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.
I can’t believe that it is almost time for another Miss International winner to be crowned. It only seems like just a month ago we saw Kylie Verzosa get crowned as winner. And yet in that amount of time, Kylie has redefined a new kind of Miss International.
Prior to her time, most MI winners only get to travel Japan and visit places unique to the Land of the Samurais and Geishas. Not with Kylie. She has traveled to around 10 countries as Miss International, the most number of countries visited by any recent winner of the title. She has been to Brunei, Myanmar, Indonesia, Brazil, Paraguay, Belgium and France among her travels. She has been to more countries than 5 of her past predecessors as the reigning winner. She not only promoted the the pageant’s visibility to the rest of the world but also did more in terms of her advocacy.
We all know that her biggest achievement as a winner is her Mental Health advocacy. From the time she won Binibining Pilipinas International, she tried her best to shed light to depression and mental health awareness. She created the Mental Health Matters by Kylie Verzosa Facebook page and a Facebook group where people suffering can share their stories and be in the company of those that understand their plight. She has made countless public appearances for her advocacy as well. Below is a recent guesting on CNN Philippines’ The Source…
I have previously mentioned that Filipina beauty queens are far from the usual mold of pageant girls. They make something of the crown that is placed on their heads. They create lasting value and Kylie is no different. Her reign might come to a close come November, but her lasting impression will linger on.
Did you know that every decade since the 1950’s there is at least one country that has won two of the Alpha pageants in the same year? And did you know that only 7 countries has managed to achieve that remarkable feat? If you are curious as to which countries has managed to achieve that feat, then look no further as we list them out for you…
France, 1953 – Miss Universe Christiane Martel & Miss World Denise Perrier, the country to first achieve this enviable feat.
Brazil, 1968 – Miss Universe Martha Vasconcellos & Miss International Maria da Glória Carvalho
Australia, 1972 – Miss Universe Kerry Anne Wells & Miss World Belinda Green
Venezuela, 1981 – Miss Universe Irene Saez & Miss World Pilin Leon
India, 1994 – Miss Universe Sushmita Sen & Miss World Aiswarya Rai
India, 2000 – Miss Universe Lara Dutta & Miss World Priyanka Chopra
Ecuador, 2011 – Miss Earth Olga Alava & Miss International Fernanda Cornejo
Venezuela, 2013 – Miss Universe Gabriela Isler & Miss Earth Alyz Henrich
Philippines, 2013 – Miss International Bea Rose Santiago & Miss World Megan Young
Philippines, 2015 – Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach & Miss Earth Angelia Ong
Among these countries that has achieved this feat, only three countries are able to do it twice: Venezuela, India and the Philippines. It is no wonder that these countries are among the pageant powerhouses there is.