The Biggest Scandals and Controversies of Miss World

The Miss World pageant has perhaps been the pageant that has had to endure the most number of scandals through its history.
10. Resignations galore – Helen Morgan of Wales and Gabriela Brum of Germany are two high profile resignations form the pageant. Helen was found out to be an unwed mother after her coronation which prompted the pageant to change their rules regarding unwed mothers joining the pageant. Gabriela Brum on the other hand was said to have resigned due to her posing on Playboy magazine prior to winning. MW is the only pageant among the Big 4 to have multiple resignations and dethronements.
9. Miss World Apartheid – one of the biggest stain in the MW brand was its involvement in the Apartheid issue in segregating a Miss Africa South and a Miss South Africa (one black and one white)in the 70’s. This practice continued until 1976.

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SCANDAL! Veruska Ljubisavljevic Sues Miss Venezuela Org!

The Miss Venezuela organization that Osmel Sousa left is in such a bind even after his departure. His last crowned Miss Venezuela Mundo 2017, Veruska Ljubisavljevic, is suing the MVO for damages due to her non-participation in MW this year. It was only informed earlier that due to the MW age cut off of 26 years old, she won’t be able to compete in the pageant in China this year.

Veru, on her official Instagram page, has this to say:
I have always known that as citizens (and as human beings) we all have rights and responsibilities. Fulfilling the responsibilities acquired is a serious obligation, and I have always faced them with all the aplomb and best possible disposition. But it is also an obligation to defend the rights of equality, non-discrimination and individual freedoms, when these are threatened or violated.
As is known throughout Venezuela, I was crowned Miss Venezuela World thanks to my own efforts and sacrifices, to the support and affection of my family and friends. I have been very disciplined with my obligations and the requirements of my presence and the use of my image and my name as the representative of Venezuela in the Miss World.

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Siempre he sabido que como ciudadanos (y como seres humanos) todos tenemos derechos y responsabilidades. Cumplir con las responsabilidades adquiridas es una seria obligacion, y siempre las he encarado con todo el aplomo y mejor disposición posible. Pero también es una obligación defender los derechos de igualdad, no discriminacion y libertades individuales, cuando estas son amenazadas o vulneradas. Como es conocido por toda Venezuela, fui coronada Miss Venezuela Mundo gracias a mis esfuerzos y sacrificios propios, al apoyo y cariño de mi familia y mis amigos.  He sido muy disciplinada con mis obligaciones y los requerimientos de mi presencia y el uso de mi imagen y mi nombre como la representante de Venezuela en el Miss Mundo. He llevado un mensaje de integración y respeto como bandera y entiendo que el respeto a los demás siempre empieza con la valoración y el respeto a uno mismo, por eso al haber sido electa representante de la mujer Venezolana en el próximo Miss World, no puedo permitir que me usen arbitrariamente como mujer sin exigir respeto y hacer valer mis derechos. En una reunion no formal las señoras Nina Sicilia y Maria Gabriela Isler me informarón que mi participación en el Miss World no sería efectiva. Entonces por qué en la noche del Miss Venezuela 2017 se permitió que se me otorgará la banda y corona de Miss World.? Por qué informarme de tal decisión tanto tiempo después.? Recordemos que la figura gerencial del Miss Venezuela cambió, pero siempre ha sido la misma organización y son ellos los responsables de esta injusticia, no alguna persona en particular. Apartir de este momento estoy en la obligación de hacer valer mis derechos como ciudadana , como mujer, y como Venezolana, exigiendo que me sea restituido mi total y absoluto derecho de representar a mi país VENEZUELA 🇻🇪 en la próxima Edición del #MissWorld . Un derecho adquirido de buena lid y valorado como la gran oportunidad de representar a mi país ante el mundo. A todas las personas que me han apoyado quiero hacerles llegar el más sincero de los abrazos por estar conmigo, darme aliento y fuerzas en momentos tan difíciles. Gracias Venezuela 💛💙❤ 🇻🇪

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I have carried a message of integration and respect as a flag and understand that respect for others always begins with the valuation and respect for oneself, that’s why having been elected representative of the Venezuelan woman in the next Miss World, I can not afford that they use me arbitrarily as a woman without demanding respect and asserting my rights. In a non-formal meeting, ladies Nina Sicilia and Maria Gabriela Isler informed me that my participation in Miss World would not be effective. So why on the night of the Miss Venezuela 2017 did you allow me to be awarded the Miss World band and crown? Why inform me of such a decision so much later? Remember that the managerial figure of Miss Venezuela changed, but it has always been the same organization and it is they who are responsible for this injustice, not any one person in particular. From this moment I am obliged to assert my rights as a citizen, as a woman, and as a Venezuelan, demanding that I be restored my total and absolute right to represent my country VENEZUELA 🇻🇪 in the next edition of #MissWorld. An acquired right of good fight and valued as the great opportunity to represent my country before the world.
To all the people who have supported me I want to send you the most sincere hug to be with me, to give me encouragement and strength in such difficult times.
Gracias Venezuela.
SOURCES:
* http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/entretenimiento/organizacion-miss-venezuela-suspendio-proxima-edicion-por-denuncia_248421
* http://www.noticias24.com/gente/noticia/165742/que-escandalo-veruska-ljubisavljevic-tramito-demanda-contra-venevision-detalles/

What Really Happened During the Mister Global Finals?

After a huge gaffe that happened in the Mister Global finals originally scheduled last July 21st, the President of the organization has issued an apology last July 26th on the postponement of the competition finals and the confusion that ensued…

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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.
SOURCE:
* 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!


SOURCE:
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/988701/senators-welcome-teos-resignation

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.
SOURCE:
http://people.com/chica/former-miss-universe-alicia-machado-on-the-miss-venezuela-pageant-scandal/

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”