Pageantry Spring 2019
Your glamour lifestyle packed Spring 2019 edition of Pageantry, featuring the world’s largest on-location photo shoot for pageant, prom, and social occasion dresses, could be on the way to your doorstep! This in-depth edition includes our exclusive coverage of the Miss Universe Competition leading up to the final moment as Catriona Gray captures the crown in Bangkok, Thailand, along with our exclusive Pageantry magazine interview reliving the historic moment and her plans as she travels the globe as Miss Universe 2018. Our coverage’s extend to the exciting results of National America Miss from Las Angeles, California, and travel to Los Vegas for the Ms. Senior Universe Pageant finals.
Head into the spring season with our heralded columnists and discover spring’s exciting Hair and Makeup secrets. Spring into spring shape with our exclusive BodySculpting and Fitness features while enjoying the colorful and exciting pages of Celebrity Spotlight, Pageantry Personalities, Pageantry Patter and Spirit Award winners. And of course, all the expert advice you expect from your leading industry source including Modeling and Showbiz tips, Communications 101, and so much more. The Spring 2019 edition of Pageantry will provide you with all the inspiration and insider secrets you need to succeed. Pageantry… Celebrating the Glamour Lifestyle… Celebrating 40 Years!
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Miss Universe 2018: Catriona Gray of the Philippines captured the crown of Miss Universe 2018 tonight in the live telecast from Bangkok, Thailand, besting a field of 94 contestants from around the globe. The Miss Universe delegates competed in the new Opening Statement, Swimwear, Evening Gown, and Final Question before the Miss Universe Selection Committee.
Miss America 2019: Nia Franklin, formerly Miss New York, has captured the crown of Miss America 2019 and a $50,000 scholarship. The new Miss America competed before a nationally televised audience in the new format of Peer-to-Peer Interview, Red Carpet Competition, and her Operatic Talent Presentation. The remaining Miss America finalists were 4th runner-up Miss Massachusetts, 3rd runner-up Miss Florida, 2nd runner-up Miss Louisiana, and 1st runner-up Miss Connecticut.
RIP Miss Universe 1995 Chesi Smith. Sometimes the brightest lights are the ones that are dimmed way too soon.
Chelsi Smith, named Miss Universe in 1995, has passed away at the age of 45.
Smith has been battling liver cancer for some time, according to TMZ. She was the first biracial woman to win the Miss Texas pageant in 1994. The following year, she travelled to Nambia for Miss Universe, where she was the first woman from the U.S. to win in 15 years.
Miss America Drops the Swimsuit Competition: Miss America chairwoman Gretchen Carlson announces the changes within the Miss America competition on ABC’s Good Morning America. Most notably, the iconic organization will no longer include the Lifestyle & Fitness competition, better known as the Swimsuit Competition.
“We are no longer a pageant,” Gretchen Carlson, the first former Miss America to be named chair of the Board of Trustees of the Miss America Organization, said on “GMA.” “We are a competition.” You may view the interview with Miss America 1989 and MAO chairwoman Gretchen Carlson from today’s broadcast of GMA on ABC.
Congratulations to Miss USA 2018 Sarah Rose Summers! Before a live audience, Miss USA Selection Committee, and Fox television broadcast viewers, Sarah made history as the first woman from Nebraska to capture the coveted crown. As Miss USA 2018, Sarah Rose Summers will now compete for the crown of Miss Universe.
Photo courtesy of Sports Illustrated.
Congratulations to Miss Universe 2012 and Pageantry magazine cover girl, Olivia Culpo on being named a rookie of the year in the upcoming Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
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 UNIVERSE SOUTH AFRICA DEMI-LEIGH NEL-PETERS
CROWNED MISS UNIVERSE 2017
Las 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.
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.
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MISS NORTH DAKOTA, CARA MUND, CROWNED MISS AMERICA 2018!
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.
Kara McCullough is Miss USA 2017!
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.
Iris Mittenaere from France is Miss Universe 2016!
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.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.
Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2017 is Nicole Jia of Oklahoma
“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.”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.
Pageantry & PromTime 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 🙂
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!
Check out our archives for some of the techniques that will inspire the hot and trendy Makeup of 2017 HERE.
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.
Check out our archives for some more tips on how to Get Fit.
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.
Check out our archives for some more tips on how to Break into Showbiz.