Miss World : Priyanka Chopra and Rolene Strauss support UNICEF


Miss World 2000 – Priyanka Chopra and Miss World 2014 – Rolene Strauss have been working closely with UNICEF.

Appointed UNICEF’s global Goodwill Ambassador in December 2016 and a UNICEF India Ambassador for 10 years, Priyanka Chopra went on an African trip to support the #ENDViolence project, starting in Harare, Zimbabwe.She met child survivors of sexual violence and heard their harrowing stories.

“When I met these survivors, young brave women and children, and listened to their experiences, it just broke my heart,” said Priyanka. “I will never forget their stories.”

“As a society, it is on us to provide and take care of our children as citizens of the world, to educate children at a young age that it’s not OK to be inappropriately touched and that under-age sex can lead to unwanted teen pregnancy or HIV,” added Priyanka.On the second day of her visit, Priyanka visited Childline Zimbabwe, the country’s 24-hour service for children who have been abused, violated or exploited. As well as providing free, confidential, multilingual counselling to children aged 18 years and under, Childline also offers 25 community based drop in centers throughout the country.Her first stop was a Childline drop-in center in Epworth, where she met survivors of sexual violence who shared their stories. Priyanka then visited the Childline call-in center to meet the Helpline counsellors and listen to some of the calls being fielded in real-time.

“I was astonished by the number of calls that were coming in during the brief time I was there,” said Priyanka. “The counsellors, all volunteers, told me that many calls come from children in hysterics because they had been raped or abused. They were so scared. Without Childline, they would have nowhere to turn. This is a model that many countries with high rates of violence against children can adopt, because it is a safe place for children to turn to and know that their call will be answered by a compassionate person who will take their complaints seriously and respond.”

In 2016, 3,690 reports of sexual abuse were received by Childline. The children were assisted to receive counselling, medical assistance, and justice through prosecution of the offenders.

Priyanka then went to Johannesburg to attend the UNICEF fundraiser event.Priyanka was welcomed at Isibindi (“courage” in Zulu) Safe Park. The parks and program are all about prevention and early intervention to protect children from the HIV/AIDS crisis and many other vulnerabilities that can lead to violence in South Africa.The volunteer child and youth care workers (CYCW) help create a safe environment for children to play and be counseled in a controlled and protected environment. The National association of child and youth care workers (NACCW) is responsible for training almost 10,000 CYCWs and deliver services to almost 1.4 million children in South Africa. These workers connect with the children on a personal level, in their homes and at the park, and involve themselves in their daily life events like homework, household chores, and family issues.They use ordinary human interaction to feed these children teach them life skills and take care of their emotional needs – especially in parent less families.

After exchanging cultural dance techniques and sharing bindibonding from India with the children, Priyanka attended the UNICEF South Africa Gala 2017 where she met with Miss World 2014 – Rolene Strauss. Proceeds from the event will go towards protecting children from violence, neglect and safeguarding their future.

 

Miss World : Miss World 1994 Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at 2017 Cannes Film Festival!


 

 

'Okja' Red Carpet Arrivals - The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival

'Okja' Red Carpet Arrivals - The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival

'Okja' Red Carpet Arrivals - The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival

'Okja' Red Carpet Arrivals - The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Miss World 1994, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan slays in Michael Cinco princess gown on the red carpet of Cannes 2017. Source: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images Europe)

 

 

'120 Beats Per Minute (120 Battements Par Minute)' Red Carpet Arrivals - The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival

'120 Beats Per Minute (120 Battements Par Minute)' Red Carpet Arrivals - The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival

'120 Beats Per Minute (120 Battements Par Minute)' Red Carpet Arrivals - The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival

'120 Beats Per Minute (120 Battements Par Minute)' Red Carpet Arrivals - The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival

 

'120 Beats Per Minute (120 Battements Par Minute)' Red Carpet Arrivals - The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival

'120 Beats Per Minute (120 Battements Par Minute)' Red Carpet Arrivals - The 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Miss World 1994, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan stuns in Ralph & Russo gown on the red carpet of Cannes Film Festival.   Source: AFP)

Miss Grand Indonesia 2017 – Dea Goesti Rizkita


Miss Grand International : Miss Grand Indonesia 2017 – Dea Goesti Rizkita

Dea Goesti Rizkita Koswara Born in Bandung (June 28th, 1993) is an Indonesian model and 3rd runner up for the Puteri Indonesia 2017. She was crowned Puteri Indonesia Perdamaian 2017 from Central Java, and She will represent Indonesia in the Miss Grand International 2017 pageant. 

 

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Miss USA : Kára McCullough: “Yes, I Would Say I’m a Feminist”


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cosmopolitan.com Kára McCullough, Miss District of Columbia, was crowned Miss USA 2017 during the sparkly pageant Sunday night in Las Vegas. And while it would be wholly reasonable for her to spend this next week in bed (or at least on a couch in sweatpants, maybe sequinned sweatpants) relaxing and eating carbs, in the day and a half since her victory, she’s upped and moved to New York City and begun an already-intense round of media appearances. Heavy is the head that wears the crown, after all, even if Kára says that crown is actually super light.

As her first in-depth interview, Kára spoke with Cosmopolitan.com on Tuesday morning. Read on for her take on the controversy surrounding her Q&A moments, both health care and “equalism,” as well as what she’s most looking forward to now she’s in NYC. OK, it’s street food, but guess what kind?!

So, you’re coming off just a kind of busy weekend, you know? How are you feeling this morning?!

I’m well. I feel well-rested! I looked in the mirror this morning, and I was like, Whoa, I am Miss USA. And it just hit me [for the first time] like a ton of bricks. This entire experience has been so life-changing. And it’s just begun! I’m just so excited. I know there’ll be tiring days coming up, but I’m really energized. I think the two bags of green tea that went in my cup this morning are really helping.

What does the crown feel like?

Oh my goodness. It feels like a halo. If I could really explain it, it’s like that halo Snapchat filter; just imagine that. It’s so light, and I just can’t even believe that I’ve been honored and graced with this opportunity to wear it.

During the live broadcast, was there a moment when you went from being “confidently beautiful” to, say, confident you could win?

Well, I showed up to win! But really, I think [that moment] came when they called me for top three. I was the first one [called]. I remember standing on the little box that they had us positioned on, and I just lifted my head and asked God for guidance, and just let him know I was extremely thankful. I think that was like my turning point, like OK, Kára, you could really have this in the bag. You could take this all the way back to D.C.

Last year’s Miss USA, Deshauna Barber, was also Miss District of Columbia. Was that something that ever psyched you out or made you second-guess your chances?

Absolutely. There were like a lot of naysayers in my ear, saying, “Ah, bad luck, states don’t win back-to-back.” But I had to let them know Drake put that out there in the universe for us and [D.C.] came back strong. Deshauna is just such a phenomenal person and she really broke so many pageant stereotypes. I’m just so thankful to have her as a sister, a friend, and a mentor — and her crowing me is by far one of the most honorable achievements that I’ve had.

In many respects, I think you’re also breaking some of those “pageant stereotypes” — your career in nuclear sciences, for example. How did you get into that line of work?

I have a degree in chemistry [with a concentration] in radiochemistry from South Carolina State University, and I started my career at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2013. My day-to-day job now involves nuclear licensing and regulations; the agency focuses on emergency preparedness for nuclear energy domestically.

I can’t even begin to tell you how much [my colleagues] have supported me. Initially I kept it a secret that I ran for Miss D.C. USA, but someone shared it on Facebook, and then the word got out, and there’s been a real outpouring [of love]. Everyone has been great.

Will promoting the sciences be part of your Miss USA platform?
Absolutely. [I run] a self-funded program called Science Exploration for Kids, which encourages students to find joy in the STEM subjects, as well as a career path. I run after-school programs and tutoring sessions and symposiums. It’s about any or all of the sciences, although I am biased; I love to see people major in chemistry — because the numbers [in that field] are so low. I was actually the only person in my class to graduate with a degree in radiochemistry, and so every summer, I had a phenomenal internship and I got paid! That’s why I always try to encourage students to find joy in science, because the opportunities are endless. And I love getting to see children having fun and enjoying their projects, and I just hope to expand their imagination through science.

Do you have a go-to experiment to pique kids’ interest from the get-go?
My favorite one I call an “explosion of colors.” It’s about how soap reacts with, like, fatty acids, and what I do is take a plate, fill the plate up with milk, and then put food coloring— your favorite colors, of course— in the middle of the plate. Then I’ll take a Q-tip with some soaps [on it] and put it right smack down in the middle of the plate amid the food coloring, and you’ll see how the soap interacts with the milk. Basically, [the chemical reaction happening] makes the colors just spiral everywhere.

I have to confess I hated science in school but I do like pretty colors.
I’m going to make you love it. You’ll come over and we’re going to do some projects together.

What’s been the response from your friends and family since the big win?

I literally have 500 text messages on my phone right now. It might have gone up to 600 actually — all my family and friends were saying, “Kára you’ve always been someone who is chasing after their dreams and actually executing them,” and they’re like, “You’re encouraging people in so many ways that you don’t even see.” Hearing comments like that is extremely gratifying, because you often don’t realize the [impact] that you have on other people. I’m just on cloud nine. I’m so thankful for all the support.

Somewhat on the flip side though, there’s been some controversy surrounding answers in the Q&A round and the “final word” segment. Is that something you’re aware of?

You know, social media [functions] at a hyperactive rate, and you can get messages and feedback instantly. I think [the response] is good because it shows that, for one, I’m starting a dialogue with important issues around our nation, right? And two, it’s amazing that people are sharing their opinions. There are going to be pros and cons, and there’s going to be two sides [to every argument], and I’m just thankful that at least there is some conversation.

 

Totally. I think, in 30 or 45 seconds, it can be really difficult to unpack your opinion on a hot-button issue. Is there anything you’d like to clarify, or expand on, regarding your answers about health care as a privilege, or your stance on feminism vs. “equalism”?

As a scientist, first of all, we’re very long-winded. If it were up to me that would have been a four-hour long discussion [about health care]. But I own what I say, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to speak on something so important [even for] 30 seconds. But thank you, if I have the opportunity just to clarify, I would definitely love to let people know that, yes I am privileged to have health insurance — it’s a privilege for me, and I’m thankful for that. But I also do believe health insurance is a right for everyone.

And I’m all about women’s rights. Yes, I would have to say I am a feminist. But, when I look at the term “equalism,” [I used it] because I’ve seen firsthand in the workplace that we need those equal opportunities when it comes to leadership. And you know, the word [feminism] can carry different connotations [depending on what] generation you come from, or what background, but I don’t want anyone to think I’m not an active [supporter of] women’s rights. If anyone wants to challenge me on that, please call me. There are multitudes of women working at the Nuclear Regulatory commission, for example, making so many strides in leadership. And I support them 100 percent. Go to my social media pages and you’ll see I give shout-outs to so many of my colleagues, because I look up to them. They really embody what a hard-working woman is, someone who doesn’t take no for an answer, who’s very unapologetic about her leadership and her abilities.

Link Source : Cosmopolitan Sits Down with the New Miss USA

Miss District of Columbia USA Kára McCullough Wins Miss USA 2017!


Chhavi Verg, Miss New Jersey USA 2017, and Kara McCullough, Miss District Of Columbia USA 2017, wait to hear who will be crowned the new Miss USA

Kara McCullough, Miss District Of Columbia USA 2017, is announced as the new Miss USA


Miss District of Columbia USA Kára McCullough is your new Miss USA 2017!

Kára earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Radiochemistry from South Carolina State University. Her major provided her the opportunity to intern at many universities, which paved the way to her current career at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Kára earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Radiochemistry from South Carolina State University. Her major provided her the opportunity to intern at many universities, which paved the way to her current career at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.Miss USA 2017Kára also has a personal community outreach program entitled, Science Exploration for Kids (SE4K). SE4K features interactive science activities, and math and science tutoring for children scholars grades 6-11.Miss USA 2017Kára was born in Naples, Italy, but raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. As the daughter of a now retired United States Navy Chief Petty Officer, she has traveled and lived in many beautiful places including Sicily, Japan, South Korea and Hawaii.

Miss USA : Rehearsals


Miss USA 2017Miss USA rehearsals are well underway, as the contestants prepare for the 2017 MISS USA® Competition that will air live on FOX Sunday, May 14th at 8pm ET from Mandalay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas!

Women representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia will compete for the opportunity of becoming the next Miss USA. Take a look inside Miss USA rehearsals ahead of the big show below!Miss USA 2017Miss USA 2017Miss USA 2017Miss USA 2017Miss USA 2017Miss USA 2017Miss USA 2017Miss USA 2017Miss USA 2017Miss USA 2017Miss USA 2017Miss USA 2017Miss USA 2017Miss USA 2017Miss USA 2017Miss USA 2017Miss USA 2017

Miss USA 2017 : Announcing Talent and Judges for the 2017 MISS USA Competition


The Miss Universe Organization today announced that Grammy Award-winning performer, songwriter and entrepreneur Pitbull and CMA Award-winning singer-songwriter Brett Eldredge are set to perform during the MISS USA® live broadcast on FOX Sunday, May 14 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) from Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Additionally, the top of the show will feature a performance by Michael Jackson ONE, the one of a kind show created by Cirque du Soleil® and the Estate of Michael Jackson which is an electrifying fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals that reflects the dynamic showmanship of the King of Pop.

Emmy® award-winner Julianne Hough and three-time Emmy® award nominee Terrence J will host the competition and return as producers of the annual broadcast. Model, designer and body activist Ashley Graham joins as backstage host.

The 2017 MISS USA® Competition is a not-to-be-missed two-hour special programming event which will conclude with Miss USA Deshauna Barber crowning her successor. Contestants representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia will compete for the opportunity of becoming the next Miss USA. The winner is provided an elevated platform for possibility to pursue her goals and continue to make a difference beyond the local level. The state representatives who compete each year are confident, dedicated and ambitious and inspire others to create change in their communities.

Judges line-up
This year’s accomplished and inspiring 2017 MISS USA® judges include:

·       Halima Aden: Somali-American IMG model and first woman to compete in a Miss USA state pageant wearing a hijab and burkini.
·       Carson Kressley: Emmy® Award-winning TV personality, style expert, fashion designer and New York Times best-selling author.
·       Brook Lee: Model, TV host and former Miss USA 1997, who went on to hold the title of Miss Universe.
·       Nancy Lublin: Founder of Dress for Success, a global non-profit that empowers women to achieve economic independence; and CEO of Crisis Text Line – a free, 24/7 crisis support via text message.
·        Jeannie Mai: Style Expert, Philanthropist, and Co-Host of Daytime Emmy® Award-nominated show “The Real.”
·       Janet Mock: Author, TV host and advocate who broke ground with her New York Times bestseller, “Redefining Realness,” and continues to share her story about being a young trans woman in her new memoir, “Surpassing Certainty,” out June 13.

Additionally, the competition will source its final questions for the interview portion of the show from theSkimm. A media company with an engaged community of more than 5 million active subscribers, theSkimm is changing the way female millennials consume news and information.