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Thailand to Host Miss Universe(R) 2005
NEW YORK, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Paula M. Shugart, President of the Miss Universe Organization announced today that Bangkok, Thailand will host the 2005 MISS UNIVERSE(R) Competition. The show will broadcast domestically on NBC and Telemundo on Monday, May 30, 2005 at 9PM ET (delayed PT) and will be distributed around the world to nearly a billion viewers.
"We felt during our first trip to Bangkok, last June, that we had found our home for the next Miss Universe competition," said Shugart. "The officials we met with in Thailand showed great enthusiasm at the prospect of hosting the three week event. After the tragic tsunami of December 26th, all discussions were put on hold out of respect for the country and the Thai people. In recent weeks the Thai Government and the other entities involved returned to us, certain of their desire to host the Pageant, its contestants and their families and friends. We are honored and look forward to the privilege of helping Thailand as it begins to rebuild its tourism industry. We have told Minister Kunplome that he has our full support."
"We send our sincerest thanks to The Miss Universe Organization for all the support and enthusiasm they have shown since this process began," said Thailand's Minister of Sport and Tourism, Mr. Sontaya Kunplome. "We know that bringing the Pageant to Thailand is one of the many steps in re-building our economy and boosting our tourism. There is no better time, for our people and our economy, for us to bring this worldwide event to our country."
Of Thailand's 62 million residents, almost 10 million reside in Bangkok, known in Thai as the "City of Angels." The 223 year old city, which is rapidly becoming one of the premiere fashion capitals of the world, is a dazzling mix of towering sky scrapers, shimmering golden temples (including the dazzling and not to be missed "Grand Palace") and unique shopping districts. The city is also home to many ancient canals, which once afforded Bangkok the title "Venice of the East." Outside the city's 200-plus mile perimeter, the landscape is diverse. From the lush green mountainous forests of Northern Thailand to the stunning tropical white-sand beaches along the Andaman Sea (home to some of the world's best snorkeling and scuba diving), the country offers a variety of scenic tours and relaxing destinations. During the three- week pageant period, family, friends and international media from all over the world will visit Bangkok while hundreds of millions of viewers will tune-in for the live broadcast.
The Pageant will be hosted by Matching Studio Public Company Limited, Bangkok Broadcasting & TV Company Limited and BBTV Productions Company Limited, three of the most prominent companies in Thailand. We wish to thank Mr. Somchai Cheewasutthanon of Matching Studio and Madame Thasani Siriyeum of Showcase Thailand 2005 for their tireless efforts in helping bring the Pageant to Bangkok.
Miss Australia Wins Miss Universe Pageant
By MONTE HAYES
(c)The Associated Press
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) - A 20-year-old Australian involved in modeling and
dancing won the Miss Universe title Tuesday night in a two-hour pageant watched
by television viewers around the world.
Jennifer Hawkins, a 5-foot-11 blonde with blue eyes, was chosen from among
80 beauty queens.
Miss USA Shandi Finnessey of Florissant, Mo., was named first runnerup
during the pageant at a convention center on the northern outskirts of Quito,
drawing 7,500 spectators.
Hawkins and Finnessey hugged before the winner was announced. Hawkins then
received the crown from outgoing Miss Universe Amelia Vega, of the Dominican
Republic, and strolled down the runway to the cheers of the crowd.
Besides her modeling and dancing pursuits, pageant officials said she also
choreographs a dance team that tours Australia. Her interests include surfing,
camping and watching ballet.
The three other finalists were Miss Puerto Rico Alba Reyes, Miss Paraguay
Yanina Gonzalez and Miss Trinidad & Tobago Danielle Jones.
The finalists were announced after 10 semifinalists paraded in swimsuits.
Before the pageant began, singer Gloria Estefan defended the contest from
critics who consider such events frivolous.
``A beautiful woman has very great powers to convince, and we have seen many
misses who have done a great job,'' said the Cuban-American singer, who
performed at the Miss Universe finals Tuesday night. ``The new Miss Universe
should do a spectacular job helping the needy.''
The panel of judges included Emilio Estefan, actress Bo Derek and supermodel
Kwame Jackson, who was runner-up on the U.S. reality show ``The
Apprentice,'' was dropped as a judge at the beauty event. Jackson was disqualified Monday by pageant organizers for greeting beauty queens he bumped into in the lobby
of their hotel.
``Just being here makes me feel like a winner and if I get to be one of the
finalists, it will be great and I will feel like one of the proudest women in
the world,'' Miss Spain Maria Jesus Ruiz said Monda.
But she did not make the cut.
Ecuadoreans were hoping the two-hour show would showcase the beauty of their
country and attract tourists to this small Andean nation.
Ten minutes of the program spotlighted the country's attractions - ranging
from the unique flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands to snowcapped
volcanoes, highland Indian communities and the lush vegetation of its Amazon jungle.
``Ecuador is going to shine for what it is, an unforgettable place, when you
see the videos we have made for the show,'' said Daisy Fuentes, who hosted
the program along with Billy Bush.
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(C) 2004 Miss Universe
Miss Universe 2003 In Review:
Miss North Carolina USA, Chelsea Cooley Crowned MISS USA(R) 2005 During Live NBC Telecast On April 11th
BALTIMORE, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- This evening, during one of the year's most exciting live television events, a star-studded panel of judges chose Miss North Carolina USA, Chelsea Cooley as MISS USA(R) 2005.
Ms. Cooley is a 21 year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina who is currently studying fashion marketing at the Art Institute of Charlotte.
Access Hollywood co-hosts Nancy O'Dell and Billy Bush, hosted the live telecast from the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland. Celebrity Judges for the Pageant included: CoverGirl supermodel and star of NBC's Las VegasMolly Sims, Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Michael Phelps, world-renowned beauty expert and style guru Frederic Fekkai, famed fashion designer Pamela Dennis, legendary boxer and host of NBC's The Contender, Sugar Ray Leonard, notorious ladies-man Raj Bhakta from Season Two of The Apprentice, Model Nicola Breytenbach, Brody Hutzler from NBC's Days of Our Lives, President of Trump Model Management Jon Tutolo and Robin Himmler, Executive Assistant to Mr. Donald Trump.
Throughout the two-hour event, the contestants competed in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. During these competitions the "Top Five" finalists were selected before the crowning. Shandi Finnessey, Miss USA 2004, crowned her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour primetime telecast, before an estimated worldwide viewing audience of more than 250 million.
Final Results: First Runner Up: Miss California USA, Brittany Hogan, will assume the duties of Miss USA 2005 if the titleholder is named Miss UNIVERSE 2005, or for some reason cannot fulfill her responsibilities. Second Runner Up: Miss Kentucky USA, Kristen Lynn Johnson. Rest of Top Five: Miss Florida USA, Melissa Witek and Miss Illinois USA, Jill Gulseth. Rest of Top Ten: Miss Maryland USA, Marina Harrison; Miss Mississippi USA, Jennifer Adcock; Miss New York USA, Meaghan Jarensky; Miss Oklahoma USA, Laci Scott; Miss Pennsylvania USA, Brenda K. Brabham. Miss Photogenic Award: Miss Texas USA, Tyler Willis. The general public voted on http://www.nbc.com for the delegate who exemplifies beauty through the lens of a camera. Congeniality Award: Miss Wisconsin USA, Melissa Young. The award reflects the respect and admiration of the delegate's peers, who voted for her as the most congenial, charismatic and inspirational participant.
Sponsors of MISS USA (R) 2005 include: CoverGirl Cosmetics, "Official Cosmetics" sponsor; The School for Film and Television; Preciosa Crystal, "Official Crystal Award;" Tadashi Fashions, "Official Fashion" sponsor; Mikimoto, "Official Jewelry" sponsor; American Airlines; Steve Madden, "Official Fashion Footwear;" Suzuki, "Official Automobile" sponsor; and Farouk Systems, "Official Haircare" sponsor and Mystic Tan.
<> The Miss Universe Organization, producers of the MISS UNIVERSE(R), MISS USA(R) and MISS TEEN USA(R) Pageants, is a Donald J. Trump and National Broadcasting Company, Inc. (NBC) partnership. Utilizing its nationwide grass roots infrastructure, the Miss Universe Organization is committed to increasing awareness of breast and ovarian cancers by forging relationships with organizations committed to research and education, such as the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, and Gilda's Club.
SOURCE The Miss Universe Organization
(C) 2004 Miss Universe
Miss Universe 2003 In Review:
The Miss Universe Pageant was held in Quito, Ecuador and telecast On NBC on June 1, 2004, with hosts Billy Bush & Daisy Fuentes. The special musical guest was Gloria Estefan
MISS UNIVERSE 2004:
Jennifer Hawkins - Australia
1st runner-up: Shandi Finnessey - USA
2nd runner-up: Alba Giselle Reyes Santos - Puerto Rico
3rd runner-up: Yanina González - Paraguay
4th runner-up: Danielle Jones - Trinidad & Tobago
Catherine Daza Machola - Colombia
Nancy Soto Martínez - Costa Rica
María Susana Rivadeneira Simball - Ecuador
Tanushree Dutta - India
Christine Renée Straw - Jamaica
(C) 2004 Miss Universe
MISS TEEN-USA 2004
2004 Miss Teen-USA Pageant
telecast (from Palm Springs, California) Friday, August 6, on NBC-TV. Tami Farrell of Oregon crowned her successor, Shelley Hennig, Miss Louisiana Teen-USA.
The 2004 Miss Teen-USA Pageant was hosted by Tony Potts, and Brooke Burns.
The First-Runner up was Miss Hawaii Teen-USA, Sonya Balmores. Miss Nevada Teen-USA, Helen Salas was second runner-up. The representatives from Maryland; Amanda Williams and Tennesee, Tiffany Stroud were third and forth runners-up, respectively.
Miss Teen-USA 2004
Top 15 included:
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