The delegates in this list are consistently strong performers–some even exceeded pageant fans and pundits’expectations. All in this list delivered polished presentations on stage and performed at the best of their abilities. Without further ado let’s pay tribute to them starting with…
CANADA – Kathryn Kohut. She previously garnered 2nd runner-up at Miss Grand International last year. Though I did not expect her to duplicate that finish, she was indeed a force worth reckonng onstage.
DENMARK – Mette Riis Sørensen. I noticed a lot of photos taken of her prior to the finals that I pondered–could she be the “new Finland”? I suppose if her sash said “Finland”, she could’ve become a runner-up. But since it didn’t, I suppose the Japanese panel would just give her the equivalent of a “pat-on-the-back”and not much else.
ECUADOR – Daniela Armijos. She was not that buzzed about, but neither could one find fault with any of her qualities, including the way she performed onstage.
FINLAND – Saara Ahlberg. We all know a reasonably attractive Finnish blonde is great catnip for this pageant, but a Finnish brunette once also earned runner-up honors 12 years ago, with Suvi Hartlin’s 2nd runner-up finish. I thought this lady had the potential to be like Suvi, but well, she was commendably solid onstage, but the judges simply had their eyes on stronger performers that night.
ITALY – Valentina Paganotto. Going into the finals, thee were some pageant fans and pundits who found her plain, but she surprisingly looked great onstage and she was very polished. She delivered something worthwhile that she deserved to be taken more seriously.
MACAU – Ana Choi. Many pageant fans and pundits were hoping for a breakthrough for this Chinese autonomous territory, but though she fought a good fight, it wasn’t meant to be. What prevented her from hitting stratified levels was that she sported a one-piece swimsuit and her gown is solid but not as eye-catching as others. At least she has the consolation of being co-winner of the “Miss Panasonic Beauty” sponsor’s award.
MAURITIUS – Anoushka Ah Keng. Just like Miss Italy, her stage presentation was much stronger than most pundits expected–sure not really at Italy’s level, but still something worth noting.
MOLDOVA – Anastasia Fotachi. She was like a cross between a refreshing ingenue and a Victoria’s Secret fashion model. She has that mix of innocence and sex appeal that is surprisingly a delight to behold onstage. Sure her orange gown with 3/4 sleeves was too simple for comfort but she carried it pretty well.
NEPAL – Medha Koirala. Here is another one of the refreshingly worthwhile stage performers from a less-heralded pageant country. Nothing to really fault about her performance at all, except of course it’s a tad short of stratified levels.
NEW ZEALAND – Hayley Rose Coombe. Almost everyone raved about her gorgeous face, and I even listed her in my Top 15. She was refreshingly solid all throughout, but again the only issue is that she’s simply overshadowed by stunning dynamos out there.
PARAGUAY – Mónica Mariani Pascualoto. She is not conventionally pretty (I find her face a tad angular) but it cannot be denied she made the most of what she had and her stage performance was faultless.
PERU – Cynthia Lucia Toth Montoro. With Miss Russia, she was co-winner of the “Miss Global Blue” sponsor’s award. There is also nothing to really fault about her performance except that of course simply others were stronger.
TURKEY – Berfu Yıldız. She’s another delegate who didn’t generate much buzz who deserve better notice. She’s good looking, she has a great figure, and she has good stage presence. Her presentation may just be a tad too simple which may cause her to be to be overshadowed by the stellar performers out there.
UKRAINE – Nina Goryniuk. She’s a pretty lady who also didn’t get much buzz and attention, but her performance onstage was consistently solid throughout–even arguably better than Mz. Russia and Belarus who got heavier buzz going into the finals.
All images courtesy of Stephen Diaz for Missosology unless otherwise indicated.
COMING UP: AWARD WINNERS and BUBBLING UNDER PERFORMANCES