INDONESIA – Chelsy Liven. She is highly attractive, though there are more luminous Asian contenders out there this year so she could be drowned out. Her name doesn’t sound Indonesian to me–wonder if she is partly of English / American descent?
JAPAN – Megumi Noda. She shares the same name as the lead character of one of my favorite animes, Nodame Cantabile (well, actually, the name is actually based on a real-life pianist, based on what I researched about the manga and anime, so it’s probably a common name). Both the anime character and Miss Earth delegate share the quality of kawaii cuteness, but the anime character is more of a gawky eccentric while this lady seems nice, pretty, and normal. If it weren’t for the wealth of Asian stunners this year, she could’ve sustained a three-year streak for her country. It’s still in the realm of possibility though.
MONGOLIA – Battsetseg Turbat. She is one of the more gorgeous ladies fielded by this country in international pageants. If this was Miss International, she would have an inside track into the finals. There are a host of sterling contenders for Asia this year, and though she earned a bronze medal during the resorts wear competition, I wonder if there will be room for her.
NEW ZEALAND – Gloria Ofa Blake. She’s reasonably attractive and articulate. I think she’s of Maori descent looking at her features. In general, a worthwhile contender.
NICARAGUA – Braxis Alvarez Ochomogo. She has a dusky, exotic appeal that could make her a worthwhile semifinals possibility.
PHILIPPINES – Stephany Stefanowitz. When she won the national pageant, the first thing that came to my mind is that she’s like a mini-Gwendoline Ruais. Several pageant fans and pundits were disappointed with her appearance during the press presentation, as her figure did not seem as trim as they remembered her to possess. I wonder if this explains her absence in four of the events, and that she eventually earned a silver medal when her group’s swimsuit competition (whether deserving or not is up for debate). She also won a gold medal for “Darling of the Press” and a bronze in the evening gown competition. It seems that we are being pre-conditioned that she is guaranteed a semifinal slot, and is within striking distance of earning at least an element like Athena Imperial last year. Such pre-conditioning leaves a horrible taste in many pageant fans’ mouths, and I hope true merit would prevail. Let’s hope Stephany delivers when it truly counts and perform superbly in convincing fashion.
POLAND – Justyna Rajczyk. She’s another one of the well-regarded contenders who has yet to earn a medal. Wonder if she’ll make the much needed impression in pre-judging to secure a semifinal slot? It’s still in the realm of possibility.
PUERTO RICO – Darli Pacheco. Face-wise, I’m not into her. But she has garnered four gold medals in a variety of events, especially in resorts wear, swimsuit, and talent (the other gold is for the Liter of Light activity). It’s true that she has a buffed figure and she has great stage projection skills, so that could help her garner serious inroads into the finals–perhaps even on target to garnering an element. This despite my serious misgivings about her facial features.
REUNION ISLAND – Aisha Valy. It’s nice to see this French Overseas Department debut in this pageant, and they have a worthwhile contender with this lady.
SINGAPORE – Phoebe Tan. Though she has good communication skills and an outgoing personality (she earned two bronzes, one for being the most sociable), she is otherwise one of the weakest links in what proves to be a formidable Asian contingent.
SLOVAK REPUBLIC – Martina Gresova. She is one of the best looking delegates in this year’s batch, but she is currently being overshadowed by the likes of Czech Republic and Finland.
SOUTH AFRICA – Tamerin Michele Jardine. She garnered attention as being one of the most bemedalled contestants across various activities. Based on the points she earned across the 16 activities, she is considered one of the front-runners for the crown. Her balanced mix of good looks, personality, stage presence, and environmental commitment may be her ticket to bring forth her country’s best-ever showing in this pageant.
SWITZERLAND – Lea Sara Wittwer. Her features are Asian. We’ve seen better delegates from this country, but she’s still considered a reasonably attractive contender.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – Amryl Nurse. She has a polished presence, statuesque height, and a trim figure to make a major impression–she could be one of the blacks-most-likely to make the final cut.
All images courtesy of Miss Earth, Jonas Yu for Critical Beauty, and Bruce Casanova for OPMB Worldwide unless otherwise indicated.
COMING UP: GROUP 2 from AUSTRALIA to LEBANON