SAO TOME & PRINCIPE – Wilma Varela. This is the first time this Portuguese-speaking island nation off the coast of West Africa gets to compete in a major international pageant. This lady has got the looks to make major impact–she could be a Top 20 possibility.
SCOTLAND – Jade Leigh Hunt. She may not be heavily buzzed about but she is good looking and has enough presence to deserve some notice. An underrated gem in my book.
SLOVENIA – Tjasa Zver Sijecic. She has a trim figure and has some flattering angles where she could be considered a contender, but others that were rather blah. But then again, she won a special award as she was given the title “Miss Fashion Photogenic” after the fashion event. She could be a semifinalist possibility.
SPAIN – Celia Vallespir Garcia. She is great looking so it is highly possible that she can make the final cut.
SURINAME – Rannathielle Bitorina. She’s attractive, but she doesn’t strike a distinctive presence that it is unlikely for her to make serious inroads into the Top 20.
SWEDEN – Ida Ovmar. Here is another lady who has angles that make her look almost jailbait youthful and others where she can look unflatteringly mature. She’s an otherwise attractive blonde, nevertheless.
SWITZERLAND – Mylene Clavien. Now here is a “mature” look that works well–she tends to project like a gorgeously hot woman in her late 20s-early 30s and I actually don’t mean to insult her when I describe her as such. If the judges are open to her sort of vibe, she can make the Top 20.
THAILAND – Parapadsorn “Pla” Disdramrong. She made the Top 10 in Miss Grand International (though many pageant fans and pundits who followed that pageant felt she deserved better than that). I find her very gorgeous and charismatic, and she and India are battling for the Top Asian slot, in my opinion (well, if Yvethe can work her stage alchemy, she’ll also be in the fray). She is Top Five-bound, in my opinion.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – Tinnitia Griffith. Much has been said that this lady is a livewire on stage. Lookswise, she may not be my cup of tea, but her reported lively stage moves may win the judges over.
TURKEY – Hilal Soyfer. She has angles where she looks gorgeous and others that are less flattering. It is still highly possible that she can sustain her country’s Top 20 showing in this pageant.
UKRAINE – Viktoriya Nimets. She is great looking with a jailbait ingenue vibe, but I feel that amongst the former Polish empire nations represented she is the weakest link. Still, I won’t be mad if she made the final cut.
U S A – Allyn Rose. She’s your quintessential all-American girl, and her charisma is through the roof that she earned the title Miss Fashion after the grand fashion event. She is the one deemed the favorite to win it all, and I tend to agree, but there are other ladies (mostly from Asia) who can wrest it from her at any moment . She will be the one to watch.
VENEZUELA – Patricia Carreno. She is reportedly “all-natural” and a sympathetic personality. She can sustain her country’s Top 20 finish in this pageant from last year.
WALES – Harriet Cole. She’s not bad looking, but her features are a tad too angular for her to make serious inroads into the Top 20.
Now with all 71 contenders accounted for, let me trot out my leaderboard:
TOP CONTENDERS: INDIA, POLAND, PUERTO RICO, THAILAND, U S A
SHOO-INs: BELARUS, MYANMAR, VENEZUELA
LIKELIEST: AUSTRALIA, BELGIUM, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHILE, CHINA, COLOMBIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, ENGLAND, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, GABON, HUNGARY, INDONESIA, MEXICO, PERU, PHILIPPINES, ROMANIA, SAO TOME & PRINCIPE, SCOTLAND, SLOVENIA, SPAIN, SWITZERLAND, TURKEY, UKRAINE
STAGE FACTOR: TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
EXCELLENT: ANGOLA, ARGENTINA, CAPE VERDE, DENMARK, ESTONIA, FINLAND, FRANCE, GREECE, JAPAN, KOREA, LEBANON, MALAYSIA, MAURITIUS, MONGOLIA, NETHERLANDS, NORTHERN IRELAND, PORTUGAL, RWANDA, SWEDEN
VERY STRONG: ALBANIA, GIBRALTAR, ICELAND, KENYA, NORWAY
STRONG: BOLIVIA, COSTA RICA, EL SALVADOR, IRELAND, ITALY, NEW ZEALAND, PANAMA, SURINAME
VERY GOOD: MOROCCO, WALES
GOOD: GUADELOUPE, LUXEMBOURG
Here, then, is my “Fearful” Forecast
TOP FIVE: INDIA, POLAND, PUERTO RICO, THAILAND, U S A
TOP TEN: BELARUS, CZECH REPUBLIC, MYANMAR, PHILIPPINES, VENEZUELA
TOP 20: AUSTRALIA, COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ENGLAND, GABON, HUNGARY, INDONESIA, MEXICO, ROMANIA, UKRAINE
BUBBLING UNDER: BELGIUM, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHILE, CHINA, ECUADOR, ENGLAND, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, PERU, SAO TOME & PRINCIPE, SCOTLAND, SLOVENIA, SPAIN, SWITZERLAND, TURKEY
STRIKING DISTANCE: ANGOLA, ARGENTINA, CAPE VERDE, DENMARK, ESTONIA, FINLAND, FRANCE, GREECE, JAPAN, KOREA, LEBANON, MALAYSIA, MAURITIUS, MONGOLIA, NETHERLANDS, NORTHERN IRELAND, PORTUGAL, RWANDA, SWEDEN, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
This year’s group is generally a good-looking group, and there are no total duds. I know we’ll be treated to a spectacularly flashy show tonight–all I wish for is a just and fair result. Good luck to all the ladies!