Archive | March, 2014

Miss Universe and Cordaid Join Forces to Help Philippines

30 Mar

The Miss Universe Organization and Cordaid join forces to “build back better” in the Philippines after devastation wrought by typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).

The Miss Universe Organization and Dutch development agency, Cordaid, have partnered to create a global fund that will raise awareness and money for regions of the Philippines struggling to recover in the wake of typhoon Haiyan, locally known as typhoon Yolanda. The two international organizations will call attention to the needs of projects that are essential for the country’s recovery long after the emergency relief period has ended.

“The Philippines is home to our biggest and most passionate fan base, which is so meaningful to the Miss Universe family,” explains Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization. “The country was hit by Yolanda the night before our 2013 Miss Universe telecast and together with Cordaid, we will raise awareness and funds for long term recovery aid to build, and rebuild, flourishing communities,” adds Shugart.

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Gabriela Isler’s advice for aspiring queens: Be ‘confident’ and ‘real’

28 Mar

MANILA, Philippines – Right when the Philippines was experiencing typhoon Yolanda in November 2013, Venezuela’s Gabriela Isler was crowned Ms Universe 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

Less than a year later, months into her reign as Ms Universe, Gabriela is visiting the Philippines not only to serve as one of the judges in the Bb Pilipinas coronation night on March 30, but also to raise awareness for rebuilding efforts in typhoon-hit areas.

This is in cooperation with Cordaid, a Dutch development agency that Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart told media was focused on the long-term, with several projects centered on women and children – also a key focal point of Gabriela’s projects as Ms Universe.

Read more from Rappler.com

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Grand opening of Express Times Square: An impressive location for trendy fashion

28 Mar

This past Tuesday, Express hosted a grand opening party for its newest store location in Times Square. Express Times Square is now the biggest Express store in the city with 3 floors of apparel and accessories. Highlights include the third floor dedicated exclusively to men’s fashion and a section on the second floor just for dresses. Notable personalities in attendance included Robin Thicke, Lily Lane, Elena Foley, Miss Teen USA 2013 Cassidy Wolf, and Chelsea Leyland.

Learn more here.

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Miss USA and Miss Teen USA to present at the Shorty Awards!

28 Mar

We’re happy to announce that Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady and Miss Teen USA 2013 Cassidy Wolf, will be presenting New York Life’s #KeepGoodGoing award at the 6th Annual Shorty Awards on Monday, April 7th in New York City.
Erin & Cassidy filmed an Instagram video to announce they will be presenting!

Learn more about the Shorty Awards!

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Miss Universe 2013, Gabriela Isler Arrives in style in Manila, The Philippines

28 Mar

Reigning Miss Universe Gabriela Isler touched down in Manila on the morning of March 27, several hours after her original estimated arrival time of around 4am.

In a fitted, vibrant, blue-and-black dress that she accessorized with a large black bag and gorgeous earrings, Gabriela was every inch the fresh-faced beauty queen as she smiled for fans and photographers who showed up to greet her.

Gabriela is in town to serve as one of the judges at the 2014 Bb Pilipinas coronation night on March 30. Pop star Emin will also be arriving on March 28, and he will also be performing at the big show at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Read the full article here.

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Meet the 2014 Miss USA Contestants

28 Mar

As we are approaching the date for the 2014 MISS USA® Competition on June 8th, the online profiles for the 51 contestants have gone up today on http://www.missusa.com/. Get to know the contestants that will be vying for the crown and the prestigious title for Miss USA 2014.

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Miss Universe wants girls and women to know their HIV status

20 Mar

After being crowned Miss Universe 2013 in Russia, all eyes are on Gabriela Isler. Now, the 25-year-old Venezuelan beauty does not only want to be looked at, she also wants to be heard and is sending a message to women all around the world about their health.

“I’ve been doing a lot of work promoting HIV/AIDS awareness, not only in the U.S but throughout the world,” said Isler in an interview with VOXXI. “I urge young girls and women to get tested and to share knowledge about the disease, share it with your friends and with your family, with everyone…more women need to get tested.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimate 1.1 million people in the United States are currently living with HIV. Of those, one in four (about 25%) is a woman 13 or older, and what may be more shocking is that 27,000 women have HIV but do not know it.

Read the full article here.

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The Miss USA competition is headed to the bayou this year.

14 Mar

Donald Trump, the owner of the Miss Universe Organization, announced Thursday that this year’s contest will be held in Baton Rouge, La., on June 8. The contest will air on NBC from 8-11 p.m. ET.

“[It’s] just a place that really wanted us,” Trump said on TODAY Thursday. “We had about 12 places that were fighting for the rights, and we just decided that’s sort of the home of pageantry, it’s sort of the home of the whole beauty thing. They’re terrific people, and they’re going to put on a great show. Usually we go to Las Vegas. We never fail in Las Vegas. It’s great, but we thought we’d move it.”

Baton Rouge hosted a Miss Teen USA competition in 2005, but the pageant couldn’t return in 2006 due to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, “when the population doubled overnight due to people in damaged areas seeking safety and shelter,” Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart said in the release. “The sense of community that Baton Rouge has is incredibly inspiring and the hospitality shown to us while we were there was second to none. I am looking forward to bringing an event back to Baton Rouge to experience the charm of the Capital City.”

Read the full article on Today.com

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The 2014 MISS USA® Competition Heats Up the Bayou June 8 on NBC (8-11 P.M. ET) LIVE from Baton Rouge River Center in Louisiana

13 Mar

New York, NY – March 13, 2014 – NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today that the 2014 MISS USA® Competition will air LIVE from Baton Rouge, Louisiana on NBC Sunday, June 8 (8-11 p.m. ET) from The Baton Rouge River Center.
“Since the inception of its Film Commission in 2007, the city of Baton Rouge has quickly become a filming destination for the entertainment industry,” says Trump. “There has been an astounding amount of growth in a short amount of time with over 127 productions generating 700 million dollars directly for the city,” adds Trump. “We are happy the Miss USA telecast will put a focus on the huge economic development that has occurred there.”

“We developed strong ties with Mayor Holden and everyone in the Baton Rouge community when they hosted the Miss Teen USA pageant in 2005 and we anticipated coming back the following year. However, three weeks later, the city was faced with challenges left by Katrina when the population doubled overnight due to people in damaged areas seeking safety and shelter,” explains Shugart. “The sense of community that Baton Rouge has is incredibly inspiring and the hospitality shown to us while we were there was second to none. I am looking forward to bringing an event back to Baton Rouge to experience the charm of the Capital City.”
“We are delighted to host the 2014 Miss USA pageant,” said Paul Arrigo, President and CEO of Visit Baton Rouge. “The 2005 Miss Teen USA pageant was a huge promotional success. In 2014, we can look forward to prime-time television exposure, international television distribution to almost 70 countries, vast web traffic, endless social media mentions, press coverage, and local economic impact,” adds Arrigo. “In partnership with the Louisiana Office of Tourism, the city of Baton Rouge, the Baton Rouge River Center and L’Auberge Casino Hotel Baton Rouge, we look forward to this tremendous opportunity for Louisiana’s Capital City!”

Known as the “Capital City,” Baton Rouge represents the best of Louisiana’s vibrant culture and is recognized for its lively music scene, unique food and proud people. The thriving city is home to two major universities, diverse career options, booming business opportunities and endless arts and entertainment attractions. The Miss USA coverage will highlight the wonderful growth of the destination and its many offerings for visitors and locals alike. Whether it’s Mardi Gras, food, music, or the tradition of tailgating, Baton Rouge takes advantage of every opportunity to revel in the good times.
“It is an honor to host the Miss USA pageant in Louisiana,” Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne said. “It is an incredible opportunity for Baton Rouge to shine on a national stage and I expect the delegates will enjoy our unique culture and joie de vivre.”

Mayor-President “Kip” Holden said, “We have been working very hard to bring the 2014 Miss USA pageant to Baton Rouge and are extremely proud to be the host city. There is no question that our flourishing film and television industry, which the nation just saw showcased at the Academy Awards ceremony, our highly successful annual events like the Bayou Country Superfest and a revitalized downtown area all played major roles in our selection. Baton Rouge has come so far since the very successful 2005 Miss Teen USA pageant was here, and we look forward to again hosting an event that will have people in all 50 states focused on Baton Rouge, one of America’s truly great cities.”

Returning as executive producer for the third consecutive year is Barry Adelman of dick clark productions (dcp). The 2014 MISS USA® Competition will feature contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Contestants will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. The show concludes with one contestant ultimately being crowned Miss USA 2014.

Last year’s telecast concluded with Erin Brady, Miss Connecticut USA, being crowned Miss USA 2013. The MISS USA telecast now reaches approximately 70 countries and territories. For more information, visit http://www.missusa.com.

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Special Announcement from Donald J. Trump and Miss USA Erin Brady about the 2014 MISS USA® Competition

12 Mar

Special Announcement from Donald J. Trump and Miss USA Erin Brady about the 2014 MISS USA® Competition

When: Thursday, March 13th

Where: TODAY Show

Time: 8:30 a.m. ET

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