Archive | April, 2014

River Center getting million dollar makeover for Miss USA

30 Apr

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – In six weeks, Miss USA 2014 will be crowned in Baton Rouge.

The city-parish council has approved one million dollars worth of improvements to the River Center.Managers said those funds will stretch far beyond the pageant stage.

On June 8, some of the most beautiful women in the country will take center stage at the River Center arena. That puts the capital city under a bright national spotlight. It is exciting news, especially for General Manager Todd Mitchell. “We were on a national stage during football season. But this is a national stage with a completely different audience and people all around the world will watch this event,” Mitchell said.

The 37-year-old facility has got to shine. That includes painting, polishing floors, making repairs, and bringing technology up to the speed of the 21st century, in just six short weeks. “You’ve got to get in. It’s a challenge, let me tell you.”

The biggest improvement will be to the arena’s Wifi network. Mitchell said the upgrade will allow virtually every person who attends the pageant to connect to the outside world through their smart phones. “Our current network can handle about 500 people at the same time. We’re going to be expanding that to be able to host 5,000 people.”

Mitchell said it was one of the requirements set by the Miss USA Pageant, but it is an upgrade that will benefit Baton Rouge in the long run. “It’ll expand past this event and help us market other events we have not been able to bid on certain events because we just couldn’t fulfill their network.” He said the possibilities are endless, once the star of the riverfront looks and feels like a million bucks. Mitchell said, to date, there are only on thousand tickets remaining.

Baton Rouge River Center

Miss Universe Gabriela Isler Presents at the 25th Annual Billboard Latin Music Awards

24 Apr


What: Miss Universe Gabriela Isler Presents at the 25th Annual Billboard Latin Music Awards
When: Today! Thursday, April 24th

Where: Miami, Florida

Time: 8 p.m. ET
The Billboard Latin Music Awards are the largest and longest-running event dedicated to Latin music in the world.

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See Olivia Culpo in “The Other Woman”

23 Apr

Former Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo has a role in “The Other Woman.” After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB. In theaters this Friday. Learn more about the movie here.


Dancing Across the Universe

9 Apr

Eventually, everyone ends up back at their old pirouetting grounds.

Riyo Mori, who held the Miss Universe title in 2007, stopped by the Quinte Ballet School of Canada Monday to teach a workshop for the current professional students.

Mori attended QBSC from 2004 to 2006 and, as one of four international students at the time, split her focus into three parts: academic school, ballet school and a dance teacher course.

“Being an international student, you need to fully understand your purpose [at the school],” said Mori. “Coming from that far away, you have to work for your goals. You have to work hard.”

The workshop, both ballet and jazz focused, was meant to help students hone their skills and give them a taste of what Mori has been up to for the past eight years. Read the full article Riyo Mori


3 Apr

The 2014 MISS TEEN USA® Competition will stream LIVE from the Atlantis, Paradise Island Bahamas on Saturday, August 2, 2013 on Cassidy Wolf, Miss Teen USA 2013, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the event. The 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.

CLICK HERE to access to the Friends & Family rates.

Miss USA 2013

The Miss Universe Organization and CHI Launch New Miss Universe Style Illuminate by CHI Hair Care Line

3 Apr

The Miss Universe Organization and Farouk Systems, Inc. announced today that the two internationally recognized beauty brands have partnered to create the first hair care line together named Miss Universe Style Illuminate by CHI. The line will hit shelves April 22nd and be exclusively sold at beauty chain superstore ULTA in the United States.

Confidence is the most attractive quality a woman can possess and styled hair makes it easier for a woman to feel confidently beautiful. Specifically engineered for the modern day woman on the go, the Miss Universe Style Illuminate by CHI was produced with key ingredients that allow women to rework and mold several styles in one day. A specially formulated blend of vitamins and oils including Moringa and Macadamia, enhance volume to provide hold without product buildup and contain anti-oxidants to make hair smooth and shiny.
“This product line was inspired by the Miss USA and Miss Universe contestants that we have worked with for many years. We see the confidence boost the contestants get once their hair is styled and they are ready to take the stage. We wanted to provide consumers with a line products and tools that would do the same. The products are formulated with the lightweight moringa oil, which maximizes styling versatility and allows for buildable looks—a must have for a beauty queen or a modern day woman on the go,” said Basim Shami, CEO of Farouk Systems.

“CHI has been a sponsor of the pageant since 2005, providing hair care and styling needs to contestants representing nearly 90 different countries, all with very different hair types,” explains Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization. “No matter the hair type, CHI consistently delivers flawless, high quality professional care to the women who compete, allowing each of them to shine on stage,” adds Shugart.

The MISS UNIVERSE pageant brings women from all over the world together reminding people that beauty is diverse. The Miss Universe Organization empowers women to be comfortable in their own skin and provides them with the tools to handle any situation with confidence.

The Miss Universe Style Illuminate by CHI consists of six products: Restage Dry Shampoo, Work Your Style Flexible Hair, Rock Your Crown Firm Hair Spray, Set the Stage Blow Dry Spray, Spotlight Shine Spray, and Moringa & Macadamia Oil. The Miss Universe by CHI tool collection consists of four devices: Professional Hair Dryer with 1800 watts of powerful airflow, Titanium Hairstyling Iron, Titanium Volumizing Iron, and 1 ¼ Titanium Curling Iron.