Long Gaps in Between Miss Universe Victories

Did you know that France had the longest wait in terms of winning its next Miss Universe title? They won their first title back in 1953 with Christianne Martel and had their second win only in 2016 with Iris Mittenaere.

Coming in second is Colombia whose Luz Marina Zuluaga won in 1958 and would only be replicated by Paulina Vega in 2014. It would also been the shortest wait for a Miss Universe victory had Paulina passed her title to Ariadna Gutierrez in what could have been a back-to-back win. Unfortunately, an error was made in the announcement winners and it was the Philippines’ Pia Wurtzbach who actually won (making the 4th longest gap between 2 wins in Miss Universe history).
Japan holds the record for the third  longest gap between two wins. So far, Japan has won the crown twice. The first time happened when Akiko Kojima became Miss Universe 1959 (8th Edition). The next and second time after 48 years, when Riyo Mori became Miss Universe 2007 (56th Edition).

Australia, 32 year gap – Miss Universe 1972 & 2004
South Africa, 39 year gap – Miss Universe 1978 & 2017
Philippines, 42 year gap – Miss Universe 1973 & 2015
Japan, 48 year gap – Miss Universe 1959 & 2007
Colombia, 56 year gap – Miss Universe 1958 & 2014
France, 63 year gap – Miss Universe 1953 & 2016
As of now, Peru (61 years and counting), Germany (57 years and counting), Argentina (56 years and counting), Greece (54 years and counting) and Brazil (50 years and counting) are the 5 countries with the longest wait for their next Miss Universe crown…


PhotoCollage of the Day: The Miss Universe Signed Photographs

Since covering the Miss Universe pageant in Doral, Miami, I have been conscientiously amassing electronic autographs of the winners on my tablet. I decided that instead of having actual photographs signed, I prefer the electronic ones having learned a lesson back in 1994 when I lost an autographed photo of Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen. That was a painful rookie mistake in my youth that I do not plan to repeat.

So far, I haven’t missed acquiring any of the MU winners’ signatures for my collection since I started covering the MU pageant.
Here are some interesting tidbits on these autographs: Pia’s signature was acquired almost after her reign, Paulina was the easiest to get an autograph from as I was able to get it during the press junket (together with that of MJ Lastimosa’s) and Demi was the most difficult to take due to the insane security at the Miss Universe in Planet Hollywood.

Hopefully I would get the next Miss Universe winner’s autograph without much difficulty…

Patterns of the Miss Universe 2014- 2017 Winners

There is are two emerging trends in Miss Universe nowadays: 1st is that the past 4 winners are from four different continents, and 2nd is the long wait of each of the countries in their respective MU victories.

Miss Universe 2014 – Colombia, 56 year gap since its last win, from the Americas
Miss Universe 2015 – Philippines, 42 year gap since its last win, from Asia
Miss Universe 2016 – France, 63 year gap since its last win, from Europe
Miss Universe 2017 – South Africa, 39 year gap since its last win, from Africa
If this is the pattern, would it be safe to say that the next MU winner be coming from the Americas? Or would it skip the Americas and go to the Pacific or even the Caribbean? Could it finally be the time for  Jamaica?Perhaps the crown may find itself on a country with a first time winner? We would have to wait with bated breathe until the next MU pageant comes along…

Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere in Egypt

It is almost Miss Universe 2017 season but reigning Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere is still busy as ever.

After her trip to India for the Femina Miss India pageant and her visit to Mexico, Iris is now in Cairo, Egypt for a week long promotional tour. She is expected to go on trips to Alexandria and Luxor as part of a tourism promotion and charity work. 
According to NileInternational.net, “the embassy has already confirmed that she will take part in a charity event in Luxor, organized by Egypte Terre d’Espoir.
The charity offers educational services to underprivileged children in Luxor, including apprenticeships in pottery. They also provide food and medical services to poor families.
A gala dinner will be held at the French embassy on Friday in honour of the charity, with the beauty queen attending.”

Iris has been to Haiti, Ecuador, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Cayman Islands, Peru as well as several trips around France and the US. Her 6-day visit to Egypt would be her last international trip before the Miss Universe 2017 competition starts…

#FunArt – The 2016 Alpha Pageant Winners

This feature is on the four women who won the biggest titles of 2016. This would be the last time I will be doing a #funart feature on them as the international pageant season is almost upon us.

Miss Earth 2016 – Katherine Espin
Miss International 2016 – Kylie Verzosa
Miss Universe – Iris Mittenaere
Miss World – Stephanie del Valle
For those that have followed their journey, who do you think had the most memorable reign?

Iris Mittenaere for Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Show!

Who says Iris Mittenaere’s reign as MissUniverse isn’t exciting!

Ladies and gentlemen, look at these photos of the reigning Miss Universe walking the catwalks of Paris for designer Jean Paul Gaultier. Iris modeled two looks of the designer’s Fall/Winter 2017 Haute Couture show! It’s Paris Haute Couture this week (July 2 to July 6) following the Menswear Fashion Week in Milan.
Earlier in the year, Iris wore a Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture original at the Cannes Film Festival. Here’s another trivia for you, Jean Paul Gaultier used to work in Manila back in the 70’s for Cardin and it is here where he learned how to speak English!

The show took place at the 325 rue Saint-Martin in the third arrondissement of Paris, the headquarters of the world-famous designer. Famous French personalities such as Carla Bruni, Flora Coquerel, Sylvie Tellier, Catherine Deneuve, and Anggun attended. 

Rumor Mill: Are we Going to See the Diamond Nexus Crown Back?

This all started with the shocking news of the lawsuit between IMG Universe versus the Czech-owned Diamonds International Corp. due to breach of contract.

This saw the cancellation of their 10-year sponsorship agreement after DIC missed a couple of sponsorship payments due to financial problems. Now rumor has it that while the case is yet to be cleared on court, another crown would be used by current Miss Universe winner Iris Mittenaere. Yes, according to insider gossips the Diamond Nexus crown will be the de facto crown that will be used in most of Iris’ public appearances. But that doesn’t automatically mean that we won’t be seeing the DIC crown, it will still be used on occasions but not as frequently as we used to. 

Lately, Iris has been posting a number of pics of the Diamond Nexus crown on her IG account as well as on the Miss Universe IG account. She was also seen being photographed with it by Fadil Berisha. It is not yet clear on which occasions does she get to wear the Diamond Nexus crown. But Sashes&Scripts speculates that the DIC will still be used for the official crowning of the Miss Universe ladies while the Nexus crown is reserved for travelling, photoshoots and other occasions. 

No word is yet made available if the Mikimoto crown will make an appearance. It is said that it is kept at the vault at all times due to the delicate nature of the crown. The Mikimoto crown has a structural/ design flaw that puts most of its weight at the front. 
On a personal note, I would hope that a new crown would be used in the next MU edition. One that pays homage to the iconic Sarah Coventry crown of the past. After all, nothing beats a classic.

A New Miss Universe Crown for 2017?

With the recent news that finally clarifies why Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere been wearing the Diamond Nexus Crown on photoshoots and other public appearances, will we be seeing a new Miss Universe crown this 2017?

According to a news report by Reuters.com: 
The producer of the Miss Universe pageant on Tuesday sued the Czech company hired to make the winners’ iconic crowns, saying it kept touting its association with the pageant even after it breached its 10-year sponsorship agreement…IMG Universe said it canceled Diamonds International Corp’s (DIC) contract last August after financial problems caused the Prague-based company to miss two required payments…DIC nonetheless kept advertising its ties to the pageant, including on its website where it displayed its logo atop the Miss Universe name…
If such is the case then the DIC crown could be replaced if the lawsuit isn’t settled. 

So far only three Miss Universe winners were crowned with the DIC crown which first garnered flak from pageant fans for its design touting its nickname “the French Fries Crown”. As of now we cannot speculate whether the DIC crowns would still be of use following the 10-year agreement. All of this would be settled when IMG and DIC is able to clear it out in court…
But if you ask us, will a new crown be possible? Yes, but it might not be likely unless a new crown-maker pops up. Takers anyone?


Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere for YOU.C1000

Earlier this March (before coming home to her Paris homecoming), Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere traveled to Bali, Indonesia to shoot her YOU.C1000 Vitamin Drink commercial.

The 5’8″ French beauty comes in a long line of reigning Miss Universe titleholders who traveled to Indonesia for this endorsement. Previous Miss Universe winners like Olivia Culpo, Paulina Vega, Dayana Mendoza and Pia Wurtzbach were all able to go visit Bali to shoot a commercial for the drink…

Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere’s Homecoming!

Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere is coming home to France! And we got her unofficial homecoming schedule!

Reigning Miss Universe Iris Mittenaere is coming home to her native France on March 16 to the 21st. The 5’9″ French beauty will be coming home to Paris after spending several months abroad. This would be her first time to come home after she flew for the Miss Universe competition in Manila earlier last January.
Below is her unofficial Homecoming Schedule:
March 16 – PARIS, Arrival at the Charles de Gaulle International Airport 

March 17 to 18 – PARIS, Press conference at the Hôtel Marignan Champs Elysées; a Big Media Tour follows shortly with several television guestings
March 19 – LILLE, Homecoming in Lille (Nord-Pas-de-Calais) her native town
March 20 – PARIS, Charity Gala for “Les Bonnes Fées” at the Hôtel d’Évreux
The Miss France Organization, headed by Sylvie Tellier (also a former Miss France titleholder) has planned a meeting with the French President François Hollande in a yet to be confirmed date. No news yet is available on Iris’ going back to New York to continue her duties…