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    Talent and Hosts Announced!



    NEW YORK — May 28, 2014 — NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today that Florida Georgia Line, with special guest Nelly, and Marc Broussard will perform during the 63rd annual MISS USA® Competition airing Sunday, June 8 (8-11 p.m. ET) from The Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, La. Giuliana Rancic and Thomas Roberts team up to host the competition for the first time together as the show expands to three hours.

    The sharp contemporary country sounds of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley create Florida Georgia Line and have become the biggest country sensation of the decade. The superstar duo has skyrocketed since releasing four consecutive, multi-week #1 smashes in the US and Canada including the 6X PLATINUM “Cruise” which FGL will perform with music superstar Nelly during the MISS USA® swimsuit competition. “Cruise,” became an unstoppable crossover hit in 2013 and, eventually, the biggest selling digital country single of all time. The talented twosome will also perform their latest PLATINUM-certified hit, “This Is How We Roll” (featuring Luke Bryan), from their chart-topping Republic Nashville debut album HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES.

    Joining the musical line-up is singer-songwriter and Louisiana native, Marc Broussard. Since his critical breakthrough album ‘Carencro’, Broussard has been hailed as an old-school Southern soul singer with a rarefied gift and innate stylistic and emotional authenticity. The trademark “Bayou Soul” of Broussard will bring a mix of funk, blues, rock and pop which will match the distinct cultural Louisiana roots the MISS USA® show will feature. Additionally, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Horns will add even more excitement to Broussard’s opening set when the group joins him for an ultimate high energy mashup and Mardi Gras party on stage. Broussard will release his new album, “A Life Worth Living” on July 29th.


    MISS USA veteran Giuliana Rancic, co-anchor of “E! News,” co-host of E!’s popular “Fashion Police,” and star of her reality hit series “Giuliana and Bill,” returns to host the competition. Fresh from his hosting duties at MISS UNIVERSE®, Thomas Roberts (MSNBC’s “Way Too Early” and “Morning Joe” contributor) teams up with Rancic marking the first time the two take the stage together for the annual competition.

    MISS USA commentator Jeannie Mai also returns to take viewers behind the scenes to engage with contestants, talent and fans throughout the telecast. Mai is best known as host of Style network’s two-time Emmy Award-nominated makeover series “How Do I Look?” and co-host of the upcoming nationally syndicated daytime talk show “The Real.” She is also recognized for her fashion segments on NBC’s “Today” and The Insider.

    This year, viewers will get to know the 2014 Miss USA contestants better through an extended three-hour format. The additional hour will provide a never-before-seen look at the contestants in their home environments, making for a more personal glimpse of the women competing for the Miss USA title.
    Fans will also have the opportunity to save their favorite contestant during the evening gown competition through a Twitter save in order to secure a sixth spot in the final question round. Viewers can tweet using #SaveTheQueen along with a keyword that will be provided on the screen during the live telecast. Rules and information can be found on http://www.missusa.com/rules. Fans are encouraged to get excited and show their support leading up to June 8th by using #SaveTheQueen.

    The 2014 MISS USA® Competition will feature contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Contestants will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Erin Brady, Miss USA 2013 will crown her successor at the conclusion of the three-hour telecast. The MISS USA show is the only domestic pageant to be seen internationally. The 2013 MISS USA® Competition was distributed to approximately 70 countries. For more information, visit http://www.missusa.com.

    The Miss Universe Organization, a Donald J. Trump and NBCUniversal joint venture, is a global community empowering role models of beauty, health and leadership for young women of today. As part of the Miss Universe Organization, Miss USA is dedicated to partnering with charities around the world, and to increasing awareness of breast and ovarian cancers. For more information, visit: http://www.missusa.com.

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    Miss USA contestants arrive in Baton Rouge this weekend

    As contestants for this year’s Miss USA pageant make their last outfit choices and read up on current events to prepare for interview questions, officials in the Miss Universe organization are finalizing details for a round of public appearances for the 51 young women who arrive in Baton Rouge this weekend.

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    10 Of The Most Influential Latinos In The World

    Coming in at number 4 is our very own Miss Universe 2013, Gabriela Isler. To start speaking about what Latina women mean around the world, we chose to highlight the most beautiful woman in the world, the Venezuelan Gabriela Isler, Miss Universe 2013. This beauty queen is not limited to showing off her physical attributes as she’s committed to what is happening in her country and is aware that she has international influence through her title.

    Isler issued a release in which she sends a message of peace to all Venezuelans. “For you… Venezuela.” Isler posted a picture on her Instagram account (mollysler) in which, as a “sister of a family of nearly 30 million people,” she expressed through her “solidarity with all the families who have suffered the loss of a loved one as a result of the events that have marked our country these past few weeks.” Click here to read the full article.


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    Venus, Shamcey, Ariella share financial tips

    MANILA, Philippines – Beauty queens Venus Raj, Shamcey Supsup and Ariella Arida have already proven that they possess both beauty and brains, but what many do not know is that they are also smart when it comes to money.

    Growing up, both Raj and Arida said they were taught by their parents to be frugal. “I grew up from a financially-challenged family and my parents really taught us at a very young age to save and be frugal with our money,” Raj, who was Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up, told ANC’s “On The Money.”

    Arida, Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner-up, likewise said she didn’t come from a wealthy family and had to save up if she wanted to buy something. Supsup, on the other hand, said that as an only child, her parents were able to provide her with her financial needs. But she said that she took it upon herself to save her allowance rather than spend it. “There was a time in school when I would buy a cup of rice and I would just ask for free soup,” the Miss Universe 2011 third runner-up said. She said that being an only child prompted her to be more conscious about spending, because she knew there was no one else to help her parents financially.

    Supsup’s mindset on saving didn’t change when she started working as an architect, when she got her first paycheck worth P8,000. “I thought that after everything that I have done, I will be compensated correctly,” she said. Now married to businessman Lloyd Lee, Supsup said her spending habits have changed, but only because she knows how to spend money wisely. “I’m not the kuripot-type anymore, I know now how to spend my money and how to invest it,” she said. She stressed that saving money involves discipline in balancing money and lifestyle. “If you live simply, you don’t really have to look for a job that will give you so much more,” she said. The 27-year-old Supsup said she plans to put up her own business, invest in real estate in three years, and then retire at the age of 35.

    Raj also swears by having a simple lifestyle and not spending beyond your means. “If you live simply, if you spend just a little of your money, then you’ll have enough for yourself. I don’t buy stuff that I don’t need,” she said. Raj, 25, said her financial goal is to be financially free when she reaches 40. She said she has plans to open her own coffee shop and be a teacher. She is also investing in variable life insurance. “This is good because I am insured already and at the same time, part of money is being invested by the company and it’s earning,” Raj said. “Work hard and spend smart,” she added.

    Arida, meanwhile, recognizes that fame and fortune in the entertainment industry are temporary, and she needs to find other ways to secure her future. The 25-year-old Arida, also plans to put up her own business and invest her money in insurance programs.

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