KETV.com – From the entrance to the dressing room, you can only see two three girls getting ready. A tall brunette curls her hair, while a blonde applies makeup to a little girl sitting on a stool.
“Put your lips together!” the brunette tells the child. “Perfect!”
The mirror in the room tells a different story, that the girls in that room are anything but ordinary. One is Miss Nebraska USA Sarah Hollins. The other, getting her makeup done, is 8-year old Dylan Tolen. Dylan’s eyes shift back and forth as the brush touches her face, and her emotion seemingly remains unchanged. Dylan, from Grand Island, has Arteriovenous Malformation, a tangle of blood vessels in her brain.
“She’s had high radiation, right near her brain stem, a really high dose of it last June,” explains Dylan’s mother, Melissa Tolen. “She’s had other issues stem off of it because of that.” Read the full article here.
Inquisitr.com – Miss Universe Peru contestant Mirella Paz Baylon is making history as the first plus-sized competitor to reach the beauty pageant’s finals. The 19-year-old beauty burst into tears as she was selected to continue on to the Miss Universe Peru finals along with nine other contestants. Baylon’s admittance into the top ten finals marks the first time that a plus-sized contestant has made it to the final round of the pageant, and her fellow competitors seemed genuinely happy for the Miss Universe hopeful.
The Daily Mail reports that 19-year-old Mirella Paz Baylon is changing the Miss Universe Peru pageant landscape by becoming the first plus-sized model to make it to the pageant’s top ten finals. The Miss Universe hopeful says that things haven’t always been easy as a plus-sized woman. Baylon notes that she was tormented in school by classmates who called her a “hog” for her larger size. Read the full article here.
AP.org – If you haven’t been picked for Miss USA this year, don’t throw away your swimsuit. The beauty contest is turning to the public to find a wild-card contestant.
The Miss Universe Organization said Wednesday it will conduct an online search for a candidate to join the 51 contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the live June 5 telecast on Fox.
Olivia Jordan, Miss Oklahoma USA 2015, is announced as the winner at the conclusion of the 2015 MISS USA pageant at the Baton Rouge River Center on Sunday, July 12th. She receives the title of Miss USA 2015 and the coveted D.I.C. Crown in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during the live Reelz telecast at 8:00 PM ET on July 12, 2015. HO/Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP
To be considered, hopefuls should post three photos or videos on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #FindingMiss52 and explain why they would be a worthy candidate.
A panel will then select 10 finalists based on creativity, personality and a web interview. Fans can weigh in beginning on May 10 by voting on Twitter or at the Miss USA site. Read the full article here.
The Miss Universe Organization today announced #FindingMiss52, a first-of-its-kind nationwide search for a 52nd contestant to join the 2016 MISS USA competition. This year’s telecast will air live on Sunday, June 5 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.
#FindingMiss52 will identify one lucky woman to join 51 contestants from all 50 states and District of Columbia onstage for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of becoming the next Miss USA. Applications are being accepted now for review by an expert judging panel who will ultimately select the top 10 #FindingMiss52 finalists based on originality/creativity, personality and a web interview. The public will then have a chance to vote on the top 10 and the winner will compete alongside the other 51 contestants.
“Miss USA is someone who is strong, determined and confident,” said Paula M. Shugart, President of The Miss Universe Organization. “Our competitions celebrate women from all backgrounds and with Finding Miss 52, we hope to inspire more women to step out of their comfort zones and experience the amazing opportunities our organization offers.”
#FindingMiss52 is just one example of the new initiatives and opportunities The Miss Universe Organization is bringing to its fans under the ownership of WME | IMG, alongside its partner FOX.
To be considered as the 52nd contestant, hopefuls should post three photos or videos on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #FindingMiss52 and explain why they would be the best candidate.
Beginning May 10, fans worldwide will be able to vote for their favorite finalist on Twitter by using #FindingMiss52 alongside a hashtag specific to each woman, or via MissUSA.com. #FindingMiss52 is made possible by the support of Sherri Hill, a leading eveningwear designer for today’s modern woman. Please visit MissUSA.com for full rules and information on how to apply.
This year’s MISS USA competition is a not-to-be-missed three-hour special programming event, which will conclude with Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan crowning her successor. The winner of MISS USA will go on to compete for the title of Miss Universe later this year.
As previously announced, WME | IMG wholly acquired The Miss Universe Organization last year. Prior to the acquisition, IMG had produced a number of pageants for The Miss Universe Organization and will continue to do so with this year’s 2016 MISS USA.
Our hearts go out to the family, friends, and fans of Charlotte Sheffield, Miss USA 1957 as she sadly passed away on April 16th. Beautiful inside and out, Charlotte will always be remembered for her great spirit. Please take a moment to remember her with us, we love you Charlotte!
Charlotte Sheffield, Miss USA 1957, of Utah, is crowned by Carol Morris, Miss Universe 1956. From 1952 until 1967, when Miss USA won the Miss Universe title, no one else became Miss USA. After 1967, Miss USA’s first runner up accepted the title.