NEPAL – Riya Basnet. She reminds me a bit of Miss Universe 1994 from India, Sushmita Sen. She looks like she’ll have a fast-track ticket to the semifinals thanks to her Eco-Beauty video, which garnered a host of raves. But would she have enough charisma to advance to the further rounds? It’s possible…
NETHERLANDS – Nikki Prein. She has one of the prettiest faces in this year’s batch. But I have a feeling she’ll be dinged in “Figure & Form” as she’s on the voluptuous side, and I’m not certain if this pageant is as open-minded about thicker body types unlike Miss World and Miss Universe are lately.
NIGERIA – Modupe Susan Garland. She’s garnering strong compliments for her good looks and solid communication skills, but we all know one African is oveshadowing them all.
POLAND – Krystyna Sokołowska. She made a splash in the Intelligence round by reporting she actually single-handedly secured a patch of forest land to protect it. I’m not that into her looks unlike many previous contenders from her country, but I still find her great looking and still worthy of advancing to the semifinals.
RUSSIA – Anna Baksheeva. She’s a gorgeous babe amidst a bevy of stunning Eastern EUropean babes. Considering most of the attention is affixed towards BELARUS and UKRAINE, would thee be enough room in the semifinals for this lady?
SIERRA LEONE – N’jainatu Sesay. Africa has fielded quality delegates to this pageant over several editions, and this lady is no exception. But even with so many strong contenders, only limited room is available, and one slot seems secure for a splashy African.
SINGAPORE – Gerlyn Cheah. She’s generally a solid, worthwhile contender. An underrated gem.
SOUTH AFRICA – Nazia Wadee. She’s of Indian descent and she made the biggest splash in the Intelligence round. She could make a play in the semifinals, alongside NEPAL and INDIA.
SOUTH SUDAN – Asara Bullen Panchol. See SIERRA LEONE.
SPAIN – Sonia Hernández Romeo. She exudes a lot of charisma all throughout her stay, and she proved to be an engaging convesationalist in the Intelligence round. Some are pegging her as having a play for an element, but I have a feeling there are other ladies who are firecely scrambling for those honors.
THAILAND – Teeyapar Sretsirisuvarna. I’m not into her facial features, but we know she passes muster in figure, and most especially in intelligence, as she made a splash dressed up in a blue terno-style dress made of recycled plastic. With that splashy interview, she can make a play for a Karen Ibasco-style victory.
US VIRGIN ISLANDS – Talisha White. We found this year’s Lizzo of this batch with this lady. Though she’s obviously a longshot to make the semifinals, we have to salute her for embracing her curves and making a great impression in the Intelligence round.
VENEZUELA – Michell Castellanos. She’s outgoing and exudes oodles of charisma. I can’t picture a Top Eight without her, with her making a possible play for one of the elements.
ZIMBABWE – Monalisa Chiredzero. She’s the last to arrive, but I think she’s another fierce African contender. Wonder if there would be enough room to include her…
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