Just before you read further, a disclaimer first: the figures included in today’s blog feature are neither actual confirmed nor accurate numbers. The pageant industry is notoriously secretive on the franchise fees that they charge different national directors.
So with that out of the way, here is the estimated approximation of the franchise fees for the four biggest international pageants. Miss World – they charge around a measly US$ 10k for every national pageant but there is a catch, each pageant franchise are said to require to have a national pageant where its main winner goes to MW. Miss Universe – one of the highest fees in the pageant circuit as the pageant is the most competitive among the 4. Newbie countries are supposedly charged around US$ 10k while bigger and more competitive countries like Venezuela and Thailand are rumored to go beyond 100k. Miss International – UPDATE (April 18, 12noon) according to some sources close to a ND, the MI has a ‘franchise fee’ that starts from US$1,000 up to US$ 10,000. However each of the franchise holders/ national directors can choose how much they can pay for the franchise fees. Miss Earth – with the third biggest participants among the four pageant the ME franchise fees are relatively smaller although not as much as MI.
Winning two national titles and represent the country in the big four international pageants is a rarity afforded to a very few Filipinas. The first of which is Miss Philippines Earth 2001 and Binibining Pilipinas World 2005 Carlene Aguilar.
She was only a 19-year old student of advertising and public relations student at the Assumption College when she was crowned Miss Philippines Earth in 2001. As the inaugural winner of the pageant, the 5’8″ Chinita stunner was the first Philippine representative to the Miss Earth pageant. The Kagandahang Flores trained beauty romped off with Miss Avon and Miss Ponds Perfect Skin awards at MPE. Coincidentally, she also won Miss Avon at Binibining Pilipinas when she joined in 2005 as well as Miss Philippine Airlines.
When she decided to join Binibining Pilipinas in 2005, she was one of the considered frontrunners for the title. At age 22, Carlene went on to win the Binibining Pilipinas World title. Some pageant analysts would say that in those years, the BBP would place the strongest girl in Miss World to appease the British owners who were beginning to want a separate pageant for their title. Pageant pundits to this day still debate should Carlene had been the one to break the drought in Miss Universe had she been sent there instead. Among her Binibini batch, it is only her with her fellow campmate Precious Lara Quigaman who went on to place in their international competitions.
Carlene finished among the top 10 of the first Miss Earth pageant in 2001 a same semifinals feat that she would replicate in Miss World 2005. Her stint in Miss World in China was an amazing one as she was considered as a front runner for the title. She was among the top bets to win actually as she was also number 1 in the worldwide SMS vote. Seeing her fail to make the top 5 was alluded to the urban legend that no Filipina is ever gonna win in Chinese soil even if we send a Chinese-Filipina to compete.
To her credits, she has won and placed in every international pageant she went on. From her stint at the first Miss Earth pageant to her 2nd runner up finish in Miss Chinese International 2004, her Miss World semi-final finish down to her Miss WWW Internet 2006 title, Carlene proved to be the quintessential pageant girl who is also a tough cookie to crack.
Nowadays, the 36 year old former beauty queen works as a part-time actress and a full-time mom. She has definitely blossomed more time passed.
Racial discrimination is still an issue nowadays, more so in the fashion industry. The latest news that singer Kiana Valenciano (Gary Valenciano & Angeli Pangilinan’s daughter) and former Miss Earth Jamie Herrell alongside with five other Filipina models were denied to attend the LA Fashion Week is a disturbing one.
California, which is considered to be the state that is more tolerate to people of diverse background, is currently having the Los Angeles Fashion Week. In a news report by ABS-CBN, “the young singer flew to Los Angeles over the weekend after being invited to open a fashion show last Monday. But at the night of the event, she was baffled to find out that she, along with Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell and five other Pinay models, were denied access to the backstage.
When asked why, one of the producers allegedly told the group that ‘no Filipinos‘ were allowed.According to Kiana’s manager, her mom Angeli, in an interview with ABS-CBN News, they were ‘puzzled’ because the show was to feature works from Filipino designers Rocky Gathercole and Resty Lagare.”
According to GMA News, “International makeup artist Cherry Ordoñez and Alan del Rosario told “Unang Balita” on Tuesday that some members of the staff of Los Angeles Fashion Week asked Filipino professionals to leave the backstage. The producer of the show Eric Rosete allegedly did not like the idea of having Pinay models on the runway.”
Clearly, the LA fashion industry still needs to be more inclusive of the type of models they employ. And the mere fact that a ‘No Filipinos Allowed‘ policy is a clear illustration that racial discrimination is still strong in the US, more so with the fashion industry.
Today’s blogpost is nothing more than just a reminder of the age limits in four of the biggest pageants around. This is nothing new to except for some updates on the maximum ceiling age in pageants.
Miss Earth – must be between the ages of 18 to 26 years old (until December 30th of the year they are competing). Miss International – candidates must be of 17 years of age to 26 years of age on or before 1st November of the year they are competing. Miss Universe – contestants must be between the ages of 18 and 28 as of January 1st in the year of they compete. Miss World -contestants must be between 17 to 27 years old before the entry date of the Miss World contest (which is usually 2 months prior to the coronation).
The change of the MW age limits happened last December 2017 from what used to be a maximum age of 25 to now 27. This was rumored to have been one of the matters discussed with the franchise holders during the national directors meeting. Miss Earth’s contest rules on age doesn’t specify the cut off dates on the ages in their website. So it is assumed that as long as you are 18 to 25 within the year you are competing, then you are eligible. Also there is still a notion that the cut off age for Miss International is still 24 where this was already increased in the year 2015.
For some these photos of Miss Earth 2015 Angelia Gabrena Ong might still be new but not for some of us who follow designer Leo Almodal’s Instagram account. Plus I just wanted an excuse to put one of my favorite Miss Philippines Earth & Miss Earth winners on the blog again (insert appropriate emoticon here)…
If you thought that only Miss Universe Demi Leigh Nel-Peters & compatriot Margaret Gardiner was the only beauty queen in attendance at the Golden Globes then think again!
Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell was also at the Hollywood event as guest of LA-based Cebuan fashion designer Alan del Rosario. The designer has dressed actresses and celebrities like Michelle Pfeiffer, Debra Messing, Taylor Swift, Paris Hilton, Drew Barrymore, Paula Abdul and Lea Michele, to name a few.
The young and fresh looking Jamie wore the designer’s creation in the red carpet and was dressed in black like all of the Golden Globes attendees. The 5’7″ Cebuana was also seen snapping photos with celebrities like Nicole Scherzinger of the PussyCat Dolls and the Winter Soldier himself Sebastian Stan.
Now that is how our Earth Warrior goes places… Way to go Jamie!
With the Alpha pageants of 2017 being crowned in the same year (remember the MU2016 edition happening in January 2017?), we can finally list down the 2017 rankings within the same year.
Note that the Sashes&Scripts ranking is quite different from the Sash Factor ranking as we list down the overall achievements of the countries just like the Olympic medal tally from the conception of the 4 major pageants. The reason for this is simply because we believe that this is a marathon, not a sprint.
Demi Leigh Nel-Peters’ win in Miss Universe only boosted South Africa to a 15th place overall behind Spain, Germany, Argentina and Finland. Indonesia’s first Miss International win care of Kevin Liliana places her country in the board to look out for…
Now on to the top 10 ranking this year… 10. Colombia – 5 crowns & 26 runner up placements, the 2 runner-up placements didn’t create enough ripple to move it higher this year. 9. Sweden – 6 crowns & 14 runner up placements 8. Brazil – 6 crowns & 37 runner up placements 7. United Kingdom (GB & England) – 7 crowns & 21 runner up placements 6. Australia – 7 crowns & 26 runner up placements 5. Puerto Rico – 9 crowns & 11 runner up placements 4. India – 9 crowns & 15 runner up placements, moves one spot higher to bring down Puerto RIco to the 5th spot with Manushi’s win.
3. Philippines – 14 crowns & 21 runner up placements, Karen Ibasco’s win brings a significant move as it comes closer to the 2nd spot. All it needs is a minimum of major crown next year to overtake the US. 2. USA – 14 crowns & 59 runner up placements 1. Venezuela – 22 crowns & 42 runner up placements, Diana Croce’s 2nd runner up placement in MI just keeps on piling up the lead of this pageant powerhouse.