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  • 22
    Jan
    2015

    Miss the 63rd Annual Miss Universe Preliminary Competition?

    Not to worry! Click the link for the complete version of the 63rd Annual Miss Universe Preliminary Pageant. See all 88 contestants compete in evening gown and swimwear. Hosted by Miss Universe 2013, Gabriela Isler and Roxanne Vargas.

    Click here to watch the Preliminary Competition.

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  • 22
    Jan
    2015

    This Year YOU Can Ask the Final Question

    This year YOU can ask the #FinalQuestion. Submit a question in the comments section by clicking the Facebook link here and YOUR question could be asked during the LIVE telecast of the 63rd Annual #MissUniverse Pageant at 8/7c on NBC. Start asking your questions now!

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    Click here for the official rules.


  • 21
    Jan
    2015

    Miss Universe Cordaid Fund

    The current Miss Universe, Gabriela, needs your help.

    Join Miss Universe to help rebuild Philippine communities after devastating typhoons. Please consider a donation.

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    https://www.crowdrise.com/MissUniverseCordaidReliefFund

    Gabriela’s goal is to raise $250,000 this month to help communities in the Philippines be better prepared for future disasters. Your donation can make the difference.


  • 21
    Jan
    2015

    The Miss Universe Preliminary Competition LIVE STREAM

    The 63rd Annual Miss Universe Pageant Preliminary Competition will begin streaming shortly. See all 88 contestants compete in evening gown and swimwear LIVE in the FIU Arena in Doral-Miami.

    Click here to watch the LIVE stream.

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  • 21
    Jan
    2015

    Miss Universe: A Perennial Win for Diversity

    HuffingtonPost.com -After the uproar over the lack of diversity in this year’s Academy Awards nominations, it’s good to know there is one upcoming television special that will showcase diverse faces: the Miss Universe pageant.

    I’m honored to serve (for the third time!) as a preliminary judge for Miss Universe – with competition happening this week in Doral/Miami. Always, my favorite part of the judging experience is seeing representatives from almost 90 different countries. Because it is by definition a global competition, the pageant provides an annual showcase for diversity on television.

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    My fascination with beauty pageants began as a kid. Beauty pageants are very popular in Asian countries. After my family emigrated from Vietnam to the United States in the 1970s, it was little surprise that my mother and sisters watched pageants on American television. As a young boy, I sat alongside and watched too – with the Asian nerd in me rooting for contestants who exhibited both beauty and brains.

    Of all the pageants, Miss Universe was far and away my favorite. It was international and showcased faces from many countries, races, and cultures. That diversity spoke to me. As an immigrant Asian kid growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, I did not see many racial minorities (and especially Asian Pacific Islander faces) on television. But once a year, the Miss Universe telecast would blow through like a breath of fresh air; low and behold, I would actually see faces of color on screen! That leaves quite the impression when you’re a kid not accustomed to seeing faces like yours in media.

    Not everyone is a fan of pageants, and of course a beauty competition does not solve all the world’s problems. But we all want to feel that we are worthy. To that end, there is something powerful about an event that celebrates women from all races and cultures – beamed to television screens across the globe. In the United States (and in many other Western countries), the ideals of beauty presented in media and advertising are rather limited. While physical appearance should never be the driver of self-worth, we cannot deny that it affects people’s confidence. That is especially true for young girls (and boys) who feel like they do not fit the mold – undermining their self-esteem during crucial formative years.

    That is how the Miss Universe pageant stands out. The delegates proudly represent different countries, span the spectrum of races, embody many cultures, speak multiple languages, share varied life backgrounds, and don some insanely creative national costumes. I hope young girls watching at home see this diversity of beauty, and realize that they too can feel “confidently beautiful” – no matter where they come from and irrespective of their racial background.

    For me, that’s always the magic of Miss Universe. Almost 90 contestants. A globe’s worth of different races, nationalities, languages, life backgrounds, educations, and ambitions. Each one diverse. Each one beautiful. I hope that each young woman on this year’s Miss Universe stage – and everyone watching at home – can find her own unique way to stand out and WIN.

    You can read more from the author of this post, Jimmy Nguyen. Click here.