ICELAND – Fanney Ingvarsdóttir.  She looks attractive in a girl-next-door kind of way, but I have issues regarding her make-up.  She has heavy eye make-up and pale lipstick and to my eyes it made her face fade out.  How about a slightly darker color on the lips with lip-liner for contrast so we can figure out where her lips are?

INDIA – Vijaya Sharma.  I like her as she has a sweet, pretty face and a trim enough figure.  Now, a photo taken of her at the swimsuit plus cocktail wear competition got some fans at a popular but controversial messageboard in a big tizzy as they speculate there seemed to be an extra flap of flesh hanging past her bikini bottom.  I think there is no such extra flesh, just weird shadows.  I think she has an inside track into the Top 20.

A photo that got forumers of a popular but controversial messageboard in a major tizzy… (image courtesy of Global Beauties)

INDONESIA – Cok Istri Krisnanda.  She is attractive, but there are more charismatic contestants coming from her region to choose from that she is likely to get overshadowed.  In general I would rate her as a worthwhile contender.

With Miss Mexico at the Bialowieza Forest (image courtesy of Global Beauties)

Now let me get on the soapbox to rant about something that I have been observing about her country recently.  Just when I thought this country has finally opened its minds, some uptight conservative higher-ups have decided to raise a ruckus about seeing women in swimsuits, especially since this country is playing host to this year’s Miss World pageant, even calling for its cancellation.  I’m wondering (and hoping) that this is like India 1996 all over again, with a loud-mouthed small group of close minded conservatives causing a ruckus that do not reflect the true values of the society at large and in the end would fizzle out.  But because of the media mileage, unfortunately it affects how their pageant representatives appear–though she could be photographed in a bikini in an official portrait, when the swimsuit plus cocktail wear competition came, she was not in the swimsuit lineup.  If there is something worth a ruckus, what about that rather revealing official Manhunt International swimwear photo of their representative last year?  Or is a double standard applied to men?

Is it because of the current swimsuit furor in her native country that have caused her to be absent in the swimsuit presentation? (Image courtesy of Global Beauties)

IRAQ – Klaodia Khalaf.  Let’s just simply say it’s nice to see this beleaguered country represented in this pageant, even if it is likely this lady is an expatriate.

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ITALY – Laura Piras.  Her angular features are an acquired taste.  Though undeniably slender, the black one-piece swimsuit she wore at the swimsuit plus cocktail wear competition was very unflattering and made her figure look droopy.

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JAMAICA – Maurita Robinson.  In real-world terms she would be considered attractive, but there are a whole bunch of striking black divas in this batch that she is overshadowed.

Riding a horse at Garadzenski maentak Karobchyzy (image courtesy of Global Beauties)

KOSOVO – Ramela Koleci.  She looks gawky and awkward–unlike the beauties we have seen competing in Miss Universe.

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LATVIA – Diana Kubasova.  Back at Miss Earth 2009, she competed as a blonde and actually made a great impression, but was surprisingly shut out.  Since then, she darkened her hair and competed in various minor international pageants and had a string of achievements:  winner of Miss All-Nations 2010, 1st runner-up at Miss Bikini International 2010, 2nd runner-up in Miss Asia-Pacific World 2012, and Top 15 at Miss Intercontinental 2012.  Since this pageant is based mostly on looks, we should also consider her a shoo-in, perhaps even a front-runner.

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LUXEMBOURG – Heloise Paulmier.  Who says short girls can’t make an impression?  This lady may only be 1.67 m (5′ 5 1/2″), but she is generating serious compliments.  If she’s alone without being compared to anyone, she could be mistaken for a tall girl–it reminds me of the similar proportions that Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman has that could generate that “tall girl” illusion.  Hope there would be room for her in the Top 20, as she would be a welcome, refreshing addition to that roster.

MACAU – Sarah Leyshan.  You would expect representatives from this country to look Chinese, right?  So why is a blonde girl representing this country?  Turns out this lady of Australian origin is a resident and actually won the right to compete and represent this country at Miss International 2009, but due to residency issues then, had to step down.   Her best prospects is at most a creditable showing as there are more stellar Caucasians and Asians out there.

UPDATE:  She garnered a special award:  Miss Friendship.

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Sarah with some friends.

MALAYSIA – Nancy Markus.  She is not a conventional beauty but she has personality and presence.  She at least made a standout impression winning the Talent competition with what is described as a song-and-dance with comedy routine.

She sang, she danced, she made people laugh: with her winning performance at the Talent competition

MARTINIQUE – Cindy Jolie.  She has a pretty face, but her figure is far from buffed and she seems to exude a raw vibe.

Touring Brest, Belarus (image courtesy of Global Beauties)

MEXICO – Jacqueline Morales.  From the forehead to the eyes, she seemed like a dead-ringer to Miss Universe 1991 Lupita Jones.  Her nose and jawline are a bit too wide for my comfort, but she still qualifies as attractive.  Plus she makes a very polished presence so a Top 20 placement is highly likely.

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Miss Universe 1991 Lupita Jones (image sourced from Mexicalimaryann.com)

MOLDOVA – Valeria Doriu.  Most of the official portraits are nice and glossy and showcase the contestants at their best.  Most of the time the quibble would be that they are over-exposed and sometimes a bit too bright (case in point–Iceland).  You wouldn’t think much of this girl when you look at the official portraits, but the fact is, she’s actually a stunner and possible usurper.  I first scratched my head at her Top Model accolade when I based solely on her official portraits, but other photos proved why she deserved it.  She does have the bone structure that you see in a supermodel.

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Winner of Top Model special award (image courtesy of Global Beauties)

MYANMAR – Khin Wint Wah.  She has appealing “Asian doll” features and a trim enough figure to make inroads into the Top 20.  Wonder how much room would be made for the Asian contingent this time?

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NETHERLANDS – Leila Aigbedion.  She might be on the “thick” side, but actually in real-world terms she looks very fit, even buff.  This is especially exhibited in the tribal dance she performed during the talent competition.

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Her noteworthy tribal dance performance at the Talent competition.

NEW ZEALAND – Chanè Berghorst.  She exudes a slightly unpolished ingenue vibe.  She is attractive but I feel her best prospects is a creditable showing.

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ECUADOR – Giuliana Villavicencio.  I think she seems to have strong qualities on her own accord, but she doesn’t seem to be making a standout impression thus far–this means she is another member of the P.A.T.I.S. crew.

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EL SALVADOR – Metzi Solano.  There is something about her features that looks rather Asian.  She can actually pass for a Filipina mestiza.  Could it be that there might be a fourth Filipina in this year’s pageant?  But whatever the case, she might be attractive but  she is overshadowed by stronger contenders out there.

ENGLAND – Rachel Christie.  This daughter of British Olympic gold medal sprinter Linford Christie could have been England’s representative to the 2009 Miss World pageant, but a bar fight forced her to relinquish that title.  It’s such a shame as she would have been a front-runner for the Sports fast-track event then.  In a pageant where facial beauty holds stronger weight, she might be at a disadvantage here as her features tend to register as too strong and angular to make the right impression.  Still, I would regard her as a worthwhile contender.

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EQUATORIAL GUINEA – Lisa Ngondek.  Though she can rock a bikini, she exudes a demure, girl-next-door look.  I think she is a pretty girl and someone worth more serious consideration.

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ESTONIA – Xenia Likhacheva.  She has previous experience in major pageants, competing in Miss Earth 2011 and Miss International 2012, not placing in either.  We have to credit her for presenting herself the best she could but I feel the same outcome will occur in this pageant.

FINLAND – Asal Bargh.  My severely limited knowledge of Finnish language and phonology is enough for me to know her name is not a typical Finnish name.  I think she is actually a daughter of immigrants, perhaps from Central Asia, Middle East, or North Africa.

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FRANCE – Camille René.  She represented Martinique at the Miss France pageant last year and placed 3rd runner-up.  It’s quite intriguing that there is also a separate representative from that Caribbean départment in this pageant, and she doesn’t seem to interact much with her (she seems to be hanging out with Miss Guadeloupe instead).  She looked gorgeous and impeccably elegant with her hair pulled back, but most of the time, she seems to prefer to let all the frizz out, like what we see with several representatives from this island in other pageants.  It will be interesting if she’ll go for the frizz during the finals, or go soignée.

GABON – Hillary Ondo.  Here is another African who is competing at a stratified level.  She is polished, buffed, and exudes charisma.  Definitely one to seriously reckon with in a fierce African contingent.

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GEORGIA – Nino Gulikashvili.  Her features are plain, and she is generating a raw vibe.  One of the obvious weaker links in this batch.  Her redeeming feature is her trim-enough figure.

At the Augustow Canal (image courtesy of Global Beauties)

GERMANY – Jackeline Dobritzsch.  With her pale complexion and long raven tresses, she fits the type some pageant fans and pundits call the “Drusilla”.  She is attractive, but she doesn’t quite stand out in this crowd.

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GHANA – Gety Baffoa.  She’s the last to arrive in Belarus, missing out on the first week of activities.  I like her facial features, though her figure is on the skinny side that is probably the reason why she is not listed among the standouts in Global Beauties.  But, among the fierce black contingent, I think she has one of the prettiest faces.

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GUADELOUPE – Elodie Odadan.  Sure she got off on the wrong foot initially as she fainted during the initial press conference.  But after that misstep, she had hit the ground running.  She sported what technically qualified as a one-piece swimsuit during the swimsuit plus cocktail wear competition, thought what a provocative one-piece number that was–lots of exposed panels that showcased some eye-popping va-va-voom.  She then made an impression in the talent competition with her dancing.  She could be another black girl with an inside track to the Top 20.

Dancing at the talent competition (image courtesy of Global Beauties)

GUATEMALA – Ana Rodas.  She is notable for two things–her too-strong facial features, and her overbaked presentation during the swimsuit plus cocktail wear competition.

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A bit exaggerated showcasing her cocktail dress, don’t you think?

HAITI – Manouchka Luberisse.  She is good-looking, but it seems she’s static that she doesn’t exude any kind of charisma.  The whole effect ends up as blah.

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HONDURAS – Andrea López.  What’s with the Central American contestants in this pageant and overly dramatic stage presentations?  This girl would’ve made a better impression if she toned it down a bit.  Still, she’s good-looking to deserve some credit.

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HONG KONG – Sisi Wang.   Her bangs do give her a stronger impression as otherwise she’s raw.

HUNGARY – Anett Szigethy.  She made an impression in the Talent competition with a gymnastic routine, but otherwise, she is a member of the P.A.T.I.S. crew.

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Apparently performing a gymnastic routine for the Talent competition (image courtesy of Global Beauties)