Kylie Verzosa is Miss International 2016

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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

Miss International 2016: Fearless predictions

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This year’s Miss International Beauty Pageant has made a big step toward re-establishing its relevance in this day and age where pageant importance is characterized by popularity and commercialism.

While new pageants were busy luring fans to like their favorite costumes and swipe their credit cards to vote for their favorites, Miss International engaged its candidates in a healthy forum aimed at discussiing the importance of women in today’s society. It also fortified its stronghold of its cultural roots by bringing its candidates to Ikebana and traditional Japanese classes as well as visiting heritage sites. The presence of the 69 candidates sends a message across that despite having diverse cultures, we can all achieve “world peace through mutual understanding”.

As the first of the Big 5 beauty pageants come to a close today, it’s time to pick the best girls who could champion the pageant’s advocacies. Here are my 15 choices for Miss International 2016.

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15 Puerto Rico | Gabriela Berríos
This 25-year-old model has improved a lot since her Miss Universe stint, where she failed to make the semis but bagged Miss Photogenic. Gabriela sweet demeanor and friendly personality are more visible in Japan. She’s also one of the most experienced in the batch so expect her to bring her A-game in the finals.

14 Japan | Junna Yamagata
The host country is fielding a 22-year-old student at this year’s competition and it won’t be a surprise if she makes the cut. Setting aside the homecourt advantage, Junna is relatively prettier compared to her predecessors. She also has the regal bearing fit for a queen.

13 Nicaragua | Brianny Chamorro
A winsome smile that could light up a dark room is this 22-year-old sales director’s best asset. Brianny is also fluent in the English language, which could work well in case she advances in the speech round. She also has one of the most intricate national costumes!

12 Hong Kong | Kelly Yeuk Lam Chan
The moment Kelly landed in Japan, she has already sealed a spot in the semis. This 21-year-old student and model is among the most consistent ladies in the competition. Always in a good mood with a beautiful smile, she could easily warm anybody’s heart.

11 Colombia | Yudi Daniela Herrera Avendaño
This 21-year-old student is probably the most underrated Latina in the competition. Daniela’s distinct beauty and good body definitely deserves recognition. She is always elegant, which is a mark of a Miss International winner.

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10 UK | Romy Simpkins
Another underrated beauty in the pageant is the lovely Romy. While she may not be a popular choice, she’s definitely one of the most active on social media. Aside from that, she is also a good communicator.

New Zealand | Jessica Tyson
One of the girls who are gaining ground as the pageant comes to a close is the 23-year-old Jessica. This beauty with brains works as a journalist, so don’t be surprised if she nails the speech round and pulls off an upset come finals.

8 Venezuela | Jessica Duarte
A back-to-back has never happened in Miss International history and it is an enormous task that the 24-year-old Jessica is facing. It is not impossible, especially if you come from a powerhouse country; however, she needs to double the effort as she appears timid at times. This serene, unassuming beauty is a dentist by profession.

7 Ghana | Cindy Kofie
The first from her country to compete in Miss International, hopes are high that this 19-year-old student will make it to the Top 5. Who wouldn’t love her energetic and youthful personality? The possibilities are endless for this gorgeous girl!

6 Mexico | Maria Geraldine Ponce Mendez
If the Miss International pageant night started on the first day of arrival, Geraldine would have won the race. This 22-year-old student is one of the most prepared delegates, and is definitely ready to keep the placement streak going for her country in Miss International.

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5 Finland | Emilia Seppänen
This 22-year-old model is always well-dressed, her styling on point and she behaves like a true queen. While her communication skills is not that outstanding, a doll-like beauty like her is Miss International’s cup of tea. She could pull off a big surprise come finale.

4 Peru | Danea Juanita Panta Vargas
Insider reports say Danea is well-loved by the Miss International organization. Who wouldn’t? She has one of the best bodies in the competition, plus a strikingly beautiful face and expressive eyes. This 26-year-old experienced model seemed to be fading into the background at first, but is now slowly, but surely making her way to the top.

3 Philippines | Kylie Verzosa
22-year-old Kylie is an easy standout: she’s fresh, bubbly and is a good speaker, too. However, Kylie seems to have reached a saturation point in the middle of the pre-pageant activities. Some say she’s fortunate to be competing in a relatively weak batch (had she competed last year she would easily be overshadowed by Edymar Martinez and Jennifer Valle). But the real battle begins when Kylie hits the stage because she is a total performer!

2 Poland | Magdalena Bieńkowska
Magdalena has the girl-next-door look and a sexy body. Her serene beauty is a breath of fresh air. She exudes so much sophistication that translates into performance. She is a sweetheart and basically has the qualities of a good ambassador of goodwill. Though not the best speaker, she can compose her thoughts instantly. This 23-year-old student’s doll-like features for sure will bring Poland back to pageantry world’s map.

1 Indonesia | Felicia Hwang
Felicia neither have the most beautiful face nor the sexiest body. She isn’t the most fluent in English. She isn’t the tallest. But this a 24-year-old model and entrepreneur has the humility and determination which are qualities of a true queen. She has improved a lot since her Puteri Indonesia days. She always appears well-dressed, styling always on point. Hate her all you want, but you can’t deny she is a major force to reckon with in the competition. Indonesia just won their first international crown yesterday, and they might just win their first Big5 pageant title today. Haraya

Miss International 2015: Fearless prediction

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The 55th Miss International beauty pageant is now on its homestrech. But before we witness the crowning of the first Big4 queen of 2015, here is my final list:

 
Miss International 2015: Honduras-Jennifer Valle
One of the prettiest faces in the competition, Honduras’ Jennifer Giselle Valle for sure won’t be ignored. She was set to compete last 2013 but opted out due to personal reasons. It seemed that this is the right year for Jennifer to compete as she has been a standout since Day One of Miss International 2015. Her experience in previous international pageants (Miss World 2012, Reina Mundial del Banano 2012 and Reinado Internacional Del Cafe 2013) will surely play to her advantage come finals. But one of her assets is that she is has good communication skills, which could work for her during the public speaking round of the competition.

1st Runner-up: Philippines-Janicel Lubina
Fondly called by pageant fans as “Cinderella”, Janicel Lubina’s story as a former house help turned pageant queen made waves in both local and foreign media. But aside from her humble background, what makes this beauty a top contender are her killer curves and top-notch stage presence. Some say she has been losing steam, but videos of the rehearsals prove that Janicel has maintained her winning form and aura. Despite some saying Janicel’s weakness lies in her communication skills, it couldn’t be denied that she’s one of the strongest candidates the Philippines has ever sent in Miss International.

2nd Runner-up: Venezuela-Edymar Martinez
After missing the semis in the last two years, Venezuela is back with vengeance. Edymar has been the top favorite since she was crowned Miss Venezuela Internacional and didn’t disappoint. Her styling has always been on point. She always make sure she gets noticed in a positive way. But what makes her all the more appealing is her good behavior. Those who were able to rub elbows with her in Japan tell me Edymar is very humble. That’s a true mark of a queen!

3rd Runner-up: Brazil-Isis Stocco
Another one of the most anticipated delegates is Brazil’s Isis Stocco. Although at first she seemed to be fading into the background, it couldn’t be denied that she is one of the most beautiful in the batch. Her elegance and beauty for sure won’t be ignored.

4th Runner-up: Canada-Kathryn Kohut
While I think that the battle will be among the first four girls I mentioned, I think that Canada could be this year’s pleasant surprise. Her experience in Miss Grand International for sure has helped her improve her stage presence. But what will set this girl apart from the rest is her gift of gab. She knows how to express herself well and that would give her the advantage come finals night.

6. Mexico-Lorena Sevilla
7. Hungary-Linda Szunai
8. USA-Lindsay Becker
9. Japan-Arisa Nakagawa
10. New Zealand-Hayley Rose Coombe

11. Denmark-Mette Riis Sørensen
12. Kenya-Eunice Onyango
13. Ecuador-Daniela Armijos
14. Hawaii-Brianna Acosta
15. Thailand – Sasi Sintawee

Underdog wins Miss International 2014

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Many pageant observers did not see it coming that Puerto Rico’s Valerie Hernandez would bag the Miss International 2014 title. She did not figure in many pageant websites’ prediction list, which included Mexico’s Vianey Vaquez, the Netherlands’ Shauny Bult and the Philippines’ Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti. But the 21-year-old student and model proved that underdogs could win the competition.

And last Tuesday, November 11, Valerie shed tears of joy as she was being crowned by the outgoing queen Bea Rose Santiago. She is the second Puerto Rican to win the title. The first was Laurie Tamara Simpson who was also crowned in Tokyo, Japan in 1987.

During the speech round, where the Top 10 finalists were asked about their message if they become the winner, Hernandez said: “I think it’s not just crown, it’s not just the title, it’s one of the hardest responsibility. As Miss International, I want to send a message of love, peace, and unity.” She did not give the best speech, but her understated elegance and queenly stance must have captured the judges’ attention. She also gave solid performances in all three rounds (national costume, swimwear and evening gown). Aside from that, she was well-styled throughout the finals night.

Runners-up and special awards
Completing the Top 5 were first-runner up Zuleika Suarez of Colombia, second runner-up Punika Kulsoontornrut of Thailand, third runner-up Victoria Tooby of the United Kingdom and fourth runner-up Milla Romppanen of Finland.

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The candidates from Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, and Panama composed the rest of the Top 10 finalists.

Miss Colombia won the Best Dresser (Best in Long Gown) and Miss Friendship awards. Other winners of special awards were Miss India Jhathaleka Malhotra (Miss Internet Beauty), Miss Indonesia Elfin Rappa (Miss National Costume) and Miss France Aurianne Sinacola (Miss Perfect Body).

Disappointments
While Hernandez’ win came as a surprise to many, the biggest letdown of the night was the exclusion of top favorites Miss India, Miss Netherlands and Miss Philippines in the Top 10. Miss Netherlands has a stunning face but was lackluster on stage. Miss India was a fashion victim in her baby pink ball gown. Miss Philippines gave pretty decent performances all rounds but was lacking the charisma and freshness that she had during her Bb Pilipinas days.

On the technical side, changing the format from Top 15 to a Top 10 did not help in making the finals show more engaging. The whole pageant was a snooze-fest and having all 70-plus candidates walk the ramp in national costume, swimsuit and evening gown was dragging. Add to that the limited use of the English language during the duration of the show. The pageant definitely needs to work on improving its finale production.

Miss International 2014: My fearless predictions

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One of these 10 ladies, I believe, will win the Miss International crown tonight. Here’s my final choices for the upcoming pageant.

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MISS INTERNATIONAL 2014: INDIA
Jhataleka Malhotra was a favorite from the start. She is very classy, wears appropriate clothing, and always comes out prepared. She was one of the standouts in the press presentation with her intricately designed national costume. But what makes Jhataleka a winner? She has a beautiful face, the queenly sophistication, and the gift of gab that could help her ace the speech round. She is undoubtedly “the one to beat” this year. India has never won the Miss International title and this could be the moment the country has long been waiting for.

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If there is an award for the best face in the competition, Shauny Bult is the winner. Her serene beauty is a breath of fresh air from a sea of fierce faces. She exudes so much royalty and finesse, and this translates into her outfits and performance. She is a sweetheart and basically has the qualities of a good ambassador of goodwill. After her non-placement in Miss Earth years ago, Shauny is keen on bringing home a crown this time around. She is a good follow-up to last year’s first runner-up Nathalie Den Dekker so winning isn’t far fetched.

03 MEXICO
If the Miss International pageant night started on the first day of arrival, Vianey Vázquez would have won the race. She is the most prepared delegate, and is definitely ready to bring her country back in the map. She was among the favorites in her national pageant, and has improved and matured a lot in terms of beauty and personality. While many are saying that Vianey’s weakness is her communication skills (given that this year, the girls are expected to talk in English only during the Top 10 speech, she won’t surely settle for anything less. After all, Mexico is a strong sash in Miss International.

04 PHILIPPINES
I will never forget the first time I saw Bianca Guidotti face-to-face. That was after the Bb Pilipinas 2014 coronation night and she was walking to the parking area minus the big hair and heavy make-up. I called her and congratulated her. Even though she was carrying a lot of bags and looked really tired, she still stopped walking to reach for my hand. That simple act made me love her. She has been a hit-and-miss in the competition and the not-so-good wardrobe could ruin her chances. Despite that her natural beauty still shines through. The humble, sincere and and optimistic Bianca that I loved is still there and it shows in her performance. A back-to-back victory has never happened in the pageant’s history, but it is definitely not impossible.

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Mix Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea and you get Victoria Tooby. She exudes a youthful glow that shouldn’t be ignored. But what I like most about her is that she always comes out well-dressed, her hair fixed and with a wide smile that could brighten up a dark room. The possibilities are endless for this gorgeous girl!

06 COLOMBIA
Insider reports say Zuleika Kiara Suárez is well-loved by the Miss International staff. Who wouldn’t love her sweet, energetic and youthful personality? I liked her most during the national costume presentation where she came out looking fierce and stunning. I have apprehensions in putting her in the Top 5 given that this pageant is not traditionally not into women of color. But if there’s one who should make it all the way to the top, it should be Zuleika.

07 THAILAND
From Miss Earth to Miss International, Punika Kulsoontornrut has surely mastered her craft. It seems evident through her wardrobe, styling and how she behaves in the pre-pageant activities. She is an overall package: face, body, catwalk diva all rolled into one. While in my opinion she is bordering overacting in her actions, one can’t deny she came prepared. That deserves to be recognized.

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Milla Romppanen is an underrated beauty. She is always well-dressed, her styling on point and she behaves like a true queen. A doll-like beauty like her is Miss International’s cup of tea. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this girl making her way to the semis.

09 USA
Samantha Brooks is one of my sentimental favorites. This statuesque brunette is effortlessly elegant and that could be her ticket to giving USA its third consecutive placement in the pageant, But what I like most about Samantha is her dedication to the medical industry. Both of her parents are cancer survivors, and now she works in a hospital. She holds a degree in biology and plans to purse a master’s degree to become a physician’s assistant.

10 GUYANA
Some might think Ruqayyah Boyer is overrated, but for me she is underestimated. She has worked hard for this and even flew to the Philippines from South America to get “formal” training. She is amiable, eloquent and eager to succeed. And with the gorgeous gown she will be wearing for today’s finale, she will surely become a threat in the contest.

Vote for Bianca Guidotti in Miss International 2014 Online Poll

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Bianca Guidotti in Ginza shopping district

The Miss International 2014 beauty pageant has already kicked off this week in Tokyo with more than 60 candidates from all over the world vying for the coveted pearl crown.

This year, the pageant has revealed a new format and a number of new special awards.

“Instead of the traditional Top 15 or Top 12 that pageant fans all over the world have grown to know of, this year, only ten delegates will go on to the next and final round, which is the prepared speech,” Missosology reports.

No Miss Photogenic awards this year, but the pageant will continue to awards Miss National Costume. They added three new special awards: Miss Perfect Body (swimsuit), Miss Best Dresser (evening gown) and Miss Internet Beauty (for the girl with most number of votes in the online poll).

To vote for Miss Philippines Bianca Guidotti in Miss International 2014 Online Poll, follow the instructions below:

How to vote
1. Go to the Miss International website (http://miss-international.org/eng).

2. Click “List of contestants and voting form” below. The page will lead you to the roster of candidates (http://miss-international.org/eng/contestants).

3. Click on the “Profile” button of your favorite candidate. This will lead you to her profile page (http://miss-international.org/onlinepool/1903?lang=eng).

4. Click on the “Vote” button. A window will pop-out to confirm that your vote has been cast.

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Can I still vote after this?
Yes. Only one vote per IP address per day is allowed.

Until when can I vote?
Voting ends on November 10. The contestant with the most number of votes will be named Miss Internet Beauty during the finals on November 11.

Miss International 2013: Fearless Prediction

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ALL EYES are again on Japan as the last of the BigFour pageants, the 53rd Miss International Beauty Pageant, comes to a close tonight.

Japan has proven yet again that it can host an international pageant — and in a very classy way at that. Miss International has not only established a stronghold of its cultural roots, it has also made a big step toward re-establishing its relevance in this day and age where pageant importance is characterised by popularity and commercialism. While the country is having territorial disputes with neighboring countries, the presence of Misses China and Korea in the pageant is a a testament to the pageant’s mantra of “achieving world peace through mutual understanding”. The presence of the 67 delegates sends a message across that despite diversified cultures, we can all live in perfect harmony.

Enough of these, let’s now focus on the girls. Here’s my ultimate choices for Miss International 2013.



15th | Nicaragua, Celeste Castillo
Celeste is one of the most underrated Latinas in the competition. Weak sash may be her disadvantage, but that pretty face and good body deserve some recognition. This 20 year-old Managua native is finishing her degree in social communications and public relations.

14th | Japan, Yukiko Takahashi
This 25-year-old lady gets a free ticket to the semis for being the host delegate. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve to make it. Truth be told, she is prettier than her predecessor, the reigning queen Ikumi Yoshimatsu. This girl, who wants “to help many children in the world – even one at a time – through education”, is a kindergarten teacher.

13th | Spain, Araceli Carrilero Martinez
She was 1st runner-up in the local pageant, but fate seems to have taken a different course. Araceli, 21, is now having the time of her life in Japan after the original winner resigned. This serene, unassuming beauty is a model by profession and is taking up mechanical engineering.

12th | Venezuela, Elián Herrera
Elian’s towering height make her stand out. She may be lacking in facial beauty, but in motion, this 22-year-old beautyproves why she deserves to wear the Venezuela sash. Pressure is now on her to bring home her country’s third Big4 crown this year, following the victories of Venezuela in Miss Universe and Miss Earth this year. She was a volleyball player prior to joining pageants.


11th | Poland, Katarzyna Oracka
One of the girls who are gaining ground as the pageant comes to a close is the 25-year-old Katarzyna. She has one of the best bodies in the competition, plus a really beautiful face and expressive eyes. This beauty with brains is on her last year as a law student at the University of Warsaw.

10th | South Africa, Cindy Rosslind
One of the most underrated beauties, 23-year-old Cindy is slowly but surely cementing a spot in the semis with her shapely body and endearing appeal/ This Cape Town native is a psychology (honors degree) graduate and a classically trained vocalist. She could pull off a big surprise come finale.


9th | Finland, Helianna Ylimaula
Sexy, classy, sassy – those are the words that would best describe Helianna. Her teeth and smile may be bothering at times, but overall she remains a contender for the crown. Following Finland’s first runner-up finish last year, will this 23-year-old flight attendant finally break the country’s 40-year title drought in Miss International?

8th | India, Gurleen Grewal
“I will be wearing a sash that has India printed on it, and I want to make India proud,” Gurleen was quoted in an online site. Her country must be proud of her because she is really giving her best in Tokyo. Her vivacious personality and versatile look will earn her a spot. Don’t count this 21-year-old student-model out.

7th | Gabon, Reilly Makaya
Pretty with a winsome smile, Reilly could be considered the most stunning black delegate this year. Will this 21-year-old model become Africa’s first Miss International? With her impressive intellect and year-long preparations, the possibilities are endless.

6th | Sweden, Eleonore Lilja
She has the girl-next-door look and a sexy body to boast. Her doll-like features for sure will bring Sweden back to pageantry world’s map. Did you know that made it to the Top 10 of Sweden’s Next Top Model? However, she was disqualified for refusing to cut her hair short.

5th | Puerto Rico, Ashley Beth Pérez
Her appointment as Miss PR International was met with diverse opinions, with majority saying she’s another clapper. But she isn’t ugly unlike what people think she is. Proper styling work wonders for her. Her good presentation skills also works to her advantage. She knows her angles and projects well. Her previous pageant experiences (she was a runner-up in a minor pageant) molded her into a very competitive pageant queen.

4th | Iceland, Sigrún Eva Ármannsdóttir
After clapping in Miss World in 2011, she bounced back the following year and placed among the Top 20 in Miss Supranational. Now on her third international pageant, Sigrun is keen on bring home the crown. She’s not putting on some make-up during outdoor activities, her hair sometimes needs combing. Despite that her natural beauty still shines through. While some may think she’s a lackluster beauty, it can’t be denied she is the face of the competition. Fun fact about her: she does not drink and smoke.



2nd Runner-up: Mexico, Lucero Montemayor
“Always the bridesmaid, never the bride” seemed to be a curse for Lucero. She was runner-up to Cynthia Duque twice – first during her state pageant, and second during Nuestra Belleza Mexico. She was also runner-up to Marilyn Chagoya as NBM Mundo. Finally, her potential was seen, and she was chosen to represent Mexico in Miss International. She’s an experienced model no wonder she nails her professional shots. She may look harsh in candids at times, but it can’t be denied this girl is in the game to win the game. Mexico is a tradionally strong sash in Miss International and with very good ties with the organization. Lucero for sure won’t settle for anything less.


1st Runner-up: Philippines, Bea Rose Santiago
I’ve seen Bea in the flesh during the Bb Pilipinas Gold coronation night, and I have to say this girl really shines on stage especially with her refined walk and queenly aura. Contrary to what haters say, she doesn’t look old in person. She could do real damage in the all-important final speech round with her good communication skills. Her glamorous beauty and sophisticated stature at 5’9″ makes her a real contender for the crown. Hate her all you want, but you can’t deny she is a force majeure in the competition.


MISS INTERNATIONAL 2013: Netherlands, Nathalie den Dekker
Nathalie is on her fifth international pageant and for sure, she already knows what to do by now. Back then, people have been critical about her height but she proved them all wrong when she won Miss Tourism International 2010 and placed in Miss World two years later. Now, pageant fans are saying she’s lacking freshness and that her hair is a let down. But I have to disagree. I see a more relaxed Natalie in Tokyo than she was in Vegas for Miss Universe last year. What makes her a winner? She has everything it takes: a beautiful face, the pageant experience and the intelligence that could blow the judges away. Plus, the gift of gab which could be of great help if ever she wins as she will be an ambassadress for the organization. It’s been a while since the pageant crowned a European. It’s about time.