Asians dominate Miss Supranational, Miss Intercontinental pageants

Asian victories in Europe: Thailand in Miss Intercontinental and India in Miss Supranational (Photos: Missosology)

Thailand’s Patraporn Wang won the Miss Intercontinental title last December 4 in Madgeburg, Germany, while India’s Asha Baht was crowned Miss Supranational the following day in Warsaw, Poland. This marks the first time that the two countries won in their respective international pageants.

The Philippines’ representatives in both pageants didn’t go home empty-handed. Kris Tiffany Janson placed 2nd runner-up to Wang in Miss Intercontinental 2014. She was also named Miss Photogenic and Miss Intercontinental Asia and Oceania. Meanwhile, Yvethe Marie Santiago was the last girl to be called in the Top 20 of Miss Supranational 2014. She didn’t make it to the Top 10.

The continental queens which composed the Miss Intercontinental 2014 Top 5 finalists were Argentina’s Nadina Vallina (South America), Cuba’s Jeslie Mergal (North America), South Africa’s Donique Leonard (Africa), Portugal’s Joana Martins (Europe) and Philippines’ Kris Tiffany Janson (Asia and Oceania). After a few minutes, it was announced that instead of a Top 5, there will be a Top 6 because Wang’s scores were tied with Miss Philippines.

Miss Intercontinental Top 3 from the Philippines, Thailand and  (Photo: Missosology)
Miss Intercontinental Top 3 from the Philippines, Thailand and (Photo: Missosology)

The Thai beauty queens’ victory came as a shock after she had a hard time answering the final question given to her. many pageant fans thought the crown was between Cuba and the Philippines.

Watch the Q&A round here:

In the end, Miss Cuba and Miss Philippines placd 1st and 2nd runners-up, respectively.

The rest of the Top 16 finalists were: Puerto Rico (Keysi Marie Vargas), Canada (Delaney Holley), Ecuador (Ena Cordova), Brazil (Janayna Figueiredo), Myanmar (Angel Lamung), Mauritius (Nathalie Lesage), Nigeria (Judith Okafor), Poland (Magdalena Michalak), Turkey (Özge Güneş), and England (Laura Gregory).

Asians were the big winners in Miss Supranational with Miss India winning the crown and Thailand’s Parapadsorn Disdamrong placing 1st runenr-up. Gabon’s Maggaly Nguema was second runner-up, USA’s Allyn Rose was third runner-up and the host delegate Poland’s Katarzyna Krzeszowska was fourth runner-up.

Miss Supranational Top 5:  USA, Poland, Gabon, India and Thailand
Miss Supranational Top 5: USA, Poland, Gabon, India and Thailand (Photo: Missosology)

Completing the Top 10 were: Myanmar (Han Thi), Czech Republic (Jana Zapletalova), Puerto Rico (Barbara Marrero), Spain (Celia Vallespir Garcia) and Colombia (Marlyn Mora).

The rest of the finalists were: Romania (Elena Zama), Canada (Gabriela Clesca), Belarus (Kristina Martsinkevich), Switzerland (Mylene Clavien), Sweden (Ida Ovmar), Trinidad and Tobago (Tinnitia Griffith), Australia (Yvonne Amores), Chile (Charlotte Molina), Argentina (Marisol Arrillaga) and Philippines (Yvethe Avisado Santiago).

Watch the crowning moment here:

A night with beauty queens from Myanmar and Thailand

Scenes from the training. ALL PHOTOS BY PAGEANT FOCUS

Reigning beauty queens from Myanmar and Thailand were in Manila last week for an “intensive pageant training” with a budding pageant training group called Gouldian. Miss World Guyana 2014 is also set to arrive in the country on August 25 for her training sessions with Gouldian.

Gouldian was formed by a group of season pageant correspondents. They were also the same group behind the training of May Myat Noe of Myanmar who won the Miss Asia Pacific World 2014 crown in Korea.

Your blogger was fortunate to have been invited by Gouldian to observe during the one of the girls’ training sessions last week. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to meet Miss Earth Thailand 2014 Sasi Sintawee and Miss Intercontinental Thailand 2014 Patraporn Wang. Here are my thoughts on the three girls I met:

Sharr practices her pose (right)

I wasn’t a fan of Sharr Htut Eaindra when she won Miss Universe Myanmar 2014, but she proved me wrong the moment I met her. She’s a diamond in the rough. Her morena beauty perfectly fits the subtle fierceness that she possess. She looks better with her new straight hair style. In terms of catwalk skills, Sharr still lacks that spunk that would work well in Miss Universe stage. I was able to talk to Sharr’s mother and she is just so proud of her first-born’s achievements.

Pla practicing her walk and projections

I was most excited to meet Parapadsorn Disdamrong, Miss Grand Thailand 2014. To say she is stunning is an understatement. Beautiful even with no make-up on, it’s no surprise she actually aced her national pageant. She already has a polished walk and a good figure. But her best weapon is her projection. She knows how to “make landi” while walking and that will definitely work to her advantage.

Ploy takes a short break from training (left)

My favorite among the three is Miss Tourism Thailand 2014 Warankanang Wutthayakorn. A very sweet girl with a very winsome and genuine smile. Even though she speaks little English she still tries to engage you in a conversation. She still has a lot of work to do to polish her walk and projections. But I am pretty confident she’ll be able to perfect everything before her New Year’s Eve pageant. She’s smart and a good listener.

This training has become an issue among pageant fans, with some claiming this could endanger the country’s future in beauty pageants. They were even called “traitors”, despite the fact that they are also training Filipinos. Others question the credibility of Gouldian since they are not in any way on the same level of the renowned camps Aces & Queens and Kagandahang Flores.

I leave it to the people behind Gouldian to answer these issues, but I echo what Missosology wrote in its recent editorial: “That the Philippines is being sought after by foreign beauty queens who wish to be trained is something that the Filipinos should be proud of.”