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Subject: Re: Sylvia Owori Bows Out

Robin Legs (Robin Givhan looks like a raisin)
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Date Posted: 05/26/10 8:44:22pm

Robin Givhan ,I have been ignoring Robin Givans ,angry ,concocted , self grandzing ,always, with an easily spotted , undertone of jealousy ,stories for years. This, since, she Was a 20,000 a year, staff writer at the Detroit Free Press. You see I worked with her and she was every bit a envious of any woman then..Not hard to understand, if you look at her picture

She was a real trouble maker there. The real question is , how on Earth did The Washington Post come to hire her as a fashion editor .It is beyond cavil, I know the Editor wanted rid of her at the Freep, but, prior to being hired at the Post style section, her biggest fashion piece was ,on hunting attire that could be found at Wal-Mart

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Subject: Despite making finalist list, local girl didn't compete for Miss Canada title

Jason Ballantyne
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Date Posted: 11/30/04 5:45:19am

Some women dream of becoming Miss Canada. For 21-year-old Danielle Gerasch of Alliston it appears the dream turned out to be too expensive.

Gerasch was unable to raise enough money to compete for the title of Miss Canada International at the competition which took place last week at Mississauga's Living Arts Centre.

But campaigning for the title of Miss Canada isn't cheap with expenses for clothing, make-up, transportation, accomodation, etc. Gerasch undertook a local fundraising campaign to help with her bid.

Rob Glozier, president of the Alliston and District Chamber of Commerce, said it was his understanding Gerasch had returned all the money she had raised. A spokesperson for the Town of New Tecumseth said the $150 cheque given to Gerasch by council was returned uncashed.

Gerasch did not return repeated calls to her home or her place of employment.

The chamber had thrown its support behind Gerasch, including offering a spot for her to put up a booth and sell raffle tickets at the chamber's June 25 Poor Boy's Lunch.

Glozier said Gerasch didn't show up for the event. The Herald carried an article on her bid for the title back in May.

A spokesperson for Miss Canada International's Barrie office, the organization that runs the contest, said Gerasch didn't attend the pageant and that they had been unable to contact her leading up to the show.

Gerasch was the first representative from South Simcoe to compete in the annual pageant, and one of 40 finalists across the country.

Her interest was piqued after seeing a sign in Vaughan. It simply read Miss Canada Pageant and had a number to call for more information. In order to be considered as a contestant, Gerasch had to write a letter introducing herself and a biography.

After the judges read her letter, she was invited to meet with the president of Miss Canada International.

Gerasch worked this summer at a full-time job and was studying public relations at Humber College. Barrie Advance, Canada, 09.09.2004

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Subject: Miss South Trinidad stripped of title

Keino Swamber
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Date Posted: 11/28/04 3:47:05pm

Jenna Marie Andre, right, Miss South Trinidad 2003 and Trinidad and Tobago delegate to Miss Earth 2005, places the tiara on the new Miss South Trinidad 2004, June Lightbourne during a function held at the Edge Night club, La Romaine, yesterday. The pre

Miss South Trinidad 2004, Ginger Richardson, has been stripped of her title.

Her crown now lies on the head of June Lightbourne who was given the title at The Edge at Paria Suites, La Romaine, yesterday.

Lightbourne 19, a clerk employed with SK Contractors, will begin preparing immediately to be screened for the 2005 Miss Trinidad and Tobago/Universe pageant.

In a statement, franchise holder Fermada Mohammed, said a decision was taken to strip 16-year-old Richardson of the title because of "her inability to cope with and effectively execute her training, duties and responsibilities which accompanies the title".

Mohammed said she was disappointed by the turn of events which led to the title being taken away from Richardson.

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Subject: how long does it usually take to update the miss michigan site. i cant wait to see new pictures of crystal and kathrine

its been awhile
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Date Posted: 11/25/04 6:34:13am

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Subject: Amelia Vega

Simply Stunning
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Date Posted: 11/25/04 5:08:37am

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Subject: Miss Latina USA

ashley garcia
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Date Posted: 11/25/04 3:58:06am

MissLatina.com, site of the Ms Latina USA, Teen Latina USA and Ms Latina World Pageants, has been updated! Check it out for entry information, photo albums and pageant videos!

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Subject: Miss India World 2004 Etka

India is producing some beautiful girls.
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Date Posted: 11/24/04 9:51:53am


Height: 5’6.3/4 th

Weight: 50.5 kgs

Age: 23 yrs

Statistics: 31-25-34

I am a BMM graduate (2003).

Work Experience:
I have modelled for TV ads including Livon Silky Potion and Amul Bodywarmer. I have also done ad campaigns including Sunsilk promo, VIP Footloose, Liberty Footwear, Colgate etc. Besides a couple of ramp shows I have anchored the ‘A to Zee’ programme on Zee News.

What significant educational / career activities are you currently undertaking?
I have finished my graduation in Advertising and I am currently modelling.

Career Objective / Future Plans:
I want to be a good model or an actress.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?
I hope to be doing well in modelling or in the film industry.

How would you describe yourself?
I am a calm and quiet person. I’m also good at heart, very confident and straightforward. I do what I feel is right and am an optimist.

Why have you decided to participate in the Pond’s Femina Miss India Contest?
I think it’s the biggest platform for models in India.

What do you hope to achieve for yourself by participating in the Contest?
I hope that I would definitely become Miss India because I am worth it.

Hobbies & Sports:
I love dancing, listening to music, cooking, drawing, playing badminton and watching movies.

How would you define beauty?
The beauty within a girl is her real beauty.

Talents and Achievements:
Camay Model Hunt 2003- Super Hair.
Inter-school dance competition 1996.

Which one person do you look upto and why?
I look upto Sushmita Sen because I feel she is a good human being, a great model and a great orator too.

What was the happiest moment of your life?
When I won a diamond in a cloth store and when I got selected to participate in the Pond’s Femina Miss India 2004.

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Subject: Miss Spinster entrants strut Thai 'old maid' power

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Date Posted: 11/22/04 4:53:17pm

November 23, 2004

Thailand's spinsters are set to strut the stage Tuesday, taking their turn in the kingdom's pageant obsession which includes the likes of Miss Jumbo, Miss Transsexual, Miss Fruit and Miss Thailand.
Thailand hosts more than 30 pageants every year but while the themes are often as colorful as some of the contestants, the shows mostly emulate the format of the Miss Universe competition, which Thailand is seeking to host in 2005.

Some 30 so-called spinsters — who have to be older than 28 and never married — go through the paces of Miss Universe minus the swimsuit event, according to organizer Parasada Baholyodhin who said the show was all about "spinster power."

"There's nothing wrong with being an old maid. If a woman is not married it doesn't mean she doesn't qualify for a man, but that men usually don't qualify for her," Parasada said.

Bangkok talk-back radio host Samaporn Chukit, 31, who has decided to don the sash, said so called Thai spinsters needed to show men they were doing just fine without them.

"Thai men think women aged over 30 are old because in the past women married when they were younger. But women now are busy with their jobs and their social lives," she said. "Right now I'm far too busy for marriage".

Other contestants said they were annoyed at the way Thai men overlooked mature women.

"As a woman at my age the possibility of marriage is down to zero," said Tunyaporn Wongsa, who at a sprightly 51 is the oldest contestant in the competition.

"Thai men still like marrying younger women because they make them feel fresh," complained Tunyaporn who manages two banks in Bangkok.

Following hot in the footsteps of a Thai victory in the Miss International Queen for transsexuals earlier this month, the dust from Miss Spinster will barely have time to settle before the Thai media gears up for Miss Loy Kratong in which contestants will dress in traditional Thai costumes.

Thai sociologists say the nation's obsession with beauty pageants all boils down to a faded tradition of village pageants during festival holidays which enabled the best young women to be viewed by men of wealth and status.

"While times have changed the crazy love of pageants continues and is wider in style because Thai people are very good at adapting foreign ideas," Thai sociologist Wallop Piyamanotham told AFP.

Thailand holds up to 30 pageants for women and a handful for gays and transsexuals every year, according to Wallop, who said the craze was now fueled by a national obsession with glamour and stardom driven by western media.

"Even if you get second or third prize you get to be on a television show or make a song or even star in a movie," said Wallop. "The media is the biggest attraction these days and everybody wants to be a part of it."

Many former Miss Thailand entrants have gone on to become actors and even a newsreader, but only a handful of contestants from the more colorful shows have managed to score in the entertainment world.

Tunyaporn Wongsa insisted she only entered Miss Spinster for "the most colorful experience of her life" and claimed only her employer was reaping any promotional rewards.

"The two branches I take care of have more clients because they want to come and see me. It is a kind of promotion, but for the bank, not me."

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Pageants Galore
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Date Posted: 11/18/04 4:44:50pm

Miss Black Teen USA
National Pageant
8/8/2004 LOCATION

Atlanta Georgia
Age: 14 TO 19


CONTACT PHONE: (678)476-0104
Must be single without any children.

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Subject: Question who won photogenic for OHIO??????

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Date Posted: 11/16/04 1:32:22pm

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Subject: Portrait of a Queen

Gene Maddaus
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Date Posted: 11/15/04 1:26:31am

Seventeen years ago, Megan and Erin Chinen were born one minute apart at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, and since then, the twins haven’t strayed too much farther from each other’s side.
Aside from a few extra freckles on Megan’s cheek, they are essentially carbon copies of each other. They are both self-assured, competitive people, with the same firm handshake and the same wide smile. They are both active in church and school sports, both get good grades, and neither is ever too busy to help someone out.

Their father, Rich Chinen, is a volunteer with the Tournament of Roses, who began guarding the floats when his daughters were small. Both girls have been imbued with Pasadena tradition — watching the parade year after year from a spot near Victory Park.

In short, they are both Rose Queen material. Indeed, from an early age, they have nurtured an improbable fantasy: They could be the first-ever identical-twin Rose Queens.

"The reason they both wanted it so badly is they are so proud of their dad,’’ said the girls’ mother, Kim Chinen. "He loves the Tournament and loves being involved.’’

Just in case the weight of 85 years of one-queen-per-year tradition prevailed, the twins had a backup plan to preserve their sisterly solidarity.

"We’d always said when we were little that if just one of us makes a cut, (then that twin would say) ‘I’m just going to drop out,’ ’’ Erin said.

But as they got older and the tryouts grew closer, they changed their minds. They decided that if one twin got cut, she would be happy that her sister moved on to the next round.

Neither one went in with high expectations, their father said.

"The whole plan was they would get through the first tryout and go to the Royal Ball like all the other girls do,’’ he said. "We told them their chances of getting on the Royal Court were 1 out of 1,000.’’

Megan said she was excited just to survive the first cut to 250 contestants. But the girls didn’t start to seriously consider the possibility they could be on the court until they got to the semifinal round of just 75 contestants. At that stage, last year’s princesses came and told the girls how wonderful the experience had been.

"I realized how big of an honor it would be,’’ Megan said.

The tournament sends letters only to those contestants who have advanced to the next round.

"I remember the day I came home and the final cut had been made,’’ Erin said. "I went to the mailbox, and I pulled out her letter. Of course I was upset, but I went and gave it to her and said, ‘Megan, you made it.’

"I wasn’t upset with myself, but in the background, I was thinking, ‘We’re exactly the same. What does she have over me? What’s wrong with me?’ ’’

Megan wanted to be happy that she had made the finals, but she couldn’t help feeling bad for her sister.

"It was such an emotional thing,’’ she said. "It’s the first time I’m going through something that she hasn’t gone through before. It’s one of those twin things.’’

For a couple of days, Kim Chinen had to perform some emergency parenting.

"It hurt,’’ the girls’ mother said. "It wasn’t devastating, but it hurt.’’

Kim stressed to Erin that her qualities lie elsewhere, that the girl who was named La Salle High School’s "best personality’’ this year didn’t need to be Rose Queen, too. (Megan, the cheerleader, was named "most spirited.’’)

For all their similarities, the girls are different, friends and family agree. Megan wants to be a nurse practitioner. Erin, who swims, plays volleyball and soccer and hosts a sports report on the high school TV station, wants to be a sports broadcaster. Her mother, however, has forbidden her from going into the boys’ locker room, now and forever more.

Megan, the senior class president, has a soft-spoken leadership style. Erin comes off more unabashed. Of the two, Erin is more likely to do an Arnold Schwarzenegger impression.

"Erin lights up a room when she walks in, but it would drive the whole committee crazy if she was on (the Rose Court), because she’s not organized,’’ Kim said. "The thing Megan brings to this group is she is organized, she is timely, and she does think ahead. ’’

Whether the Queen and Court Committee picked up on any of this is lost to history. Gene Gregg, the committee chairman, said the judges didn’t even realize they had two identical twins in the semifinal pool until after Megan had been chosen for the court.

"Believe me, when you go through 1,036 girls, you begin to see the same ones over again,’’ Gregg said.

At La Salle, a co-ed Catholic school where students can still get scolded for taking the Lord’s name in vain, everyone knows the Chinen twins. There are stories about the time Erin had a meeting and couldn’t finish her school’s TV broadcast, so Megan put on Erin’s blouse and filled in, with no one the wiser.

Megan’s selection to the Rose Court was big news.

When Megan’s name was called, Erin quickly found her sister. "We put our heads together. We weren’t saying anything, but we both knew what we were thinking, ‘I can’t believe this is happening.’ ’’

The sting of being separated from her twin had worn off, and Erin had taken on the role of the supportive friend and confidante. Megan said Erin has helped keep her grounded in reality.

Still, it has been a little awkward at times. Some friends haven’t known quite how to approach Erin. In public, people come up and ask, "Which one of you is the queen?’’

Megan has signed autographs, ridden on a blimp, received 21 new, rather conservative, outfits from the Tournament, and chronicled her life with a handheld video camera for cable’s Home & Garden TV. Little girls come up to her and think she is genuine royalty. But at school and at home she has tried to be herself as much as possible.

The demands of a Rose Queen’s schedule have taken her away from her classmates and her twin, but friends say it’s good practice for next year, when college will pull them apart, at least for a while.

Megan and Erin are almost certainly headed for different schools and different lives, though they both plan to settle someday in Pasadena.

As New Year’s Day approaches, Erin says the only thing she wants from Megan are good parade seats. But she might get more than that. Megan said she hoped to pull another "switcheroo’’ at some Tournament event, sending Erin to smile and wave in her place and be queen for a day.

"We’re going to try and do it,’’ Megan said. "She’s so confident, I think she’d have no problem.’’

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Subject: What tantrum did she throw bc I was in the third row and did not see anything! She was BY FAR the most beautiful!

wrong again. sorry ohio!
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Date Posted: 11/14/04 2:27:05pm

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Subject: former Miss Universe 2000 Eunice Olsen

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Date Posted: 11/13/04 3:21:07pm

Miss Singapore 2000 television game show host Eunice Olsen, seen here in 2000, has won a spot in the nation's parliament in what may be one of the easiest contests of her career.

SINGAPORE (AFP) - A former Miss Universe contestant and television game show host Eunice Olsen has won a spot in the nation's parliament in what may be one of the easiest contests of her career.

The government named Olsen on Wednesday as one of nine "nominated members of parliament" to serve a two-year term starting in January, meaning she will become an MP without having to fight an election.

Aside from the 84 elected MPs, Singapore's political system allows for nine nominated MPs who are appointed by a special parliamentary committee to reflect independent, non-partisan views.

At age 27, Olsen, who won the Miss Singapore Universe title in 2000 and has since co-hosted the local version of the Wheel of Fortune game show, will become the youngest member of parliament.

Aside from her high-profile media and beauty pageant career, the Straits Times newspaper said Olsen spent a lot of time doing volunteer work that included counselling troubled teenage girls and raising funds for charity.

The other nominated MPs include Nature Society president and civil society activist Geh Min, Amalgamated Union of Public Employees general secretary Teo Yock Ngee and various business leaders.

The People's Action Party has been in power since the nation became independent in 1965 and continues to dominate local politics with 82 of the 84 elected seats in parliament.

With virtually no effective political opposition, the nominated MPs are seen as channels for airing minority or special interest views

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Subject: Gown for sale!

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Date Posted: 11/13/04 2:43:51pm

Beautiful custom made Victor Rossi gown made of luxurious silk charmeuse. Dark red color. Simple and elegant. V in front and low V in back. Long flowing train. Scores high. Will fit size 2-4. Comes with dyed to match simple strappy sandals w/ 3.5" stiletto heel. Shoes are size 8. Asking $399 for both items. Paid over $800. Wore it once. For pictures of gown go to www.victorrossi.com go to catalog, page 2, item # CIN-003. Email me for more pictures and measurements. Thanks!!!

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Subject: From Miss Sweetheart to the universe

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Date Posted: 11/10/04 1:13:47pm

From Miss Sweetheart to the universe
By Christopher Moore / Tribune Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 12, 2004

WALTHAM -- If last year's Latino Festival Queen has her way, the next few years could see one of Waltham's own becoming Miss Massachusetts or even Miss Universe.

Medely Ortiz, queen of the 2003 Latino Festival run by Latinos en Accion, is competing this month for the title of Miss Sweetheart LULAC 2005. LULAC, which stands for League of United Latin American Citizens, provides scholarships, conducts citizenship drives and helps to develop low-income housing for Hispanic groups across the country.

Ortiz was one of 12 girls within the Massachusetts chapter of LULAC selected to compete for the title. A panel of judges conducted individual interviews of all applicants on Sept. 25, and from the pool selected the 12 semifinalists. On Oct. 22, Ortiz and the other 11 contestants will compete to be one of the five who will go on to the finals, with Miss Sweetheart 2005 to be chosen in March 2005.

"It's been a wonderful experience," said Ortiz, 15, of the process so far. "That (the interview) went extremely well. I was confident in myself, I knew what I was talking about. They asked me questions and I was straightforward with them and let them know how I felt."

Ortiz said she hopes to become a lawyer someday to help the Hispanic community fight for rights and access to jobs.

"I also think that, by me doing this pageant, I'm being a leader," she said. "All the Hispanic people that think low of themselves should know that they don't have to be any type of person to do something. They can be who they are. When I get older, I think maybe I'd want to be Miss Universe or Miss Massachusetts, and by doing LULAC it's inspiring me to head to a good route."

Ortiz, a Waltham High School sophomore who plays soccer and runs the hurdles in track, said her family and friends have support her endeavor.

Jim Auld, a detective with the police department and a Ortiz's former coach in the Middlesex Youth Soccer League, said Ortiz's work ethic and principles set her apart from other players.

"Honestly, I'm not exaggerating a bit, this kid is a high quality kid," said Auld. "She's got a very strong personality and a very strong set of principles as to what she believes is right and wrong. She is just a born leader, that's the first thing I instantly noticed. She would play so hard that it would almost shame other kids into playing as hard as she did."

As intimidating as Ortiz is to play against, Auld said, she also showed a high degree of compassion.

"She's a champion for the underdog," said Auld. "If she thought that someone was being mistreated, she would confront the person about it. I have a lot of respect for the girl."

Weida Henderson, Ortiz's older sister and the secretary for Latinos en Accion, thinks her sister has a very good chance to win the Miss Sweetheart competition.

"She's a good aunt, she's a good sister," said Henderson. "She'll do a great job if she wins. She wants to be a lawyer when she grows up to represent her Latino community, because not a lot of them can understand the law and protect themselves. A lot of children don't think of helping their own, and she's going to be there 100 percent for them."

In order to advance to the finals on Oct. 22, Ortiz will have to appear onstage before another panel of judges to be rated on her appearance, composure, attendance at LULAC events and answers to various questions. If she is one of the five finalists who compete on March 12, she will also have to compose an essay, give a presentation on the career path of her choice and display a talent.

"This is not Miss America," said Regla Gonzales, LULAC state director. "This is very competitive in talent and personality. They have to do essays. They have to memorize part of our (LULAC's) constitution and bylaws."

If she wins, she will participate in the LULAC youth convention taking place alongside the general LULAC National Convention in June 2005.

"So they really get to see politics in action," said Gonzales.

The semifinals of the Miss Sweetheart LULAC 2005 competition will be held Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Dedham. For more information, contact Regla Gonzales at 617-327-6760.

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Subject: Miss Georgia USA 2001 a Playmate!

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Date Posted: 11/10/04 10:23:14am

Yet another beauty queen poses for Playboy and this time, she's a Playmate! Tiffany Fallon, Miss Georgia 2001, will be Miss December. We certainly been getting our fair share of brunettes this year. Hey Hef, what gives?

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Subject: New This Week at Miss Florida USA The Magazine!

For All Pageant Fans! Only at www.MissFloridaUSA.com
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Date Posted: 11/ 8/04 3:01:12pm

New This Week at Miss Florida USA The Magazine!
November 5, 2004

It’s Friday so it must be time for a new edition of YOUR Miss Florida USA Magazine only at www.MissFloridaUSA.com & www.MissFloridaTeenUSA.com!
This week we feature in depth reports on The Miss Panhandle Pageants in Chipley, complete with new pictures & articles!

On our Faces & Places segment we feature a wedding between a rocker & a former Miss USA! Our Palm Beach contestants go to the dogs (races that is!) while several of our Miss Florida USA alumni are all over the sports arena in South Florida.

Our Road to Miss USA article features a delegate who looks good in heals and army boots! Also the latest on the preliminary pageant system in The Sunshine State as every weekend features a new pageant. All of this from YOUR Miss Florida USA writers, photographers and staff, ENJOY!

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Subject: Aussie beauty bumps Trump

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Date Posted: 11/ 8/04 10:53:05am


AN Australian television beauty has revealed how she rejected the advances of one of the world's flashiest entrepreneurs, Donald Trump.

Stunning Laura Csortan, who presents The Great Outdoors can laugh about it now, but who knows what might have been had she succumbed to the advances of the billionaire, now finding renewed fame as host of the hit reality show The Apprentice?
The Donald, as Trump, 57, is known in New York business circles - recently announced his engagement to model Melania Knauss, 33.

As the co-owner of the Miss Universe pageant with the NBC network, Trump has had plenty of chances to trawl for prospective partners - which is how he met the Csortan.

Adelaide-born Csortan was 21 when she represented Australia in the final of the Miss Universe contest in New York six years ago.

She eventually won the Miss Congeniality Title (for the most likable personality).

"We saw him (Trump) every second night," Csortan said. "He's actually a really lovely guy.

"Somehow he got my phone number, and (after she returned home to Adelaide) he called me.

"He wanted me to come and stay in New York as his guest.

"It was quite funny, actually, because I was with a girlfriend coming back from a weekend on a houseboat when my mobile rang.

"My girlfriend answered and said, 'It's Donald Trump.' I thought she was joking. I asked who it was really."

Csortan took the call, but was far from swept off her feet.

"I was actually quite scared," she said.

Caution prevailed and she said, "No thanks". Then, the girls had a good giggle.

It was not lost on Csortan - or her mum Judy, either - that their Hungarian heritage was obviously part of the attraction.

Trump's previous wife, Ivana, is Hungarian, and his current partner Knauss is from the neighbouring country of Slovenia.

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Subject: Miss Georgia USA Pageant

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Date Posted: 11/ 6/04 4:25:09am

How did the contestants look last night at the Miss and Teen Ga USA? I am anxious to see who gets CAroline and Brooke's titles.

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Subject: Clashing philosophies

Catherine Mulroney
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Date Posted: 11/ 5/04 5:40:21pm

Apr. 5, 2004. 01:00 AM

Clashing philosophies
Some parents become obsessed with ensuring their children's success

Judy Garland's mother carried a portable stage in the trunk of her car so her 2-year-old prodigy had a place to sing and tap dance for admiring crowds if the opportunity arose. Ethel Gumm, it is said, was driven by an obsessive desire to see her daughter become a star.

As a mother of four children involved in various activities, I assure you the spirit of Ethel lives on. Stage mother or hockey dad, they are out there. You'll know them by the look on their faces: a mixture of smug assurance and ulcer-inducing tension due to their desire to see their children come out on top.

Piano recitals, basketball tournaments, debating contests, science fairs, the school play, it's always the same. Usually they are sitting beside you, barely able to remain seated as their children perform because they are performing along, reciting the speech, mouthing the words of the song or attempting to answer the judge's questions. Their degree of involvement can make everyone else feel incredibly uptight and incredibly guilty.

Some are driven by the belief they are supporting their offspring, convinced that children thrive and develop under pressure, taking the view that all competition is good, even when carried to the extreme.

At their worst, however, they morph into the kinds of parents who end up in the newspaper because they beat up another player's parent at a hockey or soccer game or ordered a hit on the girl who came out on top in the cheerleading trials.

They become the kind of parents I witnessed in a documentary on baby beauty pageants, for whom the event was more about themselves than their children. To win, parents changed who their children were, dying hair, adding hair extensions, capping teeth, applying make-up and sending the message that the child's God-given appearance just wasn't quite good enough.

Then there are the rest of us, the ones who pray that whatever event our child is participating in will be over quickly. Winning or losing doesn't matter as long as feelings aren't crushed and self-esteem remains intact, if not just a little bolstered. You'll know us, too, by the looks on our faces: a studied smile that is more a frozen mask designed to send a message of confidence without telegraphing the anxiety that is chewing holes in our stomachs. You can pick us out in a crowd by the audible sigh of relief after a performance.

No one will ever accuse us of living unexamined lives because, after looking at how the other half lives, we delve into an examination of conscience.

"Was I supportive enough? Should I be pushier? Am I too pushy? Am I doing the wrong thing in not being like those other parents?"

The fog of thought we find ourselves in often prompts the young performer to ask, "Is everything okay, Mom?"

Inevitably the two performing philosophies clash occasionally. Parents in our community probably still talk about the time my husband, a gentle soul, went nose to nose with another gentle soul who, when his feet hit the T-ball turf, became the parent from hell.

T-ball, of course, is designed to be a young child's introduction to that most pastoral of sports, baseball. Held on balmy spring evenings, games can be the ultimate in morale boosting, because, in theory, it's impossible not to succeed. The ball is placed on a stand and the batter is given an oversized bat with which to whack it. It might take 10 minutes, but ultimately all batters will connect, giving them the chance to run the base paths and feel a sense of accomplishment.

Reality, however, can be something else. Once that ball leaves the stand, every player on the opposing team leaves his or her position to run after the ball, even if it has merely dribbled off the stand. Chaos ensues, and the poor batter must run up against the entire opposing team to get to base.

That's what sparked the encounter my husband, a business journalist, had with the other father, a member of the banking world, when their two teams met on the diamond.

When the two coaches chatted about the rules of the game, my husband argued that no one participating in a free-for-all of 4-year-olds should be tagged out.

The other dad argued that outs were part of life, no matter how the opposition had stacked the deck. Furthermore, he argued, anyone who argued a call, even if only 4 years old, should be turfed.

The two dads reached an impasse mid-field, and the onlookers waited as the sun slowly sank into the western sky. Eventually, other parents joined in and the majority ruled that the game was about fun, not about the finer points of American League ball.

We hope the kids look back on that game as fun. My husband feels he gained some insight into the banking industry that night, while the other dad probably feels he understands the bleeding heart liberal media just a little bit better. A learning experience for all involved.

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Subject: Reply to the post the Britt wrote

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Date Posted: 11/ 4/04 2:21:54pm

Michigan MB Moderator
When clicking on the Michigan MB Moderator, below is what comes up:


When you look at the Wisconsin message board and the Ohio message board email addresses, they all come up as: MissUSAMBMod@aol.com

These people are much more involved in the message board bashing than most people think.

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Cheating goes on everywhere, not just Michigan
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Date Posted: 11/ 3/04 9:19:01am

First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge and thank all the wonderful people who have supported me wholeheartedly through this pageant. Of course, my parents come first on my list; they are Txhiaj Suav Yaj and Maiv Txos Xyooj. Next, a million thank yous to my lovely sisters: Mos, Mayyi, Ka, Kabo, Angel, and Elizabeth. Thank you to my sponsors, HMONG TIMES, Cheu Lee and Cua Yaj.

I want to express my earnest gratitude to all of the support I received from the following ladies and gentle-men: Cy Thao and Lee Vang (CHAT), Richon Xiong (CHAT) and Chia Lee, Wang Sue Lee (Lauj Youth Society), Pang Yang (Lauj Youth Society), Yaj Ntxawg (Hmong Amer-ican Partnership), Vang Houa Thao (HAP), Steve Lo (HAP), Nouth, and the makeup artists at Herberger’s (Midway). Also, thank you to everyone else that I did not name; I have not forgotten you, I just do not have enough space. Every one of you has been my strength and motivation when I was uncertain and exhausted. Thank you for believing so strongly in my dreams with me.

How was the pageant? It depends on how you view it. And this is my perspective.

I am quite certain that the majority of the people believe the Miss Hmong MN pageant to be fraudulent. Year after year there have been accusations of cheating, unfair treatment, favoring one specific girl, etc. There even seem to have been times when the contestants have been in battle with one another due to this fear and assumption of cheating. I am not claiming that these frauds do not exist, since I am unfamiliar with the truth - but as one of the contestants in the Miss Hmong MN 2003 pageant; as second runner-up in the competition and as titleholder of the Miss Hmong Teen USA pageant; I would like to share with you my perspective on the pageant.

The most important component is what you, the contestant, would like to make out of the pageant. What do you hope to achieve? What do you hope to learn and gain? What is the significance of the pageant to you? Why do you decide to compete? The pageant will be a worthwhile and fulfilling experience if you believe it to be.

The exquisiteness of a beauty pageant highlights the loveliness of a young woman in various perspec-tives. Not only are the girls physically attractive, but also they have an appealing personality. Their talents, interests, hobbies, and dreams elicit the beauty in them. Each and every girl is special in her own unique ways. In addition, the beauty of a pageant extends to forming friendships, exchanging ideas, and appreciating one another. This is my belief of the beauty of pageantry.

Pageantry is an experience of team building, and self-evaluation. The challenge here is to be your best without putting anyone else down. It is the challenge of competing as a team, yet individually. Knowing yourself: your strengths and weaknesses, your interests, your goals, and your wisdom are the key to this competition.

My experience from the Miss Hmong MN 2003 pageant is exceptional and incomparable. The contestants in this pageant were extremely supportive, cooperative, and kind. We bonded! We had lots of laughing and goofing around! I think this pageant was worth it, because I made it worthwhile through my friendship with the con-testants.

During the crowning round, to be honest, when I was pronounced to be the second runner-up I immediately felt a deep disappointment in myself. However, my first reaction was neither anger nor hatred towards any one person, and it was not that this pageant was another typical unfair scheme. Actually, my first thought was that perhaps I did not do enough to put myself at a higher place.

Once I was backstage, I heard many different opinions. Much was said that the winner of this year’s pageant was pre-selected by the New Year Committee, she was favored and received full support from our assistant coordinator, and that she was personally trained by a woman well known for having helped contestants take first place.

That night, while I contem-plated my experience, I considered the opinions I had heard and I evaluated my individual performance. After thinking thoroughly, I had the option of accusing people of cheating, or of acknowledging that this young woman found resources in the community to help her obtain the title. I decided to go with my second state of mind.

Why? Because, I believe that the New Year Committee has an adequate measure of integrity to prevent unethical corruption. I recall that according to the guidelines of the pageant, there was nothing stating that a contestant could not obtain further training nor did the guidelines explicitly state that the contestant could not have someone else write her speech. After a great deal of reflection, I realized that the title-holder of Miss Hmong MN 2003 sought out the most well known woman to put her at the top. Although I do not know whether this woman was involved with the judges, it is my deepest hope that she did not persuade the judges to opt for the girl she trained.

Thus, some might say that the pageant is a fraud. However, from my exper-ience, I will stand with a different opinion. I would rather not assume that there was cheating, but instead recognize that Miss Hmong MN 2003 found the right resource to help her.

As a former contestant, I do recommend that every girl take the opportunity to participate in a pageant. With that, I will give future contestants a few sug-gestions from my experience.

• Be dedicated! That includes, putting lots of effort, time, and concentration on you. Entering a pageant requires a lot of time, and I mean a LOT of time, make sure you have the time.

• Have all your outfits and shoes ready - at the very latest, three weeks before the competition.

• About two weeks prior to the competition, test out your hair-dos and makeup with the exact people that you will be working with during the pageant.

• Have all your speeches and your talent show plan finalized three weeks before the competition, and continually rehearse them for three hours daily (two hours for talent and one hour for speech).

• Most importantly, find a personal trainer who will guide you through everything ranging from clothes to speeches. A personal trainer should be capable of putting you at the top, and it is not necessary but preferably, he/she has connection to someone on the New Year Committee.

• Finally, be certain that your biography is true and impressive.

There is a lot that a young woman must give to commit to a pageant. However, do not take easily what you might hear from others. Be bold, and do what you know is the best for you. And, if you should happen to not be placed, remember the unique beautiful individual that you are, but be open to admit and accept your mistakes and flaws, for that will be your only way to learn and improve.

Before I conclude, I would like to thank my fellow contestants for their support and encouragement, and their friendship. Thank you for making this pageant one of my most treasured experiences I will always have. I am grateful to have known each one of you. I hope you continue to strive to reach for your goal, because I believe you girls have the ability to go as far in life as you would like. Also, I give my sincere congratulations to Miss Mai Nou Yang as Miss Hmong MN 2003.

Oh, and if you are wondering whether I will compete again in the Miss Hmong MN or the Miss Hmong American pageants, my answer is: no, I will not compete again. This was my first time competing in the Miss Hmong MN pageant, but I personally do not like the idea of competing a couple of times before taking first place. I will take my place as second runner-up proudly, and pursue the rest of my dreams.

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Subject: Proof Enough

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Date Posted: 11/ 2/04 5:18:32pm

That was too easy. We're all still laughing. We all know now for sure that the state director frequents this board. What an easy draw to get a response.

The Michigan director and people all rant and rave about how they don't stoop to low levels and participate on these boards...a little bit of bait and they're biting like crazy.

You can't take a swing at someone, when you have no idea who you're swinging at. YOU'RE SO WRONG...guess again Proctors.

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Subject: Disappointed with Michigan

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Date Posted: 11/ 2/04 4:01:31pm

I surf pageant websites in general. I have heard of titleholders having fundraisers, but usually it's for charity. Let me understand that Michgan's winner is raising money for herself to attend the national pageant? That is so tacky.

Reading the different archives, official state photographer is state titleholder's manager? That is odd too.

Some of these things sounds kind of off key to me. I mean it sounds like the director is dropping the ball. I think if I was her family and this is what I was reduced too, I would contacting Miss Universe and inquiring about what the directors financial obligations are. Because it appeared to me that Michigan had a big pageant and there should be plenty of money to support her.

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Subject: When “Miss” Is Not Enough

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Date Posted: 10/28/04 6:43:49pm

Miss Malaysia/Universe 1990 Anna Lin is aiming to be a missus now. And not just any missus but Mrs Malaysia. The Mrs Malaysia 2004 pageant will be held at the Crown Princess Hotel in Kuala Lumpur this Wednesday.

In 1990, Anna Lin won the Miss Malaysia/Universe beauty pageant when she was just 20 years old and represented her country at the finals held in Los Angeles. Today, 14 years later, she’s still stunning and confident and is ready to try herself at another beauty contest.

“Just because you’re older and married with children doesn’t mean you have to give up looking good or taking care of your health. I make a point to exercise daily and am quite careful with my diet. While I wouldn’t say I am a health fanatic, I do avoid fatty foods and eat things in moderation,” says Anna, as reports The Star.

Mother to 22-month-old twins, Lin still manages to run her own cafe, do yoga and ballet, swim 30 laps, work out at least an hour at the gym every day, and observe a careful skincare regimen.

“I guess if you’re happy inside, it would also be reflected outside. At this stage of my life, I thought it would be fun and interesting to try out for the beauty pageant ... again. My husband is very supportive and I’m hoping for the best,” said Anna.

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Subject: VenusDivas.Com, Announces Plus-Size Model Contest

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Date Posted: 10/28/04 6:41:05pm

VenusDivas.Com, Announces Plus-Size Model Contest
October 2004 -- VenusDivas.com, an online magazine dedicated exclusively to the full figured community, announces its new contest, DREAM BIG. “DREAM BIG is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the plus size woman,“ commented Valery Foley, VenusDivas.com cofounder and CEO.“ This contest offers a unique opportunity to change the public and media image of the curvy community by introducing them to confident, successful and dynamic Venus Diva Role Models.“

“In the past 6 years, we have connected with phenomenal curvy women,” reported Raul Amador, VenusDivas.com cofounder and CFO. ,“Through DREAM BIG, we offer them a platform in which to share their accomplishments and voice.”

Four DREAM BIG winners are chosen per year and will experience what it feels like to be a Venus Diva Princess for the day! Star treatment begins with being primped, styled and dressed in the latest designer fashions.

Next, star treatment continues as our winner sits for a photo session with the talented New York photographer Luke Jones and a heart-to-heart interview with our very own Diva Maddy. “We love working with curvy women to learn their stories and bring out their inner beauty. Our goal is to make our DREAM BIG winner look as good as she feels!” commented Maddy.

The winner’s DREAM BIG story and pictures will appear in an upcoming issue of the Venus Diva Online Magazine. The url For Venus Divas is http://www.VenusDivas.com

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Subject: Beauties With A Cause: Winner of Miss World Contest Announced

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Date Posted: 10/28/04 6:36:37pm

Priscilla Meirelles, a 21-year-old medical student from Brazil, was named Miss Earth 2004 on Sunday, October 24. The beauty pageant, launched three years ago in the Philippines to promote environmental concerns, was held in suburban Quezon City, north of Manila, and welcomed 60 participants this year.

The competition, lavish in handing out titles, named Yanina Gonzalez, a 24-year-old marketing student from Paraguay, Miss Fire; Murielle Celimene, an 18-year-old student from Martinique, was Miss Air. Miss Water title went to Stephanie Lesage, a 20-year-old social economics student from Tahiti. Cash prizes were $20,000 for Miss Earth 2004 and $2,000 for each of the three runners-up.

The svelte crowd favorite won the nod of the judges after she answered the question: “On a quiet night, you could hear the sounds of nature talking to you. What do you think is its message and what would you like to tell it back?”

“Nature is crying. Love is missing, people don’t respect each other. Other people don’t respect nature and life. That is why nature is reacting to what people do to her. Love is what would solve our problems,” she said.

During three and a half weeks in the Philippines, contestants helped to clean a beach of trash, did farm work, planted mahogany trees, biked to promote clean air and released schools of fish into a reservoir in the north ahead of Sunday’s event, reports Asia News.

Vida Samadzai of Afghanistan, who was one of the contestants last year and was condemned in her conservative homeland for appearing in a bikini, joined the group 10 judges this time, saying the controversy upheld her advocacy for women’s rights. There was no Afghan participant this year.

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Subject: Brave Afghan Miss Earth Contestant Struggles For Women’s Rights

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Date Posted: 10/28/04 6:34:27pm

An Afghan woman, condemned in her conservative homeland after appearing in a bikini in Miss Earth 2003, was among 11 judges chosen to pick the winner of this year’s contest held on October 24.

26-year-old Vida Samadzai was the first Afghan entrant in an international beauty contest for 30 years, joining more than 50 other women in the Philippine capital last year to participate in the Miss Earth pageant that requires candidates to be aware of environmental problems facing their respective countries. The only other Miss Afghanistan was Zohra Daoud, who joined the Miss Universe contest in 1972.

In a radical departure from the conservative image of Afghan women, Samadzai appeared in a red bikini down a catwalk last year to qualify for the contest. She failed to make it to the semifinals but won a special “beauty for a cause” award, largely for her women’s rights work.

“I would like to make people aware that as Afghan women we are talented, intelligent and beautiful,” said dark-haired Vida.

Afghan officials condemned Samadzai claiming she betrayed Afghan culture by appearing in the beauty contest and warned she could face prosecution if she returned to her native country. At Sunday’s coronation night the young women’s rights activist wore a gown, saying: “I don’t know if they’ll have a problem this time because I’m not showing any skin or wearing a swimsuit”.

Samadzai said that, although she felt uncomfortable in the scanty outfit, she did it to qualify for the contest and raise awareness of the plight of women and children in her homeland.

She helped found the US-based Afghan Woman Organization which aims to educate Afghan women on their rights and raise funds for educational facilities being put in the key areas of Afghanistan.

Vida was born and raised in Afghanistan, but left for the United States in 1996 to escape the turmoil of civil war and the rise of the Taliban religious movement. She studied at California State University, Fullerton, but her volunteer and fund-raising activities have prevented Vida from returning to school to finish a course in speech communications and international business.

Although unable to return home so far, Samadzai said: “ I opened a door, I'm happy and I love it.”

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Date Posted: 10/26/04 11:17:52am

"Swan" Therapist got PH.D from unaccredited California outfit.

MAY 14--The Los Angeles doctor Fox Television has tabbed to provide "psychological counseling" to contestants on "The Swan," its controversial plastic surgery makeover show, received her Ph.D. from a California correspondence school that was described this week as an unaccredited "diploma mill" by congressional investigators, The Smoking Gun has learned.

Therapist Lynn Ianni, it turns out, is not a doctor, she just plays one on TV.

On the network's web site, Ianni introduces herself in a short video clip: "My name is Dr. Lynn Ianni and I'm the therapist for 'The Swan.'" Referring to her repeatedly as "Dr. Ianni," the 47-year-old's Fox biography notes that she has over "25 years of professional experience" and maintains an L.A. practice that helps "clients explore such complex issues as improving self-esteem, enhancing intimacy, overcoming trauma, recovering from addictions, stress management and much more." Since 1986, Ianni has been licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a marriage and family therapist.

The bio states that Ianni received her bachelor's degree (in psychology and elementary education) from the State University of New York and then got her master's in 1978 from Notre Dame. Twenty years later, "Dr. Ianni went on to get her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from California Coast University," the bio notes.

But the Santa Ana school isn't your standard institution of higher education. California Coast "does not require formal on-campus attendance or classroom attendance" and its degree programs "have not been designed to meet any particular local, state, or national licensing or credentialing laws," according to a 2003-04 school catalog. In fact, the for-profit California Coast charges a flat fee for particular degrees (Ianni's 1998 doctorate would have set her back about $4000). According to its web site, California Coast no longer confers Ph.D.s, though a master's is priced at a reasonable $3975 ($4525 for non-U.S. residents). Prospective students are often recruited via advertisements placed in in-flight magazines.

In a May 11 report entitled "Diploma Mills," the U.S. General Accounting Office disclosed how hundreds of federal employees--including some with senior-level posts--had obtained degrees from unaccredited outfits like California Coast. The GAO investigations, conducted at the request of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, noted that, in some instances, advanced degrees were obtained in an effort to secure promotions. When TSG called California Coast to ask about the harsh GAO assessment, we were directed to Dr. Murl Tucker, vice president of academic affairs. Alas, Dr. Tucker did not return phone messages--perhaps he was tied up with commencement festivities.

In a brief TSG interview, Ianni said that, "to the best of my knowledge," California Coast was "Western States approved," an apparent reference to the non-profit Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which is one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools in the U.S. WASC has accredited 147 colleges and universities in its region, including schools like UCLA, Stanford, and Berkeley (a WASC official told TSG that California Coast has never been accredited--nor even applied for eligibility). Ianni said she was unaware of the GAO report, adding that she would have to speak with a Fox publicity representative before answering more questions.

On "The Swan," female ugly ducklings submit to facelifts, breast augmentation, liposuction, Lasik eye surgery, lip injections, tummy tucks, laser hair removal, root canal, Botox shots, and other procedures in a bid to reach the reality show's series-ending beauty pageant. As they undergo this radical (and often painful) transformation, contestants are seen consulting weekly with Ianni, who said in recent interviews that she provides "psychological counseling" to the makeover subjects, "women who have never been able to seek or benefit from therapy in the past."

Such public treatment of women with self-esteem, sexual, marital, and other serious issues does not worry Ianni, because, as she assured USA Today last month, "It's not about exploiting anybody--inside or out." In the online video clip, Ianni gushes that "The Swan" is a "dream come true because I get to say something one time and instead of it only reaching one person at a time, it gets to reach the person I'm speaking to and 20 million viewers. It's wonderful, a very good feeling."

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Subject: Pageant Winner Quits Over Nude Photos

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Date Posted: 10/25/04 6:57:08pm

Pageant Winner Quits Over Nude Photos
College Student Made $400 Posing Nude

POSTED: 10:07 AM PST February 10, 2004
UPDATED: 10:10 AM PST February 10, 2004

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A 21-year-old college student has given up her title of Miss Vietnam of Northern California amid revelations she once posed nude for an adult Web site.

Pageant officials accepted the resignation of Kim Hoang Tong on Monday. They are expected to name runnerup Anh Nguyet Hua, of El Cerrito, as her replacement later this week.

Tong, who attends De Anza College and plans to become a dental hygienist, acknowledged last week that she had been paid $400 to pose for an adult Web site when she was 19. She told reporters she left home in fear of confronting her parents about her job at a tattoo parlor, and posed for the site because she was short of money.

Tong plans to donate part of her $5,000 pageant earnings to help Vietnamese-American youngsters, pageant officials said. Tuy Le, executive producer of the competition, said Tong will also work with the pageant committee to "prevent young Vietnamese from making the same mistake."

The pageant, which was held during Vietnamese New Year festivities last month, emphasizes traditional Vietnamese values and a desire to learn and spread the culture and language of Vietnam to younger generations. Organizers said the scandal will make the selection process more rigorous in the future and will require judges to ask specifically whether candidates have posed nude in the past.

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Date Posted: 10/25/04 11:27:53am

Miss Universe - Amelia Vega’s dream is to become a successful singer and According to music producer Emilio Steffan (Gloria Steffan’s husband) she is going to be one. “After listening to Amelia's voice I believe she is going to be a star” said Emilio Steffan. Emilio has launched stars such as Shakira , Ricky Martin among others that have reached the ultimate fame. Good luck to Amelia!

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Subject: Queen for a Day needs your help with tiaras!

Jenna Edwards, Miss Florida 2004 (MAO)
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Date Posted: 10/22/04 6:16:03pm

Queen for a Day needs your help with tiaras! -- I am writing to solicit tiara donations for Queen for a Day and the pageant community has always been supportive. The good news is we are growing rapidly with new chapters all over the country and our current chapters are increasing activity with more parties. The bad news is we are not bringing in enough tiaras to support the demand. I am making a plea to anyone with extra crowns to please donate them to Queen for a Day. Even MAO titleholders can send their extra local prelim crowns to us. For instance, I only have 2 prelim crowns. I'm keeping one for a keepsake and I'm donating the other to QFAD. We are in desperate need of tiaras so any help, no matter how seemingly insignificant, is greatly appreciated.

Queen for a Day is a 501C3 non-profit organization for seriously and terminally ill pediatric patients. So many times, illness hurts a patient psychologically more than physically. Children forget to be kids and resort to the isolation the disease offers as the alternative. When QFAD comes to the hospital, we give the patients a reason to be a kid again. We host tea parties for girls to be pampered with makeovers, manicures, and their very own coronation ceremony. Each patient receives a real tiara donated by queens across the nation! When a child looks in the mirror after her makeover and smiles, she has pushed down her illness. When they giggle and prance around the room wearing tiaras on bald heads, they beat down their illness. The Queen for a Day crown symbolizes victory as they are champions over their illness.

At our events, bald cancer patients come in with pale skin and apprehensive expressions. By the time they leave, they have smiling bright red lips, blushing cheeks, energy in their step and a crown donning their hairless head. They walk in clutching their IV pole. They walk away with their shoulders thrown back and their head held high, leaving the nurses to handle the IV pole.

For the boys, we encourage the qualities of bravery and courage through the Heroes program based on firefighters and police officers. We invite local heroes to attend the event to tell heroic stories and develop a friendship with the patients. Patients receive firefighter hats, badges, and other hero-themed gifts.

For four years, QFAD has operated and developed into 33 chapters in the U.S. and 8 in South Africa. We have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show twice and in People Magazine. Oprah’s Angel Network donated $10,000 in supplies in April 2001. Companies such as Ford Motor Company, the Miss America Organization, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, Tony and Tina cosmetics, and Clinique cosmetics have supported QFAD as well.

Visit our website at www.qfad.org for information. Thank you so much!

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Subject: Michigan Pageant

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Date Posted: 10/22/04 4:25:19am

Michigan Pageant

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Subject: Contestants Compete For Miss Gay Universe Title & 21 Countries Represented

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Date Posted: 10/19/04 2:51:52pm

India's repreOrganizers in Peru stage a Miss Gay Universe pageant featuring representatives from 21 different countries.

The contest features transsexuals and is one of the largest pageants of its kind in Latin America. Lidia Zaray, won the competition.

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Subject: Crystal Hayes, this is for you!! Know Your State!

Brenda Hill
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Date Posted: 10/19/04 5:17:56am

Most girls who compete in beauty pageants do so in hopes of one day representing their state or country at a national or international competition. In order to be fully prepared for a national competition, the judges at the state level choose interview questions that will help them determine who will best represent the state at the national pageant. Some of these questions will be about your state's legislature, history, etc. It is beneficial for a contestant to know as much as possible at their state and also be apprized of political events occurring nationwide.
At a national pageant, you are representing your state to other contestants from other states who may have a preconceived notion of life in your state. It is your "job" to inform not only the judges but other contestants about life in your state. Judges commonly say, "Give me a 30 second commercial about your state." This may seem like a huge task, but it's easy once you break it down. I asked for information on my state from a local tourism office. They will comprise in a short book an overview of the state. They will divide the state into different regions. Simply take each region and write a one sentence summary of that region. I chose then to organize my "commercial" going from North to South within the state so that I am taking my listener (the judge) on a geographical tour of my state. When I lived in Louisiana and competed for Mrs. Louisiana United States, I wrote the following commercial for Louisiana: "From the fishing communities of North Louisiana to the bayous of South Louisiana, Louisiana is truly a sportsman's paradise. If festivals are your interest, try the Cattle festival in Abbeville, the Crawfish Festival in Breaux Bridge, and, of course, Mardi Gras in New Orleans. In Baton Rouge, gaze over the Mighty Mississippi from the capitol's 27th floor observation deck. Down in New Orleans, stroll down Bourbon Street, and visit the U.S. Mint and the Cabildo." I am not saying that my commercial is the best commercial, but it will give you an idea of how to organize your thoughts and, most importantly, to be prepared with information on your state.

Secondly, it is important to know your state legislators. Not only because the judges may ask you a question about them, but if you are to represent your state effectively, you will probably need to know how to contact these officials regarding promoting your platform. These legislators could be your best advocates in helping pass laws with regards to your platform. I was in one pageant, where a judge simply asked, "Who is the Lieutenant Governor?" Only TWO people knew this answer. With one answer, these two people were put above all other contestants. That's a good position to start out!!

Also, be familiar with several people who are recognized in your state history. A common question judges can ask could be, "Who is/has been the most influential person in your state and why?" Be sure to choose someone who has helped the STATE not just your city. Remember, if you are chosen as queen, you will be representing your state not your city. Think statewide in answering this question. It also demonstrates to the judges that you will be a great representative for the state. There is no "right" answer to this question, so choose someone you really believe has helped your state.

Remember that at the state level, the judges are looking for someone who will represent their state well at nationals. Know your state and be proud of it!!!

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Subject: http://www.misstennesseeusa.com/tn_2005/contestants/widener_ashley.jpg

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Date Posted: 10/18/04 8:11:13am

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Just trying to learn how to post pics... Hope this works
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Subject: Split over Tibetan beauty pageant

Vanessa Walker
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Date Posted: 10/17/04 5:11:58pm

Split over Tibetan beauty pageant
Critics of the Miss Tibet contest see it as a cultural betrayal, writes Vanessa Walker
October 12, 2004
IT must be one of the strangest beauty pageants in the world. The people are living in exile, the monk-Prime Minister vehemently disapproves and the swimsuit round is held at a secret location.

Welcome to Miss Tibet, a beauty contest so controversial that last year only one contestant was brave enough to enter.

Now in its third year, the pageant has split the Himalayan town of Dharamsala, home of the Dalai Lama and the centre of the Tibetan community-in-exile. In the weeks leading up to Sunday's final, posters demanding Tibetans boycott the show have covered billboards.

Opponents claim it is offensive to Tibet's Buddhist culture. They also accuse the organiser of mimicking the worst of Western ideals and humiliating Tibetan women.

In internet chat rooms, monasteries and cafes throughout the Tibetan diaspora, passionate arguments have been raging about the virtue or otherwise of beauty contests.

The opposing sides are prominently represented in Dharamsala, a town of 23,000.

In one camp is Miss Tibet creator Lobsang Wangyal. A flamboyant organiser of dance parties, he passes for the town's only spin-meister.

He says the aim of the contest is to bring international attention to the plight of the Tibetan people, now in their 45th year of exile from Chinese-occupied Tibet.

"When one reads the words Miss Tibet, Tibet is thought of as a separate entity and not part of China," he says.

"Miss Tibet is a positive thing for Tibet. Any coverage of Tibet is beneficial."

He also says the contest, which had five contestants this year, is a much-needed foray into modernity for Tibetan culture and an "empowering advance" for Tibetan women.

The most outspoken critic of the contest is Samdhong Rinpoche, the scholar-monk who is the Tibetans' first Prime Minister-in-exile. He says that the pageant damages the case for Tibet.

"Tibet is respected because of its spirituality and its cultural traditions in the world. The Tibetan cause stands on that basis," he says.

"Just imitating Western culture will never help the Tibetan cause -- it will always damage the Tibetan cause."

He rejected beauty contests as anathema to the Buddhist view. "We are firm believers in the fact that the body is the home of the conscience," he said. "Beauty is skin-deep and there can be no such contest of individuals wherein inner virtues could be put to the test."

Given how divisive the issue is, the five women who entered were both brave and ambitious. One, Kelsang Dickey, was so determined to compete that she escaped from Tibet, trudging through the snowy Himalayas in freezing rains and hiding to avoid Chinese police.

But it was a computer engineer born in exile, Tashi Yangchen, who won the crown and the 100,000 rupees ($3100) first prize. She pledged to bring international attention to Tibet, but admitted it would be difficult.

Miss Tibet cannot yet enter Miss World or Miss Universe; instead she is relegated to second-tier beauty pageants such as Miss International Tourism.

The other winner was Mr Wangyal. The competition drew capacity crowds of about 2500 people. A candlelight vigil held the same night to protest against the imminent execution of a renowned lama in Tibet named Tulku Tenzin Delek drew 250.

That's modernity.

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Subject: Arrested with daughter of Miss Singapore Universe organiser.

By Ben Nadarajan
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Date Posted: 10/17/04 4:41:37pm

Exec who drove Rolls a top broker
Arrested with daughter of Miss S'pore Universe organiser

THE Rolls-Royce driving executive arrested last week by narcotics officers has been identified as top financial broker Andrew Veale.

The Briton, who has worked in Singapore for almost 10 years, was among 23 people hauled in when the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) rounded up a suspected drug trafficking syndicate said to cater to the chic crowd.

His last known work place was in the Singapore branch of Credittrade, a British-based finance firm, where he was a broker on its Structured Credit Desk, dealing in credit derivatives and structured financial products.

The company said he resigned on Sept 9, and that his leaving was 'in no way connected to the current allegations facing him'.

In the mid-90s, the 40-year-old also worked for British broking company Prebon Yamane, which has 29 branches worldwide.

Mr Veale was its Singapore branch's associate director and manager of credit derivatives.

He was arrested at his home in Victoria Park Road, near Hwa Chong Junior College, in the early hours of the morning last Friday.

His girlfriend, Ms Penelope Pang Su-Yin, who was in his house at the time, was also taken to CNB headquarters and her urine was tested.

The 35-year-old is the daughter of veteran beauty pageant organiser Errol Pang, whose company, Derrol Stepenny Promotions, organises the Supermodel Of The World and Miss Singapore Universe contests.

A search at the Registry of Companies showed she is listed as a director in her father's company.

Her urine tests were negative and she was released on police bail.

The results of a more thorough urine test by the Health Sciences Authority will be out only next week.

When contacted by The Straits Times about Mr Veale and Ms Pang, a CNB spokesman confirmed that the two had been arrested as they were 'suspected of having consumed a controlled drug'.

She added: 'They are currently assisting the CNB in its investigations and have been released on bail.'

Neither Mr Veale nor Ms Pang answered calls from The Straits Times to their mobile phones yesterday

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Subject: Mrs Gulley, please stop!!! I understand your pain, but this must stop or someone will hold you liable.

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Date Posted: 10/15/04 6:29:36am

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Subject: As I have stated before and in the header, I will not be intimidated or bullied by any pageant insiders. I did not want to have to post these IP's. but I feel obligated to let everyone viewing know who really is the criminal here.

I have been informed that the "caddy bug" has bit yet another curiousity seeker.
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Date Posted: 10/14/04 2:28:01am

I want to make if very clear here at this forum. I will not allow anyone to lie or contrive rumors about us here at Pageant News and Views. You have left me no other choice but to inform the viewers of your identity. Posted below is only a few of your posts S.F., of bashing Stacey Lee. If you do not publicly apologize for the lies on your board regarding a Crysle Hayes, then I will have no choice but to let the viewers see what bashing you did to Crystle Hayes. Please do not make me resort to that. It will get ugly. Rest assured. You should be ashamed enough as it is that the only pictures of you publicly displayed are the ones you posted on your own board. This board has never had ANY moderators post ANY negative statements about ANY delegate. You had better re-think your position here. By the way, you need to take the graphics down from your board that you stole from Pageant News & Views. You have them up illegally. Animations is going to shut you down through Voy Forum for using their graphics without membership.

There will be more posted if apologies are not in order!

As a judge of pageants I mark down for Tattoo's (NT) -- I have never known a female with self confidence mark up her body with "Born to be wild" it is always an indicator of low self-esteem. We need confidence and character, as well as a, flawless body! This represents our state, and possibly our country. Get a grip no tattoo's! TACKY!, 01/24/04 4:58:16pm (

She needs to wear the hair down to cover the tattoo on her back! I am sure she will at USA.

They made her look thinner than she really is as well. I was shocked to see the first photo. I took one in the same dress and she looked twice as big. Never thinking I gave it to her relative. she was a big girl!

Forget the hair....Can you tell me at what "Salon" she bought those breasts??? (NT) -- Pancake in recovery, 01/27/04 7:29:52am


Subject: Yes she would be nicer if you could get closer to her without the smell of her ciggys deary!

ashtray mouth but certainly pretty

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Subject: Beauty pageant popular among gay men

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Date Posted: 10/14/04 12:42:16am

John Curran
Associated Press

Atlantic City, N.J.- When the television cameras zoom in, Miss America Pageant viewers see a rhinestone-studded celebration of homegrown beauty as straight as the 100-foot runway in Boardwalk Hall.

Behind the glitter and the gowns, there's a side unseen by most - a huge following among gay men.

Some are directly involved as local or state pageant directors, hairstylists or costume designers. Others celebrate the pageant's glam from afar, holding dress-up parties to watch the telecast or camping it up as drag queens to poke fun at the world- famous beauty contest.

"It's an interesting dynamic, to have gay men so highly involved when it's such a conservative organization in so many ways," said actress Kate Shindle, a former Miss America.

"There are women who compete who might never have known a gay person, but in competing they are helped every step of the way by all these gay men. Certainly, Miss America has a heterosexual male audi ence, but it's not as prominent as the gay audience."

The phenomenon is well- known to Miss America Organization officials, but they are cautious in discussing it.

"We're very proud of everyone in the pageant family," said pageant CEO George Bauer. "There's no discrimination now, nor will there ever be."

Straight men might watch to see which contestant fills out her swimsuit the best, but gay men are more concerned with its cut, color and fabric. That sense of style has attracted many through the years.

Some are drawn by the glamour, others by the thrill of the makeover. That 19-year-old with the '80s haircut and the outdated dress? With a little help, she could win it all.

"The glitz and glamour, it just naturally attracts gay men," said Chet Welch, a longtime local pageant director in Pennsylvania. "The music part of it, too. It's an out, a way of being involved in show business or entertainment but not really as yourself."

In Atlantic City, the gay community salutes the pageant in events before and after the crowning.

The gay contingent at the Miss America Pageant Parade, held the night before the pageant, draws from beyond Atlantic City. Gay bars in Philadelphia - 60 miles away - sponsor bus trips to the parade, and the 48-room Surfside Resort Hotel fills up for the week, many of the guests gay men affiliated with the pageant in some way.

"Who fixes the contestants' hair? Who does all the gowns? Who does the dancing, the choreography, the sets, the production, the hair? They're all gay!" said hotel owner John Schultz.

For 12 years, his gay nightclub has played host to the Miss'd America Pageant, a beauty pageant for drag queens on the night after Miss America.

Miss'd America spoofs the original with a half-dozen near misses competing for dead flowers and a dime-store tiara. The $25-a-ticket proceeds go to the South Jersey AIDS Alliance.

The Plain Dealer.

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Subject: it seems like not too many people think that highly of crystal as the winner, so who else were your favorites.

i think crystal will do great at miss USA....good luck sweety!
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Date Posted: 10/12/04 6:21:03am

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Subject: Interview Help is on the Way!

From Don Baker and PageantDiva.com
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Date Posted: 10/11/04 12:40:35am

Interview Help is on the Way!

Don Baker and PageantDiva are here for you!
The Don Baker Interview Series:
The Pageant Interview Guru is how Mr. Baker is described. He takes interview preparation to the next level and guides us through theories and practices that will not only help you in pageantry but also in pursuit of those career goals. Available in DVD; VHS; Audio CD and Audio Cassette and only available at the PageantDiva Store (http://store.yahoo.com/missflorida-store/noname.html)

The PageantDiva Interview Series:
PageantDiva Alexandra Roumain prepares us for the interview competition itself. Learn the Diva secrets covering everything from your pageant notebook; choosing a platform; interview dress; proper interview techniques; sample questions; tips and different interview styles. Available in DVD; VHS; Audio CD and Audio Cassette and only available at the PageantDiva Store exclusively at (http://store.yahoo.com/missflorida-store/pagdivser.html)

Miss Florida USA 2004 Preliminary Interviews
Want to see what an actual preliminary interview competition looks and sounds like? Then this video of this past summer’s Miss Florida USA Pageant will give you an actual feel for your competition. Listen to both the good and the bad interviews to help your preparations. Only at the Miss Florida USA Store in both DVD and VHS at http://store.yahoo.com/missflorida-store/videos.html.

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Subject: Yes she would be nicer if you could get closer to her without the smell of her ciggys deary!

ashtray mouth but certainly pretty
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Date Posted: 10/10/04 10:01:04am

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Subject: Drag-queen death in Georgia shows danger of silicone injections

Associated Press correspondent Elliott Minor in Albany, Ga., contributed to this report.
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Date Posted: 10/ 9/04 5:49:18pm

Drag-queen death in Georgia shows danger of silicone injections

Canadian Press

Sunday, April 04, 2004

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - Nikkia Scott and other drag queens have been getting illegal, back-room injections of industrial-grade silicone to give themselves some of the things nature denied them when they were born male - breasts, wider hips, more prominent cheekbones.

They know the risks are extreme, and still they do it. "Anything you put in your body that don't belong there will hurt you in the long run," Scott said of her $6,000 worth of injections. "But believe me, it has been worth it. It has been worth it."

The dangers were illustrated recently by the death of 23-year-old Andre Jeter, who authorities say suffered convulsions and fell unconscious Dec. 10 after receiving injections in her hips and buttocks during a "pumping party" in Albany. She died a month later.

One of Scott's roommates, Stephen Oneal Thomas, 31, was charged last week with murder and other offences for allegedly administering the injections. Thomas' lawyer refused on Tuesday to comment.

Scott and three others were also arrested in the case and charged with conspiracy and practising medicine without a licence. They were accused, among other things, of helping Thomas by recruiting patients at drag-queen beauty pageants.

The victim was a man living as a woman, as are all four defendants.

The death has thrown a spotlight on "pumping," a thriving underground practice among men living as women, particularly those who compete in beauty pageants and perform in drag shows.

While medical-grade silicone is implanted under the skin in sealed sacs to keep it from leaking, pumping involves injecting silicone straight into the body.

And the silicone used is the stuff sold in hardware stores as a sealant. It is not sterile and can cause infections, particularly in the lungs.

The silicone is often mixed with paraffin, oil, even peanut butter, said Dallas Denny of the transgender support group Gender Education & Advocacy. In Jeter's case, it was probably mixed with baby oil, based on how it smelled to others who received the injections, said James Paulk, an investigator for the district attorney.

There was so much silicone in Jeter's body that when incisions were made during the autopsy, a clear, brownish liquid flowed out, Paulk said.

The scope of the phenomenon is unclear. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and transgender groups said they do not keep track of the problem. But Paulk said a "slew" of people have been injured, including three or four in Montgomery, Ala., six or seven in Columbus, Ga., and a few in Jacksonville, Fla.

"The transgender society is a very tight-knit society. They don't like to give each other up because if you do, you get barred from the pageants," Paulk said. "If they're not hurting and they're not experiencing medical problems, they aren't calling me."

A day after his arrest, a stubble-faced Scott, wearing large hoop earrings, was back to gluing weaves to heads at a beauty parlour in Albany, a town 240 kilometres south of Atlanta. His roommate Jazz, also arrested in the case, was at home, wearing pyjamas and pink flowered flip-flops.

Jazz and Scott compete in drag shows during "black society" nights at a bar called Queens in Albany. They dress in gowns and rhinestones and perform songs for tips.

They both strongly denied any involvement in giving silicone injections and said they did not know their roommate Thomas was "pumping."

Scott, identified as Freddie Clyde in court documents, said her silicone injections have not caused any serious health problems. But Jazz, whose legal name is Mark Edwards, said she has had three procedures - face, bust and lower body - that cost her about $3,300 and has suffered severe side-effects.

Last year, she said, she started coughing heavily and discovered that the silicone had worked its way into her lungs, giving her chemical pneumonia. She spent two months in the hospital and several more months on bed rest, and her weight dropped from 270 pounds to 150 pounds.

She also lifted up her T-shirt to show the scar under one of her breasts where doctors went in to remove a hardened clump of silicone.

As for Jeter, Jazz said, she had taken the injections too far. Jeter had complained that her head itched and that her hair had stopped growing, according to Jazz. "Jeter was making herself look like a monster," Jazz said.

Despite her own health problems, Jazz said she has nothing against the woman who gave her the injections.

"I don't want to prosecute her. I want to thank her," she said. "I'm the one who wanted the work. She did nothing wrong but what I wanted."

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Subject: North and South Carolina now being ran by Jennifer Killgore

Good Luck Jennifer
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Date Posted: 10/ 4/04 1:18:40am

Jennifer Killgore, director of the Mrs. North Carolina United States Pageant, has taken over as Director of the Mrs. South Carolina United States Pageant as well, operating at www.unitedstatespageants.com. She has been in the pageant industry since 1975 as a contestant, judge and director. Both her pageants are preliminaries of Mrs. United States.

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Subject: New Miss Michigan

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Date Posted: 09/30/04 8:13:09am

Crystal is a very sweet young woman with a very nice family. I don't think fingers should be pointed at her. She'll be a great representative for Michigan, fullfilling her titleholder duties. However, realistically she should feel blessed if she would happen to make the top 15 at Miss Usa. The odds are against her that she won't. She is shorter, she has great stage beauty, but just average up close. Trump wants "Shandi Beauties" and I don't think she falls in that category.

Michigan has failed miserably at nationals, with the exception of Elisa Schleef, since the Proctors took over. Don't know if it's true or not, supposedly she got her training elsewhere. But, with as much bank roll as they have coming in, would you really care who wins? I don't think they do. It shows. Last years winners were horrendous, teen and miss and more than likely placed in the bottom 15 at nationals. The least they could do is spend some of that money on the girls and stop using knock off and hand me down gowns.

The quality of the delegates this year was hardly impressive. Crystal had a reasonably easy win. Although Nikole Minder would have been the best USA choice. It's obvious the directors don't really care about a national winner, or if they do, they just don't know how to get the job done.

I don't think you can fault the Schleef girl for loaning out a gown, I mean lots of titleholders share stuff. But the I think the directors are less than honest. Supposedly the fitness trainer wasn't offical anymore, Rocco, but they still refer him...just not with the name. They are dishonest and misleading about alot of little stuff like that in my opinon.

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Subject: Another year of Miss Michigan USA

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Date Posted: 09/28/04 11:54:57am

Crystal Hayes wins the crown in the "Miss" division. Gee, that was a BIG suprise! Who would have ever guessed? With a Sam Tang picture, Rocco Castellano as her fittness trainer, former Miss Michigan Elisa Schleef's "Universe" gown, and the state director in her corner, I mean, what a SHOCK!
And the Teen division winner, just so happens to be from the same town and pre-lim director? As a matter of fact, most of the "placers" in teen and miss were pre-lim director Dave Dousey's (Cameleon Enterprises LLC)girls. Wonder how much Melissa got for that double dip? And at the cost of all the other 218 girls. Another year of deception at its best. Melissa is a pro. SHE deserves the crown!!

To pull off such a methodical measure such as that takes great skill and pre-meditation.
Crystal Hayes is certainly an attractive young lady, as were several other well deserving ladies. But those added benefits and knowledge that others are not privey to, gave Crystal Hayes that extra boost to the win. It would not be beneficial for Melissa (the state director) to inform all of the delegate entries, of these facts that edge in the winners year after year.
To watch the girls on stage was interesting to say the least. When Crystal Hayes got her heels tangled in her dress and almost tripped, most assumed that was it for her! Poise and grace, being a factor, this time did not enter into the picture. So much for all the training. Perhaps Elisa should have given her the dress a bit earlier so Crystal could have more time to practice in it. But then again, when you know you have the win cemented, why bother with all the trivial stuff.
Dave Dousey must be proud. And although he is no thinner from the wins, his wallet certainly has lost some bulk.

And then there is Lauren K. Poor thing. When will she ever learn? I hope Lauren reads this because I have one thing to say: GIVE IT UP!! They are only using you. You are suppose to be a smart girl. Have you learned nothing? Do you not see what they have done to you? Move on dear. You are far to pretty and intelligent to be lead around with blinders on. Fly your planes and live your life happily. Get out of this cut-throat business that will eventually suck the life right out of you. Emily Ricketts , Tonya Tibbs, LaShana Gardner, Christina Hudson, Sabrina Frawley and the list goes on and on. These girls have been sucked into the system big time. Lead falsly into believing that they somehow have a chance. Save your integrity and self respect and move forward. If you want Melissa to get richer, go ahead and send her money. Just make sure that an application is not included. It is a RACKET and you are all being used and abused.

Get smart and do something else with your beauty and brains. Do not let the Melissa's of the world infect and ravage your hearts and minds. Look at 99% of all state winners and see how little the crown has done for them. You can invest your money in other venues that will get you a far better return. Think of how much money Emily Ricketts has invested in the MANY pageants she has entered over the years. For Gods sake, she could be driving a Porche or pay for her Masters degree with all the money spent on these pageants. And to say you do the pageants to get scholarship money? That is a contradiction if I ever heard it!!

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Subject: Former Miss Hawaii-USA to stand trial on drug charge

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Date Posted: 09/23/04 5:31:06pm

Tiffini Hercules, Miss Hawaii USA 1998, was taken to the Kailua Police Substation yesterday after her drug arrest.

HONOLULU (AP) _ A former Miss Hawaii U-S-A will stand trial next week on drug charges.

Tiffini Limahai waived her right to a preliminary hearing yesterday.

She will go to trial on Monday on charges of second degree promotion of a dangerous drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Limahai was known as Tiffini Hercules when she was crowned Miss Hawaii U-S-A in 1998.

The 30-year-old former beauty queen and her husband, John Limahai Junior, were arrested a week ago in a police raid at their Kailua home.

Yesterday District Judge Christopher McKenzie ruled that John Limahai Junior should also stand trial on third degree promotion of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. He's scheduled to be arraigned on October fourth.

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Subject: Ivana Trump

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Date Posted: 09/ 5/04 4:33:59am

She was the ultimate Eighties wife. And when her marriage broke up she reinvented herself, becoming the role model of ex-wives the world over. With her battle cry of, "Don't get mad – get everything", Ivana Trump is one of America's best-known, best-loved celebrities. "Women relate to Ivana because she suffered," says New York gossip columnist Cindy Adams. "If she is over the top with her wardrobe, or the things she says, it is forgiven because she has been beaten down and she has risen to the top. America loves an underdog."

Born on February 20, 1949, in the Czech factory town of Zlin, Ivana Zelnicek spent the first few months of her life in an incubator. Her father Milos, believing it would toughen up the sickly toddler, taught Ivana to ski and swim when she was just two years old. It was a tactic which evidently paid off – Ivana later became a member of the country’s youth ski team, although Olympic selectors passed her over for the 1972 squad.

Ivana seemed to have it all. Former classmates describe her as clever, pretty, tall and skinny – and, even as a teenager, her drive had already begun to manifest itself. This she put down to a lesson learnt at the age of 13. "When I was doing poorly at school, my father yanked me out and got me a job in a shoe factory," she told an interviewer. "After three weeks I begged him to give me another chance at doing well in school. I learned that discipline is necessary to accomplish anything in life."

After obtaining a Masters degree in physical education at Charles University in Prague, Ivana emigrated to Canada. She had married an Austrian skier, Alfred Winklmayr, in 1971, meaning she was able to leave Communist-controlled Czechoslovakia. After learning English in Toronto, she moved to Montreal where she got a job as a model and spent two successful years on the catwalks.

While she was sharing a drink with some fellow models in a New York singles bar called Maxwell's Plum in 1976, Ivana's destiny walked in. His name was Donald Trump (or The Donald, as Ivana later dubbed him), an entrepreneur who had inherited his father's $20 million real estate and development business. Nine months later they were married and in the course of time had three children, Donald Jr, Ivanka, and Eric.

In the New York of the Eighties, the Trumps were a force to be reckoned with. The Donald's knack of generating greenbacks, combined with Ivana's talent for publicity, hastened their rise to the top of Big Apple society. When the businessman bought New York's Plaza Hotel, he installed his wife as president on a $1-a-year salary, plus all the couture frocks she wanted – estimated at costing around half a mil a year. The couple acquired more property than they had kids – including a triplex penthouse in Trump Tower with 50-odd rooms, not to mention their own Boeing 727.

Storm clouds were threatening in the golden couple's relationship, however, and Ivana confronted her husband after blonde aspiring actress Marla Maples told her, on the ski slopes of Aspen, that she was in love with Ivana's husband. Two months later, the Trumps separated. A 13-month legal battle over financial settlement ensued, with Ivana, who was granted a divorce on the grounds of "cruel and inhumane treatment", eventually getting a $25 million payout, $10 million of which was in cash.

Suddenly Ivana was on her own, and loving it. She decided to build her own empire, dubbing it Ivana Inc, and by 1997 just one arm of her business, the clothes range House Of Ivana, was worth $50 million a year. She has also written, with the help of a ghostwriter, two novels and a guide to divorce entitled The Best Is Yet To Come, as well as establishing a magazine, Ivana's Living In Style.

Just months after her divorce, Ivana met Riccardo Mazzucchelli. The Italian businessman was immediately smitten and proposed. Ms Trump held off, however, until the end of 1995 when she and the man she described as a "typical Italian macho", said "I do" in a New York hotel.

Twenty-two months later, they both said, "We don't". Almost immediately Ivana took up with Ferrari dealer Roffredo Gaetani di Laurenzana dell'Aquila d'Aragona Lovatelli, to give him his full name, who she met at the Red Cross Ball in Monaco. Reports over Summer 2001 had them splitting up, but there has been no official confirmation from either Ivana or Roffredo.

But in whether she is in a high-profile relationship or dynamically single, Ivana is a trooper – and she knows it. "A woman is like a tea bag," she once told HELLO!. "You never know how strong she is until she gets into hot water."

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Subject: Some directors should take a lesson from this pageant.

Celeste Blackburn/Staff Writer
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Date Posted: 09/ 3/04 4:14:54pm

Friendship and fun important at Fairest of the Fair pageant
Friday, Sep 3, 2004

By Celeste Blackburn/Staff Writer
Thunder, lightning and the threat of an approaching storm didn't dampen the spirits or wipe the smiles off the faces of Fairest of the Fair contestants Thursday night.

Girls competed in four categories in the last night of the contest, and contestant turnout was bigger than ever.

In the stands, crowds of observers clumped together waiting and watching for their pageant hopeful.

Backstage, some girls rush back and forth giggling and gossiping, some help each other put the finishing touches on hair and makeup and some watch quietly as the other contestants take the stage.

According to 4-year pageant veteran Savannah Powers, this is not always the case backstage at pageants and contests. When Savannah was 8, her mother, Carol Knell, suggested she try a pageant to help her with her confidence. She entered local contests and did well, so the two decided to try a statewide contest.

"We went to one big pageant and decided it was not for us," she said. "Nobody was nice, and all the girls looked like mannequins. Nobody wanted to talk to each other. It was just all about winning."

After that experience, Powers and her parents, Carol and Russell Knell, made the choice to stick with local pageants.

"Local pageants seem really different," Carol said. "They help each other out and cheer each other on."

A seventh grader at Mt. Pleasant Middle School of the Visual and Performing Arts, 12-year-old Savannah competed in the Fairest of the Fair pre-teen category.

As the mother-daughter team makes final preparations for Savannah's walk across the Fairest of the Fair stage, another mother-daughter team works on-stage and off to make sure the pageant runs smoothly.

Fairest of the Fair Organizer Debbie Coleman and her daughter, Master of Ceremonies Carole Anne Coleman, have both had their turn in the spotlight as winner of Fairest of the Fair.

When it is time for the announcement of the pre-teen contest winners, Carol huddles with her friends, Steve and Joyce Jones.

With 24 girls competing, Savannah and her cheering section know placing could be a long shot.

"When I heard there were that many girls, I thought 'Oh no, I'm not going to place,'" Savannah said.

When Carol Anne calls out Savannah's name as first runner-up, Carol, Steve and Joyce leap to their feet to shout their approval.

"It was just so awesome," Joyce said.

Debbie said she just wants to see the girls "get out there and have a good time" because pageants are a place where they can gain both confidence and lifelong friendships.

Savannah agrees. She met her best friend in a pageant.

"We went to the same school and weren't really friends, but we got to know each other through pageants," she said.

Reminiscing about her years with the pageant, Debbie talks about different girls she's watched compete at many different levels in the pageant. And while she will not disparage "circuit pageantry" - the type of pageant where Savannah had her bad experience - she does seem to take pride in the fact that Fairest of the Fair is a pageant where the girls do seem to like each other, there are not any stereotypical "pageant parents" in sight and each girl really seems to be having a good time.

In the last contest of the night, Whitney Nichols was crowned 2004 Fairest of the Fair.

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Subject: Emory student crowned Miss Georgia, first African-American to win pageant

By Jennifer Sutcliffe - Entertainment Editor
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Date Posted: 08/31/04 6:24:26pm

Emory Ph.D. student Danica Tisdale was crowned Miss Georgia on July 26. She is the first African-American woman to win Georgia’s competition.

Tisdale, Miss Atlanta, bested 49 women from different districts in Georgia, winning the Miss Georgia 2004 title and a $15,000 scholarship.

“I had never competed before, so I just wanted to... do my best and see the results,” Tisdale said. “And I was honored to win.”

Tisdale, 24, received her bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and her master’s in English from Temple University (Penn.). She is pursuing a doctorate in English at Emory.

“I will finish my Ph.D. degree, work as a professor and enter academics,” Tisdale said of her post-graduation plans.

Beyond academia, Tisdale dedicates herself to the Atlanta community. Her Miss Georgia platform is “Home, Health and Hospice.” She said she chose the platform because she has volunteered for three years at hospices — hospitals which provide healthcare, support and ministry services for patients who are dying.

Tisdale began volunteering after her grandfather, Charles C. Carson, a former mortuary officer for the U.S. military for whom the Defense Department’s only stateside mortuary is named, died of a lung disease.

“A hospice is about affirming life and providing comfort for those with terminal illnesses,” Tisdale said. “After my grandfather died, I wanted to become a part of an organization that gave so much support for my family.”

On a mission to promote a new end-of-life initiative supported by Gov. Sonny Perdue and other health care programs, Tisdale is taking one year off from school, as required, to make appearances throughout the state and serve as ambassador for her chosen cause.

Since she was a young girl, Tisdale, a native of Dover, Del., watched the Miss America pageant from home with her mother, Alice. Together, they admired the young, beautiful and intelligent women who had the courage to be judged not only by the judging panel but by viewers across America, she said.

“The entrants were such inspiring role models,” Tisdale said. “They were all beautiful, intelligent women who presented themselves well and were committed to education.”

When Tisdale was five years old, Vanessa Williams became the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss America. This year Tisdale will compete as the only African-American contestant from Georgia in the Miss America Foundation’s 60 years of existence.

Though Tisdale does not think the fact that she is the first African-American woman to be crowned Miss Georgia is odd, she said her victory may encourage other minority women in Georgia to enter the competition.

“I hope other women of color will now see being Miss Georgia as a possibility,” Tisdale said.

Currently, about five African-Americans compete for the Miss Georgia title each year. Besides Tennessee, Georgia was the only state that had not crowned an African-American competitor.

Tisdale will compete in the Miss America pageant September in Washington, D.C. That competition will focus on four phases – talent, evening wear, swimsuit and interview. The winner will receive a $40,000 academic scholarship from the Foundation. The Emory Wheel

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Subject: Model's bid for tourism title

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Date Posted: 08/29/04 5:28:45pm

A WIRRAL woman is competing to become the face of world tourism after wining the right to represent Great Britain in a global beauty pageant.

Laura-Marie Apton, 23, from Tranmere will travel to Vilnius, Lithuania, on September 3 to take part in the Miss Tourism World competition.

She will compete with contestants from 22 other countries vying for the title.

Laura-Marie is a professional model and make-up artist with bags of experience under her belt. She has already been in the finals of several pageants including Miss Liverpool, Miss Merseyside and Miss British Isles.

Earlier this year she made it into the final 40 of the Miss World competition but narrowly missed out.

Laura-Marie said: "I am over the moon to have been chosen to be in this competition. I hadn't expected it at all.

""I started modelling when I was 12 so I've been doing it for a long time now.

"The big night is on September 12 ,at Dreams Bridal House in Bromborough have very kindly lent me some evening gowns and cocktail dresses for the big event and they're gorgeous.

"I was asked to fly out on August 31 but I wanted to enrol in college first.

"I'm studying Anatomy and Physiology at Wirral Met and also taking A-Level Spanish.

She continued: "I am the only contestant from Great Britain flying out there but I doubt I will find it hard to make friends with the other girls in the pageant. I'm more excited than nervous."

Laura-Marie has also been helping out with Wipe Your Tears, a local charity for terminally ill children.

She added: "My favourite thing about modelling is that it gives me time to pursue my other hobbies. I get the chance to do lots of make-up work and get to do work for charity as well."

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Subject: Wee Wee

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Date Posted: 08/29/04 4:09:59pm

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Subject: Bionic Women?

What do you think ? China Daily, 29.08.2004
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Date Posted: 08/29/04 4:07:55pm

Made-for-order beauty in dispute
It seems paradoxical, but it has become a reality in China today: While fad-obsessed women want everything going into their stomachs to be natural, they are, on the other hand, increasingly seeking artificial means to recreate their outward appearances.

In an effort to repair the image of artificially enhanced beauty and to give it legitimacy and respect, a Chinese company will this autumn sponsor the world's first pageant for women who have gone through various types of cosmetic surgery from eyebrows to mouths, and breasts to hips.

The only entry requirement for Miss Plastic Surgery, scheduled for November 1 to 27, is proof of inauthenticity.

In other words, all would-be contestants will have to provide a doctor's formal certificate to prove their beauty was acquired by means of a scalpel.

Meanwhile, in a bid to prevent bungled, rushed jobs, the organizer, Beijing Weiye Culture and Media Co, also asks participating artificial beauties to have had their last surgery done no later than May 29 this year.

"We just want to give man-made beauties an equal opportunity to demonstrate their intelligence, artistic talents and aesthetic merits just like their natural counterparts," says Ms Han Wei, general manager of the company and vice-chairperson of the organizing committee.

The idea for this made-to-order pageant came after Yang Yuan, an 18-year-old artificially enhanced beauty, was barred from the Miss International Contest also set up by Ms Han's corporation in May.

In an effort to get on the stage to show her beauty in the conventional pageant, Yang Yuan spent 110,000 yuan (US$13,253) on cosmetic surgery and got a whole new look.

"We had to deny her. Or it would be unfair to the contestants who haven't undergone such surgery," explains Han.

She added that Yang, if she wants, is more than welcome to sign up for the upcoming special competition.

But the angry Yang Yuan sued the contest organizer for discrimination and asked for 50,000 yuan (US$6,046) in compensation for emotional damage.

Recently, her request was rejected by the court, which ruled that she was not entitled to compensation.

The issue and the upcoming artificial beauty contest have aroused some public interest.

Cai Boju, a social observer in Beijing, notes that beauty, it seems, is no longer something natural and honest.

"Nowadays it becomes something you have to work on by spending a huge amount of money," he says.

Nevertheless he accepts the pageant for artificial beauties.

"Following the rapid development of the social economy, people become much wealthier and have more money to chase after beauty. Thus, this artificial beauty craze is almost inevitable, as is this pageant for this group of women."

Plastic surgery surges in popularity

Not so long ago, beauty contests were strictly banned in China when the nation extolled the spartan style of living and rejected even simple makeup as vanity and bourgeois.

Today, corrective surgery is ubiquitous from modern Chinese cities to backwater rural towns.

Zhao Xiaozhong, director for the orthopaedic section at the Air Force General Hospital in Beijing, says many of his clients "look perfectly fine and pretty, but they still want to alter their faces, here or there."

A noted expert of cosmetic surgery, Dr Zhao personally doesn't see anything wrong with adult women wanting a double eyelid, liposuction, or breast enlargement.

"Isn't it nice that modern technology can make them look more beautiful?" he says rhetorically, adding that the Miss Plastic Surgery Pageant is a chance for Chinese surgeons to show their achievements in the field.

The upcoming event does include an exhibition of plastic surgery, on which both successful and unsuccessful cases will be displayed.

Dr Zhao suggest that women should use the services offered by larger hospitals or authorized beauty parlors instead of fly-by-night surgeons on back streets for their own safety.

Yang Yang (pseudonym), a college student in a southwestern city, spent 800 yuan (US$96) at a less scrupulous beauty parlor to have luscious big mouth.

But the operation failed her. She can hardly smile now for she says "my face hurts when I open my mouth."

During the last 10 years, unqualified surgeons across the country have disfigured more than 200,000 faces, with over 300,000 women falling victim, according to the China Consumers Association.

Tall and beautiful, the 19-year-old Yang Yang would have won a great deal of admiration before the botched surgery.

But she longed for "a more Western look." "All my friends, more or less, want to look like a Caucasian," says she, whose dream is to compete for a beauty crown someday soon.

Cai Bojun feels sorry for those who desire to look like a white beauty.

"That implies a sort of the white-superiority, which should be addressed prior to cosmetic surgery," said Cai.

Artificially enhanced beauty began to really catch on in China after the country's first man-made beauty Hao Lulu was created last year by Evercare, a private beauty centre in Beijing.

It footed the bill of 300,000 yuan (US$36,000) for Hao. In return, the 24-year-old freelancer agreed to serve as beauty spokeswoman for the centre for a year.

The deal seems to have paid off quickly. Feng Lizhe, deputy director of Evercare, admits that "about one-fifth of our customers now come out of admiration for Hao's new appearance: eyes widened, nose reshaped, breasts enlarged, hips and buttocks augmented and calves slimmed down."

Indeed, coupled with the craze for all kinds of beauty contests is the prosperity of the Western-taste-inspired beauty economy in China.

The cosmetic industry is probably the biggest beneficiary.

According to the Xinhua News Agency, Chinese women's annual expenditure for changing their looks amounts to 20 billion yuan (US$2.42 billion), thus making cosmetic surgery the third largest growth industry after real estate and tourism in the country.

What is the motivating force behind the surging taste for artificial beauty?

Some observers attribute it to the tendency that women with better appearances seem to find better jobs and rich husbands more easily.

Advantage for beauty

They argue that it is quite normal nowadays for good-looking and tallish people, whether men or women, to gain an advantage in employment and love.

That's why a growing number of Chinese men have begun to resort to artificial beauty as a key means to boost their own self-confidence and sharpen their competitive edge.

On February 19 this year, Xu Bing, a 32-year-old man in Wuhan, capital city of Central China's Hubei Province, underwent his first plastic surgery operation, hoping to improve his look.

He told local media that he believed that the operation will help him land a better job and marry a beautiful woman.

Because of his "ugly look," Xu said, he had suffered from low paid jobs and several love failures.

Upon the completion of the months-long operation, Xu will look like well-known Chinese film star Lu Yi, according to media reports.

Other pundits, however, disagree with the practical analysis, challenging that the growing popularity of artificial beauty only further boosts the concept of women as a commodity or as a sexual object displayed for visual delight and money.

Liu Bohong, director of the Women's Research Institute affiliated with the All-China Women's Federation, says, "Any beauty pageant, conventional or not, reflects a man-dominated society, in which women are watched, evaluated and, even worse, commercialized."

Once on the T-stage, she notes, a contestant is no longer an independent woman with independent thought.

She is dehumanized, and commodified with a man-made pretty face and slim figure, and she is expected to bring about huge profits for pageant organizers and sponsors.

The feminist idea seems to pale in the face of artificial-beauty seekers' resolution to make themselves more beautiful.

Hao Lulu, for one, frankly acknowledges that she is actually a special commodity produced by cosmetic means and consumed by the public.

"But I don't care," she says. "I like the way I'm now much better."

Such frantic pursuit of fantasy fulfillment, says sociologist Zhou Xiaozheng at Renmin University of China, would make society "superficial."

Although all beauty contests do have requirements for contestants' intelligence, the precondition for them to enter such contests is physical appearance, which, he says, could still be misleading.

For pretty women, "they might mistake a lovely face as a passport to a brighter future without working hard on their intellectual fulfillment," Zhou says.

"But for the less fortunate, they might feel inferior and self-abased, which compromises their competence and distracts them from attending to improving their physical condition."

All in all, he says, young women should not sacrifice part of their future to fulfill their fantasies. "They may someday find the future price is too high."

Nevertheless, the Miss Surgery Pageant has so far attracted more than 20 women, not only from China, but also ladies from South Korea, Japan and Malaysia.

Cai Boju believes the popularity of artificial beauty is just like the plastic flower craze years ago and will die out soon.

"No matter how real it looks, it's still inauthentic, still an imitation of a real flower. The genuine will eventually take the driver's seat again. Therefore, there is no need to worry."

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Gals from "Once upon a time treasures" . Bought one for my sister and it is adorable. Thought I would share the information
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Date Posted: 08/28/04 4:48:53pm

What's a crown without a bracelet?

People still argue about who discovered America. They still debate about who really invented the automobile. They take different sides on who was the creator of rock 'n' roll.

Some moments in history are like that. A new trend comes out of nowhere and catches on immediately, as if everybody thought of it at the same time. It's as if the world had been waiting for this very thing to happen. That's what they call "an idea whose time has come."

The pageant bracelet is one such idea. For 100 years, beauty queens thought nothing of having bare wrists. But that changed dramatically in 2003. Now a naked arm is cause for alarm. A queen without a bracelet is a queen who's not getting her due.

But where did this craze come from? The debate is already under way.

One side says the trend began on Sept. 15, 2003, at the coronation of Queen Leslie as the first Miss Pageant.com. The young beauty modestly insisted that no crown be placed on her head until a bracelet had been placed on her right wrist. "A queen must put duty above glory," she said, "and the bracelet is the symbol of a queen's duty."

The other faction points to the rise of Deeva's Pageant Joyelry, the groundbreaking line of pageant bracelets available at www.trainingforthecrown.com/bracelets.htm.

Just as trendsetters embrace a brand of jeans, a style of footwear or a particular label of cognac, in 2003 the pageant elite made Deeva's Pageant Joyelry their adornment of choice. Some hipsters even call it "Deepaj" for short.

Hoping to settle the debate before history could become entangled with myth, PNB asked Queen Leslie herself which side was right. "Was the bracelet idea yours, or was it Deeva's Pageant Joyelry?" we asked her.

She thought a moment, and then laughed. "It was my idea that a crown always be worn with a bracelet," she said. "But that really doesn't matter. As a pageant girl, I would trade a dozen good ideas for one Deeva's bracelet."

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Subject: Louisiana is a DOLL! LOVED HER!

Runners Up Rocked Too
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Date Posted: 08/27/04 10:51:17am

I absolutely just loved Louisiana. Her southern girl charm stole my heart. Hawaii was an absolute angel as well. A little disappointed that Nebraska didn't move in to the Top 5...she should have placed.

Tennessee is the aboslute powerhouse when it comes to pageants. PERIOD! The absolute best in the Teen USA system, no debate about it.

A very strong top 15...top 10 too. A great year for competition.

Michigan? We've seen enough of the Versace knock off gowns, she was just too fake and pageanty. No naturalness to her at all. Very weak.

Texas..a little suprised she didn't make Top 10...but again a very worthy year.

Maryland...was just absolutely annoying. Horrific gown.

Nevada...oh my gosh. Hugh Hefner is probably on the line with his agent hunting her down right now. Quite possibly the sexiest teen competitor ever.

Ohio...poor thing. Was your state budget short? That dress was a has been and not flattering to you at all. Very poor choice. This state has done absolutely nothing in the last several years.

All in all...great year of competition.

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Subject: New at PageantDiva in August! The Only “How To Be A Contestant” Magazine on the Internet www.PageantDiva.com

only at www.pageantdiva.com
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Date Posted: 08/24/04 1:59:25pm

New at PageantDiva in August! The Only “How To Be A Contestant” Magazine on the Internet www.PageantDiva.com

WERE BACK! After a few months of Summer Vacation the hardest workingwomen in pageantry are back at designing the first “How To Be A Pageant Contestant” website. Our goal is to help those who are experienced in pageantry improve and those who have never done pageantry a place to come to give you equal footing in YOUR pageant. We want YOU TO WIN YOUR PAGEANT! If you pick up things that will help you after pageantry through our articles, that’s great also!

New articles this month:
-Interview Diva Alexandra discusses the pageant application.
-Swimsuit Diva Julie Donaldson gives tips on Swimsuits as her faithful readers write questions.
-Kristen had double duty this month. Her evening gown article discusses buying gowns off of the rack. Her talent article will feature more rehearsal tips for perfect performance in competition!
-Ask Mr. Sponsor starts his series on how to find your pageant sponsorship monies
-“It’s All Good,” offers great motivation phrases from the famous and infamous!
-“Ask The Diva” column where we answer your questions.
. Health and Fitness this month offers tips on how to deal with stress.
-Jamie Grimes continues in giving us great public speaking advice on “Public Speaking with Jamie”.

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Subject: Niles' Pena named Miss Belleza Latina

By JAMES COLLINS / Niles Daily Star
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Date Posted: 07/28/04 6:00:04am

Niles' Magdalena Pena was recenlty named Miss Michigan Belleeza Latina.

NILES -- With a platform centering on improving the rights of migrant farm workers, Niles' Magdalena Pena was recently named Miss Michigan Belleza Latina and will soon be travelling to San Juan, Puerto Rico for the national competition.

Pena, 20, daughter of Chris and Ofelia Pena, was raised in a family of migrant farm workers and spent much of her childhood travelling back and forth between Niles and Texas.

While in Niles, she was a student at Howard-Ellis Elementary, Ring Lardner Middle School and Niles High School. Pena now attends Michigan State University, where she is studying Spanish and theater.

She has aspirations to become a professional actress, but also has a back up-plan of becoming a high school teacher of Spanish and theater.

Her firsthand experience with migrant workers has had a big impact on her life and she is now an advocate for improving their working conditions and encouraging them to continue their education.

"I came from migrant descent, so I know how it feels to work out in the fields," Pena said.

As a freshmen and sophomore in high school, she tried her hand at migrant work by picking apples and grapes.

This experience resonated with her and she wants migrant workers to be aware that a proper education can open many doors for them.

"It is a hard life. It made me want to try harder in school because no one wants to do that for a living," Pena said. "A lot of them think that is the only way, just because their parents and grandparents have done it, it is the only thing that they know. That is why I think it is so important to educate them and keep them school."

The fact that her parents and six siblings have all put migrant work behind them may be another reason that the education of migrant workers is such a special issue to Pena.

Pena has spent a few years working as a teacher's aide at the Berrien Springs Migrant Program, a summer school for young migrant workers in the area.

She is also active in a campaign to boycott Mt. Olive Pickles because of the current working conditions of the farm workers harvesting the pickles.

"It is not fair, it is not equal," said Pena, pointing to the fact there are migrant workers across the country working in poor conditions at pay rates well below the national hourly minimum wage.

Because of her genuine care for the well being of others, Pena decided to donate her spring break to assisting low income families in Nicaragua.

The experience of helping to build housing for the poor and interacting with the children of Nicaragua, was an enlightenening experience for Pena.

"It was awesome. It was the best experience that I have ever had," she said. "You don't realize how much you have until you see other perspectives. I now realize how lucky I really am."

After spending a week with the children there, it was hard for Pena to say goodbye.

"On my last day, the kids were asking if I would be back tomorrow. They just did not understand how far away Michigan was," she said. "It was very emotional."

With financial assistance from Niles businesses like the Flower Cart, Classic Cuts and the Colburn Melody Insurance Agency, Pena was able to cover the $850 application fee.

She is seeking continued support for travel and other expenses that go along with being in a beauty pageant. For more information, call Magdalena Pena at (269)687-7386.

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Subject: They all come to Bonnie's

Photos by Joe Whiteko
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Date Posted: 07/23/04 7:06:06am

Caroline Medley, Miss Georgia USA

Emily Knight, Ms. Petite International.

If groceries had been just a little more glamorous, Bonnie Clark might not be a legend today.

But a legend she certainly is. She's the "Bonnie" of Bonnie's Boutique, the friendly shop in suburban Atlanta that attracts beauty contestants the way Niagara Falls attracts honeymooners.
"I've dressed so many winners," she says, obviously hoping she won't be asked to guess at a number. Girls are always coming back to thank her, and to show off their crowns.
Katelyn Andrews, Miss Teen Atlanta, and Bonnie Clark

Ashley White, Miss Columbus (Ga.) State University
Catherine Muldoon, Miss New York Teen USA, and Brooke Calhoun, Miss Georgia Teen USA
Christie George, Miss Pride of Fayette County

Bonnie never insists that customers learn her full name. "It's not really about me, anyway," she says. But she insists that the girls have the "right" look -- the right gown, the right swimsuit, the right shoes, everything. She sells it all.

If that makes Bonnie's Boutique a kind of general store of pageant apparel, it's no coincidence. Long before she dressed her first contestant, Bonnie was a success in the grocery business. "My husband and I owned grocery stores," she recalls. "We did it for years, and we did very well."

Meredith Boyd, Mrs. Georgia United States, and Kara Colquitt, Mrs. Georgia America,
Ashley Huff, Miss Nevada USA 2003, with Caroline Medley, Miss Georgia USA 2004
Running a big market was hard work, she says, harder than what she does now. But she never minded the work.
Something was missing, something that she couldn't find in the frozen food aisles or the hardware section.

Carissa Capobianco, Miss International Petite Teen

"I liked beautiful clothes," she says. "I was kind of a shopaholic, and I had my own ideas about fashion."
For a time, she satisfied this urge by "playing dress-up" with her young daughters, putting them in imaginative outfits for school. But the children were reluctant models. "Why can't I dress like the other kids?" one of them demanded. So Bonnie gave up her motherly designing.

A few years later, though, she waltzed back into the fashion business. She took up ballroom dancing and became interested in finding the right costumes. When she couldn't, she launched her small boutique as a hobby.

She never dreamed a hobby could go so far. This woman who once knew "zero" about pageants has become a major force in the world of beauty competitions.
Expanding its range of services, Bonnie's Boutique now offers classes for would-be pageant competitors.
To contact Bonnie's Boutique, call 770-850-0595.

Abby Vaillancourt, Miss Georgia Teen USA 2000, in front of her painting at Bonnie's Boutique

The boutique will celebrate its 20th anniversary in February 2005. As the namesake of this pageant phenomenon looks back on the years, she is as modest as ever. "My story?" she says, pondering the question. "It's my girls, my customers, my friends."

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Subject: Pageant aims to dispel biases

By Jennifer Martikean
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Date Posted: 07/20/04 1:57:46am

Wheelchair users show positive image of disabled

Friday, March 19, 2004

By Jennifer Martikean
Staff writer

The first word that comes to mind when thinking of "pageant" is probably "beauty."
But a national group is working to debunk myths about pageants and women who have physical disabilities.

"It's a great meeting of the minds at the national competition," said Pat O'Bryant, who is executive director of the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant. "Some of these women who compete might have only seen a few women like them who use wheelchairs, and it is wonderful for them to see women who also use wheelchairs and have accomplished so much."

Like other pageants, women in the Ms. Wheelchair competition attend state-sponsored events, with the winner then going on to the national pageant.

Illinois' competition is this weekend in Frankfort. Three women will vie for the chance to represent the state in the national pageant this July in Virginia.

Illinois has had a state pageant for three years, but a national champion has been crowned for 32 years. Illinois state coordinator Michelle McKeever said it has been difficult to get the word out to women about the pageant, but organizers are hopeful the pageant can grow.

"It gives these women a voice and an opportunity to be seen. People hear about these other 'beauty pageants,' but this one gives women a voice, and these women don't often have one," McKeever said.

The national competition started in 1972 after an Ohio doctor, Philip Wood, wanted a way to encourage women confined to wheelchairs to advocate for themselves, O'Bryant said.

"Back then, women played a small role in society, and he thought that women needed support and a forum to talk about their accomplishments and their special needs," she said.

Pageant judges weigh the poise of the contestants, as well as their passion for advocating for those with disabilities. Looks are not a concern and are not a criteria for participating.

"The women who participate have all kinds of reasons why they are in a wheelchair," O'Bryant said. "We judge them on the type of advocate they will be and how they will use the title to make others aware of the needs of those with physical disabilities."

Contestants are also judged on how well they have adapted to their disability and what they have accompanied, including work and school.

O'Bryant also coordinates the Kentucky competition, and said she is constantly amazed at what the women can do. One of the past title holders was 16 years old when she was paralyzed after falling during a cheerleading stunt. She now travels the world giving out wheelchairs to those in poor countries.

The winners of the state and national pageants are encouraged to talk to politicians about improving access and funding for those with disabilities. They also speak to charities and private groups to raise awareness.

"These women have very real accomplishments and talents," O'Bryant said. "Some of the women who come initially don't have a lot of confidence, but just seeing what others can do gives them the confidence to make a difference."

Jennifer Martikean may be reached at jmartikean@dailysouthtown.com or (708) 633-5962.

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Subject: Mom fights to aid ill daughter

By Etan Horowitz Sentinel Staff Writer
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Date Posted: 06/ 4/04 12:18:16am

Surgery could end years of pain for young woman

Posted June 4, 2004

LEESBURG -- Linda and Robert Scheel's home bears the mementos that make all parents beam with pride. Pictures of their children's milestones in life, whether athletic, academic or personal, sit on bookshelves and on the television.

One framed photograph stands out.

It's of Linda Scheel's daughter, Mindy Dougherty, sitting upright in a hospital bed with a tube coming out of her nose, draping down the middle of her wide smile.

"Every time I look at it, I know I have to pray," Scheel said. "It's a constant reminder of what she has been through, and that through the pain, she can still smile."

It has been an eight-year battle with pancreatitis -- an inflammation of her pancreas that has pained Dougherty, 27, and prevented her from going to school or working full time. She has had several surgeries, none of which successfully eliminated her pain.

Even from thousands of miles away, Scheel has always intervened when she knew her daughter was in need, and now she faces a daunting challenge. She needs to raise at least $25,000 by mid-June to pay for a surgery that her daughter's insurance company considers experimental. An experienced doctor in Minnesota is ready to do the surgery.

It could end Dougherty's pain.

"She wants her life back, and she deserves it back," Scheel said.

Scheel has pushed her daughter toward bigger and better things since she was a child. When Dougherty was about 5 years old, her mother entered her in a beauty pageant. As the years went on, Dougherty competed in more pageants, with both mother and daughter viewing them as a way to earn money for college.

"I was the tomboy, and she wanted me to do the pageants to get a scholarship for college," Dougherty said in a phone interview from New Jersey recently. "I did enjoy doing the pageants; it's just I'm not the foo-foo chick that likes putting on makeup. I like to go outside and play in the mud."

As a high-school senior, Dougherty developed another strategy to pay for her education: the military.

At 17, she enlisted in the Army.

"She didn't want me to go in, because she knew if I went, she might not get me back," Dougherty said of her mother.

Four days after graduating from high school, Dougherty left her family's home in California and started basic training.

Her career as a military medical specialist spanned four years and took her to bases around the United States as well as to Germany and Bosnia.

In 1996 while stationed in Bosnia, Dougherty's medical problems began. First there was vomiting. She was flown to Germany to have an ovarian cyst removed. A few weeks later, after she returned to Bosnia, there was more vomiting. A friend drove her to a hospital in Germany where she had her appendix removed. Previously healthy, she points back to this time as the beginning of her abdominal problems.

In 1999 she was given a medical discharge from the military and moved to California to go to school and work.

Pancreatitis followed her, and she has been in and out of the hospital ever since.

The pancreas is a gland that lies behind the stomach and contains enzymes that help break down fats, proteins and carbohydrates. The pancreas also produces insulin and glucagon. Chronic pancreatitis, the kind Dougherty has, occurs when digestive enzymes attack and destroy the pancreas and any nearby tissues.

Medical experts point to a number of causes of pancreatitis, two of the most common being alcoholism and gallstones. Symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, weight loss and vomiting.

Dr. David Sutherland, the surgeon at the University of Minnesota who plans to operate on Dougherty, said the cause of her condition is unknown but is not alcohol abuse.

Long search for treatment

Finding Sutherland was hardly a cinch. There were years of problems.

Linda Scheel said a Veterans Affairs doctor in California once called her at home and told her he did not know how to help her daughter.

Distressed, Scheel sat down at the computer in her Leesburg home and began frantically scouring the Internet for a doctor -- any doctor -- who could help her.

"I wrote to everybody and anybody," Scheel said.

What followed were two pancreas surgeries, neither of which ridded Dougherty of pain.

Last year, feeling a bit better, Dougherty moved to New Jersey to be near an aunt who is a nurse and to enroll in nursing school herself. Dougherty was enjoying her classes and savoring getting closer to her goals. But about a month ago, Dougherty was back in the hospital.

Doctors didn't know how to make her pain go away.

This time, Scheel got on the Internet and found Sutherland, the University of Minnesota doctor who had been treating pancreatitis patients for about 25 years. His is one of a handful of hospitals in the country that perform the procedure.

It's called a pancreatectomy and islet auto-transplantation. Doctors remove the pancreas and its islet cells and implant them in the liver.

By removing the pancreas, doctors eliminate the pain associated with pancreatitis. However, the islet cells that are found in the pancreas are needed to produce insulin and other hormones. After the islet cells are implanted into the liver, they are able to perform the same function as when they were in the pancreas.

The hospital has done the procedure on about 130 people since 1977. Sutherland said in about 90 percent of those cases, all or part of the patient's pain was eliminated.

"She really doesn't have any other options to relieve the pain," Sutherland said, referring to Dougherty. "In her case, those operations [she had] didn't work and she is at the point where the only thing that will work is to remove the pancreas."

Sutherland said that because parts of Dougherty's pancreas have already been removed, she has about a 75 percent chance of being diabetic as a result of the surgery.

But Dougherty said she would gladly become diabetic in exchange for getting rid of the pain that has plagued her for the past eight years. It has put her life on hold, prevented her from studying and working as she might have liked and robbed her of the opportunities a 20-something deserves.

"It's pretty much ruined my life," Dougherty said. "I want to have a normal life. I want to have kids."

Insurance struggles

Dougherty's military insurance company, TRICARE, at first refused to pay for the procedure, Scheel said. After more conversations and after U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville, got involved, Dougherty's insurance agreed to pay for part of the procedure. But the family still had to come up with at least $25,000.

A spokesman for TRICARE said that only the pancreatectomy is covered because the islet auto-transplantation is still considered to be medically unproven. He did say there is new medical literature about the procedure and TRICARE is reviewing it.

Dr. Rodolfo Alejandro, a professor of medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine, said he doesn't consider the procedure experimental, but that it is done infrequently by only a handful of hospitals. For a patient like Dougherty, Alejandro said, the surgery is the last resort. He is unrelated to Dougherty's case.

"That's one of the worst pains you can have, the pain of pancreatitis," Alejandro said. "It cannot be controlled by anything."

Linda Scheel went to work again. At the end of March she opened a trust fund to help pay for Dougherty's medical expenses. Scheel attached fliers to milk jugs and placed them in local businesses to serve as collection jars. She sold some of her furniture. On Saturday night, Scheel and her husband are hosting a fund-raiser for Dougherty at the Legacy of Leesburg development off of U.S. Highway 27.

"I would scrub toilets if I needed to raise money for my kids," Scheel said.

So far the family has raised about $11,000, but Scheel said if they don't come up with the rest by mid-June, the hospital won't go ahead with the surgery scheduled for July 9. A bank is handling the account and says it will pay the hospital directly.

Through it all, Dougherty has been resolute in her studies.

Army officials gave her the option of leaving the service early because of her condition, but Dougherty refused to leave until she was sure her nursing school expenses would be covered.

"I try not to think about it because I have somewhere to go," Dougherty said. "I was nervous about the surgery, but now I am looking forward to it because I can go on with my life. Each day that passes I get happier and happier."

Etan Horowitz can be reached

at ehorowitz@orlandosentinel.com or 352-742-5930.

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Subject: Meet 'People's Miss India'

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Date Posted: 05/19/04 12:45:28pm

Meet the vivacious, pretty Priti Gohel. The second runner-up at the Miss India UK 2004 and BBC poll's People's Miss India winner has her roots in Pune. PT caught up with her while she came visiting her relatives in the city.

Who am I?

I was born and brought up in London. But like any typical Indian girl, I like kathak, mehendi, Bollywood and Indian food. I love shopping and believe in Lord Krishna and Shiva. Achieved a diploma in Kathak at age eight. Dancing in the Royal Albert Hall, and performing a solo dance in Wembley arena with Falguni Pathak are some of my fond memories.

On her win

Participating and winning at Miss India UK 2004 was my first meeting with fame. Even though I am just 5" 1', I took part in the competition for fun. Unlike other beautypageants, Miss India UK was more of a talent contest. Individual ability was given more importance than beauty. It's the only pageant where you don't have to wear bikinis, but Eastern and Western clothes.

The answer that won her the second runner-up's spot

I was asked about the influence of Indian culture on the people of the United Kingdom. I said, "Bollywood plays a great part in making us aware of the Indian culture. It is through Bollywood that we come to know where our roots lie. For the people who are so far away from home and country, it not only brings fond memories, but also teaches them about the cultural and moral values of the country they originally belong to."

On her family

Even though I stay in London, I am a true-blue Indian. Mine is a traditional Indian family, where we all live together and celebrate all Indian festivals like Diwali and Holi. We eat Indian food everyday and only once in a week, Saturday, we have English food.

On the Indian community in the UK

Indian people in UK are more orthodox, compared to people in India. Marriages are still arranged according to the cast and religion and they even match the horoscope. Love marriage is a strict no-no. Imagine something like this happening in a progressive country like Britain. Times of India - India, 18.05.2004

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Subject: Portrait of a Queen

By Gene Maddaus
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Date Posted: 05/15/04 3:37:04pm

Seventeen years ago, Megan and Erin Chinen were born one minute apart at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, and since then, the twins haven’t strayed too much farther from each other’s side.

Aside from a few extra freckles on Megan’s cheek, they are essentially carbon copies of each other. They are both self-assured, competitive people, with the same firm handshake and the same wide smile. They are both active in church and school sports, both get good grades, and neither is ever too busy to help someone out.

Their father, Rich Chinen, is a volunteer with the Tournament of Roses, who began guarding the floats when his daughters were small. Both girls have been imbued with Pasadena tradition — watching the parade year after year from a spot near Victory Park.

In short, they are both Rose Queen material. Indeed, from an early age, they have nurtured an improbable fantasy: They could be the first-ever identical-twin Rose Queens.

"The reason they both wanted it so badly is they are so proud of their dad,’’ said the girls’ mother, Kim Chinen. "He loves the Tournament and loves being involved.’’

Just in case the weight of 85 years of one-queen-per-year tradition prevailed, the twins had a backup plan to preserve their sisterly solidarity.

"We’d always said when we were little that if just one of us makes a cut, (then that twin would say) ‘I’m just going to drop out,’ ’’ Erin said.

But as they got older and the tryouts grew closer, they changed their minds. They decided that if one twin got cut, she would be happy that her sister moved on to the next round.

Neither one went in with high expectations, their father said.

"The whole plan was they would get through the first tryout and go to the Royal Ball like all the other girls do,’’ he said. "We told them their chances of getting on the Royal Court were 1 out of 1,000.’’

Megan said she was excited just to survive the first cut to 250 contestants. But the girls didn’t start to seriously consider the possibility they could be on the court until they got to the semifinal round of just 75 contestants. At that stage, last year’s princesses came and told the girls how wonderful the experience had been.

"I realized how big of an honor it would be,’’ Megan said.

The tournament sends letters only to those contestants who have advanced to the next round.

"I remember the day I came home and the final cut had been made,’’ Erin said. "I went to the mailbox, and I pulled out her letter. Of course I was upset, but I went and gave it to her and said, ‘Megan, you made it.’

"I wasn’t upset with myself, but in the background, I was thinking, ‘We’re exactly the same. What does she have over me? What’s wrong with me?’ ’’

Megan wanted to be happy that she had made the finals, but she couldn’t help feeling bad for her sister.

"It was such an emotional thing,’’ she said. "It’s the first time I’m going through something that she hasn’t gone through before. It’s one of those twin things.’’

For a couple of days, Kim Chinen had to perform some emergency parenting.

"It hurt,’’ the girls’ mother said. "It wasn’t devastating, but it hurt.’’

Kim stressed to Erin that her qualities lie elsewhere, that the girl who was named La Salle High School’s "best personality’’ this year didn’t need to be Rose Queen, too. (Megan, the cheerleader, was named "most spirited.’’)

For all their similarities, the girls are different, friends and family agree. Megan wants to be a nurse practitioner. Erin, who swims, plays volleyball and soccer and hosts a sports report on the high school TV station, wants to be a sports broadcaster. Her mother, however, has forbidden her from going into the boys’ locker room, now and forever more.

Megan, the senior class president, has a soft-spoken leadership style. Erin comes off more unabashed. Of the two, Erin is more likely to do an Arnold Schwarzenegger impression.

"Erin lights up a room when she walks in, but it would drive the whole committee crazy if she was on (the Rose Court), because she’s not organized,’’ Kim said. "The thing Megan brings to this group is she is organized, she is timely, and she does think ahead. ’’

Whether the Queen and Court Committee picked up on any of this is lost to history. Gene Gregg, the committee chairman, said the judges didn’t even realize they had two identical twins in the semifinal pool until after Megan had been chosen for the court.

"Believe me, when you go through 1,036 girls, you begin to see the same ones over again,’’ Gregg said.

At La Salle, a co-ed Catholic school where students can still get scolded for taking the Lord’s name in vain, everyone knows the Chinen twins. There are stories about the time Erin had a meeting and couldn’t finish her school’s TV broadcast, so Megan put on Erin’s blouse and filled in, with no one the wiser.

Megan’s selection to the Rose Court was big news.

When Megan’s name was called, Erin quickly found her sister. "We put our heads together. We weren’t saying anything, but we both knew what we were thinking, ‘I can’t believe this is happening.’ ’’

The sting of being separated from her twin had worn off, and Erin had taken on the role of the supportive friend and confidante. Megan said Erin has helped keep her grounded in reality.

Still, it has been a little awkward at times. Some friends haven’t known quite how to approach Erin. In public, people come up and ask, "Which one of you is the queen?’’

Megan has signed autographs, ridden on a blimp, received 21 new, rather conservative, outfits from the Tournament, and chronicled her life with a handheld video camera for cable’s Home & Garden TV. Little girls come up to her and think she is genuine royalty. But at school and at home she has tried to be herself as much as possible.

The demands of a Rose Queen’s schedule have taken her away from her classmates and her twin, but friends say it’s good practice for next year, when college will pull them apart, at least for a while.

Megan and Erin are almost certainly headed for different schools and different lives, though they both plan to settle someday in Pasadena.

As New Year’s Day approaches, Erin says the only thing she wants from Megan are good parade seats. But she might get more than that. Megan said she hoped to pull another "switcheroo’’ at some Tournament event, sending Erin to smile and wave in her place and be queen for a day.

"We’re going to try and do it,’’ Megan said. "She’s so confident, I think she’d have no problem.’’

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Date Posted: 05/15/04 12:33:02pm

Lana Coc-Kroft says she is still very weak, but making progress.

The television personality and former Miss Universe New Zealand remains in intensive care at Auckland Hospital.

She was flown home from Fiji late last month after contracting a mystery illness and has been seriously ill since.

In the first direct message from her, Lana says she wants to pass on her thanks to all the well-wishers.
Lana Coc-Kroft has undergone surgery in a bid to relieve ongoing pain from a devastating mystery illness.

The television star remains in Auckland Hospital two weeks after being evacuated from Fiji in a critical condition.

She had been in a coma and on life support after falling ill while filming Celebrity Treasure Island.

Agent Andy Haden says Lana's struggle with the as-yet undiagnosed illness is far from over.

He says surgery for the pain has left her very weak.

He says while she's no longer in intensive care, she will continue to remain in hospital.

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Subject: 2nd Annual Relay Beauty Pageant

News of the day
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Date Posted: 05/15/04 2:23:24am

The American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team members of Purpa's Posse are diligently working on the 2nd Annual Relay Beauty Pageant as their fundraiser.

The pageant is scheduled for Saturday, May 22, starting at 6:00 p.m. with rehearsal on Friday, May 1. The pageant will be held at the Fair Theatre in Somerville.

Keith Waldron will be Master of Ceremonies. The judges will be Becky Burton, former Miss University of Memphis, and two other professional judges affiliated with the Miss Memphis Pageant.

The pageant is open to boys and girls between the ages of one year and twelve years old. Entry forms may be picked up at Taylor Auto Parts, Somerville, or call 465-2631 ext. 101 for more information. The fee for the Pageant is $20. Deadline for registration is May 14. For an additional $5 the contestant will receive a 5x7 photo made the night of the pageant.

In addition to the Pageant, the Most Photogenic Contest entry in each age group is offered for a cost of $10. Photographs need to be at least 5x7 and no larger than 8x10. The photos will be judged by professional photographers and the winners announced the night of the pageant. Put the name, address and phone number on the outside of the envelope and on the back of the picture. Contestants may enter the Most Photogenic Contest even if they are not in the Pageant, and Beauty Pageant Contestants do not have to enter the Most Photogenic Contest.

Contestants are offered the Pageant, a 5x7 photo and The Most Photogenic Contest all for $30, saving $5 for all three. Checks should be made to the American Cancer Society and are tax deductible. Entry forms and fees should be turned in to Taylor's Auto Parts in Somerville, or mailed to Relay Beauty Pageant, P.O. Box 305, Somerville, TN 38068. The forms may also be turned in to any team member.

This is the 2nd Annual Relay for Life Beauty Pageant, and we hope many more are to follow. If you need more information, call Pat Glover at 465-2631 Ext. 101 or Amy Glover at 465-7931.

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Subject: Court To Rule Which Beauty Queen Prettier

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Date Posted: 05/15/04 2:21:40am

PARIS - A group of television viewers, alleging that the election of France's beauty queen was rigged, asked a court Tuesday to unseat her and enthrone the runner-up.

The group's lawyer told the court that Mareva Galanter, from the
French Polynesian island of Tahiti, was a relative of singer Sacha Distel, the chairman of the jury that crowned her last December.

The lawyer also said Galanter's grandmother was hatmaker to the pageant's chief organizer Genevieve de Fontenay.He said Galanter should be replaced by Amelie Rudler, who came
second although she was deemed the prettiest by a side jury of television viewers.

A lawyer for the pageant's organizers said the opinion of the viewers' jury was only one element in the main jury's decision.De Fontenay said her hatmaker had no say in the pageant which was
broadcast live on television. "I did not get a free hat," she said.
As an added note, the terrible backstage catfight after the pageant resulted in no serious injuries, but police say that stagehands waited too long before breaking up the fight.

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Subject: They've flipped

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Date Posted: 05/14/04 2:38:03pm

It was spring 2004 on the calendar, but dates didn't matter. It always feels like spring in South Beach, unless it feels like summer. The weather is hot, and the women are hotter.

This is the land of the fantastic faces and the perfect bodies. If you're merely attractive in South Beach, they say, "You poor dear! Get help!" If PNB comes calling, they introduce themselves with all the flair they can muster.

What does a gorgeous girl do to if she wants to be noticed in a place like this? She leaps into the air. These jumpers in swimsuits were competing in two contests, the 2004 Fitness South Beach Pageant, and the 2004 Ms. Bikini South Beach Pageant.

Do you know what nose art is? You've heard. On World War II bombers, the crewmen used to paint pictures of glamour girls in skimpy costumes. These South Beach contestants were like the nose art without the planes. They taxied, they soared, they dived. It was an air show, a bikini air show..

Holly Wilbur won the 2004 Fitness South Beach Pageant. Wendy Martin was the first runner-up, followed by Jennifer Zuba, Keri Bourg and Tricia Hoyt. Jennifer Zuba won the 2004 Ms. Bikini South Beach Pageant.
The first runner-up was Holly Wilbur, followed by Tricia Hoyt, Keri Bourg and Angelina Harvey.

And aren't these the best flight suits you ever saw?

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Subject: Miss Universe China Competition Zhang Meng won the title of Miss China in Kunming, Southwest China's Yunnan Province, April 28, 2004. Zhang will represent China at the final of the Miss Universe Pageant, which is to be held in Ecuador on June 1, 2004.

News, News and more News
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Date Posted: 05/13/04 12:47:51pm

Zhang Meng (left) is crowned after winning the Miss Universe China Competition in Kunming, Southwest China's Yunnan Province, April 29, 2004.

Wang Ran is the third place winner at the competition.

Zhang Meng waves to the audience after winning the contest.

Qiao Jing wins the runner-up in the competition.

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Subject: Your Opinion

Drug Testing
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Date Posted: 05/10/04 8:12:13am

Someone brought up to me about the girls being tested, what is everyone's opinions on that? The lady said she knows that one of the contestants that will compete in August wouldn't pass? Sounds wierd to me.

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Subject: Another crown, another chance

By KRISTIN PROULX Monitor staff
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Date Posted: 05/ 8/04 5:22:32am

Mrs. New Hampshire no stranger to pageants

March 29. 2004 8:00AM

Mrs. New Hampshire Stephanie Mills, of Pembroke tans at Hot Spot Tanning Center in Concord on March 27, 2004. Mills says she was tanning five times a week before she won the contest. Now she is down to once a week. "I guess once you create a tan it takes less to maintain it," she said. Mills won the Miss New Hampshire pageant in 1995 and won the Mrs. New Hampshire pageant this month. She will be going to the Mrs. America pageant in September.

Alot has changed since Stephanie Foisy appeared on an Atlantic City stage nine years ago as Miss New Hampshire. Back then, she was a tap dancer, a Latin major at the University of New Hampshire and a bright young girl who had graduated second in her class from Concord High School in only three years. To the surprise of some, Foisy had also spent nearly a decade entering beauty pageants.

Now, at age 27, life is different. Stephanie Foisy Mills is married, a mother of two daughters and a busy chiropractor who runs her own practice (patients call her Dr. Stephanie). Her long, straight brown hair has been chopped so she could donate it to Locks of Love, an organization that provides wigs for terminally ill children.

But earlier this month, after nine years away from the pageant world, Mills won the Mrs. New Hampshire crown on her first try. In September, she'll be back on stage and back on television, this time in Palm Springs, Calif.

Mills decided to return to pageant life this winter when her husband, Brad Mills, left for Iraq with his National Guard unit. She needed something to do, some goal to make the time pass quicker, she said. So Mills began going to the gym a little more often and brushing up on current events in preparation for her pageant interview.

The Mrs. New Hampshire contest, for married women ages 18 and above, took place March 20 in Eaton, Mass., the same day and place as the contest for Mrs. Massachusetts. Unlike the Miss New Hampshire contest, in which final contestants are chosen from a series of preliminary pageants around the state, the Mrs. New Hampshire contest is the only preliminary pageant for the national contest, which runs Sept. 7. The Mrs. New Hampshire title is also a bit more obscure: Mills was one of only five contestants vying for the 2004 crown.

"People are surprised there is a pageant for married women," she said.
There are other differences between the pageants as well. The Mrs. New Hampshire contest includes a swimsuit round, evening gown round, interview and onstage question, but no talent portion, meaning Mills's tap shoes remained out of commission. And instead of questions about world peace, contestants were asked to share what they do to honor their commitment to their husbands, said Mills.

But to Mills, the main difference between Miss and Mrs. is her own life.

"So much time has passed," she said. "And knowing that my children were watching me onstage . . . "

As Mrs. New Hampshire, Mills will spend a year making appearances around the state supporting her platform - community support for the troops stationed in Iraq. She will also volunteer with the Cinderella Project, which provides formal gowns for high school students who can't afford to buy dresses for proms and dances.

Mills is no stranger to formal gowns. Her interest in pageants began at age 9, when she entered a pre-teen pageant after seeing an advertisement in TV Guide. She didn't win that year, and it took three years before Mills tried again. At 12, however, Mills became Miss New Hampshire National Pre-Teen. That first triumph hooked her, she said.

"It was like I'd been bitten by the pageant bug," she said.

For the next few years, Mills appeared in teen pageants. She entered the Miss America circuit at age 17 and spent a tough year entering town and county pageants in New Hampshire. After several losses, Mills was named Miss Merrimack in February, 1995, and became eligible to compete with other local winners for the Miss New Hampshire title. Her persistence paid off.

Mills became Miss New Hampshire in May 1995, and a few months later, she was practicing dance routines in Atlantic City.

During most of her time at the Miss America contest in September, 1995, Mills was star-struck. During a pre-pageant parade, she rolled down the Atlantic City boardwalk in a convertible car, surrounded on both sides by hundreds of fans. The New Hampshire-themed shoes she designed - complete with purple glitter and an image of a lilac, the state's official flower - are still on display in Atlantic City. But the best part of the trip took only a few seconds.

"Walking on stage on live TV was huge," she said. "It was what I had always wanted."

This time, her television appearance will not be live, and it will be broadcast on the PAX cable television network instead of ABC. And instead of shoes, Mills will need to create an entire New Hampshire-themed costume. She says she has no ideas yet what she might make.

But this newest pageant will have its own benefits.

Her parents, her children and -if he's home in time - her husband, will see her on stage. Mills says her greatest point of anxiety is not slipping during a dance routine or answering a question wrong, but leaving her chiropractic practice for two weeks.

Mills says even though she didn't make the top 10 or win the title in 1995, she is indebted to the Miss America program. The scholarship money she received from being Miss New Hampshire paid her entire tuition at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa. The experience also served her in other ways, providing her with confidence and poise under pressure. She hopes her pageant resume will help her this fall as well.

"I've always dreamed about getting a second chance at Miss America," she said. "I almost feel like this is my second chance."

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Subject: Teen and Miss Takes for the month of May

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Date Posted: 05/ 7/04 2:40:49am

PLEASE girls! Do not make the Miss take of spending so much money on a gown. It is not the expense that will help you place but the way in which you wear the gown, how well it fits you, how you carry yourself in the dress, and many other factors such as the right color for your complextion, the right length of the gown and of course selecting the right shoes for it. Keep in mind that you can spend 4,500.00 on a gown or more and still not look that great because the above factors did not fall into place for you. On that note, you could spend a few hundred on a gown and because the fit, color and style are just right for you, you could walk away with the crown!

Just rememember: Try not to allow the "money hungry" thieves out there, to convince you that you have to do things their way. This intimidation should not be allowed.

Many untrained and unqualified trainers, and consultants are out there trying to get your business and will make you believe anything you want to. The water is infested with these sharks, so please BEWARE.

These people are in a "crime ring" of sorts, luring girls into the business with false hopes when all along these crooks have connections with the directors and have already pre-determined who will win.

Bad business all around. My advice would have to be to STAY CLEAR of these con artists and make your own decisions or have close friends or family assist you. Trust your own judgment not Pageant related con artists.

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  • Re: Teen and Miss Takes for the month of May -- Misstake number one would be to think or assume that all these pageants are performed fairly. It should be said that there is big time politics involved in many state directorships. Not what you know but who you know and how much you are willing to spend is the key...click in, 05/ 7/04 2:40:49am

Subject: PAUL AUDIA is returning to WV for Photo Shoot!

You will be happy you went with Paul Audia
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Date Posted: 05/ 5/04 3:11:40pm

PAUL AUDIA is returning to WV for Photo Shoot! -- 10:38:23 05/05/04 Wed
Delegates using his photos have won PHOTOGENIC at Miss WV USA for the last two years and here is your chance to have him photograph you!

Why pay someone else $500 + when you can use the same photographer who shoots for Vera Wang for much less?!?

This event will be Friday, June 11 & Saturday, June 12th.

For more information, just go to:


Once there you can see some of his work.

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Subject: Who do you think runs the best state directorship and why?

Would love to hear your input.
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Date Posted: 05/ 5/04 3:06:27pm

I think Florida does a super job. The winner even gets an apartment for one full year. The prize package huge.
Wardrobe, fur coat

Bijoux Terner is the accessory choice for our Miss Florida USA. The best costume jewelry awaits our titleholder, as one of her favorite moments of the title will be those spent in the Miami Merchandise Mart selecting amongst all her jewelry options. To accessorize is to live, only at Bijoux Terner.

From the pageant fashion leaders in our state, Regalia offers our winner a $2,500.00 gift certificate for her fashion needs. With expertise that has guided several national pageant winners, Regalia offer’s great insight as to what win’s the elusive evening gown competition. Only from Regalia of Orlando.

Our Miss Florida USA always makes a fashion statement at National’s and with fashion forward designers like Juan Carlos Pinera it’s no wonder. Featuring custom designed dress ware for our Miss Florida USA Juan Carlos always keeps our ladies fashion forward with elegance and outstanding designs.

Always much anticipated is the gift from the Fur Industry Council of America and this year is from the designers of Alexis & Gianni. “You know you’ve got it….if it makes you feel good” and Alexis & Gianni makes our Miss Florida USA feel real good in her custom design.

Miss Florida USA will stand out on any beach with her swimwear wardrobe courtesy of Ritchie Swimwear. For the latest in fashions that are perfect for our miles of beach or that pool party its Ritchie Swimwear. Available throughout Florida in fine store and Ritchie’s Boutiques and www.RitchieSwimwear.com!

America’s #1 pageant shoe makes you a winner! A full pageant shoe wardrobe courtesy of Frederico Leone will allow our Miss Florida USA to put her best foot forward at Miss USA!

Always Prompt with Swiss Watch International! When you have as hectic of a schedule as our Miss Florida USA then you would know how valuable a reliable timepiece is. Now through in the outstanding fashions of Swiss Watch International and you have not only a watch but also a fashion statement. Available at locations throughout Florida, Swiss Watch International keeps our Miss Florida USA on time!

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Date Posted: 05/ 4/04 3:42:42pm

Go 2 Guy: Sea Gals losing one of their finest

Scoopless in Seattle for 22 years, the Go 2 Guy ends his long drought by reporting this morning that Amber the Sea Gal is no longer a Sea Gal.

She is moving to L.A. and becoming Amber the Aspiring Model and Actress, turning down a chance to perform with the Seahawks' dance team for a sixth consecutive season.

Amber Lancaster is moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in modeling and acting.
Amber admits "it's scary," but she wants to take a shot at a career in Hollywood.

Before leaving June 1, she still plans to honor her commitment to appear at a fund-raising car wash in Federal Way on May 22 for Howard Hanson, a bed-ridden reader who hopes to walk again.

Amber's departure cast a pall over the final round of Sea Gals tryouts at the Stadium Exhibition Center, where I showed up wearing a black armband.

I have used Amber's name and photos in a shameless attempt to increase readership, and now she'll be gone, too, just like former column staples Barbara Hedges, Jeff Cirillo and Rick Neuheisel.

Fortunately there was plenty of talent on display yesterday, with 56 girls having a 50-50 shot at making this year's squad of 28.

Without their knowledge, these girls were also vying for the coveted honor of replacing Amber in this space.

Appearing in pairs, they all danced to Britney Spears' "Toxic" in front of 10 judges. It was quite the donnybrook.

The girls were mostly judged on their looks and dancing ability. But Sea Gals director Sherri Thompson also throws in a question every year that each girl answers for the judges, a la beauty pageants.

You know how those things go -- the girl butchers the answer, causing us to cringe on the couch.

This happened at the Go 2 Guy's house a couple of weeks ago during the Miss USA pageant. When asked whom she would most like to have dinner with, Miss Oklahoma stupidly said "Justin Timberlake" when she should have lied and said "Winston Churchill" or someone like that.

I'm assuming the typical man fan in the stands doesn't care about the Sea Gals' favorite quotes, but that's what they were asked to reveal.

Profound responses included quotes from great philosophers such as Dr. Seuss. Others came from Disney movies.

Another quote came from candidate No. 32's father, who told her to "fly with the eagles while the ducks are on the pond." It had something to do with being optimistic and soaring high above us mallards who are less ambitious.

Then No. 41 shockingly said her favorite quote was "Be a duck," in reference to paddling and making headway in life.

I mention these quotes because the duck became Rhea the Sea Gal while the eagle went flapping home in search of a new favorite quote.

Several others talked about giving 110 percent, which rubbed me wrong because the Go 2 Guy believes in giving 50 percent since you're probably not going to make it anyway, so why kill yourself?

Many cited verses from the Bible, so remember that when impure thoughts invade your mind this fall.

The woman next to me sensed my displeasure, saying: "You'd rather have them dance and just shut up?"

"Well, yeah," I said.

"The quotes were great," said KIRO radio's Mike Brown, one of the judges. "But as far as determining a score, (they meant) next to nothing."

Most of your favorites from last year will return, including Sea Gals calendar cover girl Lauren and first-grade teacher Gena, who puts the ooh in la-la.

The newcomer most likely to knock your socks off is Nisha from Yelm.

Disturbingly, Cheyenne, a Go 2 Guy favorite, was cut in Saturday's semifinals, joining a list of other jobbed Sea Gal candidates Kelly, Crystal, Sara and Kristin, the bra specialist from Victoria's Secret in Silverdale.

Kimberly the Sea Gal returns for her second season and first as Amber's replacement in this column.

She traveled a rugged road, getting bonked with a camera during warmups, causing her to fall to the floor with a gash above her left eye.

"My hand was covered with blood, and there was blood on the carpet, and blood on the towel," she said, sounding more like a Seahawk than a Sea Gal. "It was completely traumatizing."

But Kimberly battled and would have gotten my vote regardless for being a former Coug and single mom, not to mention smokin' hot

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Subject: Model uncrowned

The Asian News, UK, 04.05.2004
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Date Posted: 05/ 4/04 2:29:40pm

MISS India 2004 has returned her crown after claims that she lied about her age and marital status.
Laxmi Pandit was crowned beauty queen after winning the Miss India world wide title in Mumbai, which was watched live by millions all over the world.
But organisers of the contest, Times Infotainment, have accused Laxmi of lying on her application and an inquiry has been launched after media reports suggested she may be married or over 24, both contrary to the competition rules leading to instant disqualification.
In a statement issued by organisers, it said: "We are in the process of corroborating the issues that have surfaced involving the recently crowned Ms Laxmi Pandit.
"Once we are thoroughly satisfied with our fact-finding process, we will be in a position to officially present the winners of the Pond’s Femina Miss India 2004.
“We are committed to the basic credo of the pageant and will work towards ensuring that all rules and regulations laid down are respected and adhered to by all the contestants and the winners.”
Claims about Laxmi's age and marital status were made by her landlady Suhansi Kadake.
When Suhansi saw her tenant being crowned, she went public through a television channel and told viewers Laxmi was married to model Siddarth Mishra, and that they rented a flat together and had mentioned to her that they were a "married couple."
Soon after the woman behind the successful Gladrags Mega Model contest, Maureen Wadia, came up with more allegations claiming Laxmi, was disqualified from the Glad Rags contest last year after “various discrepancies” were found in her biographical data.
Maureen said: “Laxmi had entered the mega model contest in 2003. However, we were forced to disqualify her following discrepancies in the information provided to us by her,
“Though in her entry form she had filled her birth year as 1981, she appeared to have forgotten the information when she turned up for the personal interviews three months later.”
Wadia said there were discrepancies about the place of her birth, too, and that Laxmi's ‘husband’ Siddarth has enrolled for this year’s Gladrags manhunt contest and the address provided by Siddarth and Laxmi were the same.
A close friend of Laxmi said she has insisted that she was not married.
Laxmi's friend said many couples live together without being married and are forced to give conjugal undertakings because it is difficult to find a flat otherwise.
She said: "This is the problem for so many young people in the city. So many of us do the same. Why bring it up like that?”
“Many girls from other cities live in with their boyfriends to cut down costs, too. It’s a usual practice,” she added.
The controversy has echoes of a similar dust storm that swirled around Miss Universe 2002.
Oxana Fedorova of Russia, who had won the title, was un-crowned for violating her contract amid reports suggesting that she might be married and pregnant. She denied the rumours and insisted she had left willingly. The crown had passed on to Justine Pasek of Panama, the first Miss Universe ever to ascend to the throne under such circumstances.

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Subject: Another bit of amusement for you to see. Debbrahs has the same IP as Meemaw. Puzzle pieces are all coming together.

Cheating, Conspiring, Coniving Crooks you all are!
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Date Posted: 04/28/04 4:42:01pm

Subject: Photo Shoot and Gown Showing!!

Date Posted: 07:40:41 10/07/03 Tue

Photo Shoot and Gown Showing!!

At Debbrah's in Paducah, KY

Oct. 11 &12...great headshots for program books!

Call 270-442-2365 or e-mail for appointment

Hope to see you our IN friends this weekend!!

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Subject: Is there a Miss World pageant anymore? If so, what are the qualifications to be considered for the position of representing the USAand how does one contact the right people to enter?

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Date Posted: 04/28/04 3:43:15pm

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Courtesy of Michael Knittel
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Date Posted: 04/27/04 4:07:47pm

Froken Sverige 2004

21 year-old Katarina Wigander was crowned Fröken Sverige 2004 in a special election on April 15th organized by Moore magazine to help out the original organizers of the event, TV3. She will represent Sweden in Miss Universe 2004. The Runners-Up, in order were: Rebecca Larzen (first), Ulrika Lindwall (second) and Lisa Skyman (third).

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Subject: Miss Czech 2004

Courtesy of Michael Knittel and MissCzech.com
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Date Posted: 04/27/04 3:59:51pm

The new Miss Czech Republic was crowned on April 17th. The winner was 22 year-old Jana Doleželová, a pharmacy student who stands 1.78 m (5'10") tall. The First Runner-Up was 22 year-old Michaela Wostlova, a 5'9" (1.75 m) model from Ceské Budejovice. The Second Runner-Up was 18 year-old Pavla Sudova , a 5'9" (1.75 m) student. The organization will decide, as usual, who will go to Miss World, Europe and International 2004, as well as Miss Universe 2005.
Courtesy of Michael Knittel and MissCzech.com

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Subject: Miss Peru 2004

News, News and more News
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Date Posted: 04/27/04 3:57:55pm

Liesel will take part in Miss Universe, while Maria will take part in Miss World
After several years of separate pageants, Miss Peru 2004 was held as a combined pageant, bringing together 20 contestants from across the Incan country. The winner of Miss Peru Universo 2004 was Miss Pasco, Liesel Holler Sotomayor, a 23 year-old medical student. She is 5'11" (1.80 m) tall and plans to take the year off. Joining her was Miss Peru Mundo 2004, who is Miss Trujillo, Maria Julia Mantilla, a 19 year-old student of secondary education. This 5'9" beauty has also taken part in Miss Teen International. Liesel will take part in Miss Universe 2004 this June 1st in Nearby Ecuador, while Maria will travel to China for the December 4th Miss World Pageant. The event was held at the Swissotel in San Isidro. The First Runner-Up was Miss Amazonas, María Fiorella Castellano. Other winners will be designated for the other major int'l competitions. Former winners Viviana Rivas-Plata, Marina Mora, and Adriana Zubiate were among the hosts for the evening.

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News, News and more News
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Date Posted: 04/27/04 3:54:17pm

The new Miss Colombia 2004 is a knock-out

Claudia is in her 4th Semester studying Business Administration at the Atlantic University in Barrauquilla, and would like to go in to politics, Her philosophy is to serve people, first giving them her love and transmitting and making the growth in their hearts of faith and love to their God.

Her sporting interests are: basketball, volleyball, skating and swimming; Claudia’s hobbies are listening to music, singing, reading about lyricists and writing poems. She also enjoys Cumbia, Napale, Joropa, Salsa, ballet, disco rock and Arabian dance.

Languages: Spanish & English

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Subject: 2003 Queen of the World 2003 has one week left before passing the crown onto its next Queen

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Date Posted: 04/26/04 4:51:17pm

Natalie Yakunina from Lugansk.

The Queen of the World 2004 final will be held
at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, in Munich, Germany
on April 30th, 2004.

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Date Posted: 04/26/04 4:44:44pm

Miss Ukraine World-2004 is Lesya Matveeva
Lesja stands 1.80 m tall and received a crown made of gold with rubies, pearls and sapphires. She will represent Ukraine in the Miss World 2004 pageant in China, where she will compete against 119 other beauties.

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Subject: Gala Dinner for "The Best" Award - Miss France 2004 makes her first official appearences

Stage Productions
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Date Posted: 04/26/04 4:14:41pm

Brigitte Nielsen

Elodie Gossuin, Miss France 2001

Omar Sharif

Ivana Trump

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Subject: Miss/Teen/Mrs. Houston U.S. Galaxy Pageant

Premiere Promotions-Houston, TX
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Date Posted: 04/26/04 12:44:33pm

We are now accepting applications for our 2004
Miss/Teen/Mrs. Houston U.S. Galaxy Pageant. The event
will be held at the Renaissance Houston Hotel Sunday,
May 16, 2004 at 7:00pm. The contest is open to single
or married females, ages 13-40. There is no talent competition. For more information please visit our
web site www.premierepromotions.net or contact our office

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Subject: Miss Universe 2004

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Date Posted: 04/26/04 2:40:47am

When we talk about Venezuela, we knew what we are thinking and most probably we are right. Venezuela is a "sash" country ergo their contestants have an edge called "sash" factor.

The rough equivalent of that in economics is "branding". You knew that a certain brand equates to quality and the manufacturer ensures that it meets the expectations of their costumers. Similarly, Ana Karina Anez, being the representative of Venezuela, must fill-up the expectations of the Miss Universe 2004 judges.

Plus: You know, Venezuela.....
Minus: Can't think of anything.

Predictions: Ana Karina will do well at Miss Universe 2004. She could finish as one of the top five finalists.

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Subject: New Haven woman crowned Mrs. Nelson County

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Date Posted: 04/21/04 4:30:43pm

As nine contestants in the Mrs. Nelson County 2004 pageant stood poised on stage Saturday night, contestant No. 6, Tracy Cahoe, gave herself a pep talk.

"I was just sure I wasn't going to get it," Cahoe said. "I thought, 'Well, at least I got up here and tried. At least I had a good time.'"

One name after another was called for Mrs. Congeniality, second runner-up and first runner-up, and Cahoe prepared for the end of the pageant poses and walking in too-high heels by remembering to be thankful for having been in the pageant, something she wouldn't have done as a young, single woman.

"When I was younger, I always wanted to be in a pageant, but I didn't have the self-confidence or self-esteem," Cahoe said. "My husband helped me. He tells me I'm beautiful. He encouraged me to do this."

That night, on the stage at the Nelson County Civic Center, anticipation built, until the name of this year's -- the first ever -- Mrs. Nelson County was announced.

It was Cahoe -- contestant No. 6.

"I just stood there in total shock," Cahoe said. "All the girls did such a wonderful job, I didn't expect it to be me."

After she approached center stage to be crowned Mrs. Nelson County 2004, her 3-year-old son, Channing, came from his second row seat, onto the stage to congratulate his mom with an admiring gaze and a hug.

Her 6-month-old daughter, Kenlee, was next in line as Cahoe's husband, Greg, and other family members and friends applauded.

"Are you ready for all this?" her husband asked Cahoe later, after the pageant was over and the reality of what happened began to sink in.

With a career and two small children, making appearances at parades, fairs, conventions and other pageants -- as well as preparing for the Mrs. Kentucky pageant in June -- will be a challenge.

"We might be tired at the end of the year, but it will all be worth it," Cahoe said.

Cahoe is a library media specialist at Bardstown Middle School.

She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's in elementary school counseling, a Rank 1 in secondary school counseling and 30 hours above a Rank 1 in library media science.

Cahoe is the first woman to be crowned Mrs. Nelson County and move on to compete in the Mrs. Kentucky pageant in June.

The winner of Mrs. Kentucky will become a contestant in the Mrs. America pageant later this year. It is the only nationally televised pageant for married women.

Cahoe also won a $50 savings bond from King Southern Bank; a $25 gift certificate from Coomes' Citgo Gas Station; an Avon gift basket compliments of Ann Weller Armstrong; flowers from Colonial Flower Shop; a silver tray from Bardstown Sporting Goods; a gift certificate from Bridals of Regiss Park in Glasgow for the purchase of an evening gown and accessories for the state competition; and a special evening and breakfast for her and her husband at A Rosemark Haven Bed and Breakfast.

Contestants in the Mrs. Nelson County pageant were judged on an interview, swimsuit competition, evening gown competition and evening gown comparison.

Heather Wheatley, Bardstown, was first runner-up in the pageant. She is an assistant manager at Kroger. Wheatley also won Mrs. Congeniality.

Missy Cumbo won second runner-up and the award for marriage longevity. She is a fitness instructor and manager at Xpress Fitness.

Connie Clark won the Crest Strip (Brite) Smile award.

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Subject: Beauty queen politician has no place on reality TV farm show, political rivals say

The Daily Telegraph
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Date Posted: 04/19/04 3:56:48pm

April 19, 2004
Elodie Gossuin, 23,former Miss Europe
A French beauty queen who abandoned the pageants for a political career with President Jacques Chirac's ruling party has provoked wrath by appearing in a celebrity reality television show only weeks after she was elected to office. Rival politicians have insisted that Elodie Gossuin, 23, a former Miss Europe and Miss France who was elected to a regional council in the northern Picardy region on April 2, should give up her official pay while holed up on a French farm for 10 weeks. Celebrity Farm, which began barely a week after Ms. Gossuin's election, features 14 contestants from sports, the theatre and other fields who try to survive for up to 70 days in a farmhouse with no electricity or running water. Their tasks include milking cows and goats and helping animals give birth. Rivals accused her of shirking her duties, which require regular appearances with the council.

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Subject: Getting closer!!!!

Sharla B.
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Date Posted: 04/ 9/04 4:16:25pm

Can't wait. It is getting so exciting. Go Michigan. We love Stacey Lee. Beauty & Smarts. One great package. Down to the wire girl! Show the world what Michigan has.

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Subject: Salma the great

Photography by Anwer Dadabhoy. Original text provided by Thomas Fernandez. Contest photographs courtesy of Ministry of Tourism, Sarawak.
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Date Posted: 04/ 7/04 4:00:30pm

Salma the great

She has been called the "dusky beauty who became the first woman from the land of the purest Indus ever to compete successfully at an international pageant." The language is as flowery and lovely as the green hills of Pakistan, and you know the woman they're talking about.

She's 20-year-old Salma Ilyas, who was Miss Photogenic at the Malaysian edition of Miss Tourism Intercontinental. Now this exotic lady, with features perfect for the best Asian international pageants, is set to storm Europe. She will represent Pakistan as Miss Indus in the Miss European Union contest in Budapest, Hungary, from April 20 to May 5, 2004.

We salute you. Pakistan is proud, and Europe is waiting.

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Subject: Meemaw, aka Britt H. needs to stop putting down our Miss Michigan. We all know its you Britt. Stop slamming Stacey.

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Date Posted: 04/ 2/04 5:07:36am

All those girls that you continuously keep insulting have come so much further in life than you can ever dream of. Your alias' are boring and redundant. Your white trash filthy mouth is repulsive and indignant to say the least.

Hiding behind these message boards and posting with all your ridiculous "nick names" are proof of how spineless you really are. You are a coward. Please stop this craziness and allow these beautiful girls to compete without your constant thrashing and belittling. Call off your attackers and let the girls enjoy this once in a life time opportunity. Go away please.

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Subject: Just Stunning

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Date Posted: 04/ 2/04 1:23:16am

Mississippi Missouri, Montana

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Subject: Marvelous Morsels!!!

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Date Posted: 04/ 1/04 5:01:50pm

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Subject: Simply Smashing Dahling

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Date Posted: 04/ 1/04 4:21:11pm

Alaska California Oklahoma

Georgia New Hampshire South Carolina

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Subject: Miss Michigan USA 2004 Stacey Lee

Another absolute Beauty!
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Greetings from Michael Knittel
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Date Posted: 03/31/04 5:39:48am

The new Miss Austria 2004 Silvia Hackl kissed by her boyfriend, the current Mister Austria David Königshofer, after she was crowned last Saturday the most beautiful girl of Austria

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Subject: Another time, another place

Photos by Joe Whiteko
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Date Posted: 03/30/04 5:48:28pm

Let's start with some political history. President George W. Bush is from Texas. He's also the first U.S. president born in Connecticut. Sen. John Kerry is from Massachusetts. He wants to be the first U.S. president born in . . . Colorado.

The point is: People get around.

Kandice Pelletier certainly gets around. When PNB last told you about her, in the autumn of 2003, she had just been crowned National Sweetheart in the Illinois farm community of Hoopeston. She won the title while representing Georgia.

In March 2004, far from the cornfields of Illinois, far from the peach orchards of Georgia, she was crowned Miss Manhattan. That's the big Manhattan, as in Big Apple. New York, New York. (The pageant had a Hawaiian theme. We don't know what that was all about, but it does bring another state into the mix.)

Ms. Pelletier wants to be Miss New York. And then, she wants to compete in one more state. New Jersey, to be exact.

Yes, that Kandice Pelletier certainly gets around. And it's a pleasure to watch her in motion.

Let's close with some political history. Tennessee has had three U.S. presidents, and not one of them was born in Tennessee.

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Subject: Miss Iowa ready for big pageant

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Date Posted: 03/30/04 5:27:36pm

A little background: Brooke Hansen is unassuming, unflappable - and undefeated.

The 22-year-old Fort Dodge native entered her first beauty pageant last fall and walked away with the Miss Iowa crown. Now Hansen, 22, will represent the Hawkeye state in the Miss USA competition. Iowa has claimed the title only once, in 1956. Carol Morris went on to become Miss Universe. But Hansen has her work cut out: Iowans have made the semifinals only eight times.

In the news: Hansen, a University of Iowa graduate, left Monday for Hollywood, where she will spend two weeks in preparation for the April 12 pageant at the Kodak Theater. She took a brief break from her "crazy woman" life to answer 10 or so questions about brains, beauty and the importance of "butt glue."

Q: Why do contestants from the South seem to fare so well in pageants? Sometimes it seems like three of the five finalists are from Texas.

A: Pageants are just huge in Southern states. Texas, Florida, Alabama . . . the pageant industry is a big deal there. There are some girls who hire private coaches. I haven't gone that far. What you see is what you get. Some girls get so involved in what other people tell them to do, they can lose themselves and become puppets.

Q: What is the one thing you'll make sure to pack?

A: What could I absolutely not be without? If I forgot my evening gown, that would be a mess, I guess. I know it sounds cheesy, but my boyfriend and I are going to one of those Build-a-Bear places in the mall. I'll make sure I take my bear with me.

Q: How much help do you get when it comes to preparation for a pageant?

A:. My boyfriend has been been phenomenal. He takes care of so much of the busy work for me so I can focus on the other pieces of the puzzle.

Q: You majored in education at the U of I. What do you think of federal No Child Left Behind legislation?

A: I think No Child Left Behind is a good effort, but I personally am against standardized testing. For example, I was never a good test-taker, I was more on the creative side, I guess. It's virtually impossible to close the gaps between students with testing. When I student-taught second grade, I had some kids whose reading comprehension was as good as mine (laughing). But I had others who couldn't read "The cat ran across the street."

Q: Is it easy to cheat in a beauty pageant? Are there performance-enhancing substances? And has anyone been caught?

A: Oh, there are dieting tricks and things like that, which are not really cheating. Girls put Vaseline on their teeth, oil on their legs. We use "butt glue" to hold swimsuits down or make sure if you have a low-cut shirt it doesn't slide the wrong way. There's lots of ways to get an edge.

Q: When you get to Hollywood, do you really hang out and associate with the other competitors, or is that all faked for TV?

A: All I know is that I'm sharing a room with Miss Wyoming. She's something like 6-4; I'm 5-4. We talked on the phone. She sounds really sweet.

Q: Who's the biggest celebrity you've ever met?

A: I helped host the Variety Club telethon a few weeks ago and met Jason Cook from "Days of Our Lives." We really hit it off, but strictly as friends.

Q: What will the judges be looking for on April 12?

A: There can be so much politics involved. Maybe this year the judges want a certain ethnicity or whatever. Maybe next year they'll be looking for something else. You never know what they want. If I lose, I'll just come back knowing I did my best.

Q: What's the last movie you saw?

A: "Starsky and Hutch."

Q: Have you seen "The Passion of the Christ?"

A: I haven't seen it. I don't think I could take it. I heard that one person died of a heart attack watching it. I might rent it later, though.

Q: There was a pageant contestant a few years ago who used ventriloquism in the talent competition? That was odd. What will Miss Iowa do?

A: That was Miss America. Miss USA is different, kind of like a rival pageant. We have swimsuit, evening gown and interview. We don't have a talent portion.

Q: What if you did?

A: (Laughing) Off the top of my head? I could dance or do some gymnastics. I know a tiny amount of guitar, but not enough to be in a competition.

Q: OK, so let's say you shock the world - and the three semi-finalists from Texas - with a victory on April 12. Is it safe to say your job behind the cosmetics counter at Dillard's is history?

A: There'll be a lot of modeling scouts there. You could get signed on the spot, whether you win or not. If you win, you go to a big party with celebrities and then right on the plane to New York, where you have to live for a year. It would be a real 180-degree change.

Q: Are you ready for all of that?

A: I was born ready.

"If I lose, I'll just come back knowing I did my best."

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Date Posted: 03/29/04 5:30:06pm

Designing Daisy
Fuentes tosses her hat into the celebrity fashion ring at Kohl's

By Sandra Barrera
Staff Writer

You're hot. You're rich. You're famous. What to do now? Follow the latest trend and market your style. That's what Daisy Fuentes has done.

The former host of MTV's "House of Style" has debuted her new Daisy Fuentes collection at the 542 Kohl's department stores nationwide. Her affordable, stylish women's wear, inspired by clean lines and feminine detail, places her in the growing ranks of celebs lending their names to clothing labels.

"People already care about what celebrities are wearing," says Kim Askew, senior writer of Fashion Club, the online magazine of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising of Los Angeles. "All the hottest designers want to get their clothes worn by an actress or a musician or whatever. That's their goal. So, if celebrities are going to be hawking clothes, it might as well be their own."

Fuentes' line joins only a handful of other would-be celebrity brands whose namesakes are of Latin origin.

The actress/pop singer Jennifer Lopez's urban wear J.Lo hangs on racks in department stores like Macy's. Mexican crossover artist Thalia Sodi's name is attached to a youthful line at K-Mart, while TV lifestyle guru Lucy Pereda (aka the Latin Martha Stewart) has a line of clothing and fashion accessories for the trendy woman 25 and over in more than 450 Sears stores nationwide, and in Puerto Rico, where she once ran her own couture boutique.

"I love design, I love to create, and to me this was like coming full circle in my life," Pereda says. "And I think it's great that other celebrities are doing the same thing because it means that there are other avenues to expose their art and their business, and why not? The sun comes out for everybody."

That includes veteran rock guitarist Carlos Santana, whose Carlos brand of sexy ladies' heels - available locally at Macy's, Robinsons-May and Nordstrom - are a favorite of Askew.

"They're very sexy but fun like they were made for salsa," she says. Like the other celebrity lines, Fuentes' collection reflects her personal sense of style, which tends to go from hippie to elegant.

"I'm doing clothes that I love to wear."

Geared for active women ages 25 and over, her pieces are sporty, with low-slung cargo pants and form-fitting little T-shirts to match. Plunging V-necklines are embroidered in flowers. Skirts are pleated. Metallic pedal pushers are club-ready. "I don't think you should have to spend a fortune to look like a million dollars. I don't," Fuentes says, explaining, "That's a big part of why I wanted to get involved."

Fuentes, who lives in Los Angeles and this summer plans to hosts the Miss Universe Pageant from Ecuador, says she's contemplated the idea of starting her own label for several years. But the timing or the company approaching her was never right. Then clothing manufacturer Regatta approached Fuentes about licensing her name to its line.

"They just totally got inside my head. More than anything I wanted to make a quality product that was fashionable at a really affordable price."

It wasn't long until Kohl's climbed on board. The company will donate a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of Fuentes' clothes to its Kohl's Cares for Kids fund, which benefits schools, youth organizations and children's hospitals. That made the deal all the sweeter.

Fuentes' family couldn't always afford to buy her a trunk load of dresses when she was young. Fortunately, her seamstress grandmother taught her mother to sew.

Fuentes would come home with yards of fabric and various patterns that she would have her mother mix and match. As she explains, that's pretty much what she's doing now with her designers.

"I'm pulling things out of my closet, staples that I've had forever. Some of them are very expensive designer pieces, some of them are just great finds that I want to create a different version of."

By summer Fuentes expects to add to the mix shoes inspired by fall trends in Milan. Jewelry and handbags will follow in due time. "Hopefully, if I have it my way, I'll be in every department of Kohl's."

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Subject: Is 'Miss India-World' married?

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Date Posted: 03/29/04 4:32:53pm

Is 'Miss India-World' married?
March 30, 2004
Mumbai: The organisers of a leading beauty pageant `Femina Miss India' today said they would probe allegations regarding the marital status of one of this year's contest winners Lakshmi Pandit.

"The winners are right now in the middle of a busy schedule. Hence we have still not been able to confirm her marital status," sources at Femina, organisers of the contest, said here.

Earlier, a television channel had carried a news report that Pandit had claimed to be a married woman when she moved into a rented house in a city suburb with one Siddharth.

Reacting to the news, the organisers said "as per the rules, a contestant has to be an unmarried woman and the winner has to maintain her single status till the end of one year."

"We will be investigating the allegations soon", she added.

Pandit, the 22-year-old city-based classical dancer, had bagged the `Miss India-World' crown at Ponds Femina Miss India 2004 contest held here on Saturday night.

She had bagged the crown following a stiff competition from 29 contestants, who had been selected from over 6,000 girls from all over the country. Mid-Day Mumbai, India, 30.03.2004

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Subject: 10 couples face off in Asian Culture Center competition

By Steven Chung
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Date Posted: 03/29/04 4:07:01pm

Junior David Wong didn't think he and his partner, sophomore Nur Bahiyah Mohamad Akip, had much chance of winning anything at the second annual Mr. and Miss Asia pageant Friday night. He joked about taking the consolation prize.

"I didn't know how to dance at all," Wong said.

But, as it turned out, he danced well enough. He and Mohamad Akip won not only the award for the best talent show performance, but also the overall titles of Mr. and Miss Asia.

The near-capacity crowd at the 600-seat Buskirk-Chumley Theater laughed and screamed throughout the night as ten couples, all representing different Asian student organizations, competed in a group hip-hop dance, a question-answer session, a catwalk and a talent show, the main event of the program.

For their talent show performance, Wong and Mohamad Akip, representing the Malaysian Student Association, combined elements of Malaysian and American culture with a traditional Malaysian dance called Joget, using a backdrop of drums and palm trees, followed by a modern hip-hop style dance.

"We had a lot of help with the dance, the choreographer, the background performance and the makeup of our clothes" Mohamad Akip said.

Wong said all that help was instrumental in his performance.

"They made me into a dancer," he said.

Freshmen Shigetsu Sakamato and Yumi Lee from the Japanese Student Association drew roars of laughter with their reenactment of Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" at this year's Super Bowl and later with Sakamato acting as Madonna while wearing a blond wig.

"It was funny as hell," Wong said.

The team of Sakamato and Lee received the most votes from the audience, earning them the award for "Most Popular."

Other performances included junior Imelda Rosali's rendition of Martina McBride's ballad "Valentine," senior Sung Ahn's muscle-flexing, break-dancing performance, freshman Jason Chan's board-breaking Tae Kwon Do display and Thai Student Association juniors Kornson Kengvibul and Rose Lynn Wongsarnpigoon's traditional slow dance.

Senior Erika Moniaga cheered and screamed along with about a dozen friends throughout the night to support Rosali and sophomore Reyner Tendean of the Indonesian Student Association.

"I think it's great that people can be proud of their country and heritage and share it with a lot of other people," Moniaga said.

Rosali and Tendean received the last award for the best costumes.

Six judges from various ethnic organizations evaluated the contestants on a variety of criteria, including stage presentation, confidence, apparel, timing and creativity. One judge, junior Wilson Kong, said it was very difficult for him to distinguish the performances because he thought they were all good.

"A big part of the judging is how they show their culture," he said.

For the question and answer session, each contestant addressed one serious and one less serious question. Wong was asked if it was true Malaysia banned holding hands in public.

"I guess that's true. But guess what? We're not in Malaysia," Wong quipped, drawing a chuckle from the audience.

Addressing misconceptions about Malaysia, Wong said many people believe it is a homogeneous country.

"In fact, it's a very diverse country with a lot of different races, especially the Malays, Chinese and the Indians," Wong said.

The pageant's organizer, senior Yee-Ha Chow, said the purpose of Mr. and Miss Asia is to promote diversity on campus and to raise awareness of Asian culture in Bloomington.

"The Asian stereotype is we are just one culture," Kong said. "This shows people we are more than that." The Indiana Digital Student - USA, 29.03.2004

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Subject: Miss Central Michigan Prelim

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Date Posted: 03/25/04 5:30:59am

Curious to know what happened to the Coronation Ball that was scheduled? Tickets were to be sold for it.
tickets go on sale March 1, 2004! Coronation Ball tickets are on sale NOW! MISS CENTRAL MICHIGAN TEEN USA 2004 Delegates pictures coming ...Is this still in the works?This is LaShana Gardner as Miss Genesse. If she wins Miss Central, she will then own two (2) Miss Crowns. WEIRD

Also, what happened to the original auditorium (Temple Theatre) that was to be used for the prelim? This prelim started out to be a big deal and now it is back to the small peas thing again. With such a large area, it is suprising to see such a small turn out of delegates. Many repeats I see, which brings me to the next question: How can LaShanda compete again? Will she be taking off the Genesse crown and crowning the new queen then running in the back to re-enter the pageant as a Central delegate? Very strange indeed. Are all these repeat girls doing Harrison Productions a favor by helping her to fill the empty voids for delegates? Sure looks that way.

It is a shame that so many people are making a big joke of all this USA pageant stuff. Far too many politics and unfair moves by the directors.

Would it be too soon for us to make predictions on who will win at Miss Michigan USA? Lets see, if Lauren K enters, the crown will be hers. Shouldn't we just skip all the nonsense and not waste these girls time and money and just give Lauren the damn crown already?

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Subject: Tobago’s 1998 Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam

Wendy joins Ministerial AIDS panel
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Date Posted: 03/24/04 2:17:15pm

Wendy joins Ministerial AIDS panel

Trinidad and Tobago’s 1998 Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam joined a Ministerial panel at the Caribbean Summit for Children on HIV/AIDS held at the Sherbourne Conference Centre, Barbados.

The summit opened on Sunday and ended yesterday.

Minister of Social Development Mustapha Abdul-Hamid is also on the panel.

The summit, said to be one of the first of its kind, is being hosted by the Barbados Government in collaboration with the United Nations Children Fund.

It is expected to highlight the realities faced by children made vulnerable to and by HIV/AIDS and to increase their engagement in HIV/AIDS interventions.

The summit is also expected to create opportunities for young people to form their own lobby groups in the Caribbean, build a regional children’s forum to discuss the pandemic from a child’s perspective and deepen their consciousness about their involvement in halting the spread of the deadly virus. The Guardian, Port of Spain, 24.03.2004

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Subject: Pageants look for more than pretty faces

Mumbai, (IANS)
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Date Posted: 03/24/04 2:08:13pm

The crown for Femina Miss India-World 2004 has been specially designed to reflect a pattern representing the sea and waves, and probably the color used for the Miss World crown.

The crown for Femina Miss India-Universe 2004 has been specially designed to represent the solar system and the orbits. The main red stone represents the energy of the celestial system.

The crown for Femina Miss India-Earth 2004 is specially designed to represent the full show of a peacock along with flora and fauna.

Spirited discussion filled the air as the 29 contestants of the Pond's Femina Miss India 2004 deliberated on the issue, "Does beauty compromise substance?"

The event was part of a run-up to the grand finale to be held Saturday in Mumbai. Piyush Pandey, Group President and National Creative Director, O&M, introduced the topic of discussion.
Nisha Sharma,

Also present was special invitee, Nisha Sharma - the feisty girl from Noida on the outskirts of Delhi, whose bold stand against those who demanded dowry from her parents made headlines in national dailies.

Former Miss India-Universe's Nafisa Joseph and Rekha Hande admire the Miss India-Universe crown by Tanishq. A solid silve design has been created for the World winner and a colorful nature-inspired design has been created for the Earth winner.

Gul Panag-Femina Miss India - Universe 1999

The discussion was moderated by former Miss India Gul Panag.

Sharing her experience, Nisha Sharma said, "The Indian woman today is well-grounded, self-assured and confident. She takes pride in her individuality and thrives to achieve her goals, to be her best and stand up for what she believes is right."

"The contestants today are aware of the world outside and are in complete control of their situation. They have the courage to take the right decision instead of making a compromise," observed Gul Panag.

The concept of a beauty pageant has undergone a metamorphosis since the first Femina Miss India contest was held in 1965.

It is no longer just a pretty face that is the main criterion for the selection. The Miss India of today has not only got to be intelligent, confident, savvy and well-groomed, but also has to retain the essence of her Indian heritage. She has to be a woman of substance.

The past winners of this prestigious beauty pageant have not only become names to be reckoned with, but are also winners in their respective fields, while continuing to represent the face of the modern Indian woman. New Kerala, India, 24.03.2004

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Subject: Miss Tyler Teen USA

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Date Posted: 03/23/04 2:40:26am

MISS TEEN TYLER: Mollianna Redding (right) shows her delight as she is named Miss Tyler Teen USA 2004 Sunday evening at Caldwell Auditorium. At left is first runner-up Rachel Morse. (Staff Photo By Herb Nygren Jr.)

Two new young women were crowned in the Miss Tyler Teen USA and Miss Tyler USA pageants Sunday night.

Mollianna Redding, a 17-year-old Whitehouse High junior, took home the title of Miss Tyler Teen USA while Christina Williams, a 20-year-old Stephen F. Austin State University sophomore, won the title of Miss Tyler USA.

Stephanie Stacey, area director for the pageants, said Tyler can be proud of its two new representatives.

"They are fabulous," Mrs. Stacey said. "They will really make Tyler proud at the state pageant and all the rest of the year too."

After competing in interview, swimsuit and evening gown competitions in front of a crowd of about 400 people gathered at Caldwell Auditorium, the field was narrowed to five in each division. Contestants then had to answer a final question.

And after the reigning 2004 Miss Texas Teen USA Magen Ellis, and 2002 Miss Tyler USA Lindsey Nipp-Rawlinson said their farewells, it was time for the anxious contestants to grab hands and listen as their names were called out.

"I was so shocked," said Ms. Redding, a first-timer at pageants. "The whole experience was crazy. It's so fun. I love it."

Ms. Redding, the daughter of Stan Redding and Cindy Wilkerson, said she would like for people to know that she is a "genuine person."

The title is important to her because it will give her the opportunity to make an impression on others' lives and be a role model, she said.

"It's important to me because there are so many girls that would look up to you," she said. "It's a really big honor to have. It's amazing that I even got a chance to be here."

Ms. Williams, originally from Tomball, near Houston, said when she was on stage with the other contestant, she was just excited to be one of the top two. And winning "was just amazing," she said.

"It's just an honor," she said. "I've worked so hard at getting an honor like this. It means a lot to me to represent this city and to be chosen out of all the girls that competed."

Ms. Williams, the daughter of Debbie and Bobby Williams, said she would like the people of Tyler to know that she is a person with high morals and that she will do her best to serve Tyler.

"I'm going to work my hardest to represent this city," she said. "I'm just very, very excited."

In the few days she has visited the Rose City, she said she has come to love it.

The parents of the two winners said they are proud of their children.

"Mollianna is very strong in what she believes in, and I think this will take her to greater heights to not only help herself but help a lot of other people," her mother, Cindy Wilkerson, said.

Ms. Williams' parents said that when their daughter sets her mind to something, she accomplishes it.

"We're just very proud of her," Mrs. Williams said. "She's worked really hard to achieve this."

The first runner-up in the Miss Tyler Teen USA pageant was Rachel Morse of Tyler; second runner-up was Megan Phillips of Tyler; third runner-up was Brittany Morrison of Athens; and fourth runner-up was Julie Johnson of Palestine. Laura Sexton of Bullard was named Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants in the "teen" division.

The first runner-up in the Miss Tyler USA pageant was Sheena Simmons of Hawkins; second runner-up was Crystal Hardy of Tyler; third runner-up was Sandi Woodward of Tyler; and fourth runner-up was Caroline Gohmert of Tyler. Ms. Simmons also was named Miss Congeniality by her peers in the "miss" division.

This weekend's winners will represent Tyler in some of the largest pageants in the country: the Miss Texas Teen USA pageant and the statewide televised Miss Texas USA show. Winners of the state pageants will represent Texas at the national events, Miss Teen USA and Miss USA.

Miss Texas USA will take place in July in Laredo, while Miss Texas Teen USA will take place in November in Houston.

The winners of each division claimed the title and a prize package worth thousands of dollars. The prize package includes a $2,000 scholarship to The University of Texas at Tyler, entry fee to the state pageants, $400 toward competition wardrobe at Brides and Belles, round-trip transportation to Miss Texas USA courtesy of Carlson Wagonlit Travel, a dental package from Dr. Rick Coker's Smile Studio, a six-month membership to Premier Fitness, a spa package from The Sun Spa and a competition photo package from Ladd Photography of Houston. Other items in the prize purse include a gold crown ring, state pageant training course, a one-year subscription to Pageantry Magazine, an official Miss Tyler USA/Miss Tyler Teen USA crown and sash, crown carrying case, event planner, roses from Evoynne's Floral, a trophy and a Miss Tyler USA T-shirt.

Additional pageant sponsors included KLTV-Channel 7, Digital Printing & Imaging, Custom Graphics, Fastsigns, The Blaze 102.7 FM and Al's Formal Wear.

Miss Tyler Teen USA and Miss Tyler USA are locally produced by Rose Capital Productions and are open to females between the age of 14 and 25. The pageants feature no talent competition. For more information, e-mail misstylerusa@aol.com

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Subject: How China fell for Miss World

ireland.com - Mark Godfrey reports from Beijing.
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Date Posted: 03/23/04 2:33:52am

Monday, 22nd March, 2004
Chen poses on the stage featuring bikini.

Chen, in bikini, prepares her hair at the backstage

Chen Lili, a Chinese transsexual, sings during the Sichuan regional competion of Miss Universe, March 7. [sina]

Chen, in bikini, prepares her hair at the backstage. [sina]

Chen poses on the stage featuring bikini. [sina]

By People's Daily Online

Mao Zedong banned beauty pageants. Now they're all the rage in a country that believes they can enhance its image. Mark Godfrey reports from Beijing.

Chen Lili, a transsexual, was disqualified from the provincial heats of China's Miss Universe selection competition even though, according to the Shanghai Morning Post, she "seemed to outshine all the beauty queens onstage". Chen, a successful model, was known as Chen Yongjin, or Brave Soldier, before she had a sex-change operation in November.

A few years ago it would have been difficult to imagine Chen's photograph appearing in a national newspaper, even less her participating in a televised beauty pageant. But she has become simply a more colourful player in China's vast cast of beauty-queen wannabes.

In the middle of the last century Mao Zedong dismissed beauty pageants as bourgeois nonsense; having declared that their participants were "lacking in self- respect", he banned such frivolity. As recently as 1993, according to a newspaper report that resurfaced good-humouredly during last year's Miss World finals in the island province of Hainan, when Rosanna Davison emerged victorious, a group of Peking University graduates dutifully refused to participate in a pageant tentatively organised by a local businessman.

All that has changed. Chinese students now queue to enter beauty shows run by television stations with prize money that often reaches a million yuan (almost €100,000). "The Miss World event is symptomatic of the current beauty craze and just a more hyped version of the endless model shows on local TV. It's symbolic of a new level of vanity in Chinese culture," says Paul French of Access Asia, a market-intelligence firm that collects data on trends in the cosmetics industry.Unfailingly trendy, young Chinese women see beauty pageants as springboards to careers in show business or fashion.

Not all are so enthusiastic, however. Wu Xiaoying, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, believes China's embrace of beauty pageants is propelled by commercial interests. "Beauty contests make women ornaments and objects of utilitarian purposes. They often become just a medium of exchange in business and promotion." Official China used to agree with Wu. But today the professed goal of Hu Jintao, China's president, is "prosperity in an all-round way", and a free-market economy is the chosen method.

So although in 2002 police raided the qualification heats of Miss China, less than a year later the government had announced that the country would host the finals of Miss World 2003. The chance to advertise China to a world audience and bask in the glow of an international event was too good to pass. A flood of pageants followed the government's announcement. Beauty competitions have since become reliable fodder for China's magazines, newspapers and television stations.

Most of the pageants are televised, fuelled by healthy advertising. Many of the advertisers are cosmetics firms. China's cosmetics market is worth 14 billion yuan (€1.3 billion) a year, according to the China Association of Fragrance, Flavour & Cosmetics Industry. The state-run body estimates that the Chinese spent 46 billion yuan (€4.5 billion) on cosmetics last year - and it predicts that the market will grow by between 9 and 11 per cent between 2003 and 2006.

"Flower boards", or pageants of prostitutes, were common during the Sung dynasty, in the 11th and 12th centuries. Beauty contests first resurfaced in 1989 in the prosperous southern city of Guangzhou, under the billing "Beauty in Flower City". It wasn't until 2001, however, that China sent a representative to the Miss World finals. Before pageants became part of state development policy, beauty shows in the recent past took the form of model competitions and shows to select "image ambassadors" for cities and provinces. Prior to Mao's establishment of the People's Republic of China, in 1949, Miss Shanghai generated much buzz in China's commercial capital. Similar enthusiasm surrounded the annual Miss Hong Kong event, staged since 1946. In China, where karaoke, mawkish pop music, kitsch, glitter and melodramatic sitcoms are accepted good taste on evening television, beauty pageants would appear to have found a natural home.

Miss Globe, Miss International and Miss Universe are all scheduled to be staged in China in the next few years, and the Miss China franchise has signed a sponsorship deal with Rupert Murdoch's Hong-Kong based Phoenix TV. Lesser-known contests such as China World Model Competition and International Advertising Model have all signed lucrative local deals. The finals of Miss Tourism International will be held in the south-eastern city of Hangzhou, near Shanghai, this year.

Zhang Jingxuan, vice general manager of CITIC, the state-run entertainment agency handling this October's Miss International world final, in Beijing, says: "We promise to make it the biggest one and hope it can move its home to China for ever." Determined to make a splash, CITIC has hired Chen Kaige, a successful film director, as its artistic director.

With the floodgates opened, local pageant organisers have adroitly placated still-nervous government officials by adding a charitable dimension to the competition, having competitors visit orphanages and distribute free milk to the elderly. "It's not just a beauty contest," says Hu Nan, deputy chief organiser of this year's Miss Shanghai competition. "It's a very sunny, healthy competition. We are trying to establish role models for local women." Seventeen of the 20 competitors in last year's final, Hu stresses, were university students or had third-level qualifications.

China's National Women's Federation, the country's state-controlled women's rights group, in 1994 condemned beauty pageants, denouncing them as relics of male-dominated societies. In a statement welcoming the Miss World finals, however, the federation said that although it opposed beauty pageants that focus solely on physical beauty it supported those in which "education, bearing and attitudes" are also taken into account. "In the past contests were just for staring at women's faces and breasts. That's why we thought they were disgusting."

Seventy per cent of respondents to an Internet survey last year welcomed the Miss World event to China. The financial reasoning behind China's enthusiasm for beauty pageants is easy to work out. Government figures put the return on the $3 million (€2.4 million) paid for the rights to stage Miss World at $120 million (€97 million) in increased tourism revenue alone. "The event brought admiration and respect for China's image and economic development from the world," says Shao Zhong, a Hong Kong newspaper columnist and a member of the evaluating committee that oversaw the competition.

Cosmetics makers are perhaps the biggest winners from China's beauty craze. Nu Skin, the US-owned cosmetics firm, is predicting a doubling of net sales returns this year, according to Corey Lindley, president of the company's China operations. Zhang Jun, a Beijing-based promoter for Amway, the US direct-selling healthcare firm, claims he earns upwards of 8,000 yuan (€780) a month, a huge amount by local standards. University students also make healthy salaries from commission, says the 25-year-old, who has been marketing cosmetics and toiletries for Amway, one of the largest players in China's cosmetics market, for more than a year.

His bestsellers are skin-whitening cream and lipstick. The Chinese ideal of beauty places a high premium on pale skin. Whitening processes are regularly advertised on the fronts of the beauty parlours that are ubiquitous in Chinese cities. More worrying, perhaps, cosmetic surgery has become an option for many middle-class Chinese. Clinics have sprung up to meet demand, but newspapers regularly report horrendous cases of unqualified surgeons and backstreet surgery inflicting terrible damage.

With Miss World reportedly considering a return to China this year, and several other international beauty pageants to oversee, usually strait-laced local commentators have been urging the government to secure China's place in the world beauty-pageant industry.

In a recent edition of the People's Daily, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party, its columnist Gao Lanrong wrote: "Governments and enterprises should learn more about and improve the operation system of pageants for a healthy, orderly development of pageants and beauty economy in China."

Chen Lili, meanwhile, has taken the abrupt end to her beauty-pageant career in her stride, concentrating now on modelling and on a possible career in pop music. She celebrated her first International Women's Day as a woman this year by doing all the things she says women like to do. "I went shopping, went to a spa and had a facial." But, she insists, she dreams of becoming Miss China.

Chen Lili, a 24-year old transsexual from Sichuan Province, was granted an oppotunity to appear at the contest to display her good shape and look. The Miss Universe headquarters says she can not enter the next phase of the beauty pageant because she is not born a woman.

The following article ran in the Beijing Times on March 8, 2004:

The orange bikini and chocolate-color wig shone under the spotlight, outlining the enchanting figure of Chen Lili, a transexual Chinese woman, at the Miss Universe-China competition in Southwestern Sichuan Province.

Though barred from the contest because she was born a man, Chen was given the chance to perform on Sunday and she cut quite a figure, reported Monday's Shanghai Morning Post.

"Chen seemed to outshine all the 37 beauty queen contestants on the stage," the paper said.

Chen was invited to address the audience before the contest. She talked about her country boy life and said she really "cherished the opportunity to perform here as it means so much to finally stand on this stage".

She performed the song "Wind Season" in Cantonese. Though trying to be feminine, her voice broke in parts, but still the audience gave her great applause.

Chen applied to enter the 54th Miss World Competition, but was denied entry in February as "it would be unfair to the other candidates if we allow a transsexual to participate", said a Sichuan official in charge of the contest.

The 1.73-meter-tall Chen Lili, formerly named Chen Yongjun, meaning "brave soldier" is a stunning fashion model in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality.

She underwent a sex change operation last November in east China's Shandong Province, and picked up the new name "Lili", inspired by a popular Korean transsexual star "Harisu", or in Chinese "He Lixiu", who is her idol.

She was registered as a woman on her national ID from the Nanchong police authority in Sichuan on Feb. 11.

As Monday is International Women's Day and Chen's first women'sday, she had a list of activities with which to enjoy the occasionafter Sunday's performance.

"Shopping, facial, spa, I will do everything women enjoy to celebrate my first women's festival," she said.

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Subject: Jacksonville Florida pageants crown winners

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Date Posted: 03/23/04 2:15:06am

Erin Lancaster of Orange Park, Ashley Phinazee of Callahan, Sydney Keister of Jacksonville and Amy Ferguson of Brandon are the newest reigning pageant winners for Jacksonville and the First Coast.

Erin Lancaster (from left) was named Miss Jacksonville 2004, Ashley Phinazee was crowned Miss Jacksonville Teen 2004, Sydney Keister was chosen Miss First Coast Teen 2004 and Amy Ferguson was named Miss First Coast 2004 this month.

Lancaster won the Miss Jacksonville 2004 crown and Ferguson the Miss First Coast 2004 crown. Lancaster is a junior at Florida State University and Ferguson a senior at the University of Florida.

Phinazee was crowned Miss Jacksonville Teen 2004 and Keister was chosen Miss First Coast Teen 2004. Phinazee is a junior at West Nassau High School and Keister a freshman at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.

The pageants took place March 13-14 at the Florida Theatre. Phinazee and Keister will compete for the Miss Florida Teen title Saturday, May 1, in St. Petersburg. Lancaster and Ferguson will compete for the Miss Florida crown in June in St. Petersburg.

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Subject: S.Korea's swimsuit beauties now a memory

Korea Times.
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Date Posted: 03/22/04 4:49:48pm

S.Korea's swimsuit beauties now a memory

SEOUL, South Korea, March 21 (UPI) -- South Korea will no longer offer the spectacle of beauty-pageant contestants parading in identical swimsuits.

"We decided to accept criticism by women's groups and get rid of the swimsuit contest from this year's beauty pageant, scheduled to be held in June," an official of Hankook Ilbo newspaper, the main organizer of the Miss Korea pageant, told the Korea Times.

But the swimsuit competition itself isn't being eliminated. The judges will still be privy to the sight of the swimsuit-clad cuties in private proceedings held just before the main portion of the pageant.

Women's groups in South Korea have criticized the Miss Korea pageant, which began in 1957. Their protests have brought about several changes. As of 2002, the pageant was dropped from live television coverage on the major broadcast networks, and viewers now can see the pageant only on cable TV and via the Internet.

Opponents of the Miss Korea pageant also have organized an alternative pageant, known as the Anti-Miss Korea pageant, scheduled this year for May 8.

The Korea Times described that contest as being "a feminist cultural festival, welcoming participants regardless of age, weight, height, occupation or sex."S.Korea's swimsuit beauties now a memory
DC, 22.03.2004

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Subject: John & Patsy Ramsey

Nashville Speakers Bureau
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Date Posted: 03/22/04 4:28:05pm

The Ramseys had it all … financial security, career success, homes, cars, friends, position, status, and a perfect family life, until that fateful night caused near fatal rippling effects that would strip away life as they had known it. Now, several years since JonBenet’s death the Ramseys continue to try and rebuild their lives following their ordeal. The Ramseys speak out about their saga, their dealings with the justice system, the media, cancer, and a hope in the future that enables them to get out of bed in the morning.

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missosology predicts
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Date Posted: 03/20/04 3:19:44am

Once a respected nation at Miss Universe, Philippines hasn't won a crown again since Margarita Moran. They will pursue that this year with Maricar Balagtas. Pageant crazy Filipinos will absolutely root for her but perhaps, just like every year, they will always end up disappointed.

Plus: Maricar's track record is excellent. She won the Miss Globe contest in 2001.
Minus: The Philippines, despite sending great girls, wasn't able to make it at the semis since 2000.

Predictions: A 50-50 chance

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Subject: Rage before beauty ... Irish contest in doubt

By Eoin Edwards
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Date Posted: 03/20/04 2:39:19am

ONE of Ireland’s top beauty contests is in an ugly mess.

There is a major doubt about the selection contest for a girl to represent us at this year’s Miss Universe Contest.

With just days to go before the original date for the Miss Universe Irish grand final, the contestants’ world appears to have come crashing down.

Girls from all over the country and their parents are anxiously awaiting news from the organisers, Limerick-based Irish Beauty Pageants, about whether or not the contest is going ahead. Irish Examiner, 20.03.2004

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Subject: Miss Korea Pageant Cuts Bathing Suit Competition

By Soh Ji-young
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Date Posted: 03/19/04 8:27:10am

When thinking of beauty pageants, the image of rows of smiling women walking down a catwalk in identical bathing suits immediately springs to mind.

But that spectacle will no longer be available for viewers, as the organizers of the Miss Korea pageant have decided to abolish the swimsuit competition from this year.

``We decided to accept criticism by women’s groups and get rid of the swimsuit contest from this year’s beauty pageant, scheduled to be held in June,’’ said an official of Hankook Ilbo, the main organizer of the Miss Korea pageant.

The official said the decision was made with the aim of building the pageant into a contest selecting women of ``true beauty,’’ adding that they will instead strengthen interviews to test contestants intelligence and talent.

However, the swimsuit competition will not be scrapped altogether, but instead will be carried out in front of judges before the main ceremony as a preliminary procedure.

The Miss Korea pageant, which has been held every year since 1957, has been under attack by feminist groups, which believe the pageant commercializes women’s appearance and creates a distorted image of beauty.

Their campaign resulted in suspending the live coverage of the pageant on major broadcasting networks from 2002. It is now only aired on cable TV and the Internet.

To directly challenge people’s perceptions of true beauty, women activists have staged an Anti-Miss Korea pageant from 1999, a feminist cultural festival welcoming participants regardless of age, weight, height, occupation or sex.

Organizers said this year’s festival, to be held on May 8, will be the last one held under the anti-beauty pageant theme.

``As we view that we have succeeded in our goal of highlighting the faults of the Miss Korea pageant, we will continue to hold our yearly festival under a different name to reflect the various demands of women,’’ said an official of feminist journal IF, the main organizer of the event. Korea Times - Seoul, South Korea, 19.03.2004

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Subject: China final of Miss Universe to be held in "Spring City"

www.chinaview.cn 2004-03-19 23:20:35
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Date Posted: 03/19/04 8:21:30am

KUNMING, March 19 (Xinhuanet) -- The final contest to choose who will represent China at the 2004 Miss Universe beauty pageant will be held in "Spring City", Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province on April 28.

The organizing committee of the China final, told a conference here Friday that 50 girls will compete to represent China in the 2004 Miss Universe beauty pageant to be held in Ecuador on June 1.

Four regional preliminary rounds have been held in Beijing, in southwest China's Sichuan Province, in south China's Guangdong Province and in east China's Shandong Province. More than 3,000 girls throughout the country entered the contest, according to the committee.

Miss Universe is one of the three world-class beauty contests along with Miss World and Miss International. The contest organizing committee yearly chooses a different country or region to host the beauty pageant.

The annual event is designed to help women from all parts of the world realize their goals and cultivate their individuality and it has been held for past consecutive 51 years with participants from more than 150 countries and regions, according to the organizing committee.

China officially hosted a nationwide contest for Miss Universe for the first time last year. Wu Wei, 23, who is from south China's Fujian Province, won the title of Miss China and took part in the 52nd Miss Universe pageant in Panama. Enditem. Xinhua - China, 19.03.2004

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Subject: Ban the Beaver Fur

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Date Posted: 03/19/04 2:56:48am

PORTLAND -- Organizers of the Miss Maine Pageant say they've not yet decided whether to let fur trappers give a full-length beaver coat to the next Miss Maine.

Members of the Maine Animal Coalition are urging them to turn the offer down.

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Stage productions Sarah,Larra, Deena
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Date Posted: 03/17/04 4:45:24am

Marijana Rupcic, 18 (photo) won on Tuesday, March 16th, the title of Miss Universe Croatia 2004. The 1st runner-up was Dijana Kantarevic (19), and the 2nd runner-up was Vesna Mladin (20). Lana Tisma received the Miss Photogenic award; Tijana Maretic was chosen Miss Congeniality, and Dijana Kantarevic won the "Miss Style" award. 20 contestants competed in the event,

Marijana comes from Nuštar and stands 1.78 meters in height. She is a Psychology student and will represent Croatia in the Miss Universe 2004 pageant in Quito, Ecuador.

Special thanks to Miss Universe Hrvatske

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Miss Florida USA 2004 - Kristen Berset
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Date Posted: 03/12/04 2:42:55am

Leading Lady Magazine gets the credit for this picture also. Congratulations and best of luck to you at nationals.

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Date Posted: 03/10/04 3:52:38pm

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Subject: What do you think of see through gowns at pageants?

OMG- While surfing around, I found this picture of Ami Vashi at the Miss India World 2003. I was shocked to see her breast and nipples peeking out of nude insets sewn into her gown.
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Date Posted: 02/23/04 11:22:28am

Ami Vashi: Femina Miss India World 2003
Third Runner-Up, Miss WORLD 2003
Ami is very beautiful but I do not need to see so much of her.

In a pink designer gown by Hemant Trivedi featuring nude insets, Ami made her way into the final five. In this round, she proceeded to explain her life-and-death philosophy, but talking herself into a corner, ended up being cut off by the hostess when she ran over her time limit. Nonetheless, she finished among the top ten of the People's Choice voting and was one of the 20 finalists chosen for the Miss World Talent Competition

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Subject: Advertisement for Sam Bernstein, sorry I meant Sam Tang

The pictures of the chubby chick in the western attire is Sam Tangs Coordinator. Whatever that means this week.
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Date Posted: 02/22/04 1:02:58pm

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Subject: South Beach Florida Poster

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Date Posted: 02/14/04 1:57:30am

I was under the impression you were not coming back to this board. That is what you said in your first post.

As the MBM I have access to IP addresses. If I choose to, I can follow up on these addresses and retrieve actual ownership of sites. I have been deleting many posts that have been written by individuals or groups of people that are lying about their location or identity.

We are doing our best to mediate the conflict. Please do not use the term: "verbal abuse", unless you are certain that the opposing side is not guilty of the same. I have deleted many posts that are conflicting to yours. I take offense to your one-sided views, in which I only delete certain posts.

I am glad that you decided to come back to Pageant News & Views and hope your visits continue.


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MUO Offended
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Date Posted: 02/12/04 5:10:24am

To the author of: "Say What You Will"...(Or Ms. Proctor or Ms. Pitchford or whatever your last name is)

If that is what you need to post, to reassure yourself that nothing is going to happen to you, or your nasty ways will not catch up to, no problem. Perhaps you are even posting that to instill thoughts in MUO's mind...because we know they visit this board.

Whatever you reasons may be...the Farmer's Almanac has predicted a blizzard for February 2004...it looks like it's EARLY! It's really deep!too!

The people you associate with, make you guilty and are partly responsible for ruining your reputation. You've done enough damage yourself.

First of all Sam T'ang is one of the ceepiest "professional" people in your organization. He is a WEIRD-O! He makes girls extremely uncomfortable...GET A CLUE! He may take good pictures in your opinion, but he is skanky.

Cyndee Krstich is another. Her mouth travels faster and with more force than the water flow at Niagra Falls. She not only talks about you, but every one else in your organization. She's a regular seam ripper and quite often takes the liberty of speaking on your behalf, for your company. She is responsible for alot of the perception and image problems of your organization.

Word has traveled about what you done to the Reese's. Two of the most respected people around. They were a very solid foundation for Michigan USA and...well enough said. It's self explanatory, anything that's decent and reputable, well you obviously don't want anything to do with that. You mentioned that Elisa Schleef just loves you...YEAH...I'm sure she just LOVES YOU TO DEATH for what you did to those people. Get a clue.

Miss Shannon Clark is like an infection. You think it's nothing major at first...but boy does she spread and eventually lead to a stinch that's out of control. She's the parasite twin to Cyndee K...but grew much slowly. Shannon only attaches herself to those that benefit. Couldn't stand on her own to save her life.

Britt Harrison is untrustworthy and pyscho. She'll say anything you want to hear. Yes, Melissa. No, Melissa. Her productions have never improved. But as long as she says what you want to hear, you'll keep her around. You need that "Mirror Mirror on the Wall" for your own self confidence.

Rocco was actually ok. You guys unfairly put the blame on him, when looking for a scape goat. We all know that Mr. Pitchford was in a drunken stuper at Teen USA 2003...to make up for his actions, well Rocco was used and he was fired. You can tried shed a different like on it...but facts are facts. You can't associate with anyone that stands on their own feet, Rocco would be another.

You know I think it's time Ms. Paula Shutgart receives a page or two. Because if Universe decides not to take action there are alot of people who will. The media is a wonderful source.

You may not go this year...but you will go. You have had more than enough time to make things right with people. I don't care for you people, but I would might actually change my opinion of you if actually did some NICE things for a change. However, actions speak loudly, it shows the kind of people you really are.

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Subject: Melissa Proctor or Pitchford

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Date Posted: 02/11/04 7:52:42am

One thing I have noticed that really puzzles me after reading all of the things that have been said on various message boards about Michigan's director.

Why is it on other boards, like American Beauty, for example...that people can continually bash state directors like Carol Munger of California, but everything said about Michigan or it's director, get's deleted?

The arguments made on some of these boards, that these people are secretive and are behind many of these boards seems likely.

It alsoleads me to believe that the things being said about Michigan's director and her group of people are true.

Where are her state titleholders defending her name? Possibly because they don't feel as if she didn't give them reason to?

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Subject: Paula Shugart does indeed look into what I like to call the "bad blood" of the industry.

Randi J.
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Date Posted: 02/10/04 1:53:35pm

Paula Shugart, President, The Miss Universe Organization: We are all thrilled with the Miss USA pageant and thankful that our new broadcaster is willing to let us get back to the basics of pageantry. I hope you enjoyed the show.
I did want to make you aware that I have received several copies of an email being circulated which purports to have the official scores from the pageant, and that Miss USA released them to “a chosen few.” I want to set the record straight….. we have not released the scores and what is being sent out as factual is a complete falsehood. It is my goal to end, or at least dampen the rumors that seem to run rampant in this industry.
Therefore I would appreciate it if you would let people know that the email they received is an utter fabrication, the reasons for its creation known only by the author.

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Subject: New at PageantDiva in February! The Pageant Magazine on the Internet

Only at www.PageantDiva.com
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Date Posted: 02/ 9/04 11:59:39am

New at PageantDiva in February! The Pageant Magazine on the Internet

Welcome to the WINTER EDITION of YOUR Pageant Internet Magazine. Featuring the hardest workingwomen in all of pageantry! They are back at designing the first “How To Be A Pageant Contestant” website. Our goal is to help those who are experienced in pageantry improve and those who have never done pageantry a place to come to give you equal footing in YOUR pageant experience. We want YOU TO WIN YOUR PAGEANT! If you pick up things that will help you after pageantry through our articles, that’s great also!

New articles this month:
-Interview Diva Alexandra gives her best Stage Fright tips.
-Swimsuit Diva Julie Donaldson gives tips on Winter workouts to keep you looking great in your Swimsuit Competition.
-Kristen had double duty this month. Her evening gown article features the first of a monthly series to help you select the perfect gown. Her talent article will feature her top dance tips!
-Ask Mr. Sponsor continues his series on how to find your pageant sponsorship monies. This ten part series WILL WORK FOR YOU! A must read for those seeking pageant sponsorships.
-Barbara Colby’s installment of her “Fitness By Barbara” keeps your workouts fresh.
-“It’s All Good,” offers another great motivation article.
-“Ask The Diva” column returns to answer your questions.
-Health and Fitness this month offers tips on how to deal with winter skin.
-Jamie Grimes continues in giving us great public speaking advice on “Public Speaking with Jamie”.
-“PageantDiva of the Month” selects the first Diva of 2004.

Looking for a great way to train at home? Then you will want the PageantDiva home video series, covering Evening Gowns, Swimsuits, Interviews, Vocal and Dance competitions. Surf to our store at www.PageantDiva.com and check out the first home video series that will give you the winning edge. The PageantDiva Store also features Arpeggio Cosmetics (all the rage on “ShopNBC”) at great savings and The Don Baker Video Series. All of this on YOUR pageant instruction site, PageantDiva.com for everything that is pageantry!

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Subject: Information request = F.O.

scams and cons
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Date Posted: 02/ 5/04 6:46:46am

Attorney General Mike Cox
As Michigan's Attorney General, I am also committed to serving the People of Michigan as the People's lawyer. I am equally committed to protecting the citizens of Michigan as Michigan's chief law enforcement agent.
The Attorney General's Office will work to protect Michigan's citizens from violent crime, defend Michigan consumers from scams and cons, safeguard Michigan's children and improve the collection of child support, guard Michigan's natural resources, and defend Michigan citizens against unlawful conduct. I am committed to providing the State the best legal services at the lowest cost to taxpayers.

Consumer & Industry Services
Corporation Division

PO Box 30054
Lansing MI 48909-7554

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Subject: Answer to your PRELIM posts

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Date Posted: 02/ 4/04 10:19:39am

The real story pertaining to preliminaries in Michigan is this; You prelim directors have serious issues. Your terrible desire to control and manipulate the outcomes of these prelims are horrific. How can you possibly say that you directors are on the up and up, when you choose your friends as judges, you make a huge "party" out of the judging with alcholic beverages before and after the pageant. I have proof of two directors that did in fact know certain girls that entered the prelims. Do not try and make yourself and your buddies look so innocent in everyones eyes. Lets face it; prelims are around for you directors to get who you want into the state competition while the other delegates are paving their "financial" way. USA should be done with all of this nonsense about prelims, to save their reputation before you crooks deface its image any further. Your group of director friends, coaches and photographers are all linked together. Sadly enough, each and every one of you are guilty of back-stabbing each other over and over again, then you sit at these pageants and group together like a band of thieves. Your mission as directors, is to find innocent girls who you can brainwash into believing they have a fair chance, knowing full well who will be the winner in the end. Just to get the money for your "favorites" to go to state. Lets not try to wiggle out of your itchy little spot. You know this is the truth and so does everyone who goes through your pageants. It only takes one time to enter to figure it all out.
Why don't you list all the judges you directors have had in the last year. Give everyone who reads this post the opportunity to hear how "great" your pageants are by giving them the information on your past judges. Let them know what qualifications they have as judges. Let them know how you retained their service as a judge. Let us all know where these judges come from and what their relationships are to the directors they are judging for. Come on. The forum is open for you. Warning to you: Do not open a can of worms that you can not handle. I will be waiting for these answers. If you have nothing to hide, then of course you will list your judges background info.

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Love this story. Hope you do too!
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Date Posted: 02/ 3/04 1:58:02am

Queen Leslie
Photos by Clay Spann / Special

How to address Queen Leslie:
Her formal title is Queen Leslie, Miss Pageant.com. She is usually addressed as "Queen Leslie." She won't be upset if you simply call her "Leslie," because she is a humble person, but we don't think you should be so casual.

Requirements to be Miss Pageant.com

The queen must be a woman 25 or under at the time of her coronation. There are no nationality requirements.

Personal facts about Queen Leslie:

She was born in Alabama. She currently works as a fitness instructor. She will turn 21 on Nov. 27, 2003. (Her birthday will be an important date in the PNB calendar.)

As part of the secret competition that made her Miss Pageant.com, she participated in a few pageants, though she does not have a long competitive history. But her limited participation caught the eye of numerous people. In the weeks before her PNB coronation, she was approached by many people in the business who wanted to enlist her in their contests.

The oath that made Leslie Sale a queen:

I, Leslie Sale, having been chosen and affirmed as queen of the online pageant industry, do hereby accept the crown, and the accompanying title of Miss Pageant.com, on this 15th day of September 2003. I attest that I am of age to reign, and that there are no barriers to my faithful service. I pledge to serve and protect the industry with diligence, patience and kindness; to encourage honesty and high standards; to oppose dishonesty and dissension. I promise to uphold the honor of all those who participate in beauty contests, to the furthest limits of my ability. So help me God.

Who administered the oath to Queen Leslie?

A PNB editor did the honors. She now refers to him as "my prime minister."
Why Queen Leslie sometimes wears a bracelet:

At Queen Leslie's coronation, she asked that a bracelet be put on her right wrist before the crown was placed on her head. "Any kind of bracelet will do," she said, "even a simple ribbon."

Just as the crown is symbolic of power, the bracelet is symbolic of responsibility, and Queen Leslie feels that responsibility is the more important trait. Besides, her right hand is the one with which she took her oath.
Whenever Queen Leslie appears in her crown, she wears a bracelet also, and the bracelet is always put on first and removed last. If she simply wears her banner without the crown, no bracelet is necessary.

This tradition is likely to be maintained at PNB, and may become the standard for the pageant industry.

Queen Leslie's code name:

During the royal trials (the secret competition that chose Queen Leslie), none of the competitors knew one another's names. When a contestant communicated with the Pageant News Bureau on a matter related to the contest, she used her code name. The code name for Leslie Sale was "Spooky."

Officially, the name was chosen at random. But one PNB staffer quoted a judge as saying, "That Dothan girl is so beautiful, it's spooky."

The code names of the other girls, like their real names, have not been disclosed. They may remain secret forever.

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We love you Tami
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Date Posted: 02/ 3/04 1:53:35am

Tami's whirlwind travels bring her back to Phoenix, Oregon, to share hugs with family and friends, collect the keys to the city, and reconnect with her roots.

It is funny how quickly my dreams became a reality when I was crowned Miss Teen USA 2003. Never in a million years would I have imagined I'd be walking the runways of New York's fashion week, or that I would have the opportunity to spend a Saturday night goofing around with the New York Yankees. While in the Big Apple, I've experienced things most girls dream about. For me, all these wonderful experiences have made me realize how much I miss my family and friends. Sounds crazy, right? I guess since I've been creating such amazing memories, I've really just wanted to share them with the people I love the most. So, you can imagine how excited I was to finally be on my way back home to Phoenix, that little town in Oregon that I have grown to love and even miss a little bit.
Crater Lake - Even Miss Teen USA needs time out to kick back during a very busy homecoming schedule. Tami enjoys one of her favorite spots.
The trip from New York to Oregon took a little over seven hours. I was tired and surprisingly nervous as my plane touched down at the Medford airport. My nerves quickly vanished when I saw the smiles across my family and friends' faces. I was embraced by my mom and dad for the first time in months, and it felt so good to be home. "Welcome home" signs paved the way back to Phoenix. I fell asleep that night as soon as my head hit the pillow and had the sweetest of dreams.
The next morning after a quick breakfast I was off making appearances, visiting sponsors, and even meeting with the mayors of both Phoenix and Medford, the two towns where I grew up. I was presented with keys to both cities! The next stop was at my high school... you wouldn't believe the butterflies in my stomach! It was my school's homecoming pep assembly, and I was a special guest. The senior boys, who were dressed in togas for spirit week, carried me on a bed of leopard pillows out into the center of the gym. They fanned me with palm leaves and helped me over to the microphone so that I could speak to my peers for the first time. All the applause and cheers I received as I stepped up to the microphone made me feel right at home, and my butterflies quickly disappeared.
My trip definitely didn't slow down from there. I spent time visiting my old elementary and middle schools. I worked with several of the charitable organizations I had supported while I lived in Oregon, and I had countless television and radio interviews. I even had the honor of visiting with the governor of Oregon, who surprised me with a custom-made bat and signed baseball! (How did he know how much I liked baseball?!)
As my homecoming visit came to an end, I had the opportunity to watch as the dreams of two more beautiful women came true. I went to my state pageant and crowned the new Miss Oregon Teen USA, Lorie Thomson, who, like me, also received the Miss Congeniality award! As a bonus, I watched as Jennifer Murphy, a young woman from my hometown, was named Miss Oregon USA.
Now armed with thousands and thousands of hugs and good wishes from family, friends, and the people of Oregon, I prepared to go back to New York and get back to work! It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it!


Miss Teen USA 2003 Tami Farrell writes this column exclusively for Pageantry magazine. The popular Miss Oregon not only won the national title last August, she also captured the Miss Congeniality Award as well. As a youth advocate focusing on self-esteem, anti-violence, and anti-drug issues, Tami is working with organizations throughout the U.S.A. to help communicate the importance of safe living, educational, and social environments.

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Subject: Miss Universe Organization may be reading these boards.

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Date Posted: 02/ 2/04 4:44:12pm

Is it true that MUO has been reading alot of the message boards that are associated with Michigan/Ohio? I have heard that they are possibly watching what is being said about the director and pre-lim directors. Is that why the other boards that they moderate have deleted most of the posts that they wrote? I would like to know from someone on the inside. When the posts started to disappear I wondered why suddenly they deleted them. Please let me know if you have any breaking news. Do you think MUO really does come to visit the boards? How interesting that would be.

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Subject: It puts a smile on my face to know that you self centered, under-handed, swindling,pathetic excuses for the female race get so upset when someone pushes on those sore spots.

Each one of you that are involved in the underhanded and unproffessional manner in which you have treated this directorship will pay the price in the end. We will NEVER give up until you are all gone and replaced with honest and dignified people.
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Date Posted: 01/31/04 2:30:52pm

Obvious that a very sensitive nerve has been touched with all of you. You proved that with your return remarks. Decent and honest people would have never given the original poster any credence. But you did. You took the bait, as any bottom feeding sucker would. Funny how guilt can manifest itself into such anger. Each one of you rank right up there with rapists and robbers. You all are nothing less than accessories to your "triggerman". You have abused the right to the USA directorships at every level, using its high ranking status to your own benefit. A crime that should be taken very serious. I myself, will not stop at any point until justice is served. I will not turn my back on the countless number of girls who have yet to enter upon your web. I will be there each time you make a move, documenting every step along the way. You people are a sick spreading infection that has festered itself into a cancer. Removal being the only chance at a cure. And you will be removed or you will succumb to the disease.
Go ahead and continue to snicker at how your conspiring and manipulating has worked in your favor thus far. Have fun while you can. Keep in mind your disease is spreading rapidly and you do not have much time left. I suggest you use it wisely.

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Subject: NEWS ALERT: Anyone who is even thinking of entering the Michigan USA pageant this year. THINK TWICE!

Been there. Done that. Saw more than I should have. Heard more than I cared to hear. Spent more money than I should have.
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Date Posted: 01/31/04 8:27:25am

FOR WHAT? You ask? A good glimse into the twisted and manipulated tactics used by those who play "GOD" with the vulnerable and naive young girls who think they really have a chance to win THEIR pageant. Let me draw you a picture. The do's and don'ts to becoming Miss or Teen Michigan USA:
1) DO make sure you make plenty of appointments with Shannon Clark.
2) DO consistantly look up to Shannon and praise her for her beauty. (this is whether you mean it or not. just do it to be on the safe side). She is a bit insecure and needs constant praise. Obvious in her relentless drive to control the Michigan USA outcomes. Most former queens move on in life after their reigns. And some, can't ever give it up. Make sure you always compliment her hair too.
3) NEVER. And I mean NEVER question anything Shannon, Melissa or Cyndee do. Especially verbally. This will bring on "sudden death".
4) DO choose a gown, swimsuit and interview ensemble that Shannon approves of. Your chances of advancement will increase dramatically if you purchase these items from her trunk show. Even though you can get the same attire elsewhere for less, DO NOT THINK of that. Just spend the extra money and do it with a big smile on your face.
5) DO ask as many questions as possible about the pageant business. Make arrangements to go to the national teen and Miss competitions. Yes, it is costly, but remember there is a crown at stake and Melissa likes those brown nosers. Remember when you attend these competitions, try to sit with "the popular" group. SMOOZE BIG TIME. I know it sounds juvenile and it is. But it is what needs to be done. So just bite your tongue and DO IT!
6) DO become personally involved with Shannon and her gang. This will give you an advantage over the rest of the delegates. Remember, they have to like you. That won't happen if you are not willing to be a human sponge to all of their dissing of the other girls. Just go along with them no matter what. When they begin to poke fun at a girl who did not follow these instructions, you go along with the poking. It will pay off in the end.
7) DO invest as much time and money as possible in talking with Don Baker. Call Cyndee K. she will be more than happy to set up an appointment for you. All these "seminars" take place at her house in Troy. When you go there, make sure you allow her and her daughter (if she is there)to intimidate you to the point of tears. BUT DO NOT CRY. That is the curse of death. When you arrive at the house, DO be very interested and impressed (especially impressed) with all of the crowns and sashes on display in her home. Make like you are so proud to be in her presence. This will score big points for you.
8) DO spend the time and money to enter one of the preliminary pageants. Many of these prelims are in names of family and friends, but don't be fooled. This group of ballbusters have the last word. "Conflict of Interest" is why they can't put their name on the directorship. Just go and do your best. Remember all these rules. They apply to the prelims also. Be on guard. These women will all be there, because they are the ones really running the show.
And they WILL be watching you.
9) NEVER and I MEAN NEVER write ANYTHING on these boards. If you are reading this, you have already broke a cardinal rule. ONLY "the group" can post on these message boards. You will have a pretty good idea who will win the prelims and states by reading the boards. They claim that they do not moderate these boards, but in fact, they do. They get your IP's and you will be crucified at the very least. They spend an awful lot of time studying these boards. So don't make that mistake. They will delete ANY posts that do not agree with them. They will also delete ANY pictures or positive remarks of girls that are competition to "their girl". A fact. I can proove.
This should give you a good start. I feel it would be wiser and much less expensive to just pack up and move to another state that does this pageat stuff right if you are that interested in competing. There are plenty of states that have a great reputation for fairness and integrity. I will post those states at a later date for those of you contemplating a move.

Scarlet Pimpernel

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Big difference here. Candid and Tang.
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Date Posted: 01/30/04 10:02:06am

Will Sam Tang be at nationals to make sure all Stacey and Yelena pictures are flawless?

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Anita Portman
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Date Posted: 01/30/04 9:58:05am

Pretty girl, but is that her crown or one of those silly scalp stimulators on her head? Either way, they need to get a new crown maker. Suggestion: Mikimoto?

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Subject: Miss AK USA Finalist gets camera time with ESPN2

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Date Posted: 01/29/04 7:44:39am

JPC student gets an on-camera chance with ESPN2
Peter Davies 12/01/03

This weekend Aleah Scheick, while covering events for Shootout.net, got the chance of a lifetime: an on-camera chance with ESPN2 click here. Every Thanksgiving, like clockwork, ESPN2 covers the Great Alaska Shootout from the Sullivan Arena. Crews are flown in from the lower 48 to provide support staff for the broadcast. Every year, at the same time, Shootout.net provides up-to-the-minute coverage on their website. Journalism students shoot and edit video footage as well as write stories and provide on camera stand-ups for the website.

Once in a great while a determined student comes on-board who sets goals and goes after them. Aleah Scheick met and networked with the ESPN crew, asked questions and developed connections, which scored her some camera time.

Every Journalism student in the country hopes to have a break like that some day, and its rare when the right talent, charisma and poise come together that a major network is looking for.

You can watch the video with Quiktime player at the following website by clicking on the "click here" after the first "ESPN2" in the beginning of the article.

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Huron Valley Womens Facility - Dirty Momma, Cell block #264
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Date Posted: 01/28/04 3:36:32pm

Lithuania selects Miss Captivity

A 24-year-old woman has won what has been billed as the world's first prison beauty pageant.
Miss Captivity aimed to select Lithuania's most attractive woman currently serving jail time.
The woman has not been named, but uses the pseudonym Samanta.
She held back tears as she addressed a national TV audience and said it was the best day of her life.
She accepted the Miss Captivity crown inside the Panevezys Penal Labour Colony, refusing to say why she'd been sentenced to jail.
Asked by reporters what she'd most like to do now that she's won the unusual event, she said, "I'd like to get out of prison right now."
The high-security facility holds nearly 500 inmates, including convicted murderers.

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Stage productions Sarah,Larra, Deena
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Date Posted: 01/28/04 9:29:21am

Benjamin Gibbs is an excellent photographer. Former Miss Michigan Teen Alicia Jaros has beautiful pictures taken by Benjamin. Alicia is a beauty to begin with but Benjamin just enhanced her already natural beauty in her pictures. One great photographer. Nice guy too! Great work Ben!

Two from Gibbs

"Everyone has two faces," the saying goes. That's not strictly true: Some people have only one face, and some have at least 14.

Here at the Pageant News Bureau, we gladly admit we have two faces. And you're looking at them, courtesy of PNB photographer and mug connoisseur Benjamin Gibbs.

The face of summer, April Cowart

One is the face of the spring (2003), Cristina Hoogesteger (below). The other is the face of the summer (2003), April Cowart (above).

Ms. Hoogesteger is a business student and former cheerleader. She's Texas-born, Minnesota-bred and now a happy resident of the South, where she likes the weather.

The face of spring, Cristina Hoogesteger

Ms. Cowart is . . . the face of the summer. (Maybe she's a woman of mystery.)

Details at www.gibbsphotography.net

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What is wrong with this picture?
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Date Posted: 01/27/04 7:29:52am

Sam Tang was not there to take the one on the right.

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Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Rondinelli
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Date Posted: 01/26/04 11:56:55am

Nothing but the best for Miriam & Claudio

By Blaise Gacoscos - The Philippine Star 01/18/2004

Miriam Quiambao, 28, didn’t settle for anything less when she married Italian businessman Claudio Rondinelli, 34, at the Holy Rosary Church in Boracay last Jan. 9. The former 1999 Miss Universe first runner-up and former Extra Challenge co-host made sure she got the best services for her wedding any bride could’ve wished for. Tropical motif
Robert Blancaflor of 1816 Flowers complemented Boracay’s world-famous white sand beaches with an elegant tropical motif. Robert adorned the church’s aisle all the way to the altar with white orchids and birds of paradise flown in from Manila. He showered the altar steps with red and white rose petals and draped the church’s ceiling with layers upon layers of off-white cloth to create an airy, ethereal feel.

"The concept is simple and elegant, using natural materials and exotic flowers. That’s why I used palms, bamboos, white orchids. Miriam, and Claudio specially, wanted us to come up with something tropical," says Robert.

While the female sponsors held cymbidium orchids and tulips from Holland, Miriam clasped a bouquet of paphio orchids from South America. It costs more than Charlene Gonzalez’s Lily of the Valley bridal bouquet which was priced at P25,000!

At the reception held in Friday’s Boracay, Robert draped the tables with brocade, "the same cloth we used during US Pres. George Bush’s visit in Malacañang," he says. On these tables stood flowers in vibrant red, blue, lilac, fuchsia, and yellow arranged in small boxes. "It’s a modern look," he says, "very minimalistic because how can you upstage the beautiful beach of Boracay?" Soft and simple
Rhett Eala created a three-piece gown for the bride. The first piece was a bandeau made of Thai silk wrapped in silk chiffon adorned with crystal balls and cut beads. The second was an obi made of organza with the same beading. Miriam would later remove her obi at the wedding reception, allowing her to expose her navel. She added a stunning neckpiece she ordered from Cebu. The third piece is the seamless skirt of silk chiffon with the same crystal and cut beads. Rhett added the detail of a fish tail behind the skirt.

For her shoes, Miriam slipped into an original Jimmy Choo creation that had a crystal on her big toe.

Propaganda’s Lala Flores took care of Miriam’s "no-makeup-for-the-beach" look highlighted only by a deep rose RMK lip gloss. She applied a Terracota bronzer all over her body for Miriam’s radiant gold and brown shine.

"I played with earth tones, especially with the eyes. I put accents of golden and bronze shimmer on her cheeks and shoulder blades," says Lala.

Jing Monis, also from Propaganda, knotted Miriam’s hair in a simple bun. A crystal dragonfly tied everything together at the back.

"Everything is clean," says Jing. "I want to show more of her face because she’s beautiful." Abundance of food
Friday’s Boracay chef Fortune Fulgar, together with his 16-member crew, prepared a gastronomic feast for the couple’s 100 guests.

For its pre-dinner menu, Fortune treated the guests with Oak smoked salmon, Grilled Mediterranean vegetables with pesto glaze, and Cream of wild mushrooms and spinach. The dinner menu has plated appetizers from Grissini breadsticks to Vegetable crudités with miso aioli to Pacific rim seafood salad, and shrimp cocktail.

At the buffet table, it was sushi galore–maguro, kani, ebi, sushi maki, and California hand roll. Fortune also prepared a salad menu consisting of Wild mesclun lettuce with salad condiments and dressing; Sun-ripe tomato, cashew, apple, marinated olives and feta cheese; Strawberry, cucumber with minted vinaigrette; and Grilled somen, crab sticks, and ripe mango.

For the main course, Fortune served Lobster medallion and bouillabaisse; Garlic prawns; Calamari with bulgogi glaze; Seared salmon with baby spinach and mango butter sauce; Blue marlin medallion; Tarragon mustard tanigue; Pandan-scented rice; Sautéed and Buttered garden vegetables.

For the wedding cake, Fortune baked a high-calorie three-layered fondant King Oscar made of egg white and egg yolk flavored with almonds. Cost of food per person inclusive of VAT: P1,200. A great time
At the end of the day, Miriam and Claudio were gifted with the breathtaking full Boracay sunset. Together with their immediate families and friends, they danced the night away to the music of Fridays’ in-house singer Noreen Andaya, Sabor Latino, and Boracay’s own Bombom band. The couple enjoyed the party so much that Claudio even played the drums and Miriam performed some chants. According to Bombom band’s Tammy Magro, his group left Fridays at about quarter to two the following day and the party wasn’t over yet.

From Boracay, the couple hies off to the luxurious Banyan Tree in Maldives’ Vabbin Faru island for their Jan. 19 to 29 honeymoon.

The expensive island paradise’s most expensive room is the Presidential villa which costs US $1,400 plus per day with a minimum stay of seven nights. Guests are required to pay the full amount in advance.

We wish Miriam and Claudio Rondinelli nothing but the best!


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Date Posted: 01/26/04 11:22:01am

The Miss Savannah Pageant will not be held in 2004, pageant organizers have announced. Murder charges against the reigning Miss Savannah, Sharron Nicole Redmond, in the shooting of boyfriend Kevin Shorter have subjected the pageant to intense and unfavorable publicity. KRISTINA TORRES
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

AP/Savannah Morning News, Sheriff's Department
Miss Savannah Sharron Nicole Redmond now faces murder charge.

SAVANNAH -- Behind the counter Friday at Nana's Bar-B-Q, out on East Lathrop Avenue, Minnie Platt remembered the nice young lady she used to go to church with. "Nikki," they had called her.

When Platt first saw the mug shot of the gun-toting beauty queen, it sent her scrambling to find a telephone. Yes, her friends said, the 21-year-old in the newspaper, eyes bleary and puffy, was the same young lady, Sharron Nicole Redmond, the reigning Miss Savannah.

"You don't know [what happened] unless you've been in that situation," she said.

Kevin Shorter died that morning at Memorial Health University Medical Center. Police said he had been shot three nights before by Redmond, his girlfriend, after the two allegedly argued over his relationship with another woman.

By 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Redmond was back in jail, charged with murder. Charged with aggravated assault after the Tuesday night shooting, she'd been released the next day on $5,000 bail. Now, her new arraignment hearing is set for 1 p.m. Monday.

"Typical Savannah," said beauty salon owner Billy Woods, a deft colorist and former University of Florida football player. "She used poor judgment? Please."

Redmond and Shorter had been dating, though it seems Redmond made a special trip that night to talk with a supposed other woman, at the house of the woman's father.

It's generally agreed that at least one bullet flew, and it hit Shorter, 25, between the upper thigh and lower abdomen -- police won't be more specific.

Redmond's attorney Michael Schiavone said she'd been dating Shorter, a former all-city football player, on and off for about three years.

He sees it as self-defense and an awful, awful tragedy, though the locals here have taken it all in stride.

There are those who have an opinion, those who don't and those who have to finish their Christmas shopping.

"As Joe Friday says, 'Just the facts, ma'am, just the facts,' " said Sgt. Mike Wilson, of the Savannah-Chatham County Metropolitan Police. "We have no concern who she is, just what she did. She did shoot Mr. Shorter. He is the victim."

Schiavone said his client, a Spelman College graduate who teaches high school in Savannah, had obtained the gun because she was being stalked at school, though he didn't think she had much training in how to use it.

Redmond had assumed the Miss Savannah title in August after Andrea Bailey -- originally crowned Miss Savannah -- won the Miss Georgia crown and became the state's representative to Miss America.

Schiavone said Redmond didn't fire the gun at Shorter, but that the bullet hit him after ricocheting off Shorter's car -- a story police won't confirm.

When she fired, Schiavone said, Redmond didn't realize she hit Shorter. She fled and called her mother. Police showed up an hour and a half later.

"A lot of people have guns, especially in Georgia," her attorney said. "This is just a tragic situation, not just for her but for [Shorter]."

Still, "she said she was carrying a gun because she had this stalker"" mused Norman Busby, a gun owner himself who runs Smith's Texaco on Drayton Street. "Yet she's at her boyfriend's other girlfriend's house, so she sounds like the stalker.

"I don't figure to be the brightest guy in the world," Busby added, "but that doesn't sound like it's going to work out real good."

In Savannah, eccentricities sometimes seem the norm, but then so does age-old practice. "It's a domestic dispute," said Otis Johnson, a longtime educator and now mayor-elect. "We're living in a region where guns are readily available. When you have weapons readily available and you have people lacking anger management skills, this is what you get."

And never mind the tiara.

-- The Associated Press contributed to this article.
eant to intense, unfavorable publicity

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Subject: I think it was posted on the old board, but what is the up coming schedule for the local teen usa pageants in Michigan. I live in St, Clair Shores, which one would I compete in??

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Date Posted: 01/26/04 8:53:18am

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Does anyone know who US will represent us? Got pictures?
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Date Posted: 01/25/04 3:55:37pm

The new World Carnivals Queen
will be selected in February

From February 17 to 22, Salinas Balneary (94 km from Guayaquil, Ecuador) will host the "World Carnivals Queen 2004" pageant, won last year by Miss Brazil, Arianna Elias (picture).
Countries who will take part include Philippines, South Africa, Estonia, India, Canada, USA, Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Ecuador.

Source: Cesar Montece Ochoa (Queen of Ecuador Inc.)

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Subject: No Hair Extensions

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Date Posted: 01/25/04 11:00:32am

Stacey does not have hair extensions..I do her hair and yes she have a head of healthy hair..I do not visit this board but another client of mine gave me this web to pull up and ask me if her hair is real sorry ladies find something else to complain about...Bye...

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Subject: Hi, I am trying to post a picture of a local winner, can someone tell me how?

Thanks a bunch girls!!!
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Date Posted: 01/25/04 5:43:36am

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This is pretty darn interesting. So lets see. You state directors are controling these message boards? And you want all of us to believe your running a fair and honest pageant? Time everyone knows your little secrets.
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Date Posted: 01/22/04 5:09:47pm

Miss Texas USA MB
Miss California USA MB
Miss South Carolina USA MB
Miss South Carolina USA MB #2
Miss Missouri USA MB
Miss Indiana USA MB
Miss Florida USA MB (Official)
Miss Florida USA MB (Unofficial)
NorthEast Forum USA MB
Miss Ohio USA MB
Miss Wisconsin USA MB
Miss Nevada USA MB
Miss Arizona USA MB
Miss Kentucky USA MB
Miss Washington USA MB
Miss Michigan USA MB
Miss Tennessee/Georgia USA MB
Miss Hawaii USA MB

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Subject: Hair UP and Hair Down

Michigan Fan
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Date Posted: 01/22/04 4:24:35am

I say gooooo Mi..anyone look differant if hair style and makeup done differant it is a case of style..Girl put those fangs in I still say goooo Mi for both Miss and Teen...

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Subject: Does not look like Stacey Lee, Period! If the photo is judged she will do well, if she is judged, she will not! There are not many pretty girls this year at USA anyway so anyone would have a chance.

She needs to wear the hair down to cover the tattoo on her back! I am sure she will at USA.
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Date Posted: 01/22/04 3:44:35am

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Subject: WHO IS THIS?

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Date Posted: 01/22/04 3:37:36am

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Subject: Re: WHO IS THIS?

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Date Posted: 01/21/04 4:32:57pm

it's called hair extensions.

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Subject: By the way: The first photo is also retouched!

They made her look thinner than she really is as well. I was shocked to see the first photo. I took one in the same dress and she looked twice as big. Never thinking I gave it to her relative. she was a big girl!
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Date Posted: 01/21/04 1:07:32pm

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Date Posted: 01/21/04 7:57:24am

>>Sam Tang worked his magic again! You gotta give this
>>guy credit. He can make anyone look like a million
>>bucks. Cheers for a great job with photo trickery.
>>Thats exactly what they pay him for.Even at his best
>>he can't make the teen look good.
At least he made sure teens mouth is shut.

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Do you believe the whole story? Seems more to this.
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Date Posted: 01/20/04 1:41:35am

Miss Universe Oxana Fedorova Fired and New Miss Universe Justine Paseka Crowned. Also, read about Justine Paseka's Ukrainian Connection

FOR the first time in its 52-year history, the Miss Universe Organisation has fired the woman wearing its crown.

Oxana Fedorova, a 24-year-old Russian law student, was ousted four months after she won the pageant, the organisation said.

Spokeswoman Mary Hilliard McMillan said the organisation would not comment on the reason until Tuesday, when the first runner-up, Miss Panama Justine Pasek, 22, is expected to be crowned.

Fedorova denied she had been fired and said she gave up the title herself.

"The duties of a world beauty are wonderful. However, my prime goal is my studies and career in Russia," Fedorova, who is pursuing a graduate degree in civil law, told RTR state television. "I know I will remain Miss Universe for Russian citizens and for myself."

Addressing what the network said were rumours that she had secretly married and was pregnant, Fedorova said: "I want a family, I love family, but it is a dream for me. I was never married. I have not had children. I hope that this dream will come true in the future."

Miss Universe cannot be married or have children, according to pageant rules.

Fedorova, a police lieutenant, was the first Miss Universe from Russia, and her victory led newscasts across her home country. As the winner, she was eligible for prizes worth about $250,000, in addition to promotional contracts, a scholarship and a salary.

Miss Panama Justine Pasek, 22, who is expected to be crowned.

Images of her in a white toga-like gown were shown with shots of her firing weapons with perfectly manicured nails and walking police academy halls, dark hair flowing over her drab green uniform.

Fedorova visited France, Italy, Kenya, Canada and Greece while wearing the Miss Universe crown. She joked with reporters earlier this month that the most beneficial aspect of her title was the opportunity to practice English and visit new countries.

As the new Miss Universe, Pasek will travel extensively and work with AIDS organisations to increase awareness and funding for research.

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Subject: Michigan PIcs

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Date Posted: 01/17/04 2:53:59pm

Michigan Director needs to get off her booty and get some pictures posted! Anyone agree? It's been 4 months

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Subject: Welcome from your friends at PageantDiva.com

A great place for pageant fans! Good Luck
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Date Posted: 01/16/04 12:18:22pm

Welcome from your friends at www.PageantDiva.com! We look forward to more news and views from pageant fans. Our winter edition premiers today to get us through the cold winter! Best wishes.

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Subject: Is the miss Dearborn Pageant tonight or tomarrow?

anyone know????
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Date Posted: 01/16/04 8:28:39am

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