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!
Related article: Miss USA Olivia Jordan returns to New York Fashion Week
Taylor Swift is featured on the September cover of Vanity Fair Magazine. Not only that, she's inside pictured in an editorial photo shoot - plus, as one of the picks for the 75th annual International Best Dressed List. Looks like Taylor and Vanity Fair make a good match.
As you can see from the Vanity Fair cover 2.5 years ago, on the new cover of Vanity Fair Taylor Swift has come a long way. Seems like practice makes perfect. She's not only a brand ambassador for Cover Girl, but also the cover model for many fashion mags like Glamour, Maxim, and Teen Vogue.
Could be that hanging out with her "Girl Squad" has really paid off. Get the full story here
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.
American Horror Story Season 5: Hotel producers announced this week that Naomi Campbell will have a lead role in the most talked about AHS season in years. She will portray a fashion editor and will be involved somehow with Lady Gaga's character. Read more
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
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.