DENMARK – Cecilie Willemberg. This country usually tends to field raw contestants to this pageant in recent years, but this is one refreshing exemption–she’s great looking, polished, and prepared. She made a good account of herself in the Presentation Show, but, well, the class of 2015 is loaded with so many stellar contenders that as good as she is, there are several others who are at the same or at a higher level than her.
ECUADOR – Francesca CiprianI. See COSTA RICA.
EL SALVADOR – Fátima Rivas. In real-world terms, she’s good looking. But against such formidable contenders, she’s outclassed. Anyway, it is noteworthy that she is one of the two Latinas who had expressed her support for the actual winner after that controversial coronation event.
FINLAND – Rosa-Maria Ryyti. She’s not as stunning as the previous representatives this country sent during its 1960s-1970s heyday, but she manages to hold her own against the formidable contenders out there.
GABON – Ornella Obone. She is good looking, but her figure is not up to pageant standards and there is a rawness in her presentation onstage.
GEORGIA – Janeta Kerdikoshvili. She’s one of the big revelations during the Presentation Show, delivering an impressive performance that many pageant fans and pundits took notice. Everyone was pegging her as a should’ve-been-semifinalist. Oh when will the breakthrough for her nation finally take place?
GERMANY – Sarah-Lorraine Riek. I would regard her as a good-looking, solid contender. Her winged costume made me recall Wim Wenders’ 1987 iconic film Wings of Desire (remade into the 1993 Nicolas Cage / Meg Ryan film City of Angels), and that’s a great visual to associate with Germany. Too bad her conduct after the controversial coronation made many people lose their respect for her, and she paid a terrible price. It is one thing to express a contrary opinion that you did not vote for the actual winner, but trying to mislead/misdirect the winner’s handler while the latter was waiting for a go-signal to visit his ward? It made me reflect that her surname sounds like the English word “reek”, and for those who have a dictionary or watch/read Game of Thrones, that is not a pleasant thing. Some had speculated the roots of this is the grudge she had against her 1st runner-up in her national pageant, the half-Filipino Anja Vanessa Peter (who earlier competed in Bb. Pilipinas where Pia Wurtzbach won).
GHANA – Hilda Akua Frimpong. She looks good, but during the Presentation Show, she channeled supermodel Naomi Campbell–if only she could imitate Naomi’s signature walk, possess her legendary sleek figure, and garner more of her charisma, she could’ve been the “African-most-likely”. Still, she deserves compliments for that aspect alone.
GREAT BRITAIN – Narissara Nena France. In a less competitive year, she would’ve made serious inroads to the finals. Still we should salute her for bringing her “A” game throughout especially during the Presentation Show.
GREECE – Michaela Fotiadi. See COSTA RICA and ECUADOR.
GUATEMALA – Jeimmy Aburto. She wins the Dunavka Trifunovska* award for her exaggerated gestures during the Presentation Show. Well, we need someone like her for levity sometimes…
* So named after the Macedonian representative to Miss Grand International, as her exaggerated stage gestures went viral.
GUYANA – Shauna Ramdyhan. Well, her features are of an unconventional sort, especially with those thick eyebrows. Still, she delivered a polished performance during the Presentation Show.
HAITI – Lisa Drouillard. She is one of many who performed at a high standard during the Presentation Show–she seems to have almost all the qualities to advance to the semifinals; it’s just there are just too many of them who delivered great performances.
HONDURAS – Iroshka Elvir. During the Presentation Show, the hosts Paulina Vega and Nick Teplitz mention about her ambition to become a political leader someday. Though as a pageant contestant, she’s clearly out of contention with her very angular facial features, I could actually visualize her becoming a political leader (and yes, even president of her country). Those angular features have a patrician vibe about them that I see in a female Latin leader like former Argentinean president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, for instance. Let’s see if my prognostications come true about her about a few decades from now.
HUNGARY – Nikoletta Nagy. See COSTA RICA, ECUADOR, and GREECE. Though I have to note, albeit silly, she made an impression with her national costume, a tribute to the fact that the inventor of the Rubik’s Cube is Hungarian.
INDIA – Urvashi Rautela. There were some people who found something to quibble about her Presentation Show performance, but I thought she delivered a strong, semifinal-worthy performance, and I thought she would make the cut over, say, Japan and Indonesia. But somehow luck didn’t work in her favor and she was shut out. It’s a frustrating year for her country as I think all the bets from this country in the various major international pageants deserve a better showing than what they ended up with. It’s understandable why she became a tad bitter in interviews though I hope she would get over it soon.
All images courtesy of the Miss Universe Organization unless otherwise indicated.
COMING UP: IRELAND to NORWAY