company has blamed on unethical shareholders. A replacement firm has since been found.
In a statement, TW Investment said it would no longer be involved due to misbehavior by unnamed company shareholders.
“We can’t say whether or not the pageant will be held here,” a company spokesman who answered the phone of President Thanawat Wansom said Wednesday. “But TW will not be the organizer.”
Questions about the pageant’s return to the kingdom after a 13-year absence were soon put to rest when another firm, TPN Group, was granted the rights to the pageant.
“We will organize the pageant, and we are the new sole holder of the license,” spokeswoman Nusra Poteteeralert said by phone. “The pageant will still be held. Nothing changes.”
In its letter, TW Investment suggested financial malfeasance and “unsavory behavior of some investors” was to blame for losing the potentially lucrative license.
“Some also did not forward the money from sponsors to pay for the distribution rights according to the regulations stipulated by the Miss Universe company,” it said.
The letter also accused the same insider as trying to hijack the job by making “secret negotiations” with Miss Universe to obtain sole distribution rights and take it away from TW.
Thailand has previously hosted Miss Universe in 1992 and 2005.
Earlier, a Press Conference was held in Bangkok with Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart in attendance plus representatives of the new financier – TPN Group – which was granted the rights to the pageant.
Here are important highlights for the schedule of Miss Universe 2018 which got shorter in competition period from December 2-18/19, as compared to the original start of the last week of November, 2018.
December 2 – Contestants’ arrival
December 3 – Welcome Dinner
December 4 – Welcome Parade
– Charity Events
December 5 – Thai Night
December 6 & 7 – Excursion Tour / Promotional Shoot (split venues for contestants)
December 11 – National Costume Parade
December 13 – PRELIMINARY COMPETITION (Swimsuit & Evening Gown Competitions)
December 16 – Red Carpet Event, Final Rehearsal
December 17, Monday 8am – MISS UNIVERSE 2018 FINALS
December 18 & 19 – Departures
1. Finale: December 17, Monday 8am Manila Time/7am Bangkok Time (Not Nov 16)
2. Host: Steve Harvey
3. Co-Host: Ashley Graham
4. Judges to be announced separately as per Paula Shugart
5. Dusit Hotel Thani Thailand will be the Official Residence of Miss Universe Organization and Delegates
6. Around 95 contestants will compete