This year’s Miss International pageant shaped up to be a year of milestones. For starters, an all-time record of 82 delegates are competing, and with that the finals promise to become a streamlined program as they now staged preliminary competitions in swimsui and casual wear so they don’t have to force all candidates to parade in the finals as was traditionally done–for many pageant fans and pundits, this has been a long-overdue welcome development. We’ve also seen significant coverage of pageant activieis for these ladies.
The roster could’ve been 83, but unfortunately one lady decided to depart before the preliminary competition began, and that lady was…
GERMANY – Annabella Fleck. Though most pageant press would still presume she’s still in the running, the fact that she lacks an official portrait seems to indicate that she has left the competition. Wonder what caused her to withdraw? Health issues? Yes, no-one considers her to be in serious contention for the Top 15, but she’s still a worthwhile contender for this batch.
Interestingly in most events, the delegates were presented by continent, and more unusually, in reverse alphabetical order. For this review, I’ll present the non-finalists first, and like what happened in the pageant final, they will be icontinents this way: Oceania, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. I’ll exclude the special award winners and the Top 15, as they will be part of my main review.
So for Oceania, we will start with:
TAHITI – Poeval Garnier. She’s reasonably attractive but never in contention of making the Top 15.
NORTHERN MARIANAS – Shannon Tudela Sasamoto. This country’s best chances for making inroads is to win a congeniality prize but someone else sparkled and wrested that title from her so participation is her only
NEW ZEALAND – Nikita Ah Horan. We find a member of the “Mariel Contingent” with this lady. There are people who might find her All-Blacks Rugby costume sexy, but her full figure is never the sort appreciated by the predominantly Japanese judges, as they are more accustomed to slender frames.
GUAM – Athena McNinch. See NORTHERN MARIANAS, albeit slgihtly more plished and attractive plus experience competing at the epic edition of Miss Universe last year..
AUSTRALIA – Monique Shippen. Her features have an angularity that a few might appreciate, but most–like the predominantly Japanese panel–won’t. Otherwise she’s generally polished.
Time to discuss the ladies from the African continent. This year, a record 15 countries from this continent was represented–it seems this pageant realize the value of boosting this continent’s presence to help this pageant keep up with the other major pageants–prior to last year, this pageant only attractus up to six from this continent at most. Still, only one made the Top 15, and one won the congeniality prize, so I’ll be discussing the remaining 13, as follows:
ZIMBABWE – Jemimah Kandemiiri. She’s notable for the hairpieces she brought with her for her appearances–an Afro for her national costume, an upswept do for more”formal” appearances, and a long, parted-in-the-middle piece ween she wants to project her fiercest. I’m biased towards the last look though I also find her afro wig interesting.
ZAMBIA – Luwi Kawanda. She could be deemed a worthwhile contender, but of course she’s eclipsed by one stellar contender from her continent.
TUNISIA – Sarra Brahmi. See TAHITI.
SOUTH SUDAN – Acholly Ngaceng Arow. She’s an above average, worthwhile contender, making heads turn with her tight, upswept Afro.
SOUTH AFRICA – Nicole Middleton. After fielding a stunning black woman who finished 2nd runner-up, they went back and fieled a blonde Caucasian. She’s definitely solid and semifinalist-worthy, but of course it would be unfair if she was let in ahead of an obvious stunner.
NIGERIA – Alice Duke Inyang. She has some angles where she registers as attractive, and others where she registers as plain, and as such, she couldn’t make serious inroads into the Top 15.
MOROCCO – Sonia Ali Mansour. She’s actually a pageant veteran, having seen action in Miss Supranational (2018) and Grand International (2017) along with other lesser pageants–but in all previous occasions, she was representing France. I have a feeling she did compete at Miss International France but didn’t win, but was given an opportunity to represent her country of birth/heritage and hence she got to see action still in this pageant. She didn’t place in any of the pageants she participated and the same outcome happened here.
MAURITIUS – Nidhishwaree Ruchpaul. She’s attractive but obviosuly not as polished.
GHANA – Princess Owusua Gyamfi. See NIGERIA. But I have to note that she has an efficient way of shifting from the evening gown competition to the swimsuit sequence–apparently her bottom skirt of the red pritned gown’s detacable and her gown can instantly turn into a swimsuit. Very resourceful!
EQUATORIAL GUINEA – Arsenia Chanque Bosep. In another competition, her exotic features might make more serious inroads but the Japanese judges are not ready for tat at this point.
COTE D’IVOIRE – Tara Gueye. There are pageant fans and pundits raving about her beauty, thinking if there is a second slot available for an African, she could’ve taken it. I kinda agree, though I noticed an inconsistency in her spark that I’m not that surprised there was no room for her in the Top 15.
CAMEROON – Angèle Kossinda. Two years ago, she actually made the Top 16 at Miss Earth. She’s generally solid in this stint, but attention is more focused towards a few others over her.
BURKINA FASO – Wendlasida Flora Ouedraogo. She had a makeover in the middle of her stay here in Japan. She arrived with her hair colored blonde, but come finals night, she sported a more natural black hair color, and it flattered her a lot. It’s the first time ever to see this country see action in a major international pageant–will we see more participation from this country in the future?
COMING UP: ASIA (TAIWAN to CAMBODIA)