MISS SUPRANATIONAL 2015: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (CONCLUSION)

RWANDA – Sonia Gisa.  She has a dignified presence about her and she makes a very distinctive impression with her near-shaven head.  This is the key reason why even if she’s shorter than most delegates, she got a citation for Top Model.

SCOTLAND – Nasreen Harrison.  There is a good-looking girl underneath, but it’s overwhelmed by heavy doses of “pageant patty”-ness.

SINGAPORE – Sharon Nadine Wee Chan Yi.  She’s the weakest link amongst the formidable Southeast Asian contingent, I’m afraid.

SLOVAK REPUBLIC – Petra Denkova.  She made the Top Ten shortlist in Top Model and Top Three in Best Body.  Though I’m not as into her as, say, Czech Republic, she could be someone to keep an eye on.

SPAIN – Raquel Bonilla.  Many pageant fans and pundits regard her as the one to beat, but with the exception of a win as Miss Expo, she didn’t make inroads in the shortlist events such as Best Body or Top Model.  But then again, it is possible she can still beat the odds and go far.

SURINAME – Nicole Tsai-A-Woen.  Simply plain, with a less-than-toned figure to boot.

SWEDEN – Stina Nordlander.  Her figure is a tad bulkier than current pageant ideals, but she’s a good looking blonde, the type you visualize when you think of this country.

SWITZERLAND – Catarina Lopes.  Her boyfriend is the newly minted Mister International, Pedro Mendes, and she watched the coronation online.  Unlike her gorgeously hunky boyfriend, she has not made major splashes in this pageant as she exudes an awkwardly gawky vibe.  Still she has merits so there might be room for her in the Top 20.

THAILAND – Tharathip Sukdarunpat.  Despite not figuring in any shortlist like Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam, I will not count her out and I still believe it is possible she can sustain a Top 20 finish for her country.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – Shaunika Frith.  She made the Top Ten in evening gown and is generally a worthwhile contender.

TURKEY – Hazal Subasi.  She is not that buzzed about but she’s good looking and seems to be a worthwhile contender.

UKRAINE – Alina Sapiha.  Despite not making in any shortlists, I would expect her to make the final cut and maybe even go far.

UNITED STATES – Kelly Kirstein.  She only made the shortlist in evening gown, but I think she has the charisma to rank high within the Top 20, perhaps even making as far as the Top FIve.  There is also something about her features that made me think of Supergirl (and Glee alumni) Melissa Benoist–and that is a great thing.

Supergirl star Melissa Benoist (image courtesy of CBS)

VENEZUELA – Hyser Betancourt.  She’s not a product of the “Osmel” school and her features are a letdown from what we typically expect from this country.  But in real-world terms she can be considered attractive.

VIETNAM – Nguyen Thi Le Quyen.  She made the Top Three in evening gown (with a simply, but dreamy white serpentine number), and is generally a polished presence.  But her looks pale in comparison with her front-running counterparts from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, and even Thailand.  I have a feeling Thailand may knock her out of a Top 20 spot.

WALES – Jade McQueen.  She makes a distinct presence with her biracial features and short bob.  But the most she can aspire for is to be a worthwhile contender.

With 82 contestants accounted for, let me now trot out my leaderboard, as follows:

TOP CONTENDERS:  CANADA, COLOMBIA, INDIA, PANAMA

SHOO-INS:  AUSTRALIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, MYANMAR, PARAGUAY, PHILIPPINES, POLAND, SLOVAK REPUBLIC

LIKELIEST:  BELARUS, BOLIVIA, CHILE, CHINA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ESTONIA, GERMANY, GHANA, GUADELOUPE, HUNGARY, ICELAND, INDONESIA, ISRAEL, JAMAICA, JAPAN,KENYA,  MALAYSIA, MEXICO, ROMANIA, RUSSIA, RWANDA, SPAIN, THAILAND, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, UKRAINE, UNITED STATES, VIETNAM

EXCELLENT:  ALBANIA, BELGIUM, BRAZIL, DENMARK, ENGLAND, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, GABON, GIBRALTAR, LITHUANIA, NETHERLANDS, PUERTO RICO, SWEDEN, TURKEY

PERSONALITY FACTOR:  CHINESE TAIPEI, LATVIA, MACAU

VERY STRONG:  ARUBA, COSTA RICA, ECUADOR, EGYPT, EL SALVADOR, GEORGIA, HONG KONG, LUXEMBOURG, MALTA, MOROCCO, NEW ZEALAND, NIGERIA, NORTHERN IRELAND, NORWAY, SCOTLAND, SWITZERLAND, WALES

STRONG:  CROATIA, IRELAND, ITALY, PERU, PORTUGAL, VENEZUELA

VERY GOOD:  CURACAO, FRANCE, MAURITIUS

GOOD:  SINGAPORE, SURINAME

Now, my “Fearful” Forecast on who’ll make the Top 20:

TOP FIVE:  CANADA, COLOMBIA, INDIA, PANAMA, PARAGUAY

TOP TEN:  AUSTRALIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, MYANMAR, PHILIPPINES, SLOVAK REPUBLIC

TOP 20:  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, HUNGARY, INDONESIA, KENYA, MALAYSIA, POLAND, RWANDA, SPAIN, UKRAINE, UNITED STATES

BUBBLING UNDER:  BELARUS, BOLIVIA, CHILE, CHINA, ESTONIA, GERMANY, GHANA, GUADELOUPE, ICELAND, ISRAEL, JAMAICA, JAPAN, MEXICO, ROMANIA, RUSSIA, THAILAND, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, VIETNAM

STRIKING DISTANCE:  ALBANIA, BELGIUM, BRAZIL, CHINESE TAIPEI, DENMARK, ENGLAND, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, GABON, GIBRALTAR, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, MACAU, NETHERLANDS, PUERTO RICO, SWEDEN, TURKEY

From the way I see it, the battle for the crown seems to be between two neighboring Latinas, whose countries used to be united as one about 200 years ago, Colombia (Mónica Castaño) and Panama (Angie Keith).  Nipping at their heels are two members of the Commonwealth, Canada (Siera Bearchel) and India (Aafreen Rachel Vaz), but there are a host of usurpers poised to overtake them.

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The Miss Supranational crown could be between these two (from L-R): Colombia (Mónica Castaño) and Panama (Angie Keith)…
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…but can these two overtake them? From L-R: Canada (Siera Bearchell) and India ( Aafreen Rachel Vaz).

All costume, swimsuit, and evening gown images courtesy of Leonardo Rodrigues forGlobal Beauties and all Top Model and Social Media headshot photos courtesy of Miss Supranational Official / Milton Mieloch and Tomasz Mosionek unless otherwise indicated.

 

MISS SUPRANATIONAL 2015: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 4)

MEXICO – Karina Martin.  She only made one shortlist thus far–Top Model, but she has gorgeous features. Would that offset her less-than-trim swimsuit figure?

MOROCCO – Kawtai Riahi Idrissi.  She is attractive, albeit less-than-polished.  She makes a good impression, though.

MYANMAR – L Bawk Nu.  It seems she’s the Asian-most-likely besides India this year, as she won in Best in Evening Gown and is regarded as Top Three in interview by Global Beauties.

NETHERLANDS – Kanita Karisik.  Her leg-to-torso proportions are not ideal (it’s the proportions of a short girl) but she has a pretty face.

NEW ZEALAND – Sophie Robinson.  She has a good figure, but she’s rather plain and raw.

NIGERIA – Stephanie Omogun.  Her looks are on the “exotic” side that can win over some people but polarize others.

NORTHERN IRELAND – Lisa Hogan.  Her nose made her features a tad angular, but there are some angles where she looks attractive.

NORWAY – Sonia Singh.  It’s rare to find someone of Indian descent representing a Scandinavian country.  Like Northern Ireland, there are some unflattering angles where she looks plain and other angles where she looks good.

PANAMA – Angie Keith.  I am impressed with her explosive pink national costume, though she wasn’t among the 10 shortlisted.  She made the Top Ten in Top Model and is the winner of Best Body.  I may quibble about the size of her mouth (it sometimes overwhelm her face) but for most part she seems to be one of the big front-runners.

PARAGUAY – Stephanie Vasquez Stegman.  This lady made it in three shortlists:  National Costume, Top Model, and Best Body.  She could be another possible front-runner.

PERU – Lorena Larriviere.  Following two formidable Latinas, this lady looked plain and dowdy in comparison.

PHILIPPINES – Rogelie Catacutan.  She is putting up a good fight, and she might outperform Yvethe Marie Santiago’s Top 20 finish last year.  I think like Panama, her pretty costume probably missed the cut by a few slivers, and ditto in the Best Body round.  She made the Top Ten in Top Model and Top Three in Evening Gown (with a sexy low-cut black number).

POLAND – Ada Sztajerowska.  She might be a bit too uncomfortably model-thin, but she has the good looks to assure a placement for the host country (and pageant proponent).

PORTUGAL – Ines Brusselmans.  This blonde’s attractive but raw.

PUERTO RICO – Nobiraida Infante.  Here’s another exotic look that may polarize fans and pundits–some would like it, others may find her features a tad sharp.

ROMANIA – Eliza Ancău.  She is one of the better ladies I see representing this country, as she’s one of the prettiest Romanians I’ve seen.  She is also noted for her huge mass of hair.  If she style her hair right, she can be in serious contention for the Top 20.

RUSSIA – Anna Grishina.  She exudes that pretty ingenue vibe that several young Russian beauty queens possess.  She can be a Top 20 possibility.

All costume, swimsuit, and evening gown images courtesy of Leonardo Rodrigues forGlobal Beauties and all Top Model photos courtesy of Miss Supranational Official / Milton Mieloch and Tomasz Mosionek unless otherwise indicated.

COMING UP:  RWANDA to WALES

MISS SUPRANATIONAL 2015: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 3)

ICELAND – Tanja Ýr Ástthórsdóttir.  She looks blonder and more glamorous now than from her stint at Miss World last year.  She made the shortlist in evening gown, so we can keep an eye on her as she could make the final cut.

INDIA – Aafreen Rachel Vaz.  Though no one is expecting a back-to-back, this lady possessed oodles of charisma that she is a worthy follow-up to the reigning Miss Supranational, Asha Bhatt.  Making the Top 10 in national costume and top model seems to boost her prospects of making as far as Top Five.  She’s also highly rated by Global Beauties for her interview, citing her as among the 10 best.

INDONESIA – Gresya Amanda Maaliwuga.  She’s the winner of Best National Costume aand made the Top 10 in Evening Gown.  She may have an inside track into the Top 20.

IRELAND – Karen Montague.  She’s attractive, but she’s not generating buzz or serious sparks thus far.

ISRAEL – Hodaya Cohen.  She’s touted as a pre-arrival favorite but buzz seems to be muted when she set foot in Poland.  Still, do not count her out.

ITALY – Deborah Agnone.  She has attractive angles, but her figure turns out to be too thick compared to the rest of her competitors.

JAMAICA – Regina Lee Harding.  She’s good looking, polished, and made the Top Ten in Best Body.  She is another possible contender for the Top 20.

JAPAN – Mieko Takeuchi.  She may not be conventionally pretty, but she strikes a strong presence, enough to make an impression and be shortlisted in the Evening Gown competition

KENYA – Margaret Muchemi.  She made the shortlist in both national costume and Best Body, so it seems she would be the “African-most-likely”.

LATVIA – Santa Serzante.  Presence-wise she seems overbaked, but Global Beauties cited her as one of their ten “Women of Substance”.

LITHUANIA – Enrika Motuzaite.  I find her pretty and she seems fit enough.  A worthwhile contender in my book.

LUXEMBOURG – Eli Ondoa.  She previously represented Cameroon earlier in another lesser pageant but now she’s representing a European country.  She’s attractive enough, but no one expects her to go far.

MACAU – Matilda Ip.  She has this cuteness about her, and Global Beauties cited her as one of their 10 “Women of Substance”.  Other than that I don’t see her as a likely Top 20 contender.

MALAYSIA – Tanisha Demour.  She made the Top 10 in both national costume and Best Body.  It seems we may have at least four Southeast Asians in the final cut this year.

MALTA – Nicolà Grixti.  She’s attractive enough though perhaps not enough to be in serious contention for the Top 20.

MAURITIUS – Helena Desmarais.  At least she won the Miss Congeniality award, as otherwise she’s too plain to make an impact.

All costume, swimsuit, and evening gown images courtesy of Leonardo Rodrigues forGlobal Beauties and all Top Model photos courtesy of Miss Supranational Official / Milton Mieloch and Tomasz Mosionek unless otherwise indicated.

COMING UP:  MEXICO to RUSSIA