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News archive: January - March 2007

Laural Barrett, 20, competing as Miss The Edge Christchurch, was crowned Miss Universe New Zealand on March 31, 2007. The first runner-up was Sylvia Lauren, Miss Boulgaris.com, and the second runner-up was Jessica Body, Miss Asta Club & Lounge. Ms. Barrett will compete at Miss Universe. Her identical twin sister Sharmaine was first runner-up in the 2006 Miss Universe New Zealand Pageant.

Christien Reiler, 25, of Niederösterreich was crowned Miss Austria 2007 on March 31, 2007. She will compete at Miss World. The first runner-up was Tamara Novak, 19, of Steiermark, and the second runner-up was Brenda Kuttnig, 24, of Steiermark. The third runner-up was Sarah-Derya Kunz, 20, of Vorarlberg, and the fourth runner-up was Elena Rotter, 19, of Salzburg.

Vivian Burkhardt was crowned Miss Grenada World 2007 on March 31, 2007. She was also Miss Fitness and the People's Choice. The first runner-up was Renee Moses, and the second runner-up was Crystal McLawrence, who also was chosen Miss Elegance. The third runner-up was Michelle Minors, and the fourth runner-up was Alyssa Bierzynski. Miss Talent was Anika Phillip, Miss Beach Beauty was Shanique Strachan, Miss Best Complexion was Tonia Collins, and Miss Congeniality was Yola Jolema Noel.

Fabienne Walser, 17, was crowned Miss Liechtenstein 2007 on March 31, 2007. The Alpine principality of Liechtenstein, between Switzerland and Austria, is one of the world's tiniest nations. Ms. Walser is only the third Miss Liechtenstein ever to be crowned.

Svitlana Nosenko, 25, of Düsseldorf was crowned Mrs. Deutschland 2007 in Merseburg on March 31, 2007. Mrs. Nosenko, who is of Ukrainian origin, will represent Germany at Mrs. Globe 2007. The first runner-up was Ronja Kratz, 31, and the second runner-up was Alexandra Geisel, 25.

Lucia Seniasova, 23, was crowned Miss Universe Slovak Republic 2007 on March 31, 2007. The first runner-up was Barbora Palovicova, and the second runner-up was Iveta Riecanova.

It was announced on March 29, 2007, that the cable channel CMT had dropped its deal to telecast the Miss America Pageant. The venerable pageant had been on the channel for two years, after losing its network TV contract in 2004. The pageant, traditionally held in Atlantic City, N.J., in September, was a powerhouse of American television for almost 50 years. But it showed a steepening decline in TV ratings in the 1990s and after as viewers complained that it was too dull. When it lost the network contract, it moved from Atlantic City to Las Vegas and from September to January, but that failed to address the problem. PNB's coverage of Miss America in 2007 warned that it was in trouble again, just as a PNB editorial had sounded the alarm just before the network contract vanished in late 2004. Coincidentally, on the same day as the news of Miss America's misfortune, the Miss Universe organization confirmed that Miss Universe and Miss USA would continue to appear on NBC through 2011. The announcement was not a surprise, since NBC is the co-owner of Miss Universe. But it showed the relative fortunes of Miss America and Miss USA. Miss America, once dominant, has slipped far below its "sexier" rival.

Munachi Nwanknwo, competing as Miss Imo, won the "Most Beautiful Girl of Nigeria" Pageant on March 28, 2007. She will compete at Miss World. Ibinabo Johnson, who competed as Miss Bayelsa, was the first runner-up. She will compete at Miss Universe.

Julia Hiscock, 17, was chosen Miss Teen Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador on March 25, 2007, in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The first runner-up was Krista Collins of Churchill Falls, and the second runner-up was Kristi Bourne of Carbonear. The third runner-up was Dayna McDonough of Gander. The winner of the Keyin College Community Connections award (and $17,000 scholarship) was Sara Green of Winterton, and the winner of the VOCM Cares Charitable Activity Award was Kristi Bourne of Carbonear. Leanne Kean of Torbay was the winner of the 99.1 Hits FM Talented Teen Award and Krista Collins was the winner of the Provincial Airlines Academic Excellence Award. The Curves Healthy Living Award was presented to Kelly Clarke of Victoria, and the Teen Spirit Award went to Laura Jenkins of Carbonear.

Fahrung Yoodthidham, 19, was crowned Miss Thailand Universe 2007 on March 24, 2007. She will represent the country at Miss Universe.

Jessika Malic, 23, captured the title of Miss Asia Arizona on March 17, 2007, in Moon Valley. She was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in Phoenix. She will compete in the Miss Asian America Pageant on Aug. 11, 2007, in San Francisco. Catherine Bousquet was First Princess, Gauri Pathak was Second Princess, Wendy Lee was Third Princess and Alicia Paccia was Fourth Princess.

Deborah Wright was crowned Mrs. Pennsylvania International 2007 on March 24, 2007, in Altoona, Pa. The first runner-up was Heather Tippett-Wertz, and the second runner-up was Dixie Shaffer. The third runner-up was Lorin Zimmerman, and the fourth runner-up was Annette Palmiero. The Photogenic Award went to Mrs. Wright and the People's Choice Award to Mrs. Tippett-Wertz. Yasmine Shaffie was crowned Miss Pennsylvania International 2007. The first runner-up was Michelle Schober, and the second runner-up was Melanie-Jo Smartnick. The third runner-up was Ellie Baker, and the fourth runner-up was Brittany McKenry. The Photogenic Award went to Miss Smartnick, and the People's Choice Award to Amber Smith. Amber Marlowe was crowned Miss Teen Pennsylvania International 2007. The first runner-up was Elissa  McCracken, and the second runner-up was Johnna Weston. The third runner-up was Marci Crawford, and the fourth runner-up was Marissa Delozier. The Photogenic Award went to JoAnne Schober and the People's Choice Award to Ms. Delozier.

Zahra Redwood was crowned Miss Jamaica Universe on March 25, 2007, becoming the first Rastafarian to do so. She represented Superior Auto Parts. She was also voted Most Aware and Most Congenial. Sanique Vacciana, Miss Villagio Gaming Lounge, was the first runner-up, and Miss Lux, Sydonie McBayne, was the second runner-up.

Natalia Zabala Arroyo, 23, competing as Miss Guipuzkoa, was crowned Miss Spain 2007 on March 25, 2007. She will represent the country at Miss Universe 2007. The first runner-up was Adriana Reveron Moreno, 22, Miss Tenerife, and will compete at Miss World 2007. The second runner-up was Nerea Arce Alcea, 19, who competed as Miss Bizkaia and will go on to compete at Miss Europe. Other finalists were Lourdes Tárraga Muñoz, Miss Alicante; Cintia Martínez Sánchez, Miss Barcelona; and Isabel Marichal Torres, Miss Las Palmas.

Masiel Taveras, 22, who competed as Miss Santiago, has been crowned Miss Dominican Republic Universe 2007. The first runner-up was Marianne Cruz, Miss Salcedo.

Lugina Cabezas, 19, of Quito was crowned Miss Ecuador on March 22, 2007. The first runner-up was Valeska Saab of Guayaquil, who will compete in Miss World 2007. The second runner-up was Jessica Ortiz, and the third runner-up was Michelle Granda. The fourth runner-up was Andrea Fiallos.

Luis Munoz Sanchez, 22, competing as Mister Madrid, won the title of Mister Spain 2007 on March 23, 2007.

Maria Jose Maldonado, 21, a law student, was crowned Miss Paraguay Universe on March 17, 2007. Maria de la Paz Vargas was crowned Miss Paraguay World, and Daiana Ferreira was crowned Miss Paraguay International. The first runner-up was Jessica Arguello, and the second runner-up was Analia Marecos.

Sara Lawrence, 22, has relinquished her crown as Miss Jamaica World 2006, after confirming that she is pregnant. Her reign was to have ended in August 2007, and she said her baby is due in September. Because she has already competed at Miss World, pageant officials in Jamaica say she is not likely to be replaced for the remainder of her reign.

Brenda Kuttnig, 24, a psychology student, was crowned Miss Styria (Steiermark) on March 16, 2007. The first runner-up was Tanja Steinbauer, 17, and the second runner-up was Tamara Nowak. Ms. Kuttnig and Ms. Steinbauer will represent Styria in Miss Austria 2007 (World) on March 31, 2007.

Julia Jurevich has been crowned Miss Bulgaria World 2007 in the city of Plovdiv. Gergana Kochanova, 20, was crowned Miss Bulgaria Universe. Karina Karcheva, 22, was crowned Miss Bulgaria Europe.

Veronica Gonzalez, 23, was crowned Miss Costa Rica Universe 2007 on March 16, 2007. The first runner-up was Andreina Chaves, and the second runner-up was Laura Zamora.

Brittany Lightbourne has been stripped of the crown of Miss Grand Bahama. Pageant directors said she had failed to meet requirements for holding her crown. She is being replaced by the second runner-up, Nathalie Brown. First runner-up Phillipa Goddard was unable to take over the title for personal reasons. Ms. Brown will compete for Miss Bahamas World in July 2007.

Talat Model Management has announced that the new Miss Iraq 2007 is Anais Catala, 20. She won the 61st edition of the pageant, which ran from March 7 to March 13, 2007. The first runner-up, Iraq's Maiden of Beauty, was Mirey Hillel, 21, and the second runner-up, Iraq's Queen of Grace, was Tally Gabriel, 19. The third runner-up, Isabelle Shaul, 17, was Iraq's Teen Queen, while the fourth runner-up was Yenny Sulyman, 18, Iraq's Princess of Beauty. The pageant has adopted a new concept of promoting and paying tribute to fashion that represents a decade selected by the director Mr. Ahmed Kadret. The pageant was hosted by Miss Iraq 2002, Anisa Abdi, and the current Mister Iraq 2007, Hamilton Mourad, who will represent Iraq at the 2007 Mister International Pageant later this year. The organization hopes that Ms. Catala, who is of French and Iraqi Jewish descent, will represent Iraq at the 2007 Miss World Pageant, and if Miss World declines, that Miss Earth will be amenable, says Mr. Kadret.

Liran Cohaner, 18, was crowned Miss Israel 2007 on March 13, 2007, in Tel Aviv. She will represent Israel at Miss Universe 2007. The first runner-up was Sharon Kenet. She will compete at Miss World 2007.

Texas American Queen state titleholders were crowned on March 11, 2007, in The Woodlands, Texas. They will represent the state of Texas at the Fifth Annual National American Queen Pageant in Daytona Beach, Fla., in August. They are Devon Kline, Miss Junior Teen Texas American Queen 07; Peyton Saverance, Miss Teen Texas American Queen 07; Anna Watson, Miss Texas American Queen 07; Michelle Hames, Ms. Texas American Queen 07; Jane McAllister, Mrs. Texas American Queen 07; Sheila Klein, Ms. Classic Texas American Queen 07.

Julie Brown won the 2007 Queen Miss Spotsylvania Regency (Virginia) at a pageant held in Fredericksburg, Va. Ms. Brown 22, of Fredericksburg graduated from Germanna Community College and continued her studies at the University of Mary Washington in business administration. Others who earned titles during the Spotsylvania Regency Pageant include Elissa Taylor, Teen Miss Spotsylvania Regency; Morgan Barr, Princess Teen; Kaitlynne Garner, Junior Miss; Arcadia Rodriguez, Little Miss; and McKenzie Davis, Tiny Miss. The inaugural winner was Christie Simonds. Junior and Senior titles were awarded to Aleya Jackson and Shaunlece Jackson, Miss Models, Autumn Green and Ashley Hooker, Miss Photogenics, and Kriezl Ypil and Enya Agerholm, Miss Sweethearts.

Diane Tucker, 29, of Arizona, representing the United States, was crowned Mrs. World 2007 in Sochi, Russia.

Shelly Stout of Glenpool has been crowned Mrs. South Tulsa International 2007. She will compete for the title of Mrs. Oklahoma International on May 12, 2007.

Marie Gunter, representing Aiken County, SC, has assumed the title of Mrs. South Carolina American Queen 2007. Mrs. Gunter was first runner-up to title winner Niki Wartenburg, but Mrs. Wartenburg has relinquished the title in order to hold the title of Mrs. South Carolina US. Mrs. Gunter will represent South Carolina in the Mrs. Division at the Fifth Annual National American Queen Pageant in Daytona Beach this summer.

Victoria Azovskaya, 20, was crowned Miss Estonia 2007 on March 7, 2007. She previously also won the title of Miss Tallinn (Estonian Capital). She will represent Estonia in Miss Universe 2007. The first runner-up was Julia Tjulinova, and the second runner-up was Marleen Pärkmaa.

Anna Theresa Luy Licaros, 22, has been crowned Binibining Pilipinas Universe. Margaret Nales Wilson, 17, has been crowned Binibining Pilipinas World, and Nadia Lee Cien dela Cruz Shami, 19, has been crowned Binibining Pilipinas International. They will compete at their respective pageants.

Jacqueline Raab, a student of architecture, was crowned Miss Vienna 2007 on March 1, 2007, in the Austrian capital. The first runner-up was Marie Louise Schütz. Both will represent Vienna at Miss Austria (World) 2007.

Metellus Chipman has been chosen Mr. Bahamas World and will compete in Sanya, China, in March 2007 for the Mr. World title. He is the grandson of two famous entertainers -- musician John “Chippie” Chipman and the late fire dancer Becky Chipman.

Kendra Pelletier has been crowned Miss Southern Rivers in Columbus, Ga. It is a preliminary to the Miss Georgia (America) Pageant, also held in Columbus. The first runner-up was Jessica Scott, and the second runner-up was Jessica Snyder. The third runner-up was Sara Waldman, and the fourth runner-up was Kimberly Gittings. Ms. Pelletier is the sister of Kandice Pelletier, who was Miss New York in the 2006 Miss America Pageant.

Danielle Seward, 17, of Heart’s Delight was crowned Miss Teen Newfoundland & Labrador 2007 on Feb. 25, 2007, in St. John's. She also won Miss Teen Photogenic. The first runner-up was Laura Gushue of Gander, and the second runner-up was Caitlin Noseworthy of Upper Island Cove. The third runner-up was Samantha Alexander of St. John's. Bridgette Abbott of Musgrave Harbour won Miss Teen Friendship. Gina Colbourne of Trinity-Conception won Miss Teen Academic Achievement. Leah Babstock of Eastport won Miss Teen Fitness, and Kelly Strickland of Mount Pearl won Miss Teen Talent.

Lucie Hadasova, 20, was crowned Ceska Miss 2007 (Miss Czech Republic Universe) on Feb. 24, 2007. She will represent the Czech Republic at Miss Universe 2007. The first runner-up was Eva Ceresnakova, and the second runner-up was Lilian Sarah Fischerova.

The "Carolina States American Queen Pageant" took place on Feb. 18, 2007, in Myrtle Beach, SC. The following 2007 state title holders were crowned and will represent South Carolina and North Carolina at the National American Queen Pageant in Daytona Beach in summer 2007. They are: Ambra Sawyer, Miss South Carolina; Kathleen Benton, Miss Teen South Carolina; Brittany Errico, Miss Teen North Carolina: Miranda Beck, Miss North Carolina; Dawn Moyer, Ms. South Carolina; Melissa Walsh, Ms. North Carolina; Niki Wartenburg, Mrs. South Carolina.

On Feb. 14, 2007, just 10 days after SDJ Enterprises LLC announced that Kimberlee Borland had been dethroned as Miss Black Universe, a newly incorporated rival organization challenged the dismissal, declared that it was running the pageant and said Ms. Borland was still the rightful holder of the title. The new organization, Miss Black Universe Pageant LLC, disputed the claim that Ms. Borland had failed to uphold contractual obligations. On the contrary, it accused SDJ of failing to uphold contractual obligations and said that justified a change in administration. SDJ, in turn, called the new group's claim of running the pageant null and void, and it said Ms. Borland would not be reinstated. Both organizations tell PNB they are moving forward with plans for the next pageant and are prepared to defend their interests through legal means. It's an extraordinary dispute for the pageant world.

The following recent delegates have been selected to compete in the America's Ultimate Queen National Pageant: Ali Tenney, Ohio's Ultimate Miss; Amy Martin, West Virginia's Ultimate Mrs.; and Tiffany Bowen, Kentucky's Ultimate Woman. They will compete with other selected delegates for the title of America's Ultimate Queen on May 12. 2007, in Indianapolis.

Karista Combs has been awarded the title of Miss Teen Virginia American 2007. She will represent Virginia in the Fifth Annual National American Queen Pageant in Daytona Beach in summer 2007.

Erika Lehman, 22, a University of New Hampshire senior, was crowned Miss University on Feb. 17, 2007. She will compete at Miss New Hampshire, a preliminary to Miss America. Alysia Brooks was the first runner-up. Ashley May White was the second-runner-up in the pageant and won honors in swimsuit and talent.

Shawn Cunningham has been crowned Miss Maine Ambassador 2007. She is the reigning Miss Maine Galaxy 2007 and will compete for the Miss Galaxy International title in July 2007 in Orlando.

Manhunt International 2007 was held at the Kangwonland International convention center in South Korea on the Feb. 10, 2007. A total of 48 contestants participated in the 12th Edition of Manhunt International 2007. It was held as part of Pyeong Chang's bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Jeffrey Zheng of China was the winner of Manhunt International 2007. The first runner-up was Jason Milot of Canada, and the second runner-up was Ioannis Athitakis of Greece. The third runner-up was Craig Barnett of Australia, and the fourth runner-up was Abhimanyu Jain of India. The Mr Photogenic award went to Alonzo Fernandez of Costa Rica. Doan Ngo Tien of Vietnam was Mr. Physique. Fernando Surya of Indonesia was named Best Groomed. Li Chi-Hsiang of Taiwan had Best National Costume. Jeong Ju Seop of Korea was Best Runway Model. Anuar Kusherbaev of Kazakstan was Best in Swimwear. Chandra Agrawal of Nepal, was Mr. Personality, and Gerrits Kooks of Curacao was Mr. Friendship. Athitakis was Mr. Internet Popularity.

Nicole J. Belcher has been crowned Mrs. Fulton County (Ga.).

Nelly-Marie Bojahr, 18, who competed as Miss T-Online, won Miss Germany 2007 on Feb. 10, 2007. She will compete at Miss Hawaiian Tropic International. The first runner-up was Juliane Brändle, Miss Sachsen-Anhalt, and the second runner-up was Katie Steiner, Miss Norddeutschland.

Noora Hautakangas, 22, was crowned Miss Suomi 2007 (Miss Finland) on Feb. 10, 2007. She will represent the country at Miss Universe 2007. The first runner-up was Jenni Laaksola, who will compete at Miss International, and the second runner-up was Joanna Väre, who will compete at Miss Europe.

Kimberlee Borland has been removed as Miss Black Universe 2007 as of Feb. 4, 2007. According to pageant officials, the disagreement had to do with failure to fulfill contracts and posing for pictures deemed unsuitable for the standards of the pageant.

The Worldwide Pageant has announced the addition of its new Miss Worldwide 2006-07, Jamie Shere. She accepted the title after the previous holder's title was revoked.

Laura Smith has been awarded the title of Miss Teen Alabama American Queen for 2007. She will represent Alabama at the National American Queen Pageant in Daytona Beach in August 2007.

Jelena Maro, 19, was crowned Miss Universe Hrvatske 2007 (Miss Croatia Universe) on Feb. 3, 2007, in Opatija, Croatia. The first runner-up was Tamara Neferanovic, 19, and the second runner-up was Branka Klarin Petrina, 23.

Lauren Nelson, 20, competing as Miss Oklahoma, was crowned Miss America on Jan. 29, 2007, in Las Vegas. The program was aired on CMT. It was the second year in a row that the pageant -- which for decades was held in September in Atlantic City -- was held in January in Las Vegas. It was also the second year in a row that an Oklahoman won the title. The first runner-up was Shilah Phillips of Texas, and the second runner-up was Amanda Kozak of Georgia. The Miss Congeniality award went to Melinda Toole of Alabama. Look for our upcoming PNB feature on the pageant.

The new 2007 Mrs. Tennessee United States is Lauren Monahan of Knoxville. She currently works for the mayor and Senior Services for Knox County, Tenn. Mrs. Monahan will represent the Volunteer state at the national pageant in Las Vegas in July 2007.

Svetlana Tsys, 18, of Berlin, who competed as Miss Ostdeutschland (Eastern Germany) was was crowned Miss Deutschland 2007 on Jan. 26, 2007, in Hurghada, Egypt. She will represent Germany at Miss Intercontinental and Miss Europe. The first runner-up was Miss Bayern (Bavaria), Nadine Domroese.

Miss Galleria Cinema's Jennifer Johnson was chosen Little Miss Bahamas on Jan. 21, 2007, in Nassau. She will represent the Bahamas at the 2007 Little Miss International contest. The Talent winner was Ciara Sweeting from the Island of Spanish Wells, who was an Elvis impersonator. She also was the third runner-up.

The ninth annual Mister Iraq Pageant was held by Talat Model Management on Jan. 17, 2007, in Mombasa, Kenya. It was done in the form of a beach party. Mister Iraq 2007 is Hamilton Murad, 30, a masseur who has his own massage clinic in Rome. He also works as a model and won best in swimsuit. The first runner-up was Asaad Al Douri, who also won the audience favorite award. The second runner-up was Faisal Al Hadithi, and the third runner-up was Ahmed Mohammedi. The fourth runner-up was Steffan Yousif.

Victoria Throneberry of Murfreesboro, Tenn., is the Teen winner and Allison Beaver of Maryville, Tenn., is the Miss winner in the Winter Face of the Season 2006-2007, run by the Beauty Team (Dan Read Cosmetics and Gibbs Photography).

Christina McCauley was crowned Miss Cherokee County on Jan. 13, 2007, in Waleska, Ga. She will compete at Miss Georgia. Lindsay Samples was the first runner-up, and Rachel Evans was the second runner-up. Kendra Pelletier was the third runner-up, and Amanda Rampley was the fourth runner-up.

Marsha Moore was crowned Miss Music City on Jan. 13, 2007, in Macon, Ga. She will compete at Miss Georgia. The first runner-up was Donna Sellers, and the second runner-up was Sarah Waldman. Devin Jones was chosen Miss Music City's Outstanding Teen. Kelly Wilson was the first runner-up, and Kristen Card was the second runner-up. Macon is known as Georgia's "Music City" because it has been the birthplace or hometown of numerous musical greats, including Lena Horne, Little Richard and the Allman Brothers Band.

On Jan. 6, 2007, the new Miss Berlin and Miss Brandenburg were crowned in a joint event. Miss Berlin is 16-year-old Zeynep Ugur, and Miss Brandenburg is 20-year-old Aileen Rösler. The two will now compete in Miss Deutschland 2007 on Jan. 26, 2007.

Jennifer Woods has been awarded the title of Mrs. Arizona American Queen 2007. Claudine Kinser has been awarded the title of Ms. Florida American Queen 2007. Each will represent her state for the title of Ms. American Queen 2007 at the fifth annual National American Queen Pageant in Daytona Beach in August.

Holly Campbell-Bradley has been awarded the title of Mrs. Ohio for the Global America Pageant system. She will represent the state in the national pageant to be held April 2007 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Carol Milliron of Washington state has been crowned Ms. World 2007.

 

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