MISS SUPRANATIONAL 2019: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PROLOGUE)

After three years only attracting contestants in the 60s to low 70s, this year this pageant seems to be seeing a stronger recovery as it is again closing in towards the 80s level as 78 ladies trooped to Poland.  Though it still behind the rosters achieved in 2013 and 2015, this is an encouraging sign.

But what I noticed most is how it seems this pageant is evolving more closely to mimic its inspiration, Miss World.  This is both a good and bad thing.  The bad thing, of course, is the “copycat” factor.  But there are a lot of good things that this pageant improves upon its inspiration.  For starters, it’s good their itinerary of activities is different–while Miss World has Sports, Talent, Top Model, Multimedia, and Beauty with a Purpose alongside its series of Head-to-Head challenges, this pageant has the Supra Model of the Year, Elegance, National Costume, Talent, and the Preliminary Competition (borrowed from Miss Universe) alongside their answer to Miss World’s Head-to-Head, “Supra-Chat”.  The great thing about this pageant is that they are generous with coverage and publicity of the events, making them available online whic was greatly appreciated.  So far only the Supra-Chats would yield fast-track slots (four in all) plus online voting.  The existence of the Supra-Chats and how this year’s batch talk about their advocacies seems to show tat this pageant is evolving from a splashy, modernized adaptation of the old-school Miss International and Miss Europe pageants to the aforementioned Miss World model.

More on the Supra-Chats–the way it’s conducted this year, by the reigning queen, Valeria Vasquez of Puerto Rico, was actually very terrific.  There is a great dynamic and spontaneity at play on these chats, which made them riveting to watch.  I’ll be posting the 12 chats here…

Sure, the second round which would ultimately determine the four fast-track slots is a more structured affair, but it’s still a highly welcomed format.

A lot of insights about te contestants can be gleaned from these videos, alongside the competition events.  Now, with all that taken into account, let’s proceed to review the ladies…