Miss World Trivia

Oldest Miss World winner – Aneta Kręglicka of Poland, she was 24 years & 8 months old when she won in 1989.
Youngest Miss World Winner – Wilnelia Merced of Puerto Rico, she was 18 years & 1 month old when she won in 1975.
Average Age – the average age of all Miss World winners is 21.2 years old.
27 out of the 66 Miss World winners were only teenagers (between the ages of 18-19)

Photogenic Miss World Winners – four Miss World titleholders were also given the Miss Photogenic award in the years they competed.
Venezuela – Astrid Herrera in 1984
India – Aishwarya Ria in 1994
Venezuela – Jacqueline Aguilera in 1995
India – Diana Hayden in 1997
The Longest Reign of a Miss World winner –  Sweden’s Kiki Hakansson for 474 days (July 29, 1951 to November 14, 1952), followed by Megan Young of the Philippines as Miss World 2013 for 442 days!
The Shortest Reign of a Miss World winner – Venezuela’s Ivian Sarcos who reigned from November 6, 2011 to August 18, 2012. She held the title for only 286 days.

First Miss World Winners from each continent:
Africa – Antigone Costanda (Egypt) Miss World 1954
Asia – Reita Faria (India) Miss World 1966
Europe – Kici Håkansson (Sweden) Miss World 1951
Oceania – Penelope Plummer (Australia) Miss World 1968
North America – Carole Joan Crawford (Jamaica) Miss World 1963
South America -Susana Duijm (Venezuela) Miss World 1955
Longest Gap between Two  Winners from the same Country – 41 years with Puerto Rico’s Wilnelia Merced (1975) and Stephanie Del Valle who won in 2016.  At second is South Africa in the years 1974-2014, the gap was 40 years.
Shortest Gap between Two  Winners from the same Country  – this is shared by three back to back wins from:
* Sweden – Kerstin ‘Kiki’ Hakansson and May Louise Flodin in 1951 and 1952
* United Kingdom – Ann Sidney and Lesley Langley in 1964 and 1965
* India – Yukta Mukhey and Priyanka Chopra in 1999 and 2000


Sashes&Scripts Final Leaderboard for Mister Global 2018

The finals of the Mister Global 2018 is upon us and here are our picks for title!

Before we reveal our picks let’s mention first three gents that are honorable mentions: Dominican Republic, Egypt and Albania. In a very competitive batch, any of those three could spoil some of the guys on my top 15 list.
15. Venezuela,  Christian Nunes
14. Afghanistan, Hamid Noor
13. Spain, Fabian Perez
12. Mexico, Antonio Merchant
11. Hong Kong, Vincent Lau
Top 10 Finalist
10. Brazil, Junior Garcia
9. Switzerland, Betim Morina
8. Puerto Rico, Engel Garcia Colon
7. Guam, Adam Suharto
6. Thailand, Staporn Moollisan

4th runner up – Denmark, Marcus Joergensen
3rd runner up – Chile, Italo Robles
2nd runner up – Korea, Kang Doohyung
1st runner up – USA, Dario Duque
Wildcard/ Spoiler – South Africa, Dwayne Geldenhuis
Mister Global 2018 –  Poland, Jakub Kucner
I believe that my top three guys should be a shoo in for the title. Dario is my darkhorse in the contest that may be the spoiler for the finals. I have a hard time choosing between Dwayne and Jakub for the title. I am torn as to where should I position Dwayne hence I placed him as the possible wildcard spoiler in the competition. But he would be a great winner if he is chosen come finals. To be honest, I feel that Jakub would be a great follow up to Pedro Gicca of Brazil. I really find Jakub looking very charismatic aside from his body of charity work.

How Much is the Miss Universe Pageant Worth?

If someone has to ask how much is the Miss Universe pageant is worth, it would be safe to say that it would be millions of dollars involved.

But no one could really pinpoint the actual number of zeros involved in the estimation of the pageant’s cost just yet. Except in 2015 when then owner Donald Trump submitted financial disclosure forms with the Federal Election Commission. It was written in the forms that the Miss Universe pageant’s estimated value between $5 million to $25 million dollars. It is estimated that in 2014 alone, the MUOrg revenues are at around $3.4million.
Below is the detailed Finanacial Disclosure Forms that President Trump submitted during his candidacy…

The US$5-25 million amount is only an estimated value not the actual purchase figures when WME|IMG acquired the pageant. CNN analysts estimated the deal may fall between $10-20 million. The actual purchase may possibly increased with the annual income generated, global reach and prestige of the pageant as leverage. Then owner Donald Trump even tweeted that he sold it for hundred million (which might be overstated). Nevertheless the current value of the pageant might have increased with IMG|WME’s involvement in pushing the pageant into a global scale. It would not be a surprise if the actual worth now has doubled since 2014…

* http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trumps-10-billion-financial-disclosure-report-2015-7
* http://www.businessinsider.com/donald-trump-sells-miss-universe-img-2015-9
* https://money.cnn.com/2015/09/11/media/donald-trump-miss-universe/

#FashionFridays: The Blooming of Mak Tumang Bridal

The photocollage I am gonna feature for today is from the latest bridal collection of designer Mak Tumang.

Featured at the event, Weddings at The Peninsula, this collection boasts of haute couture mastery that evokes the intricate beadwork of middle-eastern designers and the exquisite draping of European ateliers. To say that I love this collection is an understatement. I am particularly enamored with the tulle layers used at to create an ombre effect on the huge draped flower details.

Mak’s stint at Central Saint Martins to study embroidery techniques paid off with this collection as it also incorporated feathers with traditional beadwork. Add to it is his mastery of cut and drape, you could see a very gorgeous bridal collection…

BLOOM | Holiday 2018
Photographed by: Doc Marlon Pecjo
Styled by: Reynaldo Santos Jr.

Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers: First Black Miss Universe Great Britain

The first dark-skinned woman to win the Miss Universe Great Britain title in 66 years is one of the signs of how the Miss Universe pageant is changing what is beauty.

Dee Ann Kentish-Rogers, hails from Anguilla, a British territory in the Caribbean (close to the Puerto Rico, US & British Virgin Islands). She is a 25 year-old heptathlete who once dreamt of competing in the Olympics. Here are snippets of an article from the BBC on her…  Continue reading “Dee-Ann Kentish-Rogers: First Black Miss Universe Great Britain”

2018 Miss International South Africa, Reabetswe Sechoaro

South Africa is in a pageant Renaissance nowadays after winning Miss World in 2014 and Miss Universe in 2017. It is no surprise that that a gorgeous woman has been selected as the new Miss International South Africa.

Meet Reabetswe Sechoaro, she is the female winner of King and Queen of South Africa, the organization that selects the SA reps to Mister International and Miss International. Nicknamed Rambi, she is the half-sister of South African superstar Bonang Matheba. She is a model and a student taking up accountancy.

Below was her message on Instagram about her win…
Yaaaaay, we did it! I’m your new Miss International South Africa ‘18… 1st of all I’d like to thank God for entrusting me with this title. To the @kingandqueenofsa organization, the judges, my family, friends and everyone who believed in me and who supported me, your kind words and motivation has seen me through it all and without all of you I wouldn’t be in this position! I truly appreciate it, love love love you all… we are going to @missinternationalofficial baby🎉💥❤😘❤#missinternationalsa18 #missqueenofsa18
Do you think Rambi could be the first Miss International winner to emerge from Africa?

* https://www.all4women.co.za/1520600/entertainment/celebrity-photo-galleries/everything-we-know-about-reabetswe-sechoaro-bonang-mathebas-sister

IMG|WME Played Cupid for Miss Universe Demi Leigh and Tim Tebow?

Did IMG|WME play match-maker with sports superstar Tim Tebow and reigning Miss Universe Demi Leigh Nel-Peters?

Looks like it as both talents are currently under IMG management and have confirmed to be dating.
Tim broke the news in an interview with ESPN’s Pedro Gomez gushing about Demi saying,”she is a really special girl and I am very lucky and blessed for her coming into my life. I am usually very private with these things but I am very thankful.”
This isn’t the first time that the sportsman dated a beauty queen as he has dated another former Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo. Olivia is currently back with Danny Amendola after a split earlier in the year.
* http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-41023505-4

2 Señorita Colombia Pageants for 2018!

There will be two Miss Colombia pageants this year!

Mark September 30 in your pageant calendars as it will be the time where we will get to know who will be the Colombian rep to Miss Universe 2018. This pageant will be different from the Señorita Colombia that will be held later in the month of November! The first pageant in September will be held in Medellin with the Concurso Natcional de Belleza pre-selecting the women who will compete for this pageant. Then the traditional pageant, Señorita Colombia for 2019, will be held in the city of Cartagena.
The reason for having two pageant this year is to follow Miss Universe rules that only a winner should be able to compete as well as to meet the deadline of submitting the country’s rep by October 1st of this year.
Below is a part of the press release by the Miss Colombia Org:
1. For the first time, the election will have 7 juries. Three of them will be figures of international stature, the fourth jury will be a former national beauty queen and the remaining three will be Colombians through the digital platforms of RCN Televisión, La Radio W, Casa Editorial El Tiempo -Revista Donjuan-. Colombia will vote for your favorite in any of the aforementioned digital portals; that means that the final count of the votes in each of the digital platforms will become a vote that will be added to that of the juries in person.

Meet the candidates of #SeñoritaColombia 2018-19 #Repost @bellezadiversa (@get_repost) ・・・ Things that only happen in COLOMBIA. Practically all the candidates for CNB 2018 -2019 and only three "confirmed" candidates for Rumbo a Miss Universe (Miss Colombia 2018) have been elected. The level we have in November, I would love to see some of these women give war in Medellin; Well, I think that many of these beauties will be wasted in Cartagena. Let me know in the comments your five favorite candidates. 👸🏼👸🏻 . . . . 👸🏿👸🏽 #misscolombia #missuniverso #missuniverse #missgrandinternational #missuniverse #missuniverse2018 #missuniverso #MissUniverso2018#MissContinentesUnidos2018 #MissContinentesUnidos #missgrandinternational20182018 #missinternational2018 … #SashesandScripts #UltimatePageantBlog #pageant

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2. Rumbo a Miss Universe will be broadcasted live and live on Canal RCN Televisión in primetime on Sunday, September 30. Prior to this broadcast, the work of dissemination of our allies (W Radio, Casa Editorial El Tiempo -Revista Donjuan) will be essential for Colombians to become juries of the event and meet the women who will compete to represent the country in Miss Universe.
3. Due to its wide experience, knowledge and experience, the Concurso Natcional de Belleza will be responsible for selecting the juries in person and each one of the Colombian women who will compete for the crown in the Rumbo a Miss Universe program.
4. The Colombian who is elected on September 30 will represent Colombia in Miss Universe 2018.
5. In November 2018, the Concurso Natcional de Belleza will hold the traditional event in the city of Cartagena to choose Miss Colombia® 2019.
(NOTE: Above translation was done via Google Translate and with the help from a Spanish speaking friend.)

Sashes&Scripts’ 1st Leaderboard for Mister Global 2018

The 5th Mister Global pageant has already started. With 30+ hunky candidates currently in Bangkok for the pageant’s activities, we have listed down the 10 candidates that have given us great first impression… Strong this year are the candidates from Europe and the Americas with a handful strong delegates from Asia and Africa. Worthy to note is seeing 2018 Mister International 1st runner up Dwayne Geldenhuis in the competition who is risking hist runner up status in the contest.

Now on to the list!
Honorable Mentions: Thailand, Brazil, Puerto Rico & Venezuela
10. AFGHANISTAN Hamid Noor
9. KOREA Kang Doo hyung
8. GUAM Adam Suharto
7. HONG KONG Vincent Lau
6. SWITZERLAND Betim Morina
5. MEXICO Antonio Merchant
4. DENMARK Marcus Rosenberg Jørgensen
3. POLAND Jakub Kucner
2. USA Dario Duque
1. SOUTH AFRICA Dwayne Geldenhuis
Finals is slated on July 21st with the preliminaries around a day or two prior…

Pia, Denise & Zuleyka: Yes to Transfemales in Miss Universe

More and more past winners are now speaking through their actions their support and/or approval on the participation of transfemales in  Miss Universe.
Latest to show her support is Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach who in a news report from ABSCBN said that, “you don’t have to be natural born woman to be Miss Universe.” Pia who is a staunch supporter of the LGBTQ community is reported to be open to transgender females in the Miss Universe competition.

In a related report former Miss Universe from Puerto Rico and current Miss Universe Puerto Rico National Director Denise Quiñones confirmed that the local organization will follow the international rules of the MU pageant. In February 17 this year, the MUPR organization eliminated the “birth” clause requirement that included the naturally-born female aspect and instead replaced it with the clause “born in Puerto Rico” and resided in the country for 6 consecutive months. This would make Puerto Rico the latest country to open its pageant to transfemales. This makes 5 with Canada, USA, Israel, Spain and now Puerto Rico.

Former Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera also expressed her support for Angela Ponce in the coming pageant. In the Spanish TV show Un Nuevo Dia on Telemundo, the former MU winner gave her support to Ponce and gave her advise for the MU competition. She said to relish every moment of the competition and drown out the noise coming from everywhere because ‘you can never get back the experience‘.

Seems like inclusion is the name of the game. The three former winners alongside Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo are just a few of the recent titleholders who are in favor of transfemales in the MU pageant.