A Miami Beach love story born at Miss Universe 50 years ago

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A Miami Beach love story born at Miss Universe 50 years ago.

They met a half-century ago at the very same Miss Universe pageant now at Florida International University. Who would’ve thought that something as basic as a selfie at an international beauty pageant can reignite the political frictions within the Middle East.Representatives of 88 countries will smile it out for the title of Miss Universe Sunday in a contest rattled by Miss Israel taking a selfie with Miss Lebanon, their countries’ sworn enemies. Two contestants at the beauty pageant, Miss Israel and Miss Lebanon, have already spoken up regarding the controversy regarding their selfie but it seems that the dust will not settle so easily.

AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee North Cotabato native Mary Jean Lastimosa, the country’s representative to the pageant, is said to be one of the early favorites to do well in the contest, although she wil face tough competition from other front runners such as Miss Columbia, Miss USA and Miss Great Britain, among others. The backlash on the social media has been so severe that many people have called for Greige’s title to be revoked after she fraternised with a citizen of Israel, reported Al-Arabiya News. The world’s lovelies staged a preliminary competition on Wednesday, parading first in casual wear, then formal night wear and finally in pink bikinis. Green, a college student working as an adminstrative assistant to then Miami-Dade Mayor Charles Hall. “The mayor and Steve were backstage when I met them.

Miss Israel issued a contradictory statement during an interview with NBC Today stating that she had not photo-bombed her Lebanese counterpart and that it was not a “surprise”. “I hope for change, and I hope for peace between us; even just for three weeks, even just between me and her,” Matalon said. “That’s what we need to remember: we represent the country and the people, not the government and not the political issues.” Several news outlets have gone on to describe the selfie in question as a scandal after pictures surfacing on the internet, which showed Miss Lebanon posing with Miss Israel created a furor online. The photo that has been circulated online shows Lebanon’s Saly Greige surrounded by the beauty queens of Israel, Slovenia and Japan something which has not been well-received in her homeland.

I was there a couple of weeks with all the pageant activities and we kept bumping into each other,” says Dorothea Green, 69. “After the contest we started dating.” Theirs was a long-distance love. And you can’t beat the $4 price tag.Photo: Andrew Rothschild/Yahoo Travel There were more — so much more — but I only had a small window, and I had to try out some of the beauty tips that Miss India and another contestant gave me. See for yourself how Miss Russia would bring peace to Syria; where Miss Korea would travel outside of Earth; and how Miss Croatia feels about standing around in a bikini in front of old men. Donald Trump, who owns the Miss Universe beauty pageant, reportedly told NBC he hopes the controversy doesn’t affect the contestants’ chances at the contest.

The winner will be chosen by a jury of five people, including Cuban actor William Levy, Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao and two stars from US reality TV shows, Kristin Cavallari and Lisa Vanderpump. Years before, the couple also launched the Green Family Foundation to support social programs including homeless assistance, disaster relief, HIV/AIDS prevention and education and access to the arts. Over the years, the Greens have supported FIU’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, along with the university’s medical and healthcare program — and the campus library that carries their name. “This is so exciting and so sentimental for us,’’ she says. “I wish I still had that globe.

Controversy aside, the contestants have endured a grueling process of preparation and activities around Doral and Miami, followed by a gaggle of journalists and fans. ‘They say it is a beauty pageant, but the truth is that it is a beauty pageant of endurance, because it is not easy to be here. Some Latin American contestants said that to win would bring happiness to their countries, in some cases saddled by violence, like Mexico, or economic crisis as in the case of Venezuela. ‘We are doing everything possible to take that joy, that crown … back to the people of Venezuela.

Castellanos acknowledged she felt a special kind of pressure as Venezuelans are often favorites in the competition: the reigning queen is from her country and Doral is home to many Venezuelan immigrants.

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