BELIZE – Chantal Chanice Guy. I do think she has good looks and good communication skills to deserve some notice.
CHILE – Tiare Fuentes. I find her very pretty, but she is overshadowed by other ferocious Latinas out there. She’s one of seven who didn’t have an Eco-Beauty video.
CHINESE TAIPEI – Le Chiao Peng. With her bobbed haircut, she exudes a modern vibe. Most representatives to this pageant tend to be raw but this lady seems to be one of the more polished ones (especially with her unique vibe and strong communication skills).
COLOMBIA – Michelle Gomez. She may have only garnered one medal (a bronze in the swimsuit competition), but she’s still one to watch out for making the Top Eight and perhaps beyond.
CYPRUS – Maria Costa. She’s good looking, but overshadowed by the stunners out there.
DENMARK – Klaudia Parsberg. This blonde is well regarded by many pageant fans and pundits. She’s articulate and committed to the cause, so she can still make serious impact into the finals. But can she duplicate Catharina Svenson’s win in the inaugural edition 15 years ago? There will be obstacles ahead…
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Nicole Jimeno. She’s a polished contender of color with a body for sin. She’s not as stunning as Miss Earth-Air 2005 Amell Santana, but making the cut is still in the realm of possibility–though her features are not normally what the Filipino tastes would appreciate.
ENGLAND – Luissa Burton. It’s jarring to watch her Eco-Beauty as a blonde as she came to our shores as a brunette, and she has been garnering raves as such–many even feel she can get an element. I agree as she’s gorgeous as a brunette and she’s a strong communicator to boot. She garneered a gold for her costume and bronze for talent.
HUNGARY – Eszter Oczella. She’s attractive but with a batch like this it’s an uphill battle for her to make inroads into the Top 16.
IRAQ – Suzan Amer. Unlike her Miss Grand International counterpart, this lady is a more serious competitor–sure she has faith-based restrictions that she needed to be modestly clothed when presented in swimsuit. Still her presence is welcome here.
ITALY – Denise Frigo. Her Eco-Beauty video is unique as she introduced herself while on horseback. She only won one medal (silver in long gown)but her gorgeous face and trim figure does turn heads and she may have an inside track to the finals.
JAPAN – Ami Hachiya. She’s a pretty lady with a tirm figure. A worthwhile contender who garnered a silver for her lovely yello kimono.
LEBANON – Carole Kahwagi. She’s good looking who made an impression in resorts wear, garnering gold in that event. Lookswise a sleeper contender, but well there are stronger communicators than her out there.
MAURITIUS – Amber Korimdun. She’s good looking. This country has done pretty well in this pageant in recent years, making the cut in 2013 and 2016. It is possible for her to be a sleeper choice for the finals.
MOLDOVA – Tatiana Ovcinicova. She’s surprisingly very articulate in her Eco-Beauty video. Her features remind me of a younger, ingenue version of actress Mariel Hemingway, and if the judges are in the mood for that kind of look, she can make serious inroads into the finals.
COMING UP: 2ND HALF OF GROUP 2, from MYANMAR to ZIMBABWE