Archive | April, 2016

2016 MISS USA Friends & Family Rate Now Available

29 Apr

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2016 MISS USA Competition LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas

29 Apr

It is official! The 2016 Miss USA Competition will take place from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will take place on Sunday, June 5th and will broadcast on FOX at 7/6c.

The 50 states and District of Columbia, in addition to the winner of the #FindingMiss52 social contest will compete onstage for the chance to win the title of Miss USA 2016 and the crown. Don’t miss it!

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To learn more about the T-Mobile Arena, click here.

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Mets’ Noah Syndergaard teaches Miss Universe to pitch

28 Apr

SI.com – If you are going to learn how to pitch you might as well learn from someone who can throw a 100 MPH fastball, which is what Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach did before throwing out the first pitch at Wednesday’s Mets game.Hard-throwing ace Noah Syndergaard spent some time with the Filipino beauty queen, teaching her the proper mechanics. Wurtzbach also caught the eye of mascot Mr. Met.

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Wurtzbach’s appearance was a part of the team’s Filipino Heritage night, which was capped off with a 5–2 victory to complete the series sweep of the Reds. Read the full article here.

Miss Universe Brazil and SmileTrain

26 Apr

The Smile Train partnership with Miss Universe is spreading smiles around the world. Miss Universe Brazil 2015, Marthina Brandt shares a smile with a young girl at a Smile Train event.

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Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach Calls First Plus-Sized Miss Peru Candidate a “Perfect Example Of A Beauty Queen”

25 Apr

MorningNewsUSA.com – Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach praised “plus- sized” Miss Peru 2016 candidate, Mirella Paz, for her confidence in joining the pageant. Paz later on progressed on the pageant and made it to the Top 10.

Miss Peru 2016 candidate, Mirella Paz just gained the attention and respect of not just her fellow countrymen but also Miss Universe Pia Wutzbach‘s. She was believed to be the first “plus- sized” beauty pageant candidate to have progessed in Peru. Before she had attended the coronation night of Miss Peru 2016 on Sunday, Wurtzbach entertained questions by the press who had warmly welcomed her on her first Latin America trip.

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GMA News reported that one of the questions asked was about Wurtzbach’s views on the “plus- sized” candidate. The Miss Universe said that Paz might not possess the society’s standards on a what a beauty queen should be, but she embodies the beauty of a real woman. She said her courage makes her a worthy queen. The beautiful Miss Universe added, “I think that she shows what a real woman is, who is confident in herself, who joined the pageant without hesitations. And I think that’s the symbol and a perfect example of what a beauty queen should be.” Read the full article here.

Pia Wurtzbach crowns Miss Universe Peru 2016 Valeria Piazza

25 Apr

Rappler.com – After crowning her successor in Binibining Pilipinas recently, Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach flew to Peru to grace the Miss Peru pageant.

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On Saturday, April 23 (Sunday, April 24 in Manila), Pia attended the pageant as one of the judges. Valeria Piazza won the title and will represent Peru in Miss Universe 2016.

“Congratulations Valeria Piazza, Miss Peru 2016! Well deserved! She’s so humble and genuine. Stay sweet! See you at Miss Universe!” reads the caption of Pia’s post on the Miss Universe Instagram. See the full article here.

Young survivor surprised with superhero makeover from Miss Nebraska USA

22 Apr

KETV.com – From the entrance to the dressing room, you can only see two three girls getting ready. A tall brunette curls her hair, while a blonde applies makeup to a little girl sitting on a stool.

“Put your lips together!” the brunette tells the child. “Perfect!”

The mirror in the room tells a different story, that the girls in that room are anything but ordinary. One is Miss Nebraska USA Sarah Hollins. The other, getting her makeup done, is 8-year old Dylan Tolen. Dylan’s eyes shift back and forth as the brush touches her face, and her emotion seemingly remains unchanged. Dylan, from Grand Island, has Arteriovenous Malformation, a tangle of blood vessels in her brain.

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“She’s had high radiation, right near her brain stem, a really high dose of it last June,” explains Dylan’s mother, Melissa Tolen. “She’s had other issues stem off of it because of that.” Read the full article here.

Miss Universe Peru Contestant Makes History, First Plus-Sized Contestant to Reach Finals

21 Apr

Inquisitr.com – Miss Universe Peru contestant Mirella Paz Baylon is making history as the first plus-sized competitor to reach the beauty pageant’s finals. The 19-year-old beauty burst into tears as she was selected to continue on to the Miss Universe Peru finals along with nine other contestants. Baylon’s admittance into the top ten finals marks the first time that a plus-sized contestant has made it to the final round of the pageant, and her fellow competitors seemed genuinely happy for the Miss Universe hopeful.

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The Daily Mail reports that 19-year-old Mirella Paz Baylon is changing the Miss Universe Peru pageant landscape by becoming the first plus-sized model to make it to the pageant’s top ten finals. The Miss Universe hopeful says that things haven’t always been easy as a plus-sized woman. Baylon notes that she was tormented in school by classmates who called her a “hog” for her larger size. Read the full article here.

Miss USA pageant asks public for help finding a contestant

20 Apr

AP.org – If you haven’t been picked for Miss USA this year, don’t throw away your swimsuit. The beauty contest is turning to the public to find a wild-card contestant.

The Miss Universe Organization said Wednesday it will conduct an online search for a candidate to join the 51 contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the live June 5 telecast on Fox.

Olivia Jordan, Miss Oklahoma USA 2015, is announced as the winner at the conclusion of the 2015 MISS USA pageant at the Baton Rouge River Center on Sunday, July 12th. She receives the title of Miss USA 2015 and the coveted D.I.C. Crown in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during the live Reelz telecast at 8:00 PM ET on July 12, 2015. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP

Olivia Jordan, Miss Oklahoma USA 2015, is announced as the winner at the conclusion of the 2015 MISS USA pageant at the Baton Rouge River Center on Sunday, July 12th. She receives the title of Miss USA 2015 and the coveted D.I.C. Crown in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during the live Reelz telecast at 8:00 PM ET on July 12, 2015. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP

To be considered, hopefuls should post three photos or videos on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #FindingMiss52 and explain why they would be a worthy candidate.

A panel will then select 10 finalists based on creativity, personality and a web interview. Fans can weigh in beginning on May 10 by voting on Twitter or at the Miss USA site. Read the full article here.

#FindingMiss52 Contest Announced

20 Apr

The Miss Universe Organization today announced #FindingMiss52, a first-of-its-kind nationwide search for a 52nd contestant to join the 2016 MISS USA competition. This year’s telecast will air live on Sunday, June 5 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

#FindingMiss52 will identify one lucky woman to join 51 contestants from all 50 states and District of Columbia onstage for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of becoming the next Miss USA. Applications are being accepted now for review by an expert judging panel who will ultimately select the top 10 #FindingMiss52 finalists based on originality/creativity, personality and a web interview. The public will then have a chance to vote on the top 10 and the winner will compete alongside the other 51 contestants.

“Miss USA is someone who is strong, determined and confident,” said Paula M. Shugart, President of The Miss Universe Organization. “Our competitions celebrate women from all backgrounds and with Finding Miss 52, we hope to inspire more women to step out of their comfort zones and experience the amazing opportunities our organization offers.”

#FindingMiss52 is just one example of the new initiatives and opportunities The Miss Universe Organization is bringing to its fans under the ownership of WME | IMG, alongside its partner FOX.

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To be considered as the 52nd contestant, hopefuls should post three photos or videos on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #FindingMiss52 and explain why they would be the best candidate.

Beginning May 10, fans worldwide will be able to vote for their favorite finalist on Twitter by using #FindingMiss52 alongside a hashtag specific to each woman, or via MissUSA.com. #FindingMiss52 is made possible by the support of Sherri Hill, a leading eveningwear designer for today’s modern woman. Please visit MissUSA.com for full rules and information on how to apply.

This year’s MISS USA competition is a not-to-be-missed three-hour special programming event, which will conclude with Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan crowning her successor. The winner of MISS USA will go on to compete for the title of Miss Universe later this year.

As previously announced, WME | IMG wholly acquired The Miss Universe Organization last year. Prior to the acquisition, IMG had produced a number of pageants for The Miss Universe Organization and will continue to do so with this year’s 2016 MISS USA.