19-year-old Amy Willerton, who holds the titles Miss Bristol and Miss Bath, claims she fled the Miss Asia Pacific World Contest in South Korea after three shambolic days during which she was groped by officials and offered winning votes in exchange for sex.
After arriving home Amy was disgusted to learn that the eventual winner of the Ł12,700 first prize was none other than the local entrant, Miss South Korea Park Sae Byul.
She said: “It was absolutely horrendous. I had two of the organisers sexually assault me – one tried to pull my top down. When we posed with sponsors they also tried to stick a hand somewhere inappropriate.
“Girls were pulled aside and told they knew what they had to do if they wanted to win – we all knew they meant sex.
“When we complained, we were told that we would have no chance of winning if we carried on.
“We called the police but I then saw one of the competition chairmen pull out his wallet straight away when they arrived.
“I was petrified but more than anything I thought I had to get control of the situation and just get out of there.”
Amy, who also appears in the Sky Living show ‘Signed By Katie Price’ in which the glamour model searches for new talent, was contacted by organisers of Miss Asia Pacific online and signed a contract assuring all expenses would be paid.
Lee Sung-hye, a 23-year-old fashion student, was crowned the 2011 Miss Korea at the Sejong Arts Centre in Seoul on Aug 3.
Lee, who stands at 170cm with a 35-25-35 figure, emerged victorious among the 54 contestants at the 2011 Miss Korea Pageant. Lee received the much-coveted tiara from last year’s winner, Jung Sora.
Lee, who majors in fashion design at the Parsons School of Design in New York, will go on to represent South Korea in the upcoming Miss World and Miss Universe pageants.
An aspiring CEO of a fashion company, Lee is also a skilled Korean traditional dancer.
On Wednesday’s show, Lee said, “I respect fashion designer Vera Wang the most. I really liked the goddess-themed dress from this pageant. Since I’m studying fashion design, I would like to one day design a dress using Hanbok (traditional Korean dress).”
She continued, “I learned a lot through a variety of activities overseas, so I’m sure I’ll be competitive enough to promote Korea globally. I’ll do my best to spread Korea’s beauty around the world in the coming year.”
Most Miss Korea winners and finalists go on to pursue careers in the entertainment or fashion industry, so no one will be surprised to see Lee Sung Hae on TV in the near future.
This year marked the 55th anniversary of the iconic and recently panned competition, which was a national event in the first few decades of its existence and boasted 34.8 percent viewer ratings on MBC as recently as 1997. But it came under fire in the past decade for being disorganized and for focusing only on physical beauty.
Despite the criticism from pressure groups and the media, the Miss Korea title still remains coveted among many young Korean women — especially celebrity hopefuls.
The show was streamed live on cable channel tvN (it was pulled from major television broadcasts beginning in 2002) with 1.16 percent viewer ratings.
The show started off with all 54 women performing the cancan so well that they would have put any debuting teeny-bopper girl group to shame. In the latter half of the pageant, the candidates came out sporting matching blue rain coats and twirled their pink umbrellas, singing “Singing in the Rain.”
After dancing to “Hot Honey Rag”, the contestants sang the Miss Korea Anthem before starting the swimsuit parade.
Actor Shin Hyeon-jun and actress Yu Sun were on the receiving end of harsh criticism for their poor emceeing skills, especially when they only announced 16 quarter-finalists when there were actually 17 contestants who had made it to the next round. Shin also shouted, “Wait a minute” during the final announcing of Miss Korea, and to top it off, several seconds of dead air throughout the show left the crowd confused and bewildered.
A 21-year old third year communication arts student from Ramkamhaeng University in Bangkok was crowned Miss Tiffany Universe 2011 at the 14th edition of pageant held at the famous Tiffany’s Show Theater in the resort city of Pattaya on Friday night (May 6).
Miss Tiffany Universe was started in 1998 to promote tourism in Pattaya, Bangkok and Thailand and has since evolved into a platform for transgender men or ladyboys (Katoeys) from all walks and to promote transgender and transvestites’ rights. The annual pageant features the most beautiful transgenders and transvestites in Thailand.
It has attracted young transgenders–from students to professionals–and has launched the career of a number of past winners such as Treechada Poy Malayaporn, who is the image model of Thai mobile phone brand G-Net and has appeared in several television shows and a number of movies. Treechada has opened more avenues for transgender men in Thailand, setting an example to the Thais that transgenders can also make it to the mainstream entertainment industry.
Sirapassorn Sammy Auttayakorn, also known as “Nong Sammy” and Sirapassorn Atayagorn, beat 29 other finalists in the pageant themed “I Am Beautiful” watched by millions of Thais through a live telecast to take home a cash prize of 120,000 Baht, a brand new Toyota Yaris, a sash, a glittering crown sponsored by GodDiamond, a trophy, and many other prizes. She was also crowned as Miss Silky Sexy Skin, for which she received another set of prizes, including a gift voucher worth 50,000 Baht from the Asoke Dermatological Center.
The first runner-up was 23-year-old student Saranrat ‘Nat’ Chaiyakorn (spelled also as Sarunrat Chaiyakorn by some) who won a cash prize of 100,000 baht, a sash and a trophy.
The second runner-up was Tissanamadi ‘Gigi’ Bunniyom, a fourth-year costumes design student at Bangkok’s Rajabhat University, who won a cash prize of 20,000 baht, a sash and a trophy. Tissanamadi, who was initially a crowd favourite, also won the Most Beautiful Costume and Popular Vote for Media Reporters Miss Photogenic special awards.
Other special award winners were Serinapa Petchaboon as Miss Unlimited Sexy Star for being the best in swimsuit, Archiraya Trithanawiboon (Miss Congeniality) and Variny Khumpaiphuan (Miss NuRiss Beauty).
Alisa Panthusak, assistant managing director of Tiffany’s Show Pattaya and chairperson of the contest, said the contest is to select Thailand’s representative to the Miss International Queen, dubbed as the Miss Universe of transvestites and transgenders. Reigning Miss International Queen, a Korean designer who is only known as Mini also graced Miss Tiffany Universe pageant.
The highlight of this year’s Miss Tiffany’s Universe pageant was the introduction of a new fashion element as the contestants had to design their own cocktail dress, which was judged by New York designer Tiffany Khoury. The Most Stylish Cocktail Dress winner was Atchreechaya Tanuganurat.
Natalie Glebova, (born November 11, 1981) is a Russian-born Canadian beauty queen who won the Miss Universe 2005 title.
Glebova was born in Tuapse, Russia. She is a classical pianist and also has won various regional gymnastic championships. Prior to competing at Miss Universe, Glebova worked as a model and received her Bachelor of Commerce in Information Technology Management and Marketing at Ryerson University in Toronto. She has also worked as a motivational speaker for grade school and high school students.
Glebova currently resides in Thailand and is married to Paradorn Srichaphan. The couple, who met during the 2006 Thailand Open, became engaged in April 2007 and were married on November 29, 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand. Her husband’s family gave her the Thai name Piangfah and a nickname Fah. Sadly, Glebova and Paradorn announced their separation this week after three years of marriage.
In 2004, Glebova attempted to win the Miss Universe Canada pageant where she ended up as 3rd runner-up. The eventual winner, Venessa Fisher, failed to place in the Miss Universe 2004 finals. Glebova competed again in January 2005, and won the Miss Universe Canada title.
Glebova went on to compete in the Miss Universe 2005 pageant held in Bangkok, Thailand in June 2005, where she became the fourth Canadian in ten years to make the initial cut of semi-finalists. She competed in the evening gown and swimsuit competitions, advancing to the top five where she competed in the final interview round. The final interview round was a tough selection; the strongest delegates who managed the Top 5 were Cynthia Olavarria of Puerto Rico, Laura Elizondo of Mexico, Renata Sone of Dominican Republic, and Monica Spear of Venezuela, who were all considered to be pageant powerhouses. At the conclusion of the pageant, Glebova survived the Latin onslaught and was crowned Miss Universe 2005 by outgoing titleholder Jennifer Hawkins of Australia.
Glebova’s win was Canada’s second: Karen Dianne Baldwin of London, Ontario had won in 1982. Glebova and Baldwin graduated from the same high school, London Central Secondary School.
As Miss Universe, Glebova represented the Miss Universe Organization. Her “sister” 2005 titleholders were Allie LaForce (Miss Teen USA, of Ohio) and Chelsea Cooley (Miss USA, of North Carolina).
As part of her year-long reign as Miss Universe, she resided in a Trump Place apartment in New York City and assumed the role of HIV/AIDS awareness advocate. She attended the G8 Summit in New York City on August 11, 2005, which reflected on ending poverty in underdeveloped regions and ending gang activity and drug cartels in Colombia. In November, Glebova attended a special Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in Delhi and was on a week long tour of several Indian cities on an AIDS Awareness Program. In December, she attended the national pageants of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic before going back to Thailand to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 2004 Tsunami tragedy.
During Glebova’s official “homecoming” to her hometown of Toronto, the Miss Universe was formally offered an apology by the city’s mayor David Miller after she was barred from attending a “Tastes of Thailand” festival while wearing her sash and tiara nor being introduced as a beauty titleholder. A 1990 bylaw, which prevents sexual stereotyping of either men or women in public events, was strictly enforced and largely criticized by Miller and Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart. Shugart called the episode an “insult” to not only Glebova, but to the Thai government who named her an “honorary tourism ambassador”. According to Shugart, this was the first time in Miss Universe’s history that a titleholder was uninvited from a public event.
As well as promoting charitable causes, Glebova had the opportunity to attend many entertainment events and VIP parties in New York, and throughout the United States. She participated in numerous photo shoots with photographer Fadil Berisha.
During her reign Glebova travelled to Africa in July to attend an AIDS Educational Tour with the Global Health Council, Malaysia in late September, the Bahamas and St. Martin. In late March 2006, Natalie visited Russia for the first time since leaving the country in her pre-teens. She participated in an HIV-AIDS Awareness campaign in Moscow and attended a Russian fashion show as a special guest. She also made numerous trips to Thailand, where she commemorated the anniversary of the Tsunami and Canada, her home nation.
She also attended the national pageants of Ukraine in mid October, Puerto Rico in November, Dominican Republic in December, Czech Republic in February, Thailand and Nicaragua in March, Brazil in April. She also crowned Alice Panikian as her Miss Universe Canada successor the night of March 21, 2006. Alice finished 6th in Miss Universe.
Glebova was supposed to travel to Indonesia to crown Miss Indonesia Universe 2006 in late July, but because of Canada’s travel ban to the Southeast Asian country, Glebova was officially replaced with Puerto Rico’s Cynthia Olavarria, the First Runner-Up of Miss Universe 2005. Since the Miss Indonesia pageant’s revival in 2000, this was the first time in which Miss Universe was unable to attend the coronation.
On July 23, 2006, Natalie crowned Zuleyka Rivera Mendoza of Puerto Rico as her successor.
In May 2006 it was announced that Glebova, along with golfer Vijay Singh and pro tennis player Paradorn Srichaphan, would become a brand ambassador for Thailand-based beer brewers Singha Corp. owners of Boon Rawd Brewery. Glebova completed her 1-year contract with Singha in July 2007.
In December, 2006, Glebova starred in an expensive two-minute television advertisement for The Beverly Hills which attempts to recreate an air of French romanticism for a housing development project of Henderson Land Development in Hong Kong and is one of the most prestigious and expensive housing developments in Asia. Natalie received “The Best Actress” award for this commercial during “The 13th Annual Most Popular TV Commercial Awards” ceremony in Hong Kong on May 5th 2007.
In February 2007, Natalie published her first book Healthy Happy Beautiful and it turned out to be a major best seller.
In February 2007 Glebova became a brand ambassador for Better Vision (the eyewear company in Thailand).
In May 2007 Natalie Glebova was appointed as Brand Beauty Ambassador for ICC International, the producer of BSC cosmetics.
In 2008, Glebova joined The Amazing Race Asia 3 and she partnered with Pailin Rungratanasunthorn. They represented Thailand and came in 8th place.
In November 2008 Natalie Glebova started a new charity organization called Party 4 Charity.
Glebova also serves as an ambassador for Soi Cats and Dogs, a non-profit organization aiding homeless street animals in Thailand.
Malaysian model and TV host Deborah Henry was crowned Miss Universe Malaysia 2011 on Thursday.
“I am honoured and privileged to be representing Malaysia on the world stage,” said Deborah, who is of Indian-Irish descent.
“I’m in it to win it. If I never take part in this, I will never know how far I will go for the rest of my life,” added the 26-year-old.
Deborah, who won the Miss Malaysia World title in 2007, was selected by popular vote via the pageant’s official Facebook page combined with the views of a panel of judges.
The panel comprises Andrea Fonseka, who is the national director of the Miss Universe Malaysia Pageant (MUMO), local actor Hans Isaac and Russian beauty expert Julia Dolmatova.
Fonseka, who took home the Miss Universe Malaysia title in 2004 said they chose a contestant with experience as they do not have the time and resource to groom a greenhorn.
“There are no rules that say a former winner of other beauty pageants can’t join the Miss Universe pageant,” Fonseka explained.
She added that Trincy Low, who won the Miss World title in 1995, also went on to win the Miss Universe title in 1997.
Other finalists who made the list for Miss Universe Malaysia 2011 include Gail James, Cassandra Patrick, Jennifer Pedersen, Kelly Jagan, Mourhna Reddy, Patricia Sue-Lin Kundsen, Stefanie Chua and Thanuja Ananthan.
Deborah will represent Malaysia at the Miss Universe pageant in Sao Paolo, Brazil on September 12.
Miss Universe Malaysia 2012 will also be crowned in September this year as part of the pageant’s new format that aims to provide more training for future contestants.
“Latin American nations typically have up to 12 months to train their contenders while we’ve had to compress this process into just three months,” said Fonseka.
“We believe that future contestants will have a better shot at winning the Miss Universe title now that we have a longer period to train them,” she added.
Miss Universe Malaysia is part of the international Miss Universe franchise owned and managed by the Trump Organisation in joint venture with NBC Universal.
Deborah Priya Henry (born July 7, 1985) won Miss Malaysia World 2007 and represented Malaysia in Miss World 2007. She is notable for having been selected in the top 16 Miss World Final, the highest achievement of Malaysian Miss World contestants since Lina Teoh in 1998.
Henry was born in Dublin, Ireland but grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her mother is Irish and her father is a Malaysian Indian.
She was educated at Sayfol International School in Kuala Lumpur. During her school days, she excelled in basketball and volleyball, and also won a gold medal in the Kuala Lumpur International Schools athletics meet. She received a “Sportswoman of the Year” trophy from her school. Henry holds bachelor’s of science degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia. Her focus is human rights advocacy and sustainable development with a long term goal to eradicate poverty.
Henry began modelling at the age of 15 and modelled in London three years later for seven months.
As a model she appeared in Malaysian rock band Estranged’s music video “Itu Kamu”. Deborah runs the Save the Kids Education Fund (SKEF), an education centre for Somali refugee children.
Deborah Priya Henry has always been a prominent figure on the local modelling scene. National Director for Miss Universe Andrea Fonseka said, “Deborah Henry personifies all of the values and attributes of a Miss Universe. This includes professionalism, intelligence, and dedication to her country, a strong work ethic, talent, grace and beauty.”
She takes over from Miss Universe Malaysia 2010 Nadine Ann Thomas.
We wish Miss Henry the best of everything and hope she can achieve big things at the Miss Universe 2011 pageant in Brazil!
Miss Nebraska, Teresa Scanlan, was crowned 2011 Miss America on Saturday, making her the youngest ever winner at 17 on the 90th anniversary of the pageant and also the first Miss Nebraska to win the coveted title. Margaret Gorman of the District of Columbia, the pageant’s first winner, won at the age of 16 in 1921.
Scanlan exuded confidence early on in the program. She predicted that she’d win the top prize in a short pre-taped video that was shown after she was announced as the second semi-finalist.
“I’m going to be the next Miss America because I know I can make a difference and change lives and the next Miss America needs to be able to inspire and restore hope,” Scanlan said.
Producers invited past winners to participate in the show’s 90th contest. An impressive 43 former Miss Americas showed up, including Lee Meriwether (1955) and Phyllis George (1971). George, celebrating the 30th anniversary of her win, presented roses to Scanlan after she was named as the winner.
Songs ‘Dynamite’ by Taio Cruz, ‘Just the Way You Are’ by Bruno Mars and a pulsating remix of ‘(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life’ were used during the program. The show kept the tradition of playing ‘There She Is, Miss America’ after Scanlan was crowned the winner.
Hosts Brooke Burke (‘DWTS’) and Chris Harrison (‘The Bachelor’), are no strangers to live TV, keeping the action moving. Harrison is used to being around beautiful women, though these ladies were chasing a crown — not a husband.
The show interviewed past winners during the broadcast. While this was a great idea, the questions all revolved around shoes to accommodate Designer Shoes Warehouse, a sponsor of the program, which was actually titled ‘DSW Presents the Miss America Pageant.
Miss Nebraska claims her focus during her run as Miss America will be on eating disorders. She has been participating in pageants since she turned 13 and has won a host of beauty contests. Her hobbies include making clothes out of duct tape.
This year’s panel of seven judges included Joy Behar (‘The View’), Debbye Turner Bell (Miss America 1990 and now a veterinary doctor), Marc Cherry (the creator of Desperate Housewives), Tony Dovolani (‘Dancing with the Stars’), actress Marilu Henner, Taryn Rose (a shoe designer and orthopedic surgeon) and country singer Mark Wills.
Two contestants were voted into the Top 15 by their fellow contestants, namely Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent and Miss Oregon Stephenie Steers. The pageant was held at the Planet Hollywood casino-resort in Las Vegas.
Scanlan’s victory came on the back of her strong performance in the talent round where she, dressed in a white evening gown, played “White Water Chopped Sticks” on piano. She was the only contestant who didn’t dance or sing, which was refreshing.
When she was asked about WikiLeaks and balancing the public’s right to know versus national security, she told the audience that when it comes to Wikileaks, security should come before public access to government information. That answer earned her high marks, taking into consideration that she had to answer the question in 10 seconds.
“You know when it came to that situation it was actually based on espionage, and when it comes to the security of our nation, we have to focus on security first and then people’s right to know, because it’s so important that everybody who’s in our borders is safe and so we can’t let things like that happen and they must be handled properly,” she said.
A recent graduate of Scottsbluff High School from the western Nebraska town of Gering, Scanlan has earned a $50,000 scholarship sponsored by Artistry exclusively by Amway and is planning to study American politics at Patrick Henry College in Virginia after her reign as Miss America. She also hopes to attend law school, become a judge and eventually a politician, according to her pageant biography. She was homeschooled till junior year of high school and is the middle one of seven children.
Miss Arkansas, Alyse Eady, won $25,000, as the first runner-up, while Miss Hawaii, Jalee Fuselier, won $20,000 for third place.
Congratulations to Teresa on becoming the new Miss America!
Twenty year old Miss India, Nicole Faria, was crowned as Miss Earth 2010 Saturday, December 4 at the 10th Miss Earth Pageant held in Vinpearl Land, Nha Trang, Vietnam.
Faria beat 83 other contestants from around the world to become the second Asian to win the title. Faria was crowned by outgoing titleholder Miss Earth 2009, Larissa Ramos of Brazil.
Faria also won the Miss Talent, the first special award in the 10th Miss Earth pageant. She performed a graceful belly dance that combined Oriental and Middle Eastern style in an event that raised VND100 million, which was donated to the HCM City Red Cross, to support flood victims in the central region of Vietnam. She wore a shimmering white and gold outfit and defeated 17 other finalists.
The stunning Indian model, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto, bowled over the judges with her beauty, grace and intelligence.
Given a tough question on whether she would save the air or the water first during the Q&A session, the 20-year-old undergraduate thoughtfully said, “Both elements are important to us. But given the choice, I would save water from being polluted for the children.”
First runner-up, Jennifer Pazmino of Ecuador, won the subsidiary title as Miss Earth Air.
Thailand’s Watsaporn Wattanakoon and Puerto Rico’s Yeidy Bosques made it to the Top 4 and were crowned as Miss Earth Water and Miss Earth Fire respectively.
Other finalists included Venezuela, Japan and South Africa.
In the earlier part of the pageant, Miss Guatemala took home the Miss Friendship Award while Miss Photogenic went to Miss Thailand. Miss Japan Marina Kishira won the Miss Earth Best in National Costume award while Miss Guatemala won the Miss Friendship award.
The new Miss Earth will also become a spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and other environmental organizations.
The pageant was hosted by Marie Digby, Jennifer Pham and AXN‘s Sony Style host Oli Pettigrew. Guest performances were rendered by Ronan Keating and Vietnamese diva My Linh.
Miss Earth is an annual international beauty pageant promoting environmental awareness. Along with Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss International contests, Miss Earth is one of the four largest beauty pageants in the world in terms of the number of national-level competitions to participate in the world finals and is one of the most publicized beauty contests in the world. The reigning titleholders dedicate their year to promote environmental projects and to address issues concerning the environment.
These are the 14 semi-finalists for Miss Earth 2010: