Beauty pageants

Gibraltar Will Be Forever British, Vows Former Miss World

Featured image Great Britain has controlled Gibraltar since 1713, but Spain wants it back. Seizing on Brexit as an excuse, the Spanish government has started exerting pressure on the Rock. For example, it is imposing Schwengen controls at the border, where 10,000 Spaniards commute every day: But Gibraltar has no intention of giving in. Gibraltar has a new mayor; the Gibraltar Chronicle reports: New mayor Kaiane Lopez broke records yesterday as both »

Final Miss Universe Preview: Betting Favorites, Plus Miss USA

Featured image The finale of the Miss Universe pageant is tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. It will be televised on Fox. This year’s competition has generated relatively few headlines. There have been no scandals, no recent terrorist threats, and with one exception noted below, it has been hard to find a political angle. Eighty-six contestants are competing for the Miss Universe crown; you can learn about them on the Miss Universe »

Miss Universe Preview: The Favorites

Featured image The finale of the Miss Universe pageant is only nine days away, and betting is starting to get heavy. I wrote about a few of my favorite contestants, including Miss USA, here. With the betting odds firming up, it is time to check out the favorites. Currently in first place is Miss Colombia, Andrea Tovar, at 4-1. After last year’s fiasco, when Miss Colombia was mistakenly crowned the winner only »

Could This Be Guam’s Year?

Featured image The Miss Universe pageant is coming around again; the finale will take place in Manila on January 29. Somewhat weirdly, they are calling it “Miss Universe 2016,” even though it is actually Miss Universe 2017. You may remember last year’s pageant, when the announcer mistakenly announced Miss Dominican Republic as the winner, only to have to retract after the crown had been placed on her head, and award the title »

Got the NFL Blues? [with comment by Paul]

Featured image As has been widely remarked, TV ratings for the NFL are down sharply this year. I don’t have an opinion about whether it is partly to to Colin Kaepernick’s capers, or other defects of the game today, but at least we still have NFL cheerleaders to cheer us up. Unless you’re a Cleveland Browns fan. There, apparently, even the cheerleaders can’t cheer up anyone. That’s the subject of our Video »

Say It Isn’t So!

In another crummy news week, this has to be the worst story: Victoria’s Secret Turns Its Back on the Catalog By  KHADEEJA SAFDAR   First, Playboy stopped running nude photos. Now, Victoria’s Secret will stop mailing out its famous catalogs of scantily clad models. L Brands Inc., the parent company of Victoria’s Secret, this week unveiled strategic changes that include “evolving how the business connects with customers through more focus on loyalty programs and »

Stormy Weather, a convergence of Power Line interests

Featured image John likes to write about beauty pageants; I like to write about soccer. The two topics converge in an unfortunate story out of Seattle, Washington: Miss Washington USA Stormy Keffeler is a possible suspect in the stabbing of MLS player Marco Pappa last month in a confusing incident that could cost the troubled beauty queen her crown. Keffeler, who also has a DUI arrest to her name, gave differing accounts »

To a friend whose work has come to nothing

Featured image To take a break from the uniformly bad news of politics and the world, I watched the Miss Universe pageant last night. Like all the rest of the news, it turned into painful viewing. It struck me that the event provided an almost unbelievable illustration of what Aristotle explicated in his Poetics as peripeteia (sudden reversal of circumstances) in Greek drama. Peripeteia is what excites terror and pity among the »

Miss Philippines Wins Miss Universe In Bizarre Finish [Updated and with comment by Paul]

Featured image Tonight’s Miss Universe pageant concluded with a fiasco, as the announcer apparently misunderstood the final rankings and announced Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez Arévalo, as the winner. Miss Colombia was crowned, presented with flowers and paraded around the stage for a couple of minutes when, to the astonishment of all, the announcer returned and said that he had made a mistake: the real winner was Miss Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach. They mercifully »

Miss Universe 2015: The Undercard

Featured image On Thursday, I previewed the favorites in this year’s Miss Universe contest, which wraps up tomorrow beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern. As always, the betting favorites aren’t necessarily the contestants that I (or anyone else) likes best. So this post is devoted to contestants who probably won’t win, but whom I think you will appreciate. First, Miss Albania, Megi Luka: For some reason, Balkan beauty queens tend to look a »

Miss Universe 2015: the Favorites

Featured image Betting odds on the Miss Universe competition are now firming up, with the finale just 72 hours away. Some of the betting leaders we have already previewed here and here, others not. It is interesting: this year, I am not particularly impressed by the betting favorites, as compared with others in the field. The current betting favorite is Miss Australia, Monika Radulovic. As we see over and over in international »

Miss Universe Preview #2: An Embarrassment of Riches [Updated]

Featured image The Miss Universe pageant is in full swing. My initial preview was just four days ago, but since then a profusion of photos has appeared that confirm my impression that this is one of the strongest beauty pageant fields ever. Between now and the contest finale a week from Sunday, I may need to do a post every day just to keep up. In my initial post I featured some »

Miss Universe: Trumpless, But Still the World’s Premier Beauty Pageant

Featured image It is time to start previewing the 2015 Miss Universe pageant. The contestants have gathered in Las Vegas and the competition is under way. The finale will be on Sunday, December 20, and will be broadcast on Fox. This year’s competition could have had an interesting tie-in with the 2016 presidential campaign, as Donald Trump has co-owned the pageant with NBC for some years. However, in the initial burst of »

Miss Colombia Wins Miss Universe

Featured image Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega, won the Miss Universe pageant tonight. No surprise there; she has been the betting favorite for the last few days. Miss USA, Nia Sanchez, finished second. In general, tonight’s Miss Universe finale followed form. The 15 semifinalists were announced early: Colombia, Italy, India, France, USA, Indonesia, Venezuela, Spain, Philippines, Argentina, Jamaica, Ukraine, Brazil, Netherlands and Australia. Not a lot of upsets there. None of my favorites–Miss »

Final Preview: Miss Universe 2014

Featured image The finale of the 2014 Miss Universe pageant is Sunday evening on NBC, at 8:00 Eastern, 7:00 Central. And no, that isn’t a typo. They must know it’s 2015, but this is indeed the 2014 Miss Universe pageant. And a good one it has been. The contestants have been in Miami for the last three weeks engaging in a variety of activities, which are documented at the Miss Universe site. »

Politics Invades the Miss Universe Pageant

Featured image A week ago, Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, posted this nice photo of herself with Miss Lebanon, Miss Slovenia and Miss Japan on her very active Instagram account: Nothing happened immediately, but the picture began attracting negative attention in Lebanon, where some criticized Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, for appearing in a photograph with an Israeli. That led Greige to disown the picture. She wrote on Facebook: To all my supporters and »

Beauty Queens for Free Speech

Featured image We have written here and here about the Miss Universe pageant, the finale of which takes place a week from tomorrow. Earlier today Miss Israel joined Miss France in expressing support for free speech and opposition to Islamic terrorism: Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, posted the picture on her Instagram feed with these words: I am against every murder. The murder in France and the murder of Jews in the grocery »