The truth is, we knew Claudia Romani was going to have an easy time with Round 1 of the 2013 Bikini Awards. After last year, when Beyonce just barely beat her for the overall title, we know the power of the Italian model’s rabid fans. But how will she do against longtime geek-boy favorite Olivia Munn? Both of these ladies crushed their competition by thousands of votes.
Is it really even fair to include models in the Bikini Awards? Well, it’s kinda like when they allowed professional athletes into the Olympics — it’s a bummer for the amateurs but much more fun for those of us watching at home. So, here we present you with nine professional posers posing in their best bikinis.
Both presidential candidates have received some pretty high-level endorsements from the celebrity world in these past few weeks. Stacey Dash, one of Nicki Minaj’s alter egos, Clint Eastwood and his chair have come out for Mitt Romney, and Snoop Dogg has taken Instagram by storm with his hilarious list of reasons why he’s voting for Barack Obama. But by far and away our favorite celeb endorsement belongs to Italian supermodel Claudia Romani, who appeared on Miami Beach this morning wearing a black bikini with an Obama thong!
With the final presidential debates happening tonight in nearby Boca Raton, Claudia is a one woman billboard for freedom of speech. And a sexy one at that! The lovely Miss Romani has done some campaigning of her own recently, reaching the finals of our 2012 Bikini Awards. Despite a good fight, she was beaten by Beyonce. Where are the recounts when you need ‘em!? Luckily she only has to wait until next summer to run again, instead of four whole years. Democracy is a beautiful thing. Check out more from our favorite civic-minded bikini enthusiast in the gallery below!
[Photo: Splash News Online]
Summer’s nearly over, and what do we have to show for it? Some tan lines? A big dent in our reading list? A new fitness routine? Hardly. We do, however, have a whole new roster of celebrities we’ve been obsessing over for the past three months. We’ll count that as an accomplishment! Some, like Olympians McKayla Maroney and Ryan Lochte, were brand-new to our radar when they came on the scene in London. Others, like Miley Cyrus and Channing Tatum, have been around for a while, but this summer just seemed to be when they reinvented themselves into bigger stars that would not be ignored. Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn and TLC’s favorite beauty queen Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson made our TV screens come to life, while Tom Hardy and Joe Manganiello made us have some pretty good dreams. Model Claudia Romani made her mark on this very site via the VH1 Celebrity Bikini Awards, and singer Carly Rae Jepson etched her song into our ear canals forever. Who made their way permanently into your hearts this summer? Peep our gallery, vote in our poll and give us your write-in candidates in the comments!
[Photos: CBS, Twitter, Warner Bros.]
Wow, guys. We knew the Bikini Awards were hot, but we were not expecting this level of heat in the final faceoff! After a whopping 108,432 votes, you have declared Beyonce this year’s winner. It was a close call, though, as followers of Italian model Claudia Romani often gave her the lead in the past few days, with Claudia herself often tweeting encouragement to her fans (not to mention sending us photo after photo of herself!). In the end, she lost by a margin of 53 to 47 percent. Still, if enthusiasm for Claudia on this site is any indication, there are big things to come for her!
During the last round, many Bey fans began requesting a different set of bikini pics of the bootylicious beauty. We’d been keeping the competition down to the most current photos available. But now that she’s taken the gold, we’ll give the public what they demand: Beyonce’s 2007 Sports Illustrated cover and other pics from the past five years. So congrats on all your hard work, Bey Hive. Now you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
[Photos: Sports Illustrated, Tumblr]
It took a lot of hard work, a lot of worn-out mouse buttons, a lot of burning eyeballs (don’t forget to blink when you stare at the screen!) and a lot of tweeting, but at last we have the final match-up in the VH1 Celebrity Bikini Awards. After Shemar Moore had an early lead in the semifinals, the Bey Hive took over and brought Beyonce to a decisive victory. Things were much different in the other face-off, between Mob Wives‘ Drita D’Avanzo and Italian model Claudia Romani. Claudia’s popularity has surprised us from the start — before we saw her pics on photo agency sites, we hadn’t heard of this voluptuous pinup. But she earned our hearts when she personally emailed us a new collection of photos last week. Meanwhile, VH1’s own Drita had her Twitter fans supporting her all the way. Drita had a bit of a lead yesterday, when we posted extra pics she’d sent us. Alas, it wasn’t enough to defeat the international zeal for Ms. Romani. By the time polls closed at midnight last night, she’d defeated Drita by 20,670 to 6,487 votes. (And apologies for a bit of a conclusion, but we accidentally had two polls running. Don’t worry, we manually tallied all votes for this very serious competition!)
So will Claudia continue her winning streak and emerge victorious over the Bootylicious One herself? Does Blue Ivy know how to use a computer yet? Get to clicking — voting ends Thursday at midnight!
[Photos: Beyonce’s Tumblr, Claudia Romani]
When we tweeted out the first of our Bikini Awards Round 3 matchups, we were half joking/half thinking wishfully with our request for Claudia Romani and Drita D’Avanzo to send us new photos to help with your decision-making. But Italian model/actress Romani tweeted back to us within minutes, and we soon found 15 hot new pics of her in our inbox. That’s a competitive spirit!
If you’re wondering just who this European beauty happens to be, here are a few facts about her. She was born in L’Aquila, Italy, and moved to Copenhagen after high school. That’s where she was discovered on the beach by a scout for FHM Denmark. She’s been modeling all over the world ever since, and these days calls Miami home — that’s where the paps have been snapping all sorts of pics of her in a bikini. But here we present to you some more polished photos, courtesy of the lovely Ms. Romani herself. Now we’re eager to see what Drita does in response.
[Photos courtesy Claudia Romani]
It’s getting down to the wire, ladies and gentlemen. Or the string, whichever you prefer. After rallying her fans on Twitter and Facebook, Mob Wives star Drita D’Avanzo trounced Michelle Rodriguez in Round 2 of the VH1 Celebrity Bikini Awards. That was nowhere near as surprising as Italian model Claudia Romani’s crushing defeat of Selena Gomez. Whither the Wizards of Waverly Place fans? From what we can tell, voters in Italy may have been tipping the scales a bit. Let’s see if they have anything like the enthusiasm of Staten Island’s finest.
Voting for this round continues through Monday (July 23) at midnight ET. Then we’ll begin the finals on Tuesday morning. So vote early and often, bikini fans!
[Photos: House of Jackie Brown, Splash News Online]
We didn’t want the VH1 Celebrity Bikini Awards to end after just a couple of weeks, and we don’t think you did either. That’s why we’re extending them into a bracket-style showdown. While the first round featured ladies competing against their peers; now it’s time to see how they do against a whole other category of beach beauties. Here we have Disney star victor Selena Gomez in her Spring Breakers finery going halter-to-halter against Italian model Claudia Romani. You might think Selena holds the advantage, due to name recognition if nothing else. But a quick image search of Claudia turns up almost nothing but bikini pics. This girl’s a pro. And she has a fanbase that helped her beat the likes of Miranda Kerr and Kate Upton. Which lovely lady do you want to see continue in this very important competition? Think long and hard before you decide, but decide quickly. Polls close Tuesday at midnight.
[Photos: Splash News Online]