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Volume 39, Issue 1 - Spring 2018

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Pageantry Spring 2018

Featuring: Your glamorous and fashion packed Spring 2018 editions of Pageantry & PromTime are here. This special annual must-have edition continues our industry leading Fashion Showcase with over 40 eye-popping pages within the award-winning exclusive Pageantry & PromTime Fashion Showcase featuring the industry's top fashion designers' newest creations for the 2018 pageant, prom and social occasion season. Keep up with the season's latest hair and makeup tips to complete your professional or every day look or glide gracefully into the evening with glamour and elegance. We don't stop there! Catch up with Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters with a personal one-on-one interview as we discuss her plans for the year, as well as the exciting Miss Universe Red Carpet and Around the Universe coverage. Venture to Anaheim, California, as we bring you all the highlights of the National American Miss Pageant in celebration of their 15th anniversary. Let's all travel back East to Orlando, Florida, where we bring you all the exciting and glamorous highlights of American Pageants national finals. Then, experience the #VegasStrong coverage of the Ms. Senior Universe from Las Vegas as they crown their new titleholders. Our writers always have you in mind with their expert advice. The Spring 2018 editions of Pageantry & PromTime will provide you with all the latest fashion, beauty info, inspiration and insider secrets you need to succeed and look your best.

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Enjoy the colorful and exciting pages of Celebrity Spotlight, Pageantry Personalities, Pageantry Patter and Spirit Award winners. And of course, all the glamour you expect from your leading industry source including our exclusive hair and makeup tutorials, modeling and showbiz tips, fitness, and so much more. The Winter 2017 edition of Pageantry will provide you with all the inspiration and insider secrets you need to succeed. Pageantry... Celebrating the Glamour Lifestyle!

Miss Universe


Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-PetersLas Vegas, Nevada – On November 26, 2017, Miss Universe South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned the new Miss Universe at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The three-hour special programming event aired live on FOX in the United States.

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters earned her degree in Business Management at North West University. Before college, Demi-Leigh excelled at her high school as president of student council as well as in her community where she served as Deputy Junior Mayor of George City Council. After being the victim of a violent carjacking earlier this year, Demi-Leigh created the Unbreakable Campaign where she partners with self-defense experts to educate, empower and train women on how to handle similar situations including sexual harassment and assault. As Miss Universe, Demi-Leigh hopes her workshops will expand internationally to help as many women as possible.

Now in its 66th year, MISS UNIVERSE® welcomed more contestants than ever before, representing 92 countries including Iraq, Laos, Malta, and Nepal. The top 16 finalists were selected from three regions of the world: Americas, Europe, Africa & Asia Pacific. Fans once again had a virtual seat at the judging table to help their favorite contestants advance with over 90 million votes tabulated from around the world leading up to the competition, and an additional 24 million submitted throughout the final event.

Emmy® Award winner Steve Harvey hosted the competition with model, entrepreneur and body activist Ashley Graham as backstage host. TV personality and fashion expert Carson Kressley and supermodel and pageant expert Lu Sierra provided analysis and commentary throughout the telecast. Eight-time Grammy® Award-winning, multi-platinum solo artist Fergie performed along with multi-platinum, award-winning pop star Rachel Platten.


The judges who helped crown Miss Universe included:

Wendy Fitzwilliam: Miss Universe 1998, Trinidadian lawyer, actress, model and TV host.
Jay Manuel: TV Personality and CEO of Jay Manuel Beauty, creative director, renowned make-up artist and entrepreneur.
Ross Mathews: TV personality, live event correspondent, author, and judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
Megan Olivi: UFC backstage correspondent and host of The Exchange with Megan Olivi on UFC Fight Pass; advocate for women in sports.
Lele Pons: Venezuelan-American creator and one of digital entertainment’s most recognizable figures; named one of TIME magazine’s 2016 30 Most Influential People on the Internet and Forbes’ 2017 30 Under 30 Celebrities.
Farouk Shami: Entrepreneur and founder of Farouk Systems, makers of CHI & Biosilk.
Pia Wurtzbach: Miss Universe 2015, model, actress, UNAIDS Ambassador for the Asia Pacific and advocate for LGBT rights.

Miss Universe trended worldwide throughout the three-hour special event, and prior to the competition, fans joined an exclusive forum on the official Miss Universe Facebook page to share their thoughts and opinions about the competition. Fans were encouraged to submit the final questions they wanted to see posed to the Top 5 on stage during the telecast. Leading up to the competition, viewers were able to get to know the contestants better through the official “Road to the Crown” video series, published on a Facebook’s Show Page.

Final Results:

First Runner-Up: Miss Universe Colombia Laura González
Second Runner-Up: Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett

Top Three: Miss Universe South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters; Miss Universe Colombia Laura González; Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett

Top Five: Miss Universe South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters; Miss Universe Venezuela Keysi Sayago; Miss Universe Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp; Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett; Miss Universe Colombia Laura González.

Top Ten: Miss Universe Venezuela Keysi Sayago; Miss USA Kára McCullough; Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters; Miss Universe Canada Lauren Howe; Miss Universe South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters; Miss Universe Spain Sofia del Prado; Miss Universe Brazil Monalysa Alcântara; Miss Universe Colombia Laura González; Miss Universe Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp; Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett.

Top Sixteen: Miss Universe Thailand Maria Poonlertlarp; Miss Universe Sri Lanka Christina Peiris; Miss Universe Ghana Ruth Quarshie; Miss Universe South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters; Miss Universe Spain Sofia del Prado; Miss Universe Ireland Cailín Áine Ní Toibín; Miss Universe Croatia Shanaelle Petty; Miss Universe Great Britain Anna Burdzy; Miss Universe Colombia Laura González; Miss USA Kára McCullough; Miss Universe Brazil Monalysa Alcântara; Miss Universe Canada Lauren Howe; Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters; Miss Universe Venezuela Keysi Sayago; Miss Universe Jamaica Davina Bennett; Miss Universe China Roxette Qiu.

Miss America



The Miss America Organization Board of Directors announced today the election of Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989, as the organization’s new Chairman effective immediately.

Also effective immediately, the Board approved the addition of Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss, Miss America 2012, Heather French Henry, Miss America 2000, and Kate Shindle, Miss America 1998 to the Board as Directors.

Most previously serving Directors have resigned from the Board. According to Dan Meyers, the interim Board Chairman, resignations from the Board were timed to ensure the organization had a continuing governance structure. “It has been important to the Directors that incoming leadership be provided with what it needs to drive this American icon in a new direction.” said Meyers.

Incoming Chairman Gretchen Carlson thanked the Board of Directors for their personal and financial support to the organization over many years. “Everyone has been stunned by the events of the last several days, and this has not been easy for anyone who loves this program. In the end, we all want a strong, relevant Miss America and we appreciate the existing board taking the steps necessary to quickly begin stabilizing the organization for the future.” She added she wanted to personally thank Mr. Meyers for facilitating the transfer of the organization’s leadership.

Ms. Carlson further stated that she and the new Board would immediately work with all Miss America stakeholders, including the organization’s state executive directors and former state titleholders, to continue an ongoing inclusive and transparent process to identify additional new board members and management. She added that the new Board also looks forward to working with the organization’s many sponsors, seeking input while creating a viable, forward-looking Miss America Organization for this and future generations of young women.

Miss USA


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Miss North Dakota, Cara Mund, was crowned Miss America 2018 tonight at the birthplace of the legendary competition in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall for its 97th Anniversary broadcast on the ABC Television Network. Returning for his 9th time as host, Chris Harrison was joined by co-host Sage Steele and celebrity judges Maria Menounos, Thomas Rhett, Molly Sims, Jordin Sparks, Tara Lipinski, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri and PEOPLE Editor in Chief Jess Cagle.

Mund’s acceptance of the highly-coveted crown is just the beginning of a journey that will take her to every corner of the nation and around the world during her year of service as Miss America 2018. She will embark on her national speaking tour about her platform, A Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion, and act as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for its 170 member hospitals, is the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization.

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Miss USA

Kara McCullough
is Miss USA 2017!

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Kára McCullough was born in Naples, Italy, but raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. As the daughter of a now retired United States Navy Chief Petty Officer, she has traveled and lived in many beautiful places including Sicily, Japan, South Korea and Hawaii. After being immersed in multiple different cultures, McCullough has a penchant for cooking specialty Italian and soul food cuisines. McCullough earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Radiochemistry from South Carolina State University. Her major provided her the opportunity to intern at many universities, which paved the way to her current career at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. McCullough also has a personal community outreach program entitled, Science Exploration for Kids (SE4K). SE4K features interactive science activities, and math and science tutoring for children scholars grades 6-11.

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Miss Universe

Iris Mittenaere from France
is Miss Universe 2016!

MIss Universe, Iris Mittenaere

Iris was born in Lille in the Nord Pas de Calais region in northern France.
Iris is in her fifth year of pursuing a degree in Dental Surgery. Besides dental school, she has always been fond of extreme sports, including skydiving, bungee bumping and hang gliding. She also enjoys cooking French food and traveling.

As Miss Universe, she wants to continue her awareness campaign for dental and oral care, taking her campaign all around the world. She also hopes to advocate for access to education and children's rights.

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Miss America's Outstanding Teen Pageant

Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2017 is
Nicole Jia of Oklahoma

Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2017 - Nicole Jia

Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen, Nicole Jia was crowned Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2017 at the Linda Chapin Theater in the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Nicole becomes the 12th tilteholder of Forever MAOTeen queens in the pageants 11 year history.

“We are proud of Nicole and the thousands of teens who compete nationwide to serve as positive role models for our nation’s youth,” said Miss America’s Outstanding Teen President Kim Parrish. “Orlando has been the home of our competition for more than a decade, and in the wake of this summer’s tragedies, our focus on nurturing success was especially meaningful.”

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2016 Fashion Showcase: Behind the Scenes

Take a peek behind the scenes of the world's largest on-location fashion photo-shoot for Prom, Pageant, Red Carpet and Social Occasion gowns.


Who's Who in Pageantry

Who's Who in Pageantry

It's Who's Who In Pageantry: Recognizing Outstanding Personalities within the Glamour Lifestyle Industry...
and it's by referral only!

Do you know someone who is deserving of recognition within Who's Who In Pageantry? Titleholders, models, photographers,directors, producers, agents, recognized personalities, and more. If so, send their name, contact information (email address, mailing address phone number) and a brief description (500 words maximum) of why they should be recognized within Who's Who In Pageantry to with the subject line: "Who's Who In Pageantry".

Pageantry... Celebrating the Glamour Lifestyle and Recognizing Outstanding Personalities Within the Glamour Lifestyle Industry!

And no... you cannot nominate yourself :)


Pageantry magazine, Makeup

Spring Makeup for 2017

In Lashes We Trust: There’s no need to restrain yourself-it’s time to lash out!

They frame the windows to the soul, thus can’t be taken for granted. Let us show you the importance of artificial eyelashes and the difference they can make in a girl’s beauty repertoire. Our beautiful model Karla already has gorgeous pronounced features, so for her complexion we chose a plum purple smoky eye and nude lips to keep all the focus on her eyes!

Read More about Spring Makeup for 2017

Check out our archives for some of the techniques that will inspire the hot and trendy Makeup of 2017 HERE.


Pageantry magazine, fitness

Spring Fitness

Spring into Action: Warmer weather calls for bare arms and legs-are you ready to reveal a better you?

It’s amazing how slowly time can pass when you are sitting inside as the snow falls outside. However, the winter blues are about to be a thing of the past, as the sunshine and warmer days of spring burst onto the stage. It’s time to put away the coats and hats, and pull out more revealing styles. As the weather warms up, jump-starting a daily workout program now can make the difference between settling for a figure hiding disguise and having the body to wear whatever fashions you favor.

Read More to spring into action and get fit.

Check out our archives for some more tips on how to Get Fit.


Pageantry magazine, Breaking into Showbiz

Breaking into Showbiz

How It All Began: Learning about the history of theatre and famous acting techniques can help you build your future.

Recently, I had a telephone call from a young lady who wished to enroll her boyfriend in acting classes. She began by saying he seemed to be a natural and that he would act with her, and she was very impressed. She then asked if I would be able to show him how to show emotions. She spoke rapidly for a few minutes, expounding on the craft of acting-most of which was inaccurate. When I was able, I interjected that acting was a craft, just as playing the piano was a craft. I explained that no matter how great a person’s instincts and desire to play the piano were, it still took learning the craft to play at a professional level. Thankfully, she understood my analogy.

Read More about Breaking into Showbiz.

Check out our archives for some more tips on how to Break into Showbiz.


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