MISS SUPRANATIONAL 2018: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (CONCLUSION)

SLOVAKIA – Katarina Oeovanova.  She has great looks, but I worry that she seems overly made-up that it could be a tad distracting and as such may have distract from her natural beauty, something that cannot be said about….

SLOVENIA – Mersedes Viler Zdjarsky.  She tends to go for a clean-faced look and she did declare that often goes out without makeup.  I wonder if enough people in the judging panel love freshly scrubbed features…

SOUTH AFRICA – Belinde Schreuder.  I have a feeling the presence of the new co-owner of a major website may influence this lady’s prospects and that a Top 25 finish is secure.  To be honest, on many appearances, her features register as mature, but there are angles where she looks refreshing, so making the cut would be deserving.

SPAIN – Teresa Calleja.  She seems to exude significantly more personality than her goregeous predecessor, who was a shock boot last year.  A Top 25 finish is highly conceivable.

SURINAME – Shimara Jap.  I think she is one of those intriguing mix of various ethnicities–though Indian seems prominent, she possibly also has Chinese and European ancestry (and perhaps also others).  I like her look but not certain if she made enough impact to make teh Top 25.

SWEDEN – Jenny Wulff.  She reminds me of the actress who played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films, Evanna Lynch.  But she also registers as less-than-polished, so I’m not bullish on her Top 25 prospects.

SWITZERLAND – Thaina Vieira.  There seems to be a whole host of Portuguese people now residing in the French side of Switzerland, and you can count this lady on that list.  She was born in Brazil, raised in Portugal and now living in the country she represents.  This brunette is good looking but I feel she gets overshadowed by many sparkling ladies out there.

THAILAND – Pinnarat Mawinthon.  I’m not impressed with her Raymond Saldana photo, but she looks great in others so she might still have a chance to join the very fierce Southeast Asian contingent.

TOGO – Yasmin Iman.  She’s arguably the plainest looking of this batch, but well, at least she seems to have ocnfidence and personality to redeem her prospects.

TURKEY – Roda Irmak.  It’s a tad frustrating that most of the time, thsi country would field a gorgeous looker but then somehow forget to include spark and personality.  This lady potentially has the looks to stun but her charisma is muted and she seems to lack spark.  We need more Azra Akin types for these pageants, please!

UKRAINE – Snizhana Tanchuk.  There are some people who presume she can be the front-runner to win it all, but although she looks great and it seems assured she’ll secure a Top 25 slot, I’m not that sure she has what it takes to win it all.  If she sparkles tonight, perhaps indeed a win is possible.

UNITED STATES – Katrina Jayne Dimaranan.  Six years ago, she actually won one of the plum titles in Bb. Pilipinas — Tourism.  However, for twist in circumstance, she didn’t get an oppoortunity to compete in an international arena (especially since no Tourism Queen International was held that year).  It’s nice to see she finally sees action in an international pageant and I don’t mind if she is now competing under the United States banner.  I know she has the personality to charm, and I hope her exotic vibe does win over the Poles.  Though I think Jehza has the edge, making the Top 25 will be reward enough.

VENEZUELA – Nariman Battikha.  Her name suggests she’s also of Indian descent, but her primary language is obviously Spanish.  It’s rare to see that kind of combo and she’s a strong contender so it looks like a Top 25 slot is secure–now the question is how further can she go.

VIETNAM – Minh Tu Nguyen.  She is one of the fierce Southeast Asians in this year’s pageant.  Many are betting she’ll finish in the Top Ten and I agree with tem.  She seems to have charisma and height to make a major impression.

With all 72 contestants accounted for, let me trot out my leaderboard to share how I think they all stack up:

TOP CONTENDERS:  BRAZIL, INDONESIA, MEXICO, PARAGUAY,

SHOO-INS:  AUSTRALIA, BELARUS, COLOMBIA, DENMARK, INDIA, KOREA, MALAYSIA, MYANMAR, PHILIPPINES, POLAND, PUERTO RICO, ROMANIA, UKRAINE, UNITED STATES, VENEZUELA, VIETNAM

LIKELIEST:  ARGENTINA, CANADA, CHINA, CZECH REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, FRANCE, GUATEMALA, HAITI, HUNGARY, ITALY, JAPAN, KENYA, MOLDOVA, NEPAL, NETHERLANDS, PAKISTAN, RWANDA, SINGAPORE, SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SPAIN, SURINAME, THAILAND,

PERSONALITY FACTOR:  BOLIVIA, JAMAICA, PANAMA

EXCELLENT:  ALBANIA, BELGIUM, EL SALVADOR, ENGLAND, GUADELOUPE, LEBANON, MALTA, MAURITIUS,  NIGERIA, PORTUGAL, SWITZERLAND,

VERY STRONG: COSTA RICA, CROATIA, GREECE, LAOS, MONTENEGRO, TURKEY,

STRONG: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, NAMIBIA,

VERY GOOD:  FINLAND, RUSSIA, SWEDEN

GOOD;  NEW ZEALAND, TOGO

Now, my “Fearful” Forecast:

FINAL FIVE:  BRAZIL, INDONESIA, MEXICO, PARAGUAY, ROMANIA

TOP 10:  INDIA, POLAND, PHILIPPINES, PUERTO RICO, VIETNAM

TOP 25:  AUSTRALIA, BELARUS, CANADA, COLOMBIA, DENMARK, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, JAPAN, KOREA, MALAYSIA, MYANMAR, NETHERLANDS, PAKISTAN, UKRAINE, UNITED STATES, VENEZUELA

BUBBLING UNDER:  ARGENTINA, CHINA, CZECH REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, FRANCE, GUATEMALA, HAITI, HUNGARY, ITALY, KENYA, MOLDOVA, NEPAL, RWANDA, SINGAPORE, SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SPAIN, SURINAME, THAILAND

STRIKING DISTANCE:  ALBANIA, BELGIUM, BOLIVIA, EL SALVADOR, ENGLAND, GUADELOUPE, JAMAICA, LEBANON, MALTA, MAURITIUS,  NIGERIA, PANAMA, PORTUGAL, SWITZERLAND

This year’s pageant is one of the toughtest to call as there is no real consensus on the favorites to win.  Lots of possibilities at play here and it is exciting how everything will end up.  Good luck to all the ladies!

JUST ME!

JOSEPH

 

MISS SUPRANATIONAL 2018: AT THE HOMESTRETCH ( PART 4)

NEPAL – Mahima Singh.  She is one of the strong representatives from the sub-continent this year, and she is one of the big possibilities for the Top 25 this year.

 

NETHERLANDS – Kelly Van Den Dungen.  This brunette has the looks, personality, and the charisma to secure a Top 25 slot.

NEW ZEALAND – Johannah Prasad.  Among the field of fierce ladies of Indian descent, this lady is the weakest link lookswise.  Still, she seems to have good communication skills to redeem her prospects.

NIGERIA – Daniella Orumwense.  She is a strong African, but for me EQUATORIAL GUINEA, KENYA, and RWANDA are generating more impact.

PAKISTAN – Anzhelika Tahir.  She’s actually half-Ukrainian, and it helps her make an impact and many feel she’ll secure a Top 25 slot for her country.  I do agree she can indeed make it.

PANAMA – Keythlin Aleman.  I’ve been saying lately the ladies whose countries begin with the letter “P” are now always a fiercely competitive bunch in almost any pageant, and this is no exception.  However fot this year, lookswise this lady is the weakest link in the “P” group.  But she has been making some splashes in the Talent competition, for instance, and is a strong interview, so it is still conceivable she could pull off a Top 25 showing.

PARAGUAY – Ana Paula Cespedes.  She evokes the vibe of the 2015 winner, Stephania Stegman.  It is possible she can make a play for the Final Five in my reckoning.

PHILIPPINES – Jehza Huelar.  I think she’s doing everything right but I’m wondering if that is enough for her to finish in the Top FIve.  I think I’ll be very satisfied if she finishes in the Top Ten and a Final Five finish is awesome gravy when that happens.

POLAND – Magdalena Bienkowska.  She made a wow impression at Miss International 2016 and to a lesser extent, Miss World 2017.  She still looks utterly gorgeous but for some odd reason, she’s not registering front-runner vibes as befitting of her beauty.  She seems to exude more of a Top 10 finisher instead of a possible winner at this point, but then again, let’s see if she is just reserving her energy for the pageant finals.

PORTUGAL – Claudia Maia.  She’s pretty, but not as polished as the other ladies which is why she doesn’t make as much impact as she potentially could.  With a little polish she make bigger waves.

PUERTO RICO – Valerie Vazquez.  She clicks all the boxes and looks like she can sercure a slot in the Top 25 and may make a serious play for the Top Ten and beyond.

ROMANIA – Andreea Maria Coman.  There are pageant fans and pundits who feel she can pull off a Top Five finish like her predecessor Bianca Tirsin (who finished 2nd runner-up last year).  She does have a vibrant personality and an undeniable prettiness, but I’m favoring other ladies over her.

RUSSIA – Guzaliya Izmailova.  Even if she’s based in St. Petersburg, her Asian features may hint her origins are somewhere more in the hinterlands.  We typically expect babes coming from this country but thogh this lady has the trim figure, making the final cut is unlikely.

RWANDA – Tina Uwase.  Amongst the black Africans this year she has one of the prettiest faces.  But will there be enough slots for her to get in the Top 25?

SINGAPORE – Priyanka Annuncia.  Yes, the likes of INDONESIA, MALAYSIA, PHILIPPINES and VIETNAM are making a bigger splash, but do not underestimate this boxer and personal trainer as she is competiting at a high level.  I’m rooting for her to make the Top 25 but there is fierce competition for those slots.

COMING UP:  SLOVAKIA to VIETNAM

MISS SUPRANATIONAL 2018: AT THE HOMESTRETCH ( PART 3)

JAMAICA – Tonille Walkis.  She is bringing the Siera Bearchell vibe for this contest as she’s representing the fuller-figured ladies that rarely make serious inroads in pageants (unless it’s a dedicated plus-size pageant).  I think that statement is appreciated and she has a lot of personality to spare but I don’t think she’s in serious consideration for the Top 25.

JAPAN – Yukira Nakamoto.  I think this lady has charisma and she could be a Top 25 possibility.

KENYA – Ivy Marani.  This braided-haired lady has an entrepreneurial spirit and is one of the three best looking Africans in this batch.  But will there be enough room for her?

KOREA – Eunbi Lee.  She won the talent competition belting out Beyonce’s Austin Powers in Goldmember song “Work It Out“.  She does have the technical chops, so it’s possible in the future we’ll see her as part of a K-Pop girl group.

LAOS – Santhany Saymanyvanh.  SHe’s slender and polished enough but this year’s Southeast Asian contingent is loaded with splashy stars that she’s clearly overshadowed.

LEBANON – Natalie MacdisI.  Her face reminds me of a cross between actresses Chloe Sevigny and Maisie Williams, particularly

MALAYSIA – Sanja Suri.  She exudes a lot of charisma and has a vibrant personality.  She can equal the Top 10 showing of her 2015 predecessor, Tanisha Kaur Marjit Singh.

MALTA – Natalia Galea.  She has a pretty face and a good-enough figure, but with a compeptitive group like this one it’s a challenge fo her to stand out.  She’s a worthwhile contender.

MAURITIUS – Marie Anoushka Ah Keng.  Amongst the ladies of Indian extraction this year, this lady is the one who made the least impact.  She’s attractive, yest, but not quite a standout.

MEXICO – Diana Romero.  For me, she registered the best on the Raymond Saldana headshots so I regard her as a front-runner for this pageant.  Many other pageant fans and pundits seem to agree and she figured on many Top Five lists.  Let’s see if she can win it all.

MOLDOVA – Nicoleta Caun.  This ingenue could be a sleeper possibility for the Top 25.  She does have good looks, trim figure and a bright ingenue vibe about her that with the right mix of judges may help her make the cut.

MONTENEGRO – Sandra Resetar.  Her features are what a friend of mine would describe as a “Drusilla” look, a type of look that tends to work best at Miss Earth–and considering that this country recently made a breakthrough there…  But in this pageant she registers a bit subdued, which could hinder her chances of making the Top 25.

MYANMAR – Shwe Eain Si.  There are a legion of fans (most particularly from her country) flooding the internet hyping that she’s the one most likely to win.  Lookswise, I don’t qute get it, but I listened to her speak and she seems to have a plummy British accent (think Henry Golding) with wit and personality to boot.  So maybe the fans are right, but her region is particularly fierce this year, with the likes of INDONESIA, MALAYSIA, PHILIPPINES, VIETNAM, and to a lesser extent SINGAPORE, making major splashes.

NAMIBIA – Ndilyowike Haipinge.  Well, she is a good communicator, but there are at least three charismatic Africans overshadowing her at this point.

COMING UP:  NEPAL to SINGAPORE