Looks like the Miss International 2017 will be bringing in a number of pageant crossovers from other Alpha pageants. As of writing Patricija Belousova, Chanelle de Lau, Bruna Zanardo and Diana Croce are the expected crossover beauties in this years edition.
Bruna Zanardo – Brazil, was Miss Earth Fire before being dethroned of her title. Having not completed her year before competing again in a pageant, she is actually following the footsteps of Punika Kulsoonrut who was stripped of her ME-Water title in 2013. Despite failing to get a state title to be able to compete in Miss Brazil this year, Bruna is a welcome addition to the MI pageant. I do have some reservations for her winning MI this year, hopefully the Japanese judges & organizers would find her beauty suitable for their pageant.
Chanelle de Lau – Curacao, competed in Miss Universe 2016 in Manila. She was a personal favorite who wowed the crowd during the final dress rehearsals. With her wit and public speaking skills, I see her advancing into the semis and could possibly nail a spot in the top 5 this year. Chanelle would be a great rep for the MI organization should she win and could usher more spotlight to the Caribbean girls in the Tokyo-based contest.
Patricija Belousova – Lithuania, participated in Miss Universe 2014. The blue-eyed ash blonde beauty was one of the facially strong candidates in MU that year. She stunned in her white national costume but wore a forgettable gray evening gown. Hopefully she won’t make the same fashion mistakes in Miss International as she is a shoo-in for the semis and even the Miss Photogenic award.
Diana Croce – Venezuela, was her country’s rep to Miss World in 2016. She was styled to look like past MW winners from her country: Astrid Carolina Herrera, Ninibeth Leal & Jacqueline Aguilera. That is probably why she failed to make the cut despite being of the facially strongest girls in that batch. Her participating in MI this year could be her redemption as I could see her romp away with the title. Hopefully she is styled more naturally this time.
Today we are extending birthday greetings to Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters! Wishing you all you desire in the Universe!
Fresh from the recent announcement that the Miss Universe tickets are now available online is the special day of Miss Universe Philippines Rachel Peters. Rachel, who is currently finalizing her trip to Las Vegas, turns another year older today. She has also been taking social media at a frenzy lately with the release of several pictures from her photoshoots… and proving naysayers that she is on tip-top shape for the upcoming pageant in November.
Good news to readers of the blog as well as I am part of the Sash Factor coverage team going to Las Vegas for the MU pageant! So we will be bringing you closer to the MU competition and watch out for our coverage!
The Miss International pageant this year gathers several gorgeous ladies who could be great successor to the reigning queen, Kylie Verzosa of the Philippines. And before we get to see the ladies be at the thick of the competition, let’s list down Sashes&Script’s First Miss International 2017 Leaderboard…
12. Maeva Balan, France
11. Niti Shah, Nepal
10. Vanessa Pulgarin, Colombia
9. Thuy Dung, Vietnam
8. Citlaly Higuera, Mexico
7. Chanelle de Lau, Curacao
6. Tayla Robinson, South Africa
5. United Kingdom, Ashley Powell
4. Lithuania, Patricija Belousova
3. Mariel de Leon, Philippines
2. Kevin Liliana, Indonesia
1. Diana Croce, Venezuela
This year, MI attracted some of the best faces for the competition in Japan. Hence the girls in my top 12 list comprises of some of the most facially strong candidates. So it would probably boil down on the attitudes and intelligence factors on how to determine the winner. But for now let’s enjoy the early frontrunners in the competition.
Check back again soon as we continue to monitor the pageant and the girls. Maybe a new set of favorites may emerge in the next leaderboard!
Over the years, pageant fans have asked what country dominated pageantry in the 1990’s. Some are quick to say that it is India who holds this distinction but I am here to fact check to see whether or not India or Venezuela who dominated that decade…
Miss Universe 1994, Sushmita Sen
Miss World 1994, Aishwarya Rai
Miss World 1997, Diana Hayden
Miss World 1999, Yukta Mookhey
Miss World 1991, Ninibeth Leal
Miss World 1995, Jacqueline Aguilera
Miss Universe 1996, Alicia Machado
Miss International 1997, Consuelo Adler
In terms of number of crowns won, both countries equaled each other. So we look into the runner up placement to break the tie and we see that Venezuela leads with 10 runner up placements to India’s 4.
Sharon Luengo, 2nd runner up MW1990
Francis Gago, 2nd runner up MW1992
Milka Chulina, 2nd runner up MU1993
Irene Ferreira, 2nd runner up MW1994
Minorka Mercado, 2nd runner up MU1994
Ana Maria Amorer, 1st runner up MI1995
Marena Bencomo, 1st runner up MU1997
Verushka Ramirez, 1st runner up MU1998
Daniela Kosan, 1st runner up MI1998
Martina Thorogood, 1st runner up MW1999
Madhu Sapre, 2nd runner up MU1992
Manpreet Brar, 1st runner up MU1995
Diya Abraham, 1st runner up MI1997
Shvetha Jaishankar, 2nd runner up MI1998
Despite this, it is safe to say that the 1990’s belonged to both India and Venezuela. Pageantry in that decade was always a hot contest between the two powerhouses… and when people thought of pageantry in the 90’s, they only remember those two.
PS: This list covers only the Alpha pageants MU, MI and MW as ME was only conceived in 2000.
We have yet to see a Miss Earth coming from Africa, and this year might be that year. I see three girls with the potential to make it into the finals of the pageant this year, and even possibly one of the elemental crowns…
* Angola, Ermelinda de Matos – 5’9 3/4″, 22 years old, Law Graduate. She is perhaps the strongest candidate coming from her continent this year. Being her country’s first ME rep also puts her at an advantage in terms of publicity. Her law background can also serve her well just like the reigning ME winner, Katherine Espin. I have high hopes that she could place among the top 4 this year.
* Nigeria, Eucharia Akani – 5’11 3/4″, 19 years old, Theatre Arts student. Arguably the most photogenic in her continent this year with a really gorgeous facial features. I only see her youth as her only weak point going into the competition, but I see lots of potential in her. I am hoping to see her in the semis this year.
* Uganda, Josephine Mutesi Nabirye – 5’9″, 24 years old, Pharmacy Graduate. I believe that she is a darkhorse from her continent and that people should pay a little more attention to her. With proper styling and wardrobe, she can actually be transformed into a real strong competitor. Hopefully she came in prepared with the month-long rigorous schedule of the pageant.
Check out the schedule of activities that our Binibining Pilipinas GLobe Nelda Ibe will be having Albania for Miss Globe 2017…
OCTOBER 22 – 23 – 24
* Contestant arrivals in Tirana, Albania
* Accommodations at the Fafa Resort – Golem
* National costume photoshoot for the Miss Globe magazine
* Day tour around the 84 Karstic Lake of Belsh, including a bike tour
* 1st Talent show and then dinner in Divjaka
OCTOBER 26 – 27
* Courtesy call with the Mayor of Divjaka
* A visit to the National Park of Divjaka
* Tourism visit in Lin Mosaic, Royal Graves of Selce, Drilon National Park & National Park of Prespa
* 2nd Talent show & Disco Queen Show
OCTOBER 28 – 29
* Promotional tour in the Municipality of Kamez & courtesy call with the Mayor of Kamez
* Sampling of traditional food for lunch
* Final show for Miss Talent
* Fishing tour at the Lalzi Gulf
* Miss Bikini Show (swimsuit show)
* Visit to Dajti Mountain via cable car
* Visit to the Automaster Albania Showroom
* Day Tour in the Dajti National Park
* Night tour of the city
NOVEMBER 01 – 02
* Final night rehearsals
* Pageant’s Final Show at the Parku Olimpik, Tirane
* Miss Globe 2017 Victory After Party
They say you can spot a winner by looking in their eyes… and what I see whenever I see photos of Reina HispanoAmericana-Filipinas Teresita Winwyn Marquez is a fighter.
Despite backlash over the Philippines joining the Hispanic-country centered pageant, Winwyn looks more than ready to compete this year in Bolivia. She will be the first and only Asian candidate to participate in the pageant, owing to the Philippines being a colony of Spain for a little over three centuries. The 5’5″ beauty has recently revealed that the international pageant organizer offered help via a translator to facilitate her communicate with the organization, fellow candidates and pageant fans in the South American host country. She also revealed in an interview with Pep.ph that she only had a month’s worth of preparations for the international competition. However, we shouldn’t worry as she is capable of doing her own hair and make-up.
Winwyn will be boarding a 26 hour flight from Manila to Bolivia and she would be needing your support in the competition. So let’s cheer her up as this Pinay beauty is a fighter and is gonna fight until she win(wyn)s…