contestants vie for Miss Universe

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

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.

Miss Universe contestants Noyonita Lodh, left, of India, Mary Jean Lastimosa, second from left, of the Philippines, Keiko Tsuji, second from right, of Japan, and Paulina Vega of Colombia pose for photos during a break in rehearsals, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, At Florida International University in Miami.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.Several weeks ago, Miss Universe pageant officials, naively or not, asked me if I wanted to join them for a few days for a Miss Congeniality-esque experience while the 88 women who had qualified from their respective countries got ready for the big night. 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.

In 1964, the year New York welcomed the World’s Fair, Dorothea Langhans, 19, recently crowned Miss New York, traveled to Miami Beach to compete for the Miss USA and Miss Universe titles. 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.

Whether it’s politically correct or not, who cares, it’s a formula that will never die.” On what sets this season of “The Apprentice” apart: “I think one of the reasons it’s doing so well is we have the 1-hour shows, which are really better than the two hours, which are so long,” he said. “And, I think the cast has been fantastic.” Before closing out the interview, Trump gave high praise to a member of TODAY’s extended family, Lester Holt’s son, Stefan, who is the morning news anchor at NBC Chicago. “He may be as good as you, Lester,” Trump said. “He was very very good.” 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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