AUSTRALIA – Jenna Seymour. There are some pageant fans and pundits who see her as having an inside track to the semifinals. I’m not as bullish on her prospects as they are, as I find her type of beauty more of an unconventional sort, but making the final cut is indeed possible. A key highlight is that she was part of the winning team at the Green Bag challenge held at SM Mall of Asia.
BAHAMAS – Brooke Maria Sherman. She is one of the latecomers, and even if she had not earned any medal she seems to be making a strong impression and it is still possible that she could usurp the slot that is currently meant for Trinidad & Tobago.
BELGIUM – Madina Hamidi. Lookswise, she is very attractive in real-world terms, but in pageant terms she seemed raw. But she has showcased a commitment to the cause and performed well in a few challenges–besides being part of the winning team in the Green Bag challenge, she also won gold in the Tresemme hair challenge. She’s 3rd place in terms of points in her group, behind Venezuela and Turkey.
BELIZE – Jessel Lauriano. She’s another of the worthwhile contenders amongst the dark-complexioned delegates this year. In another year she can have an inside track to the finals, but this year it’s a bit more competitive.
CANADA – Valerie Ramillard. It’s interesting to see a delegate from the French-speaking part of this country competing. But it will be an uphill battle for her to make the final cut as we’ve seen prettier contenders representing her country before.
CHINA – Jin Rong. Though there are several pageant fans and pundits who would find her plain and weak, there are others who find her cute and appealing. Arriving late is a big disadvantage for her.
COSTA RICA – Fabiana Granados. Earlier in the game, she seems to be enduring the same fate as Brazil and Colombia in Group 1, but she then earned a bronze in the resorts wear competition in her group, and another bronze in the online photogenic competition that is awarded across all three groups. With those gains later in the game, she has momentum to make the final cut and conceivably even land an element. It helps her facial features resemble Miss Earth-Fire from Spain back in 2009, Alejandra Echevarria, who in turn resembles Miss World 1973 1st runner-up Evangeline Pascual.
GUADELOUPE – Sherina Vanderkoeelen. She was also among the latecomers but at least she earned a silver in the Talent competition. She has the exotic features that would probably be better appreciated in Miss World, but would still make a positive impression in this pageant.
GUAM – Sarah Filush. Looks-wise, she pales in comparison to last year’s representative, along with this year’s representatives to Miss World and Miss International. But she is very articulate and garnered a gold medal for being the most sociable.
INDIA – Prachi Mishra. Her beauty is of an unconventional sort–she reminds me of Miss World – Philippines director Cory Quirino at her current age. She seems to make a polished presence all throughout but I wonder if that would be enough for her to make the final cut–she failed to medal in any event so far.
KOREA – Sara Kim. In early photos, I was extremely impressed with her looks that I thought she could be a shoo-in for the semifinals. She still has the inside track as she earned a bronze medal in the swimsuit competition and a silver medal in the Tresemme hair challenge, but it will be an extremely competitive battle.
KOSOVO – Ajshe Babatinca. She has a nice, girl-next-door appeal about her, though she doesn’t seem to be quite as polished as other contenders out there.
LEBANON – Patricia Geagea. Her surname is pronounced similarly as you would pronounce “Zsa Zsa” as in Zsa Zsa Gabor. Her face reminds me of a cross between actress Debi Mazar and Black Eyed Peas member Fergie, which is a great thing that even if she’s a latecomer she earned compliments. She also got significant mileage guesting in an ANC (ABS-CBN News Channel) talk show with four of her group mates and displaying intelligence in political and environmental issues.
All images courtesy of Miss Earth, Jonas Yu for Critical Beauty, and Bruce Casanova for OPMB Worldwide unless otherwise indicated.
COMING UP: The rest of Group 2 from NEPAL to ZIMBABWE