In the short clip above, Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart told Dyan Castillejo during an interview that the next Miss Universe will definitely happen in January, 2023 in a place that is built for fun, food and tourism.
The buzz is slowly building up for a return to the USA, or New Orleans, Louisiana if you will. But until the organization makes the official announcement next week, nothing is still certain.
The buzz right now is on New Orleans, Louisiana. But nothing is certain until the official announcement next week
The first-ever Miss Universe UAE (United Arab Emirates) is setting the record for having the most number of applicants (14,000+) from where the Top 300 were chosen (watch video below). President and National Director Josh Yugen aims to live up to its hashtag of #breakingstereotype. No height requirement at all, only a three-year residency in UAE (or citizenship) plus an Emirates ID.
And what do you know, so many gorgeous beauties stepped up to the plate, among them Filipina-Kiwi Franki Russell and Dubai resident Miah Llanes who was a Miss Philippines Earth candidate last year. Former Miss Millennial Philippines winner Julia Gonowon (right photo) also made it but opted not to continue with the competition anymore for personal and professional reasons.
From the Top 300, the sharpest cut to the Top 30 will be made. And if a lady makes it that far, then she should consider herself lucky for getting the nod of the entire screening panel.
The Top 30 will go through the whole journey towards the Miss Universe UAE crown, as follows:
The national finals is getting the full support of Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart. And this early, it would almost be a given that whoever will wear the UAE sash in Eilat, Israel will draw a lot of media attention and possibly a less thorny route climbing the ladder of placement.
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!
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
Oxana Fedorova the day after she was crowned Miss Universe 2002
Justine Pasek of Panama replaced Oxana
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.
UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 24: Donald Trump places the crown on the head of Justine Pasek as she takes on the title of Miss Universe at Trump Tower. Pasek, the former Miss Panama, who finished second in the Miss Universe contest, assumed the title when Oxana Fedorova, a Russian, was deposed from the throne. Trump, who co-owns the pageant with NBC, said the Russian glamour girl fell down on the job since being crowned in May. “She just wasn’t able to fulfill her duties,” Trump said. (Photo by Keith Torrie/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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 2002, Russian Oxana Fedorova (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
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.
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!
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.
Artwork by Henry Nicholson Labajo
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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