Las Vegas, Nevada (The Adobo Chronicles) – Jenna Talackova, the 23-year-old woman who forced Donald Trump and his Miss Universe Canada pageant to end its ban on transgender contestants, fell short of the national title last year. But reports from Miss Universe Pageant franchise holders from all over the world are reporting that they have seen an influx of transgender contestant applications this year. Trump is reportedly considering lifting the transgender ban worldwide.
In the Philippines, Brazil, Venezuela and Mexico, aspiring beauty queens are getting nervous about stiffer competition they are likely to face from transgender contestants. These countries have each had a fair share of international beauty pageant titles, including Miss Universe.
Even Russia, host of last year’s pageant, seemed open to lifting the transgender ban despite the Putin government’s strict laws against homosexuality.
Transgender people are slowly but surely making their mark in the arts, sports, business and politics, not to mention being poised to be the face of what many people are calling the “next major civil rights movement,” as proven by this week’s Time magazine cover.
Will the next Miss Universe be transgender? First, write to Donald Trump and express your support for this long overdue change in the pageant’s discriminatory policy.
Las Vegas, Nevada — This year’s Miss Universe Pageant will be held on November 9 in Moscow. The crowning ceremonies will be at the Crocus City Hall.
This year’s pageant will see not one, but three contestants of Filipino heritage: Miss Philippines Ariella Arida, Miss Canada Riza Santos, and Miss Gabon, Ruth Jennifer Ondo Mouchita.
The Miss Universe organization issued new rules this week. The contestant who wins in the Best Evening Gown competition will be exempted from the final question. It is common knowledge that many frontrunners in the pageant end up losing the crown because of not-so-smart answers to the final question asked of the top five finalists.
The last three years saw the Philippines so close to winning the coveted crown, so the Binibining Pilipinas Charities, franchise holder of the Miss Philippines Universe Pageant, is leaving no stone unturned to win the crown this year. The Charities has commissioned a top Filipino designer to design the eveninng gown of Miss Philippines to ensure that she is exempted from the final question.
Aware that Pageant owner Donald Trump has a hand in deciding the Best in Evening Gown winner, the Filipino designer came up with a design that incorporates the Trump Tower in Las Vegas. The designer said that Miss Arida, whose features are a cross between Beyonce and Nicole Scherzinger of Pussycat Dolls, will look stunning in this never before seen gown.
The Adobo Chronicles wishes Miss Arida the best of luck!