Archive | February, 2016

HIV/AIDS advocacy organization thanks Miss Universe

24 Feb – HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and advocacy organization GMHC on Wednesday morning thanked Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach for visiting their New York City offices to learn about the organization’s services and the issues involved in HIV/AIDS.

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Our thanks to @MissUniverse Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach who visited us to learn about our services & issues of HIV & AIDS. Read the full article here.

Miss Teen USA at the Viennese Opera Ball

22 Feb – As performers at the 61st Viennese Opera Ball at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel prepared to present a program celebrating the work of Mozart, some focused on their co-star Lord, a handsome black horse.

Miss Teen USA 2015, Katherine Haik meets some of the night's entertainment.

Miss Teen USA 2015, Katherine Haik meets some of the night’s entertainment.

As he was readied backstage, Lord relaxed with Katherine Haik, the reigning Miss Teen USA and a host of the Friday evening event, which featured New York City’s top opera singers and classical musicians. Read the full article here.

Miss New York USA visits nursing home

19 Feb – The senior residents at St. Ann’s Home for the Aged in Jersey City were all smiles Thursday when they received a special visit.

Serena Bucaj, who was named Miss New York for the Miss USA competition last month, visited the Old Bergen Road nursing home to hand out carnations and to spend some time with the residents.


The beauty pageant winner from Rockland County, New York, spent her teenage summers at the nursing home as a volunteer.

“There’s nothing more amazing or humbling than seeing the looks on the senior citizens face when you come in,” said Bucaj. “A simple gesture like giving out flowers, like the way I did today, can mean so much to one person. It may be something little to me and you, but to them it’s the world to see a girl with a crown and a sash, almost like a princess, coming in.

“I would do it every single day if I could,” she added.

Bucaj will be competing in the Miss USA pageant later this year. Read the full article here.

Miss Virginia Teen USA Visits Bristol to Spread her Message

17 Feb – Miss Virginia Teen USA Gracyn Blackmore visited the center and talked about the importance of setting goals.

Girls from elementary school through high school gathered to take part in activities geared towards Blackmore’s new platform she calls “unlocked.”


“We talk about goal setting and unlocking your true potential,” Blackmore said. “I love to be here at Girls Inc. because I feel like I can relate to them since they are the same age as me, the same age bracket.” Read the full article here.

Miss Universe Pia and Miss USA get sketched at an art gallery during NYFW

17 Feb – Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtbach and Miss USA Olivia Jordan are truly #BFFGoals! The “besties” showed up together at an art gallery in New York on Valentine’s Day.

Pia and Olivia attended the “Gemfields presents The Art of Love” gallery at the Skylight Clarkson SQ in New York. The two beauties met artist Meagan Morrison.


Meagan did a quick sketch of the two, which Olivia posted on her social media accounts @MissUSA.

The beauty queens are another example that the USA and the Philippines have always had a good relationship with each other. The two are currently in New York for the New York Fashion Week which will conclude on Thursday, February 18. Read the full article here.

Pia Wurtzbach Takes the New York Fashion Runway by Storm

16 Feb – Aside from walking in a Carmen Marc Valvo dress at the Red Dress Collection 2016 event on Thursday, Pia Wurtzbach has also strutted the runway in a Sherri Hill designed formal evening wear.

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Clad in a derriere baring blue gown, the Filipina beauty walked fiercely and elegantly along with other models. Read the full article here.

Miss USA and Valentine’s For Vets

14 Feb

State Senator Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), joined by Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan and students from local schools, donated more than 500 Valentine’s Day cards and gift bags to veterans at the 21st annual “Valentine’s for Veterans” celebration held at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center on Wednesday.

“We’re excited to welcome Miss USA, our PS 105 students, and Senator Klein. Their participation just heightens the celebration and brings a special note of cheer to our veterans,” said James J. Peters VA Medical Center Medical Director, Dr. Erik Langhoff. “Our medical center’s 464 volunteers are an important part of our healthcare team and donate over 85,000 hours of their precious time to our veterans. The National Salute program is a great way for people to learn more about helping the Veterans we serve.”


“It is an honor for me to be here at Valentine’s for Vets. After winning Miss USA last summer I have had several wonderful opportunities to thank the men and women who have served and are still serving our country and I feel it is the least I can do as Miss USA,” said Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015. Read the full article here.

Adam Selman Fashion Show

12 Feb – Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan looked stunning in a two-piece look that flaunted her toned abs and bare midriff at the Adam Selman Fashion Show as part of New York Fashion Week.


The salmon-coloured outfit included a pencil skirt that showed off her incredible figure and a ruffled top which highlighted her feminine curves. Click here for more pictures of the event.

Meet the former Miss USA turned fashion blogger who is dominating NYFW

11 Feb – They say when someone has the mystical ‘It’ factor, people can tell instantly.

That sentiment definitely holds true for former Miss USA, Alyssa Campanella. After meeting Campanella for the first time in our New York offices, one thing was for certain: her personality was infectious. Its the same charisma that has captivated followers in droves to either her stunning online visual diary, titled The A List, or to her many social media outlets. Her clean aesthetic and feminine outfits are the cherry on top.


It’s pretty obvious when looking for someone to give us the insider look into New York Fashion Week, there’s really no better person to turn to. Through her work in both the modeling and the pageant circuit, Alyssa has has garnered an impressive sartorial resume — her bold fashion choices are proof of this. She’s also a pro when it comes to Fashion Week, and has been on either sides of the runway, both as an onlooker sitting in the front row, and a model walking down the catwalk.

So we tapped into Alyssa’s expert knowledge on all things style. Ahead, she reveals her rise to fashion fame, her strong stances against unethical industry practices, and her constantly supportive fans. Read the full article here.

Meet the Newly Crowned Miss Universe Malaysia

10 Feb – If you really want something badly enough and you’re willing to work for it, the sky is the limit, or in this case, the “universe”.

With the motto, “You can’t score without goals”, newly-crowned Miss Universe Malaysia Kiran Jassal achieved one of her goals with her win over 13 other contestants.


This interview was done two days after the crowning and the 20-year-old says she was “still settling down and into the role before her but is hoping to learn quickly”.

Kiran is a first-timer in entering pageants, so the win is that much sweeter.

“I am very new to this industry as I have never modelled, done photo shoots or walked the catwalk prior to entering the competition,” she said. “This was where I had to step up and improve on in the three months I was given. I am still learning actually.” Read the full article here.