The "National Costume" round of the Miss Universe pageant went down last night -- where contestants basically dressed up as stereotypes from their home countries.
Miss France wore a beret. Miss Great Britain dressed up like the Queen's Guard.
And Miss Canada ... hockey sticks for wings, hockey net around the crotch, hockey shoulder pads, hockey skates, working hockey scoreboard attached to her back ... and Stanley Cup headpiece.
Apparently, the costume shop was all out of the other classic Canadian outfit -- jeans with jean shirt with jean jacket.
Miss Israel & Miss Lebanon
Go to War ...
Over a Selfie!
1/19/2015 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Miss Israel and Miss Lebanon are dropping bombs on one another, but it has nothing to do with the Holy Land ... it's about a selfie.
The two women are competing in the upcoming Miss Universe Pageant and posed for a photo together, which Miss Israel Doron Matalon posted online last week.
But the pic put Miss Lebanon Saly Greige in a hot water in her homeland -- ya know, the whole Israel and Lebanon thing -- so she posted her own version ... with Matalon cropped out.
Greige said she was very cautious to avoid being photographed with Miss Israel and claims that Matalon in essence photobombed her.
She wrote, "I was having a photo with Miss Japan, Miss Slovenia, suddenly Miss Israel jumped in and took a selfie, and uploaded it on her social media."
Matalon responded to the cropping, writing, "It doesn't surprise me, but it still makes me sad. Too bad you can not put the hostility out of the game, only for three weeks of an experience of a lifetime."
Miss Universe Girls
... In High Heels
1/14/2015 10:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
They have many talents ... golf is not one of them.
The top contestants in the Miss Universe pageant spent a day on the links with Donald Trump at his new course at the Trump National Doral in Florida ... and futilely attempted to smack around a few balls in high heels.
There were swings. There were misses. There was a strong gust of wind that almost created a Marilyn Monroe moment. All in all ... pretty solid video captured by the Miami Herald.
There was also a pretty epic high 5 fail ... when the Golf Channel's Charlie Rymer tried to give some dap to Miss Israel.
Ex-Miss NY USA
Getting Screwed on Match.com
... And Not the Good Way
12/15/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Two-time NY beauty queen Meaghan Jarensky isn't herself these days because someone stole her identity, and set up a fake dating profile -- now she needs Match.com to help her nail the ID thief.
Jarensky says the suspect used her pics and info to open the fake Match.com account -- but the site won't tell her who's behind the phony profile without a court order. She's filed legal docs to get that ball rolling.
The former Miss NY USA 2005 and Mrs. NY America 2010 says she's ready to take down the creep who's defaming her online ... once the court gives her the go ahead.
She also wants peace and to end world hunger ... we presume.
Mary Ann Mobley
Ex-Miss America Dies from Breast Cancer
12/9/2014 5:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mary Ann Mobley -- one of the first Miss America winners to make it big in show business -- died on Tuesday in Beverly Hills after a long battle with breast cancer.
Mobley won the 1959 Miss America pageant before breaking into Hollywood. She appeared in several big movies in the '60s ... including "Girl Happy" and "Harum Scarum" with Elvis Presley.
In 1967, Mary Ann married actor and TV host Gary Collins ... who passed away in 2012.
She went on to star in tons of TV shows through the '70s and '80s -- among them ... "Love, American Style," "Fantasy Island," "Diff'rent Strokes," and "Hotel."
Mobley was also famous for her humanitarian work with children in Cambodia, Ethiopia, and the Sudan.
Mary Ann's family says she will buried next week in her native Mississippi. She was 75.
Miss USA Nia Sanchez
This Is How I Fight Off Creepers
10/20/2014 6:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miss USA has a helluva way to deal with creepy weirdos who try to get too touchy-feely with her -- SHE BEATS THEIR ASSES!!
Turns out Nia Sanchez -- the reigning Miss USA -- happens to be a 4th degree black belt in taekwondo ... who trained for more than 10 years!!
And when we saw her out leaving Cipriani Wall Street in NY this weekend -- she demonstrated how she uses her training when some guys try to get a little too close. She's kind of a bad ass.
Don't worry, the guy in the video isn't one of the creepers Nia's talking about, he happens to be her good friend.
But check out the clip -- it's clear he knows she could totally break his arm ... if she wanted to.
Miss USA Nia Sanchez
Learns Name of Nevada Capital ...
Even Finds It On a Map
7/17/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miss USA Nia Sanchez ... who famously couldn't name the capital city of Nevada -- even though she competed as Miss Nevada -- paid her first official visit Wednesday to, um, that place.
The brunette beauty traveled to Carson City to meet with Mayor Bob Crowell … who diplomatically neglected to mention Nia's faux pas.
Sanchez caught some heat for competing in Miss NV, even though she grew up in Cali -- classic carpetbaggery -- and she only made matters worse when she wasn't able to name Nevada's capital.
Sources close to Nia tell us … she purposely made Carson City her first stop on her Nevada apology homecoming tour … since winning the Miss USA crown last month.
Miss USA Pageant
Invites Ex-Miss Delaware ...
Come to the Hot Side!
7/3/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miss America says she's too old, but the Delaware beauty queen who got stripped of her title is about to get a shot at another crown -- with the Donald Trump owned Miss USA pageant.
The people over at Miss USA -- the one with hotter contestants, generally -- tell TMZ they're inviting
Amanda Longacre to enter their competition for the Delaware crown later this year.
You probably heard ... Amanda was dethroned as Miss Delaware for the Miss America org last month for being too old for their competition ... she turns an ancient 25 in October.
Reps for Miss USA tell us Amanda came on their radar because angry pageant fans have bombarded them with emails and phone calls -- incorrectly thinking they took Longacre's crown. Miss USA's website now has a message urging fans to bitch at the real villain ... Miss America.
For the record -- Miss USA contestants can be up to 27, so Amanda's good to go in that department.
No word yet on if she'll take another run at the crown.
Miss USA Nia Sanchez
Clueless On Home State Capital
Fuels 'Carpetbagging' Buzz
6/16/2014 8:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Nia Sanchez is only going to anger pageant fanatics more with this video ... because during a simple radio interview this morning, she couldn't even name the capital of her supposed "home state."
First, some background -- Sanchez won Miss USA after being Miss Nevada, but really she lived most of her life in California and even competed in Miss California three times ... losing each time.
So this morning on "The Todd Show" on 95.5 WPLJ in NYC ... Sanchez completely whiffed when asked about the capital of Nevada ... and possibly also insulted Carson Daly.
Neither is cool.
Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez
... and Killer Instincts
6/9/2014 10:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miss USA 2014 is a total knockout.
Turns out 24-year-old Nia Sanchez -- who won the title over the weekend -- can put you in a coma if you cross the line uninvited ... cause she has a fourth-degree black belt in tae kwon do (see below).
During the competition, Sanchez brought up her martial arts training twice during interviews, which she began practicing when she was 8.
Sparring partners ... take a number.
Miss Dominican Republic
Manny Ramirez Broke My Heart
3/17/2014 6:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Manny Ramirez should be ASHAMED of himself ... not just because he cheated and destroyed his baseball career ... but because he made Miss Dominican Republic REALLY SAD!!!
Miss D.M. Bobbi Dean was leaving the Queen of the Universe Pageant in L.A. this weekend when we asked how she felt when the Dominican-born baseball star was busted for performance enhancing drugs.
"I like to think of our people as very honest," Dean said ... "it was a little disappointing to find out that he wasn't as honest as we would've hoped."
Still, Miss Dominican Republic says she's still confident that players from the D.M. are still WAY BETTER than players in Cuba ... even without the 'roids.
I've Got a Secret ...
3/5/2014 4:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Venezuelan Soap Star
Daughter Survives Vicious Attack
1/7/2014 10:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A Venezuelan soap star and her ex-husband were shot to death by a roving band of highway robbers -- but amazingly ... police say the couple's young daughter survived the attack.
Monica Spear -- Miss Venezuela 2004 -- and Henry Thomas Berry were shot and killed after their car broke down near the town of Puerto Cabello in Venezuela.
Police say the family was waiting for a tow truck when the bandits showed up. Spear and Berry locked themselves and their 5-year-old daughter inside the car ... but police say the robbers opened fire, killing them and injuring the girl -- who's hospitalized with a bullet wound to her leg.
The family lived in the U.S., but were on vacation when they were attacked.
Venezuela has one of the world's highest murder rates. According to news reports, violent crime is so bad ... even residents are afraid to venture out at night.