Miss Universe 2015 | Fearless Predictions

MISS UNIVERSE is a title wanted and dreamed of by many girls across the globe, but won by so few. This year, 80 ladies from all walks of life gathered in Las Vegas, Nevada in USA for the chance to be among those very few who will experience that life-changing moment of becoming Miss Universe.

There have been clear front-runners from the start and have cemented their crown-contender status during the preliminary competition. Some ladies have also come out of their cocoons and are ready to fight for their spot. So at this point in time, it is still anybody’s ball game.

But before Paulina Vega passes on the DIC crown to her successor, here are 15 girls who, in my humble opinion, are the likely contenders for the 2015 title.

ALMOST THERE (16-20): INDIA, PERU, GEORGIA, SPAIN and KOSOVO

India’s Urvashi Rautela was a heavy favorite going into the competition. Her inconsistent styling throughout the competition and her over-the-top prelims performance made her star shine less bright.

Peru’s Laura Spoya was another top pick among pageant followers early on in the competition. However, it seemed she is in dire need of rest as she lacked the winning spark during the prelims. However, that Sports Illustrated ready body could pull her scores up.

A pleasant surprise, Georgia’s Janet Kerdikoshvili is one of the best faces in the competition. With her decent swimwear performance and very high-fashion long gown presentation, it won’t be suprising of this Miss World 2011 candidate makes the cut.

Spain’s Carla Garcia was another Miss World crossover. She was expected to deliver a top-notch performance during the prelims given that she was a Top 15 semifinalist in MW 2011. However, she lacked the freshness and looked mature especially in the evening gown round.

Kosovo’s Mirjeta Shala has one of the most stunning faces in the competition. She’s ready to hit the runway and the fashion magazines. Her haute couture gown is a love-it-or-hate-it type but she worked it well she deserved to be mentioned.

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15 | GREAT BRITAIN

Nena France, Miss Great Britain 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Nena France’s prelims performance was just right. She was sexy in swimsuit but that lame evening gown could almost ruin her chances. Despite that, her natural charisma and beauty just shone through. She might have a weak sash, but could pull off a surprise. Just change that gown, ASAP!

14 | NETHERLANDS

Jessie Jazz Vuijk, Miss Netherlands 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Not mentioned by most pageant observers due to her forgettable prelims performance. But Jessie Jazz Vuijk made a mark because of her lovely personality. The shy-type beauty might not fit the bill of a Miss Universe, but if given the proper styling she could pull off a surprise like her predecessor.

13 | THAILAND

Aniporn Chalermburanawong, Miss Thailand 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

One thing to like about Aniporn Chalermburanawong is that she is always wel-dressed. She brought her faboulous wardrobe in Vegas! She was always perfectly styled and this carried through the prelims. To be honest, she had all the ingredients of a winning look in the evening gown segment. She is the best Thailand has ever sent since 2007.

12 | FINLAND

Rosa-Maria Ryyti, Miss Finland 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

The last time a Finnish delegate made an impact in MU was in 2011, however that girl still missed the cut. This year, Rosa-Maria Ryyti was one of the surprises of the prelims. Rosa nailed every segment of the preliminaries. She got a banging body that complements her tanned skin. While that gown might be a little dated, she still worked it well. That beautiful face shouldn’t be ignored!

11 | PARAGUAY

Myriam Arevalos, Miss Paraguay 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

One of the less favored Latinas, Myriam Arevalos rose to “hot favorite” status after her solid performance during the preliminaries. She was the bomb in swimsuit, and was elegance personified in evening gown round. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because she is already a pageant veteran. She competed in Miss World 2014 and was first runner-up in Miss United Continents early this year.

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10 | VIETNAM

Huong Pham, Miss Vietnam 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Finally, a Vietnamese girl we’re all gonna like if she enters the semis. It isn’t that had to take notice of Hương Phạm because she is very visible. She’s one of the most photographed candidates and despite not being the most photogenic, this girl knows how to work her angles. She might not be the girl with the polished pageant walk, but she sure knows how to work on stage. With a strong fan base, it won’t be a surprise if she makes it all the way through to the final round.

09 | VENEZUELA

Mariana Jimenez, Miss Venezuela 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Mariana Jimenez is probably the most unpopular Miss Venezuela since Vanessa Goncalves. However, you have to give it to Mariana because she is a performer on stage. She’s got one of the best bodies in the competition. However, styling is her waterloo. That evening gown look looks so out of date! But as the saying goes, never count Venezuela out.

08 | FRANCE

Flora Coquerel, Miss France 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Flora Coquerel is bordering boring. Sure, she got a well-proportioned body and the height that could make her more noticeable. But the walk, the hair and the prelims performance was just so underwhelming. Despite this, she remains one of the most elegant candidates in the competition. Just find the perfect hairstyle!

07 | BRAZIL

Marthina Brandt, Miss Brazil 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

The streak will continue for Brazil with Marthina Brandt. With that sexy body and long legs make her a sight to behold in swimsuit. But the highlight was her evening gown performance. Aside from the fact that she got one of the best and most intricate gowns, she was oozing with sophistication. She just needs to freshen up her hairstyle, but overall she’s a strong candidate.

06 | AUSTRALIA
Monika Radulovic made a good first impression with the short interview clip posted on the Miss Universe page during the arrivals. She was bubbly, well-spoken and naturally beautiful. But during the prelims, she has shown that she’s a well-rounded beauty. She could do real damage in the swimsuit round with her good body. Her dress is bordering tacky but her sexy yet classy demeanor offsets that.

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05 | IRELAND

Joanna Cooper, Miss Ireland 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

The biggest surprise of the prelims is the alluring Joanna Cooper. This Cara Delevigne deadringer was too strong in both prelimimary rounds she is just too hard to ignore. Yes, she’s not that tall and she looks skinny, but with IMG taking over MUO now, she might just set a trend. Sultry yet classy, this girl is in my “gamble” spot in the Top 5.

04 | COLOMBIA

Ariadna Gutierrez, Miss Colombia 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Ariadna Gutierrez got a commanding walk that makes her standout from the rest. While the gown might be a little underwhelming and a bit similar to that of Paulina Vega last year, Ariadna exudes real queenly vibes that are just too hard to ignore. You can infer that she prepared a lot and a back-to-back victory isn’t far-fetched.

FINAL THREE
Before I even get started with my Top 3, let me just say that these girls have been my three top favorites since pre-arrivals and it gave me head and heart aches choosing who among them should be my winner. But I had to make a decision and here it is.

2nd runner-up | DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Clarissa Molina, Miss Dominican Republic 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Clarissa Molina has the aura of a queen the moment she set her foot in Vegas. She has her guns fully loaded, with stunning official photos and on point styling. But she fortified her front-runner status during the prelims where she showed off her youthful beauty and very sexy body. Her evening gown reminds us of Zuleyka Rivera but one couldn’t deny how phenomenal Clarissa worked it. There’s not stopping this former Nuestra Belleza Latina girl from the competition.

1st runner-up | USA

Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015, competes on stage in her evening gown during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

Already polished the moment she was crowned Miss USA, Olivia Jordan has all the qualities to look for in a Miss Universe – beautiful, sexy, smart and confident. Despite her experience in competing in Miss World, Olivia said when she won Miss Oklahoma that it has always been her dream to be Miss Universe. And now that the moment has finally come after a few attempts, Olivia isn’t taking everything lightly. She was one of the top performers in the prelims and her vibarant personality always shines through. Setting aside homecourt advantage, expect Olivia to be up there til the end.

MISS UNIVERSE 2015 | PHILIPPINES
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Despite five consecutive placements since 2010, the Miss Univere crown has remained elusive to the Philippines. Year after year, the road ends in a heartbreak, but the hope never waned that one day there will be that girl who will have all the qualities to win the coveted crown. After more than four decades, it seems the dream of a third MU crown if finally within reach.

It took Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach three years before her dream of wearing the Philippines sash in Miss Universe finally came true. It wasn’t an easy road with all the bashing and doubting of her intentions and chances, but Pia didn’t back down. She proved naysayers wrong with her determination. Her body has improved a lot, but it didn’t suck the freshness in Pia. She did not disappoint during the prelims. Unlike most girls, her swimsuit presentation wasn’t rushed. She was very sophisticated in that tomato red Oliver Tolentino gown and definitely miled every moment of it to her advantage. All she needs if she advances further is a stunning tailor-made winning gown.

The Philippines has finally sent a girl with a stunning face, a queenly personality, and the gift of gab. A girl finally worthy of accolades and the hype. It’s high time for a Miss Universe from the Philippines!

Miss Universe 2015 | Preliminary Swim wear Competition

The 2015 Miss Universe comtestants compete on stage in Yamamay swimwear featuring footwear by Chinese Laundry during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Wednesday, December 16, 2015. (HO/The Miss Universe Organization)

Watch List: Miss Universe 2015

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THE MOST beautiful ladies in the world are ready to battle it out for that D.I.C crown and the life-changing title of Miss Universe.

A few days from now, reigning queen Paulina Vega of Colombia will pass on the crown in glittering ceremonies at The AXIS in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. But before that, let me present to you THE WATCH LIST, which is obviously a list of the girls I am keeping an eye out before tonight’s preliminary competition. Let’s get this started!

SECURED | These girls are leading at the moment and are almost secured of a placement if nothing else fails
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COLOMBIA | Ariadna Gutierrez probably has the heaviest burden among the candidates: the pressure of a back-to-back victory. But it looks like this 21-year-old cat lover is taking everything lightly. She has a radiant personality, but remains in competitive form. Her styling is always on point and she doesn’t rely on Colombia being the “defending champion” to get noticed. She is a true standout!

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | If there is one girl who is slowly but surely climbing to the top spot, it’s Clarissa Molina. This 24-year-old aspiring actress has the aura of a queen the moment she set her foot in Vegas. She exudes so much sophistication, which is very evident in her official evening gown portrait. She has a youthful beauty yet a sexy body. We might be looking at the next titleholder.

PHILIPPINES | She waited for this for three years, and now that the moment has finally come, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is leaving no stone unturned. Her body has improved a lot. She never fails to give something new in terms of styling. It couldn’t be denied that this 26-year-old actress and model is well-prepared. Hopes are high that the Philippines will finally win its third MU crown. With a phenomenal long gown (hopefully) and a strong support system back home, it might just become a reality.

VIETNAM | An early favorite prior to arrivals, Huong Pham‘s edge over the other candidates is her vivacious personality. She might not have the flawless face, but she has a banging body and stage presence that will give the traditional powerhouses a run for their money. It is very seldom that this country sends a top-notch delegate, so this girl shouldn’t be wasted!

USA | Olivia Jordan is one lady who has all the goods of a perfect titleholder – beautiful, sexy, smart and confident. She’s already polished from the moment she won Miss USA. Her vibrant personality is also one of the plus factors why this lady remains a top favorite. Home-court advantage aside, the pageant won’t be complete without Olivia

SAFE | Neither outstanding nor disappointing, these girls are in the safe zone at the moment
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AUSTRALIA | Monika Radulovic exudes so much positive energy in all of the photos and videos posted online that makes her so easy to love. Her official photos are impressive. She might not be the “blonde beauty” prototype the Land Down Under used to send in MU, but that adorable personality and refreshing beauty could bring her to the finals.

BRAZIL | This country has been sending outstanding delegates to MU and this year is no exception! Marthina Brandt stands out with her towering height and mesmerizing beauty. She has one of the best evening gown portraits and if that’s a preview of what she will wear in the prelims, expect another placement for Brazil in the semis.

FRANCE | From her non-placement in Miss World 2014 (despite leading the scoreboard after the judges’ interviews) Flora Coquerel is back in the pageant scene. And it seems she is more suited for this pageant. Her exotic looks, modelesque stance and sophistication perfectly fits the MU mold.

PARAGUAY | The most pleasant surprise. This is the perfect phrase to describe Myriam Arevalos in MU. She’s nailing every photo shoot. She initially looked too heavy and matured, but she now shows a marked improvement. Her styling is always on point. This girl shouldn’t be taken lightly.

VENEZUELA | Mariana Jimenez is here to prove that the Osmel magic lives on. From last year’s Miss Veneuela pageant, it’s very obvious that Mariana has greatly improved. Her features are softer now and she has the bosy of an Amazona. She looks try and haggard at times, but this girl is undeniably well-trained.

VULNERABLE | They were expected to do good during pre-arrivals but are yet to live up to the hype. They have the potential to place, but needs to work on their weaknesses
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INDIA | Urvashi Rautela was supposed to compete in 2012 but was replaced by her runner-up due to age requirements. Three years later, she’s now enjoying her time in Vegas wearing the “India” sash and has been very visible since Day 1. (Reminds me so much of Monic Perez in 2013). While she is considered a contender, it seems that the 21-year-old Bollywood star is yet to find the perfect styling for her. Most of the time, she looks too made up making her look older. But with India ready to reclaim its lost pageant glory, she shouldn’t be counted out just yet.

MEXICO | Thanks to IMG taking over MUO, Wendy Esparza got the chance to finally compete in Miss Universe. She was a top favorite to win NB Mexico and has been a favorite among pageant followers since winning the title. However, the 24-year-old journalist is yet to make an impact in the competition. Her official photos are a hit, but most of the time she is bordering boring. She needs to bring out that energy that she had during her national pageant.

PERU | Laura Spoya‘s first candid photos in Vegas were disappointing. She looked really tired and in need of beauty rest. But she made up for it in her official photos that were very outstanding. It couldn’t be denied that this 24-year-old sports journalist got that Sports Illustrated cover-worthy body! She might be a hit-and-miss for now, but wait it she hits the stage.

POLAND | Weronika Szmajdzińska is no stranger to pageants. She first joined Miss World 2012 and won Miss Global Teen 2012 the same year. Despite this, it comes as a surprise that with her sweet face and captivating radiant smile, she isn’t given much attention. She needs to add a more fire to her performance to keep up with the rest.

SPAIN | Another Miss World crossover queen is Carla Garcia. Back then her sheer elegance and queenly aura brought her to the semifinals. Much are expected from her given how strong her two predecessors were. However, this 25-year-old beauty is yet to leave a lasting impression in the Miss Universe competition. She needs a fresh makeover ASAP!

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DENMARK | Cecilie Wellemberg describes herself as competitive. No wonder, this 21-year-old student at Copenhagen Business School started out strong since arrivals. She gave out impressive photos, both candid and professional. She’s also serious with keeping her body fit, trying to squeeze in some exercises despite busy Vegas schedule. This country seems to be taking their pageants seriously this year so don’t be surprised if Cecilie will rock the prelims stage.

FINLAND | Rosa-Maria Ryyti is a tomboy growing up, playing mostly with cars and PlayStation, so who would’ve thought she’ll end up in Miss Universe a few years later? This 21-year-old extreme-sports enthusiast has one of the most interesting faces among the contestants. At 5’11”, she also has a nice frame.

GREAT BRITAIN | Friends describe her as awkward and reserved, no wonder Nena France has been taking the backseat so far in the competition. Despite this, it couldn’t be denied that the 25-year-old beauty from London has a sweet smile and refreshing face that could light up a room! She is yet to make a mark in the competition, but I’m pretty confident she will do well in the prelims. After all, she does modelling for a living.

INDONESIA | Anindya Putri has big shoes to fill following Indonesia’s two consecutive semifinals placement in Miss Universe. But given how this 23-year-old lady strives to excel in everything she does, it won’t be a surprise if she makes it a three-peat. What’s surprising is the seeming lack of spotlight toward this 5’9″ Semarang City native. Compared to her two predecessors, Anin is more polished. She might be under the radar for many at the moment , but expect her exotic beauty to shine in the preliminaries.

SWEDEN | Paulina Brodd hopes to follow the footsteps of her mom who was Miss Sweden in 1992 and placed in the Top 10 of Miss Universe that same year. This 21-year-old fitness blogger and animal rights advocate has what it takes to make it: a beautiful face, a regal stance and the pedigree. Paulina needs to make good use of these goods in order to make herself memorable in the competition. At the moment, she is just apretty but forgettable face. PageantFocus

Miss USA 2015: Fearless predictions

The 2015 Miss USA pageant has finally reached the finish line despite the problems that hit the Miss Universe Organization brought about by the controversial statement made by Donal Trump, its co-owner, against Mexican immigrants.

Hosts, performers, judges as well as media partners and major sponsors pulled out because of the issue. The organization, unfazed by the events, was able to find replacements all just to give the 51 state pageant winners the finale show they all deserved.

The candidates have worked hard for nearly a year for this chance of a lifetime. Over the last two weeks, they have been touring, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the new crown by DIC and the title of Miss USA.

Who will take the coveted title? Here is my final list:
1Miss USA: OKLAHOMA, Olivia Jordan
The first time I laid my eyes on her when she was announced Miss World United States in 2013, I fell in love in an instant. After her Miss World stint, where she was among the Top 20 quarter-finalists, I have always hoped she would compete in Miss USA.

Her first attempt was when she represented Beverly Hills in Miss California USA 2013 and ended up first runner-up. Early this year she decided to return to her home state to compete in Miss Oklahoma USA 2015 and finally snatched the title. From then on she has become one of the anticipated candidates in this edition.

Although her early days in the competition was met with mixed reactions (some were saying she was overshadowed by the rest), I can say Olivia’s bubbly personality and natural charm made her noticeable. Olivia was among the most prepared, and she she knew when to give it her all. During the preliminaries, I can say she was one of the best. She looked gorgeous in swimwear and had one of the most polished walks. Her pink ball gown, although met with criticisms, made her standout. In fact, she was a scene-stealer! The overall look and her movements screamed winner.

If USA wants another blonde bombshell as its queen, Olivia definitely fits the bill.

2-41st runner -up: ALABAMA, Madison Guthrie

This state has been sending topnotch delegates in the last five years and this year is no exception. Madison was one of the stars of the preliminaries. Her performance was almost flawless she could easily win the title that night. Her very regal beauty could be her ticket to the crown.

2nd runner-up: MARYLAND, Mame Adjei

She’s definitely the best candidate of color in this batch. She will soon star on the next season of America’s Next Top Model so it was no surprise that this girl has been deliveing so well in the official photos. In motion, Mame was also giving off fierceness. Wouldn’t mind seeing her with the crown.

3rd runner-up: RHODE ISLAND, Anea Garcia

This towering beauty is very hard to ignore. On-point styling, strong stage presence and polished walks, she’s too good for the Miss USA crown. She might not have the perfect face, but the imperfections make her all the more appealing.

5-85: TEXAS, Ylianna Guerra
6: UTAH, Nicol Powell
7. FLORIDA, Ashleigh Lollie
8. COLORADO, Talyah Polee

9-129. OHIO, Sarah Newkirk
10. NORTH CAROLINA, Julia Dalton
11. NEW YORK, Thatiana Diaz
12. NEVADA, Brittany McGowan

13-1613. CALIFORNIA, Natasha Martinez
14. GEORGIA, Brooke Fletcher
15. LOUISIANA, Candice Bennatt
16. MISSISSIPPI, Courtney Byrd

17-2017. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, Lizzy Olsen
18. MICHIGAN, Rashontae Wawrzyniak
19. MASSACHUSETTS, Polikseni Manxhari
20. ARIZONA, Maureen Montagne

Megan Young makes the cut in Miss World 2013 Top Model

Miss Philippines Megan Young being called as one of the finalists. Photo from Miss World website
Miss Philippines Megan Young being called as one of the finalists. Photo from Miss World website

Miss Philippines Megan Young was among the 10 finalists of Miss World 2013’s Top Model challenge event held tonight in Bali, Indonesia. The contestants wore distinctive clothing designed by Indonesia’s top fashion designers.

Watch Megan’s performance here:


At the end of the event, the Top 10 finalists were announce. Joining Megan are:

  • Brazil – Sancler Frantz
  • Cameroon – Denise Ayena
  • Cyprus – Kristi-Mari Agapiou
  • England – Kirsty Heslewood
  • France – Marine Lorphelin
  • Italy – Sarah Baderna
  • South Sudan – Manuela Matong
  • Ukraine – Anna Zayachkivska
  • United States – Olivia Jordan
Top Model finalists. Photo from Miss World website
Top Model finalists. Photo from Miss World website

 

Previously, Megan made it as one of the Top 11 finalists in Beach Fashion.  Finalists were “taken to a secluded beach on the shores of Bali for an exclusive photoshoot” as part of the challenge.

Miss World 2013 coronation night is on Saturday, September 28.

Miss World 2013 WATCHLIST: AMERICAS

LAST year, we were in for a beautiful treat from the Americas.

From the gorgeous Mariana Berumen of Mexico to the sophisticated Barbara Turbay of Colombia among others. But in the end, it was the silent killer of the competition, Mariana Notarangelo of Brazil, who was named continental queen of Americas of Miss World 2013 after making it to the Top 7. Who will be this year’s flag-bearer for the region?

LEGITAmericas_zps240409a6Brazil, Sancler Frantz This girl has big shoes to fill, following her predecessor’s impressive achievement last year. She was catapulted to front-runner status the moment she was crowned Miss Mundo Brasil. As a big fan of Mariana, I thought Sancler is a downgrade. In terms of being a total package, Mariana has the upper-hand. But Sancler didn’t disappoint, but I don’t see the winning aura in her yet. She was glowing since her arrival in the resort-island of Bali. She is obviously one of the organization’s favorites, but her inclusion in the Top 11 of Beach Fashion is unquestionable. She was very sensual in that photo, all the right curves, plus the sweet smile. Her beauty with a purpose project has something to do with fighting leprosy, and her efforts have already been noticed. She was interviewed by BBC last month about her BWAP project. She is the obvious front-liner for the Americas and I can see her with a podium finish.

Panama, Virginia Hernandez Many pageant observers may not consider her as a contender, but this underdog might just be the pageants most pleasant surprise.A ballet teacher and dancer by occupation, it is no surprise that Virginia made it to the finals of the Talent challenge event as well as the Sports Finals. This girl is a professional model, too, so I expect her to nail the Top Model event, especially with that modelesque beauty and body.

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United States, Olivia Jordan It’s quite disappointing that a gorgeous and charming beauty like Olivia is not getting much buzz in the competition. This didn’t come as a surprise because Olivia was appointed just a week prior to arrivals. She has been left out in the early challenge events and this may affect her overall standing. But she shouldn’t fret. Her modeling experience could bring her atop the Top Model event ladder. Also, she is affiliated with Children of the Night, which aims to save children from prostitution. If this is indeed her BWAP entry, I believe she has good chances of making it.

Venezuela, Karen Soto I didn’t have much expectations from Karen from the moment she was named Miss Mundo Venezuela. Her beauty isn’t my cup of tea, and seriously her face reminds me of Venus Raj during Miss Philippines Earth. Karen is a skilld dancer and she will be given the chance to showcase her dancing prowess come finale. It may be too early to tell, but a top 33 placement in Beach Fashion might not be enough to bring her closer to the crown and even her strong sash might have lost its wonders.

Guyana, Ruqayyah Boyer If this girl doesn’t make it as one of the Multimedia finalists, then there must be something wrong! From the beginning, she has been serious about her FB page. She posts pictures and videos with the girls. Her whereabouts and the goings-on in the pageant, as well as the all-important Safari visit. She has been doing pretty well in this aspect and I have to say I loved Ruqayyah more because if this. A top 33 in Beach Fashion is her only challenge event placement so far, but we have to see come Top Model event. She sure will bring her A-game ’til the end.

Chile, Camila Andrada Another underrated beauty in the competition, Camila looks best with her red lipstick on. Top 33 in Beach Fashion is already a feat in itself, what more being chosen to perform in the Dances of the World segment in the finale? Camila, who claims to enjoy dancing, will be performing the Polynesian dance Rapa-Nui. Her Beauty witha Purpose project is among the most nicely presented. Fighting against child abuse and pushing for childern’s rights, don’t be surprised if this girl gets called in the semis.

Ecuador, Laritza Parraga Her porcelain skin makes her stand out from the rest, plus the radiant smile and the jolly aura. Add to that her good taste in clothing. She deserves her Top 33 placement in Beach Fashion, and honestly, I would’ve wanted to see her advance further than some girls in the final list. She’s one of the most refreshing faces in the competition. But please, enough of the selfies.

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Peru’s Elba Fahsbender Her BWAP project is once of my favorites. Because it veers away from the usual medical or education themed projects. As an Ambassador of Artisan, Elba pushes for “the promotion and innovation of Peruvian’s artisan heritage as a means to generate income for rural communities”. Not just a one-off event, but a long-term investment.

Canada’s Camille Munro Talented and eloquent, this Talent fast track finalist might just pull off a huge surprise.

Mexico’s Marilyn Chagoya Her androgynous beauty exudes so much charisma. She”s got great stage presence, too.