For good or for bad, Global Beauties has chosen 10 facts and/or people who marked the pageant world in 2012. Here they are:
10. The Supra Revolution
The 4th edition of Miss Supranational showed once again that the Grand Slam’s “baby pageant” came indeed to make a revolution. Its fantastic stage, well choreographed numbers and awesome music made it the most original and fun to watch beauty pageant of the year. With a better script and the international press attention it deserves, Miss Supra will soon get an even bigger space on the world map of pageantry.
9. Ugly Fall
Perhaps Guyana had never sent such a strong delegate to Miss Universe as Ruqqayah Boyer, who recently completed in Las Vegas. During the Presentation Show, however, lovely Ruqqayah literally kissed Miss Universe’s slippery floor due to a leak in the venue’s ceiling. The judges did not forgive her, and Miss Guyana was a clapper in a year when, falling or not on stage, all black beauties were ‘left on the ice’ by Miss Universe. A true shame. Watch the video:
8. Miss Earth out of the Grand Slam
A scandalous video posted in late November by the Russian press showing Miss Earth’s president admitting that she would consider selling the Miss Earth title for USD 4 million, caused its exclusion from the Grand Slam. Now only five pageants are part of this exclusive league: Miss World and Miss Universe (G2), Miss International, Miss Supranational and Miss Tourism Queen (Grand Prix).
7. Modern day David X Goliath
Right after the conclusion of Miss USA 2102, Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin, who did not place among the semi-finalists, accused Donald Trump of fixing the results of his “trashy pageant”. She made world-wide headlines, but could never prove her case. A U.S. District Court Magistrate ruled in favor of the Miss Universe Organization, awarding it $5 million in damages and stated Monnin’s statements ‘showed a reckless disregard’. In this modern day David vs. Goliath battle, David ended up being easily smashed by the giant.
6. Queens without crowns
2012 was the year of dethronment in beauty pageants. Some of the queens who lost their crown and titles were Miss Ireland World, Miss Universe India (under age), Miss Fiji, (also under age) Miss Universe New Zealand (South African citizen), Miss Bulgaria (error in votes), Miss Dominican Republic World (over the age limit) and Dominican Republic Universe (she was married). Can you remember anyone else?
5. November Hunks
For the first time all men’s Grand Slam beauty contests took place on the same month: November. Thailand hosted Manhunt International, won by the Philippines, and Mister International, won by Lebanon, while England hosted Mister World, which had Colombia as the winner.
4. The Hometown Factor
Three out the four Grand Slam pageants which took place in 2012 had hometown girls as winners: Miss China was crowned Miss World in Ordos; Miss Japan became her country’s first Miss International in Okinawa; and finally, Miss USA took the highest position in Miss Universe, held in Las Vegas. Belarus won the Miss Supranational title in Poland, but let’s not forget that Poland was the winner in 2011 (of course, competing in Poland). Something curious is that Miss Tourism Queen International 2012 is expected to happen in February of 2013. So we ask: will China win this one too, competing in… China?
3. Smart “leys”
Miss Venezuela’s answer to the question “If you could make a new law, what would it be?” became an instant Youtube viral video! Her response: ”I think that any “leys” there are in Constitution or in life, are already made. I think that we should have, uh, a straight way to go in our similar, or, eh, in our lives as is this. For example, I’m a surfer, and I think that the best wave that I can take is the wave that I wait for it. So please do our only, eh, law that we can do. Thank you Vegas!”. Nonetheless, she was so beautiful, that even after such disgraceful (but funny!) answer, Miss Venezuela managed to finish in 3rd place. Watch the video:
2. Out of my way, New Zealand!
Miss World New Zealand Collette Lochore is beaming down at the camera when, suddenly, Miss Malawi Susan Mtegha steps in and shoulders her out the way. Lochore tries her best not to look put out, but is clearly unhappy. Miss Malawi, meanwhile, pretends nothing has happened. It all happened during the Miss World final gala, held in Ordos, China. In the following days, it was the most taked about news on the intenet. Watch the video:
1. A pageant for all
Jenna Talackova applied to compete in Miss Universe Canada 2012 and made the final cut. Organizers later found out she had been born a man and she had taken part in a competition for transexuals, so Jenna was disqualified. The pageant rules required its competitors to be “naturally born” women. She went to court and challenged the pageant organizers, including Donald Trump, owner of Miss Universe, to reverse the decision and allow her to compete. Jenna won the case and made history when the MUO issued a statement saying that “as long as she meets the standards of legal gender recognition requirements of Canada, which we understand that she does, Jenna Talackova is free to compete in the 2012 Miss Universe Canada pageant.” Talackova did not win the title, but opened a door to thousands of transgenders who might be able to compete in their own countries in the future.
It was a year not to be forgotten, but now it’s time to move forward, so… HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!