31 March 2008
April is Miss USA month with the pageant being held on April 11th. We thought we'd take a tour of some of the home states of previous Miss USA winners to the tune of "See the USA in your Chevrolet," made famous by the wonderful singer Miss Dinah Shore. She had her own television show in the 1950's & 60's, and she always closed out the show by singing the above mentioned song and then giving a big kiss to the audience. Our first stop is New York, the home to the first Miss USA, Jackie Loughery.
30 March 2008
29 March 2008
Miss Universe 1977, Janelle "Penny" Commissiong of Trinidad & Tobago, is flying high here after her historic win in Santo Domingo. She's holding what looks like a model airplane (students of the 1950's & 1960's will remember them), but its most likely that Penny's plugging a sponsor of the pageant. No matter, what a beautiful lady to have as a spokesperson. She'll always be the wind beneath our wings!
26 March 2008
The Wendy Fitzwilliam School of Recording Arts here at Beauty School has commissioned Kiah Diamonds spokesmodel Sushmita Sen to record a Bollywood version. In anticipation of the release of the recording, Beauty School is very excited to share these publicity shots.
"...M-shaped or square-shaped
these symbols keep their shape:
Diamonds are a girl's best friend."
(Photos: Kiah Diamonds)
25 March 2008
24 March 2008
23 March 2008
This year's contest promises to be full of tears and joy. Cattiness, too, from evil judge Osmel Sousa. Working to soften the Simon Cowell of Nuestra Belleza Latina 2008 are co-judges Miss Universe 1991 Lupita Jones (subbing for a preggers Alicia Machado) and telenovela hunk Julián Gil (Beauty School's Deans have dubbed him Nuestro Guapo Latino). Former telenovela star and morning TV show host Giselle Blondet is back again to emcee the weekly contest. Nuestra Belleza Latina continues through May. The winner wins, among other prizes, clothes and a modeling contract from JC Penney. Remember when JC Penney dressed Miss USA, back in the 1980's and early 1990's? Now they are dressing Nuestra Belleza Latina.
22 March 2008
21 March 2008
What were they thinking? Every couple of weeks, Beauty School puts up a classic photo in the Student Lounge for our students to write comments about and deposit in the Suggestion Box. This week we feature a perfect ten, the top ten in the preliminary swimsuit competition at the 1970 Miss Universe Pageant. Some of the suggestions of "what they were thinking" include the idea that Miss Australia and Miss Argentina were flirting with a stagehand off camera, that Miss USA was thinking about becoming a bookie, and that Miss Holland was wondering when she would get the cover of a fashion magazine. Feel free to put in your suggestion by replying to "comments." Personally, we're concerned about those clunky shoes!
20 March 2008
DNES. Czech out more pix of Zuzana and the pageant here.
19 March 2008
This truly independent spirit, whose heritage dates back to the American Revolutionary War, became the first red-haired winner at Miss America, sold lots of war bonds, and had her image painted on B-17 bombers in World War II. She was the first Miss America to run for public office, hosted her own radio show and published a political newspaper. She publicly disparaged Vanessa Williams, Miss America 1984, and Kate Shindle, Miss America 1998, with words we choose not to quote here (do a Google search for more on that), and she successfully campaigned to have an area in Ohio declared part of the U.S. National Registry of Historical Places. If that is not enough, how about making headlines 63 years after her reign by shooting out the tires of the truck of a couple of thieves? At 82, out on her walker, she pulled out a .38 caliber revolver and held the thieves at bay until the cops arrived. She was quoted as saying about the incident " I didn't ever think twice. I just went and did it. If they even dared to come close to me, They'd be six feet under by now." Talk about spirit and independence, this lady is one of a kind!
18 March 2008
Another guest lecturer has been added to the schedule for Miss Chandni's chemistry class this summer. In addition to Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2008, Ingrid Marie Rivera, Miss Chandni will bring in a newly-glowing titleholder to demonstrate how to cause a panel of celebrity judges to have a nuclear meltdown during your catwalk in swimsuit and give you a 9.99. This guest lecturer is none other than the radiant Miss Atom 2008, Yulia Nagaeva.
According to World Nuclear News, Yulia is 26, from Moscow, and works for a Russian nuclear fuel company. She said this about her work in the nuclear energy industry: "Every day carries something new if you see beauty in simple things and strive for more."
Miss Atom 2008 Yulia Nagaeva
Miss Atom 2008 first runner-up Asel Uyibaeva of KazAtomProm