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.
With 50 lovely candidates of Miss Russia 2018, it’s not enough to post them in just one single article. So here is the second half of the list of official candidates…
Polina Kostyuk – 20 years old, 6’0″
Mariya Emelyanenko – 20 years old, 5’9 1/2″
Viktoriya Simakova – 19 years old, 5’9 1/2″
Yuliya Polyachichina – 18 years old, 5’9 1/2″
Svetlana Hohlova – 22 years old, 5’9 1/2″
Anastasiya Baktimirova – 23 years old, 5’9 1/2″
Arina Gladkova – 18 years old, 5’9 1/2″
Viktoriya Kushik – 19 years old, 5’10 1/2″
Svetlana Grigoruk – 21 years old, 5’9 1/2″
Anastasiya Ilinih – 19 years old, 5’9″
Svetlana Salaveva – 23 years old, 5’10”
Vladislava Bezdenezhnaya – 22 years old, 5’11”
Aleksandra Kosogorova – 19 years old, 5’9″
Irina Shulyar – 19 years old, 5’9 1/2″
Irina Chekunova – 18 years old, 5’9″
Ekaterina Mokrecova – 22 years old, 5’9 1/2″
Mariya Martishko – 20 years old, 5’9 1/2″
Mariya Barbahovska – 20 years old, 5’9 1/2″
Anna Kozlova – 21 years old, 5’9″
Ekaterina Romanova – 21 years old, 5’9″
Anna Shvecova – 21 years old, 5’9″
Miroslava Kvashnina – 22 years old, 5’10”
Veronica Arsich – 20 years old, 5’11”
Anastasiya Shikanova – 18 years old, 5’9″
Arina Denisova – 18 years old, 5’9 1/2″
Who do you think is going to be the successor of reigning Miss Russia Polina Popova?
One of the tallest Filipinas we ever sent to any of the Alpha pageants is Binibining Pilipinas World 1994 Caroline Subijano. Today we reminisce on her pageant journey in Bb. Pilipinas.
Standing statuesque at 5’11” this Supermodel of the Philippines 1991 alum still remains as one of the most remembered Bb. Pilipinas winners from the 1990’s. Cara, as she was nicknamed, was one of the two Supermodel of the Philippines winners who competed during the 1994 pageant. The other was eventual 1st runner up Abbygale Williamson Arenas who would later rejoin in 1997 and romp away with the Bb. Pilipinas Universe title.
Cara was 22 years old when she joined Binibining Pilipinas and was a favorite for the top titles by pageant enthusiasts. A student of AB Political Science & Journalism in the University of California Berkeley, she glided over the interview portion with ease. She was the last to be called winner that year as they announced the three top titles alphabetically. She was the third woman to win the Bb. Pilipinas World title and was crowned by Miss World 2nd princess Sharmaine Ruffa Gutierrez.
At the finals, it was speculated that she only failed to get the Best in Swimsuit title because her near perfect measurements of 34 1/2-24-35 was not match to Charlene Gonzales’ ideal vital statistics of 36-24-36. Cara did get, however, the Best in Evening Gown special award with her simple Raymond Lontoc white off-shoulder gown.
Cara competed against 86 other candidates from all over the world in South Africa that year. She was the first to be called among the top 10 semifinalist but failed to advance any further. Her blue Valentino evening gown was said to have pulled down her scores despite strong showing in swimsuits. She clarified later that she was supposed to wear a white Bob Mackie gown but got dirtied and had trouble with the zipper. Personally, I would have preferred if she brought her Bb. Pilipinas gown and wore it instead for the finals in Sun City.
Nevertheless, Cara did good in the pageant and can boast to be one of the few people to have the privilege of shaking hands with former South African President Nelson Mandela. That year was the only time in the history of the national pageant that all top three titleholders made it to the three biggest competitions in the world at least as a semifinalist while BPCI held the franchise of Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International.
After passing her crown to the next Binibining Pilipinas World, Reham Snow Tago, Cara continued modeling and became a board member of the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP). She was also chosen to be one of two first CalCarries models to be sent to Asia, and had several commercials and fashion shows in Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, and Hong Kong. Later she would use her political science and journalism studies to become an anchorwoman in ABS-CBN. She is now based in California with her family.
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.
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.