Céline Van Outysel of Antwerp Crowned Miss Belgium 2020
Céline Van Outysel of Antwerp was crowned as Miss Belgium 2020 in the 52nd edition of the Miss België pageant which took place on 11th January, 2020 at the Plopsaland Theater in De Panne, Belgium. She succeeds Elena Castro Suarez, the outgoing Miss Belgium titleholder, who represented Belgium at Miss World 2019 pageant. Céline Van Outysel will now represent Belgium at Miss Universe 2020 or Miss World 2020.
The newly crowned Miss Belgium 2020, Céline Van Outysel is 23 years old and is a lawyer by profession. “I fell on the podium myself tonight and is, therefore, the best example that you just have to get up when you fall, even in life,” said the new Miss Belgium. For the fifth time in six years, Miss Belgium comes from the province of Antwerp.
During the same pageant, Celest Decaestecker of West Flanders was titled as the first runner up. If the newly crowned Miss Belgium is unable to compete at both Miss World and Miss Universe pageants due to clash of dates, then the first runner up shall be representing Belgium at one of the pageants. Meanwhile, Anicca Van Hollebeke was adjudged as the second runner up, Laura Vanquaillie was announced as the third runner up and Elize Baron finished as the fourth runner up to Miss Belgium 2020.
Audrey Nabila Monkam was crowned as Miss World Cameroon 2020 in the grand finale of Miss Cameroun 2020 which took place on December 28, 2019 in Yaounde. She succeeds Caroline Nseke as the new Miss Cameroun and will now represent Cameroon at the 70th edition of Miss World pageant wherein Toni Ann Singh from Jamaica will crown her successor as Miss World 2020.
The newly crowned Miss Cameroon 2020, Audrey Nabila, who hails from Bali Nyonga in the North West region of Cameroon is 24 years old and measures 1:80 meter tall. As the winner of the pageant, she received a cash price of 5 million cfa frs, a 4 wheel drive, a ticket of 1.5 million cfa frs offered by Ethiopian Airlines,among other gifts. She is also a Degree holder in Banking and Finance from the University of Buea.
During the same pageant, Marguerite Dieunie Kilama was titled as the first runner up while Rose Noella Moyou Arrey was adjudged as the second runner up. Meanwhile, Charline Stephanie Amougou, Adama Ruth Ule Ayanuru and Duchess Irene Kolle finished as the further runners up respectively.
As the representative of Cameroon at the Miss World 2020 pageant, Audrey Nabila Monkam revealed her project in front of the Minister of Arts and Culture Pierre Ismael Bidoung Mkpwat, to create a vocational program where adults and youths will always sit and discuss to promote cultural diversity, multiculturalism, living together.
New Age Pageant Queens or a Strategy to Cope with Declining Viewership?
2019 witnessed one of the most historic year for pageantry as winners of the most reputed national and international pageants crowned black women as the winners. This all started in September 2018, when Miss America Organization crowned a black woman from North Carolina named Nia Franklin, marking the beginning of a pioneering 2019 pageant circuit for black ladies. This was later followed by the crowning of Miss Teen USA 2019, Kaliegh Garris who was later joined by Miss USA 2019, Cheslie Kryst. The significance of the Black Girl Reign in the year took over the internet drastically when Zozibini Tunzi from South Africa was crowned as Miss Universe 2019 in the first week of December. Very soon, Miss World Organization as well made a vital move when it decided to crown a black woman, Toni Ann Singh from Jamaica as Miss World 2019.
Now this does calls out for a celebration but let us ponder on the question that crowning all black ladies in the prominent national and international pageants is just a coincidence or a strategy to expand the popularity of the pageants worldwide. It is a universally acknowledged fact that many feminists have often criticized and even questioned the existence of beauty pageants, blaming them to demean and commodify women with respect to their physical appearance. We are currently living in an era where these pageants have time and again moved beyond its accepted notion of beauty and has welcomed women from different ethnicities, gender preferences and culture, however when it comes to the main titleholder, the winner usually is clad in the much accepted standards of beauty and fashion.
Now let us go back to September 2018 when Nia Franklin was crowned as Miss America 2019. Soon after she won the title of Miss America, the social media went crazy appreciating the shifting beauty standards calling Nia a pioneer of new age beauty queens. And this did pioneer a new trend of black women winning many pageants in the days to come. But were those victories merely a coincidence falling in succession or was it a strategically planned move by the respective Organizations to fathom the trending popularity? It is interesting to note the fact that in its 92 editions, Nia Franklin is only the ninth woman to be crowned as a black Miss America, while in its 68 editions Zozibini Tunzi is only the sixth black woman to be crowned as Miss Universe. Pageant after pageant, whenever a black lady won any pageant, the social media went gaga over the change, whereby Miss World was the last pageant to close the season.
Seeing Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey congratulating Zozibini Tunzi, certainly alleviated the already popular Miss Universe pageant in terms of fame. Now coming to the Miss World 2019 pageant, while many people were rooting for India or France for the Miss World crown, Jamaica came in to competition all of a sudden and won it all with her terrific answer. Now we may claim she had the best answer in the final question and answer round, but we have seen many great spokeswomen in the final round who could not win the main title, considering the overall performance in the pageant. Hence, saying it is merely a coincidence would be inane. It could hence be said that Miss World was trying to share the similar popularity at social media which was achieved by its counterpart, Miss Universe Organization a week ago.
Although, pageants have recently sought to put more emphasis on the offstage lives of their contestants, highlighting their accomplishments and charity work instead of only their physical appearances, it is to be pondered that these historic wins come at a time in which the industry is struggling to modernize amid declining viewership. Do you believe the black girl magic of 2019 a coincidence or a strategy to gain worldwide popularity? Do let us know in the comment section!
Talking about pageants and missed out a conversation on evening gowns? Eh! Not going to happen, right? As the decade ends, we are here to reminisce the best gowns of the year, looking at which made us feel “Oh! I need to have this one in my wardrobe.” So what are we waiting for, let us get started!
Miss Universe Thailand, Fahsai Paweensuda Drouin
Thailand might have not won the crown, but it surely won the hearts when she took over the runway in an exuberant glazing red evening gown with a colossal thigh-high slit. This beautiful evening gown was designed by Surface Adhit Dhirakittiwat. The best feature of this awe striking gown was a sequined leg, which made it incredibly unique and impactful at the Miss Universe stage. If observed closely, the elaborate silver crystal beadwork framing the bodice in the design of falling stars was so ensnaring that one could never put off eyes from this amazing masterpiece.
Miss Universe France, Maeva Coucke
One of the most laudable evening gown at the Miss Universe stage, France never disappoints when it comes to the selection of evening gowns. The ivory sequined feathered gown was designed by the renowned Lebanese designer, Ziad Nakad. Not only the colour white emphasized the simplicity and elegance of the lady but the sequins and feathers at the bottom half and sleeves gave her a royal look.
Miss Universe Puerto Rico, Madison Anderson
This beautiful mirrored mosaic gown was designed by Luis Antonio. Not only did the mirrored sequins hugged her body flawlessly but the incredibly fierce column shape of the gown made her look irresistible for the title.
Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray
Talking about the best evening gowns of the year and miss out on Catriona’s masterpiece during her farewell walk? Impossible! For her final walk as Miss Universe, the beauty queen glittered in a blue alon or wave inspired mermaid gown which was titled as “Reflection.” It was designed by none other than Mak Tumang. The evening gown was a combination of the now-iconic Mayon and Adarna, two gowns that Catriona wore when she competed for the Miss Universe 2018, which paid tribute to the country’s Mayon Volcano and Ibong Adarna respectively. The iridescent blue gown was intricately covered in Swarovski crystals and feather appliqués. Loved it completely!
Miss Mexico International, Andrea Toscano
Such a lovely gown! Andrea Toscano wore this sparkling silver gown, which featured stunning silver beaded and pearl sequin applique over a net backdrop. The gown was entirely roofed in beads at the neck lined torso including bell-shaped sleeves.
Miss India World, Suman Rao
Falguin and Shane Peacock knows how to adorn it’s queens with majesty. Dressed in a white silver sequined gown, Suman looked exquisite. Not only the fitting of the gown praiseworthy, but the delicate rhinestones falling from her shoulders portrayed her as highly mesmerizing.
Miss Grand International 2019, Valentina Figueroa
This masterpiece was designed by the renowned Venezuelan designer, Nidal Nouaihed. Although the gown was on style with the swerve of nude gowns, it featured a nude tulle illusion base with outstanding silver sequins right the way through. The gown had a centre front slit and appealing horsehair netting shoulder detail.
Miss Universe Indonesia, Frederika Alexis Cull
This gown was appreciated by everyone around the world! This one-shoulder red and black sequined gown was designed by the celebrated Indonesian designer, Tex Saverio and was inspired by the “Spirit of the Phoenix”, featuring a side-front slit over and above a shoulder fall drape.
Miss International 2019, Sireethorn Leearamwat
Thailand won its first Miss International crown with the lady dressed in blush pink colored evening gown that featured an entirely beaded dress above tulle with feathers. The gown accessorized with armbands in blush pink colored feathers and the sequin applique was brilliantly eyecatching.
Miss World Philippines, Michelle Dee
Francis Libiran never disappoints with his amazing work! The teal colored sequined gown with a front opening, sheer illusion panels, and spectacular full sleeve drapes looked beautiful on Michelle as she took over the Miss World stage.
The 52nd edition of the Miss België pageant, is slated to be held on 11th January, 2020 at the Plopsaland Theater in De Panne, Belgium. During the conclusion of Miss Belgium 2020, Elena Castro Suarez, the outgoing Miss Belgium titleholder, who represented Belgium at Miss World 2019 pageant, will crown her successor as Miss Belgium 2020, who will then represent Belgium at Miss Universe 2020 or Miss World 2020.
This year 32 contestants are vying for the title of Miss Belgium 2020. Let us meet them all!
Who do you think will be crowned as Miss Belgium 2020, let us know in the comments below!
Miss World 2019 was the 69th edition of the Miss World pageant and was held on December 14, 2019 at the ExCeL London in London, United Kingdom. During the conclusion of the pageant, Vanessa Ponce of Mexico crowned Toni Ann Singh from Jamaica as her successor. This is Jamaica’s fourth Miss World crown and first after 1993.
During the same event, Ophély Mézinofrom France was titled as the first runner up and Suman Rao from India was adjudged as the second runner up.
Miss World 2019- Jamaica – Toni-Ann Singh 1st Runner-Up- France – Ophély Mézino 2nd Runner-Up- India – Suman Rao
Top 5 Finalists:
Brazil – Elis Miele Nigeria – Nyekachi Douglas
Top 12 Semi-Finalists:
Cook Islands – Tajiya Eikura Sahay Kenya – Maria Wavinya Mexico – Ashley Alvídrez Nepal – Anushka Shrestha Philippines – Michelle Dee Russia – Alina Sanko Vietnam – Lương Thùy Linh
Top 40 Quarter-Finalists:
Antigua and Barbuda – Taqiyyah Francis
Australia – Sarah Marschke
Brazil – Elís Miele Coelho
British Virgin Islands – Rikkiya Brathwaite
China– Li Peishan
Cook Islands – Tajiya Eikura Sahay
Denmark – Natasja Kunde
England – Bhasha Mukherjee
France – Ophély Mézino
Guyana – Joylyn Conway
Hong Kong – Lila Lam
India – Suman Rao
Indonesia – Princess Megonondo
Jamaica – Toni-Ann Singh
Kenya – Maria Wavinya
Malaysia – Alexis SueAnn Seow
Mexico – Ashley Alvídrez
Moldova – Elizaveta Kuznitova
Mongolia – Tsevelmaa Mandakh
Nepal – Anushka Shrestha
New Zealand – Lucy Brock
Nigeria – Nyekachi Douglas
Paraguay – Araceli Bobadilla
Philippines – Michelle Dee
Poland – Milena Sadowska
Portugal – Inês Brusselmans
Puerto Rico – Daniella Rodríguez
Russia – Alina Sanko
Scotland – Keryn Matthew
South Africa – Sasha-Lee Olivier
Spain – María del Mar Aguilera
Thailand – Narintorn Chadapattarawalrachoat
Trinidad and Tobago – Tya Janè Ramey
Tunisia – Sabrine Mansour
Uganda – Oliver Nakakande
Ukraine – Marharyta Pasha
United States of America – Emmy Cuvelier
Venezuela – Isabella Rodríguez
Vietnam – Lương Thùy Linh
Wales – Gabriella Jukes
Fastrack Challenge Winners
Top Model Round- Nigeria – Nyekachi Douglas
Sports Challenge- British Virgin Islands – Rikkiya Brathwaite
Talent Round- Jamaica – Toni-An Singh
Multimedia- Nepal – Anushka Shrestha
Africa- Nigeria – Nyekachi Douglas Americas- Brazil – Elís Miele Coelho Asia- India – Suman Rao Caribbean- Trinidad and Tobago – Tya Janè Ramey Europe- France – Ophély Mézino Oceania- Cook Islands – Tajiya Eikura Sahay
Miss World 2019: Final Predictions and Ultimate Picks for Crown!
Miss World 2019 will be the 69th edition of the Miss World pageant. The coronation gala of Miss World 2019 will be held on December 14, 2019 at the Excel London in London, United Kingdom, at the conclusion of which Vanessa Ponce of Mexico will crown her successor as the next Miss World. While we are just few hours away from the grand finale of Miss World 2019, after assessing contestants through various Fastrack Challenges and videos, I am finally here with my final picks for the Miss World crown, so without further delay let’s get started!
Leading the leaderboard is none other than Miss France, Ophély Mézino. France has won the Miss World crown only once and that too back in 1953. After multiple tumultuous placements at Miss World, I believe this is the time when France actually has the stars lined up for its second Miss World crown. Not only did Ophély Mézino paved her way to Top 5 of Top Model Round as well as Top 10 of Beauty with a Purpose Fastrack Challenges, but also holds eloquence and charm worthy of being appreciated. I have my eyes fixed on her!
Next up we have Miss Nigeria, Nyekachi Douglas. If there is one woman who is leading the pageant as a one woman army then it is none other than Nyekachi. After winning the Top Model Round, Head to Head Challenge and runner up position in Sports Challenge as well as becoming a finalist in Beauty with a Purpose Challenge, Nigeria has solidified its position to grab the much adored Miss World crown. She is exclusively spontaneous, energetic and vivacious, and I believe this feature might just get Africa another lauded crown in a span of one week.
Following closely is Miss India, Suman Rao. It has not been a very long time since India has been gifted with the Miss World crown, but watching the highly exuberant Suman Rao, India’s vision towards seventh Miss World crown does not seem like a far-fetched dream! Suman has paved her way in the Top Model Round, Beauty with a Purpose Round as well as Talent Round, and in addition has also won the Head to Head Challenge. Do not be surprised if she walks home with the crown tonight!
Uganda – Oliver Nakakande
Trinidad and Tobago – Tya Janè Ramey
Czech Republic – Denisa Spergerová
Vietnam – Lương Thùy Linh
Venezuela – Isabella Rodríguez
Indonesia – Princess Megonondo
Jamaica – Toni-Ann Singh
Uganda has shown terrific presence since the initial days of the pageant and it shall be interesting to see how she will perform in the finale tonight. Trinidad and Tobago seemed to have created a momentum in the competition with her mirth and spark. Further, Czech Republic looks like a flag bearer from the European continent. Following her closely is Vietnam predeceasing Venezuela who looks like a drought breaker to the nation. Talking about Miss World and forget Indonesia? That’s not possible! Indonesia has sent another amazing candidate to the Miss World competition. Last but not the least, Jamaica looks like a very promising candidate in the race to the Miss World crown!
So these were my favourites for the Miss World 2019 crown. Whom are you rooting for to be Miss World 2019? Do let me know in the comments below.
Nyekachi Douglas from Nigeria Wins Top Model Round at Miss World 2019
Nyekachi Douglas from Nigeria won the much anticipated Top Model Round at Miss World 2019 and gets a direct entry to Top 40 semi-finals. The grand finale of Miss World 2019 is slated to take place on December 14, 2019 and few of the finalists have already been announced as the winners of different Fastrack Challenges. However, after winning the Top Model Round, Nigeria certainly has strengthened its position in the radar to grab the Miss World crown.
At the very same event, Lương Thuỳ Linh from Vietnam, Suman Rao from India, Ophély Mézino from France and Oliver Nakakande from Uganda finished as the runners up. Meanwhile, Miss Brazil, Elís Miele Coelho, Miss Czech Republic, Denisa Spergerová, Miss Hong Kong, Lila Lam, Miss Kazakhstan, Madina Batyk and Miss Trinidad and Tobago, Tya Janè Ramey emerged as the Top 10 semi-finalists of the Top Model Round.
We have seen many Top Model Round winners sweeping the Miss World crown as well. Miss World Top Model winners who have gone on to wear the famous blue crown include:
•Zhang Zilin from China – Miss World 2007
•Ksenia Sukhinova from Russia – Miss World 2008
•Megan Young from Philippines – Miss World 2013
•Mireia Lalaguna from Spain – Miss World 2015
Will Nigeria repeat the history? Only time will tell! Stay tuned for more enticing updates!
Miss World 2019: Top 10 Finalists of Top Model Competition
Miss World 2019 will be the 69th edition of the Miss World pageant. Miss World 2019 is slated to take place on December 14, 2019 at the ExCeL London in London, United Kingdom. During the conclusion of the pageant, Vanessa Ponce of Mexico will crown her successor as the new Miss World.
Today, after shortlisting 40 semi-finalists for the Top Model Competition, the Miss World Organization narrowed down the contestants into Top 10 finalists for the said round, wherein following contestants were shortlisted:
Brazil- Elis Miele
Czech Republic- Denisa Sphergerova
France- Ophely Mezino
Hong Kong- Lila Lam
India- Suman Rao
Kazakhstan- Madina Batyk
Nigeria- Nyekachi Douglas
Trinidad & Tobago- Tya Jane Ramey
Uganda- Oliver Nakakande
Vietnam- Luong Thuy Linh
The Top Model Fastrack Challenge is considered to be one of the vital segments of Miss World pageant, with the history of many former Miss World titleholders winning this particular segment during the time of their participation. Some of the much loved Miss World winners like Megan Young and Mireia Lalaguna Royo were also the winner of Top Model Round when they competed for the Miss World pageant.
Stay tuned to The Kaleidoscope of Pageantry for more juicy updates and exclusive coverage on the Miss World pageant. Also, we shall be shortly releasing our first hotpicks on Miss World 2019, so keep checking this space.
Rafah Nanjeba Torsa was crowned as Miss World Bangladesh 2019 on 11th October, 2019 at capital’s Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel. She succeeds Jannatul Ferdous Oishee as the new representative of Bangladesh at the Miss World pageant. Rafah will now represent Bangladesh at the 69th edition of the Miss World pageant in London this December.
Miss World Bangladesh 2019 pageant witnessed the participation of 37 candidates, where Fatiha Khalud Mayami and Zannatul Ferdaus Meghla emerged as the first and second runners-up respectively.
Rafah Nanjeba Torsa is a second year graduate student of Chittagong University’s International Relations department. After winning the crown she expressed, “Each of the participants who competed for the title were very talented. I can not express the feeling when I heard my name was announced as the winner. I am very grateful to the organizers.”
Rafah, who is a television show host in Bijoy TV, previously won the 2008 little of Little Miss Chittagong, and also received the first prize in folk dancing category from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for winning 2009’s Bangabandhu Shishu Kishor Competition. She also won a government grant to visit Japan, but could not attend as she was representing Chittagong division in a miming competition in Delhi. In addition, she also holds a gold medal for Bharat Natyam in the National Youth Competition back in 2010. She also became the first runner up of NTV Marks All Rounder 2010, won the first prize from Chittagong division in National Science Competition 2015, and has been starred in Tauquir Ahmed’s film Halda as well.