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Subject: New Miss California U.S. International

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Date Posted: 00:55:29 03/30/15 Mon

I just heard that former Miss California Teen USA 2012 Alexa Jones just won Miss California U.S. International. Can anyone confirm?

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Subject: Gretchen Reece

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Date Posted: 21:39:54 03/30/15 Mon

Do you think Indiana will fail to make the top 15 because of the religious freedom law going on right now?

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Subject: The most over-hyped and the most underrated 2015 Miss contestant

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Date Posted: 04:09:10 03/31/15 Tue

Don't elaborate, just name two states.

For me:
The most over-hyped: Oklahoma
The most underrated: North Carolina

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Subject: Miss South Africa 2015 Liesl Laurie

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Date Posted: 16:56:25 03/29/15 Sun

I presume she is for World and Universe both. She looks nice to me.

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Subject: Miss SAs in one pic

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Date Posted: 05:38:04 03/30/15 Mon

Seen here-
Back Row: L->R
Joan Ramagoshi (MU and MW unplaced)
Tatum Keshwar (MU 7th- MW 3rd)
Bernalee Daniel (MW T10)

Middle Row: L->R
Sonia Raciti (MU 5th and MW 3rd)
Thuli Sithole (MU and MW unplaced)
Melinda Bam (MU T10)
Bokang Montjane (MU unplaced, MW T7)
Jo Ann Strauss (MU unplaced, MW T10)
Cindy Nell (Mu 3rd, MW unplaced)

Front Row: L->R
Ziphozakhe Zokufa (MU unplaced)
Rolene Strauss (MW 2014)
Suzette van der Merwe (did not compete internationally)
Nicole Flint (MU 7th, MW T25)

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Subject: I was looking at the contestant bios on the Miss USA website and noticed next to our Miss Texas' language it says "Spanish." I realize she is bilingual, but I just wanted to post on here and see what everyone's thoughts were about that. Maybe I haven't been around long enough or paid attention as much as needed, but I don't recall ever seeing a USA contestant list Spanish as their language so it def makes her stand out amongst others. Please let’s keep this discussion respectful.

Fun Facts
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Date Posted: 01:55:56 03/30/15 Mon

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Subject: IMG_8762_HQ 2

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Date Posted: 16:54:53 03/16/15 Mon

Brittany starting to get her transformation on!

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Subject: Favorite Headshots

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Date Posted: 09:09:29 03/27/15 Fri

Most of these contestants are on my list, but I am judging based on a combination of facial beauty and whether the headshot elevated my opinion.



New York

My top headshot awards go to New York, Maine, and Arizona.

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Subject: July 12????

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Date Posted: 08:17:00 03/30/15 Mon

Though not official that Miss USA 2015 will be crowned in Baton Rouge, it seems the pageant community, based on local hotel reservations, is betting on the event returning to Louisiana's capital city for a second year.

The Downtown Hilton, according to a reservation booker, is "going to be completely sold out" for July 10-12, which is when those who follow pageant developments speculate the event will take place.

L'Auberge Casino and Hotel, where the 51 Miss USA 2014 contestants and much of their entourages stayed last year, appears unavailable as well. The hotel's online reservation system shows rooms unavailable for those dates, though reservations bookers say they are unable to check the specific dates since hotel policy is to not official beginning reserving rooms for events more than a month-and-a-half in advance.

When attempting to book each individual day, the website says "no rooms available for current request." However, days directly before and after show available rooms.

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Subject: Showing some Rolene love! She looked fab today crowning new Miss SA!

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Date Posted: 19:21:24 03/29/15 Sun

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Subject: Interesting story on the new Miss Japan...

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Date Posted: 22:57:32 03/20/15 Fri



On March 8, Ariana Miyamoto made history by becoming the first Afro Asian to be crowned Miss Japan. And she’ll move on to represent the country in the Miss Universe pageant. And while her victory is being celebrated by some, others aren’t particularly happy about it. Because outwardly, with a Japanese mother and an African American father, she doesn’t fit the typical mode of a Japanese woman.

And several Japanese people are taking issue with that because, according to the Washington Post, a half Japanese woman, called “haafu” in the culture, does not adequately represent the country, known as one of the most homogeneous places on Earth.

Though Miyamoto may look differently from her competition, the 20-year-old native of Sasebo in Nagasaki says that her soul is replete with Japaneseness. The model, who has an advanced mastery of the art of Japanese calligraphy, had to defend herself when she met with the Japanese media after she received her crown.

Professor of anthropology and Japanese studies at Harvard, Theodore Bestor, said that the Japanese like to think of their society and culture as having an identity that is “inaccessible to foreigners.”

But not everyone is against her representing the nation. Some feel like her selection represents a change in attitude in the country. Megumi Nishikura, who directed a film about mixed people in Japan, says this represents “a huge step forward in expanding the definition of what it means to be Japanese: “The controversy that has erupted over her selection is a great opportunity for us Japanese to examine how far we have come from our self-perpetuated myth of homogeneity while at the same time it shows us how much further we have to go.”

Another Japanese woman, Emi Foulk, studying Japanese history at UCLA said that the idea of criticizing a beauty contestant for not looking average is absurd. The whole point is that she’s supposed to be extraordinary. The very notion that it’s a beauty pageant means that she won’t be an average looking woman.

I think this is such an interesting story. It would be very easy to dismiss this as racism plain and simple. And I’m sure there are some people who are truly in their feelings about Miss Japan being a Black woman. But is this comparable to the way we feel when lighter skinned women are constantly chosen to represent us in the media, on runways and in beauty campaigns? Y’all know the outrage some felt at Zoe Saldana being cast as Nina Simone. It’s comparable to the way some Mexicans felt when the Puerto Rican Jennifer Lopez was cast as Selena.

While we could give the Japanese people a side-eye, I know this goes on in our own community as well. I know I’ve heard one too many stories about biracial people feeling ostracized by Black people they thought would embrace them.

Representation is important. And if you don’t feel represented by a particular individual is it always because of bigotry and intolerance?

Either way, as a Black woman, with very little knowledge about Japanese culture, I’m more than happy for Ms. Miyamota and I wish her all the luck in the Miss Universe pageant.

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Subject: Ariana Miyamoto

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Date Posted: 17:13:12 03/11/15 Wed

Thoughts on this girl? Her name is Ariana Miyamoto and she is representing Nagasaki in tomorrow's Miss Universe Japan competition. She's part Black and part Japanese! I think it'll be cool if Japan crowned this girl. She'd be a refreshing and interesting choice. Since Ligron gave up the franchise, numbers have gone way up, but the quality of the girls competing seems to have declined dramatically. There's maybe one of two other girls I'd like to see win, but overall it's a pretty weak batch and Ariana is definitely the standout.

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