Archive for the ‘Beauty Pageants’ Category

Little Pageant Queen Dethroned After Complaints Arise the Winner is Black And Not Latin Enough!

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

I cannot express in words how angry I am about this situation here. Another pageant problem surfaces because the winner was born with brown skin. But this time I am really really hurt by all of the nonsense because the beauty queen is a minor, a 7-year-old girl from Wilmington, Delaware.

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Jakiya McKoy beat several little girls in the competition and won the title of Little Miss Hispanic Delaware.

“Pageant sponsors Nuestras Raices Delaware (Our Roots) blocked her win after an outcry from people claiming that, because she is Black, she is not the best representative of Latin beauty.”

WHAT?!!!

“Jakiyah has been left devastated after Nuestras Raices Delaware ruled there was no proof she had at least 25% Latina blood.”

“The title is now pending while the committee ‘investigates’ Jakiyah’s heritage. Meanwhile, none of the other competitors were subject to such an investigation.”

“Nuestra Raices Delaware president Maria Parez, however, denied the allegations of racism.”

OOOOO this makes me so mad! When I read the New York Daily News article I had flash backs of racist comments Latin people made to me from when I was a little girl to an adult. At 10-years-old a Puerto Rican man said straight to my face that he didn’t want me to play with his daughters because I was Black! As an adult I dated a Puerto Rican man and he told me a group of little kids performing a Latin dance at an event we attended couldn’t be of Spanish heritage because they were too dark! That relationship didn’t last long.

It’s a shame how uneducated people are, to this day, about their own heritage. I have friends and sorority sisters that possess Honduras, Costa Rican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and Venezuelan ancestry and their color ranges from brown, dark brown to dark skin. They are all proud Latinas and will beat you down if you tell them they are not! And guess what? I know several light skinned Latinos who have at least one Black parent, who is also Latin, so why are there complaints about the way Jakiyah looks???

This is what really pisses me off. No one questioned Jakiyah’s ancestry when she entered the competition. In order to enter her folks had to pay a pageant fee and other expenses that come with pageantry. SO it seems to me that Nuestras Raices Delaware didn’t mind taking her parent’s money to compete because they didn’t think she would win!

I know people who have absolutely NO Latin ancestry and are often mistaken for Spanish by Spanish because their skin is light. How ridiculous is that! Therefore, all of the girls should be investigated not just the brown skin girl who won!

Jakiyah’s grandmother was from the Dominican Republic, which makes her 25% Latin, but passed away and there is no documentation of her origin.

Miss America Not Being Treated With Patriotism

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

I am really not feeling the racist comments towards our new Miss America, Nina Davuluri. I don’t know why I was/am (still) shocked at the mean, hateful and ridiculous statements made by uneducated backwards woodsy people – but I am.

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First of all I am a New York pageant girl and Nina is a New York pageant girl. So because of that connection I had her back right away. Plus, since Mallory Hagan Miss America 2013, also from New York, served only 8 month as Miss America, I wanted New York to win again.

All of the stuff that was said on twitter was straight crazy. Those fools said, “Nina performed an Egyptian dance and that she is an Arab and a terrorist.

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Miss America’s response to all of that crap was simply, “I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”

The thing is Nina is not the first Asian American to win the title and crown. Angela Perez-Baraquio, Miss Hawaii, is of Filipino descent and she won in 2001.

Now this is something that makes me wonder. Was all of this nonsense said because Nina’s skin is brown? I say yes! I don’t remember any racist statements said about Angela when she won and defiantly not at this level. Skin color is definitely the factor in all of this hatred – bottom line!

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But this is America. It’s a melting pot that includes all. Right? My college buddy and Facebook friend said, “America was never a true melting pot. I’ve been in countries where different races and cultures truly co-mingled and America is not one of them.”

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Despite all the foolishness I am sending a HUGE congratulations to Nina Davuluri on making history to become the first Miss America of Indian heritage! Us brown girls are doing it BIG!!

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Watch Miss America 2014′s interviewed with Debbye Turner Miss America 1990 on “Arise News.”

Classic

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

If I competed in pageants when I was in my 20s I would have vied for the Miss Black America title! Look at those afros! LUV! Classic photo circa 1972!

Miss Universe 2012

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

I am so happy Miss USA won the Miss Universe pageant! Even though I was home, I totally missed the pageant. I was busy with doing Christmas stuff around the house.

Miss Universe 2011 is still gorgeous as ever!

The Miss Universe Pageant

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

I watched the Miss Universe Pageant on Monday as I do every year and was happy to see that Miss Honduras rocked a big curly Afro during the competion!

From what I know, there are very few pageant girls who wear their natural hair in a style that is noticeably kinky while competing. I thought she looked beautiful. When I was competing and transitioning at the same time everyone (black and white) told me to wear a weave or straighten my hair. Long (curly or straight) pageant hair was key. I wish I had not listened to them. During my next pageant (whenever that is) I am going to sport my own natural curls and just enjoy my experience.

Check out the pictures below of Miss Honduras,

And of course, the winnner,

MISS ANGOLA who is MISS UNIVERSE 2011!!

Honestly, I knew Miss Angola was going to win as soon as she made top 16! No lie.

Keylin Gomez, Miss Honduras, looking elegant with natural hair in her evening gown

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The Winner!!

Leila Lopes born on February 26, 1986 in Benguela, Angola studied Business Management in Great Britain. She hopes her victory will allow her to assist her native Angola further escape its history of war and impoverishment and said she plans to focus on combating HIV around the globe.

She is the first to bring the crown home to her African nation.

Miss Universe

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Congratulations to Miss Mexico, Jimena Navarrete of Guadalajara, for beating 82 other women to achieve the crown of Miss Universe 2010!

I have to be honest, I fell asleep and missed the crowning, but I did tape it so I’ll have to watch that part another day. I did see the top five answer their questions and thought Miss Jamaica (first runner up) and Miss Australia (second runner up) were just awesome.  

However I still cannot beleive that Miss USA did not place. I don’t think I have ever watched this program where Miss USA did not make top 15. I think that was a first. I am still shocked.

Representing Their Countries

Friday, August 20th, 2010

The Miss Universe Pageant’s preliminary competition is in full effect. The contestants represent their country each year with beautiful costumes and I really took a liking to Miss Haiti’s outfit. It symbolizes the tragedy from the earthquake. Well done!

Plus her hair reminds me of the bun and rose I wore in my hair for a week a couple of weeks ago. A friend told me I should wear the hair accessory again. I think I will.

Miss Zambia looks fantastic. A traditional African outfit that reminds me of my days as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Congo and back packing throughout Africa. I visited Zambia during my travels and had a wonderful experience. The country is beautiful.

And my own Miss USA is our country’s mascot, the beautiful bald eagle. She wrote a letter to Obama saying she’s going to represent him, the work he is doing and our country by wearing this costume.

The Miss Universe Pageant will air live from the Mandalay Bay Center in Las Vegas, NV Monday, August 23 at 9pm EST on NBC and Telemundo.

Y’all know I love pageantry!

Miss Teen USA

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

As you guys know I love beauty pageants. I was all into watching the Miss Teen USA pageant, via webcast, over the weekend. Of course I was cheering for Miss Teen New York. I had to support my state plus she is from my hometown Queens. Then I saw Miss Teen Maryland appear on stage and she demanded attention. I went to college in Maryland, and I like the state a lot, so I was cheering for both girls – making my comments known on Facebook and Twitter – which was loads of fun. I was happy when both teens made top 15. New York didn’t make top 5 but she did get a chance to model her swimsuit and evening gown. Maryland made top 5 and ultimately took the national crown!

I am so happy to say congratulations to Kamie Crawford our new Miss Teen USA 2010!!