Thursday, 28 March 2013

Pageant Vixen Talks: Siria Ysabel Bojorquez

As what we've told you, we will release TWO interviews this week. We've released Miss Earth Canada 2012, Valerie Remillard. This time, we will release Miss Earth USA 2012, Siria Bojorquez. She did an amazing job while she was competing in Miss Earth 2012. At all hardwork she has done, she landed at the top 8 and received medals. Let's get to know her in our "Pageant Vixen Talks."

UBC: Who is Siria on a normal day?
Siria: I am a goofy, loud, clumsy, nerdy “tree-hugger”. When not preparing for the pageant I can be found in the library studying, spending time with friends and family, doing photo shoots, caring for my home, or traveling to promote worthwhile organizations like Keep America Beautiful and Terracycle (turning trash into gold).  I am often told that I keep myself “too busy”, however after my mother’s passing I know all too well that each and every day is a gift. Thus I try and make sure that I use every second that I have in this life to the fullest.

UBC: What was life of Siria before being a titleholder?
Siria: Other than not knowing how to apply makeup and do my hair I was the exact same person I am now.  I consider myself to be a very determined and hardworking individual and I have always placed my studies and family above everything else. I have always known that I wanted to make a major impact on this planet and everyone in it, and the Miss Earth organization has allowed me to do exactly that.

UBC: Your family name is very interesting, what is the meaning of your family name?
Siria: My last name comes from my mom’s side of the family. It is a Spanish last name. The uniqueness of the name definitely has its negatives and positives! My own boyfriend cannot pronounce it correctly half the time! I don’t know the exact origin of it other than that it originates from Mexico. Like everyone in the US I have a different cultural background other than American, which is Mexican.  I suppose this is exactly what being American is all about. The United States is truly a melting pot of cultures!

UBC: What made you decide to join Miss Earth USA?
Siria: To be honest I never pictured myself doing pageantry. I sadly admit that I fell into the stereotype that pageants are given, that is until I joined Miss Earth. Miss Earth is not just about appearances, we truly are “beauties for a cause”. I joined Miss Earth United States because I fully believe in what it stands for. I know firsthand that through hard work, a good heart and dedication we can have a positive impact on this planet, together we will make a difference.

UBC: How did winning Miss Earth USA change your career?
Siria: I am currently a student at Texas Tech University majoring in both the Honors College pre-law and Spanish with a minor in legal studies. One day I hope to become either an environmental or international lawyer so this is definitely right up my alley. I have always known that my goal in life was to make a difference, impact others and be a positive influence. What this title has now given me is something I will forever cherish, it has given me a voice to go out there and make the difference that I hope to have in my career. It has really helped me get a feel for what I hope to be doing in the future.

UBC: As Miss Earth USA, what is your environmental advocacy?
Siria: Upcycling. It is as simple as that. I have been promoting this cause since I was 16 years old and cannot find a better way in which to help solve the world’s environmental problems. I come from a very humble background where I did not have much and always had to ensure that nothing went to waste.  Now that I am grown I observe others and have come to realize just how wasteful we humans can be. I love my country, but I realize that on a daily basis Americans throw away many things that can otherwise be utilized. This needs to change. Upcycling consists of so many things, from turning trash into gold to simply ensuring that every single thing we have does not go to waste. Being appreciative of what we have and sharing it is something many of us need to learn. I believe if people knew how easy and fun it can be to upcycle eventually many of our environmental problems would be solved. Things from forest degradation due to cigarette littering to carbon emissions from plastic bottles would be reduced with upcycling and the knowledge needed to live a “green life”. If as opposed to wasting materials we learned to save them and appreciate them, then we would be able to share them with the world.

UBC: How are you preparing for the pageant?
Siria: I am ensuring that I do everything possible to represent my country and the amazing people in it in the best light possible. As I am sure most other countries are doing I am ensuring that I have everything I need for the pageant. There is one element that I make sure I remember however, and that is giving back. I realize I only have one year with this title and especially right now a lot of media is focusing on the Miss Earth delegates. I am trying to make sure I utilize the attention that I am being given right now to promote my cause.

UBC: What strategy will you do to win the crown?
Siria: The two people that raised me, my grandmother and mother taught me at a young age that in this life you  will always think someone is better than you and you will always think someone is worse, so to forget comparing yourself to others and be the best YOU that you can be. I plan on getting there and being the most beautiful version of me there is. All while remembering that I am there to help the environment and that at the end of the day it is the impact that all of us make that truly matters.

Siria as Miss Teen Earth USA

UBC: How will you develop FRIENDLY COMPETITION?
Siria: Each and every single one of us is worthy of being Miss Earth, I truly believe that. I am a strong believer in destiny and I know that whoever takes home the title is meant to be. I try and set competition aside and just focus on the word friendship. We are all meant to work together to promote a cause. I am beyond excited to meet all of the other girls. Miss Earth Canada and I have already spoken a few times (she is so nice!) and Miss Earth Peru is already a friend of mine. I can’t wait to meet the rest of the girls as we all work together to promote environmental awareness.

UBC: After the pageant, what other activities will you be involved as Miss Earth USA?
Siria: I will continue doing what I have been doing for the past three years. Traveling throughout the United States to promote upcycling all while doing activities in my community and being myself an example of what living an eco-friendly life is like. Shooting commercials, photographing for different eco-friendly companies, giving speeches to educate, attending environmental forums and myself going out there and collecting and making upcycled items and signing Greenpeace petitions are all on the list.
 I am constantly working on new projects and getting involved in new organizations so if anyone out there has anything that I can help out with please contact me! I am always more than willing! I will do as much with my year as possible and I will continue to work toward the conservation of the environment long after my year is up.

UBC: How will you cherish this experience?
Siria: Simply getting on that airplane is a dream come true for me, even more so that I get to see the beautiful country of the Philippines! I am the only person in my family that has ever been on an airplane (we have never been able to afford such a luxury) so I am most definitely the first person in my family to travel so far. I can’ t wait to experience the Filipino culture and everything it has to offer! I will take in every single minute and try an imprint it into my memory. I can’t wait to arrive!

UBC: Beauty Tip To All.
Siria: Be beautiful in every way. Be my definition of beautiful; when you have inner beauty and you have the ability to allow that inner beauty to shine through in your everyday words and actions only then will you be truly beautiful.

UBC: Message to all fans.
Siria: I cannot thank you enough for all the support and words of encouragement that I have been given throughout my preparations! I am not sure how I will do at Miss Earth but I hope I will make you all very proud! Know that I am doing my absolute best and will continue to do so. Please remember that as a supporter of Miss Earth you must be “green” too!

We would like to thank Siria for giving us her time in this interview. We wish you all the best of luck and we assure you of our support as you continue your advocacies which is growing. UBC supports you in all of you doings. Thank you so much Siria!

Pageant Vixen Talks: Valerie Remillard

It has been weeks since we last released our interview. Probably the last interview we released was about Tarik Subara, Manhunt International 2012 Bosnia and Herzegovina. Now this week, we will get to know about Miss Earth Canada 2012, Valerie Remillard. She represented Canada last December in Miss Earth 2012. Let's get to know her in our "Pageant Vixen Talks."

UBC: 3 Words that BEST describes you. 
Valerie: Three words that best describe me are: Natural, Authentic and Passionate.  
UBC: What do you like to do on a normal day?
Valerie: On my normal day, I usually get up early in the morning to go to the gym, take a nice healthy lunch and then go to work. I am a nurse, so my days and schedules are always different depending on whether I work in the evening or day time. I relax after work and If I have time, I spend it with my family and friends.

UBC: What are the TOP 3 things that you cannot forget to bring as a beauty queen?
Valerie: The three things that I won’t forget are my camera, my make-up bag and the most important thing : my smile!


UBC: Why did you join Miss Earth?
Valerie: I decided to join the Miss Earth (Canada) because I believe in the mission of promoting environmental awareness and the preservation of our planet, this is truly something that I believe in. I admire women who want to change the world, who cares for the environment with a healthy body and mind. To represent Canada is a privilege and a great honour for me.

UBC: How did Miss Earth - Canada changed your life?
Valerie: Miss Earth Canada has changed my life in so many ways. It helped me realize that as a woman I am proud of my country. Every day, I learn something about how precious our Earth is because I am now surrounded by passionate people who allow me to see other horizons and coming from a small village, it opens my eyes and offers new perspectives and that is why i love being Miss Earth Canada 2012.

UBC: As Miss Earth - Canada, what is your environmental advocacy?
Valerie: Recycling is something that I practice a lot, however, Education will be my environmental advocacy and as a nurse, I would like to educate children regarding the importance of taking care of our environment and the effect it has on our health. I believe that our bodies, like the Earth, needs to be taken care of.

UBC: How will you balance time for family and time for pageantry?

Valerie: One thing that I am proud of my family is their love, understanding and support to whatever I do. They always encourage me to pursue my passion. They understand that as Miss Earth Canada, I have some commitments and responsibilities. Balancing the time for family and pageantry is not even an issue. I spend quality time with my family whenever there’s an opportunity.

UBC: What advice did Ashlea Moor give you?

Valerie: Miss Earth Canada 2011 Ashlea Moore told me to have fun, to enjoy every moment and that being Miss Earth Canada is truly a unique opportunity and a privilege. Consider each moment as a gift and welcome every opportunity as time goes quickly.

UBC: How are you preparing for the pageant?
Valerie: I am grateful to be surrounded by the exceptional team of Miss Earth Canada. My National Director Mr. Ronaldo Soriano Trono is a wonderful down to earth person. He gives me advise, tips and guides me for my preparation. I don't feel any pressure from him and he encourages me to enjoy every moment of this experience. To represent Canada to my best ability and the rest will be just icing on the cake. We have been having a lot of rendezvous for photo shoots (for Miss Earth Calendar), Make-up courses, physical training, visiting schools and hospitals. We are preparing our National Costume and Evening gown at the moment. It is truly exciting!

UBC: Will we still see you in another pageant?
Valerie: For now I'm only concentrating and focusing on the Miss Earth Pageant. This is a dream a come true.

UBC: How will you treasure this experience?
Valerie: I will treasure this experience by enjoying every moment of it. By focusing on the positive aspect of it and by not having any expectations.

UBC: Beauty Tip To All. 
Valerie: The best beauty advice I can give to all is the ones that I am practicing myself. Sleep well , eat well and stay well.

UBC: Message to All
Valerie: Being Miss Earth Canada,  is a great achievement for me, this is a dream come true and a chance to promote my message and my ideas. I want to show the world that I am a strong and determined woman who wants to make a difference.  Thank you very much for this wonderful interview and for your interest in getting to know me. I truly appreciate this. Merci Beaucoup !

Universal Beauty Council would like to thank Ronaldo Soriano Trono, the national director of Miss Earth Canada, for allowing us to interview Valerie Remillard. UBC wishes you all the best and we wish you good luck on your upcoming national pageant this year. Thank you so much Valerie for sharing to us your life we really appreciate it.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Miss Nepal 2013

Nepal's representative to Miss Earth, Miss World and Miss
International 2013

21-year old Ishani Shrestha was successful in coveting the Miss Nepal World 2013 title and crown, the highest title, last 20th of March. She will travel to Jakarta for Miss World 2013 this December. Rosjisha Shahi Thakuri was crowned Miss Nepal Earth 2013 and will travel later this year at Miss Earth 2013. Shritima Shah was crowned Miss Nepal International 2013. She will travel to compete for Miss International 2013. 

Nepal is rumored to debut this year at Miss Universe 2013 as it was made clear that Hidden Treasures, organizers of Miss Nepal, holds the Miss Universe franchise.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Pond's Femina Miss India 2013

PFMI: International, World, Earth

On it's 50th year, Navneet Kaur coveted the Femina Miss India World 2013 title and crown. This 5'9 stunner hails from Patiala. She will travel to Jakarta this September for Miss World 2013. Sobhita Dhulipala won the Femina Miss India Earth 2013 title and crown. She will represent India at Miss Earth 2013 later this year. Zoya Afroz won the Femina Miss India International 2013 title and crown, she will travel to compete for Miss International 2013. 

Last year, Kaur participated at I Am She. 

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Ceska Miss 2013

Ceska Miss: World, Universe and Earth

23-year old Gabriela Kratochvílová is the new Ceska Miss, she will represent Czech Republic at Miss Universe 2013. Ceska Miss World2013 title goes to 19-year old Lucie Kovandová who will represent Czech Republic at Miss World 2013 in Jakarta this September. Czech-Vietnamese Monika Leová coveted the Blesk Ceska Miss Earth 2013 title. She will travel later this year to compete at Miss Earth 2013.

As customary, SMS voting will determine Ceska Miss, online voting will determine Ceska Miss Earth and the jury will choose Ceska Miss World.

Miss Earth 2012 Tereza Fajksova graced the event. 

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Miss Universe 2013 Hotpicks March Edition

1. Venezuela - Maria Gabriela Isler
2. Bolivia - Alexia Viruez
3. Colombia - Lucia Aldana
4. Poland - Paulina Krupinska
5. Puerto Rico - Monic Perez
6. Ecuador - Constanza Baez
7. Indonesia - Whulandary Herman
8. Korea - Yu-Mi Kim
9. Yukimi Matsuo
10. Uruguay - Micaela Orsi
11. Mexico - Cynthia Duque
12. Nicaragua - Nastassja Bolivar
13. Russia - Elmira Abdrazakova
14. Netherlands - Stephanie Tency
15. Gabon - Jennifer Ondo

Monday, 11 March 2013

Miss Chi Universe is

Farouk with Miss Chi Universe 2012 Nathalie den Dekker
and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo
Dekker's Evening gown portrait at Miss Universe
2012. Dekker was Miss Tourism International 2011
and earlier last year, she competed at Miss World
2012 in Ordos.

Not long after Miss Universe 2012 concluded, Chi by Farouk Systems, the official hair care sponsor of the Miss Universe Organization, organized an online voting to elect Miss Chi Universe. Nathalie den Dekker of Netherlands was crowned as Miss Chi Universe 2012 by Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo at Farouk Systems’ stand at the annual America’s Beauty Show in Chicago. She will be the official spokesperson and model of CHI. 

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Miss Ecuador 2013

From Left to Right: Ecuador's representatives to Miss International,
Miss Universe, Miss Supranational
Nathaly Arroba, Miss Ecuador International 2013
Constanza Baez is the new Miss Ecuador! She will represent Ecuador at Miss Universe 2013. Nathaly Arroba was crowned Miss Ecuador International 2013, she will represent Ecuador at Miss International 2013 later this year. Giuliana Villavicencio was crowned Miss Ecuador Supranational 2013, she will travel to Belarus to compete for the title and crown of Miss Supranational.

Runners up are : Eliana Molina, Ena Cordova and Maria Claudia Morales who might represent Ecuador at several beauty pageants later this year.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Miss Nicaragua 2013


Former Nuestra Belleza Latina winner Nastassja Bolivar, 24 years of age, is the new Miss Nicaragua. She will represent Nicaragua at Miss Universe 2013.

1st Runner Up is Luviana Torres who will represent Nicaragua at Miss International 2013. 2nd Runner Up is Cristina Soto,3rd runner-up is Daysi Largaespada, and the 4th runner-up is Celeste Castillo.

Miss Russia 2013

The new Miss Russia 

18-year old Elmira Abdrazakova is the new Miss Russia. She will represent Russia at Miss World 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia this September 20 and Miss Universe 2013. The 1st runner-up is Anastasia Yazykova, and the 2nd runner-up is Irina Tumanova.

Olivia Culpo and Wen Xia Yu with the new
Miss Russia 
The pageant created history once again because two winners from the two most prestigious beauty pageant in the world attended the event.

Miss Israel 2013

21 years old, Ethiopian-born Yityish Titi Aynaw is the new Miss Israel. She will represent her country at Miss World 2013. 

18 year old Bar Hefer was awarded the Miss Universe Israel 2013. She will represent Israel at Miss Universe 2013. (The right most girl in the photo)