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Miss Grand International 2021 preliminary competition standouts

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The Miss Grand International 2021 preliminary competition was held on Thursday, December 2 at SHOW DC Hall in Bangkok, Thailand. Over 50 women from around the world presented themselves in their choice of evening gowns and MGI swimsuits during the glittering show. Scores from this important preliminary event will help determine the Top 20 semi-finalists in the grand coronation show this Saturday, December 4. Standouts in the preliminary evening gown competition: Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Thailand, Venezuela, Vietnam Standouts in the preliminary swimsuit competition: Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Laos, M

FAVORITES: Miss Grand International 2021 Top 8 favorite national costumes

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The Miss Grand International 2021 national costume competition was held on Tuesday, November 30 at the SHOW DC Retail and Entertainment Mega Complex in Bangkok. Fifty-nine contestants from around the world showcased the colorful and extravagant costumes that best represent their home countries during the show. Here are our Top 8 favorite national costumes: Dominican Republic Honduras Malaysia Panama Paraguay Peru Philippines Thailand Photos: Miss Grand International

UPDATES: Miss Grand International 2021 contestants arrive in Bangkok, national costume competition, standouts

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Miss Grand International 2021 contestants are now back in Bangkok after a series of pre-pageant and preliminary events in Phuket, Thailand. Best in Swimsuit (Fan Vote) : Vietnam has won the most votes from fans for Best in Swimsuit followed by Cambodia and Indonesia while Guatemala and the Philippines completed the Top 5. National Costume Competition : The national costume competition was held on Tuesday, November 30 at the show DC Retail and Entertainment Mega Complex in Bangkok. Colorful and extravagant costumes that best represent their countries were showcased by the contestants during the show. Standouts : Notable costumes were from Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Honduras, Malaysia, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Thailand. Vote Top 20 Best National Costume : Voting is now open for Best in National Costume through the official Facebook and Instagram of MGI until December 2 (Thailand time). The Top 20

70th Miss Universe contestants tour Jerusalem old city in Israel

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Despite imposing travel restrictions due to the Omicron coronavirus variant, Israel's hosting of the 70th Miss Universe pageant is pushing through. The contestants were taken to a tour of Jerusalem's old city on Tuesday, November 30 in their sneakers, pantsuits, and cocktail dresses. They visited some notable landmarks in the city such as the Tower of David Museum and Jerusalem Botanical Gardens. Their final itinerary of the day was a tea party at King David Hotel where they met with important persons such as Mayor Moshe Lion, local female politicians, and heads of organizations that fight poverty and violence against women. Over 70 beauties are expected to continue their journey to the Miss Universe crown in Eilat next week where they will go through a series of pre-pageant activities and preliminary competitions prior to the final on December 12. Photos: Benjamin Askinas / Miss Universe

Miss USA 2021 Elle Smith crowning moment

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The Miss USA organization has finally shared the crowning moment of this year's winner from Kentucky, Miss USA 2021 Elle Smith. The 23-year-old journalist was crowned by Asya Branch of Mississippi during Monday night's glittering final competition in Tulsa, Oklahoma. "I am thrilled and honored to be your Miss USA 2021. I can’t say thank you enough to every single person who has supported me on this journey. Every single comment, every single message, and prayer did not go unnoticed," she shared on her social media page. "To the great state of Kentucky, you will forever have my heart. You believed and loved on me since I was crowned in May and there is no other state I would have wanted to represent on the Miss USA stage," she added. Elle is now heading to Israel where she will represent the USA at the 70th Miss Universe pageant on December 12. Photos: Felipe Espinal / Miss USA

Miss Universe France Clémence Botino tests positive for COVID-19 in Israel

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Miss Universe France Clémence Botino will be isolated for 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Israel. The 24-year-old beauty who hails from Guadeloupe came to Israel to participate in the 70th Miss Universe pageant to be held on December 12. Unfortunately, her test results came back positive for the viral infection.  In a statement shared on her social media account, she said: "I was shocked and sad, it is truly hard. I'm a really positive person and I work really hard, and the past two years have been tough." "Even if it is hard I won't give up. Life has brought me to Israel and everything is ready. Every situation is supposed to make us stronger," she added. Clémence also encouraged her followers to be safe "because the virus is still here." There is no confirmation yet if she will be able to continue with participation in the upcoming Miss Universe final competition should her test comes back negative after isolating. P

Miss Kentucky USA Elle Smith wins Miss USA 2021

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Miss Kentucky USA Elle Smith bested 50 other contestants to be crowned Miss USA 2021 on Monday, November 29 at the Paradise Cove Theater of River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 23-year-old reporter is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in broadcast journalism. She is the second woman from the state of Kentucky to win the national competition.  Caitlyn Vogel of North Dakota finished first runner-up while Ashley Carino of Florida and Sydni Bennett of Illinois were named the second and third runners-up, respectively. Maryland's Layilah Nasser, North Carolina's Madison Bryant, South Carolina's Marley Stokes, and Texas' Victoria Hinojosa completed the Top 8 finalists. The rest of the Top 16 semi-finalists were from Kansas, Gracie Hunt, Louisiana, Tanya Crowe, Mississippi, Bailey Anderson, Nebraska, Erika Etzelmiller, South Dakota, Caroline Pettey, Tennessee, Elizabeth Pistole, Utah, JessiKate Riley, and Virginia, Christina Thompson. The new

SPOTLIGHT: Miss Universe Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez stuns in pride colors for Jojo Bragais

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Miss Universe Philippines 2021 Beatrice Luigi Gomez stunningly posed wearing a rainbow dress in her latest photoshoot for a renowned Filipino shoe brand campaign, Jojo Bragais (Bragais Shoes). The 26-year-old Filipina beauty from Cebu is the first-ever winner of the Miss Universe Philippines national competition who is openly gay and a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community. "To win in life, you shouldn’t be bothered by everything. True enough, [Beatrice] shrugs off the small stuff and only focuses on what’s important to her — like walking confidently towards the universe’s stage in Jojo Bragais heels," Jojo Bragais captioned her photo on social media. Miss Universe Philippines organization also shared on their page: "Unbothered queen in pride colors and Bragais Shoes. Walk proud and give your best there in Israel [Beatrice]! We’re behind you. Beatrice is currently in Israel to achieve her country's fifth Miss Universe crown. Previous winners from the Philippines wer

Florida's Breanna Myles wins Miss Teen USA 2021

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Florida's Breanna Myles bested 50 other teen contestants to win the 39th Miss Teen USA pageant on Saturday, November 27 at the Paradise Cover Theater of River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 18-year-old beauty succeeds Hawaii's Kiʻilani Arruda. She is the first-ever Miss Florida Teen USA to win the Miss Teen USA national competition. Hannah Gilliard of the District of Columbia was named first runner-up while Landry Davis of Texas finished second runner-up. Pennsylvania's Yvonne Burke and Utah's Ayzjiahna Wood were the third and fourth runners-up, respectively. Completing the Top 16 semi-finalists were the representatives of California, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The new Miss Teen USA was born in Kentucky to a Dominican mother and African-American father and moved to Florida at age seven. She was raised in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and graduated from high school in 2021, with a

70th Miss Universe: Contestants depart for Israel to conquer the Universe

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In a few hours, over 70 beauties from across the world will arrive in Israel to compete for the coveted title of Miss Universe. Despite the current situation with the pandemic, the contestants are filled with excitement and positive energy to represent their countries on the prestigious global stage. Pre-arrival favorites are Paraguay, India, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Philippines, Colombia, South Africa, Argentina, France, Spain, Mexico, Vietnam, and Chile. The 70th Miss Universe (Miss Universe 2021) pageant will be held on Sunday, December 12 in the southern Israeli port and resort town, Eilat. It will air live on Fox, Telemundo, and different channels worldwide. American television presenter Steve Harvey will return as host and Israeli singer Noa Kirel will be the special guest performer. Mexico's Andrea Meza will crown her successor at the end of the event. Here are some of the contestants during their departure to the host country: Photos: Miss Universe Nepal, Miss Vene

Miss World 2021: Contestants visit Sala Sinfónica Pablo Casals

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Miss World 2021 contestants' adventure in sunny Puerto Rico continued with a visit to the Sala sinfónica Pablo Casals in San Juan to attend a classical concert. Los Cuentos De “Mi Madre La Oca” translated as the Stories of Mother Goose was directed by the talented Karlo Flores, who took the beauties on a journey with both vocal and musical storytelling. The reigning Miss World Toni-Ann Singh also joined the contestants together with Mr World Jack Heslewood and former Miss World winners Stephanie Del Valle and Vanessa Ponce. “The comedic ending was fun to watch. Certain folk tale endings were twisted, for example in the Princess and the Pea, the pea turned to soup. It was a very original Puerto Rican twist that I enjoyed,” Toni-Ann said about her favorite part of the concert. Source: Miss World

Miss World 2021: Head to Head Challenge Draw

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Following their exciting arrival on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and check-in at the Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve, the contestants' Head to Head challenges commenced on Tuesday, November 23. According to Miss World, the Head to Head Challenge is "a great way for each country to practice their interview skills as they speak about their passions and Beauty with a Purpose projects." The results of each group order are as followed below: Group One : Peru, Nepal, USA, Malaysia, Portugal, Bahamas Group Two : Indonesia, El Salvador, Albania, England, South Africa, Mauritius Group Three : Namibia, Slovakia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Dominican Republic, Singapore Group Four : Poland, Sri Lanka, Cayman Islands, Scotland, Serbia, Honduras Group Five : Angola, Bolivia, Ukraine, Japan, Sweden, Venezuela Group Six : Norway, Kenya, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Guadeloupe, Belize Group Seven : Jamaica, Czech Republic, Argentina, Netherlands, Mongolia, Equatorial Guinea Group Eight : Eston

Miss Universe Denmark 2021 is Sara Langtved

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Miss Danmark Organization's CEO Lisa Lents has officially announced Sara Langtved as Miss Universe Denmark 2021 on Thursday, November 25. The 26-year-old beauty is working in the legal department at a Danish university, Copenhagen Business School, where she is completing her degree in human resources. She succeeds Miss Universe Denmark 2020 Amanda Petri and will represent her country at the 70th Miss Universe pageant in Eilat, Israel on December 12. "Thank you so much to National Director - Lisa Lents, for giving me this amazing opportunity," the new Miss Universe Denmark wrote on her social media account. Sara is a former Miss Earth Denmark 2019 and spent a month competing for the Miss Earth title in the Philippines. Since then, she started dreaming of Miss Universe and her ultimate goal was to represent Denmark on its global stage. She has been involved with Miss Denmark, where she has had a role as a mentor & casting assistant, and attended numerous red carpet even

Thailand's Anchilee Scott-Kemmis departs for 70th Miss Universe in Israel

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Miss Universe Thailand 2021 Anchilee Scott-Kemmis departed for Israel on Tuesday, November 23 to compete in the 70th Miss Universe pageant. The 22-year-old beauty who majored in sociology at the University of Sydney was wearing a blue jumpsuit by Thai fashion designer, Narong Ketkaew, during her departure.  Many fans and members of the press flocked to the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. Former Miss Universe Thailand and Miss Universe Top 10 finalist, Amanda Obdam, was also present to show her support. Anchilee will compete with over 70 other contestants from around the world to try to win her country's third Miss Universe crown on December 12 in the southern Israeli port and resort town of Eilat. "Thank you so much for today. I have no words. Thank you for supporting me, from the bottom of my heart," she shared on her social media. Photos: Miss Universe Thailand

Puerto Rico welcomes Miss World 2021 contestants from over 100 countries and territories

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After months of preparation, the sunny Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico started welcoming the Miss World 2021 contestants from across the world. This is the first time that the prestigious competition is taking place in a Spanish-speaking territory. Renowned for local gems such as El Yunque National Forest, exquisite mountain ranges such as Cordillera Central, Sierra de Cayey, Sierra de Luquillo, and Sierra de Bermeja, and hundreds of miles worth of stunning shoreline, the contestants are excited to enjoy all that this tropical paradise has to offer. Over 100 beauties will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve in Rio Grande, a municipality on the east coast of the island, where they will enjoy exploring the tremendous lagoon-style pool, unique architecture, and experience the wonderful local hospitality that Puerto Rico has to offer. The 70th Miss World final will air live across the world from the  Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan on Thursday, December 16.