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.
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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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Much to the surprise of Miss USA fans, the NBC network dropped the Miss USA Pageant just days before its live air date earlier this month. The announcement came on the heels of unsavory remarks made by franchise owner Donald Trump. Trump was able to find a substitute home for the live show on the Reelz Channel, however the broadcast received some of the lowest ratings in Miss USA history.
Now, just days after the Miss USA fiasco, NBC is announcing a new endeavor in collaboration with supermodel Cindy Crawford. Crawford is set to produce a new television drama about modeling tentatively entitled Icon.
The model TV show will revolve around reported modeling wars of the 1980s between the Ford and Elite modeling agencies and their owners, Eileen Ford and John Casablancas. It has been confirmed that there are no current plans for Cindy Crawford to appear on camera in the production. Read the full story
Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez has been named WTF Goodwill Ambassador as a way to promote female Taekwondo participation worldwide. Sanchez has been involved in the martial arts since the age of 8.
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Johnny Depp's daughter Lily Rose has scored her first big modeling contract with (drumroll please)... Chanel! This comes as no surprise to followers of the Depp clan, since her mother has also been a Chanel model for several years. Read the full story and see the Chanel preview video
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About the Author
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.