I was expecting that this pageant will recover from the attrition it experienced last year, when it dropped from 82 in 2015 to 71 in 2016.  Instead, it dropped a bit further, with a final tally of 65.  It’s still a good number, but hopefully next year its roster will recover.

It could have been 66, but England (Kenzie Annie James) flew back home two days after arriving at the pageant, supposedly due to stress.

Withdrew after two days: England (Kenzie Annie James)

How are the remaining 65 contestants of this pageant?  There are strong contenders no doubt about it, but if they stand well compared to delegates from years past, read on…

ALBANIA – Alessia Coku.  She’s a pretty ingenue who isn’t that buzzed about, but still a wortwhile Top 25 possibility.

ANGOLA – Janice Quessongo.  She’s a polished-enough worthwhile contender, but there are prettier Arricans out there who will likely advance over her.

AUSTRALIA – Alecia McCallum.  She has a prettiness and a vibrant vibe that is prized in this pageant so it is likely she’ll make the cut.

BELARUS – Olga Gribovskaya.  It’s almost tradition for this pageant that this country makes the cut and this pretty lady notable for her straight, waist-length brunette tresses will definitely be in the fray.

BELGIUM – Kim Detollenaere.  She can qualify as pretty but there are several contenders prettier than her.  To her credit she’s generally polished.

BOLIVIA – Romina Rocamonje Fuentes.  She’s good looking and has a fit, shapely bod but I’m on the fence with her.  Sometimes she turns up the sexy vibe too strongly but other times she had finesse.

BRAZIL – Thayna Lima.  She’s a strong contender wyo looks like a lock for the Top 25.

CANADA – Karema Batotele.  Canada is a multiracial, multicultural country so it’s no surprise to see this lady of color representing this country.  She’s trim and attractive, but I don’t know if she has enough charisma and vibrancy to make the cut.

CAPE VERDE – Prissy Gomes.  She has a pretty headshot, but there’s something about her styling that is off-putting (I particularly have issues with her hair color and heavy makeup and makeup colors).  For me she registers more like a drag queen instead of a beauty queen.

CHILE – Constanza Schmith.  She has a classic girlish prettiness that I feel could not only make her a Top 25 shoo-in, but advance further to the Top 10.

CHINA – Diana Liao.  She’s not conventionally pretty, but she does strike fierce poses that could make her a sleeper possibility for the Top 25.

COLOMBIA – Tica Martinez.  There are pageant fans and pundits hyping her as a possible crown contender, possibly equaling or exceeding the 2nd runner-up finish of Mónica Castaño two years ago.  I agree with that assessment.

COSTA RICA – Nicole Menayo.  Her features have an angularity that is not usually favored in most pageants, including this one.


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