MISS SUPRANATIONAL 2013: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (CONCLUSION)

SOUTH AFRICA – Natasha Pretorius.  In most other major pageants, one typically assumes that the best delegate from Africa will come from this country.  For this pageant, though, it’s not the case–this blonde is clearly overshadowed by the slew of fierce ebony stunners out there, and on top of that, she is hampered by a thick-by-pageant-standards figure.

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SPAIN – Eva Rogel.  She seemed good looking in her official portraits, but is not making a major impression in others.  Is she a member of the P.A.T.I.S. crew?

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SRI LANKA – Gayesha Perera.  In terms of looks, there are stronger Asians out there.  But at least she was commended for her dancing talent during the talent competition.

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Performing a dance for the Talent competition

SURINAME – Jaleeza Weibolt.  She and Miss Netherlands have complexions that can definitely be classified as “ebony”.  With her wide smile and buffed figure, she has made a positive impression.

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SWEDEN – Sally Lindgren.  I don’t classify her as a conventional beauty, but I now understand why she was granted the Miss Elegance special award–she does have a distinctively upright gamine stance that is indeed graceful and elegant to behold.  This could be her ticket to make the Top 20.

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Winner of Miss Eegance special award (image courtesy of Global Beauties)

SWITZERLAND – Joana Loureiro.  This multilingual girl (she can speak five languages) has a buffed figure and a spunky vibe that makes a strong, positive impression.

Couldn’t find a solo shot so a front-and-center rehearsal photo would have to do (image courtesy of Global Beauties)

THAILAND – Thanyaporn Srisen.  Last year, this country garnered a 1st runner-up finish in this pageant.  Though this Asian doll is highly polished and competitive, I don’t think she will duplicate or improve on that showing.  But she is one of the likeliest to make the final cut, even going all the way to the Top 10.

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TOGO – Armande Akumah.  I’m scratching my head a bit reading reports that she was under consideration as choice for Top Model (along with a fierce battle between Russia and eventual winner Moldova).  She does have features that individually are very pretty, but from my viewpoint, the way they are put together seems to be rather off–it’s like a slightly abstract portrait of pop superstar Rihanna, from what I’m seeing.  Still, maybe sometimes my tastes deviate from the consensus, so maybe she is indeed a strong contender and part of the fierce African contingent.

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Rihanna (image sourced from sonicnationl.ca)

TURKEY – Leyla Köse.  She seems to be developing into a sleeper possibility into the finals.  She does have a bright spark that sometimes is missing with some delegates from this country in various pageants.

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UKRAINE – Kateryna Sandulova.  Here is another possible front-runner to watch out for, though I feel there is something about her features that is not flawless for me to classify her as a classic beauty.  I suppose I got a similar vibe about 13 years ago with the Miss World 2000 finalist Katja Thomsen from Uruguay.

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Miss World 2000 finalist Katja Thomsen of Uruguay (image sourced from fashionmodeldirectory.com

URUGUAY – Agustina Mederos.  I actually find this blonde pretty, but she is not receiving much buzz.  Is she a member of the P.A.T.I.S. crew?

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USA – Kristy Abreu.  She is actually attractive, but overshadowed by several other standouts out there.  Her best prospect is a creditable showing.

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U S VIRGIN ISLANDS – Esonica Veira.  She makes a distinctive presence with her hip bob, and it is likely she will duplicate her success at Miss World 2011 and make the Top 20 (with strong possibilities of making all the way to the Top 10).  She performed her Michael Jackson tribute dance again in the talent competition and again earned accolades by earning 2nd runner-up honors.

Performing her famous Michael Jackson dance tribute

Now, I wonder about something–Global Beauties reported in the swimsuit plus cocktail wear competition, she garnered thunderous applause.  But looking at the swimsuit lineup from that event, she seems nowhere to be found.  I suppose the applause came as they paraded in cocktail dresses, but it also makes me wonder–so is the swimsuit portion of the event optional?  Was there a compelling reason why she was not present for the swimsuit round?

Where is Esonica? (image courtesy of Global Beauties)

VENEZUELA – Annie Fuenmayor.  She is not conventionally pretty in my book, but she exudes a lot of charisma and sparkle, plus she has a killer buffed figure.  This major pageant powerhouse so far only made the final cut once, but she can most likely improve on that track record, maybe even go all the way to the Top Five.

WALES – Fallon Robinson.  See NORTHERN IRELAND.

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ZIMBABWE – Lungile Mathe.  This elegantly statuesque and slender model who currently resides in China is one of the fierce Africans in this year’s pageant who is battling for a slot in the Top 20.  Will there be room for her?

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Now with all the 83 contestants accounted for, let me now trot out my leaderboard:

TOP CONTENDERS:  BELARUS, MOLDOVA, PHILIPPINES, PUERTO RICO, RUSSIA

SHOO-INS:  AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL, CZECH REPUBLIC, POLAND, THAILAND, UKRAINE, VENEZUELA

LIKELIEST:  CAMEROON, CANADA, COLOMBIA, FRANCE, GABON, GHANA, GUADELOUPE, INDIA, LATVIA, LUXEMBOURG, MEXICO, MYANMAR, NETHERLANDS, PANAMA, SURINAME, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, TOGO, TURKEY, U S VIRGIN ISLANDS, ZIMBABWE

TALENT/PERSONALITY FACTOR: MALAYSIA, SRI LANKA

EXCELLENT:  ARGENTINA, DENMARK, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, HUNGARY, ICELAND, NEW ZEALAND, NICARAGUA, ROMANIA, RWANDA, SCOTLAND, SLOVAKIA, SPAIN, URUGUAY

VERY STRONG:  AZERBAIJAN, BOLIVIA, COSTA RICA, ENGLAND, ESTONIA, INDONESIA, NORTHERN IRELAND, NORWAY, SERBIA, WALES

STRONG:  ALBANIA, CHINA, EL SALVADOR, GERMANY, HONDURAS, JAMAICA, MACAU, MARTINIQUE, SOUTH AFRICA, U S A

VERY GOOD:  COTE D’IVOIRE, FINLAND, HAITI, PORTUGAL

GOOD:  BELGIUM, GEORGIA, HONG KONG, IRAQ, ITALY, REUNION

FAIR:  GUATEMALA, KOSOVO, NIGERIA

So here goes my “fearful” forecast:

TOP FIVE:  BELARUS, MOLDOVA, PHILIPPINES, PUERTO RICO, RUSSIA

TOP TEN:  AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL, THAILAND, UKRAINE, VENEZUELA

TOP 20:  CAMEROON, CZECH REPUBLIC, LATVIA, LUXEMBOURG, MEXICO, MYANMAR,  POLAND, SWEDEN, TURKEY, U S VIRGIN ISLANDS

BUBBLING UNDER:  CANADA,  COLOMBIA, FRANCE, GABON, GHANA, GUADELOUPE, ICELAND, INDIA, NETHERLANDS, PANAMA, SURINAME, SWITZERLAND, TOGO, ZIMBABWE

STRIKING DISTANCE:  ARGENTINA, DENMARK, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, HUNGARY, ICELAND, MALAYSIA, NEW ZEALAND, NICARAGUA, ROMANIA, RWANDA, SCOTLAND, SLOVAKIA, SPAIN, SRI LANKA, URUGUAY

Will tradition continue and a semi-homeland decision (albeit worthy) will take place?  Or will tradition be broken and they open up wins for those with less historical or organizer connections?  All I’m really hoping for is a fair and just decision.  Let’s see how it all unfolds on Friday.

JUST ME!

JOSEPH

At the swimsuit plus cocktail wear competition.

All images courtesy of Miss Supranational unless otherwise indicated.

MISS SUPRANATIONAL 2013: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 4)

NICARAGUA – Alejandra Gross.  There is something about her face that exudes a jailbait Lolita vibe, even if she’s considered of age at 19.  I think her figure is not as buffed and that could hinder her prospects in making the Top 20.

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NIGERIA – Neri Omoregie.  Let me put it simply–she’s one of the few exceptions in an otherwise formidable African contingent.

NORTHERN IRELAND – Chloe Marsden.  She has a face that I usually describe as “sugary pretty”–the kind of face that qualifies as very pretty and very cute, but somehow to the point that it’s slightly overboard that instead of being mesmerized you eventually turn away.  It’s equivalent to tasting a cloyingly sweet dessert.  It doesn’t help that her stage presentation in the swimsuit plus cocktail wear competition was a bit over the top.

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NORWAY – Marie Molo Peter.  Here is the second Filipina in this year’s contest.  After failing to place in Bb. Pilipinas 2012, with her half-Norwegian heritage, she gets to represent the Scandinavian country in this pageant (and also got to compete in Miss Humanity International eariler).  She has a cuteness that has yet to be developed to become a serious contender, unlike her more stellar colleagues.  A creditable showing is the best we could expect from her.

Visiting Garadzenski maentak Karobchyzy (image courtesy of Global Beauties)

PANAMA – Yinnela Yero.  Her beauty is not of the conventional sort but she does exude sex appeal.  My only issue is that in several of her appearances her face is obscured by her abundant locks.  It would be nice for her to pull it back a bit.  Still, she is likely to sustain this country’s strong track record in this pageant (a win and two semifinalist finishes).

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PHILIPPINES – Mutya Datul.  As expected she brought a lot of radiant sparkle in her appearances and is making a major splash.  She garnered a “Miss Personality” special award, and was given a commendation in the talent competition with her performance of the Dolly Parton / Whitney Houston classic “I Will Always Love You”.  She is the best Asian in this year’s batch, and she is on track to improving Elaine Kay Moll’s 3rd runner-up finish last year.  Can she go all the way and win it all?  There are some formidable obstacles out there, but it’s highly possible.

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Miss Personality special award (image courtesy of Global Beauties)
Singing the Whitney Houston / Dolly Parton classic “I Will Always Love You” at the Talent competition (image courtesy of Global Beauties)

POLAND – Angelika Ogryzek.  It might be natural that since this country was host for the previous four editions, it might be obvious why it is also the only country with a perfect semifinals track record thus far.  Though I might classify her beauty as of an unconventional sort, it is likely that perfect track record is going to be sustained.

PORTUGAL – Bruna Monteiro.  She’s one of the tallest contestants in this year’s pageant, but otherwise with her plain features she is not considered in serious contention for the Top 20.

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PUERTO RICO – Desirée Del Rio.  Amongst those with prior major international pageant experience, this lady has the best pedigree as she placed 4th in Miss International 2011.  And she’s making a major splash as she won the Miss Photogenic special award and also got a commendation for her singing.  She seems to be one of the front-runners for the title.

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Miss Photogenic winner (image courtesy of Global Beauties)
Singing in the talent competition. (Image courtesy of Global Beauties)
3rd runner-up at Miss International 2011 (far right)

REUNION – Julie Nauche.  This representative  from the French overseas départment located in the Indian Ocean may not be that much to look at, but she might be reckoned with in the near future as she will be assuming the role of national director who would be tasked to fielding representatives from her island and other nearby Indian Ocean countries like Mauritius, Madagascar, and Seychelles.

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ROMANIA – Natalia Rus.  She has a very pretty ingenue vibe that reminds me of a young Katie Holmes back in her days in Dawson’s Creek.  She might be a tad less-than-polished, but I see some good potential and possibilities.

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Katie Holmes during her Dawson’s Creek days (image courtesy of WB Network)

RUSSIA – Yana Dubnik.  If trends in how winners are selected in this pageant are to be followed, it is likely that this lady will be this year’s winner.  Thus far, the winners seem to come from countries that have close historical connections with the host country–during the four previous editions it has been held in Poland, three of the winners come from nations that used to be part of the old Polish empire:  Ukraine (2009), Poland (2011), and Belarus (2012).  The exception in 2010 was Panama, but one might need to note that the World Beauty Association, the organizer of this pageant, is based in that country.  But then again, the winners are justifiably deserving, as they were all stunning lookers.  Now that it’s held outside Poland, one might need to note if you look at recent history, Belarus has very close ties to Russia not simply because they both constitute part of the former Soviet Union but in general Belarus even as an independent nation is known for closely following Russia’s lead.

As I mentioned above, this lady has merits and qualities to win it all as she is physically striking and gorgeous.  In tour photos, I immediately was drawn to her and thus I believed she’s the favorite to win.  So she perfectly fits the bill if trends are to be followed.  But then again, trends could be broken this year, too.  Still, I will not make any serious objections if she ends up as the winner.

RWANDA – Aurore Mutesi.  She makes a striking presence with her short afro and pretty face.  She’s also renowned for her modesty, insisting on wearing a shawl during swimsuit appearances (that is why she is the only one who is shown only with the upper torso in her official swimsuit photo while the rest are full body).  Another strong contender from Africa.

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SCOTLAND – Gemma Palma.  I like her, but it seems she’s registering as a member of the P.A.T.I.S. crew.

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SERBIA – Tanja Čupić.  Her features are a bit too strong to my liking, but then again, this is what a typical Slavic look is.  She seemed to be getting positive impressions from Global Beauties, though, putting her in their shortlist.

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SLOVAKIA – Luciána Čvirková.  She is good looking, though not as buzzed about as other favorites.  Still, she could be a sleeper possibility for the Top 20.

All images courtesy of Miss Supranational unless otherwise indicated.

COMING UP:  SOUTH AFRICA to ZIMBABWE plus the “FEARFUL” FORECAST