Can you believe we are halfway through the year 2017? July is here along with the heat and a hot wrap up of June’s top pageant moments and news. What were the biggest stories of the month? Read on to find out!
Top 10 Pageant Moments of June 2017
10. Contestants wore veils during the Miss Earth Philippines swimsuit competition
In an unprecedented display of swimsuit competition, the 40 contestants at the Miss Earth Philippines competition walked on stage in two-piece swimsuits with their faces veiled. This phase of the competition was titled the “Beauty of Figure” and was the first time the pageant had ever conducted the phase in this manner. To read the full story, head here: Veiled Faces During the Miss Earth Philippines Swimsuit Competition.
9. The Philippines will not host Miss Universe 2018
Rumors had been circulating that the host country for Miss Universe would be the home country of former Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, but the Secretary of Tourism Wanda Teo put the rumors to rest by assuring the country would not be hosting the international competition this year.
The announcement of this news leads to speculation on where the pageant will take place in just five months. To read more about the story and even the opinion of Pia Wurtzbach on the matter, read the article here: The Philippines Will Not Host Miss Universe 2017.
8. India held its first transgender beauty pageant
The pageant, Queen of Dhwayah 2017, was the first pageant for transgender women in India with 15 contestants. The pageant was well received by the country and even had a panel of celebrity judges, including Miss India 2008 and actress Parvathy Omanakuttan.
The 15 contestants competed in Kerala ethnic, designer sari and evening gown, and the final top 6 were all asked the same onstage question regarding adoption. To find out the onstage question, read the full story here: India Hosts Its First Transgender Beauty Pageant.
7. A pageant contestant was charged with assaulting a fellow contender
I am reminded of the Tonya Harding attack on her biggest competition, Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 Winter Olympics. This time, the altercation took place backstage on May 21 at the Miss Sailfish Regatta Bikini Contest in Florida. Erica Mize, 24, is now facing battery charges as a result of the altercation.
Mize apparently said rude comments to the new girlfriend of her ex-boyfriend. Mize went on to hit the new girlfriend backstage on the back of the head with a high-heeled shoe. Mize had to appear in court on misdemeanor battery charges as a result of the incident while the other young woman did not face any charges. Read the full story: Pageant Contestant Attacks Another Contestant With Heels.
6. Former Miss Earth Venezuela was attacked
Former Miss Earth Venezuela Osmariel Villalobos got into an altercation with well-known star Diosa Canales at the gym. Although the two sides of the story differ, solving issues with violence is never a good choice, especially for two women already in the spotlight who are looked upon by young girls.
Since the incident happened in the locker room of the gym they both are members of, no one knows for sure who attacked whom.
Osmariel Villalobos was Miss Earth Venezuela in 2011 and went on to represent the country at Miss Earth 2012. To read the account of both parties, read the full story here: Former Miss Earth Venezuela Attacked.
5. Miss Earth South Africa missing finalist was found
Semi-finalist Claudi Pieterse was set to compete in the Miss Earth South Africa starting on June 25, but as of June 24, she had not checked into her agreed upon meeting place in East London, and there was no communication from Claudi.
After reaching out to the family, who did not know her whereabouts, and checking her flat, authorities reported her as a missing person to the police.
On June 29, Pieterse was found safe and sound, but no details as to where or why she went missing have been released. To read more about Claudi and her quest for Miss Earth South Africa, read the full article here: Miss Earth South Africa Missing Finalist Found.
4. Former Miss New York USA stalker was arrested
In January 2016, Miss New York 2013 reported an aggravated harassment charge against 33-year-old Douglas Yoxall after receiving numerous threatening messages, texts and even calls to her place of work threatening to take Joanne back to his home state of Kansas.
The arrest began as a routine traffic stop in Kansas when Yoxall was pulled over, but no arrest was made. The officer in Kansas alerted New York City Police officials that Yoxall would be traveling to the state and to be on the lookout for his suspicious behavior. To read more about this story and more about Joanne Nohsuchinsky, read the full story here: Former Miss New York USA Stalker Arrested.
3. Miss Universe Australia 2017 shared her battle with a mental illness
Miss Universe Australia 2017, Olivia Rogers, just won the title on June 29 and is already using the crown to share her battle with depression and anxiety. Growing up, Rogers shared that she was always nervous about being on stage and struggled with body image.
As the new title holder, Rogers plans to use social media to encourage youth battling mental illness and share her own forms of dealing with and coping with severe anxiety and depression. To read more about the new Miss Universe Australia 2017, head here: Miss Universe Australia 2017 Reveals Her Battle With Mental Illness.
2. Forever and former Miss America passed away at 92
On June 17, 2017, Miss America 1944 Venus Ramey passed away at the age of 92. Ramey had been living in a nursing home up until her death and passed away from natural causes.
Originally from Kentucky, Ramey moved to Washington, D.C., for work and eventually won the title of Miss District of Columbia and went on to compete and win the crown of Miss America 1944. During her reign, she had a successful career in vaudeville performing acts and even sold war bonds, as well as actively pushing for the right to vote for residents of the District of Columbia. To read more about her life after Miss America, go to the full story here: Former Miss America Dies at 92.
1. Miss Teen USA 2017 location was announced!
With just about a month before the pageant, the Miss Universe Organization finally announced on June 28 the location of Miss Teen USA 2017 on the official Instagram of the organization.
Miss Teen USA 2017 will take place on July 29, 2017, at the Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Arizona, with 51 contestants vying for the title competing in interview, athletic wear, evening gown and onstage question. To read more about the late notice, read the full story here: Miss Teen USA 2017 Location Announced!
What was your favorite piece of news this month? Shocked by anything? Leave your comments below!