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In photos: what happened when Miss Universe 2015 host Steve Harvey read the wrong winner’s name

Miss Universe 2015, broadcast from Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday night, will be remembered for years for the crowning of Miss Universe Colombia, Ariadna María Gutiérrez, after host Steve Harvey read her name wrongly as the winner, and the removal of...
by Lucire Insider on Dec 21, 2015

Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 finalists bid farewell to the Cape Dara Resort, Pattaya

Alan Raga It’s always hard saying goodbye, especially in tropical temperatures in the 30s, and facing a prospect of the remainder of winter back in New Zealand—but that’s what the top 25 finalists at Miss Universe New Zealand had to do...
by Lucire Insider on Aug 7, 2014

Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 finalists visit Pattaya’s orphanage on last full day in Thailand

Alan Raga On their last full day in Thailand, the Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 finalists remained in Pattaya for their official events, visiting the Sanctuary of Truth, regarded the most beautiful temple in the area and still under construction usi...
by Lucire Insider on Aug 6, 2014

Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 finalists arrive in Pattaya, Thailand

Alan Raga The Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 finalists, currently touring Thailand, wound up their Bangkok events on Monday night with an event hosted by the Charoen Pokphand Group, a Thai conglomerate set up by Chinese immigrants in the 1920s, at th...
by Lucire Insider on Aug 5, 2014

Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 finalists fulfil their diplomatic mission

Alan Raga Other than the early 5.30 a.m. call to get ready for a live TV appearance on Channel 5 to 10 million viewers in Thailand, Monday saw the Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 finalists fulfil part of their diplomatic role, visiting the Ministry of...
by Lucire Insider on Aug 5, 2014

Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 finalists experience Thai culture first-hand

Alan Raga The Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 finalists had a 5.30 a.m. call on Monday, preparing to head to the Channel 5 studios in Bangkok for a 7 a.m. appearance with both the Thai ambassador to New Zealand Noppadon Theppitak and Miss Universe New...
by Lucire Insider on Aug 4, 2014

A full day in Bangkok for Miss Universe New Zealand 2014’s top 25 finalists

Alan Raga The second day of the finalists’ retreat for Miss Universe New Zealand 2014, and the first full day in Thailand, was packed with activities for the top 25 around Bangkok.    Most went for a morning visit to the Grand Palace...
by Lucire Insider on Aug 3, 2014

Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 finalists arrive in Bangkok

Alan Raga The Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 finalists have left the southern shores, and are presently at the Hilton Bangkok, as they commence their retreat in the Kingdom of Thailand for the following week.    Since the Miss New Zealand C...
by Lucire Insider on Aug 1, 2014

I might not have Facebook, but I do speak Ebonics

Forty-nine hours and counting, which makes it the beginning of day three without Facebook.    I didn’t really need it yesterday, so there’s something to be said about habits breaking after a couple of days. However, for work, I...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Jun 16, 2014

News in brief: Orly’s Miss Universe New Zealand treat; Oakley goes retro; Living Nature’s winter anti-ageing

Adding to the goody bags at Miss Universe New Zealand’s Dunedin Stiletto Camps were handy Mini Cuticle Oil+ packs from Orly. The Orly brand is already well known to those who know their nails and want to keep them strong and healthy—and Orly&...
by Lucire Insider on May 13, 2014

Miss Universe New Zealand 2014 Stiletto Camps: beauty in the goody bags

With the start of the Miss Universe New Zealand Stiletto Camps for 2014 in Auckland over the weekend, semi-finalists have received goody bags featuring numerous products.    The Miss Universe New Zealand official singlet, poster and calenda...
by Lucire Insider on May 5, 2014

Former Miss Universe New Zealand titleholders feature in upcoming Lucire editorial

Two former Miss Universe New Zealand titleholders will appear in an upcoming feature in the printed edition of Lucire, with New York-based photographer Jon Moe travelling to Los Angeles to capture the pair for the magazine.    Laural Barret...
by Lucire Insider on Mar 23, 2014

What Is a Brand? Well, there is one we’ve relaunched …

My good friend and colleague Stanley Moss has written a new book, What Is a Brand?, which provokes some thought on the question in the title.    Those who know Stanley and have followed his work know that each year, he issues a Brand Letter...
by Jack Yan: the Persuader Blog on Mar 5, 2013

Miss Universe New Zealand 2012, day 4: beauty at Farmers, and fashion in Upper Hutt

Above The Miss Universe New Zealand 2012 contestants: Talia Bennett (Miss North Harbour, sponsored by Tuscany Road), Alex Beaumont (Miss Nature Coast), Avianca Böhm (Miss Howick), Rachel Millns (Miss Hutt Valley), Lauren Mann (Miss Wellington), Cour...
by Lucire Insider on May 31, 2012

Miss Universe New Zealand 2012, day 3: Billy Connolly steps in, Te Papa, and Shika Braddock’s evening wear show

Te Papa Above At Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand today: Jennifer Lambly (Miss Auckland), Alex Beaumont (Miss Nature Coast, formerly Miss Kapiti–Horowhenua), Monique Cooley (Miss Otago), Avianca Böhm (Miss Howick), Lauren Mann (Miss Welling...
by Lucire Insider on May 30, 2012

Miss Universe New Zealand 2012, day 2: starting with Wellington City Council and Parliament

Top Ivy, Kilmarnock Heights Home’s oldest resident at 105, on the left, especially attends the visits from the Miss Universe New Zealand contestants each year. Above Avianca Böhm, Miss Howick, exchanges knitting tips with a resident. The secon...
by Lucire Insider on May 29, 2012

Miss Universe New Zealand 2012: the events begin

Day one of the Miss Universe New Zealand 2012 pageant has been completed. The 10 contestants from around the country have had their fittings with both Louise Stichbury for a fashion show later this week, and Shika Braddock, for an eveningwear show on...
by Lucire Insider on May 27, 2012

Over and above: what will it take to win Miss Universe New Zealand 2012?

Angela Scott Above Priyani Puketapu, Miss Universe New Zealand 2011, whose successor will be crowned on June 3. Tomorrow, the events for Miss Universe New Zealand begin. The contestants don’t converge on the Museum Art Hotel till Sunday, but the pr...
by Lucire Insider on May 25, 2012

Miss Universe New Zealand 2012 contestants promote Shika Braddock Couture at fashion show

Designer Shika Braddock will show off some of her designs as she gradually releases her Shika Braddock Couture label, branching out from the bridal wear that she is best known for.    Modelling the evening dresses and ball gowns will be the...
by Lucire Insider on May 14, 2012

Miss Universe New Zealand returns to Wellington for 2012

Angela Scott Above Priyani Puketapu, Miss Universe New Zealand 2011, will return to Wellington to crown her successor in June. The Miss Universe New Zealand pageant will return to Wellington for its third consecutive year, with the Museum Art Hotel o...
by Lucire Insider on May 11, 2012


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