At its annual meeting held this week in Puerto Rico, the ABPFH members signed a memorandum of agreement banning the top three countries on the list from participating in any of the big four pageants in 2015 and 2016.
“We wanted to give other countries a better chance to improve their standing in the beauty pageants,” a spokesperson for ABPFH told reporters.
The top three countries who will not be participating in the pageants for the next two years are Venezuela, the United States and the Philippines.
Venezuela tops the list with 21 crowns and 40 runners-up. The U.S. has 14 crowns and 55 runners-up, while the Philippines has 10 crowns and 21 runners-up.
ABPFH said that the three countries can again send representatives to the pageants beginning in 2017.
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.
Manila, Philippines – The top ten list of countries with the most beautiful women is out, and the Philippines is not one of them. This, despite the fact that the Philippines has won the crown in all of the major international beauty pageants.
Other than the Philippines, only Venezuela and Brazil have similarly won all the major beauty pageants. Both Western countries are in the top ten list, with Brazil being rated number one.
The list was put out by UCityGuides, an international travel guide to the best destinations in the world.
“This is pure and simple discrimination,” said Joyce Ann Burton- Titular, a former Miss Philippines title holder and publisher of an internet site called Adventures of a Beauty Queen.“How can they possibly snub the Philippines when it practically won all the major beauty titles last year alone, including Miss World, Miss International and Miss Supranational,” Miss Burton-Titular said.
In reaction to this snub, a national coalition of women’s organizations in the Philippines is planning a Million March next week in Manila to publicly chastise UCityGuides and demand an apology.