Miss Teen USA Struggles with Diversity as Winner Tweets N-Word

Miss TeenUSA

Miss TeenUSAMiss Teen USA had been enjoying a healthy amount of good press after announcing they would discontinue the swimsuit segment of the competition. This year, contestants wore colorful athletic gear instead.

But Saturday night when the top five finalists were introduced at the Venetian in Las Vegas, it was hard to ignore what they had in common. Continue reading “Miss Teen USA Struggles with Diversity as Winner Tweets N-Word”

Former Miss Universe Says Donald Trump Called Her Miss Piggy

Former Miss Universe

Former Miss UniverseThe winner of the 1996 Miss Universe competition said Donald Trump, who ownedthe pageant company until last year, body-shamed her and mocked her Latina heritage.

Alicia Machado, who won the Miss Venezuela pageant in 1995 and went on to be crowned Miss Universe the following year, told “Inside Edition“ last week that she faced verbal abuse from Trump “all the time” after she gained weight following the pageant.

“He called me Miss Piggy,” she told “Inside Edition.” “I was very depressed.”

He also openly derided her weight in a interview with radio host Howard Stern, describing her as an “eating machine.”

Machado said Trump also made fun of her English language skills and called her “Miss Housekeeping” in an apparent jab at her Venezuelan accent.

Machado’s interview came on the heels of a New York Times investigation into Trump’s private interactions with women. Machado told the paper that Trump publicly shamed her for gaining weight and invited dozens of media outlets to watch her work out at a hotel in New York City.

“After that episode, I was sick, anorexia and bulimia for five years,” she said. “Over the past 20 years, I’ve gone to a lot of psychologists to combat this.”

Trump admitted to the Times that he had pressed the former Miss Universe to lose weight.

Machado is in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen, and will be able to cast a vote in November’s general election. When asked if she would vote for Trump, she laughed.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton’s campaign tweeted at Machado after the interview, congratulating her on her impending citizenship.

Written:Mollie Reilly Deputy Politics Editor, The Huffington Post

Miss Japan Brings Light to Japan’s Racial Issues

CBSNews.com  –Walking through the Shibuya section of Tokyo, Ariana Miyamoto certainly turns heads — and she wants to use that attention to change attitudes.

missjapan

When Miyamoto was crowned Miss Universe Japan in March, selected by a panel of seven Japanese judges, her surprise on stage was real, reports CBS News correspondent Seth Doane. She was the first-ever winner to be biracial. Her father is African-American, and her mother is Japanese.

“At first, I didn’t want to compete,” Miyamoto said in Japanese. “But then a close friend who was also biracial committed suicide. That’s when I decided to do something about the suffering he’d endured.”

She said the friend “really hated being half Japanese and not being fully accepted into Japanese society.”

“Japan still has racial issues, and I wanted to do something about it,” she said.

Watch the interview here.

 

Carol’s Daughter Files For Bankruptcy

mary_j_blige_lisa_price_jada_pinkett_smith

Carol’s Daughter Stores LLC, a national black hair,body and skincare brand, has filed for bankruptcy.The company has not gone out of business, and plans to restructure in the next few years. Once endorsed by the likes of Jay-Z, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett and Mary J. Blige, Carol’s Daughter has already closed down most of its stores and laid off more than 50% of their staff. 

Black news reports: Two stores – one in Brooklyn and another in Harlem – will remain open, and the products will be continue to be sold in over 2,000 nationwide retail locations including Target and the Home Shopping Network. The web site at CarolsDaughter.com will also continue to sell products.

Carol's-Daughter

But according to court papers filed by their CFO, most of Carol’s Daughter stores have been unprofitable since the year 2010. But despite it’s debts of up to $10 million, the company is determined to pursue a new strategy of solely focusing on growing the brand through retail outlets and online.

Carol’s Daughter started as a home business in 1993 by Lisa Price, an African American entrepreneur from Brooklyn, New York. She reportedly starting out by making her products by hand in her kitchen, and selling them at local flea markets. In later years, she was able to convince major investors to get involved. One feature on Oprah, and the company took off almost overnight.

Former Miss Venezula dies in Car Jacking

Photo Credit: Getty Images
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Former Miss Venezuela, actress, and model Monica Spear died Monday while traveling in Venezuela with her ex-husband and daughter. Spear and her ex-husband Thomas Henry, whom she frequently spent time with because of their daughter, were shot dead on an isolated stretch of highway near the mountains of west Venezuela. The family had locked themselves inside their car after armed robbers punctured their tires. Their 5-year-old daughter, Maya, witnessed the murder and is receiving treatment for a leg wound. Spear was 29 years old. She won Miss Venezuela in 2004.

Update: Venezuelan police arrested five unidentified suspects in connection with the killing of Spear and her ex-husband, Fox New Latino reports.