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These Men Represented Their Country In The Mister Global Pageant And We Are Living For These ‘National Costumes’

As any beauty pageant fan knows, the best part of the competition is the National Costume Show — a segment designed to showcase clothing that honors and celebrates contestants’ home countries.

Every year, outfits seem to get increasingly complicated, ornate, or simply engineered to go viral. This year’s Mister Global, an annual male beauty pageant founded in 2014, was no exception.

Same as every year, the most attention goes to pageant’s national outfits showcase.

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As always, the most visually enticing and talked-about competition of the Mister Global pageant is the National Costume Contest, during which each guy shows off his country’s heritage through an elaborate costume. “The winning costume is not about the size or design but the story and culture behind it,” says Kitti Kamjunsa, spokesperson of the male beauty pageant.

The pageant was won by Korea‘s Jong Woo Kim, who is a 23-year-old police administration student and model.

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Jong Woo Kim is set to become an inspirational role model for young men all around the world. He will also become a Global Goodwill Ambassador and participate in environmental and charitable projects.

Among the other men who made it to the finals are Houssem Saïdi of Tunisia (first runner-up), José Luis Rodrigo Navarro of Spain (second runner-up), Kenan Murseli of Switzerland (third runner-up) and Braulio Encarnación of Dominican Republic (fourth runner-up).

Although a Latino didn’t win Mister Global this year, they still featured some of our favorite looks from the pageant.

MEXICO

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Mexico is a land of many different cultures. In the capital city, there’s even a park called Plaza de Las Tres Culturas. From the Aztec and the Mixtec to the Maya and the Zapotec, Mexico is rich in cultural identity. But according t Manuel Duarte, this year’s Mister Mexico, his look was inspired by the ancient Maya civilization.

BRAZIL

Mister Brazil won in 2017. Do you think this look would of helped him win this year?

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Braulio Encarnación, Mister Dominican Republic, was the fourth runner-up.

PANAMA

Mister Panama came out in full on Carnival flare and yet left little to the imagination. Also, that smile…

PERU

Mister Peru seems to be channeling the ancient Inca people, who lived in Peru through the late 1500s – until they were eradicated by the Spanish.

CHILE

One look at the Facebook reactions to Mister Chile and you can see that he did his country proud.

PUERTO RICO

This year’s Mister Puerto Rico was Edgar Irizarry. His costume “paid tribute to the indigenous people of Puerto Rico; the taínos,” Irizarry told Insider. “The costume I wore was designed to resemble the Cacique Taíno,” or a leader of the group.

CUBA

Mister Cuba 2019 is Rubert Manuel Arias Solozábal. This was the first year Cuba was represented in the pageant and he went all in. I mean a costume doesn’t get more Cuban than this.

And, of course, there’s the USA:

The Twitter reactions to Mister USA were hardly positive. Sure, Superman may be ‘native’ to the US in that he was created there and is a part of American pop culture. But with the immense cultural diversity of the US’s Native American tribes, many questioned by they weren’t used as an inspiration for the look.

These national costume looks are incredible but let’s not forget the guys also had a swimsuit competition.

For a more complete look at those looks check them out here.

Ana Gabriela Molina Has No Arms, But That Won’t Stop Her From Competing To Be ‘Miss Veracruz’

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Ana Gabriela Molina Has No Arms, But That Won’t Stop Her From Competing To Be ‘Miss Veracruz’

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Ana Gabriela Molina de los Santos, is a young woman with no arms who is competing to become ‘Miss Veracruz’. The criteria of beauty pageants is usually archaic and problematic: women must be of a certain age, height and weight and their body measurements must not exceed certain inches. Women with different body types, and conditions are not usually part of these competitions, but Gabriela is determined to participate and set and example. 

Ana Gabriela Molina de los Santos has no arms.

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The contestant in the Miss Veracruz 2020 beauty competition is spreading the message that no obstacle is too big when you’re prepared to work hard for what you want. During the presentation of all the beauty queens participating to become ‘Miss Veracruz’, Molina was the one that sparked the most interest in the audience. 

Ana Gabriela already took home the title of beauty queen of her own town ‘Miss Nanchital’

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Molina already won the competition in her hometown for Miss Nanchital 2020, and caused a sensation after participating in the presentation of Miss Veracruz contestants last weekend in Xalapa. “Thank you to everyone, most of all my family who were able to come and those who, despite distances . . . have always shown me their support,” she said in a post on Facebook. 

She’s a psychology graduate and motivational speaker who wants to raise awareness for people with disabilities. 

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Molina graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology on December 10 and is a motivational speaker, hosting conferences on personal development. She says that completing her degree was key in helping her gain the strength of mind and confidence to participate in a beauty pageant. “No dreamer is too small and no dream is too big,” she wrote in another Facebook post.

Beauty pageants have long been criticized for reinforcing unrealistic standards for women.

Competitions judging women based on their looks, their smiles, their hair, make-up and clothing have been critiqued for years. Some of these contests promote standards of beauty that are unrealistic. In fact, the criteria by which women are chosen or even eligible to compete is very problematic in itself: she must be between the age of 18 and 25, a certain height and weight and her body measurements must not exceed a certain number of inches —but for Ana Gabriela, none of that matters. She wants her success to be an example for other girls who look just like her. 

Molina is working toward more inclusivity in beauty pageants, and she might just succeed by becoming ‘Miss Veracruz’.

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Ana Gabriela hopes that her participation in the competition will show others that her disability has not stopped her from chasing her dreams and that if she can accomplish her goals despite having no arms, then anyone can accomplish their own.

If she were to win, she’d use her title to raise awareness of disability.

Everyday, the Veracruzana wants to encourage children with disabilities to pursue their dreams.

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“The word ‘pity’ is not in my vocabulary. And the term ‘pobrecito’ really angers me, because I can do just as much as you can.” she says. 

She was always drawn to beauty pageants, even as a child. 

Ever since she was a little girl, Gabriela dreamed of participating in a beauty pageant, “I always told my family, one day, they’d see me there, modeling or competing.” she said in an interview with Mexican news channel, Noticias La Fuente. At the time, her family dismissed what she said. “No one would imagine a person with a disability participating in a platform like that.”

 The winner of the Miss Veracruz 2020 competition will go on to represent the state in the Miss Mexico pageant. Last year’s Miss Veracruz, Marilú Acevedo, was the first runner-up in the Miss Mexico competition, barely losing the crown to Ashley Alvídrez of Chihuahua.

Miss Nigeria Just Got Crowned The Best Black Queen For Her Reaction To Miss Jamaica’s Win

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Miss Nigeria Just Got Crowned The Best Black Queen For Her Reaction To Miss Jamaica’s Win

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2019 has been a momentous year for many reasons, one of which came about just last week when Miss Jamaica, Toni-Ann Singh, won this year’s Miss World Pageant. Singh’s win signifies a striking moment in history: for the first time ever, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss America, Miss Universe and Miss World are all black women. Of course, this is definitely something worth celebrating, but no one is cheering as hard as Singh’s competitor, Nyekachi Douglas (aka Miss Nigeria).

Twitter is absolutely buzzing with praise for both Miss Jamaica AND Miss Nigeria, whose response has shown us how we should always show up for each other—even our competition.

As people all over the world continue to savor this moment in history, these two queens are continuing to shine and share their messages of positivity. After winning the crown, Singh addressed her legion of fans on Twitter, saying: “To that little girl in St. Thomas, Jamaica and all the girls around the world – please believe in yourself. Please know that you are worthy and capable of achieving your dreams. This crown is not mine but yours. You have a PURPOSE.”

Singh was born in Morant, St. Thomas, Jamaica. She graduated from Florida State University with a degree in psychology and women’s studies. She was president of the Caribbean students association on campus, and at the time of the pageant, she had taken a year off before enrolling in medical school.

“I think I represent something special, a generation of women that are pushing forward to change the world,” she said.

And she’s absolutely right—many of Singh’s Miss World Pageant peers are on track to achieve some major goals in the near future. For example, First Runner-Up Ophély Mézino (Miss France) is a model and beauty pageant title holder who is currently studying chemical engineering. Suman Rao (Miss India) was named Second Runner-Up—she studies accounting at the University of Mumbai and is an established model with a major Instagram following.Elís Miele Coelho completed her education at St. Francis Xavier Technical College in São Paulo, where she later founded Projeto Doe Fios, an organization that provides women suffering from terminal illness with hair. And, finally, Nyekachi Douglas (Miss Nigeria) is a public health student who aims to give a voice to her community and one day establish her own fashion line (not to mention her ability to school us all on how to be our best selves!).

What about the other four black women who have been crowned as 2019 beauty pageant royalty?

Yup, they’re killing it, too. Take Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa. She was named Miss Universe just last week, after beginning her pageantry career at age 7. She holds a Bachelor of Technology graduate degree in public relations management from Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and worked as a graduate intern in the public relations department of Ovilvy cape Town prior to winning Miss South Africa. She is passionate about climate change, women’s empowerment and diversity, and she wants to use her title as a way to transform the way young girls think about how they look.

“I want them to live in a different world where everyone matters, where everyone is smart, where everyone is beautiful, where everyone is capable,” Tunzi said.

Kaliegh Garris, who won Miss Teen USA in April, is a communications student at Southern Connecticut State University. She founded the organization We Are People 1st, which assists people with disabilities, as a result of her relationship with her elder sister, who struggles with multiple disabilities. She also volunteers at Yale New Haven Hospital and has been recognized by the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services for her impact.

Cheslie Kryst won Miss USA in May. In addition to this title, Kryst holds a Juris Doctor and a Master of Business Administration and is licensed to practice law in both North and South Carolina. Not only is she a badass attorney—Kryst is also the founder of the fashion blog White Collar Glam, a site dedicated to helping women dress for white-collar careers.

And Nia Franklin, who was named the 2019 Miss America, is an emerging composer with a Master of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. As a student at UNCSA, Franklin was a member of ArtistCorps, an AmeriCorps program that brings well-known artists to public schools and community centers to work with students who lack access to arts programming. She also worked closely with Success Academy Charter Schools, founding a music club for students and serving as a cultural partner with the nonprofit Sing For Hope.

Let’s give it up for all of these intelligent, beautiful, and compassionate women!