Miss Venezuela 2016, Keysi Sayago has every good reason to smile these days!
After some uncertainty in her participation due to financial reasons, the Miss Venezuela organization has finally confirmed that she will be competing at Miss Universe in Las Vegas. The beauty queen has also said that, “I am very happy to know that Venezuela will be able to enjoy my participation in the Miss Universe through the Venevision channel and that without doubts, that I am with everything, for a new triumph for my beloved Venezuela.”
Snippets of a public statement of her participation posted in the MIss Venezuela social media as follows: During her reign Sayago has shown that besides beauty she has responsibility, discipline, commitment and a lot of social sensitivity, which undoubtedly makes her #OrgulloMissVenezuela and an exemplary representation of the Venezuelan woman. Keysi, knows the importance of learning, has therefore also strengthened her knowledge in different areas: public speaking, catwalk, English, makeup techniques and styling by the industry professionals such as: Juan Ramón Ramírez (Moncho), Elio Vásquez, Oskarosky Boyer, Luis Eduardo González… among other fundamental aspects to look and feel very good.
Keysi has participated in many activities alongside non-profit foundations and citizen initiatives, such as the Fundación Amigos del Niño con Cáncer, the Fundación Hospital Ortopédico Infantil and the Casa Hogar Madre Teresa de Calcuta to promote the work they do for the benefit of children and people in difficult situation. And also to raise their voice and invite fellow Venezuelans to be in solidarity despite difficulties. It is important to add that the volunteer work of Sayago has been constant along with citizen initiatives that seek to provide marginalized people with food and shelter.
Keysi will be flying to Las Vegas after she crowns her Miss Venezuela successor in November 9th.
I have earlier written about countries that have managed to win major crowns in consecutive years. One particular country that have achieved that was Venezuela. One particular set of wins that stood out were those of Jacqueline Aguilera Marcano, Alicia Machado and Consuelo Adler who won Miss World 199, Miss Universe 1996 and Miss International 1997 respectively.
Jacqueline, Alicia and Consuelo were the second set of ladies coming from a single country to have won all of the 3 Alpha pageants back then? Of course, the Miss Earth wasn’t included as it started only in 2001. But these three ladies did something that only Astrid Carolina Herrera, Nina Sicilia and Barbara Palacios Teyde was able to achieve. And guess what, they also came from Venezuela!
But These three girls also have one thing in common… they all are recipients of the Miss Photogenic award. Jacqueline won the photogenic award during the Miss World pageant. Alicia was Miss Photogenic during the Miss Venezuela 1995 pageant. But it is Consuelo who is the most photogenic of them all as she won the award both in Miss Venezuela 1996 pageant as well as in Miss International 1997. In terms of height though, Alicia is the shortest of them at 5’8″. Both Consuelo and Jacqueline towers at 5’11” tall.
A Miss Venezuela Mundo 2017 has been appointed and she is Ana Carolina Ugarte!
The 5’10” 25 year old Ana Carolina was named as the Venezuelan rep to Miss World to be held in China this year. It is said that she is already preparing both in catwalk classes and gym training, to secure the crown that has not been won since 2011 when Ivian Sarcos won Miss World. But the shocking part is that it is rumored that she is paying for the Miss World franchise fee instead of the Miss Venezuela Organization. The Miss World franchise fee in Venezuela is estimated to be valued at USD$20,000.
This issue has been a ghost that has haunted her as it was also rumored that the lady also “paid” her way into the Miss Venezuela 2013 pageant. There were heavy speculations that a hefty amount was given to the organization for her to win the pageant, which she went later on unplaced.
Mark your calendars everyone as November just got busier! Adding to the full schedule of pageants for that month is the Miss Venezuela finals slated on November 9th.
The Miss Venezuela Organization has recently released the date of the annual pageant to be aired in partnership with Cisneros’ Venevision Channel. Jonathan Blum, President of Cisneros Media, said: “Miss Venezuela is one of the most prestigious national and international beauty contest franchises and is an essential part of Venezuelan culture. The brand enjoys a worldwide reputation for the readiness and integrity of its winners, who work hard to make a positive impact on society.
Thanks to its constant innovations, Miss Venezuela is also the content platform preferred by advertisers. That is why at Cisneros Media we are committed to continue to bring entertainment to every home and to reap new international victories that continue to bring joy to the country and make us proud of being Venezuelans.“
The start of the pageant will be marked with the official presentation of the candidates and awarding of their sashes on September 18th. From September 23 to November 4th will be the Saturday specials of “La Magia de ser Miss” where the candidates’ backgrounds will be on focus.
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.
Considered to be the best Miss Venezuela that Osmel Sousa has ever produced, Martina Thorogood Hemseem is a beauty in a league of her own.
Martina was a student of International Relations and Latin American Studies at the Lake Forrest Collage in Illinois. She was bi-lingual being able to speak fluent English and Spanish. The 5’9 1/2″ brown eyed brunette became Miss Venezuela 1999.
There are a lot of other beauty queens that were compared to this beauty who represented Miranda in MV but none IMHO comes close to her… not even fellow Venezuelan and Miss World titlist, Jacqueline Aguilera Marcano or Carolina Izsak… Jacqueline’s beauty is awe-inspiring yet intimidating and while Carolina’s beauty seems to be cold and distant, Martina’s brand of beauty is both strong and magnetic.
If one was to describe Martina, the most common words people would describe her would be magnetic, enigmatic, perfection… To call her Osmel’s best creation would be an understatement. In fact it is rumored that Osmel doctored her age from 27 to 24, a debate that until now is still on the minds of beauty pageant aficionados. This might have a grain of truth as Osmel has made modifications in age and even nationality for some of his queens previously. Whether this rumor has an iota of truth or not, it just added to Martina’s enigmatic appeal and charisma.
Due to the consecutive non-placements in Ms World in 1997 and 1998, Osmel decided to have Martina represent Venezuela in both international pageants: Miss World and Miss Universe. It was evident then that Julia and Eric will not put a Venezuelan beauty queen in the semi-finals until Osmel sends his best girl to the said pageant. This was a gamble on his part that would later bring dire consequences to the beauty Czar. Martina ended up as 1st princess to Yukta Mookhey.
Pageant fans over the world were disheartened when MUO disallowed her to compete the following year. Her entry was denied by the Miss Universe Organization because she was the 1st Princess in Miss World and there was a chance that she could assume the title should the winner resign or lose her crown. I remember being shell-shocked when I heard the news. Miss Universe 2000 would have been her vindication from the robbery that was Miss World 1999.
After her reign, Martina opted to have a quiet family life and was blessed with it…
With the news that Miss Venezuela Keysi Sayago is likely not able to participate in Miss Universe this year, we ask if the MU franchise fee is too expensive to pay for this pageant powerhouse?
It is said that the Miss Universe pageant franchise varies from country to country. Smaller countries who have little competition in their hometown for a rival pageant could pay around US$ 10,000 for the annual fee. And if a country wins the MU title, they are exempt from paying the franchise fee the subsequent year.
In the Philippines, BPCI through its Chairperson Stella Marquez Araneta has a stable cash cow with the annual Binibining Pilipinas pageant thus is able to pay off the annual franchise fee. The BPCI stalwart has been able to manage 50 years of holding the franchise with her ability to manage the funds of the pageant. Pageant insiders has it that by the late 2000’s, the Philippines pays around US$ 40,000 annually. Rumored updated figures have it now between US$ 50,000- 60,000.
During Mariangel Ruiz’ time the Venezuelan franchise was only around US$ 70,000.00 to 80,000. And she too had the misfortune of almost not being able to be sent to MU, until other countries stepped in to pay the lacking amount. But that was in 2003, recent reports say that the Venezuelan franchise fee is currently around US$ 100,000. However, some pageant insiders estimates that it could be more and we may be looking at a figure between US$ 120,000- 150,000.
Those amounts seem to be too exorbitant compared to the annual US$ 10,000 franchise fees for Miss World. But that comes with a catch, each national organization has to select a national winner in a separate beauty pageant. And we know how extremely difficult it is to set up two national pageants for MW and MU. Just ask Osmel how the Miss World Venezuela is less spectacular than the Miss Venezuela pageant itself. That is altogether a different expense that could impound to a struggling national pageant.
Although the exact figures are unconfirmed, we are looking at huge amounts of money being spent annually. So can we truly grasp the enormity of Venezuela’s situation. They are currently under huge socio-political-economic crisis. Pageants might not be their priority for now…