When Did Miss Universe Start? From Humble Beginnings To Diamond Crowns

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

Miss Universe Contestants Share Makeup-Free Selfies to Show They’re #ConfidentlyBeautiful.

(Reuters) – The Miss Universe pageant will crown a new international winner on Sunday, months after the annual beauty show was thrust into controversy when then-co-owner Donald Trump made disparaging remarks about immigrants. A number of contestants have started posted selfies of themselves on Twitter using the hashtag #ConfidentlyBeautiful in which they appear without any make-up. His anti-immigrant rhetoric cost the international beauty pageant and others their longtime relationship with NBC. “It’s been an interesting, tumultuous year, but I think we’ve emerged in an even better position,” says Paula Shugart.

Last year’s winner Paulina Vega kicked off the trend Wednesday with a gorgeous, fresh-faced selfie in bed, and asked this year’s competitors to join in. “Every #MissUniverse is #ConfidentlyBeautiful. For the first time, viewers will have a chance to vote on the winner, rating each contestant in the swimwear, evening gown and interview competitions. Until recently, the pageant was co-owned by Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal and Trump, who is leading national polls in the 2016 Republican presidential nomination race.

Show us your no-makeup selfies with #ConfidentlyBeautiful,” Vega writes through the @MissUniverse account. “Here is my no-makeup selfie to demonstrate that @missuniverse doesn’t need makeup to be #ConfidentlyBeautiful !!!” Monika Radulovic of Australia captioned her photo. Trump’s remarks about Mexicans in announcing his candidacy in June drew sharp criticism, and the Spanish-language network Univision pulled out of a deal to televise the pageant. The women return to their pageant looks for the full competition Sunday night, but maybe the hashtag will encourage a makeup-free portion of the competition in 2016? Also on board: a cast of characters that includes host Steve Harvey and actress Roselyn Sanchez (“Without a Trace”), who will be reporting backstage during the show. Woke up fresh faced and ready to do this!” Others, like Miss Ireland Joanna Cooper, opted for a traditional ‘duck face’, while Lisa Drouillard (Miss Haiti) used the challenge as an opportunity to express her gratefulness, saying: “Today is the day #missuniverse #prelims, words cannot convey how thankful I am!” The models are following in the footsteps of countless celebrities to have stripped off the cosmetics in the name of honesty this year.

A star-studded panel of judges joins the pageant, including actress Niecy Nash, gossip tool Perez Hilton, former Miss USA and Miss Universe Olivia Culpo and NFL great Emmitt Smith. Stars such as Cindy Crawford, Cameron Diaz and Demi Lovato have all shared ‘no make-up’ selfies in recent months, with actress Salma Hayek jumping on the bandwagon just two days ago. Last year, the pageant almost sparked an international incident when contestants from Lebanon and Israel appeared in a selfie together that was posted online.

In the wake of the news, Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, claimed that her rival Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, had been chasing her for days before finally ambushing and “photobombing” her in the selfie that sparked outrage in Lebanon and other Arab nations.

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