The Miss Universe Organization has announced that its 2015 Miss Universe Pageant will be televised on the FOX Network December 20, live from Las Vegas. The production is returning to Planet Hollywood where it has been held several times previously. New pageant owners IMG have an agreement with FOX that will allow them to also broadcast the Miss USA Pageant.
Wedding Bells ring for Miss USA formers
Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez married actor Daniel Booko in October after a year-long engagement. The couple honeymooned in Costa Rica. They also took time out to meet with Miss Costa Rica 2014 Karina Ramos, who Sanchez met at the Miss Universe Pageant in 2014.
Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih is engaged to marry Tony Salibi. Fakih won the Miss USA title representing the state of Michigan. She is also a former WWE Diva.
Get the details: Donald Trump sells the Miss Universe Organization
While many pageant fans are shocked, there are several Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss Universe hopefuls out there who are breathing a sigh of relief after this year's fiasco with the live national telecast of the Miss USA 2015 pageant being axed by NBC at the final hour. So what do the new owners have in store?
For those new to the talent industry, WME-IMG stands for William Morris Endeavor and IMG Talent, a partnership of one of the largest and most well respected talent agencies in the industry and a leading modeling agency. This entity has long been working with the Miss Universe Org and the Trumpster to bring beauties like the reigning Miss USA Olivia Jordan (pictured here last spring as Miss Oklahoma at NYFW) to the runways of Fashion Week shows nationwide.
WME represents many famous celebrities, with their talent roster including top model Cara Delevingne. Bottom line - this change could bring even more opportunities for pageant titleholders worldwide to expand their horizons in the fashion and entertainment industry. You go, girls!
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Among the many beauty queens in attendance at the Fall 2015 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC were the reigning Miss USA Nia Sanchez and current Miss America Kira Kazantsev.
Photos: Pageant queens who attended NY Fashion Week
Perhaps the most groundbreaking news so far at NYFW has been the appearance of American Horror Story actress Jamie Brewer, who became the first Fashion Week model with Down Syndrome to take the runway. She also has some inspirational advice for her fans! Read more
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This year's Miss Universe Pageant was not without its controversy. Miss USA has been criticized for her answer to a judge's question, and Miss Jamaica won the fan vote on Twitter.
But one of the biggest Miss Universe stories to go viral this year centered around the sport of hockey. Miss Canada's national costume gained notoriety from critics who clearly didn't know that a horror film costume designer made the costume for Miss Canada.
Speaking of stories, have you heard what happened at the 2015 Miss Amazonas Pageant? Aka the Miss Amazon Pageant, this event brought some attention to pageants as one disgruntled runner-up had a complete meltdown on stage and did the UNTHINKABLE. Read about how a crown was ripped from a pageant queen's head.
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Cherie Wimberly is a top model, writer, and author of the Ultimate Pageant Notebook. Her articles on beauty and fashion can be found all over the web and in her National Modeling column at Examiner.com.