Monday, October 24, 2011

Britney Spears performs 'Gimme More'

Untitled by carnivalridexx
Untitled, a photo by carnivalridexx on Flickr.

Britney Spears performs "Gimme More" at the Femme Fatale Tour on July 26, 2011.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Saaya Irie, the Japanese junior idol

bikini modeling by saayairie
420, a photo by saayairie on Flickr.

It was a few years ago that I first came across the photo of Saaya Irie on the internet. At that time I was surprised that teenager, who is 17 years of age now, started modeling for bikini and lingerie at the age of 11. She soon became so popular that anyone searching for photos with keywords such as ‘chidol, Japanese actress, voice actress, junior idol, singer, low teen idol, etc., would come upon Saaya in the top of the search results pages. Perhaps, she was the youngest ever model to pose in bikinis and lingerie for the most popular brands in Japan.

Born on 15 November 1993, in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan, Irie Saaya, has been appearing various media including movies, TV, etc. She was also a member of the Japanese musical group Sweet Kiss that was disbanded in May 2006.

In Japan a junior idol (or chidol, abbreviation for child idol) is defined as a child idol or an ‘early teenager’ who is pursuing a career as a photographic model, including gravure idols and AV idols. Apart from them, child actors and junior pop singers are also included in the category of junior idols. In addition to the regular known work or profession of such idols, they are also featured in photobooks and DVDs, and these are equally popular as any other media in Japan.

What is particular about Saaya is her innocent looks, equally complemented her natural grace and attractive looks and her ability to pose for the camera as naturally as any seasoned, matured model can pose while doing full justice to the brand or cause for which she has taken up the responsibility.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Laura Goncalves at Miss Universe 2011 Preliminary


Laura Gonçalves, Miss Universo Portugal 2011, was born on February 10, 1989 at Baruta, Miranda, Venezuela, and Laura was raised in Caracas, Venezuela. To pursue her modeling career she moved to her parents’ country Portugal, where she was crowned Miss Universo Portugal 2011. She represented Portugal at the Miss Universe 2011 beauty pageant and ranked in the Top 10.

Sheldry Saez at Miss Universe 2011 Preliminary


This video features Sheldry Nazareth Sáez Bustavino, Miss Panamá 2011, at the Miss Universe 2011 Preliminary. Born on 15 January 1992, Sáez started her modeling career in 2007. She competed in Miss Panamá 2011 winning the title of Miss Panamá Universo, and represented Panama in the Miss Universe 2011 pageant held in São Paulo, Brazil on 12 September 2011. She was placed in the Top 10 and also she won the Best National Costume Award.

Laury Thilleman at Miss Universe 2011 Preliminary


Miss France 2011, Laury Thilleman, born on 30 July 1991, represented her country in Miss Universe 2011 pageant held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and was placed in the Top 10.

Scherri-Lee Biggs in Miss Universe 2011 Preliminary


This video features Miss Universe Australia, Scherri-Lee Biggs, at the Miss Universe pageant held in São Paulo, Brazil on 12 September 2011. Born in 1990, Biggs, the South African-born Australian model immigrated with her family to Australia at age 12 and eventually won the title of Miss Universe Australia. Representing Australia, she contested at the Miss Universe pageant where she was placed in the Top 10.

Shamcey Supsup at Miss Universe 2011


The 25-year-old Filipino beauty Shamcey Supsup, who held the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe title, represented her country in the Miss Universe 2011 pageant held in Sao Paolo, Brazil, on September 12, 2011. Supsup was declared the third runner-up in the beauty pageant. Watch her in the video above.

Priscila Machado, Miss Brazil Universe 2011


This video clip features Priscila Machado, Miss Brasil 2011, who represented her country at the Miss Universe 2011 contest held at the Credicard Hall in São Paulo, Brazil on September 12, 2011. She finished the event as the Second Runner-up.

Olesya Stefanko of Ukraine at Miss Universe 2011 Preliminary


Here is a short video of the Miss Universe 2011 Preliminary event held at Credicard Hall in São Paulo, Brazil, featuring Miss Ukraine Universe 2011, Olesya Stefanko. Born on 25 June 1988 in Kolomyia in the Carpathian region of Ukraine, Stefanko was pursuing a law degree in Odessa. She competed in the Ukrainian beauty pageant held in Kiev on 11 December 2010 and won the title ‘Miss Ukraine Universe 2011’. Representing Ukraine in Miss Universe 2011, Olesya Stefanko became the 1st runner-up.

Leila Lopes: Miss Universe 2011 - Video


This video shows the crowning moments of the Angolan beauty pageant titleholder Miss Leila Lopes as the Miss Universe 2011 in São Paulo, Brazil on 12 September 2011. She was crowned by Miss Universe 2010, Ximena Navarrete of Mexico.

Born on 26 February 1986 in Benguela, Angola, Leila Lopes was a business management student in the United Kingdom where she was crowned Miss Angola UK on 8 October 2010. Later she won the title of Miss Angola 2010 at the Miss Angola 2011 contest in Luanda, where she also won the Miss Photogenic Award.

Leila Lopes became the first Angolan Miss Universe and she is the fourth African to win the title since the beginning of the Miss Universe pageant. She is also the second African beauty of African descent to win the Miss Universe contest following Mpule Kwelagobe of Botswana who was crowned Miss Universe 1999.

Miss Universe 2011 Finalists - Video


This video clip presents the top five finalists of the Miss Universe 2011 pageant held at the Credicard Hall in São Paulo, Brazil on September 12, 2011. Leila Lopes of Angola was crowned the Miss Universe by her predecessor Ximena Navarrete of Mexico. Out of 89 contesting beauties from 89 countries, the judges selected top five contestants, out of whom the top placements were:

  • Miss Universe 2011: Leila Lopes (Angola)
  • 1st runner-up: Olesya Stefanko (Ukraine)
  • 2nd runner-up: Priscila Machado (Brazil)
  • 3rd runner-up: Shamcey Supsup (Philippines)
  • 4th runner-up: Luo Zilin (China)