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Miss Venezuela, Dayana Mendoza, wins Miss Universe 2008

July 14, 2008/4.20

Miss Venezuela, Dayana Mendoza, has won Miss Universe 2008, with Miss Colombia, Taliana Vargas, runner-up. Dominican Republic, Russia and México rounded off the top ?ve.    Miss Mendoza, 20, hails from Caracas, and is already a model represented by Élite Model Management.    The 57th Miss Universe contest was held in the coastal town of Nha Trang, Khánh Hòa, Vietnam, […]

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Live blogging on Miss Universe 2008


If you’re somewhere where Miss Universe 2008 is not being broadcast live, head over to Michael Josh’s blog to get his live-blogging updates. Thank you, Michael, for this service for netizens. The updates are fairly regular.    Lucire wishes to thank the Fairfax Press for its support of Samantha Powell, Miss New Zealand, this year—Stuff […]

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Maria Sharapova celebrates Land Rover’s 60th anniversary

July 12, 2008/14.11

Tennis player Maria Sharapova has been busy—from endorsing Sony Ericsson a few weeks ago to Land Rover on Friday, celebrating its 60th anniversary.    The tennis player went to Malibu, Calif. for the Indian-owned car brand’s celebrations, joining actress Camilla Belle, soccer players Michael Bradley and Clint Mathis, and actors Travis van Winkle and Luke Ford. […]

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Dorian Leigh, former Vogue cover girl, dies at 91

July 9, 2008/23.50

Dorian Leigh, who graced numerous McCall’s, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue covers and Revlon advertisements in the 1940s and 1950s, has died aged 91 in Falls Church, Va., according to her family.    Leigh was married ?ve times and her life during her modelling years was well documented by the gossip magazines of the day.    She was […]

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Alex Evans is Britain’s Next Top Model

July 8, 2008/0.00

The winner of Britain’s Next Top Model has been announced as Alex Evans, 18, of Cranleigh, Surrey, after winning against Catherine Thomas, also 18, in the Cape Town-set ?nalé.    Stefanie Wilson, 22, came third.    Miss Evans takes home a contract with Models 1 and appear in a £100,000 campaign for Max Factor. She will also appear […]

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In memory of Colin Morley

July 7, 2008/22.37

July 7 marks the anniversary of the passing of our friend Colin Morley, who was killed in the 7-7 terrorist bombings in London three years ago. Since then we’ve tried to keep Colin’s memory alive by giving an award named for him at the Medinge Group, for the best branded non-profit organization. My wishes go […]

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Send Sam positive vibes as Miss Universe 2008 kicks into high gear

July 6, 2008/11.22

Preliminaries for Miss Universe began Sunday, where the contes­tants model in their bikinis; and the inter­views on Monday are three minutes long, with three judges.    This surprises me, because we inter­viewed the contes­tants in New Zealand over a mini­mum of 10 minutes with ?ve judges—and I dare say, though I never timed the sessions, […]

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Kylie Minogue receives her OBE at Buckingham Palace

July 3, 2008/12.04

As reported earlier, Kylie Minogue has been to Buckingham Palace to collect her OBE, which was presented by HRH Prince Charles.    Minogue arrived in a chauffeured limousine and had chatted and joked with the Prince during the investiture. She wore a cream dress with gold high heels.    Attending in support of the Australian-born singer […]

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Why it still can be the American century


[Cross-posted] In the spirit of July 4, I thought it would be interesting to explore the idea of the United States retaining its in?uence in the 21st century.    What many see is dire. Beyond the anti-war types’ opposition to the War on Terror, there are corrupt institutions, political and corporate, impeding progress on so […]

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