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Top Pageant Moments of March 2017

Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin of Thailand crowned as Miss International Queen 2016. Photo: REUTERS

Wow, it’s only been the third month of 2017 and already so much has happened in the world of pageant news.

Here are the top moments of the month that we want to share with you.

Top Pageant Moments of March 2017

Former Miss Teen USA Announces Pregnancy

Stormi Bree Henley, Miss Teen USA 2009, anounced via Instagram on March 8 that she and her model boyfriend, Lucky Blue Smith, are expecting a bundle of joy. Stormi is now about three months along.

Stormi was crowned Miss Teen USA in 2009 along with queens Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton and Miss Universe 2009 Stefanía Fernández from Venezuela.

To read the full article: Former Miss Teen USA Expecting Baby With Model Boyfriend

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Stormi shows off her baby bump on the beach in a one-piece swimsuit.  Photo credit: Instagram

Miss Deaf Pageant Returns Without Sponsors

After taking a four-year hiatus, the Miss Deaf Zimbabwe pageant will return with an annual beauty pageant. The program is aimed at bringing awareness to the deaf community while helping to highlight the abilities of the non-hearing competitors.

This year’s pageant will have 14 contestants, however, the winners will not have any prize money. Pageant sponsorships have yet to donate to the program.

The winner of Miss Deaf 2017 will represent Zimbabwe at Miss Deaf Africa and the Miss Deaf World this July to be held in the Czech Republic.

To read the full article: Miss Deaf Pageant Ignored by Sponsors

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Current Miss Deaf Zimbabwe titleholder, Kudakwashe Mapeture. Photo: ZimdiTV

Thai Transgender Woman Crowned Miss International Queen

Upon first hearing this news, I was a little confused about the pageant. Was it a women pageant that allowed a transgender contestant, or was it an all transgender pageant?

The pageant was solely for transgender contestants, hoping to highlight this community and fight for the rights of the LGBT community, while also fund Thailand’s Royal AIDS foundation.

This year’s winner is Jiratchaya Sirimongkolna, Miss International Queen 2016 of Thailand.

To read the full story: Thai Transgender Woman Crowned Miss International Queen

Jiratchaya Sirimongkolnawin of Thailand’s National Costume. Photo: Facebook

Boy Pageant in New Orleans to Promote Jewish Culture

There are so many women, girl and teen pageants in the U.S. that I can’t list them all here, but there are not many pageants aimed at the male population.

Tulane University in New Orleans has decided to run its own male pageant, aimed at finding a talented and honorable young man to represent the Jewish community.

The second annual pageant was to be held on Sunday, March 19 at Tulane Hillel in New Orleans, and the program was called the Nice Jewish Boy Pageant. The areas of competition were interview, formal wear in suits, and talent.

To read the full story: Boy Pageant in New Orleans to Promote Jewish Culture

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The 2017 contestants of the Nice Jewish Boy Pageant on Sunday. Photo: Tulane Hillel

Binibining Pilipinas Contestant Allegedly Disqualified From Competition

Binibining Pilipinas is a pageant held in the Phillippines and the winner goes on to represent the Phillippines at several international pageants. Binibining Pilipinas even produced Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach last year. (Click Here to See Who is Predicted to Win Miss BiniBining Pilipinas)

Public news broke that contestant #36, Mae Lanie Chan, was no longer part of the roster. There has been no official announcement as to why Mae Lanie Chan was disqualified from the competition, but allegations surround her recent Facebook picture upload that was perceived as revealing.

The pageant will continue with only 39 contestants.

To read the full story: Binibining Pilipinas Contestant Allegedly Disqualified from Competition

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Binibining Pilipinas 2017 Press Presentation with BCPI President, Stella Araneta. Photo: Rappler

What news in pageantry were you excited, shocked or mystified by this past month? Leave it in the comments section below!

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