65th Miss Universe preliminary evening gown competition

The 65th Miss Universe candidates compete on stage in her evening gown during the 65th MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Competition at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday, January 26, 2017.

The contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in the Philippines. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

 

65th Miss Universe preliminary swimwear competition

The 65th Miss Universe candidates compete on stage in Yamamay swimwear featuring footwear by Chinese Laundry during the 65th MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Competition at the Mall of Asia Arena on Thursday, January 26, 2017.

The contestants have been touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in the Philippines. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, January 29, live from the Philippines to see who will become Miss Universe. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

65th Miss Universe: Initial list

The wait will soon be over!

In the coming days, more than 80 of the most beautiful ladies in the world will converge in Manila to fight for the chance to wear the DIC crown and be catapulted into worldwide fame as the next Miss Universe. But before that, it’s time for us, pageant fans, to pick who we think are the early favorites in the competition.

For this first list, I intentionally did not rank the ladies and placed them into the Top 5-10-15-20 categories which I presume best suit them. Also, I specifically chose photos they posted on their Instagram accounts which I believe best represent their personalities. Let’s do this!

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BELGIUM | STEPHANIE GELDHOF Belgium is making sure they’ll make it twice-in-a-row after making it to the semis in 2015. 19-year-old Stephanie is one of the youngest contestants, but one of the prettiest! This jack-of-all-trades (she sings, pains and models and is into gymnastics and swimming, too) is definitely an upgrade from last year. She’s currently underrated but wait ‘til she arrives in Manila!

MALAYSIA | KIRAN JASSAL By reading her answers to the Missosology Beauty Talks, one could say that Kiran has Lara Dutta vibes all over her. She’s educated, classy, and needless to say, beautiful. Weak sash plays to her advantage, but with her wit and beauty this 20-year-old bookworm could place on her own merits.

PERU | VALERIA PIAZZA Valeria, 26, is the only candidate this year apart from the Philippines who was crowned by Pia Wurtzbach during her national pageant. And from that moment, we could see that this fine lady could measure up to the Miss Universe beauty standards. She’s a got an impressive work and academic background and lives an active lifestyle. But what makes her an interesting candidate is her effortless sophistication and radiating charm.

PUERTO RICO | BRENDA JIMENEZ This island territory traditionally do well in Miss Universe but their last two campaigns proved futile. But this time, they’ll be sending a top-notch lady that could break the spell. Brenda, 22, exudes a good mix of fresh and spice, making her a sight to behold on stage. Also, she’s miles better in terms of facial beauty than the girl she replaced.

TURKEY | TANSU CAKIR At first glance, she looks like Filipino actress Carla Abellana, but a closer look at her makes you say, “Finally, Turkey got it right this time”. Tansu, 21, owns one of the most beautiful faces in the competition and all her photo shoots prove that. She has the potential, but a great stage performance, which we are yet to see, could seal the deal for her.

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AUSTRALIA | CARIS TIIVEL Perth native Caris, 23, is effortlessly beautiful. But what makes her adorable is her soft-spoken nature and her love for the arts. She is also an experienced model so working the stage won’t be a problem. The Land Down Under never fails to send a stunner to Miss Universe. Since 2008, they only missed the cut once (in 2013) and this year it seems the streak is going to continue.

BARBADOS | SHANNON HARRIS How to stage a great comeback at Miss Universe? Send a stunner with a gorgeous face and vavavoom body like Shannon. This 22-year-old professional model from Bridgetown is the first Miss Barbados in over nine years. Weak sash might be her disadvantage, but that face and great presence would be too hard to ignore.

ECUADOR | CONNIE JIMÉNEZ This girl is underrated! Most pageant fans are crazy over the popular Latinas, not realizing there are a few girls like Connie who could pull off surprises. This 21-year-old agribusiness engineer could even hold a candle beside Pia Wurtzbach during the latter’s visit in Ecuador. Connie’s boyfriend died recently and this sad experience will surely drive her to succeed in the pageant.

FRANCE | IRIS MITTENAERE After years of just settling in the Top 10/15, France finally came close to the crown with a Top 5 finish in 2015. This year is seems the country is bent on finally winning the crown and is sending the main winner of the national pageant to Manila. Iris, 23, is definitely someone to watch out for. Her sophistication and effortless beauty could be her lucky charm.

VENEZUELA | MARIAM HABACH Her Miss Venezuela victory wasn’t warmly received, but Mariam is starting to prove her worth. The transformation of this 20-year-old Dentistry student has been remarkable so far. From her walk, to her body and posture as well as her styling, she is bent on bringing her country back to the Top 5. She’s not the most beautiful Venezuelan delegate, but as they say, ‘never count Venezuela out’.

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CANADA | SIERA BEARCHELL This 23-year-old law student and entrepreneur is a well-spoken lady (in fact she has one of the most impressive Beauty Talks in Missosology.Org). But aside from her impressive portfolio, she has already proven herself in the beauty department as she was adjudged 1st runner-up in Miss Supranational 2015. If Miss Universe needs “a spokesperson who happens to be beautiful”, then they must be looking for Siera.

INDONESIA | KEZIA WAROUW With Asians finally getting noticed in Miss Universe, expect the region to send stunners. One of them is the statuesque Kezia, 25, who will attempt to make it four-in-a-row for Indonesia. Her pageant training the in Philippines for sure would play to her advantage come the most crucial parts of the competition.

NETHERLANDS | ZOE IVORY One of the most striking beauties in this edition is Ivory, a 23-year-old a professional model and dancer. It’s like seeing Megan Young and Azra Akin compete for Miss Universe, but with more fierceness. This girl has lots of modeling experience, but it would be interesting to see her transform from a model to a beauty queen.

UKRAINE | ALENA SPODYNYUK Ukraine had a relatively good track record in Miss Universe and even came so close to winning in 2011. But after fading in the background in the last two editions, the country is back with a stunner! Alena,19, is a person of grace and elegance you won’t even believe she was a professional handball player. In a sea of fierce and energy, it would be refreshing to see her calmness and majesty.

USA | DESHAUNA BARBER Deshauna’s military background was a man-bites-dog kind of story in the pageant world that many thought it made her win the Miss USA title. But give a closer look and you’ll realize this 27-year-old IT analyst actually has the stage presence and gift of gab that the MUO is looking for. In photos she might look normal, but in person she is full of charisma.

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BRAZIL | RAISSA SANTANA Raissa’s national pageant win made waves internationally as she is the first black Miss Brasil in three decades. But setting aside that fact, this 21-year-old Marketing graduate has all the attributes that makes her a contender in Miss Universe. Her distinct look, banging body and impressive stage presence during her national finals could bring her closer to the DIC crown.

COLOMBIA | ANDREA TOVAR Andrea has already sealed her spot as one of the girls to beat the moment she was crowned Senorita Colombia in November 2015. For more than a year now, this 23-year-old has prepared so much to avenge the humiliation experienced by Ariadna Gutierrez. She has what is takes to win the crown as she is a complete package: tall, beautiful, engaging and prepared. But it would be awkward to see Colombia winning in Philippine soil.

MEXICO | KRISTAL SILVA From her 2013 Miss Earth stint, Kristal has definitely improved a lot! Now more polished, properly styled and with a great sense of fashion, this 25-year-old Molly Isler dead-ringer could give Mexico its third Miss Universe crown.

PHILIPPINES | MAXINE MEDINA When Maxine won Bb Pilipinas, many thought a back-to-back would be impossible mainly because she wasn’t that impressive in interviews. When it was confirmed that the pageant will be held in Manila, many said she’s fortunate she’s get better chances. But weeks before the pageant begins, she surprised everyone with her transformation. Her walk improved, styling on point, her interview skills better with renewed confidence. The hope for a back-to-back suddenly reawakens.

THAILAND | CHALITA SUANSANE Chalita, 22, wasn’t the mega favorite in her national pageant, but she has earned praises for her consistency. She’s probably one of the most prepared and well-funded candidates this year, and her wardrobe press conference last week was proof to that. After last year’s drought-breaking placement, expect Thailand to slowly but surely make its way up. Haraya

Miss World 2016: Fearless forecast

It’s the time of the year again when ladies from around the world gather for the biggest and the oldest beauty pageant: Miss World.

This year, 117 contestants are competing for the right to wear the coveted blue crown and be adjudged the most beautiful in the world and the face of the “Beauty With A Purpose” (BWAP) campaign. Now that all fast track events are done, it is time to finally pick who should win the crown.

The front-runners
If the fast track events are an indication, then Miss Philippines Catriona Gray has the highest probability of bringing home the bacon.  This 23-year-old model and singer started her journey on a high note with a Talent round placement, where she eventually placed second overall. She was among the most active and dedicated on social media so her Multimedia challenge win did not come as a surprise.

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Aside from that, Catriona is also among the five finalists of the all-important BWAP. Her project focuses on the lack of education for the children in Tondo, Manila. She partnered with NGO called Young Focus to purchase and renovate a three-story building that will become a new pre-school center.

Aside from her philanthropy, Catriona is a well-spoken lady. Her gift of gab and social media influence could help the pageant to further its causes. Like Megan Young, the Philippines’ first Miss World winner, Catriona is a complete package. She has the beauty, the brains and the heart for charity. Overall, Catriona definitely embodies Miss World’s ethos of “Beauty With A Purpose”.

Now, who are the threats for the Philippines’ second Miss World crown?

02.pngHungary’s Tímea Gelencsér is likely to carry the banner for Europe. Her good performance in Sports and Talent rounds are proof that this 22-year-old acrobatics champion could pull off an upset come finals night. Hungary has never won

03.pngAnother crown contender is former Miss Universe candidate Yaritza Reyes of the Dominican Republic. Many have noticed that she toned down her fierceness to fit the Miss World mold. But you just can’t take the stage diva out of her. She finished 3rd in the Top Model competition and is a finalist in the Sports challenge. This Caribbean island last won in 1982 and Yaritza has all the qualities to end the drought.

04.pngAfter last year’s first princess finish, the world’s largest nation sent another stunner. Russia’s Yana Dobrovolskaya is one of the prettiest in the batch. This 19-year-old professional ballroom dancer is a European champion in 2015. Her experience was enough to bring give her a placement in the Miss World talent round. With her inimitable charm and beauty, it won’t be a surprise if she wins it all tonight.

05.pngRounding up the Top 5 is Africa’s best bet this year, is Kenya’s Evelyn Thungu. She seemed to be ignored at first but is has now solidified her status after her Top 5 placements in the Top Model competition and the BWAP. Evelyn tackles female genital mutilation in her project.

Potential spoilers
06.pngIndonesia’s Natasha Mannuela made it to the Top 5 of both the Top Model and BWAP competitions. Indonesia has placed in Miss World since 2011 and this year would be no different. And with rumors of the country hosting the pageant again next year, it won’t come as a shock if Natasha places very high tonight.

07.pngUnited States’s Audra Mari was well-loved during her Miss USA 2014 stint where she ended up as 1st runner-up. But to be honest, she is just under the radar in Miss World. But home-court advantage will work for her advantage, add to that she could definitely nail the Q&A if she makes it.

08.pngOne of the most popular candidates is Mongolia’s Bayartsetseg Altangerel. In fact she topped the public voting on Mobstar to win the Talent challenge. She is definitely one step ahead of the rest as she will be performing her quick change and magic act during the finals night. Compared to her Miss Earth stint last year, Bela is looking better than ever and the crown if definitely within reach.

09.pngPuerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle is also one to watch out for. Her svelte figure and stunning face are among her advantages. She made an impact with her Talent round placement and is among the well-dressed candidates.This 19-year-old law and communications student is definitely the best from the island since 2011.

10.pngCompleting the Top 10 is Ukraine’s Oleksandra Kucherenko. This 19-year-old student works as a model and ballroom coach. Her dancing prowess earned her a spot in the Talent round. But aside from that, her unassuming beauty is just shining throughout the competition.

Honorable mentions
Any of the following girls could also pull off surprises tonight: Australia‘s Madeline Cowe, South Africa‘s Ntandoyenkosi Kunene, India‘s Priyadarshini Chatterjee, France‘s Morgane Edvige, Venezuela‘s Diana Croce, Ireland‘s Niamh Kennedy, China PR‘s Jing Kong (Toop Model winner), Slovakia‘s Kristína Činčurová, Cook Islands‘ Natalia Short (Sports winner) and Nepal‘s Asmi Shrestha.

Here’s the final prediction ranking:

1 Philippines – Catriona Gray
2 Hungary – Tímea Gelencsér
3 Dominican Republic – Yaritza Reyes
4 Russia – Yana Dobrovolskaya
5 Kenya – Evelyn Thungu

6 Indonesia – Natasha Mannuela
7 United States – Audra Mari
8 Mongolia – Bayartsetseg Altangerel
9 Puerto Rico – Stephanie Del Valle
10 Ukraine – Oleksandra Kucherenko

11 Australia – Madeline Cowe
12 South Africa – Ntandoyenkosi Kunene
13 India – Priyadarshini Chatterjee
14 France – Morgane Edvige
15 Venezuela – Diana Croce
16 Ireland – Niamh Kennedy
17 China PR – Jing Kong
18 Slovakia – Kristína Činčurová
19 Cook Islands – Natalia Short
20 Nepal – Asmi Shrestha Haraya

Pia Wurtzbach, candidates kick off 65th Miss Universe in the Philippines

The Miss Universe pageant is on!

A kick-off party was held Saturday to officially start the 65th Miss Universe competition to be held in the Philippines, led by reigning queen Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and 11 of this year’s candidates.

For Miss Universe Organization president Paula Shugart, it is “a dream come true” to finally host the pageant in the Philippines.

Wurtzbach, meanwhile, said she is “grateful” that the pageant is finally happening in her home country. “It’s not only a dream of Paula’s, a dream of the Miss Universe organization but also a dream of mine to bring back the competition here, and to show the world how beautiful the Philippines is,” the 2015 queen said. “And it would really be great if I can finally have a proper walk on stage in no less than in my home country of course.”

Former Ilocos Sur governor Luis “Chavit” Singson, one of the host committee heads, gave Shugart a jacket with the words “Miss U is on”.

Flown from different parts of the globe to attend the event were Miss Australia Caris Tiivel, Miss Indonesia Kezia Warouw, Miss Japan Sari Nakazawa, Miss Korea Jenny Kim, Miss Malaysia Kiran Jassal, Miss Myanmar Htet Htet Htun, Miss New Zealand Tania Pauline Dawson, Miss Thailand Chalita Suansane, Miss Vietnam Dang Thi Le Hang, and Miss USA Deshauna Barber. Miss Philippines Maxine Medina also joined the visiting candidates.

Miss China Li Zhenying didn’t make it to the kick-off party but will join the rest of the girls in their week-long activities, including a tour of Cebu and Siargao.

Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up Shamcey Supsup and actor Benjamin Alves hosted the event, which was attended by members of the organizing committee led by Singson’s LCS Group and host committee chair Richelle Louise Singson-Michael, Solar Entertainment Corporation, Okada Manila, SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Philippine Airlines, and Pay It Forward. Philippine Department of Tourism secretary Wanda Teo and undersecretary Kat De Castro were also present at the gathering.

 

Miss Supranational 2016: Fearless forecast

All roads lead to Krynica Zdrój in Poland as the youngest of the Big5 pageants stages its much anticipated “Supra Show” tonight. With 71 candidates from across the globe, only one will be crowned Miss Supranational 2016.

Compared to previous years, this batch is relatively weak. With no clear front-runners this year, it’s going to be anyone’s ball game. And what happens with “weak” seasons, the powerhouse countries usually reign supreme.

After crowning the stunning Stephania Stegman last year, it would be a wise decision for Miss Supranational to crown another Latina. If they want to expand their market in South America, it would be best to crown Venezuela or Mexico.

The emerging pageant powerhouse continent of Asia sent strong ladies this year again and the likes of Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India could very well represent the organization, too.

Meanwhile, Ukraine, Poland, and Hungary are the flag-bearers of Europe and could easily snatch the crown.

Check out my full list below:

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1 VENEZUELA | Valeria Vespoli
2 PHILIPPINES | Joanna Eden
3 MEXICO | Cynthia de la Vega
4 UKRAINE | Lenna Anastasiia
5 SRI LANKA | Ornella M.J. Gunesekere

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6 INDONESIA | Intan Aletrino
7 POLAND | Ewa Mielnicka
8 SURINAME | Jaleesa Pigot
9 HUNGARY | Korinna Kocsis
10 INDIA | Srinidhi Shetty

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11 ECUADOR | Maria Isabel Pineyro
12 THAILAND | Chatchadaporn Kimakorn
13 PARAGUAY | Viviana Florentin
14 SLOVAK REPUBLIC | Lenka Tekeljakova
15 SOUTH AFRICA | Talitha Bothma

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16 UNITED STATES | Alexis Sherrill
17 COLOMBIA | Lorena de Lima
18 ENGLAND | Angelina Kali
19 RWANDA | Colombe Akiwacu
20 ANGOLA | Maria Moises

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21 GERMANY | Anja-Vanessa Peter
22 JAPAN | Risa Nagashima
23 BELGIUM | Amina Serroukh
24 MYANMAR | Swe Zin Htet
25 BRAZIL | Cloris Ioanna Junges

Miss Earth 2016: a post-pageant review

Miss Ecuador Katherine Espin capturing the Miss Earth 2016 crown last Saturday, October 29, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines was an affirmation of her front-runner status. But no matter how deserving and convincing a win, it was still marred by controversies.

Espin was considered a heavy favorite before the finale. She won a lion’s share of corporate awards and ended on top of the medal tally after winning medals in the pre-pageant activities. In fact, her placement and eventual win broke the curse that anyone who tops that leaderboard will end up unplaced.

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Top performer
The 23-year-old future lawyer was one of the best performers of the night, alongside another top favorite Miss Venezuela Stephanie De Zorzi, Miss USA Corrin Stellakis and Miss Sweden Cloie Syquia Skarne. Espin gave the perfect balance of sexiness and elegance in both the swimwear and evening wear rounds. She was polished, well styled and was obviously shining on stage that night.

When USA and Sweden failed to make the final four, it was clear that the crown was just between Miss Ecuador and Miss Venezuela. But Espin cemented her win after nailing the final question round.

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Asked what will be her program to protect the planet from climate change, she answered: “I truly believe in the 5 R’s, which is re-think, reduce, re-use, recycle and respect. Because I believe that as human beings, if we apply that to our everyday lives, we can make a change and we will reduce the problem that we have just mentioned. If we apply that to our everyday lives, I believe that we as humans can save the place we live in, which is our Mother Earth.”

The win
The exclusion of Miss Sweden and Miss USA in the Top 4 also came as a surprise because both gave outstanding and well applauded answers in the Top 8 Q&A round. They could’ve given Espin a run for her money in the final Q&A.

Miss Vietnam Nam Em’s Top 8 placement was very welcome and deserved. Meanwhile, Miss Brazil Bruna Zanardo’s and Miss Colombia Michelle Gomez’s Top 4 placements were unexpected but their good performances throughout the finals night were proof that they earned it. Miss Venezuela started out strong but she faded during the first round of Q&A. She gave a better answer during the final question but Espin was just unstoppable.

But despite her solid performance in the finals, Espin’s victory wasn’t spared from issues. Some delegates and national directors are accusing her of being promised by a sponsor of the crown. Miss Philippines was caught on video throwing shade at her for allegedly having fake nose, chin and breasts (which Espin already denied). But the new Miss Earth remains unfazed.

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“I am very committed to work as Miss Earth. I have so many projects in mind. I really want to dedicate the whole year on working for the environment. I will leave everything else in my life and just focus on my reign as Miss Earth,” she said in a recent interview.

Best batch in history
This year’s batch of candidates was perhaps one of the strongest in history, with lots of stunners and girls who are very dedicated to the Miss Earth cause. That was why the actual Top 16 semifinalists was well-received. There were no surprise placements and all of the girls delivered well in both the swimwear and evening wear rounds.

It is also interesting to note that the Top 3 eco videos of Miss Moldova, Miss Ukraine and Miss Vietnam were really the best among the rest and are all deserving.

The letdowns were the exclusion of Miss Denmark Klaudia Parsberg, who was one of the most prepared and dedicated ladies in the competition, and Miss Vietnam and her interpreter struggling in the Q&A portion.

The non-placement of the Philippines after five years (including a back-to-back victory) did not come as a surprise, following Imelda Schweighart’s series of “transgressions” during the duration of the pageant. But it is also worth noting that Miss Earth got more media mileage because of Miss Philippines’ controversial statements.

Improvements
In terms of the production, the pageant showed a big improvement compared to last year. Holding the finals at the Arena was a welcome move as it gave more fans the chance to witness the momentous event.

The show let go of the live introductions and opted for VTRs instead and incorporated it to the opening number, which actually saved a lot of time. The announcement of the semifinalists wasn’t rushed. However, Miss Indonesia stepping in instead of Miss Italy was an “oops” moment. Other than that, there wasn’t any cringe-worthy moment unlike in previous years.

The Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez hosting duo as gave the show a more elegant yet funny feel.

Bringing the pageant back to the Philippines is also a welcome move. Not only did it allow the girls to travel around the country, it also showcased how it is more fun in the Philippines through these pre-pageant activities.

Overall, Miss Earth pulled off a good show and the winners deserved their placements based on their finals performance. Despite the controversies that surround this pageant every year, this Big5 pageant just proved that no amount of vilification could bring it down. PageantFocus

This was first published in Missosology.Org.

Ecuador’s Katherine Espin is Miss Earth 2016

Latinas dominated the Miss Earth 2016 as Ecuador scored its second win in the pageant while three other South American beauties finished in the podium.

Katherine Espin,23, bested 82 other delegates to win the title. Ecuador first won the crown in 2011 with Olga Alava.

“I feel very blessed,” Espin told Missosology moments after winning. “I was able to [make] my dream come true.”

Colombia’s Michelle Gomez was named Miss Earth-Air, while heavy favorite Stephanie De Zorzi of Venezuela settled for the Miss Earth-Water title. Brazil’s Bruna Zanardo was crowned Miss Earth-Fire.

Espin impressed the judges in the final round when she was asked, “If you were selected as Miss Earth 2016, what would be your program to protect Mother Earth from climate change?”

She replied: “I truly believe in the 5Rs – Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, [Recycle], Respect – and I believe that as human beings, if we apply that to our everyday lives, we can make a change and reduce the problems just mentioned…we can save the place we live in which is Mother Earth.”

No stranger to pageants, Espin competed at Miss Bikini Universe 2013 and Top Model of the World 2015.

Completing the Top 8 finalists were Miss Russia Aleksandra Cherepanova, Miss Sweden Cloie Syquia Skarne, Miss USA Corrin Stellaki and Miss Vietnam Nguyen Thi Le Nam Em.

The rest of the 16 semifinalists were Miss Australia Lyndl Kean, Miss England Luissa Burton, Miss Italy Denise Frigo, Miss Korea Chae-Yeung Lee, Miss Macau Clover Zhu, Miss Mexico Itzel Astudillo, Miss Northern Ireland Julieann McStravick and Miss South Africa Nozipho Magagula. Miss Philippines Imelda Scweighart failed to make the cut.

Miss Moldova Tatiana Ovcinicová won Best Eco Video while Miss Wales Charlotte Hitchman was named Miss Eco Warrior.

The finals, hosted by Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez, was held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines. PageantFocus

 

Miss Earth 2016: Fearless predictions

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This year’s edition of the Miss Earth is one for the books.

The more than 80 delegates had the chance to explore the beauty of the Philippines, through the support of both the LGUs and the private sector. Aside from that, this year’s pageant is graced by a lot of stunners and very dedicated ladies making it very difficult to choose only 16.

But that task needs to be done. And after seeing all the ladies in the flesh (except for Miss India), here’s my final list for Miss Earth 2016.

For the alternates:

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Italy’s Denise Frigo has resemblance to Miss World 2013 Megan Young. Her authentic charm and smile will capture anyone’s heart.

Miss Panama Virginia Hernandez is a good follow-up to last year’s stunner (but unplaced) Carmen Jaramillo. She oozes with the right amount of elegance and sexiness that is hard to ignore.

Miss Philippines Imelda Schweighart is probably the most controversial delegate this year (and the most bashed Miss Philippines Earth since Athena Imperial). But discounting all her social media misdemeanors, she could also give the host country another placement. After all, a Miss Earth edition without a Miss Philippines is incomplete.

Miss Brazil Bruna Zanardo is another stunner with a wll-proportioned body. Couple that with her polished walk and she sure will standout.

Now on to the Top 16:

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16 Peru – Brunella Fossa
This Pia Wurtzbach dead-ringer is among the most underrated beauties in the competition. But if you see her upclose, she is really stunning! She hasn’t won any medals in the pre-pageant activities but Brunella humbly made her presence felt in the competition.

15 Thailand – Atcharee Buakhiao
Tian was under the radar at the start of the competition but she made a huge impact after winning the gold in the national costume competition. With the Land of Smiles doing good in international pageants these days, it won’t be a surprise if this girl makes it. She had the height and the pretty face to help her make it.

14 Kenya – Grace Wanene
Grace is one of the most stunning African delegates to have ever graced the Miss Earth pageant. Her bubbly personality is what makes her lovable but on stage, it’s a different story. She was fierce and fabulous during the fashion show in Davao! She also a well-spoken lady.

13 Ukraine – Alena Belová
One of my sentimental favorites, Alena has slowlu but surely made her presence felt in the competition. Her silver medal in resorts wear competition is proof that this year has the stage presence. She has the natural beauty and charm that makes her hard to ignore.

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12 Colombia – Michelle Gómez
Probably the tallest among the delegates, Michelle was a sight to behold during the press presentation. Her svelte look look has earned her a bronze is the swimwuit competition and the Miss Boracay Body special award. But what makes her a darling is helping her fellow Latina candidates by translating their words. Definitely a mark of a queen!

11 Vietnam – Nguyen Thi Le Nam Em
One of the biggest surprises in the competition is Nam Em. She was completely ignored at first, but is now finally get the attention she deserves. Her silver medals in long gown and talent rounds are proof of her hard work, and her Miss Photogenic win speaks volumes about the strong support she is getting at home.

10 Russia – Aleksandra Cherepanová
Aleksandra is undoubtedly the face of the competition. Although she appears timid and shy at times, her angelic face and elegance shines through. She was very regal in her black gown that made her win the gold in long gown competition. She could also pull a big surprise come finals night.

9 Mexico – Itzel Paola Astudillo
Evening gown gold medal: check! Swimsuit gold medal: check!  National costume gold medal: check! Itzel is probably the most decorated Mexican delegate to ever grace the Miss Earth stage and she deserves all the accolades. She had the right mix of sexiness, sweetness and unassuming exquisiteness that make her truly a cut above the rest.

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8 Sweden – Cloie Syquia Skarne
Not a big fan of Cloie, but this girl has proven that she deserves to place. Her medals in evening gown and national costume are enough to say she has the stage presence. She also has a sweet yet attractive beauty. With proper styling, this Swedish-Filipino-American lass could surely go places.

7 Pakistan – Anzhelika Tahir
One of the best dressed in the competition, Anzhelika always manages to standout because of her good taste in fashion. But aside from that, her distinct facial beauty and amiable personality are worthy of mention. She also has good communication skills which could work to her advantage.

6 England – Luissa Burton
Probably one of, if not the most, hardworking delegates of Miss Earth this year. Luissa tried out for Miss Earth England thrice before finally winning the title and is now living her dream of competing internationally. Despite being overshadowed by other girls at the start, Luissa managed to climb the ranks and won a bronze in talent. But what makes her truly outstanding is she lives and breathes the cause of Miss Earth.

5 Ecuador – Katherine Espín
Katherine is a well-rounded beauty. Physically, she has an endearing face and a vavavoom body. Aside from these, she has the gift of gab, which is her best weapon. She has topped the medal tally after her podium finishes in long gown, resorts wear, swimwear and national costume rounds. History has it that the medal leaders end up clapping in the background. Will Katherine break the curse? I dare say yes!

And finally, the elemental queens:

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Miss Fire: Denmark – Klaudia Parsberg
One might mistake her for Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, because encounter with Klaudia are indeed encounters with inimitable beauty and charm. She wasn’t a heavy favorite from the start but this lady has worked so hard to earn the “contender” tag. From what she has done and achieved so far, there is no doubt that this girl has prepared for the pageant. With a great body, beautiful face, gift of gab, knowlege of the cause and a proper styling, it won’t be a surprise if Denmark win the crown again.

Miss Water: USA  – Corrin Stellakis
She may not have the most gorgeous face of the sexiest of bodies, but Corrin has the communication skills and full understanding of Miss Earth’s causes that make her a strong contender for the title. Just find the right styling (like her look during the Natural Looks event), please? A well-rounded beauty like Corrin for sure won’t be ignored.

Miss Air: Australia – Lyndl Kean
After Dayanna Grageda’s second place finish last year, it looks like the Land Down undr is headed for another Top 4 finish this year. Lyndl has everything it takes: a beautiful face, the pageant experience and the intelligence that could blow the judges away. She is also one of the classiest delegates. I have to admit; I underestimated this girl. But being a total performer throughout the competition makes her a perfect girl to consider for the crown.

Miss Earth: Venezuela – Stephanie de Zorzi
All eyes will be on Stephanie De Zorzi, who has been a clear standout since day one. The moment it was confirmed that  will be finally representing the powerhouse country of Venezuela in Miss Earth, she has already become the favorite for the title.

Her road to Miss Earth wasn’t ideal. She was set to compete in 2014, only to be replaced a week before arrivals because she allegedly gained weight. That devastated her,  but when the franchise was given to Alyz Henrich and she offered Stephanie to compete, she said yes without hesitation.

Upon arriving in Manila, Stephanie has sashayed grace and beauty expected of a Miss Venezuela. She has a beautiful face and a to-die-for body. She has the catwalk flair and a megawatt smile that could light up anyone’s face.

Right now, Stephanie is undeniably the best bet for the crown. She is someone Miss Earth is looking for: marketable, beautiful, intelligent. The crown has long been hers. Let it sit on her head tonight!. Haraya

 

 

Kylie Verzosa is Miss International 2016

Kylie Verzosa bagged the Philippines 6th Miss International crown, during the finals held October 27 in Tokyo, Japan.

During the all-important speech round, 24-year-old Verzosa said she is ready to take on the responsibilities of being a titleholder.

“Three things come to mind when I think of Miss International – culture, education and international understanding. These three work together to make the brand of the Miss International Beauty Pageant relevant to the global community and to our time. If I become Miss International 2016, I will devote myself to cultural understanding because I believe that it is with developing in each of us sensitivity to other cultures that we expand our horizons, tolerate difference, and appreciate diversity. All these enable us to achieve international understanding. And I believe I’m prepared to take on this responsibility,” she said.

In an exclusive backstage interview with Missosology right after the pageant, Verzosa thanked all her supported. ” I can not believe it. I’m so happy!”

Asked for her message to Madame Stella Marquez Araneta, Bb Pilipinas chairman and the first Miss International winner from Colombia, Verzosa said: “Do you like my crown?”

Miss Australia Alexandra Britton was named first runner-up. Miss Indonesia Felicia Hwang placed second runner-up and was awarded Best Dresser. Miss Nicaragua Brianny Chamorro was third runner-up and Best in National Costume, while Miss USA Kaityrana Leinbach, placed fourth runner-up.

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The Top 5 of Miss International 2016

The rest of the 15 semifinalists were Miss Argentina Yoana Don, Miss Canada Amber Bernachi, Miss Dominican Republic Cynthia Núñez, Miss El Salvador Elizabeth Cader, Miss Finland Emilia Seppänen, Miss Japan Jyunna Yamagata, Miss Mexico Geraldine Ponce, Miss Poland Magdalena Bieñkowska, Miss Russia Alisa Manenok and Miss Thailand Pattiya Pongthai. PageantFocus