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

 

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