Miss World 2016: Fearless forecast

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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

Miss World 2015 | Fearless Predictions

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Miss World will crown its new queen tonight in Sanya, China. Out of more than 110 beauties from across the globe, only one will inherit the title from South Africa’s Rolene Strauss. Who will she be? Here’s my final predictions:

Miss World 2015: AUSTRALIA
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2: POLAND
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3: PHILIPPINES
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4: LEBANON
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5: IRELAND
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6: VENEZUELA
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7: SOUTH AFRICA
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8: BRAZIL
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9: SPAIN
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10: GUYANA
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11: CHINA PR
12: RUSSIA
13: VIETNAM
14: NAMIBIA
15: ECUADOR
16: INDIA
17: SAMOA
18: MEXICO
19: NEW ZEALAND
20: PARAGUAY
21: COLOMBIA
22: CAMEROON
23: JAMAICA
24: ENGLAND
25: SAMOA

Miss World 2014 is South Africa’s Rolene Strauss

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Miss World 2014 – South Africa’s Rolene Strauss
2nd place – Hungary’s Edina Kulcsar
3rd place – United States’ Elizabeth Safrit

Top 5
Hungary
Australia
South Africa
United States
England

Top 11
India
South Africa
England
Guyana
Brazil
Hungary
Kenya
United States
Mexico
Australia
Thailand – People’s Choice Winner

Top 25
Bolivia
Brazil
China PR
Dominican Republic
England
Mexico
Guyana
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Malaysia
South Sudan
Vietnam
Finland
Ghana
Kenya
Netherlands
Philippines
Australia
Russia
Scotland
South Africa
Sweden
Trinidad & Tobago
United States

Four days to go! Vote for Valerie Weigmann for Miss World 2014 People’s Choice

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Only four days left before the first Filipina Miss World Megan Young crowns her successor. Hopes are high that a back-to-back will happen on December 14 and Miss Philippines Valerie Weigmann is determined to bring that crown home.

So far, Valerie’s only challenge event placement is in the Top 10 of Beauty With A Purpose. The results of the Beach Fashion and Multimedia fast tracks are yet to be announced, although pageant observers believe Valerie is a top contender for the latter. As of this writing, her Facebook page has 331,527 likes.

Aside from liking and commenting on her FB page, we can also extend our support to Miss Philippines by voting for her for the Miss World 2014 People’s Choice Award, which could give the winner a ticket to the final round of the pageant.

To do so, follow these steps:

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1) Download the Miss World app on iTunes or Google Play Store.

2) Launch the app. Scroll down to find the “Your Top 3” section and click “Browse candidates”.

3) On the search bar, type the name of the country. Click on the candidate’s profile on the results below.

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4) On the candidate’s profile page, click “Add to Top 3”. Do the same for two other candidates you want to include in the Top 3.

5) Soon as you complete your Top 3, click “Vote Now”. You will be redirected to a page to confirm that you have voted for your favorites.

You will get a bonus set of three votes if you choose to subscribe to the app, which means Valerie will get two votes from you!

Voting will close before the Miss World 2014 final show.

Megan Young: Greetings from Moscow

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Megan Young was on the plane when the clock struck 12, but she had a wonderful time on her birthday when she arrived in Russia.

After attending to some duties for the Miss Russia 2014 pageant, where she will serve as a judge alongside Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler, Miss World was given a mini birthday celebration by the Miss Russia Organization. She was also presented with some earrings as a present.

Here’s a short video diary of the birthday girl from Moscow:

Reigning Miss Universe and Miss World face-off in Russia!

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The reigning queens have finally crossed path. Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler of Venezuela and Miss World 2013 Megan Young of the Philippines are now in Moscow to attend the Miss Russia 2014 pageant which will take place on Saturday, March 1. The two were joined by Miss Russia 2013 Elmira Abdrazakova (who competed in both pageants last year) in a press conference.

Who outshines who? Here are more photos posted on Instagram.

#missrussia #missworld #missuniverse #elmiraabrdazhakova #meganyoung #gabrielaisler

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Крошечки, Меган Янг и Габриэла Ислер 👑🐱

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Happy birthday, Megan Young!

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She forayed into show business through GMA-7’s talent search program Starstruck. A few years after, she moved to ABS-CBN where she honed her skills in hosting and acting. She is also a student at De La Salle-College of St Benilde, where she is learning the craft of film-making  She is a loving daughter and a good provider for her siblings.

It has always been a dream of pageants fans to have Megan Young compete in a pageant and last year this dream materialized. She joined Miss World Philippines as the lone delegate of Aces & Queens. She won the crown, and it wasn’t because she is already a celebrity, but because she worked really had for it.

A few weeks after, she flew to Indonesia for Miss World. The moment she set her foot in Bali, Megan already captures everyone’s heart. It wasn’t an easy road toward the crown, but with her placements in challenge events Megan has cemented a place for her in the finals. And as they say the rest is history. Megan Young won the crown and promised to be “the best Miss World ever”.

Today, let us all wish you Megan a happy birthday and good luck on the remaining months of her reign. More happy returns, our dear queen! 🙂

Miss World 2013 postage stamps issued

Date of Issue : February 24, 2014
Place of issue : Manila
Design : 1 Close up and 1 seated
Souvenir Sheet of 2 (Embossed and Gold Hot Foiled
Denomination : 100 php Souvenir Sheet 40 php and 30 php for stamps

Attention pageant fans and stamp collectors!

The Philippine Postal Corporation has released limited edition collectible postage stamp featuring Megan Young, the country’s first Miss World titleholder.

Date of Issue : February 24, 2014 Place of issue : Manila Design : 1 Close up and 1 seated Souvenir Sheet of 2 (Embossed and Gold Hot Foiled Denomination : 100 php Souvenir Sheet 40 php and 30 php for stamps
Date of Issue : February 24, 2014
Place of issue : Manila
Design : 1 Close up and 1 seated
Souvenir Sheet of 2 (Embossed and Gold Hot Foiled
Denomination : 100 php Souvenir Sheet 40 php and 30 php for stamps

It was pageant website Missosology who approached PhilPost three months ago to collaborate with the issuance of the stamps. “Missosology provided PhilPost the materials to work on including the high resolution photos of Megan by Bong Tan. However, the design and production was all under the corporation,” it said on its website.

Gotta have these! 😀