GEORGIA – Nuka Karalashvili. This jet-black brunette didn’t receive much buzz during the proceedings, but from her performance in the Preliminary Competition, one should take a closer look as she performed at the same level as the front-runners out there, showing strong catwalk, a lean, trim figure, and an impeccable silver white evening gown. She also made a striking impact in her long-sleeved white national costume.
GERMANY – Johanna Acs. She’s one of the stronger representatives fielded by this country to this pageant in recent years. She’s got everything covered–in a less competitive year she would have serious inroads into the semifinals.
GREAT BRITAIN – Jaime-Lee Faulkner. She is overall an above-average performer all throughout albeit a bit subdued. She pales a bit behind her predecessor, Nena France.
GUAM – Muñeka Taispic. Her features may appeal to those with exotic tastes. It was mentioned she was a tomboy, and based on her slightly raw Preliminary Competition performance, those tomboy roots are still there.
GUATEMALA – Virginia Argueta. She has an outgoing personality and is articulate and smart. But her catwalk skills tend to border towards over-the-top like her predecessor, Fabiola Tahiz, although thankfully for this lady’s case, she managed to rein it in enough to avoid garnering the dubious Dunavka Trifunovska award.
GUYANA – Soyini Fraser. Another member of the P.A.T.I.S. crew like ANGOLA, BAHAMAS, and CROATIA.
HAITI – Raquel Pélissier. She is distinguished by her striking cheekbones and she is on-point in practically all aspects. There are pageant fans and pundits who believe she has a shot of making the Top 12–I agree she did deliver a semifinalist-worthy performance.
HONDURAS – Sirey Moran. See GUATEMALA.
HUNGARY – Veronika Bodizs. She garnered buzz as one of the Europeans-most-likely in this pageant. She generally remained consistently strong all throughout but with only 12 limited slots available, it is a longshot for her to advance.
ICELAND – Hildur María Leifsdóttir. She’s generally solid, and her sheer, sequined Preliminary Competition gown has interesting details. I’m not sure what to say about her flag-themed national costume, though–it looks tacky. Still it’s nice to see this country back in this pageant after an absence of six years.
INDIA – Roshmitha Harimurthy. She performed at a high-level standard, and I love her red sequined long-sleeved gown. But it seems most of the attention is toward the Southeast Asians and there may not be room for her to have the opportunity to duplicate the feat of Sushmita Sen back in 1994.
INDONESIA – Kezia Warouw. You can’t miss her with her statuesque 6′ height, and she radiates with a cosmopolitan Asian vibe. She, along with Philippines and Thailand, are the most buzzed about Asians in this group, and are considered near mortal locks to the Top 12. However, in this lady’s case, she almost did a Miriam Quiambao in the Preliminary Competition as reportedly her shoes hit a barely visible nail on the stage causing her to noticeably trip. No one else had that mishap so one might wonder if she could be penalized for that or get away with it the way Miriam did back in 1999. I have a feeling it might be the latter in her case.
ISRAEL – Yam Kaspera Anshel. I find her features plain and projection skills raw–a rarity in this group of polished ladies. I find her costume interesting as it seems to be evoking the tale of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, with a serpent prop.
ITALY – Sophia Sergio. You cannot miss her statuesque height and lean model frame, and she has great looks and stage catwalk skills to boot. Though in her up-close interview she mentioned she wanted to be known as more than simply a model, so far it’s her modeling qualities that stand out and we remember her by.
JAMAICA – Isabel Dalley. With her statuesque 6’2″ height, gorgeous looks and trim figure, she is a major standout. And she was flawless during the Preliminary Competition–now one would debate if she was better than Curacao, and would there be room in the Top 12 for both of them. I’m starting to hate this extremely brutal format.
COMING UP: JAPAN to NIGERIA