Miss Eco International Scandal

The recent Miss Eco International scandal illustrates why pageants are seen as superficial in the face of the global coronavirus pandemic.

As Peru, Japan and Thailand have made public their withdrawal of local franchises, this Miss Earth copycat pageant has a troubled future ahead of it

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Thoughts on Miss Universe Rumors Being Sold

We’ve heard the rumors before: Trump is gonna buy the Miss Universe pageant back, the Kardashians will be the new owners, Ryan Seacrest purchased the pageant from Endeavor, etc…

Now it’s making the rounds all over again on social media following the comments from one of the key people from CHI, revealing that the pageant was already sold.

We saw this coming from a mile away since we learned about the financial woes of the Miss Universe pageant’s parent company, Endeavor (formerly IMG|WME) early this year. We even gave a timeline of how their financials fell apart in an article. Who are we kidding? Endeavor currently has an astonishing $4.6 billion in long-term debts and overall liabilities totaling $7.2 billion. A company with that much debt is bound to sell their assets sooner or later…

At this point do we even care? The pageant has been rumored to be passed like a toy from one donation bin to another… Personally, we just wanted a consistently good show from year to year like it used to in the 80’s-90’s. New ownership or not.

If the Miss Universe pageant has truly been sold, then brace yourselves pageant fans. NEW doesn’t automatically translate to BETTER. The new owners might exercise more controls than previous owners have. It could mean changes in leadership and organizational structure as well. So there are many unknown factors to consider in this development. All of which pageant fans like us are powerless spectators of what is to unfold before us…

What do you think about this new “development”? Do you even care who the new owners are? Let us know on the comments below…

Dirty, Messy, Controversial National Pageants of Miss Universe

The last couple of years saw a slew of changes in the national franchises of the Miss Universe pageant but what is interesting is how old and new pageant franchises seem to have messy, dirty controversies haunting the national pageants.

Over the past several months we saw controversy upon controversy that popped out against various national competitions and at times national directors who seems to have behaved unethically or are alleged to have rigged pageant results in favor of favorites.

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Why Lupita Jones Must Resign

The latest controversy to rock pageantlandia is the accuses-laden live video and the succeeding apology of Mexicana Universal National Director, Lupita Jones to Sofia Aragon. This falling out between the two Mexican queens have been largely discussed and talked about by pageant fans in and outside Mexico.

In our experience it is the pageant girls and crowned queens that usually  has some gripe with their national directors, however this is the first time that we have seen a national director behave untowardly toward her own ward and past queens. This is also the first time we have seen a national director speak ill of her reigning queen in front of the current set of competitors of the national pageant. That in itself is a reason to take this matter seriously.


The controversy started after 2019 Miss Universe 2nd runner up and reigning Mexicana Universal winner Sofia Aragon revealed in an Instagram Live Chat that she wasn’t allowed by Lupita Jones to crown her successor. This stemmed allegedly with Sofia’s contract signing with a rival television channel to that of Mexicana Universal. Sofia revealed that Lupita blocked her on social media and didn’t received the totality of all her promised prize. She also alleged that she paid for all her preparations for Miss Universe with the help of TV Azteca.

Sofia’s move didn’t sit well with the former Miss Universe winner and in front of current Mexicana Universal candidates hurled insults and accusations against Sofia and former wards. Lupita called her fake, ingrate and two-faced. She added that she also paid for Sofia’s nose job, liposuction and teeth; helped her get the TEDX  Talk gig and publish her book; and that Sofia is always out of mood in her MxU activities because she suffers from depression. She also have made accusation that several of her former queens were liars, drug addicts, and sl*ts. After getting numerous negative feedback from fans, Lupita released a recorded apology to Sofia.

Even after Lupita’s apology video, do you think it is still acceptable to have a national director being a bully to her own winner?


It is not new to hear Lupita having issues with her queens so this is nothing new. In the past we have heard her having problems with Ximena Navarrete, Cynthia Duque, Josselyn Garciglia, Cynthia Dela Vega, Nebai Torres and Denisse Franco. We may have allowed this type of behaviour in the past but nowadays, we take a serious stand against bullying of queens. We believe it is time for Lupita to step down from her position and the franchise be given to someone new. With the things she had said, it is enough reason for her to be removed from her post.

We also felt that her apology was devoid of sincerity and that she was doing this to save face for her organization. It looked as if she was just reading from a teleprompter and was devoid of any remorse or emotion as she was delivering her ‘spiel’. If in the past, fans may have allowed her diva-ish behaviour the former Miss Universe has crossed over the line this time. And if she has what we call as ‘delicadeza’ then she would step down from her post willingly and quietly.

Pageants: A Question of Fairness

In one of the recent interviews of 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray, she mentioned the concept of what is fair in the realm of pageantry. When ABSCBN’s Karen Davila on the program Headstart asked Catriona if is cheating possible in a pageant, the beauty queen answered, “there is the judging/ score process and there is also the treatment of the candidates… it is important that contestants are treated the same, given the same conditions, the same resources at the pageant. And also that the judging panel is properly briefed. It’s really about equal footing…

It is that statement from Catriona that really started this topic of being fair and not having questionable integrity in a pageant process. Today’s article  hopes that positive outcomes will be brought out with discussions on such delicate issue.

These are ways in which cheating or being unfair can happen in pageants…

The Binibining Pilipinas pageant’s criteria in judging puts heavy focus on facial beauty.

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Should Pageant Rules be Revised to Allow Nudity?

The disqualification of two Miss France 2021 regional winners has re-awakened the debate on nudity in pageants.

While some pageant fans are okay with nudity, is it really time to change rules about it? Or is there still room for something as ‘outdated‘ as decency? Until which point can we allow nudity in pageantry? Topless, full frontal, backside only?

While we think that this topic has become redundant with a previous post on pageantry and ‘exposing too much flesh’, let’s reconsider this topic one last time…

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‘Skin Exposure’, the Female Body, and Pageantry

SLUT SHAMING OR A QUESTION OF DECENCY? Let us address the latest controversy we all witnessed played out on Instagram.
By this time we hope everyone has calmed down to hear each other out on a very polarizing topic. When we posted a #chichiandchaah/ blind item poking sarcasm and humor at some pageant candidates’ risque photos, majority of the comments were not in favor of the risque photos… but we were also met with strong opposition and admonition from several fans and pageant accounts.
While being liberal on one’s body and body positivism is to be celebrated, the overt exposure of ‘too much skin’ or the female body in the realm of pageantry is still generally frowned upon by the pageant community at large. A stark contrast to male pageants where one’s physicality is overly promoted (there will be a separate blogpost on the topic later). Why is that? We can only offer possible explanations not outright answers.
NOTE: We will be talking about pageantry in general unless specified otherwise in the course of the blogpost.
How Far can Women Expose their Bodies in Pageantry?
When we are asked how much skin can women expose in pageantry, we can only say there is no definitive answer to that. No pageant ever has specified in their candidate contracts that says “a candidate cannot expose more that 30% of a butt-cheek, nor a collective exposure of more than 40% of both butt globes be visible in any photo is to be made public“, or “a candidate can expose the side of a boob along the provision that no nipple and/or areola is exposed, implied, or visible“, or “a candidate and/or her team cannot release photos of the candidate that shows her vagina or impressions of her vagina“, etc… Such specific guidelines have not yet been made, or if it does exists they are never made public. Although we are led to believe about the former rather than the latter.
In contrast, Hollywood contracts would detail in how much an actor can show skin. Just watch the scene in the movie Notting Hill how Julia Robert explains nudity clauses in contracts to Hugh Grant’s character. Everything is detailed and made aware of. And that is a major source of confusion among pageant fans, handlers and candidates alike. With no such existing guidelines for pageants, it is too difficult to track how much ‘skin exposure’ is too much.
A Wider Market to Serve
Pageants are generally targeted towards a wide audience and has been traditionally given a “general patronage” to “parental guidance” tag on its finals telecast. However, the pageant winner’s duties extend beyond and serves as a spokesperson for the pageant organization herself. Her duties mainly includes public speaking, charity work, sponsor promotional events, etc… and perhaps a handful runway shows, magazine covers and other social parties here and there. Hence, a pageant girl needs to be able to communicate to a wide array of people from kids to adults in different walks of life.
Imagine explaining to young minors the concept of how body positivism works in the context of pageantry. Because kids follow, copy and do what their role models do, there is placed a bigger responsibility for pageant girls to become aspirational in all aspects.
Her appeal then must be to a broader market, not just male audiences. This is specially true when there are major corporate sponsors of the pageant. Product promotions and endorsements by beauty pageant winners are a major cash cow for pageants. In 2019, it is rumored that the fee MUOrg charges to brands wanting get Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray to promote their product/ brand is on the 7-figure mark. And that’s in US dollars. So image is very important in these endorsements and a tainted/tarnished image not only affects the pageant’s reputation but also its financial bottom-line.

Pageant Requirement: OF GOOD MORAL CHARACTER
It is for the above reasons that is why one of the most common phrases seen in job postings is the requirement to be of “good moral character”. It is actually a catch-all phrase that may include behavior and activities that may pertain to morality, decency, appropriate behavior, appropriate dress, decorum, etc…  This vague and generic phrase could actually mean anything that the job poster would mean it is. That is why pageant old-timers & observers call it as the ‘decency clause’ or ‘morality clause’ of the pageant organization.
In the Miss Universe Philippines Application Form, this fine print can be read as:
The Contestant shall at all times comply strictly with THE MISS UNIVERSE PHILIPPINES, INC. specifications and/or requirements (whether oral or written) as to her appearance, physical characteristics, skills, attire and/or accessories. A failure to meet such specifications and/or requirements shall result in disqualification from her participation in the National Pageant. For the avoidance of doubt, THE MISS UNIVERSE PHILIPPINES, INC. the right to disqualify the Contestant from the National Pageant on the grounds of undesirable conduct and/or appearance.
The older 2012 Binibining Pilipinas application form has taken this one step further as a candidate has to declare that:
I have never participated in any bold/burlesqueshows, plays, movies, publications or activities, or such show, play, movie, publication or activity, which in the sole opinion and discretion of BPCI, is inconsistent with my application with the 2012 Pageant, run counter against the social and moral principles upon which the Pageant is founded upon, and/or bring disrepute or embarrassment to BPCI or any of its sponsors.
Reading the above fine print, you can see how BPCI takes steps further to dialo in safe-guarding the reputation of the pageant as well as its sponsors. We have written about this topic previously on this article.
The ‘decency clause’ is a protection for both parties so that neither the pageant nor the prospective candidate be gossiped on, specially on social media, and cause mental distress on both parties. But in essence the decency clause is a protection designed specifically in favor of the pageant organization. Their pageant, their rules. This is why pageant girls must abide by their rules and regulations.
The Controversy on Instagram
Pageant bloggers such as myself still find it uncomfortable to tell pageant girls what they are doing wrong on social media. Unless a prior relationship has been established, we cannot point blankly message and tell them that they are exposing too much skin or that they should not be engaging directly with trolls and haters. That is an awkward conversation for anyone. And we also doubt that they will sift through hundreds of DMs in their Instagram and respond to all of those messages in their Primary, General and DM Request folders. In most cases, our DMs may just fall deaftly under the request folders.
Our #chichiandchaah posts are always meant to poke humor and sarcasm on pageant’s latest issues/  trending topics, stir a reaction, cause a commotion to dialogue and discourse, expose a scandal or a scandalous behavior… but it never explicitly exposes pageant candidates by naming them. In this case the Chichi&Chaah post has not named any of the ‘allegedly 4-6 girls that have posted risque photos‘. It was some of the younger newbie pages and newbie pageant fans that made assumptions who were those candidates. And to some extent, ‘outed’ them even when some of the girls they posted on their IG stories weren’t even the ones being talked about. Making assumptions is a dangerous game.
The worse part here was that the risque photos were published by the candidates and their handlers without going through the pageant organization’s review. And with the fine print on their candidacy applications, some may have violated the decency clause and may possibly  end up in a disqualification from the contest.
Do You Want to be a Queen? Act Like One.
Taking in all of those considerations, when pageant girls pose provocatively in their published swimsuits, there will always be a strong discourse on the limits of exposing skin within the context of pageantry. In reality, the entire pageant community expect pageant girls and winners to behave a certain manner akin to the royal families of old. Pageant queens are considered and treated as royalty, and the trade-off for that is conforming to the current socially accepted norms of decorum and proper behavior. If you want to be a queen, then you are expected to behave and act like a queen.
In reality, despite pageants being more modern nowadays, an overtly sexualized image/ reputation for a pageant girl is not yet socially accepted. Is that fair? Not a bit, but pageant girls become instant celebrities and are treated as queens by pageant fans. Hence the community expects from them what they would expect from a crowned queen.
And we cannot blame society or age old traditions for that. Sometimes traditional institutions take time to get in sync with the current social movements. It is a long and difficult process to veer away from decades long traditions, specially for pageants that have been in existence since the early 1900’s; with the likes of Senorita Colombia that has been in existence since 1934, Miss America founded in 1921 and Miss France formed in 1920. To this day, the Miss France still bars women with nude/ topless photos to enter the pageant. Even the relatively younger Miss World established in 1951 have removed the swimsuit competition in their pageant, even explaining that it’s no longer what the pageant stands for.
As mentioned earlier, no provisions on the extent of ‘skin exposure’ is made accessible to the general public, so it is best to take precaution in terms of how much skin a candidate is to show off. We advise that it is best to be in the safe side rather than to push the envelop as pageants & pageant organizations have a blanket authority on what they would deem as acceptable or within bounds of common decency.

Evangeline Pascual: First Filipina Miss World We Never Had

Miss Republic of the Philippines 1973 Evangeline Pascual, is the first Filipina Miss World that the Philippines never had.

The former beauty queen-turned actress, public speaker, model, painter and former radio anchor Evangeline Louise Ancheta Pascual could have been the first Filipina Miss World in 1973.

At a young age of 16, the 5’11” lass from Orani, Bataan is the 8th Philippine entry at the MW pageant held which was at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England in 1973. Evangeline and USA’s Marjorie Wallace were tied for the top spot at the coronation and a re-vote was made wherein an American judge, Gregory Peck tilt the decision in favor of Miss USA. Evangeline was eventually proclaimed 1st Runner-up.

The new Miss World was later on stripped of her title 104 day since her victory. Marjorie Wallace was fired due to her much publicized scandalous affair with a very much married man, popular Welsh singer Tom Jones, while still being engaged to another man, Formula One driver Peter Revson.

Miss World organizers arrived in Manila to offer the duties and responsibilities left by the winner to Evangeline but without the title and the crown. By then she was already an upcoming movie actress and a most sought after model so she refused for personal and professional reasons. She was already signed with several film contracts that she could no longer back out of.

The crown was then offered to the 2nd runner-up that year, Patricia Teresa Yuen Leung of Jamaica. Patsy Yuen accepted the offer to complete the Miss World duties without being officially crowned as Miss World.

IMHO it was an injustice to ask anyone to complete the reign of a winner without acknowledging her as the new queen. Evangeline should have been instated as the new Miss World that year…
Do you agree? Let us know on the comments below…

IMG|WME in Financial Trouble, Miss Universe Pageant Survival in Question

The Miss Universe parent company Endeavor, suffered another setback as its credit ratings has been downgraded to a “substantial risk”.

Endeavor, formerly IMG|WME, has its S&P credit rating lowered. It has been downgraded from B to CCC, which means that the company is currently vulnerable and is dependent upon favorable business, financial, and economic conditions to meet its financial commitments. The credit rating agency also changed the company’s outlook to negative.

S&P Global Ratings (previously Standard & Poors) is an American credit rating agency that publishes financial research and analysis on stocks, bonds, and commodities. S&P developed the standard rating scale used to rate both short- and long-term debt.


Endeavor currently has an astonishing $4.6 billion in long-term debts and overall liabilities totaling $7.2 billion. With a large chunk of its business is on live events like the Miss Universe pageant, the current coronavirus pandemic puts it in a more precarious state that it has raised questions about Endeavor’s ability to survive. Continue reading “IMG|WME in Financial Trouble, Miss Universe Pageant Survival in Question”

Pageantry and Covid-19

With the news of several new cases of Covid-19 found, how will that affect the national pageant season?

The Covid-19 virus scare is a hot topic in the news nowadays. No one can escape it on the news and even on social media. With this global epidemic becoming more widespread, we fear that this may affect the national pageant season and more so the international pageant season come 3rd-4th quarter of 2020.

First to postpone their inaugural pageant is the Miss Charm International pageant that is supposed to happen in Vietnam this month of March. It has made public that due to the continued spreading of the said virus, they are postponing their pageant towards the latter end of the year.

Another pageant that has made changes in their finals night is the Binibining Pilipinas pageant whose April 26th coronation night is moved to May 31st. Insider rumors are saying that the said move was due to the Covid-19 virus, although no confirmation is yet available. One thing is for certain, the events and public appearances of the Binibinis for this week have been postponed for safety reasons.
One of the latest cases of the Covid-19 infection discovered in the Philippines is an employee of Deloitte Philippines in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. Taguig is currently the headquarters and base of operations for the Miss Universe Philippines pageant. It was earlier reported that the MUPh activities are postponed in light of this new development. It is also likely that even pageant fans are to take up more precaution and avoid the infected locations altogether.


Two of the countries gravely affected by the Corona virus is the United States, which is the headquarters of the Miss Universe org, and the Miss International pageant, which holds the annual Miss International pageant. It is likely that these countries would be very cautious in holding these pageants. It is also likely that the Miss Earth pageant may take necessary precautions in holding the pageant in the Philippines.

The Corona virus outbreak IMHO will pose a serious blow to tourism everywhere and it will severely affect both national an international pageants. What we can hope for is that this epidemic would have treatment options before it gets any worse…

The FrontRow Controversy

FrontRow made a huge splash starting several years back. This MLM company has made an even bigger news in the world of pageantry when it was one of the sponsors of the Miss Universe 2016 pageant in Manila and the main sponsor of the Miss Universe Philippines franchise in the country.

So it was a shock when a former member cast the company under a bad light. Former member Dave Villanueva reveals several labor issues and illegal practices with the company in his complaint on Raffy Tulfo’s program. These are the videos from Raffy Tulfo’s YouTube channel.

In the interest of fair reporting we are including the official statement that  FrontRow posted on their official Instagram account regarding this matter. They have opted to keep silent on the issue and let their legal team handle it properly.

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It is yet unclear how will this affect the Miss Universe Philippines franchise or the pageant organization itself. We all have to wait and see how this controversy will pan out…

Let us know your thoughts on this matter on the comment section below.

Rumor Mill: Is This Pageant Having an Ego?

Know your worth as the saying goes but it goes both ways.
We all know of the recent moves of international pageants “shopping around” for local franchises. It seems like they are slow dancing to Patti Page’s “Changing Partners” more frequently recently.

Now there is this rumored pageant that has been said to be very ‘demanding’ when it comes to its local franchise. It is said that said pageant has been wanting to move franchise holders locally for the past 3 years. Insiders say that the demand is to make their pageant the top title in the local franchise and several other perks. While we do acknowledge their wish to be given accommodations when they visit for the local pageant’s finals, they cannot be too demanding on the franchise fee that they are asking. Rumor has it that they are demanding around US$70,000 for the local franchise. That is roughly PHP 3.5 million, almost an equivalent to a condominium unit in any of the Ayala Land developments. And that figure is expected to rise up every year.
This is said to be one of the reasons why it was rumored earlier that it was going to move from its current local franchise holder to another local pageant that holds the franchise of its male pageant counterpart. Our moles are guessing that the current local franchise bid a higher number than that to retain the franchise of the pageant.
While the pageant is quite glamorous and has a superb production, it hasn’t yet achieved that longevity and level of prestige and accolades that the Big 4 pageants have. So this is one of the things that we are baffled about. Where is their loyalties lie when the local organization remained loyal to them during the time that the pageant ran into controversy when a splinter org from within created a separate same name pageant in India? Ego much? Dementia much?
How easy was it for them to forget?

Let us know of your thoughts on this rumor mill post below. Just remember not to drop names…

Rumor Mill: 2 Pageants Goes Head to Head

In the mood for some gossip?

So here’s how the story goes Newbie Pageant is said to be in talks with a broadcasting network that is the home of a very prestigious Legacy Pageant. How sure are we that the talks has already happened? Well let’s just say that the table discussions happened just earlier today! How far are the talks gone now? Rumor has it that the heads are already talking about music copyrights for songs to be used in the pageant. It is said that NP will be paying for air-time in the said Family-Friendly Network sometime May of this year. Two rival pageants in one broadcast station, LET THE DRAMA UNFOLD!
This would be a huge declaration of war as NP is on the move to set the stage for the biggest pageant in terms of number of candidates. It is rumored that the target number of candidates this year is at the minimum of 50 delegates or more! Rumor has it that it was stipulated in their contract with a Foreign Pageant that NP has to have twice as much candidates as that of LP.  But then again that is not exactly how the rumored contract is worded. But it is clear that NP has to have the biggest number of candidates in record. LP on the other hand has not set in a date for its finals but there are talks that it is in negotiations to hold its finals either on April or June. LP is said to be unaffected with NP’s overly dramatic stunts on social media and is planning something up their sleeves themselves. Pageant insiders have been gossiping about how the number of applicants in LP is of larger quantities and are of better quality. While LP’s roster of candidates will be named soon, NP is said to be struggling to fill in the 50-80 slots with quality candidates.
But that is not the only thing happening that would put their rivalry into a boil. A high profile lady by the name of Laroja is seem at the premises of the LP pageant. What she is doing there is anybody’s guess, but it will be clear that Laroja will play a major role in LP’s pageant finals. How about NP?  Well our gossipy friends are saying that another high profile lady by the name of Azura will figure prominently in NP’s activities. So it seems that the paths for Laroja and Azura are meant to go head to head as much as NP and LP currently is. As fate would have it, Laroja and Azura’s loyalties will put them at odds with each other and will test who is the stronger high profile lady…
Question will be: which will the fans support and patrionize? NP or LP? Laroja or Azura?

Jolene Marie Rotinsulu Shades Frederika Cull for Her Bad Attitude

There is no smoke if there is no fire. Remember that.” Those are the strong words of Miss International 2019 top 8 placer Jolene Marie Rotinsulu of Indonesia allegedly referring to the beef between her and Puteri Indonesia 2019 winner Frederika Cull.

In a screenshot of her conversation on Intagram, the baby-faced Jolene revealed that Frederika attempted to spread lies about her to fellow Puteri runner up Jessica Fitriani. Jolene even hinted that their friendship was destroyed by the work of Frederika’s mother, Yulia Peers, who was a self-proclaimed ‘Mama Universe’. Jolene also revealed that she never had or currently have any issues with any of the mothers of other Puteri winners.
You don’t know anything, Fred once instigated Jessica to hate me. But because of our good relationship Jessica did not believe the rumors and immediately confirmed with me [the truth]…” Jolene said in an Instagram chat. (Blogger’s Note: Pardon my limited translating skills as I am no longer fluent in bahasa Indonesia)

It seems that the diminutive main winner is a trouble maker like her fans as it was reported that Frederika’s fans were also diminishing Jolene’s achievement in Miss International earlier this year. This year, only two of the Puteri winners trained in Manila under the Kagandahang Flores group, Jessica and Jolene. The other went and rumored to have gotten training in the US with someone who eventually was a Miss Universe judge.


RUMOR MILL: The Mistake Announcement

This is perhaps one of the most problematic edition of the pageant.

WARNING: this only a rumor mill, it may or may not be true. We cannot validate the truth to these gossips and it’s up to you the reader whether or not to believe if there are any truths to these at all.

One of the issues that has been quite problematic was the mistake in one of the special awards of the pageant. During the live telecast the winner was flashed across the screens. For those who were seated at the back of the stage, they saw on the teleprompter that the winner from a pageant powerhouse country. However when the live interview was shown, it was a different girl who was invited onstage! Those at the dark VIP seats at the back who saw the teleprompter clearly were shocked. They immediately thought that the host committed another booboo in the announcement of the actual winner. Well part of the blame is on the production crew who had the other girl dress up in her national costume. Said girl thought that she won the best in national costume award. This should have been clarified to the girl that she was there just to showcase her national costume and had not really won the award. Continue reading “RUMOR MILL: The Mistake Announcement”