Archive | June, 2016

Swimsuits out of Miss Teen USA pageant

30 Jun

The organization is ending the swimsuit portion of the beauty pageant and replacing it with an athletic wear competition, a spokesperson confirmed to CNN.

The news was first reported by USA Today.


It’s a nod to a more modern approach in an era where there are gender empowerment videos and commercial campaigns including Always’ #LikeAGirl aimed at highlighting equality among the sexes.

“This decision reflects an important cultural shift we’re all celebrating that empowers women who lead active, purposeful lives and encourage those in their communities to do the same,” Miss Universe president Paula Shugart wrote in a memo to the pageant’s state directors. “Our hope is that this decision will help all of Miss Teen USA’s fans recognize these young women for the strong, inspiring individuals they are.” Read the full article here.

Miss Teen USA Takes New Direction with Swimsuit Competition

29 Jun

Miss Teen USA celebrates young women who lead active, purposeful lives and encourage those in their communities to do the same.

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 10.09.58 AM – One of America’s most storied beauty pageants just got a modern update.

The swimsuit portion has always been a staple of the competitions, both big and small. But in a society that increasingly prioritizes feminism and equality, watching women parade across a stage in bikinis can feel outdated .

In response, the Miss Universe organization made a decisive move this week, announcing that the Miss Teen USA pageant will no longer include the swimsuit portion. Instead, the 51 women (from the 50 states plus D.C.) will be judged in a brand-new athletic wear competition.

Pageant organizers have long said swimsuit portions were intended to show off the athleticism of the competitors. But Miss Teen USA’s transition to athletic wear reads as less exploitative and more focused on the importance of physical fitness for its younger participants, mirroring the rise of athleisure with the demographic that Miss Teen USA is aimed towards and populated by.

“I have been an athlete my entire life. As a member of a softball team and a competitive dance team, I spend a lot of time in athletic wear,” says Katherine Haik, the reigning Miss Teen USA.

“This new direction for Miss Teen USA is a great way to celebrate the active lives that so many young women lead and set a strong example for our peers.”

Read more about our exciting new direction.

Become the next Miss USA or Miss Teen USA!

28 Jun

Have you ever considered competing for a state title for a chance to win the Miss USA or Miss Teen USA crown?! Qualifying state pageants are just around the corner. Our program is designed to be an excellent vehicle for advancing your career and personal goals. As a contestant, you will be scored in three equal categories consisting of Personal Interview, Swimwear, and Evening Gown. Performing talent is NOT a requirement. APPLY TODAY to your state of residence.


If you are single (never married/never given birth to a child), a United States citizen, a resident of the state in which you would like to compete, and between the ages of 14 and 26, we invite you to APPLY TODAY!

To become MISS USA you must be at least 18 and under 27 by December 31, 2016. To become MISS TEEN USA you must be at least 14 and under 19 by December 31, 2016.

Click here for more information.

Miss Universe Visits the Cayman Islands

27 Jun – Miss Universe also attended a meet and greet with Miss Cayman Islands Monyque Brooks and contestants for next year’s Miss Cayman competition at the Lobster Pot Saturday night.


An excited crowd gathered at both evening events. The smaller Saturday night gathering gave the Miss Cayman Islands committee, contestants and others the chance to meet Ms. Wurtzbach, take photographs and enjoy an evening overlooking the George Town waterfront.

Ms. Wurtzbach also toured Grand Cayman, visiting George Town, Camana Bay and the Eastern Districts, and planned to visit Stingray City Sunday. Read the full link here.

Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach takes public HIV test

23 Jun – Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach took time off her busy schedule to take a public HIV test at New York City’s Apicha Community Health Center Monday, June 20 to get the word out and encourage others to get tested and know their status.

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“Over one million people in the United States are living with HIV and this number continues to increase each year by 50,000. One in eight people who have HIV don’t even know it yet because they don’t get themselves tested and because of that, they are not getting the right kind of care and treatment that they deserve and should have,” Miss Wurtzbach said.
The public test took place in advance of National HIV Testing Day on Monday, June 27 when special testing events will be held around the United States.

“It is vital to get tested at least once in your lifetime. The risk is in not knowing,” the reigning Miss Universe added. Ending the stigma associated with testing that exists in many parts of the world is critical to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic as it is estimated that 17.1 million of the 36.9 million people living with HIV worldwide do not know they are infected.
“The most important thing about getting an HIV test today is to destigmatize the whole idea of knowing your HIV status,” said Therese Rodriguez, Apicha’s CEO. “She will hopefully inspire more people to have the courage to get themselves tested.” Rodriguez explained that knowing one’s status is crucial in the process of getting the necessary help one needs.Read the full article here.

Purchase your tickets for the 2016 Miss Teen USA Competition

22 Jun

The Venetian® and The Palazzo® set the stage for the 2016 Miss Teen USA Competition. Fifty-one state finalists, chosen from more than 10,000 exceptional young ladies nationwide, compete for the coveted title of Miss Teen USA 2016. Cheer on the contestants in the preliminary and final competitions on July 29 and 30 in The Venetian Theatre. The pageant begins at 8 p.m. each night.

Click here to purchase tickets

How Miss Universe is overhauling the pageant to make you love it again

21 Jun – Miss Universe knows what you think of it. And it’s quietly making a number of changes that might make you rethink the pageant.

Many people criticize Miss Universe for being an antiquated celebration of superficial femininity. While the annual show remains popular with its core audience more than 50 years after it was founded, its image as a brand has seen better days.

That may be changing. Donald Trump unloaded the organization in 2015 after a falling out with its broadcaster, NBC, following his controversial statements about Mexican immigrants. He sold to WME/IMG, which is primarily known as a talent agency but is widely growing its business ventures, including original productions.

In Miss Universe, first of all, WME/IMG saw a chance to obtain a massive global audience that will take advantage of the company’s other relationships within entertainment. (Actress Julianne Hough cohosted this month’s Miss USA competition, and she also happens to be signed with WME.)

The new Miss Universe/Miss USA owners want to take full advantage of that audience in ways the old shows simply left behind. They launched the Miss U app, the first official app for the Miss Universe organization, which allows fans a say in the voting and gives them access to content before and after the shows.


“There’s a huge community around this that we can leverage 365 days a year,” Michael Antinoro, who oversees Miss Universe at IMG Original Content, told Business Insider. “Frankly, in the past, most people looked at the organization, whether it was Miss USA or Miss Universe, once a year when the three-hour special came on TV. It was the only time they thought about it.”

But perhaps more significantly, WME/IMG wants to rethink what it means to be Miss USA or Miss Universe, and how it portrays the women aiming for the prizes.

Read the full article here.

Miss Universe and Miss USA on #NationalSelfieDay

21 Jun

Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach and Miss USA 2016, Deshauna Barber snap a quick selfie for National Selfie Day.


Pia Wurtzbach celebrates six months of being Miss Universe

21 Jun – Time is flying fast for Pia Wurtzbach who’s on a journey of a lifetime. She celebrated exactly half a year of being Miss Universe yesterday, June 20. Read the full article here.

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Miss Universe on the cover of Rogue Magazine

21 Jun

Rouge Magazine names Miss Universe 2015, Pia Wurtzbach one of the 50 most influential Pinoys online. Pia is also featured on the cover of the June issue.

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