In an award-winning documentary film entitled Brave Miss World, Linor Abargil shares her personal story of struggle and triumph following a brutal attack she endured just weeks before winning the title of Miss World in 1998.
The film produced by Cecilia Peck (daughter of actor Gregory Peck) chronicles Linor's journey toward helping other victims who have endured the same or similar events and the struggles that follow. It is now available for purchase and rental on Amazon Prime. The producers also invite groups and organizers to host a screening to inform the local community of resources by speaking out against rape and violence toward women.
The #IAmBrave campaign is growing strong thanks to followers of the film. On the official Brave Miss World website, you can find helpful action tips to promote the movement including using hashtags #BraveMissWorld or #IAmBrave and #MeToo on social media, by sharing your story and posting photos to help raise awareness.
For more information and to join in the effort, visit the official Brave Miss World website at www.BraveMissWorld.com
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 back 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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Lifetime television viewers of new series The Client List given a glimpse of the pageant preparation workbook entitled the Ultimate Teen Pageant Notebook by Cherie Wimberly
Ultimate Pageant Notebook makes TV Debut
Last Sunday Lifetime Television premiered its new original series, The Client List, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. And while hundreds of thousands of viewers waited in anticipation of the weekly drama based on the hit made-for-television movie of the same title, one viewer was especially anxious, Cherie Wimberly, the author of the Ultimate Pageant Notebook. One of her pageant preparation workbooks was used as a prop in the storyline. It was the Teen Pageant Edition of The Ultimate Pageant Notebook.
A fan of the movie, which aired last year on Lifetime, this author was surprised and thrilled to receive a very special request from the production company filming the show. “When the producers first contacted me, I wasn’t sure if it was for real,” Wimberly explains, “but once they sent over the release and paperwork I was so excited.”
In a scene set at the local beauty salon, a young pageant contestant (Twinkle) is spotted reading her copy of the Ultimate Pageant Notebook prior to a pageant coaching session. Meanwhile, Riley (Jennifer Love-Hewitt) engages in a heated but friendly discussion with her mother.
Riley is the main character of the movie-turned-TV-series brought to life by Jennifer Love Hewitt. She is described as a former beauty queen. Cherie Wimberly, author of the Ultimate Pageant Notebook series of pageant prep workbooks was delighted to hear the news.
“Knowing the lead character’s background it was really nice to see the writers incorporate pageantry into another aspect of the storyline,” the author said. “Her character is very smart, and finds herself in an unthinkable situation. Although the premise of the show is quite unconventional, it’s good to see pageant people portrayed in an intelligent light, instead of in a negative one.”
Pageant people and viewers of all types can catch the series Sunday nights on the Lifetime network. Check your local listings for details.
The Ultimate Pageant Notebook pageant preparation workbook series was first published in 2008. All titles are currently available on Amazon.