Clarissa Bowers: USA’s Miss World Bet

Move over Polina, there’s another blonde bombshell that is gunning for the Miss World title. Meet the newly crowned Miss World America, Clarissa Bowers.

19 year-old Clarrisa Bowers is currently a student of Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. She stands 5’11” and hails from a military family. The green-eyed beauty hopes to become a reconstructive surgeon for wounded and scarred soldiers. Her Beauty with a Purpose project is enabling baseball for disabled children and adults. She is listed as one of the models in Next Model Management in Miami and measures 34-26-37. She currently lives in Florida.

Clarissa bested 28 other candidates which included former MIss USA contender Maureen Montagne from Arizona.

Which Alpha Pageant Are You Excited for this November?

Miss Universe, Miss Earth, Miss World and Miss International… four of the biggest international pageants around, and they are filling up the November calendar. With rumors that Miss Intercontinental is also going to be in the same month and Miss Supranational to start its pre-pageant activities in November, we ask this question: What pageant/s are fans going to focus on?
Miss Earth – November 4th
Miss International – November 14th
Miss World – November 18th
Miss Universe – November 26th (?)

Vote and let us know your thoughts…

Aurore Kichenin is Appointed Miss World France!

And it is now official, Aurore Kichenin will be the representative of France in Miss World to be held in Sanya (China) on November 18th.

The 22-year-old 5’8″ brunnette was 1st Dauphine to Miss France Alicia Aylies. This will be the second consecutive year that the runner-up to Miss France is sent to Miss World.  After obtaining a tourism BTS, the beautiful young woman is currently in the third year of a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Foreign Languages. In her current studies, she is specializing in Portuguese and wishes to work in the tourism industry. Aurore, who represented the Languedoc-Roussillon region, is also a seasoned athlete who loves fitness and an avid fan of volleyball, cardio-boxing, running. She says that she is open to a career in Sports Journalism if the opportunity arises.

She will fly on October 16 for Singapore where the start of the competition will take place.

No Miss Venezuela in Miss World this Year!

Bad news for Miss World fans out there, there will be no Miss Venezuela in this year’s MW edition in China.

As posted by @revistaexclusiva and echoed in Globovision’s Sábado en la Noche’s IG account, there would be no Venezuelan representative to the British-owned pageant happening in Sanya this year. Below is the translated script:
Venezuela NO participará en el #MissWorld. Será la primera vez que ocurra. Venezuela no participará en el certamen de belleza Miss Mundo 2017, que se realizará en el Beauty Crown Theatre de la ciudad de Sanya, en China, el sábado 18 de noviembre. La Organización Miss Venezuela tomó ya la decisión de no enviar a ninguna candidata al concurso internacional debido, en primer lugar, a la crisis sociopolítica y financiera que se vive actualmente en el país, pero también por causa del aumento del dólar, moneda con la cual debe ser cancelada la franquicia, valorada actualmente en 20 mil dólares.

It will be the first time it happens. Venezuela will not participate in the Miss World 2017 beauty pageant, which will be held at the Beauty Crown Theater in Sanya, China, on Saturday, November 18. The Miss Venezuela Organization has already decided not to send any candidates to the international competition due, first, to the socio-political and financial crisis that is currently experienced in the country. But also because of the increase of the dollar value, the currency which is to be cancelled for the franchise currently valued at $20,000.

After Ivian Sarco’s win in 2011, Venezuela has been unlucky since then as they failed to make the first cut despite sending some strong girls. It was earlier mentioned that Venezuela wouldn’t be sending any reps to Miss Universe as well, although several quarters are saying that Keysi Sayago could still compete should private donors help out. 

The Miss World Head-to-Head Challenge

A gamechanger is coming for Miss World. Rebranding itself from a pageant to a beauty festival, the oldest international pageant around is introducing the Head to Head Challenge”.

Below is the announcement from the official Miss World website:
The Head to Head Challenge events will all take place between October 21st and November 15th at different locations visited by the contestants during the Miss World 2017 Festival. 20 Groups of 6 Countries to go head to head for a place in the Top 40 Round (the number of countries in each group may be adjusted according to the final number of contestants). The winner of each Challenge Group will automatically qualify for the Miss World Top 40 Round.
THE CHALLENGE – ONLINE LIVE BROADCAST
1. The 6 Nations in each group with make their opening remarks followed by a presentation of themselves. This can be a combination of live presentation and pre-recorded VT. The maximum total time for each presentation (including VT) is 2 minutes.
2. After the presentations, the contestants will answer questions from the presenter and online community. This process will be part of a Group discussion and will last for approximately 8 minutes.
3. Finally, every contestant will answer the question of the day (30 to 45 seconds for each nation to answer)
HOW WILL THIS BE JUDGED?
The public will be asked to choose the winner of each Group via a free vote. The presenter will open the vote to the public after the opening presentations. Voting will remain open until the start of the next Challenge event when the winner of the previous Head to Head Challenge will be announced. 
HOW WILL THE GROUPS BE DECIDED?
A live draw will take place to decide which countries go into which groups.
WHEN WILL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE BE COMPETING?
A schedule of the exact dates and times of each Challenge event will be issued after the Miss World Group draw takes place.

HOW DOES THIS AFFECT PLACEMENT IN THE MISS WORLD FINAL?
There will be a ‘Top 40’ comprised of the following:
20 Head to Head challenge winners
5 Fast Track Event’s Winners
15 Judges selection
If a contestant does not win her Head to Head challenge,she still has a chance to be in the Top 40 by winning a fast track or through judges selections.
THIS MEANS THAT EVERY COUNTRY WILL NOW HAVE THEIR OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT DURING THE MISS WORLD FESTIVAL!
THE ONLINE”DAILY”CHALLENGE SHOW WILL BE OFFERED FOR FREE, VIA MW WEBSITE, MEDIA PARTNERS AND SOCIAL MEDIA. 
ALL VOTING IS FREE VIA MISS WORLD APP OR FACEBOOK (OR A FREE EQUIVALENT IF A COUNTRY CANNOT DOWNLOAD THE APP OR DOES NOT HAVE FACEBOOK)
The organisers reserve the right to amend the format and rules as may be required for the successful running of the event. The number of countries in each group may vary or be subject to change.

This is a good new addition to the festivities as it would give equal chance to all countries participating. No mention yet however on how the 40 semi-finalists are going to be judged cutting into the top 10/ top 5/ top 3. We will be waiting for further announcement for that matter, so stay tuned!

A’94 Retrospect: Sushmita and Aishwarya

These two women are often compared for being competitors in Miss India 1994, and this carried on later when they were both international pageant winners and actresses in their homeland. But looking back at their remarkable careers,  this outside-looking-in perspective on the two women’s pageant careers may define their wins as destiny taking over.

Everybody knew that the Miss India 1994 almost had Aishwarya Rai as a winner until Sushmita Sen’s mother gave her a scolding that would change the course of history. In an interview that Sushmita gave Jessica Soho, she revealed that she almost backed out of the Miss India pageant upon learning that Aishwarya was joining. That would have been a huge mistake as life would have later intervened to have Aishwarya compete in the Miss World. And Sushmita would be written as the only woman who would beat the more popular Aish for the Miss India title. 
A little over two decades after the two had become successful in their pageant careers, time has changed my perspective on the two ladies. I now see that Sushmita was destined for the Miss Universe just as Aishwarya was meant to be Miss World. Why is that? Aishwarya is the traditional, docile, classy and articulate lass that the MWOrg seems to prefer. Sushmita on the other hand is the brainy, self-assured, fashionable, strong-willed woman that the Miss Universe is looking for in an ambassadress. Aish would follow the long tradition of Indian women winning in Miss World, while Sushmita would be the trailblazer who would open-wide the door for India’s first Miss Universe winner.

Later on in life, they again both defined two different types of motherhood successes. Aish took the traditional route of having a family through marriage. Sushmita on the otherhand has always been a pioneer, and became a mother thru adoption, something unheard of for single women in her country. 

Sashes&Scripts on the MUOrg & MWOrg Presidents

The Miss Universe and Miss World heads of the organization has said wonderful things about the Philippines…
Julia Morley – The Philippines, my favorite country…
Paula Shugart – The Filipinos are the best pageant fans in the world…

I have seen Filipinas being crowned as MW & MU live. In fact I have been to both finals of the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants to have seen how different the personalities of each organization are. Adding to this is having met and interviewed both respective pageants’ Presidents for Sash Factor, namely Paula Shugart and Julia Morley. A distinction afforded to only a few pageant fans and followers.

The Miss World Organization headed by Julia Morley has managed to redefine itself due to its Beauty with a Purpose program. She had made Miss World relevant through the years via its numerous charitable causes. While it may have dialed down the swimsuit competition in recent years, she has completely put a complete stop to it saying that it is no longer right for the organization. The Miss World that was once launched for bikinis is no more, and has now evolved into a more philanthropic organization.

In the other hand Paula Shugart has been the head honcho in the Miss Universe organization who has continuously capitalized on exploring markets all over the world. And this is quite evident on all the travels that the Miss Universe winners are doing. Aside from supporting AIDS research, the MUOrg has been active in other charitable causes like Operation Smile, Cordaid Fund and Feed the Poor. But it is not without a healthy dose of glamour as the winners also are invited in prestigious events like the Latin Grammy’s, several sporting events and shows during New York Fashion Week.

While both are representing different organizations, these wonderful ladies have one thing in common: that is a fierce dedication to what their pageant stands for and a motherly protectiveness for their winners and their organizations.