MU 2014 Miss Jamaica brouhaha: Trump Universe not ready for short-haired queen, poor listening skills

Fans and self-proclaimed beauty pageant experts are still debating on social media that Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell was robbed of the Miss Universe 2014 crown that went to Miss Colombia Paulina Vega.

Paulina Vega Crowning MomentMiss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler of Venezuela crowns Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega of Colombia

“If she’s not Miss Universe she should be the 1st Runner-Up,” said one enthusiast.

“She’s the People’s Queen,” said another.

Some people who were at the venue – Florida International University in Doral, Florida, USA – on coronation night reported that there was a loud boo when Miss Jamaica was named 4th Runner-Up. She also reportedly made the thumbs down sign and candidates gathered around her, expressing disapproval of her placement in the finals.

Miss Jamaica Swimsuit1Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell

Sifting through the predictions and forecasts, Miss Jamaica was in Top 5 by SOME but never was the top pick to win the crown.

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Right after the preliminaries on January 22, many thought Miss Jamaica got a good chance to enter Top 5 but also cautioned that Miss Universe Organization or MUO (owned and ruled by Donald Trump) is not ready for a short-haired queen. Not only because of beauty product sponsors, particularly for hair grooming, but most notably long hair is a symbol of femininity which the Miss Universe is all about as against short hair as manly.

In the Q & A of the five finalists, Miss USA Nia Sanchez was not sure if she fully understood Manny Pacquiao’s question. Miss Netherlands asked Judge Giancarlo Stanton to repeat the question thru co-host Natalie Morales. Miss Ukraine was helped by an interpreter.

On Miss Jamaica’s turn, Judge Emilio Estefan gave his question. “One or three women will experience a violence in her lifetime. What can be done to get that number down?”

Miss Jamaica answered: “I, I’m sorry I did not understand.”

“Well, that happens a lot,” (then laughter).

Mr. Estefan repeated: “One or three women will experience a violence in her lifetime. What can be done to get that number down?”

She then answered with the live crowd erupting in applause and noise.

Rob Dyrdek’s question was interpreted for Miss Colombia. She answered in Spanish but the crowd obviously got delighted by her answer.

Click link for the Q & A clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIxD4lVKT3c

In simplest terms, both Miss Netherlands and Miss Jamaica have either poor understanding or not so excellent listening skills.

Miss Universe 2014-Miss Jamaica Long Gown1Miss Jamaica in her Long Gown

The Miss Universe Pageant is also a job application. Those shortlisted have all the chances in getting the job depending on the outcome of the interview. And asking an interviewer to repeat a question is a display of poor comprehension in a job application. The candidate is either not proactive or the mind is not totally engrossed to the process.

In the field of sales and customer service (particularly for phone voice accounts), asking the caller or customer to repeat a question would merit the lowest possible score in an evaluation.

For sure, it was tedious for the judges to repeat their prepared questions and the seemingly clueless candidate could not be ranked #1 by any of them. Sympathy of the other judges would go to their fellow judge who asked the question.

And that’s why Miss Jamaica was placed last.

End of story.

Photos from Official Miss Universe Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/MissUniverse

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Pageant aficionados, forecasters right in predicting Colombia’s Miss Universe 2014 win

This could be the year that beauty pageant experts, forecasters, bettors, oddmakers and predictors came solidly for naming the winner of the Miss Universe Pageant even before coronation night on January 25 (January 26 morning in Manila and other Asian key cities) at Florida International University in Doral, Florida, USA.

Miss Universe 2014 crowning moment1Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega

Some may have missed in their Top 5 placements, but 99% pointed to Miss Colombia Paulina Vega as the 63rd Miss Universe. She handily won and how!

She was the first to be called for the Top 15, followed by Italy, India, France, USA, Indonesia, Venezuela, Spain, Philippines, Argentina, Jamaica, Ukraine, Brazil, Netherlands, Australia.

Miss Universe 2014 Top 10 first 5First half of Top 10

After the Swimsuit Competition, first to be called for the Top 10 was Jamaica, followed by Colombia, Ukraine, Argentina, Philippines then Spain, Netherlands, Venezuela, Australia, USA.

Special Awards were then given out. Miss Congeniality was Nigeria; Miss Photogenic was Puerto Rico and Best in National Costume (voted by viewers via Twitter) was Indonesia.

USA was the first to be called for the Top 5 after the Evening Gown Competition, followed by Netherlands, Ukraine, Jamaica and Colombia.

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After the Q & A, the judges declared Miss Colombia as the new Miss Universe succeeding Gabriela Isler of Venezuela, Miss USA Nia Sanchez as 1st Runner-Up, Miss Ukraine Diana Harkusha as 2nd Runner-Up, Miss Netherlands Yasmin Verheijen as 3rd Runner-Up and Miss Jamaica Kaci Fennell as 4th Runner-Up.

This is the first time in five years that Philippines did not enter Top 5.

In 2010, Venus Raj was 4th Runner-Up. Shamcey Supsup was 3rd Runner-Up in 2011. Janine Tugonon almost got the crown by placing 1st Runner-Up in 2012. And in 2013, Ariella Arida was 3rd Runner-Up.

Gabriela Isler MU 2013 beautiful picMiss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler

Looking at the predictions, Miss Netherlands was considered the dark horse as she was never among the Top 15 or even Top 20 picks.

Global Beauties (https://www.facebook.com/globalbeauties) came out with their final leaderboard after the preliminary competition on January 22 and put Miss Colombia as the frontrunner with a perfect 5.00 from their own set of judges.

Miss Spain, who was leading before the preliminaries, ranked 2nd; Miss Ukraine jumped to 3rd place from #15; Miss Jamaica was 4th and Miss India squeezed to #5.

The rest of Global Beauties Top 10 were Mexico, Argentina, USA, Australia and Venezuela. Miss Netherlands was at #23 and Miss Philippines was at #24.

Missosology’s (https://www.facebook.com/missosology.info) Final Hotpicks placed Colombia as winner, followed by Philippines, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Ukraine making up the Top 5.

The rest of their Top 15 were USA, Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, India, Czech Republic, Spain, Indonesia, Venezuela and Brazil.

Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega official photo shoot with crown1The new Miss Universe living the dream

Online betting company NicerOdds (http://www.nicerodds.co.uk/) was right on target in their 1-2 predictions: Miss Colombia at #1 and Miss USA at #2.

The rest of their Top 10 were Venezuela, India, Spain, Philippines, France, Costa Rica, Mexico and Russia. Placing 11th to 20th were delegates from Brazil, St. Lucia, Angola, Australia, Indonesia, Guyana, Ukraine, Haiti, Kosovo and Puerto Rico.

Colombia got its first Miss Universe crown in 1958 with Luz Marina Zuluaga. For three consecutive years (1992-1994), its delegate almost got the crown with 1st Runner-Up placements. A Miss Colombia was again 1st Runner-Up in the 2008 Miss Universe.

The Philippines has two Miss Universe titleholders – Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margarita Moran in 1973. The other 1st Runner-Up was Miriam Quiambao in 1999.

Interestingly, the Philippines never got 2nd Runner-Up placement but has four 3rd Runner-Ups (Rosario Silayan in 1980, Desiree Verdadero in 1984, Shamcey in 2011 and Ariella in 2013). Rose Marie Brosas was 4th Runner-Up in 1975 and Venus in 2010.

See related story in this blog: Philippines’ MJ Lastimosa in Top 6 bettors pick to win 63rd Miss Universe crown; Colombia, USA, Venezuela, India, Spain lead poll https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/philippines-mj-lastimosa-in-top-6-bettors-pick-to-win-63rd-miss-universe-crown-colombia-usa-venezuela-india-spain-lead-poll/

Photos from Official Miss Universe Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/MissUniverse

MU2014 Watch: US vs PH reprise seen; Thais push delegate to online votes lead; Latinas and Europeans coming strong

Some 46 countries have already selected their delegates to the Miss Universe 2014 Pageant. Others are still in the process of sifting the chaff from the grain as to who should be sent to contend for the Nexus crown after Gabriela Isler of Venezuela.

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Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa

USA holds the record of having the most Miss Universe wins (8 – 1954, 1956, 1960, 1967, 1980, 1995, 1997, 2012), followed by Venezuela (7 – 1979, 1981, 1986, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2013), Puerto Rico (5 – 1970, 1985, 1993, 2001, 2006) then Sweden (3 – 1955, 1966, 1984).

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Miss USA Nia Sanchez

The Philippines is one of only four countries from Asia and Oceania with two winners – 1969 and 1973.

The other three are Japan (1959 and 2007), Australia (1972 and 2004), Thailand (1965 and 1988) and India (1994 and 2000).

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Miss USA and Miss Philippines were 1st Runner-up and Miss Universe respectively in 1973

In 1973, Miss USA Amanda Jones was First Runner-Up and Miss Philippines Margarita Moran became the second Filipina Miss Universe after Gloria Diaz in 1969. USA was in Top 15 when Gloria won.

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Miss Philippines and Miss USA were 1st Runner-Up and Miss Universe respectively in 2012

In 2012, Miss Philippines Janine Marie Tugonon and Miss USA Olivia Culpo were the last two girls standing before the announcement of the new Miss Universe. Everyone knows that Olivia won and Janine was First Runner-Up.

Although there had been rumors that the American beauty was two months pregnant on the day she was to crown her successor (and if it was indeed true then Janine should have been given the crown) in Moscow, Russia no dethronement happened and Olivia finished her reign without missing a second.

In 1999, Miss Philippines Miriam Quiambao and Miss Botswana Mpule Kwelagobe were the two left standing on centerstage at the Chaguaramas Convention Center in Trinidad and Tobago. Miriam was First Runner-Up and Mpule became the fourth Black woman to win the title after Miss Trinidad and Tobago Wendy Fritzwilliam in 1998, Miss USA Chelsi Smith in 1995 and Miss Trinidad and Tobago Janelle Commisiong in 1977. Kwelagobe was the first Black African to win Miss Universe.

By record, the Philippines is by far the only country that entered the Top 5 for four consecutive years – Venus Raj 4th Runner-Up to Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete of Mexico, Shamcey Supsup 3rd Runner-Up to Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes of Angola, Janine 1st Runner-Up to Olivia in 2012 and Ariella Arida 3rd Runner-Up to Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler of Venezuela.

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Miss Peru Jimena Espinoza

Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa is among top picks of beauty pageant aficionados worldwide (including Latin powerhouse Venezuela) except in Peru where their own candidate is their pick to wear the Nexus crown next and MJ is not even in their Top 16.

With the crowning of Miss USA Nia Sanchez of Nevada, many see that there could be a reprise of what happened in Las Vegas in 2012 or in Athens, Greece in 1973.

Second chances and more

Both MJ and Nia are believers and shining exemplars of second chances, or even more.

The first time she joined Binibining Pilipinas (the springboard to Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Supranational and Miss Tourism Queen International), MJ placed 2nd Runner-Up. The second time she joined she was only in Top 15. Then this year, already at 26, supporters pushed her to try again the third time – and so she won, with no less than MUO (Miss Universe Organization) president Paula Shugart among the judges and Gabriela Isler with Ariella Arida crowning her.

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Miss Russia Yulia Aripova

Nia was said to have joined Miss California three times but did not make it. She secured a place in Nevada and fulfilled residency requirement then joined the state pageant on the way to the Miss USA crown. She’s 24.

Both professionals and tempered by experience, MJ and Nia are touted to be the most ripe for the 2014 Nexus crown.

Let’s take a look at how the Philippines fared in the other years when Miss USA became Miss Universe and how each placed when the pageant was held in the Philippines two times.

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Miss Colombia Paulina Vega

USA first won the crown in 1954. PH did not place (representative was Blesilda Ocampo). In 1956, the second time USA got the crown, the Philippine rep (Edith Nakpil) chose not to go. USA got its third crown in 1960 and PH had no delegate. In 1967, USA got its fourth title, and Miss Philippines Pilar Pilapil did not place.

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Miss Puerto Rico Gabriela Berrios

In 1980, USA got its fifth crown with Shawn Weatherly and Miss Philippines Maria Rosario Silayan was 3rd Runner-Up. In 1995, USA got its sixth Miss Universe title through Chelsi Smith. Joanne Quintas did not place. In 1997, Brook Lee won USA’s seventh crown and Miss Philippines Abbygale Arenas was Miss Photogenic.

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Miss Panama Yomatzy Hazlewood

In 1974, Manila hosted the pageant with Miss Spain Amparo Munoz winning the crown. Both USA (Karen Morrison) and PH (Guadalupe Sanchez) made it to Top 12.

Twenty years after first hosting the event, Sushmita Sen of India was crowned Miss Universe 1994 in Manila. USA (Lu Parker) and PH (Charlene Gonzales) were in Top 6.

Thais propel candidate to online voting lead

If Thai people can topple their governments they, too, can pressure their beauty queen to resign, which was what happened to Weluree Ditsayabut.

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Miss Thailand Pimbongkod Chankaew

Upon proclamation as Thailand’s official candidate to Miss Universe 2014, 1st Runner-Up Pimbongkod Chankaew immediately was propelled to the #1 spot dislodging Miss Philippines in both Beauty Pageant Grand Slam (BPGS) and Missosology’s Miss Universe People’s Choice Poll online voting.

In 1965, Thailand got its first Miss Universe title through Apasra Hongsakula. Miss USA Sue Downey was 2nd Runner-Up and Miss Philippines Louise Aurelio was Top 15.

In 1988, Portnip Nakhirunkanok won Thailand’s second Miss Universe crown. Miss USA was in Top 10 and Miss Philippines Perfidia Limpin did not place.

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Miss Indonesia Elvira Devinamira

Another candidate getting strong support in online voting is Miss Indonesia Elvira Devinamira, who’s third in both polls.

Latinas, Europeans coming strong

Latinas and Europeans almost always dominate world beauty pageants. As in previous editions of Miss Universe, this year is no different with the candidates from these continents coming strong: Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, France, Netherlands. Italy will choose its delegate on July 6.

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Miss Ukraine Anna Andres

South Africa, Angola, Australia and New Zealand are also making noise or drawing a lot of attention among beauty pageant aficionados.

Date and venue TBA

Miss Universe 2014 was first announced to be held in Brazil (which hosted the pageant in 2011) in Fortaleza but by late March, MUO said the pageant would not be held in said city anymore.

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Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss

One of the reasons seen why Paula Shugart came to Manila to attend the crowning of Miss Universe Philippines 2014 was the possibility of Manila hosting the event again. But Filipino fans have been saying they don’t like the idea of their candidate winning the crown in the host country if ever.

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Miss New Zealand Arielle Garcillano

China is considered as possible host country, but Miss Universe may also go back to Las Vegas, Nevada (home state of Miss USA).

The date is said to be sometime in November.

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Miss France Flora Coquerel

For updates, visit www.missuniverse.com, https://www.facebook.com/BeautyPageantGS and https://www.facebook.com/missosology.info

 

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