MISS SUPRANATIONAL 2016: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 3)

INDIA  – Srinidhi Shetty.  She’s a great combination of good looks, trim figure, and charisma.  I see her as one of those most likely to make Top 25.
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INDONESIA – Intan Aletrino.  There is heavy buzz about her being one of the front-runners.  I can see it, though her close-up photo is rather unflattering–she otherwise looks gorgeous in all other photos taken of her.  It makes me reflect how different it was 20 years ago, when clerics made such a ruckus even if the girls are in one-piece swimsuit–now, not only are girls fearlessly wearing bikinis, this country is emerging as one of the biggest pageant ga-ga nations along with Southeast Asian neighbors like Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
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JAMAICA  – Olivia Dwyer.  What is going for her is her buffed figure.  I think the Polish judges would find her facial features too exotic for comfort.
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JAPAN – Risa Nagashima.  What I notice most about her are her thick eyebrows, and for me those distract me from her attractiveness.  She is otherwise a solid contender.
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KOREA – Lee Dasol.  We’ve seen prettier Koreans competing in international pageants than this lady.
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KOSOVO – Elina Berdica.  She can be distinguished with her wavy, pre-Raphaelite tresses.  Would this be her hook to have an edge to make the Top 25?
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MACAU – Alicia Ung.  She reminds me of chef Ching He Huang.  I love watching this chef’s shows, but her type of looks are not the sort that does well in beauty pageants.
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Ching He Huang (image sourced from georgiapapadon.com)
MALAYSIA – Gizelle Julylen Liew.  On side angles, she reminds me so much of model, fashion columnist, and Project Runway Philippines judge Apples Aberin.  She earned raves from NIck Verreos for her silver evening gown.  Would there be room for her in the Top 25?
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Apples Aberin (image courtesy of Solar Entertainment)
MALTA – Dajana Laketic.  This blonde (of apparently Slavic descent based on her surname) is generally polished.  A worthwhile contender.
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MAURITIUS – Ambika Callychurn.  I like the way she looks–there is something about her that registers as elegant, but somehow slightly not-so-polished at the same time.  It kinda intrigues me and wonder what with more seasoning she could be transformed into a star.
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MEXICO – Cynthia de la Vega.  She is considered one of the big favorites, and we have to salute the fact that she is extremely polished.  But I just find her heavy makeup makes her look too harsh and forbidding–even though she channels 1980s-era Barbara Palacios of Venezuela (Miss Universe 1986).  Would the Polish judges like those severe features?
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Miss Universe 1986 Barbara Palacios (image courtesy of Miss Universe Organization)
MONGOLIA – Britta Battogtokh Buyantogtokh.  Wonder why she didn’t compete in swimsuit?  I don’t think she’s Muslim so it’s not out of modesty considerations… On top of that her headshot featured her in a very low-cut gown that it almost seemed she was photographed topless.  Anyway, I find her attractive, but it will be an uphill battle for her to make Top 25.
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MYANMAR – Swe Zin Htet.  She is good-looking, though I find other faces prettier than hers.  She has been hyped as one of those most likely to advance to the Top 25 and beyond.  I think she does have a strong chance of making the cut.
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 NEPAL – Pooja Shrestha.  She’s attractive, though a tad less polished.
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NETHERLANDS – Milenka Janssen.  She’s good looking though I’m not sure she has enough charisma to make the Top 25–but then again there might be enough judges who would dig her blonde-girl-next-door appeal for her to make it.
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All images courtesy of Milton Mieloch for Miss Supranational unless otherwise indicated.
COMING UP:  NIGERIA to SLOVAK REPUBLIC

MISS SUPRANATIONAL 2016: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 2)

CZECH REPUBLIC – Michaela Hávová.  This country fielded a host of gorgeous contenders to this pageant, but unfortunately this lady, face-wise, pales in comparison to those stunners.  Still wew need to give her credit for being a fit and polished contender overall.

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DENMARK – Malene Riis Sørensen.  Back in Miss World 2013, she’s a brunette and one of Megan Young‘s best friends.  She has since become a blonde.  Now, she’s performing decently, though there is still a slight lack of stage polish compared to other contenders out there.  I prefer her as a brunette.

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ECUADOR – María Isabel Piñeyro.  She has the beauty and the charisma to be one of the front-running contenders in this pageant.  However I have been hearing some rumors about her attitude towards her fellow contestants, and it makes me wonder if those stories could hold weight and hinder her chances of taking the plum title.

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EGYPT – Manet Mahmoud.  She along with Miss Mongolia didn’t participate in the swimsuit prejudging, most likely for religious reasons in  her case.  In real-world terms, she would be deemed as attractive but in stratified pageant terms she doesn’t seem to stand a chance.

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EL SALVADOR – Lisbeth Interiano.  She’s an attractive enough lady, though less than polished.

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ENGLAND – Angelina Kaliszewicz.  She is obviously of Polish descent judging from her name.  That heritage may give her an advantage and make the cut, but in my opinion she seemed to raw and she registers like a bimbo–it made me recall all those “Poles are dumb” jokes.  But hopefully for her sake I hope she’ll overcome that stereotype.

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ETHIOPIA – Misker Kassahun.  She’s good looking, albeit very slim with noticeably very narrow hips.

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FRANCE – Océane Pernodet.  She is registering better here than in her stint at Miss Grand International.  Though her figure is a tad on the thicker side, she may have a chance to make the Top 25.

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GERMANY – Anja-Vanessa Peter.  This half-German/half-Filipina Bb. Pilipinas 2015 semifinalist is generally polished, but obviously saddled by limited support provided by the country she is representing now–Nick Verreos rated her gown the worst in his blog.  I also noticed she has a resemblance to Miss Earth 2008 from the Philippines, Karla Henry.  So for many pageant fans and pundits, how they regard her chances may depend on how well they regarded Karla Henry–personally, I like Karla Henry.

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Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry (image sourced from Alchetron.com)

GIBRALTAR – Aisha Ben Yahya.  She’s a quality contender saddled with a tacky, too provocative red gown.  If they can overlook the gown, she can be a Top 25 possibility.

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GUADELOUPE – Jenifer Geran.  Another one saddled with an off-the-rack number, she otherwise makes a good impression, though perhaps Top 25 is an uphill battle.

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GUYANA – Jaleesa Mar-Chell Peterkin.  See CHINA–in her case, the issue is her gap tooth–from afar she looks gorgeous and you don’t notice it but as she comes closer that is what you’ll notice most about her.  But then again, that didn’t hurt Madonna and Vanessa Paradis, right?

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HAITI – Chrystelle Jean.  If she was competing in Miss Grand International, I can imagine Nawat bluntly declaring her as fat.  I don’t think the Polish judging panel appreciate fuller figures also, but still kudos for her for showing us that beauty comes in differing shapes and sizes.

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HUNGARY – Korinna Kocsis.  I didn’t really appreciate her beauty when she competed at Miss Earth seven years ago, but now that we have been exposed to Idina Menzel and Lea Michele, her looks are now highly regarded and she is poised to become a possible front-runner.

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Lea Michele (L) and Idina Menzel (R) (image sourced from Popcrush.com)

All images courtesy of Milton Mieloch for Miss Supranational unless otherwise indicated.

COMING UP:  INDIA to NETHERLANDS

MISS SUPRANATIONAL 2016: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 1)

I’ve observed a cycle going on with Miss Supranational since 2010–after gaining representatives in an odd-numbered year, there would be an attrition in an even-number year.  Take a look at these statistics:  2010 – 66; 2011 – 70; 2012 – 53; 2013 – 83; 2014 – 71; 2015 – 82; then this year, back down to 71.  The numbers are a bit of a volatile yo-yo from what I’m seeing–hopefully the roster will stabilize in future editions.  Despite the attrition this year, this pageant announced that it is expanding its initial cut from a Top 20 to a Top 25.  Does the quality of this year’s delegates justify the expanded cut?  Well, what I did observe is that quite a few of them have resemblances to celebrities, and to get a definitive answer, let’s proceed to review them.  Without further ado, let’s begin with…

ALBANIA – Geljana Elmasllari.  She has the ingenue prettiness of Two Broke Girls star Kat Dennings.  There are a whole bunch of pretty faces in this year’s pageant, but I wonder if her prettiness will be enough to make the Top 25.  She’s a worthwhile contender in my book.

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Kat Dennings (image sourced from beautyeditor.ca)

ANGOLA – Maria Moises.  She is a polished contender, but there might be some prettier black contenders (ironically not from her continent) that seems to be getting significant attention.  Still, she’s a worthwhile contender.

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ARGENTINA – Wanessa Emiliana de Almeida.  This blonde has a refreshing ingenue vibe that could be her ticket to making the Top 25.

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AUSTRALIA – Silka Kurzak.  Her best qualities are her buffed body and her polished projection skills.  But would that be enough to overcome her less-than-conventionally-pretty face?

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BELARUS – Polina Pimahina.  In closer view, she reminds me of Miss Universe 2003 1st runner-up from Venezuela, Mariangel Ruiz.  This country typically does well in this pageant, so I’m expecting her to make the final cut.

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Miss Universe 2003 1st runner-up Mariangel Ruiz (image courtesy of Miss Universe Organization)

BELGIUM – Amina Serroukh.  This raven-tressed brunette has an ingenue vibe that some might view as refreshing, while others might view as less-than-polished.  Whatever the case, I consider her a worthwhile contender.

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BOLIVIA – Yesenia Barrientos.  I think she’s also a polished contender with a pretty-enough face and a trim-enough figure.  Another worthwhile contender amidst plenty.

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BRAZIL – Cloris Ioanna Junges.  Brazil is traditionally a pageant powerhouse and people pay attention who is carrying this country’s sash.  But I have a feeling despite her solid presentation skills and her buffed bod, her main liability is that her face registers as a tad too mature in a milieu that favors fresh-faced ingenues.

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CANADA – Hanna Begovic.  See AUSTRALIA.

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CHILE – María Trinidad Rendić.  She registers as a slightly more conventionally prettier version of superstar diva Celine Dion.  I don’t know if there are enough Celine Dion fans in the judging panel to make her advance, but all in all she’s a worthwhile contender.

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Celine Dion (image courtesy of Sony Music)

CHINA – Xuan Huang.  In the 1995 movie Clueless, they use the term “Monet” to describe someone who is pretty from afar but is unattractive in close-up.  This lady is still attractive enough in close-up, but there are something that I find a bit off with her features when you look at it–just couldn’t put my finger on what that is…  Otherwise a polished contender.

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COLOMBIA – Lorena de Lima.  I think she’s very pretty, and she reminds me of someone familiar, though couldn’t quite figure out exactly who.  I have a feeling she has an inside track to the Top 25.

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COSTA RICA – Paola Chacon.  She’s polished and good-looking, but I don’t know if she projected a stellar charisma like several of the other contenders.

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CROATIA – Petra Bojic.  Imagine Broadway and TV star Kristin Chenoweth with darker hair and less charisma, and you get this lady.

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Kristin Chenoweth (image courtesy of her official website)

All images courtesy of Milton Mieloch for Miss Supranational unless otherwise indicated.

COMING UP:  CZECH REPUBLIC to HUNGARY