Sashes&Scripts’ Final Leaderboard for Miss Universe Thailand

Here are my Miss Universe Thailand favorites for tonight’s finals.
10. Urachaphat Dechabenjanon
9. Peerachada Kunrak
8. Praveenar Singh
7. Kitty Gissy/ Watusiri Jaiklang
6. Aniphan Chalermburanawong

5. Palita Jubjib – she is my wildcard in the contest. Palita could easily spoil it for my top three faves for the title and I only started noticing her when she won the swimsuit award. Better be on the lookout for this lady.
4. Natrapat Siranapatrasiri – she has a classy and regal air to her that i would not discount as a possible winner this year. She may have flew under the radar but I see in her the same beauty that made Lupita Jones win in MU during the 90’s.
My Miss Universe Thailand Choices
Unlike last year, this year I had my eyes on three girls and after the prelims, my favorites just solidify their status. Anyone of these girls would be great as the next MUT and I will be glad to see any of them win.

3. Valentina Ploy Giardullo – yes a number of pageant fans are disappointed with her performance during the MUT prelims as she probably needs better pasarela and styling but she has an international quality that I like among this year’s batch. The body, the walk and the styling can be polished and can be trained but not the innate qualities of charm and magnanimity that I see in her. Those are things you cannot fake.

2. Thitaree Kasorn – she is my underdog in the competition and I still believe that she could still cause a surprise but well-deserved win in MUT. I like her for her quiet and elegant beauty. Her beauty is the type that you would appreciate as you look at her for longer periods of time.

1. Natharuetai Akkarakijwattanakul – I seriously think that she could be the next Miss Universe Thailand. Tall with great proportions, blessed with great skin, very photogenic and oozing with sex appeal. Her Oriental features will be a hit on the international stage and I expect that she will deliver at points where it will count.

Angela Ponce Wins Miss Universe Spain 2018!

History has been made! Angela Ponce is the first transgender female to win Miss Universe Spain. She will also be the first transgender female to compete in Miss Universe later this year!

26 year old Angela Ponce may not have won the Miss World Spain title in 2015 but she surely is grinning ear to ear now as she will be representing Spain in Miss Universe 2018. Her triumph is truly a win for the LGBTQ community as she won during the month of June which is considered to be the PRIDE Month.

Angela beat 19 other equally gorgeous candidates on last night’s finals held at the Augusto auditorium of the Palau Firal i de Congressos de Tarragona.
In 2012 the Miss Universe organization has allowed transgender females to compete in the pageant. She revealed in an earlier interview with Toñi  Moreno that her hardest moments took place during her adolescence and when she had to convince a psychologist that she was who she was. She also says that she could not “appear” as Miss Spain because the Miss World rejected transgender women and that now that she can, she plans to bring back to Spain the Miss Universe crown.

Sashes&Scripts Early Favorites for Miss Universe 2018

We are months and months away from the Miss Universe pageant but I’ve already been on the lookout for these three lovely ladies since their crowning.

While the Miss Universe pageant has been a ping-pong volley of one rumored venue to another, there have only been three (so far) confirmed candidates that I feel have the real chance of winning the Mikimoto crown.
Continue reading “Sashes&Scripts Early Favorites for Miss Universe 2018”

Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers: “Being Miss USA is a Job”

Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers sat down with for an interview and discussed how the Miss USA is more of a job than just a title.

In the interview she talked about how the Miss Universe/ Miss USA slogan of “Confidently Beautiful” aligns with her personal advocacy which is eating disorders.  Being a child life specialist, she relishes her time visiting children in hospitals through the Miss Universe organization. “I’m just really excited to distract these children from their pain for a little while and engage with their families, to get to know them on a deeper level,” she says. “That’s where my heart is and that’s where it has been and so I’m excited to bring that to the Miss USA platform.”
Here are several points she was asked and responded to in the interview… Continue reading “Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers: “Being Miss USA is a Job””

The Dayana Crown Created by George Wittels

We have featured on this blog the first George Wittels crown to be used in the Philippines. Today’s post is also aligned with that with the Miss Hercules pageant crown commissioned by Richard James White from the Venezuelan crown-maker.

Here is what Sir Richard had to say about the Miss Hercules crown that was named after Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza:
This is the very first crown that I commissioned the famous Venezuelan Jeweler, George Wittels to custom design a crown for the first edition of Miss Hercules. Mr Wittels named this piece “DAYANA’s CROWN”. The Dayana crown is a three dimensional timeless piece. It is made of silver and is accentuated with fine crystals and turquoise stones. The crystals symbolize elegance, nobility, and greatness, whereas the turquoise stones represent prosperity, camaraderie, and friendship. George Wittels drew inspiration from Dayana Mendoza’s accessories worn when she won the Miss Universe 2008 title.

There are actually a couple of crowns that Wittels made for the Miss Hercules pageant. One is only to be used in official ceremonial functions and crowning of winners (hence aptly named the Coronation Crown). Those crowns are very precious indeed. Did you also know that aside from the commissioned crowns, the Venezuelan designer also gave replicas of the earrings worn by Dayana Mendoza and Gabriela Isler when they won Miss Universe? Those pieces are truly remarkable pageant memorabilia and would be something every pageant buff be proud to cherish.

The Miss USA Theme Song by Zero Point Productions

We have had the Miss Universe theme song posted on the blog within this month of June, so we thought why not do one for the Miss USA pageant theme song?

The Miss USA theme song was composed by the same composers that made the Miss Universe theme.  Wayne Sharpe and John Sands created this modern theme that would be used in the Miss USA pageant.
Why then is this song quite familiar to international pageant fans? Well, this is simply because this track was also used in the 2016 Miss Universe pageant held in Manila. During the crowning of Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere this was played instead of the Miss Universe Main Title.

The above track shows the one that was used in the crowning of Miss USA. Another version of the Miss USA theme song is the Alternative Rock Mix. This one has a more pronounced electric guitar sound.

Shout out to Abiel Joshua Sy for linking me to these wonderful links of the song.

2018 International Pageant Calendar

We are almost halfway done with the year and it is almost time again for the international pageant season to begin. Today we are posting the latest updates on the international pageant dates on 8 of the most awaited international pageants…

Miss Intercontinental – according to an IG post from Missosology, the Miss Intercontinental will be held in the Philippines on January 2019. In effect, this would make the pageant skip one year for 2016.
Miss Globe – after the pageant was on the discussions to be held in Vietnam, it was announced it will be back in Albania again this year. Negotiations failed as government officials were strict with the numerous pageant hosting proposals in the country (as rumors have it). Finals will be on October 21st.
Miss Supranational – the Miss Supranational pageant will once again be held in Krynica-Zdroj, Poland. It will will be a day ahead of it’s European rival, the Miss World pageant, by one day. The pageant finals is slated on December 7.
Miss Grand International – the earliest to announce its pageant venue and date. The Miss Grand International pageant will be held on October 25th in Myanmar.

Miss Earth – with the opening of the pageant rumored to be on the newly opened island of Boracay, the pageant is will be hosted at the MOA Arena on November 3rd this year.
Miss International – the pageant is consistently held in Japan since 2012 and this year is no different. The pageant is slated to be held at the Tokyo Dome on November 9th.
Miss World – Sanya will once again host the Miss World pageant on its second straight year. Pageant finals would be in December 8th. It would be the 9th time that the pageant will be held in China.
Miss Universe – MU Puerto Rico National Director & Miss Universe 2001 Denise Quinones was right after all. She claimed that the pageant will be on December and indeed the pageant will be on December 16th (that’s December 17th in Asia) in the Impact Arena in Bangkok.
NOTE: This article was first published in June this year and was updated with the latest data available.

#MANicMondays: Paul Iskandar, Mister International 2016

Paul Iskandar from Lebanon was declared as the winner of Mister International 2016 at the finale held at the Asiatique The Riverfront in Bangkok, Thailand. The then 23 year old Lebanese hunk battled it out with 34 other contestants to claim the title. He succeeded Pedro Mendes from Switzerland.

Here is how he describes himself in an interview with StarCentral* magazine:
My name is Paul Iskandar, I was born in Paris, of Lebanese parents and I moved back to Lebanon when I was seven years old. I started playing Basketball when I was younger, and I ended up receiving a scholarship in high school and university. At the age of 17, I started taking on modeling jobs after being discovered on TV playing basketball by my mother agency in Lebanon. After that, I started working on my fitness career, and I got a BA in physical education and sports. I managed the best gyms in Lebanon, traveled a lot for photo shoots and work and ended up winning Mister Lebanon – I represented Lebanon in the 2016-17 Mister International competition, and I won.

After winning the competition, I became known on a bigger scale worldwide and I traveled around the world for work and attending events under the Mister International organization. I currently have a number of offers in the US, so I will be signing very soon after finishing my current contract in the Far East. I’ll later be based in Miami and NewYork.


A George Wittels Crown for Miss Tacloban

The very first George Wittels crown to be used in the Philippines will be used for the Miss Tacloban pageant!

Tacloban City – A thousand dollar Venezuelan made crown by renowned beauty pageant jeweler maker awaits Ms. Tacloban 2018 wannabe and its successor. This was revealed by beauty pageant crown donor Mr. Richard James White in an interview. The crown made exclusively for Ms. Tacloban 2018 and its successor was made by famous Venezuelan pageant crown maker George Wittels. Continue reading “A George Wittels Crown for Miss Tacloban”

The Miss World Theme Song and Musical Scores

We’ve already covered songs used in the Miss Universe pageant so we move gears today and feature the Miss World song and themes today. Unlike the Miss Universe themes, there is a bit of scarcity of sources of the different themes used in the Miss World pageant. We however uncovered some interesting themes created for the pageant by composer Mike Dixon and additional trivia on the Miss World theme song, ‘Light the Passion, Share the Dream’…

Unlike the themes of the Miss Universe pageant, the themes & Miss World song are a little more melodic than adrenaline-pumping. It’s like if the MU themes are like the ‘opera’, the Miss World themes are more like charming ‘musicals’. It is more attuned for a coronation night rather than for competition.
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Long Gaps in Between Miss Universe Victories

Did you know that France had the longest wait in terms of winning its next Miss Universe title? They won their first title back in 1953 with Christianne Martel and had their second win only in 2016 with Iris Mittenaere.

Coming in second is Colombia whose Luz Marina Zuluaga won in 1958 and would only be replicated by Paulina Vega in 2014. It would also been the shortest wait for a Miss Universe victory had Paulina passed her title to Ariadna Gutierrez in what could have been a back-to-back win. Unfortunately, an error was made in the announcement winners and it was the Philippines’ Pia Wurtzbach who actually won (making the 4th longest gap between 2 wins in Miss Universe history).
Japan holds the record for the third  longest gap between two wins. So far, Japan has won the crown twice. The first time happened when Akiko Kojima became Miss Universe 1959 (8th Edition). The next and second time after 48 years, when Riyo Mori became Miss Universe 2007 (56th Edition).

Australia, 32 year gap – Miss Universe 1972 & 2004
South Africa, 39 year gap – Miss Universe 1978 & 2017
Philippines, 42 year gap – Miss Universe 1973 & 2015
Japan, 48 year gap – Miss Universe 1959 & 2007
Colombia, 56 year gap – Miss Universe 1958 & 2014
France, 63 year gap – Miss Universe 1953 & 2016
As of now, Peru (62 years and counting), Germany (58 years and counting), Argentina (57 years and counting), Greece (55 years and counting) and Brazil (51 years and counting) are the 5 countries with the longest wait for their next Miss Universe crown…

The Art of the Ex-Deals in Pageants

We have previously featured how costly it is to shoulder all your expenses in joining pageants in the Philippines, but that shouldn’t deter pageant hopefuls to pursue their dreams for a crown. So today, we are talking about the more commonly practiced arrangement of the ex-deal (or x-deal whichever floats your boat).
Ex-deals are personal arrangements between the pageant girl and the people that she would like to work with.  Ex deals, or in more legal terms “part exchange deals”, constitutes an agreement between two parties exchanging goods and/or services instead of the usual monetary deals. It is important to know that this still involves some monetary value (note that we are not using the term “cash” here) as goods/ services are ones being bartered.

Pageant girls can approach their chosen designers, stylists, photographers, hair & makeup artists,  etc… for ex-deals. That is why some pageant girls come in with a fully functional glamsquads on top of their pageant mentors. These glamsquads are the ones that have bigger investments as ex-deals would mean at most times pro-bono work for them not just once but as long as the pageant duration. So pageant girls have to make sure to return back the favor when they win and help them publicized so that they get more clients as referrals.
This exchange of goods/services with publicity between the pageant girl and her glamsquad is a bit tedious to quantify in terms of monetary value as this may take a long process of audit. But the marketing value for each party is huge. The publicity alone on the part of the glamsquad will allow for visibility to prospective clients while the pageant girl is always looking impeccable like a walking advertising bilboard.

This kind of helping each other out is where the pageant hopeful could minimize the cost of her pageant journey. However, this is not always in favor of the pageant girl or her collaborators as this does not guarantee a win in the nationals. At the end of the day this is a risk that everyone involved would have to take. It is just a matter of choice on what calculated risk each party is willing to take.

June is Pride Month!

June is Pride month!
And today we celebrate the diversity of the LGBT community with efforts from the Miss Universe pageant to be inclusive and accepting.

LGBT, or GLBT, is an initialism that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. In use since the 1990s, the term is an adaptation of the initialism LGB, which was used to replace the term gay in reference to the LGBT community beginning in the mid-to-late 1980s. Activists believed that the term gay community did not accurately represent all those to whom it referred.“*

Happy Pride Month everyone!

National Costume Wish-List for Jehza Huelar

The Miss Supranational pageant is more of a showcase of showmanship than a traditional pageant. So it only goes to say that the wardrobe for this pageant should look like a fashion show of sorts.
These two costume wishlist for Binibining Pilipinas Supranational Jehza Huelar would be some of the options that I feel would be reflective of her background…

1. Mascota de Zamboanga – of course I would want something that would be apt for Jehza’s background coming from Mindanao. One of the highlights of the annual Hermosa Festival  in Zamboanga City is Mascota de Zamboanga, a gala event which showcases formal and elegant gowns called the Mascota designed by local artists. This costume would greatly reflect her roots.

2. Yakan Costume – I am deeply amazed at the white face-painting that these tribes would do during weddings. With their adoption of colorful garb, it would be interesting to see how it can be translated into very intricate outfit for a beauty pageant. Yakan weaving of cottons and silks are some of the most remarkable textiles in Mindanao. I can just imagine the numerous possibilities for this wonderful attire.

Mister National Universe 2018 Winners

Mister National Universe had recently finished with its second annual competition. And here are the winners of the Thailand-based male pageant…

Grand Winner – Phanendra Prasai (Nepal)
1st Runner-Up – Natchanon Singlum (Thailand)
2nd – Markos Vinicius (Brazil)
Top 5 – India & Malaysia
Kenley Filarca Ong of the Philippines was heralded as Mister National Universe Ambassador  at the finals of the competition.

Special awardees were:
Mr. Congeniality – David Ponte (USA)
Mr. Photogenic – Lionel Luthi (Switzeland)
Best National Costume – Natchanon Singlum (Thailand)
After the pageant, we were able to ask a couple of question from out rep, Keny Ong about the competition and here is what he had to say…
What is the most difficult thing you had to do for the competition?
The most difficult thing I had to do for the competition was to manage my time because I work in the bank, I manage my restaurants and I work on my thesis
What does the Mr National Universe Ambassador title mean to you?
When we say Ambassador, we mean the spokesperson aside from being the role model. The organization has entrusted me the responsibility of representing them, same with the MNU 2018. I am very thankful that still, I got one of the titles. I am still a winner.

Congratulations to all winners!