When people think of pageants, they get a certain mental image based on what they have seen from watching them on TV and from stories in the news. However, most people don't understand what these pageants are like from the perspective of an insider. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes and it’s crazy to see that in several beauty contests lack of height somehow contributes to lack of beauty. That’s the age old stereo type we are here to break down. Consider this Miss America crowned their first beauty queen in 1921 and she was 5’1″, after that there have only been five petite queens throughout the pageants history.
The beautiful Shanelle Connell, who will be competing for the crown of Miss Universe Canada 2017 this weekend, is ready to make history as one of the shortest contestants to go to Miss Universe - "I am excited to show my country and the world the capacity us shorter women have to rock the stage. The typical pageant height that you look up online is 5’7, 5’9, etc. I am not of that height… I stand proud at my fierce and petite height of 5’3. And no where does the Miss Universe organization say that to be a great ambassador of your country means you have to be average model height." she explained
So who is Shanelle Connell ? She initially went into university to become a Computer Scientist and now she's aiming to specialize in Relationship and Marriage Counselling with a BA in Psychology. But she wanted to get a Graphic Design Diploma - "I honestly could laugh when I think about it because it sounds like I was all over the map, but the truth is every skill and network outreach I've acquired through that process has gotten me where I am today. I have the ability to brand myself without spending a fortune on a design company, I can fix codeing errors if I need to, and I know how to integrate psychological influence in order to establish my online persona in a clear, concise manner."
I had the opportunity to interview the beauty queen a few days before the Miss Universe Canada Contest; check it below!
She comes from Trinidad & Tobago a dual-island nation in the southern Caribbean, located a mere 7 miles off the coast of Venezuela. Yvonne Clarke's dream of being Miss Universe' first began at age 9, when Wendy Fitzwilliam was crowned in 1998 - "It was one of the few nights in my childhood where my parents allowed me to stay up late, so it was a very exciting experience. Watching Ms. Fitzwilliam's grace, dignity, and class on the international stage as she represented Trinidad and Tobago on that incredible night as she was crowned the winner of the Miss Universe pageant inspired me to realize that, even in the small twin-island Republic of 1.3 million people, we all have the potential to shine as an example for the rest of the world to follow, admire and celebrate" - she explained.
If she wins the national pageant Yvonne will have the opportunity to represent her beautiful island at the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas. The beauty contest has been held annually since 1963 a year after its independence from the United Kingdom. It debuted in 1963 when Jead Stodart, Miss Y de Lima 1963 was crowned the Carnival Queen of Trinidad by National Carnival Committee and went to the Miss Universe 1963 in the United States.
Yvonne is a medical student in the area of clinical sonography, specializing in obstetrics - "My line of study allows me to ensure that my female patients and their unborn offspring are healthy. Child-bearing is a wondrous, incredible gift granted by God to women, and being a part of this delicate process is indeed a remarkable experience that I will always appreciate, because it is a testament of the strength and resilience of a woman."
Additionally, she owns a small business where she sells women's shoes, clothing and accessories. As a Fashion CEO, styling other women on a daily basis gives her great joy – "it’s a great feeling of satisfaction to see the look of confidence that my loyal female customers have when they leave my store, ready to face the world with renewed self-assurance."
Here we bring you the untold facts about Yvonne’s life & also her ideas, objectives and opinions… Have a look!
At only 17, she was selected as Miss Spain. The gorgeous Patricia Yurena represented Spain at both the Miss World and Miss Universe pageants. On November 9, 2013 she competed to succeed Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, eventually finishing as 1st Runner-Up to Gabriela Isler of Venezuela. She is only the second Spanish woman to place 1st Runner-Up (the first one was Teresa Sánchez López in 1985). Almost 4 years after the gorgeous Patricia is a successful international model.
So, how her life has changed since her crowning as Miss Spain Universe ? Lets know a little more about it through this interview!
She won the prestigious contest of Vietnam's Next Top Model. The gorgeous Mau Thuy will compete for the crown of Miss Universe Vietnam 2017 in a few weeks. She works in modeling industry both in Vietnam and New York, her agency in New York is Wilhelmina Models, which makes her well known by the audience and people from fashion industry. The beauty queen accumulates more than 200.000 followers on Facebook!
Did you know this ? The first Miss Universe Vietnam Pageant was held in 2008. Nguyễn Thùy Lâm, the winner, was host delegate for the Miss Universe 2008 pageant held July 14, 2008, she made the TOP 15.
Pageant followers are highly positive about Mau Thuy’s chances at Miss Universe Vietnam, and who knows she might just win an international crown this year. Her dedication and hard work towards her goals, and her success which has been a result of her ambitions and efforts, will surely take her long on the road of victory!
Here we bring you the untold facts about Mau Thuy’s life and also her ideas, objectives and opinions… Have a look!
She ended Guyana's drought at Miss World. Now, Rafieya Husain is poised to do the same for Guyana at the 2017 Miss Universe Contest. Born in Guyana and spent much of her young life in the country, the beauty queen later moved to the United States where she pursued her higher education. Rafieya is described as someone that is determined to affect change and provide the women who are of the system with the skill sets they need to be successful leaders of tomorrow.
Having been a victim herself of domestic violence, Rafieya has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and to educate young people on the early signs of dating violence. In her efforts to improving the lives of those affected by domestic violence, she has established an outreach centre on the Essequibo Coast in Guyana under the name RIVA.
Pageant followers are highly positive about Rafieya’s chances at Miss Universe, and who knows she might just win an international crown this year. I had the opportunity to chat with her only a few days after her crowning as the new Miss Universe Guyana. I hope you will enjoy this interview!