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Miss Universe faces police case over Taj Mahal photoshoot

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Indian police said Thursday they had filed a case against Miss Universe for conducting an unauthorized footwear fashion shoot at the Taj Mahal which was slammed as an “insult” by the monument’s caretaker.

Posted: October 10th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Janine Tugonon: beauty, grace and brains

Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo of the USA and her court. Photo by Elton Lugay

To many Filipino pageant watchers, Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon was the complete package: Beauty, grace and smarts. She was – but, of course — the Filipino favorite from the beginning. And when she answered her final interview, many had thought she nailed it.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Fashion and Beauty,Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Tugonon’s 1st runner-up finish marks 3rd straight year of PH magic run in Top 5


A 20-year-old self-described “cellist-nerd” brought the Miss Universe crown back to the United States for the first time in more than a decade, and a beauty from the Philippines won first runner-up honors in a pageant where the world’s most beautiful women paraded in bikinis and ball gowns.

Posted: December 21st, 2012 in Fashion and Beauty,Featured Gallery,Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

US contestant crowned Miss Universe 2012

Miss USA, Olivia Culpo (L) reacts after being named Miss Universe 2012 beside last year's winner Leila Lopes of Angola (R) during the Miss Universe Pageant at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 19, 2012. AFP

American Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss Universe 2012 late Wednesday, beating out beauties from around the world to claim the coveted title.

Posted: December 20th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

20-year-old Rhode Island cellist wins Miss USA


A 20-year-old cellist from Rhode Island won the Miss USA crown and will represent the United States in this year’s Miss Universe pageant after voicing support for transgender beauty queens.

Posted: June 4th, 2012 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »