Miss Universe

Miss Universe Canada winner stripped of crown

Denise Garrido (left) and Riza Santos on stage. Photo: Reuters

An unlucky contestant in Canada's Miss Universe contest was stripped of her title 24 hours after she was crowned the winner. Blundering organisers admitted on Wednesday a typographical error led to a mistake in counting that resulted in Denise Garrido, 26, being wrongly named the victor at Saturday's event. She was stripped of her sash next day. "I was shocked. I'd achieved my dream and it was suddenly taken away from me," Garrido said, after missing out on the Miss Universe final in December.

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Miss Universe Malaysia pageant contestants 'look too western'

Kelsey Rabindran

Malaysia prides itself on its racial mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and indigenous tribes, something apparent among the 17 finalists competing for the next Miss Universe Malaysia crown.

Women from a wide range of races posed for the cameras just outside Kuala Lumpur.

4 Oct 2012 - 11:24am

Who said it?

I believe that the promise from the central government is sincere and they are not lying to me

Blind dissident Chen Guangcheng on his arrival at the campus of New York University

She won an 'herstoric' civil rights victory and that I think is frankly more important than anything ... even representing Miss Canada

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

A good week for ...

David Cameron and Nicholas Sarkozy

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Pageants become big business on mainland

Few people can recall the name or the face of the mainland's first beauty queen, who just seven years after the opening and reform of China took the Miss Canton title.

The contest, held in Guangzhou, was abandoned soon afterwards as the contest fell out of favour with conservative leaders.

5 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Beauty is only a boat trip away

They say you can't substitute spending time with your kids with material things, but if that thing is spending a weekend or two with a handful of Miss Universe contestants, like Dino Lalvani did, I guess the kids don't complain.

8 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Organiser plans to sue Miss Universe finalist

The organiser of the China section of the Miss Universe contest is planning to sue the mainland contestant who came third in the pageant in Puerto Rico in May for breach of contract.

20 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

A young woman's beautiful 'mistake'

It is time to tune in to RTHK Radio 4's programme, Practice Listening, aired every Thursday from 6.30 pm to 7 pm (RTHK 4 MHz 97.6 - 98.9 M Stereo).

As you listen to the programme, have this page open in front of you. The answers to the listening tasks will be given over the air.

23 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Miss Universe organisers may give HK crowning moment

The next Miss Hong Kong could be competing for the Miss Universe crown on her home turf next year, it was announced yesterday.

The Hong Kong Tourist Association and TVB confirmed they had been approached by organisers of the Miss Universe pageant to stage the mammoth event in the territory.

10 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Full metal jackets

AN Italian label about to be launched in Hong Kong is giving a whole new meaning to the term 'futuristic fashion'. Exte, based in Milan and only a season old, has something of a cult following in Europe because of its cyberspace-sensibilities, and the Hong Kong reps are optimistic it will have a similar impact here.

11 Aug 1996 - 12:00am

Beautiful people set to relax

NO sooner was the Miss Universe contest in Manila over than many of the people involved in the organisation of the event hopped on planes to get over to Hong Kong for rest and recreation.

23 May 1994 - 12:00am

Beauties sold to the highest bidder

SO you'd like the Miss Universe contestants to attend the opening of your pizza parlour then, would you, madam? It will cost you . . . but you don't mind, eh? Let me see . . .

21 May 1994 - 12:00am

Larry London

SOMETIME tomorrow FM Select channel director Larry London will tee off amidst the swaying palms of the Canlubang Country Club to the south of Manila as he defends his title at the Carlsberg Media Golf Classic.

11 May 1994 - 12:00am

Philippine beauty contest turns ugly over actress

FEW beauty contests in the land of beauty contests have aroused as much controversy as this year's Binibining Pilipinas (Miss Philippines) pageant.

The Philippines' premier beauty contest almost didn't happen at all because of a decision by organisers to allow one of the best-known actresses in the country to run as a contestant.

23 Mar 1993 - 12:00am

'Orientals may be pretty but in the West they may not see them as that great'

HONGKONG has yet to walk off with a major international beauty pageant, and organisers and beauty competition insiders say the odds on a local beauty being crowned Miss Universe or Miss World are pretty long.

10 Jan 1993 - 12:00am