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    Miss USA contestants arrive in Baton Rouge this weekend

    As contestants for this year’s Miss USA pageant make their last outfit choices and read up on current events to prepare for interview questions, officials in the Miss Universe organization are finalizing details for a round of public appearances for the 51 young women who arrive in Baton Rouge this weekend.

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    10 Of The Most Influential Latinos In The World

    Coming in at number 4 is our very own Miss Universe 2013, Gabriela Isler. To start speaking about what Latina women mean around the world, we chose to highlight the most beautiful woman in the world, the Venezuelan Gabriela Isler, Miss Universe 2013. This beauty queen is not limited to showing off her physical attributes as she’s committed to what is happening in her country and is aware that she has international influence through her title.

    Isler issued a release in which she sends a message of peace to all Venezuelans. “For you… Venezuela.” Isler posted a picture on her Instagram account (mollysler) in which, as a “sister of a family of nearly 30 million people,” she expressed through her “solidarity with all the families who have suffered the loss of a loved one as a result of the events that have marked our country these past few weeks.” Click here to read the full article.


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    Venus, Shamcey, Ariella share financial tips

    MANILA, Philippines – Beauty queens Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup and Ariella Arida have already proven that they possess both beauty and brains, but what many do not know is that they are also smart when it comes to money.

    Growing up, both Raj and Arida said they were taught by their parents to be frugal. “I grew up from a financially-challenged family and my parents really taught us at a very young age to save and be frugal with our money,” Raj, who was Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up, told ANC’s “On The Money.”

    Arida, Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner-up, likewise said she didn’t come from a wealthy family and had to save up if she wanted to buy something. Supsup, on the other hand, said that as an only child, her parents were able to provide her with her financial needs. But she said that she took it upon herself to save her allowance rather than spend it. “There was a time in school when I would buy a cup of rice and I would just ask for free soup,” the Miss Universe 2011 third runner-up said. She said that being an only child prompted her to be more conscious about spending, because she knew there was no one else to help her parents financially.

    Supsup’s mindset on saving didn’t change when she started working as an architect, when she got her first paycheck worth P8,000. “I thought that after everything that I have done, I will be compensated correctly,” she said. Now married to businessman Lloyd Lee, Supsup said her spending habits have changed, but only because she knows how to spend money wisely. “I’m not the kuripot-type anymore, I know now how to spend my money and how to invest it,” she said. She stressed that saving money involves discipline in balancing money and lifestyle. “If you live simply, you don’t really have to look for a job that will give you so much more,” she said. The 27-year-old Supsup said she plans to put up her own business, invest in real estate in three years, and then retire at the age of 35.

    Raj also swears by having a simple lifestyle and not spending beyond your means. “If you live simply, if you spend just a little of your money, then you’ll have enough for yourself. I don’t buy stuff that I don’t need,” she said. Raj, 25, said her financial goal is to be financially free when she reaches 40. She said she has plans to open her own coffee shop and be a teacher. She is also investing in variable life insurance. “This is good because I am insured already and at the same time, part of money is being invested by the company and it’s earning,” Raj said. “Work hard and spend smart,” she added.

    Arida, meanwhile, recognizes that fame and fortune in the entertainment industry are temporary, and she needs to find other ways to secure her future. The 25-year-old Arida, also plans to put up her own business and invest her money in insurance programs.

    Read the full article here.


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    River Center getting million dollar makeover for Miss USA

    BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – In six weeks, Miss USA 2014 will be crowned in Baton Rouge.

    The city-parish council has approved one million dollars worth of improvements to the River Center.Managers said those funds will stretch far beyond the pageant stage.

    On June 8, some of the most beautiful women in the country will take center stage at the River Center arena. That puts the capital city under a bright national spotlight. It is exciting news, especially for General Manager Todd Mitchell. “We were on a national stage during football season. But this is a national stage with a completely different audience and people all around the world will watch this event,” Mitchell said.

    The 37-year-old facility has got to shine. That includes painting, polishing floors, making repairs, and bringing technology up to the speed of the 21st century, in just six short weeks. “You’ve got to get in. It’s a challenge, let me tell you.”

    The biggest improvement will be to the arena’s Wifi network. Mitchell said the upgrade will allow virtually every person who attends the pageant to connect to the outside world through their smart phones. “Our current network can handle about 500 people at the same time. We’re going to be expanding that to be able to host 5,000 people.”

    Mitchell said it was one of the requirements set by the Miss USA Pageant, but it is an upgrade that will benefit Baton Rouge in the long run. “It’ll expand past this event and help us market other events we have not been able to bid on certain events because we just couldn’t fulfill their network.” He said the possibilities are endless, once the star of the riverfront looks and feels like a million bucks. Mitchell said, to date, there are only on thousand tickets remaining.

    Baton Rouge River Center

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    Miss Universe Gabriela Isler Presents at the 25th Annual Billboard Latin Music Awards


    What: Miss Universe Gabriela Isler Presents at the 25th Annual Billboard Latin Music Awards
    When: Today! Thursday, April 24th

    Where: Miami, Florida

    Time: 8 p.m. ET
    The Billboard Latin Music Awards are the largest and longest-running event dedicated to Latin music in the world.

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