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Who. Will. Be. Miss Venezuela 2012?
Well Pageant Kids--it's that time again--The Miss Venezuela Pageant is THIS THURSDAY August 30th. It will take place at the Hotel Tamanaco Intercontinental in Caracas. The pageant can be seen LIVE via the web on various sites (details at end of post) but you can also watch the edited 2 hour version in the US via Univision Spanish-language Network on Saturday 4-6 p.m. PST. I spent my early childhood years in Caracas (very close to the site of this year's pageant) and I fondly remember watching the pageant as a little boy. My sister was also in the Miss Venezuela pageant back in 1988, and I've even designed a gown for a former Miss Universe from Venezuela--Estefania Fernandez, so you could say I have a bit of a "Miss Venezuela" history...
Beauty Czar: Osmel Sousa, president of the Miss Venezuela Organization
The Miss Venezuela contestants spend an entire year preparing for the finals, with voice training/elocution, runway, gym, makeup and hair classes, and yes, there is an "Official" Plastic Surgeon and Dentist on staff to "fix" anything the girls' genes might have not gotten perfect.
Gown Loca: Carolina Eva Izsak Kemenify Miss Venezuela 1991, Carmen Maria Montiel Avila Miss Venezuela 1984
Guy Meliet Couture: Nancy Elena Garcia Amor "Miss Tachira 1988" ; Barbara Palcios Teyde Miss Venezuela 1986 and Miss Universe 1986
Current Gowns: Marelisa Gibson Villegas Miss Venezuela 2009; Top Three in their respective gowns at the Miss Venezuela 2011
Millions of pageant fans watch the show to see these incredible beauties but also for the GOWNS. Osmel Sousa hand-picks which Venezuelan designers will create one-of-a-kind creations worthy of being seen on the Paris Haute Couture runways (some more than others!). It always surprises me when I speak to fashion designers--whether they are in NYC or Greece--they always whisper in my ear (as if it's a dirty little secret) that they watch the Miss Venezuela pageant; they tell me that they have NO IDEA what they are saying but only watch it for the evening gown "fashion show".
Tweet the reining Miss Universe Leila Lopes of Angola sent. Who knows if it will even happen...
J*Lu Blog reported that former Miss World 2011, Ivián Sarcos-who is from Venezuela--was slammed by some fans in her country after they learned that the ex-Miss allegedly tried to negotiate with the Miss World organization, in order to get the franchise of the pageant for her country, which has been in Osmel Sousa’s hands and the Miss Venezuela Organization for over 30 years. The news leaked on a local TV show on Saturday night followed by a storm of offensive comments on Twitter towards Sarcos, who was called “backstabber,” “hypocrite” and “ungrateful.” Ouch. Needless to say, she's not invited to Thursday night's show and the rumor is that Osmel Souza will not crown a representative to go to Miss World 2013. That will be done "later".
LIVE Twitter Commentary from Nick and J*Lu:
nickverreos1 Twitter during the pageant along with my Twitter buddy (and other Venezuelan Pageant "Sistah"!)--JLu of the J*LuBlog . Be sure to follow us--if you aren't already--and check out our "Dos Centavos" (Two Cents) on the gowns, the girls and the too-long show (it's usually 4+ HOURS!!!).
Time Zones and Links for the Live Web Viewings for Miss Venezuela 2012:
Eastern Time(NY) - 7:30pm
Central Time - 6:30pm
Mountain Time - 5:30pm
Pacific Time(CA) - 4:30pm
Manila, Philippines - 7:30am
Egypt - 1:30am