Miss USA Crowned Miss Universe 2012

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In what will be known as the most unpredictable pageant in the history of Miss Universe, 89 women vied for the title. After all was said and done, Olivia Culpo from the USA captured the crown. Culpo, 20, surprised many of viewers as she competed in both swimsuit and evening gown. Though not a heavy favorite, USA kept her sights on the crown, winning over the judges after the final question.

Olivia Culpo took the crown from Leila Lopes of Angola after strutting in a purple and blue bikini and a red velvet gown.

In the final stages of the competition, she answered a question about her regrets by saying she wished she hadn’t picked on her siblings.

Miss Philippines, Janine Tugonon, came in second, while Miss Venezuela, Irene Sofia Esser Quintero, placed third.

Contestants from 89 countries on six continents spent the past two weeks in Sin City, where they posed in hardhats at a hotel groundbreaking, took a painting lesson, and pranked hotel guests by hiding in their rooms.

The beauty queens took the stage in tight, pleated mini-dresses with glittering sequin bodices and sky high platform shoes, strutting to the hit “Live While We’re Young,” by English-Irish boy band One Direction.

Later in the two-hour show, they walked a stage decked with white Christmas trees and snow flurry effects, throwing off gauzy white wraps to show off tie-dye bikinis in purples, pinks and blues.

For the third elimination round, they strutted in evening gowns as band Train and Australian singer Timomatic performed. Miss Venezuela’s straight-cut, emerald-colored gown was perhaps the most distinct, its long sleeves virtually invisible but for the navy blue, garland-like trim encircling them. Miss USA’s red velvet number was full-skirted and wintery, except for the deep, plunging neckline. Miss Australia’s gown evoked a wedding dress — pure white with sparkles at the waist and a corset-style bodice.

Culpo, from Rhode Island, was trying to end a long losing spell for the U.S. in the competition. An American had not won the right to be called Miss Universe since Brook Lee won the title in 1997.

The contestants voted to give the Miss Congeniality crown to Miss Guatemala.

The pageant aired live on NBC and was streamed to more than 100 countries.

Andy Cohen of the Bravo network and Giuliana Rancic of E! News returned to host the pageant, which was back in Las Vegas after being held in Sao Paulo last year.

The panel of 10 judges included singer Cee Lo Green, “Iron Chef” star Masaharu Morimoto and Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants.

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Miss Universe Fever Turns Up One More Notch

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With just about 48 hours left until the hottest beauty pageant in the world, Miss Universe fever is turning up one more notch. Scores of pageant fans from around the world have gathered at Planet Hollywood to get their eyes, hands and cameras on the 89 women vying for the coveted title of Miss Universe 2012. I had a chance to get a peek of rehearsals and snap a few photos of my own. Check them out:

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Miss Bahamas Preliminary Photos

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Miss Bahamas Universe 2012 Celeste Marshall took the stage last night (Dec 13, 2012). In what can be described as one of the fiercest preliminaries ever, our very own Celeste held her own. Among the 88 other contestants, she’s been one of the favorites and last night she delivered.

The first round was evening gown and Celeste walked in a gown that fit her perfectly and showed off her runway skills. Then, in swimsuit Celeste continued her slaying with a walk that was described by one viewer as “the walk that made the world in 7 days”. Celeste showed off her fun and flirty demeanor while highlighting those long legs that has come to put her on the favorites list. If Celeste makes the semifinals, she would indeed make history as the first contestant from the Bahamas to do so. Tune in December 19th live on NBC to watch the competition. Be sure to follow @myster_yeah as I tweet live from the Planet Hollywood theater during the competition.

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Miss Universe Preliminary Judges Revealed

Leading up to the one of the fiercest beauty competitions in the world, 89 global beauties will compete in preliminary rounds of swimsuits and evening gowns. This competition is very important as it will determine which contestants will make the top 15 semi’s (and the 16th from the popular online votes). The Miss Universe organization announced this year’s preliminary judges who ranges from a former Miss USA to model scouts. Below are the judges and their bio’s.

 

Profile

 

Michael Greenwald is the Vice President of Talent at Buchwald / Fortitude talent agency based in Los Angeles and New York City, a position he has held for 16 years. He has worked in the entertainment industry for 22 years where he began his early career in New York at “Saturday Night Live” and MTV.

Greenwald started in Hollywood at Susan Smith & Associates and then moved on to the Paradigm Talent Agency where he worked with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Adrien Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Scarlett Johansson. In 1996, he joined Don Buchwald & Associates where he helped develop the careers of Hilary Duff, Zach Quinto, Josh Duhamel, Rainn Wilson, Seth Green, Jim Caviezel and supermodel Angie Everhart.

Some of the present clients at Buchwald / Fortitude include Elle MacPherson, Vanessa Williams, Juliette Lewis, Rachel Blanchard, Norman Reedus, Fairuza Balk, Kathleen Turner, Kevin Pollak, Craig Kilborn, Elisabeth Rohm, D.B. Sweeney, George Takei, Ernie Hudson and Cybil Shepard. The agency represents clients on many TV shows including MTV’s “Awkward,” FX’s “Sons of Anarchy,” the new Marc Cherry show, “Devious Maids” on The CW and AMC’s “Waking The Dead” as well as clients starring in big studio films.

Originally from New York, Greenwald was trained as an Art Director and is a graduate of Parson’s School Of Design and Vassar College. Greenwald resides in Los Angeles, where he is a trained chef, certified yoga teacher, photographer and adventure mountain climber.

 

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Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Amy Sadowsky is the Senior Vice President of Public Relations and Celebrity Entertainment for Planet Hollywood International. In this role, she oversees publicity strategies for all the brands owned by Robert Earl, founder of Planet Hollywood International. Additionally, Sadowsky handles all celebrity related events for the company.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Sadowsky is also proud of her role on the Advisory Board for Best Buddies.

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Beverly Frank is the Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Operations for 19 Entertainment, Inc., a division of CORE Media Group. Based in Los Angeles, 19 Entertainment is CORE’s production, recording, touring and artist management division, and co-producers of the television series “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” Frank joined 19 in 2009 as General Manager and Director of US Legal.

Prior to joining 19 Entertainment, Frank was Senior Counsel in the Los Angeles office of Proskauer Rose. Before that, Frank was a member of the Entertainment, Advertising and Media Practice Group of Manatt Phelps & Phillips. Frank’s practice involved representing clients in the entertainment, media, Internet, retail and financial services industries in complex business and commercial litigation, copyright and entertainment litigation, employment counseling and litigation, civil rights, defamation, antitrust, unfair trade practices and trade secret law and other business contract and tort claims.

Frank was an associate in the Litigation Department of Weil Gotshal & Manges and an associate in the Litigation, Employment and Labor practice of Vedder Price Kaufman and Kammholz in New York. After graduating from law school, Frank clerked for The Honorable Jillyn K. Schulze of the United States District Court, District of Maryland. Frank earned her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and her B.A. from Georgetown University.

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Carlos Anaya is the host for “MY Lifestyle Extra” on Fox News Latino. Recently recognized by The New York Times for his work as a producer and as an expert in biculturalism, Anaya is highly regarded for his work as a reporter, multimedia content producer, host and social media influencer.

Anaya is the managing editor for MY Lifestyle Magazine, the first boutique publication for chic bicultural Latinos in New York. Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes is currently on the cover for the beauty issue. Anaya produced “Orgullo Latino,” the first LGBT Latino Leaders show airing on more than 250 stations on PBS this year. He also became part of the Celebrity Vegan Latinos campaign sponsored by PCRM Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Anaya has received prestigious awards for his work including The GLAAD Award for best Spanish Journalism, The Council of The New York City and O.S.C.O Foundation Fusion Award and the Circle of Hearts Humanitarian Award for two consecutive years. He has a degree in Journalism and Television Production from Florida International University in Miami. He lives in New York City and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

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Corinne Nicolas, President of Trump Models, has over 15 years’ experience in the fashion modeling industry. In 1999, she was one in a core group of model managers selected by Mr. Donald J. Trump to open his world renowned model agency, Trump Models. The agency’s roster includes top models that are featured in magazines and campaigns around the world, as well as on the international runways. The Trump Legends division represents such icons as Tatjana Patitz, Jerry Hall, Daniela Pestova and Carol Alt.

Prior to joining Trump Model Management, Nicolas worked for the prestigious agency, Elite
Model Management. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University, she decided to pursue a career in law. However, after a short stint at law school, she quickly decided it
was not the path for her. Having always had a passion for fashion and models, she opted to pursue
a career in the fashion industry.

A native New Yorker, Nicolas thrives on living in NYC and enjoys spending her free time
discovering new restaurants and exploring the different neighborhoods the city has to offer. She loves to travel and spend time with family and friends.

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Crystle Stewart is not just a pretty face but a woman who prides herself on setting goals and achieving them. Her most recent aspiration has been to become an actress She met her goal and now stars in the new Tyler Perry sitcom “For Better or Worse” on TBS. She plays Leslie, an independent, charming real estate agent known as the peacemaker amongst her friends. “For Better or Worse” is based on Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?” films.
Prior to becoming an actress, Stewart set her sights on becoming Miss USA. In 2008, she ultimately won the coveted title. As a native from Missouri City, Texas, Stewart’s win was not merely a stroke of luck, but a testimony to dedication and years of hard work. After placing in runner-up positions several times, she won the title of Miss Texas USA on her fifth attempt.
As Miss USA, Stewart was a spokesperson for breast and ovarian cancer education, research and legislation, a platform that is close to her heart. Stewart herself found a lump in her breast that was eventually diagnosed as benign. Her experience is a testament to the importance of early prevention which until this day has motivated her to continue as an advocate for several breast cancer organizations. She also donates her time to Best Buddies and other organizations that assists individuals who have learning disabilities.
The University of Houston graduate is a fourth generation educator and teacher. She is also the founder of her own company, Inside/Out, which she uses as a platform for public speaking appearances and character development lessons.
“With Inside/Out, I teach young women that beauty and intelligence are not mutually exclusive,” says Stewart.

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Duane Gazi has covered nearly every inch of the globe in his more than 20 years as a model scout. Botswana, Tokyo, Moscow and Rio de Janeiro are just a few of the far-reaching cities he has scoured in search of modeling’s next superstar. As tastes change in the fickle modeling and fashion industry, a scout must adapt to these constantly changing trends. Gazi has enjoyed the challenge of keeping his finger on the modeling pulse and counts on his experience and expertise to guess what trend will next be in favor.
For over 10 years, Gazi has successfully navigated this role for the powerful New York boutique agency, Trump Models, owned by the iconic Donald J. Trump. No wallflower in the business world, Mr. Trump has established his agency as one of the most formidable agencies in the world, representing Vogue-favorites Anais Pouliot, Lisa Cant, Tatjana Patitz, Maggie Rizer and Hye Rim Park as well as industry legends, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Jerry Hall, Carol Alt, Cheryl Tiegs and Kim Alexis to name a few. Gazi’s energy, enthusiasm and results place him among the top of the list of model scouts working in the modeling industry today and bodes well for the future stars of tomorrow.

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Jimmy Nguyen is a prominent entertainment and new media lawyer, equal rights and diversity advocate, motivational speaker, media commentator and budding producer and technologist. With a history of excelling early, Nguyen graduated college at age 19 and law school at age 22. At only age 36, he was named by Lawdragon as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America. In 2012, The Huffington Post listed Nguyen as one of the “Most Influential LGBT Asian Icons.” In 2010, The Advocate magazine named him to its “Forty under 40” list of leading LGBT persons in America.

In his law life, Nguyen is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where he handles a range of entertainment, new media, intellectual property, advertising, and technology matters. Nguyen’s clients have included leading companies such as BBC Worldwide Americas; the BODOG worldwide online gaming organization; Del Monte Foods Company; the Hot Topic retail chain; Kia Motors America; Journal Communications; Major League Baseball Properties; Monster Energy Company; and even figure skating star Johnny Weir.

Nguyen uses his life journey as an immigrant to the United States, an Asian American and an openly gay man to be a strong voice for diversity and individuality. He serves on the Board of Directors for the California Minority Counsel Program and previously served on the Board of Equality California. At his web site JimmyWin.com and for outlets such as millennial generation portal, FWDNation.com and LGBT news site Advocate.com, Nguyen comments on issues in law, politics, culture, media and life. For Zooey Deschanel’s site HelloGiggles.com, he writes a WIN GIRLS series to advise young women on how to succeed in life.

 

Miss Bahamas Shines During Official Contestants Introduction in Las Vegas

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As the competition continues to heat up, the Bahamas’ very own Celeste Marshall is making strides. During the official contestants introduction last night in Las Vegas, Miss Bahamas walked the runway in a stunning white gown. During the last few days Celeste has been heating up the pageant blogs everywhere and has been declared one of the favorites in this year’s competition. Will she make history by being the first contestant to break into the semi-finals? Tune in December 19, 2012 on NBC at 8pm ET as Celeste along with 88 of the world’s most beautiful women for the title of Miss Universe 2012

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Nicki Minaj Unveils New Album Cover…SAME DAY AS RIHANNA!

Competition? Why yes she would love some. Amidst the chaos that ensued only moments ago when Rihanna took to twitter to upload a photo of the album cover (which left much to be desired by the way) via Instagram, Nicki Minaj followed suit. Minaj uploaded a photo for the re-release of her not-so-good album Pink Friday titled “Pink Friday Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up” and now the twittersphere is going insane over what can only be defined as “trashy album cover day”. The album cover gives the old Nicki feel (before that Starships era). Check out the photo below:

Thoughts?

Rihanna Unveils New Album Cover and Album Title

 

The name of Rihanna’s seventh studio album is…. Side Effects

Check out the official artwork above. Thoughts?

Well at first glance it seems artistic, then when I look at it all I see is a plain picture of RiRi with random words scribbled on the photos. It almost looks at if a few mimes gathered together and circle jerked on her and BOOM, the album cover.

But hey, she’s Rihanna, does she ever make sense?

Bridge to be Named after Sir Sidney Poitier….Why You Mad Though?

So before I begin my short but informative rant, allow my ignorance to rear “its ugly head” if only for a few lines. “Why is there a structure such as the Paradise Island Bridges being named after Sir Sidney Poitier? What has he done for his country? What are his contributions to the Bahamian people?” Okay, so there is a slight chance that you may be among those who asked these questions, AND THAT’S OKAY! But what you shouldn’t do is stop there with your “analysis”. For those who may not know, there’s a search engine called Google, go to it and type in Sir Sidney Poitier then let me know what you come up with.

Okay fine, I know what you’re saying “ain’t nobody got time fa dat!” Well my sweet brown, the reason you’re reading this is so that I, in short, may educate you if you permit me to.

There’s never been a moment where Sir Sidney Poitier has denied his Bahamian roots, and he has always represented his country proudly. Besides  the obvious, and this  should already be known,  is that he was the first black actor to win an Academy Award therefore, breaking filmic barriers that at one point seemed impenetrable. But what has he done that the Sir Lynden’s, Sir Milo’s and others have not? Well if you didn’t know that Sir Sidney Poitier is noted to have marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as an activist for civil rights. This is a cause that ended segregation and race based discrimination not only for blacks in the US, but in the Bahamas and the Caribbean alike where equality and basic human dignity are concerned.

He has been an ambassador for this country serving in diplomatic capacities and even received the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama, so why can’t we as Bahamians celebrate one of our own? Poitier has received many awards and honors for both his tremendous body of work in film and his humanitarian efforts. He has always been consistent; depicting positive on-screen roles which young men in our society can and should emulate.

So they’re naming a bridge after Sir Sidney Poitier, why you mad though? Is it because he went away, made something of himself and is internationally recognized? Is it because you don’t see the connection with a bridge being named after him? SO WHAT? Sir Lynden never flew a damn aircraft in his life but has an entire airport named after him. But this is not about Sir Lynden.

What this is about is we as Bahamians should come together to celebrate and appreciate our own rather than making a fuss about it. I implore you my fellow Bahamians and readers alike to appreciate our local musicians, artists, writers, craftsmen and fashion designers for the work they are putting out there while portraying and making a positive role in society. This way, we won’t have to bring in international artists to celebrate our culture and heritage. That’s what people should really be upset about. I can go on all day about how deserving Sir Sidney Poitier is but of course “ain’t nobody got time fa dat!”…..So why you mad though?

Prince Harry Naked Scandal GREAT for Vegas

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Prince Harry‘s penis is being hailed as a HERO by Vegas officials … ’cause experts say the free worldwide publicity Sin City enjoyed from the naked billiards scandal is worth roughly $23 MILLION.The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority issued a report, in which it says the pictures of Harry romping around his hotel room with a hot naked lady has reached an estimated 154 MILLION PEOPLE worldwide since TMZ broke the story back in August.

The agency says it’s unable to track how much tourism has been generated due to the publicity … but LVCVA Board Chairman Tom Collins is clearly optimistic … saying at a recent board meeting, “God bless Prince Harry. He made us a bunch of money.”

FYI — The LVCVA had launched an advertising campaign for the city earlier in the summer warning tourists to “know the code” … what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

When someone broke the code and shared the pics of the naked Prince, some officials felt the timing couldn’t have been better.

via TMZ Staff