While this is more of a testament as to how Filipinos can camp online and vote again and again and again (did I say again and again already?) for any Filipino beauty pageant representative than a proof of how deserving our candidates are, Miss Philippines Ariella Arida reportedly won the 2013 online glam shoot poll which guarantees her a slot in the competition's Top 16 list. Beyond this, however, the 24-year-old Filipina is generating positive feedback and was one of five candidates chosen for a television advertisement of luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz. (Source)
Miss Universe 2013 is being hosted in Moscow, Russia that recently passed an anti-gay law that resulted in widespread discrimination against homosexuals. Earlier in the competition, Miss Universe host Andy Cohen boycotted his annual hosting gig of the pageant because "their (Russia) discriminatory policies make it unsafe for the gays who live there and gays coming to work or visit."
Here are some photos of blatant public abuse against homosexuals happening in Russia:
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