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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
KOSOVO – Ramela Koleci. She looks gawky and awkward–unlike the beauties we have seen competing in Miss Universe.
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.
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.
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.
MARTINIQUE – Cindy Jolie. She has a pretty face, but her figure is far from buffed and she seems to exude a raw vibe.
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.
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.
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?
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.
NEW ZEALAND – Chanè Berghorst. She exudes a slightly unpolished ingenue vibe. She is attractive but I feel her best prospects is a creditable showing.
All images courtesy of Miss Supranational unless otherwise indicated.
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