A month of Silence…

Hi there avid B-dazzlers. It has been a month now since the last time that I had updated my blog. I have been very busy with my newest endeavor whom I shared with 2 of my closest friends Gee and Mean Mina. It is the coolest website that you could ever visit. www.dramamode.com. Something that can tickle the farthest part of your imagination. Getting dressed now will just be as easy as 1,2,3. Right at your very own fingertips.  I will be telling you guys about it soon and I will make sure that every detail of it will draw your full attention. Work has also occupied majority of my attention. Of course, I still need to slog my butt out and earn money….that can’t just stop like that. Wait till I become the next billionaire….something which even Bill Gates couldn’t reach. 😉 lol.

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What else did I miss that was worth sharing……??? ughhh….so many. The Ramadan Break….All about the Drama in my life….Gossip Girl being back…the addictiveness, So You Think You Can Dance Season 6…wat else? After Miss the Miss Universe Coverage….I became really tied up and locked up with so many things.

I’ve been loving life again. I hope you guys are doin’ the same thing.

Stay put….there’s more SOON!

B-DAZZLED

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Miss Venezuela grabs Miss Universe crown – AGAIN!!!!

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A back to back win for Miss Venezuela as Dayana Mendoza crowns her fellow Venezuelanian Stefania Fernandez. Dominican Republic, Ada Aimee (the top delegate in my prediction list) finishes 1st runner up.

Here is the detailed placing

4th Runner-up: Puerto Rico, Mayra Matos

3rd Runner-up: Australia, Rachael Finch

2nd Runner-up: Kosovo, Marigona Dragusha

1st Runner-up: Dominican Republic, Ada Aimee dela Cruz

MISS UNIVERSE 2009: VENEZUELA, Stefania Fernandez

First in the Miss Universe history. Venezuela wins back to back. I am sure…..a lot…I mean a lot will be bashing about this result….what can you do?  She definitely nailed that Question and answer…I never expected that she would be so intelligent.

The complete post pageant blog……SOON!

Good Luck Bianca Manalo

Bianca ManaloTomorrow is the big day….Our high hopes to Bianca Manalo who will try to bring the crown back to where it really belongs.  We are down to the final moment and I am excited to know what will be this year’s outcome.  I am proud to say that Bianca indeed made a very good job in representing our country. Whether she makes it or not…..she has already shown to the world how beautiful and intelligent Filipinos are. Winning is just going to be a cherry on the top.

Once again, Pamela Bianca Manalo….the winner of Miss Universe in our hearts.

Make us proud and keep the energy alive. We are all behind your back.

with love,

B-DAZZLED

where beauty is a must!

I am a Miss Universe in my own little ways.

Written and published by B of B-DAZZLED
B-DAZZLED

That’s just it. Becoming an avid fan and an avid viewer of Miss Universe is not a hobby. It has become my passion. It has become a task that I guess, I’ll just perish, if I miss any of it.

Miss Universe 1994

From Left: 1st runner up, Miss Colombia: Carolina Gomez ; Miss Universe 1994, Miss India: Shusmita Sen and 2nd runner up Miss Venezuela: Minorka Mercado

It was in the year 1994 when I started to become a follower of the most prestigious pageant in the world. You bet I remember all the winners back then. It was in the year 1994 when Miss Universe was held in our country. I got so excited. I felt like I was a part of it. I remember the days that I always wanted to look like Minorka Mercado of Venezuela or Kristelle Roelandts of Belgium.

MISS BELGIUM 1994

Miss Belgium 1994: Kristelle Roelandts

During that time, Miss Universe was in its simplest. The gowns were astonishingly hideous while balloon gowns were a fab. It was more colorful, and what I loved so much (which is no longer part of the show) was the little princess segment. Cute little kids give each of the semi-finalists a rose as they all sashayed in their beautiful and elegant evening gowns. I was wondering if an idea of keeping it back was in the minds of the producers. That could have been worth keeping.

When I was still in the Philippines, Miss Universe always air early in the morning. I always wake up at 3 in the morning to clean the house, take a bath, ensure that my antenna is well and fixed (that’s one of the most important thing that I should not forget) while I sit back, relax and watch the pageant live. RPN 9, ABC 5 and ABS-CBN were among the TV stations who opted for the telecast rights. RPN’s reception has got the worst while you are lucky in you’re area if you will get it sharp through ABC 5. It was recently when ABS-CBN came back to bid for the rights until it was aired live last 1994 when it was held in the 7,107 islands.

Until then, Miss Universe has evolved its limits. Maybe because the production cost has become higher. The show has improved so much, each representative as well. But the improvements were not as good as what it is supposed to be. The contestants had become more like plastics. It is so freakin’ unreal. Plastic surgery has become like a hobby as majority of the contestants became part of the transformation that can happen in just a click of a finger.

That was not a general thing. Some has remained as natural as possible. People can see it.

I saw it.

MPULE & MIRIAM

Almost there: Miriam Quiambao and Mpule Kwelagobe after being hailed as Miss Universe 1999

Venezuela has become a powerhouse beauty. Osmel Sousa, the head of “House of Miss Venezuela” has become a renowned beauty expert in finding true beauties beyond expectation. We are talking about plastic beauties, Pardon me for saying that. But in the exact opposite, the Philippines had a complete drought. After successfully becoming part of the semi-finalist in 1994, It was only in the year 1999 when Miriam Quiambao almost made it to the finish line. Mpule Kwelagobe of Botswana became that year’s winner. I told my self…..we were almost there. All of us were just an inch away from the crown. I thought, after Gloria Diaz, I will become a witness of a one of a kind event in the history of the Philippines.

My favorite winner was Lara Dutta back in year 2000. She exudes class and beauty. She is so eloquent that even if I didn’t understood some of the things that she said (I meant it in a good way), she stunned me all through out.

She was a Beauty Queen in the making. Lara Dutta was the star that night.

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The Stunning Lara Dutta: Miss Universe 2000

That was her night. She nailed it from the moment that she was named as one of the Semi-finalist. After that, she didn’t cease to get my attention.

NINA RICCI ALAGAO

Not so lucky that year: Miss Philippines 2000: Nina Ricci Alagao

On the other hand, on the same year, Nina Ricci Alagao became the Philippine’s representative. I cannot forget her interview wherein I almost believed that it was far off way better than Lara Dutta’s. She was phenomenal. Everybody was shocked when she failed to make it to the finals. Everybody even believed that if she made it, it was going to be a battle between her and Lara. According to some reliable sources, she became over confident that the judges found her a little cocky already. Gossip and drama……All I know was that she was intelligent and a lady with a talent that no one can ever top. It was just not the right time. It was not the time for her to shine. For me, it was a wrong year for her to compete.

Looking back all of those and 16 years after, I am still a follower; I am still an avid fan. I am starting to use my expertise as year by year, I feel like I am becoming good in predicting the winner.

It has always been a question of why majority of us gays love it. It is a no brainer question……we just simply want to become like one of them. A beautiful body, a beautiful face with class A intelligence. Who would not opt for the same? Since most of us were not able to experience it….we want to see it through others as they soar high in behalf of those who cannot.

This year, 84 beautiful ladies from the different parts of the world will once again, wow us, as they all compete for this year’s title of the Universe’s Most Beautiful woman.

With the beautiful island of the Bahamas, I am sure that this year’s winner would become a very intelligent choice.

It is just a couple of hours away, we will soon find out the newest addition to the continuous collection of Beauty, Body and Brains….

GLORIA DIAZ

The inspiration: Gloria Diaz, Miss Universe 1969

If you can’t wait…..So do I.

As for Miss Philippine’s rep Bianca Manalo, she would definitely make us proud and keep the map back in its place. The whole world always knew that Filipinas are beautiful. Not even a single doubt about it. Bianca is an outstanding representative and if she fails to keep the crown back to where it belongs….she will still be as stunning as always. Beautiful not only from the outside but from the inside as well. I have high hopes for her. The stake is high….it’s the tag where all of us are world renowned….BEAUTY AND BRAINS!

Good luck to all the ladies and show the world that indeed, you all deserved to represent your country in the best way that it can be.

I am thrilled to become part of this worldwide phenomenon and I would never cease to do it all over again.

With love,

B-DAZZLED

Miss Universe 2009 – B-DAZZLED’S Prediction List

Commentary by: B

Last year, my prediction almost hit the highest level of accuracy keeping Taliana Vargas on the top while my runner up in the list, Venezuela’s Dayana Mendoza finished as last year’s queen.

REWIND: Let us take a look back on my list last year here.

This year, you might find my choices a little weird while some might even find it odd. At some point maybe some of my choices are the same. Be it the same or not, we all have variety of choices. It was a difficult choice, especially if you are to handpick a batch of beautiful individuals. Some might find some beautiful, some might find some not.

Which is which?

I am delighted to share with you my top 15 delegates including my extended list. Compared to last year’s set up, I am going to start with my choice for semi finalist.

SEMI-FINALIST: Miss Russia, Sofia Rudieva

Russia

Vera’s performance last year has created a major impact on Sofia’s standing right now. Her reign as Miss Rusia 2009 has raised a lot of controversies and issues particularly her recent nude pictures circulating the World Wide Web. In the course of the Miss Universe pageant, bad publicity has always been the name of the game. The more controversial you are, the more you are talked about, the more you become noticed. As for Sofia, she resembles a modern doll. Beautiful face with rare execution. She makes her catwalk look so effortless. Russian delegates have always been beautiful. Oxana Federova for example……..gorgeous, articulate….classy!

SEMI-FINALIST: Miss France, Chloe Mortaud

France

I thought about this so many times. But every time I make the final run down of my list, Chloe always remind me of an outstanding lady. This fair complexioned delegate has become a worldwide subject as she tops majority of the betting odds. Chloe is a simple girl. Majority of her shots are effortless and one of a kind. France won the pageant 56 years ago and has made the semifinals several times since then. Up until then, France have not actually advanced to the final round. Chloe’s qualities will put her in a very easy track of advancing to the Top Five. I would be very devastated if she fails to make this year’s cut. But apparently, she didn’t impress me so much in order for me to put her in my top 5 list. I just hope I was wrong about her.

SEMI-FINALIST: Miss Belgium, Zeynep Sever

Belgium

All talks about her made her become part of my list. She is not so beautiful compared with the rest of the outstanding delegates but she definitely has the “X” factor. In fact, it is more than that. Correct me if I am wrong but I am sure all of you noticed that as well. Zeynep has always been a front runner since day 1. Her chances are high and I know that she has high hopes too. I never liked Belgium since Kristelle in 1994. But this year…..not to notice her is frankly difficult.

SEMI-FINALIST:  Miss Puerto Rico, Mayra Matos

Puerto Rico

Plastic has always been beautiful. I am a big fan of the so called “plastic” ladies as well. If you have it….why not flaunt it.  Mayra was never an exception. Of all the plastic surgery “visibles” since Zuleyka Rivera, I believed she is blessed and been altered well. Mayra’s smile is simply captivating ( I just don’t know if even those teeth were also real). She could surprise us or not. I have a certain feeling that she can. Let us see. Mayra for the Gold. I can’t wait for the Philippine and Puerto Rican fans to be present during the coronation night. For sure, it is more than a jungle.

SEMI-FINALIST: Miss Venezuela, Stefanía Fernández

Venezuela

I made her one of the semi-finalist this year for the mere reason that the reigning Miss Universe title holder is from Venezuela. Besides, Dayana’s footstep is a tough one to follow. All this norms can change depending on her performance this coming coronation night….if she even reach that far. So far, her preliminary presentation didn’t shine me so much compared to Dayana’s last year.  Or maybe because our minds are all set for the possibility that it cannot be a back to back win. In this world, everything can change. She is the best example of a “dark horse”. Who knows, maybe this year, it can be twice in a row. Let me remind you that I have a very rough tongue.

SEMI-FINALIST: Miss Netherlands, Avalon-Chanel Weyzig

Netherlands

I’ll make this short. Avalon is beautiful but inconsistent. She can be this year’s queen but she really need to work hard and reach that point. Her face is flawless and noticeable. One word of advice…..FOCUS! The National Costume reminds me of the so called “manananggal”. Scary….I knew she tried to be fabulous for that dress but wasn’t good enough. In fact, it was not even close to being good.

SEMI-FINALIST: Miss Czech Republic, Iveta Lutovská

Czech Republic

Pretty old looking but again….fierce and beautiful. Iveta is a great example of elegance made simple. I was going through her glam pics, her evening gown and swimsuit. Having said that, this lass definitely deserves to become of my favorites. Last year, Czech Republic almost made it but delivered a quite boring performance during the coronation night…..Let us all cross fingers for her. She can be the most beautiful woman…..OR NOT!

SEMI-FINALIST: Miss Hungary, Zsuzsa Budai

 Hungary

Zsuzsa has never been noticed so far. I did. Beautiful body, Nice height, Glittering face….but with a horrendous evening gown. I hope she decides to change it….. if by any chance she makes it to the final cut. Unlike last year, Hungary’s inclusion to the top 15 has surprised me so much. This year…having her would be a great thing to watch out for.

SEMI-FINALIST: Miss Indonesia, Zivanna Letisha Siregar

Indonesia

Next to Bianca Manalo, Zivanna has become one of the greatest contenders among the Asian countries. She is beautiful. She is beautiful. She is beautiful. If I have to repeat it all over again, I will do so. I hope she realizes that and make her feel more confident.  She could surprise us. I hope she is bubbly and intelligent too.

SEMI-FINALIST: Miss South Africa, Tatum Keshwar

South Africa

I love her. Period. Tatum exudes elegance and beauty combined. Though her lips are quite big….but mennnn….She is fun to watch. Her preliminary performance has made everyone’s mind twisted like anything. Her catwalk? Oooolalalah. Consistent contender and a consistent beauty indeed.

THE QUEEN AND THE MEMBERS OF HER COURT

4th runner up: Miss USA, Kristen Dalton

USA

Come on. Miss USA will definitely be Miss USA. She is a great contender. A sure fighter. Having the pageant held in the beautiful island of the Bahamas became her biggest advantage. The only reason why Kristen won’t make it????? If Miss USA falls for the 3rd time. I am pretty sure that Kristen is shaking right now. The evening gown portion would be a trauma for sure. This is not the right time to say that “History should repeat itself”…. I am sure that it is the last thing that she would want to happen.

3rd runner up: Miss Philippines, Bianca Manalo

Philippines

Finally we found an outstanding representative. I am one of the thousands who condemned her victory. The moment she reached Bahamas, she totally blew me away and made a full turn on my views. I was starstruck by her alabaster like skin. My fellow countrymen love her dearly. I do too. So much. But let’s face the fact that Bianca is still quite raw about what she went into. Lovely face, lovely catwalk (surprisingly), mediocre evening gown but might probably change the entire scene during the finals. I am just not quite confident that she can deliver and converse properly which will make it difficult for her to nail and get the crown that easy. Dayana Mendoza anyhow proved that language has never become a barrier.  But this girl has been fighting since day 1. She never cease to amaze me with her courage and I hope the judges will see her purity which has always been transparent all the time. I am crossing my fingers for her. She definitely has a major chance of stealing the crown. Bianca, Bianca, Bianca……please prove me wrong.

2nd runner up: Miss Australia, Rachael Finch

Australia

Seeing Rachael this year made me think that Laura Dundovic should have possessed the same qualities. If that would have been the case last year, she would have easily grab the crown with no effort. Rachael is a stunner this year. A major front runner. It’s a make or break situation. But so far, Rachael became an ultimate favorite since day 1. Jennifer Hawkins….here is a next.

1st runner up: Miss Mexico, Karla Carrillo

Mexico

It has been a tough decision for me to put Karla in the second spot as she was for me the most beautiful delegate this year. Although she is, I still feel that she lacks a little bit of charisma and elegance. Because of that, Ada remains to be top in the position. Karla’s evening gown during the preliminary presentation didn’t give her justice at all. I never expected her to wear something like that. I hope she realized that now and do better in the finals. No question about her beauty….no doubt, the most beautiful face this year.

Miss Universe 2009: Miss Dominican Republic, Ada Aimee de la Cruz

Dominican Republic

Although Karla has the most beautiful face, Ada indeed has everything packed with her, the moment she left Dominican Republic and represented her country. I always loved Ada since Miss World days and right now, I have to stick with my choice since day 1. Her preliminary performances have made talks from all parts of the world. She is a fox. She was hot. She was stunning. Blah blah blah…..all of it never had a grain of  fiction. My only worry is that, I hope she will not follow Ingrid Marie Rivera’s luck last year. Actually I don’t even call it luck…..since she didn’t make it to the final cut. Overhyped and ended up zero. If that happens, it will for sure become a disaster.

Ada will get the crown this year. Mark that. I am sure about it. Dominican Republic’s performance has purely evolved and has increased its standards. Talks are scattering in Bahamas about Ada’s primadonna attitude. I don’t even believe that she has even a single bit of cockiness. Detractors will always be detractors….and the good ones has always been the most critiqued one. In the case of Ada, she is a strong contender. The stage loves her and her beauty is simply one of a kind. This year, I am sure about my list. She is this year’s driver whether you like it or not.

MY EXTENDED LIST

Extended list

Miss India, Ekta Choudhry

She is beautiful and I guess she is intelligent too. But I really don’t feel that she looks fresh at all time. In no offense to the Indian delegation, Ekta can surprise us in the big night. She is lovely but became inconsistent in the end. I think Simran’s dark outcome last year will continue this year.
 
Miss Singapore, Rachel Kum

Rachel Kum can be one of this year’s surprises. She is beautiful. She is smart and speaks English very fluent. I love her, but not enough for me to include her in my hall of fame. Another one contender to surprise us. Who knows? She can even go far than that.

Miss Albania, Hasna Xhukiçi

I was a bit disappointed by Albania’s performance. She used to be my favorite, she even reached my no. 1 slot. But her performance has made her a big flop. Her chances became less and I believe it won’t be enough for her to become part of this year’s cut. Albania can be lucky or not? Let us all find out soon, it the mean time Hasna remains to be one of my dark horse.

Miss Ireland, Diana Donnelly

Diana Donnelly, A doll with less sophistication. Her chances can change depending on how well she did during the panel interview. If her stars will prevail she can make everyone WOW….I just hope she will be consistent with her moves. Ireland can be placed in the Miss Universe map this year. Not impossible I guess.

Miss Kosovo, Marigona Dragusha

Kosovo last year….Kosovo this year. Yes, it can be. Her beauty is just amazing. Blink your eye…..Marigona can be this change everybody’s list this year.

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That’s the final wrap up. I am sure that you all have different opinions about my choices. I am excited to find out this year’s outcome.

I must shout my all out support to Bianca Manalo. Her triumph will definitely create a great impact for sure. All the love for Bianca and to the rest of the delegates…..Good Luck!

To all the Republica Dominicana fans…..be proud…this can be your year.

Special thanks to Missology, Global Beauties and Miss Universe official pages for the endless snaps that I have used for this write up.

Keep the beauty alive.

B-DAZZLED

where beauty is a must!

And here are the Panel of Judges

Here are this year’s panel of judges

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DEAN CAIN

Actor and producer best known for his TV portrayal of Clark Kent/Superman

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COLIN COWIE

Author/television personality/designer to the stars

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GERRY DEVEAUX

Award-winning producer, songwriter and style guru

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MATTHEW ROLSTON

Leading photographer and director

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KEISHA WHITAKER

Fashion maven and founder of the Kissable Couture lip gloss line.

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RICHARD LEFRAK

Chairman, President and CEO, LeFrak Organization; George Maloof Jr., professional sports mogul and hotelier

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HEATHER KERZNER

Philanthropist and ambassador for Kerzner International and their resorts, including Atlantis, Paradise Island

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VALERIA MAZZA

International supermodel

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TAMARA TUNIE

Actress, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

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ANDRE LEON TALLEY

Award-winning writer and editor

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FAROUK SHAMI

Founder and Chairman of CHI Hair Care

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This is going to be an exciting line up. I’m just excited.

B-DAZZLED

Miss Universe 2009 Rehearsal Continues

With just 3 days away before we crown our new queen……I want all of you guys to take a twist and see the never before footage of the delegates during the Pageant rehearsals.

Take a peek!

Tatah!!

B-DAZZLED

Miss U Prelims – B’s favorites

I just finished watching the Prelim show of Miss Universe aired lived via USTREAM….and here are my favorites with the Swimsuit and Evening Gown combined!

Malaysia | Mexico | Russia | U.S.A. | Venezuela | Hungary | Indonesia | Philippines | India | Dominican Republic

We all have different opinions, but seeing all of them after the Preliminary show……I found these 10 ladies amazingly incredible. I hope we all come into a common favorite.

I was a bit disappointed with Bianca……she walked so fast…for a reason that I do not know. She seems to be in a hurry. With all the crowd cheering at her….she would have seized the moment. But overall, I certainly believed that she nailed it…….

I just cannot include Netherlands…..my reason??? For all of those who watched the show LIVE……….I am sure you can tell better.

B-DAZZLED

Miss Universe 2009, Presentation Show (LIVE ONLINE TELECAST)

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WATCH IT HERE

…..Outstanding delegates during the VIP party held at Cove, Paradise Island in Bahamas

Here are the outstanding delegates who spent an evening during the VIP party held at the Cove, Paradise Island in Bahamas held last August 14, 2009.

Which is which and who is who?????

Love it for nth number of time!

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