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    Beauty Pageants

    Miss USA 2010 was just crowned. Rima Fakih of Michigan.



    Miss USA 2010 FInale - Journey to the Crown

    She's a pole dancing champion!

    Miss USA 2010 -- Champion Pole Dancer
    Originally posted May 17th 2010 6:05 AM PDT by TMZ Staff

    Rima Fakih was a big winner wayyyyy before she took the crown for Miss USA 2010 last night -- the 24-year-old beauty queen is a former "Stripper 101" pole dancing champion!

    Back in 2007, the sexy pageant queen won a stripper contest for local Detroit radio morning show Mojo in the Morning.

    We're told Fakih earned some fabulous prizes for the victory -- which included "jewelry, gift cards, adult toys and a stripper pole for home use."

    And despite the fact that she kept her clothes on during the pole riding, she still managed to walk away with a bra stuffed with dollar bills!
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    I like miss maine and miss okalahoma.

    b/c they are tall.

    Miss Michigan does have fine features on the face.

    some how, I am always bewitched by belly dancers.

    I bet miss michigan would be a fine belly dancer.

    just saying.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqlFgZg6Lbg


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    Top 10

    Rima was on Letterman last night.
    David Letterman - Miss USA Top Ten
    Air Date: 05/18/10
    Clip 3:21
    2010 Miss USA Rima Fakih presents the "Top Ten Things I Want To Do As Miss USA."
    I'm waiting for my fried egg sammich.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    Miss USA 2010 was just crowned. Rima Fakih of Michigan.



    Miss USA 2010 FInale - Journey to the Crown

    She's a pole dancing champion!



    I'd hit it.
    "I don't know if anyone is known with the art of "sitting on your couch" here, but in my eyes it is also to be a martial art.

    It is the art of avoiding dangerous situations. It helps you to avoid a dangerous situation by not actually being there. So lets say there is a dangerous situation going on somewhere other than your couch. You are safely seated on your couch so you have in a nutshell "difused" the situation."

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    CHI Ninja

    Or is it CHInja? Whatever.

    Miss Universe - CHI Ninja

    CHI products is a major sponsor of the Miss Universe Pageant. That's Cationic Hydration Interlink. Interesting product marketing for sure.


    Here's all the contestants - four photos a piece (so much for your day today)


    Here's our girl Rima with one of the controversial topless shots.


    The rasta in me has to vote for Miss Jamaica
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    She can be Mrs Hebrew Hammer anytime! I'm an equal opportunity philanderer.
    "if its ok for shaolin wuseng to break his vow then its ok for me to sneak behind your house at 3 in the morning and bang your dog if buddha is in your heart then its ok"-Bawang

    "I get what you have said in the past, but we are not intuitive fighters. As instinctive fighters, we can chuck spears and claw and bite. We are not instinctively god at punching or kicking."-Drake

    "Princess? LMAO hammer you are such a pr^t"-Frost

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    Viva Miss Mexico!

    Miss Jamaica was a close second.

    Miss Mexico Crowned Miss Universe 2010 (Photos)
    August 24th, 2010 11:26am EDT

    Last night Miss Mexico Jimena Navarrete was crowned 2010 Miss Universe, just edging out Miss Jamaica. The pageant, aired on NBC and held in Los Vegas, was hosted by Bret Michaels and Natalie Morales. Other celebrity judges included Jane Seymour, Criss Angel and Evan Lysacek.

    The finals competition included the top 15 contestants which consisted of: Miss Puerto Rico, Miss Ukraine, Miss Mexico, Miss Belgium, Miss Ireland, Miss South Africa, Miss France, Miss Australia, Miss Jamaica, Miss Russia, Miss Albania, Miss Colombia, Miss Guatemala, Miss Czech Republic and Miss Philippines.

    The United States was represented by Mima Fakih, but she failed to advance to the final 15.


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    nunchaku wielding beauty queen

    Pilipina power!
    Krista makes a 'scene' in China
    FUNFARE UPDATE By Ricardo F. Lo (The Philippine Star) Updated October 27, 2010 12:00 AM


    2010 Bb. Pilipinas-International Krista Kleiner in a dazzling Filipiniana dress, her right hand holding a fan and her left holding a nunchaku.

    Yes, 2010 Bb. Pilipinas-International Krista Kleiner did make “a scene” during the National Costume Parade of the ongoing 2010 Miss International contest and she succeeded in getting everybody’s attention. Coronation night is on Nov. 7 in Chengdu, also in China.

    “How couldn’t she,” reported Felix Manuel, one of Funfare Update’s “beauty experts,” “when she paraded in a Filipiniana dress holding a fan with her right hand and a nunchaku with her left.”

    Felix believed that Krista didn’t make a scene in the literal sense of the word; it just so happened that Krista wanted to show one of her special talents.

    Related Krista in a text message to Funfare Update, “When we did the red carpet, they asked us if we wanted to do a little demonstration of a talent so I hid my nunchaku in my bolero. When I was interviewed, I answered in Chinese, ‘Hi, Chengdu. My name is Krista Kleiner. I am representing the Philippines. Chengdu is beautiful!’ Then, the host said, ‘I heard that you do kung fu. I want to ask you to do a demonstration but you cannot in your dress.’ I spun around with my fan and asked him to hold it. Then, I pulled out my nunchaku and started demonstrating with it. Everybody was like, ‘Whoa!’ At least, kaiba.”

    “It’s unfair to label Krista as a scene-stealer,” added Felix. “She’s more of a performer. Pageant fans expect her to be noticed and that is what she’s actually doing. Being a showbiz person, it’s natural for her to please the audience. Krista doesn’t have to make a scene. In fact, in almost all the surveys on the Internet and the Chinese media, she always lands in the Top 5.”
    2010 Bb. Pilipinas-World Czarina Gatbonton. Both are in China, Krista competing in the Miss International contest on Nov. 7 and Czarina in the Miss World contest on Oct. 30.

    The Philippines has four Misses International — Gemma Cruz (1965), Aurora Pijuan (1970), Melanie Marquez (1979) and Precious Lara Quigaman (2005). Will Krista be the fifth?

    More on Krista from Funfare Update’s “other beauty expert” Celso de Guzman Caparas:

    Krista and other delegates visited the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai last Oct. 22 and interacted with schoolchildren in Chengdu, the Panda City of the world. They are scheduled to go to Tokyo and return to Chengdu for the pre-pageant
    activities and finals on Nov. 7 at the Sichuan Provincial Gymnasium. Reigning Miss International is Anagabriela Espinoza of Mexico.

    Krista is up against 79 equally gorgeous beauties from the same number of countries, some of them pageant veterans, including Mauritius’ Anais Veerapatren (joined Miss Universe 2009 and Miss World 2009); Egypt’s Donia Hamed (Miss Universe 2010); Denmark’s Nadia Pederson, Kenya’s Fiona Konchellah and Scotland’s Katherine Brown (who represented UK) who all competed in the 2009 Miss World contest; El Salvador’s Julia Ayala (Miss Earth 2007); Thailand’s Piyaporn Deejing (Miss Earth 2008 Top 16); Chinese Taipei’s Chen Yi Wen (Miss Earth 2009); Singapore’s Tan Yong Ying (Miss Intercontinental 2009); Bolivia’s Ximena Vargas (Miss Tourism International 2009); Australia’s Charlotte Mastin (Miss Friendship International 2010); Annija Alvatere (Miss Supranational 2010); and Vietnam’s Chung Thuc Quyen (Miss Supranational 2009 Top 15 and Miss Tourism Queen International 2008).

    Meanwhile, here’s an update on the 2010 Miss World contest which is also being held in Sanya, China, with finals set for this Saturday, Oct. 30, also from Caparas:

    Miss Norway Mariann Birkedal won the Top Model of the World making her the third delegate to enter the semi-finals. Miss Talent was chosen yesterday and the winner of Beauty with a Purpose award will be announced during the finals on Oct. 30. Miss French Polynesia (Tahiti) Mihilani Teixeira received the Designer Dress Award.

    As of Oct. 25, the Philippine bet, 2010 Bb. Pilipinas-World Czarina Gatbonton’s standing has dramatically improved among bookmakers, as follows: Bet365 (No.7), Betfred.com (No. 11), Boylesports.com (No. 12), Gamebookers.com (No. 15), Partybets.com (No. 15) and Skybet (No. 24). Miss Norway leads in all except in Boylesports.com with Miss Brazil Kamilla Salgado as the top choice.”

    Twenty-five semi-finalists will be selected in the pageant’s 60th edition, five of them from fast-track events and 20 to be chosen by the judges.

    Diana, not Yukta

    Here’s the correct photo of India’s Diana Hayden, 1997 Miss World, which should have been posted in the Miss World Honor Roll published in Funfare last Monday. This is one of the signed official photos sent to Funfare’s ‘other beauty expert’ Celso de Guzman Caparas by the late Eric Morley, founder of Miss World Organization. Celso mistakenly sent the photo of 1999 Miss World Yukta Mookhey
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    oh look.... a muslim... how progressive and understanding...

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    Krista is my kind of beauty queen

    Krista Kleiner (aka Krissa) using her nunchucks

    Every beauty queen should be required to use nunchucks.
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    Great NYT story

    Click Two Beauty Contests, Two Worlds for a fine slideshow.
    Dueling Beauty Pageants Put Income Gap on View
    By SIMON ROMERO
    Published: November 30, 2010

    CARTAGENA, Colombia — The Champagne flowed. Cigar smoke floated in the thick air of the tropical night. Women in miniskirts and men in pressed guayaberas danced at Jet-Set magazine’s fete in this city’s Naval Museum, as the candidates for Miss Colombia sashayed about, flashing perfect smiles and impossibly high cheekbones.

    Two Beauty Contests, Two WorldsAnother party unfolded the same night last month outside Cartagena’s stone ramparts. In a slum called Boston, Ivonne Palencia, an elegant 19-year-old, tiptoed in the mud outside her family’s hovel. Amid the din of firecrackers and reggaetón music, neighbors toasted her victory as Miss Independence, the queen of this city’s slums, with beer.

    “We have our queen,” said a glowing Patricia Álvarez, 44, a social worker in Boston who led a collection drive to support Ms. Palencia’s candidacy. “They have theirs.”

    Despite making strides in stabilizing the economy in the last decade, Colombia has South America’s most unequal distribution of wealth, except for small Paraguay, according to the Center for Economic Development Studies in Bogotá. And each November this port city puts that inequality on open display, when it hosts two beauty pageants at the same time. The rival contests offer views not only of the country’s yawning income gap but of issues of race and class in a country that has, by some measures, the Spanish-speaking world’s largest black population.

    Miss Colombia, the better-known event, features two dozen strutting candidates, many of them light-skinned daughters of prominent families. The pageant positions Cartagena as its boosters often market it: a playground for the global elite with $475-a-night boutique hotels and Audis prowling the narrow streets of a colonial gem once coveted by corsairs.

    In the shadows of that opulence, Cartagena’s slums hold their own pageant celebrating the city’s declaration of independence from Spain in 1811. Largely featuring Afro-Colombian candidates, the contest, which unfolds during a tumultuous street festival, reveals rival concepts of beauty in a city that was also imperial Spain’s major port of entry for slaves being shipped to its South American colonies.

    “One pageant portrays Cartagena as its elite wants it to be seen: rich, white and glamorous,” said Elisabeth Cunin, a French sociologist who studies Cartagena. “The other reflects the reality of the city as the majority of its inhabitants know it: poor and neglected, a complex mix between racial domination and an emerging current of black consciousness.”

    The national pageant, founded here in 1934 as a tourism linchpin, employs a multilingual staff at an air-conditioned building in Parque de Bolívar in the old center, attracting sponsors like Edox, a Swiss watch manufacturer. The municipal contest, created in 1937, operates on a shoestring budget from a crumbling structure a few blocks away.

    Few nations, with the exception of neighboring Venezuela, attach as much importance to such pageants. In addition to Miss Colombia and Miss Independence, Colombian juries award many lesser titles, like Miss Plantain and Miss Coal. Cellblocks in a Bogotá women’s prison have their own pageants. One town in northern Colombia takes it even further, putting makeup and wigs on its donkeys then parading them for its annual Miss Burro celebration.

    No pageant attracts as much obsessive attention as Miss Colombia. Paparazzi swarm the city each November. Gossip columnists speculate about plastic surgery, while investigative journalists try to uncover whether drug kingpins paid the surgeons’ bill. In a further stamp of legitimacy, Colombia’s intellectuals deride the event.

    The writer Laura Restrepo skewered the whole scene with the words of a cynical reporter in her novel “The Angel of Galilea.” “Of all my assignments for Somos, covering the pageant was by far the worst, having to rhapsodize on Miss Boyacá’s Pepsodent smile, Miss Tolima’s dubious virginity, Miss Arauca’s preoccupation with poor children.”

    One of this year’s candidates boasted that she was studying at DePaul University in Chicago. Yet another emphasized that she was born in Paris. In contrast, the bios from the municipal pageant described one candidate who came from a family of 10 children. Another said she simply dreamed of visiting the capital, Bogotá.

    Sometimes the candidates from both pageants have to greet one another, as they did at a military parade one morning in November. Organizers seated them side by side under a canopy shielding them from the sun.

    Awkwardness reigned. The mostly fair-skinned Miss Colombia candidates fidgeted. There were attempts at small talk, and smiles for the cameras.

    In an interview, Raimundo Angulo, a former mayor of Cartagena who now directs the national pageant, chafed at criticism that his event was somehow racist or excluding. He said the pageant could improve life for residents by helping to make Cartagena into “the Monte Carlo of the Caribbean,” replete with chic casinos and a Formula One race.

    “It is democratically elitist,” he contended of his pageant. “I simply want what is beautiful, wherever it comes from, according to certain principles, certain values.”

    As Mr. Angulo points out, an Afro-Colombian candidate has even been named Miss Colombia. That happened precisely once in the pageant’s 76-year history, in 2001, when Vanessa Mendoza won the crown. Winners of the local contest sometimes go on to compete in the national pageant the following year.

    As with the national pageant, the views here of the local contest are far from unanimous. Some Afro-Colombian leaders see it as a poor imitation of the rival pageant, while reinforcing standards in which women are judged almost solely on their appearance.

    Still, it is clear which pageant elicits the most excitement on Cartagena’s streets. The candidates from the slums strut through different districts as the city’s carnivalesque celebration of its independence from Spain unfolds. Shop owners shut early, fearful of assaults. A bawdy parade is led by a troupe dressed as whip-wielding priests pursuing sinners, re-enacting the Spanish Inquisition’s tribunal, once based here.

    This year, bystanders greeted them with cries of “Long live our queens!” as they marched through the Getsemaní district. Bands of youths roamed the streets carrying buckets of black paint, threatening to paint the faces of visitors. For a few small bills they would relent.

    Within this anarchic scene, a panel chooses a winner. The title of Miss Independence this year went to Ms. Palencia, who took time off from her job as a preschool teacher to compete. Her slum, Boston, said to be named for a red-light district once frequented by foreign sailors, erupted in celebration.

    Ms. Palencia’s mother, Yadira Querubín, 50, a maid who earns $6 a day cleaning houses in a rich area of Cartagena, proudly welcomed a visitor into their home, which has a dirt floor that turns into mud when rain leaks through the ceiling. “I’m a maid, and I have a daughter who is a queen,” said Ms. Querubín. “Maybe my lovely girl, from this difficult place, will have a more dignified life than my own.”

    Jenny Carolina González contributed reporting from Bogotá, Colombia.
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    Miss USA 2011...

    ...is CALIFORNIAN!!!

    I wish they all could be California girls.

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    these toddler pageants i see on life channel and sh1t is pathetic... so sad... child abuse if you ask me... superficial bullsh1t... basically screwing over their kids so early with superficial that attitude that i doubt many of them will grow into truly productive worthwhile people... very sad...

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    Miss Universe 2011

    She's Beautiful Inside, Too.
    5 Things to Know About Miss Universe Leila Lopes
    By Liz Raftery
    Tuesday September 13, 2011 11:00 AM EDT

    Miss Universe Leila Lopes

    She's got the whole world in her hands. Newly crowned Miss Universe Leila Lopes of Angola touts herself as a activist whose reign will be devoted to battling AIDS and poverty.

    "I've worked with various social causes. I work with poor kids, I work in the fight against HIV. I work to protect the elderly and I have to do everything that my country needs," she said at the event. "I think now as Miss Universe I will be able to do much more."

    Standing 5',10", the 25-year-old also cited her smile as being her biggest asset in Monday night's competition.

    But what else is there to the new woman in the spotlight, whose good looks and charm were evident during the ceremony? Here are five facts about the pageant winner:

    1. She's an Ex-Pat.
    Though born in Angola's Benguela Province, Lopes is studying business management in Great Britain. She also nabbed a crown in her adopted home, being named Miss Angola U.K. on Oct. 8, 2010.

    2. She Keeps Things Simple.
    Her three beauty tips are sleep, sunblock and water. Lopes told the judges she has never had cosmetic surgery of any kind to enhance her appearance. She recommends getting a lot of sleep, using sunscreen even when it's not sunny outside, and drinking lots of water to maintain beauty.

    3. She's a Pacesetter.
    She is the first woman from Angola and only the fourth black woman to be crowned Miss Universe, after Trinidad & Tobago's Janelle Commissiong, Mpule Kwelagobe of Botswana and Wendy Fitzwilliam of Trinidad & Tobago. Addressing the issue of tolerance during the competition, she said: "Any racist needs to seek help. It's not normal in the 21st century to think in that way."

    4. She's a Linguist.
    She spoke to the pageant judges in Portuguese, the official language of Angola, a former Portuguese colony. The event was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where Portuguese is also the official language.

    5. She's Beautiful Inside, Too.
    One of her dresses in competition was a colorful ensemble of seashells, fish and coral made of plastic and felt. But it's not only the exterior that Lopes wants the world to see. "I consider myself a woman endowed with inner beauty," she said. "I have acquired many wonderful principles from my family and I intend to follow these for the rest of my life."
    As a side note, Miss China was 4th runner up and the tallest of the final five.
    Miss China Luo Zilin named 4th runner-up in Miss Universe finals


    At the Miss Universe finals which took place earlier today in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Miss China Luo Zilin (罗紫琳) entered top 5, and was named 4th runner-up.

    Not a bad result -- all that prepping from Yue-Sai Kan might have helped.

    In the final segment, each of the remaining top five contestants was asked a question. Miss China had the good fortune of picking a rather daft question, which was posed to her by Isabeli Fontana: "Nude beaches are common in some parts of the world. Is public nudity appropriate or inappropriate and why?"

    Speaking through an interpretor, Luo answered, "Every country has its rules and regulations and every country has their own habits as well. We should respect them and be more understanding."

    Leila Lopes of Angola was crowned Miss Universe 2011. Miss Ukraine, Miss Brazil and Miss Philippines took first, second and third runner-up positions respectively.
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    I heard that Miss Colombia was in trouble for not wearing any underwear.
    Psalms 144:1
    Praise be my Lord my Rock,
    He trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle !

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