Age and the Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth Winners

Age is such an abstract number but it has a been a fascinating topic especially in pageantry. Today’s post is all about the winners of Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Earth with respect to their ages. We will be talking about the average ages of the winners, what is the mode age and the age range of the winners of each of the 4 biggest international pageants.

But before we do that, let’s review some mathematical terms first. *The “average” is when you add up all the numbers and then divide it by how many the numbers are… The “mode” is the value that occurs most often on the sequence. Also we should note that the ages of the dethroned winners as well as their replacements were accounted for in the calculations below.
The Miss Earth pageant is the youngest pageant among the four with only 17 winners. Established in 2001, the pageant has only had 1 dethronement in its history.
Average Age: 21.88 years old or 21 years & 10 months old
Mode Age: 22 years old, 5 out of its 17 winners are 22 years old when they won the title.
Youngest Winner: 19 years old, Džejla Glavović (who was later dethroned for not being able to fulfill the duties and requirements of the pageant).
Oldest Winner: 26 years old, Karen Ibasco (she is the only winner to have a Masters degree when she won the title. Karen graduated with cum laude honors for BS and MS in Applied Physics).
Winning Age Range: 19 to 26 years old, although the age requirements are from 18-27 years old.

In contrast, the Miss World pageant is the oldest among the four having been established in 1951. And has three winners who were resigned/ dethroned. It is a year older than the Miss Universe pageant. It also prefers its winners very young as seen below…
Average Age: 19.41 or 19 years & 5 months old
Mode Age: 18 years old with 16 out of 56 winners were all 18 years old. Additional trivia – 30 out of its 56 winners were all teenagers when they won the title!
Youngest Winner: Wilnelia Merced of Puerto Rico, she was 18 years & 1 month old when she won in 1975.
Oldest Winner: Aneta Kręglicka of Poland, she was 24 years & 8 months old when she won in 1989.
Winning Age Range: 18 to 24 years old, although the age requirements are currently from 18-26 years old. Previously the maximum age allowed were under 25 years old.

Average Age: 20.7 years old or 20 years & 8 months old
Mode Age: 20 years old and 21 years old, these two ages has 12 winners each
Youngest Winner: 15 years old, Melanie Marquez of the Philippines although is the only one to have won in such a young age.
Oldest Winner: 25 years old, Ikumi Yoshimatsu of Japan.
Winning Age Range: 15 to 25 years old, currently the age to qualify in the pageant has been from 17 to 26 y/o.

Average Age: 21. 17 years old or 21 years & 2 months old
Mode Age: 18 years old, 15 of its winners were of this age when they won.
Youngest Winner: 17 years & 6 months old, Christiane Martel of France and 17 years & 11 months old, Armii Kuusela of Finland
Oldest Winner: 26 years & 4 months old, Brook Mahaelani Lee of Hawaii, USA and 26 years & 2 1/2  months old, Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines.
Winning Age Range: 17 to 26 years old, currently the age range requirements of the pageant are those within 18-28 y/o.

If we put them all together, it seems that the optimal age to join an international pageant is between the ages of 20 to 22 years old. However, that might not be the case nowadays. Looking at the winners of the 4 pageants in the past 10 years reveals that the median age of the winners now ranges between 23 to 24 years old. And the trend of having teenage winners are on the wane with only 5 out of 40 alpha queens from 2007-2017.
If you have any queries on how these numbers are gathered, you can always drop us a comment or two on the comments section below…
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Catriona, Katarina, Ahtisa & Celeste: Winning (Manalo) Cortesi of 2 Cats

Pardon the title but I just had to do a wordplay on the names of the Philippine reps to the four biggest international pageants.

Last October 7th saw the final addition to Team Philippines for 2018 with the crowning of Katarina Rodriguez. And finally we have the quartet of Kat for Miss World, Ahtisa Manalo for Miss International, Silvia Celeste Cortesi for Miss Earth and Catriona Elisa Gray for Miss Universe.

Silvia Celeste Cortesi – winning a back-to-back challenge in your home-turf is a huge mountain to climb, I have no doubts that Celeste (like her namesake) will shoot for the skies. Celeste should make full arsenal of the fact that the country is hosting the ME pageant.
What she should anticipate for: is to have stamina for the month long competition that would test her focus. The pageant is not only glamour but real hot-under-the-sun pre-pageant activities…so she must be prepared heavily for that.
Strong Competition from: ladies from South Africa, Guam, India and Puerto Rico.
Should focus on: public speaking. Italian being her first language and English as her second language might hinder her from expressing her thoughts in a fluid manner.

Ahtisa Manalo – the baby of the group! I am worried a bit on her age being so young and fresh but I am reminded of the fact that the average Miss International winners age is around 21 years old. So what a relief!
What she should anticipate for: daily MI activities as she and the rest of her fellow candidates will be up for numerous pre-pageant activities in Japan. She gotta have stamina!
Strong Competition from: Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Poland…
Should focus on: looking fresh and young but embedded within a professionalism and confidence that we saw on Kylie Verzosa and Bea Rose Santiago.

Katarina Rodriguez – her’s was a strategic and unsurprising win as Miss World Philippines. And hopes are now pinned to her to do much better than her predecessor in MW. Kat has a steep fight ahead but I have high hopes that she could score the second blue crown for the country.
What she should anticipate for: heavy social media voting and make use of her delegation of followers who will help her in crucial voting aspects of the pageant.
Strong Competition from: the ladies representing France, Mexico and  Puerto Rico.
Should focus on: the Topmodel competition, as most MW winners fared very well in this aspect of the pageant.

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Imagining Catriona Gray on the MU stage be like… Comment/ Like if you agree that our Philippine bet is Miss Universe ready! … PS, love her styling by @ton_lao . She was styled on point from hair down to the toes. Love the eye makeup and the soft lips, it reminds us of Pia Wurtzbach's MU2015 finals look. It's very MU competition apt! @memayfrancisco did a great job making Cat look fierce and soft both at the same time. I hope Cat can replicate the eye make up for MU. Mamang @hairbybrentsales did an amazing job too. I always thought that Cat looks best from her left side, so putting her hair on her right side was a stroke of genius. Let's not forget the @maktumang gown which made everyone think of Cat's BBP gown. I am biased to think that gold is still her best color… Kudos to team Catriona @mimsqiu @harleybarleyyy @jololuarca @bragaisjojo It seems like last night was a dry run for something we all should be expecting for MU this year. We all can't wait for more! … Photo credits to @miss_universe_philippines 📷📷📷 . . . #SashesandScripts #UltimatePageantBlog #PageantBlogger #BbPilipinas #MissUniverse2018 #MissUniversePhilippines #MissUniverse #CatrionaGray #Philippines #catrionians

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Catriona Gray – save the best for last, and we have the strongest of the four competing in December 17th (morning in Bangkok). Gotta say that she is perhaps the Philippines’ highest chance of winning in an Alpha pageant this year. I’d dare say our 4th Miss Universe crown is within grasp.
What she should anticipate for: close-door interviews, it accounts for 60% of the semis. She has to come across as relatable to the judging panel despite all her personal achievements.
Strong Competition from: reps coming from South Africa, USA, Colombia, & Great Britain.
Should focus on: presenting what she could do for the MUOrg as winner.
I am with high hopes that we could bring home at least 1 major crown this year. Should we do so, the country would be the first country to bring home at least 1 Alpha pageant title for 6 consecutive years… and who wouldn’t want that?

Asia: Hosting All of 2018’s Alpha Pageants

Asia is currently the focus of every international pageant as four of the biggest international pageants are held in Asia. Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss World are all being hosted in Asian countries which shows why this continent is the market that the Alpha pageants are fighting for.

Miss Universe in Bangkok, Thailand – with the finale to be held in December 17 (am, Bangkok time) it is expected that the spectacle will live up to its claims as the most prestigious pageant in the Universe. With an estimated USD$15 million budget, the Ms Universe competition is going to be a most awaited event that will be broadcasted live all over the world from the Impact Arena.

Miss World in Sanya, China – China is hosting Ms World yet again with the coronation of the winner on the 8th December, a day after it’s European rival, Miss Supranational crowns its winner.
Miss International in Tokyo, Japan – judging by the teasers we have been seeing on the Ms International’s official Facebook page, we are expected to see a very packed pre-pageant activities for its candidates. The MI pageant is one of the beauty contests that have the best pre-pageant activities scheduled every year. The finals will be at the Tokyo Dome on November 9.

Miss Earth in Pasig City, Philippines – the pageant is to be held live from the Mall of Asia Arena (which also hosted the Miss Universe 2016 pageant) on November 3rd. Notable to watch would be the opening activities of the pageant in the re-opening of the paradise island of Boracay!
The international pageant season is almost upon us and each country has started  their preparations for the international pageant competitions ahead (and for some at least mid-way through preparations). A huge majority have selected their respective reps to Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss World with only a few still in the process of searching for their candidates for each pageant. Asia, with its rich cultural heritage and wealth of tourist attractions is certainly going to be welcoming these gals will arms wide open…

Does the Philippines Lack Quality Beauty Queens?

Several weeks ago I have read a very intriguing piece of essay/article that practically said this: the Philippines have many beauty pageants but it lacked quality in its queens. Add to it is the criticism that the country has too many pageants, candidates being unintelligent to answer simple questions, and a general downfall on the quality of Filipina candidates.

Let’s first address the biggest issue: Do we lack great quality queens? IMHO, that’s a huge “hell the f#ck no”! Continue reading “Does the Philippines Lack Quality Beauty Queens?”

Sandwich Wins in Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss World

What is a ‘sandwich victory’? And what countries have claimed sandwich victories in the four biggest pageants in existence?
A sandwich victory happens when a country wins two titles within three years with a year gap between the two. Some countries might aspire for back to back wins but sandwich victories are more common and easier to achieve. The Miss Universe, Miss International, Miss Earth and Miss World are the most prestigious pageant crowns that any pageant fan would follow or for any pageant girl would aspire to win. And hence, the focus on these four pageants…

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Why not Thitaree Kasorn or Valentina Ploy for Miss Earth?

We all know that the Miss Earth Thailand franchise is now under a new Thai organization, but still we haven’t heard anything new regarding the supposed pageant to select a Thai rep.
So we pose this question for all, why not handpick Miss Universe Thailand Thitaree Kasorn or Valentina Ploy Giardullo to compete instead?

The upside to this is that it will give the new franchise owner enough time to properly mount a competition next year. And it will give opportunity for either Valentina or Thitaree a chance to compete internationally for a title. This would also give them the necessary experience when competing for a bigger title in the future.

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#Pageant wisdom from #ValentinaPloy Stay true to yourself no matter what they say and be the difference you wanna see in the world. Thank you for such an inspiring day @missuniversethailand and for reminding me the real essence of the pageant.❤️ #Repost from @valentinaploy … Watch out for this young lady, my gut tells me that she is THE darkhorse that will make a splash in the competition. … #SashesandScripts #UltimatePageantBlog #roadtomissuniversethailand #roadtomut2018 #MUT2018️ #happyday #empoweringwomen #teamploy#missuniversethailand #missuniversethailand2018 #mut11#beconfident #loveyourself @bbbee39@champ_cmode @1_ralph #Thailand #Bangkok #Pattaya #Phuket #Thai

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The downside on the other hand is if the Miss Earth org will allow a handpicked participation considering the rumored agreement that the new org is to set up a national pageant. Add to it is the unfair disadvantage of non-English speakers with really crappy translators from the MEOrg (I really hope that they are able to address this). This kind of disadvantage is really becoming a problem and should be addressed so that language barriers do not become a hindrance for crown-worthy candidates.

Let’s us you readers who do you think would be a better choice? Thitaree or Valentina? Let us know on the comment section below…

Thoughts on Miss Earth 2018 in Boracay

I believe I have stayed away from this topic for quite sometime already. But now, I am able to cohesively gather my thoughts on the hosting of the Miss Earth pageant in the island of Boracay.
Originally, my reaction to it was that of absolute approval. Now I have some apprehensions about it.

First off is that I want to say that I am all for promoting the island once again to boost tourism.  It would have been lovely had the Miss Universe candidates been able to visit this island if the hosting of MU pushed through. I am equally glad that Miss Earth would experience it instead, since the pageant seems to be permanently hosted in the country. My reservations on the hosting in Boracay stems from one major issue: Will the island be ready for the month long pageant that is slated to happen (unconfirmed yet) from mid-October until the 1st week of November?

Reports in April suggested that rehabilitating the entire island would take years, and that the 6 month plan was more for corrective measures says a report from ABSCBN. This probably meant that the infrastructures to truly make the island more environmentally well-planned and long term isn’t taken into consideration. Or that perhaps the 6-month rehabilitation plan may have been the quickest band-aid solution to the deteriorating eco-system of the island.

In a CNN Philippines report, it is slated that the island would open it’s pristine shores to tourists once again by October 26-27th. This coincides with the rumored November 3rd finals of the Miss Earth pageant. I only hope that if we invite candidates all over the world to witness the splendour of the beaches in Boracay, the island would be at its tiptop shape so that the candidates would have something to talk about after…

Miss Earth 2018 Music Wishlist

I know that the pageant is still quite a long way out but I thought that it would be interesting to create a music playlist for the pageant.

The Miss Earth pageant could need some help in the music department specially in modernizing it’s sound. First thing to go should be the violin covers and the trance remixes used in the evening gowns and opening numbers respectively. It has been used for a number of years now and it has to upgrade to the times.
On to the music! Continue reading “Miss Earth 2018 Music Wishlist”

Tall Glamazon Winners of Ceska Miss 2018

Just over the past weekend we saw a number of national pageants come to a close. One of them is Ceska Miss, who despite one of its directors resigning due to health reasons, pushed through with crowning three gorgeous ladies for international competitions.
Guess what, none of them are below 5’7″…

Lea Steflickova, a 5’11 1/2″ stunner won the Ceska Miss title and will get to represent her country in Miss Universe later this year. She wins a contract with Juliette Armand for 750,000 Czech Koruna (approximately US$ 34k) and other prizes. Lea herself said she likes traveling, of which she loves the discovery of new peoples, culture and food. She has been modeling since she was 13 years old.

At second place is Jana Siskova, who won the title Ceska Miss Supranational 2018. She stands 5’8 1/2″ tall and describes herself as sympathetic, energetic, nice with a good sense of humor, quick yet sometimes forgetful, slightly disorderly but responsible.

Third place belongs to Tereza Krivankova and is crowned Ceska Miss Earth 2018. The 5’9 1/2″ brunette describes herself as sensitive, empathetic, honest. This green-eyed beauty says that her smiling, optimistic, and pleasant disposition helps her to win the title and says that she is able to acknowledge her own mistakes.
Good luck to all three ladies in their international competition later this year.