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.


Why is Angela Ponce a Threat to Miss Universe Pageant Fans Who are Gay?

During the weekend, we have had a historical and very controversial win with Angela Ponce winning Miss Universe Spain. What is controversial about that is having seen pageant friends and acquaintances be at the pro and con sides of her win. One side rejoices at the first transgender female to participate in Miss Universe. The other side, wanting to not allow her to be able to participate in the international competition. We then ask, why is  there such a polarity on this matter, specially from pageant fans who mainly comprises of the gay community?

Here are some of my personal thoughts and my final arguments on how pageant fans should ponder on their opposing stand on Angela Ponce.  Continue reading “Why is Angela Ponce a Threat to Miss Universe Pageant Fans Who are Gay?”

Will the Miss Universe Pageant be Ever Hosted Back in the Philippines

Warning! This piece of rumor is unverified and could only possibly be mere speculation. But in since it involves the possibility of ever hosting the Miss Universe pageant in Philippine shores, we put it in a #rumormill post.

With the news that the new Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadettte Puyat will be having all DOT projects reviewed by the Commission on Audit, some pageant moles are speculating that having the Miss Universe pageant held in Manila may never happen within the immediate future. One of the alleged reasons of that is the overpriced events that the former DOT Secretary Wanda has authorized during her term.
One of those is the ‘World’s Strongest Man’ event that ran from April 28 to May 6. In an article by Politiko, the said event was 100% ‘overpriced’. The report read: the value of the contract Teo signed with Minimax Advertising and Production Corp., the Philippine representative of WSM’s producer, IMG Productions LLC, was double the proposed $1-million (P52.7 million) budget for the event. The DOT paid US$ 2 million. Philippine Star adds: the contract was signed by Teo and Undersecretary Katherine De Castro, who chairs the DOT-Bids and Awards Committee. Assistant Secretary Maria Lourdes Japson, and Assistant Secretaries Eden Josephine David and Arlene Mancao also signed as vice chair and members of the BAC.
With those news report unveiled it is speculated that the possible hosting of Miss Universe could have possibly been subjected to overpricing. If the IMG owned World’s Strongest Man was grossly overpriced, then there is a possibility that the Miss Universe pageant may have been too as well. This places Teo, de Castro and their team’s efforts under question if they were aware of overspending for their programs and events. And if they were not aware of how they were throwing money on overpriced projects, this could stain their reputation either as having no concept of managing budgets and financials or even worse, possible misuse of public funds. That puts a huge dent on any possibility of ever hosting the pageant in the future as it may be deemed to be an opportunity for only a select few to grossly earn from taxpayers’ hard-earned money.
Aside from the multimillion-peso advertisement scandal of Mrs. Teo involving her brother’s television program, the controversial ‘Buhay Carinderia’ program,  all other DOT projects under the previous DOT Secretary are going to undergo an audit. With that on the works, IMHO, there may be no hope of the Philippines hosting the pageant anytime soon… or if it does, we all may have to wait another 2 decades for it to happen.
* http://politics.com.ph/commission-on-steroids-dots-p105m-strongest-man-event-is-100-overpriced/
* https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/30/1820076/dot-announced-strongest-man-hosting-months-deal-was-sealed

CONTROVERSY: Mexicana Universal Puts Candidates in Danger!

Was Mexicana Universal headhoncho Lupita Jones in a good moral position in allowing to endanger the lives of her candidates?

While reading up on the latest news and updates on the Mexicana Universal pageant, I came across this news article from Mirror.co.uk illustrating how finalists of the pageant had to walk the ramp in gowns and high heels trying to avoid punching bags from hitting them. Mexicana Universal Veracruz Martha Briano wasn’t fortunate enough and was hit then fell onstage. Even if there are foam pads to cushion her fall, a wrong angle of the fall could still pose serious injuries. Seeing her getting left out of the top 6 also adds insult… not that it was a justification should she had made top 6. This ‘reality TV’ antic was a terrible way of treating the contenders. Continue reading “CONTROVERSY: Mexicana Universal Puts Candidates in Danger!”

POLL: Will the Philippine Hosting of Miss Universe 2018 Push Through?

After the resignation of the Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo from her position, pageant fans are wondering will the Miss Universe hosting in the Philippines push through?

After a controversial Php 60 million ad scandal rocked her leadership, Sec. Teo has officially handed her resignation as head of the DOT. Agriculture Undersecretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is said to have been appointed as the new DOT secretary although no official announcement has been made yet. Question is will she continue the negotiations for the Philippines to host the annual beauty pageant?
While we have little news yet on what will happen to the negotiations, let us know your opinions if will the Philippine hosting will push through on the poll below. Drop us a comment too!


Migbelis Castellanos Speaks on the Miss Venezuela Scandal

The Miss Venezuela pageant has closed doors last March 21st for an internal investigations after accusations surfaced that some former pageant candidates would perform sexual favors to get wealthy sponsors to pay for surgeries and designer clothing. The scandal has been brewing on social media for weeks now with some past candidates flinging allegations of involvement. The controversy also involved Venezuelan government officials who allegedly misused government funds.

Former Miss Venezuela winner Migbelis Castellanos has spoken up and spilled some  beans on the issue.
Castellanos, who was Miss Venezuela in 2013, said she never had any indecent proposals but admitted that she got invitations to meet with wealthy businessmen who could pay for expensive things she needed for the pageant. Although she turned them down, she adds that she witnessed other contestants received special treatment. “In my year there, you would see a girl get there in public transportation or in a taxi, and three months later that girl had her own car, an apartment, and they came from dubious origins,” she revealed.

Her revelations has seriously put the embattled Miss Venezuela organization at a stance that they would really have to do ‘in-house cleaning’. The MVO is considered the most successful pageant at producing international winners with a record of 20 alpha pageant crowns including a Miss Universe back to back win in 2008-09.

A Lenten Introspection on the Internal Investigation of Miss Venezuela

The Cisneros / Miss Venezuela Organization has released its official statement on its MV Website in regards to the shutting down of operations for an internal investigations on allegations of trafficking and prostitution of former queens and candidates.
The first MVO memo was published March 15 was addressed to take on the allegations head on by denying knowledge and/or involvement…
In relation to the recent statements made through social networks by anonymous blogs and some people who were related to the Miss Venezuela pageant ; Cisneros Media and Venevision , companies responsible for the management of the Miss Venezuela Organization , wish to clarify that:
• They are not aware of the facts described, nor are they involved in any of the activities that their employees, candidates, advisors, representatives or associates perform outside of the own actions of the contest.
• Strongly reject any attempt to involve them in acts other than the nature of their activity and is unaware of any type of relationship or act that could violate the spirit, ethics and values ​​of the event.
• They are focused on the restructuring of the Miss Venezuela Organization and the creation of a Steering Committee committed to professionally training talent with internal and external beauty, capable of competing successfully in any national and international scenario; as well as continuing to provide quality entertainment for all Venezuelans.
Cisneros Media and Venevision will ensure that the Miss Venezuela Organization and the team of professionals that conform it, continue to fulfill their ethical and professional commitment, contributing and improving the excellence of the organization and the most important beauty pageant in the country.

Below is a Google translated version of the latest memo published last March 30…
I kindly address you with the purpose of alerting you as informed citizens about the recent campaign of false and tendentious accusations and accusations that have circulated through social networks, involving Mr. Jonathan Blum , president of Cisneros Media , as a participant of a bribery and immorality corruption network, parallel to the Miss Venezuela Organization .

All these false accusations have appeared on the social network Instagram and Twitter, belonging to profiles of third parties interposed, anonymous and interested in publicly disseminating negative information against the good name, dignity and reputation of Mr. Jonathan Blum .
Therefore, in my capacity as Chief Operating Officer of Cisneros , with great respect and consideration, I warn you and I urge you not to echo that campaign generated by a person or persons who have not yet publicly clarified what their true wishes are. Interests, little concern to sully and smear before public opinion the honor, reputation and prestige of Mr. Jonathan Blum , the contest Miss Venezuela and who have been and will continue to be their candidates and queens of beauty.
It is worth noting that we, the directors of Cisneros , categorically reject any type of campaign that, based on a biased and ill-sanctioned interpretation of freedom of expression and the right to information, seeks to harm and undermine the good name, prestige and reputation of institutions and people who enjoy the appreciation, affection and admiration of the public. That is why all of us are against a harmful and damaging campaign against Mr. Jonathan Blum , a person of our highest esteem, who has devoted a large part of his professional career to the Miss Venezuela Organization , he has contributed remarkably to the success of the contest and has been leading with great success our division Cisneros Media.
In that sense, it is also worth mentioning that, with our greatest and absolute support, Mr. Jonathan Blum, in his role as President of Cisneros Media , is leading an internal review process within the Miss Venezuela Organization to determine whether some of the of their associates, during the course of their efforts within the contest, incurred in some type of activity that could have broken the values, principles and ethics of the contest.
While this revision work is being carried out, Mr. Jonathan Blum, together with other executives and executives of the Organization, will be very focused and focused on the complete reorganization of the Miss Venezuela, in the conformation of a new Beauty Committee that will be integrated by professionals absolutely committed to continue, and even to improve the lineage of the contest, so that this continues to be a quality entertainment for all Venezuelans and, finally, in the implementation of a representative figure of the misses -similar to that of the Ombudsman -, responsible for channeling any concerns on issues that could violate their values, principles and rights or that violate the code of ethics of the contest.
We also want to inform you that, through our legal department, if it becomes necessary, you will not hesitate to initiate the legal actions that correspond to us legitimately, in order to safeguard and protect the good name, honor and reputation of the pageant Miss Venezuela , its executives and even the misses. Continue reading “A Lenten Introspection on the Internal Investigation of Miss Venezuela”

Osmel Sousa Speaks Out!

Osmel Sousa breaks his silence! Here is his statement on his official Instagram account, @zardelabelleza…

First part. In times of confusion and irresponsibility, let me be frank, direct and responsible. For more than 40 years directing the reins of Miss Venezuela, I only have today as heritage the results of a long and laborious but finally rewarding work. My riches are in memories, my millions are in applause and my greatest satisfaction is the success and projection that the event (pageant) gave to countless Venezuelan women (unique, special, talented) whom I carry forever in my heart and who are the only jewels that I keep in my treasures. During all that time, I always acted for their benefit. I was a friend, advisor, travel companion, supporter, teacher and confessor of all of them and together we went through a thousand battles, celebrated triumphs and wept defeats together. Always giving all our effort to praise the name of Venezuela in the world. No one imagines the pain that I feel seeing the name of Venezuela sullied these past few days and see how they intend to destroy achievements and reputations that took years of tireless effort to build. For more than 40 years I was president of Miss Venezuela, I am not now simply because of important differences with company executives that in recent years have been dedicated to undermining my authority and moving professionally to the point of contradicting my decisions and unauthorized openly in my work and before my work team. So, it just did not make sense to continue exercising my work. It seems unbelievable that I have to deny something that in itself is absolutely and inherently false, but for purposes of clarity and responsibility I say: At no time have I acted to the detriment of any of the thousands of candidates that passed under my command in the Miss Venezuela. My job and my vocation was always to protect the candidates above all else until reaching the point of overprotection. That can give faith to thousands of candidates who went through La Quinta.

The treatment and interaction with all the candidates of course was not the same as everyone has their own personality and attitudes differ. But respect for them as a person and the demands placed on them as professionals and representatives of the values ​​and beauty of the Venezuelan woman were always the common denominator. I recognize that some of them may have perceived some flaw in my treatment of their person and I also recognize that there is a fault on my part. If that were the case, I am now as I have always been in the greatest disposition to converse, to listen to them and to assume my responsibility in any slip or failure that I may have inadvertently committed. My career and my achievements give absolute faith of my professional and faultless conduct for more than 40 years. Achievements that would be impossible if I had acted in bad faith or using other people especially people under my responsibility and protection as a bargaining chip to profit financially. At this point, my austere and simple life and my few material possessions answer by themselves to any suggestion of undue riches. The place that I occupy in the heart of the Venezuelans and the love and respect that they profess to me in every encounter in any corner of Venezuela and the world I do not change it for all the money, much less I would exchange it for a handful of coins.  – Osmel Sousa. 

Prostitution Scandal Rocks the Miss Venezuela Organization!

Prostitution allegations has rocked the Miss Venezuela Organization!

Allegations on the Miss Venezuela organization and Osmel Sousa for pimping out girls to businessmen and government officials

Allegations surfaced that the Miss Venezuela pageant operated as a prostitution and trafficking network for women and at the center of it all is the man that brought countless crowns for the country, Osmel Sousa. According to reports from several Venezuelan media, Sousa would have subjected his candidates and queens to degrading acts, selling them to sponsors who paid for them high sums of money, to be able to pay for their participation in the contest. In the process, MVO would obtain resources that would allow them to support the famous mansion of beauty.

Venezuelan journalist, Patricia Poleo unleashed a controversy after accusing Osmel, of ‘prostituting’ candidates to government officials in exchange for ‘sponsorship’ money, operations, gifts and property. She called Sousa for using his connections and position at the MVO to procure meetings to businessmen and officials who would act as pageant ‘sponsors’. In return these sponsors and officials would support these candidates for pricey surgeries, apartments, gifts and other amenities to support the candidates in the local and/or international pageants. A hefty cut is said to be given to Osmel and the organization to be able to live comfortably in Venezuela and in the US. “Osmel is looking for the American nationality and, therefore, must live in the US“, says Julio Rodríguez Matute, beauty contest historian.
The Miss Venezuela pageant has denied such claims through the official Instagram account of the organization. Cisneros Media and Venevisión refuted the allegations that has named employees, advisers, sponsors and partners, as well as candidates as accomplices of such ‘unlawful acts’. It further stated that, “The companies responsible for managing the Miss Venezuela Organization wish to clarify that they strongly reject any attempt to involve them in acts other than the nature of their activity and are unaware of any type of relationship or act that could violate the spirit, ethics and values ​​of the event.” They also clarified that they are currently working on the restructuring of the team, after the departure of Osmel. Continue reading “Prostitution Scandal Rocks the Miss Venezuela Organization!”

CONTROVERSY! Was Miss Universe 2002 Rigged?

The Donald Trump- Russia link just couldn’t stop from getting bigger in the news. With allegations of collusion shadowing his Presidency, another blow is coming to the former owner of the Miss Universe pageant. It now has brought attention to allegations of rigging in the Miss Universe 2002 pageant where Oxana Fedorova of Russia was named as the original winner.

So as to avoid any misinformation, Sashes&Scripts is posting the full article by Nathan Francis of inquisitr.com below…
Donald Trump may have a new tie to Vladimir Putin: a conspiracy theory that claims Trump rigged the 2002 Miss Universe pageant so Putin’s mistress would win the title.
Trump’s campaign is currently under investigation for allegations of collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential race, with the Russia probe from special counsel Robert Mueller turning in the first indictments, including Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort.
There is still no evidence connecting Trump to Russia, but a new theory spun by a popular independent journalist claims that their relationship is nearly 15-years-old. Seth Abramson, who has shared information from sources close to the Russia investigation and pointed out connections between Trump associates and Russia, claims that sources say Trump rigged the 2002 Miss Universe competition to help Putin’s rumored girlfriend.
According to an individual with firsthand knowledge of the judging of the 2002 Miss Universe pageant, Trump tried to rig the outcome of the international contest to award the prestigious ‘Miss Universe’ title to Vladimir Putin’s then-mistress, Oxana Fedorova,” he wrote on Twitter.
Abramson went on to claim that once the competition reached the final 10, Trump instructed the judges on how he would like to see it end.
There’s definitely, clearly one woman out there who’s head and shoulders above the rest. She’s the one I’d vote for,” Trump reportedly said. Sources said Trump’s statement came across as an instruction to the judges.

In the end, Oxana Fedorova won the competition, but would have quite a short reign as Miss Universe. Within four months, Trump had worn thin of Fedorova blowing off her obligations and fired the pageant winner, which the New York Post noted was the first time a winner was ever cut loose by the pageant’s governing body.
Pageant officials said Fedorova gave a series of excuses for missing her appearances, none of which the pageant officials could verify. 
We never got a straight answer from her on anything,” said Miss Universe Organization President Paula Shugart. “She would call and tell me her mother was hospitalized with an unspecified illness. The first time, we were very concerned and asked if we could send flowers to the hospital. She said they don’t do that in Russia.
With Fedorova stripped of her title, runner-up Justine Pasek of Panama took over as Miss Universe.
At the time, media had been romantically linking Oxana Fedorova to Vladimir Putin, including reports that the Russian president hand-picked Fedorova to represent Russia in the beauty pageant. Oxana denied having a relationship with Putin.